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

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BA SCORE
81
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2,507 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,507
Reviews: 760
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 41
Gots: 227 | 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 Jayli
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up 10/29

A: This beer pours a clear light yellow, with a two finger of sudsy white head that recedes at a moderate pace leaving behind thick sitcky lacing.

S: Nose is of corn, biscuit and touch of hops

T: Taste starts of very sweet and that sweetness rides the whole way through. A mixture of corn and biscuit come through in the middle, still somewhat sweet, and the finish has a citrus hop bite to it.

M: Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, crisp and clean mouthfeel

D: This beer seemed a bit offbalanced. Not a drain pour, but not one that I would reach for again.

Photo of beertunes
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a hazy (not clear like most of the style) yellow, with a little over an inch of bright white, fluffy head that had very good retention and lacing.

A typical Pils aroma, grainy, grassy, just a kiss of hops. The flavors, while expected, were very soft and subdued. The grainy flavors dominate, with that touch of hop showing up at the finish.

The body was thin for the style. Drinkability was good, but with the lack of flavor, why would you have several?

Overall, this is a good beer, certainly worth trying, and could be used as a gateway brew into the world of craft beer if you have any macro drinkers in your life.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color with a large white head that fades very quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a lot like a west coast IPA with floral hops, light malts and citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a citrus flavor that you normally don't see in this style. Then there's a strong but not over-powering hops presence that comes in. The malt character is thin but provides some substance and a good balance. The after-taste is sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, might not be the best representation of style as it doesn't seem to be a typical Pilsener, but it's a good beer pound down for a long time.

Photo of arizcards
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer in early August at Total Wine and More for $7.99. Batch #7 canned 3-25-09.

Beer poured pale yellow with a nice 3 finger head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is of pale malts and euro hop flowers. Taste is nicely balanced, sweet malts blend well with a decent amount of hopping that finishes crisply. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, fairly lively for a refreshing finish. Drinkability is good. This is another nice session beer that would play well at a tailgate.

Photo of Tom8Analise
2.1/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A- poured a very light yellow/golden color with a tiny bit of a white foamy head. Looks simalar to a budweiser. Not too impressive!

S- Smells kinda sweet like honey, but also has a skunky aluminum smell to it.

T- Taste just like a cheap macrobrew. Very disappointing!! No sweet honey flavors at all but it does have a bitter skunky taste kinda like a warm bud. This beer leaves a horrible after taste!

M- Too much carbonation and drys out your mouth.

D- We will probably never drink this beer again. It was hard enough for the two of us to finish one can!

Give it a shot!

Tom and Analise!

Photo of coldmeat23
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

GLASS: Kostritzer Mug
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
PACKAGED ON: 04-09-09 BATCH #11

This pours a pale, golden, yellow. Two-fingers of loose, white, foam sits on top. Retention is decent and lacing is spotty, but mildly sticky.

The smell matches the look, in that it is pale and there isn't much to it. Mild notes of grassiness and a hint of citrus. A tiny touch of maltiness.

Very grassy hops presence with a mild touch of citrus. Taste of cereal grains.

Medium-bodied with a high level of carbonation. The bubbles are large and somewhat unpleasant, to my palate. It starts out smooth, but becomes rough around the edges, about halfway through.

This is, to me, the perfect definition of an 'average' beer. It's very well-done, for what it is, but it will never score higher than a 3.0, for my personal tastes. Since it gets a straight 3.0, I guess that makes this one perfect.
I have realized, by doing this review, that I do not like the pilsner style. It is a style which, to me, is not 'bad', but nothing stands out about it, either. I will keep trying them, from time to time though, in hopes of finding the one that I like.

Photo of katan
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can into a pint

A - Extremely bright golden color - yella should be bright gold. Very carbonated in appearance, lots of bubbling. Head formation is strong, 1mm, bright white, well retained. Very well filtered.

S - Big time pilsner malt smell - an earthy and spicy malt note. Some grain cereal notes present. Sometimes pilsner can be confused with "skunk" to me- so edgy.

T - Starts off with a light malt sweetness, combined with some pilsner malt notes. Transitions to some bitterness, but hopping is very muted. Finishes with a very edgy pilsner bite, really biting and earthy - grainy. That cereal graininess hangs out on the tongue.

M - Crisp like a lager, but not biting. Carbonation is not edgy. Very little aftertaste or clinging.

D - Easy drinking - abv is very manageable. Not filling. Flavors are not overwhelming. Fits the idea of a pils.

This is a style I'm warming up to - just had to refine my palette.

Photo of Onenote81
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of Viggo
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of rfgetz
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of number1bum
3.5/5  rDev -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.

Photo of magnj
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of Thur123
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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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.

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
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

Photo of lackenhauser
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of confer
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Photo of barnzy78
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of auxiliary
3/5  rDev -16%
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.

Photo of thain709
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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

Photo of swizzlenuts
4.58/5  rDev +28.3%
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!

Photo of bfields4
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Offa
3.25/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of brdc
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Mama's Little Yella Pils from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
81 out of 100 based on 2,507 ratings.