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

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Mama's Little Yella PilsMama's Little Yella Pils

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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 EPICAC
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly hazed golden color. Topped by a fluffy, bright white head that fades to a film, leaving patchy lace. The aroma is a bit light overall, but there are notes of graininess and a bit of leafy hops.

Lightly sweet pilsner malts appear upfront and persist through the center of this beer. The finish has a good bit of leafy, hop bitterness, especially as the beer warms. A hint of apple fruitiness also appears towards the finish as the beer warms. Light-bodied and moderately carbonated with a crisp, dry finish.

A bit disappointing, especially from this brewery, but overall a drinkable pilsner with a good amount of bitterness. This beer definitely got better as it warmed.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Barleys lat night, I had heard this one was coming around but this was my first run in with it. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/03/2009.

The pour was very light, very bright and thin looking. Lots of fizzy carbonation here with a small white head that came up quickly and faded just as quickly. The aroma was light, lots of grain with thin grassy notes mixed in throughout. A quick sip revealed a bit mroe depth to it though. A nice light grain flavor here with a touh of grassy hops mixed in. Some touch of peach like flavor or something to that effect before a big dose of bready malts washes it all away. Tight finish left virtually no aftetaste as you had to keep going back for more and more of this very drinkable pils.

Overall while no where near my favorite beer, I would have to give it a thumbs up for being very drinakble. A good summer beer.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours a clear light golden yellow with a huge rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is wheaty malts, a little fruit and yeast.

The flavor is earthy wheat malts and some yeast with a dry floral finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a well done pilsner which is not my favorite style. I like the canned version better than I remember it on draft.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. can

Pours a pale straw color with a small white head that fades. Mild, spotty lacing on the glass.

Light aroma, crisp pilsner malt and a hint of noble hops. Slight green-apple aroma as it warms.

Crisp pilsner malt flavor with a mild hop bitterness and noble hop flavor. Finishes dry, clean and crisp.

Light body, full carbonation.

A serviceable if not decent pilsner. Easy to drink, but falls short of greatness. Definitely not worth the $9 price for a sixer.

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Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy pale yellow color with a 1" head sporting some large bubbles. Moderate lacing develops.

Smell: lemon zest, grass, and some soft bitterness is evident.

Taste: a slightly bready malt profile with softer grass tones. Some lemon zest and a mild bitterness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: light-medium in body. Crisp at the start, crisp and a bit dry late. Almost clean aftertaste with this one.

Drinkability: super easy drinking pils here. Nice flavors and the handy can will be great for some outdoor activities.

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Photo of DousedInStout
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light yellow with white head. The lacing lingers, and carbonation is effervescent from the bottom of the glass. The aroma is sweet, with earthy hop notes. The taste is a bit bready, with subtle notes of lemon grass and straw that fight through the carbonation. It finishes with a little bitterness from the hops and lager yeast, but not as crisp or sharp as other american craft pilseners. Very drinkable, perfect for the summer. It's not as bold as the rest of their line - it's more mainstream and truer to style.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap int pint glass.

Crystal clear "yella" color with a thin white head. Not much lacing created by this one. The aroma is very clean, very bready, with a bit of noble hops. The flavor is somewhat plain, with a bit of hop bite, but not much. The finish is clean, with a bit of grain lingering. Medium bodied.

A very refreshing Pilsner, on the lighter side in terms of hops. Perfect for the summer months.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap.

Pint came with a thin film of foam and not much of a head. Light and bright pale straw color. Lots of gold & yellow tones. Only a small amount of lacing and less carbonation than I had expected.

Aroma was very light... Almost not there. A touch of Saaz perhaps.

Flavor was decent. A little bread like and a light hop profile. Not quite the character I was hoping for. Expecting a bit more hop bitterness and some spice.

Body and mouth feel were light. Easily drinkable but not exciting at all.

This is no Prima Pils.

It's ok at best.

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Photo of Finn
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

canning date: 2/27/09 so this is pretty dang fresh.

Appearance: Pale yellow with a modest creamy white head, which doesn't have much staying power.

Aroma: A little bit of sweet adjunct-like aroma (although I don't believe there are any in here) a trace of alcohol in the aroma too. Not much else here.

Taste: begins with a smooth, sweet pilsner malt flavor, followed by a touch of bready/yeasty notes, and ends with a subtle hop bite.

Mouthfeel: Creamy mouthfeel with carbonation on the low side for a pils.

Drinkability: Due to the subtleness of this beer in most aspects, it is incredibly drinkable. Would be easy to go thru a few very quickly, and enjoy it! That being said, I would expect a little more carbonation and hops in a pilsner, which made it a slight let-down, but this beer is very tasty in it's own right. Just not up to pils standards in my opinion.
Good beer, giver a try.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pored yellow with a single-finger head that lasted for a little while. The smell is sweet with some grains and breadiness. The taste starts off with some sweet bready malt that slowly gives way to a little bit of hops that linger in the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit watery with some fine carbonation that make for a refreshing beer. This is a very drinkable beer that's got a decent amount of character while still retaining its drinkability.

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Photo of iasanlee
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant golden color with a big white head and a bit of lacing. Aroma is light and has a mild DMS (corn) note. Flavor is mainly pils malt. Not much of the spicy sazz hop flavor I would expect. Some bready/yeasty character. Crisp. Medium-light body and high carbonation feel. Not bad, a good run of the mill pilsner.

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Photo of JimFromVenus
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 10oz all-purpose tulip.
Probably a little too cold...

A - Aggressive center pour gave a 3 finger head that lived fairly long then disappeared all at once. Ample initial carbonation fell flat quickly in the glass. Minimal lacing. Nice light Yella color.

S - Wet grain, white bread with the crusts cut off, a waft of Saaz - all subtle and subdued. Just what I was hoping for.

T - Bready/grainy sweetly mild, a touch of spicy hop on the back that shows considerable restraint in 2009. Very balanced and clean, even the last few sips that were close to room temp.

M - Although flat in the glass, Mama built up a little froth once in the mouth - very refreshing and cleansing. I don't ever expect to drink this from a glass again - straight from the can, I expect she'll retain all of the vivacity that I burned on the pretty pour.

D - "What happened to my six-pack of MYLP?" is going to be a common phrase around here. This is now going to be part of my yard beer rotation, and always on the boat and where it's gotta be in cans.

O - MYLP does what I expect a Pilsner style beer to do - be crisp, clean, and refreshing. That it's a craft beer in a can is also a plus. I like that the hops are present, but not intense. Tastes like they didn't adjunct, so it's a big step up from the BMC crowd.


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Photo of kirkmichel
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Yellow-gold. Clear. Transparent. light lacy head, a bit of which clings to the glass.
S- None detectable.
T- Light taste. Honey and hops and toasted malt. Right now, tastes to me like a lighter, wweter version of Bud. but I'll rethink as I drink.
M- fine, evaporates quickly. True to style.
D- Good summer beer. Not too heavy, but more depth of flavor than a true light beer.

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Photo of trbergman
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can into a shaker pint.

A - Clear, golden yellow with one finger of bone white head and lively carbonation.

S - Not very strong, with subtle graininess and earthy hop aroma.

T - Bready and grainy malt character that turns sweet and lingers on the palate. Herbal and floral hop flavor, with gentle bitterness.

M - Not quite as effervescent as I like in a Pils.

D - This is an adequate Pils, but it's really a letdown after enjoying all of the other fine beers canned by Oskar Blues. I was hoping for another good craft Pilsner to add to the rotation, but I don't think this makes the cut.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold, well-carbonated. Fizzy head sticks around pretty well actually. Musky, grainy aroma.

Taste is very grainy and sweet. Not enough bite and not that refreshing. Yet, this is definitely an above-average lager compared to others that attempt the same style. Even then, I'm not buying this beer as a pilsner, stylistically speaking. Due to the sweetness it is more like a munich helles or exportbier. Pretty smooth, but a little thin. Some hop muskiness, but the best pilsners are much more bitter.

I was excited to see a new can on the shelves from Oskar Blues, but ultimately I was disappointed. An okay beer.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this can courtesy of my friend, Chip. Thanks!

A: Pale yellow... one of the lighter brews I have had in some time. It might even be in the same ballpark as Rolling Rock. Head was about half a finger tall, with some decent retention and lacing.

S: Clean, soft, pale malts with a balance of modest hops. The smell is light, but not thin... appropriate for the style.

T + M: Flavour seems a touch one-dimensional, perhaps. It has the nice malt/hops balance that I noted in the aroma, but nothing really stands out. It may be more an issue with the mouthfeel, which does not feel quite as crisp as I'd expect from a Czech Pils.

D: It goes down quick, easy, and it IS refreshing - I'll give it that. Not a horrid beer by any means, but maybe lacking a little. Glad to have tried it... I'll probably stick with other offerings from the brewery.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This pours from 12oz can a clear bright straw gold with a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell has that Pilsner smell that you find in a lot of European examples of the style. Slightly sweet from the malt, slightly bitter from the hops. Balanced, for the most part. Good nose.

The taste follows the nose. Some malty sweetness with a light earthy, no more bready than earthy flavour balanced with some light lemon citrus and crisp flavour. Not cold and crisp as I always let my beers warm to near room temps. A very solid tasting Pilsner that doesn't go overboard with the flavours like some. Hey, sometimes it's ok to go overboard...see Prima Pils!

Light bodied with medium carbonation, it finishes slightly sweet. Head retention, not that good but there's some lacing.

Drinkability? This one screams it for me. Bring it to Casper and it's an instant classic for me. I like to think of it as a "comfort" beer.

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Photo of nhudson
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ill start off by saying that Pilsner's aren't my favorite beer style to drink. That being said I could drink this one every now and then as a session beer. I need to start taking a pint glass with me when I travel cause I had to use the hotels glass cups for this one.

a- Straw yellow, very clear with a nice 1 - 1 1/2 finger head with tons of lacing in the glass.
s- Smell is of a bannana/citrus/lemon with a slght breadiness to it. I get a slight hop smell as well with a nice malt smell rounding it out.
t- The taste reminds me of an adjunct lager, which I dont really care for. Very citrus taste with an adjunct after taste.
m- Very clean and crisp
d- I could easily drink a 6 pack or 2 in one night. Like I said I dont care of Pilsners that well, but I would drink this again if I needed something to drink. The only other Pilsner I can say is better is the Olde Town Pilsner.

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Photo of sevopie
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Piss yellow with a decently thick white head. Only laces at the top.

Smell - Light grainy smell, slightly sour with a touch of fruit on the nose.

Taste - Rather sweet grain flavor, almost corn syrupy. There's only a little hop touch on this one with a tiny grass flavor, and no real off-flavors.

Mouthfeel - Mostly light, but slightly oily with a heavy dose of carbonation.

Drinkability - Not too bad, goes pretty fast due to the pilsner's habit of being water-like. Overall, I don't see myself getting it again, but that's the style's fault, not the beer's. Solid one from Oskar Blues.

Note: To those who haven't noticed it, the can actually says "MALT LIQUOR" on it right next to the government warning. Kinda funny I thought.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light straw color with a frothy quickly dissipating white head. Smells of sweet malts and a light floral hop aroma dominate the nose. First sip is all malt with a light Saaz/Nobel hop profile. Great example of the style. Light and refreshing...what a Pils should be. Does the lawn need mowing?

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Photo of jwc215
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 2/27/09 stamped on bottom of can:

Pours straw yellow with a thin white vanishing head. It leaves virtually no lacing.

The smell is of some sweet grain. While the head is there, there is some banana, but it vanishes. It has some husk. More of a "psuedo-pils".

The taste is sweet - malty - with a bit of husk. Something about it is like a malt liquor with a lower abv. The hop spicing is very subtle, and only noticeable in the finish, which remains on the sweet side. A hint of "wet cardboard" shows in the aftertaste.

It is light-bodied. Carbonation could use a refreshing spritz. It's a bit under-carbonated for what it could/should be.

A mediocre attempt at a sweeter pils, is all. Rather bland. Pretty drinkable, but lacking. It lacks the refreshing character that this style should have.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The limited amount of Oskar Blues' beers are all robust, flavorful, and agressive... This one, although a decent stab at the style, gets lost in the shuffle as a commonplace, unexceptional beer...
Pours a clear, lucid, straw-colored hue... Not much going on in this department....
Smell: Notes of honey and florals...
Taste: Sweet candied sugars, less hoppy than I was expecting... Easily drinkable, very clean and smooth, but nothing exceptional... Slightly too sweet for me...
For a better canned pilsner, go for sly fox's pikeland...

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oskar Blues- Pils

A- Bright clear yellow with a thick huge billowy head. Thick messy lacing.
S- Strong pungent corn/ lemon malt and hops. Slight tinge of alc.
T- Sweet lemony corn like adjunct maltiness. Slight dried earthy hop finish.
M- Very sweet and dry. Tangy malt gives way to a dried hoppy, slight alc. touched, finish.

Overall- Nah. Just didn't care for it. Sweet, yet bland. Worth buying a single, but not 6er worthy.

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Photo of Umbra
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golen brew, served on tap at Mahaffey's. Finger full of white head had little retention, but some decent lacing.
Euro hops and some grassiness
Bready, grassy brew with a light smattering of Euro hops on the finish. Light hint of yeast with subsequent tastings
Finishes clean and crisp. Very drinkable and would be nice in the warmer months in can. Hopefully, they'll have it available around these parts.

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Photo of philbe311
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's as part of Philly Beer week...

A - Golden copper color... One finger of white head quickly fades... Little or no lacing... Moderate carbonation...

S - Earthy... Faint blend of European hops and caramel...

T - Mild, but intriguing hops bill with Saaz the most noticeable... Solid malt backbone... Hints of popcorn and yeast...

M - Clean and crisp... Moderate carbonation...

D - Very accessible Pilsner... Extremely sessionable... Not a standout in the category, but quite respectable... It's nice to see Oskar Blues adding more of a session beer to their portfolio...

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Mama's Little Yella Pils from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 3,289 ratings