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

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2,272 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,272
Reviews: 746
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 37
Gots: 154 | 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 BlackDogBrews

South Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -13.7%

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
Photo of denflyr


3.28/5  rDev -8.1%

Poured from the standard Oskar Blues can in my Great Divide Cervoise glass.

Descent appearance. Yellow/slightly golden and slightly cloudy in color and appearance. Minimal head and lacing.

Smell is very average which to me considering OB's other beers is a bit out of character. It could be that it is too cold. I get a slightly herbal and very faint citrus note on the nose.

Taste is OK, but not nearly as palate coating as their other beers. I understand this is a Pilsner, so it is light(er) in body, but I was hoping for more on the taste.

Mouthfeel is OK as well. Descent pleasing on the palate. No off putting flavors or aftertastes.

Drinkability is good. Nothing holding this beer back here. It is OK to be a session beer and by all means it is even better than the VERY best BMC lager that has NO taste!

08-08-2010 22:15:50 | More by denflyr
Photo of slowbie

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -9%

Pours a clear golden color with a one finger head that disappears over the next minute. Good lacing.

Sweet malts mingle with a nice hop character. Something about the hoppy smell is less 'noble' than the typical pilsner to me. However, the website says it is made with Bavarian hops.

The taste is different than any pilsner I've had too. It comes with a nice hoppy bitterness up front that fades to a good malt flavor. Something in between there tastes strange to me though.

The mouthfeel is good for a pilsner. Not too watery, but not thick enough to hurt drinkability. Good carbonation level.

Something in the taste hurts drinkability for me. Although I could still have a few in a row, it's not as drinkable as I expect a pilsner to be.

08-07-2010 22:30:21 | More by slowbie
Photo of cindyjeffsmith


3.55/5  rDev -0.6%

appearance: Well, yella with a off white decent head on the pour that recedes quickly leaving some decent lacing.Lots of bubbles.
smell: Not much happening. Not bad, just not a lot.
taste: This isn't bad either. I'd rate it higher for taste in general but just doesn't fit the Czech pils profile. Hops definitely not prominent, but the mild buttery profile is there.
mouthfeel: Pretty full and a little creamy.
drinkability: Sure goes down easy.

08-07-2010 21:54:12 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -6.7%

A: It's, well, yellow with a creamy white head that retains well. Some light spots of lace appear on the glass and some chunks of froth remain atop the beer. Solid appearance, but not especially bubbly or pretty for a pilsner.

S: Smells macro-ish with some corn and grain. A vigorous swirl yields some floral and grassy hop notes, but not much. A very plain and clean aroma, almost like a macro/adjunt lager. The hop aroma and general lack of offensiveness are the primary saving graces.

T&M: Really mellow and smooth malt flavor with a light floral note. Luckily the taste isn't as macro as the aroma. Smooth, sweet malts almost like a blonde ale with some light hop flavor near the middle. Not much bitterness or crispness to speak of, which is what I look for in a good pilsner. A decent pils, but nothing special at all.

D: Highly drinkable but not quite as scrumptious as the best examples of the style.

08-04-2010 02:25:54 | More by BamaBeerBuff
Photo of CBlack85

South Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -12.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass

This beer pours a crystal clear golden yellow with a very respectable foamy white head that recedes fairly quickly and leaves behind some very nice lacing.

The nose is quite sweet and grainy. There is a small hop presence, but not nearly big enough for the style. Aroma is fairly clean, but ultimately underwhelming.

Grainy and sweet, with some bready notes. Unfortunately, the hops are hard to locate. I get a small hop bitterness in the finish, but not nearly enough hop presence for the style. Light and crisp and fairly clean, this is a decent beer. Easy to drink, but not a great exaple of the style.

This is not a bad beer overall, but unfortunately I am not blown away... I wouldn't turn it down if offered one, but I wouldn't seek it out either... quite a bit better on tap than in the can.

07-18-2010 02:00:17 | More by CBlack85
Photo of DJED69

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +10.6%

Very nice! What an excellent drinking pilsner. Very clean tasting with nice hop bite. Not overly bitter and definitely has some malt backbone as well. Very refreshing on a warm day, but has enough body and taste to satisfy. A subtle touch of sweetness makes this really good. Little Yella Pills has found a place in my summertime rotation!!

I can see this being enjoyed by just about anyone that like good beer. LOVE the cans!! A six of this on ice at the beach or on the boat, you're loving life!!

Just wish it was a buck or two cheaper per 6 pack. Only con---locally around $8.99 a six.

Still, highly recommended!

07-13-2010 19:15:38 | More by DJED69
Photo of paco1029384756


3.78/5  rDev +5.9%

Can thanks to Peesie.

Pours a clear golden color with one finger of dense, fluffy white head.

Scent of fresh grain, and light citrusy hops. There isn't much to it, but it does smell quite good.

Taste of grain, and lightly bitter citrusy hops. The grain here does not seem to be as fresh as the scent let on, but it is still a solid Pilsner.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with good carbonation.

07-11-2010 00:57:01 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of Brenden


4/5  rDev +12%

I really don't understand getting a bad appearance from this one. A nice, soft white head forms and retains itself as expected, leaving some patches of lacing on the glass as it recedes.
The smell is grainy with a soft pilsner malt and light hops presence. Plenty of grassy and floral notes are present as well.
I don't know what anyone else is looking for here, but this is a Czech Pilsner. For one thing, the gentle hops bitterness in here is to style. This isn't a German Pilsner. There is absoultely no corn in here whatsoever. By no means are any adjuncts detectable whatsoever. So, coming to this review with no bias or false perceptions, this is a good beer and to style. Granted, there is a bit of a metallic touch in the flavor (which speaks to the use of Saaz hops, though I prefer the metallic tinge to be toned down).
This one had a lively carbonation that makes it really smooth and a medium body.

07-10-2010 18:13:55 | More by Brenden
Photo of TheFightfan1


2.7/5  rDev -24.4%

Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a bright transparent yellow. With a fizzy white heading that fizzes out. No lacing to speak of.A little white heading sticks around the edge of the glass.

Smell is very subtle if anything at all. I am getting alot of rice here and some lighter malts.

Taste is more of the same. Very unappealing with cheap corn and some lighter crisp biscuit tyoe malt. A little green hoppiness pushes through a little bit but doesn't stick around long.Mostly that cheaper adjunct's stick around.

Mouth is very watery and light bodied. Is a bit crisp but mostly of the light corn and perhaps rice.

I did not enjoy this. I bought a growler had a glass and a half a Dumped the rest. To just like drinking a main macro.

07-09-2010 01:12:31 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of OWSLEY069


4.13/5  rDev +15.7%

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, saaz hops and a hint of citrus. In the taste, sweet malt and a citrus hint. A smooth and small to medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, citrusy aftertaste. Nice pils, clean and fresh. Nice citrus hint all the way through.

07-08-2010 20:17:07 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of rfabian


4/5  rDev +12%

Poured into a tumbler it produces a small head with some lacing. The appearance is straw and clear. The aroma is of nobel hops. The taste is mildly bitter and semi-dry. The feel is light to medium bodied with a clean finish.

This is a delicious and refresing pilsener.

07-08-2010 03:32:46 | More by rfabian
Photo of maltedmilk

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +21.3%

I like all the beers that I've tried from Oskar Brewery.

This beer is a perfect summer beer. It's not too heavy and it is a thirst quencher.

It pours nicely into my only pilsner glass that I have left without a chip. The yellow color with a nice head. It is quite clear with bright white foam.

The carbonation is good. It has a sweet taste and with slight hops in the background.

Not as bitter as other pilsners I've had but very drinkable.

07-04-2010 00:56:07 | More by maltedmilk
Photo of Mdog


4.22/5  rDev +18.2%

Appearance: Hazy yellow, good head.

Smell: Some breadiness, a little floral note.

Taste: Starts out sweet and then lots of floral hop flavor. A little bitterness at the end.

Drinkability: A great beer to have several of in a sitting. Not too heavy.

Picked up a single to try and was pleasantly surprised. Nice floral hop flavor balanced with a nice sweetness. If this was a little lower priced it would be a staple in my fridge.

07-03-2010 16:37:40 | More by Mdog
Photo of jettjon


3.68/5  rDev +3.1%

From the 12 oz can stamped "canned with care 3-30-10," enjoyed on 7/2/10. Into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!), it pours a pale straw yellow color with lazy bits of carbonation sputtering up from the nucleation site, and an initially thick and pillowy whitish head that fades to a clumpy mass of foam and lots of sticky lace. One sniff say that this is no macro lager; light citrus hops and sweet sticky-bun like malt aromas are evident. In the mouth, it's nicely balanced with neither hops nor malt dominating. Hops are there, though muted; citrus and slightly piney notes are in evidence. Subtle bready and borderline sugary malt balancing things out. Nothing really stands out; balance is the watchword. Finish is dry yet not really hoppy. Mouth is clean and crisp with just enough carbonation on the tongue. Thirst quenching. Drinkability is quite good; I can easily see me polishing off this four-pack in a sitting.

Overall, a competent pilsner on par with its Czech competitors. Its balance may be its undoing as it's very unassuming and as such, a bit forgettable. And at 9.49 for a pack four cans (on a par with OB's other brews), I think I'll pass on this in favor of one of the wide array of readily available and less expensive alternatives such as Pilsner Urquell or Staropramen. I must say I'm a bit disappointed at the latest offering from Oskar Blues that I've tasted; perhaps if mine had been priced lower I would think differently.

07-03-2010 01:41:20 | More by jettjon
Photo of mikereaser


3.83/5  rDev +7.3%

A - pours a clear golden yellow with a 1/4 inch of white foam

S - funky pils aroma of yeast and bready & sweet malts as well

T - again, bready malts but also some sweet malts to give this a little different taste than expected

M/D - medium bodied and good carbonation, I could drink alot of this on a hot summer day

07-02-2010 18:17:12 | More by mikereaser
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -0.6%

Got this at the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a light, golden body with a one-finger, white head with nice retention and nice lacing uintil the finish.

S: a sweet, slightly honey and earthy, malt smell with some slightly, fruity notes.

T: A slightly, earthy taste with some sweeter, malty notes in the aftertaste. A pleasantly dry, crisp, and refreshing aftertaste with some additional earthiness.

M: Pretty light bodied and a nice, crisp, and refreshing beer. A great summer beer.

D: An excellent mouthfeel and taste combination makes this beer pleasant and excellent to drink. A nice, refreshing beer makes it especially welcome on a nice, hot, summer day.

07-02-2010 17:32:03 | More by maddogruss
Photo of drtth


3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured into a Samuel Smith imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a clear bright golden yellow color with a 1 ½" fluffy white head that persists for a very long time and leaves lots of rings and other patterns of nice lacing. Sipping leaves sheets, rings and layers of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. The ring of foam and islands of foam persist for much of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is soft and lightly grassy with some bready malt and some lemony floral character to it.

Taste: The flavors are gentle and soft with a touch of pale malt sweetness, floral lemon and some light mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied with a smooth, light, and persistent carbonation. The finish is medium in length, beginning with a touch of floral lemon and light pale malt sweetness that gives way to some dryness (but to my tastes it could use a touch more dryness).

Drinkability: This is a nice beer for a hot summer day (in the 90s here today). This would also make a good transition beer for people new to craft beers. While I've had more that one of these in this sitting, I'm not about to rush out and buy more. If offered one as a guest I'd be happy to have it but I'll not be adding this one to my shopping list.

06-28-2010 21:45:21 | More by drtth
Photo of clayrock81


3.78/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours a clear gold with decent head that slowly dies. A light but pleasant malt smell of not just pils and bready graininess, but there is some light sweet malts and hints of herbal hops.
A light, sweet body that through me off as I was expecting a more dry, pils malt driven beer. Instead it is a little thicker for a pils and has some good sweetness and finishes crisp and clean but not overly dry. For a canned beer this is very enjoyable.

06-28-2010 10:35:37 | More by clayrock81
Photo of superdedooperboy


4.13/5  rDev +15.7%

12-ounce can poured into a footed pilsner glass.

The pour brings about a wonderful first impression, showing off a sparklingly clear bright golden brew with a huge cap--no, make that a towering chef's hat--of white froth. That impression wears off a little as the head does the same, as it is a little too thick and bubbly, almost like bubble bath, and leaves behind thick, almost ugly patches on the walls of the glass. Elegant on first appearance, but the canned-craft roots show through. Still, this is no poor looker.

Nice and appropriately mellow on the nose, with just a light sprinkling of spicy, floral Saaz hop notes and some hints of bready, grainy malt. No DMS here, thank you very much.

Mouthfeel is just as mellow as the nose, with a very mild carbonation and a medium body combining to provide a rather soft feel. A subdued, semi-sweet and bready malt base is just enough to hold it together as the hops are allowed to dance across the palate, though they are clad in evening gowns rather than hoochy skirts -- in other words, exciting yet restrained. Slightly spicy, a little grassy, a touch floral, the hops balance the malt base perfectly without overpowering, lending to a lightly dry finish that keeps this little yella' pils going down.

No bold, in-your-face macho American interpretation here -- just good, clean, Czech-style Pilsener goodness wrapped in aluminum casing. If Oskar Blues had the resources of any of the "big three," Mama's Little Yella Pils would fit comfortably in an 18-pack at eye level at any Wal-Mart -- and would probably sell twice as fast as anything already there.

06-19-2010 03:41:19 | More by superdedooperboy
Photo of metter98

New York

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

06-17-2010 21:51:05 | More by metter98
Photo of jamie2dope


3.53/5  rDev -1.1%

Mama's Little Yella Pils is a Czech Pils, a style I would like to see more of in general. After a rigorous pour, the beer comes out a clear straw color, with a fast to rise white head that sticks around for a while. Not a whole lot going on in the smell of this beer, mainly some fresh grain smell, though no of the off aromas that you sometimes get with lighter lagers like this. More grain comes through in the taste, followed by light caramel, and even some grape flavor. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, showing immense drinkability. The balance on this one is also worth noting in that there is just the right amount of hopping and malt. I tend to like beers like this a bit more hop forward, but the balance here works really well. A great Summer time lager we have right here.

06-17-2010 04:06:38 | More by jamie2dope
Photo of velkyal


3.53/5  rDev -1.1%

Using a variation on the Cyclops system from Britain

Sight - pale golden with a large frothy white head

Smell - grass, flowers, lemons

Taste - bready maltiness, slight butteriness, could use more hops

Sweet - 3/5
Bitter - 2/5

A nice enough beer, the kind of beer which I wouldn't turn my nose up at, but also not one I would rush across town and country to buy. A barbecue beer if you will.

06-10-2010 12:34:08 | More by velkyal
Photo of htomsirveaux


3.38/5  rDev -5.3%

12 oz. can tried 24 May 2010.

Served in a Seabright brewing mug. Large extra foamy off white head. Lightly carbonated. Slightly hazy golden yellow color. Aroma is minreal, grainy, and a weird tumeric/mustard undertone. Starts sweet, lightly grainy. Hint of lemon. Mineral finish. Bit of herby bitterness in the aftertaste. Medium body, moderate ethanol.

Not sure if I'm not getting Oskar Blues but have found most of their beers to be decent but a tad overhyped. Though I can see the appeal of cans.

06-09-2010 04:15:32 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of DrJay


3.15/5  rDev -11.8%

Pretty hazy, deep gold colour. Fluffy white cap, about half an inch after a couple of minutes. Thick, chunky lace and good head retention. Hoppy aroma, floral and grassy, a bit lemony, but lacking the spiciness I expect from a Czech pils. Moderate bitterness with the same hop character as in the aroma, kind of fruity with a bit of grain. Lingering bitterness with a hint of hop spice. Light to medium bodied with average carbonation, off dry. Not a bad beer by any means, just not a great pils.

06-08-2010 02:00:07 | More by DrJay
Mama's Little Yella Pils from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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