Review: Mama's Little Yella Pils, Oskar Blues

Mama's Little Yella Pills
Oskar Blues Brewing Co. — Longmont, CO

  • Style: Pilsner
  • Bitterness: 35 IBU
  • ABV: 5.3%
  • Malts: Pale and German specialty
  • Hops: Saaz
  • Sampled: 12 oz. can
Description: Oskar Blues’ Mama’s Little Yella Pills is an uncompromising, small-batch version of the beer that made Pilsen, Czech Republic famous. Unlike mass market “pilsners” diluted with corn & rice, Mama’s is built with 100% pale malt, German specialty malts, and Saaz hops. While it’s rich with Czeched-out flavor, its gentle hopping (35 IBUs) and low ABV (just 5.3%) make it a luxurious but low-dose (by Oskar Blues standards) refresher. — Oskar Blues Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  Oskar Blues was one of the first craft breweries to release their beer in cans. I visited their brewery in Colorado a few years ago. You can read about my visit here. I'm drinking this beer as part of my series on lagers.

The tasting:  Bright golden color, clear, with a white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma of grain, earthy hops, bread, and a touch of lemon. Flavor very similar to the aroma with the bread and grainy malt being prominent. It turns mildly sweet in the middle. Alcohol is not noticeable in aroma or flavor and it has a medium level of hop bitterness. Mama's Little Yella Pils is light bodied, moderately carbonated, and finishes with grainy malt and grassy hops.

Rating: 3 star. Good. I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.  I've enjoyed all of the Oskar Blues beers I've tasted, and this is no exception. Grab a few cans and take it with you on your outdoor summer adventures.

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