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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 UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 1/6/12.

Pours a clear light yellow with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain, grassy/herbal notes, and a hint of skunk. Taste is of toasty malt/grain and big earthy, grassy, and herbal flavors. There is a somewhat assertive level of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good pilsner but the skunky aroma I am getting is not too pleasant.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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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 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 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 zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear straw color with a thinner but well sustained bone white head atop,a big shot of herbal/leafy hops really comes out during the pour,mild bready notes undereath.The palate doesn't have quite the assertive hoppiness with some grassy and lighter herbal notes,a firm bready malt base is nice.This is a very well made pilsner,I like the hoppy nose and firm bready malt flavors.Kind of an odd winter seasonal because this is something I would wanna drink while grilling or just hanging around outside.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a clear, bubbly, golden-orange body with a tall, airy, foaming white head.

Smell: Sweetish-scented pils malt with notes of cracked grain, biscuit dough, lemon juice, and dried herb.

Taste: Sweetish, biscuit doughy, grainy pilsner maltiness. Little drizzle of lemon, followed by a spicy herbaceousness. Medium-light bitterness. Drying with little touches of herb and citrus on the sprightly finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Not great, but still fine, quaffable, and reasonably balanced.

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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 Kegatron
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold, with a couple fingers of foamy bright-white head. This retains with a smooth and thick finger, leaving back a sudsy cascade of lacing which quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells leafy and spicy, with a sweet grainy feel across the back. This has a pleasant feeling fresh airiness to it.

The taste has a leafy citric to bite to it, which is set against sweet and lightly toasted grains and finishing fairly dry and spicy. This is pretty tight and clean in the mouth, with the malts in particular pushing back nicely against the hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with more of a softer and bubbly feeling carbonation that then tightens up on the tongue. This has enough crispness to it while still staying smooth enough in the mouth.

This was definitely a decent take on a Czech Pils, with a crisp spicy bite that leaves an impression and this overall being clean and smooth feeling on the palate. I’d drink another.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I know when I think pilsner, I think the desert. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises flowers, grass, very light white grape skin, and some light biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, with heavier flowers and a touch of sulfur in the background and in the finish. Reminds me almost of a Burton-ish character. The body straddles the line between hefty light and light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a solid pils, not the best the States have put forth, but a nice one regardless.

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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 kojevergas
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California.

A: Pours a half finger head of mild thickness, bad cream, and abysmal retention. Colour is a clear yellow. Standard for the style.

Sm: Straw, clean barley, and strange hints of peppers (?). No real floral presence. A mild strength aroma.

T: Clean full-bodied barley with straw notes and maybe clean malts. Very simple and boring. No hops come through. Some cream. Balanced but dull and bland. Built okay. Nothing unique or special here.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours okay. A bit overcarbonated. Too thick.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. I wouldn't have it again, not even on-draught unless little else was available. Fairly priced but boring. The cream could use some amping up. Standard fare for a pilsner.


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Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big white head slowly settles into a pretty solid lacing above a clear golden colored beer.

Light sour lemon with some light soapiness and very light darker spices.

Bitterness with peppered spices with just a little bit of the sour lemon coming through in the taste.

Light bodied with a light dry to almost a light bitter dry aftertaste.

Nothing really jumps out and says drink more of this beer, so I think I'll have to pass on buying any more of it.

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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 Jason
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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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 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 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 MasterSki
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from d0b. Dated January 25th, 2012. Served in a pilsener glass.

A - Bottle was a slight gusher, but it'd been stored on its side in my fridge for a while so who knows. A couple fingers of white foam settle to a thick cap and even thicker collar, along with some sticky lace. Transparent golden straw body with some visible bubbles.

S - Smells like a pils alright - bread, grain, pilsener malt, grassy and slightly herbal Euro hops. Fairly potent nose, especially at 5.4%.

T - Taste has more of a buttered biscuit flavor, particularly in the finish. There's some grassy and slightly spicy hops, with medium-low lingering bitterness.

M - Chewy texture, medium body, pleasant medium active carbonation, no alcohol. Fairly refreshing, although a tad heavy to be a true session beer.

D - I had no problem drinking the 12oz bottle. It's a solidly made Czech Pilsener but not something of which I'd purchase a whole six-pack. Still, might make a nice palate cleanser at the bar, or be a good beer to have around for a craft n00b - my dad would probably like this.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear pale straw yellow in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation and some faint lemon + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall white head that reduces to a couple of small to medium sized medium thick patches, a very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grassy hops with slightly lighter aromas of earthy/spicy hops and biscuit malts.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of biscuit malts and a light to moderate flavor of fruity yeast. That is soon overtaken by the slightly stronger hop flavors - grassy first and foremost, followed by earthy and spicy. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and just on the cusp of being sessionable, I enjoyed it and it was interesting with the slightly more hoppy flavors and enough complexity.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. At the time of this review, this beer is #22 on the "Top Beers - Czech Pilsener" list on beeradvocate.com.

Beer is yellow and clear with a big white head of small bubbles, nice retention, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is yeasty and weak, mild throughout but nice.

Beer is medium to light in body, a little sweet and grain on the finish, a mild bitterness and hop presence, It is OK but not great, I do enjoy it though. I may have it again.

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Photo of tdm168
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - clear gold with a thin white head

S - grains, sweet, faint grass

T - sweet, apples, grassy, grainy, bitter

M - light bodied, thin, crisp

This was very disappointing. It was far too sweet and showed many flaws. The mouthfeel was thin and coupled with the poor flavor it greatly brought down the drinkability. I definitely won't be picking this up again.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very clear straw color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the pilsner malt with some grass and biscuit notes thrown in. The flavor is similar, with a ton of classic pilsner malt taste. There is also a little bit of grass and earth and a low to medium amount of bitterness. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Nomad from Great Divide Brewing Company
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