St. Pauli Girl Special Dark | St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co.

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St. Pauli Girl Special DarkSt. Pauli Girl Special Dark

Brewed by:
St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co.

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-07-2000

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
1.28/5  rDev -58%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This review was from a 12-oz. bottle:

Appearance: This beer pours a mahogany brown with very little head and some spotty lacing.

Smell: I knew I was in trouble when I smelt this beer. A slap in the face grassy –medicine smell and very sharp hops.

Taste: The taste is as bad as the smell. Tastes like medicine, very sharp and acidic with a fresh cut grass aftertaste. It took willpower to finish this one beer. I’m wondering why it is dark because I’m tasting no caramel, malt, carbon, or flavors I associate with most dark beer. This tastes like a pilsner gone bad.

Mouthfeel: Very light mouthfeel with a bit of fizzyness.

Drinkability: Yuck!! Nicht mehr, nicht mehr!

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Photo of jdhilt
1.43/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a one-finger light brown head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Clear deep amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light bodied. Hints of a malt nose. I was hoping this would be better than St. Pauli Girl lager but nope this is thin and watery, tastes wierd and has a metallic finish. Freshness date - Mar 2005. There are much better dunkels. I'm glad I only bought one . . . $1.49 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of DogFood11
1.77/5  rDev -42%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Quick dashing head that fades to oblivion, no lacing, tan head for a second. Ruby red around the edges and brown in the middle.

Faint caramel, sweet grain.

Tasted kinda like a watered down version of a rather light style. Hop twinger towards the end cleans it up for a second but then this lingering sweet and simple malt profile lays down on the palate and sets up camp. Has a slightly skunkiness to it that I find to be normal for St. Pauli Girl so I'll add that to the ranking as well. Best before date is a few months off yet.

Notes: Pretty lame by on every level. Only thing slightly interesting is the mirage towards the end that its going to finish crisp and clean only to pull the rug out from under your palate.

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Photo of witflee
1.79/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Since the description on the label was nothing more helpful than "Special Dark", I suspected I was in for a rather pedestrian beer. I usually buy stouts and brown ales, but my wife picked up a sixer of this at the local mega-grocery because, as she said, "it was all they had left."

Poured it into a glass, got very little in the way of foamy head. What head there was quickly dissipated in seconds. Did not get a pleasant smell, either, in fact to be honest it smelled very skunky, not fresh, and smelled too much like beer that's been left in the boat on a hot summer afternoon...

The color was decent however, about what I expected, but the pour was weak, the aroma unpleasant, and my mouth was already prejudiced against what it might taste. Over the tongue, very thin mouthfeel, not robust, nothing bold about it, pretty unimpressive.

I have had Dunkels before, and this one did not make a good impression, it was pretty bland. But I will do my own beer shopping from now on, and stick to my stouts and ales.

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Photo of DrJay
1.99/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear chestnut brown with a collar and skim of fine beige bubbles coating the surface of the beer. Short-lived spotty lace. Light aroma, bready malt, sulfury hops, slight skunk. The bitterness had some presence, but the malt flavour was thin and there was a metallic quality that really took hold at the back of the palate. More sulfury hop notes that were distracting rather than enjoyable. Lingering metallic and slightly sweetish flavour. Light to medium bodied with lively carbonation, fairly dry. I wouldn't go back to this one.

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Photo of willgro
2/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is, in a word, underwhelming. It is from a great beer maker (st. pauli) and i thought it would be great. what a letdown. don't even bother picking this up, its so sad. i really love what this brewer has done and continues to do with its other lines, but this tastes like a champagne in that it is overly carbonated and has a so so aftertaste. no head on the beer out of the bottle. i really don't understand what they are trying to do w/ this brew. disappointing.

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Photo of beerceller99
2.03/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle pours a transparent dark brown color with a thin head. Barely detectible chocolate malt smell. Thin, watery mouthfeel. Lightly flavored with a cold, unbuttered toast taste. Has a funky metallic finish.
Tastes like something a macro brewer would market as a dark beer.

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Photo of mithrascruor
2.03/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark red-brown. Very little head, but it leaves a tan ring and light foam.

Smell: Malts, caramel, and some hops. Doesn't seem particulary interesting or pleasing here.

Taste: Malts and somewhat bitter hops. There's something soapy to the taste as well. The somewhat bitter aftertaste is nasty; it could be skunk, but disguised in this darker beer.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and smooth; slightly watery. Tingly carbonation is a bit in excess.

Drinkability: Hard to drink with the taste and feel.

Not a good beer. Tastes bad and has no other redeeming qualities. It's like they poured some malts into one of their already skunked lagers.

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Photo of GuinnessHero
2.09/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I'm not even going to bother sectioning out these categories. Darkish color with thin head that dissapted quickly. Smells like beer but with awful skunk to it. I know this isn't bad since it is the second one I've had. Tastes like an american beer with carmel in it. Horrible aftertaste. Nearly undrinkable since it tastes so bad.

I'm disappointed to hear something like this is coming from Germany.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
2.14/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer is kind of skunked. I don't give a shit. I will review it anyway, because it's in a green bottle and that's what happens. The head is decent on this beer, other than that everything else is subpar. Doesn't even really taste like a dark beer. Mouthfeel isn't that clingy, and this beer is hard to drink due to a cheap taste and slight skunkiness. Don't waste your money. There are better beers out there.

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Photo of witster18
2.18/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours lacing....the most watery dark beer I have ever had...completely unimpressed!! Very metallic with a hint of stale cocoa. Really....this is terrible. Metallic water with brown food coloring....I don't mind their's average....this is not! On the same level as Mich Ultra Amber...and that's NOT a good thing.

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Photo of kguyty
2.18/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured nicely and looked as if it were going to be a pretty good beer, but man was I wrong. The looks are very deceiving regarding this beer. It looks tasty, smells like nothing in particular, and tastes like seltzer water mixed with a dark beer. I am very disappointed in this beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.18/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark reddish brown with orange highlights. The head is medium tan, average in size and average in appearance. Neither soft nor dense nor sticky, it's pretty unremarkable in all respects. Lace is limited to a stubby collar on the opposite side of the glass.

Special Dark doesn't smell like a dark beer to me. It gives off almost nothing in the way of roastedness or even toastedness. In fact, in a blinded smell test, I'd call this a pale lager.

There's a bit more (very light) roastiness on the palate, but it's perhaps the least dark malty of any dark beer that I've ever had. The metallic notes in the first few sips were pretty overwhelming. They did lessen somewhat as I got deeper into the glass, but never went away entirely.

The biggest problem with this beer, among many, is that it lacks malt support. It's bitter, harsh and thin, though not to the extent that I'd consider it to be a drain pour. The finish is short and... metallic. Annoying, to say the least.

I'm not impressed. St. Pauli Girl Special Dark isn't special, nor is it particularly dark. Take away the metal flavor and it might be a drinkable beer. Might.

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Photo of WMBierguy
2.21/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a malty brown, with a white head that leaves lacing down the side of the glass. The smell was a little skunky and off putting. The taste was just as bad. The skunked flavor was there, along with an underlying hint of metallic flavor. There was little hop flavor, and the malt flavor was overpowered by the metallic-skuny undertones. I don't know if my sixer was spoiled or what, but the date on the label indicated that the beer was fresh. Maybe it sat next to a heater or something.

I'm a fan of Munich Dunkels. This is the worst example of the style that I've had.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.22/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Root beer brown in hue, nil head, loose carbonation; this ones come via their green bottle; yes dark beer in a green bottle. Sweet caramel and toasted wheat bread on the nose. Light roasted coffee beans, some cocoa and sweet malts along with a quick hop bite on the sides, don't be fooled though. Somewhat metallic and grainy, with dry oats towards the finish. Don’t let the flavors fool ya’ – this one is bland and boring, although it has some flavors that are quickly detected, this one is bland and boring.

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Photo of ZAP
2.22/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

The power of advertising took me in on this I was checking out I saw an advertisement touting how this pairs well with meats and chocolate. I haven't had it in ages and thought why not give it a try.

This is OK but has that trademark minerally element found in St.Pauli,and some of the other more widely distributed German beers (Becks, etc).

Looks the dark brown with a fluffy tan head...aroma is minerally and the taste is really mineral laden..almost tastes bloody...lacks a strong dunkel taste or feel and is relatively thin.

Blelow average but ok....But not something I will ever revist.

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Photo of mynie
2.23/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Decent pour. Brown ale dark, ruby at the bottom with a small white head.

Smells like processed sweet malt--not of nature. Not bad, but not good, either.

Caramel taken up to a sweetness level that's simply too intense. Starts like a macro and moves into nuclear sweetness and dies like a macro, bland and sour with a hint of metal. Not good.

I wasn't expecting much from this beer, and I didn't get very much.

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Photo of Jason
2.28/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Good clarity but the head retention is lacking with only a thin ring of lace. Bight brownish amber in colour.

Faintly sweet caramelized malt and a bit metallic in the aroma with a cloying note in the back.

Carbonation is level with a decent crispness, both grain and the little amount of hops have a mild astringent bite to them. Malt seems a bit lost and does not lay down much other than some vague toasted grain. Mild metallic taste middle to end. Dry and a bitty after taste.

This is a poor example of a dark Euro lager. Needless to say I have no need to go back to this beer and don’t recommend it at all.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
2.36/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours an extremely thin head that quickly disperses and has a dark amber brown color.

S: Has a very musky and murky smell like mothballs and soured mud. I couldn't place the malts or the hops that were used which is very unfortunate.

T: The taste was very much like the smell in that it tasted stale, musky, and murky. It tasted much like an american lager and didn't impress me one bit.

M/D: Very light feel in the mouth for a dark beer and it didn't support an bitter or sweet tingles on the tongue so it was very bland feel. The drinkability was rather harsh because of the pour taste and smells.

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Photo of acrawf6
2.41/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I'm not big on these "dark" massed produced euro beers, but i got it at a local store that doesnt care so much, so i thought "what the hell?"

Pours out a nice clear dark mahogony bown with a small tan head that is giving decent lacing.

Smell. Cereal-like oaty maltiness. Is on the dry side, but does still have a touch of tea-like maltiness.

Taste. This bottle here is dry, tart, and a touch salty. The dryness is from a tiny bit of oat flavor. I dont know why it is having a tart flavor; it doenst really taste off or old. tart is slightly fruity. Aftertaste is a little bit dry, but overall neutral.

Mouthfeel is what you'd expect. Body is light to medium. Balance is a bit incongruent, but the carbonation is average.

Overall. This beer is for the beer drinker not really into beer, but looking for that "german beer." With all honesty, this beer is a bit nasty, and i would be just fine not having it again...ever.

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Photo of stckhndlr
2.44/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Dark garnet color, 1 finger tan head, lacing is ok. color is what really stands out for this one.

S- The date on the bottle shows best by Sept of 2011. upon first whiff of this one i have to say it smells pretty "skunky". Some malty flavors with a bit of roasted yeast.

T- Earthy hops and caramel. Has a bitterness to it, almost sour. A touch of maltiness on the back end and a quite sour finish.

M- Medium body thickness with a foam sensation to it.

O- Regardless of the Best by date, I think I may have gotten a bad beer here. Didn't finish this one. Will post an update in the future.

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Photo of aeminter
2.44/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Nice deep brown with some ruby accents, persistent head
S - The aromas I can pick up are very slight...some malts, but I'ld be hard pressed to be more specific...a little beady, maybe some caramel just dissipates too quickly.
T/M - Light bodied, smoke and coffee notes...hmm, a little metallic

Honestly, if I didn't know anything about beer styles, and what a Munich dunkel was supposed to be, I MIGHT rate this beer higher. I'm just sayin'

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Photo of Bamabrew22
2.46/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought a twelve pack of these last week because I had never tried it, it was on sale, and I was hoping to collect 12 brown bottles for my upcoming jump into the homebrewing world. Due to the fact that the box was closed, I couldn't see that they were actually in green bottles. But hey, at least they're not twistoffs.

Must say that I was a bit disappointed in this beer. Presentation was good, poured clean and with decent head straight out of the bottle. Taste, however, was another story. Sort of bland, with a bad aftertaste. Bit of a hop tinge, but nothing really to note. Also, tasted like burnt caramel, and not in a good way. Still, despite it's faults, it was easy going down. Light on the mouthfeel. Doubt I would buy it again, but if offered for free I would probably drink it.

On a side note the labels came off clean and easy with a little hot water.

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Photo of PapaGemutlich
2.48/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

While this offering is in no way offensive, it's something you'd only get it if it was on sale. There's a sort of burned muddiness in the base flavor, and the hops are either too strong, or not strong enough (which makes me think they lack soul). The aroma reminds me of the cheap, soviet-era polish imports I drank when I was young and broke.

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Photo of botham
2.48/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. pours a dark brown color with garnet highlights. head is ephemeral and loose.

aroma is of maramel malt and munich malt. the smell has a sweet character, with a grainy note.

taste is similar, with a malty character and a touch of black malts, bringing a bit of roasted malt.

mouthfeel is flabby. the brew is medium bodied, without much of a statement to call its own.

drinkability is decent. the structure does not hold together very well, with a sporadic flavor profile. not very impressive

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