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

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Style:
Lager - European Pale
Ranked #383
ABV:
5%
Score:
67
Ranked #49,774
Avg:
2.89 | pDev: 22.15%
Reviews:
445
Ratings:
1,216
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SCORE
67
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Truegent2004 from Minnesota

1.99/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

I had not tried it since college days. Thankfully I only bought an individual bottle at the liquor store. Utterly rancid. I took two sips and poured the rest out.

Dec 26, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

2.53/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bleh...not impressed at all by this bier. I thought it would be better, but I was wrong. Cannot recommend this particular one at all. Flat, no taste, poor finish......just cannot say anything really positive about it.

Jul 12, 2020
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BaronVonJersey

2.02/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I used to love Beck's, and years ago with one sip I realized that it had been changed. I saw it was now made in St. Louis, I actually called the number on the label and a guy gave me a very rehearsed, lawyered up explanation. So I switched to St. Pauli Girl for many years. I just brought some home, and they ruined this great brand now as well. Now made in St. Louis and takes exactly like the new crap American made Beck's. And the part that is smarmy is that they still try to present it as a German product. So disappointing, I am going to try to return the unopened case and exchange for Spaten or something.

May 18, 2020
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NYRose

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

It is non alcoholic but the flavor and refreshing tang is fully there. It is not flat like American beers, but has depth and the blend of sour, bitter and that hint of a flower that makes it a joy to the mouth. It does not have the more grainy taste of the dark beers, so it is not sweet and is therefore more refreshing on a hot day or after a pizza or other heavy food. A great palate cleanser after garlic also. Knowing it comes from Germany where they do not allow chemicals and other new-fangled methods in the brewing of beer, means we get a clean healthy drink that delights. They have an alcoholic version which is also good if you want the added aspect that alcohol gives, but I simply like beer and do not want that heady feeling and St. Pauli Girl is the best beer without that added aspect.

May 06, 2020
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Nass from Florida

3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I like the bottle label artwork. The pour is straw colored in the pilsner glass with very little carbonation. The taste is baked biscuit, sweet grains, malt, faint caramelized sugar, & fennel. Cheers! B-

Jan 15, 2020
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cardfan212 from Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

Look - Pours a crystal clear golden straw color. The head piles up decently on impact with glass but quickly dies down into a fine film of froth.

Smell - Dank and skunky, definitely in line with other import beers I've had from green bottles (not sure how big an impact clear/green versus brown actually makes, but I'll stick with it). A slight air of toaster waffles. Overall faint smell.

Taste - Ritz crackers, wheat bread, and again waffles. Lightly sweet and bready. Easy going and without as big a blast of dank that comes with the smell.

Feel - Thin body with not much to speak of when it comes to carbonation. Keeps the beer easy to drink, but also lets the flavor linger a bit too long.

Overall - A whatever Euro lager. Not the worst, not the best. I'll drink it, but I probably won't search it out.

Nov 17, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.07/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(12 oz green bottle; best before 01.2020; purchased single off shelf... poured into wide-mouth Golden Monkey glass)

L: polished-clear, pale gold liquid; small dusting of dusty sediment; white, silky foam sponge on pour, slow fade

S: skunk, champagne upon first whiff... that blows off, leaving a subtle scent of golden bread crust and unfortunately also a hint of cardboard... overall intensity (after blow-off) mild

T: initially, a biting-bitter, vegetal (tree-leafy, petiole, stems) edge atop dry, crackery grain base... does vaguely have that textbook Euro pale clove/dough tone, but very restrained... dry, herbal aftertaste

F: light-bodied, but the bite of carbonation mostly gasses off on the pour, giving the finish a bit of drag and afterglow... I do like a little more definition and swell in the body of a Euro pale, but the quick, taut, dry warmth here is pretty nice

O: I may have had SPG a few times back in high school - at any rate, these flavors are taking me back in a strange way, perhaps also reminding me of Beck's? - grew on me a bit, but not worth revisiting... one of the last bastions of Euro skunk beer? - maybe a sentimental favorite for another generation (1552)

Oct 08, 2019
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a light beer. Sweetish nose with some saz/noble hops euro lager thing. It’s a pretty balanced flavor, this is one of the better Euro lagers I think. Think of a less hoppy Heineken with some good carbonation and a light body. I like these type of beer more than most so I may be a bit biased.

Sep 29, 2019
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DirtyMikeandTheBoys from Arkansas

1.06/5  rDev -63.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I’d rather drink Natural Light. This is more skunk than a corona. There’s a taste there. Almost like German hog water and metal. I’m forced to drink keystone after gambling with this unfortunate brew

Sep 07, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.71/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, light, pale color. Slightly yellow, but completely clear and almost looks like glass. SRM of 3 to 4. (3.75)

Aroma: Huge skunky aromas. Paired with an almost vinegar-like rice aroma. Some cooked vegetables and grassiness too. It's like skunk, vinegar, rice, and grass. The vinegar adds a vinous or grape like quality. Some light pale malt behind that. (3.25)

Flavor: The flavor has less skunk and vinegar. More rice, bready biscuit and some slight toasty malt notes. Malts reminds me of a Mexican lager, like a Modelo. Almost reminiscent of a Marzen-like malt quality. Not getting much hops in here. (4.00)

Feel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation. The malt and skunk are left on the tongue. (3.50)

Overall: This German lager really showcases the malts well as others have mentioned. It definitely is light-struck and skunky, but behind that the malt flavors are pretty good. (Final Rating: 3.71)

Aug 11, 2019
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BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

2.5/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours a golden yellow color with a quarter finger white head. Little to no lacing or head retention.

The aroma is sweet. . . predominantly consisting of a sugary cornflakes - capped off by very mild notes of red apple, toasted bread and feint hints of noble, grassy European hops.

The flavor is almost Maibock like, with a prevalent toasted malt backbone- despite being a lager. The arrival is clean. Some vaguely dry, bitter, grassy hops upfront at first, quickly followed by a protracted aftertaste of malty toffee and caramel on the finish. Hints of red apple somewhere in between it all.

Light/medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall it's decent, although it leans towards the sweet side. If you were to ask me what sets it apart from all the other Americanized European lagers, I would say the biggest thing it has going for it, is it's relatively pale, somewhat toasted, strong, malty backbone. The noble Hops also add a little bit of dry, grassyness, detracting from the sweetness of the malt bill so as to make it refreshing.

Jul 04, 2019
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BretAB from Florida

1/5  rDev -65.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Hi BeerAdvoicate Et al,

At this time I have given St. Pauli Girl the lowest possible rating for several reasons.

1) The first and most important is false advertising: The 12 pack packaging clearly lists stpauligirl.com as the authoritative web site for this product. That domain exists, but there is NO public facing web site. That public relations screw-up is in "poor taste".

2) The packaging is virtually impossible to open and recycle. The incorporation of a non-user-friendly plasitic strip embedded inside the end flaps, and a glue that makes it as equally impossible to lift up the end flaps, means breaking finger nails or enduring other physical pain and cursing just trying to get to the bottles.

3) If one does somehow manage to get to the bottles, remove them from the 12 pack package, and then attempt to recycle the carton, you will have to deal a second time with nearly permanently glued flaps on the other end of the carton. Then you need to be ready to pick up little semi-circular cardboard cutouts (from the finger insertion holes) that fall out onto the floor and allow you to do even more unexpected exercise. This packaging is not user friendly whatsoever.

All that said, the beer itself is pretty good for a casual drinking lager. Btw, I generally do not prefer USA domestic beers, but Becks (German pilsner) is decent. I've bought St Pauli (euro pale lager) for many years. My taste buds say St Pauli is similar to Warsteiner (German pilsner) also bought for many years). Sorry I'm not a connoisseur in terms of beer descriptions, but I know what I like.

If St. Pauli Girl was advertised correctly and packaged with the consumer in mind, I'd give it a solid 3.5 overall and recommend it as an excellent casual brew for friends who drop by and the racks in your beer cellar.

Regards...

Jun 17, 2019
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Cholla from New Jersey

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

Smooth German lager. Not too hoppy or sweet seems very balanced and light. Almost like Heineken Light. Could drink these on a hot day after yard work. Cheers.

Jun 10, 2019
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ZenAgnostic from Texas

4.18/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Best before: 08.2019 printed on bottom right corner of back label. So this should be good for another 2-3 months. Allegedly. But we know how things work with green bottles. Picked it up at the grocery store as part of a $10 six pack mixer.

Appearance - Pours a large pearlywhite seafoam headwith great retention and thick fluffy tufts of patchy lacing. Clear light to medium gold body with some barely visible suspended particulates.
4.25

Smell - Soft gentle honey sweetness and corny grain. Delicate and inviting. 4.25

Taste - Mild to moderately bitter hop kick that arrives in tandem with a gentle grainy malt. Clean aftertaste. 4.25

Mouthfeel - Astringent in the first sip but that seems to peter off with subsequent sips. 4

Overall - It's been many years since I had this one, and I didn't think I liked it. But I do. In fact I think it might be the first non-domestic beer I ever had in my life, about 15 years ago or maybe a little longer. It's got some mild kick while still being clean and drinkable. And doesn't have that characteristic skunkiness I normally find. I guess I got lucky and somehow got a non-sunstruck bottle. 4

May 24, 2019
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Drak-Nib from Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3 It was nice and smooth. It doesn’t rise above others, but it doesn’t slouch below them either. A rather average beer, and not the bad kind of average. circa 2008

Apologies for the broken Google translate German… 3+ Wenn ich Lust auf ein helles Bier in einer durchsichtigen Flasche mit einem schönen deutschen Mädchen auf dem Etikett habe, wähle ich St. Pauli Girl. Die trinkende Natur dieses wunderbaren Imports ist ein wohltuender Balsam für meinen unruhigen Geist. Obwohl bessere Biere dieser Art da draußen sind, kann ich mit der blonden Bardame nichts falsch machen. 2017/11/26

Feb 03, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

2.77/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Another college era brew, had a bar at OSU that ran specials on this one Thursday nights. Was maybe my favorite college era beer. Tried it about a decade after college and did not like it at all. Not like I had evolved beer wise, just didn't do it. The taste was not as I remembered and it was a little harsh. Haven't tried it since. Overall, I would rank it a little below average, the last unfavorable instance negatively impacted a beer I always liked.

Jan 29, 2019
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Michael Scott's favorite brew, this is one thing that runs true with European beers. This is a really strange beer that is skunky, but other than that it just has a strange flavor profile, this varies from style to style but this one tastes like weird vegetables.

Oct 08, 2018
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OkieMoosehead from Oklahoma

3.39/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I like St Pauli. It might be because of the great label but I think it's a solid lager. It is hard to beat for a moderate priced mass produced beer and has a smooth bite when ice cold.

Aug 10, 2018
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depechemode1983 from Texas

3.24/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours out a medium golden yellow in color. Head is white and foamy at the top. Retention is moderate with minimal lacing.
Picking up lots of grains and bread in the nose. Also getting light floral hops. A little better than i remember it.
The taste is of light grains and floral hops with a bit of honey like sweetness. Ends on a semi bitter not that lingers for a bit.
The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing and well carbonated.

I am a little taken back. This beer isn't half bad. I would rate it a solid 3 at the very least. I see one guy reviewing from memory and a few others reviewing it as a German Pilsener instead of a Euro Pale Lager. Maybe that is the reason for the low score.

Jul 11, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass; bottled on 1/3/2018, best before 1/2019. Pours crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of cracker, white bread, and lightly toasted biscuit; with light notes of honey, nuttiness, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. A touch of skunky aromas that went away as it sat in the glass. Nice and pleasant aromas with pale malt and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, white bread, and lightly toasted biscuit; with light notes of honey, nuttiness, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Mild herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey/nutty/pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness of pale malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero fruity notes present. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very good pale lager. All around nice robustness of pale malt and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful and never watery for the ABV. Very clean pils malt flavors, with light earthy hop balance. A very enjoyable and well made offering for the style.

Jun 16, 2018
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dcotom from Iowa

3.62/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a stemmed flute. Crystal clear pale golden colored body, with a couple fingers of evanescent white head. Aromas and flavors of light biscuity malt, grain, grass, straw, and tart apple, with floral overtones and a hint of skunkiness. A little sweetness on the palate, not at all overbearing. Finishes on the dry side with some pleasant bitterness and a touch of astringence. There is even a little alcohol warmth as the beer reaches cellar temperature. Don't make the mistake of passing on this because of the rather low rating. You might be pleasantly surprised.

Feb 11, 2018
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DrMullet from Florida

3.69/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear light yellow with medium head.
Smell is sweet grain and slightly floral.
Taste is bready followed by a mildly grassy bitter finish.
Much maligned, but not as bad as the hype.

Dec 24, 2017
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Brewview from Florida

1.34/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Working from memory, I had this beer from a bottle poured into a glass, the smell of this beer is what hit me first it was very skunky and I was not to crazy about it. It pours a clear yellow color with faint taste of hops and malt. Simply put there are much better German Pilsners in mu opinion and this beer just was not for me and I have no plans to re visit in the near future.

Sep 24, 2017
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feuematt from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Gold colored beer with a rapidly fading head. I was lucky and got a non skunked bottle. It is a pretty decent beer in my opinion. I guess it all depends if your lucky enough not to get the skunked bottles.

Sep 05, 2017
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Karl1990 from Michigan

4.99/5  rDev +72.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a bit darker than say Warsteiner, but is still nice and clear and well carbonated. Tasted a lot better than the first time I tried it . In a closed 12 pack with an April 2018 best by date this was very good.

Jul 26, 2017
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