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

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2,350 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,350
Reviews: 754
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 39
Gots: 177 | 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:
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(Beer added by: GilGarp on 02-25-2009)
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Photo of DoSerMaN
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From can into a Stemmed Stella glass.

It had been a while since I last had an Oscar Blues beer. I was looking for my session beer of the week, and this one caught my eye. 35 IBU, 5.3 ABV.

A: Slightly foggy golden color with a good bright white two finger head that collapses into a nice white cap, it leaves some spotty lacing.

S: My nose if slightly plugged today, so I had to really swirl this and get a good sniff during the pour. It leads with the flowery hoppyness of Czech or maybe German hops, also a bit of sweet maltyness. Not quite the sharp hoppyness of a Pilsner Urquell but close. Nice indeed.

T: I wish there were some more hops in the taste. It seams to be a bit lacking for it's style, not by much though. A almost perfect balance of hops to malt, but again another 5 IBU would have done it for me. There is a bit of lingering sweetness.

M: A great body with nice levels of carbonation makes this a very enjoyable beer.

D: A truly quaffable beer. I will be buying this once again, I think I found my go to session for the summer.

I wish I would have picked this one up long ago, it fits in nicely with PU, Victory Prima Pils, Paulaner Premium Pils and other great pilsners.

DoSerMaN, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of caddybuyer
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip glass.

Not a huge fan of Pils, but I love Oskar Blues, so here it goes:

A-Pale straw slightly veiled appearance with a one inch creamy head that seems to lace nicely.

S-Nose is predominantly sweet grains. Pungent. Picking up a hint of bananna as well.

T-Nose carries through to the palate. Grains and a hint of bananna, a wee bit of hops at the back end. Good thirst quencher but can't say much else positive about this. Seems to be a decent stab at the style.

M-Well balanced mouthfeel and carbonation

D-Decent changeup on a hot summer day when I might get sick of IPAs or PAs (if that ever happens) The fact that this comes in a can opens up the whole beach and pool thing, and this is probably a great gateway brew for the BMC crowd.

Love 'ya Oskar Blues, but I'll stick with my Dales and Gordon (excuse me...G'Knight)

caddybuyer, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of wcintula
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another study in my never ending attempt to distinguish between German and Czech Pilsners. Has a more 'solid' yellow color which has me put a check in the Czech column. The smell and taste are much drier and hoppier, the malt not being so sweet, but more cereal-y and bread-y. After drinking it, I was convinced it was German. Apparently I'm wrong. Good beer, though.

wcintula, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of morebeergood
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a can at Brendan Behan pub in JP last night for $5. Smell had a fresh pils aroma to it, nothing like some of the skunky German ones you might come across. Can't beat the freshness of a can. Taste was clean and crisp and refreshing, which is what I wanted after dinner and a few other beers. Mouthfeel was light and bubbly, which is what a pils should be. Easily drinkable, as it's smooth, light, and low in abv. Nothing fancy, just a well made pilsner to consume at ease.

morebeergood, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of MookieMoo
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served from can to pilsner glass

A: Very nice light golden color

S: Decent malty crisp smell

T: Nice clean golden taste

M: Flavor is great but does not stay on my pallet very long

D: I could crush about 12 of these and make an ass out of my self

MookieMoo, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

285th review on BA
Can to Pilsner Glass

App- Looks like fresh lemonade in a glass. Hazy with the top being dark fading lighter with some minimal bubble activity. A nice bubbly two finger head on it as well.

Smell- Yeasty, fresh, earthy, grainy, grassy. A lot to decipher in this 12 oz.

Taste- Very grainy and earthy and a tad lemony. Unlike other pils I have had.

Mouth- A nice soft body with a high carb level. Clean after taste, without a lot of flavor.

Drink- It was smooth, balanced and easy to pound a few of them.

FosterJM, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of joshuasamantha
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a big pilsner fan, but I love oskar blues' offerings so I thought I'd give it a shot. A pretty golden yellow in color with minimal head. Tastes like a well made pilsner-if this is your style of beer, you'll probably like this offering. However, if you are a fan if this style, try Sierra Nevada's Summerfest which is also a good offering.

joshuasamantha, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yella Pils is good, like the other Oscar Blues canned creations I've tried. May not be special or unique - not that it should be for what it is. The balance is alright and it didn't seem like it aged poorly despite being a couple months old.

Treated to some lasting off-white rocky foam, yet the liquid below is food-dye yellow with a bit of an unfiltered, hazy look (hmm). The hopping is appropriate - floral and lightly grassy - more sharp than spicy, but light all the same. What's also registering light is some lemon peel or orange flavors via the hops, enhancing/accenting the sweetness of what's a more-than-traditional malt-forward taste. Cereal grain qualities to the malt and dextrins seem to be pumped up a bit more than needed, albeit consistent with their other "lighter" beers. It wants to flow more clean and smooth, but just enough sticky sugar gets left behind to render it un-refreshing. I'd deem it a worthy effort either way.

Bouleboubier, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of rsdaugherty
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can into tall glass
A - A slightly hazy muted yellow with a touch of honey, 2 finger head dissipates quickly
S - Dinner rolls and grains with a slight hops & grass touches
T - bready, slightly bitter/tart/hop finish... well rounded with nothing that is a real attention getter here
M - light carbonation, smooth with subtle tanginess
D - quite drinkable, but not sure I'd seek out this particular Pilsner if I was hankering for the style
Typically a fan of all Oskar Blues beers, this is a good beer that didn't knock my socks off. I look forward to pulling one from a friend's cooler this summer, but will buy the other OB options.

rsdaugherty, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of foogerd
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy yellow body, small white head which dies down to a surrounding ring of carbonation.

S-Dried out grassy hops, some floral notes.

T- Pleasantly light hopped, plenty of malty bready backbone. Solid tasting, nothing special but solid.

M- Full feeling with enough carbonation.

D- Decently flavored and pretty low abv, very solid brew to kick back with.

foogerd, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a typical, slightly hazy yellow with a nice, fluffy, barely off-white head. Normally this is a turn-off for me, but since this is a pilsner I'll accept this as good. Aroma is malty and slightly fruity, not strong but still appealing. Rich flavor fills the mouth with malt, as well as hints of hops and pear. Lively, fizzy texture leaves behind a fairly persistent tingle. This is probably my favorite among all of the pilsners I have tried.

Cyberkedi, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of deadliest
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is a pale golden color with a short lasting finger of white head. Flowery hops, grain, and earthiness on the nose. Taste is more of the same, but sweeter than the smell. The flowers turned to grass as well. Thicker than most pilseners that I've had before, granted that's probably less than 10 so far. I tend to like a lighter feel in other members of this style though. Drinkability is still excellent though, and I'll be buying more as it warms up this year in Dallas.

deadliest, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of beersensei305
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

@ World of Beer Dr Phillips:

A- Hazy Light golden yellow with a think white head and a little lacing

S- Sweet malts some hops giving it a floral character

T- Some bready and yeasty notes decent balance of hops sweet malts overall the flavours are subdued

M- Light bubbly tad bitter

D- very drinkable with it being so light and bubblely. good but not great i didnt care for the yeast tones.

beersensei305, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium clear yellow with a decent white head and a little lacing.

Decent bread and malt aromas, with some light grain and maybe some grassy elements.

Light grain and grassy edge, but not having the crisp spicy edge I hoped from the style. Nice range and transition from light sweet malt to some bitterness. Finishes nice. Honestly, kinda run of the mill.

A little denser than I expected, but still on the medium light side. Carbonation was good.

Overall, decent and easy to drink, but not anything exceptional. Nothing I'd want to stockpile in the fridge, and missing complexities that I like in pils.

OtherShoe2, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of JamisonM
2.08/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce can poured into a tall elongated and slim stemmed glass

A: White head does not stick around head retention is bad for a craft beer, clear gold color

S: Grain and alcohol with a slight hop note

T: grains and a very light hop note very grainy not very good.... it is also sweet not in a good way either.

M: what the hell? mouth is thick! its like the thickest pilsner I have ever had light carbonation. Mouth feel is like a oatmeal stout.... yuck!

D: not drinkable at all

Overall: god I wish I did not buy a 6 pack of this crap! is this the way this beer always drinks? Sam Adams Noble pils and lagunitas Pils are way better then this!

JamisonM, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of jsanford
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pale gold with a creamy, thin white head. Retention is nice, as is the soapy lacing left on the glass.
S - Sweet grainy malt and some earthy hops. Smells like a fairly typical pilsner, that is to say, a bit underwhelming.
T - Crisp and clean flavors of lightly toasted grain, a bit a caramel, and a slightly bitter, earthy hop finish.
M - Smooth with a medium-low body and crisp carbonation.
D - Very drinkable, especially with the wood-fired pizza I had it with!

jsanford, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of KajII
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Footed Pilsner glass]

Poured a medium hazy yellow with an average sized fizzy head that was mostly lasting and had fair lacing. The aroma was of grain malts, an earthy yeast with a nice blending of flowery hops. It tasted refreshingly bitter and a little acidic from beginning to end with the end having a nice mildly bitter tinge that stayed with you for just a little while. Mouthfeel was light in body and dry in texture with a lively carbonation. Overall a great Pilsener, quite drinkable.

KajII, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of philmorepunk87
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into DFH pint glass

A. light "straw" yellow color with a small head on the top

S. all i get is the smell of malt

T. Has mostly malt flavor with a little bit of hop flavor at the end

M. nice and light would be an excellent summer beer

D. Fairly high at the right time and place it would not be hard to knock several back.

I was pretty impressed with this one because pilsner's usually are not my thing. All and all a solid offering from oskar blues

philmorepunk87, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of Buggies
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I must admit, I'm a huge pilsener fan. So my reviews are a little bias... maybe.

Pours a nice golden yellow. Kind of hazy for a pilsener, but looks won't break it. Aroma is of lightly sweet malts, citrus and straw. I don't get any hops as mentioned in other reviews. Tastes pretty good. Grassy and slightly sweet. Maybe just a little less of a bitter bite as I would like. And maybe just a little bit more carbonation maybe? I don't know. But none the less, a typical example of the style. A great tasting beer and highly drinkable.

HOWEVER... with all that being said, I probably would buy it again. Here in central PA, it will run you about $40 a case. There are cheaper options that taste just as good. Worth a try, but maybe priced just a bit high for what ya get.

Buggies, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of PreacherBrewer
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly clooudy straw yellow. Cotton white head reaches two fingers but dissaples rapidly. Minimal lacing. Looks like a standard Pale Lager.

S - Light clean scent. Little dried grass as well. Not much else to speak of.

T&M - Light bodied, leaning to the watery side of the spectrum. Faint notes of hay, grass, and fresh picked grain.

O - Standard Pale Lager. This is what the BMC offerings should be. One thing to note that ISN'T present is the rice and corn adjuncts. This is an easy drinking Pale Lager (Czech Pilsener might be a stretch). Perfect for those hot summer days!

PreacherBrewer, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of mattgreger
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have heard a lot about this brew from friends. Saying for a canned brew, its pretty darn good. So with a punch of friends in philly after the Philly Beer Fest was cancelled, we gave it a try.

This brew poured a poured a very crisp and clear light yellow color. It had an amazing, white head that had some great retention. As you drink the brew, it leaves a very sticky lacing all over the glass.

As you pop the can, and pour you quickly get that nice aroma of a nice floral hops. It of course then follows by a punch of great pilsener malts.

The taste on this brew is great. It was much better then I ever expected. When you first see the can, you kind of have an idea on flavor being something the macros you find in cans, but this was different. This is once smooth brew. It has a great pilsener taste, and has a great, earthy/grassy floral hops that finish and give this brew a great balance.

It also has a great mouthful as well. It was smooth and creamy. Just the right amount of carbonation, with a nice medium body.

As for the drink, its so easy. Its a nice, crisp pilsener, that goes down very smooth. Its a great respresenation of the style, probably one of the best I have had. Since I started my reviews in Sept.

mattgreger, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright yellow appearance, lots of carbonation and clarity to it. Not much in the aroma department.

Good floral hop character to the beer, springs light on its feet. Textural heft isn't its thing, but it packs a lot of flavor for having the feel of a light beer. Great hopping for a pilsner, and in a can, makes it one of the best options for an active lifestyle and drinking.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of WhiteOak
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Marked "08-24-10 Can! You dig it?"

A- Pours a clear straw color with a moderate, soapy white head. Lots of sticky, puffy lace. Not hazy, but there are floating particulates.

S- Aroma of buttered popcorn, earthy wet moldy hay, corn. Faint grassy hops and yeast.

T- Corn/grain flavor. Grassy hops bitterness. Metallic finish.

M, D- Thin body, medium CO2. Dry, finish. The flavor did not inspire motivated drinking.

WhiteOak, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of imblane
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pale straw with a nice 2 finger head. A touch of chill haze in clarity, otherwise very nice.

S - sweet pils malt followed by mild grassy hops. A touch of diacetyl but not overwhelming.

T - nice sweet pils malt on the front followed by a pleasant spicy hop bitterness. Clean fermentation no dms. The hops provide a pleasant balance with the delicious malt.

M - nice crisp carbonation, no astringency or other unpleasant character. Clean and refreshing on the palate.

O - a crisp clean refreshing example of a Czech Pils. Very little fault in clarity only, an excellent example of the style.

imblane, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of NODAK
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is pretty standard and unremarkable. Noble hops and a hint of grain.

Taste is very clean. Body has a corn and malted grain quality to it. Not a lot there really and nothing jumps out. Hop bitterness is not as strong as I'd though for style. Very middle of the road...lingers just a tad. After the swallow, a hint of grassiness shows up.

Fairly average effort I'd say. Nothing that strikes me as special. This is a favorite style of mine, and I'd probably go for a beer from Germany or the Czech Republic if I wanted one.

NODAK, Jan 24, 2011
Mama's Little Yella Pils from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
81 out of 100 based on 2,350 ratings.