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Nomad - Great Divide Brewing Company

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152 Reviews
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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 CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: golden

smell: like czech rep in a bottle. I was taken back

taste: wow, had on draft this was amazing. very balanced lager, lots of hop prensense but not over done

mouthfeel: medium bodied, full for a pils

drinkability: this is one of the best pilsners Ive had and I lived in Prague. This was a homerun

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Photo of russpowell
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on Dec 29 2011, shame Missouri whole salers for holding on to this for so long before releasing this to store shelves...

Pours an efferersvescent straw color with 2+ fingers of pearl colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Soapy & grassy hops, grainyness & perfumy hops as well

T: Follows the nose, slight sulphury notes, some lemony hop notes mix with mown hay, & honey malt up front. More soapyness as this warms, along with grainy/cereal sweetness. Finishes crisp, with lemon & honey malt/grainy sweetness, pretty dry as well

MF: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation & great balance

Great pils! I hope I can find this fresher, but this 2 month+ old pils is damn tasty& easy to session on...

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Photo of southdenverhoo
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pale gold, crystal clear, I mean brilliantly so. I got about a 1 inch head in my Uptown Brothers 14 oz tulip, but it receded very quickly to a thin film. No lace, but wife may have put some head-killing & lace-killing BS in the dishwasher so not marking down for this...

S: bready malt, floral noble hops and a nice hit of that classic lager yeast smell.

T: ditto the smell, basically...bready malt with a slight honey overlay, peppery floral hops (saaz?), a nice bite of bitterness in balance/counterpoint to the ever so slight sweetness from the pilsener malt, then a bone dry, better-have-another-sip finish. No diacetyl whatsoever and I have a low threshold for this flaw.

M: carbonation in this beer seems perfect for the style at least as I understand it, and the beer has what I would call a medium to light body and that creamy texture you get when you swirl a well-made properly carbonated lager around in your mouth.

O: I like this beer, right up there with Lagunitas Pils and Victory Prima Pils in my mind and those are my go-to pilseners.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.31/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - very, very nice looking pilsner. Yellow and clear with a really nice head for a pilsner about 1 finger but retention is good.

Smell - Mostly malt here and not much else I'm picking up

Taste - Great pilsner, with a fine malt balanced finished by a kick of crisp noble hops. Only thing not giving me a 5 rating on taste is the aftertaste lingers a little too long for me but its very minor flaw to this beer.

Mouthfeel - The richest, creamiest beer I think I've sampled under 6% ABV

Overall - a very fulfilling pilsner to me. Loved this one quite much.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy, golden straw colored body with a white head, minimal lace. Smell is cut hay, earth, biscuits. Taste is crackers, slight lemon, floral, wet, refreshing. Medium well crafted body with complimentary level of carbonation. Very, very nicely balanced, tasty brew. Would be easy and enjoyable to knock back several of these.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours like sunshine with brilliant clarity. A tall white head sits on top, billowing and fluffy and soapy. Not very dense. Carbs are light under the white head. This baby has summer lounging all over it. Aroma is pleasent also with Saaz coming to the spicy forfront. Lots of malts balances the hop well. Smells very clean too. Good tasting with the beer being crisp and hoppy and a biscuit finish.
Smooth and clean and balanced perfectly. This is a well made beer and it tastes like it.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great, clear, pale hay and yelow sunshine color. Good bubbling and an aesome head, thick foam. and even some lacing.

Clean, earthy, grassy hops, and light toasted cracker and unmalted grain. Smells like refreshment.

Crisp, refreshing, and well carbonated, cleansing palate through and through. Hoppy, earthy, and crackley. Lightly toasted malt, and unmalted barley flavor. This beer is one of the best czech pilsners I've ever had. Will buy again and recommend!

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap, served in a pint glass at the Great Divide Tap Room, Denver, CO:

The beer appeared a nice clear pale yellow, with nice white head that was not all that well retained but ultimately faded into a thin cap that lasted throughout the drink. Some lacing was left as well.

The beer gave off a very good, strong, German malt aroma, some floral hops and sweet grains.

The taste of the beer was very good, an excellent pils taste, sweet grainy/malty goodness.

The beer has a light feel to it, it was extremely smooth and extremely to drink.

Overall, this is a very tasty brew. If I could get this in Georgia, this would probably be one of my go to pils. This might be the best Great Divide beer that I have had to date.

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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 GilGarp
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 1-12-12.

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Nomad is a bright pale yellow color with perfect clarity. The head is thick and a pure white. Settles slowly and leaves a little lace.

Aroma is a blend of grassy hops and a clean pilsner yeast.

Flavor is crisp, clean, and nicely hopped. Very light in malt character which lets the grassy/spicy hops shine through.

Mouthfeel is light in body and nicely carbonated. Balance leans towards the hoppy for this pils but that's no bad thing in my opinion.

Overall a really nice hoppy pilsner that would make a great summer sipper. Makes me wonder why it came out in January but oh well. The weather is warm enough today to enjoy this beer.

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Photo of corby112
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a  cloudy pale golden yellow color with a two finger frothy white head quickly fades into a lasting ring. Chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with a crisp hop presence along with grass, hay, light fruit and pale malts.  Nice balance of hops, sweeter notes and malt.

Medium bodied with a crisp, dry hop bite that provides some nice earthy bitterness which lingers over the earthy notes, sweet light fruit and pale malts.  Hints of pine, hay and straw followed by sweet apple and pear, bread and biscuity malt.  Really well balanced, refreshing and extremely quaffable.

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Photo of rowew
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, yellow label with an egyptian scene. ABV and bottled date clearly marked.

Appearance: Perfectly clear golden color, nice head of small bubbles, good retention and a bit of lacing.

Smell: A bit of sulphur, grassy hops.

Taste: High carbonation, medium bodied. The sulphur doesn't come through to the taste, this is bready and the grassy hops show up here.

Overall impression: Solid drinkable pilsner - definitely could drink a few of these in a row.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Time to try GD's Nomad Pils. Poured from bottle dated 1/6/2012 to a flute the beer pours a crystal clear straw yellow with a nice 2 finger white bubbly head, good retention and lacing. Looks inviting. The nose is a blend of pilsner malt, earthy hops, and a bit floral. The flavor builds on the nose for a nice flavor: pilsner malt base from which the earthy hops lay a mild bitterness, lemon and honey sweetness provide a hint of sweetness to balance. Very nice. Finishes with a mild bitterness and lingering lemon sweetness. Better than anticipated. Lighter end of medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, this was a treat if a surpise. Not my favorite style though this is a beer I could drink a lot of from brewery that I think could do better. This is a step in the right direction! Recommended.

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Photo of Brenden
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A winter pils? I don't see why not...

Poured into my pokal, Nomad immediately develops a thick, creamy pillow of pure white head over a clear brew precisely the elegant golden color I expect from a good pils. As it drops, the heavy island of foam that never dies spiderwebs heavy lacing to the very bottom of the glass.
Floral and unoffensively sulfuric notes along with grassiness speaks unquestionably of a healthy dose of Saaz hops. The aroma offers good balance with crisp dry malts as well. This beer is benchmark for the style and hoppier to boot.
A little more cracker, grain and biscuit showing off the malts come through in the flavor. Floral hops never fade. The grassy element pulls through and develops a ghost of a hay-like quality in the finish. While tasty and flavorful, it comes just short of what thr aroma boasts.
To style, Nomad is exactly as light as it should be and shows off some depth. It's plenty crisp and even has some smoothness. It's on the next level if not for just a bit of slickness.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New one from GD in Denver. I have it at the store but I wanted to try it first off the tap.

Crystal clear, very light golden pour. Nice foamy white head, pretty clean lacing. Yep, looks like a pilsner to me.

Aroma is sharp and pale. The soft bread and light yeasty spice go well together. There's a bit of a huskiness to it as it warms.

Nice flavors. The hops are Czech as the spices and grassiness come out. Light malt and bread with some white pepper faintly arising and then going away. I think it has more flavor overall than the pilseners I had in Prague...of course those were lower abv too.
Good new brew from GD. Should give Samurai a run for its money in sales.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled: 3/22/13

A: into a pilsener glass, crystal clear pale gold beer with persistent carbonation visibly streaming up through the beer. Coulda made the head huge, but measured my pour to fit the pilsener with a two-finger head of bright white foam. A slim film of white fizz persisted atop the beer throughout, and trailed lace inside the glass.

S: lots of grainy herbal and floral aromas atop toasted wet malts and yeasty smells

T: lots of earthy grains and fresh-meadow-tasting grains and hops; fresh, bitter; has a rustic, mature, "Old World" character; faint yeasty tartness and doughy chew

M: crisp, light, effevescent, refreshing and cleansing - better than water! Lip-smacking dry and bitter finish.

O: a great beer - I'm not a pilsener drinker regularly, but a beer like this is the kind that makes you appreciate a style. Real bright and crisp, with the grains accentuated nicely by the hops. I toned down some of my scores out of deference to my lack of experience with the style, because I was ready to assign some pretty glowing values. I can certainly say this: No reason not to grab some if you see 'em on the shelf.

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Photo of Finn
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer tasty.The aroma is grassy, hoppy, and grainy. It has a nice malt sweetness behind the initial bitey-crispness of the flavor, and the hops are in balance, but not in your face at all. It finishes with a slight sweetness lingering on the tongue, although not cloying.
Another very well done american take on a european pilsner.

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Photo of ghetto90007
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Boddington's pint glass I just smuggled back from a trip to England. I know that there are threads ridiculing the mention of what glassware you used during the tasting, but I enjoy memorializing the vessel I used to drink my beer. Sometimes it's nostalgic, sometimes it's hilarious - like drinking a Coors out of a Delirium Tremens tulip or an Russian Imperial Stout out of a Budweiser pinter.

This one pours a crystal clear, pale, golden yellow, with a silky white head that would probably be downright chunky with a heavier pour. Lacing smears itself around but isn't all that sticky. A steady, effervescent stream of miniature bubbles drifts up from the bottom of the glass.

The nose on this one gives it away as a pilsener. You can pick up that pilsener chalkiness and the yeast figures into the olfactory profile quite a bit more than the invisible yeast of a straight-up lager. There is a clean graininess, bitter hops, and a hint of lemon rind.

Tasting it reveals a nice, clean, refreshingly dry beer with bright biscuity malt, offset by bitter, chalky hops. All nicely balanced by a superb touch of candy-like sweetness that fades in and then fades out giving way to a satisfying bitter, chalky aftertaste.

This is a really nice and refreshing pilsener. A little cleaner than some of the other samples of the style, but it is a very refreshing beer. This could be a great gateway beer for your lager loving friends and family. It's straightforward, but done quite well.

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Photo of dar482
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The color has a clear golden color with a foamy white head.

The aroma has a great saaz hops aroma, biscuit, and some pilsner skunk.

The flavor suits that with a grassy flavor. The malt backbone for this taste is wonderful. The mouthfeel and finish is amazing because of this big malt behind.

So far, one of my favorite American versions of a pilsner. A really wonderful job.

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Photo of mactrail
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crisp and refreshing light beer. Very aromatic, just like fresh hop cones, with that perfumey taste. Seems like the classic Pilsener style. Quite hoppy and fairly bitter in the aftertaste. Resins flavors are plentiful. Lemony with that yeasty biscuit taste.

Overall, this stuff is great for a light but flavorful drink. Clean and well made in the Great Divide style. It would be interesting to taste it with a Victory or some other domestic Pils. The Nomad is quite rich with flavors. Label says bottled January 24 2012.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Bottling date of Dec 27, 2012.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear yellowish golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A crisp, grainy, and hoppy classic Pilsener aroma. Wheat grains and pale malts upfront with good hints of biscuit, hay, yeast, and toast. Solid hop presence with hints of herbal, earthy, and floral hops. Good hints of grass and citrus lemon and orange. Also a little herbal spicing. A nice balance of bready malts and spicy hops. Pretty traditional Pils aroma.

Taste: Follows the nose well, a bready and nicely hopped classic Pilsener taste. Big bready malt taste upfront with notes of wheat grains, biscuit, hay, yeast, and toast. Good Saaz hop balance with notes of grass and floral, earthy hops. Citrus taste of lemon and a little orange. Fairly spicy and musty tasting. A typical Pilsener taste that is well balanced. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Nicely crisp, dry, and smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid Pilsener. Its what you expect from the style. Solid balance.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hopefully we’ll have another epic Great Divide Euro-brew. Hoss, Hades – they were both incredible. Let’s see about this “bright, elegant” pilsner.

Brewed two months ago (“DEC 15 2011” on the label).

A: Pouring this into a Duvel tulip looks like it was the perfect idea: its body is a shining gold with just a bit of pale yellow tint. The head starts off with a soapy, white, two-finger foam, then falls slowly to a light, patchy retention. Some sudsy lacing and streaming bubbles erupting from every part of the bottom of the glass – not just the nucleation site.

S: Loveable grains right from the start: banana, biscuit dough, light lemon, and sourdough bread. It’s quite tart, actually. The hops are bright as well, flowery and citrusy aromas popping off nicely with the malts; now, while their presence isn’t quite as strong as I was expecting from a pilsner, it’s great to see the grain character coming through.

T: Just like the nose: a malty body, crisp with lemon, lime, light breads, and berry sweetness. The grains are slightly musty with some hay-flavors, reminiscent of classic German lagers like Weihenstephaner Original; combined with those distinctively flowery Saaz hops, it’s once again pretty damn close to perfect European balance. There’s a little corn taste here and there, but not with a hugely dissuading presence. Finishes with a salty dryness and mineral water flavors to smooth it out.

M: Bubbly-smooth and a bit oily, with a refreshing cool-water presence on the tongue. Pretty chewy for a 5.4% pilsner, too.

O: There we have it: Great Divide = Great Beer. European styles can be hard to emulate, and even harder to make memorable; but these guys, fortunately, definitely know how to do it. And though this is my least favorite Great Divide Euro-style beer so far, I’d buy a sixer of this in a heartbeat.

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Photo of Morey
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with "DEC 15 2011" stamped on the lower right hand corner of the label. I tip my glass in the direction of Colorado. Thanks for dating Great Divide!

Pours an extremely pale yellow color with brilliant clarity. Plenty of carbonation bubbles floating up toward a white colored head that has settled to thin layer after several minutes. Pretty good head retention on this Pils.

Smells of fresh grains, hops, and soft malts.

Taste: Picks up right were the aroma left off. Super balanced between the hops, grain, and the malt bill. Hop-carbonation bite is definitely on the front end. The finish is crisp and clean with the malts showing up and rounding things out and the very end.

Thin mouthfeel with spot on carbonation. It's not fizzy, but it provides that initial crisp bite that you expect from a good Pils.

An above average Pils overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: Because I'm a big fan of hops, I still prefer Prima, but this is right up there with Stoudt's Pils. I really hope that this beer is available around Erie this summer. I would have made this a spring/summer seasonal, but I also couldn't resist picking up this fresh bottle.

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a large mug it pours a pale gold color, with rising trails of carbonation visible. A couple fingers of foam from the initial pour settle down to an ample skim across the surface. It remains unbroken for the duration of the glass. Meanwhile, thin rings of drippy intricate lacing form in the glass.

Grassy noble hops and sweet malts (pilsner and pale) in the aroma. Floral with a vague sweetness. Simple and effective, and plenty aromatic.

Light to medium feel, lower carbonation, earthy hops at first with a grassy, floral character. Crisp and dry, very clean. Showcases the noble hop very well, lending a light earthy bitterness of summer weeds without sacrificing the drinkability. Exceedingly dry and not sweet tasting at all. Overall a great balanced euro pilsner, one i'll pick up a six of next time I see it.

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Photo of imasloth
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A common warning ... I don't drink many lagers.

A- Poured into pint glass, giving light lemony yellow out of bottle with a tilt toward that of apple juice in glass. 2-finger frothy, white head that perseveres at one-finger perpetually. Large lacing, highly effervescent.

S- Grassy, malty, light bittering hop.

T- Creamy and bitter. Sweetness with a smooth bitter finish.

M- Good mouthfeel for the color of the beer (heavier than expected). Slight bitter after-feel, coats mouth nicely.

O- Very good pilsner. Light, smooth and perfect beer for spring/summer.

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