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 Wasatch
2.5/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale yellow color, some carbonation, very small head, some lacing afterwards. The scent is kinda sweet malty like a pilsner. The taste is malty and sweet as well. Light body. Drinkable for a pilsner, but not the best representation of the style.

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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 tone77
3.08/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a green 24 oz. bottle. Pours a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is quite skunky and a bit offensive. Taste is crisp and finishes bitter, not a whole lot of flavor. Feels a bit bitter in the mouth. This beer does go down pretty smooth. Overall an average beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

While typing my review of this German Pilsner, I'm going to play some Beethoven to fit the theme. Now if only I had some sauerkraut to go along with this. Let's get on to the beer:

Poured into a stange glass, an average foamy head rises from the straw colored body. Now the question is whether the beer is skunked. Why, yes it is. Pepe LePew crawls out of the beer along with his grain and minor herb note smells. There's a mild malt profile followed and dominated by skunked hops. The beer feels light with a tingly, slight seltzer feel.

I had a 24 ounce bottle of this to drink. It was okay, I guess. After awhile though, I lost my interest in this brew. Nothing to really wow about here other than that fact it's imported from Germany.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.24/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer pours a light clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is exactly what I expected from an imported beer in a green bottle: skunked grain and nothing else. I am holding it against the brewer in my rating since it was their choice to use a green bottle. The flavor has a little bit of skunk, but not as much as in the aroma. I also get some grain and grass notes from the hops. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.07/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a. poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Clear straw yellow and a soapy head with good retention

s. Grains, wheat, noble style hops. Bready malt.
Cracker like yeastiness.]

t. Very light malt on the palate, quickly erased by a flash of grainy astringency. Hops are there for some residual bitterness. Grainy and alot of husk. Average pils.

m. Medium bodied with a crisp, dry, finish.

d. OK to drink, but for the freshest pilsners, I go local. Doesn't hold a candle to many, but when nothing fresher is around this is a good pils.

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Photo of plaid75
2.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very drinkable German pils. I would say that it is an average representation of the style, on par with Beck's but below Dinkle Acker.

Appearance is tyical - light and foamy head with short retention and very little lacing. Smell and taste was average - no skunkiness detected.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden almost straw color with no haze; one finger of nice white foam.

Smell: sweet malt with relatively little grain or hop aroma. A tiny hint of skunk from this green-bottled beer.

Taste: light, clean and refreshing; slightly floral, slightly spicy hops are in evidence here. A nice balance of sweet malt and clean hops flavor. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body without a whole lot of carbonation. Not bad, but not my favorite.

Drinkability: a nice little Pilsner. St. Pauli Girl has earned a place as one of my band's regular session beers.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.08/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brilliantly clear, straw gold color, topped by a thin, pale white head that quickly disappears despite a reasonable carbonation. Sweet malt aromatics, lightly spicy hop aromatics. Actually smells a bit of sweet corn, despite the fact that I think it is all malt.

Quite dry tasting, thought there is a touch of sweet malt here as well. This beer is quite balanced towards the bitter side of the spectrum; with quite a nice hop bite in the finish. There is a soft, dry, almost dusty grain character to it. Quite light on the palate, though it does have some presence, including a lingering bitterness. Certainly there is nothing objectionable about this beer; clean, with not objectionable flavors at all. Perhaps not my cup of tea, but when handed this beer, which I was, I will certainly drink it.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
2.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz picked up at the Coop today for $1.20.. poured into my small weizen glass.

Sorta meringue looking head atop a lite straw brew... a little sticky lacing.

Only semi skunky .... More husky than grainy .. Noticeable hops... but not enough to compare with the best German Pilsners.

Flavor is basically the same.. but very clean.. closer to a Munich Helles than a pilsner... needs more bitterness and hop flavors.

Body is fine for the style so is the carbonation.. for the most part, this is a pretty average brew... the skunkiness cuts way down on the drinkablity in this one.

Why do any brewers still use clear or green bottles? It makes no sense.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.34/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the green 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 12.2014-L3523202. Sampled on May 2, 2014. I figured I would go with an old classic for my 1,700th review.

It pours pale lager yellow with a fizzy white head and active carbonation that fades away fast.

Sadly - green bottle skunkiness kicks in. But once I get beyond that I do pick up a nice dose of traditional German pale malts, toasted bread, and crackers. These other elements make the skunk more palatable.

Light to medium body.

The flavor also has those pale, toasted malts but there is also a delicate sweetness that introduces itself to the mix and a clean, dryish finish. Everyone remembers their first Girl right? Well it's not my first so I remember my last.

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Photo of Zorro
3.45/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with lots of carbonation.

Skunk got this bottle a little bit. Smells of strong grains and grass, mild perfume.

Taste is slightly sweet, has a nice fresh biscuit flavor with just the right amount of hop bite in the finish. Wonder how good this is on tap?

Mouthfeel is big for a Pilsner, Better than Pilsner Urquell in this respect.

Drinkability is really great even from a slightly skunked bottle this is delicious!

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear gold with a small white head with surprisingly poor head retention, looks like Coors Light really and has the head retention of a pitcher of that beer, not the best start, but let's move on.

S: Quite a nice noble hopping, this bottle was not skunked. Possible Saaz, grassiness, well done here.

T: Light bready pils type malt with a nice balancing hop attack. A little more hoppy than a standard macro, but nowhere near the bracing noble hop flavour of the better German pilsners.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, tended to be flabby throughout though.

O: A solid macro pilsner, nothing to really hate of love about this beer. It's in the middle.

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Photo of clayrock81
3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer is better on the poster than in the glass, but what the hell. A carbonated brew to say the least, it has a big head that dies very quickly sitting on top of a light gold body. An earthy and husky aroma mixed with grains is all that hit my nostrils. Has that crisp, almost sharp bit that a pils has with a touch of sweet malt, but is rather light-bodied and contains only a little hoppiness which gives it a slight flowery taste and a touch of dryness on the end.
Not a bad beer, but just rather basic.

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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 spinrsx
3.03/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is no carbonation showing (?!) and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, bread, malts, floral hops, corn, skunk

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it comes across as sort of watery taste wise. The flavours include corn, wheat, malts, and some light hops. There is also a bit of a metallic flavour going on. It finishes with a grainy/corn aftertaste with some slight bitterness.

Overall – Not something I would ever seek out again. It might work well as a camping beer, but even then, there are better/cheaper options.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.03/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by Mar 2011

A straw gold colour with a huge head of foam.

The smell is of corn, some sweet malt, and a bit of bitterness. Standard.

Taste goes the same way, corn, sweet malt, light bitterness. Standard.

An ok brew with very few differences within the style to make it noteworthy.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a pale clear maize with a flat, sudsy white head that was quick to dissipate without leaving any lacing.

S: The nose was corn and sweet vegetables with a light musky graininess.

T: The initial flavor started out with sweet buttery corn, green vegetables and wet grains. There was a light herbal hopping detected in the middle of the palate before it finished with some grainy, husky corn and stale sourness.

M: very fizzy, overcarbonated, thin and very bland.

D: The Budweiser of german beer. thought I read this is brewed with a lager yeast which is why I thought it drank more like a macro-lager then a typical pilsner which it is described as. Horrible off flavors and packaged in a green bottle to add insult to injury. Needless to say this is a big pass an disappointment.

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Photo of beertunes
3.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a typical clean, clear yellow with a tall fluffy white head that had very good retention and no lacing.

The aroma is green bottle skunk. Under the skunk you can find hints of what is a nice gain aroma. The flavor also starts out with the skunk, but if you pay attention, there is a nice grain and hop taste hiding in there.

The body was typical for the style and drinkability would have been excellent, except for the skunk. I'd like to try this closer to the source sometime.

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Photo of rfgetz
2.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale straw, quick rush of white head, diminishing into nothing quickly. Very pale scent with hints of fresh grain and earthy hops. Very pale taste, sollows scent with light fresh dried grains and earthy hops. no off charachteristics, just light, weak and watery with highly active carbonation.

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Photo of mltobin
2.71/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

You have to love the graphics on the bottle. The beautiful german girl carrying several freshly poured beers to a table at a Beer Garden.

Upon pouring St. Pauli into a glass, that image begins to fade. It is a light yellowish color with a short head. The smell is typical of a pilsner, nothing out of the ordinary. It tastes solid and the hops are present and accounted for. The mouthfeel is good with hints of hickory.

Good german beer with a great label.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.87/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinking this old school, straight outta the bottle. Piss yellow in color, no head, no lacing, no retention. Some crisp hops on the nose with no real malt aroma apart from some sort of toasted biscuit. Not appealing but not repulsive either. On the palate, there's some spicy hops up front with a strange off-flavor with some cooked vegies and corn. Dry, hoppy finish. Great carbonation and solid finish, light and very drinkable

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Photo of DrJay
2.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Crystal clear bright gold with a collar of fine white foam and a smattering of soapy bubbles coating the surface of the beer. Sticky lace clung to the glass as the initial head fell after the pour. There was a sharp sulfury hop aroma immediately after popping the cap, but this dissipated quickly and left a faint maltiness and floral/spicy hoppiness behind. Didn't like the flavour so much. It started with a dirty malt character, musty, with acrid spicy hops mid-palate. The finish felt watery and all that was left was a sulfury mess. Dry and light bodied, average carbonation for the style. I thought this had promise at first, but as I had more of it I liked it less.

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Photo of Brad007
3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale blond color with a head that doesn't last. Smells somewhat skunky at first but I can smell the malt as well. Taste is very bready with a bitter aftertaste and not much of a flavor in-between. Average at best but nothing special and nothing I'd buy again.

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Photo of cbutova
2.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Again, not many 12oz beers left at my local store that I can review at a reasonable price. Threw this one in the mixed-six last week.

A- Green bottle poured into a pint glass. Clear and really pale light straw body with a white cap. Head forms to a huge size and has good retention. Somehow the massive cap falls to a small, bubbly cloud fairly quickly. No lace in sight.

S- Really not much going on here. I pick up faint light fruit and sweets.

T- More here but still not that much. Light fruit like white grape and apple, light caramel cracker malt sweets, bread and hops. Hops are spicy and grassy/herbal.

MF- Bubbly but creamy light body. Slight bitterness in the finish.

Pretty much what I expected. Drinks better than most American light beers but still not very flavorful or satisfying.

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St. Pauli Girl from St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co.
2.89 out of 5 based on 1,124 ratings.
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