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

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Reviews: 818
Hads: 2,883
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 23.55%
Wants: 59
Gots: 438 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 calise1122
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Need a beer after the last email of the day I somehow managed to:

A/ Call a guy named Daniel Mary and,
B/ Say "Trust your bust" instead of trust your busy.

... so I run home, look in the fridge and a Oskar Blues Mama's Little Yella Pils is starting back at me. Got it as an extra, never tried it and ready to give it a run. Throw on the Pogues, drop the needle and away we go.

Crack the can and give it a pour... it looks like many pilsners I have had but smells very very potent; big frothy head that settles down quickly as if a crying kid found a lollypop. Nice and clear, actually looks a bit like the lead singer of the Pogues Shane McGowan's teeth; and by the time I start to plunk my anteater in for smell the head has completely dissipated.

Smells are bready and very malty... but with a nice hop bitterness to it. I get some lemon, I get some grass, and it all comes together quite nicely.

I don't drink many pilsners... but this seems to be missing something; or maybe not... it has a nice hoppiness to it, good grassy flavor, I even get a little fruit flavor going on. But something is still not sitting right. It's interesting, I can't put my finger on it. When I break it down... I do like the individual subtle nuances of it ,but after taking a step back doesn't sit right. I have actually been around people like that, I am sure we all have. Seem nice, buy you a drink, never do anything blatantly wrong but for some reason they just irk you. This taste doesn't irk me, I just can't figure it out and it's not the beers fault; its clearly mine.

Side note, the Pogues are an incredibly underrated band... Currently listening to "Hell & Ditch".. its fantastic. It's beautiful at some points, punk at others, it brings you up and down and back up and it's just a great listen.

Yella has a medium body, almost oily mouthfeel. Very crisp, lots of carbonation and very drinkable.

I mean it's a decent beer, nothing to rip my skivvies off over... but a nice pool side sipper.

And remember, when in dount.... Trust your bust

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Photo of hoplover82
5/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW!!! I can see how this won a gold metal! My goodness. I don't like pilsners (per se), but golly this is great. For the style, I can't find anything wrong with this wonderfully made beer. For me, this is the apitamy of what a summer drinkin' beer should be like...

A-Pours a crystal clear light yellow color with a HUGE white fluffy head that has GREAT retention, and leaves strong sticky lacing.

S-The scent of the pilsner "funk" fills the air right away, then I sniff closer and BEHOLD... the aroma of slightly floral hops hit my nostrals. And of coarse loads of pilsner malts are the star.

T-It tasts GREAT. Like I said, I don't like pilsners, I guess this just might convert me because, the flavor of this one is outstanding. I don't remember if I gave any beers a perfect score, but for the style, this one deserves it, for real. Smooth pilsner taste with earthy, floral hops in the back to balance. A little detectable bitterness, but it's almost not there because of the cleanness of the bittering hop.

M-And the mouthfeel. It is perfect! So creamy and smooth. It's not crisp, it's creamy, and for this style I can't get enough of it. SOooo creamy. It has a full medium body, very good.

D-I could drink this all night long. It's so good. Please go out and get a sixer, if you have'nt yet. You will be rewarded.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

Mama's Little Yella Pils pours a pale yellow-gold with a short-lived one-and-a-half finger head. Small amounts of weak lace sticks to the glass.

The smell and taste are very subtle and a little grain-like, with a dominating malt presence and a sweet finish. The feel is stronger--it has a thick balanced bitterness and tingles the tongue a little. It's very easy to drink and would work nicely after a hard workout.

By and large, Mama's Little Yella Pils is better than, but not unlike Budweiser. Kind of like a craft brewery doing an imitation of a macro-brewery doing an imitation of a craft brew. It's not really necessary.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose has sweet grain and soft malt, slight sourness, and a subtle bright hoppiness. Smells good.

Pours a medium-pale yellow, moderate clarity, moderate head. Looks fair.

Good sweetness - grainy and soft. Nice highlights of tartness. Some dry toasty bits. Mild bitterness happily sits backseat to sweetness. Tartness intensifies into a nice sourness to challenge the sweetness. Light citric/grassy/fresh notes. Lighter metallic/earthy/vegetal notes. Bitterness intensifies too - making a statement in the mouth. Tastes good. Feels good. High drinkability.

Another choice brew from Oskar Blues.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a brilliantly clear and bright golden-straw with a bright white foamy capping. Retention was good with a slight broken ring lacing. Visible carbonation was very light with a microbubbly jet stream steadily rising.

S: The nose delivered a soft hopping with fresh pale grains, light lemon floral and straw hints giving this a subtle but very appreciable aroma making this a solid example.

T: sweet fresh grains with a touch of fresh lemon floral hopping. Light herbal notes and lemon grass give a beautiful soft touch while the zesty nature of the Czech saaz delivers a powerful sharp bite finishing spicy. Overall found the flavor to be exceptionally clean, well hopped, with a really nice pilsner malting. A beautiful zesty hop finish and abundance of hops gives this pilsner something extra to appreciate.

M: crisp, smooth and pretty full for a pilsner. A nice dry floral finish rounds things out in an otherwise solid example per style.

D: Drinkability was better then good, an all day drinker that was crisp, refreshing, hoppy and a cant miss. Case worthy, goes down effortlessly, and packable in cans makes this a go anywhere and drink anytime pilsner.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden yellow with 2+ fingers of foamy brite-white head. Settles into a thin layer of retention that skims the surface, leaving some thick patchy lace back. The aroma is a tasty, but not overly assertive, mix of bread, citrus, and some lightly floral and spicy hops. Pretty standard Pils aroma, maybe even coming off as a little too sweet.

Hops luckily are a bit more forceful in the taste, imparting a a tight bitter and spicy character that balances a good bit of the sweetness from the citrus and grainy breadiness of the Pils malts. As this warms, some of the balance starts to shift once again to the sweet side. The mouthfeel is more medium bodied with a prickly and sharp carbonation that lasts the whole way through the swallow. Generally though, this remains fairly crisp and drinkable.

This was a decent enough Pils I suppose. Maybe a touch overly sweet but the crispness was there, as was a decent quaffability. Glad I tried this but I doubt that I'd invest in another six-pack.

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Photo of yeastsipper
2.96/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light golden beer pours with a nice head. Looks a little pale and sickly, I don't know. But the head is nice.

Neither smell nor taste are anything to write home about. The smell is slightly grainy with a touch of spicyness and bread. Don't really get any hops on the nose. Taste, well, there is not a lot of it. Taste of cracker with a touch of hop bitterness. Just pretty bland and not that interesting.

Mouthfeel is fine, with probably a touch too much carbonation. Low alcohol and lack of flavor make drinkability very high.

I probably knock this beer a bit too much as I have been drinking a lot of Prima Pils lately, and this one isn't even in the same ballpark. This would be a refreshing beer on a hot summer day. If you are looking for a lot of flavor, look elsewhere.

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

pours a golden yellow with a big white head that held fairly well and a spotty lace. earthy, grassy, slight herbal and spice nose. big malt taste with a slight bitter finish. light to medium mouthfeel and good carbonation. price for a six pak a little high i thought compared to the imported pilseners i have had.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap.
Cloudy pale yellow in appearance. Lacing envelopes the glass.
Smells of bready malt. I notice some hops in there too.
Well balanced brew with just the right amount of bitterness. Traditional stylings of a euro pilsner.
Mouthfeel was light bodied.
Drinkability. Yes. Quite drinkable indeed. Refreshing. A solid pilsener from a very solid brewery.

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Photo of Nickls
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a rocky finger of white head, decent retention but not great. Spotty lacing here and there. Light, clear yellow gold in color. Just a few noticeable rising carbonation bubbles.

S - Bready, and a little sweet at first, but a noticeable hop presence comes in. Nothing overpowering in either of those aspects.

T - Just OK hoppiness, yes even for the traditional style. Bread-like flavors come in like the nose. Pretty tightly pulled together and clean.

M - As expected, fairly thin but by no means too light. Would have expected to be a more snappy carbonation presence as this was pretty muted in the MF.

D - Fairly refreshing, but not terribly interesting. This is certainly an easy-drinker, and would definitely put it in my sessionable range.

Overall, pretty good brew but nothing overwhelming. Worth a look.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a really vibrant yellow, more reminicient of lemonade than urine though.

S: Nothing really to smell here, there are some mild tinges of hop and citrus but nothing showy.

T: Strong pilsner appeal with a hint on citrus, great on a hot day. The carbonation satisified my need for bubbles.

M: A little less firm than I like in my drink but not watery. I was just hoping for something more substantial.

D: Easy drink, mild flavors, but interesting with a descent body and a refreshing amount of carbonation.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.34/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy yellow. Thin dirty white head. Lacing is moderate and patchy. Oh this smells good. Like liquid bread. Like liquid 5 grain bread. Pure breadiness and crackery malt goodness on the nose with a little flowery hop presence as well. Taste like liquid bread too. Bready yeastiness with some grainy flavors. A little bit of a hop snappiness. Crisp, but light, bitterness. Lively carbonation. This is gonna be a great go-to beer in the summer for me this year.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz can

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow color with a nice white head

S- The aroma consists of some grain along with some grassy hops. A little on the faint side.

T- The taste is very crisp and refreshing which makes it highly drinkable. The taste starts off with some grain with some delicious spicy and grassy hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- This beer is way too drinkable and would make a fantastic outdoor/tailgating beer when the convenience of cans is important. Overall, this is a beer that is definitely recommended!

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Photo of ZAP
3.22/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'd reach for this any day over most macros in the summer if not all...

A little cloudier on the pour than I expect....nice herbal hoppiness on the nose along with a bready pale malt feel.

Taste has some lemon zest on the finish but it is the bready, pale malt and herbal hoppiness that lead the way..

Decent beer....not a top level pils but a nice drinker for the summer..

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Head is light and fluffy, beer is very clear and straw yellow.

S- The smell of grains and yeasty bread comes though. There is a sweet clove/honey smell as well.

T- A super light buttery taste is there. There is a very slight bitter taste with this. I'm finding this rather bland and not very exciting, I'm a bit let down. Although I can say that this is very refreshing.

M- Feels good in the mouth, medium to light bodied.

D- Very easy to drink.

As far as Czech Pilseners go this is pretty average, nothing standing out.

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

Appearance: A clear, pale golden-straw body. On top, a bubbly white head that fades quickly and leaves very patchy lacing.

Aroma: Lemony and grassy Saaz hops over relatively rich grainy malt. Hints of white grape.

Taste: Up front, a crisp, lemony bitterness takes charge. Underneath, the backbone is close to the traditional Pilsener body, but with a bit more rich sweetness than usual. The aftertaste is short-lived.

Mouthfeel: A medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Dries a bit in the finish.

Drinkability: As you'd expect from this style, this is highly drinkable.

Verdict: In Mama's Little Yella Pils, Oskar Blues have created a straightforward, tasty, and very drinkable Pilsener - in fact it's one of the best Pilseners I've tried yet. If you're looking for a highly refreshing Pilsener sold in a can, this is certainly the beer for you.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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