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

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BA SCORE
81
good

2,520 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 2,520
Reviews: 763
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 41
Gots: 238 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GilGarp on 02-25-2009)
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Photo of Sammy
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours deep yellow with a decent white foamy head. neutral aroma. Moutfeel is middling. Taste is OK, but uninteresting. I did not finish it, but I could have if nothing else was available.More sweetish than bitter. Low IBU grassy hops.Carbonation was OK.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 1/9/12.

Pours a slightly hazy light yellow with a 2 inch foamy white head that settles to a puffy cap on top of the beer. Random dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some grassy and herbal aromas. Taste is of sweet malt, grass, and some herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good pilsner that is refreshing and easy to drink.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear yellow straw color with a white head that doesn't have the longest retention. Nose is slight hops and a bit of grain. Not too much involved. The taste is slightly grassy and grainy with a bit of light hopping. Light and crisp, drinking well but not with all that much flavor.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear yellow in color with a thin head that quickly dissipated. A light level of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are light aromas of bready malts and notes of grassy hops in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has lots of flavors of bready malts. There is also a mild amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation; the finish is crisp.
D: The beer is easy to drink and rather refreshing and sessionable, particularly during the warmer months.

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a big, foamy head that sticks fairly well and leaves some lace behind

Smell: Very low hop presence; rather neutral, with a hint of grain

Taste: Opens sweet and bready, with a growing fruity character that leans in a bitter direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweet malt flavor dominates through the finish, though there is a little grainy element at the very end

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink on a hot summer day but just a bit too sweet and lacking in pilsner character to be very interesting

Photo of BEERchitect
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Aaah- craft lager! I guess the popularity of craft beer can't exactly cater to the ale lovers. Striving to talk industrial lager lovers over to the craft side, Oskar Blues devises a Bohemian "Czech-style" Lager, but with a simplified palate and great drinkability.

Like any standard lager would- this brand pours with a bright light golden color and expressive carbonation. Its those bubbles that rise to construct a foamy white head with semi-firm retention and intricate lace. Its a very nice but common appearance.

Dry bread maltiness provides a crisp and cracker-like scent. The slight whiff of cream corn rises from a sulfury back note and seems to give an aroma of yeasty, fresh baking bread. Lightly fruity- its also those sulfur notes that gives the lager a tinge of lemon and apple. Heading into that first sip, the hop notes provide a short floral, spicy and herbal bit.

Its taste is a direct carry-over from its aroma. Crisp taste is partly of malt and partly of grain as the ale settles into a refreshing cracker-like taste. Its sulfury middle never detracts but serves to provide a light vegetal sweetness and apple-like taste. Finishing with the taste of lemon grass and with a spicy bitterness gives the beer a certain German-like character.

Its medium-light favors the drier and crisper mouthfeel that's more commonly found in German Lagers. The beer skips right past its creamy carbonation and fleeting sweetness in route to that spicy-dry and scrubbing sulfur character that's chased the beer all session long.

I rather like the beer as it is lighter, drier and crisper in body than what I was expecting. Not as rich or with as many softly complex notes as traditional Czech Lagers, but as a non-descript Euro-style lager- the beer satisfies the taste and thirst just fine.

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3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can: Poured a dark yellow color lager with a nice foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of sweet cereal notes with light dry crisp hops is interesting. Taste is a mix between some sweet cereal notes with some very subtle dry hops at the end. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation. Not bad overall though a again a bit too sweet for what I look for in this style.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin head without much lacing on a dark state colored hazy body. Aroma is light, mostly grain and musty hops. Flavor is musty ask semisweet hops with biscuit and grain. Aftertaste is a touch bitter. Light body and high carbonation. Crisp. Overall better than most pilsners but not likening the aftertaste.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet corn yella with corn silk yella highlights. The eggshell colored crown is large after a vigorous pour and isn't melting very quickly. The lid has loads of character and is sticky enough to decorate the glass with some pretty good looking lace.

Simply put, the nose isn't Czech Saaz hoppy enough for the style. In fact, the sweet corn description of the beer's color applies to the aroma as well (which is never a good sign in a pilsener). Oskar's decision to use 'gentle' hopping, to the tune of only 35 IBUs, probably wasn't such a good idea.

If blinded, I would have called Mama's Little Yella Pils an American adjunct lager ten times out of ten. Maybe an all-malt lager if I was feeling kind. It's a pretty good one of those, relatively speaking, but it ain't no Czech pils. No way, no how.

Flavors include... uh... sweet corn, with more malt and slightly more noble hop flavor and bitterness than your average 'higher quality' American lager (Stroh's, Old Style, Hamm's). It definitely has more of a Pabst vibe than a BMC vibe. Oskar Blues vibe? Not so much.

Do I score it as a pilsener or as beer in general? As the former... epic fail (2.5 for flavor). As the latter... much better (3.5 for flavor). Let's go with 3.0 as a compromise. Just for fun, the drinkability score ignores style altogether and asks... how good would a cold can of MLYP taste after mowing the lawn on a hot day?

The mouthfeel is right up my alley because it's on the full side for the ABV. Forget light and crisp, this one is biggish and borderline sticky. Soft (and sparse) carbonation allows for rapid consumption with minimal burpage.

Mama's Little Yella Pils isn't at all what I expected. The name is pretty cool, but this is really one of the best American pale lagers on the face of the earth. What the hell, it deserves a higher taste score, no matter what Oskar Blues brewed it to be or named it.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Barleys lat night, I had heard this one was coming around but this was my first run in with it. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/03/2009.

The pour was very light, very bright and thin looking. Lots of fizzy carbonation here with a small white head that came up quickly and faded just as quickly. The aroma was light, lots of grain with thin grassy notes mixed in throughout. A quick sip revealed a bit mroe depth to it though. A nice light grain flavor here with a touh of grassy hops mixed in. Some touch of peach like flavor or something to that effect before a big dose of bready malts washes it all away. Tight finish left virtually no aftetaste as you had to keep going back for more and more of this very drinkable pils.

Overall while no where near my favorite beer, I would have to give it a thumbs up for being very drinakble. A good summer beer.

Photo of womencantsail
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a light yellow straw color with a fluffy white head.

S: The nose is slightly bready with a touch of eathy hops but the unmistakable scent of lager yeast.

T: The flavor is note quite as good as I would have thought from an Oskar Blues beer. There is a lot that reminds me of "adjunct lager" here, with the exception of a bit of bready malt and just a hint of hop character toward the finish.

M: The body is medium with a high level of carbonation.

D: Far from my favorite Oskar Blues beer. This was a lot close to some of the other adjunct lagers I've had than to a Czech Pils. I suppose you can't win them all.

Photo of Knapp85
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Probably my least favorite of the Oskar Blues releases I've had thus far. This beer pours as a clear yellow color with foamy white head that has a pretty good lacing for a little while. The aroma was grainy and a little hoppy. The taste was kinda bland, there was some malts and hops in the flavor but that's about all. Not too much else really happening in this brew. I suppose this is better if you reay like those types of beers but to me they're a little boring.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrived with a clear, yellow body capped off with a small, fizzy, white head. Very light effervescence.

Smell: Spicy, Noble hop aroma set over a meager pale malt note.

Taste: Light pale maltiness with a very minor amount of sweetness present. Spicy hop character with a medium bitterness. Crisp, dry finish with a light, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Woefully average, really. It's acceptable, sure, but there's just not an overly expressive character and it comes off just like any other plain old pilsner.

Photo of oberon
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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