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

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Reviews: 837
Hads: 2,974
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 23.55%
Wants: 70
Gots: 474 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States | website

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener | 5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

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 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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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