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

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Reviews: 818
Hads: 2,883
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 23.55%
Wants: 59
Gots: 438 | FT: 2
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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 Dikfour
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Pours big rocky white head that dissipates pretty quickly. Some lacing. Slightly opaque golden straw in color.

Smell: Hops have a little baking spice on them. A little bready malt maybe.

Taste: Surprised by the passion fruit up front that is fairly quickly encompassed by the bready malt. Finishes with a spicy bitter bite.

Feel: Crisp and a little buttery even.

Overall: Very complex and surprising. I was expecting this to be more of a straight forward Czech Pils and it certainly put its own spin on things. Totally works. I'm in to this one. Will be a return customer.

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Photo of Domvan
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Look - Yellow light color, average head
Smell - Not much to the smell
Taste - Light, nothing that really stuck out
Feel - Light mouthfeel
Not much to this beer

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 5/15/15 at 41 degrees into shaker
Aroma – wet grain
Head large (six cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, slowly diminishing to two cm frothy layer
Lacing – OK. Many small islands of tiny to medium bubbles
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor very light, grainy, with faint bitter aftertaste with a long hang time; no alcohol, no diacetyl. By fat the lightest in both taste and color of all the Oskar Blues brews I’ve tried.
Palate light, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of bwood06
3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear golden amber with moderate to high carbonation. very thin but creamy white head. 4/5

S - not much aroma period. hint of grassy hops and a hint of roasted malt. 2.5/5

T - toasted, slightly bitter malt. some slight hint of corn. grassy hops. 3.5/5

M - very light and crisp. disappears as soon as it's downed. don't really notice carbonation. 3.5/5

O - good drinkable beer for a hot day. great beer for pairing with pizza. 3.5/5

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Photo of GrinkoN
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Golden Yellow, thin head.

S: Not to bready, nice slight hop presence

T/F: WEll rounded, some bread, hops at the end. Feels mid to light bodied, nice feel.

O: A good reliable beer, solid.

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Photo of dwren89
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: golden yellow, great clarity, thin foamy white head

Aroma: fresh bread, soft rounded make aroma

Taste: soft and well rounded fresh bread flavor up front, then the carbonation and hops close out the taste with an abrupt and sharp finish. Very easy drinking

Mouthfeel: very tingly, very carbonated, medium light on the palate, short finish

Overall: A fantastic Czech Pilsner from a terrific brewery. Very soft, fresh bread flavor with the right amount of tingle and bitterness to match well with great summer foods. One of the better American made Czech Pilsners on the market.

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Photo of delta490
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark gold with a little bit of fizzy white head that goes away quckly. A little rim hangs on and leaves a small amount of slightly sticky lacing. The aroma is pleasant, not as much of the biscuity note traditionally present, but a bigger noble hop presence, grassy and earthy. The taste is much the same, with a hint of the biscuit quality peaking out at the end. The body is lighter, but not watery, with solid carbonation and a little hops bite.

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Photo of DoctorQ9
3.14/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I applaud Oskar Blues for making a Czech style pilsner, but this one is simply too pale and too weak for my taste. No nose and not enough hops to bite back.

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Photo of takusan1000
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not the Pilsner expert. This is good though and in a classic Czech style. Light, grassy, a nice hop twang. Good for a summer day. Mouthfeel is what sets it apart--light but creamy.

I don't know too many solid American Pils (I haven't looked much) so this one will stay on my radar. I never would have bought it if it hadn't been in a variety pack, so it's nice to be exposed to these things.

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Photo of bishopdc0
2.87/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Had out of can from the mix pack. yellow color, bread nose etc. What this is lacking is any hops, looking for at least a slight spicy or flora note but alas. I love pilsner and to me this doesnt make it. There is a fair amount of corn/dms flavor that is off putting. Part may be, just noticing the canned on date is end February but here we are. This beer is dry and a good bmc intro but I will avoid in the future and stick to a local pils or SA noble pils or Lagunitasomething as there are much more flavorful and also quaffable

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L (4.25) - Very light yellow and clear. Not much head to speak of
S (3.75) - Very little aroma. If you'd blindfolded me and held it to my nose, I might not have even guessed beer.
T (4.25) - I think for the style of beer, they did a good job. A little bit of that light lager taste that an adjunct lager has. But with more personality.
F (4) - Good mouthfeel. Fairly heavy carb, but being a pilsner, it is quite drinkable.
O (4) - Overall, this is a solid pilsener. Good taste, easy to drink. I'd recommend this over a BMC Lite any day.

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Photo of Germanstylefan7896
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very nice pilsner style beer. Really has the punch at the end, makes you feel like its a fine craft beer. It really stands out compared to other types, there is just something about that pop it has towrads the end of the taste.

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Photo of Beer_I_Am
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-beautiful golden S-skunky, straw, sulfur T-also get the dishwater note/stale that others mentioned, followed by light floral hops M-good carbonation, silky O-tastes like what a natty light should be. I like it, very easy to drink (or sessionable if you're a hipster)

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw color with a two finger white head. Aroma is bready malt and a bit of floral from the hops. Taste follows with bready malt flavors and subdued hops. Mouthfeel feel is good, light and effervescent. Overall a pretty good Czech pilsner that shows potential in spades as a session drink.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

-look is gold with a very nice light head
- smell is very mellow more of a crispness with light grains., i do get the stale scent i see others talk about in the comments
- taste to me is very smooth with a very rounded wheat beer, refreshing
- feel is like water smooth
- overall a great beer for a summer day, not as complex as other styles but for a pilsner this makes the cut

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Photo of leantom
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer's been a long time coming. Here goes:

A: Pours a large head that readily dissipates. Leaves moderate lacing. Beer is well carbonated. Color is straw and hazy yellow. Overall, pretty good.

S: Citrus, grass, straw. Not much else, though. Rather simple. Not as refreshing or crisp as most other pilsners I've smelled, though, as it smells somewhat stale/old.

T: Very lemony. Also a touch of lighter spices. Quite simple, like the smell, but still adequate.

F: Actually very nice and bready; well-carbonated as well. Good.

O: Solid pils, but I've had much better.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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'.

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