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

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Style:
European Pale Lager
Ranked #340
ABV:
5%
Score:
67
Ranked #47,528
Avg:
2.89 | pDev: 22.15%
Reviews:
436
Ratings:
1,196
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St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co.
 
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SCORE
67
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Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
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

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Photo of defunksta
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)

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
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.

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Photo of BretAB
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...

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Photo of Cholla
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.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
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

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Photo of Drak-Nib
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

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Photo of Buckeye55
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.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
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.

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Photo of OkieMoosehead
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.

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Photo of depechemode1983
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.

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Photo of superspak
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.

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Photo of dcotom
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.

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Photo of DrMullet
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.

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Photo of Brewview
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.

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Photo of feuematt
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.

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Photo of Karl1990
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.

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

Once again I see that a famous German import gets a low rating compared to what I think. But what do I know? We were drinking these as a big treat way before all the American Crafters exploded on the scene. So maybe I'm being sentimental.

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Photo of losthusker
1.87/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'll go ahead and explain what skunky means. It means it smells like a damn road kill skunk. And it's all downhill from there, yikes. It does look like a beer, it is wet like a beer. But unfortunately it smells and tastes like a skunk. And not buying the green bottle bs because Hieneken, Becks, and even Special Export aren't nearly this offensive. Will not revisit.

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Photo of karlk1990
3.99/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have seen this around both at beer stores and in the import section at Meijer and Walmart . Finally decided to try it. To me, it tasted a little different than other beers in the style with a bready almost oat like after taste. Was good but it won't replace becks for me.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Pauli Girl brewed by St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co. This German Piliser with an ABV of 4.90% pours out a nice golden amber color with a nice white head. There is some nice spotty lacing to this brew,it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is mild skunkie with grains and malts. Not a fan of brews in green bottles,but it is what it is. Now for the taste, it is bold with grins and malts. You do pick up on some nice mild hops in the taste as well. The skunk flavor is there. However it is not to bad, I have had a lot worse. The body is a solid medium, a real smooth going brew. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a real nice balance to it. This brew would be nicer on tap or out of a can . The mouth feel is Bold, Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving St. Pauli Girl a soild 4 out of 5. I would look this brew up again givin the chance to. St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co., Did a nice job with this brew.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.16/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I've pounded some of these over the years. Pours a feint straw yellow with a mild 1/4" white head that vanishes before your eyes. Aroma is skunky. I'm ok with that. I almost prefer it in this style of beer.

Taste is a minor noble hopped beer, very light pale malt and plenty of skunkiness over a mouthfeel of lots of carbonation. I dig it for what it is. Its a skunky Euro lager with some sex appeal marketing on the label. Hot weather beer for sure. Or maybe you didn't wanna wait in line for beer and just wanted to throw some meat on the grill and drink one of these without talking about some idiosyncratic taste you came up with to put in your review.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.04/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

St. Pauli Girl | St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, the head is three fingers thick, with solid lacing, and a clear medium gold body.

Smells like full-bodied grains and hearty malts.

I taste a clean and clear version of the smell, with slight bitterness.

Medium-light mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

I'll rate St. Pauli Girl | St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co. with an overall 4. Not up to par with other German brews out there IMO.

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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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