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

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Mama's Little Yella PilsMama's Little Yella Pils
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
oskarblues.com

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.

Added by GilGarp on 02-25-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
880
Ratings:
3,172
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
12.43%
 
 
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Photo of bbtkd
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oskar Blues Mama's Little Yella Pils, 5.3% ABV, 35 IBU. Pours light yellow, medium viscosity, with a three finger white foamy head on a careful pour, leaves slight lacing. Nose is fresh and yeasty, taste is smooth malt, with a slight bitter close. Decent mouthfeel, overall good.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a pale yellow with a large, fizzy head. The aroma is classic pilsner, with peppery notes and cracker malts, and a touch of something floral. The flavor starts with mild cracker sweetness, sweet corn, pepper, floral notes, and finishes again on the fairly sweet malts. The mouthfeel is light, crisp, and fizzy. Overall this is a nice pilsner, with a fullish body

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Photo of StephenM
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can into pint glass. Canned 11/14/16.
Look: crystal clear pale golden
Aroma: Light lemony, grassy, light biscuit
Flavor: Bright, clean, white bread, lemony citrus, easy hoppy bitter, malt undertone
Mouthfeel: Clean, refreshing, dry finish
Overall: Very refreshing, clean with pleasing hop finish, more interesting than the mass-produced lagers. Good hop character, less assertive than Lagunitas PILS. Great go-to in the heat

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Photo of Xamonline
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can; served in pilsner glass

L: pale yellow and clear; very effervescent; medium thick head with some lacing; head builds just as quickly as it dissipates with lots of activity in the glass

S: slightly floral and distinct smell

T: clean slightly bitter with little to no hops; there's some complexity with grass and metal but it's all very tight and sessionable; almost addictive and goes down fast

M: crisp, effervescent

O: sessionable, refreshing, complex but tame, no hops; outstanding

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Photo of Dakin
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Nice straw color with a bright white head.

Smell: Fresh grassy smell. Bit of honey and lemon. Not too strong but pleasant.

Taste: Very session-able. Not a huge hop fan, I'd rather have my beers with a smooth finish. Definitely faint a lemon-honey tea type taste on the front which is very nice and a nice clean finish that kind of drifts off. Could drink 20 of these in a row pretty easily. My second beer from Oskar Blues, and so far, I'm fairly impressed.

Feel: Light mouthfeel, crisp and very refreshing. Good summer beer for sure.

Overall: Pretty delicious. Very smooth. Something I personally always enjoy in a beer and something that keeps me coming back. 7.5/10.

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Photo of erk0607
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super clear yellow, head vanished instantly to practically no lacing. Smell is if noble hops and some mild bready malts. Not super strong. Taste is bready and hoppy, more hoppy than malty but still good. Feel is crisp, highly carbonated, lighter body. Overall - good, not great.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy deep straw producing a 3+ inch glowing white, billowy head that recedes to a thick island cap leaving rings, strings & splotches of lace. Aroma is grain & biscuit malt, lemon, dry grass, pepper & pilsner yeast with hints of honey & mineral. Taste is bready malts, lemon, grass & spice with a dry, very fruity finish & lingering graininess in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation, lively on the tongue, slightly juciy, dry in the finish with a chalky aftertaste.

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Photo of SamuelMiller
2.96/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Most Oskar Blues beers are something I find absolutely deplorable. I don't understand the crazed fandom that has been created around this mediocre company. That being said, this pils actually stood out to me as a good beer. The look alone is fantastic and it pours a nice creamy gold. The smell is above average for a pils and the taste is not bad. I wouldn't buy again, but definately a solid beer that made me gain a slight bit of respect for Oskar Blues

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Photo of flyingpig
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Schooner on-tap at Brewdog Doghouse, Glasgow (£3.61):
This one wasn't too bad a pilsner from Oskar Blues, it was crisp & quite clean with some early sweetness alongside a light citrus & grassy hop flavour. There was some background fruits & it proved quite easy to drink, my biggest complaint being that it wasn't quite as strong as I'd have liked but it was a decent beer despite this.

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Photo of stephens101
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pale yellow orange with a large, chunky and resilient dirty white froth. Smells of grass, faint hops and light fruits. Sweeter than most, slightly bready, and finishes dry with floral notes backing. Light and superb.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow with a lot of seafoam head. Mix of yeast and salt water, perhaps green olives. The taste is fairly cohesive, with a smooth sourdough flavor with a mild but sustained bitterness. Not a super compelling beer but refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of mpyle
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale golden color, slight (chill?) haze. Pours a bit creamy white head with good retention.

Beautiful noble hop nose, and otherwise quite clean in the aroma at least at the coolish temperature at which I'm sampling it.

Gentle malty sweetness up front before some of the more floral and spicy hop flavors begin to take root. Definitely not a bitter pils, seems borderline sweet at times but eventually reaches a softly bitter finish. Definitely more Bo Pils than German Pils. Gentle flavor profile makes it amenable to drinking in large quantities.

Light to medium body, and medium carbonation (carbonation seems to vent quickly...my first sample where I let the head calm down seemed somewhat undercarbonated when drinking, but pouring in a fresh sample from the can there was much more carbonation).

It is pretty, it smells good, and it tastes good. Nicely balanced though I'd like a teeny bit more bitterness in the finish. Definitely a good beer for warm weather. Love the presentation in the 19.2 oz (imperial pint) can.

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Photo of puck1225
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a snifter. Cloudy yellow color with a nice thick foamy head and good lacing. Subdued but sweet smell. Taste is slightly sweet, breads, and with some lemon. Great with pizza.

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Photo of crisis1290
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mama's Little Yella Pils from Oskar Blues is a very simple , yet very good pilsner. Drank this one right out of a can at a picnic . The temp was 90 degrees plus and the beer was so good and soooo cold. This is a very crisp and clean pilsner. Very drinkable, super smooth and very good ! Nice job Oskar Blues , but then again , Oskar, usually does not disappoint and remains one of the big dogs who should be on the Mt Crushmore of American craft beer!

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Photo of MichaelT86
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's a pilsner, so there's only so much it can do to blow you away. That said it's a fantastically executed Pilsner. It's one of my favorite summer beers, incredibly drinkable and yet at the same time satisfying. If you've had a good Pilsner (nothing from the big brewers in the US counts) then you know what you're getting in general terms. I would say it's a crisp clean Pilsner with enough flavor to keep you coming back. With something like a Pils it's all about execution, balancing flavor elements properly to create something "drinkable" without it tasting like beer infused water. I'd say Oskar Blues knocked this one out of the park.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. canned on 05/02/16

Pours clear straw gold with a frothy white foam head. Smells like honey, floral orange citrus, woody tobacco, biscuity cracker malt, mild apple and pear, with dank earthy grass and pine. Tastes like honey malt, orange citrus, biscuity cracker, some pine, mild apple and pear, resiny woody tobacco, with dank earthy grass. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice pilsner.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

19.2oz stovepipe into "perfect pint" glass
canned on 4/12/16 so about 2 months old
L- pours a pale gold with rocky, bubbly white head
S- may i say corn, really sweetish aroma
T- crisp malt, some lemon-y citrus, follwed by super pleasant Saaz hop bitterness
F- crisp medium bodied, there is some real great drink-ability (session-able) in this Pils
O- Wow, I can almost imagine myself in Prague (capital of Czechoslovakia) downing the original Pilsner, really super well done, balanced. The flavors really blend together well. Can't say enough praise on this one!!

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

You gotta love it for its name.
Can dated 12/30/15 into pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a thick, durable white head. Initial impression is slightly sweet roasted malts followed by a slight hops bite. Medium mouthfeel - surprisingly smooth. A lot of flavor and substance in a relatively low ABV beer. Finish is dry. Nice balance. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of tlema1
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: beautiful golden color,with a long lasting white head
S: malt and grass
T: clean, with a little hop spice...faint maltiness
F: good mouth-feel for such a light bodied brew
O: very easy drinking, great example of the style

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep yellow in color on pour with a decent head that lasted. Smells like hops and grass. It has a crisp taste with a little bite of hops, very smooth finish and easy drinking. Feels very nice, you have a real nice full flavor pilsner style but complex in flavor to please the senses all around. When I found this beer I was curious, after drinking for years it has grown to be one of my go to summer beers. Out of can or in a glass this is a real solid beer great job guys.

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Photo of schematix
4.51/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Plowing through a 6 pack of samples canned less than 4 weeks ago.

A: Crystal clear yellow with floaties. Obviously pre-filtered and can conditioned, which is ok by me.

S: Really nice clean aroma of grain and floral hops. No citrus, which is good.

T: North American 2-row graininess immediately followed by perfectly balance hop flavor and bitterness.

M: Silky, creamy, pillowy. I wish i knew how to replicate this at home.

O: Solid beer. Without a doubt it is an all malt American Pilsner. Don't expect a German Pilsner here.

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Photo of Ri0
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass. It is a yellow gold color with a white head. A thin ring around the edge with spotty lacing. The aroma has a sweet and graininess to it. There are floral notes, some bready yeast and minimal hops. The taste is sweet with flowers, toasted grains and a light hoppy finish. Decent, but a bit sweet for what I want in a pilsner.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice dark yellow color (surprise) with a moderate white head. Steady carbonation but it's under control. Nose is perhaps the weak spot, in that it could be stronger, but it is nicely balanced, as is the taste. It has some body, it has some hops. The feel is a bit soft and sudsy, but leaves with a clean and lean impression. My wish might be for even more Saaz hops, but this is a good pilsner. Mine was brewed in NC and canned on 12/08/15. I believe it would be better fresher, and I hope to revise my rating soon if needed. For some reason I misread the date when I bought it. (Consumed 19 May 2016.)

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My first offering from Oskar Blues and it did not disappoint. I have heard of this brewer for quite some time, from their Dale's Pale Ale to their Death by Coconut, I am sure glad I picked up this sixer of Yella Pils.

Into the glass it pours a hazy, almost Hefenweizen-like look with little head but very good lacing all the way down. The scent of the brew is a nice mixture of lemongrass with cumin, which pairs well with the hops. The feel was mostly smooth, somewhat crisp, but very dry towards the end. What caught my attention was the taste - almost sweet at the beginning, but then turning bitter towards the end but not so much it took away from the overall experience. This was one of the most complex beers I've had in quite some time and certainly not what I expected from the packaging. I guess they say about a book's cover is true, after all...

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