Dismiss Notice
Sneak peek! BeerAdvocate magazine #104 (September 2015) featuring Leah & Oscar from Highland Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more ...
Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to our newsletter and get the latest BeerAdvocate updates delivered to your inbox.

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

Not Rated.
Mama's Little Yella PilsMama's Little Yella Pils

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
82
good

809 Reviews
THE BROS
84
good

(Read More)
Reviews: 809
Hads: 2,846
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 6.65%
Wants: 58
Gots: 415 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GilGarp on 02-25-2009

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Mama's Little Yella Pils Alström Bros
Reviews: 809 | Hads: 2,846
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)

Photo of dcscientist
3.9/5  rDev +8%

This is Oskar Blues' pilsner, and it's pretty good, though maybe a touch heavy for the style. I'll drink this one, but I think there are better pilsners made in these parts. They have mastered the canning process with their beers, so it still tastes nice and fresh and it's very portable. (290 characters)

Photo of everythingiszen
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light and drinkable pilsner. Doesn't overwhelm the palate, but also not very complex. Lighter-medium bodied. More citrusy than I expected this go-around. Favorite pilsner in a can, though good-not-great. (203 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a flute. Clever name. Indeed, its yella ... a sparkling yet slightly cloudy light lemon drop hue with a rather gorgeous creamy white head of approximately two fingers height. Aroma is freshly hulled grains and fragrant noble hops all the way ... White bread, breakfast cereal, fresh cut hay, a tinge of tarragon and lavender. Great Saaz nose. Fresh, moderately sweet, and inviting. Palate is assertive, almost bold, with sweet grains and spicy hops in equal measure. An almost plain donut-like malt sweetness lurks underneath a slight grain husk note, clover-like floral hops, vanilla, bread from a cranked up toaster, and a hint of butter. The sweetness evokes cornbread as well. The vaguest whiff of orange citrus. Classic Czech profile on the nose, hybrid Czech/CAP (classic American pils) on the palate. Thin to moderate body I suppose, highly carbonated. The husk note could be considered a rough edge but I don't mind too much right at this point. One of those beers that translates super well at the right moment ... Which must be now as I type this review. (1,080 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden color with a thick one finger head with medium retention.
Aroma of lager yeast, grassy hops and bread malt.
Flavor of bread malt and yeast following by grassy and floral hops and then a long lasting lemon. Dry aftertaste with a pleasant but smooth bitterness.
Light to medium body.
Refreshing and really pleasant to drink pils with a medium bitterness.
Ap.3,25 Ar.3 Sab.3,5 Sens.3,75 Cj.3,5 (411 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%

A: poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass, golden lemon straw colored with a huge foamy white head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: sweet malt with a light noble hop character, grainy

T: sweeter with a bit of peppery hops up front, fades to a simple dry bitterness

M: light and crisp

O: slightly more hop finish but true to the style (350 characters)

Photo of Dwkasper
3.5/5  rDev -3%

A: Light yellow transparent body with a slight haze and light steady carbonation. Two finger white fluffy head that disappeared fairly quickly.

S: Light hay, strong pilsner malt. No distinct fruits or other strong smells.

T: very mild, very slightly lemon taste up front with a cracker finish. Distinct pilsner malt taste. Small bitterness in the middle but easy to drink with no lingering after taste. Light carbonation has a nice mouth feel.

O: Very simple and easy to drink pilsner. Strong pilsner smell with smooth and refreshing taste. (558 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
3.25/5  rDev -10%

A: Bright hazy gold color, with a slight transparency, had a nice two finger white head at the top that disappeared rather quickly, left a nice lacing around the glass as you drank it.

S: Some bread notes throughout, malt, a slight hint of a sweet fruit, maybe nectarines. A hint of spice on the tail end.

T: Bready up front, with malts follow up and slight bitterness on the tail end, hints of spice as well just like the nose.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight stickyness.

O: Not to complex, but not bad tasting either, a good balanced beer and easy drinker as well. For a pils I think this lived up to the expectations. (641 characters)

Photo of garuda
4.11/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Light golden body, clear, white head has good retention and lacing with a steady stream of bubbles.

M - Light body, medium to high carbonation, crisp, clean, dry finish.

S/T - Herbal, floral hops, biscuit and cracker malts, slightly grainy.

O - Solid pils, easy drinking, good range of flavor. (300 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mama's Little Yella Pils pours a straw like color, with a small fizzy head. There really isn't much of an aroma. The taste has a nice pale malty backbone, with a very nice and noticeable spicy aftertaste. Nice flavors, and nice body, great aftertaste. Overall its a great spicy pils for a hot summer day. (304 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

05/17/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. From the tap this has a very creamy texture. The slight bite and citrus make it a welcome summer drink. Only having one (this time), but it may be tad full bodied for a day at the beach. Hard to imagine a canned portion. I guess I now have something else to lto look forward too, as I hate guessing about anything. (352 characters)

Photo of Keith888
1.64/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This was unfortunately a s***product.

Smell-smelled like methane. I thought someone had released air from their rearend but alas it was my pint of beer I just received.

I do not know if this was a very old keg, but this was worse than a mass market beer.
(260 characters)

Photo of Sam-VW
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from Can into half pint tulip

A - pours a yellow colour with a medium white head with excellent retention

S - floral hops, pilsner malt, hints of fresh grass and some bread

T - starts with an initial floral/pine hop hit followed by sweet malts and more floral notes. Excellent.

M - very smooth, crisp and refreshing. Finishes medium dry (351 characters)

Photo of nreed
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Taken from my fridge, poured, and let sit for about 3 minutes. It was crisp and clear, with about a 4 finger head that dissipated in about 5 minutes with a good amount of glass lacing. The smell is what I expect in a pilsner: crisp lemon and a bit of bready-ness. The taste follows the smell: lemon with a bit of bready-ness at the end. It's easy to drink and would be a perfect session beer at a BBQ (or with this turkey sub that I have). I'd buy it again to introduce people to craft beers. (492 characters)

Photo of jps0869
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank from 19.2 oz can. Pours cloudy golden, with a white head. Nice lacework and head retention--appearance is probably the beer's best feature. Medium effervescence. Nose is fairly nondescript, with hints of baked bread and some vague hoppiness. Taste is a nice malt/hop balance--I'm not a fan of the trend toward heavily hopped lagers--with some hop finish (maybe Saaz?). Mouthfeel is solid, mildly unctuous. Given the 5.3 abv and reasonable price, it would make a nice session lager. Not a classic, but I'd happily drink it again. (534 characters)

Photo of SaltofOH
4.72/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can from a mix and match six pack, canned on 5/6/14 (at 10:20).

Appearance: Pours a clear yellow-gold with a 1" rocky white head. Very good retention, and lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as I drink. Visible, fairly high carbonation.

Aroma: Strong European/noble hop aroma. Light maltiness. Clean.

Taste: Dry, grassy arrival. Complex hop delivery across mid-palate. Flash of sweetness, then very pleasant strong hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Hefty for a pilsner. Its weight was the first thing I noticed.

Overall: Perfect execution, if a touch heavier than what I'd expect. Outstanding noble hop character. I would definitely buy a sixer of this. In fact, it is better than the last Pilsner Urquell I had. Super refreshing. (734 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy lemon yellow with stiff pile of pocked white froth.
Clean lagery grain nose with a squeeze of lemon, grass, and papaya skin.
Sweet crackery malts, then grass and lemon sorbet hops.
Herbal end and long bitter cut hay linger.
Crisp, tingly, beyond light, slight chew.

Sweeter than expected. 10/29 bottling date (7 months!) which shouldn’t matter for lager but might if it’s super hoppy. Still gentle (almost creamy – I can see other reviews that mention corn) and easy drinking, and miles above most non-craft lagers. Doesn’t quite have that Czech pils snap, though. Edit: OK, it’s supposed to be this sweet and lame. In which case, OK quaffer but very not to style. (693 characters)

Photo of atigerlife
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at the Tipsy Crow in San Diego.

Pours yellow with a fluffy white head that has good retention. Good carbonation seen rising. Nice.

Aroma has some grain, malts. Nothing too heavy.

Taste is somewhat sweet. Light hops. Good malt character & some graininess. Rather crisp.

Mouthfeel is light with a nice cleansing feel.

Overall, this beer is very drinkable and sessionable. Very nice on a hot day. Certainly hit the spot for me. (434 characters)

Mama's Little Yella Pils from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
82 out of 100 based on 809 ratings.