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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.
Germany | website

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 tdm168
3.08/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pale gold with a thin lacing of loose, bubbly, white head that has little retention

S - musty, corn, skunky

T - musty, grainy, corn-like sweetness, grassy, faintly bitter

M - smooth, crisp, a bit heavily carbonated, light to medium bodied

This is a pretty typical euro lager. It's musty, skunky, comes in a green bottle, and has a rather simplistic flavor. Nothing special to report here. I'll avoid in the future.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best by 12/2012.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a foamy 1/2 inch beige head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip down the glass on the drink down. Smell is very skunky up front but this gives way to some grain and slightly vegetal aromas. Taste is mainly of grain with some vegetal and slightly skunky flavors. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer but the smell is quite skunky.

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Photo of cbutova
2.63/5  rDev -9.3%
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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Photo of cadavid4j
1.84/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Upon opening the bottle the horrible skunky smell was overwhelming. It probably ruined this one from the get go but I still gave it a shot because hey, can't just waste beer.

Poured into a pint glass and the head disappears rather quickly with only a slight ring that eventually disappears. The taste leaves much to be desired and leaves a metallic sort of aftertaste.

This is my first trying of this beer and I was completely underwhelmed. I expected more from a German import. I do not recommend this beer.

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Photo of BMMillsy
1.48/5  rDev -49%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

I really do not like this one. From the standard green bottle, poured into clear dixie cup. Golden pour with decent fluffy white head. Aroma is skunk and light hay, no sweetness, a bit of dryness. Taste is like sucking on a skunk's ass. Why do breweries continue to use the green bottles. I have had this multiple times and no improvement. I tend to prefer the standard macros like Bud Light to this one.

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Photo of output01x
2.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Best Before 10.2012) into a pilsener glass.

A strong pour yields a 1-finger bright white head that slowly fades after a few minutes to a nearly nonexistant dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a perfectly clear pale straw with a moderate amount of carbonation bubbles. Some light lacing can be seen throughout consumption but never really sticks around that long.

The first detectable aroma while pouring the beer is a glorious skunkiness (gotta love those green bottles). A closer inspection reveals light, grainy malts, and herbal hops. Some slight notes of toast, biscuits, and wet hay are noticeable.

Just like the nose, sweet, grainy malts and herbal hops flavors hit the tongue at first sip. As the beer is held in the mouth, notes of biscuits, toffee, and skunk come through. Upon swallowing, a little more skunkiness comes out along with more herbal hops flavors.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is light on the tongue and easily swallowed. The body is easy drinking and refreshing. The carbonation is not overly noticeable and really assists in the finish.

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Photo of CowsCanBark
2.68/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden with a one-finger white head that quickly dissipates into nothingness. Very minimal lacing, spotty as hell.

Smell: Skunked! Behind the skunk is light hop smell

Taste: Not nearly as skunked as the smell, but still skunked. Behind the skunk is a light flavor of malts and hops, with a mild bitterness, but mainly grass and water.

Mouthfeel: Light to moderate body, high carbonation, very easy to guzzle down.

Overall: This just doesn't have enough flavor or presence to keep my interest. I couldn't even buy it to get sloshed because it's another ridiculously priced import.

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Photo of JohnBeerRun
2.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I picked this beer up at a super market one night just sampling and it had an attractive bottle. It kind of has a cheaper German pilsner taste with thin head. I wouldn't want to drink this beer in public it looks kind of girly. I'm not saying this is a terrible beer it's just not for me.

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Photo of jlindros
2.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's time for another "Good Idea, Bad Idea". Good idea, drinking and reviewing awesome beers on BA. Bad idea, the existence of this beer. Well it's that time again, time for another Jared's Bad Beer Review. In this session, St. Pauli Girl, what I remember as being the most foul thing I've ever put into my mouth from years ago, the first and only time I've ever touched this thing. I almost wanted to skunk it more for the fun, but why bother. It's bad enough I'm sure. They even have the date on there, best by 03/2012, so it can't be that bad, can it?!

And the cap is removed, no going back now. The pour yields a pasty white 1.5 finger fizzy but creamy semi thick but bubbly head, reminiscent of albino sperm, and fades with actual sperm like lacing. The beer is more clear than Boston water, less brown as well, it's golden colored like a fake tan.

Nose, well not quite as bad as I remember actually. I'm a little turned off by not throwing up as I breath it in. It's actually somewhat breathable. I get some faint cracked straw and pilsner like malts, that breath a light juiciness almost as if it were at one point made with actual beer. Just a hint of skunked lager, not much by way of horridness actually. Granted I did pull this right out of a non-light penetrating case from a fridge, and directly into my fridge so very little light exposure. A light Bavarian malt aroma really seals the deal as an actual beer. Even the hops... wait just kidding, no hops were harmed in the making of this beer.

Taste goes down hill a bit, but again not the super skunked re-vomited anal leakage I remember it being. It is pretty watery, more so than most German pilsners (real ones that is). Light cracked straw blends with watered pilsner malt and a hint of sweetness to bring real flavor to it. A decent lager crispness as well, but no real fruity flavors. As it rolls off my tongue faster and smoother than water (as it mostly it just water), the light flavor and mostly lack of flavor turn to a light hint of bitterness, with maybe a hint of grassy hops, I think they waved the 10 year old hops over the beer and a few lupulin glands fell in. Then a bit of a metallic twinge kicks in, just when I thought this beer was actually going to be refreshing. The metallic flavor really lingers making me have to go back and sip more so the watered down straw is overpowering the "just chewed on tin foil" flavor and now my mind is bringing the feel of it as well. Oy!

Mouth is practically non-existant, FG of like 0.080, and actually not much carbonation either.

Overall not as bad as I thought. The metallic flavor on the finish is the real downfall, but not really skunked, and not a huge mess either. I'm glad I tried this again, and did a full review. Perhaps I should give other piss beers a try again. This I would say is worlds better than the macro swill of U.S., and to tell the truth, I'm a little glad it surprised me in a good way. And hell, at least I got some entertainment out of writing this.

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Photo of kilustration
3.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lucky no skunk in this green bottle.

Appearance was average golden, nice head, not over carbonated.

Smell was average at best.

Taste was solid. Not the greatest in the world, but nice.

Mouthfeel was excellent, not overly sweet, nice hop flavor, malty..really good.

Overall I would risk the purchase (due to the green bottle) again. This is a winner.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from bottle to Pilsner glass.

A - Beer pours a bright pale gold color that is crystal clear with a 1 finger white head that has average retention and lacing.

S - Not a lot of aroma though the grainy character is noticeable. Cannot detect any yeast or hop notes.

T/M - The beer starts out clean and crisp and stays that way throughout. It is quite light in terms of mouthfeel. The middle of the beer the light pale malts and lager yeast are mildly present and blend rather well with the lightly grainy upfront flavor. The beer finishes crisp and clean.

D - Very drinkable.

Overall, I think this beer is pretty average for the style. Nothing stands out really but isn't bad by any means either. Quite refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-24-2011 21:02:24

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Photo of CEversole
3.01/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a yellow/golden color, white head maybe a quarter finger. No lacing to speak of.

S: Smells grassy and earthy. Not picking up on much else

T: Taste about like it smells. Grass and floral notes, followed by a skunky bitter after taste. It doesn't taste bad. I like the taste, but just not very flavorful.

M: Very clean, crisp, and enjoyable mouthfeel. I think this is what makes this beer seem better than it actually is.

O: Its not a bad beer but could definately be better. I heard bad things about it but I wouldn't say its horrible.

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Photo of tophers
1.54/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

a: Pale/Light gold in color. Pours a strong head with a sustainable creamy head

s: The skunky smell overwhelms all other aromas. There is a slight spiciness smell. Can also smell a little sulfur

t: Not much of a hop character. Can taste a little of the noble hops up front, but they dissipate quickly. Bitterness and hop flavor are lacking. Seems to have a bit too much malt sweetness. Fairly dry finish. Skunky aroma seem to makes it's way to the taste (perhaps I am just overwhelmed by the smell)

m: Medium body with medium carbonation. Almost has a slight creaminess - could be related to the sweetness. Carbonation does not last long in the mouth

o: Not so much of a crisp, refreshing beer like a German Pilsner should be. The skunkiness aroma is just so overwhelming that it dominates the beer. Would recommend ditching the green glass to avoid the skunkiness.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
2.94/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pilsener (also had in a pint glass, no difference is noted):

A: clear light golden colored body with a small white film of a head

S: the "skunkiness" that most people find non-appealing with some hop/floral aroma, but even the hops/floral-ness is barely noticeable

T: sweet through a combination of hops to malts

M: light, sessionable, sweet aftertaste and balanced sweet to bitter finish

O: its a German pilsener brewed in accordance to the Purity Laws, so, this is one that's not for all, as for me, I'm actually unsure if I'd have this again, probably preferably with food

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
2.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear light golden color. Fizzy head that goes away fast. No Lacing.

S- Almost literally like dead skunk on the highway. If you really try, underneath there is somewhat of a slight hop floral aroma. Not much there. Almost smells like it has gone bad.

T- Surprisingly not as bad as the smell. Traditional pilsener taste. I found it similar to Miller Lite, but without the usual terrible aftertaste. No hops in the taste. A fairly sweet taste throughout with fruity note here or there.

M- Light as all get out. Could pound them all night. Appropriate amount of carbonation.

Overall, the smell threw me. It smelled like it had gone bad. But other than the smell, it's a decent beer. By no means one to race out and buy, but good enough.

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Photo of soju6
2.33/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color with a small white head and some lacing.

S: Mild grain aroma and a bit musty.

T: Flavor of grain with a mild sweetness and a gritty bitterness and fairly clean finish.

F: Light body and crisp. A bit rough around the edges.

O: Kind of a bland generic beer. Not one of the better Euro Lagers.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.88/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a light golden color with a half-inch thick head that disappears quickly.

Smell - Grassy, somewhat skunky, with some bread characteristics. I like the smell of this.

Taste - It tastes skunky as well.. It doesn't have too strong of a flavor of anything though. Hard to point anything out. Has a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Kinda light to medium bodied, same as the carbonation.

Overall - A pretty good beer. Nice and refreshing.

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Photo of Arsenal11
3.6/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

St Pauli Girl the first import I ever had many years ago :) Let me start by saying that I bought mine as a twelve pack which is the only way to go with green bottle imports thats why I had no skunkiness whatsoever.

A- Typical Lager but who really pours this stuff out of the bottle? The label is way better to look at.

S-Grassy a slight hint of hops

T-Light and refreshing, a little grassy, some sweet malts finish lingers nicely.

Overall this is a great beer that I would purchase again.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.61/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to say the label is the best thing about this; a buxom Bavarian wench carrying steins of beer, whats not to love?

The beer itself was decent, slight skunk scent, (damn green bottles), medium yellow body, great head that lasts a while. Clean, crisp (grassy?).
I would drink it again.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.03/5  rDev +4.5%
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 Knapp85
3.55/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a nice looking golden yellow color, the head was white and fluffy. The smell of the beer had the typical German Lager aroma of some fresh grass and some aging in there too. The taste of the beer is a little grassy also and finished with a crisp clean flavor though. The mouthfeel of this one is light, crisp and clean also. Overall this brew isn't bad but I prefer the Dark Lager over this one personally.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
2.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A) A clear and bright yellow color. There was an inch of white head, not much retention, no lacing.

S) Sad to report, but this is mostly skunk.

T) This was not as bad as the nose. There was some skunk unfortunately, but it was at least somewhat counter acted by grains, hints of hops and a slightly grassy dry finish.

M) Pretty light bodied, with a decent amount of carbonation. There is some fizz to this one.

O) Perhaps this is the curse of the green bottle. I can't recall a time I've had a Pauli Girl that wasn't a bit skunky. This beer isn't terrible. Ice cold out of the cooler, you could do worse.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.75/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have had this a bunch of times earlier. Poured into my Prima Pils glass for review:

Pours a clear gold color with nice carbonation and good white head. Smells a little almond-like, maybe a little grainy, with some definite bready characteristics. Tastes mostly clean with a sweet tasting finish. Mouthfeel is light with a slightly bitter finish. No real hop character to speak of. Overall, a decent beer. A good German brew at an affordable price. And you can't beat the iconic label art.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.79/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - beautiful pale yellow and clear with 2 finger head. Great look for a Pils.

Smell - some nobles are faint but mostly a faint skunky smell

Taste - A pleasant combination of barnyard flavors (straw, earthiness) with nicely balanced noble hop flavoring and slight crisp in the finsih

Mouthfeel - full bodied for a Pilsner. Nice.

Overall - This a very decent German Pilsner in my book. Not sure why this one isn't more highly rated by others, as its got many good German Pilsner characteristics and also has some flavor punch to it (not bland by anymeans).

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Photo of bondjedi
2.21/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Like KFC, St. Pauli Girl seems like a good idea every six months or so and I grab a twelver. Halfway through it I regret the decision, even though I like looking at the gal on the label.

I don't know anything about the pour for this one as I suck them down straight from the bottle. The beer always smells a little skunky and tastes very sour.

However, it does get me hammered quite efficiently. Though I regret the decision to buy it at the halfway mark, it is at that point that I stop caring.

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St. Pauli Girl from St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co.
68 out of 100 based on 404 ratings.
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