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

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St. Pauli GirlSt. Pauli Girl
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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
409
Ratings:
1,108
Avg:
2.89
pDev:
35.99%
 
 
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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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Photo of rangerred
3.2/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, deep gold with a soapy one finger white head. No lacing at all and very poor head retention.

Aroma has a distinct metallic twang mixed with skunk. I can just get a whiff of noble hops but they are buried under some bad smells.

Thankfully, the flavor is much better than the aroma. The metal is gone replaced by bread grain and grassy hops with a bit of spice thrown in. There is a little bit of tartness that seems out of place, along with a moderate bitterness and clean finish. The finish isn't super crisp but it isn't bad.

Overall, this beer is ok but just lacks the refinement of some other German pilsners. While the price is good, I would take a Bitburger over this any day.

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Photo of FeelinitNow
2.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a A&W Root beer mug.

A: Appearance is probably the best part of this beer, looks light-golden with a small head, but could have to do with glass that went through dishwasher.

S: Ew, not very appealing at all. Smells of skunky, tin only. The skunky aroma fills the area surrounding me after opening the bottle, very disgusting. I don't mind skunky but this is like "off-skunky" After all it comes in a green bottle it will get skunky as Heineken does I suppose. (btw Heneiken is waaaay better than this)

T: Eh, ok nothing to great or offensive. Thankfully it doesn't taste like it smells, no tinny strangeness. Just a general grain taste, with a slight hop bitterness. No hop flavors. Disappointing as this is supposedly an import beer from the fatherland of lager.

M: Slightly and pleasantly carbonated. If everything else was great this would compliment the possible theoretical flavors and smells of this beer.

O: 2.50 . It's just not that great. It's not horrible like budweiser or miller lite. But it is a sub-par beer with Heineken *somehow* being better than this! Comon local party store, stock some quality authentic German lager!! Not this stuff!! ;)

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sampled right now on 12/31/13. A single 12-oz bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler. Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a clear pale yellow in color with a very thin white head. Some lacing was seen which each sip.. Lots of streaming bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass but good carbonation. The aroma is on the strong side and just of grains. The taste is crisp and clean and is of grain. Goes down pretty easy. Overall, it's not too bad.

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Photo of robb8611
4.34/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really like this beer. Traveled Europe, Canada and SA for work and have had several hundred types. Yes, it is like Heineken but more everything! Listen, people rated Mirror Pond and Sierra Nevada - for it's high alcohol content. People tend to like to get a kick, especially when you drink lots. I'm a PHD and know that from all the alcoholics I see. This is a great tasting beer!

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Photo of mnrider
2.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. Green Bottle. Has best before date. Great label.

A: Clear pale yellow. Intense carbonation with a half finger of white head. Some nice
lacing with pretty good retention.

S: Sulfur. Grains. Aroma is strong but nothing too interesting.

T/M: Light. Crisp. Hints of floral hops and sweet malts. Sulfur makes itself present. The
finish is dry, grainy and somewhat metallic.

O: I've seen it so many times but this was my first time trying it. I think it was a little skunked,
even though it was still in the freshness date range. Not bad. Nothing I'd get again, as there are
much better Pilseners around.

Cheers!

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.6/5  rDev -10%
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 FrozenJoe
3.9/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a Heineken-style beer. But it has its own character and flavor that make it better than Heineken in my opinion.

St. Pauli Girl pours with a large white frothy head over a clear light-golden colored beer with medium carbonation. The head dissipates quickly with no lacing.

The beer smells strongly of the yeast flavor typical to this style of beer. The aroma can be a little harsh and skunky when first poured from the bottle. The smell usually improves after a minute or two. St. Pauli Girl smells like sourdough bread baking in the oven with the faint scent of floral bitter hops. Every now and then a little skunk wafts up.

Tastes like it smells. Strong yeast flavor followed by bitterness followed by sweet malts. Bitter and malty on the finish. You taste the yeast up front but not at the end. Tastes good. Well balanced. Bitter but not hoppy.

Mouthfeel is ok. A little watery. Malt and bitterness linger on the tongue.

Overall this is a subtle but well crafted beer. True to style but with quality. Easy to underestimate this one. People who compare this to Bud or American macros are way off. Only water, malted barley, hops, and yeast. Drink a few and actually taste it.

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Photo of Sunsetvenice28
2.93/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was glad to see it has the German Purity Decree stated on the bottle. I am looking for a beer with no sugar (not top-fermenting) that is the straight 3 ingredients. However, I am also looking for organic. St Pauli Girl has too much carbonation and could not get the taste of metal from the bottle cap out of my mouth.

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Photo of jimmah120
2.93/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22.4 oz bottle labeled best before march 2014. poured into pilsner glass.

very clear pee-yellow with small white ring of foam. smell is sugar cookies, grain, hops. taste follows, an almost putrid sweetness followed by skunk.

what happened to the old swing-top bottles? I was in need of a roach clip ;)

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Photo of ConsumerOfBeer
2.94/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A- A transparent yellow.

S- One of it's stronger traits in my opinion. Very hoppy, almost smells like weed.

T- Extremely hoppy with a very slight bitter aftertaste.

M- Average. Nothing sticks out here. Just feels like your average cheap beer.

O- Just OKAY. Nothing more. I will drink if offered to me, but I probably won't be buying again.

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Photo of dren74
3.15/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours smooth with lots of head. About 2 fingers Head died down fairly quick. Remained about a half inch
Bubbles were slow probably explains head dieing down
Nice Gold Appearance
Taste Good, not too skunky for a pilsner
Rather enjoyed this beer. Would have it again

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St. Pauli Girl from St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co.
2.89 out of 5 based on 1,108 ratings.
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