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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Reviews: 410 | Ratings: 1,119
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 Rifugium
1.13/5  rDev -60.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

First had: a party somewhere.

First thing that comes to mind is people going: "Wooo!" Pours nicely into a red Solo cup, a clear, watery, straw-yellow, with fizzy bubbles and a small head that recedes to practically nothing. Weak scents of light grains and green-bottle skunk. Pretty much the same in the taste, grains, rotten hay, skunk, with faint hints of something that could be hops. Light mouthfeel, and not very drinkable at all unless you're drunk already.

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Photo of cactusjuggalo
1.16/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This is just an awful awful beer. Let it be known i am a big fan of pilsners but this is just god awful. Poured a very light yellow like color with not much of a head. Heavy carbination with this one as well. Smelled very skunky and remained that way through out. Got a bitter taste with it that was just totally off. This was my first drain pour i just couldn't drink it. Good thing i got it in a mixed six pack...

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Photo of TAMU99
1.28/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A pale piss beer that even caused my wife (a non-beer drinker) to comment on how skunky it smelled.

Pours a thin pale yellow with minimal head. Smell of alcohol and bacteria. Taste is horrible. Just don't bother. Skunky notes overshadow a wimpy malt that tries to make your tongue die. Too carbonated and yuk,yuk, yuk.

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Photo of JayS2629
1.36/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A- Pale yellow, high carbonation, thin white head that quickly fades and leaves minimal lace rings.

S- Underneath there are sweet caramel malts, but it is overpowered with earthy, musty hops and citrus tones. Kicking everything else is skunk.

T- Earthy tones, citrus and grass, musty notes, and skunk. Caramel notes are there but hard to trace through all the must and skunk.

M- Nothing impressive, overly fizzy

D- I poured it out it was so skunky.

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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.


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Photo of jackndan
1.44/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

St. Pauli Girl: Truly awful. In the traditional 12 ounce green bottle, with a date of 11/03 marked somewhere on the back. Very pale yellow, with a big white frothy head, could not hide the incredible skunked aroma. The aroma was also dominant in the taste as well. This was a substantially below average beer, until about four hours later, when the skunk taste was still there. Bad.

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Photo of ch473
1.48/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

skunk, skunk skunk. tastes like corona that's been sitting in the sun for days. very nice foamy head and nice bubbles.
i really can't taste anything except for sourness. very light hops, very little malt. stale bread. almost tastes like onions. I really hated this beer. not much else to say. maybe i got a bad batch.

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Photo of BMMillsy
1.48/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

I really do not like this one. From the standard green bottle, poured into clear dixie cup. Golden pour with decent fluffy white head. Aroma is skunk and light hay, no sweetness, a bit of dryness. Taste is like sucking on a skunk's ass. Why do breweries continue to use the green bottles. I have had this multiple times and no improvement. I tend to prefer the standard macros like Bud Light to this one.

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Photo of ski271
1.49/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Appearance: Medium yellow with a small, white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing head. Very little lacing.

Smell: Either I’ve bought mishandled beers from two different places, or this beer is just nasty skunk. For the moment I popped the cap, it was horrible. Underneath the skunk I could pick up hay, grass and corn.

Taste: Some half-decent malts under a nasty skunk that really comes out on the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body, dry texture, moderate-lively carbonation.

Drinkability: Maybe I’ll try it yet again sometime, and hopefully be able to edit my post to give the beer more favorable marks, but it’s not like I’m rating this on one bottle (though the last bottle went down the drain). You know it’s bad when you’re burping up skunk 5 minutes later. Just downright nasty!

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Photo of vdread
1.51/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

St. Pauli Girl
bottle to glass

pale yellow, no lace. smells like a skunk. tastes worse, like corn and rotten cabbage. mouthfeel like water, drinkability very low.

i had two of these, both of which were skunked. quite a disgusting beer. a friend had to finish both for me.

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Photo of jdhilt
1.51/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a two-finger white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Clear very pale amber color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Skunky nose. Starts and finishes with some hops and a trace of sweetness, there is a dry metallic after taste. I don't see why this is rated as high as it is, poor example of a pilsner. Freshness date - Nov 2005. $1.49 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of tophers
1.54/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

a: Pale/Light gold in color. Pours a strong head with a sustainable creamy head

s: The skunky smell overwhelms all other aromas. There is a slight spiciness smell. Can also smell a little sulfur

t: Not much of a hop character. Can taste a little of the noble hops up front, but they dissipate quickly. Bitterness and hop flavor are lacking. Seems to have a bit too much malt sweetness. Fairly dry finish. Skunky aroma seem to makes it's way to the taste (perhaps I am just overwhelmed by the smell)

m: Medium body with medium carbonation. Almost has a slight creaminess - could be related to the sweetness. Carbonation does not last long in the mouth

o: Not so much of a crisp, refreshing beer like a German Pilsner should be. The skunkiness aroma is just so overwhelming that it dominates the beer. Would recommend ditching the green glass to avoid the skunkiness.

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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 DrunkMcDermott
1.62/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

24 oz. bottle. Opening the bottle hits with that pissy smell of cheap lager. Drinking it from the bottle on the train, though, I find there definitely is some kind of maltiness to it, but a mishmash of hop bitterness and staleness. No discernable beer style. Humdrum.

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Photo of jimdkc
1.66/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours about the palest yellow I've ever seen in a beer, crystal clear. Carbonation was readily apparent. Head was large, coarsely bubbled, and did not last long at all. Smell was skunky with maybe a little grain peeking through. Thin, watery, fizzy mouthfeel. Little bit of sweet malt flavor up front, followed by slightly grassy hop flavor. The taste was better than you'd expect it to be judging from the smell. However that skunky smell keeps this from being very drinkable!

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Photo of BeerBeing
1.68/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12oz green glass longneck generic bottle, multicolored on white label

Appearance: clear gold color, medium head, minor lacing

Smell: sweet malt, spiciness and hops

Taste: thin body, watery mouth feel, sweet malt and some hoppy bitterness

Notes: below average brew

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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 July2Nov
1.75/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Very light golden hue with a little bit of foam head.
S: Hops with a distinct musty/earthy smell...a bit on the skunky side.
T&M: Watered down and mouth puckering. Has that sensation of eating a bunch of popcorn, and leaving your mouth with a numb sensation. Ok, so I'm exaggerating a bit. This is one to leave on the shelf during a beer run. I'm working hard to finish the bottle and have half a mind to dump the rest (gasp!, I never thought I would say that).
D: Maybe I got an old bottle of the girl, but on initial tasting, I would never pick this up again. Maybe I'll throw one into the 6-pack on my next trip to the store, just to make a fair assessment.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
1.76/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pale golden hue with a crappy look overall.

S - It smells rank from a distance. It smells rank from up close.

T - Not as disgusting as it's big brother, Beck's. Still pretty close.

M - Uggghhh.

D - Named in honor of a hooker or hookers, for export to the US. Way to go! Shows what they think of us in America.

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Photo of robocrouch
1.8/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into my pint glass from the bottle a golden yellow/piss color with almost no head and plenty of carbonation bubbles. It smells like a skunky corny macro with a little malt. The taste is very much like the smell. The biggest flavor is that corny skunk but it finishes very clean.

Overall it is just another below average euro lager. Pass on this one.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
1.8/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 12/12/2005 (12oz bottle from 24 variety pack):

Pours a light yellow-clear colored body, and has almost no head. Has a strong malty and alcoholy aroma. A finely carbonated palate. Has a slightly bitter taste, clean finish, and a light palate.

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Photo of aracauna
1.82/5  rDev -37%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours like a Bud Light or something with that super-pale watery yellow and a fizzy head that started to fade before the beer was even all the way in the glass. Beer was skunked, but after that wafted off, there wasn’t a whole lot left. It tasted kind of like corn flakes, oddly enough. This was a really lousy beer edging on a drain pour, but I managed to finish it off.

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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 cadavid4j
1.84/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Upon opening the bottle the horrible skunky smell was overwhelming. It probably ruined this one from the get go but I still gave it a shot because hey, can't just waste beer.

Poured into a pint glass and the head disappears rather quickly with only a slight ring that eventually disappears. The taste leaves much to be desired and leaves a metallic sort of aftertaste.

This is my first trying of this beer and I was completely underwhelmed. I expected more from a German import. I do not recommend this beer.

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