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
stpauligirl.com

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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Avg:
2.9
pDev:
22.07%
 
 
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Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best by 12/2012.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a foamy 1/2 inch beige head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip down the glass on the drink down. Smell is very skunky up front but this gives way to some grain and slightly vegetal aromas. Taste is mainly of grain with some vegetal and slightly skunky flavors. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer but the smell is quite skunky.

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Photo of spycow
2.88/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.55/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a nice looking golden yellow color, the head was white and fluffy. The smell of the beer had the typical German Lager aroma of some fresh grass and some aging in there too. The taste of the beer is a little grassy also and finished with a crisp clean flavor though. The mouthfeel of this one is light, crisp and clean also. Overall this brew isn't bad but I prefer the Dark Lager over this one personally.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of metter98
2.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down rather quickly but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are faint aromas of bready and grainy malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is very similar to the smell but the flavors are slightly stronger. There are some hints of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a hint of crispness and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: There’s nothing interesting about this beer that would want me want to try it again; the taste is very bland for the style.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear pale straw colour, with three fingers of thin puffy white head, which leaves some swaths of lace around the glass as it duly recedes. It smells of cracker grain, and skunky grassy hops. The taste is sweet bready grain, and grassy, weedy hops. The carbonation is a bit on the high side, the body medium weight, smooth, and it finishes off-dry, the sweet grain still prevalent, but with some more skunkiness reprising.

At the outset, another skunky Euro-lager, but that particular beast's usual aspects are suppressed in the middle, long enough to make this drinkable when there is distracting sun, or television or soccer, or well, you get the idea.

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3.5/5  rDev +20.7%

Photo of zeff80
3.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had these numerous times and decided to finally review it.

A - It poured out a golden yellow color, highly carbonated with a small, white, fizzy head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of grains, corn and light caramel malt.

T - It tasted fairly sweet and of a grain-like flavor.

M - It was relatively crisp and smooth. A light-bodied lager.

D - This is pretty descent. It works in a pinch at a family gathering where people think imports=great beer.

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Photo of zestar
2.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.16/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a fresh 24 oz. bottle directly out of a sealed case (not skunked!). An absolutely crystal clear straw-gold body is capped by a creamy bright-white head of foam. The head retention is fairly good, but it eventually drops to just a creamy collar and whispy surface covering. Thin lacing, however, is left throughout most of the glass. The nose is limited, but displays a light touch of herbal/spicy hops amidst sweet malt. The body is light/medium and it's mildly crisp and then lightly creamy and smooth across the palate. The flavor displays a low level hop flavor and underlying bitterness that's tightly woven within a softly sweet malt. It's so well intertwined, in fact, that the beer seems almost one-sided. Of course, that does lend somewhat to a "give me more" drinkability. It appears to include andjunct, but the bottle label clearly states that it's "brewed in strict accordance with the German purity law of 1516". If that's actually true, I'm sure they must be using a good deal of highly undermodified "chit" malt as the flavor seems lacking in any real "grainy" character. It finishes dry with a subtle lingering note of sweet malt that's eventually backed up by a low bitterness. As much as it's not a great beer from Germany, it's still a pretty decent European-style lager. It's clean and exceptionally well balanced.

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Photo of chinchill
2.8/5  rDev -3.4%

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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Photo of Thorpe429
2.58/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light straw color with a white head that has some decent retention though not much lacing. The nose brings some light grain and corn. The taste is corn, straw, grain, and some very faint hops. Light feel with pretty strong carbonation. Not really tasty and really nothing going for it.

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Photo of jlindros
2.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's time for another "Good Idea, Bad Idea". Good idea, drinking and reviewing awesome beers on BA. Bad idea, the existence of this beer. Well it's that time again, time for another Jared's Bad Beer Review. In this session, St. Pauli Girl, what I remember as being the most foul thing I've ever put into my mouth from years ago, the first and only time I've ever touched this thing. I almost wanted to skunk it more for the fun, but why bother. It's bad enough I'm sure. They even have the date on there, best by 03/2012, so it can't be that bad, can it?!

And the cap is removed, no going back now. The pour yields a pasty white 1.5 finger fizzy but creamy semi thick but bubbly head, reminiscent of albino sperm, and fades with actual sperm like lacing. The beer is more clear than Boston water, less brown as well, it's golden colored like a fake tan.

Nose, well not quite as bad as I remember actually. I'm a little turned off by not throwing up as I breath it in. It's actually somewhat breathable. I get some faint cracked straw and pilsner like malts, that breath a light juiciness almost as if it were at one point made with actual beer. Just a hint of skunked lager, not much by way of horridness actually. Granted I did pull this right out of a non-light penetrating case from a fridge, and directly into my fridge so very little light exposure. A light Bavarian malt aroma really seals the deal as an actual beer. Even the hops... wait just kidding, no hops were harmed in the making of this beer.

Taste goes down hill a bit, but again not the super skunked re-vomited anal leakage I remember it being. It is pretty watery, more so than most German pilsners (real ones that is). Light cracked straw blends with watered pilsner malt and a hint of sweetness to bring real flavor to it. A decent lager crispness as well, but no real fruity flavors. As it rolls off my tongue faster and smoother than water (as it mostly it just water), the light flavor and mostly lack of flavor turn to a light hint of bitterness, with maybe a hint of grassy hops, I think they waved the 10 year old hops over the beer and a few lupulin glands fell in. Then a bit of a metallic twinge kicks in, just when I thought this beer was actually going to be refreshing. The metallic flavor really lingers making me have to go back and sip more so the watered down straw is overpowering the "just chewed on tin foil" flavor and now my mind is bringing the feel of it as well. Oy!

Mouth is practically non-existant, FG of like 0.080, and actually not much carbonation either.

Overall not as bad as I thought. The metallic flavor on the finish is the real downfall, but not really skunked, and not a huge mess either. I'm glad I tried this again, and did a full review. Perhaps I should give other piss beers a try again. This I would say is worlds better than the macro swill of U.S., and to tell the truth, I'm a little glad it surprised me in a good way. And hell, at least I got some entertainment out of writing this.

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2.23/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, grain, lager yeast and some hops.

T: The taste is bready with flavors of grain and lager yeast. There's a little bit of sweetness from the thin malt character. There's a decent hops presence but not much balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very tasty, goes down easily since it's pretty light, not too filling, mild kick, not the best representation of style, there are a lot of other beers in the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.6/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with significant amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy off-white head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of bready and cereal grain malts with moderate to strong odors of skunk.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of bready and cereal grain malts with just a light amount of grassy hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which fades fairly quickly.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Nothing special here and since they use green glass bottles, it suffers the fate of the skunk. Not a lot of flavor in this beer so I will not likely be picking it up again.

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Photo of Rifugium
1.13/5  rDev -61%
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 Gagnonsux
3.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack of bottles on sale at H.E.B. for $5.29.

Appearance- Pale lager color, moderate carbonation, average head.

Smell- Typical mainstream pilsener smell, totally average.

Taste- Crisp, with a mild honey sweetness. About what you expect a beer like this to taste like.

Drinkability- Good thirst quenching beer and easy to drink for a session.

Overall St. Pauli does an nice job with this beer, but it isn't anything spectacular. Solid, unoffensive, and easy-to-drink.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
2.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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1.25/5  rDev -56.9%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.58/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours out a crystal clear, yellow body with a smallish, white head. Pretty standard.

Smell: Unpleasantly grainy-scented nose with some faintly sweetish hints and vague floral tones. It's no altogether encouraging, really.

Taste: As expected, it's just a coarsely grainy malt character with some noticed traces of extra sweetness. Meager hints of spice imparted by the Hallertau hops, though no more than a smidgen of bitterness. Drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's one of those beers that's instantly forgettable. If nothing else, at least this bottle wasn't riddled with skunk!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.21/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Classic straw yellow with a handful of fine bubble streams leading from glass bottom to bright white head. And a fine looking lid it is too. Tight-bubbled, finely pitting, persistent and better than average in the lace department. No matter what my other senses are about to experience, St. Pauli Girl looks good.

It wasn't surprising in the least that crown removal brought a mini-blast of skunk to my nose. Yet another green-bottled European lager. How's this for a slogan: "P.U. from the E.U." Nah, they probably wouldn't sell much beer with that. The nastiness fades quickly and I'm left with a bland, mildly grain-like, mildly musky hoppiness that doesn't offend.

Ditto St. Pauli Girl's flavor, although offensiveness is starting to trickle in at the edges. There isn't much barley malt present, which means very little sweetness to cut the moderately harsh bitterness of the Hallertau hops. What alpha acids are present (not many) are essentially unopposed by malt sugars.

I don't have much to say about the body/mouthfeel. Not much that's good anyway. It's light (maybe light-medium) for the style and is too finely fizzy. A more pleasurable mouthfeel would have gone a long way toward increasing drinkability.

The brewery says that 'you never forget your first girl'. That's true, but I have forgotten my first St. Pauli Girl. And my second and my third and my fourth. I drank SPG and SPG Dark on occasion years ago, but the flavor profile isn't familiar. More to the point, this isn't a beer that I want to remember from this point forward. I'd like to quickly forget what is sure to be my last (St. Pauli) Girl.

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Photo of Jason
2.81/5  rDev -3.1%
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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