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

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
St. Pauli Girl Special DarkSt. Pauli Girl Special Dark
409 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-07-2000

Bros Score:
View: Beers
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 409 |  Reviews: 238
Photo of mynie
2.23/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

 419 characters

Photo of Derek
2.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's hard to believe it's brewed in Germany (it seems like a bad copy by an American macro). They must export it because none of the locals would drink it!

A: Dark black, with a little tan head. Poor head retention.

S: Malty, with an out-of-place fruityness.

T: It's like a cheap macro lager, with a little black patent malt for colour. There certainly isn't an array of malty flavours.

M: Light to moderate. Not bad considering the low ABV.

D: A newbie could drink it. A beer geek could, but probably wouldn't want to!

 534 characters

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.6/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark tawny brown, nearly opaque. One finger head with lacking retention and low lacing. Euro skunk smell accompanied by pale malt, noble hops and grainy alcohol that carry over into the taste. Other flavors include rich toasted malt and ground coffee. Crisp, light body leaves a dry aftertaste. Personally, I think it has too much euro dark lager flavor, but I'll still take this over the original St. Paulie.

 417 characters

Photo of BeerBeing
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz green glass generic longneck bottle, golden foiled neck, multicolored on white label

Appearance: amber/brown color, big, but short lived head, average lacing

Smell: grain, caramel and some hops

Taste: light to medium body, light mouthfeel, malty, hops on a bitter side, you can feel grain in it

Notes: average brew

 345 characters

Photo of riversider76
3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber. Head was fair,with a fair amount of laceing. Light, yet good flavor. This is a very drinkable beer.It's the type of beer that does not fill you up.You will want to have more than one. I like it better than the regular. Give it a try!

 253 characters

Photo of OatherS
3.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Green Bottle with brown label of beer girl.

Appearance: Short live half finger head. Brown, but still transparent/transluscent.

Smell: Skunky european beer odor. Somewhat of a chocolate smell faintly present.

Taste: Not bad. Somewhat of a bitter aftertaste, but it is smooth going down. The dunkel flavor is not that strong unfortuantely.

Mouthfeel: Smooth.

Drinkability: This is a nice option if the other beers are macros at a bar or restaurant.

 462 characters

Photo of karst
2.95/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cola brown, weak head. Little aroma, no skunk inspite of green bottle. Small collar persists. Little sweetness front of taste, mid and end some bitterness that finishes dry. Carbonation helps mouthfeel which is medium-light. Warming, increases bitterness and adds a metalic finish and aftertaste. Nevertheless drinkability is above average.

Two row spring barley from the south of England slowly roasted for darker color, a special strain of yeast, ice-age glacier water from the "Rotenburger Rinne," plus hops from the famous "Hallertau Hop Gardens" in southern Germany.

 580 characters

Photo of jp32
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark brown color with a nice tan, foamy head. The scents are pleasing, nice carmelized malts and a bit of chocolate. The taste is strong of bittersweet chocolate and has a lingering dark roast coffee flavor. I thought it had quite a watery texture the whole way through, which may be the only significant downfall of this beer. Tastes good and easy to drink, I'm sure it will find its way in front of me again soon.

 429 characters

Photo of Luigi
3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown color with amber hues. Off white head slighty sticky. Smells clean with grains, sulfer, and some hops. Light roasted malts, soft grains, and a light hops bitterness. Has a clean Slighty hoppy aftertaste. Light to meduim bodied. This is an average dark german lager. Easy to drink and goes great with a heavy meal.

 327 characters

Photo of tgbljb
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a dark color with nioce head that quickly disappeared. Smell was minimal. Taste was average with not attractive aftertaste.Not an extremely good beer. Poor example of this type of beer. There are much better beers of this type available. Not recommended

 260 characters

Photo of jdhilt
1.43/5  rDev -53%
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.

 452 characters

Photo of allengarvin
2.99/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep dark mahogany color with a decent head of white foam. Aroma is sweet and grainy, a touch of caramel. Lacks the smell of good munich malt. Flavor has decent maltiness, somewhat toasted, very faintly bread-like. Hops are nowhere to be found. Moderate body. An average, uninteresting beer.

 291 characters

Photo of Vancer
2.94/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Starting summary: Not that bad, not that great: a drinkable session beer if nothing better available. Poured a nice, clear mahogany brown with a quick fader tan head. But man, that classic Heineken skunky sulfur smell bums me out. Taste is somewhat plain; nothing stands out, but a decent balance with the hops and malt. Lite carbonation in the mouth, again, makes this OK for a six pack afternoon.

 398 characters

Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.22/5  rDev -27%
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.

 512 characters

Photo of KoG
3.53/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Came out of the bottle dark brown with a red tint, producing a generous amount of light tan head that stayed around for at least half of the drinking time. Left a decent ring of lace around the glass.

Smell was full of dark malt with a distinct lagered smell and a hint of hops.

Taste was dark malt, not too strong but a bit too much for the hop offering. Sweet malt carries on through the finish and leaves clean.

Mouth seemed on par and left a refreshed palate and had plenty of active carbonation to see it through.

Overall, not a bad brew at all. A decent session brew and it would be a welcome offering to me if available next to other beers that shall remain nameless.

 686 characters

Photo of danieltothemax
3.68/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

well, i just drank a six pack of this beer. it tasted sorta like newcastle, but not as much coffee or buttery flavors. a good "dark" beer. i like the way it made me feel. it made me feel like i was the captain of the starship enterprise and we were kicking intergalactic sphincter. i drank this really gross beer last night, and this beer (st. pauli's girl special dark) was as refreshing as a piece of lasagna to an italian person. this beer made me want to fight terrorism on the large scale. it made me want to enlist in the armed forces. it made me think that george bush kicks osama bin laden's ass. it made me feel closer to my dog, but not in a bestiality way. just in a "man's best friend" way. so in summation, drink this beer if you want to have a good time and there's nothing better to get.

 802 characters

Photo of Reidrover
2.91/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I saw this on sale for $6.99 a 12 pack at a local store.Cant beat that.
12 oz green bottle.
Pretty good lookin dunkle, dark mahoganay brown, with a good sized frothy tan head.
The aroma is pretty subdued just like regular St Pauli
The taste is very akin to the regular, but with some caramel sitting in the background.
pretty darn average on the palate.
Its drinkable, but i prefer Becks Dark if i want a cheap German dunkle.

 431 characters

Photo of beerceller99
2.03/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

 283 characters

Photo of niknar
3.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a reasonably dark blackish color with faint hints of red. Certainly not as dark as a stout, but this isn't a stout! A somewhat smallish almond-tan colored head appears readily, but disappears fairly quickly as well. Some very minor amounts of lacing left on the glass. Smells pleasingly of chocolate and malt, but nothing spectacular. Tastes fairly sweet with immediate hop bitterness to balance it out. However, it finishes with a thin tanginess that seems to give it a watered-down character. I believe this beer may actually taste better straight out of the bottle... Mouthfeel is unusually thin for a beer that is this dark. Not horrible by any means, but it seems to be much too thin for the style. Overall, its a fairly drinkable offering, but not something I would consider very good stylistically. I have enjoyed the six pack I purchased and consumed prior to writing this review (not in one sitting mind you!), but for the price, I won't be buying it again anytime soon.

 989 characters

Photo of SetarconeX
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Probably my current favorite of the St. Pauli Girls, which really isn't saying a whole lot.

It's a tad darker than some dark lagers I've seen, but not overwhelmingly so. The smell, despite being a tad faint and nowhere near as malty as I'd like, nevertheless manages to be acceptable.

The taste is somewhat lackluster, suffering from a distinct lack of hops. It is, however, saved by a faint carmel sweetness which ends up being the beer's main feature.

Drinkable, but there's a number of better options out there.

 524 characters

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.

 1,143 characters

Photo of Gusler
3.05/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer after departing the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass slightly hazy deep amber to brown color with a rather small head that is bubbly in texture and a light tan in color, the lace forms a thin but covering sheet. Nose is sweet malt, caramel, crisp and fresh, not a bad sniffer this beer, start is decidedly sweet, fair malt profile and the top skinny in feel. Finish is brisk in its carbonations with the hops light but noticeable, very dry and lingering aftertaste, once again drinkable but light.

 509 characters

Photo of BrewMaster
3.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nothing particularly outstanding about this beer. It pours with a moderate head that does not last. Flavor is a nutty malt with a hint of toast. Nothing to write home about but not a bad. Starts with a strong burst of flavor the fizzles very quickly.

 250 characters

Photo of Gagnonsux
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.

 543 characters

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

St. Pauli Girl “Special Dark” pours a very dark brown from a 12oz dark green glass bottle.

Head goes to well over two fingers with a firm pour, then fades to a well defined ring, some islands, and spotty lacing.

Nose is a damp, almost wet burnt malt, with hints of alcohol.

Taste is an up front bight of carbonation, with light chocolate and burnt coffee followed by a fairly good bitter hops. A dryer dark I might add, finishing dry and leaving a dry aftertaste as well.

If your looking for one of those viscous darks that you can stand a spoon up in, then St. Pauli Girl “Special Dark” is not for you. If on the other hand, your looking for a refreshing lighter dark, then you will find a friend you can come home to.

 735 characters

St. Pauli Girl Special Dark from St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co.
Beer rating: 3.04 out of 5 with 409 ratings