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

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St. Pauli GirlSt. Pauli Girl

Brewed by:
St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co.

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of beerguy04
4.08/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color with a foamy white head. A faint malty smell. Taste is a faint maltyness as well. Mouthfeel is watered down. Overall I like this beer. I feel like it's what BMC was supposed to taste.

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Photo of CaptainHate
2.71/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I had this at a Hungarian restaurant; nothing was on tap and the bottled choices were very unexciting. I had fond memories of this pre craft beer so I thought I'd give it a try. It wasn't bad so much as it was unexciting; a utilitarian thirst quencher that at no time caused me to think "this is really good".

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Photo of ordybill
2.22/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the Taco Mac in Atlanta. I have had this dozens of times in the past, first time for a review. The appearance is a clear light yellow color with a very small white head. The aroma is all "skunk". The taste is awful, the first flavor is skunky followed by some mild hops.

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Photo of Isoruku
1.85/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Can't believe I liked this stuff when I was 18! Just had a bottle last night, or I should say that I had half a bottle. First impression was "This can't be right!" Subsequent tastes confirmed that yes, St Pauli girl is a boring, watery waste of money. God knows why it has a cultural presence, but it's amazing what an ad campaign can do. Overall, it has no flavor (I'm not sure what other reviewers mean by "skunky"), no complexity, no nothing.

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Photo of baitcastman
4.55/5  rDev +57.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I have not had this beer since I was younger and now that I recently bought it I now know why I bought it when I was younger. This beer is really good plain and simple. 12 oz bottle smelled good at first opening drank straight from the bottle.
Good hopps but not over the top and good lingering flavor, nothing bitter with this beer. Born date 7/2015 and still holds it's taste at 12/16, most people wouldn't bother because of the date. I'm glad I tried it again and will buy more of it.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
2.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date 04.2017.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, light gold color with less than one finger white head that quickly dissipated until only a thin, broken ring of small bubbles remained around the glass, there is no lacing present, medium carbonation.

SMELL: bread and that Euro skunk smell, not much else.

TASTE: initially sweet and then crackers and finishes with a skunky hop profile.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is not a good beer, I can't believe I once considered this beer to be something special before the craft beer revolution, amazing how perceptions change when there are more choices, don't bother with this one, there are so many better options available.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
1.94/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pour is bright yellow with a small head that fades pretty fast. Smells of grain, and little skunk funk. Taste is pretty standard, grainy corn mix with mild hops and skunk finish. Overall a standard beer, not horrible if ice cold but nothing out of the ordinary with this one, taste pretty much like rest in its class.

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Photo of DinoVindaloo
1.56/5  rDev -46%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

The look of the bottle is classic and was appealing. However, simply opening the bottle gave a skunky aroma. Pouring it out gave a nice head and a slightly below average yellow color. The taste was merely slightly better than the odor. It's nicely carbonated, that being the highlight of the beer.

Overall, I would never drink this beer again. It's not the worst but the price point is far too high. Better than an Olde English, worse than a Corona. The skunky odor and taste really ruined this one for me.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

St. Pauli Girl pours a straw yellow color with a lacing head. Very grainy, and industrial aroma. Taste is very grainy, corn, chemically and its downright offensive. Flat and nasty aftertaste. Overall, pretty bad.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
2.28/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Look: Stereotypical of the style, a transparent yellow color with a one finger white head that has no retention.

Smell: Not as horrible as I was anticipating - but still pretty bad. Upfront the nose is slightly sweet with notes of cooked corn and sugary cereal. There's a vaguely floral pilsener malt aroma. A sour green apple smell blankets the entire experience.

Taste: The taste follows the nose with more notes of cooked corn, sugary light malt and sour, bitter green apples. Has a mildly sweet and grassy finish.

Feel: One of the few things this beer has going for it. A medium body and vague creaminess helps you deal slightly with the overall mediocrity of the taste.

Overall: It's bad. Drinkable, but bad. Very boring and uninspired. Tastes like slightly dry, sweetened alcoholic water.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Clear golden color
Light mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Light malt flavor
Overall a refreshing beer. Great on a hot summer day when you plan to drink a lot.

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Photo of Squire123
3.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light Euro lager with an iconic label. Reasonably fresh it's good, but I really can't tell it apart from so many others in the same group. If I find it in cans might try some again.

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Photo of franjaserra
4.42/5  rDev +52.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the true german flavor for lager kind.. beer you buy in any pub in Europe.. very popular there. I love it.
But like all things, flavor is a cultural variable...

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Photo of gestyr
3.02/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I received a few bottles from my brother-in-law (along with some Mad Elf). It has been years since I have had St Pauli.
Pours a nice, clear light straw color with a head that is very fleeting. A constant stream of bubbles rises through the glass. Smells slightly skunky with a sweet grain aroma. The taste follows the smell, slightly sweet. A bit of hops flavor. Light bodied and refreshing. Overall it is a good example of commercial euro-lager.

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Photo of drpimento
2.79/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

this is a little light struck, not surprising given green bottle. Otherwise, totally forgettable. Nothing present that's remarkable. The only thing of note, is that there's nothing of note.

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Photo of threesignificantstarfish
4.28/5  rDev +48.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My first beer non-American beer. I remember where I was, who I was with, and what I ate when I had my first of many St. Pauli Girl's. I don't care what anyone thinks, I love the smell, the taste, and the green bottle it comes in.

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Photo of Myotus
2.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle (best by June 2016) into a pilsner glass.
LOOK: Pours with two fingers of dense, white foam that halves itself and becomes significantly less dense after two minutes. Very thick lacing is left behind from the foam head shrinkage. There is an abundance of both small and medium-sized rising bubbles. Straw yellow in color. Lacing is thick and moderate.
SMELL: As soon as I popped open the bottle, a very strong aroma of 3-Methyl-2-Butene-1-Thiol (that is, the smell that is nearly identical to a skunk that result from the blue waves of the UV spectrum striking beer [which is strange because I made sure that no sunlight touched the bottle as I walked it out from the store to my car, so it must have been an error made by the deliver guy] and creating a photochemical reaction with the hops in the beer) punched me in my olfactory receptors. But as I poured the bottle into the glass, the smell became subtle and is also joined with mild aromas of car exhaust, spicy hops, earthy hops hops, biscuity malts, and hints of bitter hops.
TASTE: Initial taste is of mild biscuity malts that are immediately followed by mild flavors of spicy and earthy hops. Subtle skunky flavors and bitter hops enter lastly as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth. Ends with a thirst-quenching finish.
NOTE: This is an insult to the German Pilsner name.

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Photo of hdf561
3.19/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to a mug, pale yellow appearance, no head.

Initial bottle pop and pour emits a horrid odor subsequent snifs not as harsh but emit malty notes

Taste is surprisingly smooth and very even mouth feel.

This is a great tasting beer! And I would drink it again!

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Photo of mikescherrer8
2.04/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Really distinct skunky, and bad odor scent. Has a mild smooth flavor, nothing really stands out however. The after taste isn't pleasant. Overall I was disappointed.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Brief write-up. Had this at a restaurant last night...and it wasn't that skunked?! In fact, I don't recall much skunk at all. Granted, the nose wasn't anything inspiring (it was a typical Euro lager aroma, nothing more), but it wasn't some light-struck disaster. The flavor profile was a bit better. Granted, it was a bit sweet for a pilsner - with its slight bubblegum and nutty flavors, it reminded me of a typical Euro lager more than anything. I get no notes of corn or cooked veggies. In fact, it finished with a slight hoppiness, though it remained fairly sweet throughout. When it's not skunked, however, this honestly shits all over BMC/Stella/Heineken from a great height.

2.81/5: Eat your heart out, BMC

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Photo of JoLight
3.59/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, yellow color with minimal bubbles steaming up the glass. White head that retains as a very small ring.

Grassy, hoppy aroma.

Very light flavor: a grain backbone, with lots of freshly cut grass. Very slight carbonation bite at the end.

Light and watery mouthfeel.

Went finish.

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Photo of MFMB
2.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pauli's girl is a bit skunked.very grainy to me but I jerk'd off twice to the smokin' hot blonde on the bottle so I guess you could say this beer hit the spot.

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Photo of Foyle
2.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass

Appearance: pours a 1+" frothy head that drops slowly. Color is clear pale straw with mild streaming carbonation.

Aroma: initially a bit of skunk (green bottle) once that subsided, some mild sweet malt and grassiness.

Mouthfeel: light and watery with a somewhat dry finish.

Flavor: sweet yeast rolls with a mild hop bite that lingers in the finish.

Overall: nothing offensive (other than the initial skunk), but not near the best in this style.

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Photo of TreyDavidWood
5/5  rDev +73%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my absolute favorite beer of all time. I think it tastes great, even if it does not have a reputation of being an excellent beer. To me, it is just a higher quality, slightly more sophisticated version of domestic party and game-day beers like Budweiser and Miller, and if that does't sound appealing to you, then I don't know what to tell you.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.92/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked up because I love the style and knew it came from an area that I know I like the beer. a finger head and golden color. smell is a bit skunky. the taste is clean, crisp, refreshing, maybe a very tiny bit skunky but in a good way. on the same level as Becks for me. if I wanted this style, I'd go to this or Becks. good beer.

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