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

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2,754 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,754
Reviews: 813
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 52
Gots: 376 | FT: 1
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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: GilGarp on 02-25-2009

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Ratings: 2,754 | Reviews: 813
Reviews by slaintemhor:
Photo of slaintemhor
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a can of this back in May ('09) when it arrived in my hometown. The colour of the beer was golden straw with a a thick white head. The aroma was redolent of noble hops, beeswax and honeysuckle. On the palate, it was sweet and fresh with a lively hop character and a delightfully crisp finish. Not my favourite pils, but pretty doggone good!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I have really liked the Oskar Blues offerings I have had in the past,this eh.Poured from the can into a pilsner a lighter yellow with a nice fluffy craterous white head that left broken lace as it settled.Fiant wet grain in the nose along with some sweet dough,this is a sweet pilsner and honestly I dont think thats what its all about,anyways sweet dough with a toasty finish,not much hop presence.Not a big fan of this beer its to sweet and lacks definition in my mind.

Photo of tectactoe
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Mama's Little Yella Pils doesn't fool anybody on the pour - bright and vibrant straw-yellow with a medium haziness to it. The white cap settles quick but leaves a few lines of lacing near the top of the glass. Pretty refreshing looking beer.

The aroma is actually a bit more sweet than bitter, typically not the case for "Czech Pilsners". Usually the musky and leafy hop aromas take over, but this thing is loaded with sweetness that smells an awful lot like corn. Yup, big-time corn presence. Kind of malty, but just a light sweetness from the pilser malts. Hops are there, but not really "out-and-about"... kind of just hidden a bit. Slightly musty and earthy. Definitely hops of the Noble variety, but perhaps not enough of them. Overall, a mild and quiet aroma.

Sweet corn also leads the way for the taste profile, hitting quick and fast. Hops come gliding in after the initial sip; earthy, musky, and surprisingly more bitter than I was expecting. The bitterness sits on the palate for a bit as it fades into the finish with a slightly corny and floral aftertaste. Lots of yeast is noticeable in the finish, as well, although it isn't incredible standoutish. Not exactly packed with flavor, but not bad, either. It's got a nice sweet-to-bitter gradient that plays on the palate quite nicely. Thin bodied, not quite full enough to be called medium yet, with lots of carbonation. Nice, crispy mouth feel that is expected of most pilsners.

Have I had better pilsners? Yeah. But this one certainly isn't awful. I don't know if it should be labeled a "Czech Pilsner", though. But it makes for an alright American Pale Lager. IMO, this is what New Belgium's "Shift" Pale Lager was trying to be. I'd take this over that one any day. Would be good for long, hot days out in the sun.

Photo of brownbeer
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deeper gold color with a solid, white head.

Subtle, grassy and peppery hops in the nose. Subdued overall but it is quite clean.

An added malt bonus in the flavor that wasn't in the nose and shows a great transition into a dry, hoppy finish. Void of any green bottle skunkiness that comes with a lot of Czech-born examples.

Somewhat predictable, but it's solid overall, and well worth the time spent drinking it.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a really vibrant yellow, more reminicient of lemonade than urine though.

S: Nothing really to smell here, there are some mild tinges of hop and citrus but nothing showy.

T: Strong pilsner appeal with a hint on citrus, great on a hot day. The carbonation satisified my need for bubbles.

M: A little less firm than I like in my drink but not watery. I was just hoping for something more substantial.

D: Easy drink, mild flavors, but interesting with a descent body and a refreshing amount of carbonation.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mama's little yella pils... canned date on bottom, batch #9 04-02-09. States "liguid gold" as well.

A- Pours a excellent gold hazed liquid with mildly active head that falls to a minimal frothy ring with barely any lacing to be found.

S- Smells of metallic lemon and mild fresh cut grassy hops.

T-M- Taste is similar to the smell with more or less a very tangy hop presence with a very tart flavor on old lemon and lime... like flat sprite. Wet mouthfeel slides over the tongue leaving a thin astringent feel.

D- Good drinkablity for a can beer but an unbalanced taste pushes you else-where.

Photo of Keith888
1.64/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This was unfortunately a s***product.

Smell-smelled like methane. I thought someone had released air from their rearend but alas it was my pint of beer I just received.

I do not know if this was a very old keg, but this was worse than a mass market beer.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #44 (Sep 2010):

White head crackles but the lacing stays; shiny sunspot-yellow color. From fresh-cut grass to perfume-like wild- flowers to bready tones ... a lively aroma. Surprisingly big crispness from a can, which accentuates the hop bitter- ness to produce a refreshing snap and bite. A clean, bready malt comes up on the palate, slowly forming its needed base. A stand-up malt and well-placed hop complexities make it very well balanced. A sheer delight to quaff; the earth may not shake with each sip, but it does its job, and a damn good job it does.

Photo of blackearth
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Discount Liquor's in Milwaukee, WI. Date on the bottom of can reads "Take One," 6-23-09. Pours a bright straw body with a thick white head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Aroma is grainy malts. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a crisp carbonation, but not a bite. Flavors of lemony sweet malt with a bitter finish. Not anything groundbreaking here, but very well done flavorful pilsner with great drinkability.

Photo of AdvocateFan
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer, I think underrated to date. This is the type of product that can go everywhere (due to being in a can) that glass can't go, it's a lager, a pilsner at that, it's craft-brewed, and it's a great alternative to the mass-produced lagers/shadow-pilsners out there--which the US needs more of.

Smells fresh, clean, lightly sweet, with a blend of lemony and faintly citrusy hops. Grains. Maybe a hint of corn, but modest. On the palate, it's sweet up front, tasty, full of clean grains, drying out toward the finish, lightly spicy and in general, just wonderfully balanced and full of flavor with appropriate hoppy aromatics lingering in the fade.

More beers like this and we could proudly proclaim that the "session recession" is over.

Photo of newk340
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: a light golden color with a thin head.

S: primarily hops, but some citrus teases the nostrils.

T: hoppier than expected with some lemony aftertaste.

MF/D: pretty crisp and light on the tongue and exceptionally sessionable. perfect for a day at the pool.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a pilsner glass the beer was a bright golden color with a very small white head. A fair amount of lacing.
Sweet malt aroma. Floral and outdoorsy, fresh.
A bit subdued in the taste: upfront malt, followed by some piney hops.
Crisp mouthfeel.
Very drinkable.

Photo of Beaver13
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours a clear light golden yellow with a huge rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is wheaty malts, a little fruit and yeast.

The flavor is earthy wheat malts and some yeast with a dry floral finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a well done pilsner which is not my favorite style. I like the canned version better than I remember it on draft.

Photo of bishopdc0
2.87/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Had out of can from the mix pack. yellow color, bread nose etc. What this is lacking is any hops, looking for at least a slight spicy or flora note but alas. I love pilsner and to me this doesnt make it. There is a fair amount of corn/dms flavor that is off putting. Part may be, just noticing the canned on date is end February but here we are. This beer is dry and a good bmc intro but I will avoid in the future and stick to a local pils or SA noble pils or Lagunitasomething as there are much more flavorful and also quaffable

Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nothing like a nice and fresh pilsner that hasn't been lightstruck. This one pours out of the can a crystal clear goldenrod hued body with a fairly large vanilla head. Spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma has lots of spicy, grassy, and floral hops. Biscuity pilsner malt notes underneath.

Mouthfeel is unremarkable, which is good in a pilsner in my estimation. Light medium body with ample carbonation.

Taste has a dominant floral and spicy hop bitterness. Malt is biscuity, with a hint of honey sweetness, and presents an ideal balance.

I think this is one of the elite American brewed pilsners. I like it a bit more than Victory's Prima.

Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice to try something new from OB, after years of enjoying the crap out of all their better know selections. This one leaves the can (with canned on dating on the bottom, nice) and is light, slightly hazed and golden, under a well developed, retentive and fluffy white head. Plenty of spotty lace and froth left behind. Grass and light fruit in the nose. This one displays a bit of the expected pils crispness and grassy goodness. Sort of buttery in both mouthfeel and on the flavor sensors. Nothing too special, but decent enough as a sessioner or warm weather quencher

Photo of warriorsoul
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a sixer at Liquor World in Cambridge...a welcome addition to the season.
Pours a pale straw color with a thin layer of bright white head...a portion of which remains throughout the glass.
Lagered yeast up front in the nose, with some grassy notes in the back-end.
Taste is decent...was expecting a more spicy hop presence, and the beer is not as crisp as I'd prefer. Mouthfeel is the solid characteristic here...smooth with a very clean finish.
I must have went in to this one expecting more...not looking for a jaw dropper, but a solid session beer for me.
Honestly, this one would be well appreciated on a hot summer day, but at the moment, it's not cutting it.
For $10/six pack, this is not a bargain.

Photo of Homebrew35
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a SA pint glass. Two and a half finger white head. Big bubbles kind of detract from the appearance. School bus yellow, slightly hazy. Smells a bit grassy, musty and a touch of sweet malt. Tastes mildly malty sweet, touch of bitterness with a slightly metallic lingering dry finish. Low carbing, light body, I could only handle a few of these at a time. I love the can delivery and appreciate the date on the bottom. $2.10 for a single.

Photo of tigg924
4.72/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: high carbonation, one inch head, clear, light golden yellow, with lacing that stays

Smell: malt/grass

Taste:honey, grass, and malt

Mouthfeel: sweet, light, crisp, can feel the carbonation

Drinkability: Totally sessionable. I am not usually a fan of the style and have had mixed results with this brewery. That being said, this is my new standard bearer for the style. This is totally refreshing and not other pilsners. I have had a lot of pilsners, and as of right now, this is the best I have had..Great beer for the style.

Photo of TrudiiSchu
4.59/5  rDev +28.2%
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 Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear yellow with a medium white head. Standard pilsner appearance. The aroma is pilsner malt with some European hops, but overall there is not much aroma. The flavor is hops with a nice malt backbone. Very well balanced. High carbonation. A crisp, clean drinking pilsner.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a couple of cans of this at Merchant's Fine Wine in Dearborn, MI.

Poured into a nonic. Light golden, about a half inch of head that recedes into a thick ring. Some pretty good lacing as well.

Nose is grassy, floral hops, mild sweetness, cracker. Smells like a pilsner.

Tasty pilsner, does what it needs to do and does it well. A bit sweeter than I'd expected. Honey, malt, floral hops, before a clean, bitter hop finish. Moderate carbonation, light bodied, a bit metallic.

Not a bad beer by any stretch, and a good pilsner on a hot day such as this, it hits the spot. However, due to the price tag and lack of availability, I don't think I'll be getting this again for a while. Still, a solid craft brewed canned pils.

Photo of bsp77
4.01/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a perfect pint glass.

Pours a nice light and clear golden/wheat color with a big two finger white fluffy head. Nose is a bit sulfury and hoppy.

For a pilsner this thing is real nice and hoppy! It's almost like a lighter bodied apa. Very crisp and refreshing with a fairly full mouthfeel. Solid brew.

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

Mama’s Little Yella Pils opens with a fresh wet wheat, berry, and brown sugar aroma, immediately reminiscent of a bowl of cereal with fresh berries. Add in a healthy yeasty baguette and biscuit, as well as a touch of grapefruit, and you have a complete breakfast in a can, at least in terms of aromas. There are some touches of pine here too, as well as apricot. The aromas are only about medium-strength, and lean heavily on the grains, sugars coming in a distant second, and hops mainly lingering around the edge. As a whole, the aromas are good, but faint, and a touch more fruit would have helped balance things out.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a good dose of wet wheat, yeasty baguette, toast crust, and hay, joined almost immediately by brown sugars, orange, nectarine, and a faint thread of vanilla. The hops add a pleasant citrusy counter, with pink grapefruit and grapefruit rind just brushing the tastebuds, and some pine making an appearance, as well as rosewater. The aftertaste is mainly wet wheat and lighter grapefruit, fading from the tongue with moderate quickness. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a solid pilsner, bearing a good set of basic flavors in decent quantities. However, there’s not much here to separate this from other pilsners, and anyone familiar with Oskar Blues’ normal fare will find this beer extremely tame. So while the flavors are lovely, the beer almost cries out for a shot of hops or sugars.

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