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

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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.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice dark yellow color (surprise) with a moderate white head. Steady carbonation but it's under control. Nose is perhaps the weak spot, in that it could be stronger, but it is nicely balanced, as is the taste. It has some body, it has some hops. The feel is a bit soft and sudsy, but leaves with a clean and lean impression. My wish might be for even more Saaz hops, but this is a good pilsner. Mine was brewed in NC and canned on 12/08/15. I believe it would be better fresher, and I hope to revise my rating soon if needed. For some reason I misread the date when I bought it. (Consumed 19 May 2016.)

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My first offering from Oskar Blues and it did not disappoint. I have heard of this brewer for quite some time, from their Dale's Pale Ale to their Death by Coconut, I am sure glad I picked up this sixer of Yella Pils.

Into the glass it pours a hazy, almost Hefenweizen-like look with little head but very good lacing all the way down. The scent of the brew is a nice mixture of lemongrass with cumin, which pairs well with the hops. The feel was mostly smooth, somewhat crisp, but very dry towards the end. What caught my attention was the taste - almost sweet at the beginning, but then turning bitter towards the end but not so much it took away from the overall experience. This was one of the most complex beers I've had in quite some time and certainly not what I expected from the packaging. I guess they say about a book's cover is true, after all...

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a very hazy straw yellow color with a foamy eggsghell colored head that dissipates quickly. Nice look for a pilsner, pretty standard.

S- Bread, slight floral hops, almost hay-like scent.

T- Surprising amount of hop bitterness, with some citrus and pine on the finish.

F- Light and refreshing, as a pilsner should be.

O- One of the better American Pilsners out there, right behind Prima Pils for me. The aroma had me thinking this would be disappointing, but the taste delivered.

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Photo of Squire123
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Nice light gold, beautiful white cap and lasting lacing.

Aroma: Pleasant floral malty hop balance that's just short of beautiful.

Taste: Malt hop balance is spot on with rich malt sparking burnished by hop flashes. No single element dominates, the whole works with malt and hops emerging and receding in equal time. Well done.

Texture: Full on medium. I honestly wouldn't be able to pick it out in a blind tasting against European Pilsners, it's that close to style yet on it's own it works so well the label really doesn't matter.

Overall: This one's a winner.

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is slightly bready sweet hops. Nothing to write home about. Taste is on the malty side of the spectrum. In my opinion this beer should be a bit more dry and hoppy vs. wet and sweet. A easy drinking brew - no doubt but not exactly a strong pils. Worth a try but don't go out of your way for this one.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy gold color with a white head. Bubbles remain around the edge throughout the time in the glass. The aroma is sweeter than I expect a Czech Pilsner to be. There are floral notes, some bready yeast and a whiff of hops. The taste is sweet with flowers, toasted cereal grains and a nice hoppy finish. This is a damn tasty beer but it it was a little too hazy and sweet for what I want in a pilsner.

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Photo of BeernOnThe4thOfJuly
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grassy, bready nose. Very fizzy with lively mouthfeel. Brings a touch of sting. Flavor is pleasant, but not very complex. A nice, refreshing pilsner, but it doesn't exactly titillate your senses.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks yellow and bright. Good clarity, 3/4" head. Aroma was mild in terms of grains/malt and hops, neutral yeast.

Night floral hop notes come out, light body, but not insubstantial. Nice toasted pale malt here. Its definitely an upper tier pilsner, not trying to be double or imperialized, but substantial within the confines of style. Always welcome around the pool or on the course in the summer.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a pleasant and very clear bight golden color. A classic pilsner color. The head is white, rich, fluffy and long lived with a moderate yet complex lacing down the glass.

The nose is fructose, malt and peppery hops. There is a nice robust mix of Hop[s to Malt and fructose here. Another that represents the classic pilsner attributes while maintaining that signature OSkar Blues sampling.

The mouthfeel is just right a nd is more than rich enough for a pilsner but is not heavy either. A very drinkable beer.

Overall I really like this PIlsner and will definitely be drinking this one fairly regular.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

DATE: March 31, 2016... OCCASION: playing Quirkle with Shan and Will... GLASSWARE: 22 oz. pilsner... APPEARANCE: golden, large bubbly effervescent body--clear as scotch tape... thick, Santa’s beard of a head; sporadic spider’s web lacing... marshlike topography in the top of the glass... AROMA: Hallertau and Saaz, for certain... light bready presence...lilac, lavender and perfume--quite inviting.. PALATE: medium-bodied for a pilsner... mildly active... slightly beefy aftertaste... quite drinkable...TASTE: slight metallic draw early with pronounced malts... buttery and floral... some pepper adds dimension... OVERALL:a strong, likable version of the style that provides a smooth, textured experience...fourth place in the Oskar Blues mix pack is NOT a shameful showing!

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Photo of Eric_Booga_Boyles
4.49/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

As a big fan of pilsners, this is top shelf for me. Please keep in mind I have just started to get into craft beer. For me, this is what a Bud or Coors is suppose to taste like. It is crisp, clean, and packed with flavor. It also goes very well with carne asada tacos!

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3.75 all across the board for this Pilsener! I had this straight out of the can on the bottom of Keystone mountain so of course it tasted great and refreshing. No really, it is a very well done pilsener that is NOT watered down. I'm not a huge fan of Pilseners but this is great if you're into this style of beer! +1 to Oskar Blues

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bought a single can from my local bottle shop for $2.20.

Gentle smell of grains, and honey. The later of which makes the nose delightfully sweet.

Even for the style, I found the taste to be fairly subtle, at least compared to some of its peers like Dogfish's Piercing Pils. Mostly grassy malts and grains. The sweetness from the nose is nowhere to be seen. Mouthfeel is satisfyingly light, with very little carbonation - which really worked for me.

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Photo of DavidS333
4.59/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mama's Little Yella Pils was quite highly rated per se at the store I tend to buy my beer from, so I decided to try it out.

I would say that this is quite tasty Pilsner. Its polish perhaps shows around the edges per se, for at its core it seems lke a sort of nice refreshing, very drinkable beer.

"Around the edges" one may notice that its after taste is hardy and somewhat rich, and tastes "brewed" as opposed to sort of factory cranked out per se. Its body is perhaps one of its more outstanding features, as it has a nice texture, perhaps most apparent in the aftertaste per se. The smell is cool and refreshing, and the beer's color is a nice spring time/summer time goldish yellow I would say. The head is not too heavy and is perhaps a little more than medium on a scale of light-medium-thick.

Overall a tasty and very drinkable and refreshing Pilsner. It does sort of remind me of other more available and recognizable pilsners, but seems more polished with more attention to detail one might say, this attention being most noticeable in the finely crafted body and aftertaste.

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Photo of soupermirl
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My ratings may seem low, but this is one of the best U.S. Pilsners I think a person can buy. It is a great go to beer on warm days and a nice beer for days when you don't want a stout, IPA, stronger beer, etc. It is really great. Hit that pilsner out of the park with this one Oskar Blues.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This Czech pilsner by Oskar Blues has 5.3% ABV and little to no bitterness.

Look-Golden yellow color hampered by a mild hop haze. Fizzy white head settles to frothy foam.

Smell-Grainy malt aroma is reminiscent of Heineken, but with a bit more honey-suckle malts.

Taste-The flavor is mildly monotonic, but is composed of grains and grassy malts and also some fresh cut hay. The pilsner aspects of this brew shine through the strongest so keep that in mind.

Overall-It is a crisp and refreshing beer, but it is definitely not for hop heads. However, there is something to be said for the more subtle and malt-forward brew types. Cheers!

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Photo of kevINSIGHT
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Reminds me of the kind of lighter standard beer I drank when I was younger. Nothing special about the taste, but nothing bad either, just mild and plain beer by appearance, taste, and smell.
It pours a hazy light yellow, which I guess is a bit different than the clearer yellow beers that are cheap generic standards in US beer commercials. That said, the aroma and taste are straight forward beer taste: nothing to write home about, but not overly chalky either. It's not bad, just not what I expect out of beer anymore.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
2.94/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Extremely hazy yellow body, only slight carbonation, creamy yet coarse eggshell head, dots of lace. Aroma and taste are pretty mild; faint chalky smell, hay, mild hop spice. This is as non-committal to any flavor as it can be. Spice does add well to the frisky carbonation.
Did I just drink a beer, or Hay LaCroix?

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Photo of Myotus
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured gently at 53°F from a 12oz can (canned on 17Sep15) into a Pilsner glass.
LOOK: Pours with three fingers worth of white foam. At 3 minutes, the edges of the foam have decreased by a half finger while the center remains in tact. Straw yellow in color with a slight cloudiness. There is a plethora of medium-sized rising bubbles. Lacing is moderate in quantity and very thick.
SMELL: A bunch of mild aromas: grass, spicy hops, floral hops, and buttered biscuits.
TASTE: Mild buttered biscuit and floral hop flavors first stike the palate and are immediately followed by mild spicy hop flavors. Subtle bitter hop and grass flavors enter lastly along with metallic hints as buttered biscuit flavors grow slightly stronger while all other flavors maintain.
FEEL: Full-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth and creamy. Finishes with a mild dryness.
NOTE: A good Czech Pilsner. Everything was where it was supposed to be. I could have done without the hints of metal. They didn't affect the beer too negatively, though.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this out of the can so I can't say much about looks. Smells a hint skunky, but with some soft fruit smells and yeastiness coming through too. Taste has a lot of breadiness to it, with hints of lemon. Somewhat more sweet and lacking the mid-palate dryness that I'm used to in a pilsner, but it's a subtle enough sweetness to not be cloying. As it warms, more raw alcohol seems to be present, so it's much better cold. Feel is overall light and with moderate carbonation (would have liked to see a little more) and leaves your tongue feeling prickly and dry on the finish. Nice take on the style, and pairs well with margherita pizza! :)

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pretty solid version of a pretty basic and sometimes boring beer style, very easy to drink, light on the abv, will make a damn fine summer a latecomer to oskar blues, very impressed with them.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Straw gold color with a very white fluffy head and quite a bit of lacing left behind, slightly hazy.

S: Bready doughy malt, some floral hops and toasted malt.

T: Bready doughy malt, some sweetness, floral, and a light bitterness

F: Light and crisp, very clean and drinkable

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Photo of EMH73
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a four finger head, which is well retained with beautiful lacing. A well balanced pilsner with predominately malt flavors and a little bit of hops. Very drinkable.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

a hazy lemon yellow with hints of apricot, the head on this pils is a solid finger of white and looks like much of it will be around for a while.
mostly grassy/lemongrassy hops on the nose, not a lot noted in the way of malt. the flavor is sweeter than expected, but there is a firm mineral/metallic? note up top (not sure if from the hops, yeast, or water supply) that holds the sweetness in check. not sure what to make of this one. that mineral-like aspect really coats the palate and its persistent film largely determining the character of the brew for me. kind of numbing after 1/2 a glass, and it's all I notice now in the finish. not sure if I can make it all the way to the bottom of this glass.

Now reading the commercial description, I have to take issue with the claim that this is a "less-challenging beer" as I am finding this the most challenging to drink of all the Oskar Blues offerings I have had. Moreover, their assertion this is a "low-dose session beer"--at 5.3% abv--violates any definition of "session beer" that I would be comfortable with.

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Photo of senglish7
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

While I'm not a huge fan of pilsners, this one has a typical "beer" flavor. I don't get much from the aroma. Flavor is bold and mostly smooth. Not bitter in the least.

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