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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 SometimesIfart
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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 +9.1%
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 -8.3%
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 +6.4%
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 +2.5%
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 +1.4%
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%
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 -2.2%
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 -6.1%
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 +0.3%
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 +28.5%
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 -2.2%
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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Photo of Chicowdy
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

SHOCKED by this beer. Oskar Blues is an amazing brewery and this stuff tastes like Miller High Life (which would be fine if I wanted that). No crispness usually expected from a pilsner. Strange sweetness that I wasn't looking for. Won't buy again. Sorry OB. Dale's, Pinner, G'Knight, Tenfidy, etc all so good. This one, not so much.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks and feels like a traditional czech pils. Is a good solid version but nothing really overly special about it which is fine. Have it to convert someone from their BMC pils though and it would be a good bridger.

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Photo of Buck89
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear straw color with a bright white compact head. Aroma is earthy with some spice and grain. Taste is bready sweet with some earth notes and mild spiciness. Finish is clean and dry. No diacetyl. Very nice.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look-Color is a very light and very clear copper, pours a finger of frothy head that retains decently and leaves nice chunks of lacing on the side of the glass, steady stream of bubbles rise to the surface.
Smell-Not much going on here, grain, yeast, bit of hop funk.
Taste-Similar to smell, has the grainy, yeasty flavor of a macro lager, with a touch of pleasant biscuity sweetness and a hint of hop bitterness.
Feel-Light body, pretty juicy and very carbonated.
Overall-For me this one isn't in the league of great pilasters, and there are many, but as a session or lawn mower beer it might do the trick nicely.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant straw crowned by a very finely bubbled 1” foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: Malty grainy nose with spice and earthy notes.
T: Drinks malty with a rich, bitter finish. Has a pleasant dryness on the end with lingering light grain, light malt flavors. No fruit, no diacetyl.
F: Clean and crisp, very full and pleasant mouth feel. Carbonaiton is medium for a Pils
O: This is not your Dad’s fizzy glass of tasteless liquid

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Photo of Rock360
2.42/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Well, maybe I shouldn't be reviewing this, just not really my thing it seems. It tastes okay, its not bad, but it has this weird flavor to it that I dont quite like.

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Photo of jimdalton
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Golden in color. Slightly hazy.
Smell: Subtle, round, grainy aroma.
Taste: Very smooth, yeasty front progressing towards a refreshing effervescence and finally closing with pilsner style hops that leave a light, crisp finish.
Mouthfeel: Smooth front that progresses to a wonderful carbonation and ends with a crisp, short finish.
Overall: A wonderful execution of a Czech Pilsner. Easy drinking, approachable flavor that can please even the most seasoned beer aficionado while pleasing those new to the wonderful world of beer.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
2.92/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz can purchased as part of a 6-pack from Whole Foods and poured into a stemmed Spiegelau Pilsner glass. A solid B- beer. Pretty refreshing and would probably pair well with most foods. Prefer this a bit to Pilsener Urquell but would rather have a Lagunitas Pils than this.

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Photo of Dikfour
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
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 -14.4%
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 +0.8%
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 -9.1%
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 +9.7%
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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