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

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Ratings: 2,600
Reviews: 783
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 43
Gots: 284 | 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 velkyal
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of DrJay
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of gfreed
2.99/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

At the Cambridge Common; Cambridge, MA.

Bright and yellow and full of bubbles, capped by an iceberg-white head: how appealing is *that* on a humid afternoon in Cambridge? Sounds good, but the reality is different. The aroma here is sweet and syrupy at first. The taste is akin to the Coors I used to drink 30 years ago in college, dry and bitter and, frankly, skanky. However, perseverance is its own reward in so many things, including beer drinking. Let this beer warm up a bit (not necessarily intuitive with a Pilsner) and it gets better. The sweetness lessens and the bitter edge mellows. The malt steps forward and puts a fist into the face of the top-heavy hops, lending balance that was initially lacking. By the time I got to the bottom of the glass I might have ordered another had my dinner date not arrived. Still, approach with caution. Have a taste before you commit to a glass or a can.

Photo of jpro
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured into a pilsner glass (which I think I used last about a year ago)... Its a nice straw gold, with a little cloudiness; snow white, sudsy head that manages the slightest retention and leaves some sheets of lace. Aroma is sweet and a little musty - maybe some grain and grassiness in there, too. Taste is of wheat / bread crust with some honey in the finish - hoppiness is about perfect (minimal, yet noticeable... balanced). Despite what you'd think by looking at it, the mouthfeel is creeping up into medium territory, and it leaves a touch of stickiness on the palate. Drinkability is exceptional - this is my go-to beach beer... glad I finally got around to rating it.

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

Got this beer last week from UncleJimbo when we visited the abbey of Westvleteren and the Struise brouwers. Jim told me that this was simple beer, nothing fancy.

Jim is right. It is a normal beer but in its league a good one! Poured in my Struise glass the beer shows a very big (broken) white head with some big bubbles. Good carbonation.

The beer comes very close to a european beer. A good drinkable beer with a light hoppy smell.

You can bring some more Jim the next time we meet!

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte, North Cackalack.

I have been out of the reviewing game for a while due to the birth of my two baby girls. So, Im a bit rusty, but hopefully, this will be like riding a bike.

Pours crystal clear and dark straw in color. Small, wispy white head forms and retreats into a ring of film around the edges of the beer. Carbonation is quite active in the beverage.

Aroma is grassy and straw-like. Not a whole lot going on in the aroma. A bit musty and earthy.

Good flavors in this one. Good hop flavor with a slight bit of lemon. Solid hop pop makes the bitterness very crisp and welcoming.

I enjoyed this beer. Perfect today, since it is 90F outside and blistering. I could imaging this one being a camping or golfing standby as it is available in cans. Yumm.

Photo of goldbot
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 4/22/2010. Review from notes on 5/6/2010.

Pours a very clear, pale straw-yellow with pretty thin, bubbly white head. Clean, malty aroma; slightly grainy or corn-like. A fresh, spicy, herbal hop aroma. Sharp, dry malt flavor with a touch of astringency. Peppery, spicy, and herbal hoppiness. Crisp, light body. Refreshing, but a bit dry and slightly astringent.

Photo of al3
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden yellow, with a thick foamy/frothy top. Some lacing, what a pils should look like..

S - Clean, fresh air, no heavy aroma, none expected

T&M - Malts upfront, slightly sweet, with a mild grapefruit citrus note that morphs to a slightly bitter hops finish. Feel is light, but not watery, it fits the style well. Finishes Dry.

D - If I had the budget I would buy a case.

Overall, a great summertime or session beer. Only wish it was a bit cheaper.

Photo of johnwarne
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer haiku for you:

"Colorado Pils:
Longmont sure isn't Golden!
Respectable brew!"

Kinda' kitschy, these little high priced cans, along with their witty titles and allusions. But does clever marketing make a good beer?

In this case--yes. Smooth and drinkable, and now that summer has descended upon Central Florida my Belgian friends are cooling themselves in storage waiting for the sun to go down. On the water or in the yard, this is a nice option while the sun is high along with the temperature.


Photo of gatornation
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a sunshine yellow pils color with a small white head and fresh looking ring..smell is grassy and bready with sweet floral hops..the taste is crisp with hints of grass and noble hops with sweet malt finish...both the taste and mouth feel were good but thin not enough noble hop bite to it with the floral sweet goodness of say a prima pils or even SA noble pils but none the less it is drinkable and a good pils it just is not at the top of its class..it is recommended however

Photo of AdvocateFan
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer, I think underrated to date. This is the type of product that can go everywhere (due to being in a can) that glass can't go, it's a lager, a pilsner at that, it's craft-brewed, and it's a great alternative to the mass-produced lagers/shadow-pilsners out there--which the US needs more of.

Smells fresh, clean, lightly sweet, with a blend of lemony and faintly citrusy hops. Grains. Maybe a hint of corn, but modest. On the palate, it's sweet up front, tasty, full of clean grains, drying out toward the finish, lightly spicy and in general, just wonderfully balanced and full of flavor with appropriate hoppy aromatics lingering in the fade.

More beers like this and we could proudly proclaim that the "session recession" is over.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

It's funny, if you were to use the term "Czech Pilsener" outside of the beer world, it would be redundant: If you're from Pilsen (--> a Pilsener), you're already a Czech. It'd be like saying "French Parisian" or "American New Yorker". Oh, how the mind can wander while drinking a good beer. Anyway, this guy pours a clear golden straw, leaning toward the pale sector, with a thick and healthy white froth on top. A strong and thick bit o' lacing will be formed soon. A firm distinction of bitter hops comes through in the nose, along with an aluminum-style metallic scent. I think there might be some cooked corn in there as well, but I can't be sure. The bitterness is definitely there on the tongue, with a strong stony feel to it. The aluminum returns, too, but luckily it's toned itself down for this austere occasion (meeting me is an event, dammit!). That vague sense of corniness is there again, rounding out the usual simple flavor profile of these pilseners. The body is light, as it should be, with active carbonation and a dry, crisp finish. Overall, a solid pils, but the metallic notes keep the drinkability from rising too high.

Photo of copyguyadam
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Aggressive head... I may have poured this one heavy. It has the perfect light pilsner look.
S - Real nice and like I would expect. Nothing too harsh or light.
T - Easy going, but not a light.
M - Bubbles foam like they got the carb. right.
D - Wouldn't be too hard to convince me to drink many more of these.

Great job with this style!

Photo of mcfisty
3.96/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Canned on 5-14-10 reviewed on 5-20-10 awesome!
Poured out of a yella can into a small glass.

Ap= Brilliantly clear straw yella color with very quick and abundant bubbles rising.

Ar= Is mainly of pilsner malt and lightly toasted bread, I dont pick
up much noble hop which is kinda dissapointing.

F= Is again mainly malt with some spice from hops. Bitter/dry finish. I like it

M/D= Mouthfeel is a little light even for this style but that helps with drinkability.

Photo of udubdawg
2.66/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours straw/pale gold in color, covered with a fleeting white head. Looks fizzy too.
woah, corn. Some light hop here, but it isn't particularly spicy.
Flavor is lacking too. I expect a complex beverage, moreso with Bohemian so if is supposed to be a German Pilsner I'll let it go. On the other hand as a German it is sorely lacking in the sharpness of the bittering hops. Is this supposed to be a Classic American Pilsner? Again I'm not seeing it, though I guess I wasn't around pre-Prohibition to compare to this too-sweet beverage. This seems to be a better-than-decent adjunct (corn)-laden american lager, not a pilsner of any type I know. I could give it 4's as a competitor to Miller High Life or PBR but...
Not sure what the hops are, but they don't seem at all Saaz-ish, and indeed I'm not getting a lot of any type of noble hop character.
Carb is a little too high and the beer has a tendency to explode into foam a bit in my mouth. I'll pour the next one a bit harder.
Average drinkability, no diacetyl, maybe the lightest bit of DMS. Nothing I'd really call a flaw, but hard not to call this one a disappointment and a rare miss for a great brewery.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.84/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours, unsurprisingly, yellow bodies, with masses of fine carbonation and a crackling head of white coarse-bubbled foam. Head leaves something to be desired, but the streaming carbonation is mesmerising. And why is it that I usually associate pilseners with green rather than yellow? Yellow makes it sound as though it's off.

Not a particularly sharp nose. Vague wet grain and slight bread yeast characteristics. Light vegetal bite somewhere in there, but it's very weak, very slim on hops, especially for a pils.

Taste is a little better, in that there is a noticeable, if not particularly fresh and fragrant hop bitterness through the centre. Unfortunately, it's surrounded by more of that slightly sweet wet grain character. No harshness on the back, although a lingering sweetness is unwelcome in the style. Mouthfeel sparkling and crisp.

I bought this on the back of the excellent Ten Fidy, and being a fan of a good pilsener, but unfortunately, this is not a good pilsener. While it's perhaps sharper and cleaner than some of the worst generic swill, it seems largely to be cut from the same block.

Photo of Shumista
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a glass. I tend to avoid lighter beers like this but its extremely hot and I wanted something refreshing to enjoy by the pool.

Looks like beer. Fizzy, golden yellow, white head. Light aroma of bready malt, light hoppiness and a little bit of citrus. Tastes crisp and refreshing, exactly what I want while sitting outside in the heat. Fresh bready malt, and a little bit hoppy, but less than I expected. Dry finish with slight lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is crisp and lively and the drinkability is through the roof given my current activities.

I gave this one a specific task and it accomplished it. No matter how much I like my stouts, barleywines, DIPAs etc, I certainly wouldn't want one right now.

Photo of Sweasty
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mama's Little Yella Pils pours a crystal clear bright gold. The folks at Stone would say this is "fizzy yellow beer", but you know in a good way. Things are topped off by a fingers worth of white head. The head quickly fades, but leaves adequate lacing down the glass.

Onto the aroma. Light in the hops department - not a great sign for a supposed Czech pils. The aroma is pretty light all the way around. A bit of cut grass mixed with with sweet corn is the dominating aroma. A light lemon note rounds things out.

The flavor follows suit in the lightness department. More corn and herbal/grassy notes. A bit of a malt graininess comes into play as well. There is some tangy lemon notes throughout. The finish is lightly hoppy with a bit of lingering bitterness mixed with more sweet corn.

The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of light, almost verging on medium bodied. The carbonation is lively and lends a bit of crispness to the beer.

Is Mama's Little Yella Pils a good Czech pilsner? The short answer is a resounding no. Does that mean this a bad beer? Oh hell no. Reality is this tastes like an American style lager. Its a great easy drinking lawnmower kinda brew. It definitely outclasses its rivals like PBR. All in all this a great warm weather quaff.

Photo of meeekyh
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So this beer was on sale from about $9 to $6.50 and that works for me. Canned on 09-04-09 and says 'Czickety Czech Yourself' Cans of beer are never good looking as far as I can figure but the beer itself, when poured into a tumbler, looks great. Pale yellow and a bit cloudy with a nice fluffy white head that leaves nice lacing, though it does dissipate fast.

There is not much for a smell, a bit of citrus is all I can get. Light is not so bad for the style and a fresher can may have more depth.

Taste is lemony and good. I will be sure to try this when I am not doing something else and get a few more notes in. I am enjoying this beer and not noticing any can flavors, so that is rather cool.

Mouthfeel is light but not insignificant. The fizz is in the medium-high range and just about right.

I think this is a good to great example of one of my favorite styles. It is light, crisp, tart and refreshing. The ABV is a little high for my tastes at 5.3% and it could use a bit more grain flavor but it is not bad at all.


Photo of muttyd
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Budweiser for the craft beer drinker.

A - Clear yellow/straw pour with a fizzy white head.

S - Pilsner/pale malts, some cooked vegetables, faint hops.

T - Graiiny malts, slight lemon/citrusy notes. Crisp and clean finish.

M - Fizzy light body.

D - I could drink these all night.

Photo of EStreet20
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into a pils glass.

A - Excellent clarity and a straw yellow color. Tons of bubbles flying up to a small white head that seems to stay in place.

S - Clean smell of some pilsner malt.

T - Clean drinking with some malt sweetness. some hop character shows through.

M - Light in body, lots of carbonation.

D - Can drink a few. Decent quencher, want more hoppiness in my pilsner.

Not bad at all but missing some of the elements I want in the flavor department from a pilsner.

Photo of brentk56
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a big, foamy head that sticks fairly well and leaves some lace behind

Smell: Very low hop presence; rather neutral, with a hint of grain

Taste: Opens sweet and bready, with a growing fruity character that leans in a bitter direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweet malt flavor dominates through the finish, though there is a little grainy element at the very end

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink on a hot summer day but just a bit too sweet and lacking in pilsner character to be very interesting

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

Poured into a pint glass.

a: white nose, with a bright, yellow color with good carbonation. Good head retention.

s: The aroma is very much like a lager. A very bold, clean smell.

t: The taste is a crisp lemon zing. Very rich and full bodied for the style. A taste give away that only quality ingredients used.

m: A short and clean mouthfeel. The lingering taste is very present on the palate.

d: With a clean, rich taste and in a can, this is a great beer. The taste is one that has you coming back. Good drinkable ABV and packablity of the can.

Photo of speter
3.19/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright golden color with a rocky three-finger head that dissipated quickly.

S: Clean lager scent. Not much in the way of hops, noble or otherwise.

T: Rather sweet malt, again with nearly no hop presence aside from a lingering bitterness in the finish. If I didn't know better, I'd almost call it metallic.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

D: OK, I had one after mowing the lawn, and it wasn't bad. However, it's certainly nothing to write home about. I love a good malty beer, but this really does need a better hop presence.

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