Day #67 – Oskar Blues Mamas Little Yella Pils

March 9, 2011

What?  Beer from a can???  Blasphemy!  Believe it or not, canned beer is on the rise.  A large number of craft brewers are making the switch to cans and for very good reason too.  I’ve just posted a new page detailing the pros and cons of cans and bottles for beer.  Check it out HERE.

Oskar Blues Mamas Little Yella Pils

Oskar Blues is one of the pioneers of the craft canned beer revolution.  8 years ago they opened up in Lyons, Colorado and immediately started canning.  At the time, this was unheard of, as basically the only people canning were the macrobreweries and you wouldn’t even think about putting anything other than colorless, tasteless beer in a can.  Oskar Blues did just that; they put craft beer, and heavy craft beer in cans and took a risk.  That risk paid off as brewers soon realized the benefits of cans.  Today the majority of mid-sized craft breweries have some sort of canning capability, with more joining in all the time.  One of the benefits of cans is it’s portability.  I joined a kickball league on Tuesday nights and the park doesn’t allow glass bottles.  So I will be picking up different cans for that, and figure why not toss them on the blog?

Today’s beer is a pilsener, and was the first lager that Oskar Blues tried.  5.3%, so it’s quite sessionable.

This beer pours a clear golden color with a very large head response.  I even had a larger glass and the head still came billowing over the edge.  Tall white head.

The aroma is of soft hops and pilsener malts.  Grainy smell with something that is just a bit funky.  Not sure but there is something like a soured grain note in this as well.

Slick mouthfeel with bitter grains.  It has a dry finish with a very bready/grainy flavor.  Not much by way of sweetness just straight up grains.  Reminds me of the steeping portion of a homebrew where you drop the grains in hot water and let them sit for awhile.  This is kind of watery too.  Meh so-so I suppose.  Makes for good kickball beer though.



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