Mama's Little Yella Pils
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Bohemian Pilsener
Ranked #221
Ranked #42,941
3.61 | pDev: 12.47%
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
Mama's Little Yella PilsMama's Little Yella Pils
Notes: 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 Beech105
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like this pilsner. Poured from a can into a traditional German glass stein. Clear golden with a white head. Looks very refreshing with small bubbles. Taste is very good. Bread, cracker, and malt. Medium bodied.

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Photo of Bluecrow
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-clear yella can pour with a 1 cm white foam cap and an aroma of malt and hay. The flavor is bread-cracker malt. The finish is clean, not dry. This is very good.

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Photo of Amendm
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A moderate pour from a 12-oz. can resulted in a finger of creamy white foam with long retention and sliding spots of lace. Hazy light yellow straw color.

A semi-sweet malt smell of biscuit, bread dough and lightly toasted bread greet the nose. Faint floral hops, cracker and cantaloupe skin lurk in the background. These all follow to the taste minus the cantaloupe skins.

The taste is neutral on sweetness with medium-low bitterness. Lemon zest and a faint rhubarb-like sour tang emerge from the building hop flavor. A respectable malt presents subsides to a clean and crisp semi-dry finish with bitterness rising to above average and a lingering hop bite.

Medium body with soft and abundant carbonation. Smooth feel, session-able easy drinker. Chill haze fades to a very light hop haze, bitterness reaches a higher level than expected but other wise true to style.

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Photo of Reef
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 12/5/19, enjoyed from a shaker pint glass.
Pours pure clear gold. Head does not surge like some pils, only raises a finger of head with thin but complete curtain lacing and a full cap.
Aromas are biscuit, hay, light white pepper and lemon zest.
Flavor: Subtle floral, grass, sourdough bread, spicy pepper, white grape
Initial hop bite and light astringency, quite crisp, but a lot of flavor for the ABV, consistent carbonation.
Not my favorite lager style, but no flaws and equal to most domestic pils.

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Photo of jmc65267
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Actually a pretty enjoyable beer. I was caught off guard by how much I actually enjoyed it. I would definitely get again if given the opportunity in the future.

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Photo of hophead723
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was part of a 15-pack of a variety of Oskar Blues goodness, luckily very fresh. I cracked this open after a good day's work, right after I got home and had a couple hot dogs. A classic pairing. Poured into my Samuel Smith British Pub glass.

Look: Glorious, clear golden body with a pure white towering head of fine, lingering foam. The swirling carbonation is profuse and steadily rises to the top.

Smell: Lovely, simple aroma of clean pale malts and a touch of corn husk.

Taste/Feel: Mild flavors of pale malt, a touch of biscuit, and extremely subtle grassy hops right at the back end. The very slight whisper of hops appears right at the dry finish comes swooping in.

Overall: This tastes more like an all-malt beer like Sapporo, I remember it being a lot more flavorful but that is because I was a lot younger when I first tried this beer.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pub glass.

Pours crystal clear and medium gold with a solid foamy head. Decent retention, but almost no lacing.

The brew is initially sweet and malty, with some grainy notes in midstream mixed with some grassy and earthy hops. The finish is more bitter than sweet.

The brew is well carbonated and very drinkable.

Overall a decent pils but nothing special.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours like you'd think a pils would pour. Nose is nicely fresh grain with a little corn, fields of dry grass, and surprisingly fresh noble hops. Nice. Taste starts with refreshingly light cracker grains, a little bitterness comes in, and then there is some odd off flavor. Like straw but the straw rotted a bit. So close to being great, but the flavor just falls through at the end. Overall, mostly a nice crisp pils with a great nose, but some problems as well.

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Photo of biiru_ojisan
4.16/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color. Frothy, almost soap-like slightly off-white head.

The aroma is very grassy and herbaceous. Some crackery notes. A touch of diacetyl. I small touch of a white grape aroma.

Flavor is crackery, grassy, and herbaceous. There is a bit of diacetyl, but it seems to help round the flavors of the beer out. The slightly fruity, kinda white-grape esque flavor is also hiding in the background. Starts a touch sweet, finishes pretty dry. Bitterness is somewhere between light and moderate.

The mouthfeel is on the southside of medium-bodied, with a pleasant slick smoothness from the diacetyl. Carbonation is somewhat high, with small bubbles. Some alcohol can be noticed on the exhale.

Overall, this is a pretty awesome Pils. An easy beer for me to go to when I'm out with friends for a meal, and it also holds up when I'm paying attention to it. Highly recommended.

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Photo of paging12
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a straight pilsener glass from a can.

Tasty beer. Not too much complexity but good flavor. Good bitterness. Good head retention, good presentation. Very straightforward classic version of the style.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Stovepipe can into a nonic.

A: Pours an appealing, clear straw gold with 1" of pretty dense white head that dissipates quickly. Retention is pretty good, lacing is poor.

S: Sweetish doughy malt notes with subtle spice underneath, peppercorn, some faintly herbal qualities.

T: Opens slightly sweet and malty, leading to increasing hop bitterness through the mid palate. Mid palate itself is mostly herbaceous bitterness with hints of spice that continues through the finish. Finishes with a lingering bittersweet biscuity quality.

M: Crisp but full and well carbonated, suited nicely for this brew.

O: More bitterness than I guess I'd expected, made slightly worse by the fact that the bitterness itself isn't very well-defined. The underlying spiciness is appealing but pretty buried, the whole thing seems clunky in terms of the focus and delivery of flavor profiles. That said, I wouldn't pass it up on a hot day.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.94/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75


Can to tulip glass. Can us about 11 months old, so fresh it may be a better beer.

LOOK: Clear yellow. Small white head.
AROMA: grains, light toast,
TASTE: grains, veggie,
FEEL: smooth, light body but not watery, good carbonation.

Simple, but clean and enjoyable.


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Photo of willcull78
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I thought it tasted better than your average Pilsner. Typically, the average Pilsner's taste is minimal, fleeting, faint; but not with this one. It has a lingering taste of hops and malt that last well beyond its initial taste. It had a citrus, lemony, flavor. Quite delightful actually. Carbonation was not overbearing, so the 'feel' was nice. The look was an emboldened wheat-yellow, not pale by any means. It poured with little foam but had a nice cascade and a gentle lacing. Would make for a nice sessions-summer beer with its low ABV. I will look forward to having another.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat hazy straw with 1.5 finger head. Pils malt, honey, spicy, floral, citrus. Some earthy bitterness in the flavor, where the citrus is a little more noticeable. Very dry finish.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 5-15-19.

A - Light golden yellow color with lots of nice carbonation and a creamy, frothy foamy layer of white that stays on top.

S - Aroma is light with some crackery malt, earthy citrus, and light hay aroma

T - Crisp crackery malt base with light to moderate hopping of earthy spicy citrus, and finishes with some lingering crisp honey malt and spicy peppery bitterness.

M - Big medium body that's a little thin around the edges. Finishes extremely dry on the palate.

O - I wasn't crazy about this beer at first but now I'm halfway through the can and the earthy spiciness is building nicely. This goes down pretty fast and it's a tad underrated.

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Photo of officerbill
3.37/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is a very pale, hop forward Pils. Thin taste, thin feel. Nothing bad, but nothing memorable either. There are a lot of better Pils to choose from out there.

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Photo of defunksta
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, light golden color with only a faint cloudiness. A mild head that fades. SRM of 7. (3.75)

Aroma: Mild aromas of salted light cracker, and honey. Traces of lemon citrus. (3.75)

Flavor: Salty and carbonation upfront that changes into a white cracker/bread. Ends with a crispness with just a hint of honey and lemon. (3.50)

Feel: Light to medium bodied. Highly carbonated. Some grain sediment to the mouthfeel. Overall, the carbonation and hops make it finish rather dry. A subtle bitter astringency. Slightly lighter bodied than I was expecting based on previous reviews. (3.75)

Compared to Bahaus Wonderstuff 3/15/20: Pours a similar color. Lighter aromas. Less bread sweetness and more white cracker. Dryer, lighter, and crisper. Leans more American. Wonderstuff, but a milder form.

Overall: This is a decent pilsner. Not really Bohemian. I don't detect any diacetyl or buttery flavor. Drinks more like an American Pils. More carbonation, hops, and honey than I was expecting. A little yeasty. Maybe it leans more American pils. Not quite up to par with Urquell, but still decent and drinks well. (Final Rating: 3.60)
*Next compare to Surly First Ave*

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

19oz can purchased at the 76 gas station in Bothell, Washington.

Doesn't hold up to the German and Czech pils that are available but still a solid light drinking beer.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can into a custom tasting pint glass; canned 04/15/19 with code A PILE OF PERFECTION.
A: Pours a crystal clear, dark golden color with a two to three finger, foamy white head, solid retention, but somewhat limited rings of Belgian lacing.
S: Aromas of light toast, maybe lemon citrus, and unrefined grains. ?A peppery note.
T: Dry. Palate definitely follows the nose. Surprisingly solid bitterness, not quite to point of astringency, but kissing it.
M: Light bodied with moderate effervescence. Creamy.
O: This Pilsner is solidly constructed and executed enough to interest me in exploring the style a bit.

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Photo of hottenot
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is some really good Pils.
Smells like hay and alfalfa
Tastes like malty hops.
Really great for beating Global Warming.
Refreshing and light enough to crush.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very nice Pils. Drank straight from the can. A sweet and peppery aroma comes from the pop top. Flavor is big on malt sweet biscuit and a touch of sourdough. Finish is a little herbal, a little peppery.

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Photo of Profundobaso
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - poured into a pint glass. Generous three-finger head which mostly dissipates, but leaves behind good lacing. Beer itself is golden in color, with plenty of carbonation that escapes from the initial pour.
Smell - clean smell of malts and light fragrant hops. Nothing particularly stands out, but nothing bad either.
Taste - as clean of a beer as you can get. slightly hoppy, but the focus is here is on the malt flavor, which is rich but just balanced out nicely by the bitterness of the hops towards the finish. Definitely on the hoppier side for the style, and that is fine by me.
Feel - light bodied, above average carbonation, and a easy drinking beer at 4.7% ABV.
Overall - A fine beer, especially if you're planning to have several drinks in one sitting. A really nice alternative to some adjunct lagers.

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Photo of Bodega_Bobs_Brewing_Co
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden yellow. Nice thick white head.

Excellent pilsner with not too over bearing hops. Very akin to a true Czech pilsner, not watery, good flavor.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden with maybe the slightest bit of haze. Nice floral aroma. Great biscuity character coupled with floral, citrusy hop character. It is smooth and refreshing. I've been getting this on draft lately since it is the default lager at a lot of places and it has grown on me a lot. It is very solid.

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Photo of Jeffrey_Moreland
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden wheat with thick head that stays. Good lacing. Smells mostly light malt. Tastes a little straw and citrusy hops. Creamy and well carbonated. Overall a good beer but a little hoppy for a Pilsner for me. That’s not a bad thing though. More flavor than expected.

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