tnkw01 (1756) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Bottle. Clear, gold color with a medium head. Smells like skunk and tastes like skunk. Augdraught1981 (266) - Harlem, Georgia, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Clear gold pour with a healthy one finger head. Slightly skunked aroma with a silky smooth body & German malt flavor that’s more velvety smooth than crisp. Finishes watery but that’s ok, its a pale lager and a step above others I can think of. I could really get into drinking this on a regular basis as a lawnmower beer. ChadPolenz (1827) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2015
I’ve only reviewed a few beers from Brauerei Beck & Co., but they’ve all been pretty bad and leads me to believe this might be the worst brewery in the world (it is part of the InBev conglomerate after all). This is another generic pale lager that is supposedly all-malt, but is completely lacking in flavor or distinctiveness. I don’t think brown bottles or cans would make much of a difference – it’s just plain bad.
Dacrza (993) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2014
I poured a 12oz bottle into a lager glass. It had a best before date of 9/2015 and cost $1.85 ($0.15 per ounce).
Appearance: Pale amber hue, crystal clear with slow steady carbonation. Pours to a small, white, soapy head which fizzles away and leaves no lacing.
Smell: Strong skunk odor due to the green bottle. Eventually fades. Little genuine beer aroma.
Taste: I think I have a pretty high tolerance for bad macro beers. I can recall drinking other brews much worse than this, but I’m still scoring St. Pauli Girl Lager low because it’s a lousy beer overall. The palette is pretty bland and boring; no malt or hop characteristics whatsoever. Initially, there’s a tang or spoiled flavor from the light strike, but I seem to build a tolerance to that quickly. Other beers of the general style tend to have a modicum of sweetness, but there’s none to be found here. Kind of ironic considering how it touts its ingredients. There are much better examples of mediocre pale lagers and they’re as readily available and cheaper than this. Avoid.
Drinkability: At only 5% ABV, it’s clear that St. Pauli Girl Lager isn’t intended to be fussed over. The mouthfeel is thin and crisp with a watery texture. It doesn’t finish completely clean as the skunky character actually does linger on the tongue for a bit. Though light in body I would not consider this a refreshing beer.
DATE TASTED: December 14, 2014... GLASSWARE: Weihenstephan pilsener... OCCASION: drinking off and away Johnny Football’s forgettable first start... APPEARANCE: transparent, sallow yellow body; off-white head begins well but flattens to a casual smear... AROMA: beefy, doughy, buttery fragrance associated with cheaper, imported, green-bottled lagers... PALATE: drinkably nondescript--light and refreshing but so liquid, the only thing left is a small biscuity aftertaste...TASTE: thin, sweet and syrupy flavors dominate a rather weak profile... OVERALL: tough to slam a beer that is as happily drinkable as SPG, so I will instead suggest that in the right circumstance, this beer could compliment the standard party fair...but it doesn’t distinguish itself much from the other green-bottled brethren... ganache (5951) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2014
Fresh bottle (best before 07.2015), but green glass -- it was a toss-up, but no skunk here. Nose is very strong in corn, light grain, sugary. Pours pale yellow-golden that’s closer to clear, abundant silent carbonation and a bright soapy head. Taste is very sweet and grainy, malt is simple but not watery, there’s a touch of fresh bread expanding in the finish but it’s capped by a metallic ceiling. Light body, somewhat crisp and nicely soft, does manage to squeeze in some noble hop juice (actually, much more than many better-liked German pilsner). Light grassy character, not terribly dirty (not terribly clean, either), mineral/hard water character, but probably one of the better examples to be found in green bottles.
ajnepple (6693) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2014
12 oz via bottle at Cleo’s. Clear appearance with a white head. Crisp and pretty smooth with light malty sweetness and minimal bitterness. Boring but easy to drink. BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours a golden yellow with one finger of head. Aroma is floral. Flavor is malty and floral and somewhat sweet. Overall a decent beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone PigMine (42) - San Angelo, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2014
Just because its a corporate owned brew doesn’t mean its bad. It is actually a great German brew, and who could deny Hallertau hops from the most famous Hallertau Gardens don’t shine through in this golden beauty. slowrunner77 (12133) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
another slightly better than average yellow beer. not really skunky, so kudos for that, but not something i’ll buy again either. there are better pilseners out there when the mood hits." Darkmagus82 (2302) - - OCT 14, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 4-1-14-
Poured from green bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a light golden color with a two finger head of a pure white color. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – Now being poured from a green bottle this is not too surprising, but the beer is full of a big skunky smell. Along with this aroma is a decently strong grainy smell as well as a bit of a grassy and hay like aroma.
Taste – The taste begins with a drier grainy taste with just a hint of a caramel sweetness. As the taste advances some more grassy and herbal flavors come to the tongue along with a light skunk flavor. Overall the skunk is quite light however and with a bit of a biscuit flavor and a slightly dwindling of the caramel more toward the end of the taste, one is left with a mild and somewhat crisp flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the thinner and more watery side with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly higher side. Both are quite appropriate for the style of the brew and make for an easy drinker.
Overall – Nothing really special here. A dry lager that, unfortunately due to the desire to put in a green bottle, has a slightly skunky flavor with a big skunk aroma. Nothing too special, but not insanely offensive either.