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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 JoEBoBpr
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
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

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Photo of smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of harrymel
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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.

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

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Photo of arizcards
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

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Photo of hosehead83
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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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 jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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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 BeerWizard
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Euro Market in Queens. It poured clear gold with a white head. The aroma and flavor both hold a strong, but not overpowering herbal, spicy hops character. With the pale, toasted barley, there's almost a dry oak taste. It's a bit hoppier than more pilsners from Bohemia, but it's not as hoppy as a number of American versions, such as Victory's Prima Pils or Avery's Joe. I'm sorry to hear this is a seasonal. I'd love to have a few pints on a hot day, but I'll take it on this unseasonably warm March day.

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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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Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with "Bottled on" dating of Jan. 06 2012.

Pours super clear and light, moderate and fine white head, leaving minor bits of lace.

Grassy nose, with a whisper of smoke.

Light, moderatly crisp and quite easy drinking. More grassy notes, grainy hops, a touch of ripe fruit, lime and again a bit of smoke in the finish.

Nice, went well with some aged cheddar

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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 Chaney
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on January 6, 2012.

I poured this into a FFF shaped glass.

A: Poured a clear, very light yellow color, with a foamy, pure white head that had tremendous retention.

S: Lots of bready, yeasty aroma on this... somewhat sweet (honey-like) and hoppy as well.

T: Bitter and dry on the end, with a sweet profile that was somewhat muted compared to the aroma.

M: I could have used a bit more spritz on the carbonation side, but that's just the way I like this style. The mild bitterness slows down the drinkability, but not by much. The lacing was car wash stuff.

O: This glide down very smooth, isn't too sweet, and has lots of flavor. Good stuff!

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Photo of DerekP
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pretty, yellow-gold body. Cloudy, with a fluffy egg-white head up top. Excellent head retention. This one's a keeper.

Lemon & salt in the nose. Grassy pilsner aroma. Citrus acidity. Dry biscuits with a clean nuttiness.

Fresh hoppiness up front with light malts, roasted almonds, herbal hops flavor (leafy), and a smooth back end.

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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 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 bump8628
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice aggressive pilsner with just a slightly rough edge to it. Plenty bitter with grass, citrus pith, and lemon zest hop flavors that hit the palate dead on. Malt is lean, letting the hops shine. Properly dry, which is critical. Another good effort by Great Divide.

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Photo of riored4v
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to a tulip. Crystal clear, straw colored body with a white, frothy head. 1/2 finger held nicely.

Aroma was spicey with some floral notes. Mild sweetness. Slightly grainy.

Taste was mildly buttery upfront that turned to a crisp, floral taste with a mild earthy/floral bitterness. Mild malt sweetness.

Medium/light body, with medium carb and a crisp finish. Seemed slightly heavy for a pils.

Overall it was a good brew with a nice floral freshness.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on date of 1/25/12 on front label. It was a pale straw color with moderate carb streams. It had a small head that quickly settled into a good collar with some wisps. Mild lacing that slowly drifts back into the drink with a little sticking.

Grassy, biscuity and spicy - classic Saaz aroma to it. Really liked the spice. Moderate malt base as well. The taste was spicy and grassy with enough sweet from the malt to make a great balance. One of the best Czech pilsener's I've had. Medium mouthfeel with crisp carbonation and a spicy aftertaste.

Overall, really enjoyed this one and recommend if you can get it. Could see this going down nice and refreshing on a hot Texas summer day. Available here in Texas. Rotation - 6xer or 2 during the summer and maybe occasional single in the WTH mix six. [O;Y]

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