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

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BA SCORE
82
good

809 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 809
Hads: 2,844
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 58
Gots: 413 | 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 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. (429 characters)

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 (535 characters)

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. (547 characters)

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. (227 characters)

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) (268 characters)

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. (307 characters)

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 (378 characters)

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. (590 characters)

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.
Odd.

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)

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