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

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BA SCORE
82
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809 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 809
Hads: 2,844
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 58
Gots: 413 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of Sammy
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
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. (253 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (531 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -3%
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. (305 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (311 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

its a pilsner, so nothiing mind bending going on here. pours corn yellow and clear, with an excited white head. smells more hoppy than most of these do, and the taste follows. quick dry finish and general crispness make this a very refreshing beer, definitely a summer one for me. not necessarily a true czech pilsner as the hops dominate the malts in this one, and the body is pushing medium, but an appreciable can of beer. (425 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
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 (609 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (1,796 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.32/5  rDev -8%
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. (397 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, picked up at a random grocery store in mid-town Denver last week.

This beer pours a somewhat hazy medium golden yellow hue, with two fingers of puffy, cushioned eggshell white head, which leaves some broad swaths of brewing stormcloud lace around the glass as things drop away.

It smells of lightly biscuity, cereal grain pale malt, warm lemon juice, a bit of black pepper, and leafy, grassy hops. The taste is more bready, breakfast cereal malt, sweeter than I might have thought, a muddled, sort of defunct citrus fruitiness, ethereal white and pepper spice, and subtle earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is frothy and palate tickling, but gentle all the way through, the body medium-light in weight, and mostly workaday smooth. It finishes on a drying trend, the fruit and hop esters putting their collective backs into it.

A genuinely tasty pilsener, with strong Bohemian predilections; however the hops seem to be lost in translation - the grassy, mildly sulfuric nature of the original just isn't found here. Now while out of design or oversight, it takes a minor chunk out of the overall enjoyment, which is to say - 90 percent or so of the real deal is still rather worthy of drinking the hell out of. (1,224 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to acme for the "trade"!

Pours with brilliant clarity, 2 fingers of sudsy foam into a pint glass. It laces a little and then the surface breaks in the centre of the glass. A touch bready, and slightly sulfuric, grassy noble hop note towards the end. Bready flavor, clean with very mild hop presence. Finishes dry. As it warms, there is a slight complimentary sweetness to the light bready malt. Seemed more like a German Helles than Czech to me, but what do I know. Easy to drink on a warm day without too much intellectualizing... (540 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (1,896 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a golden, straw-yellow color with a good deal of carbonation. It had a two-finger, white, bubbly head of foam that left behind traces of patchy lace.

S - It smelled of grains, grasses and caramel. It smelled like your average pils.

T - It didn't taste like your average pils. Yes, it had a sweet caramel flavor with some grainy notes, but it brought much more in the way of spicy hops that other pilseners.

M - It was crisp and very sharp with a dry finish. A light bodied beer that is hard to put down.

D - A great American version of a true pils. It tastes outstanding. (590 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (903 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One and a half fingers of white foam on a clear, yellow body. The head recedes at a leisurely pace and leaves nice, thick lace on the glass.

S - Musty noble hops and sweet malt. A hint of graham cracker and some grain.

T - Dry maltiness up front with balancing hop flavor. Herbal notes and distinct pilsner malt. The finish favors the hops with both flavor and very smooth bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - Very drinkable, as it should be. With the excellent malt character and pleasing dryness it would be easy to take down a whole six-pack during a long evening. Too bad subtlety doesn't get more respect. (659 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

It's funny, if you were to use the term "Czech Pilsener" outside of the beer world, it would be redundant: If you're from Pilsen (--> a Pilsener), you're already a Czech. It'd be like saying "French Parisian" or "American New Yorker". Oh, how the mind can wander while drinking a good beer. Anyway, this guy pours a clear golden straw, leaning toward the pale sector, with a thick and healthy white froth on top. A strong and thick bit o' lacing will be formed soon. A firm distinction of bitter hops comes through in the nose, along with an aluminum-style metallic scent. I think there might be some cooked corn in there as well, but I can't be sure. The bitterness is definitely there on the tongue, with a strong stony feel to it. The aluminum returns, too, but luckily it's toned itself down for this austere occasion (meeting me is an event, dammit!). That vague sense of corniness is there again, rounding out the usual simple flavor profile of these pilseners. The body is light, as it should be, with active carbonation and a dry, crisp finish. Overall, a solid pils, but the metallic notes keep the drinkability from rising too high. (1,175 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The name is definitely fitting. This beer is yellow with a slight golden hue. There is a half finger of white head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: Light and slightly sweet from the malt. A bit bready with a hint of lemon. Very mild overall.

Taste: A bit more interesting than the smell. Malt forward, I'm getting that typical pilsner malt slightly bitter note, but it isn't very strong. A touch of malt sweetness with some bready notes and a hint of citrus. The finish is a bit watery and tastes like pilsner malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressively tingly carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I enjoy this beer enough in the summer, but it's nothing particularly special. Nothing wrong with it, but nothing makes it stand out either. (824 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden yellow with 2+ fingers of foamy brite-white head. Settles into a thin layer of retention that skims the surface, leaving some thick patchy lace back. The aroma is a tasty, but not overly assertive, mix of bread, citrus, and some lightly floral and spicy hops. Pretty standard Pils aroma, maybe even coming off as a little too sweet.

Hops luckily are a bit more forceful in the taste, imparting a a tight bitter and spicy character that balances a good bit of the sweetness from the citrus and grainy breadiness of the Pils malts. As this warms, some of the balance starts to shift once again to the sweet side. The mouthfeel is more medium bodied with a prickly and sharp carbonation that lasts the whole way through the swallow. Generally though, this remains fairly crisp and drinkable.

This was a decent enough Pils I suppose. Maybe a touch overly sweet but the crispness was there, as was a decent quaffability. Glad I tried this but I doubt that I'd invest in another six-pack. (1,038 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color with a large white head that fades very quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a lot like a west coast IPA with floral hops, light malts and citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a citrus flavor that you normally don't see in this style. Then there's a strong but not over-powering hops presence that comes in. The malt character is thin but provides some substance and a good balance. The after-taste is sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, might not be the best representation of style as it doesn't seem to be a typical Pilsener, but it's a good beer pound down for a long time. (852 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Small to slightly more in white to off white head settles to a think froth above a not quite clear pale straw golden colored beer.

Light pale lemony citrus with some very light yeast aroma.

Light lemony citrus taste with some very light pale malts and even lighter

Light dryish almost to a puckering effect with the aftertaste that harbors just a bit of the lemony citrus taste along with it on this light bodied beer.

An fairly alright tasting beer, maybe a bit to much lemon for me, I do love fresh lemonade but when I'm drinking beer, ummm. (548 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this beer with me- -poured chilled from the can into a tumbler

A - A straw golden w/ thick fluffy white cap. Clarity is good, the bead is average size and lace sticks to the glass

S - A pleasant malty aroma almost like a cracker or mild yeasty bread there is a gentle hop note, but mild spice aroma mostly

M &T - A nice balance of malt and spicey hops, the sweetness is mild w/ plenty of pils flavor w/ nice malt texture/flavor and the touch of graininess in the finish. a mild sweet flavor w/ taste of hops the dry essence is crisp and

D - A very good lager the hops are subdued for a west coast pils, but I feel the beer is a good representation of the style. I like the clean tasting quality and this pils hits the spot if you like the style you won't be dissapointed. This would go great with sweet grilled sausage or a good old fashioned American burger for summer grilling. (922 characters)

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