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

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Reviews: 802
Hads: 2,812
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 55
Gots: 388 | 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 tigg924
4.72/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: high carbonation, one inch head, clear, light golden yellow, with lacing that stays

Smell: malt/grass

Taste:honey, grass, and malt

Mouthfeel: sweet, light, crisp, can feel the carbonation

Drinkability: Totally sessionable. I am not usually a fan of the style and have had mixed results with this brewery. That being said, this is my new standard bearer for the style. This is totally refreshing and not other pilsners. I have had a lot of pilsners, and as of right now, this is the best I have had..Great beer for the style. (540 characters)

Photo of HoustonTX
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Saw this one on the shelves for the first time yesterday. Very attractive looking can and upon inspecting Oskar Blues, lead me to the purchase.

This one pours out with a nice solid yellow crystal clear body. Ample amounts of head and sticky lacing creep down the sides of the glass.

Aroma is actually quite complex. It's spicy, and assertive. With a grassy edge. A touch of hay, a bit of citrus, and spruce. It's overall very floral and perfumy, without being cloying.
Quite nice, especially for a Pilsener.

Taste is a mix of subtle fragrances coliding with a nice display of malt. A bit spicy and citrusy upfront, soon fades to a drying earthiness. Plenty to offer here, with the flavors being well balanced.

Another great beer from Oskar Blues. Can they even make a bad beer? I think not. Well done fellas. (812 characters)

Photo of Atlas1
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We just recently started seeing this in south Texas. Long overdue in my opinion.

Pours a bright golden, clear straw color with a one-finger white head on top. Some lace retention. It appears almost a yellowish chartreuse color when held up to natural light. The nose is bold for a pils. Rich and malty with strong butter notes and some very faint citrus. Earthy. A great nose for the style; this really should set the standard for the American craft version of the Czech pilsner. Taste is very nice, again with a strong malt presence. I also taste buttered popcorn, faint vanilla, and sugar bread. Finishes with a smooth tangy hop bite. Mouthfeel is firm, at times creamy.

Another great beer from Oskar Blues. Full-bodied, delicious, and bold. I like what they do up there in Lyons, CO. The fact that you can take this beer camping makes it all the better. Really good stuff. (877 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amazing head here!! Don't drink from the can, since this one pours transparent pale golden color with rocky, foamy, meringue-like head. Aromas are fresh with a grain malty component and light herbal hops. On the palate it is light bodied, lightly sweet/malty, and a good herbal crispness from the hops. Easy drinking. (317 characters)

Photo of goatgoat
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a perfectly clear lemon yellow. A couple of fingers of fizzy white head form, taking a respectable time falling into thin cap. Little spots of foam form a random pattern on the whole of the glass.
Aroma is dry grainy malt with a hint of grass.
Flavor is nicely balanced starting with a good malty grain. There's a better hop character here, coming with a little herbal, a little spicy to a good moderate bitterness which defines the finish. There a very slight, almost more feel than flavor, buttery note.
Medium body with good carbonation. But the feel, that buttery feel, sticks around too long to be the classic pils "clean".

A good attempt at a hard-to-find style. (676 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to acme for the "trade"!

Pours with brilliant clarity, 2 fingers of sudsy foam into a pint glass. It laces a little and then the surface breaks in the centre of the glass. A touch bready, and slightly sulfuric, grassy noble hop note towards the end. Bready flavor, clean with very mild hop presence. Finishes dry. As it warms, there is a slight complimentary sweetness to the light bready malt. Seemed more like a German Helles than Czech to me, but what do I know. Easy to drink on a warm day without too much intellectualizing... (540 characters)

Photo of erosier
4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a clear golden yellow color with a medium sized and thin white colored head that laces the glass nicely all the way down.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, a sweet bready aroma, and a nice touch of floral/earthy/citrusy hops.
T: Tastes like the nose - nice amounts of toasted malts, sweet bready flavor, hints of what seem like fruit but I can't put my finger on what fruit, and then a nice earthy/floral/citrus hop finish.
M: Very crisp, fresh, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, this is a really nice pilsener. All of the flavors are there and blended very well. I liked it a lot. (618 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking for this beer for a while, and I'm excited to have found it. With this beer, I'll have completed all of OB's bigger release beers! Picked up a sixer from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins for around 9.

A: Bright gold, with a stark white head, about half an inch thick or so. Excellent retention, gobs and gobs of lacing. Excellent clarity too. Really a nice looking pils.

S: Piney hops, pale malts, and really, that's about it. There really isn't a lot going on, but it hits all the right notes.

T: Nice balance of spicy hop bitterness and husky barley malt. Nice tasting beer, lots of lingering bitterness as well. Really a good pils, but not terribly exciting.

M: Light, crisp, nice carbonation, this one really begs for another drink.

D: This is a great gateway beer for the BMC fan. I could easily drink a few of these, I hope that I can find it more often, because this will be a great camping beer. Excellent beer, not really my style, but still a fine beer. (981 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a one-finger head. Looks good for the style.

Aroma has a slight sweetness/breadiness to it.

Taste is nice and full of hops upfront followed by a subtle breadiness.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering hops and breadiness.

Pretty good for a canned micro pilsener. Easy to drink and good for a romp on the beach or while mowing the lawn. (361 characters)

Photo of elniko
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into Spaten stange glass. Canned 3/25/2009 according to bottom of can.

A: As the name implies, "yella" coloring with a thick foamy head and nice lacing. Nice looking brew.

S: Maltiness mostly but I do pick up some alcohol tones as well.

T & M: I have not encountered a pilsener that has the butter tones that this beer does. After pondering this for a few minutes I've decided that although different than the typical pilsener I'm not quite a fan. Creamy mouthfeel and more creamy than bitter on the finish as well.

D: Drinkable although I will not be seeking out again. There are still a few more Oskar Blues that I need to try. (650 characters)

Photo of jbphoto88
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow in color with a pure white head. If there were any red or black stripes on my glass then it would be the exact color scheme of the can it came in.

Smell is a slightly sweet corny grain balanced by a saazy spice. Clean, crisp and light in the aroma department almost mild mannered.

Taste is also clean, nicely spiced from the hop profile. Again balanced with a nice grainy flavor. Together this is a good pils. I like the hints of a grassy lemon grain hop mix.

A light bodied refreshing lager that fits far above the macros. Well worth drinking if this is your style. (583 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

04/25/09- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz can, forgot to look for freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Pale yellow color with effvervescent bubbles and a nice full inch creamy white head. Leaves some decent lace markings behind.

Smell- Strong nose of saaz hops and also a strong grain nose. Quite floral.

Taste- Hops are quite large and quite flavorful. Grain-malt base is the main flavor, but very fresh tasting.

Mouthfeel- Very creamy with a medium carbonation level. Nice hoppy aftertaste. Overall perfection in the mouth.

Drinkability- Easy to session, although the 5.3 abv sneaks up a bit. Wonderful pils IMO. I went right back out and bought the last six pack they had after I had a couple of them. (771 characters)

Photo of Deuane
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Clockworkorange for hooking me up with a can.

A-Brilliant golden yellow with a thin bright white head that left spotty lace.

S-Biscuity malt with a light touch of floral hops.

T-Grassy and floral hop bite. Nice backing by a healthy dose of biscuit malt. All in all though it is rather light.

M-Medium-light body with a nice sharp crispness. Good lingering bitterness and dry finiah.

D-A good macro lager alternative. Just enough flavour to keep from being boring but overall a bit too light to feel truly solid. (526 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass. Not a big fan of the style but this completes my OB generally available set. It was a slightly hazy pale yellow color with some carb streams and slow sliding lace. It had an average sized white head that settled into a partial film fed by the carb streams.

The aroma was typical pilsner - wet dog/hay, malty with a faint touch of hops. Not a big fan of these aromas but this one was markedly better than most. The taste was very malty with a crisp finish. Similar to aroma, it was better than most in this style.

Overall, a good beer that so far is the only CP that I've liked. Mild recommend. At beginning I was thinking one and done but it really grew on me. Will have to try another and see what I think then. Could be a good summer session beer.

[resample; >;tap] (815 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at Abe's in Bethlehem for around $10. Canned on 3-31-09. I'm dusting off one of my pilsner glasses and diving in. Appears a clear, effervescent pale yellow color with barely half an inch of quickly fading white foam. Smells of lightly toasted grains, bread, and grass. Tastes of bready grains, a bit of spicy pepper on the back of the tongue, grassy, mildly bitter hops, and a hint of lemon. Every so slightly below medium bodied with medium to moderate carbonation. The perfect beer to enjoy during this late April mini heat wave going on here. (563 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a can to a pilsener glass. Bright yellow in color, mainly clear with a bit of haze in texture. Head was fairly long-lasting and foamy. Decent lacing.

S: Lots of malt and a bit of citrus.

T: A big malt flavor (like most of the style) with some hops, citrus and bananas. Very flavorful - more than a lot of this style.

M: A pretty high amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable beer, to be sure. It would make a good summer brew. (481 characters)

Photo of rkcrozier
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into pint glass (I know, I know...I don't have a pilsner glass)

Appearance - golden with nice carbonation and the frothy head stuck around a lot longer than I expected.

Smell - traces of malt, bananas...

Taste - nice, very nice

Mouthfeel - didn't have the bite that most pilsners have but it wasn't a bad thing...actually it was real nice

Drinkability - i had one a few weeks ago when the weather was warm and wasn't impressed. Perhaps with the temps in the 90's the impression was a much different one when I tried it again.

Although not a fan of pilsners, perhaps the the beer gods aligned the perfect day for me to try this beer again as I had a first and then another while I was outside grilling in the saun and 90 degree heat. Can't wait to get home and have another! (795 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.39/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I like OB beers, but this one falls short for the style and in general. I'm hoping the tap was unclean at ESPN Zone as I ordered this beer for the NFL draft.

Yellow/golden pour that seemed richer than a usual Czech pils. Head was thin and turned to a slight film that offered some splotches. Looks moldy.

Average smell I guess, couldn't really detect much but faint straw and malt. I chalk this up to atmosphere at the Zone.

Diacetyl right off the bat. Butterscotch and stale bread. Took me half the pint to overlook this and try to detect some spice or Saaz, but no go. Towards the end it picked up a bit, but it wasn't crisp or clean or floral. Missed the mark here.

IF I have this again, it won't be from a tap. (718 characters)

Photo of jmalex
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah yes. 87 degrees and I'm sitting out on my porch drinking a pilsner. Summer is almost here.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Prima Pils glass a straw yellow color with a loose-bubbled, bright white head. It starts at 3 fingers height but shrinks quickly to a finger-high cap.

SMELL: Very clean and crisp with a clean pilsner malt base. The slightest bit of noble hop aroma comes through the unmistakable aroma of lager yeast.

TASTE: Pilsner malt and nothing else right from the start. The yeast qualities actually take some time to develop but get there eventually. Hop flavor is minimal and balancing. The finish is kind of sweet with a mild buttery-like quality.

MOUTHFEEL: A little more malty and full than I'd like but still on the lighter side of the spectrum. Carbonation level is average and appropriate.

DRINKABILITY: Maybe it's the kind of day that it is, but I feel like I could drink a whole lot of this. Really good, even within the style.

Well I might want to drink a bit more of this this summer. Maybe I need more than just 1 can. (1,046 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Large bubbled head, but it recedes slowly and leaves some spotty lace. Crystal clear with a yellowish-straw color.

Grainy aroma of fresh mowed hay. Lacking the flowery hop that I have come to expect from a Czech Pils.

A soft beer in terms of mouthfeel. This has a lot of the elements of an inexpensive macro: grainy, a relatively harsh aftertaste that doesn't really feature much hops. I like the texture--a bit richer than most pilsners. (441 characters)

Photo of dondeez21
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Looked like Budweiser. Nothing to different about this beer.
S: Nothing out of the ordinary
T: Remined me of any other Lager out there
M: Dry Crisp good for a warm night
D: If you are into paying a few extra dollars for a beer that isnt to much better than most other macros out there. Overall this beer isnt anythign special at all. I would recommend trying it but my experience wasnt anythign special at all. (413 characters)

Photo of aubuc1
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured in to a pilsner glass.

Pours a clear golden color with a steady stream of carbonation and a white head.

Smell is smooth hops and light floral. Sort of metallic and doesn't jump out.

Taste is light, a little peppery, slightly sweet, and a little smooth malt.

Good mouthfeel and very drinkable.

Not up to nearly the level of the other OB beers I have had, but I have never been blown away by a pilsner. (422 characters)

Photo of InandOutBeerGuys
1.77/5  rDev -51%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Not impressed- big letdown here! Czech Pils, no way! No where near a Euro Pils. Buttery adjunct laden flavors & smells. Absolutely terrible & not up to OB's normal quality. Was all ready for a crisp hoppy Pils but this is nothing more than Schmidt's from Colorado. no hoppy aromas no hoppiness in the flavor & hardly anything impressive here- AVOID lovers of good beer. What were they thinking??? (396 characters)

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Czech pilsner isn't my favorite style, but this one is very clean and refreshing.

Nice 2 finger head with pale yellow color. Incredible clarity!

Smell is of some mild noble hops and some citrus from the pilsner malt. Hints of grass and hay come through as well.

A dryness comes on the palate with a elements of grass and hay. Light flavor of spicy hops and a balancing light bitterness follow. No detectable brewing flaws.

Mouthfeel is crisp and there is some malty undertone. It's not too dry. There is some great fullness to this beer.

This a great example of the style and perhaps the first czech pilsner I've liked. (626 characters)

Photo of letsgopens
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bright golden color with a nice effervescent, pearl head. Some rising carbonation and decent head retention.

Mild but substantial with a soft biscuity notes and some spicy/grassy hops.

Bright and spicy with a with good malt backbone. That characteristic sharpness is certainly present with plenty of hoppiness as well.

The mouthfeel is mostly what's expected with a crisp, fairly refreshing texture and an expected level of carbonation considering the style. Enjoyable and satisfying, definitely worth a try especially if your a fan of the style. (551 characters)

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