Monday, May 13, 2013

Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils (2013 original review)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (878) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2013
I poured a 12oz can into a footed pilsner glass. It was canned on 3/11/13 making it two months and two days old. The can cost $2.75 ($0.23 per ounce).

Appearance: A bright, banana-skin yellow hue. The body is mostly clear but with a slight haze. Plenty of carbonation visible. Forms a large, white, fluffy/soapy head which retains and laces extremely well.

Smell: Not unlike most pilsners of the general style with a typical pale malt aroma. Perhaps additional grass character. Mild overall.

Taste: There’s a lot of beers that I want to like more than I actually do, and Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils is a perfect example. It’s an all-malt pilsner that conforms to its style well, but just isn’t all that exciting of a beer. Not that there’s anything inherently wrong with it, but more flavor would be nice.

This beer has a more pronounced malt character than most American pilsners. It’s a fairly clean taste overall, which is nice, especially since there’s no adjunct character to cause for distraction. There does seem to be noticeable dryness throughout with a starchy/grainy character of biscuits and crackers . The spicy Saaz hops give it a touch of black pepper, but nothing in the way of true hop flavor. It’s better than the macro adjunct lagers for sure, but has a ways to go to truly impress me.

Drinkability: Pilsners were meant to be clean and refreshing and in the case of Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils, I’d say the former is true but the later is not. The starch-like character to this body prevents it from being as refreshing as it could be (it is refreshing while in the mouth). The drinking process is easy, though. The body is not noticeably thin or fizzy, but does have clean, light, wet feeling to it. At 5.3% ABV it’s a tad heavier than it probably needs to be, but is still a light enough beer that most drinkers would be able to handle it in larger quantities no problem. 
Grade: 6/10

NOTE: Read my 2018 re-review to BJCP specs here:

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