Sunday, February 15, 2015

St. Pauli Girl Lager

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chad9976 (1283) - Albany, New York, 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.

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. 
Grade: 2/10

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