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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
BEER INFO

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.

Added by GilGarp on 02-25-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
867
Ratings:
3,100
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
23.48%
 
 
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79
Gots:
549
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Reviews by Navalartichoke:
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3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #44 (Sep 2010):

White head crackles but the lacing stays; shiny sunspot-yellow color. From fresh-cut grass to perfume-like wild- flowers to bready tones ... a lively aroma. Surprisingly big crispness from a can, which accentuates the hop bitter- ness to produce a refreshing snap and bite. A clean, bready malt comes up on the palate, slowly forming its needed base. A stand-up malt and well-placed hop complexities make it very well balanced. A sheer delight to quaff; the earth may not shake with each sip, but it does its job, and a damn good job it does.

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

Aaah- craft lager! I guess the popularity of craft beer can't exactly cater to the ale lovers. Striving to talk industrial lager lovers over to the craft side, Oskar Blues devises a Bohemian "Czech-style" Lager, but with a simplified palate and great drinkability.

Like any standard lager would- this brand pours with a bright light golden color and expressive carbonation. Its those bubbles that rise to construct a foamy white head with semi-firm retention and intricate lace. Its a very nice but common appearance.

Dry bread maltiness provides a crisp and cracker-like scent. The slight whiff of cream corn rises from a sulfury back note and seems to give an aroma of yeasty, fresh baking bread. Lightly fruity- its also those sulfur notes that gives the lager a tinge of lemon and apple. Heading into that first sip, the hop notes provide a short floral, spicy and herbal bit.

Its taste is a direct carry-over from its aroma. Crisp taste is partly of malt and partly of grain as the ale settles into a refreshing cracker-like taste. Its sulfury middle never detracts but serves to provide a light vegetal sweetness and apple-like taste. Finishing with the taste of lemon grass and with a spicy bitterness gives the beer a certain German-like character.

Its medium-light favors the drier and crisper mouthfeel that's more commonly found in German Lagers. The beer skips right past its creamy carbonation and fleeting sweetness in route to that spicy-dry and scrubbing sulfur character that's chased the beer all session long.

I rather like the beer as it is lighter, drier and crisper in body than what I was expecting. Not as rich or with as many softly complex notes as traditional Czech Lagers, but as a non-descript Euro-style lager- the beer satisfies the taste and thirst just fine.

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2.92/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz can purchased as part of a 6-pack from Whole Foods and poured into a stemmed Spiegelau Pilsner glass. A solid B- beer. Pretty refreshing and would probably pair well with most foods. Prefer this a bit to Pilsener Urquell but would rather have a Lagunitas Pils than this.

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3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet corn yella with corn silk yella highlights. The eggshell colored crown is large after a vigorous pour and isn't melting very quickly. The lid has loads of character and is sticky enough to decorate the glass with some pretty good looking lace.

Simply put, the nose isn't Czech Saaz hoppy enough for the style. In fact, the sweet corn description of the beer's color applies to the aroma as well (which is never a good sign in a pilsener). Oskar's decision to use 'gentle' hopping, to the tune of only 35 IBUs, probably wasn't such a good idea.

If blinded, I would have called Mama's Little Yella Pils an American adjunct lager ten times out of ten. Maybe an all-malt lager if I was feeling kind. It's a pretty good one of those, relatively speaking, but it ain't no Czech pils. No way, no how.

Flavors include... uh... sweet corn, with more malt and slightly more noble hop flavor and bitterness than your average 'higher quality' American lager (Stroh's, Old Style, Hamm's). It definitely has more of a Pabst vibe than a BMC vibe. Oskar Blues vibe? Not so much.

Do I score it as a pilsener or as beer in general? As the former... epic fail (2.5 for flavor). As the latter... much better (3.5 for flavor). Let's go with 3.0 as a compromise. Just for fun, the drinkability score ignores style altogether and asks... how good would a cold can of MLYP taste after mowing the lawn on a hot day?

The mouthfeel is right up my alley because it's on the full side for the ABV. Forget light and crisp, this one is biggish and borderline sticky. Soft (and sparse) carbonation allows for rapid consumption with minimal burpage.

Mama's Little Yella Pils isn't at all what I expected. The name is pretty cool, but this is really one of the best American pale lagers on the face of the earth. What the hell, it deserves a higher taste score, no matter what Oskar Blues brewed it to be or named it.

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3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I have really liked the Oskar Blues offerings I have had in the past,this eh.Poured from the can into a pilsner a lighter yellow with a nice fluffy craterous white head that left broken lace as it settled.Fiant wet grain in the nose along with some sweet dough,this is a sweet pilsner and honestly I dont think thats what its all about,anyways sweet dough with a toasty finish,not much hop presence.Not a big fan of this beer its to sweet and lacks definition in my mind.

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3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of tectactoe
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Mama's Little Yella Pils doesn't fool anybody on the pour - bright and vibrant straw-yellow with a medium haziness to it. The white cap settles quick but leaves a few lines of lacing near the top of the glass. Pretty refreshing looking beer.

The aroma is actually a bit more sweet than bitter, typically not the case for "Czech Pilsners". Usually the musky and leafy hop aromas take over, but this thing is loaded with sweetness that smells an awful lot like corn. Yup, big-time corn presence. Kind of malty, but just a light sweetness from the pilser malts. Hops are there, but not really "out-and-about"... kind of just hidden a bit. Slightly musty and earthy. Definitely hops of the Noble variety, but perhaps not enough of them. Overall, a mild and quiet aroma.

Sweet corn also leads the way for the taste profile, hitting quick and fast. Hops come gliding in after the initial sip; earthy, musky, and surprisingly more bitter than I was expecting. The bitterness sits on the palate for a bit as it fades into the finish with a slightly corny and floral aftertaste. Lots of yeast is noticeable in the finish, as well, although it isn't incredible standoutish. Not exactly packed with flavor, but not bad, either. It's got a nice sweet-to-bitter gradient that plays on the palate quite nicely. Thin bodied, not quite full enough to be called medium yet, with lots of carbonation. Nice, crispy mouth feel that is expected of most pilsners.

Have I had better pilsners? Yeah. But this one certainly isn't awful. I don't know if it should be labeled a "Czech Pilsner", though. But it makes for an alright American Pale Lager. IMO, this is what New Belgium's "Shift" Pale Lager was trying to be. I'd take this over that one any day. Would be good for long, hot days out in the sun.

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

A deeper gold color with a solid, white head.

Subtle, grassy and peppery hops in the nose. Subdued overall but it is quite clean.

An added malt bonus in the flavor that wasn't in the nose and shows a great transition into a dry, hoppy finish. Void of any green bottle skunkiness that comes with a lot of Czech-born examples.

Somewhat predictable, but it's solid overall, and well worth the time spent drinking it.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.44/5  rDev -5%
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 wesbrownyeah
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mama's little yella pils... canned date on bottom, batch #9 04-02-09. States "liguid gold" as well.

A- Pours a excellent gold hazed liquid with mildly active head that falls to a minimal frothy ring with barely any lacing to be found.

S- Smells of metallic lemon and mild fresh cut grassy hops.

T-M- Taste is similar to the smell with more or less a very tangy hop presence with a very tart flavor on old lemon and lime... like flat sprite. Wet mouthfeel slides over the tongue leaving a thin astringent feel.

D- Good drinkablity for a can beer but an unbalanced taste pushes you else-where.

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3.7/5  rDev +2.2%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Keith888
1.64/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This was unfortunately a s***product.

Smell-smelled like methane. I thought someone had released air from their rearend but alas it was my pint of beer I just received.

I do not know if this was a very old keg, but this was worse than a mass market beer.
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of blackearth
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Discount Liquor's in Milwaukee, WI. Date on the bottom of can reads "Take One," 6-23-09. Pours a bright straw body with a thick white head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Aroma is grainy malts. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a crisp carbonation, but not a bite. Flavors of lemony sweet malt with a bitter finish. Not anything groundbreaking here, but very well done flavorful pilsner with great drinkability.

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

This is a great beer, I think underrated to date. This is the type of product that can go everywhere (due to being in a can) that glass can't go, it's a lager, a pilsner at that, it's craft-brewed, and it's a great alternative to the mass-produced lagers/shadow-pilsners out there--which the US needs more of.

Smells fresh, clean, lightly sweet, with a blend of lemony and faintly citrusy hops. Grains. Maybe a hint of corn, but modest. On the palate, it's sweet up front, tasty, full of clean grains, drying out toward the finish, lightly spicy and in general, just wonderfully balanced and full of flavor with appropriate hoppy aromatics lingering in the fade.

More beers like this and we could proudly proclaim that the "session recession" is over.

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3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: a light golden color with a thin head.

S: primarily hops, but some citrus teases the nostrils.

T: hoppier than expected with some lemony aftertaste.

MF/D: pretty crisp and light on the tongue and exceptionally sessionable. perfect for a day at the pool.

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