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Tuesday, December 1st 2009

Mama's Little Yella Pils
(Oskar Blues Brewery)

The newest release from the good folks at Oskar Blues. This is also their first canned lager release. 

From the Oskar Blues site:

"Our new canned good is a delicious, small-batch version of the beer that made Pilsen, Czechoslovakia famous...It’s the perfect antidote for the watered-down, cornfed versions of pilsner clogging America’s shelves. Our first canned lager, it’s also fermented at cool temperatures with a German yeast. While it’s rich with Czeched-out flavor, Mama’s gentle hopping (about 35 IBUs) and low ABV (just 5.3%) makes it a luxurious but low-dose beer...Sadly, the Feds rejected our “Take Two and Call Us in the Morning” line on the can."

Here we go...

Pour - nice golden sun colored with a good two inches of fluffy, frothy head. Clean and clear. Everything is as it should be.

Aroma - sweet, a bit citrusy, a tad malty, some yeasty spiciness (clove and banana) reminds me of a hefeweizen.

Taste - a bit grassy and drying with a sharp, slightly metallic (not from the can!) bite. A couple sips in and a bit of fruity estery flavors come out along with the slight spiciness as well. Not a whole lot of explosive flavor but this is par for the course. Simple and very drinkable. 

Overall - not my favorite of the OB canned offerings but it's a step up from most of the other canned pilsners out there. I feel like it was missing something or maybe I was missing something, either way I was neither wowed nor bummed out by this one.

Note - Oskar Blues started canning their beers (before canned craft beers were cool) back in the fall of 2002 with a hand-canning line in a 60-year-old barn next door to their brewpub. Recently they opened a production facility and a new brewpub in nearby Longmont, Colorado (also home to Left Hand Brewing). 


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Mama's Little Yella Pils
Style: Czech Pilsener
Brewery: Oskar Blues Brewery
Lyons, Colorado  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Pale malt and German specialty malts
Hops: Saaz
ABV: 5.3%
IBUs: 35
Date: December 1st, 2009

Posted by Russ

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