Beer Review 0097: Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils

Here we go with another can offering from Oskar Blues, produced in Lyons, Colorado. Founded in November 2002 by Dale Katechis, this brewery puts all their beer in cans, and for good reason.

Just a few points to make about cans:

-Cans are lighter, thus making for easier shipping
-Cans do not allow any light into beer
-Cans are easier to recycle than glass bottles
-Cans cool faster in the refrigerator, meaning you can enjoy your beer sooner rather than later

Probably the most important point is this: Oskar Blues uses cans made by the Ball Corporation, which uses a special coating in the can to prevent any off flavors.

Were you down on cans before? See, there’s no reason to be.

Mama’s Little Yella Pils is a traditional Pilsner, brewed with hops and malts and not diluted with any adjuncts like corn or rice. This is a low ABV (alcohol by volume) beer, coming in at just 5.3%, and ratebeer.com describes this as “summer in a can.” Yeah, it’s not really summer right now, but it is sixty degrees in February, so what the hell? As Oskar Blues says, “take two and call us in the morning!”

Release from the can produced an average size head, stark white atop a bright yellow beer. The body was slightly cloudy, but there were no particles or sediment swimming about. The lacing left behind was of a good quality, several nice wispy chunks.

To the nose, I got notes of lemon/lemongrass, which was herbal. There were biscuit malts, fairly grainy and earthy. The last half of the sniff vaguely reminded me of fizzy yellow lager.

The taste starts out with some hop bitterness and a shot of lemon, then turns malty in the middle before finishing with some bread notes and hints of earth. I noticed a little (read: little) spice creep in, which was nice. This one was very refreshing and had a thin but creamy mouthfeel.

This Pilsner would go great with a spicy meal, or summertime. Sometimes you just gotta have a beer after mowing the lawn, and this would be fantastic — light but still flavorful. I love the big and complex beers just as much as the next sipper, but I also appreciate drinks like this one where you don’t have to think about it much. Sign me up.

Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils, 84 points. Price: $9.99 US for a six pack.

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