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

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St. Pauli GirlSt. Pauli Girl

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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 steveh
3.86/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You never forget your first girl. Well, since my first was probably 30 years ago -- she's long forgotten. In the current nostalgic phase of trying some beers I enjoyed in the past, here goes.

German Pils? This has always been categorized as a Dortmunder that I can recall.

Best by 04/2011

A -- Nice, clear gold with a slow-settling white cap.

S -- Pretty thin all around: nothing bad, but nothing spectacular, mild spicy, grassy hops and vague grain.

T -- Good balance of mellow bready malts and spicy hops up front, breadiness lingers into a mildly bitter finish with some malt sweetness in the aftertaste. All around, pretty easy going and appetizing.

*Edit: BJCP mentions a mineral character for Dortmunders that I wouldn't have been able to I.D., but I get it from this brew -- sort of like a touch of mineral water in the finish at the back of your mouth.

M -- Soft mouthfeel with a light-medium body and dry, crisp finish.

D -- Very nice. 4.9%, good malt & hop balance without being macro bland -- very nice considering the rep its garnered.

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Photo of alankwak
3.8/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App: Straw colored, light. Head was strong and lacing was OK. Head didn't last too long but well over a minute which beats US macros.
Sm: Low to medium aroma.
T: Very smooth with a nice finish. Moderately hopped but has a nice finish. Light Sazz hops perhaps??
M: Very light mouthfeel as it should be as a pils. Light but good.
D: Damn drinkable beer for the price. Goes down smoothly and I enjoyed it. It's close to on par with Heineken but a few pennies less so...I approve!:)

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Photo of bubseymour
3.79/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - beautiful pale yellow and clear with 2 finger head. Great look for a Pils.

Smell - some nobles are faint but mostly a faint skunky smell

Taste - A pleasant combination of barnyard flavors (straw, earthiness) with nicely balanced noble hop flavoring and slight crisp in the finsih

Mouthfeel - full bodied for a Pilsner. Nice.

Overall - This a very decent German Pilsner in my book. Not sure why this one isn't more highly rated by others, as its got many good German Pilsner characteristics and also has some flavor punch to it (not bland by anymeans).

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.78/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 24ounce bottle, with the drink by date (11/05) clearly marked on the back.
It's nice getting a fresh sample of this.
Not much in the way of an odor from this, but no spoiled smells either so I'll give it some extra credit. Some floral hops smells come through. Fresh and clean smelling.
Pours a sunny yellow with a white a white head which quickly turns into a consistent swirl of foam at the top.
Clean tasting, good hops bitterness.
Finishes sharp and clean, with a rather thick mouthfeel for a pilsner.
Plenty of drinkability here.
$2 for 24 ounces? Sure! No problem at all with that.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.75/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have had this a bunch of times earlier. Poured into my Prima Pils glass for review:

Pours a clear gold color with nice carbonation and good white head. Smells a little almond-like, maybe a little grainy, with some definite bready characteristics. Tastes mostly clean with a sweet tasting finish. Mouthfeel is light with a slightly bitter finish. No real hop character to speak of. Overall, a decent beer. A good German brew at an affordable price. And you can't beat the iconic label art.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.74/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another beer that I had not touched in almost a quarter of a century. The marketing slogan used to be, "You never forget your first Girl", and that was certainly the case for me. She was a skunky mess that quickly became a drain pour, despite the fact that I was underage and had really worked to score that beer. Big, foamy, two fingers worth of bone white head. Color was a pale straw-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a Saaz hops bitterness to it. Mouthfeel was medium with a real Saaz bite on the tongue. The label identified it as "Lager", but I would put it as a Pilsner. This was really quite good. Finish had a pleasantly lingering hopiness. This was a real eye-opener.

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Photo of BobLuvBeer
3.74/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice head and lace. Rich golden color. Aroma of hops permeates the immediate area quickly after pour. Hop presence in taste dominates, but is not overpowering. Hop flavor bites on the tip of the tongue and lingers there as an aftertaste. Not a session beer for me, but definitely a beer I would return to occasionally.

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Photo of dueserdo
3.74/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer is just OK for me. I consider this a lady's beer because my wife really likes it and so do most of the women who drink beer. I can't imagine going to the corner bar and ordering one of these. It taste best on a hot summer day. For a 4.6% ABV it has great flavor. For those who like hoppy and an ABV of 7% or more, this is not to your liking.

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Photo of hopheadjuice
3.73/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. green bottle with best buy date on back.

Appearence - super clear light golden hue with visible carbonation.

Smell - A little skunky but thats what makes this beer good to me.

Tatse - Malty yeasty slightly skunky taste. good though.

Feel - Carbonation is right on with this brew nice medium body, great session beer for 1099 a 12 pack.

Drinkability - I always find myself grabbing for this beer when im in the mood for a nice german pilsner ( Even though they dont sell this in germany. )

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Photo of JasonCoop
3.72/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

drank a lot of these last summer, refreshing when it's really hot.

pours crystal clear straw yellow/gold color with pretty nice fizzy head. bubbles line the glass too.

smells light and grassy-sweet. slightly skunky, but not too bad.

taste is nice and light. very crisp, highly carbonated. a light sweet malt taste blends into a grassy and subtle hop aftertaste. refreshing if nothing else. that and the fact that i can get this for under 9 bucks a 12 pack most of the time makes it considerable if i feel like a light pilsener.

mouthfeel is very light and very bubbly and not this brew's finest point. but its light and crisp flavor makes it pretty drinkable, especially during summer in my opinion.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.71/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is gold / yellow. Starts sweet on the palate with some hop spiciness / zesty towards the finish. Nice and light feel to the mouthfeel and goes down very easily. Overall all I think this is an enjoyable lager. Went well with my cheese steak!

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Photo of MirkoCroCough
3.68/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First bottle into pint glass, the rest straight from the bottle.

Pretty gold and clear.

Typical Euro lager.

Malty with some faint hops.

Smooth with a hint of carbonation. Good.

It's a good clean beer that is easy to drink.

It is worth spending the few extra dollars to drink this instead of the typical American corn and rice garbage.

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Photo of steinlifter
3.68/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a straw golden, sudsy head that had some retention leaving broken lace down sides of glass.
aroma was of grain and mild hops.
taste is similar to smell semi-sweet grain flavor mixed with a mild hop flavor.
mouthfeel is crisp and clean, very bubbly.
drinkability is very good on this, would be a great session brew for the warmer weather,refreshing and thirst quenching, I've had this many times over the years and am surprised I've never reviewed it till now...huh!..anyway this is nothing spectacular just a good ol' German Pilsener done in the classic style.

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Photo of tjacobs610
3.67/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very clear and golden color. Very small thin head that has very little retention and lacing. Has a fairly good amount of carbonation as well

Smell: Very light grainy and sulfuric smell. Actually a very good smell compared to other beers of this category

Taste: Very crisp tasting. Has a sweet taste up front from the malts and herbal and floral hop notes. Finishes with a dry grainy taste

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied and soft on the palate with a dry finish

Overall: This is a fairly good beer. Had great smell and appearance, along with a surprisingly good taste. The dry finish is the only downside to this import

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Photo of Backer2004
3.65/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I do not care what others on BA have to say about this. After a long doubleheader of softball, this and a slice a pizza was absolutely perfect. Sweeter than many German pilsners, very easy to drink, and no real flaws, I think I'll try to keep a sixer of this in the house of the course of the season.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.65/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Haven't had the Pauli girl in a while, but I had some last night. I think the best part of this beer is the beautiful girl on the label. The appearance is lacking, a clear fizzy yellow, but with a decent fluffy head on top. Mild malty aroma.

Not much complexity, but this is a nice, malty German lager. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth with a slight bubbly carbonation. I would only drink this stuff more frequently if a beautiful woman dressed as the St. Pauli Girl was serving it to me.

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.64/5  rDev +26%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Crisp clean golden appearance. Light carbonation with bright white head that quickly dissipates.

Smells of light skunk, which isn’t a bad thing for me. First initial tastes of light skunk followed by slight hoppy bitterness with malts. Medium body.

This is a very drinkable beer, excellent for a macro and all the lame adv. Not a bad beer. But not one I will actively seek out.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.62/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty decent mass-market German Pils. Very pale, with thin white head that fades away. Slight skunk that dissipates and gives way to sweet malt and noble hop aromas. flavor is sweet pilsner malt and grassy hops--likely hallertau. Finishes with refreshing bitterness. There are many, many beers I'd choose over The Girl but she is a solid brew that I'd buy again. Goes well with the sexy posters.

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Photo of nicksta
3.61/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The appearance is an extremely light gold with an airy head that leaves almost no lacing on the glass. Extra points for being the clearest beer I've ever seen.

The smell is light maltiness and a hint of skunky euro-lager yeast. Clean, but only because there isn't enough here.

The taste is light malts and a hint of hops and yeast at the end. Very crisp.

The mouthfeel actually has a decent body to it -very clean - and the drinkability is good. Really good. I'm talking mini keg to your self good.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.61/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to say the label is the best thing about this; a buxom Bavarian wench carrying steins of beer, whats not to love?

The beer itself was decent, slight skunk scent, (damn green bottles), medium yellow body, great head that lasts a while. Clean, crisp (grassy?).
I would drink it again.

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Photo of Arsenal11
3.6/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

St Pauli Girl the first import I ever had many years ago :) Let me start by saying that I bought mine as a twelve pack which is the only way to go with green bottle imports thats why I had no skunkiness whatsoever.

A- Typical Lager but who really pours this stuff out of the bottle? The label is way better to look at.

S-Grassy a slight hint of hops

T-Light and refreshing, a little grassy, some sweet malts finish lingers nicely.

Overall this is a great beer that I would purchase again.

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Photo of drunkboxer1
3.6/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright yellow with a half inch white head. Leaves a thin amount of lacing. Smells of husky grains, slightly of pale malt, and a good amount of floral hops. Tastes of mildly spicy, noble hops, particularly in the finish. Some sweetness from the pale malt, and a small amount of bitterness. Its highly carbonated.

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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 veech
3.58/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was a nice palate cleanser from my usual porter/stout sessions. I hadn't tried a St Pauli Girl in many years and it was just as I remembered: very hoppy and clean with a crisp strong flavor that is expected from a German Pils. Grasslike aromas and flavors highlight this beer that is a straw yellow, moderately carbonated lager beer. It doesn't really distinguish itself from say a Becks or Carlsberg but is tasty and refreshing nonetheless.

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Photo of Satanic
3.58/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a truly wonderful beer. I believe it is a wheat beer style which is comparable to Heinekin in taste, it pours a clear see-through golden yellow with little acrid aroma and no head- although I did pour it at an angle so that it wouldn't lose too much carbonation into a regular glass as I have yet to get some good beer glasses! It has a wonderful taste and when you inhale upon drinking an aroma to match. It is a very good cheap beer, I believe I paid 3$ with tax for a pint. I also believe this has a faint after-taste of red apple, although it is barely noticeable.

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St. Pauli Girl from St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co.
2.89 out of 5 based on 1,119 ratings.
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