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Squatters Provo Girl Pilsner - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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78
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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
In the Bavarian tradition, this crisp, clean golden-hued pilsner is brewed with German variety Magnum hops, then lagered for 30 days for superb drinkability. Provo Girl is the type of pilsner you would find in the Munich area of Germany.

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Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

nmann08, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dazzling amber surrounding the fiery golden ball of the sun. I love how all beer looks better when backlit with the brightest light possible. The bleached bone white cap has a great deal of character, especially as it slowly loses altitude. Abstract patterns of sudsy lace further contribute to this attractive Provo Girl's looks.

I like the nose as well because it's cleanly and surprisingly hoppy. I say surprisingly for two reasons. First, because many American-brewed German pilseners are really just all-malt lagers with a superiority complex. Second, because Magnum hops (the only hop in use here) is supposed to be primarily a bittering hop, not an aromatic one. Could have fooled me.

Provo Girl is good beer and is clearly a pilsener rather than a pretender. The thing that it had to do to impress me was to deliver plenty of hop flavor and plenty of bitterness. I'm happy to report that both have been signed, sealed and delivered (especially the latter). I don't have a lot of experience with Magnum hops, but they've definitely been used to great effect here. Lemongrass is dominant with an undercurrent of peppery spice.

I can think of three reasons why this is such bracingly bitter beer: a barely adequate malt backbone (gotta keep that ABV low), a boatload of hops and freshness. I'd like to thank Wasatch for the last of those. Despite the fact that there isn't a huge amount of pils malt in the house, there's enough to provide a gentle countering sweetness... that, nevertheless, dies a quick death on the finish.

It's no great surprise that the mouthfeel isn't up to snuff (relatively speaking). It's still more than adequate and is a great match for the flavor profile. Mouthfeel and a low ABV promote drinkability. However, anyone who sets out to session this baby better have a high tolerance for alpha acids.

Not only does this Provo Girl look good, she smells good and... I'd better stop right there. I'll admit, I was surprised by this beer. I really shouldn't have been, though, since I've had some pretty good UBC beer of late. It looks like the brewery dropped the 'St.' when St. Pauli Girl threatened a lawsuit. I like this name better because it allows them to put a pretty hot looking blonde on the label.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another solid offering I was able to try recently from a little known to me Utah brewer. I had a good time with this one in my mini tasting. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 1/16/2009.

A nice look to this one with a golden yellow color coming forward from the bottle right away. Nice carbonation was apparent as ripples of bubbles moved toward the surface and formed into a two inch head of white that lay on top throughout, but faded in a few moments down to a bare nothing.

The aroma was light, though nicely done. Lots of vinous hops, hints of grain and bready malts and a slight bitter touch to it overall. Crisp, clean, and very refreshing flavor. This one was spot on here. This is exactly what I was looking for here. Nice clean finish with a light drying touch to it and a smooth, bubbly carbonation. An easy session beer, I could have pounded out a few of these with ease.

Overall very solid and probably my favorite beer from them to date. Very, very nicely done here.

mikesgroove, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Slight haze in the yellow golden color, sufficient lacing

SMELL: Herbal, spicy hop, apple skin, dough grain, semi-clean

TASTE: Smooth, crisp bite, clean hop bitterness, herbal, grassy, bready, yeast, dry grainy finish

A bit more hop flavor and perhaps cleaned up a bit would greatly help this pils out, a decent brew but reminded me of a Kellerbier more than a straight up pils.

Jason, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts and a good amount of hops. It seems very straight-forward and pure.

T: The taste is very well-balanced between the light malt character and the better average hops presence for the style. Just like the smell, it’s very simple and straight-forward, nothing fancy, but very refreshing and well-brewed.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, excellent representation of style, Wasatch mentioned to me in a beer mail that it’s easy to drink a lot of these and I can certainly see why. I could see myself taking out quite a few of these very quickly.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer #29 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

This is an even pilsner. Doesn't seem to be much here to make it stand out. The body is heavier than I would expect for the style. Lots of malts and some grain influence as well. It's a decent beer, but lacks finesse and comes out as a strongly toned interpretation of the style.

RblWthACoz, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from Wasatch, cheers John!

Pours an effervescent gold with 3 fingers of peal white head; plus some floaties at the bottom of the bottle

S: Some grassyness & grainyness

T: Grainyness & grassyness, plus soapyness & drynness up front. Dry with a bit of breadyness & grainyness as this warms. Finishes dry with some lemony & grainy hops

MF: Light bodied with moderate carbonation & alright balance

Drinks alright, a German, I could take or leave

russpowell, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of mactrail
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Slight nose of flowery hops. This is so delicate I think you have to be in the right frame of mind to enjoy it. Golden color, foam on top. Prickly mouthfeel. Very thin. No hint of malt. Just a dirty edge to the aftertaste with some bitterness. Actually, it's quite metallic. I'd have to taste this against the Bohemian Pilsner in the four percent sweepstakes, but I don't think this would win.

New label has the Y girl in white parka and miniskirt, and somehow, white skis. Dang, should have thought save the variations for a vertical tasting of all the babes.

mactrail, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for this one...

Poured into pils glass:

Pours light golden yellow with a thin white head that temporarily returns with slight movement of the glass.

The smell is of soft grain with a touch of grass/hay.

The taste is fairly mild - grainy, slightly grassy/hayish. Malty with hop/slight aspirin, dry finish.

It's appropriately light-bodied. Crisp and refreshingly dry.

A fine pils. Could do without touch of aspirin, but otherwise it's a good choice for an easy, no-frills pils summer "session". Has enough to it to make it worthwhile.

(Originally reviewed 07-18-07 under Squatter's pub - Review moved here after being corrected by Wasatch - Thanks for letting me know, John.)

jwc215, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark golden with an appropriate white head and sticky lace. The aroma is crisp and slightly hoppy. The taste continues with the flowery hop, perhaps slightly more than a typical Czech pilsner. I do like the flavoring. The mouthfeel is biting, not smooth like the style would suggest. Very good carbonation. This beer is refreshing and above average, but it is not complex enough to be great.

smcolw, Jun 07, 2004
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

MarkyMOD, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden yellow in color with a 1/2" head that breaks apart immediately. A spot or two of lace stick to the glass.

Smell: grass and some hop bitterness are detectable.

Taste: lightly grainy malt base. Some grass and green grapes are soft but noticable. Light fruitiness lingers in the backgound.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Crisp and a bit dry in the finish. Clean and refreshing aftertaste.

Drinkability: simply a a decent pilsner that is low in alcohol and hits the spot on a warm day. Worth a try.

Gavage, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of woodychandler
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

... And there she was!

This arrived with a lovely, fluffy, bone-white head with decent retention. The nose had the distinctively Saaz-hops aroma. The color was a bright golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Come to me, baby! It had a medium mouthfeel with a good burst of hops on the tongue. The finish had a decent dryness, but it could have used more hops. That's me in a nutshell - more hops, please, sir.

woodychandler, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad. This is a more American-influenced pilsner, like Brooklyn Pilsner with the citrus hops. For being 4% this is actually decent beer. There's a light toasty malt flavor covered with grapefruit, general citrus, orange rind, and then herbal spice. All in all, this is a light yet flavorful beer. Not bad for Utah.

tempest, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of akorsak
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from Wasatch. The comely blonde on the bottle beckons me...

A: The pils is a pale blonde color, really pale like some yellow food coloring in a glass of water. The head has left some legs on the side glass but not much more retention-wise.

S: The nose is mostly biscuit malts with a hint of earthy hops.

T: The flavor is very light, showing off some biscuity malts that have a medicinal, fast finish. There is an appreciable bitterness in the mouth, I just can't place it and it doesn't stick around long to boot. This is clearly more of a thirst-quenching gulper.

M: The mouthfeel is bland, kicking out a bit of malt and a smidge of hops but nothing memorable.

D: The beer is an easy drink but there are better pilsners available. This is good for a hot summer day.

akorsak, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of Zorro
2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Clear yellow colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells of mild pilsner malt and and light noble hop. Wheat biscuit malt scent with a grassy hop scent.

Starts out with a hard water taste with an assertive hop bite. Grassy and assertive hop presence. Mildly sweet and there is a slight lemon taste.

Mouthfeel is light.

It is an OK beer, about all you can say about it.

Zorro, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of Wasatch
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice clean clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice white creamy head, lots of lacing afterwards. The nose is of malts, hops, and some spices. The taste is hoppy with a nice bitter slightly dry finish. Light-Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice rendition of the style, Highly recommended.

Wasatch, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

rab53, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was little retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a moderately spicy noble hop and some clean pale malts.

The taste consisted of an upfront spicy noble hop with a secondary, but soild biscuity malt. Spicy hop finish.

The mouthfeel was very clean and crisp, but a bit on the thin side. Lingering hop spice.

Overall superior drinkability. A very tasty and low ABV session pils. Thanks to Wasatch.

plaid75, Jun 15, 2007
Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

dmorgan310, May 05, 2014
Photo of Gusler
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice clear gold color, bright white head, moderate in size, and fine lace to coat the glass.Nose is malt, clean and fresh as are most "Pilseners/Lagers. Front is malt lightly sweet, top is flimsy, the finish is adequately hopped, the carbonation overly potent. As the ABV is low, the malts should have been there to shore up the body, the hops just did not win me over to this "Watery" brew.

Gusler, Oct 27, 2002
Photo of WoodBrew
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Whilst in SLC, had a chance to visit Squatter Pub & Brewery....or Salt Lake City Brewery. The Provo Gal was yellow in color and clear. The carbonation created a nice white head. There was not much of a scent, perhaps some grain but very faint. The taste was typical of most pilsners and was smooth. From a mouthfeel perspective it was very easy drinking. One of the better offerings in my opinion.

WoodBrew, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of francisweizen
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Similar to the other brews here the appearance is quite nice. Golden with a nice head and nice retention and lacing as well. Aromas are all pils malt, which is lightly bready, and some nice citrusy hop notes as well. Crisp and clear. The taste is clean, but a tad watery and bland. Mouthfeel is light and drinkability is OK> Not bad, but not a great pils by any means. The hop character is off for the style, and the malts are too low in the mix...

francisweizen, Aug 02, 2005
Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear golden with a solid stack of white suds.
The nose brings a loud hoppiness full of dead grass and pulpy stems backed with able, crisp hay and saltine malt notions. It's exactly spot-on for a pils, and lacks no loudness nor definition for a beer that operates with an ABV cap.
Malt asserts first in the mouth, grain and hay and soup crackers, along with a ghostly whisper of lemon. Whitewater clean in the middle, as it flows into a well-stated hop finale of green and brown grasses.
The only problem area is the mouthfeel. Gaseous and crisp at first, the carbonation settles out over time and leaves behind a liquid that is both flat and thin. I'd guess that 4% limit has some say here.
Nonetheless, this is a very good example of the style, and a solid, quick and refreshing quaff.

cokes, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of blackie
4.35/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: clear, bright golden color with bubbles constantly rising from the bottom, rocky white head with great retention and light lacing

s: pulpy noble hops upfront supported on a body of crisp pilsner malts, simple and well structured

m: lively medium-high carbonation with a refreshingly light body

t: clean and crisp pilsner malts carry a grassy noble hop flavor with a nice spicy snap, pulpy even, the bitterness level is moderate, perfect progression of a mild, bready lager malt sweetness to a dry and cleanly bitter hop finish, just a great pils flavor

d: no problem, a great representation of the style - regardless of the constraints from the abv limitations in place

large glass at the brewpub nearly a year ago, review entered directly from notes

blackie, Aug 04, 2009
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Squatters Provo Girl Pilsner from Utah Brewers Cooperative
78 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.