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

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2,556 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,556
Reviews: 773
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 41
Gots: 258 | 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 SilentSabre
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear, yellow, straw coloured body with a white, sudsy head. Pretty average looking. Smell is a bit bready, yeasty, some earthy hops; again, pretty average. Flavour is a little grainy with a a bit of earthy hops toward the finish. This is pretty eventful, forgetable stuff here, and to tell the truth, this is only a step or two away from being BMC, to me. Still good and highly drinkable, but it'd have to be cold and I would have to be looking to quench my thirst, not enjoy a beer. Fairly average all the way around, still glad I tried it.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden yellow with a bit of haze beneath a pure white head standing about a half inch tall and having some nice stamina.

S - Slightly fruty with banana and apricot. Not really a citrus strength though.

T - More bitterness here than I had anticipated. The base is malty but there are certainly some overwhelming hop notes throughout.

M - The feel is a smooth and easy going.

~ Overall this brew is worth your time. It is an easy to drink and tasty brew. Thanks drizzam.

Photo of djbreezy
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - nice thick and foamy head, pours a deep golden yellow, leaves dramatic lacing all over the glass

smell - not a very aromatic nose, some yeast and sweetness

taste - yeast and malt are dominant, some alcohol in the aftertaste

mouthfeel - decent body for a pils, a bit foamy

drinkability - it's light and easy to drink, the taste isn't amazing

Photo of Sammy
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of lester619
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden yellow and bubbly. Thick sticky white head. It has the look and feel of Miller lite. Smell was a little off in my opinion. Grainy, astringent canned vegatables with some sweet honey notes in the background. Taste is similar. Light and crisp, slightly sweet. Corn and fresh cut hay. A little bit of lemon. It has a nice clean refreshing finish from the carbonation and a tangy hop bitterness. Very drinkable beer, but not really any better than your favorite macro lager you can get for a fraction of the price. I would be happy drinking this all day as long as it came out of someone else's cooler.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dehydrated piss yella with good carbonation and a white head. Nose is grain, corn, dash of hops. Taste is wel...grains, corn and hops. Not much to say. Not really enjoyable. Mouthfeel had a bit of light booze, sweet, grain taste. Drinkability. Nope. Glad I tried it at least.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a perfect pint glass.

Pours a nice light and clear golden/wheat color with a big two finger white fluffy head. Nose is a bit sulfury and hoppy.

For a pilsner this thing is real nice and hoppy! It's almost like a lighter bodied apa. Very crisp and refreshing with a fairly full mouthfeel. Solid brew.

Photo of mmmbeer
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can with 5/20/09 on the bottom of the can; sampled 8/9/09. Brewed with pale malt, German specialty malts, Saaz and Bavarian hops, and German lager yeast. The brew is a chill-hazed bright golden color, with medium carbonation and a thick finger of frothy foam. There are soft malts in the nose that contribute sweet and bready notes, backed by floral and spicy hops. Very similar flavor, with a lingering bitterness and a bone-dry, crisp, lightish body. A very drinkable pilsner that isn't real fancy, but it makes for a good standby.

Photo of bonbright7
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I know the look that some people give me when I introduce them to something I believe to be good beer in cans. They're reasonably sure I know what I'm talking about after many other splendid introductions in my beer store, but the canned item usually needs to be proven. Popping the top and pouring tastes easily overcame any fears about being stuck with something.

I did this yesterday in a crowd of regular customers for Bellport Beer's tasting event and the remarkable thing was the look on everyone who tasted it. They were pleased it didn't taste like a BMC type of beer, but it had its own identity....the sparkling pale yellow beer had a hop/pepper aroma that invited the first taste.

The refreshing taste lacked the sharpness I detest in most American made Pils and it seemed to have a medium to light body that reminded me of Coors in the old days, before pasteurization and the recipe changed, when it was good beer.
The following mouth feel was good with a light warmth that will make this a good tailgating beer this Summer.

Photo of brownbeer
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deeper gold color with a solid, white head.

Subtle, grassy and peppery hops in the nose. Subdued overall but it is quite clean.

An added malt bonus in the flavor that wasn't in the nose and shows a great transition into a dry, hoppy finish. Void of any green bottle skunkiness that comes with a lot of Czech-born examples.

Somewhat predictable, but it's solid overall, and well worth the time spent drinking it.

Photo of racer2k
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured my "Yella" can into my favorite pint glass

A - Dark golden yellow color which produces a frothy white head about one finger thick. The head quickly dissolves leaving a light coating of lacing around the glass

S - Aroma of sweet bready malt, grains and a lemony earthy hop aroma which is moderate in terms of intensity.

T - Crisp, sweet and earthy with a thin presence of hops and a lemon grass earthy finish that is dry and refreshing

M - Moderate carbonation in a light bodied tangy beer.

D - Very drinkable session beer that would be perfect for the hot summer months in addition to a great introductory beer for a new craft drinker. This beer also travels well with the can packaging.

Photo of dougofthefuture
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gordon was my introduction to OB, so I've been meaning to try this one for a while. I've been avoiding it because that yellow can just doesn't look tasty.

A - Poured into my tulip glass with just a 1 finger head - color almost matches the can. It does look better in the glass than on the can. It is a bright yellow, but slightly cloudy.

S - Ok, I guess I understand what "grassy" means. It is appealing. Spicy Saaz hops come through as well. I like this so far.

T&M - Very nice. My favorite Czech Pilsensers are a little bit spicier and a little bit more exciting on the malt finish aspect, but this is decent in both categories. While a bit dull, it works well for what it is.

D - When will summer be here? When it gets here, I would love to sit outside and drink a few of these. The dry finish makes it go down easy, and the can makes it a beer I'd love to take camping.

Photo of vdread
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Mama's Little Yella Pils is the fourth can i've reviewed from Oskar Blues. it pours a hazy peach/yellow with ample clingy white froth.

smells of spicy noble hops, grain husk.

the flavor is concentrated on noble hops. hop bitterness is moderate. malt is bready and grainy. the qualities that make it hard to get down on a pilsner are very present here. that wet sock funk combination of grainy husks and saaz hops just don't excite me.

mouthfeel well carbonated, a little watery, somewhat dry at the end.

- this beer is a good mixture of one parts 'boring' and two parts 'sock funk'. im not impressed, and a little disappointed in OB for coming out with something so plain.

Photo of akorsak
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz can from Al's of Hampden.

A: The pils is a golden yellow color, clear as day and very bright. A finger of head threatened to overflow the glass, requiring two pours to empty the can. As the head receded, lace patches stayed behind.

S: The nose is dominated by pale malts, lightly toasted and clearly bready. Hops aren't that crisp, rather they linger behind the malts, trying to draw attention to themselves.

T: More malts than hops. Those four words sum up my general disappoint with this pils. Bready malts again linger far too long, eclipsing any attempt at hops to break through. A stronger hop presence would be welcome.

M: The mouthfeel is malty, more pale lager-like that pils-y. I shoulda opened that schwarbier instead of this.

D: Yellow and fizzy, but a little more complex... More hops, please.

Photo of JBogan
2.72/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy gold with almost no head nor lacing. Not much to look at.

The aroma is sweet and grassy. The taste is also sweet with a lot of grain and grass.

The mouthfeel was quite thin, but had a decent crispness to it.

Well what can you say. The name was quite amusing and I found a single can at a very cheap price so what the heck, I gave it a shot. Not a bad beer, but nowhere near the top of it's class.

Photo of rootbeerman
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a straight sided glass

A: pours slightly cloudy yellow orange. with a settled finger thick frothy head that sticks to the glass.
S: grassy and earthy hops, light roast malt. also a slight citrus.
T: grassy and earthy hops slight bitterness again with a slight citrus note. malts are light and pleasant.
M: crisp and smooth, medium carbonation.
D: great, just picked up an empty glass

impressed, this is my first canned beer of quality.

Photo of Duhast500
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a tasting glass.
The color is a hazy yellow/orange with some slight white head that clear off pretty quickly and leaves no lacing.
The smell is a nice citrus flavor with some bitter hops notes and a little CO2 smell.

The taste is a touch of hops with some lemon and grapefruit flavor that pushes this beer forward. There is a bit of a funck flavor that does come out toward the end that was a bit of a surprise but did not disrupt the pleasant pilsner flavor.

The feel of the beer is medium bodied and is easy going down. It is pretty crisp and has a good amount of carbonation. A really great beer even if it is served in a can.

Photo of ocmpoma
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- poured out a dark, opaque lemon with very little head that quickly dissipated, leaving some white film and no lacing.

S- Lovely citrus notes and some hop bitterness surrounded by the traditional pilsener mustiness -- classic pils aroma with some US hop undertones.

T- hops and citrus up front, but they don't last long, soon overwhelmed by the dank pils flavorings, which are quite strong. A very nice and enjoyable effect, with even a bit of lemon on the tail end.

M- a light, almost buttery mouthfeel, which I felt was weak when coupled with the very complex taste, but that's about the only shortcoming of the beer.

D- Quite drinkable, an exceptionally well-balanced and flavorful pilsener.

Photo of dpodratsky3
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into pilsner glass

A: Very bright yellow gold, almost as yellow as the can, very clear with active bubbles, small but resilient white head, stays kind of chunky in the middle specifically

S: Smells kind of like an adjunct lager, I know it is all malt, but for some reason it has a more grainy than crisp pilsner smell

T: Again, like the smell it is all malt but has a slightly unappetizing sweetness, it almost tastes like malt liquor to me, has some slight hop crispness at the end, but not much

M: Good, lightish medium, definitely a little fuller than I was expecting, not too much carbonation, dry in the finish

D: Ok, it is a little fuller than I wanted which made it a bit more difficult, but its still enjoyable

Notes: This beer is by no means a bad beer. However, I'm not sure how much of a Czech Pilsener it really is. It is slightly sweet and doesn't have that crispness I was expecting. It would score very well as an adjunct lager or malt liquor, because it is more along those lines in flavor.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Pilsner Urquell glass.

Pours a brilliant golden yellow with a rocky two finger head that laces nicely.

Aroma is light malt and floral noble hops.

Flavor is light malt with nobles in the finish. Hops are grassy and floral. Malt is slightly sweet with a nice breadiness. Hops finish cleanly bitter with a nice snap.

Mouthfeel is quite full and lush despite the crispness.

Nice pils, could use a bit more bittering on the hop and there is a strangeness to the mineral content that must be from the water. This is an outstanding beer nonetheless.

Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale blonde with a big soapy cream colored head of durable foam that leaves plenty of foamy lace behind on the glass. The nose is fresh and spicy with noble hops and mildly sweet maltiness. I don't know if this is truly a "Czech pils" but it is delicious, I know that. Probably more American pale lager in my estimation. Mild lemon oily hop notes and sweet corn come to mind in the flavor. Full bodied with nice heft and smooth carbonation. This is a killer lawnmower beer for sure.

Photo of zeff80
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light and hazy, white-golden color, slow carbonation, 1" frothy, classic white head with pretty slow dissipation. Some strange lacy figures that look like demented dogs and dancing raindeer pop out of the whiteness. O.k

Smells of hearty, wet wheat, sourdough malt, sharp minty hops that are slightly fruity, dried brown rice, musty herbs. There's many things going here which means complexity is high.

The flavor's are musty herbs, bold and hearty wheatie malt, the yeast is a major player here, with earthy, musty herbacious flavor's, slight sour-dough mix and a hoppy, light fruitiness. A rather hefty Pils feel, more like a Pale ale, cripsy bite and a long, dry finish. sour bready ,earthy aftertaste and just a bit long in the malty finish.

A beefy American pils, complex, drinkable, maybe not light enough, but mighty fine.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear yellow with a medium white head. Standard pilsner appearance. The aroma is pilsner malt with some European hops, but overall there is not much aroma. The flavor is hops with a nice malt backbone. Very well balanced. High carbonation. A crisp, clean drinking pilsner.

Photo of Beejay
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly cloudy dark yellow, with a pure white head on top. The head seems to be sticking around for a bit, so that's good.

S: Slightly sweet, not a lot of hop notes present. It does smell quite clean.

T: Slightly tart at the front, there is an interesting bite from what I assume are hops.. Very nice over all.. Not really my thing, but I can appreciate it for what it is.

M: Clean crisp refreshing, and high amount of carbonation, which I think is appropriate for the style.

D: A good beer overall and one that could convert many a Macro drinker to the craft scene. A decent version of the style, and could definitely be a gateway beer.

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