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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 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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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.65/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Haven't had the Pauli girl in a while, but I had some last night. I think the best part of this beer is the beautiful girl on the label. The appearance is lacking, a clear fizzy yellow, but with a decent fluffy head on top. Mild malty aroma.

Not much complexity, but this is a nice, malty German lager. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth with a slight bubbly carbonation. I would only drink this stuff more frequently if a beautiful woman dressed as the St. Pauli Girl was serving it to me.

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Photo of BeerAngel
2.83/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden hue with a medium head that disappears rapidly. Smells slightly skunky with light earthy grains in the background. The taste consists of semi sweet grains with a twang throughout and finishes with carb bite and a light hoppy bitter. This light bodied brew is drinkable enough, but lacks alot to be desired in the character department. Prosit!

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Photo of ipogios
3.38/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One the most known beers around with a nice label also. Quite refreshing and a bit of aftertaste once the whole bottle is finished. Nice brew by the Germans but not the TOP Beer someone would expect from Germany

Cheers

ipogios

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Photo of putnam
2.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Tasted in a single-blind format with bottles of Aass, Bitburger, Heineken, Grolsch and Warsteiner.
Lightest color of the set with a grey-yellow cast and large, beach ball-sized bubbles that can't keep a head. A nose of grain that surprisingly contains barley as well as corn and rice aromas. Something I did not expect from any of these beers. The palate is smooth with bright, honey malty notes and very mild hop bitterness. The finish is sweet and gritty and thankfully over very quickly (2-3 seconds). This was a huge disappointment. Sample came from a freshly opened case and bore an expiration date of "end 10.2002."
Conclusion: This is a marketing phenomenon, not a real beer.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not good, but not bad either. An average, sharp-tasting pilsner that is a grade above Heineken and Beck's if you are lucky enough to get a bottle that hasn't been lightstruck. (Hint: 12 pack.) I was impressed by the foam that stuck to the glass and by the cleanness of the taste, but little else. Nothing special here (other than the girl on the bottle), but hey, it works.

If you want to spend your money wisely, though, simply look at the magazine ads, and then put your dollars toward Jever or better yet, Bitburger, which is a truly awesome German pilsner.

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

In high school, I thought I was upscale if I drank this. Slightly better than Heinikan, with the same yellowish hue. You can barely taste the hops, but there is no bad aftertaste. This beer is definetly brewed with mass marketing in America in mind.

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Photo of tang214
4.22/5  rDev +46%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good bier. It is similar to Heineken but better. It has a golden straw color to it and a clear but slightly funky skunk smell to it. The taste is just a step above Heineken. The mouthfeel and drinkability is very smooth and easy. I really enjoy this beer.

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Photo of bditty187
2.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

St. Pauli Girl has a very small “drinkable” window. I never have the urge to drink it… unless I am at some (1/2 assed) German shindig (the ambiance is just right). Most of the time the overpowering skunkiness of the nose and taste is too much. Granted I “like” SPG more as I become a seasoned drinker but it still has along ways to go before I actually buy a 6-pack (or whatever quantity it is sold in) of this stuff.

SPG occupies all of the characteristics of an European Lager.

Imported macro-crap is usually the next step for American macro-crap drinkers. I do think it is a step above Heineken or Becks. Thus this beer is a baby step above macro-swill from anywhere.

SPG is not “stand alone good” but it is better by default.

A boobieman’s beer!

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Photo of BeerBob
3.87/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Saint Pauli Girl pours a light straw from a 24oz “Super Size” green bottle. Head is a nice foamy white and leaves lace down the side of the glass.

Nose of yeast and barley malt and palate is a clean, bright barley malt, some bitter hops, a faint sulfur yeast, and followed by a carbonation bite.

Saint Pauli Girl is a fairly good green bottle German Beer that goes well with food and friends, or all by its self.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.15/5  rDev +9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Initial aroma of graininess, but turns to a fresh hops smell. Pale yellow and crystal clear. Head is fizzy and thins fairly quickly. Taste is a little grainy and a little sweet at the start. Has appropriate dryness and crispness for style. Mildly lingering dryness. Thinner feel, but plenty of carbonation. There are better beers for style, but this is drinkable and I doubt I'll turn it down it offered.

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Photo of proc
2.06/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A very mediocre beer. As others have mentioned, the St. Pauli girl on the label is nice, but that is about the extent of this beer's redeeming qualities. Pours out to a slightly, darker golden color, with a bizarre smell. Taste is that of light struck hops. If fresh, this can be decent, but with so many other good choices out there, this one isn't high on my list.

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

it's not too bad. the chick on the bottle is a tempting large-breasted european chick, but she is much more pleasurable than the beer inside. a favorite of some guys i work with, i can drink them, but they are not by any means my favorites

it beats a heine or a becks any day. it has very drinkable characteristics being light and crisp. the flavor is a bit bitter which may turn many people away, but it is still a decent brew.

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

All-around average beer. There are much better Pilsners out there that are less skunky. I don't know if they will ever learn to do away with the green bottles. It's usually Russian Roulette with these.

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Photo of ThreePistols
2.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale yellow color with almost no head. Toasted grain with a slight touch of skunk. Crisp sweet, floral, herbal, spicy flavor that is decently balanced between the malt and hops with a touch of skunk. Must be the green bottle. If it weren't for the skunkiness, this could be a good lager. Nevertheless, IMHO, St. Pauli Girl is better than a Heineken and a Becks.

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Photo of Jordan
3.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Spicey and herbal hop character. Light body, finishes dry. Very pale straw color. Not quite as good as grolsch, but a decent Pilsner none-the-less.

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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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