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

Mama's Little Yella PilsMama's Little Yella Pils
3,236 Ratings
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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3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can (canned 10-12-12 @ 10:21) poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pale golden yellow with a bit of haze. Thin white foam with lots of persistent lacing.

Smell: Musty. Hint of lemon and some sulfur as it warmed up. Not a lot otherwise.

Taste: Very tasty, bit of spicy up hops up front, nice malt middle, tangy bitter finish. Everything compliments each other real well in this beer.

Mouthfeel: Spicy, nice thickness underneath.

Overall / Drinkability: Nicely drinkable, very balanced and well-put together beer. However...I would have a hard time calling this beer a Czech pilsner. It's missing more of the stronger hops you would expect in that style. Not nearly snappy and crisp enough. But still a good beer.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mama’s Little Yella Pils is a lighter yellow color. It’s very clear. Backlighting gives it a brighter look. Almost looks like a straw color. It’s capped with a really nice white, foamy head. It rises to nearly two fingers in height. Retention was quite good. It hung around for a while. Lacing was also sticky and very thick as it descended down the glass. Looks pretty good.

The nose is honestly below average. It’s not very aromatic and needs more strength in a bad way. It smells a little sweet, earthy, and grainy up front. It definitely smells like a lager or pilsner. It even has a bit of a corn scent to it. There’s not much in terms of hops though. That’s a bit surprising. There might be a little bit of something grassy going, but I’m not getting any spicy notes. Seems a tad off for the style. Alcohol is blended well and isn’t noticeable.

The flavor is a bit better, but it’s average at best. This really doesn’t strike me as a true Czech Pilsner. The malt base is a little sweet and crackery. It is very earthy and grainy throughout. There is even a bit of a corn flavor. That’s all well and good. The hops are really where it’s deficient. They’re barely noticeable! They have a slight grassy flavor, but they’re secondary and are way too subdued. I’m not getting any of the usual spiciness that’s such a strong characteristic of the style. Alcohol is blended well. Finishes grainy, crackery, and sweet.

Mama’s Little Yella Pils has a lighter body. Carbonation seems relatively soft and light. It’s a bit too thin to really feel smooth, but it goes down easy. Not bad.

I really don’t mind Mama’s Little Yella Pils. It’s not a terrible beer by any stretch. In some circumstances, I could see myself enjoying. But, it’s not a Czech Pilsner. It lacks the spiciness and the hop flavor that’s typical for the style. If you’re looking for a pretty decent pilsner or lager, check it out. If you’re looking for a good Czech Pilsner, keep looking.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a pilsener glass

A- pours a straw yellow color... big white froathy head... eventually turns to a thin ring around the beer.... minimal lacing to the glass

S- a quick whiff reveals floral hops, pilsener malt and grassey straw

T- pretty close to the smell, got more of a sweet lingering taste. Straw, grassey and floral in a perfect melody

M- light, crisp, earthy floral hop balance

O- one of the better made Czech pilsener by an American brewery.. very easy drinking session beer

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look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very clear yellow/golden color, with perfect, white 2.5 finger head.

S - Bready malts, a hint of spice, a touch of esters.

T - Spiciness is forward here. Provides a good crispness with a solid malt backbone

M - Clean and crisp, though a little dry.

Overall - It's exactly what you want in a Pils. I envision this being a go-to choice for summer.

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look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a hazy, yellow/amber color with a fluffy white head. It has a mild scent of grains and yeast giving it a unique pilsner aroma. The taste is different to say the least with the use of several kinds of hops to give a distinctive bitterness along with a very floral tasting element as well. This is a little thinner/ more watery than most of the standard Oskar Blues products. Finishes with a minor bitter and chalky after taste.

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Mama's Little Yella Pils from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 3,236 ratings
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