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 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 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 kimcgolf
2.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This just goes to show that mass commercialization can ruin even German beers. The only thing this beer had in common with many of its dark brethren from Germany was the color.

Poured to a dark brown with thin off-white head that lingered a while and then disspated with not much lacing. Aroma was slightly malted roasted nuts, but not very strong. Mouthfeel was very watery on this thin-bodied beer, which made it difficult to find much flavor. Finish, likewise, was much too watery and slightly metallic.

Are you sure this is not a BMC product?

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
2.53/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- pretty much in line for a munich dunkel. Nice dark body with good white head.
S- doesn't smell much like a dark beer. some hops/malt and maybe toffee.
T- I was suprised that all I could taste was bitter hops. this is very unexpected and out of line for the style.
M- a bit watery and carbonated with a light body.
D- I'm not feeling this one and I will probably never buy it again. Its not bad but not what I expected. Perhaps I am suffering from label bias.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.95/5  rDev -3.3%
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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Photo of mhaws000
2.75/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-poured a brownish-red with a good amount of foam that eventually dissappeared and left almost no lacing or head at all.

S-A little bit of skunkiness behind a lot of roasted malts. This smells almost exactly like it tastes.

T-I agree with the guy who said this tastes alot like the other st pauli girl beers. I taste the same skunkiness that I get in the original except with the richer roasted flavors of a darker malt. This is a much better tasting beer in my opinion because the skunkiness is somewhat masked.

M-A lot of carbonation fizziness with a fairly light, thin body

D-Fair, as I mentioned before, better than the original but still nothing very exciting or particularly good, just decent.

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Photo of theWrkncacnter
2.66/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Very deep brown with no head, none at all. Mabye a tiny bit of lacing but that's about it.

S: I really don't smell anything except a little bit of toasted malt.

T: Very watery, a little bit of toasted malt and a little heaviness. Not too bad, but not great either.

M: Too watery for my taste, there's almost no carbonation at all.

D: Again the lack of carbonation isn't good.

Did I get a bad bottle or something? There's no carbonation in this beer at all and that makes it not very drinkable. I think this could be a really good brew if there was some decent carbonation and head.

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Photo of WesWes
3.45/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a semi-sweet crystal malt scent along with a dry toastey aroma. The taste is decent also. It has a dry, toastey flavor that goes down easy and finishes malty with some metallic notes. The mouthfeel is average. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an above average lager. It's got decent malt flavor, but the lager yeast makes the mouthfeel too metallic tasting and dry.

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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 BeerSox
2.68/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Deep dark brown, almost opaque, with ruby and light orange highlights. A light tan one finger head quickly settles to a thin fizzy cap. Stringy lacing along the glass.

The aroma consists of light caramel malts with a good presence of noble hop aroma.

The flavor is very light and dissapointing. I expected more from it. There is a little bit of dark malt flavor, and a hit of hop bitterness. Light bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is clean with not much aftertaste.

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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 awester462
3.92/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a beer that I really enjoy, living in a small southern town with no micros this is one of my standbys. Thin head on pour. Color was dark dark copper. Looked beautiful when the light shined through the glass. The taste and mouthfeel are really good, and this is a beer that you probally shouldn't start drinking unless you plan to stay home, because one ins't enough.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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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Photo of beerphan
2.83/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle -> pint
best before 04.2007

Pours a clear dark hazel with a small short lived bone white head that leaves zero lace. Carbonation is fast and furious.

Smells a little skunky (damn green bottles) with some faint malts.

Taste is quick hit a sweet malts with a slight bready feel. Finishes clean with little bitterness, but leaves a slight metallic taste on the palate. Similiar, but weaker than other euro dark lagers i've tasted.

Mouthfeel is crisp yet finishes chalky.

An average beer.

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Photo of theopholis
3.29/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma- Light brownish color with a lot of burgandy. Practically no head, and what there was dissipated very quickly, leaving no lacing.

Aroma- Mostly roasted malt with some coffe. A hint of wood. Nice.

Taste: Decent blend of malt sweetness and bittering hops. It's a lot more complex than that, but that is what is actually identifiable. Some burned caramel on the back of the toungue, which is not disagreeable.

Mouthfeel- Not bad. A bit heavier than I would expect from a dark lager. Nice carbonation level. Nice CO2 bite on the very tip and outer edges of the toungue.

Drinkability- Not bad.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light brownish color similar to a diet cola. Small head of brownish white foam is short lived. Minor notes of lacing, and a medium low level of carbonation.

S: Roasted aromas of malts and cocoa. A touch of woodiness and earth. Not bad.

T: Toasty caramel malts and grain notes blend on the palate with a harmonious twist of fresh hops. A sweet bready malt character rears it's head toward the finish, but remains subdued on the palate.

M: Light, crisp, mildly refreshing. A touch sticky, but nothing too blatent.

D: Pretty good. I got a 12 pack for about 10 bucks and feel it's a fair investment for the month of January and my recent hankering for dark brews.

Notes: Not bad. Light on the flavor, but quaffable.

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Photo of shirfan
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ruby brown with just a skim of foam.

Aroma of hard, metallic water and grassy, slightly skunky noble hops.

Flavor follows the nose closely with some lightly roasty, very sweet malt in the mix as well. Light tartness in the finish, and the skunk note is less apparent in the taste. A bit coppery.

Par for the dark eurolager course -- not bad, but not a stand out in any regard either.

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Photo of rkuhnel
2.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown pour with a small head that left minimal lacing. First odors are sligntly skunky followed by a nose of dark malts. Slightly burnt flavor with a slight metallic tinge. Somewhat watery on the tongue. Finish is OK . Overall a very average beer at best.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.8/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

St. Pauli Girl Special Dark
12 oz green bottle
Best before 05.2007
Served in a pilsner glass

Pours a dark chestnut brown. A thin head sustains while leaving trails of sticky lacings.

The nose is malty with a spicy hop flair.

Malty flavors lay the backbone with caramel sweetness and light chocolate tones. German hop snap on the finish. Nice drinkability level and a tad better than I was expecting.

I think I got a petty fresh sample. I've had other St.Pauli Girl products in the past and battled the skunk twang. Not the case here, I finished this beer off rather quickly.

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Photo of billybob
2.51/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours dark brown with tan head which fades fast. weak taste of caramel burnt toast not much there. smell about the same. mouthfeel, carbonation is good but no body to it for a dark beer feels watered down. drinkability, not for me. I don't think I would give another try.

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Photo of dmowen
3.82/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a nice dark brown color with a small head that dissapates rapidly to faint lacing. Smell is kinda sweet and a roasted scent is also dedectable. Mouth-feel for me is real good; not too fizzy but just the right amont of carbonation too let you know your beer isn't flat. Goes down good with a nice rosted malt flavor that leaves a slight afer-taste that wasn't too bad.

For me I enjoyed this brew although it is a little pricey. A good way to treat your-self if you have a few extra bucks in your pocket.

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Photo of arnulfooxblood
2.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance--Very dark brown, good clarity, almost no head.

Smell--Faint malts, very little smell at all, really.

Taste/Mouthfeel--Crisp and slightly sharp mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Very weak flavor when it first hits the tongue, as it goes down, a little bit of hoppy sourness. As I get close to finishing this one off, the flavor gets a little more pungent, I'm increasingly unimpressed.

Drinkability--Went down easy at first, but as I drink it, I realize that I really don't want another.

Notes--overall I was pretty unimpressed. Maybe it was just a bad bottle?

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Photo of afinepilsner
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz green bottle

St. Pauli Girl Special Dark was a clear dark brown color with an off-white head. The head had decent retention and left some lacing behind. It smelled lightly of crystal malt. The taste was light as well with sweet malts and a dry, bitter finish. The mouthfeel was fairly light with a fairly high level of carbonation. Drinkability was average. There's nothing special going on here.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Pastel green glass 12 fluid ounce bottle. The worldwide classic label from the St. Pauli original has a dark brown background with the words “Special Dark”. No strength but the reverse label has a Best Before 05.2007.

Appearance: Dark clear chestnut body sealed with a thinning light brown head on the pour, which sadly fizzes and pops to a lifeless finish in the end. At times it looks a little like a Cola Soda when first poured.

Nose: Mildy toasted nose, crisp malt and a light hint of burnt toast. Decent enough but the aromas are hard work to extract at times.

Taste: Toasted malts entrance, light bitterness in the middle is consumed by a finish which hints at burnt toast, grainy dark roasted barley and a delicate sweetness. Finish is dry and burnt. Simple stuff with nothing that detracts or diminishes.

Mouthfeel: The conditioning is healthy but the head flutters to a lifeless broken covering quickly after each sip, this breakdown is reflected in the overall feel. The dominant feel is of brown sugary with a texture of grainy roasted barleymalt.

Drinkability: The diminishing conditioning and brown sugar feel tend to knock the overall drinkability down a little. But it is a relatively clean and crisp brew nonetheless and nice enough.

Overall: I preferred this to the original St. Pauli Girl. Easy going, but nothing “special”; just a simple Dark Lager really

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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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St. Pauli Girl Special Dark from St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co.
3.05 out of 5 based on 405 ratings.
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