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

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2,459 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,459
Reviews: 756
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 41
Gots: 207 | 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 AustinBeerLvr
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 ounce can with a clearly marked "canned on" date of 4/28/09 on the bottom into a pisner style glass.

The appearance seems to be somewhat cloudy for the style, as is kind of a distinctive off-golden/yellow color, almost looks like a kolsch. Excellent head retention and lacing for the style.

Aromas include grainy/bread malts, with hint of alcohol and some citrus notes from the hops. Nose carries over to the taste, which starts off with the sweet grain malt (almost reminds me a little of Coors Branquet malt character, which is a good thing) up front, followed by a nice hit of hops. Hops provide plenty of flavor, including citrus and mineral notes, but surprisingly aren't as bitter as I would have expected comes from Oskar Blues. Mouthfeel is really what differentiates this pilsner from other beers of the style, as it's a bit creamy and fuller bodied, resulting in a bit less crispness than you normally get from a pils. Semi-dry citrus hop note finish, with just a touch of alcohol in there as well.

Overall, this is an awesome interpretation of a Czech-style pilsner. Very drinkable, moderate level of alcohol, and plenty of flavor and mouthfeel for the style. Only word of caution is that upon your first few sips, you may be a bit surprised due to the distinct flavors and mouthfeel of this pilsner.

P.S.--Cans rule for good, fresh tasting, packaged beer! I have yet to have a sub par beer from Oskar Blues. In my book, consistent quality is one of the key differentiating factors for a superior craft brewery, which these guys have it nailed.

AustinBeerLvr, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of Hibernator
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oskar Blues Mama's Little Yella Pils
12 oz can
Served in a pilsner glass

Pours a light mustard yellow color with little mini carbonation bubbles that race to the top of the pilsner glass. Attractive trails of sticky lacings decorate the glassware.

The aroma is light - whiffs of grains and sweetness.

First off, I really like the soft mouthfeel. Flavors are grainy and the hop finish is absolutely splendid. This balance of pale malt and authentic german hops is great.

I believe that the Czech Pilsner is a severely underrated style of beer and Oskar Blues provides a great representation.

Hibernator, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of popery
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My knowledge of lagers is spotty at best, so I don't really want to be harsh here. That said, it's not a huge improvement from a standard macro lager. It's certainly better, but having had a really great pilsener (Moonlight Reality Czeck), I can at least say that the style can be done better. This beer is too sweet, lacks hop aroma and flavor and fails to justify its relatively high price tag. On the other hand, there is no sour mash off-flavor that marks the vast majority of macro lagers as being of inferior quality. Also, my score would probably shoot up significantly if the hops were increased. My biggest problem is that the simple, sugary malt flavor isn't counterbalanced properly and just makes me think of the taste of pale malt extract. I love when American craft breweries take on lager styles, but lagers seem to need a whole lot of tinkering to achieve a perfect balance of flavors. So, I hope Oskar Blues keeps at it and just makes some adjustments.

popery, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of u2carew
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A) Pours with a big head and then slow settles. Sticky, big bubble lacing. Transparent. Visible carbonation. Gold in color.
S) Grainy. Light citrus notes and some light malt aroma. Just a bit of hops flying under the radar.
T) Very light malt up front then fills out in the middle. Finishes with a dry graininess. In the after taste, just a dry
M) Initially crisp then mellows out. Residual dry tannin feel in the aftertaste. Light bodied.
D) Decent. I think I'd have another.

u2carew, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of bamadog
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is from the can to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a light yellow/straw color and the body is just a little hazy and shows very strong carbonation; comes with a nice one finger, thick and fluffy head that has great retention and slowly fades to a very thick skim on the surface; leaves a nice layer of lacing clinging to the sides that fairly full.

Smell: Smells mostly of grainy malts with hints of barley; a very slight lemony citrus scent is way in the back. Not much of a nose overall.

Taste: A nice balance of the toasty/grainy malts with a pleasant citric bitter hop presence that is reminiscent of lemon peel; there is a pretty strong aftertaste that lingers and it is very bitter. Beyond that, there really isn't anything going on in this beer - but it seems very true to the style.

Mouthfeel: Pretty clean and refreshing - it goes down quite easily with a moderately thin body that is just a tad watery, yet holds enough of the hoppiness to leave a pleasant stickiness on the tongue that helps hold that bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability: Pretty high - even though this isn't one of my favorite styles, this one is a pretty solid representation of what one should be. It's refreshing and would be great on a hot day and the ABV is pretty small, so I don't think you'd have to be too worried about being trashed if you endulged in two or three.

bamadog, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I brought back this beer (and others) from Atlanta several months ago. Apparently anticipation didn't take hold until tonight, when I saw it behind several other beers in the refrigerator. The beer is clear and golden colored, and despite foam spurting out when I popped the cap, there was a very thin head in the pint glass. The smell is subdued, very neutral in that both malt and hops are detected but seem turned to about 2 on the aroma-dial. The taste is surprisingly good compared with the nose, sweet pale malts primarily but with saaz hops providing a comfortable level of bitterness. It tastes European, this is high praise. Strongly carbonated, so much so it tickles when swallowed. Definitely a good backyard beer or baseball beer, easy for summertime overall.

TurdFurgison, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of theghost3
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent golden with lots of carbonated bubbles. Head is 2-fingers, frothy white, which dissapates into a thin head throughout. Lots of lacing.

Smell is subtle--flowery hops, yeast & a little bit of sweet malt. Taste is mainly flowery, bitter hops along with a little spiciness & lemon. Mouthfeel is crisp and has a nice thickness to it.

This is a drinkable pils that's a very good example of the style. Great after mowing the yard.

theghost3, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of dukedevil0
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this single can from Total Wines in Fort Myers, FL. Can dated 04-09-09 Batch #10 so not super fresh, but as a pilsner I wouldn't think that would hurt it too much. This also survived a road trip back to Ohio so hopefully the heat in the car didn't affect this much.

A: Pours a slightly pale golden yellow with a couple fingers of white head that laces the glass beautifully as it settles down to nothing more than a light film of bubbles.

S: Smells like a true pilsener, plus some breadiness, yeast, grains, little bit of lemon

T: Very similar to the smell - tastes like a normal pilsener with breadiness, yeast, grains, grassy and lemon flavors but theres a somewhat metallic/sour-ish flavor in the finish and aftertaste that isn't pleasant

M: Just a little lighter and thinner than what I would consider full bodied...however the carbonation is nice and smooth and leads to this being pretty refreshing mouthfeel

D: The flavor just leaves a little to be desired, plus there's that strange metallic/sour aspect to it, but the mouthfeel and low alcohol would have made this an excellent session beer had the flavor come around.

dukedevil0, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of bonsreeb85
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love Oskar Blues' strong line of hearty and canned brews, so i couldn't wait to get my hands on what i believe is thier lightest and most session worthy entry, so here it goes...

A - clear golden straw color w/ a 1/2 inch foamy head and lots of active carbonation

S - sweet malty caramel, subdued hops that like to hide behind the malt, but are definately there for balance and more flavor.

T - yeasty and bready w/ some grass and ever so slight hop bitterness. clean and dry finish

MF - very crisp w/ plenty of carbonation

D - perfect session beer, this is a no-frills-thirst-qenching-delight-in-a-can. Need a good camping/fishing brew to quaff all day and into the night?? look no further friends, i can and will chase the heat away all summer with this one.

Overall - a very balanced and mild beer from a brewery that specializes in heavy, and more extreme beers.

bonsreeb85, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of IBUnit63
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First cookout gathering of the summer. All canned craft beer, all the time. Including this one. There's a lot in here from the original on-tap review that still holds true for the canned variety.

Clean grapefruit/lemon with tight 1/2 finger head and good lacing. Looks solid and clean - just want you want a lager or Pilsener to do.

Straightforward scent that's nice and clean to the nose. Bitter Saaz pine comes along with none of that weird silage scent that shows up from time to time in lower-quality lagers.

This is smooth as shit. There's a little bit of lemon citrus with austere light malt and piney Saaziness. Good...quite good.

Visits the palate in an extremely clean manner. Slight bitter burn is welcome. There's not a lot - just enough to tell y'all that baby got back.

Great lawnmower, beach, gateway or simply outdoor beer. Good beer altogether.

IBUnit63, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of woodychandler
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I CANnot get enough beer in CANs and I am elated to have the opportunity to try craft beers in CANs. Keep 'em coming!

I'll be doggoned if the initial pour did not not result in something much akin to a lot of the macroswill that I have consumed on this quest! I got easily two fingers of rocky, bubbly eggshell-white head with decent retention. The color was a slightly hazy, deep golden-yellow. The nose had a light Saaz hops aroma. Mouthfeel was medium to full, much fuller than I had expected, but also more malty than hoppy. The finish was slightly dry and definitely refreshing.

Shore test: This or Ten Fidy at the beach? This! Hell, yeah!

woodychandler, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of sonicstylee
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out straw/gold with a decent enough white head. smells very malty, almost caramel. good overriding malt flavor, didn't know a pilsner could taste this good! has a little hop bitterness on back of tongue. I found this to be a great pilsner and worthy of a repurchase.

sonicstylee, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taken from a six-pack purchased at my nearby BevMo. I had to give the "craft beer-in-a-can" a whirl and I wasn't disappointed. Poured into a pils glass.

Mama's Little Yella Pils has a straw yellow color and a modest white head that quickly shrank down to a thin skim despite the ample carbonation; pretty much on par for the style.

The nose had a nice biscuity malt note with a bit of yeast and floral hops. The taste was sweetly malty to begin with with a spicy hops bite kicking in as each swallow headed to the back of the tongue. The feel was light, crisp and well carbonated; a refreshing summer brew.

Okay, I'm on board with the "craft brew in a can" thing. I was pleasantly surprised by this brew and will happily tote it off to places and events where bottles just won't do. Good stuff.

Boilermaker88, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of Tdizzle
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from a 12oz can into an imperial pint glass, this beer pours a clear light-gold color with two fingers of fizzy foam that settles to a thick, bubbly layer over the beer. Some nice lacing sticks to the glass.

S- Crisp and slightly metallic lager yeast, spicy hops and a bit of fresh-cut grass.

T- Grassy hops with a grainy malt backing. There's a slight buttery flavor that I've also encountered in Dale's Pale Ale. The taste has a dirty metallic note that kinda gets in the way.

M- The body of this beer is light but it has a slick texture. The carbonation is nice and effervescent.

D- A good summer beer, but there are a few other examples of the style out there that I'd prefer.

Tdizzle, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

True to its name this is a yellow beer. The foam is wispy, but sticky. Husky grain and malt dominate the aroma but a little fresh cut grass mixes in as well. Light, carbonated and true to the style on the palate.

The flavors begin with lightly toasted biscuit malt. It rolls along nicely and increases in bitterness toward the end. Flowery hops definitely noticeable.

Well balanced and very drinkable. Perhaps this beer could use an increase in crispness, which would make it little more refreshing on a hot day.

BeardedBoffin, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of charlzm
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 07/06/09.

Cannot properly judge appearance of this beer as I drank it out of a can (horrors!), so I will have to give it a default of "average".

Subtle aroma of husky, grainy malts. Slightly sweet. Where are the hops?

Flavor is agreeably sharp and clean on the tongue. Very slight solvent character (fusel?) with a medium bitter finish. Same husky malt flavor as in the aroma. No hop flavors other than bitterness; I really tried to discern any floral and spicy hop flavors, but to no avail.

Drinkability is hindered by the lack of flavor in this brew. Having said that, I did down two cans in pretty short order, so I'll go with "Average" on this one.

charlzm, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of KarlHungus
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear light gold color. The head is a half an inch in height, and recedes into a moderate ring of lacing. Not bad for a pils. The aroma is of toast malt, and plenty of spicy and floral hops. It is very balanced, yet vibrant at the same time. The taste is more on the malty side with a big toasty, lightly carmely bit, and balancing hops in the background. It isn't as crisp as one might expect from a pilsener, but it works nonetheless. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with ample carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this might not be the best pilsener out there, but it is certainly drinkable, and enjoyable too.

KarlHungus, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of bennetj17
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale gold, with just the slightest haziness. Decent streams of carbonation rising. The head is about a 1/2 inch of white foam, holding pretty steadily. Bready malt nose, not real hoppy, some light touches of floral/citrus.

Doughy bread malt up front on the tongue. Could use a little more hop balance. Drying and slightly peppery at the back, almost a bit of alcohol flavor creeping in. Light bitterness rounding it out, with a bit of spice. Carbonation could be a little more forceful, slightly thin, but not too off for style.

Overall a pretty decent Pils. Good to see another example available in my area. I would try it again, extra points for being able to find this in cans...

bennetj17, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of david18
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good pilsner, especially for the price. Under two dollars for a can, very refreshing, easy to drink, low in gravity; really a good early afternoon summer beer.

Not a fan of all their beers (not big on the Dales and Chub) but this one belongs up there with the outstanding Gordons an top ten Ten Fidy.

david18, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of williamherbert
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The appearance is a bright, golden color. A thick shaving-cream head. Hazy, only a few slow-moving bubbles. Not bad.

The smell is a malty aroma that doesn't smell like an adjunct. Some Hallertauerish hops; bitter and European.

The pilsnery malt dominates the taste. The flavors are reminiscent of adjuncts. A hint of banana. Lemony, but with a hint of a funk. Musty. The hop presence is rather negligible.

The feel is bubbly and yet watery. An unusual bitter burn on the way down. A pretty average pils really. Not bad, just kinda dull.

williamherbert, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost totally clear yella with a fine minimal stark white head that actually holds pretty well and laves pretty good lacing.

Nose is fairly grainy, but sort of has a munich hellesish type of slight fruitiness to it.

Taste follows. Quite similar to a munich helles, but there is some noticeable higher graininess to it. Again an almost tropical, hellesy estery type of fruitiness, although very slight, is present. Malt bill is just a tad too strong for a pilsner, but this is certainly not a malt forward beer by any means. Not quite enough of a grassy/grainy type feel for me, as far as the style guidelines are concerned, not dry enough either. Damn, it really sounds like im ripping on this brew, but i don't mean to. It is a great session brew for a hot day, just not so...pilsnery...as i was expecting.

Mouthfeel is right where it oughta be, if anything a tiny touch too viscous. Carbo could be a smidge higher as well.

Drinkability is defenitely the shining aspect of this brew, but does leave some room for improvement with some mouthfeel adjustments.

Overall a great lawnmower beer/summer slammer. Tastes fine, and comes in a can, pretty damn ideal. If given this in a blind tasting, i probably would have guessed it was a helles lager, but that being said, its a good sessionable yellow beer that actually has some good flavor to it. Recommended for scenarios that call for it.

AKBelgianBeast, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of srrn
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale straw color with a bit of an orange hue to darken things up a bit. Head quickly reduces to a bit of lace. Smell is faint, but grassy hops come through. Maybe a bit of butter in the smell too. Taste is simple, clean, a shrpt bitterness followed by the malt and bitterness again coming through the clean finish. A bit fizzy in the mouthfeel but still enjoyable.

srrn, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Canned March 2009; Sampled July 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a fat-three-finger thick, lightly tan colored head. The beer is a deep gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of grassy grain, a touch of sweet corn, some light lemon notes and an herbal floral finish. This is simple, fairly clean, but could use a touch more hop character and even a touch more malt; it seems a bit lackluster when compared to the best of the category, but it is still pretty decent smelling.

The beer is nice and crisp tasting and does have a touch of clean grain sweetness to it. The beer finishes with some herbal hop notes and a touch of a biting bitterness that helps to balance the up front, light sweetness. The carbonation provides a touch of a peppery bite; this doesn't keep the beer from having a certain buttery texture though. There seems to be a bit of sweet corn flavor here (a touch of DMS), that doesn't detract too much. Some soft lemon notes from the hops are noticeable underneath the more prominent grassy / herbal hop notes.

Not bad, but somehow seems a bit discordant some how. This doesn't have any serious flaws to it, but somehow just doesn't seem to work for me (and I can really dig a solid Pils). The hop character here is nice, I just wish it was a little more pronounced than it is; this seems a bit too malty for a Pils. Still this is not a bad beer and is even enjoyable.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Gueuzedude, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

4.5 A: Clear straw color. Two fingers of foamy head with good excellent retention and plenty of lacing.

3.5 S: Lemon and hay. Some corn in there too. Mild citrus hop aroma.

3.5 T: Grainy and sweet maltiness. Some herbal hop flavor. Very refreshing.

4.5 M: Heavier medium body. Very creamy. Good carbonation.

4.0 D: Not a bad refresing drink. Well done.

DavoleBomb, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of BitterPachyderm
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

3rd installment in the great box 'o'cans! Poured into pilsner glass...5/17/09 freshness!

Huge five finger pillowy white head with some good lacing and great retention. I didn't think the head was ever going to die down. Clear, straw colored body...okay, piss colored!

Lots of lemon and grass in the aroma. Some citrus hops, but not the abundance that I was expecting. Lucky I read that "gentle hopping" and realized why. Slight malt and grain notes protrude from the background. A very clean...

Very biscuity taste with some strong malty tones...clean finish, with some lemon zest. A bit bitter and missing some hops, but a great pilsner taste nonetheless.

Smooth and crisp mouthfeel, but lacking in the carbonation category.

Another great summer quaffer!

Pilsners are not exactly my style of choice, which makes it hard for me to really review them, but this one seemed to be one of the better ones I have tried.

BitterPachyderm, Jun 30, 2009
Mama's Little Yella Pils from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
81 out of 100 based on 2,459 ratings.