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 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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Photo of gford217
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear bubbly golden yellow with a very short-lived white head that leaves nothing behind.

The aroma is very sweet for the style with yeast, some light grains and only a hint of citrus. It's a bit buttery in the nose.

The taste is a little more toasted than the aroma but does have the same yeast and grain sweetness. There's not nearly as much crisp bitterness as I would like in a pils.

The mouthfeel is light to medium with moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

I really don't think Oskar Blues quite hit the mark on this one. The aroma and flavor seem a little too sweet to me, and despite being drinkable, this is just an average pilsener.

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Photo of hopdog
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Capones.

Poured a lighter and clear yelllow color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of citurs, grainy, and some yeast. Tastes of citrus, the same graininess, and some spices. Overall, drinkable, yet boring.

Notes from and tasted on: 3/10/09

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Photo of San7a
2.59/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I picked this brew up in a six-pack form from Bottles in Boulder, CO. It was the only one available, so I felt pretty blessed to be its owner. I'm a long time follower of Oskar Blues. I enjoy all their concoctions, so you can imagine I was as happy as a bullfrog in a bowl of milk to try this pilsner. Recognizing that the alcohol content was weak, I also picked up some barleywine to be safe.

The brew poured from the can a transparent yellow color. Aesthetically, it reminded me a lot of a cheap beer, or pilsner. The head was substantial but faded quickly.

I haven't heard anyone mention this, but the beer tastes a lot, to me, like a buttered popcorn Jelly Belly (Especially the aftertaste). Weird, I know. When I realized this fact, the beer became very hard for me to drink. With that in mind, it became even harder for me to justify the price against other pilsners. In the end, I opened the barleywine instead and listened to my friend comment on how much better, and cheaper, his fifteen pack of Stroh's was. I couldn't really disagree.

I'd take any other Oskar Blues beer over this any day. I'm drinking it as we speak though. Someone has to.

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Photo of Domingo
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(This is a review originally posted for the version that was "retired" under a different name, but is the same beer as Mama's Lil Yella Pils. The review still holds true and is based upon servings from the Double Daughter and the OB restaurant. NOTE: The canned version probably lacks a little texture and flavor from the tap version)

Arrived in a pint glass with a little bit of head at the top, but no more than 1/4 inch. The head was gone quickly, though. It's a light yellow color and is a little lighter than some, but it's a far cry from a macro's yellow/green tint.
The smell isn't as hoppy as you might expect from OB. It's mainly a sweet grain smell with a little hops to accompany it.
Taste is smooth and sweet with the hops hitting in the finish. I'd say it reminds me a lot of Urquell. It's not a hop-twangy as some, but the malt flavor is excellent. It's definitely a Czech pils because of the creamy malt flavor. I think I prefer that to German ones.
It's a little on the thin side but maybe that's intentional to keep it drinkable. Once the initial head was gone, the texture reminded me of a typical draft Euro pilsner.
I only had one of these, but it's because it was getting late and I needed to get home. Had it been earlier in the day, I could've easily had more.
Seems like a great item to have on warm days with some pizza...which is the exact scenario I had it in.
Good stuff, and something that was badly needed in Colorado. A canned session lager is a great thing on so many levels.

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

Presentation: Gold and black can, with red accents. No date information on the can, but it does have the ABV clearly marked.

Appearance: Pours like you would expect a pilsner to - clear golden, nice frothy head that eventually fades to just a bit of lacing. Good retention.

Smell: Clean grainy aroma with just a bit of what smell like noble hops.

Taste: Again, the first word that comes to mind is clean - this is just a crisp grain flavor with a bit of a spicy hop finish.

Overall impression: Very nice addition to the OB stable - I can imagine drinking quite a bit of this when the weather warms up.

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

Was pleasantly surprised to see this, and 4 other Oskar Blues beers on tap at a local pub for their pint night. (the samples of Ten Fidy and Gordon were pretty tasty on tap too...)

Pours a bright gold/blonde color with a decent white head.

Aromas are quite white wine like to me. Kind of floral, and a little bit spicy.

Taste is floral like the aromas, with some light creamy malty, and a doughy like quality. Finish has a light earthy and spicy hop finish, that is also slightly sweet from the malts.

Finish is pretty full, with light carbonation.

Drinkability is good. Not a great pilsener, but it's good, and worth trying.

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

Pours from a 12oz. can into a pint glass with golden yellow color, big frothy white head, and great clarity. The head settles slowly revealing some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is good clean pilsner malts with slightly spicy floral hoppiness.

Flavor is crisp and dry with a healthy dose of hop bitterness. Certainly not as subtle as the genuine Czech counterparts but I wouldn't expect anything less from Oskar Blues. Starts slightly sweet but finishes with a good kick of spicy hops.

Mouthfeel is pretty good with medium light body, crisp, with a good level of carbonation for the style. Drinkability is certainly good and it's O.B.'s most sessionable beer yet at just over 5%.

A nice crowd pleasing beer to add to the lineup but probably my least favorite beer they make. Nothing especially bad about it but it's not exceptional like their others. I expected more of an uber pils.

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Photo of kleffman
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at PB Tap Room. Listed as Mama Yella or something as the guy below mentioned. I believe listed as 6%. Poured an extremely clear golden color with no head really. Very clean light aroma of noble hops, and slight sulfur. Tasted like an american pilsner should, not a lot of hop presence. Light sweetness. Very easy to drink and carbonated just right. I could have a lot of this beer. While there's not much to say about it, it's just a clean well made beer. I would get it again, but I've never seen it before so we'll see if it continues to show up around town.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap very recently at the Brick Store Pub. Is this a new batch or a stored keg? I have no idea, but it tasted perfectly fresh. That said, this wasn't the most impressive Pilsner I've ever had, but it was decent. Poured pale yellow with a fizzy white head that faded away to nothing. Smelled grainy and fresh and with a bit of cereal grain sweetness. The taste is light and grainy with little hop presence. Soft and a bit grainy in the mouth, but nice enough. Pretty easy to drink, but lacks interest.

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

Had this pilsner in a sample glass.

The appearance of the beer was a good wheat color with a yellowish white foam. The aroma of the beer was that of a typical pilsner in that it has the aromas of the wheat and coliander. But nothing that really stuck out. The taste of it followed suit but tones of cloves could be picked up. Overall this beer is a good pilsner to have just not too overly impressed with it as it is a "typical pilsner".

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Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Brick Store in Atlanta. I thought the purported actual name was a bit funnier - "Mama's Little Yellow Pils" - get it?

Pours a perfectly clear gold color with a fizzy one-finger white head that dissipates quickly into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a thin ring around the glass. Lacing is surprisingly pretty sticky.

Smells of sweet malts and noble hops. There's a bit of grassiness in there as well.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Nothing out of the ordinary, but it's pretty tasty. Sweet malt up front with some grassy hints, with an ending that is both sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. This is a solid beer that would be good for a warm day, as opposed to the miserably windy cold day when I ordered it.

Overall this was a pretty solid take on the style, but the flavors just don't have enough to them. They kind of sneak up instead of asserting themselves. Still, not a bad beer, and I'm always open to anything Oskar Blues puts out.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrived with a clear, yellow body capped off with a small, fizzy, white head. Very light effervescence.

Smell: Spicy, Noble hop aroma set over a meager pale malt note.

Taste: Light pale maltiness with a very minor amount of sweetness present. Spicy hop character with a medium bitterness. Crisp, dry finish with a light, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Woefully average, really. It's acceptable, sure, but there's just not an overly expressive character and it comes off just like any other plain old pilsner.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Oskar blues in Lyons. Clear yellow, white head. Smells decent, tastes good and earthy like many pilsners I have had. Very easy to drink and a good companion for their wings. This would be a good candidate for a can to mow lawns, barbecue or take hiking.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.21/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just had this on tap at Fathead's in the South Side of Pittsburgh (8/19/08).

Clear yellow body with only a small white head. Not a lot of retention and no lacing.

Nice smelling beer. A variety of sweet, pale malts. Just a touch of floral malts.

A sweet beer. Full of pale pilsner malts that provide lots of sweetness, but not in an overpowering manner. Just a touch of hops in the background. Crisp, smooth.

Highly drinkable, a great pilsner.

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