Oskar Blues Brewery is now releasing Mamaâ€™s Little Yella Pils in sixpacks of cans. Cans (and kegs) of the beer are now appearing at beer retailers in Colorado and the breweryâ€™s other 22 states.
This new canned beer from the pioneering microcanner is a delicious, small-batch version of the beer style that made the city of Pilsen (in Czech Republic) famous.
Mamaâ€™s is made with hearty amounts of pale malt, German specialty malts, and a blend of traditional (Saaz) and 21st century Bavarian hops. Unlike mass-market pilsners, Mamaâ€™s is made of 100% malted barley and no corn or rice.
â€œThere are very few all-malt pilsners made in the US anymore,â€ says Oskar Blues founder Dale Katechis. â€œAnd the concept of â€˜America-made pilsnerâ€™ has taken a beating over the past few generations. Especially when it comes to pilsners in cans.â€
â€œWeâ€™re going to use Mamaâ€™s to help the style recapture its glory,â€ Katechis adds. â€œWe want to give â€˜canned pilsnerâ€™ the same good reputation we helped create for canned beer in the US. Itâ€™s a new frontier for us.â€
Oskar Bluesâ€™ first canned lager, Mamaâ€™s Little Yella Pils is fermented at cool temperatures with a German yeast.
It sports the trademarks of a classic pilsner: aromas of grassy Saaz hops and pale grains, flavors of pale malts backed by subtle Euro-style hopping, followed by a crisp and refreshingly hoppy finish.
While itâ€™s rich with Czech flavor, Mamaâ€™s gentle hopping (about 35 IBUs) and 5.3% ABV make it a satisfying but lower alcohol beer (by Oskar Blues standards) thatâ€™s perfect for warm-weather drinking.
Since its start, Oskar Blues has blazed its microcanning trail with higher-strength, assertive-but-elegant beers that stretch beer boundaries. But Mamaâ€™s Little Yella Pils allows the brewery to highlight its skills in making a more subtle version of great beer.
â€œYou canâ€™t hide flaws in a pilsner,â€ Katechis says. â€œWith this beer our brewers get to showcase their expertise at making an unforgiving, classic style of beer.â€