Mama's Little Yella Pils
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Style:
Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
Ranked #259
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
82
Ranked #44,591
Avg:
3.61 | pDev: 12.47%
Reviews:
970
Ratings:
3,441
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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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SCORE
82
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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 AmericaĆ¢'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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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear straw yellow color with thick white head. Floral hops, a little doughiness and a little pepperiness in the aroma. Creamy mouthfeel. Sweet, doughy and tropical fruity taste, with slight hop bitterness on the back end. It's okay.

Aug 01, 2015
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Jan 11, 2011
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Tom_Banjo from New York

2.92/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Jul 09, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

its a pilsener, so nothing too mind bending going on here, but its well made and sort of hits every time for me, best when ice cold, an easy slug right from the can, high refreshment value as the malt is light and the hops crisp it up, less objectively yeast forward than many european examples of the style, but less objectively hoppy than a lot of modern american takes, so its somewhere in between. it pours corn yellow and clear, with an excited white head. smells more hoppy than most of these do, and the taste follows, but not in the form of bitterness, which is where the hops often land in a pilsener. instead its a little herbal pop of flavor in the middle on top of the grain, but relaxed by the end. quick dry finish and general crispness make this a very refreshing beer, definitely a summer one for me. not necessarily a true czech pilsner, but i like the proportions it has, and even though years go by sometimes between my drinking these, each time i have one i sort of shake my head and say that i should drink this more regularly. better than a lot of what else is out there in the style.

Nov 28, 2011
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Aug 29, 2013
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

Jun 25, 2016
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4thelvofbeer from Virginia

1.88/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Overall, this is a beer I do not like, do not prefer, and do no tthink is all that good. Not meaning to slam Oskar Blues at all, there are many, many of their beers I like, and I have toured the brewery line in Colorado two times...just not a fan of this beer...at all.

Pours a yellow/golden hue with a moderate foamy white head.

Smell and taste are of corn and wheat, clean almost plasticy tasting...

Mouthfeel is foamy...sudzy and somewhat thick...not really appealing at all....

Overall, not a good beer..lacks depth, flavor and taste....

Sep 21, 2012
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Probably my least favorite of the Oskar Blues releases I've had thus far. This beer pours as a clear yellow color with foamy white head that has a pretty good lacing for a little while. The aroma was grainy and a little hoppy. The taste was kinda bland, there was some malts and hops in the flavor but that's about all. Not too much else really happening in this brew. I suppose this is better if you reay like those types of beers but to me they're a little boring.

Apr 26, 2011
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 1/9/12.

Pours a slightly hazy light yellow with a 2 inch foamy white head that settles to a puffy cap on top of the beer. Random dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some grassy and herbal aromas. Taste is of sweet malt, grass, and some herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good pilsner that is refreshing and easy to drink.

Mar 19, 2012
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gvickery from Texas

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

Very solid. Classic clear golden color with moderate white head. Not a lot for the nose but mine doesn't work well either. Very full flavor and balance between the pilsner malt and noble hops with a pleasant hop spiciness on the end. The hop profile reminds me more of a German pils but with prominent malt character this is more like a pilsner fusion. It takes the best of both and I think it's a winner.

Apr 19, 2018
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InandOutBeerGuys from Pennsylvania

1.77/5  rDev -51%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Not impressed- big letdown here! Czech Pils, no way! No where near a Euro Pils. Buttery adjunct laden flavors & smells. Absolutely terrible & not up to OB's normal quality. Was all ready for a crisp hoppy Pils but this is nothing more than Schmidt's from Colorado. no hoppy aromas no hoppiness in the flavor & hardly anything impressive here- AVOID lovers of good beer. What were they thinking???

Apr 25, 2009
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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

Feb 02, 2017
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

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

Thin head without much lacing on a dark state colored hazy body. Aroma is light, mostly grain and musty hops. Flavor is musty ask semisweet hops with biscuit and grain. Aftertaste is a touch bitter. Light body and high carbonation. Crisp. Overall better than most pilsners but not likening the aftertaste.

Feb 22, 2012
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SirSketch from Massachusetts

2.57/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Yella Pils has a very clear, light yellow color. Definitely in the lower single digit SRMs. The head has a light creamy texture and leaves a nice lace.

S - I'm not sure if they used adjuncts in brewing this beer, but it smells like an adjunct light lager, with a corny, vegetal aroma.

T - Again, more cooked corn character and a little spiciness. Only slightly maltier than most macro examples, but overall pretty watery and bland. The sweet aftertaste is actually pretty nice.

M - Light to medium body and fairly dry.

O - I do like a well brewed pilsner, but this example is not far off from the watery macro pils. Maybe that was their goal? Either way, I won't be having this again.

Apr 23, 2011
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Jun 28, 2009
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours deep yellow with a decent white foamy head. neutral aroma. Moutfeel is middling. Taste is OK, but uninteresting. I did not finish it, but I could have if nothing else was available.More sweetish than bitter. Low IBU grassy hops.Carbonation was OK.

Mar 14, 2010
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imblane from California

4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pale straw with a nice 2 finger head. A touch of chill haze in clarity, otherwise very nice.

S - sweet pils malt followed by mild grassy hops. A touch of diacetyl but not overwhelming.

T - nice sweet pils malt on the front followed by a pleasant spicy hop bitterness. Clean fermentation no dms. The hops provide a pleasant balance with the delicious malt.

M - nice crisp carbonation, no astringency or other unpleasant character. Clean and refreshing on the palate.

O - a crisp clean refreshing example of a Czech Pils. Very little fault in clarity only, an excellent example of the style.

Jan 24, 2011
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dondeez21 from New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Looked like Budweiser. Nothing to different about this beer.
S: Nothing out of the ordinary
T: Remined me of any other Lager out there
M: Dry Crisp good for a warm night
D: If you are into paying a few extra dollars for a beer that isnt to much better than most other macros out there. Overall this beer isnt anythign special at all. I would recommend trying it but my experience wasnt anythign special at all.

Apr 25, 2009
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Blueribbon666 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +10.8%

Dec 29, 2012
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jaltland from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10%

Dec 22, 2011
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bsuedekum from Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -3%

Sep 07, 2013
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tjmiller718 from Virginia

4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 18, 2015
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Jmick28 from Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -10%

Mar 07, 2014
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shamrock071521 from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Apr 03, 2013
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goldenM13 from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3%

Apr 19, 2013
Mama's Little Yella Pils from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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