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Nomad - Great Divide Brewing Company

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152 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 152
Hads: 506
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 21.35%
Wants: 17
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Domingo on 12-30-2011

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a very clear yellow with a solid head. The aroma lead with that classic pilsner funk, as well as a bit of biscuit and pepper. The flavor is biscuity, a little spicy, and a touch fruity, like a little esther has crept in. The mouthfeel is fairly luxurious for a pilsner. Overall this is a very nice beer, but not a knockout.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a specific funk. Not a good funk. Look is good, but not enough carbonation for a pilsner in my book. Smell is off, taste is worse. It a was smooth feel.

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Photo of HankSingle
2.07/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is actually the worst beer I can remember drinking in recent memory - it is also one of those wonderful moments that clarifies that life is subjective, and what one might hate, another might love. I get the sense there is a beer, here, that someone might really dig - it just isn't me.

Nice color, nice body for a pilsner - but the finish, a sort of burnt, ashy, cooking yeast bloom, is nigh-unmanageable. And it lingers, like the ghost of a different, also-bad beer, long dead. That said, I know some folk who live by this kind of bitterness, so you may dig this beer...I have four more to soldier through, in my fridge, and I am NOT happy about it.

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Photo of Germanstylefan7896
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very good, well above average pils. Even better at the brewery. Still has that handcrafted quality flavor to it, but Great Divide is getting very large so wonder if it will stay that way. Pretty color, darker yellow hues.. has a above average aroma to it. A must try for the pilsner fan.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear pale golden straw yellow producing 2 fingers of clumpy, variously bubbled, somewhat lasting, white head that diminishes to islands of dense foam & patchy lacing. Aroma classic pilsner, crisp & dry, clean bready grain, lemon, grassy hops. Taste is grain/pale malt, cracker/biscuit, lemony, grassy noble hops, peppery finish with a heavy & lingering bitterness. Dry, clean & very drinkable. Very pleasant, but an overly bitter example of the style. But what the hell, I crave the bitterness of Noble (Saaz) hops & don't care.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this on tap at Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown, served in a pint glass.

The color is deep golden with mild haze, visibly carbonated with white head and fine bead. Lace clings to the glass and retention is very good. The smell is hoppy with slight floral and mildly herbal spiced aroma with slight mineral musty yeast ester. The feel is good with mildly bitter entry and subtle sweet malt texture with medium low carbonation and slightly oily texture from hops mid palate into a semi-dry finish.

The taste is good with plenty of herbal and spiced elements from the hops with mild bready yeast and malt support with light fruity and earthy accent, almost woody hop taste as it finishers with a peppery quality which is somewhat dry . This is a very decent Czech style pilsner-very drinkable lager w/ excellent hop flavor -recommended.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a mostly clear straw gold with sugar white lacing for a head.

Smells of dry grassy barley malts and dry subdued hops.

Tastes of malted barley and dry mild hops with a light citrus finish.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A really good pilsner, possibly one of my favorites in this style. Very thirst-quenching and very easy to drink either on its own or with food.

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Photo of tone77
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer #2 on a great divide sampler night. Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has bright yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts, sweetness. Taste is smooth and refreshing. Malts, grains, grassy hops at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good session beer.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%

Pours a half finger on a clear light straw colored body.
The aroma has a good dry grain smell.
The taste starts with a nice dry bitterness, slight honey sweet in the middle, finishes with a long pine bitter note. Good profile.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation but fizzy.

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Photo of malvrich
3/5  rDev -18.9%

A: Clear gold with a tight low white head. Not much retention but good lacing around the glass continues as you drink.

S: Yeasty bread and a little detectable hop herbs/spiciness. .Very little hop presence.

T: Snappy crispness from the malted barley/yeast. A mild hop taste at the end. Not really a bite but fairly pronounced. Herbal hop taste. Dry. Citrusy. Pretty good but I'd like a middle note.

M: Again, dry and crisp. Very refreshing and drinkable. Pretty nice.

O: At 5.4% abv a tad strong for a pils but quite drinkable. Maybe not a repurchase but pretty interesting and good.

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Photo of Mojo
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> Pilsner Flute glass

A - This beer pours up a very clear light to medium gold with a small 1" white head. Retention and lacing are both very good.

S - earthy notes, grass, floral, honey

T - pears, peaches, lemons, grassy flavors, maybe some honey, and a mild bitter finish. Well balanced from start to finish.

M - well carbonated, small aftertaste

O - It is a pilsner which makes it okay by me, but never a beer I just jump up and down for. Having said that though, it was refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

a: bright golden yellow - completely clear. 2 finger solid white head with bubbles up top

s: sweet grainy malts, some dank earthy bitterness, fresh biscuits, and something slightly herbal in here. its simple and sweet in a good way

t: spicy clean bitterness cut by something with a sharp (almost funky) bite. sweet lemongrass, light vanilla, tons of grains, and some more sweet malt. there is something slightly skunky here - though it may just be because i'm doing the review outside. ends with a crisp bite and a hint of green apple (interesting)

m: typical pilsner mouthfeel - light with loads of carbonation

o: its an alright pilsner. its got quite a bitter bite which makes it real crisp against the grains in here. its smooth and easy to drink. not my favorite pilsner, but still worth picking up for an afternoon on the porch

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The Nomad is a solid offering from Great Divide. The beer poured a clear crisp yellow with thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent has some grain and biscuit flare. The taste is slightly sharp and grain and alcohol definitely present. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall the beer is solid and worth a try for those that enjoy pilsners.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pretty much polished golden... perhaps a slight haze... short lived sudsy off-white head... spotty lacing.

Smells bitter.. pale malt huskiness sorta destroys what little floral hoppiness there is.

Sharp bitterness and a lighter than expected floral hoppiness... pale malts stick around mid palate only long enough to get us back to the bitter bite... Lingering bitterness on the finish seems out of place.. almost a minerally element.

Palate and carbonation are pretty much perfect.

Overall, this is pretty good, but it needs to be dialed in... aromas and flavors seem a little muddy.


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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle received in trade with cfrancis - thanks!

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing.

Smell - Corn, breads/grains, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste corn, hops, and bread/grains. There are also some grassy/herbal notes and a touch of apple juice. It ends with a faint hop aftertaste.

Overall – Seems like a pretty bang on example of the style. I wouldn't mind a little more hop bite, but solid nonetheless.

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Photo of TheChrisK
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured into a Pilsner glass from a bottle with a date of July 18, 2013. Light straw color with a big foamy head. Bubbles very prevalent and rise quickly. The head leaves its soul behind all the way down the glass.

S: Smells of biscuits and pale earthy malts and dry hops.

T: Clean and crisp light bready flavor with a bit of honey and sweet grains.

M: Clean mouthfeel with a lot of fizziness. Light body with a dry and bitter finish.

O: It's great for the style. It's better than some Pilsners made in CZ. I would recommend this for anyone wishing to try a Pilsner for the first time. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of patpbr
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - light, straw with a one finger head.
S - Malty and a hint of grain. a little herbal and floral
T - Hoppy then i expected. Grass, herbal and a little sweet. noticeable bitterness
M - Light body and medium carbonation. crisp
O - After passing over it a few times, I'm glad that i finally picked one up.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: mostly clear yellow, with decent edging and lacing, sparse head retention
S: somewhat floral and sweet
T/M: crisp and clean, with a mild malty (little bready) front. The problem is it doesn't much change from there. The carbonation stays throughout the taste, but any hops bitterness is subdued where I expect it to be a little stronger.
O: it is a fine tasting, refreshing lager easily beyond your BMC. It's a little sweeter and more complex, but I think it's missing that transition to bitter and/or dry.

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Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A slightly hazy straw, with visible carbonation. A thick creamy head is short-lived, but leaves big lacing.

S- Big yeasty/bready sweetness

T- biscuity sweet up front with some nice bitter hops flavor on the finish.

M- A little thinner, but satisfying. Nice and smooth.

O- a really tasty pilsner

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Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from Tipsy's Liquor World in west-side Denver.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves some random sudsy islet lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells of crackery, biscuity pale malt, acrid lemon, dry hay, and herbal, grassy hops. The taste is more sharp, edgy, steely grainy pale malt, stale lemon rind, and complex earthy, leafy, grassy, and straw-like hops, which seem to grow in intensity as things warm up a bit.

The carbonation is tight and a tad fizzy, the body medium-light in weight, and as smooth as one can expect with all those hops milling about. It finishes rather dry, the straw and grassy hops predominating.

A none-too shabby go at the Czech Pilsener - they nailed the crispness, in malt and in hops - but the flavours seem too muddled and indistinct to have it run with the Bohemian greats - be they Old Word or not.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nomad looks a shimmering gold with a warm yellow glow. The head settles too easily in a disappointing fashion. Crops of translucent white bubbles populate the rim walls with a few mutinous clusters islanding on the surface.

Smells of herbal hops and lightly steely grains with grassy notes proper, but not boisterous. Strangely enough, a fermented note of apricot rind and white cherry almost tries to make itself known. A little convoluted, as far as the malts want to press forward.

Sweeter and fruitier than most pilsners go, so I get that this isn't of the German ilk. The flavors are actually quite hoppy for the style, and I realize that the unfamiliar fruit notes I was whiffing in the nose are actually citrusy hops with notes of orange and grapefruit. The hay-like grassiness is welcoming and very familiar to me. Steely vibes aforementioned are relieved by hoppiness and good ol' Euro malt character. Lagered with a wee bit of extra wort sugars than needed, but the candid crispness is here. It's flavorful, I can say that, for sure.

A little oily. A little too swishy for what would have been a satisfying medium body. But, a high-powered effervescence propels the feel into pleasing territory. Rather this than most.

A Czech Pils all the same, but aside from a confusing aromatic experience, one can get in-tune with this Great Divide seasonal. A strange choice for a colder season brew, but it has its charm if you have the patience to discover it for yourself.

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Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pils on a Sunday morning...

Appearance is a pale gold, slightly darker than some pilasters I've had but a nice straw glow. Very quickly dissipating white head that continues with a sparse fuzz on top.

Smell is pretty hoppy for a pils, has that crisp bite that I feel pilsners should have. Has a bit of a straw or dry hay smell but is mostly dominated by a bright piney hop sscent.

Taste is pretty nice, though quite dominated, as the scent, by the piney and slightly herbal hops. It creates a pleasant bitterness in the pils but kind of overshadows the other delicate tones here. There dulled, earthy lemon hint among the piney hops. There is the expected mineral tone which is nice in a pils and a nice straw taste toward the end. Kind of a honey tinge for the sweetness, a bit resinous through the hops.

Hops hops hops hops hops.

The mouthfeel is pretty clean, it has a certain chewiness to it but comes and goes and goes down pretty nice. There is a dryness to it which is really good. A pretty good bitter character which ends just before it would get to be way to much for a pilsner.

Overall, I'm on the pils/lager stint until GABF, and was looking longingly at a few hoppy brews I had in the fridge. This satisfied my longing. But at the same time, it just seems a bit overly hoppy for a traditional pils. But on the same hand it is a good American twist. I could see grabbing a six pack of this and having a few around the fire on a muggy night during a camp out. It was good. Just prepare for quite a hoppy pils.

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Photo of plaid75
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy straw hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and very good sticky lacing.

The smell featured round malts and an herbal hop spice.

The taste was doughy and slightly grainy with a spicy noble hop that lingered on the palate.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty pils.

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Photo of Lordquackingstic
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into an DFH IPA glass.

A: Honey-straw yellow with a very big and sticky white head. Tons of little bubbles dancing around inside the glass.

S: Herbal, green tea, slightly sweet.

T: Floral hops, bits of sweet grains, slight honey tones.

M: Very light and very carbonated. Not as crisp as I'd like it to be, which takes away from how refreshing I was hoping it would be. Light herbal notes linger long after the sip.

O: This is a pretty solid pilsner, but it's nothing spectacular. Would definitely like it to be a bit more crisp and refreshing for hot summer days, but otherwise it's pretty good. Not worth the price at $2.50 a single though.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Bright yellow, with tons of head and sticky lace left all over the glass. Impressive for a pilsner!!

S - Malty, wheat, grass, herbal,etc. Smells like a damn good pilsner.

T - All the characteristics of the nose. No trace of alcohol, malty, wheat, doughy. A tasty Pilsner.

M - Well carbonated, smooth. Oily and slick.

O - A very good pilsner, one of the better light pilsners I have come across. Probably great on a hot summer day.

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Nomad from Great Divide Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.