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.

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Photo of Bung
2.82/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. Urine yellow pour, minimal white head but quite a bit of bubbles throughout. Aroma, nearly non-existent, a faint hint of citrus. Tastes just a little more potent than the aroma. Some maltiness, just a little grass, citrus and pine. A bit thin, even for a pilsener. I guess you could call this their session beer. Very inoffensive, just very bland. Definetely not the best from Oskar.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.36/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appears a bright brillian golden, crystal clear filtered out completely. Large white head slowly dwindles, I had it on tap last week and so far I'm thinking the can hurt this beer. There's almost no hop character in the nose just a bit of grainy sweetness blended with subtle lemon and herb accents. Very weak and non pronounced, take a page from Sly Fox if your going to can a pils do it right. This is no Czech or German pils it seems like an American macro. Flavor is just a blend of mild sweetness some cooked veggie with stale hop character barely has any bitterness just focuses on the yellow fizzy beer flavors. It does nothing to set itself apart, I love their other canned offernigs but this one strikes out. Mouthfeel is light and mildly fizzy in the carbonation department, not much to speak about. Drinkability overall is pour gimme some Dale's Pale I need some flavor. Like I said way more hop flavor when I had it on tap last week, this one is a microbrewed pre prohibition pils. Give it a try if your into Stroh's.

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Photo of argock
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can into a clear 10oz pilsner glass. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.65.

A: Pale yellow with thin near-white head. Clear but carbonation is infrequent. Lacing is visible at the tops of the glass.

S: Very grainy smelling with some bready, honey sweetness and very light noble hops aromas.

T: Doughy and sweet with a lot of graininess but very limited noble hops bite. Not my kind of pilsner but nothing really objectionable.

M: Smooth and creamy with very little spritzy carbonation. Aftertaste is papery and malty with minimal hops bite.

D: A disappointing effort from Oskar Blues -- not a great pils by any stretch.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A--Glowing bubbly yellow with a fluffy one-finger white head in my pint glass that camped out the whole time

S--Light bready malts, yeast

T--Nothing of note here, tastes like a pilsner is supposed to taste...smooth and crisp. I can't complain, but I can't rave either.

M--Medium bodied, but for the style its medium-full

D--Nice beer for those looking for a thirst quencher, but doesn't do much to stand out from the pack

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Photo of merryjoulton
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

pours a bright yellow fizzy with a loose white head. smell is generic and malty with hints of noble hops. taste is very ineresting and full of malty flavor. mouthfeel is fizzy crisp and clean. drinkability is good. i'd like to try this with a barbeque or some mexican food.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear bright golden with a few fingers of foamy white head and patches of sticky lacing left behind.

S - Strong grainy and bready malts, lemon and spicy hops. I pick up some corn in the aroma but it is slightly pleasant.

T - Very malty and grainy with a corn/cereal like sweetness. The corn flavor I am picking up is somewhat strong but works very nice unlike other strong corn tasting beers I have had. White pepper and lemony hops balance it out nicely.

M - Light, crisp and dry with vibrant carbonation. A little thicker than other pils from the malt sweetness but not much.

D - I was pleasantly surprised by this one. A tasty summer refresher with plenty of flavor.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can, 5.3% ABV. Pours a slightly hazy straw color. White fluffy head holds for a few minutes, then disappears leaving some nice spots of lace.

Pale malt, slightly grainy in the nose. A bit of grassy hops in the background. Pretty simple.

A clean, pale malt flavor comes in up front with just a bit of sweetness. A note of lemon rind. Some grassy hops come at the end to balance things out. Not as crisp, or as snappy as I was hoping for.

Light body, good amount of carbonation. Very easy to drink. Enjoyable.

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Photo of maltusaurelius
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, it's definitely drinkable. It looks great coming out of the can - nice fluffy white head that sticks around for awhile atop a pretty straw-gold lager. Despite a durable head, there's minimal lacing.

Not much going on with the boquet. Some grassy hops and a little malt sweetness is all that comes through.

Taste is the same. It is well balanced but doesn't stand out. It's a little watery and I'm not getting any of that typical biscuity pilsener malt taste. There's a pleasantly bitter hop finish. It does dance on the palate nicely and is very drinkable.

It's refreshing on a hot summer day, but not a standout.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Chilled can into a glass. Purchased at Whole Foods in Los Altos.

A: Pours a golden straw-colored body with a fluffy off-white head. Has some lacing down the glass.

S: Grassy hops and some earthy grain notes (a bit cereal-like).

T: Grass on the initial taste, with a soft pilsner malt and grain following a bit later. Balanced bitterness, with a clean finish.

M: Light body, high carbonation that cleanses the palate well.

D: Not that high. I'm not an expert in the style, but this one seems like a pretty poor take and doesn't offer much in the way of flavor for the price point. Going to skip in the future.

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Photo of NClifestyle
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Released from a gold, red and chrome 12 oz. cans, Yella Pils looks much like a standard American macro lager, with a bubbly golden body underneath a fluffy head of white, large bubbles. Waves of tiny bubbles stream from the bottom of the glass, and sparse lace sticks to the sides of the glass.
However, the beer separates itself from lesser lagers with aromas of spicy and grassy hops that meld with earthy, grainy notes. Flavor offers mostly complex malts and a touch of peppery hops, as expected from the style. The aftertaste is also spicy and sharp, and enough carbonation keeps the beer crisp and low to medium-bodied.
This is an easy drinker, definitely a session beer, and one I will come back to when looking for a czech pils and canned summer beer that tops the macro american lagers.


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Photo of oberon
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I have really liked the Oskar Blues offerings I have had in the past,this eh.Poured from the can into a pilsner a lighter yellow with a nice fluffy craterous white head that left broken lace as it settled.Fiant wet grain in the nose along with some sweet dough,this is a sweet pilsner and honestly I dont think thats what its all about,anyways sweet dough with a toasty finish,not much hop presence.Not a big fan of this beer its to sweet and lacks definition in my mind.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz can purchased as a 6-pack from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" off-white head over the almost clear yellow (as advertised) brew. Dense head dwindles as bubble by bubble break, with good sticky lacing. Aroma is lightly sweet with citrus tinge to the hoppiness. Taste is sweeter than expected on through the middle, and then cuts with moderate prickly hops, and a crisp close. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is superb. The sweet/bitter interplay is the main show here, great stuff.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Are you trying to save space with the word yella? Realla? Pours a mostly clear, lemony yellow color with a soft fizzy white head. Not much on the retention side as it hid to the side of the glass and limited retention as well.

The nose is light overall but clean. Some light malty notes with hints of german pilsner. Mostly just a generic pale malt aroma with some husky and grainy notes. Some zest and spice from the hops. Noticeable saaz aroma. Some feint esters, bubblegum and rose peddles.

The taste is a bit more on per style but still limited. The german malt notes comes out a bit more with a more husky flavor but would like too get a bit more. More of a pale malt note with some wispy/water notes in the finish. The hops come out nicely with a good bitterness. Some zest and lemon notes in the finish, but a good lingering bitterness. The yeast is clean with some hints but not as estery as the nose. Some DMS but ok for style.

The body is moderate to light. Would like a bit more complexity and body. Carbonation is low put not over the top. Overall a nice little pils, but is missing some of the malt backing and depth that I am looking for. The hops are spot on though.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a sixer of these to lounge on our apartment building roof in the sun. A nice pilsener, along the lines of the Prima Pils and Troegs's pils offering. Some grassiness, light hops, and then your general pils look and feel (meaning, not too great). Good for a nice day.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12oz. can into a pilsner glass the beer was a not quite clear straw yellow collor with a bit more than one finger of fluffy white head. Very active carbonation and excellent head retention.

Nose is malty sweet grain with some wisps of grass and cereal.

The taste has a faint hoppiness hit the plate first with a mild bitterness, A soft sweetness follows with a firm maltiness, a tad buttery and finishes crisp and carbonated. Some lemon grass and saaz flavors. Very mild bitterness that's clean and balanced.

Light body that's kept a bit firm with a slightly buttery sweetness. Never gets cloying because the carbonation is high and cuts the sweetness nicely.

A good take on the style. Clean, balanced, nicely carbonated and a very enjoyable and refreshing beer.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can served in a pilsner glass.

Hazed golden yellow color with a good sized white head that left layers of lacing. Carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass lasted for most of the beer.
Smell is kind of sweet, grains and some grass/earth.
The taste is not like any Czech beer I've had before. Sweet and grainy, there's a light taste of noble hops on the back end before sweet & grainy hit again.
Light bodied with a refreshingly crisp feel.
It's easy enough to drink.

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Photo of champ103
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden yellow color. A good foamy head of over one finger forms and leaves some lace.
S: A light fruitiness of orange, lemon, and some yeast. An odd buttery diacetyl character.
T: Buttery diacetyl again. Some light fruit that follows the nose. Grainy and sweet malt.
M/D: A medium body that has a nice snap of carbonation. Pretty easy to drink. Something I could session.

A decent beer. Nothing special. I find the buttery diacetyl odd. Though something that would be good at a BBQ or a hot day.

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Photo of asabreed
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden yellow color, not a lot of carbonation, and a quickly dissipating head.

Smell: An interesting mix of candied malt with herbal and spicy hops, a bit of a buttery nature to it also.

Taste: A bit too candied, if that's the word, in its malt sweetness, or maybe a little fake one would say too. Spicy herbal hops with some citrus, but the finish is short and is gone before you know it.

Mouthfeel: Lighter-bodied with a good full burst of carbonation and no cloying nature with the candied malt.

Drinkability: A solid domestic Pils, which is one of those styles that's tough for breweries to actually brew domestically. Nice for the weather and easy-drinking, but not something that can match one from the source.

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Photo of Chaz
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear-to-brilliant golden straw in color, topped with a two-fingered off-white head - the head is rocky and most impressive, subsiding a bit after a minute or two and leaving a very appealing ring of lace as it does so.

As far as the nose, this one is running on all cylinders: light Noble hop aroma with a sturdier to-style Pilsner malt complexion, with broader biscuit-y notes welling up. Lightly astringent.

Taste is spot-on for what I'm anticipating at this point: sweet/tangy/bitter in the best Pilsener tradition, and with a nice clean, dry finish. Rather creamy as well. Taking additional notes on this one almost seems redundant to me, as I know a "good" (or stylistically accurate, anyway) Pils when I taste it, and Mama's Little Yella Pils is hitting all the right notes for me.

Oscar Blues is a bit pricier than what I'm accustomed to spending on beer, but to my mind this is easily the most impressive of their offerings and worth the occasional indulgence, and I'm already looking forward to my next trip to Hudson...

Canned 040909 (Batch #10) Enjoyed 061309

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Photo of montecristo2
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Nice thick pillowy head on the intial pour that lasted a good way through the entire beer.

Noticeable hop presence but not overstated. Missing the "bite" you get from traditional German pilsner styles.

Pours nice and clear. Honey colored. Good lacing on the glass.

Very drinkable, could have a few of these and being in cans makes them easier to carry.

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Photo of everetends
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Uh, four 12 oz cans served up in a pilsner glass for my enjoyment while watching my Pens close out the series. Been meaning to get around to this brew for a while and I figured it would make a good beer to drink multiples of during the game.

A: So yeah, this is a straight up pilsner yo. Got a yellowy gold color that is super clear. Held to the light the color doesn't change much from you expected pils gold. There is a good amount of carbonation in here that makes me happy, I know this will be refreshing just by looking at it. Always got a good finger or more of head of the pours and it held its own. Lace was pretty decent, throwing some webs on the glass. Not bad at all, but it is straight up pils.

S: Well its got a nice hops presence and that is what sets it apart from most pils. Has a nice floral and spicy aroma kickin here. Then you get the light malt and grains presence. Other than that, pretty boring. Hops are what shine here though.

T: Yet again, nice hops presence. Little bit of spice rolling across the palate and then a really nice and light floral presence. Malts are pale and bring a slight breadiness to the equation. The grains are nice, making this earthy and interesting. Sure, its not crazy, but it tastes good.

M: Light bodied with a high carbonation. Carbonation shines and is what it should be in a pils. Lots crispness going on creating uber refreshment. ABV seems much lower than the recorded 5.3%. Finishes actually pretty clean, leaving only a touch of grains and earth in the background.

D: Very. All I can say. This is an easy drinking Pils and that is what I want from the style. Easily killed four of these with no regrets. It may have actually gotten a 5 in the drinkability department but the $10 price tag takes a little away (yes I tend to factor in price to this score). Otherwise, I can't complain. Just a great summer/lawnmower brew. Refreshes and pleases. Thank you Oskar Blues. Very nice.

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

Pours gold with a bubbly head.

The aroma is sweet and grainy with mild fruit characteristics.

Pale malts and mild hops on the palate. A touch of fruit and a soft, bubbly mouthfeel. Clean finish.

A nice, drinkable pilsner, but nothing special. I can see why this would be a nice option when a can is required, but otherwise I'd shoot for something different.

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Photo of plaid75
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a three finger foamy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a lightly sweet grainy malt and a spicy noble hop.

The taste featured a sweeter than normal malt, a light graininess and some grassy hops.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style.

Overall a decent pils. More in common with an all malt macro than an authentic pils.

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Photo of ttam281
2.42/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a six pack of this a while ago and have been slowly whittling away at a pace that is unusual for me. Why? Because I don't like it.
It has very little flavor or anything going on in the beer. It finishes very dry, which I like, but there's nothing before that. This is definitly not a pilsener. I'm betting that this was brewed aiming for the Budweiser/Miller/Coors crowd which it imitates quite well.

Like all beers, it has it's place. In an effort to support small berweries and to appease the law that states no glass on a beach or lake, I will be purchasing this brew for these trips.

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Photo of wedge
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch #9: 04-02-09

Pours pale yellow under a foamy off-white head. Clean, bready grain, lemon zest, and flowers. Grainy, pale lager-like flavor. Sweetish, slightly herbal, floral, grassy...grape? Light and smooth.

Seems more like a cheaper American pils. Not that great. Nothing about this says "Czech" to me.

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