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 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 jsprain1
2.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Very little head atop a browninsh amber base.
S- Smell is clean, but is of appealing malt.
T- The malt/roasted grain flavors kind of waver on the tongue with just the faintest hint of tea-like hops mingling followed by something of a metallic finish.
M- Quite crisp, with a dry finish.
D- This is merely an average beer to me. Nothing very exciting about this one. Just kind of an average-at-best dark lager.

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Photo of gkunkle
2.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown color with a one finger head that quickly dissipates. I suppose the head could be described as "off white" or "light tan". The beer has a slight malty smell, with only a touch of sweetness and hops. Tasted kinda the way is smells, malty and a little hoppy, but its nothing to write home about. Thin mouthfeel and pretty average drinkability. Overall, I have been to Munich and have tried the Dunkel Lagers brewed there are they are all far superior to this beer.

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Photo of gonger
3.01/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into tumbler.

A-Pours 'cola' brown producing a 1" head that dissipates quickly leaving a ring of foam. I can see CO2 bubbling up from the bottom of the glass. Very little lacing remains.

S-Mostly roasted malt, musky, some hop presence, and salt or 'sea air?'

T-Malt and hops in the mouth, tangy swallow, finishes clean. Thirst-quenching.

M-Thin, smooth, mild carbonation. Nothing special.

D-This is a typical mass-market German dark lager. There's nothing remarkable about it. It's a decent brew but that's all. It fits into the session beer niche quite nicely. I won't buy it again, but I probably won't turn it down, if offered.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.98/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz green bottle with a best before date of 01.2011. Pours a dark brown color with some crimson highlights and a large, loud and fluffy tan foam. Not a bad looking brewski.

Nose has a little bit of skunky hop aroma freshly poured, but once that dissipates, a decent amount of roast and grainy malt come through. Not chocolaty as most dunkels, this is more akin to a Euro Dark Lager than anything else.

Thin, acidic and too fruity for a lager all rush to my mind upon just the first sip. Cardboardy stale malts and a mild sugary sweetness, but really lacks in any type of malt depth and hops are tardy with only a bit of minty cleanup duty on the finish. I am glad I got this as a single, as a six-pack might take a while to finish. Not horrible, but I cant help but think this might fare better in the Euro Dark Lager is, this would rate near the bottom in terms of dunkels I have had.

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Photo of beertunes
3.53/5  rDev +15.7%
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 -5.9%
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 -18.7%
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 AmberMan22
3.1/5  rDev +1.6%
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 -6.6%
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 -10.8%
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 -8.5%
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 +12.5%
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%
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 -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 bigdeuce
3.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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 +6.6%
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 -10.2%
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 +20.7%
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 +51.1%
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 +9.2%
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 +9.2%
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 -3%
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 +5.9%
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 +7.5%
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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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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