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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

Brewed by:
St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co.

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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Photo of StevieW
2.85/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale fizzy yellow colors. Tight bubbly white head, faded fast. It looks like what most pilseners I have had looks like. Moderatly refreshing smell, some fresh saaz hop presence. Grainy, fresh cut grass, and buttered corn on the taste. Grain tastes were more mushy toward the finish. Not alot of crispness to the flavors, is what I am trying to describe. Tight carbonation. Grainyness is not overwhelming, no "skunked" qualities that are associated with green bottled beers. Certainly more tasty and refreshing than other European green bottled lagers. Might be worth a look under desparate circumstances.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.62/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty decent mass-market German Pils. Very pale, with thin white head that fades away. Slight skunk that dissipates and gives way to sweet malt and noble hop aromas. flavor is sweet pilsner malt and grassy hops--likely hallertau. Finishes with refreshing bitterness. There are many, many beers I'd choose over The Girl but she is a solid brew that I'd buy again. Goes well with the sexy posters.

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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 Hobbz
3.52/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh, "you never forget your first girl..." True enough, what I remember most are the posters!

Very light appearance in the pilsner glass. Foam is notable at first (carefully poured, yet bottle) but lingers not at all. Smell was typical for expectations for a product from a very large German pilsner mass brewery (little "freshness" replaced with mild grassy hay as if the little carbonation bubbles emanated from a far, far away pasture and bombarded with misty clouds of beer... ok).

I found the taste clean -- good not great -- drinkable and refreshing and balanced all on the lighter side of things. It was all underplay but with taste to boot (not grainy or particularly malty, just a light light malt-sweetness with underlying hop bite). Compared with Beck's, I perceived a "whetter" beer yet still crisp (though I enjoy the crisp B's as well).

A reasonable example of macro-brewed German pilsner for the masses (as opposed to smaller, regional brews of the fine crafty "northern" German pilsners).

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Photo of beerguy101
2.94/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold color, small white foamy head. Aroma is grainy and sweet. A lighter bodied, lighter tasting mild lager. Some malt and hop flavor. Mouthfeel is light yet full. Nice taste. Very refreshing. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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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 BobLuvBeer
3.74/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice head and lace. Rich golden color. Aroma of hops permeates the immediate area quickly after pour. Hop presence in taste dominates, but is not overpowering. Hop flavor bites on the tip of the tongue and lingers there as an aftertaste. Not a session beer for me, but definitely a beer I would return to occasionally.

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.85/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

For awhile, I thought St. Pauli Girl was simply Beck's with a more clever marketing gimmick. Now having tried both, I can say that the two are similar, but in general I think that St. Pauli Girl is slightly more drinkable and a little more flavorful than Beck's.

St. Pauli Girl Lager pours a light yellow straw color that leaves a very thin, almost non-existent foam head. The soapy remnants that form last for about 30 seconds. The aroma was mostly skunk, but there was some husky grain scents underneath that. Mouthfeel is fizzy and watery, but has a decent crispness to it. The beer itself tastes a little husky and grassy at first. The skunk surprisingly didn't affect the flavor too much either. There is actually a decent light malt character that is present and there is a moderate hop bitterness in the finish. Flavor is on the light side, but is crisp, clean, and drinkable. The aftertaste has some continuing light bitterness along with some grass and hay like qualities, and this beer finishes off with almost no alcohlic warmth whatsoever.

As I have said, this is less offensive than Beck's, and is quite thirst quenching. Not great by any means, but for a macro-import this is a reasonable thirst-quencher.

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Photo of BierManVA
2.83/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, what can you say about St Pauli? It's true, 'you never forget your first girl', but you can forget this one, or maybe not....

Mixed feelings on this one. Yes, the head is non existant. How a German Pilsner Bier can have such a crappy head is beyond me. "Eine kleine blume"

But the taste and drinkability are not too bad, despite avg marks here, I can drink this! Kind of like a Heineken Lite (if they had one), only better.

All my confusion aside, I wouldn't turn this down if offered it. I would drink it and catch one, but wouldn't drive around looking for it.


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Photo of marburg
2.83/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a standout by any means, and I'm sure all that needs to be said has been said by others... Crisp golden color with a head that seems to disintegrate in the blink of an eye. Weak aromas...wet grass clippings and grain...maybe? Starts a little malty-sweet with a very thin grain taste and finishes with hops that are more like that taste you get when you roll around in the hay or grass for a while than truly bitter or balancing. Since it's a little weak upfront, I guess that it's OK that it's a little weak in the finish as well. Pretty thin. But hey, it works, right?

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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 NeroFiddled
3.16/5  rDev +9.3%
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 Redrover
3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz green bottle

Beer pours a nice golden yellow. Some head and ok lacing.

Beer has that "green import bottle" smell. You know it, a little hops a whiff of malt and the skunkiness that seem people think relates to great beer.

Taste is not bad, but not fantastic. Fairly sweet with just enough hop bite to add some balance. Very clean finish. The skunk taste is not as prevalent as the smell would lead you to conclude. Not a beer I search out, but one I'll take if there is nothing better. And that was just the state I found myself in during my trip to Dothan, AL this week. Truly a beer wasteland!

Mouthfeel is decent but slightly thin. Drinkability is ok as long as I have no other options.

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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 Andreji
2.53/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Borderline ok. not much of a smell and rather an average coloured beer with a thin and unexciting foam head. Not much of a taste rather than how should it put it...average lager style bitterness and lackey presence of any other. again, an average mouthfeel and drinkability. wont try it again.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.83/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear yellow with an average white head that did not last. No lacing. Slight skunk smell from the light green bottle upon the open. The taste is really very average but has a bit of breadiness at first that is somewhat intriguing. The flavor is bittered by some fair hopping but this really not an impressive beer. The aftertaste is stronger than the thin, watery body. Not a good representative of German lagers.

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Photo of beergeek279
2.83/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was suspicious of this beer based on its' T&A marketing, and it certainly didn't do much to change my thoughts. The smell was fairly acrid, similar to Grolsch. The taste was about the same........a fairly typical green bottled Euro-lager, with a very acidic taste to it. As for drinkability, I'm sure that it would be a nice light summer session brew.

At least the girl on the bottle was happy!

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light, almost clear golden color, with a large, but vaporating head. Adjuncts noted on the nose, some grassy hints lingering, maybe skunky. The taste on mouthfeel are both quite thin, a grassy and grainy combined taste and feel. Just a light wheat aftertaste, smooth, yet watery. Not the worst, these are drinkable, they just thrash the palate.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Skunk alert!! Bought in the 24 oz green bottle..with the famed "girl" on the label.
The appearance of the bier..is very bright yellow..has a goodly sized head which shrinks somewhat but does linger, lots of carbonation strings.
Smell is pretty fresh..smells like fresh rain water..some malts..fresh cut hay..pleasant enough
Taste thank the bier-gods this is not skunked..though the taste is far from impressive, it's acceptable. Its pretty sweetmalts to start..followed by a small hop bite at the end..its not dry . Not too bad
Pretty fizzy in the mouth due to the carbonation..little too fizzy for my tatses but its not terrible.
Quite a drinkable beer if you are thirsty.

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Photo of budgood1
2.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours out a dark yellow colour. thin and short lived head. no lace. doesn't even look that good. strange metallic nose. flavors of strained grain and a bitter, metallic aftertaste. dirty, earthy hops float around and contrast with the weak maltiness. rough mouthfeel. this isn't that good of a beer IMHO. although i picked up absolutely no skunkiness, it would be almost welcome to cover up some other off flavors. one of the worst euro beers ive sampled. the blonde on the label with the big...um...beer mugs kind of catches my eye though. good label, bad beer.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rather pale straw color with a small white head and effervescent carbonation, minor lace, poor head retention. Quite a bit of skunk in the nose as well as cracker malt and mild hops. Taste begins with a sting of carbonation at the tip of the tongue, cracker malt flavor is prominent, followed by slightly bitter and lingering botanical hops. Finish is dry and clean. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, better than expected. A slightly better than average example of the style.

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Photo of jackndan
1.44/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

St. Pauli Girl: Truly awful. In the traditional 12 ounce green bottle, with a date of 11/03 marked somewhere on the back. Very pale yellow, with a big white frothy head, could not hide the incredible skunked aroma. The aroma was also dominant in the taste as well. This was a substantially below average beer, until about four hours later, when the skunk taste was still there. Bad.

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Photo of Rifrafboy
3.2/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber yellow color with a white head with decent lacing. This is a German macro that kicks ass on American macros. Taste is malty, with very modest hoppiness. You do get the feeling that the ingredients have been played out, however. Still, a decent beer.

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Photo of Shiloh
2.55/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice light golden colour with extremly limited head.....slight skunky aroma which is most prominent on introduction to this product....the taste is of the hops and lingering.....medium body and light carbonation.....it has limited appeal.....but glad I met it.....

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Photo of Morris729
3.2/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear and pale straw color with a thin and bubbly white head. Nose is fresh malts and grains and is also a bit bitter. Taste is a bit bland with some malt sweetness. Very crisp and refreshing. Just like Heineken and Beck’s, this is a very average brew that is nice on a hot day.

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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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