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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
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
Ranking:
#38,609
Reviews:
899
Ratings:
3,245
pDev:
12.53%
Bros Score:
3.7
 
 
Wants:
87
Gots:
620
Trade:
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Ratings: 3,245 |  Reviews: 899
Photo of Sammy
3.05/5  rDev -15%
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 kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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 Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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 GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
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 nmann08
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
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 -1.4%
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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3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
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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3.05/5  rDev -15%
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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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of brentk56
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
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 oline73
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
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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3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
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 zeff80
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
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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