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

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2,150 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,150
Reviews: 740
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 34
Gots: 111 | 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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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Can dated April '09. Poured into my pilsner glass. Pours a cloudy dark yellow with a large frothy off-white head on top. Great retention. Leaves plenty of sticky lace. Smells of grass, lemons, sharp hops, and sour apples.

The mouth was thin and lacking carbonation. Didn't care for the feel at all. Flavor was tart and grassy. Plenty of lemon zest in there, finishes mild. Hops at the forefront, but tamer than expected. Not bad. Refreshing, but needs some work.

Serving type: can

10-06-2009 18:36:10 | More by Onenote81
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can from Buffalo.

Pours a clear goldish yellow, thin and fizzy white head forms, quickly settles itself down to a medium ring around the glass, some lace chunks end up sticking. Smell is nice, very lemony, some tart citrus notes, honey, very grassy and herbal, soft aroma, very delicate but very refined, floral, toast, a bit acidic but nice. Taste is very nice, grainy and tart up front, citrus, honey, toast, nice floral, only a touch of banana and vanilla, nice herbal bitterness. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation, pretty drinkable stuff. Lacking in flavour and aroma somewhat but is a big step up from most.

Serving type: can

09-28-2009 22:49:09 | More by Viggo
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wesbrownyeah

Florida

3.15/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: can

09-27-2009 23:00:58 | More by wesbrownyeah
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Can of this were available from the bottleshop, 1.50 a pop. I've had a handful of other canned (and ontap) brews from Oskar, so this was a nice surprise.

Pours a hazy pee yellow with a rocky white head that leaves large-bubbled lacing along the rims of my sam adamas uberglass.

Good carbonation rising up, and a pleasing pils sweetness in the aroma, backed by a good grassy hop presence.

Taste is firm, nice and full for a pilsner. Some crisp citrus stems and cholorphyl around the edges, and a sweet honey malt base. It's got a slight metallic twang, powerdy yeast and a bit of cereal breadiness, but otherwise it's a pretty clean drinker.

I love these canned brews.

Serving type: can

09-24-2009 01:12:43 | More by SurlyDuff
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear, bright yellow in color... fluffy, quickly discipating white head. minimal lacing

S - Straw, musty, slightly sweet notes.

T - straw, earthy, slightly citrus hop notes, not too thin flavor but still semi-watery

M - fuller body, less carbonation than a standard pils...

D - drinkable, yes but hard to compare to other pils.... when i want a pils, im interested in the clean, fully carbonated type rather than a style with a little more umph, like this. If you gave me the choice between this insead of BMC Lite, id take it, but not over a true German Pils.

Serving type: can

09-20-2009 21:40:42 | More by rfgetz
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

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

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for a can of this. I've passed it on the shelves a few times but have been meaning to try it.

Pours a very hazy pale golden color with two solid inches of off-white head. Keeps a thin, spotty lace but does leave a good amount of stick on the sides. The color and hazing makes me think wit or hefe rather than pils.

Smell has some grassy hoppiness to it, along with a touch of lemon and also some sweetness. Smells sweeter than your average pils, but without a level of hoppiness to match that I'd like - they seem a bit light.

Doesn't really taste like what I was expecting given the nose - the sweetness isn't there and instead is replaced with primarily grain. The hops are a bit more subtle than I'd like but do offer some grassy flavor. Some sweetness does start to present itself as the beer warms up a tad, but doesn't fully cover the grain.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty crisp, with a delicate creaminess to it as well. Graininess gives it a bit of a bite.

This isn't half bad, but there are many better pils brewed by American breweries - in cans even (Sly Fox). Decent.

Serving type: can

09-20-2009 20:29:01 | More by number1bum
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magnj

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - Yellow and clear, BMC color. 1 finger head out of the can into my pint glass. Head hangs around only briefly and leaves little lacing behind.

s - Obviously not very much going on. Slightly malty, grassy nose is very approachable, won't scare anyone away. Pleasant, not challenging, no need to think...just drink.

t - Mildly fruity, balanced body. Clean hops compliment a nice malt profile that is just a touch sweet. Very tasty, easy to drink without thinking about it, but is well crafted and tasty if you slow down and analyze for a minute.

m/d - Appropriately thin body for the style but not watery, somewhat silky. Easy to drink, and very much a starter beer for someone who might be interested in craft beer but is scared of color. I dig the can thing but I swear my first sip or two I get metal, I'd need blind taste test to be sure.

Serving type: can

09-17-2009 01:00:05 | More by magnj
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Thur123

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The can looks good, let's see what's inside! The color is a cloudy straw yellow with about a fingers worth of head. Looks like a deeper richer BMC. The smell is similar, a big time grassy cereal stench with just a bit of bitter hops to add something. Smell like a much more robust version of Keystone light.

Glug glug glug

This brew has a lightly sweet malt base with just a little more than a kiss of the hops. Bitter hops come in the middle of the tongue to remind me that this isn't just another BMC pilsener, but something better. That being said, this isn't outstanding. There could be more hops for the price I paid and the aftertaste still sits on my tongue like all those BMC's. The mouth feel is thicker and delivers more flavor and this is good, but with Victory Prima around, it doesn't quite stack up like I hoped it would.

Serving type: can

09-16-2009 23:59:37 | More by Thur123
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rtratzlaff

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into a Stange glass

A somewhat harsh pour gives a huge billowing two finger head that stays for several minutes and leaves tons of lacing.
Vigorous bubbles arise from the straw bodied beer.

Aromas of cracker like maltiness along with an earthy floral saaz hop nose.
Flavors are slightly grainy malt quality

Serving type: can

09-14-2009 18:14:12 | More by rtratzlaff
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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On the darker side of yellow but somewhat hazy. Muted aroma-somewhat sulfur like and earthy-just not much there. Sweet malt flavor with just a "zing" of hop bitterness. Lingering metal/coppery flavor. Finish is somewhat sweet. Decent enough mouthfeel. Overall rather average. I was expecting more. Could be cleaner and crisper for my liking.

Serving type: can

09-13-2009 20:04:57 | More by lackenhauser
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confer

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just an all around good beer.
I had it on tap and also out of a can. Nothing is lost in the can packaging.
A - Beautiful bright yellow with a little haze. Not a crystal clear as others pilseners.

S- Sweet and floral.

T- Taste is above average, but I have been enjoying this style a lot lately. Very slight hop flavor.

M- Slightly creamy.

D- This is a very easy drinking beer. Perfect for summertime is great but I wouldn't turn one down in winter either.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2009 16:52:06 | More by confer
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. Poured transparent yellow and was topped with a white head. Aromas smelled like a pilsener - malty, grassy, with some mild hops and slight lemony citrus. Tastes were boldly pilsener-like. Herbal hops on the finish with a slight lemon again. Finishes moire bitter than expected, and seemed to cause some problems with the balance and overall drinkability. I wasn't crazy over this one and wouldn't get it again.

Serving type: can

09-12-2009 17:17:27 | More by barnzy78
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auxiliary

Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

appearance - Clear straw color with a large fizzy white head. No lace.

smell - Hops and pale malt smells here.

taste - Mix of hops and pale malt here. Light and crisp in flavor. ending with some bitterness at the end.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Not bad, was ok, good beer, but not my choice of style though.

Serving type: can

09-12-2009 00:13:25 | More by auxiliary
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thain709

Pennsylvania

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

A - Your typical golden yellow...but not that bright...an off white head forms and falls into a nice cap...leaves some lacing

S - Some biscuit malts and a little touch of sweetness

T - The taste really comes together...starts off with you biscuit malts which provide that bready taste...but there is also a little grainy taste coming through...a touch of sweetness comes through the middle...but I don't know if it's a honey or caramel sweetness...a nice touch...the ending has a surprise hop bite that I did not see coming...it's not in your face bitter it's just a nice touch to bring the beer together

M - Light bodied...nicely carbonated, crisp, and refreshing

D - This is a decent pilsener and really hit the spot on a hot day...the taste is where this beer really shined for me...it wasn't amazing but it's well worth the try

Serving type: can

09-09-2009 12:44:43 | More by thain709
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swizzlenuts

Wisconsin

4.58/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As a huge fan of Dale's Pale Ale, I had to check out Mama's little yella Pils. The beer is slightly cloudy when I pour it into a glass, which makes me slightly upset, because it's a Pilsner. I expect it to be brilliantly clear, but it's the 'right' colour more or less. I look and it and I think, "this is giong to be a mediocre pilsner", but when I smell it my whole perspective is changed. It's foral, bready, and spicy. Everything I expect. It's not as pungent as a Prima Pils, but it's very nice. It's everything I expect in a Bohemian Pilsner.

What happens after I take a sip of this beer? Well, to put it bluntly, fucking bliss. The combination of bready malts and spicy floral hops is brilliant. Behind everything is a sweetness that just blows me away. Seriously. Every time I take a sip or gulp of this beer there is a different flavour that makes me like it even more. I know my review will sound like this is an A+++ would buiy/drink again beer, but there is a slight part of it that takes away from a World Class Beer. First is it's not doing anything above and beyond a Pilsner Urquell or Prima Pils. It's tasty and solid, but besides being canned I see no reason to purchase this if I had a choice between Prima Pils (I know comparing it to the best pilsner in the US is wrong, buit you probably get my point). This beer is fucking awesome, but nothing above and beyond what a Pilsner should be. Just spot on to the style.

Mouthfeel? Pretty fucking ace. Drinkability? I don't think you can get any more perfect than this beer. It's a beer that I could drink all night, all day, and all morning!

Serving type: can

09-06-2009 07:28:24 | More by swizzlenuts
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bfields4

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clean effervescent golden pils. Foamy centimeter head that sticks with the brew.

Sweet corn. Light saaz hop.

Crisp lemon zests with a sweet grain body. A light herbal hop finish.

Very light and refreshing would make a great session or summer beer.

Serving type: can

09-03-2009 03:07:18 | More by bfields4
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Offa

California

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

This is a pretty good pilsner-type, in character profile more like a solid, hoppy American-style pale lager, yet with the stronger malt and hop character like a Czech lager.

Slightly hazy, dark gold-amber, it has a huge, faintly off-white head steadily shrinking to a foamy thin top and leaving a little uneven lace.

The aroma is light raisins and apple with old vegetably dough, grain, hints of herb, lemon, hint of grass. It is like a good, solid, characterful American-style lager with some Czech qualities thrown in. It's solid and pretty good.

The taste is mostly grain up front, a little dough, with lemon rind, grass, hints of herbs, spicy hops, some hay. It has a little lightly spicy bitter-lemon hop bitterness but this is solid and lingers along with a mostly nice zestiness. It has light malty sweetness underneath with sweet grain that lingers after the finish with light spicey-peppery bitterness. It is just slightly on the bitter, tart, and astringent side and is not as good with food but overall it's a solid, characterful pilsner-type. However, it ends up being rather thin and two dimensional lemony-spicy old dough.

Serving type: can

09-02-2009 16:35:44 | More by Offa
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brdc

Wisconsin

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

Small can poured into a pint glass.

Nice, clear golden color, thick foamy white head, little retention.
Aroma is faint, but pleasant with grassy hops, some corn, mild maltiness.
Nicely carbonated, refreshing, grainy with a mild hoppy bite.
Nothing special, but a decent canned pilsner.

Serving type: can

09-01-2009 00:39:45 | More by brdc
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bret27

California

2.35/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smell: malty, honey

Appearance: Pale gold. Very foamy thick off-white head retaining for a long time.

Taste: caramel, malty, grainy, little off-taste.

Mouthfeel/aftertaste: fairly watery, malty, bready.

Overall: Not much happening w/this one. Definitely one of the worst pilseners I've had from a good brewery. Didn't finish even though bland and drinkable. If it wasn't from a good brewer I think it would have a much lower average rating.

Serving type: can

08-31-2009 03:48:50 | More by bret27
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one is courtesy of Beertracker, cheers Jeff!
canned 04-04-09
Pours honey colored with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Bready & grainy notes, plus a touch of soapyness

T: Soapyness, grainyness & a touch of lemony/soapy hops up front. Sweet bready malt gives way to crackeryness & lemons as this warms.
Finishes crisp, dry with lemons

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation & good balance

Drinks pretty easy, not quite as good as the draft version, but a near first-rate Pils in a can offering IMO

Serving type: can

08-31-2009 02:46:51 | More by russpowell
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merlin48

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: can

08-30-2009 01:24:19 | More by merlin48
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ocelot2500

Arizona

2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw yellow with a big white head that fades slowly. There is a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smells of sweet, sticky malt. Maybe a little corn sweetness.

Tastes of the malt flavor and nothing else. The malt has a bit of a biscuity note along with some sweetness on the end. Seriously, this is not a Czech pilsner. There are no hops to be found at all. I am severely disappointed.

Mouthfeel is light and the carbonation is appropriate.

This is not undrinkable, but certainly not what a pilsner should be.

Serving type: can

08-28-2009 03:18:57 | More by ocelot2500
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callmescraps

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love grabber a sixer of cans.

Appearance - Light gold/yellow in color. Clear. Two inches of big soapy head clear quickly. A tad of lacing.

Smell - Clean biscuit. A tad of frat basement funk. Lots of grains.

Taste - Sweet biscuit with a hint of adjunct-like corniness. A touch of bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Nice and crisp. Very light.

Drinkability - Goes down smooth and easy.

This is a totally drinkable, smooth beer. It's like BMC done better, but nothing spectacular.

Serving type: can

08-27-2009 04:53:24 | More by callmescraps
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alexgash

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can.

Clean golden straw body. Pinkie finger of gauzy, off-white head. Good retention and lacing in the pint glass. Honeyish grain malts, fresh-mowed grass, and some noble, herbal hops. Mineral water bitterness up front, followed by faintly sweet toasted bread malts. Snappy, peppery hop bitterness bites in. A little taste of sea air into the finish. Light-bodied, with refreshing, lively carbonation. Easy-drinking and nicely made.

Serving type: can

08-27-2009 02:14:48 | More by alexgash
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rye726

Colorado

2.4/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear golden with a thin white head. Nose has grassy malts, citrus, hops and herbal yeast. Taste is quite grainy with a mellow hop presence. Light body is a bit under carbonted and finishes thin. Refreshing beer, but not on the same level as their other cans.

Serving type: can

08-23-2009 07:56:38 | More by rye726
Mama's Little Yella Pils from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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