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: Bohemian 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 atpben
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had it from a can at the Flying Saucer in Houston. Pours yellow with about half inch head. Biscuity and some hop aroma. Lots of biscuit in the taste, with some corn and grain. Bland in the middle with a crisp finsih. Average pilsner. Was a little bit of a let down. Maybe will try again if available on tap.

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

It pours to a clear pale gold- not yella- streaked with streaming bubble, and topped with a tight-cropped white head that yields ample lacing, but somewhat limited retention.
Its nose is full of crunchy pressed flowers, dry hay, doughy bread, and a whisper of white grape sweetness.
The crispy pils malts are the first thing noticed by the tongue. Like toasted pita bread. It fills out towards floured dinner rolls, and a squeak of dried fruits (closest to grape and/or apricot). Hops bring it home with dried flowers, straw, and a zing of minty/herbal bitterness.
It's very fresh feeling out of the can, with it's light body tautly structured and carbonated.
I like this, and I'll probably be sneaking this into my golf bag all summer.

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Photo of armock
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a golden yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a grainy malt nose with some hops getting through

T - Starts off with some malt sweetness then some hops come in to balance with a touch of spice then it finishes off a little bitter

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - Not a bad beer at all but I probably won't be buying this too often because I think there are better beers out there in cans that can go with me to places bottles can't go

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pilsner glass

Pale straw yellow body with a frothy, paper white two finger cap. An ever so slight haze in the body keeps it from being completely clear. A good amount of soapy lacing.

A malt dominated nose. Grainy, bready malt with a very faint floral hop presence.

A rather earthy flavor profile. Spicy hops with a light, bready malt profile. The hops aren't as bittering as some pilsners out there, but lend a rather spicy, floral element. I prefer that bitter punch from the other pilsners.

Light bodied, a little watery and very refreshing. Easily quaffable.

I like pilsners with a bit of a hop bite. Nothing overpowering, but a small uppercut of bitter hops towards the finish. This pils does not have it. It actually seemed a little watery. Not my first choice in the future.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.31/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pils glass.

Appears a crystal clear golden yellow with a one and a half inch fluffy white head. Half an inch of the head comes over the rim but doesn't spill over. She's looking good so far. Lots of thick lacing left down the side of the glass.

Aroma is quite weak but there's some mildly sweet graininess and some spicy, herbal hops with a slight floral touch.

Taste has a nice malty sweetness up front, hops come in midway and great noble hop flavors and Saaz greet the palate. Spicy yet tame and herbal. Again a slight floral character as well. A mild bitterness and hop flavor lingers on, making me want more.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, smooth drinking, exactly as is expected for the style but nothing exceptional. Drinkability is off the charts. A sixer could be finished within an hour if I wasn't paying attention.

This was a fantastic example of a Czech Pils. I really wish this brewery would expand or at least distribute to IN or IL. There's not enough brews available in cans.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 4/9/2009 (Can):

Pours a very clear yellow color body some small white color head quickly diminishing. Malty somewhat skunky aroma, some mustiness. Not overly strong. Light lagery taste. Some graininess. And a hoppy aftertaste. A little skunky tasting but not too bad. Some lager maltiness. Very carbonated.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear medium yellow color with fluffy white foam that really sticks around nicely and leaves a low amount of lace.

Has a spicy saaz hop aroma with some lighter base malt graininess. Has a bit of corn in the nose that is slightly reminiscent of Coors original.

Taste has a hefty spicy hop flavor without a ton of bitterness. I don't feel like I am getting enough sweet malts to balance it out though, and the beer comes across as undercarbonated and thin. I like most of the OB lineup and I love saaz, but I thought this one was just ok.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a sixer at Liquor World in Cambridge...a welcome addition to the season.
Pours a pale straw color with a thin layer of bright white head...a portion of which remains throughout the glass.
Lagered yeast up front in the nose, with some grassy notes in the back-end.
Taste is decent...was expecting a more spicy hop presence, and the beer is not as crisp as I'd prefer. Mouthfeel is the solid characteristic here...smooth with a very clean finish.
I must have went in to this one expecting more...not looking for a jaw dropper, but a solid session beer for me.
Honestly, this one would be well appreciated on a hot summer day, but at the moment, it's not cutting it.
For $10/six pack, this is not a bargain.

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Photo of AlcahueteJ
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours beautifully into a pilsner glass. One inch frothy white head, tons of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass. Body is a nice clear golden yellow.

S - Sweet bready malt in the nose, with a slight hop bitterness coming in afterwards. The malt nose is so sweet it's almost like cake. Very inviting.

M - Thin mouthfeel with mild carbonation and a muted hop bite.

T - Extremely sweet malt upfront, almost too sweet for my taste. Biscuity flavor in the finish that lingers in the mouth. Just enough hops to balance out this beer, although I'd prefer a bit more. Maybe I've been drinking too much Prima Pils lately.

D - There's something a bit off with this beer. Nothing that ruins it for me, but I'm not tempted to finish the whole six pack in one session. So far this is the worst offering I've had from Oskar Blues, there's better pilsners out there. Not a bad beer, but nothing earth shattering.

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Photo of WesWes
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pilsner malt scent along with a dry lager yeast and Czech hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a smooth "all malt" flavor that boasts of pilsner malts and Czech hops. It's well balanced and quite flavorful. The mouthfeel is great. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good pilsner. It's tastey and not over hopped. It well balanced treat!

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Photo of drseamus
4.48/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Brilliant straw, crystal clear, perfect white head.

S: pure malt, light hop.

T: Pure biscuit malt, very clean. Slight sweetness, due to the fact of the noble hop bitterness.

M: Super light very crisp

D: I could drink a keg. Phenomenal pilsener.

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Photo of biegaman
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale straw coloured with a most frothy capping. The vivid, bleach white foam does well to contrast the dull, faded tone of the body. Transparency is perfect although the complexion appears somewhat bleary. Lacing is thick and soapy. I can't help but note, however, this doesn't have that lustful radiance that the most appetizing of pilsners do.

The brewery claims to use prodigious amounts of Czech Saaz hops but that fact doesn't become immediately apparent. A grainy, lightly bready pils malt is what stood out for me first. Only with some searching was I able to satisfy my quest for the pungent, floral Noble hop. The spice, curiously, would never surface.

The flavour, however, is a different thing altogether. My first sip was quenching and flavourful. The earthy, spicy character of the Saaz now wholly apparent, I nearly lost track of the soft and bready malt bill. I feel guilty for having judged the beer too soon. I now have the can turned upside down, tapping the bottom to get every last drop out of it.

Naturally, the ample use of such hops ensures a wonderful mouthfeel. A clipping, floral bitterness nibbles at the tongue with each sip - the gentle sweetness of the malts washes it away soon after each swallow. It is a wonderful harmony of sweet and bitter that implements natural balance and unparalleled quaffability.

Mama's Little Yella Pils may not have the bells and whistles but to expect them would be missing the point. The Pilsner is meant, above all else, to be quenching and easily quaffed. To find one of this quality you'd usually have to be in Europe. This is a most agreeable, unarguably refreshing beverage. If you like beer at all, then you should like this.

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Photo of albern
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My least favorite Oskar Blues beer by far. It is a very carbonated, pale yellow pilsner with a slightly foamy and efforvescent head. The beer laces well and retains its head quite well for a pilsner. The nose has a slightly sulfery whiff to it, very typical lemony pilsner aromas, some slight veggie in there too.

Their beer has quite a hoppy little dry bite to it. There are some leafy, grainy dryish hop notes, along with the refreshing pilsner type slightly prickly mouth feel. It's refreshing but not my favorite pilsner.

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

What a drag it is getting old. (Sung to the tune of Mother's little helper)

Pilsners are different today, I hear every beer drinker say,
nice head, clear yellow color and the head settles downnnn

though it's a standard pilsner smell, it's called Little Yella Pils,

We go drinkin from the oskar, and it's way more maltier,
and it helps it with its body, sweet malts hit the spotty.

Good ass beer, it shines on the aftertaste. Starts out like a regular pilsner, but becomes something bigger and tastier by the end.

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

Served in a pint glass at Barleys taproom in Greeville, SC.
Pours a pale golden slightly hazy straw color, light fluffy head, little lacing.
Light grassy hoppiness is appreciated on the nose, touch of floral hops, some slight nuttiness from the grain, overall quite floral and grassy, no "cooked corn" or Macro garbage here.
Taste follow suit. Medium Pilsner feel, floral, slightly fruity, with an overall slightly nutty quality that reminded me of a Zwickle Bier I once tried in Germany. Bit of maltiness in the mix, finishes quite clean.
Overall an easy-drinking, yet flavorful Pils. Some Pilsners, such as Prima Pils or Stouts Pils require quite a bit of attention to detail in the hop department, a quality I love and immensley enjoy, but it seems that Oskar Blues has chosen to hold back a bit in the bittering department(suprising in that Ten Fidy is one of the Hoppiest stouts Ive had to date). This makes this beer smooth, singular in its complexity, a focus on the light, toasted biscuity light qualities that shold be found in a stellar Pilsner.
The focus is on the lightly toasted malt Germanic quality standard, rather than the American-style hoppiness.
Overall, I prefer a slightly more intrinsic example, but well-executed nonetheless.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice clear bright gold with a moderate head that fades to a thick ring fairly shortly.
the aroma has some graininess, and some grassiness, as well as a touch of sulfur.
the taste begins with some husky graininess, followed up with some sweeter breadiness. middle to back, the hops show up first with some asprin-like bitterness, and also some herbal noble hops, as a well as some grassiness; you'll notice this more as you drink it.
the mouthfeel is appropriately on the thinner side of medium bodied, with pretty active carbonation that probably only amplifies any thinness. moderately clean and dry.
the drinkability is solid, it's an easy drinker with some nice flavors, though i feel it could be a bit cleaner. overall a nice pils that's got the plus of being in a can.

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Photo of spointon
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 12oz can into a tall pilsner flute glass.

A= This beer poured a completely clear, brilliant light gold color with a cascade of carbonation releasing and a 2" snow white head. The head dropped fairly quickly, leaving behind some nice sticky lacing.

S= Aroma was muted and consisted of malt sweetness, grassy hops, and the tiniest bit of sulfur. I enjoyed all aspects of the aroma, I just wish there was more of it.

T= This is where this one shines. Flavor profile lead off with sweet malts followed by a modest burst of grassy hops. Bitterness kicked in about halfway and carried through to the long dry finish. Aftertaste was of tasty hops.

MF= Light bodied with only a semi-crisp mouthfeel. I could have used a slightly sharper carbonation in this one.

D= Extremely drinkable and very sessionable. I can easily see many of these going down in one sitting under the right circumstances.

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Photo of flood259
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz can into pint.

See through pale yellow coloration. Standard to the pilsner style. My can poured with little to no head retention, my girlfriend's can poured with a beautiful two finger head. Guess that's what makes it a small craft brewery. Nose was nothing overhwhelming, but defiite hints of malt with little to no hop presence. Taste was dead on pilsner. Nice malt bacbone and finished really easy. This beer will rival some macros for tailgating duties this summer gaurantee. Great "bridge beer" for those just entering into the craft beer scene.

Overall I would say great beer. From the description on the brewery's website it's pretty much dead on what they were looking for. I'll definitely recommend this one and drink again.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in my Warsteiner pilsener glass. Poured a bright translucent yellow with copious tiny bubbles effervescing from the bottom of the glass to the underside of the cap. Frothy, bright white three inch head composed of bubbles of varying size; fair head retention. Head eventually recedes into a thin consistent cap with clouds of lacing adhering during the session. Mild nose - grainy and perhaps a hint of lemon. Clean taste. Some residual cereal grains with again, a suggestion of citric acid; finishes fairly clean. Mouthfeel is light-bodied and mildly effervescent. Quite sessionable if your looking for something simple and easy drinking; however, a very uncharacteristic Oskar Blues offering - might be a good transition beer for the macro crowd.

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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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Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 3,308 ratings