Thursday, January 26, 2012

Oskar Blues Mama's Little Yella Pils review

Oskar Blues Mama's Little Yella PilsAre all pilsners the same? Definitely NO! Oskar Blues breaks the mold on pilsner and makes a bold Bohemian-style brew called Oskar Blues Mama's Little Yella Pils. This gently hopped (35 IBU) pilsner has been around in cans since early 2009 and dares you to think that this is a common lager.

This uncommon beer weighs in at a respectable 5.3% ABV and was a Silver Medal winner at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival. It's described as having a 100% pale malt base and has absolutely no corn or rice in it. It's about the lowest ABV beer that Oskar Blues makes.

I must admit, I haven't reviewed too many pilsners on this blog (4 previously) as I generally drink darker and higher ABV beers, but since this didn't come from a macro brewer I was eager to try this, especially in light of the fact that Oskar Blues sent it to me as a free sample - how could I say no? The only time I've had this beer before was with a 1 ounce sample at the 2009 GABF, and 1oz is simply not enough to judge a beer. (Note: this is NOT a paid review)

Appearance: Mama's Little Yella Pils pours a clear bright yellow color with a nice big white head. The large bubbles in the head stuck around for a while and then left a clingy lacing inside the glass. There was no haze and there was no sediment at all. When I swirled the glass, a nice 1-finger head rose again.

Aroma: This is where Mama's Little Yella Pils distinguishes itself from a normal pilsner. I got a rich aroma of lemon, grass and biscuity malts. It was clean smelling and inviting. The Bavarian hops had left a fresh scent in the glass.

Taste: This beer is medium bodied. I got a lot of bitter sweet malts up front on my tongue. It wasn't overly bitter and just enough to balance out the bready, lemony pilsner taste. This is one of those beers that was refreshing cold and didn't change much as it warmed up. I had no problem drinking down this beer as it was delicious and not too drying.

Overall: Oskar Blues was wise to put in a sessionable beer into their line up. Their other beers are all big and bold. While Mama's isn't a weak beer, it's one that can be enjoyed a couple of times over with no problem. I'd be happy to take this brew camping or on a trail. It wasn't too strong or too hoppy - rather a semi-sweet and smooth pilsner. This is a beer all types of beer drinkers could enjoy. Cheers!

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