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

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BEER INFO

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

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-07-2000

BEER STATS
Reviews:
407
Ratings:
1,098
Avg:
2.89
pDev:
35.64%
 
 
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Reviews: 407 | Ratings: 1,098
Reviews by AmberMan22:
Photo of AmberMan22
2.66/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

bout time I got to reviewing this.

The green bottle is an immediate worry, and rightfully so.
While the appearance is fairly generic, the smell is a dead giveaway that maybe this should've been bottled in brown.

Semi skunky/sour smell from what there is of the hops.

The taste has some bitterness to it, a rather flat pale malt base, and a somewhat pitiful hops taste.

This beer really lacks the crisp, freshness that one expects in a German Pils.

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

Gawd...this is one terrible beer.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a white cap. Carbonation cascades up the glass.

Smell: Cooked corn! I finally figured out what that meant. This beer is cooked corn all over the place. With shades of cold garbage and veggie waste.

Taste: Some bitterness (hop maybe), stale wheat bread, and a sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Water.

Drinkability: I think not.

Overall: A terrible beer. I tried this just because I needed to understand the antithesis of craft beer. This is it. Look no further and avoid if all possible. This definitely provides perspective and a contrast to the usual fare of fine brews I have grown accustom to.

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Photo of RoyalT
1.73/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance – Delicate light yellow in color without much of a head.

Smell – Straight skunk from forty paces out. There’s a bit of that pils hop aroma in the glass if you dare to venture close enough, but otherwise this is one of the skunkiest beers that I’ve ever had.

Taste – The nasty skunk flavors turn to pukish Gummi-Bear sweets. This is nasty with a capital “N”.

Mouthfeel – A thin body and some cheap carbonation made this one tough to swallow.

Sinkability – This one is heading for the drain.

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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 Joggingon
3.5/5  rDev +21.1%

A good German style lager beer. Not overloaded with hops that seems to be the current style with so many ales. Has that German beer taste. Reminds me of my days in Germany while in the army.

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Photo of upperclass420
4/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a perfectly fine lager, and anyone who says otherwise should consider what a lager is supposed to be. it is supposed to be easy to drink and balanced so that no flavors overwhelm over the course of drinking more than a few.
I must say though, this beer just like many other imports, it should be in a brown bottle.
some people may not even be familiar with the differences, but these import lagers ive tried in both green and brown bottles, they always taste better in the brown bottle, and its easily noticeable. The green bottle gives the beer an almost sour sweetness, and the brown bottle has a more natural grainy tasting sweetness without the sour flavor which is also referred to as a skunky flavor. The thing ive noticed, is that when i purchase a 12 pack package of this st. pauli girl beer, since the beer is not exposed to light, the beer taste more like it should taste without that certain skunky sweetness. i pour it into a glass from a distance to get rid of the extra carbonation put in it, and it taste absolutely awesome over a 6 beer drinking session. I just suggest to get it in the 12 pack package so that the beer has not been effected by light.

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Photo of tohe9384
3/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of Brent_B
2.84/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of SkiBum22
1/5  rDev -65.4%

Photo of Dmann
3.5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a decent macro import that is always on sale here and is great for warm weather drinking. It pours a golden color with a good white head that stays for awhile and leaves a thin sheat of lace down my glass. The smell is a littly funky but not bad, and has a decent ammount of malt in the nose as well. The taste is refreshing with its crisp bite, good malt flavors and a slight hop flavor as well. This is my macro import of choice.

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Photo of markallmon
3.75/5  rDev +29.8%

Photo of chOAKbarrell
1.38/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Wow, this is a lot worse than I expected.

Ultra-thin, very light colored body. Corn/grass smell (stench). Noxious, offensive, invasive taste. I cant even say it goes down easy, so even the drinkability is low.

I guess this is the Budweiser of Germany, but at least you can ignore Bud while you are drinking it. St Pauli Girl is like a slap in the mouth.

Harsh.

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Photo of BeerDreadz
3.25/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Lazaro
3/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of BK2084
3.5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of Todd
3.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz green bottle. And, there she is again. My girl friend, St. Pauli Girl. Freshness date stamped on the back.

Appearance: Ultra clear and pale. Moderate carbonation activity, creating a thin whisp of a white lace. Sticky and holds as a ring around the glass.

Smell: Light grain and sulfur aromas (by-product of the yeast).

Taste: Light and crisp upfront. Malt sweetness is mild, but rounded, complete. Hops are tea-like, floral, some herbal notes too as it lightly prickles the palate. Light sulfur flavours abaft it all. Finishes with grain notes, leaving the palate a tad dry.

Notes: An okay brew, even despite those awesomely cheesy adverts and stigma on imported lager -- in comparison to others of the same style.

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Photo of twi1609372
3.35/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Overall I like this beer, fairly smooth, good taste, doesn't go down as easy as some but not bad overall. Good to try something different if your in the mood for something new. Overall not a bad beer now and again but wouldn't drink it regularly.Maybe it's great on tap, never had a chance to try it.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.75/5  rDev +29.8%

Photo of Doomcifer
2/5  rDev -30.8%

Photo of Jason
2.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

More or less skunked depending on how old it is and where it has been stored. Either way there is that underlying overcooked hop aroma and flavour ... not as bad as some other known skunk laden imports though.

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Photo of Rifrafboy
3.2/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber yellow color with a white head with decent lacing. This is a German macro that kicks ass on American macros. Taste is malty, with very modest hoppiness. You do get the feeling that the ingredients have been played out, however. Still, a decent beer.

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Photo of JayEvans813
3/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of dcevans
4/5  rDev +38.4%

Photo of Mora2000
2.24/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer pours a light clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is exactly what I expected from an imported beer in a green bottle: skunked grain and nothing else. I am holding it against the brewer in my rating since it was their choice to use a green bottle. The flavor has a little bit of skunk, but not as much as in the aroma. I also get some grain and grass notes from the hops. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of jamesmk48
3.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great outside summer beer. Ive been drinking this, brew for along time, its my go to outside/ work beer. If you like skunky German lagers you'll enjoy this.

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