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 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 MFMB
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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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Shaker glass.

Golden body, quickly receding white head. Little or no lacing.

Smells malty and skunky.

Taste is slight sweet from malts, and mostly sour from Green Bottle Syndrome. Skunk.

Overall, just another bad example of how to package beer.

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Photo of upperclass420
4/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a perfectly fine lager, and anyone who says otherwise should consider what a lager is supposed to be. it is supposed to be easy to drink and balanced so that no flavors overwhelm over the course of drinking more than a few.
I must say though, this beer just like many other imports, it should be in a brown bottle.
some people may not even be familiar with the differences, but these import lagers ive tried in both green and brown bottles, they always taste better in the brown bottle, and its easily noticeable. The green bottle gives the beer an almost sour sweetness, and the brown bottle has a more natural grainy tasting sweetness without the sour flavor which is also referred to as a skunky flavor. The thing ive noticed, is that when i purchase a 12 pack package of this st. pauli girl beer, since the beer is not exposed to light, the beer taste more like it should taste without that certain skunky sweetness. i pour it into a glass from a distance to get rid of the extra carbonation put in it, and it taste absolutely awesome over a 6 beer drinking session. I just suggest to get it in the 12 pack package so that the beer has not been effected by light.

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Photo of BeerLovinWoman87
2.29/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Poured from a green bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: clear and golden yellow. It produces a white head that quickly disappears and leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell: I agree with the other reviewers. It smells skunked.

Taste: horrible. I was only able to drink about half before it became a drain pour.

There are hundreds of much better beers out there. Don't waste money on this crap.

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Photo of dueserdo
3.74/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer is just OK for me. I consider this a lady's beer because my wife really likes it and so do most of the women who drink beer. I can't imagine going to the corner bar and ordering one of these. It taste best on a hot summer day. For a 4.6% ABV it has great flavor. For those who like hoppy and an ABV of 7% or more, this is not to your liking.

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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 Darkmagus82
2.94/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from green bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a light golden color with a two finger head of a pure white color. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – Now being poured from a green bottle this is not too surprising, but the beer is full of a big skunky smell. Along with this aroma is a decently strong grainy smell as well as a bit of a grassy and hay like aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a drier grainy taste with just a hint of a caramel sweetness. As the taste advances some more grassy and herbal flavors come to the tongue along with a light skunk flavor. Overall the skunk is quite light however and with a bit of a biscuit flavor and a slightly dwindling of the caramel more toward the end of the taste, one is left with a mild and somewhat crisp flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the thinner and more watery side with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly higher side. Both are quite appropriate for the style of the brew and make for an easy drinker.

Overall – Nothing really special here. A dry lager that, unfortunately due to the desire to put in a green bottle, has a slightly skunky flavor with a big skunk aroma. Nothing too special, but not insanely offensive either.

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Photo of Ohiolager
3.16/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

st Pauli girl lager 12pk bottles $12.99(OH)

buy this in a sealed 12 pack if you can. light will kill this beers flavor and smell.

12oz green bottle poured into a pint glass. best before date clearly marked on back label.

pours a pale yellow color, not quite straw yellow. with about a one finger bright white head that doesn't last long. however a very thin layer remains on top and leaves rings of sticky lacing.

i smell hints of apples, maybe grapes. the noble hops take over. (the fresher the better and this brew is best when stored dark)

the taste is light and crispy with a slight taste of apples and noble hops. the after taste is kind of bitter and leaves the mouth a little dry. (the fresher the better and this brew is best when stored dark)

the mouth feel is very light/thin like that of a light beer. the mouth feel is crisp and decent but leaves your mouth dry. i thought this beer was 5.1 not 4.9 ABV. which is not a disappointment but i was surprised.

overall for an imported German brew i was not disappointed, however it is better in a 12 pack. the green bottles let in light. 6 packs let in lots of light. 12 packs dont. F.Y.I

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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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