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

Mama's Little Yella PilsMama's Little Yella Pils

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1,907 Ratings

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Ratings: 1907
Reviews: 726
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.13%

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:
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(Beer added by: GilGarp on 02-25-2009)
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Photo of mediumtommy

New York

3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a huge Pilsner fan. The beer is well made and appropriate for its style however. It has that what I would describe as German malt taste to it. It pours really nice leaving a one inch head that lasts for a while. Definitely not a style I would get again from that brewery, but I would like to try other beers they make.

Serving type: can

04-23-2014 12:20:18 | More by mediumtommy
Photo of thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355 mL can picked up across the border; served well-chilled. This can was bought as a single, and is getting a little old (dated Aug. 5 2013).

Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow colour, topped with nearly two fingers of frothy, billowing white head. Excellent retention, with the slowly-receding foam depositing a loose curtain of sticky lace over the next few minutes. The aroma is clean and grassy, with pale grain malts and crackery sweetness. Inviting, and appropriate.

Definitely one of the tastier pilseners I've had in recent memory. Clean barley malt flavour; pale and grainy, taking on a sweeter, breadier flavour as it sits on the palate. Lemony, grassy hop notes complete the profile, which finishes on a spicy high point. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste, which doesn't linger long. Light-bodied, with firm carbonation levels that deliver a good bite; an excellent companion for the hops used. Crisp, refreshing, and extremely sessionable.

Final Grade: 3.93, a superb B+. Keeping in mind that I probably enjoy pale lagers a little more than the average BA, Mama's Little Yella Pils is an excellent one that should be considered a must-try for pils fans the world over. This one nails what I like about the style, while offering just a little more hop kick than some of the lesser Czech imports. Not an attention-grabber, but still a very solid session brew that I plan to enjoy again at some point in the future.

Serving type: can

04-23-2014 04:26:44 | More by thehyperduck
Photo of ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a can with a couple of months age on it. I'll need to revisit, I admit.

Fluffy, airy light pale white head over a pale, straw-colored liquid.

Sweet biscuity malts over a floral and grassy hop aroma. Overall on the sweet side smell-wise.

Pungent bready and biscuity. Sweet almost suggests honey. Taste is a bit stale and/or old due to age of the can.

Light and drinkable. Sweet but not cloying. Slight offtastes affect the palate a bit but could be age-related.

I like it despite some dings but should really judge it nice and fresh.

Serving type: can

04-18-2014 20:16:58 | More by ONovoMexicano
Photo of CtephanieCimone


3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Have to hand it to Oskar Blues for always coming out with neat cans.

Being a pils this obviously is a light brew

The German and pale malts mix quite well with the Bavarian hops.
This is a great lite,heavily carbonated,solid brew.

Great for Spring/Summer--so excited for this warm weather finally!!

Serving type: can

04-13-2014 15:53:29 | More by CtephanieCimone
Photo of snaotheus


3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can at 41 F poured into a pilsner glass. Canned on date 12/19/2013 @07:45. As the bowl turns.

Pours very slightly hazy golden with an initial large head that fades at a moderate pace. Lots of carbonation. Smell is yeasty with a slight spicy hint.

Taste is nicely bitter with a surprising sweetness. I like pilsners, but I feel like I'm just starting to really pay attention to them -- the sweetness detracts from the crispness slightly, but overall is pretty pleasant. Bitterness, however, is a little on the mild side. Not heavy enough to stand up to the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thick, sticky. Overall, it seems pretty good. Not exemplary, but not something to avoid.

Serving type: can

04-09-2014 04:10:32 | More by snaotheus
Photo of Brewsky


3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasting was done from a 12 oz can. Poured into a pint glass. Poured a nice white frothy head, color was a nice golden yellow, with a stronger haze than expected. Very pleasant sessionable beer, touch of dry bitterness. Overall a pleasant experience with this pilsner.

Serving type: can

03-28-2014 18:55:31 | More by Brewsky
Photo of jsprain1


3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Pale golden, perfectly clear. The head starts thick, but disappears exceedingly quickly. That was disappointing. Some lacing.
S- Mostly just grainy. Not getting much for noble hops, or any sweetness. Kind of musty on the nose.
T- Sweeter than the nose indicated, in fact a bit too sweet for a pilsener for me. A little bready, but that's about it.
M- The sweetness on the tongue left it a bit thick for me. I like my pilseners crisp and dry and this really isn't either of those.
O- I like most OB beers, but this isn't a great pils.

Serving type: can

03-17-2014 02:22:27 | More by jsprain1
Photo of WettNutz


3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass

A - Straight yella, with 3/4 in of head

S - Like a pilsner should, malty

T - Tastes like America in a glass. Really don't know how to explain it, but its really good

M - Medium body that goes down smooth

O - Heavier and more flavorful than a traditional lager. Tastes a bit better than your standard pilsner, but costs more as well. However, it is 5.3% ABV for those that follow that kind of thing. I would definitely recommend to anyone to try at least once.

Serving type: can

03-14-2014 22:19:53 | More by WettNutz
Photo of MrBoz21


3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear yellow with fluffy white head that quickly dissipates. Slight chill haze and moderate carbonation

Aroma: Pilsner malt and slight noble hops. Sulphur notes and cookie dough

Taste: malt on the tongue and grassy as it finishes. Typical lager character.

Mouth: moderate and dry finishing. Slightly astringent.

Overall: not as crisp as a pils should be but good malt character and decent hops. A bit eatery.

Serving type: can

03-09-2014 03:48:35 | More by MrBoz21
Photo of vkv822


3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

19.2oz : pilsner glass

Clear, golden yellow with a fizzy, foamy white head.

Spicy, grassy hops, with a clean, malty, lightly grainy backbone.

Medium body, fizzy medium carbonation.

A tasty pilsner. Easy drinking, with an enjoyable flavor profile. Love the "stovepipe" can.

Serving type: can

03-03-2014 07:55:24 | More by vkv822
Photo of MDDMD


3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-pale yellow color with a decent white head and good lacing

S-grains, grass, hint of fruit and earthiness

T-grainy malt, grass, little pepper, lemon, mild to moderate bitterness

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and clean

O-decent pilsener, easy drinking, nice summer beer

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2014 02:21:22 | More by MDDMD
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 355ml can with a canned-on date of Oct 2013. Picked up from Trembling Madness in York a little while back.

Poured into a stemmed pilsner glass. A bright golden hue with faint haze and medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of light malt with hints of floral hops, grass/hay, faint pepper, subtle grain and mild earthy yeast. Vaguely sweet. A nicely balanced lager with a hint of American character.

Tastes of light malt with floral hops and a crisp, dry finish. Notes of grain, noble hops, grass/hay, faint pepper, mild earthy yeast and a twinge of stewed hops. A delicate sweetness in the background, followed by a restrained, dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with effervescent carbonation and good body for the style. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of grassy aromatic hops, subtle yeast and stewed leaves.

Pretty good - a nicely crafted lager. Looks the part, while the aroma and flavour have a satisfying blend of subtle noble hop notes and light malt. Perhaps a shade hoppier than a European pilsner would be, though nothing overwhelming. Decent body. The only thing lacking is the extra depth of character that comes from prolongued cellaring. A tasty brew that will quench a thirst - if you're looking for a decent lager then you could certainly do worse.

Serving type: can

02-24-2014 23:39:49 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of Or80rowley


3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cracking this one cold out of the fridge

A. Nice light yellow color, white two finger fluffy head

S. Bitter hop smell, faint apple juice, funk

T. Nice malt, bitter @ first, quickly mellowing out, mild grain aftertaste

M. Smooth, crisp, & refreshing, clean enjoyable finish

O. I love Oskar Blues beers! One of my favorite brewery's, every beer I have tried has been above average - or excellent!

Serving type: can

02-22-2014 04:06:55 | More by Or80rowley
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright, lightly hazy deep gold color. The white head is initially tall and foamy, with medium-light consistency. Retention is solid, with the head gradually fading into a denser, craggier cap. Some decent splotches of lacing stick to the glass.

S: Some mildly grainy and doughy malt aromas up front. Definite notes of lager yeast - some very faint fruit punchy notes. Herbal and spicy hop notes are present, but not particularly robust.

T: Doughy, grainy, and somewhat bready malts up front. Medium sweetness. Hop bitterness adds some balance initially, adding some herbal and spicy flavors. A bit of lagery, yeasty roughness lurks in the background. The beer actually finishes sweeter than I was expecting.

M: Firm body for the style. Carbonation is medium. A drying finish.

O: This is solid American take on a Czech pils. Its complexity is lacking compared to some of the better European versions, but that doesn't make this a bad beer. It is a bit sweeter in the finish than I was expecting, and has a surprisingly full mouthfeel for the style.

Serving type: can

02-21-2014 00:30:34 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of jimmah120


4.01/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

deceptive 19.2oz can for the re-view

very yella, and slightly cloudy, soapy white head. stinks like your average pils does. taste is mostly clean, pleasantly sweet and bitter. barnyard, grass, spice. malt hop and yeast all poppin.

very refreshing and very tasty.

Serving type: can

02-19-2014 09:52:13 | More by jimmah120
Photo of bsp77


3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear & bright golden yellow with thick, bubbly, stark white head and nice, clingy lacing.

Smell: Strong apple, almost like apple juice. Some pepper and spicy hops.

Taste: Well balanced mix of apple, straw, hay, pepper and spicy hops. The Saaz is evident but more restrained than I expected. Overall, this is a fairly mild Pilsner.

Feel: Smooth and creamy, medium bodied. Carbonation is kept more in check than standard for the style. This unfortunately makes it less effervescent and crisp as some others, but it also makes it silkier. Finish is mostly dry.

Overall: Mild, but exceedingly well made Pilsner. This was a pleasant surprise, as I was not expecting much.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 04:29:16 | More by bsp77
Photo of Mitchster


4.34/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$1.69 for a 12oz can at Siciliano's. Brewed with "pale malt, german specialty malts, Saaz hops. 35 IBU's, 5.3% ABV. Czech style.

Pours out to a slightly hazy pale straw golden, almost whitish, forming a meringue-like bone white head with superior retention and beautiful lacing, owing it parts to it's brisk carbonation of about 3.0 carbs. The nose is delicate...a wisp of grainy malt, floral/grassy Saaz, mild DMS, and a very clean fermentation. No diacetyl, no other off-aromas. Mouthfeel is crisp and prickly with a light body. Goes down very easy. Clean finish. The taste is a recap of the nose...delicate malt in beautiful balance with a mild-moderate bitterness, just a touch of DMS in the flavor, delicate grassy Saaz hops, no off-flavors. Excellent drinkability. Goes down and you want some more.

This is an excellent pilsener, however, it is more in the German style than Czech. The bitterness and hopping rate are more appropriate to the German pils. Despite this, it's a great beer and something I would buy more of. Up there with Victory, Lagunitas, Avery, New Belgium and Summit as far as high quality American made pilsners go. Recommended without reservation.

Serving type: can

02-02-2014 02:31:17 | More by Mitchster
Photo of dank203

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured this into a "pilsner glass"; came out a rich gold tone with a soapy white head, large and retained for quite some time. aroma doesn't offer much but the alcohol. flavor wise i'm not displeased. it's not an unpleasant drink, there was a hint of caramel, and a nice full mouth feel.

Serving type: can

01-26-2014 01:57:46 | More by dank203
Photo of Aaron_Ramson


3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden straw with a fizzy head. Nose is soft and grassy, sweet hay and corn husk. Flavor is lightly grainy with naval oranges, sweet corn and black tea all going on. My girlfriend says it tastes like Lipton Iced Tea. Mouthfeel is medium with less carbonation than your typical all-American lager. A wonderful tasting pilsner and another winner from Oskar Blues Brewery.

Serving type: can

01-18-2014 04:32:55 | More by Aaron_Ramson
Photo of JAFoley

New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale yellow body, white head with great retention and nice lacing.

S - Not too aromatic, but some citrus and nice pilsner malt

T - Bitter hops, lemon and grassy, followed by the pilsner malt which is subdued.

M - Light body with moderate carbonation. Slick and refreshing.

O - I'm a huge Oskar blues fan, but this is the first beer from them that I'm not totally sold on. I like the slight hoppiness but I feel it lacks a certain sweetness and body that I like in a pilsner. It's still certainly an enjoyable beer but I'll be sticking with Dale's Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 03:25:23 | More by JAFoley
Photo of tjsdomer2


4.19/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Sudsy, soapy yellow. Good foam and carbonation.

Smell: Fresh lemon scent with faint pine; a nice touch for a pilsner.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Faint lemon with a hint of mineral that turns into an all-out mineral-clay attack in the finish. Excellent flavor. Very active light carbonation with an equally light body.

Overall: One of the better American pilsners.

Serving type: can

01-09-2014 03:20:49 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of tillmac62

South Carolina

3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned 8/19/13. Light golden, yellow, pour with a very nice head and long lasting lacing. Very light nose of yeast, hops and malt. Light medium body with a bit above normal carbonation. A very pleasant laid back flavor profile that is very well balanced. Light malt, light hop flavor and light bitterness. Finishes crisply with a burst of carbonation and a very slight lingering bitterness. More Saaz hop flavor would send this one into the outstanding category.

Serving type: can

01-03-2014 21:02:36 | More by tillmac62
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a mildly hazy straw color. The head is two fingers high, and bone white in color. Retaining fairly, it leaves behind splotchy lacing patches on the glass.

S: The hops bring gentle kisses of lemon, grass, and lemongrass, melding with the crackery malt quite well. It's aromatically simple, sure, but it at least smells like a good pilsner. And that's all I care about here.

T: It starts with a healthy dose of bitter, grassy, lemony hops. There's a subtle suggestion of peachy flavor on the back end to go with its malty surge. This really hits the spot - the only thing to nitpick is that it opens a hair too bitterly.

M: Oh yeah. I love how light this is on the palate. There's a light finishing sweetness to indicate one should slow down drinking this. Well carbonated.

O: One of the better 'Murican-made pilsners out there, I think. Not much finesse here, just a really drinkable and refreshing beer. Gimme more!

Serving type: can

01-02-2014 22:52:29 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of Reidrover


3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Odd 1 pint 3.2 oz tall thin can.Bought from Fred Meyers in Wilsonville OR. $2.99 slightly hazy bright golden straw coloured beer with a good sized pure white head. Typical all-malt lager aromas,bready,hay,little grassy hop nice simple. Very balanced its mostly malt but you can taste the grassy hop surface now and again..i have to say this is supremely balanced! Palate is fine for style..thicker than usual and easy on the tongue. Very nice lager..on the more balanced side of the "pilsner" category.

Serving type: can

01-01-2014 21:08:34 | More by Reidrover
Photo of JamesMN


3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 12/2/13.

Appearance: Pale straw and crystal clear with some effervescence rising to the three finger white cap of foam.

Aroma: Classic lager yeast with some doughy malt.

Taste: Super clean and crisp right off the bat. Slightly spicy hops add a nice complement to the pilsen malt. Finish is bright and the aftertaste leaves spicy hop character with some moderate bitterness on the palate. A good amount of flavor for 5.3% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Just under medium in body with good carbonation for the style. Easy drinking and sessionable.

Final Thoughts: Pretty great example of the style with a good amount of hop character to keep things crisp. Another solid beer from a solid brewery. Would I drink it again? Yes.

Serving type: can

12-22-2013 18:04:11 | More by JamesMN
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Mama's Little Yella Pils from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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