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

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Reviews:
407
Ratings:
1,099
Avg:
2.89
pDev:
35.64%
 
 
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Reviews: 407 | Ratings: 1,099
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 dikebrewery
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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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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Photo of duckhuntr4
2.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass and the color reminded me much of that of Miller Lite. Golden in color with a head that does not last more than a few seconds. I personally enjoyed the taste of this beer as it goes down smooth and very drinkable. Taste was good, not great but good. I bought a 12 pack and shared them with the guys and they thought it was quite good as well. Feel- smooth. Overall i was happy with the beer and enjoy how easy it is to drink.

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Photo of dacrza1
1.83/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

DATE TASTED: December 14, 2014... GLASSWARE: Weihenstephan pilsener... OCCASION: drinking off and away Johnny Football's forgettable first start... APPEARANCE: transparent, sallow yellow body; off-white head begins well but flattens to a casual smear... AROMA: beefy, doughy, buttery fragrance associated with cheaper, imported, green-bottled lagers... PALATE: drinkably nondescript--light and refreshing but so liquid, the only thing left is a small biscuity aftertaste...TASTE: thin, sweet and syrupy flavors dominate a rather weak profile... OVERALL: tough to slam a beer that is as happily drinkable as SPG, so I will instead suggest that in the right circumstance, this beer could compliment the standard party fair...but it doesn't distinguish itself much from the other green-bottled brethren...

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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 WhiteHillsStore
2.62/5  rDev -9.3%

Pours a very pale yellow with not a lot of head. The smell was a bit skunky. The taste turned out to be very mild in the beginning leading to a skunky aftertaste. Checked the dates just to be sure but it must be either the green bottle or just the beer that is not very appetizing to me.

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Photo of chinchill
2.8/5  rDev -3.1%

From 12 oz bottle at the 2014 German Bierfest (ATL).
Pour looks good but head had weak retention.
Relatively malty aroma is a little more appealing than the more hoppy flavor. Grassy hops linger on and on in the mildly bitter aftertaste.

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