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 beertunes
3.53/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a translucent mahogany, with an inch of khaki colored head that had decent retention and light-to-medium lacing.

The aroma had a slight bit of green bottle skunk, but the underlying grains and slight roastiness showed through. On the tongue, the roast was a bit sharper and the grain more in the background.

The body was good for the style, crisp yet nicely full. Drinkability was good, easy and clean. Overall, not a great beer, but not a bad one. Perhaps a decent choice when options are limited.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
2.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear deep brown color and the fizzy little tan head disappears almost as soon as it forms.

Sweet and roasty aroma, some licorice and burnt sugar are evident. Taste has more licorice and some sweet and caramel malt. A molasses spice in the finish but it cleans up quickly.

medium body, heavily carbonated and quite filling. I don't find this beer un-enjoyable, but definitely would stop at one.

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Photo of PapaGemutlich
2.48/5  rDev -18.4%
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 AmberMan22
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hoping to improve on St. Pauli Girl regular, I decided to give this a shot. It was fairly cheap at the time, so why not?

I will start by saying this is immediately more enjoyable than the pilsener, but it still leaves a tinge of disappointment when it comes to dunkel biers.
This tastes like a slightly better version of Schell's Dark.

A sort of underdone version of a munich dunkel, I would maybe hope for a bit more flavor. Special Dark is sweeter than I would expect, and lacks the proper malting to make it a great beer. With that said, it is not a bad beer -- rather a dark beer you might be able to drink on a summer's day, like Shiner Bock.

Mouthfeel seemed to be the highlight for me. Decent amount of heft...and it just felt authentically German to me, having been there before.

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Photo of cld253
2.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with one finger, white bubbly head that quickly fades.

Sweet, lightly toasted aromas.

Weak, malty, non-offensive but equally lacking in flavor. Stale iced tea notes. Moderate hop bitterness.

Slightly oily, nice carbonation level, again, moderate in every way.

I think I could drink a lot of these.

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Photo of SykDoc
2.72/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a nice brown/ruby color and forms a 1 inch light tan head that reduces to a very nice lacing. Noticeable carbonation, no sediment.

The aroma was dominated by an earthy/mossy funk that seems to by mostly hops and mild overall.

The taste is a little more neutral with a wheaty component blended with an earthy hops and a roasted malt sweetness.

The mouthfeel was reasonable too with a good dose of carbonation and a light body. It is clean and crisp but nothing that really stands out.

Overall, this beer is hindered primarily by the nose and how the package fits together as a whole.

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Photo of washburnkid
2.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A couple fingers of frothy beige head over a nice chocolate brown, amber, caramel, and ruby. There's a decent cap of retention and some lacing.
S: Hops have a mild straw aroma. General spiciness, but not much else to say. Very weak on the nose.
T: Fresh grains last about a second before an astrigency kicks them to the curb. With a bit of warmth a mild chocolate flavor offers an enjoyable sweetness. Toasty, too.
M: Light body with a good amount of carbonation. Tons of residuals for such a light beer.
D: This brew is crisp and easy to drink. I unconsciously finished it in under three minutes. It really tastes a lot like regular St. Pauli, but with a hint of the aforementioned malt characteristics. I'd buy this for friends, if not to just change things up a little.

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Photo of whtguitarguy
3.43/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was pretty good. It pours to a dark body, with a decent head. It doesn't taste much like a dark beer though. It has a bit of coffee note in there, but it tastes almost like regular Pauli Girl to me. Pauli Girl was the first beer I ever drank, so...just a bit of bias haha. It had skunked just a little bit, but no worries, smooth barley and malty flavor, just a little bitter.

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Photo of bensamra
4.18/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

APPEARANCE - dark burgundy body with an off white head

SMELL - pretty neutral

TASTE - savory toasted malt, floral hints

MOUTHFEEL - thin bodied, very smooth

DRINKABILITY / THOUGHTS - Great, I would always keep this at the top of the list.

Beer slogan, You never forget your first girl!

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Photo of aeminter
2.44/5  rDev -19.7%
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 bigdeuce
3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is actually not a bad beer. Way better than the pilsner. A bit foamy on the pour, nice dark lager. Nothing overly offensive, some nice caramel malts and a bit of hops. Goes down rather easily. Taste is good, a bit of brandy like quality and some smoothness. Not a bad session beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's hard to believe I've never written my thoughts down about this accessible, this one appears a dar cola brown with ruby highlights forms a light beige head that sticks around for some time. Minimal scattered lacing lines my 1/2 liter mug. Aroma has a slight toasted malt character with minimal herbal hops accenting the malts. A bit of a sourdough or biscuit yeast edge in the nose as well. Flavor is decent a touch of chocolate mild tartness from that yeast driven malt profile. Herbal hop bitterness in the finish, a nice mass produced dunkel it is what it is. Mouthfeel is thin lighter bodied, flows well everybody has crossed paths with this beer on their way to craftbeerdom. Drinkability is decent a twelve pack was on sale for 10 bucks that's a great deal so why not here I am drinking some St. Pauli Special Dark.

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
2.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark brown with only a little transparency. Not much of a head.

Smell: Has what I can only describe as a slightly funky malt smell. Not exactly offensive, but not exactly appealing.

Taste: Again, it has a slightly funky malt taste. I like that it doesn't seem like it is cut with anything, but it's just okay.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin. Has very little body to it.

Drinkability: It's not awful, but I don't think I would get this again. Maybe if the mood struck me just right, but I doubt it.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.68/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a dark brown with reddish hues and a 1 finger head of foam. Some pretty nice lacing.

The smell has some sweetish malty notes, slight roast, and a light hoppy bitterness.

The taste is a pretty nicely balanced flavour of malt sweets and roasted malt with a light but adequate amount of bittering. I like and it's been years since I've had this. Not a bad price either at ~$8 a 6 pack.

The mouthfeel was surprisingly medium and vey welcome with medium carbonation.

Drinkability? There aren't many Dunkels in town nor have I tried that many but in my book, this is tasty enough to give this puppy good drinkablity. I'm pleased.

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Photo of tj4288
4.61/5  rDev +51.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into goblet

a- not quite as dark as cola. hints of gold and ruby. one finger very light brown head that completly disapates and leaves no lacing.

s- primarily of roasted malt. dark chocolate.

t- taste is a very mild roasted malt with a tiny bit of dark chocolate. a very good balance of flavor and drinkability in a dark brew.

m- med/light body and carbonation. only slightly watery.

d- excellent drinkability. the mild but interesting flavor anyone can enjoy. and at 4.8% i could see myself enjoying a bunch of this back to back. also not bad for price.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a very dark amber with a thin head. Smell has a very light roasted maltiness with nothing else really sticking out. Taste definately has the roastiness with a good balance of hops. Mouthfeel is almost a medium with good carbonation. A good dark for those warmer days.

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Photo of biggred1
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brewed in Germany by Becks for export only.

Ruby amber with a pock marked sand colored head that leaves some splotches of lace on the glass. The smell is like any Euro pale lager, with a slightly skunky quality that fades after a few minutes and just a whiff of toasty malt. Not bad tasting at all, just a little too light for the style. Thin mouthfeel with bright carbonation, finishes dry. An okay session beer.

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Photo of vividox
2.96/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Amber-brown in color. Smell reminded of Heineken for some reason. The taste was decent, it had a very thin feel and didn't have any real standout attractions. It has a light malty hop flavor but it doesn't exactly come out and grab your attention. The mouthfeel is thin, drinkability is good.

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Photo of PSUBeerman
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, tulip glass

Pours a dark mahogany color with a frothy egg white head that dissipated rather quickly with little lacing.

Grainy aroma, some sweetness and some hop presence.

Flavor of some hops and licorice. Not very strong by any means.
This was crisp and somewhat refreshing with the carbonation.

Not bad overall

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Photo of RickS95
3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Filted, dark, but only slightly lighter in color than cola. Pours a thin white, creamy head.

Hops was the only thing I could distinguish in the nose.

Very simple taste. Like in the smell, nothing jumped out in the taste. Some hops were prevalent and gave a hint of bitter but it didn't last very long.

It's really a smooth beer, that smoothness fights the carbonation in the mouth, giving it a smooth, yet refreshing feel.

This was a surprisingly drinkable beer. It's got decent color, smells like a beer, has slight bitter from the hops; but it's very smooth. You could drink several of these and enjoy it.

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Photo of grayburn
3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

She pours a dark brown with a itty bitty head that doesn't stay long and leaves no evidence behind.

The smell is of slightly roasted malt and skunk. Oxidized, imagine a beer in a green bottle not staying fresh. Some may say I need to review a fresher example, I say the brewery ought provide us some.

The taste is the same, there is some light smoky, roasty malt flavor, a little bit of residual sweetness, and some funky skunk.

The mouthfeel is pretty crisp and well carbonated, a little bit thin and watery, but decent.

I have before and probably will again drink quite a few of these in one sitting, very drinkable beer despite it's flaws.

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Photo of Brenden
2.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is a clear, dark amber-brown. There's a one finger head on the pour that stays for a couple of minutes and leaves just the tiniest spots of thin, delicate lacing.
I suppose this is supposed to be malty; I get the tones of natural caramel malt, though a little weak, but there's a metallic and astringent tinge to the nose as well. There's a light note of grains noted when I strain.
The taste is the same, though a hops flavor shows up faintly as well. A little bit of molasses in the malt on the tongue as well. The finish is moderately dry and lightly bittersweet, lingering for a short while.
The body is light and it's pretty smooth on the tongue. Carbonation is at a good, active level. It is a little thin.
It's drinkable.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured nicely, with a big thick, head and plenty of carbonation. Of course, it dwindled to a cap in almost no time flat, and the nose shows some light malt and a bit of yeasty astringency but not much else. Kind of boring.

There are some roasted and chocolate flavors here, and the malts and slight caramel translate decently to the aftertaste. The carbonation is a little much but fit the style pretty well. This is not something to get real excited about but okay for what it is.

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Photo of vtisme
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown into my pint glass from a bottle, very little head with minimal lacing.
Smells like a BMC beer to be honest. nothing in particular stood out besides that. Put your nose to it, and then a bud, and at least they smelled similar. (i am sick though so this could be a false positive reading) It tasted as it smelled, but the malt came through in the aftertaste which i wasnt expecting and i was happy to see. The low alcohol content makes it very easy to put down a bunch of these, but the taste doesnt justify it.

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Photo of CityBoy1986
3.36/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

The pour is a deep brown with ruddy hues. An off-white head settles quickly into a thick film and leaves decent lacing.

The dominant aroma is of sweet malts and not much else. The taste was again mostly of sweet notes with some toffee and just a hint of nuts. There is only a slight bitterness near the end.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Drinkability is okay; the slightly dry finish can become tiring.

Initially, the beer has a slightly skunky nose. After sitting out of the bottle for about twenty minutes, that aroma is gone, and this becomes a much better beer. However, it isn't something I will make a staple, but I might have one once a year.

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St. Pauli Girl Special Dark from St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co.
3.04 out of 5 based on 408 ratings.
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