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

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St. Pauli GirlSt. Pauli Girl

Brewed by:
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 Isoruku
1.85/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Can't believe I liked this stuff when I was 18! Just had a bottle last night, or I should say that I had half a bottle. First impression was "This can't be right!" Subsequent tastes confirmed that yes, St Pauli girl is a boring, watery waste of money. God knows why it has a cultural presence, but it's amazing what an ad campaign can do. Overall, it has no flavor (I'm not sure what other reviewers mean by "skunky"), no complexity, no nothing.

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Photo of hotstuff
1.87/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I was anything but impressed with anything regarding this beer.The head was medium sized, frothy and white and contained fine-small bubbles. The body was clear, lightly carbonated with a pale yellow hue.The nose was slightly hoppy and skunky with a slightly bitter and acidic flavor that left a lingering aftertaste.The mouthfeel was a little tingly and medium bodied.There was virtually no lacing with this beer.

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Photo of dogfishandi
1.9/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz. Green Bottle at fridge temp poured into a pint glass. Best before 9.2013. Leftovers from x-mas.

Pours a very clear pale straw yellow bordering on golden. About a 1/4 inch of white fizzy head that disappeared completely within seconds. Lots of fast rising carbonation bubbles. Looks very American macro-ish.

Very skunky aroma. Skunk and a bit of mineral/ sulfer lager yeast. Some sweet lagers grain as well.

A bit skunked, mineral water, and sweet cooked corn grain. The slightest bit of bitterness towards the finish, but its quickly washed away by sweet adjuncty grain. Very macro, very plain.

Very watery, over carbonated.

Really hard to tell the difference between this and any American macro. Avoid at all costs!

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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 nitemarebrewer
1.97/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured light yellow, little carbonation, head foamy.
Smells faintly of malt, and skunkiness
Mouthfeel was thin and watery.
Taste was very light, skunked, diluted.
This beer was drinkable with food. I found it to be great when grilling out in the sun, accompanying a steak. Otherwise, it might be good as sparge water.

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Photo of bboven
1.98/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Overlying skunkiness and not a lot of flavor excepting some bitterness at the very back of the tongue. Looks like apple juice. Tastes like a bolder Heineken. I don't think I'll buy this one again. Really never had a great beer out of green glass yet.

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Photo of Strix
1.99/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Whew, the smell of this does not impress. Not sure if this is skunked or this is how it is supposed to be. I suppose green bottles do not help. Sour, with grainy hops.

Taste does not suit me. Grainy, maybe honey? Somewhat weak and off.

Mouthfeel was all right, but nothing to write home about.

Overall, I found a bottle of this hard to finish. I won't be back.

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Photo of clvand0
1.99/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a bright yellow color with very little head. The aroma was very skunky to me (this is how most German Pils smell to me) - very similar to Heineken. Maybe I just got a skunky one, who knows. The taste was a little sweet and pretty hoppy. The taste isn't as skunky as the aroma leads you to think - surprisingly unskunky taste. This is a fairly smooth drink, but not too much to my liking. Much like the Heineken, I'm not too fond of it just because I don't like the taste, but I can't find anything more specific than that to describe it with. I would easily drink this if I had few options, but I prefer others.

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Photo of stagman
2/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I poured this and it came out a light gold with little carbonation and no head. It smelled like sweet corn, and tastes sweeter than expected. There's a little bit of a hoppy grassiness, but not enough to really stand out. It seems that St Pauli is just another run of the mill European Lager. I'd pass next time.

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Photo of rye726
2/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a favorite of a friend of mine so I decided to give it a try. Like most imported light beers, it was a little pricey for what you get. A clear color with lots of carbonation and a weak tan head. Skunky smell of stale hops and light grainy malts. Not much in the flavor area. A little bitter hoppiness with some grains. A light body with too much carbonation. Not the most drinkabel with the off flavors.

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Photo of cproioi
2.01/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a pale yellow almost clear body with a slight head. The smell and the taste where rather skunky. It might not of been a bad beer if it was taken better care of. However, what did give it points is that it was very thin and refreshing on a hot summer day even with the taste.

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Photo of MiScusi
2.02/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

12 oz green bottle, slightly skunked but not totally. I am still reviewing it because these are the conditions most people probably encounter.

Pale Yellow, bubbles stream upward for a very long time, white foamy head dissipates pretty quickly. Grass aromas, as well as some skunk odor- but not so much to make you sick.

Taste is a little skunky and grassy. Mouthfeel is actually what I'd be looking for in a macro lager. There is a nice amount of carbonation, not the usual overcarbonated stuff that burns your tongue.

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Photo of JustMikeABV
2.02/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass from a "green bottle" when will brewers get that green bottles = skunk beer..smh

pours a golden straw color with a thick foamy head that disapates quicker than normal

smell..a faint hoppy smell can be detected but a strange muskey scent overpowers the nose of this beer..

Taste..mildly sweet grassy sort of taste upfront
slightly corny..hoppy taste tward the end but finishes with a verry unappealing sulfury Boiled egg affter taste

this beer is highly carbonated wich is a good thing but not in st pauli`s case because it brings back that musky sulfury taste to the back of your throat..

in short its just not a good beer..i wouldent suggest this beer because of the low abv 4.9 and the awful taste.there are so many great lagers out on the market to choose from that it would be a huge diservice to pick this lager as a beer of choice

but if you like beers that taste like slighty gamey boiled eggs i would say try it but if not with all do respect run for the hills!!!

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Photo of jar2574
2.03/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A very clear, can see right through it. Looks like an American lager. Poor head retention.

It does have a scent, but not that pleasant. Hops and a bit of skunkiness.

Not good taste, bitter skunkiness. Too watery as well.

Nothing much to reccomend this beer.

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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 Padron4KM
2.06/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle, best before May ’07.

I used to love this beer when I was in high school. At the time it cost a lot more compared to the BMC, so it was our treat every once in a while.
I remember drinking it in the parking lot of an Anthrax show in the mid 80s. I haven’t had it since those days.

Pours crystal clear pale golden, with a soapy white head.

This one just came from the case, so it hasn’t had time to get really skunky yet.

Grassy, grainy aroma, but the skunk is starting to sneak in.

flavor is slightly sweet with a mild hop tingle, and a slight tin foil finish.

Not as good as I remembered but also not as terrible as I thought it was going to be.
To think I chipped a tooth opening one of these at that show.... ahh the ignorance of youth.

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Photo of proc
2.06/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A very mediocre beer. As others have mentioned, the St. Pauli girl on the label is nice, but that is about the extent of this beer's redeeming qualities. Pours out to a slightly, darker golden color, with a bizarre smell. Taste is that of light struck hops. If fresh, this can be decent, but with so many other good choices out there, this one isn't high on my list.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.06/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

710 ml bottle. I'm in it for the long haul.
A toothsome, buxom blonde hoisting a quartet of mugs, smiling broadly, on the label. Who am I to say no to her?

transparency's of the faintest tints of yellow...under a thin slice of whitish foam, eventually evaporating...there, it goes...

odd aroma...lemony, sour, almost pee-like, honestly...not that great...

Taste 'er...lightness' acme, vapidity's paramount...wafts in and out of the mouth with alarming alacrity...virtually no flavor, no character, nothing to give it any reason to exist...but, apparently, people must like that...

Very grainy, slight grit in the mouthfeel, but you get the feeling they made an amazingly minimal use of any kind of hops or malt. Weirdly watery, taste, what it is, getting fouler the longer it sits in the mouth.

Not good. Not at all.

They do give work out to some attractive Playboy models who might otherwise be forced to go naked for their paycheck, so that's something.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.09/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a stange from a green bottle, morons. Beer is yellow and clear with a big white head of medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is mildly sulfur, and pretty sweet.

Beer is grainy and oddly bitter with a sulfurish aftertaste, its mildly sweet up front but carbonation in the mouth is minimal. This is a train wreck of a beer, if possible the NA version of this beer is actually better.

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Photo of far333
2.13/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

How did I drink so much of this in high school? Pale yellow/straw colored with a white head of highly carbonated bubbles. The head runs away quicly, but leaves a bit of thin lace. Smell is pronounced, and is full of sulfur and a metallic undertone. I detect some malt, and some of the bitter smell might be hops. There is malt in the flavor, but the sulfur comes through strongly and sticks to the sides of the tongue. Mouthfeel is very watery. There is a distinct metallic aftertaste.

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Photo of tempest
2.14/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Why did I order this beer? Well I wasn't paying for it and I'd never tried it - win/win, right?

I though once the light-struck skunky flavor (thanks to the green bottle) cleared out of the aroma and taste, there might be something worth writing about, but I was mistaken. What was left after the most offensive, yet richest flavor vacated was a nasty sour fruit tang and only a hint of actual German lager flavor. Yes, it was there hiding in the back, light bready malts with a bit of sweetness. But for the most part I just tasted the big off-flavor that I assume St. Pauli Girl considers their trademark taste. Move along, nothing to drink here. Pass.

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Photo of Indybeer
2.18/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Poured a typical pale yellow, with not much head and no visible lacing. Aroma was slightly skunky, and that is about all. Taste is slightly sweet and hoppy, but watery thin. Much like any typical macro. You could drink alot of these. Not to bad but not what I really like.

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Photo of barknee
2.18/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

St. Pauli Girl, (SPG) pours with a one-inch white foamy head, and is a light champagne color. A stream of fine bubbles can be seen rising from the center of the glass. Upon the initial pour, SPG emanates that diagnostic skunky-sulphurous nose that is akin to Heineken and to a lesser degree, Becks. The profile of this beer is lean, with a corn like aftertaste and a latent hint of saltiness on the finish, nowhere as upfront and vivacious as its neighbor in Bremen, Becks. SPG is on the Atkins diet, and needs to put on some weight by increasing her carbohydrate intake. This beer lacks the bitter element that makes even other mainstream pilsners true to their heritage. Although crisp and somewhat refreshing, SPG lacks the goods that otherwise would of made her a "looker", but she remains, nevertheless, the nice German girl next-door.

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Photo of JDV
2.2/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light golden yellow color with very short lasting white head. Smell is yeasty, very slight skunkiness, bready, and light metallic which dissipated as it warmed and gave way to a light maltiness. Taste is a doughy, bready, yeastiness, with a good bit of carbonation. Reminds me of a watered down Carlsberg. Very light, and watery even for the style, I'd think, with a very slight bitterness. Nothing special at all really and I probably wouldn't want more than 1 of these ever.

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Photo of FreshHawk
2.21/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear, pale golden color. Decent sized white, bubbly head. Average retention with minimal lacing.

S - Light grain smell as well as a skunky smell.

T - Thin grain and bread taste, with a good amount of skunkiness. Almost no hops.

M - Light body and high carbonation. Thin and watery, but smooth.

D - Body is easy to drink, but the flavor isn't great. Skunkiness doesn't help this beer either.

Notes: Very skunky beer. Not one I suggest getting, but I know a person or two that like it. A bit more grain and malt than some lagers/Pilseners, but not a great beer.

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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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