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

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Mama's Little Yella PilsMama's Little Yella Pils

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824 Reviews

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Reviews: 824
Hads: 2,920
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 23.55%
Wants: 62
Gots: 464 | 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

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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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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Mama's Little Yella Pils from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
82 out of 100 based on 824 ratings.