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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.

Added by GilGarp on 02-25-2009

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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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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up some in Tennessee while driving south for a week in Florida.

Poured from the can a light, crystal-clear yellow with a huge frothy white head which left decent lacing.

Aroma of bready malts, cloves, lemon and strawberry.

Notes of clove, lemon, white pepper, hops, and table cracker.

Light, crisp bodied with a sparkly carbonation.

This went down so well on a hot Florida beach. It was tough saving a few to bring home.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden pale color with better than a full finger loose foamy white head that fades quickly...little lacing present. The smell is good but not fully present. Lemony citrus notes and a good amount of malt sweetness suggested. A little sweeter that most in style. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is creamy and slightly tangy. The flavor is as sweet as the nose suggests. Not as tart or 'refreshing' as some of this style, but very very drinkable. At 5.3% ABV these would go all night long. The total package seem a little heavier and more filling than my most recent sample of this style.

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

Poured from a 12oz can into an imperial pint. Extra special thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the trade and hook up!

Printed on the bottom of the can (looks like the can was turning as it was printed on so some of it was pretty garbled): "ENJOY BATCH #17 CANNED ON 03-23-09 MAMA'S LITTLE HELPER"

A: Pours a pretty typical looking crystal-clear, pale-gold pilsner color with a very short lived, bright-white head that left not a trace of lace. Very lazily carbonated.

S: Clean aromas of toasted bread crusts, lemon, biscuits, and a touch of earthy noble hops.

T: Very close to the smell with the addition of a touch of caramel and a dash of white pepper. Crackers and citrus are well defined. Communion wafer in the finish.

M: Dry and a touch peppery but, due to the lack of vibrant carbonation, not very prickly. I liked that and thought it made this Pilsner feel a bit thicker.

D: This is a nice and light summer beer and would do quite well at a BBQ or after chores outside.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, this is my original 1-13-09 review, just moved,

A: Pours yellow with a standard white pils head, excellent, thick lacing down the glass.

S: Get a bit more hops than I expected, pretty typical for the style, light bready malt.

T: Malt is quite light, but tasty. Hops are over the top for the style, not a strong Saaz feel, but almost an APA feel. Not a bad flavour, strong notes of pine, spicy, just unexpected in a pils.

M: Light bodied, biting carbonation, drinkable.

D: An interesting pils, not really in balance, an American take for sure.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single on a stop at By the Bottle; haven't seen this one in Oregon yet. 12 oz. can, poured to a pint glass. Bottom of can is laser-printed: ENJOY BATCH #12 04-14-09. 'GOLD METAL WINNER'?

A: Pretty look: golden yellow, crystal-clarity. Not many bubbles, spaced nicely, rising at varying rates. A creamy tuft of whiteness atop, rising to almost two-fingers. Lace sticks in foamy splotches.

S: Plenty of bread, a cracker-dry pilsner malt. Hints of hay/dry grass and lemon.

T: Sourdough with a sharp, biting lemon edge and equally sharp spicing. Pretzel dryness, cut by moments of honey.

M: Crisp carbonation, refreshing bitterness. Softens a bit and is a little more clingy/lingering than I prefer. Light-medium body.

D: Doesn't reinvent the pilsner, which is a very good thing. Well-done version of the style and oh-so-drinkable after 4+ hours of yardwork. I'd do this one again: loads of flavor, very nice look. Another fine effort by Oskar Blues. Dumb name, but then again, so are 'Old Chub', 'Ten Fidy' or 'Gordon'...but who cares when they taste this good?

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Photo of rkrisstewart
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was recommended to this by Mike the Beer Guy at Four Winds in Pensacola, FL.

Decided to open this to start a night of craft brew tasting. Haven't had a craft pilsner in a while, so it was a nice change to finally get a few of these to try. From what I understand, it won the gold medal for its category? Not sure about which one exactly, but it's a good point on its resume.

Hazy golden hue on the eye, smelled of a malts and barley, with an almost invisible hint of hops. On the palate, slightly medium-bodied, with a good balanced of sweet to dry. Not much hop presence, which was a disappointment, but, overall, it went very well with my Shrimp, Blue Crab leg, and baked potato dinner.

A great sipping brew---not the world's most amazing pilsner, probably, but a very good one at that.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a flute.

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale gold with three fingers of pillowy white head. Head holds pretty tight for about 30 seconds, then thins out and begins to drop. Some dots of lacing left on the walls of the glass. Carbonation looks mild for a pilsner.

Smell: Bready yeast, lemon rind, clove, and something else that's just a bit sour. Simple yet inviting.

Taste: Bread dough, lemon zest, butter, and oily, spicy, hops. Nice balance. Smooth and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is quite low; feels flat. Solid malt backbone produces a bit of creamy and chewy feel on the palate. Light-bodied, smooth, and very chuggable (not that I did any chugging).

Drinkability: A pretty good Czech pilsner, but overall nothing special. I'd reach for a Sierra Nevada Summerfest over this one in a heartbeat.

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Photo of erikm25
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crisp golden straw yellow. Much like other experiences I have had from this canned craft brewery the head is remarkable. Solid white foam. Retention and lacing are both strong.

S: Heavy on the grainy side with noticeable hints of strawberry. Yeast with subtle citrus aromas. Significant herbal qualities.

T: This is standard of the style with a stronger hop inspired backdrop. Homey flavor with a spiced grassy finish. A relatively low ABV.

M: Mouth feel is crisp and refreshing.

D: Overall this is a solid beer for the style. Drinks quickly and soothingly. This would be a great beer to give any friends that need weening off the typical macro beers.

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