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

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St. Pauli GirlSt. Pauli Girl

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

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-07-2000

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

Hadn't had this brew in years... was careful in selecting a 24 ounce bottle from the middle of the cooler, away from the lights up front. My diligence ws not repaid.

The pale gold brew reaked of skunk. It fell back enough for me to taste something positive in the way of hops and light sweetness. However, the mouthfeel was as artificial as a glass of Tang!

Will probably wait til they put a new model on the label before I trouble myself with this beer again.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.3/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack of bottles on sale at H.E.B. for $5.29.

Appearance- Pale lager color, moderate carbonation, average head.

Smell- Typical mainstream pilsener smell, totally average.

Taste- Crisp, with a mild honey sweetness. About what you expect a beer like this to taste like.

Drinkability- Good thirst quenching beer and easy to drink for a session.

Overall St. Pauli does an nice job with this beer, but it isn't anything spectacular. Solid, unoffensive, and easy-to-drink.

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Photo of twi1609372
3.35/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Overall I like this beer, fairly smooth, good taste, doesn't go down as easy as some but not bad overall. Good to try something different if your in the mood for something new. Overall not a bad beer now and again but wouldn't drink it regularly.Maybe it's great on tap, never had a chance to try it.

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Photo of beertaster13
3.2/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light straw yellow with an inch head that quickly fades away to the depths of the glass, lacing is pathetic, not much to speak of at all. The smell is of grain and metal. The taste is very light and crisp with floral notes with tad bit of herbs. Malt tone brings sweetness to the grainy aftertaste. I could drink a few of these on those nice days in the sun but better Pilseners out there, still not bad for 1.59 for a 24oz.

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Photo of woemad
3.42/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a twelver of this on sale at an Albertson's in Spokane for $10.99. Decided to try this because I'd never had it before, and I really despair when I think of the Labatt Blue 12'er I bought 2 weeks ago, and supposed this couldn't possibly be as bad (I'd never had Labatt Blue before either - I need to buy a laptop and access BA while in the store to check the reviews). Fortunately, that assumption proved correct.

Poured a light, transparent gold color with a HUGE fizzy white head. Lots of bubble soaring skyward are visible in the glass. There was actually a little bit of lacing in my glass, which I didn't expect. Still, this looked like every other pale-colored lager I've had for the most part, so I was not particularly impressed.

Smell was better than I expected. There didn't seem to be any skunking. It smelled like an average pilsener should: Mildly hoppy and clean, and with no corn or rice scent violating my nose. Not a whole lot going on here, but what there is seems to be right.

Taste was better than the nose. Pleasingly easy to drink, with a mild, crisp hoppiness followed by a lingering dry finish. A perfectly straightforward proper pilsener taste to this. It's not a work of art, but it's certainly not bad tasting at all.

The mouthfeel was just what I would expect from a decent pilsener. This is a light-bodied beer, but it doesn't feel like it's too thin. Rather, it's just right.

This is the best warm weather beer I've had in a long time. So why am I drinking it now? It's rainy and nasty in Spokane right now! Yesterday a tornado touched down 2 miles from where I was working and there was so much hail it looked like it had snowed an inch (if you think a tornado is freakishly rare for Spokane, you are 100% right). I'll have to remember this when the weather is warm and predictable enough to safely do some outdoor grilling. This beer was a nice surprise as I'd always assumed it was just a German Heineken, in that it was made for people who equated imported with good and had no actual taste in beer.

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Photo of Joey7F
3.46/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer looks like it has been bashed quite a bit around here. It is awfully reminiscent of Lowenbrau only slightly less hoppy and a little more smooth. The taste is a little grassy with a crisp finish that makes it perfect for Italian food. The mouthfeel is a little weak but it is to be expected for a pilsner.


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Photo of jimdkc
1.66/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours about the palest yellow I've ever seen in a beer, crystal clear. Carbonation was readily apparent. Head was large, coarsely bubbled, and did not last long at all. Smell was skunky with maybe a little grain peeking through. Thin, watery, fizzy mouthfeel. Little bit of sweet malt flavor up front, followed by slightly grassy hop flavor. The taste was better than you'd expect it to be judging from the smell. However that skunky smell keeps this from being very drinkable!

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Photo of RoyalT
1.73/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance – Delicate light yellow in color without much of a head.

Smell – Straight skunk from forty paces out. There’s a bit of that pils hop aroma in the glass if you dare to venture close enough, but otherwise this is one of the skunkiest beers that I’ve ever had.

Taste – The nasty skunk flavors turn to pukish Gummi-Bear sweets. This is nasty with a capital “N”.

Mouthfeel – A thin body and some cheap carbonation made this one tough to swallow.

Sinkability – This one is heading for the drain.

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

Pours into the pilfered-from-Outback 22oz. mug with a pillowy and soft snow white head. The liquid is a pale, washed-out yellow, adequately carbonated. Initial skunk hits the nose when freshly poured which seems to dissipate when exposed to air for a bit. After that, lightly grassy malty notes with slight metallic tones. The taste is very light semi-sweet maltiness, brief weak delicate hoppiness....quite watery. Finishes light, spritzy. A German lawnmower brew, that's about it. Hard to believe back in the late '70's this was what I considered "kick-ass imported beer"... how times have changed (thank God)!

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Photo of Zorro
3.45/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with lots of carbonation.

Skunk got this bottle a little bit. Smells of strong grains and grass, mild perfume.

Taste is slightly sweet, has a nice fresh biscuit flavor with just the right amount of hop bite in the finish. Wonder how good this is on tap?

Mouthfeel is big for a Pilsner, Better than Pilsner Urquell in this respect.

Drinkability is really great even from a slightly skunked bottle this is delicious!

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

As far as macro-imports go, this is pretty average. It poured a light straw yellow with little head and no lace. The was skunky, yet there was a faint scent of hops. I tasted a slight hop taste, but nothing to write home about. It was kind of watered down for me, but it was a little better than Becks or Heineken. It went down pretty smooth. I think the pin up girl ws the best part of the whole experience.

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