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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 Knapp85
3.55/5  rDev +22.8%
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 -4.5%
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 +29.8%
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 +31.1%
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 -23.5%
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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Photo of Mora2000
2.24/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer pours a light clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is exactly what I expected from an imported beer in a green bottle: skunked grain and nothing else. I am holding it against the brewer in my rating since it was their choice to use a green bottle. The flavor has a little bit of skunk, but not as much as in the aroma. I also get some grain and grass notes from the hops. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of metter98
2.91/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down rather quickly but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are faint aromas of bready and grainy malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is very similar to the smell but the flavors are slightly stronger. There are some hints of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a hint of crispness and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: There’s nothing interesting about this beer that would want me want to try it again; the taste is very bland for the style.

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Photo of tjacobs610
3.67/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very clear and golden color. Very small thin head that has very little retention and lacing. Has a fairly good amount of carbonation as well

Smell: Very light grainy and sulfuric smell. Actually a very good smell compared to other beers of this category

Taste: Very crisp tasting. Has a sweet taste up front from the malts and herbal and floral hop notes. Finishes with a dry grainy taste

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied and soft on the palate with a dry finish

Overall: This is a fairly good beer. Had great smell and appearance, along with a surprisingly good taste. The dry finish is the only downside to this import

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Photo of Forb
3.08/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an extremely fresh 24oz bottle...

Appearance: Standard lager yellow with quite a large 3 finger head risen from a beautifully carbonated body.

Smell: Not the most notable quality. A common yeast scent from among mass produced German lagers accented by an odd, almost metal, taste is presented.

Taste: A light, easy to drink, standard pilsner beer with minute hop, malt, grain, and honey elements.

Mouthfeel: A light to medium body with a refreshingly crisp carbonation.

Overall: This is a staple beer for me. If I am buying beer at a gas station.. or any location where I just need something good at an off hour of the night.. or just simply can't find any good craft beer possibilities close by, I always look for this beer. It's a common enough beer to find. Having traveled to Germany many times I can say it carries a great similarity to a lot of what I found at the numerous family biergartens throughout. With this said, it is just a filler; not a duplication or replacement for. It is simply a good solid mass market German pilsner.


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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.35/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a super light clear golden color. White head dissapated to a super thin ring. No lacing.

Aroma like so many others in green bottles is a bit skunky. Bit of German pils aroma. Not much else.

Taste is similar. Not really skunky taste. Mostly pils taste with a slight bit of honey.

Mouthfeel is dry and refreshing. Higher side of carbonation.

Overall an ok pils. Would rather have many others of the style. Not bad but probably won't buy again.

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Photo of Pipmeister
2.4/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal clear straw color with a pure white head. Smells slightly slinky with some maltiness and not much smell to speak of.
The taste is light breadiness with sweetness and no real hop flavor. It's crisp but there's not much more to write about here.
The mouthfeel is thin with decent carbonation.
Overall it's a subpar, made for America interpretation of what a good German beer should be.
You can pass on this one and not regret it.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.26/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a 1.5" white soap suds head. Clear and quite light straw yellow in color. Smell from the moment opened and from arms length was substantially skunked. Taste was a pretty standard BMC style, rather watery, and had a mild but bitter finish. Really the only redeeming quality of this sample was the buxom blond St Pauli Girl on the label.

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Photo of katybee
2.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

As I had this straight from the bottle at a backyard party, I didn't really see how it poured, although there certainly was no foamy head I could detect. And the color was generally a pale, clear, light yellow.

No overt or unpleasant smell.

My first impression was a bitter bite...more like Heinekin or Sessions, than a Budweiser. Perhaps strong piney flowery hops, but not really citrus.

Very thin-bodied, clear and sharp, on the tongue.

Overall, not a beer to "savor" but just a thirst quencher with a bite. Won't be back for another.

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Photo of Rifugium
1.13/5  rDev -60.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

First had: a party somewhere.

First thing that comes to mind is people going: "Wooo!" Pours nicely into a red Solo cup, a clear, watery, straw-yellow, with fizzy bubbles and a small head that recedes to practically nothing. Weak scents of light grains and green-bottle skunk. Pretty much the same in the taste, grains, rotten hay, skunk, with faint hints of something that could be hops. Light mouthfeel, and not very drinkable at all unless you're drunk already.

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Photo of Swim424
2.3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle.

A-average. Poured a pee yellow with about a 1/2 inch head that dissapeared quickly. so looked like an average commercial lager. nothing that makes me really want to try it.

S-nothing special at all. smells sort of wheat and yeast. again nothing that makes me really want to drink this. smells slightly carbonated, and maybe a little metalic.

T-here we go...not very good. tastes very, i guess wheaty. lots of yeast i believe. i honestly feel like im drinking a plain garden. taste is much stronger than the smell. the yeast flavor builds and hits hardest as more an aftertaste.

M-not much here. not much lasting flavor. a strong yeast flavor right after i swallowed but thats about it. basically feels like a less carbonated miller lite.

O-I will probably not drink this again. it was not anything special. very dissappointing. I have heard good and bad things about this one and really just wanted to see for myself. definitly not the worst beer I have ever tried. but something I will do my best to avoid in the future.

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

12oz bottle

Appearnace: Kept in the green bottle, but normal pils coloring of being able to see through and not much head retention

Smell: Hop aroma of crisp bitter

Taste: a nice crisp, little spice bitter flavor. reminds a lot of most american pilsners.

Mouthfeel: feels like water not a beer

Overall: a simple beer that can be drank easily for a night of heavy drinking

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.35/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a super clear straw with a huge white head, minimal lace.

I've always loved the smell. Grain, grass and lemon are what hits the nose.

The taste is weak and grain heavy, there is some lemon and grass noticed as well.

The mouth is super thin, almost watery.

On a hot day I can pound these back, though I can think of a few other session brews that I dig a lot more. Not bad, not great.

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Photo of drastunir
3.5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Simple taste with this beer. No overpowering aftertaste either, which is always a plus. Not too filling, which is great for those nights you just want to enjoy a beer. Also, a decent starting lager if you haven't tried one before (I have, but I still enjoy it). Overall, a good choice if you are indecisive about what you would like to drink.

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Photo of Groomsy
2.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle with "Best Before" date of 7/2011, bought as a single in a mixed six pack. Poured into a mug at fridge temperature. Review taken from brief shorthand notes; consumed on 04/01/2011.

Appearance: Very typical lager appearance - the body is a remarkably clear and transparent gold color and is topped by a 2-finger head of bright white foam which dissipates fairly quickly into a barely-there collar of bubbles. Some sudsy lacing lines the mug but even that fades fairly quickly. Moderate carbonation rises to the the top of the beer in streams of bubbles.

Smell: Even before I poured the beer, I was hit with a whiff of skunk and sulphur upon opening the bottle; my thoughts automatically leaped to "I got an old/bad bottle." When I finally poured the beer, the sulphur aroma was still there, but lingered in the background a little more. This smells like a typical Euro pils: Pale malt, vague sweetness, some slightly floral and earthy hops, and a touch of bread/grain. Very "meh" overall; I know what to expect.

Taste: Clean and crisp on the palate. There isn't a whole lot of boldness in the flavor, but this is decent. There are some vague flavors of pilsner malt and sweetness, quickly overtaken by a biting flavor of bittering hops of the spicy/floral type; the beer finishes on a slightly metallic/grainy note on the back of the palate and some of the sulphur characteristics come through in the finish. Refreshing, but not great by any means. Decent European lager.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light in body with a slightly drying finish; moderate carbonation creates a slightly foamy sensation on the back end. No lingering flavors on the finish, very clean.

Overall: It's worth a try if you're just getting into European beers, but don't expect anything great. This is just a typical Euro lager, although its light body and crisp flavors lend itself to refreshment.. Also beware of the high possibility of getting a slightly skunked bottle.

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

I've never bothered pouring it out of a bottle, but I recall seeing someone do it- not surprisingly, the beer is a translucent golden color. Smell is rather bland, consisting of mostly grapefruit and skunk. The taste is the same as the smell and tastes like watered-down skunky grapefruit with some hay or grass or something- but it's actually pretty drinkable. It's better than a run-of-the-mill Bud Light or Keystone, but not much.

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Photo of brunrn1
3.52/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I really enjoy this beer, I have even had the non alcholic version and that wasnt even that bad. This is a good aromatic, tasting beer.
Wish I could still recieve the free poster they used to mail out though. This is a beer I could drink all day.
It is not a filling and does not leave a bad after taste./

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Photo of JMad
3.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass...

It was a very pale, golden yellow with a thin white head that disappeared in seconds.

The smell was skunky with a hint of lemon and bread.

Tastes mostly of crisp water, there are lemony grassy hop tones, and a bready aftertaste.

This beer is light and refreshing, lots of carbonation.

I'm not impressed but it's still drinkable.

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

From notes at Old Chicago (2002): Pours pale yellow with a nice white fluffy head. Few lacings. Fruity, floral aroma. Taste is delicate, floral, some bitter hops in finish. One of the better light beers in the world. Very nice if stored properly. A nice transition beer. Probably too bitter for the macro crowd.

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Photo of appenzeller
3.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thought I'd give the old girl a try, though to me she's traditionally just a less skunky alternative to the swill of my high school days. Long, long ago.

Not bad! Impressively fresh, typical European lager in the best sense, not the worst, pretty plain but still a good hops profile (nice flowery hops), good balance, obviously a clean and excellent technical beer (this is German, after all).

In summary, perhaps the big German exports here are no longer skunky and uncared for. If so, I'll be a customer again. This was a good start.

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Photo of mjurney
2.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale golden color, clear. Some carbonation. Thin head.

Very skunky at first, but I could smell some sweet grainy and herbal hops.

Very light and crisp. There some sweet grainy malts with slight hop bitterness at the end. Well carbonated.

Clean crisp finish, slight dry aftertaste.

Overall Impressions:
Nothing really special, just your typical Euro Lager.

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