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Nomad - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

464 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 464
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 15
Gots: 24 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Domingo on 12-30-2011)
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Photo of patpbr
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

patpbr, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of BeerWizard
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass gently yielded a one finger head, died down after about four minutes but the beer is still actively effervescing. Color is golden yellow, totally clear, actually matches the color on the bottle (which, as another reviewer pointed out, shows someone riding a camel through Egypt...not sure what that means).

Smells funky and herbal, a little corn/grain, and yeast. The bottle says it's supposed to have a floral nose, but I don't really get that. The flavor is crisp and sweet at first followed by a brief moment of bitterness and a semi-clean finish. It's the kind of beer that would be good to take a few gulps of on a hot day after mowing the lawn or just sit around and sip casually. I usually go for higher ABV beers for more complexity but I'm actually pretty satisfied with the flavor here. Mouthfeel approaches medium, is fairly carbonated, and leaves a slight warmth on the tongue from the alcohol.

Overall I really, really enjoy this beer. Nicely balanced, and light enough to have a few but not so light it leaves you wanting more. I would totally get this again.

BeerWizard, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of barnzy78
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, pours pale golden yellow with a nice fluffy white head that holds good retention and leaves all kinds of sticky lacing down the entire glass. Aromas are pilsner malt, grassy, and citrusy. Tastes are pilsner malt, grainy, lemon grass, herbal hop, and slightly nutty. Mouth-feel is creamy and smooth with a fairly sharp hop bite on the finish, but still goes down smooth and clean; easy to drink. Overall, nice take on the style. Better than expected.

barnzy78, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of evenflow1980
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%

evenflow1980, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of Zachariah1978
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%

Zachariah1978, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of IreRican
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%

IreRican, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of corywalston
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%

corywalston, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of d_oneill
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%

d_oneill, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed golden hue with a bright white head forming thick, even bands of lacing left behind. I love a good pils, I hope this holds up the bottle mentions a full 5 weeks of lagering which hopefully brings some good results. Aroma earthy herbal citrus notes with a mild grassiness amongst a pale malt breadiness that just works. You may call it one dimensional but I think it's great. Flavor has adequate bitterness, fresh green hops a bit of sulfur/skunkiness going on but it's muted nicely an citrus lemony herbal grassiness. Pale malts provided a toasted biscuit sweetness that really works, finishes dry with each sip. Mouthfeel is crisp clean unadulterated good drinking lager, lighter bodied with sturdy carbonation. Overall a great American brewed version of a pils, I'm not used to see great ones coming out of Colorado or anywhere out west really. I'm spoiled living near PA where there seems to be a neverending supply of tasty lagers.

WVbeergeek, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass. Bottled Jan 6th 2012 off we go!

Super crystal clear lemon brass and shiny gold body color, with lots of rising carbonation. Shocking white head, quite soapy, but hangs on quite well.

A light nose, noticeable, but brings some grassy/floral faint hop, crisp malt hinting to white baked bread.

Mid palate upon tasting is pretty neutral. Finish brings a real nice hop and crisp lightness though. Good dense mouthfeel on this, but sort of better on the finish. Hints at butter but without a diacetyl rush.

Overall for a crisp pilsner sort of drinks real well with some dense body unlike most Czech Pils I've had. Sure I could have another.

smakawhat, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big fluffy 2 finger pasty white fluffy head fades at a med pace with nice sticky lacing, crystal clear pale straw color beer.

Nose has a nice pilsner aroma, cracked straw, soft pilsner malts with a hint of soft complex almost decoction, soft lager fruits and crispness, very slight hints of noble grass hops.

Taste is nice, lots of cracked straw and toasty pilsner malts, malty, juicy fruity lager is there but light with a nice crispness, plenty of grassy slight spicy noble hops being a light bitterness at first that builds a bit. Complex malts that give the feel and softness of layers of decoction but not quite there. Finish gets a bit more bitter and spicy hops, not quite dry and crisp and slightly sweet and sticky.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall nicely done but not perfected, could use some drying on the finish, the hops get a bit overly on the finish but not too much, a nice perception of soft and complex decoction like makes, and nice toasty cracked straw pilsner malts. Tasty and drinkable.

jlindros, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of harrymel
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

29DEC11

Pours a yellow ale with a finger of fine whites - typical. Smells Grainy, corny, some grassy hops. Nice enough.

Flavor follows suite with a crisp, corny profile with some spice to it. Good Czech Pilsner. Clean and sharp carbonation with low body to it.

Nice call, good retreat from the normal winter release. Will enjoy again.

harrymel, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of JEdmund
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance
Completely clear and a light golden color; small head formation and it settles out fast. Looks great in my tall pils glass!

Smell
Grass, mineral, and grain...fairly light, but inviting and certainly on par with style.

Taste & Body
Good crisp hop bite and slight mineral finish. Love the herbal hop character. It’s light-bodied but not thin or watery. Fairly high amount of bitterness, which I enjoy. Malt is light in flavor.

Overall
Great pils here! Totally drinkable, aside from the $10/6-pack price tag, and a really enjoyable lager.

JEdmund, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of arizcards
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Total Wine in late January for $1.99. Bottled on 12-12-2011.

Beer poured pale gold with a solid white head on the intial pour.

Nose is grainy and biscuity.

Taste is a wonderful balance between biscuity grains and Saaz hops. Somewhat peppery. Has a nice little addictive edge to it. Finish is clean.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, moderately carbonated, and very crisp.

Overall this is a really really good Pils. For this being 3+ months old the hop bite is still excellent for the style. I will have to find this for the first of the season tailgate when it is 105 degrees!

arizcards, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of hosehead83
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear, light gold in color, with a moderate bright white head of foam.
Aroma-Pilsner malt, faint floral note
Taste-Bread malt, spicy Saaz hop bite, crisp with a slight floral essence. A very nice Czech Pilsner. Good match for a mound of spicy nachos or a Hungarian hot dog.

hosehead83, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Bright pale golden, three fingers of head

SMELL: Nutty, chalky, dried grass, doughy, herbal, lemon pith, mineral

TASTE: Biscuity, nutty, grassy, leafy, hop bitterness, yeast, clean, spicy, herbal, refreshingly dry

Very rustic tone to this beer yet it stays clean, the malt lashes out at the palate and the hops follow. I'd love to see this beer with some more late hop additions, regardless ... I dig this beer.

Jason, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of secondtooth
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, pale gold in color, with a nice head and solid, detailed 2-finger lace.

Nose is subtle, but typical grainy lager. Not bad.

Taste is crisp and malty, with some balanced hops at the finish. Definitely not an extravagant brew from Great Divide, but definitely a well-done and enjoyable session pilsner. No problems here.

secondtooth, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of BelgiumBill
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured swiftly into a large pilsener glass giving a fluffy white 1.5 inch head that didn't stick around too long but left an inch or so of foam around the sides of the glass.

The color was a light straw with maybe a hint of green honeydew. Bright and attractive with steady streams of bubbles moving up.

Fragrance is classic Pils. A sweet malt, biscuit, with some herbal qualities.

A big gulp brings some hop bite to the tip of the tongue, hay, light pepper with undertones of sweet malt.

Mouthfeel is refreshing and easygoing, with enough hops to linger a bit. Alcohol is nonexistent and easy to drink up.

Overall, very refreshing and enjoyable, I'd easy have another.

BelgiumBill, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of chocosushi
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Žatec Glass
A ~ Pours bright gold with straw legs & a cap of smooth white head that does not cease. Carbonation is fine & uniformly rising to the top throughout the drink.

S ~ Saaz aroma with a twinge lemon zest followed by proofed dough. Tons wet grassyness & wildflowers...Club Soda

T ~ Saaz by the bucketload on a bed of honey & toast. . .White pepper & crackery malt. . .Faint oats & bergamot. . .Very grassy.
On warming it becomes breadier with more lawnmower clipping grassyness melded through.

M ~ Carbonation is spot on. Hops are earthy & spicy with a crisp finish. Very floral. Loses sharpness on warming.

D ~ I think this is a very well executed Pils that, while being a tad "green," is very balanced. Supreme American flair, but with a focused Idea in mind

chocosushi, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of fizzy, bubbly head. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of grasses and grains. There was a touch of caramel, too.

T - It tasted of caramel and mild toffee with a strong bitter spiciness. More hop bite than most pilseners.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied lager with a clean finish.

O - This is a nice bitter pils. No surprise that Great Divide did a good job on this one.

zeff80, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into s dimpled mug from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a solid and strong golden color with some nice white bubbles forming a slight 0.5 inch head. Looks very crisp and clean.

Nose starts off with tons of earthy grain. It smells like a bakery. tons of bready notes with some toasted notes in there as well. Quite refreshing and appealing. The nose isn't too much on the hop notes except for some slight bitterness notes than can be perceived.

Now this is where this beer shines. Absolutely delicious pilsner. Tons of bread up front with some slight sweet notes mixed in and then there is the nice juicy grassy hop notes. Very nice slightly citrus notes with tons of fresh grassy and herbal hop notes. The middle of the beer is simply exquisite with these two flavors (malt and hops) playing together so well. some slight sweet bread notes as well are perceived. The finish is dry and bitter with a nice slightly resinous hop finish. Very nice. Crisp, light and refreshing.

Very good pilsner. Absolutely amazing and well crafted.

JoEBoBpr, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grassy hops are present in the nose along with some notes of earthy and spicy hops plus some hints of biscuit malts.
T: Similar to the smell, the hops dominate the overall taste—particularly in the way of grassy flavors—although there are also some added hints of yeast. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked this beer because it wasn't bland or boring and imparted lots of complex aromas and flavors from the hops. It is rather easy to drink.

metter98, May 08, 2013
Photo of Domingo
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

While Great Divide has experimented with a few taproom-only pilsners over the years, this is their first bottled one. It claims to be a Bohemian-stlyle-pilsner (more or less) so let's see how it stacks up.
Looks ultra pale at first glance, to the point that it looks closer to a US light lager than a pils. However once the glass is full, it has some color to it. It's light for sure, though.
The nose is terrific if you're a pilsner fan. Pale grainy malts, mild but floral saaz hops, and just a kiss of clover from the lager yeast. No sufur or overly harsh hop notes at all.
The flavor picks up right where the nose left off. Saaz hops on the front of the palate with light bread on the back. No harshness, diacetyl, or problems at all. It's a hair dry for a Czech pilsner, but not as dry as the pilsners in the north of Germany. It's like a Czech pils with some south German influence to it. The pale malts come out in the finish and make me want more. The 5 weeks of lagering time likely helps, too.
Very light on the palate, drinakbility is excellent as a result.
A solid beer and one I was a bit taken back by. GD's previous lagers have been hit or miss, but this one definitely falls in the "hit" category.

Domingo, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of jeremy13586
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date 1/25/2012

Very pale, yellow color. Almost looks like a clear lemonade. Poured a bone white head that dissipated very quickly, but did leave some decent lacing.

Pale malt and citrus fill the nose. There is a very good amount of hoppiness, but a primarily citrus scent.

The hop presence was more up-front when actually drinking. Lemon zest and breadiness followed. Very crisp and floral finish.

Medium bodied and a mellower carbonation for a pilsner, but still very crisp.

The appearance of this beer is the only thing that's not impressive. Its a nice, crisp, and flavorful Czech style pilsner that will be awesome once the weather gets a bit warmer.

jeremy13586, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single finger head with lots of lacing. Clear straw colored body.

S: pilsner malt. A little yeasty. Grains and breads.

T: malt and grain with a sharp herbal and unearthly butter finish but no off putting aftertaste.

M: light body and high carbonation. Bitterness makes this one less refreshing.

Overall: the flavor has a nice bite to it which is good but detracts from the mouthfeel. I prefer the taste over mouthfeel so I like this one.

kylehay2004, Feb 02, 2012
Nomad from Great Divide Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 464 ratings.