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

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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.

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

Can into Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours pale straw, just a touch hazy, with a nice fluffy white head that stays around and provides plenty of lacing.

Nose is grainy, cereal, a touch of grasy hops towards the finish, but not nearly as much as I would hope for.

Taste is maltier than I expected. Kind of a grainy, cereal sweetness, and really, I'm not getting much in the way of hops at all, which is disappointing. Just a little bit of a dry, grassy note towards the finish. Finish is clean, carries a bit of cereal malt but not much else. This is much closer to a helles for me than a pils, and not a great helles at that.

Mouthfeel is is decent - light and crisp, creamy from the head.

Drinkability - despite the drawbacks, it's quite drinkable. It just isn't really a pils in my mind. Kick up the noble hops and the drinkability score jumps up as well.

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Photo of meatyard
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours out a clear, pale yellow with a large white head that falls quickly to a cover while leaving spotty lacing.
S-Is a bit of spicy sweetness, grass and faint floral hops.
T-Is fairly light in respects of hops & malts and bitterness is just noticeable. The spicy quality is apparent here too. Really could use a stronger hop presence.
M-Is light with continued carbonation but not as crisp as would be nice.
D-Is good, the ABV is low and there's nothing objectionable about this beer.

While not a bad beer, it could stand some improvement in hop taste or at least be more noticeable in the aroma. Living in SE PA, this is one style (Czech or German Pils) where I can find at least 1 CZ & a half dozen local German Pils that are an improvement over this so I don't think I will be buying this again.

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Photo of SuperSpy
2.55/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass from a can picked up at Charleston Beer Exchange.

Nice white, rocky, two-finger head. A golden, straw color, but far too hazy to be a benchmark, or even average, for the style. Some very nice lace as the head dies down though.

Some light grainy malt but only a hint of hops. Far less hops than I would like in my pilsner. None of the noble hop aromas that I would expect.

Nice and light, a little crisp, but too sweet for the style. Very easy to drink but I want that noble hop bitterness and flavor when I'm drinking a pilsner.

This beer goes down pretty easy but there just isn't a whole lot going on. I could forgive this beer for not being a true pilsner if it at least had something in the aroma and flavor that kept me interested, but it gave up the great things about a pilsner and put nothing in its place.

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

12 oz can

A: Medium, clear yellow body under under a fizzy white head. Big carbonation bubbles. No lace, OK retention.

S: Mostly sweet malt, but a little hop mixed in to give it that pilsener smell. Would like a lot more of that hop, but it isn't terrible as is.

T: Again, mostly sweet again, very little hop taste but there is a hint of bitterness in the back end. A bit of an off flavor in the finish as well.

M/D: Light bodied, prickly on the tongue but not overly so. Drinkability is decent. Not a great beer by any means and very simple, but nice to have another option in can form that does offer more than the normal BMC fare.

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Photo of deereless
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light to medium straw, frothy inch of head, translucent - 3.50, S: Crisp and dry, obvious lager yeasts, slightly grainy and quite grassy - 4.25, M: Earthy hop bite, quite a bit more bitter than I'd expect from a pilsner, some grainy sweetness - 4.25, M: 3.75, D: For a pilsner this is a very enjoyable and refreshing beer that I would gladly drink again - 4.25

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

Pours out its aluminum habitat into my pint glass...

Nice golden sun colored with a good two inches of fluffy, frothy head. Nice and clean and clear.

Smells sweet, a bit citrusy, a tad malty, some yeasty spiciness (clove and banana) sort of like a hefe.

Taste is a bit grassy and drying with a sharp, slightly metallic bite. A couple sips in and a bit of fruity estery flavors come out along with the slight spiciness as well.

Very easy drinking on a hot day! Perfect for a round of disc golf!

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Photo of getalife2k5
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from can.
slightly cloudy, golden yellow with bubbly white head.
smells malty and fresh, like a typical pilsner.
very light, malty, crisp, mostly dry with the lightest bit of sweetness. maintains itself nicely, unlike other (macro) pilsners. i'm not sure, but might have a little ginger ale or Sprite in it. there's a slight bitter hoppiness in the aftertaste that prickles the tongue as it passes.
bubbles provide some sharp zestiness, otherwise pretty light on the tongue.
smooth, crisp, very chuggable. a real pilsner you can drink proudly straight from the can. maybe a beer you can convert your macro-drinking friends with.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A light yellowish straw color with a small white foam head. The lacing is minimal at best.

S: Some grassy hops with some mild spice. There is some weak malt scents as well.

T: Some grassy hops flavor with a hint of bready malt flavor mixed in as well. Not complex.

M: A somewhat creamy mouthfeel. A light body Pils.

D: Not my favorite Pils, but quite easy to drink with a low ABV.

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Photo of drunkboxer1
4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. It looks slightly cloudy for a pils, but otherwise its very pretty. Deep yellow color with a thin white head that sticks around and leaves behind a good amount of lacing. Smells slightly sweet, very grainy, and a little citrusy (like lemongrass or something). Drinks easy; light enough in body to to have 4 or 5 and flavorful enough to want another after you're done. Not too much bitterness but enough to clean up the mild sweetness and the pale malty flavors. Had this straight from the can yesterday at an outdoor concert and it was almost as good that way. All around a good, albeit a little pricey, pils.

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Photo of AChamberlain
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off, they shorted me about a ounce and a half. Weird. Poured clear and golden, soft fluffy white head. Malty aroma, the slightest hop aroma as well. A slight funk. Taste very much like a brewpub pilsner, buttery. Not sharp enough, the crisp flavor is not there. Medium bodied, soft. Although the flavor is not what I expected or prefer it is quite drinkable. Overall decent. A nice pilsner to have in a can.

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Photo of Rayek
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Brilliant gold with casual carbonation. Soapy white head starts out well. but quickly retreats to a thin film. Bits of lace stay behind.

S: Musty hops, plus a bit of honey and raw grain.

T: Starts out with a dry malt flavor that's rapidly replaced by a pepper and lemon bitterness. Finishes lemony tart and dry with lingering metal flavors. As the beer warms, the metallic flavors become more pronounced.

M: Medium body has a biting carbonation.

D: This beer was OK to me, but not my favorite take on this style. The low ABV makes this a good summer beer. The cans make it easy to take on a hike.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

While not the best looking or most adventurous beer style to try, this was one solid beer. Pours a slightly see-through golden color, nice little head to it with some ascending bubbles. Not much there for aroma, but not bad smelling at all. Taste is medium bodied and nice and crisp. Get a nice spicy bite to it along with some buttery tasting notes. Probably one of the better pilseners I've gotten to try out. Nothing too exciting but a great beer to wind down the work week with.. a great session beer.

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

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this one.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger creamy white head, with lots of nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some hops, and spice. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, hoppy, with a nice spice note. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty Pils, thanks Bill.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a 1 finger white head. Pale golden clear body in color. Head retention was slightly above average and lacing was great.

Smell is of light straw malt and not much else

Taste is similar to smell. Light straw malts and faint hops. Very simple beer

Mouth feel is light and crisp. Highly carbonated but head adds some thickness going down

Over all above average light beer. Definitely session able but too simple to really rate it high

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Photo of Chelsea1905
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Writing from memory here but managed to scribble a few notes.

Poured a nice light yellow, had once from a can and once from tap and the can's head stuck about longer. The head was nice and fluffy and left a little spotted lacing.

Smells of Czech hops, and then European yeast. A little sweeter and not qite as crisp as other Pilsners, but still nice.

Tasted quite floral and sweet. The European yeast is definitely there to taste. Has a nice fruity aftertaste

Mouthfeel is actually quite full for a Pilsner.

Over all a good offering, but not going to displace some European offerings from my favourite Pilsners

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Photo of quasimoto
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I only wish Ohio could get this stuff, because i always wanted to have an all time pilsner in my fridge. This funky little beer is exactly what i was looking for. Poured out of it's cool little can into a roughly foot tall pilsner glass and released a head with rather large bubbles that didn't stick around too long. Nor did they leave a lasting lace. the aromas are of noble earthy noble hops, come horse blanket musty-ness and hay/straw. The perfect grain flavor comes through on the first sip along with the background of hops. there has to be some carapils malt in this, it's rather sweet. The mouth feel lends perfectly to the style of this beer. It's light, brightly carbonated, and sharp bubbles. Smooth soft feel, when the carbonation settles in your mouth. And finishes exceedingly dry. i like this beer a lot. i would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a great example of a classic pilsner.

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Photo of mcallister
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold in color with a niche 2 finger frothy head of white with moderate retention and bubbly lace.

Fresh grassy hop aromas with a lemony type backbone and biscuity malt presence. A bit of cereal grain as well.

Slightly sweet and out of balance. Malt is really cereal driven and missing on the hop end especially in the middle. Carbonation level is light as well. A bit creamy in the middle but could use more carbo there. Carbo does come into effect upon the end and finish. A bit acidic on the finish as well.

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

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this beer with me- -poured chilled from the can into a tumbler

A - A straw golden w/ thick fluffy white cap. Clarity is good, the bead is average size and lace sticks to the glass

S - A pleasant malty aroma almost like a cracker or mild yeasty bread there is a gentle hop note, but mild spice aroma mostly

M &T - A nice balance of malt and spicey hops, the sweetness is mild w/ plenty of pils flavor w/ nice malt texture/flavor and the touch of graininess in the finish. a mild sweet flavor w/ taste of hops the dry essence is crisp and

D - A very good lager the hops are subdued for a west coast pils, but I feel the beer is a good representation of the style. I like the clean tasting quality and this pils hits the spot if you like the style you won't be dissapointed. This would go great with sweet grilled sausage or a good old fashioned American burger for summer grilling.

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Photo of Gmann
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a shade darker than most pils, still a completely clear straw color. The head was disappointing quite small and didn't last long. The aroma is barely there, perhaps a touch of grassy hops. The taste is a bit grassy and a touch grainy, perhaps a smidge of butter?? No real cracker like malt or grassy/dry noble hops. Basically tastes like a non-adjuncty lager. Very neutral flavor, probably great for tailgating. Light to moderate body with less than crisp carbonation, finishes quite neutral. Drinks outstandingly easy, no strong or odd flavors to hold any sort of beer drinker back. This is a very boring and bland pils, not much flavor at all. I would still pick it up for a day of drinking at a BBQ or tailgate.

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Photo of mjl21
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can poured into the new SA glass. Comes in at 5.3%. Unable to read the brewed on date on the bottom of the can.

A-Pours a clear straw yellow with a one finger white head that checks out early into a decent ring. Good amount of bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

S-Not a huge nose. Saaz hops and grain dominate, along with some bready notes.

T-Lots of Saaz hops upfront. Grainy in the middle and back. Has some spice and sweetness on the back of the palate.

M-Medium bodied and thicker than a lot of pilseners. Smooth with a level of carbonation that is not overly crisp.

D-Goes down easily and is decent for a low abv beer.

Not bad, not great is the best way to sum up this beer. I probably would not go out of my way to order this again. I like the convenience of cans, but I would prefer a sixer of Dale's if I were looking to drink a few from these guys.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.07/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden straw yellow with a big, foamy white head containing loosely collected carbonation bubbles giving way to disorganized lacing.

Grassy or straw hops, yeast, and citrus aromas.

The palate features grassy or earthy hops, yeast, and grain.

Light in body, medium in carbonation, fairly crisp, and perhaps a touch acidic.

This pils falls somewhere in the middle of the hierarchy of the style. Easy to drink, some nice characteristics, but just lacking in flavor. . . not bad overall.

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Photo of redneckchugger
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured liked just like a high life, pale fizzy and lots of head
smells nothing like a high life, suble grassy sweet notes and a floral hoppiness lingering in the back
subtle taste, grassy floral hops, sweet malt, all balanced well
very effevecent mouthfeel, highly drinkable, great lake beer

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Photo of blackie
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: massive head fills my pilsner glass before half the can is emptied - but for all this no lace, the beer itself is a golden staw color

s: nose of minerally pilsner malt and soft, grassy hops, a touch of grainy corn sweetness, slight note of sulfur

m: carbonation on the low side of medium, a bit slack, with a nice body that tends towards the light side without being thin, could be a little sharper on the palate, but it's fine

t: pilsner malt body with a soft, grassy hop presence, a slight sweetness, moderately bitter to finish with lingering grain

o: a good pilsner that could be great with a couple tweaks, but highly drinkable regardless, has a nice amount of character and serves as a well-rounded lager

single from Whole Foods, Reston, VA

tweaked slightly 4/18/13

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