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

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Reviews: 801
Hads: 2,810
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 55
Gots: 387 | 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

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Beer added by: GilGarp on 02-25-2009

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

A - Clear, clean, yellow beer, with white head and fine lacing.

S - Spicy hops. A touch of pine and fruit. Slightly sour, and a hint of sulfur.

T - A bright hop bite, cracker malts. A clean, snappy finish.

M - Light and easy to drink, with good carbonation.

O - This is a very hoppy Pils. It is delicious, but not terribly to style. As I find the Pilsner a hard beer to love, that does not bother me too much, and this is not one I'd turn down in the future. (467 characters)

Photo of Billet
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at a local tavern. The color was a mostly clear yellow. Taste was very clean and smooth. It had an excellent mix of malts and hops, very well balanced. Not too bitter, not too sweet. No noticeable yeasty esters or off flavors. This is an excellent Pilsner. (269 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It's an odd one. Love this brewer, but only "like" this lager.
Oskar Blues designs a Bohemian "Czech-style" Lager: American corn, Grassy plains, huge stickiness.

A: Best lacing Pilsner ever seen. Over a clear light golden body with tiny bubbles.

S: Dry bread maltiness provides a crisp and crackery aroma. Huge whiff of cream corn rises from sulfury back notes, and rising, fresh baking bread. In lieu of fruit and lemon, there's floral, spicy and herbal bits - a bit stinky and wet.

T: taste follows aroma. cracker-like with a sulfur middle note that is tingly, but never quite lemony, more of a farm yard, grass and wet hay, with stale herbs and flowers.

MF: medium-light finishing w the crisper mouthfeel that's found in German Lagers. Finish is spicy-dry and scrubbing sulfur.

It's odd, but ok. (816 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I know I've reviewed this before; I just haven't gotten around to processing the notes from my backlog, so the notes below are rather truncated:

CAN: Canned 11.18.14. Aluminum. 12 fl oz. Good label art. Standard pull-tab.

5.3% ABV. "Pilsner." "Malt Liquor."

Served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX. Expectations are well above average given the brewery.

APPEARANCE: Head fills ~80% of the glass. White colour, fairly creamy, frothy, and somewhat soft. Body is a clear pilsner yellow with no visible yeast particulate or muck.

Appears well-carbonated, if not overcarbonated. It's a nice looking pilsner, but there's nothing unique or special about it.

AROMA: Cream, clean malted barley, pilsner malts, and grassy hops. A biteen floral.

It's a nice albeit typical aroma for a pilsner, and has no off-putting off-notes or booze. There's no noticeable alcohol.

TASTE: Not too starchy, cereal-emphatic, or grainy. It has an apt pilsner malt backbone with some Munich malts in there too methinks, and the aptly minimal hop character is appropriately floral and grassy. It's a biteen too sweet, but it doesn't suffer from a malt extract taste like many inferior beers in the style. Shallow, sure. Simple, definitely (to style). But it's balanced and cohesive. I like it.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, fairly refreshing, slightly overcarbonated, and light-bodied. Complements the taste generally well.

OVERALL: A drinkable above average pilsner from Oscar Blues. Not a beer that can hold a candle to the traditional greats in the category, but worth trying and pretty well priced. This will satisfy most and impress few.

C+ (3.05) (1,648 characters)

Photo of sprat1960
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: Straw Yellow with hints of gold. Pours with a 1 finger creamy white head that dies down quickly leaving just a trace of foam on the surface of the beer along the sides of the glass. Lots of small bubbles noticeable. Appearance better than a good commercial beer.

Smell: Little malty, very mild hoppy aroma.

Taste: Tastes similar to how it smells, only richer. Nice light malty taste with mild hoppy finish. I found it to be nice and refreshing.

Feel: Light body with a slightly dry finish. Slightly better than a good commercial beer.

Overall: Very good example of the style, in my opinion. I had this beer at the end of a hot day and found it light and refreshing. Great summer beer. Complemented my paste dinner well. I would gladly drink this again when in the mood for a Plis. (806 characters)

Photo of founddrama
2.08/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

So I mean…I guess it's not that I don't *not* like this. But I don't think I like it much either. Just kind of… yellow beer-y. "Just lager."

Seems like an adequate camping beer and/or something good for beer can chicken or fondue or something. But that's about it. (269 characters)

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

From a 2 month old can into a pokal

A: hazy (which seems wrong for a pils...but then cleans up after a while) pale gold, with a 3 finger puffy white head, low-moderate lacing
S: (slightly sweet) grain, muted grassy hops
T: get a little hoppy bite right away which is balanced against the grainy doughy sweetness which wins out. Not quite as clean or spicy as my favorite Czech pils are, but it isn't bad.
M: a little spritz on the tongue from the hops, wet, not quite as crisp as is ideal, but still refreshing.

Overall: This is okay... Given the choice between the good to great pils from local MN, IA, and WI breweries, though, not sure that it makes sense to come back. (678 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow with a little foamy head, fades quickly, no lacing on glass.

Smell starts off with sweet malt with a light grassy aroma accompanying it, very grainy as well without much uniqueness, quite straightforward with the nose.

Taste starts out with a clean grassy bite with large sweet malt balance, light hint of lemon zest quickly comes and goes, finishes very clean and dry, carbonation is medium-high and quite crisp, I recommend drinking very cold. (468 characters)

Photo of hotpauko
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not the best reviewer of Pils but a big fan of Oskar Blues. They make nice flavorful beers in each style. This is a nice tasting, easy drinking beer with subtly abundant flavor. Smooth start to finish. Would make a great summer beer and a good one to give to a newbie or wine drinker. I'll use this a standard on future Pils'. (326 characters)

Photo of y2jrock60
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A- Hazy bright yellow with a thin white head that fades quickly.

S- Grainy slightly sweet aromas with bright hop notes.

T- Sweet upfront with a mild noble hop finish.

M- Light bodied with high carbonation.

O- A drinkable with not much going on. The hop flavor and aroma is muted compared to most Czech Pilsners. (315 characters)

Photo of DrumKid003
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned On: 03/04/2014

A: Fairly clear golden straw color w/ a half inch of white head.

S: Very heavy on the grain w/ hints of sweetness.

T: Follows the smell very closely. Yeast and other grains up front while the malt very slowly appears on the end and adds a slight sweetness to the finish.

F: Very crisp and light-bodied upfront due to the carbonation which then trends towards a slightly heavier mouthfeel as the pale malts start to come through on the taste.

O: I would definitely buy more of this if I didn't have to drive to Texas to get it. I would like to try some that was a little more fresh though to see if the usual spice on the end of Czech Pils is actually present or not and to see how the hops change the taste/mouthfeel. Very enjoyable even as is though. (784 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned On 01/23/15

A: Pours a clear yellow color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a nice thin cap

S: Clean lager yeast, graininess, and malts stand out with hints of grassy and lightly spicy hops in the back. Nice and straight-forward

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a bit of graininess and the pale malt, followed by hints of the clean yeast and light spiciness from the hops. Finishes with a very light bitterness and more of that "clean" taste

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice and easy drinking pilsner that is fairly straight-forward, which is the point. Nothing is going to blow your mind here, but it's a nice change of pace (675 characters)

Photo of CraigP83
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Disclaimer: Poured from a 1 yr old can. Smelled like musty grains, Taste is average but builds into a honey flavor of some sort, it's not real crisp or refreshing though. Leaves me with a thick mouthfeel. I'll drink the rest ice cold. (234 characters)

Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. This brew is a nice straw color with a small white head. It has a gain and slight citrus flavor. This is an excellent summer time beer. (183 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampling right now on 1/28/15. Comes in a 12 ounce can (355ml). Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage 10 ounce "Coor's glass.

Pours a lighter golden yellow in color with no head to speak of and same with lacing. The aroma is very faint and is of roasted malt and floral hops. The taste is...WOW! Really good and packed full of flavor with the roasted malt right up front with some sweetness, which is probably from the caramel malts in the mix as well. Very smooth and goes down easy. No harsh or biter aftertaste at all. Really surprised on this one! Medium-bodied with perfect lighter carbonation. (640 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz can, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, golden yellow color with a finger and a half of white-colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much in the aroma department. I get some faint, and I mean really, really faint, like almost non-existent, notes of toasted malt and floral hops.

Taste: Delicious! I mean really, really delicious! Lots of toasted malt up front, imparting lots of bready, cereal-like flavors, followed by some good caramel-like sweetness, a touch of black pepper, and some faint hops at the finish. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty effervescent as there’s quite a good bit of carbonation. With an ABV of 5.3%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is definitely the best pilsner I’ve ever had, and honestly, one of the best session beers of any style I’ve ever had! It’s absolutely fantastic! Highly recommended! (982 characters)

Photo of Reinbeck11
4.31/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks: like a great yellow fizzy beer.
Smell: is light and earthy didn't have the lite beer nastiness I associate with a pils.

Taste: was good. Clean refreshing very enjoyable. Not a flavor blast. Aftertaste holds with a light malt that reminds me of why I like beer. (I almost wish this this beer was stronger, almost)

Feel: very smooth easy drink.

Overall: this would be an excellent beer to intro non-craft drinkers with. Flavors are right on but not strong so wouldn't throw off Nu B's and so easy smooth and creamy to drink. This beer will be in my regular line (which grows to long) for times when I'm not looking to challenge my taste buds. (667 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a straw-colored golden yellow with bright, crisp straight white foam.

Herbal, biscuity, floral, and some very light citrus notes.

Slight lemon/citrus notes, bready/biscuity, and very floral.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, crisp, refreshing, clean finish.

Overall, not outstanding, but a worth-while pilsner style lager. (332 characters)

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

Poured a straw colored, clear, with a nice fluffy white one inch head. Aroma seemed a little weak, with some light yeast, cracker and some slight wine notes. The flavor was biscuity malt with a bit of of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel was rather heavy for a Pilsner, but nice nonetheless. Overall, probably not the greatest example of a Pilsner, but pretty true to style and tasty too. (384 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really well made pilsner. The hops are not massively prominent but give up enough to keep this interesting. Light bodied with well balanced carbonation. Does not leave a sickly corn taste like many other lager/pils beers. Easy to drink and good for those days where you need a refreshing, toned down beer to enjoy. (324 characters)

Photo of TheCondor
3.37/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The first in Alcohol Paul and I's NYE celebration of beer drinking. Nice and light, easy to finish, or at least it should be. Just recently arrived in our area, so we are excited to drink it. From the can into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance - As expected, this pours a strikingly clear, straw yellow color with a small, one finger head that displays little retention or lacing. I kind of like the can design, and the fact that it is canned period, but nothing over the top.

Smell - The nose is a good mix of grains, hay and breads with a bit of hops spice and bitterness. Not hops like pale ale or IPA, just a touch, enough to know they are there, not obnoxious.

Taste - Well balanced blend of the aforementioned olfactory stimuli. Mild, a touch of lemon at the front. A bit of breads and crackers, with a touch of the hops bittering in the middle. Nothing over the top, just smooth and balanced.

Mouthfeel - A bit of malt at the finish, followed by a clean, refreshing drink. Very well done, probably my favorite part. Be a real nice beer on a real hot day. Light bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall - This is a pretty decent beer. Nothing to really freak out about, but I would certainly drink it again. I do not have all my ratings in front of me at the moment, but I'd say its just as good as any other beer in this style that I have rated. Condor recommended and approved. (1,383 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden yellow body with a foamy white head that slowly receded. A good, classic Pilsner appearance. Scents of lager yeast, grainy malt, Pilsner malt, soft malt sweetness and medium-light floral hops. Overall impression is of a simple, classic Pilsner, a balance of sweet, yeasty and hoppy. Very nice. Flavor begins lightly dry with notes of floral, earthy hops, grainy malt and softly sweet malt. Middle continues flavors of hops, picking up a bit more Pilsner malt sweetness. Finish is medium-dry with notes of grainy malt, softly sweet Pilsner malt and medium-high herbal and floral hop flavors. Aftertaste is dank herbal and floral hops and grainy malt. Overall impression of flavor is of a dry Pilsner that has a soft underlying sweetness to keep it balanced, but that is still grained and hoppier than it is sweet. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with high carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a classic Pilsner, refreshing and easy to drink. Overall this is a pretty good Pilsner. It is hoppy and fairly dry in aroma and flavor with a nice refreshing mouthfeel. A good example of what the style can be when done properly. (1,175 characters)

Photo of Brewndruid
3.14/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the can
Not a buy again, just too many better representatives of the style.
Odd straw color.
mouthfeel a bit to heavy, for a Czech Pils, the hops are way too far forward. (175 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light golden in color with excellent clarity. There's a half inch of tightly packed rocky white head. Brussels lacing. Sweet aroma of light malt is all I detect. There's just a hint of light malt with a very clean finish. The mouth is dry and very smooth. (260 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4/5  rDev +10.8%

This is a good Pilsener. I think its pretty representative of the European style from which it is derived. I had a friend who drinks American "pilsners" and he felt it was way too hoppy, but to me it was just right. I felt it had a nice balance of hops and bready malitiness. Crisp and well flavored for the style. When I catch it on sale I will purchase it again. My only complaint is that similar quality breweries have similar beers for better prices. Nevertheless, its a solid pils. (486 characters)

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