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Squatters Provo Girl Pilsner - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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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
Brewed by:
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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 BrewerB
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks goes out to Wasatch for the hookup on this and many other Utah beers. Cheers, sir!

A - Poured into a Trumer Pils glass. Wonderful light golden color with excellent clarity. The thin white head seems to be composed of a variety of bubble sizes and is holding up nicely. Lacing sticking to the glass as the head retreats.

S - Very prominent pilsner malt/grainy nose. Floral hop character also present at an appropriate intensity for the style.

T - Crisp and flavorful, this is one hell of a Pilsner for such a modest ABV. Bitterness is firm and at a moderate level. Lingers on after the swallow into a dry, clean finish. The pilsner malt character is readily apparent and well-matched with the floral hop flavor. Though the tastes in a pilsner can be somewhat simple, this is extraordinarily well-balanced and flavorful

M - A medium-light bodied with a moderately high level of carbonation. Not quite effervescent but the carbonation feels appropriate and in great balance.

D - At a modest 4% ABV but packing more balance and character than beers twice as strong, this is certainly a drinkable beer. Though my trade only included one, I'm wishing I had an entire 6 pack. Excellent job by the folks at Squatters!

BrewerB, Jan 24, 2009
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 BeerZack
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This bottle says 4.0% alcohol by volume.

Pale golden color with slightest bit of haze. Thin spots of head.

Woodsy hops jump right out in the nose. Some citrus hops also and sweet doughy light malt.

Sweet, sour, and bitter all at work here. Tastes kinda like sour dough and parsley. Sweet taste and sour impression up front with underlying bitterness building to finish.

Carbonation is kinda stingy and there is that tart sourish thing, but overall this stuff is pretty drinkable.

BeerZack, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the bottles sent to me by Wasatch, thanks for the beer John.

A vibrant yellow colored body that is very translucent with some lively carbonation. Two fingers of head does not have a lot of retention, but does leave a pretty good amount of lacing behind.

The strongest smell here is some light, biscuity malt. Hops are certainly noticeable also.

I found myself guzzling this beer; I feel I took it down in only a few gulps. Once again some sweet, biscuity malt is the main flavor with a noticeable hop presence.

Light, highly carbonated, slightly dry finish.

Something that can be downed fast, but not something I would drink all night. Not a bad pilsner though.

Hojaminbag, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of colts9016
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A Golden yellow with a light bronze color. There was a one finger bubbly head but it is only a white small ring around the glass. There is a lot of effervesces in the beer.

Nose: Light malt with a lot of yeast. There is esters, resin, citrus and some hint of phenols.

Taste: Light malt flavor, with a nice hop note to the beer. There is yeast, citrus, esters and phenols rounding it up.

Overall: I think this one my first pilsners that has a whop for hops. It is a light body body beer hidden with an I P A wanna be deep inside this beer. I think that this beer is interesting but not to bad. The mouth feel is powdery and kinda dry. The finish is slightly bitter, it lingers for a minute on the palate.

colts9016, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Provo Girl is the same color as a macro. It is nicely sparkling with microscope lens clarity. The head leaves lacing above the beer as it diminishes to a white film. The fruity wooden hops in the aroma are great but soft. The malt aroma lacks character and is starchy. The body is medium light. It thins as it progresses. It is very soft and waxy like a melted milkshake. The mouth feel vanishes before the flavor ends. This tastes stronger than 4.0% ABV. It's quite bitter. The hops provide all of the flavor. The aftertaste is bitter and peaty and lasts for a long time. Perhaps clumsily simple, but quite bold. This is barfighting beer.
(rated Aug 14, 2007)

yesyouam, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of mikereaser
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a gift from wasatch...

A - pours a light straw color with little foam with just a few bubbles around the glass. it left a bit of lacing throughout the glass

S - expected pilsner malt aroma, bready, yeasty smell

T - malty flavor up front with a spiciness in the finish, slight hoppiness to it

M/D - very light, drinkable beer for a pilsner which is not my favorite style. It has a nice bit of a hop finish which was nice.

mikereaser, Dec 04, 2008
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 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 dnichols
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: It poured a golden yellow body with a slight half finger bone white head that disappeared before I finished my first swig. Very slight lacing.

S: Very faint light creamy malty odors that were overcome by strong grassy and hoppy bitter smells.

T: It had a grainy malt base with flavors of green grass, grapes and apples. There was a bitter bite on the back side and a slightly sour aftertaste.

M: It was light bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry finish and sour aftertaste.

D: It was an acceptable pilsner with a light body and low ABV that make it a good candidate for a session brew on a hot summer day.

dnichols, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Squatters- Provo Girl Pilsner

Thanks to Wasatch for this 1.

A- Light yellow with good carbonation and a thick messy lacing head.
S- Very light on the nose; a touch of lemon, hay/straw hops.
T- Sweet light grainy bread malt with a touch of lemon and light hops.
M- Starts of watery sweet but builds up into a dry slightly spicy body and finish.

Overall- Not bad at all. After a long hot day at work I poured this and drank it in sevral gulps.

NJpadreFan, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Squatters Provo Girl Pilsner
12oz. brown bottle

A: poured into a snifter. pours a slightly hazy, dark yellow, almost golden color. A nice white head on top with a low retention rate and lacing.

S: sweet hay aroma, with a slight hoppy bitterness. Also a very intriguing honey aroma in the end.

T: very nice taste for a pilsner. nice honey tones along with some green grapes, which go really well with the light malt backdrop.

M: smooth and very clean. almost as clean as drinking water, which was interesting, because the flavor is there. good carbonation along with a light body.

D: very drinkable pilsner. not my favorite, but a very nice drinkable option for the hot summer heat.

paulthebeerguru, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wasatch hooked me up with this chick, thanks John!

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear, golden color with a fluffy white head that stayed as a layer, leaving a fair amount of spotty lacing.

S - bitter aroma, not the best smelling pilsner but not bad either.

T - like the smell, bitterness is there but it could use a bit more malt balance.

F - light/medium body with a mild carbonation feel.

D - not an all-nighter but it's drinkable.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jun 02, 2008
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 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 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 MaltyGoodness
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle thanks to BigJTrucker

Pours a clear, pale straw color with a small white head that recedes to the side of the glass. Decent lacing on the glass.

Nice pilsner malt smell with some spicy hop aroma and a slight fruitiness.

Crisp pilsner malt taste upfront followed by a mild bitterness and a bit of spicy hops. A mild fruitiness appears as it finishes clean and dry.

Light body, medium carbonation.

Overall, a solid pilsner and quite enjoyable to drink. I would be happy to have this more often if it were available to me. Both pilsners I've now had from Utah breweries have been quite impressive.

MaltyGoodness, Aug 10, 2007
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wasatch for this bottle.

Pours a clear gold in color with some fairly heavy and consistent carbonation. Thin foamy head resting on top. Nose is simple: Biscuity malts.

Flavor is typical pilsner with some slight sourness to it. Biscuit and breadiness with some slight hop bitterness. Mouthfeel leaves me just slightly wanting. Not as crisp and "clean" as I tend to liek this style. Nice and easily drinkable beer for the style. None of the flavors our out of "whack."

MuddyFeet, Jul 19, 2007
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 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 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 xymyl
2.48/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Color is a watery gold.

Aroma is bland, just a light malty sweetness and a little hop bitterness.

Taste is one dimensional. I guess you could say that it is well made for what it is, but so is water. I prefer water to this.

Mouthfeel is watery and body is watery.

Nothing to write home (or even a review) about.

xymyl, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of jbsteiny
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pilsner's not my favorite style, but it was second in the sampler.

Yellow corn color, fine bubbles, little head. Looked like beer. The first aroma I got was of the yeast (typical), but then a floral/herbal hop that I liked. Almost fruity. My excitement sank after tasting it -- inoffensive, but nothing special. Dull finish. A fine beverage on a hot day, but nothing I'd order again.

jbsteiny, Feb 24, 2007
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
Squatters Provo Girl Pilsner from Utah Brewers Cooperative
78 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.