Saturday, April 04, 2009

It's Pilsner in a Can . . . Yet It's Good

A few weeks ago at my real job I heralded the arrival of Mama's Little Yella Pils, Oskar Blues' latest effort that is the first canned craft-brewed pilsner in the state. You can see the short article here.

Then, naturally, I had to try it. And I came away with the impression that I may just have found the beer that will become the standard with which to celebrate long summer hikes.

To be sure, Mama's Little Yella Pils doesn't break new ground. It has a familiar pilsner aroma - though with slightly heavier scents of caramel and citrus - and the meandering quietness that marks the malt characteristic of most pilsners is here.

What you taste, though, is what one has to imagine Czech brewers were gunning for as they created the style: A slightly cooked, barely bitter, puffy taste of yeast and bread that gives this enough personality to make you take another look at your glass. It is slightly heavier and more alcoholic (5.38% ABV) than the usual canned pilsner options.

What the taste of Mama's Little Yella Pils is, more than anything else, is present, a pilsner that tells you that rice and corn are not a part of its constitution. And I'll drink to that.


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