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 57md
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
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 +0.6%
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 -4.2%
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 +2.8%
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 +7.2%
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 +3.6%
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 +4.2%
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 -0.3%
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 -19.4%
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 +10.8%
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 +4.7%
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 +21.9%
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 +11.4%
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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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Found a single can and decided to toss it in my mix a six. $1.99 was the price tag and since I've always heard fantastic things about this brewery though have yet to be converted, I figured I would give it a shot.

Look - Typical see through clear yellow with a two finger white head that doesn't stick around for more than abouttt 7 or so seconds. Carbonation appears to be on about medium with this one. Head doesn't retain well and the lacking remainder of lacing makes it quite apparent.

Smell - Not really a whole lot going on here besides a bit of lemon pledge and a noticeable and domination grassy aspect.

Taste - Alright the aforementioned lemon deal becomes far better and actually makes the beer quite pleasant. Grassyness is there to meet in the finish.

Feel - Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Flavors retain well and there is just a touch of lemon tartness. Swallows easy as can be.

overall - I'd personally say $9.99 for a sixer of this is pushing it. A fine Czech Pilsener, but itisn't anything that will knock your panties off.

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Photo of eaglesont
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Yup its good.

But let's dive in. to get more in depth right off the bat the color is perfectly golden, tiny bubbles flowing north towards a solid head retention. Aromas are floral, grassy makes me want to run naked through a sunny field (far away from the local elementary school).

The mouthfeel is light and crisp. Taste is.....yup Im back in the field again dammit. More hop dominate than malt forward, but welcomed. Again, very crisp flavor to go with the crisp mouthfeel. Just overall a well balanced and refreshing Pilsner to continue the solid portfolio that Oscar Blues has put together. See you in the fields.

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Photo of hman43
3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It is clear golden in color with a full white head. It has the aromas of various grasses and spices. It has floral flavors with grass and spices. It is fairly smooth on the way down. The floral flavoring lingers a bit long on the palate.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can, stamped 6/01/15

pale yellow in color, bone white colored head. aroma is grain, corn, earthy hops. taste is slightly sweet, but crisp. thinner to medium body, medium carbonation. easy drinkin

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A classic pilsner, great to drink out of the can on a hot day (or at the beach) or when there aren't other options at the bar. Clear golden, sweet aroma, and a nice clean taste. Definitely not the hoppiest pilsner, but a good bitter finish and a touch of grass. Could use some improvement but I think it has it's own place in the pilsner world.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.00] Ironically the beer has a yellow cast maybe more in the "straw" direction. It forms about 1 finger of white head. The head recedes down about 75% to leave a white cap on the beer. The can lists the ABV (5.3%) and a canned on date (04/27/15).

S: [3.25] A bit of creamed corn. Some mild sugars.

T: [3.75] The flavor has none of the creamed corn from the nose. There is a bit of a malt lead off. Then a tinge of lemon rind in the mid palate. There is some mild caramel sweetness throughout.

M: [4.00] This has more body than I expected. There is a bit of "heft" on the tongue. There is also an elevated carbonation level.

O: [3.75] This is what Bud hopes to be when it grows up. The nose was similar to an AAL but the flavor and body are sooo much nicer. This is a nice Pilsner. I will drink it again and share with others.

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Photo of krbrevard
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2 weeks old on the can.

a- golden yellow, nothing shocking there. Pours about a half inch of head. dissipates pretty fast with no lacing.
s- that nice cake smell you'd expect from the style. malts galore.
t- a slight hoppiness up front, hit with pilsner malts in the back. A few sceonds afterwards you get that pilsner breadiness which is very smooth finished off by a slight hop bitterness in the end. That was a nice surprise.
m- not too carbonated after a few swigs, not very hard on the tastebuds either but i think thats the point.
o- a very good offering in the style & a great brew to start your evening off with

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Photo of Slaterlovesbeer
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy "yella" color into a pint glass. Thick, sticky, and resillient. Very little aroma, hay perhaps. Very sweet, but malty for a pils. Very thick. Not as good as lagunitas pils but still decent.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Canned on 03/26/15. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow colour, with lots of carbonation visible. Capped by only a finger or so of loose, bubbly head that recedes quickly to some islands but leaves decent lacing.

Smell is grassy, biscuity malt, slight cracker and pepper, bitter greens, lemon-grass, light citrus. Taste is an echo of that: pale malt, some leafy green, grassy hops, happy. Slightly crackery, saltines, dry, crisp. Almost *salty*? Hmm. Well carbonated, body is a touch heavy for what I'd consider to be standard for the style.

It's a decent pils, maybe a bit heavy (so much as so to be borderline out-of-style) but honestly: unless you can get this "day-of" fresh, it's not really worth choosing over the long list of authentic Czech pilsners (most of which, locally at least, are also much cheaper.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a pint glass. Canned on 7/08/15.

LOOK: Clear pale yellow with a thin, eggshell white head that leaves bits of lacing. Lots of active carbonation.

SMELL: Bitter floral hops with notes of fresh cut grass and herbs, backed by crackers and honey.

TASTE: Starts off with the bitter floral hops, grass, herbs, and white pepper, then quickly replaced by crackers, biscuits, and honey. The sweetness and bitterness balanced each perfectly, with no flavor overpowering the others. Finishes crisp and clean.

FEEL: Very light and super fizzy.

OVERALL: Pilsners are continuing to grow on me. While this isn't astounding by any means, the sheer drinkability is nearly astounding. A good beer to pound on a hot summer night.

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Photo of myelo
4.65/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep yellow, crystal clear, with bright white head.

Aroma is distinctive grainy Pils malt and moderate spicy Saaz hops.

Taste is similar with bready Pils malt and mild bitterness. Very fresh and clean with no esters, skunky thiols or corny DMS.

Smooth medium body with medium high carbonation.

A fresh, outstanding Pilsner can be hard to find in the United States, but this one is perfect.

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Photo of thebeers
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear straw yellow color with thick white head. Floral hops, a little doughiness and a little pepperiness in the aroma. Creamy mouthfeel. Sweet, doughy and tropical fruity taste, with slight hop bitterness on the back end. It's okay.

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