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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

Brewed by:
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.

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Photo of Chaz
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear-to-brilliant golden straw in color, topped with a two-fingered off-white head - the head is rocky and most impressive, subsiding a bit after a minute or two and leaving a very appealing ring of lace as it does so.

As far as the nose, this one is running on all cylinders: light Noble hop aroma with a sturdier to-style Pilsner malt complexion, with broader biscuit-y notes welling up. Lightly astringent.

Taste is spot-on for what I'm anticipating at this point: sweet/tangy/bitter in the best Pilsener tradition, and with a nice clean, dry finish. Rather creamy as well. Taking additional notes on this one almost seems redundant to me, as I know a "good" (or stylistically accurate, anyway) Pils when I taste it, and Mama's Little Yella Pils is hitting all the right notes for me.

Oscar Blues is a bit pricier than what I'm accustomed to spending on beer, but to my mind this is easily the most impressive of their offerings and worth the occasional indulgence, and I'm already looking forward to my next trip to Hudson...

Canned 040909 (Batch #10) Enjoyed 061309

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Photo of montecristo2
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Nice thick pillowy head on the intial pour that lasted a good way through the entire beer.

Noticeable hop presence but not overstated. Missing the "bite" you get from traditional German pilsner styles.

Pours nice and clear. Honey colored. Good lacing on the glass.

Very drinkable, could have a few of these and being in cans makes them easier to carry.

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Photo of everetends
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Uh, four 12 oz cans served up in a pilsner glass for my enjoyment while watching my Pens close out the series. Been meaning to get around to this brew for a while and I figured it would make a good beer to drink multiples of during the game.

A: So yeah, this is a straight up pilsner yo. Got a yellowy gold color that is super clear. Held to the light the color doesn't change much from you expected pils gold. There is a good amount of carbonation in here that makes me happy, I know this will be refreshing just by looking at it. Always got a good finger or more of head of the pours and it held its own. Lace was pretty decent, throwing some webs on the glass. Not bad at all, but it is straight up pils.

S: Well its got a nice hops presence and that is what sets it apart from most pils. Has a nice floral and spicy aroma kickin here. Then you get the light malt and grains presence. Other than that, pretty boring. Hops are what shine here though.

T: Yet again, nice hops presence. Little bit of spice rolling across the palate and then a really nice and light floral presence. Malts are pale and bring a slight breadiness to the equation. The grains are nice, making this earthy and interesting. Sure, its not crazy, but it tastes good.

M: Light bodied with a high carbonation. Carbonation shines and is what it should be in a pils. Lots crispness going on creating uber refreshment. ABV seems much lower than the recorded 5.3%. Finishes actually pretty clean, leaving only a touch of grains and earth in the background.

D: Very. All I can say. This is an easy drinking Pils and that is what I want from the style. Easily killed four of these with no regrets. It may have actually gotten a 5 in the drinkability department but the $10 price tag takes a little away (yes I tend to factor in price to this score). Otherwise, I can't complain. Just a great summer/lawnmower brew. Refreshes and pleases. Thank you Oskar Blues. Very nice.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a bubbly head.

The aroma is sweet and grainy with mild fruit characteristics.

Pale malts and mild hops on the palate. A touch of fruit and a soft, bubbly mouthfeel. Clean finish.

A nice, drinkable pilsner, but nothing special. I can see why this would be a nice option when a can is required, but otherwise I'd shoot for something different.

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Photo of plaid75
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a three finger foamy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a lightly sweet grainy malt and a spicy noble hop.

The taste featured a sweeter than normal malt, a light graininess and some grassy hops.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style.

Overall a decent pils. More in common with an all malt macro than an authentic pils.

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Photo of ttam281
2.42/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a six pack of this a while ago and have been slowly whittling away at a pace that is unusual for me. Why? Because I don't like it.
It has very little flavor or anything going on in the beer. It finishes very dry, which I like, but there's nothing before that. This is definitly not a pilsener. I'm betting that this was brewed aiming for the Budweiser/Miller/Coors crowd which it imitates quite well.

Like all beers, it has it's place. In an effort to support small berweries and to appease the law that states no glass on a beach or lake, I will be purchasing this brew for these trips.

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Photo of wedge
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch #9: 04-02-09

Pours pale yellow under a foamy off-white head. Clean, bready grain, lemon zest, and flowers. Grainy, pale lager-like flavor. Sweetish, slightly herbal, floral, grassy...grape? Light and smooth.

Seems more like a cheaper American pils. Not that great. Nothing about this says "Czech" to me.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up some in Tennessee while driving south for a week in Florida.

Poured from the can a light, crystal-clear yellow with a huge frothy white head which left decent lacing.

Aroma of bready malts, cloves, lemon and strawberry.

Notes of clove, lemon, white pepper, hops, and table cracker.

Light, crisp bodied with a sparkly carbonation.

This went down so well on a hot Florida beach. It was tough saving a few to bring home.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden pale color with better than a full finger loose foamy white head that fades quickly...little lacing present. The smell is good but not fully present. Lemony citrus notes and a good amount of malt sweetness suggested. A little sweeter that most in style. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is creamy and slightly tangy. The flavor is as sweet as the nose suggests. Not as tart or 'refreshing' as some of this style, but very very drinkable. At 5.3% ABV these would go all night long. The total package seem a little heavier and more filling than my most recent sample of this style.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into an imperial pint. Extra special thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the trade and hook up!

Printed on the bottom of the can (looks like the can was turning as it was printed on so some of it was pretty garbled): "ENJOY BATCH #17 CANNED ON 03-23-09 MAMA'S LITTLE HELPER"

A: Pours a pretty typical looking crystal-clear, pale-gold pilsner color with a very short lived, bright-white head that left not a trace of lace. Very lazily carbonated.

S: Clean aromas of toasted bread crusts, lemon, biscuits, and a touch of earthy noble hops.

T: Very close to the smell with the addition of a touch of caramel and a dash of white pepper. Crackers and citrus are well defined. Communion wafer in the finish.

M: Dry and a touch peppery but, due to the lack of vibrant carbonation, not very prickly. I liked that and thought it made this Pilsner feel a bit thicker.

D: This is a nice and light summer beer and would do quite well at a BBQ or after chores outside.

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

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, this is my original 1-13-09 review, just moved,

A: Pours yellow with a standard white pils head, excellent, thick lacing down the glass.

S: Get a bit more hops than I expected, pretty typical for the style, light bready malt.

T: Malt is quite light, but tasty. Hops are over the top for the style, not a strong Saaz feel, but almost an APA feel. Not a bad flavour, strong notes of pine, spicy, just unexpected in a pils.

M: Light bodied, biting carbonation, drinkable.

D: An interesting pils, not really in balance, an American take for sure.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single on a stop at By the Bottle; haven't seen this one in Oregon yet. 12 oz. can, poured to a pint glass. Bottom of can is laser-printed: ENJOY BATCH #12 04-14-09. 'GOLD METAL WINNER'?

A: Pretty look: golden yellow, crystal-clarity. Not many bubbles, spaced nicely, rising at varying rates. A creamy tuft of whiteness atop, rising to almost two-fingers. Lace sticks in foamy splotches.

S: Plenty of bread, a cracker-dry pilsner malt. Hints of hay/dry grass and lemon.

T: Sourdough with a sharp, biting lemon edge and equally sharp spicing. Pretzel dryness, cut by moments of honey.

M: Crisp carbonation, refreshing bitterness. Softens a bit and is a little more clingy/lingering than I prefer. Light-medium body.

D: Doesn't reinvent the pilsner, which is a very good thing. Well-done version of the style and oh-so-drinkable after 4+ hours of yardwork. I'd do this one again: loads of flavor, very nice look. Another fine effort by Oskar Blues. Dumb name, but then again, so are 'Old Chub', 'Ten Fidy' or 'Gordon'...but who cares when they taste this good?

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Photo of rkrisstewart
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was recommended to this by Mike the Beer Guy at Four Winds in Pensacola, FL.

Decided to open this to start a night of craft brew tasting. Haven't had a craft pilsner in a while, so it was a nice change to finally get a few of these to try. From what I understand, it won the gold medal for its category? Not sure about which one exactly, but it's a good point on its resume.

Hazy golden hue on the eye, smelled of a malts and barley, with an almost invisible hint of hops. On the palate, slightly medium-bodied, with a good balanced of sweet to dry. Not much hop presence, which was a disappointment, but, overall, it went very well with my Shrimp, Blue Crab leg, and baked potato dinner.

A great sipping brew---not the world's most amazing pilsner, probably, but a very good one at that.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a flute.

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale gold with three fingers of pillowy white head. Head holds pretty tight for about 30 seconds, then thins out and begins to drop. Some dots of lacing left on the walls of the glass. Carbonation looks mild for a pilsner.

Smell: Bready yeast, lemon rind, clove, and something else that's just a bit sour. Simple yet inviting.

Taste: Bread dough, lemon zest, butter, and oily, spicy, hops. Nice balance. Smooth and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is quite low; feels flat. Solid malt backbone produces a bit of creamy and chewy feel on the palate. Light-bodied, smooth, and very chuggable (not that I did any chugging).

Drinkability: A pretty good Czech pilsner, but overall nothing special. I'd reach for a Sierra Nevada Summerfest over this one in a heartbeat.

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Photo of erikm25
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crisp golden straw yellow. Much like other experiences I have had from this canned craft brewery the head is remarkable. Solid white foam. Retention and lacing are both strong.

S: Heavy on the grainy side with noticeable hints of strawberry. Yeast with subtle citrus aromas. Significant herbal qualities.

T: This is standard of the style with a stronger hop inspired backdrop. Homey flavor with a spiced grassy finish. A relatively low ABV.

M: Mouth feel is crisp and refreshing.

D: Overall this is a solid beer for the style. Drinks quickly and soothingly. This would be a great beer to give any friends that need weening off the typical macro beers.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can into Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours pale straw, just a touch hazy, with a nice fluffy white head that stays around and provides plenty of lacing.

Nose is grainy, cereal, a touch of grasy hops towards the finish, but not nearly as much as I would hope for.

Taste is maltier than I expected. Kind of a grainy, cereal sweetness, and really, I'm not getting much in the way of hops at all, which is disappointing. Just a little bit of a dry, grassy note towards the finish. Finish is clean, carries a bit of cereal malt but not much else. This is much closer to a helles for me than a pils, and not a great helles at that.

Mouthfeel is is decent - light and crisp, creamy from the head.

Drinkability - despite the drawbacks, it's quite drinkable. It just isn't really a pils in my mind. Kick up the noble hops and the drinkability score jumps up as well.

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Photo of meatyard
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours out a clear, pale yellow with a large white head that falls quickly to a cover while leaving spotty lacing.
S-Is a bit of spicy sweetness, grass and faint floral hops.
T-Is fairly light in respects of hops & malts and bitterness is just noticeable. The spicy quality is apparent here too. Really could use a stronger hop presence.
M-Is light with continued carbonation but not as crisp as would be nice.
D-Is good, the ABV is low and there's nothing objectionable about this beer.

While not a bad beer, it could stand some improvement in hop taste or at least be more noticeable in the aroma. Living in SE PA, this is one style (Czech or German Pils) where I can find at least 1 CZ & a half dozen local German Pils that are an improvement over this so I don't think I will be buying this again.

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Photo of SuperSpy
2.55/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass from a can picked up at Charleston Beer Exchange.

Nice white, rocky, two-finger head. A golden, straw color, but far too hazy to be a benchmark, or even average, for the style. Some very nice lace as the head dies down though.

Some light grainy malt but only a hint of hops. Far less hops than I would like in my pilsner. None of the noble hop aromas that I would expect.

Nice and light, a little crisp, but too sweet for the style. Very easy to drink but I want that noble hop bitterness and flavor when I'm drinking a pilsner.

This beer goes down pretty easy but there just isn't a whole lot going on. I could forgive this beer for not being a true pilsner if it at least had something in the aroma and flavor that kept me interested, but it gave up the great things about a pilsner and put nothing in its place.

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

12 oz can

A: Medium, clear yellow body under under a fizzy white head. Big carbonation bubbles. No lace, OK retention.

S: Mostly sweet malt, but a little hop mixed in to give it that pilsener smell. Would like a lot more of that hop, but it isn't terrible as is.

T: Again, mostly sweet again, very little hop taste but there is a hint of bitterness in the back end. A bit of an off flavor in the finish as well.

M/D: Light bodied, prickly on the tongue but not overly so. Drinkability is decent. Not a great beer by any means and very simple, but nice to have another option in can form that does offer more than the normal BMC fare.

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Photo of deereless
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light to medium straw, frothy inch of head, translucent - 3.50, S: Crisp and dry, obvious lager yeasts, slightly grainy and quite grassy - 4.25, M: Earthy hop bite, quite a bit more bitter than I'd expect from a pilsner, some grainy sweetness - 4.25, M: 3.75, D: For a pilsner this is a very enjoyable and refreshing beer that I would gladly drink again - 4.25

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Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out its aluminum habitat into my pint glass...

Nice golden sun colored with a good two inches of fluffy, frothy head. Nice and clean and clear.

Smells sweet, a bit citrusy, a tad malty, some yeasty spiciness (clove and banana) sort of like a hefe.

Taste is a bit grassy and drying with a sharp, slightly metallic bite. A couple sips in and a bit of fruity estery flavors come out along with the slight spiciness as well.

Very easy drinking on a hot day! Perfect for a round of disc golf!

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Photo of getalife2k5
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from can.
slightly cloudy, golden yellow with bubbly white head.
smells malty and fresh, like a typical pilsner.
very light, malty, crisp, mostly dry with the lightest bit of sweetness. maintains itself nicely, unlike other (macro) pilsners. i'm not sure, but might have a little ginger ale or Sprite in it. there's a slight bitter hoppiness in the aftertaste that prickles the tongue as it passes.
bubbles provide some sharp zestiness, otherwise pretty light on the tongue.
smooth, crisp, very chuggable. a real pilsner you can drink proudly straight from the can. maybe a beer you can convert your macro-drinking friends with.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A light yellowish straw color with a small white foam head. The lacing is minimal at best.

S: Some grassy hops with some mild spice. There is some weak malt scents as well.

T: Some grassy hops flavor with a hint of bready malt flavor mixed in as well. Not complex.

M: A somewhat creamy mouthfeel. A light body Pils.

D: Not my favorite Pils, but quite easy to drink with a low ABV.

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Photo of drunkboxer1
4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. It looks slightly cloudy for a pils, but otherwise its very pretty. Deep yellow color with a thin white head that sticks around and leaves behind a good amount of lacing. Smells slightly sweet, very grainy, and a little citrusy (like lemongrass or something). Drinks easy; light enough in body to to have 4 or 5 and flavorful enough to want another after you're done. Not too much bitterness but enough to clean up the mild sweetness and the pale malty flavors. Had this straight from the can yesterday at an outdoor concert and it was almost as good that way. All around a good, albeit a little pricey, pils.

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Photo of AChamberlain
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off, they shorted me about a ounce and a half. Weird. Poured clear and golden, soft fluffy white head. Malty aroma, the slightest hop aroma as well. A slight funk. Taste very much like a brewpub pilsner, buttery. Not sharp enough, the crisp flavor is not there. Medium bodied, soft. Although the flavor is not what I expected or prefer it is quite drinkable. Overall decent. A nice pilsner to have in a can.

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