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 yesyouam
3.14/5  rDev -7.9%
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)

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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 russpowell
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
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

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Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of dnichols
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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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 JoeyBeerBelly
3.58/5  rDev +5%
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.

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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 Gavage
3.65/5  rDev +7%
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.

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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 jwc215
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
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.)

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
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."

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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 akorsak
2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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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 xymyl
2.46/5  rDev -27.9%
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.

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Photo of jbsteiny
3.17/5  rDev -7%
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.

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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 JohnnyM2002
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass at 40 degrees. Thanks to Wasatch for this one!!

A - Pours a clear light-golden color with a medium-sized, white head. Good carbonation.

S - Mild spice and even fainter hops...some sweetness.

T - Flavors don't really develop to their fullest...some bitterness, but not attributed to any hop action...more of an overripe feeling. Some malt lingered in the background, but not enough to make it a powerful presence. Overall, takes a mildly grassy theme.

M - Light-to-medium body with a crisp, slightly bitter finish.

D - Not stellar, but I'm glad I got to try it...the background flavors might make it good for cooking light fare or using in a cheese spread. A good transition beer for one new to the style.

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Photo of Wasatch
3/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.86/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Wasatch for the trade. Provo pours a very light lemony yellow color. Good clarity with a slight hazy appearance. Not much on foam and little retention.

The nose is light but some light pilsner smells. Not much on hops though.

The taste has a better representation. The malt is light but still a good pilsner malt flavors are noticeable. The hops are more noticeable with a floral attention. A light bitterness but blends with the malt well and a nice finish.

The body is light and carbonation was low but overall a easy to drink beer. Probably a beer for those who like the mass market beers, but I like trying beers not many are familiar with.

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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 Westsidethreat
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wasatch for this one.

A: Light hay color with just a touch of cold haze. Head is small and left a spill of white foam across the top.

S: Lightly metallic, green fruity, hint of leather and grains

T: Lightly fruity with limestone at the tip of the tongue. These Utah beers have some good water. Goes towards lemon moments; slightly sour with lemon peel bitterness accompanying it. Finishes with pear, green apple and just a nip of piney bitterness.

M: Thin body with a nice mouthfeel, quite hard water used.

D: This beer wasn't so bad. I like the water this brewery uses, I'd like to see some more complex beers to show off its potential.

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