Squatters Provo Girl Pilsner | Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Squatters Provo Girl PilsnerSquatters Provo Girl Pilsner

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Utah Brewers Cooperative


Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

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.

Added by Todd on 10-14-2001

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Photo of BrewerB
4.48/5  rDev +31.4%
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!

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Photo of blackie
4.35/5  rDev +27.6%
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

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.27/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

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Photo of mattmaples
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off I am not much of a Lager/Pilsner fan but I know a good one when I taste it so here goes. Color and clarity are just fine. THe head retention was better than most. The hop aroma although plensent isn't quite right for a Baverian Pilsner (as stated on the label) To me it comes off kind of grassy/citrusy instead of the grassy/spicy one usually finds in the noble hops which are usually used. Frankly I find I like this aroma better, a little more interesting than most Baverian Pilsners. The malt falvor is dead on as is the bitterness level. The body and mouthfeel are great for a beer of this style.

Pesonally I think the reason this beer is getting such average rateing (3-3.5) is that the style is not aggressive in any way. I think for a Baverian Pilsner it is damn good. Now do I go out a buy Baverian Pilsners, no. Why, because I do not think the style is all that interesting but as they go, I think this is a good one.

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Photo of mikereaser
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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Photo of treehugger02010
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a German style pilsner. It was very drinkable. The mouthfeel was rather ridgid, but still very good. The taste was an excelent blend between hops and malts. The smell was a little one sided on the malts. The color was a light gold color, with not much head, thin and little lacing, with fast retention. Don't drink and review.

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Photo of cokes
4.02/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale yellow with a nice full snow white head that melted slowly.
Aroma is crisp and clean and mainly single hop with only a hint of the malt sweetness.
Taste is VERY crisp and clean....light sweet malt....biscuit yeast....sharp hop bitterness , in that order. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean as it leaves your mouth slightly dry and thristy for more.
A wonderful summer thirst quencher.

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Photo of mikedashg
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly Cloud Pale Yellow with a slight haze and white head that disapeates quick

S - A Little malt, citrus and hops

T - About what you'd expect for a 4% pisner. Very good representation of style. Corn and bread/cracker like. A little bit of hops and malt. Hoppier then the lager.

M - Nice and thin, but moderate to high carbonation

D - I personally wouldn't drink these, but it's got a ton of "drinkability" thanks to the style and Utah's ABV laws.

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Photo of mgdeth
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Golden color, clear. Good beer lace.

Smell - Just a light malt aroma. Clean; no hops to speak of (where there probably should be some).

Taste - Very hoppy (why didn't that show up in the smell?). Ultra fresh. It is clean, crisp, and tasty, but not really chellenging. It is a bit lemony.

Mouthfeel - Good for style. Not big or small, but way beyond watery.

Drinkability - Very good; easy drinker. Get your friends to try this one when they bitch about "dark" beer, or claim that they do not like microbrews.

Comments - Sampled in a flight of ten beers at the Salt Lake City International Airport Squatters Pub Brewery location. "St." is no longer a part of the name of this beer, according to the menu I was given. The label art has also been improved with a new hot blond chick. Good overall.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.96/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly golden yellow color with a finger of head that falls to ring the beer. The nose has a honey-sweet quality to it, but without much else going on in there. The flavor is actually pretty good on this beer. There is a sweet, honey-like start with the pilsner malts, followed with a nice crisp hop on the finish that is really quite refreshing. I'm impressed with this offering. The feel is thin to moderate, but right on for the beer. The drinkability is pretty good as well. Overall, I was fairly impressed with this offering.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold color, medium white head. Aroma is grainy nad sweet. A light bodied pilsner. Malty and fairly hoppy. Mild flavor. Crisp and clean. Nice balance. Nice balance. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is a little bitter.

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Photo of plaid75
3.87/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.87/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.76/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Utah beer session, 2/6

Poured chilled in tulip water glass.

A: clear blonde; 1-finger head; good carb action; good lacing
S: light, pale, much like a mediocre central European pilsner
T: for this genre, not bad; buttery, savory; salty; not very sweet; grassy, suited to the light ABV

This is not my genre, but if it were, I'd grab it, esp. if mowing the lawn

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice pilsner. Enjoyed it and would try again.

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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