Sunday, September 9, 2012

Sunday Beer Spotlight: Mama’s Little Yella Pils

General Tso’s chicken … pineapple and Canadian bacon pizza … cream cheese and bacon sushi rolls … 

All examples of how we Americans take a beautiful, authentic cuisine and bend it to our Wonder Bread will. That’s pretty much what happened to the Czech beer called pilsner. That six-pack of BudMillerCoors adds rice to the traditional mix of malt and hops. It's cheaper, but also waters down the flavor. Mama’s Little Yella Pils (from Oskar Blues in Colorado) sticks to the original recipe.

At the pour, Mama’s Pils seems a lot like the other “yella” beers. It’s a pale gold with a sturdy white head that fades to a trace across the surface. As for flavor, it’s also similar to all those other beers, just “more.” The sweet malt and faint hoppy bite are there. If you’re a fan of the Big Canned Beers, you might say this isn’t as crisp. If you’re not a fan of the biggies, you'd say Mama’s flavor lingers longer with a little peppery finish.

Mama’s Little Yella Pils is a well-made pilsner, but it’s for a market that might not exist. Fans of an ice-cold fizzy Bud are going to think it’s overpriced for the incremental bump in quality. Beer snobs will pass it by for an IPA so green it pulls the enamel off your teeth. Mama’s Little Orphan is 5.3% ALC.

1 comment:

  1. Wait, did John say "Bacon Sushi Rolls"? Sign me up.

    I tried Mama's Little Yella Pils for the first time this afternoon during halftime of Sunday #1 of the new NFL season. (The bacon sushi would have come in handy in the first quarter.)

    In a frosty-chilled mug, I poured the can (the can's artwork is one of the oddest looks I have seen -- I am not a fan of the colors and design like I am others from Oskar Blues) and immediately noticed the sharp, crystal-yellow color. A hint of lemonpeel bubbled and a nice, small layer of foam maintained as I drank the mug.

    The taste doesn't lean either way to the extreme, but it has enough flavor that I knew I was drinking a craft beer. The bready-sweet flavors were not overpowering, but definitely there. The weather today was breezy and rainy; with the dry finish I think I would enjoy it more on a much hotter day. I don't think it's anything to write home about (although I have no idea what that saying means; I don't think there are many beers I would write home about), but it's worth a taste if you happen to see it on the shelf.

    Gary B.