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

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2,246 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,246
Reviews: 746
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 36
Gots: 147 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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


3.68/5  rDev +2.8%

Mama's Little Yella Pils (what a creative name!) pours golden yellow with shades of amber. Thick sudsy white head. The smell is that of a typical pilsner. Bready nose, malt and some hops with floral appeal. The mouthfeel is medium. It has a soft airy body that you can really push around on your tongue. The taste has a nice maltiness to it. The floral hops provide a sustained bitterness throughout the taste. There's some tartness also toward the pack.

A bit pricey for a pilsner, but it's put together pretty well. Not my "go-to" for this style, but definitely worth giving a shot.

11-18-2010 04:41:50 | More by Winter
Photo of jlandis


3.58/5  rDev 0%

The beer pours a crystal clear straw gold with one finger white head that slowly fades. The aroma is simple yet straight forward and to the point - earthy spicy noble hops with a grainy pilsener malt character. The flavor follows suit. Earthy spice with moderate bitterness planted on top of a solid grainy sweet malt. The body is thin with solid carbonation.

This is a solid pilsener, and I love a nice refreshing pils. Spicy and straight to the point. Although technically Pikeland pils (by Sly Fox) is a "German Pilsener" I think that one is a much better beer.

11-16-2010 16:30:05 | More by jlandis
Photo of JayS2629


3.1/5  rDev -13.4%

Got this at the brewery straight from the tap.

A- Clear yellow with a fluffy head and nice lacing.

S- Clean, earthy grass, floral hops. Weak.

T- Weak and watery. Light. Bready notes. Hint of lemon.

M- Crisp, clean and spritzy. Light.

D- Too easy to drink. Watery. Very light.

11-14-2010 01:37:25 | More by JayS2629
Photo of spangltk


4.03/5  rDev +12.6%

A - Crisp and clear, a deep golden hue. Lacing and light foam never dissipate.

S - Strong clean lager smell, no impurities or distracting oders.

T - light and sweet. Low bitterness that develops after swallowing.

M - Feels very light and crisp when I hold it. Body enhances as I swallow.

D - Very flexible beer. Tastes great sipping and goes down easy.

11-05-2010 22:38:15 | More by spangltk
Photo of bucklemyshoe


3.6/5  rDev +0.6%

Canned: 08/20/2010 @ 11:33 A.M. Mountain Daylight Time.

12 oz. can at 42* into a pint glass.

A: This pours straw-yellow with a half-finger of head that settles into a few fizzy bubbles.

S: It has some earthiness, wet grass, and a feint hoppy aroma.

T: The taste has some citrus that is mostly disguised by wet grass and earthiness.

M: Spritziness reigns early but as it warms, it becomes a little watery.

D: This isn't bad. I might make it a golf course beer at least.

11-04-2010 03:05:58 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of Thorpe429


3.38/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

11-02-2010 00:26:57 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of aval89


3.98/5  rDev +11.2%

A: bright golden pils with white 2 finger head.. Settles at a nice 1/8 inch cap.

S: wet grass upfront. Sweet malts, hints of hops, earthy undertones, with mild grain.

T: the hops are upfront, but only for a quickness. Some bready notes, sweet malts, hints of grain with an almost medicinal like finish. Clean finish overall.

MF: spot on body for the style with great carbonation.

D: this beer is very refreshing & very easy to slug down..

10-30-2010 08:35:26 | More by aval89
Photo of dragonWhale

New York

4.05/5  rDev +13.1%

slightly hazy, definitively yella, saucy lace. The lil yella fella has a sweet malt and earth aroma, slight spice and pine hop to it. Starts with a quick kidney punch of bitter, which lasts, fading to what I do believe to be a nice Saaz spiciness. Nice and sharp up front with a well-balanced malt profile, finishing dry. I like..

10-26-2010 00:11:47 | More by dragonWhale
Photo of Ryan011235


2.95/5  rDev -17.6%

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass on 10/13/10

Canned on 7/30/10 at 16:34

Clear, straw-yellow. Lots of very tiny particles drifting about. Two fingers of fluffy head reduce to 1/8th inch, accelerating as the bubbles clinging to the wall of the glass thin out. Ok lace.

Smells grainy & earthy with a mild sweetness. Toasted grains & pilsner malts, floral hops, undertones of musty yeast & a hint of grassiness.

Tastes very similar to the smell. A brief foray into floral, earthy hops & then it's on to grains, toasted bread & some yeast. It isn't all that sweet; however, it's still rather sticky - kind of a coating, medicinal flavor. A little bitterness picks up toward the back.

Leaning toward an overall medium body, I think find it too heavy for the style. Given that carbonation is moderately low, it isn't very crisp. Possibly sluggish is an appropriate descriptor. Hints of grain & biscuit linger, as does a subtle, residual bitterness.

Drinkability is so-so. It's not repulsive or undrinkable; I just don't find it to be all that good. As the glass wears on the aftertaste is compounded, becoming less enjoyable.

10-14-2010 22:51:38 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of jneiswender


3.05/5  rDev -14.8%

Poured out of a can into a pills glass. Served cool.

A-pillow like white head. light gold body

S-metallic, some baked bread smell

T-sweet grain and a very faint hop finish.


D-nice drinking beer that I would have again but not one of the best pils out there by a long shot.

10-12-2010 00:49:42 | More by jneiswender
Photo of MbpBugeye


3.05/5  rDev -14.8%

This was a gift from Ryan011235. Canned on 7/30/10.

A- Poured into a New Glarus pilsner glass. The beer is a dirty yellow, not unlike the color of the can itself. The head strangely looks like dirty dish soap. It does provide a little bit of lacing.

S- Highly weak nose. Its hard to smell anything. Some light hops and light grainy malts.

T- Not the nice hoppy clean taste I wanted. Its rather muted and muttled. Sweet malts followed by a little bit of piney hops.

M- The carbonation is close to how I like my pilsners but the body is too full giving it an oddly slick feel.

D- No problem drinking this can, and perhaps man others, but it wouldnt be the first pils I reach for.

10-04-2010 02:40:07 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of GarrettMD

New York

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%

A - Pale yellow pour with 1 finger white bubbly head. Hazy appearance with lots of carbonation coming up. Head falls to a thin layer of fuzzy bubbles.

S - Sweet smelling, sort of yeasty. Rich malt smell, citrus hop background.

T - Malt is still the forefront, citrus is also still there, not too much going on. I almost want to say theres a slight peppery taste to it. Could be a bready flavor I am mistaking it for. Decent taste all the same.

M - Light to medium body, good carbonation. Smooth, almost oily mouthfeel.

D - Good drinkability, I could easily see myself going through a 6-pack of these. The sweetness isn't too much to keep going back for more and the ABV is perfect for a session beer.

09-29-2010 23:16:42 | More by GarrettMD
Photo of HalfFull


2.78/5  rDev -22.3%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. yellow can. Pours a hazy golden straw with a thin just off white cap of foam. Retention is somewhat brief but the pour does keep a fair cap.

Nose is grassy and sweet yet rather neutral and not too enticing. Bit of lemon fights with some yeast funk that seems out of character for the style. As such hop notes are a bit washed out and hard to detect.

Flavor lacks the funk present on the nose and allows some grainy character to emerge. Lightly coarse and wrapped in a sweet delivery. Notable lemon oil on the finish robs the mouthfeel of the beer a bit. Does warm to yield a bit of spice character on the finish but the beer overall is a bit nondescript and becomes a bit watery as the carbonation lessens and due to the lack of body to keep it interesting.

Note: Canned on 6/22/10

09-23-2010 23:45:54 | More by HalfFull
Photo of hardy008


3.73/5  rDev +4.2%

Straw yellow with a white, foamy, one finger head with decent retention. The aroma has sweet malt, with bitter hops. Smells like it is nicely balanced.

The taste is just like the aroma. Sweet malt, mixed with bitter hops. The beer tastes a bit more sweet than bitter. The traditional bitter bite found in most Pilseners is missing, but this is still a good beer.

Light bodied, lightly carbonated, with a sweet aftertaste. A nice tasting beer, but not a traditional Pilsener.

09-21-2010 23:32:14 | More by hardy008
Photo of rand


3.1/5  rDev -13.4%

From can to flute glass

A: Pours a clear, light yellow-orange. Fair amount of carbonation and lacing. This has a really nice, festive appearance.

S: Nose is lemon-citrus, corn, some malty sweetness and light alcohol. Was underwhelmed - smells like someone squeezed a lemon into a macro lager.

T: Taste improves a bit on the nose. Sugary sweet up front, combined with some lemon citrus. Bready malts carry the swallow, met with a light dose of hop bitterness. Some grassy, earthy tones are also noted. Finishes slighty astringent and sweet.

M: The beer is light bodied with an oily-slick texture. Probably could have used a bit more carbonation to cleanse the sweetness.

D: There's no question this goes down easily. There's nothing offensive (nor exciting), and with the moderate alcohol you could drink a few of these without feeling it.

Overall, this beer is balanced and sweet, but for a craft Pils, nothing really stands out. Unfortunately my expectations were raised by Oskar declaring their "Gold Medal!" award on the can. What award? Who cares? This kind of marketing unnecessarily raises expectations. If this won any award that I actually care about, I expect to be blown away, and I wasn't here. It's still not a bad beer though.

09-18-2010 07:22:54 | More by rand
Photo of Bendurgin


4.08/5  rDev +14%

Poured this into a pint glass and yella indeed! The body is clear yellow with about a finger of creamy white head. The smell is pilsner malts and grains. A hint of lemon dances around my nostrils in to complement a slightly bitter finish. Nice hop balance on this to compliment a floral taste with a hint of lemon zest to finish. And boy do I love the pilsner malts on this. Mouthfeel is good, nice and light and the carbonation is really nice. Great beer to enjoy, reminds me of simpler beer times for me. Maybe it's the can. Anyhow, this is well done and not one to shake a stick at.

09-18-2010 02:58:18 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of Stigs


3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

16oz pour at Piper's Pub, served in a large English-style pint glass

A - very clear, pale golden colored beverage. hoists about half an inch of loose bubbly white foam which falls to a thin ring within a few minutes.

S - lightly floral, wet grassy noble hops...some sweetness in the form of lemon zest, crunchy grains.

T - bright noble hops, throwing a fair amount of lemon rind and freshly cut grass at the tongue. other notes of pepper and a veggie and malty sweetness.

M - thin bodied and a tad watery, carbonation is also a bit mellow which allows the veggie sweetness to creep in...failing to hold up the bright hops. finishes clean.

D - light body and somewhat refreshing though falls apart a bit due to lack of carbonation.

09-13-2010 15:59:37 | More by Stigs
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3.45/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

09-05-2010 23:19:23 | More by newk340
Photo of BigMike


3.18/5  rDev -11.2%

Pours a golden yellow with a one finger head.
Some citrus on the nose. Floral and grass. Light hops and some herbals.
Lots of sweetness on the flavor. Some grass, bread and citrus hops. Lemon and a touch of berry like fruitiness.
Very crisp and refreshing. Easy to drink.
A verygood pils but not in the top of the catagory. Nowhere near Prima or sunshine.

09-01-2010 01:18:55 | More by BigMike
Photo of elgiacomo


3.1/5  rDev -13.4%

12oz canned July 14, 2010.

Pours clear pale gold/yellow with a two finger foamy white head that does leave some nice initial lacing. Recedes to a light cap and ring.

Aroma is pretty faint, I can pick up some floral, herbal hops, some grass, touch of citrus and bread. Does get better as it warms.

Flavor features some grassy, earthy hops, lightly spicy, some malt sweetness, perhaps even a bit of caramel, mild bitterness, finishes dry.

Mouthfeel is low to medium bodied, a bit creamy, medium carbonation.

For a craft pilsner this is only middle-of-the-road with the aroma and flavor both being pretty weak for the style.

08-30-2010 01:41:59 | More by elgiacomo
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3.43/5  rDev -4.2%

A can purchased at my local beer store, the one that isn't afraid to bring in some goodies like Oscar Blues beers that aren't technically supposed to be sold in Ohio. 4 weeks old at the time of sampling according to the freshness date (nice one, Oskar). This beer looks outstanding in the glass. Beautiful filtered gold with 3 finger fluffy white head and magnificent lace.

Smells of grainy malt and minor herbal, flowery hops. The problem is that, even though this is a Czech pilsner, there's not enough hoppiness presence. Just not expressive enough.

Tastes light and refreshing, with pale and grainy malt shining through. Moderate sweetness reminds me of sweet corn or the dreaded dimethyl sulfide (DMS), but it's not horrible, just noticeable. Not enough spicy traits from the hops, this ends grainy and sweet. Strange.

Mouthfeel is nice, I like the creaminess that the CO2 lends to all the Oskar Blues beers and this one is no exception. Medium body and sweet finish. Overall, this is drinkable and leagues above any BMC product. It's just nothing that great - drop the DMC and get some more spice from the Saaz and this would be great!

08-23-2010 18:29:02 | More by jampics2
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3.65/5  rDev +2%

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Collins glass. Bottom of can reads:
Canned On
05-18-10 @ 11:38
Cause And Solution

Appearance: Pours a hazy light-to-medium gold with a generous 4 finger frothy white head which dissipates to 1/2 finger within a minute or so. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Sweet floral hops with fresh grains.

Taste: Sweet citrus and bread grains up front then light malt in the middle followed by a dry finish highlighted by a subtle hoppy bitterness. Aftertaste is surprisingly bittersweet.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied. This definitely needs to be more carbonated. Pretty smooth.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. This would be a good alternative to BMC on a hot summer day.

Overall: Decent beer overall but not up to Oskar Blues' normal quality. There are better options out there.

08-20-2010 16:37:09 | More by adam42381
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4.05/5  rDev +13.1%

A: This poured a clear light gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like fresh lemon zest and creamy bready yeast, with a bit of spice.
T: It tasted like clean lemon zest and sour lager yeast with spicy wheat. The aftertaste was clean and bitter.
M: It was fairly thick with some carbonation.
D: This was a very crisp summer beer with plenty of flavor but still very light and easy to drink. One of the better pilsners I've had.

08-15-2010 14:50:38 | More by Pencible
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3.58/5  rDev 0%

Into a pilsner glass
A brilliant clear yellow with a half inch head of bubbly white that fades quickly int a cap of lace, bubbles form at the bottom keeping the beer lively
Aroma is slight, mostly grain.
Taste is light and refreshing,grainy backbone with little bitterness some spice from the hops is subdued.
Look like a lager, tastes like a lager, palette cleansing.
A fine example of the style, but not as good as many such as Victory Prima Pills.

08-14-2010 22:14:55 | More by mudbug
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South Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -14%

Mama's Little Yella Pils is my least favorite of the Oskar Blues lineup. Obviously, has more taste than the macro style pilsners, but still lacking in the flavors and aromas I would expect from the style. This is not a beer I would seek out on a regular occassion, but would also never turn one down. Good drinkability and refreshing on a hot day at the beach.

08-09-2010 01:54:43 | More by BlackDogBrews
Mama's Little Yella Pils from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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