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

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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Mama's Little Yella Pils - Our upcoming new canned good is a small-batch version of the beer that made Pilsen, Czechoslovakia famous. Mama's is made with hearty amounts of pale malt, German specialty malts, and a blend of traditional (Saaz) and 21st century Bavarian hops. Our first canned lager, it's also fermented at cool temperatures with a German yeast.

This tasteful reality Czech is the perfect antidote for the watered-down versions of pilsner clogging Americaâ's shelves. And Mama's gentle hopping (about 35 IBUs) and low ABV (just 5.3%) mean we're finally honoring consumer requests for a delicious but less-challenging beer. (Hey, we like a good low-dose session beer, too.) Look for our Gold Metal Winner on US shelves in March.

Sadly, the Feds rejected our Take Two and Call Us in the Morning line on the can.

Added by GilGarp on 02-25-2009

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Photo of Myotus
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured gently at 53°F from a 12oz can (canned on 17Sep15) into a Pilsner glass.
LOOK: Pours with three fingers worth of white foam. At 3 minutes, the edges of the foam have decreased by a half finger while the center remains in tact. Straw yellow in color with a slight cloudiness. There is a plethora of medium-sized rising bubbles. Lacing is moderate in quantity and very thick.
SMELL: A bunch of mild aromas: grass, spicy hops, floral hops, and buttered biscuits.
TASTE: Mild buttered biscuit and floral hop flavors first stike the palate and are immediately followed by mild spicy hop flavors. Subtle bitter hop and grass flavors enter lastly along with metallic hints as buttered biscuit flavors grow slightly stronger while all other flavors maintain.
FEEL: Full-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth and creamy. Finishes with a mild dryness.
NOTE: A good Czech Pilsner. Everything was where it was supposed to be. I could have done without the hints of metal. They didn't affect the beer too negatively, though.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this out of the can so I can't say much about looks. Smells a hint skunky, but with some soft fruit smells and yeastiness coming through too. Taste has a lot of breadiness to it, with hints of lemon. Somewhat more sweet and lacking the mid-palate dryness that I'm used to in a pilsner, but it's a subtle enough sweetness to not be cloying. As it warms, more raw alcohol seems to be present, so it's much better cold. Feel is overall light and with moderate carbonation (would have liked to see a little more) and leaves your tongue feeling prickly and dry on the finish. Nice take on the style, and pairs well with margherita pizza! :)

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pretty solid version of a pretty basic and sometimes boring beer style, very easy to drink, light on the abv, will make a damn fine summer beer.im a latecomer to oskar blues, very impressed with them.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Straw gold color with a very white fluffy head and quite a bit of lacing left behind, slightly hazy.

S: Bready doughy malt, some floral hops and toasted malt.

T: Bready doughy malt, some sweetness, floral, and a light bitterness

F: Light and crisp, very clean and drinkable

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Photo of EMH73
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a four finger head, which is well retained with beautiful lacing. A well balanced pilsner with predominately malt flavors and a little bit of hops. Very drinkable.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

a hazy lemon yellow with hints of apricot, the head on this pils is a solid finger of white and looks like much of it will be around for a while.
mostly grassy/lemongrassy hops on the nose, not a lot noted in the way of malt. the flavor is sweeter than expected, but there is a firm mineral/metallic? note up top (not sure if from the hops, yeast, or water supply) that holds the sweetness in check. not sure what to make of this one. that mineral-like aspect really coats the palate and its persistent film largely determining the character of the brew for me. kind of numbing after 1/2 a glass, and it's all I notice now in the finish. not sure if I can make it all the way to the bottom of this glass.

Now reading the commercial description, I have to take issue with the claim that this is a "less-challenging beer" as I am finding this the most challenging to drink of all the Oskar Blues offerings I have had. Moreover, their assertion this is a "low-dose session beer"--at 5.3% abv--violates any definition of "session beer" that I would be comfortable with.

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Photo of senglish7
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

While I'm not a huge fan of pilsners, this one has a typical "beer" flavor. I don't get much from the aroma. Flavor is bold and mostly smooth. Not bitter in the least.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful blonde color with 10% haze and 90% transparency. The head is absolutely gorgeous, starting off at 4 fingers and slowly receding to 2. Mountainous root beer float-like intensity tops the head, and leaves artistry behind in lace. Five.

Traditional stale damp grain and dry corn permeate the aroma, but a subtle breadiness also sits behind it giving it a yeasty pop to the nose. Some slight grainy fruity esters (fruity pebbles) also surface as it warms a bit.

Bread comes out first in the flavor, followed by some straight alcohol; then grainy flavors surface - namely corn, straw, and hay. Hop bite follows shortly after but immediately compromises for a bready finish. The only fatal flaw of this flavor profile is that when it warms a bit, the delicious flavors go away and a huge presence of stale grain and fusel alcohol surface. So much like any other pilsner or lager, drink it ice cold for best results.

Huge creaminess in the body that accentuates when warming up, with a mild buzz underneath propping it up for good measure. The finish is simple and semi-dry, inviting you in for another sip.

Overall, Oskar Blues' Mama is pretty standout for a Czech style Pilsner. I'd have it again, and remind myself to drink it ice cold like a Miller Lite or other beer that devolves as it warms. Ice cold, you're gold! Just remember that when you grab this golden can of fizzy freshness from your local beer cove. Prosit!

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Photo of Zraly
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale gold with two finger head in a pilsner glass. Soft noble hops aroma. Toasty malt flavor with spicy hop profile. Crisp and a bit on the sweet side. Flavorful and light-medium body. Carbonation is good for style.

Good pils for a session.

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Photo of jw4free
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Excellent look. Some sweetness to the nose. Biscuit and yeast. Taste was a bit too much hops. Bitter. Feel was great. Nice effervescence. Overall pretty decent canned Pilsner.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Golden with a nice fine head that leaves a bit of lacing
Smell: malty, grainy
Taste: Sweet yet smooth, clean malt dominates with some light grassy hops in the finish, minor bitterness. Alcohol seems somewhat noticeable with a bit of spiciness in the palate
Feel: Medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat thickened and creamy

Overall: Initially my impression of this was that it was too sweet in its maltiness, though that impression faded somewhat as I worked my way to the bottom. Still I tend to prefer a bit more dryness in my pilsners, though I understand the czech style can be maltier.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

While in Laurel, MS.
Pours slightly less than clear pale straw with a solid white head that has pretty good retention and leaves good side glass lace.
Smell: Not much, a little grassy and some earth.

Taste: it's a pilsner, and true to its style rather mundane, but clean taste, drying , malts are present and has a bitter bite.

I liked it just fine.

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Photo of 57md
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy straw with close to a finger of head. The nose has the standard grainy pils essence. The body is appropriate for the style. The highlight of the flavor profile is the dry finish.

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Photo of DevWand
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Just started drinking pils but from the few that I have had, this doesn't make my favorite(s). That being said it definitely isn't a bad beer.

-Look/Smell: Color isn't bad, just not as clear of a golden yellow/orange that I've had from some of the other pils; a bit more of a cloudy gold/yellow. Picking up a slight grainy/hop smell.
-Taste/Feel: Extremely drinkable beer, but that's partially because it's also lacking any significant flavors. More of a light carbonated mouth feel with a very mellow malty grassy hoppy finish.

Overall clean pilsner, I just prefer a bit more flavor overall and a bit more of a crisp clean finish (malty finish lingers a bit on this one...)

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Photo of BigGold
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had poured from 12-oz. can into Pilsner glass. The can proclaims this beer a Gold Medal Winner, brewed in North Carolina. But as a Pilsner fan, I'm wondering if this beer, like Sierra Nevada's Mills River Pale Ale, is a victim of North Carolina water defic . . . differences?

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Photo of Lahoi
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very nice beer. Comparable to Lagunitas' PILS, which is high praise. Nice complexity with just enough hops to keep things interesting. Good appearance, smell, feel for the style. A very balanced beer that is good for all seasons.

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Photo of slusk
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a clear yellow with a small white head.

S: Bright, grainy malt. low floral hop. Definitely a pilsner aroma.

T: Much like the aroma, good malty flavor. A bit grainy, with a mild floral hop in the background. Very fresh, like chewing malted grains. Light bit of citrus, Semi sweet finish.

F: Light body, medium high carbonation. crisp.

O: A nice pils brew. Very fresh and clean flavors. Good balance, correct for style. Liked this beer a lot.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pilsener pours to a brief-lived giant slightly-pebbly white head on a slightly hazy, effervescent pale gold body; lacing is fair, consisting mostly of irregular ladders. The nose is appropriately moderate in intensity: a balanced, inviting blend of mellow spicy Noble hops and sugar-cookie-dough malt, with a hint of alcohol. The palate is expressive for the style, showing itself as tart citrus and sweetish doughy malt with hints of spicy hops. The finish is hoppy, followed by the onset of a modest citrus-rind-like bitterness that lingers for a few minutes. The mouthfeel is on par with the light body, and the texture is slightly creamy and moderately prickly from some lively carbonation. This is a solid, summery pilsener. (12 oz can, 137 days after pkg)

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Photo of Cyanmonkey
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

They call it a pils but it doesn't feel to style...

It's cloudy and tastes more like an ale than a lager to me. Carbonation on the low side, as well.

That said, low sulphur and great hop aroma. A little sweeter than most genuine german/czech pils. Easy to drink. Might convert an ale drinker to pils. Biscuity malts give way to a grassy/green tea hop flavor. Might buy it again, but I'd be more apt to reach for Pivo.

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Photo of Shippy
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can. Appearance is a cloudy yellow with a white head. Smells are mild with malt and grassy notes. More flavorful than I expected with done tropical notes and banana, some bread flavors and a hint of bitterness at the end. Light body pushing towards medium. Overall a very interesting and flavorful pilsner.

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Photo of Urk1127
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

-Golden yellow, soapy head
-Sweet, cracker, light peel
-A sweet malt up front, then dries out only a touch and you get sweet cracker
-Little bitterness, smooth, little carbonation

-too sweet for me but ok

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Photo of Caveworm
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mama's Little Yella Pils - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew. Poured from the can into a Pilsener glass, this beer's head is two fingers thick, with spottier lacing, and a clear straw-golden body.

Smells like very bright grains and clearer malts. Perhaps even a small touch of citrus at the very end of the whiff. A bit of floral hops are in here, too.

I taste biscuity malts and a faint bit of lemon mid-palate. Floral hops again, but nothing takes away from the malt and grain profile. Pretty enjoyable in summation.

Mouthfeel here is clean and crisp.

Overall, I'll give Mama's Little Yella Pils - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew a 4. I might pick this up again, who knows?

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, "canned on" date 5-22-15.

APPEARANCE: pours a hazy, straw color with one-finger, white head that dissipated slowly until a thin, broken layer of small bubbles remained, there is significant lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: lemon citrus, bread.

TASTE: initially sweet, lemon and a mild hop profile.

PALATE: light body, medium carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a good beer but nothing special, for the price I will probably not buy it again as there are many alternatives that are priced lower.

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Photo of Savan
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfect shade of straw (for the style) smells to me Slightly lemony and slightly grainy. Taste is quite crisp, I LIKEY :) this is on a short list of Pilsener that I DO LIKE! Feels light and light-medium carbonation makes for a refreshing sipper or.... a easy guzzler. Over all a good beer for anyone, anywhere, anytime!

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Photo of elNopalero
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a straw tan in color. Great billowy foam. I get a cereal-forward aroma, and a grainy flavor. Hops don't kick in so much as a light bittering. Decent, certainly better than mass produced lagers, but I've been spoiled lately.

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