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Mama's Little Yella Pils - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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81
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2,682 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,682
Reviews: 795
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 47
Gots: 324 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GilGarp on 02-25-2009

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Ratings: 2,682 | Reviews: 795
Photo of Jim_TX
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crystal golden, nice solid head.

Photo of Billet
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at a local tavern. The color was a mostly clear yellow. Taste was very clean and smooth. It had an excellent mix of malts and hops, very well balanced. Not too bitter, not too sweet. No noticeable yeasty esters or off flavors. This is an excellent Pilsner.

Photo of classixIII
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

All the qualities of a very good pilsener. Very light and refreshing, loved the carbonation. gotta keep some of these on hand this summer.

Photo of Act25
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It's an odd one. Love this brewer, but only "like" this lager.
Oskar Blues designs a Bohemian "Czech-style" Lager: American corn, Grassy plains, huge stickiness.

A: Best lacing Pilsner ever seen. Over a clear light golden body with tiny bubbles.

S: Dry bread maltiness provides a crisp and crackery aroma. Huge whiff of cream corn rises from sulfury back notes, and rising, fresh baking bread. In lieu of fruit and lemon, there's floral, spicy and herbal bits - a bit stinky and wet.

T: taste follows aroma. cracker-like with a sulfur middle note that is tingly, but never quite lemony, more of a farm yard, grass and wet hay, with stale herbs and flowers.
Odd.

MF: medium-light finishing w the crisper mouthfeel that's found in German Lagers. Finish is spicy-dry and scrubbing sulfur.

It's odd, but ok.

Photo of kojevergas
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I know I've reviewed this before; I just haven't gotten around to processing the notes from my backlog, so the notes below are rather truncated:

CAN: Canned 11.18.14. Aluminum. 12 fl oz. Good label art. Standard pull-tab.

5.3% ABV. "Pilsner." "Malt Liquor."

Served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX. Expectations are well above average given the brewery.

APPEARANCE: Head fills ~80% of the glass. White colour, fairly creamy, frothy, and somewhat soft. Body is a clear pilsner yellow with no visible yeast particulate or muck.

Appears well-carbonated, if not overcarbonated. It's a nice looking pilsner, but there's nothing unique or special about it.

AROMA: Cream, clean malted barley, pilsner malts, and grassy hops. A biteen floral.

It's a nice albeit typical aroma for a pilsner, and has no off-putting off-notes or booze. There's no noticeable alcohol.

TASTE: Not too starchy, cereal-emphatic, or grainy. It has an apt pilsner malt backbone with some Munich malts in there too methinks, and the aptly minimal hop character is appropriately floral and grassy. It's a biteen too sweet, but it doesn't suffer from a malt extract taste like many inferior beers in the style. Shallow, sure. Simple, definitely (to style). But it's balanced and cohesive. I like it.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, fairly refreshing, slightly overcarbonated, and light-bodied. Complements the taste generally well.

OVERALL: A drinkable above average pilsner from Oscar Blues. Not a beer that can hold a candle to the traditional greats in the category, but worth trying and pretty well priced. This will satisfy most and impress few.

C+ (3.05)

Photo of BobK88
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very good Pilsner. Refreshing and tasty.

Photo of sprat1960
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: Straw Yellow with hints of gold. Pours with a 1 finger creamy white head that dies down quickly leaving just a trace of foam on the surface of the beer along the sides of the glass. Lots of small bubbles noticeable. Appearance better than a good commercial beer.

Smell: Little malty, very mild hoppy aroma.

Taste: Tastes similar to how it smells, only richer. Nice light malty taste with mild hoppy finish. I found it to be nice and refreshing.

Feel: Light body with a slightly dry finish. Slightly better than a good commercial beer.

Overall: Very good example of the style, in my opinion. I had this beer at the end of a hot day and found it light and refreshing. Great summer beer. Complemented my paste dinner well. I would gladly drink this again when in the mood for a Plis.

Photo of JoeYarchak
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice pilsner. Crisp, airy, Great finish.

Photo of founddrama
2.08/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

So I mean…I guess it's not that I don't *not* like this. But I don't think I like it much either. Just kind of… yellow beer-y. "Just lager."

Seems like an adequate camping beer and/or something good for beer can chicken or fondue or something. But that's about it.

Photo of tsandler
2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Average Pilsner, nothing very exciting about this one.

Photo of Taybeh
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 2 month old can into a pokal

A: hazy (which seems wrong for a pils...but then cleans up after a while) pale gold, with a 3 finger puffy white head, low-moderate lacing
S: (slightly sweet) grain, muted grassy hops
T: get a little hoppy bite right away which is balanced against the grainy doughy sweetness which wins out. Not quite as clean or spicy as my favorite Czech pils are, but it isn't bad.
M: a little spritz on the tongue from the hops, wet, not quite as crisp as is ideal, but still refreshing.

Overall: This is okay... Given the choice between the good to great pils from local MN, IA, and WI breweries, though, not sure that it makes sense to come back.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow with a little foamy head, fades quickly, no lacing on glass.

Smell starts off with sweet malt with a light grassy aroma accompanying it, very grainy as well without much uniqueness, quite straightforward with the nose.

Taste starts out with a clean grassy bite with large sweet malt balance, light hint of lemon zest quickly comes and goes, finishes very clean and dry, carbonation is medium-high and quite crisp, I recommend drinking very cold.

Photo of hotpauko
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not the best reviewer of Pils but a big fan of Oskar Blues. They make nice flavorful beers in each style. This is a nice tasting, easy drinking beer with subtly abundant flavor. Smooth start to finish. Would make a great summer beer and a good one to give to a newbie or wine drinker. I'll use this a standard on future Pils'.

Photo of y2jrock60
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A- Hazy bright yellow with a thin white head that fades quickly.

S- Grainy slightly sweet aromas with bright hop notes.

T- Sweet upfront with a mild noble hop finish.

M- Light bodied with high carbonation.

O- A drinkable with not much going on. The hop flavor and aroma is muted compared to most Czech Pilsners.

Photo of steveo25
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good not great.
I'm in no hurry to buy another six.

Photo of DrumKid003
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned On: 03/04/2014

A: Fairly clear golden straw color w/ a half inch of white head.

S: Very heavy on the grain w/ hints of sweetness.

T: Follows the smell very closely. Yeast and other grains up front while the malt very slowly appears on the end and adds a slight sweetness to the finish.

F: Very crisp and light-bodied upfront due to the carbonation which then trends towards a slightly heavier mouthfeel as the pale malts start to come through on the taste.

O: I would definitely buy more of this if I didn't have to drive to Texas to get it. I would like to try some that was a little more fresh though to see if the usual spice on the end of Czech Pils is actually present or not and to see how the hops change the taste/mouthfeel. Very enjoyable even as is though.

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned On 01/23/15

A: Pours a clear yellow color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a nice thin cap

S: Clean lager yeast, graininess, and malts stand out with hints of grassy and lightly spicy hops in the back. Nice and straight-forward

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a bit of graininess and the pale malt, followed by hints of the clean yeast and light spiciness from the hops. Finishes with a very light bitterness and more of that "clean" taste

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice and easy drinking pilsner that is fairly straight-forward, which is the point. Nothing is going to blow your mind here, but it's a nice change of pace

Photo of CraigP83
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Disclaimer: Poured from a 1 yr old can. Smelled like musty grains, Taste is average but builds into a honey flavor of some sort, it's not real crisp or refreshing though. Leaves me with a thick mouthfeel. I'll drink the rest ice cold.

Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. This brew is a nice straw color with a small white head. It has a gain and slight citrus flavor. This is an excellent summer time beer.

Photo of TrudiiSchu
4.59/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers. Not too heavy but has a lot of flavor.

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampling right now on 1/28/15. Comes in a 12 ounce can (355ml). Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage 10 ounce "Coor's glass.

Pours a lighter golden yellow in color with no head to speak of and same with lacing. The aroma is very faint and is of roasted malt and floral hops. The taste is...WOW! Really good and packed full of flavor with the roasted malt right up front with some sweetness, which is probably from the caramel malts in the mix as well. Very smooth and goes down easy. No harsh or biter aftertaste at all. Really surprised on this one! Medium-bodied with perfect lighter carbonation.

Photo of mrlafay
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really great taste, a little cloudy, lacking aroma; May be the best pilsener I have ever tasted.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz can, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, golden yellow color with a finger and a half of white-colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much in the aroma department. I get some faint, and I mean really, really faint, like almost non-existent, notes of toasted malt and floral hops.

Taste: Delicious! I mean really, really delicious! Lots of toasted malt up front, imparting lots of bready, cereal-like flavors, followed by some good caramel-like sweetness, a touch of black pepper, and some faint hops at the finish. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty effervescent as there’s quite a good bit of carbonation. With an ABV of 5.3%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is definitely the best pilsner I’ve ever had, and honestly, one of the best session beers of any style I’ve ever had! It’s absolutely fantastic! Highly recommended!

Photo of IPA1978
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

not a fan of the style but pretty solid for a pils.

Photo of Roybert
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I would drink it again.

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Mama's Little Yella Pils from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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