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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-07-2000

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Photo of jaydoc
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Best before 7/2012. Oops.

Pours a clear dark reddish-orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and bread. Taste is much the same with burnt and fruity flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a slightly below average beer that is drinkable but nothing I would want to drink again.

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Photo of kjkinsey
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of spycow
3.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice shade of brown, the head was a little fizzy but still had some left over clumps on top. The smell of the beer had a little bit of the skunky lager aroma going on but was almost hidden by the sweeter malts in the brew. The taste of this brew had good flavor all around. The sweet caramel malts work well with the lager elements. The mouthfeel was pretty good, on the lighter side but had enough body to remain flavorful. Overall I enjoy this beer from time to time. I would pick it over a Becks Dark and a few others out there any day.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of metter98
3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear very dark ruby red in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down a bit and left some bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some sweetness along with some notes of tea leaves and hints of nutty malts. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Although this beer came in a green bottle, it doesn't taste skunked. The beer is very easy to drink and I would have no problem drinking several of these in one sitting.

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2.95/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Simply ok. There were no attributes to gravitate toward, while showing blandness and a substandard body. The beer came across a bit like charcoal with the toasted grains, little breadiness, little yeastiness, and not much else. The aroma was light a mimics the charred flavors. Finishes a bit watery and dull. Cannot compete with great German Dunkels.

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2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of zeff80
3.05/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - 12 oz bottle pour out a dark brown with a small head (it didn't last long)

S - It smelled strongly of roasted malts.

T - It had a coffee taste mixed in with the malt flavor and a hint of bitter.

M - Mouthfeel was crisp and medium bodied.

D - It is quite drinkable.

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3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

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3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear medium brown in color with some ruby red highlights and some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall fizzy dark beige head that reduces to a medium mottled patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of Munich malts with some nuttiness and more than a touch of sweetness to it. Very light notes of toasted malts.

T: Upfront there is a decent amount of malts in this beer - I detect roasted and Munich malts with some light amounts of nuts and light to moderate amounts of sweetness. Light notes of earthy malts which lend a very light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fade quickly.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O: Overall this is a very easy drinking beer that is sessionable and would definitely be worth having again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.55/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Skunked despite its dark color, the nose is still somewhat inviting with its "European" flair; and it reveals some mildly toasted, grainy malt once the 'skunk' has passed! Its deep chestnut/mahogany body supports a creamy off-white head that holds quite well before dropping to a wide collar; and it leaves some minor spotty lacing throughout the glass as well. It's light and crisp in the mouth with a fine, standard carbonation that awakens the tastebuds and refreshes the palate. The flavor reveals a toasted, delicately grainy malt amidst some yeasty sulphur, a touch of floral hoppiness, and a firm bitterness. It finishes crisp, dry, and refreshing with a subtle reminder of it's toastiness left in the mouth. Quite nice!

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3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Nice dark brown, with slight ruby hue. Head is fairly short, but moderately creamy. Weak head retention.

Smell- Typical lager smell with some sweet undertones. Strictly average.

Taste- Nice dark lager taste with tasty, mildly sweet finish. Not complex enough for greatness.

Drinkability- I could drink a lot of these easily. Tasty, but easily accessible to newbies. Price isn't too bad either.

Note- Slightly better than standard St. Pauli Girl. Both beers aren't great, but are solid all-around and easily accessible.

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2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: The beer is a dark copper color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramel, nuts, brown sugar, a touch of dark fruit and a little bit of hops.

T: Sweet flavors of berries, raisins, brown sugar and caramel jump out first. Grain, roasted nut and malt flavors follow along with a mild hops signature. The after-taste is sweet and a little bready.

M: Smooth with a little bit of crispness, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, I wasn’t expecting much from this beer, so I was surprised that I actually found it to be pretty decent overall. However, it wasn’t much better than decent.

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3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of woodychandler
3.47/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Once again, I am thankful on Thanksgiving for my local trader, tone77, and his ongoing onslaught of bottles. I am a CAN junkie, but I take amusement in his bottled beers without having to buy them myself.

The label is all wrong! If this is a Special Dark, then they should have a Sista on the label, vice some Wendy Whitebread blonde chick. I can almost imagine the outcry if they used a schwartzer to sell a Dunkel. Hee hee. The old tag line was "You never forget your first girl" and while I remember my first St. Pauli Girl (Blonde Div.) as a skunked mess, I also remember my first schwartzer. We had pulled into Djibouti, Djibouti and I was using a divining rod to seek out some happiness. It led me to one of the most special dark places I have ever visited. I am going to E-mail the brewers and suggest a change.

I used an aggro pour to divine as much head as possible and lo and behold, just under two fingers of deep-tan head with excellent retention appeared! Color was special and dark - it looked like a museum-quality ruby with NE-quality clarity. My uncle is a geologist who volunteers in a museum and I have held a ruby of this color. C'est magnifique! Nose smelled of coffee, chocolate and grassy hops. I love a mash-up/melange and this seemed poised to satisfy. Mouthfeel was on the thin side, but the flavor began with a Saaz hops bite, then kicked in with a light roastiness and I was sent. Man, this was about the best beer yet today, which my not be saying much, but it was more than I had hoped for going into it. Finish was semi-dry and the roasty/hoppy flavor lingered well after the swallow. Again, being realistic, it may not have been any great shakes, but if you see it next to its white bread, same-old, same-old sister, try some strange for yourself. Don't knock it 'til you've tried it, dig?

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3/5  rDev -1.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.18/5  rDev -28.3%
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 Jason
2.28/5  rDev -25%
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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3/5  rDev -1.3%

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