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Mama's Little Yella PilsMama's Little Yella Pils

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

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

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Photo of Sammy
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

its a pilsner, so nothiing mind bending going on here. pours corn yellow and clear, with an excited white head. smells more hoppy than most of these do, and the taste follows. quick dry finish and general crispness make this a very refreshing beer, definitely a summer one for me. not necessarily a true czech pilsner as the hops dominate the malts in this one, and the body is pushing medium, but an appreciable can of beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.15/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear yellow in color with a thin head that quickly dissipated. A light level of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are light aromas of bready malts and notes of grassy hops in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has lots of flavors of bready malts. There is also a mild amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation; the finish is crisp.
D: The beer is easy to drink and rather refreshing and sessionable, particularly during the warmer months.

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Photo of BEERchitect
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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3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a big, foamy head that sticks fairly well and leaves some lace behind

Smell: Very low hop presence; rather neutral, with a hint of grain

Taste: Opens sweet and bready, with a growing fruity character that leans in a bitter direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweet malt flavor dominates through the finish, though there is a little grainy element at the very end

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink on a hot summer day but just a bit too sweet and lacking in pilsner character to be very interesting

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Photo of biboergosum
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, picked up at a random grocery store in mid-town Denver last week.

This beer pours a somewhat hazy medium golden yellow hue, with two fingers of puffy, cushioned eggshell white head, which leaves some broad swaths of brewing stormcloud lace around the glass as things drop away.

It smells of lightly biscuity, cereal grain pale malt, warm lemon juice, a bit of black pepper, and leafy, grassy hops. The taste is more bready, breakfast cereal malt, sweeter than I might have thought, a muddled, sort of defunct citrus fruitiness, ethereal white and pepper spice, and subtle earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is frothy and palate tickling, but gentle all the way through, the body medium-light in weight, and mostly workaday smooth. It finishes on a drying trend, the fruit and hop esters putting their collective backs into it.

A genuinely tasty pilsener, with strong Bohemian predilections; however the hops seem to be lost in translation - the grassy, mildly sulfuric nature of the original just isn't found here. Now while out of design or oversight, it takes a minor chunk out of the overall enjoyment, which is to say - 90 percent or so of the real deal is still rather worthy of drinking the hell out of.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can: Poured a dark yellow color lager with a nice foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of sweet cereal notes with light dry crisp hops is interesting. Taste is a mix between some sweet cereal notes with some very subtle dry hops at the end. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation. Not bad overall though a again a bit too sweet for what I look for in this style.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Small to slightly more in white to off white head settles to a think froth above a not quite clear pale straw golden colored beer.

Light pale lemony citrus with some very light yeast aroma.

Light lemony citrus taste with some very light pale malts and even lighter

Light dryish almost to a puckering effect with the aftertaste that harbors just a bit of the lemony citrus taste along with it on this light bodied beer.

An fairly alright tasting beer, maybe a bit to much lemon for me, I do love fresh lemonade but when I'm drinking beer, ummm.

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Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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 kojevergas
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I know I've reviewed this before; I just haven't gotten around to processing the notes from my backlog, so the notes below are rather truncated:

CAN: Canned 11.18.14. Aluminum. 12 fl oz. Good label art. Standard pull-tab.

5.3% ABV. "Pilsner." "Malt Liquor."

Served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX. Expectations are well above average given the brewery.

APPEARANCE: Head fills ~80% of the glass. White colour, fairly creamy, frothy, and somewhat soft. Body is a clear pilsner yellow with no visible yeast particulate or muck.

Appears well-carbonated, if not overcarbonated. It's a nice looking pilsner, but there's nothing unique or special about it.

AROMA: Cream, clean malted barley, pilsner malts, and grassy hops. A biteen floral.

It's a nice albeit typical aroma for a pilsner, and has no off-putting off-notes or booze. There's no noticeable alcohol.

TASTE: Not too starchy, cereal-emphatic, or grainy. It has an apt pilsner malt backbone with some Munich malts in there too methinks, and the aptly minimal hop character is appropriately floral and grassy. It's a biteen too sweet, but it doesn't suffer from a malt extract taste like many inferior beers in the style. Shallow, sure. Simple, definitely (to style). But it's balanced and cohesive. I like it.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, fairly refreshing, slightly overcarbonated, and light-bodied. Complements the taste generally well.

OVERALL: A drinkable above average pilsner from Oscar Blues. Not a beer that can hold a candle to the traditional greats in the category, but worth trying and pretty well priced. This will satisfy most and impress few.

C+ (3.05)

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

While not the best looking or most adventurous beer style to try, this was one solid beer. Pours a slightly see-through golden color, nice little head to it with some ascending bubbles. Not much there for aroma, but not bad smelling at all. Taste is medium bodied and nice and crisp. Get a nice spicy bite to it along with some buttery tasting notes. Probably one of the better pilseners I've gotten to try out. Nothing too exciting but a great beer to wind down the work week with.. a great session beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a golden, straw-yellow color with a good deal of carbonation. It had a two-finger, white, bubbly head of foam that left behind traces of patchy lace.

S - It smelled of grains, grasses and caramel. It smelled like your average pils.

T - It didn't taste like your average pils. Yes, it had a sweet caramel flavor with some grainy notes, but it brought much more in the way of spicy hops that other pilseners.

M - It was crisp and very sharp with a dry finish. A light bodied beer that is hard to put down.

D - A great American version of a true pils. It tastes outstanding.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear yellow straw color with a white head that doesn't have the longest retention. Nose is slight hops and a bit of grain. Not too much involved. The taste is slightly grassy and grainy with a bit of light hopping. Light and crisp, drinking well but not with all that much flavor.

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Photo of oline73
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The name is definitely fitting. This beer is yellow with a slight golden hue. There is a half finger of white head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: Light and slightly sweet from the malt. A bit bready with a hint of lemon. Very mild overall.

Taste: A bit more interesting than the smell. Malt forward, I'm getting that typical pilsner malt slightly bitter note, but it isn't very strong. A touch of malt sweetness with some bready notes and a hint of citrus. The finish is a bit watery and tastes like pilsner malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressively tingly carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I enjoy this beer enough in the summer, but it's nothing particularly special. Nothing wrong with it, but nothing makes it stand out either.

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Photo of oberon
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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Photo of nickfl
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One and a half fingers of white foam on a clear, yellow body. The head recedes at a leisurely pace and leaves nice, thick lace on the glass.

S - Musty noble hops and sweet malt. A hint of graham cracker and some grain.

T - Dry maltiness up front with balancing hop flavor. Herbal notes and distinct pilsner malt. The finish favors the hops with both flavor and very smooth bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - Very drinkable, as it should be. With the excellent malt character and pleasing dryness it would be easy to take down a whole six-pack during a long evening. Too bad subtlety doesn't get more respect.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden yellow with 2+ fingers of foamy brite-white head. Settles into a thin layer of retention that skims the surface, leaving some thick patchy lace back. The aroma is a tasty, but not overly assertive, mix of bread, citrus, and some lightly floral and spicy hops. Pretty standard Pils aroma, maybe even coming off as a little too sweet.

Hops luckily are a bit more forceful in the taste, imparting a a tight bitter and spicy character that balances a good bit of the sweetness from the citrus and grainy breadiness of the Pils malts. As this warms, some of the balance starts to shift once again to the sweet side. The mouthfeel is more medium bodied with a prickly and sharp carbonation that lasts the whole way through the swallow. Generally though, this remains fairly crisp and drinkable.

This was a decent enough Pils I suppose. Maybe a touch overly sweet but the crispness was there, as was a decent quaffability. Glad I tried this but I doubt that I'd invest in another six-pack.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 2/25/2013. Pours lightly hazy and cloudy golden straw color with a nice 1-2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, cracker, bread, pepper, floral, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, bread, cracker, floral, grass, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, bread, cracker, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of malt, hop, and yeast flavors; with good robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice pilsner style. Good balance of hop, malt, and yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bubbly yellow-gold with a white head that soon reduces to a few blotches of foam and a ring.

S - more malt in the aroma than typical; otherwise unremarkable.

T - rather typical for style excepting a slight sourness.

M - average amount of carbonation; thin/medium body.

O - a good but not great pilsner. Overpriced although this may be hard to beat if you must have it in a can.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrived with a clear, yellow body capped off with a small, fizzy, white head. Very light effervescence.

Smell: Spicy, Noble hop aroma set over a meager pale malt note.

Taste: Light pale maltiness with a very minor amount of sweetness present. Spicy hop character with a medium bitterness. Crisp, dry finish with a light, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Woefully average, really. It's acceptable, sure, but there's just not an overly expressive character and it comes off just like any other plain old pilsner.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color with a large white head that fades very quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a lot like a west coast IPA with floral hops, light malts and citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a citrus flavor that you normally don't see in this style. Then there's a strong but not over-powering hops presence that comes in. The malt character is thin but provides some substance and a good balance. The after-taste is sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, might not be the best representation of style as it doesn't seem to be a typical Pilsener, but it's a good beer pound down for a long time.

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