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Nomad - Great Divide Brewing Company

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152 Reviews
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Reviews: 152
Hads: 505
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 21.35%
Wants: 17
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Domingo on 12-30-2011

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Photo of wedge
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled On: DEC 12 2011

Pale yellow with a little bit of chill haze and a pure white head. Spicy, Saaz-y aroma...flowery and biscuity with a subtle, but noticeable corn element. Pretty tasty and drinkable; they have the crisp, refreshing quality down. Dry, snappy noble hop flavor over a mild pale malt base. I wish the malts came through more, as they are pretty much buried under the grassy hops. Not bad at all though as an easy-drinker, and a pretty good stab at the style. Light and crisp. I could pound a couple more of these...

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours nearly transparent and straw color. Big fluffy and foamy white head. Head retains very, very well. Head leaves bubbly lacing clusters around the glass.

S-I enjoy this nose. Pilseners are not my favorite smelling beer, but this one is pretty attractive. Malty with a slight sweetness and more amounts of bread/dough. Light yeastiness and some supple grassy/noble hops.

T-Pretty decent flavor too. Quite like the nose. Quite a crisp and super-clean tasting brew. Flavor is not overly strong. Bready malt accompanies the yeast and finally, this beer boasts a long grassy finish.

M-Lighter bodied. Crisp and clean, as I previously stated. Lightly bitter. Bunches of carbonation. Sessionable (although I only bought a single).

O/D-This is a tasty little Pilsener. Prim and proper. Too bad a 6-pack is nearly $12.50. In my opinion the price is far too high, especially for a pretty standard Pilsener. Worth a try, but not great at the price point I find this 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 Bosoxfan20
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear golden with a trace of a white head. Sticky lacing.

S- Nice fruity aroma. Lemon and herbal notes. Not overly grainy like some of this style can be.

T- Fruit and spice. Not huge flavors, but enough to set it apart from the standard pils. Earthy hops give a touch of bitterness in the finish.

M- Clean and refreshing. Light to mid body. Moderate carbonation. Dry finish

O- Nothing spectacular, but a nice pilsner that works really well in the spring. Enjoyable. I really liked the spiciness to it

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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 TheHoppiest
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a 12/15/11 bottling date into a pilsner glass. Pours a clear gold yellow with a 1/2" foamy white head that reduces to a 1/8 lid.

Has a fresh straw aroma, with hints of clover, orange and honey.

Starts with a sweet malt taste, with biscuit and and mild honey, finishing with a gentle hop nip.

Light to medium bodied, this has a crisp start, a slightly softer middle, and a bit of bite to finish.

This is a very mild Czech Pilsner, missing much of the saaz hops I've had in other Czech Pilsners. Still, it is a pleasant brew and worth a try.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 24 Jan 2012, in my Great Divide tulip. Another drabmuh!

Clear golden yellow with a dense, fluffy, white head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this looks the part of a nice pils. The nose has a nice, big, spicy Saaz hop character, clean, zesty, zippy and lemony with a touch of earth. Swirling the glass, though, does bring a little bit of corn to go with the rather doughy. There *is* something off here, though, lending a mildly metallic and solvent character (stressed yeast?). If I don't think about it too much, though, this beer is pretty good.

On the palate, it's overhopped for the style, lending a prominent bitterness, earthy and lemony with some zest with not enough of a hop flavor. The mid-palate has the malt profile, not as doughy as the nose would suggest. The overhopped nature doesn't help either. A touch of sweetness, mildly corn-like, right before the strong, bitter finish. Light in body with crisp carbonation, this is quite refreshing on the palate. The flaws of the nose aren't as apparent on the palate, with the metallic character not quite noticeable. Not quite true to style (too crisp, too hopped) this is still quite enjoyable, I can see myself drinking this again.

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Photo of rawfish
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Goldish yellow body with good clarity. Forms a rocky finger high head which hold for a minutes before subsiding into a cap of white with good coverage. Flecks of suds on the glass.

Straw and bready malts with a bit of honey oat cereal and lemon pith thrown in the mix.

Cracker thin malts with some honey sweetness. Works well as hops add a straw and lemon note, a bit of carried on spiciness with a metallic finish along with a pleasant bitter layer.

Average pilsner body, average carbonation here. A bit of drying and soapiness on the palate to go with that metallic twinge.

Decent pils with good flavor,attractive set up with the malt bill though hop presence could be tightened up some. Not sure what that metallic taste is on the finish but it does fade rather quickly.

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Photo of prototypic
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nomad pours a light straw color. It’s crystal clear. Backlighting gives it a bit of a gold look. A modest, soft white head caps it. It rises to just over a finger in height. Retention was definitely short. Lacing was light and very spotty. It’s not bad for the style. Not bad at all.

The nose is pretty good. Pilsner malt is definitely in the house. It smells a little sweet. There’s a mix of earthy, grainy, and grassy scents. Hops are noted, but smell subtle. They’re grassy and smell like noble hops. Light lemon and spicy notes round it out. Alcohol is buried. I’m not getting any at all. Smells pretty good. It could use a little more strength in the aromatics department. Pretty good though.

The flavor keeps the pace. The flavor kicks off with a pilsner malt and white pepper flavors. The spicy flavor is aggressive and intense. Maybe a little too intense. Hops are flavorful and play their role well. They are earthy and grassy. Definitely noble. The play pretty well with the spicy notes, but do not overpower them. Secondary flavors of yeast and grain are subtle, but are noted throughout. Alcohol isn’t noticeable at all. Finishes yeasty, hoppy, and spicy.

Nomad has a lighter body. Carbonation is active and gives it a nice, crisp bite. It has a nice feel. It goes down very easy. It’s somewhat difficult not to chug it.

Nomad is a pretty decent Czech Pilsner. The only slight change I’d suggest is to tone down the spiciness a little. It is quite intense and seems to mask or overpower some of the other flavors (pilsner malt, yeast, and hops primarily). It would probably be a little more enjoyable if those other elements were given more room to shine. Still a pretty good beer though. Worth checking out.

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Photo of coldriver
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold with good head and lacing. Aroma is grassy and grainy with a hint of corn, but not unpleasant. Taste is bitter spicy hops and grainy malt. Nice crisp mouthfeel typical of a good pilsener. Back before I discovered ales I would've loved this beer - very good for the style.

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Photo of DavidST
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, this was bottled in January. This pours s clear straw color with s large white head. The smells are of grass hops, bread hops. The feel is medium. The taste is okay, a little earthy hop bite and clean malts to wash it down.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brilliant straw yellow with a finger of bright white head. Fresh aroma of grain and grass.

Moderate carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Caramel and corn malt up front with hints of lemon and grass on the tail end.

This one started off promising but I didn't quite enjoy the balance of flavors. Solid brew but I could have used a little more hops to balance.

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Photo of Rayek
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nomad pours a bright gold into my Pilsener glass. Very active carbonation holds up a dense white cap that slowly falls to a blanket of foam. A smattering of lace is left behind.

Cut grass, pepper and a light honey sweetness make up the nose. The overall aroma is light, but pleasing. In the mouth, straw-like malts get things going. They have a slight cereal sweetness to them. Bitterness is mild and not as sharp as I expect from a top flight Czech Pils. It has a pepper spiciness that gets a touch metallic as the beer finishes . The body is a little more dense than I was expecting and slightly syrupy. The carbonation is quite vigorous.

Overall, this is a nice beer, but I've had better. It lacks the light feel I expect from this style and the metallic finish could stand a little help.

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Photo of lstokes
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unseasonably warm in Chicago? Why not do something uncharacteristic and buy a pilsner! Very pale yellow pour with a quite fluffy white head. Smells of grassy grains with a bit of the herbal hop to come. It finishes dry, if not exactly crisp, and starts with that grain sweetness and a very fresh hop presence. A fairly respectable pilsner, although I'm not sure if I'll remember it.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, Nomad has an incredibly transparent, light straw color and a finger or so of fizzy white head that recedes to a ring around the glass. The color is so light if I didn't know any better I'd think I was drinking Coors light.

The aroma is of light grainy malt, grassy hop, slightly nutty, bits of lemon peel, and earth. This definitely smells like a European pilsner, with a very distinct Saaz hop profile, and a bit of that slight skunk.

The flavor is very similar to the nose, with a seriously pronounced grassy/herbal/vegetal taste: lots of flowers, grass, dandelion, etc. Spicy yeast and doughy malt also add a bit of backbone to this very crisp lager. The hop profile is definitely on the bitter side, which adds a bit of 'snap' to the beer, but can be a bit too assertive for some drinkers.

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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 dedrinker
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale, slightly hazy golden color with a sorry macro-lager white head.

Aromas of minty saaz hops and white bread. Pretty close (but no cigar) to a good Bohemian Pilsener.

Light breaded with more minty Elmer's paste saaz hop flavor. This is where it starts to taste a lot like the other American craft attempts at German/ Czech lagers where there is a lack of pure, clean bready malt character and body ,and the hops come a little too close up front.

Fairly balanced finish with a little hop bitterness.

I can buy the real thing for less though, so I won't bother with this one again.

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

A: Pale golden straw. Thing white head, traces of lacing.

S: Grainy malt, mild floral and spicy hop notes.

T: Like the nose, large grainy presence complemented by floral, grassy, and spicy saaz hop notes.

M: Light bodied, assertive carbonation, the finish could be a bit more crisp and refreshing.

O: I am a bit spoiled to have so many fresh pilsners available (Prima and the Braumeister pils series, Pikeland, etc) so this one just can't hang with them. All said though, it wasn't half bad.

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Photo of horshack7
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale golden with a white head one finger thick.

Aroma: Some floral hops, light malty breadiness. Touches of citrus with a bit of dryness in the nose. There is a wisp of lemon zest in the back.

Taste: Crisp mouthfeel at the start. Solid floral hop bite, lemon zest, minor breadiness, and a good touch of dryness in the finish.

Notes: A solid drinkable Pilsner for any time of year. Cheers.

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Photo of TheBigE5
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Bright gold with a finger of white head that sticks around

S - Floral and grassy. Little bit of fruit.

T - Bread and yeast comes through pretty clearly. Saaz hops in the finish.

M - Lightly carbonated and a little buttery

O - As described, it is well balanced. Good pilsener, i really enjoy the finish.

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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 allforbetterbeer
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks fantastic. The body is a beautiful polished-gold that is crystal clear full of tiny rising bubbles. The head is bone white and fluffy and falls to a creamy layer on the surface that lasts forever.

On the nose the noble hops and sweet light grains work well in tandem, providing some sweet corn, earthy, and light sulfur notes.

The flavor has all the right components. There is an initial spicy zest from the hops, a bright bitterness that is unfortunately offset by a sweet note, and an aftertaste with crackery light toasty malts. The malts could be cleaner and more defined with greater clarity, and the sweetness could be toned down. The thirst-quenching ability of this beer is slightly impaired by the above mentioned deviations from tradition.

All in all this is still quite good, and I would be proud to have brewed it. However my experience of Great Divide has never been anything less than stellar, so I was hoping for a world class pils. This doesn't strike me as world class (which would be a feat indeed), but it is altogether worthy of the glass of any beer advocate.

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

Relatively clear with neutral golden color. Modest head that leaves some spotty lace.

Mild of aroma of fresh hop and sweet malt. I may be thrown off by the strong smell beer brewing in the background.

Thin bodied and slightly sour are my first impressions which misses the typical expectations of the style. Lip smackingly dry. Short aftertaste of neutral hop.


Retried it in Boston on tap. This time, closer to style but there's more skunkiness to the smell.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

new one from great divide. pours a very standard pilsner looking straw pale yellow with a fine 1 inch white head. smells quite malty and earthy for a pilsner. flavor agrees. this is a slightly bigger beer than most traditional czech pilsners. im picking up grassy and even rye notes in the flavor. mouthfeel is crisp and clean, with good carbonation and a light (but not too light) body. decent beer for the drinkers of lighter beers

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Look – light golden color, clear, with good carbonation and about three fingers’ worth of off-white colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – typical near-cereal type of smell that comes from a pilsner. Malts seem more prevalent than the hops. Almost seems to have a syrup like quality to the aroma.

Taste – much like the smell, there’s the typical bitter bite of a pilsner, but there’s also a sweetness that creeps in toward the middle, but it’s not enough to balance out the bitterness in the finish. One also notices a muskiness in the middle that also persists in the finish/aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, not seeming to lean more toward the watery or creamy sides.

Overall – not extremely interesting, but not dull and not bad-tasting either.

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Nomad from Great Divide Brewing Company
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