Mama’s Little Yella Pils

1 Feb

Although I normally associate canned beer with Nascar, mud wrestling, above ground pools and monster trucks, I have made an exception with this beer and for good reason.

Mama’s Little Yella Pils is an oxymoron in a can.  It is a good craft beer in a can, which you rarely ever see.

Oskar Blues Brewery, based out of Colorado, holds a philosophy that cans are better. According the Oskar Blues website, founder Dale Katechis started putting his nice beers in cans because he thought it was “hilarious” and good for outdoor activities. He then later kept the idea after he discovered the benefits of cans.

Ever wondered why most beer bottles are the dark copper color? To keep out the light. Beer will skunk if exposed to light during the fermentation process. To “skunk” means to become foul smelling and tasting. And since metal is impenetrable by light, the Oskar Blues beers run no risk of this. Cans are also portable and durable if you are taking them outdoors. I have seen a group of snowboarders icing an Oskar Blues beer in the snow during a break from the slopes in Steamboat Spring, Colorado a few years ago.

In addition to this, cans can be more efficiently transported (which uses less fuel) and are more likely to be recycled.

This beer is a traditional Pilsner and has won multiple awards including Top 10 US Pilsners by the New York Times.

At 5.3 percent alcohol this beer is light and refreshing with a citrus tang. It foams up nicely and has a consistent flow of carbonation and a light layer of foam throughout the whole time you are drinking it, never falling prey to flat beer syndrome.

This beer is made with 100 percent pale malt and is sweet, enjoyable and ever so slightly bitter. It is very cloudy and a pretty golden color. One problem I had with this beer is the smell. It is quite musty and not sweet, floral or appealing at all. Other than that, this is a good beer. Although I can’t say I normally am too keen on pilsners in general, I enjoyed this beer.

Still holding carbonation and foam toward the end of the beer = good

It’s not overly heavy – definitely a good girl beer. It is also not overpowered by fruit either.

Don’t judge a book by its cover, and in this case, don’t judge a beer by its can.

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7 Responses to “Mama’s Little Yella Pils”

  1. Rachel February 1, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    This sounds good! Can I buy this at a regular grocery or ABC Liquor store or would I need to go to a specific beer store?

    • beerforgirls February 1, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

      You may be able to find it at a grocery but definitely at Gator beverage (by bank of america on university) and probably at Wards (love that place).

  2. Afrobutterfly February 1, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

    Lesson to all you kids out there: don’t drink and snowboard… Looks real tasty and the name sounds like a Rolling Stones song, which is always good. Do you know if they sell it in the 352?

    • beerforgirls February 1, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

      Note taken about the snowboarding 🙂 They sell it at Gator Beverage (by Bank of America on University) and probably Wards. Dales Pale Ale, also made by Oskar Blues,is really good too and I think they had it on tap at The Top not long ago – it’s the next one I will review.

  3. healthyandlazy February 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm #

    You should check out the documentary “Beer Wars.” It’s all about the obstacles that craft beers have to overcome to make it to the supermarket shelves. They profile a lot of cool brewers too.

    • beerforgirls February 6, 2011 at 6:12 pm #

      Thanks! I will definitely have to check that out!

  4. Taylor February 8, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

    I agree about Beer Wars – truly worth a blog post. I think it’s streaming on Netflix?

    I really wish I could try this beer!

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