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
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.