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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Domingo on 12-30-2011

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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 secondtooth
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of BelgiumBill
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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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 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 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 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 Domingo
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of beagle75
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Clear, light golden color with over one finger of white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Chile spice and dried hay are balanced, with a fine thread of floral hops. Dimethyl sulfide is hinted at in its most obvious qualities, but otherwise the smell is very clean.

T: Begins off-dry, with bright acidity and mild floral hop aromatics. Malt becomes more evident into the middle where honest pilsner qualities and sulfurous off-flavors are in conflict right after pouring. The finish is intensely husky sees the profile at its most floral; bitterness is moderate with a drying mineral edge.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, crisp and slightly resinous on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer presents sensory qualities in heaps; some good and a few questionable. Its pilsner core is solidly constructed around light malt qualities that do not disappoint. It appears to be a better version of a Bavarian pilsner, with a hops edge that seems a little blunted. Still, it is one of Great Divide's better stylistic examples, aside from basic Yeti.

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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 woodychandler
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another bottle from my local trading partner, tone77! I am going to have to return to The CANQuest (TM) here shortly, but in the interim, I am clearing out some of the backlog of bottles.

From the bottle: "Nomad is our spin on the classic Bohemian Pilsner style. The journey starts with German malts and Saaz hops that offer a lively floral nose and crispness, while a full 5 weeks of lagering time ensures that Nomad is eminently balanced. This Nomad may wander, but it's got some serious roots."; "Suggested Food Pairings: Pan seared trout, grilled pork tenderloin with fresh rosemary, Avalanche Cheese Co. Robiolo (Colorado), crispy Brussels sprouts, salted caramel ice cream."; "Bright [-] Elegant".

Fans of Sons of Anarchy may remember that being a nomad is not the way to go in that subculture, but a Pilsener on a hot summer's day may be just the ticket! Color me wandering, but not lost. I lost no time in popping the cap and getting it into a glass. Soon, I had two-plus fingers of solid, bone-white head with good retention that resembled the top of a vanilla ice cream cone. Color was an ever-so-slightly-hazy pale lemon-yellow. Nose was crisp with the Saaz hops front and center in evidence. Now this was what I was looking for! Mouthfeel was soft, not an overabundance of carbonation in the mouth and the taste was a good commingling of the grassiness of the hops with the counterbalance of the malt. Finish was semi-dry, refreshing and very welcomed in the humidity of the day.

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Photo of jeremy13586
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great Divide is on the pilsner radar, and I'm thirsty. 12 ounces is what I get. On to the beer:

Golden straw color with visible bubbles running through the body, topped with a semi-soapy, inch thick head. Good start. It follows though by leaving good chunks of lace around the glass. Its aroma is clean with a little sweetness and floral notes. Floral, grass clippings, and a little honey.

Fresh lager is a good thing, and being just 2 months from being bottled, you can tell it tastes fresh. It's not BIG in flavor like Titan IPA, this is a relaxed, easy to approach pilsner. A netural cracker and floral note hit first. Dry cracker and a little grass midway, finished with an herbal and pleasant bitterness. It's light bodied with a pleasant crisp body...gulp, I'm done! That'll hydrate me :-)

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

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a slightly hazy golden color. A bright white fizzy head sits on top, but dissipates to a wisp. Random sticky lacing persists. The beer smells sweet, lemony, and grassy. The beer tastes herbal. There is a hint of grass and bitter hops to finish. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied.

Overall, not a bad summer beer. But there is a bitterness in there that sticks to you after a few beers. Not a great session brew.

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

Pours a hazy pale golden hue which leaves a two finger head and lacing here and there,the smell is what you want in a nice pils with aromas of grassy herbal hops,freshly cut grass,honey malts and citrus leaves,the mouthfeel is just over light bodied and very sessionable with tastes identical to smell with hints of herbal grassy hops,lemongrass,honey,lavender and finished with a floral zestiness and overall i like this one of the better Pilsners ive tasted in ages and would be the perfect companion to a nice seafood dinner cheers.

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

Pours crystal clear ginger ale yellow color with a big 2 finger foamy white head that was packed with a massive array of different sized bubbles and faded very slowly, dissipating and going down like a deflating air mattress, leaving good foamy lacing that coated the sides and rings as it went down.

Smells of malt, cardboard, yeast, wet bread and floral hops, followed by herbs, lemon zest, dry grass or hay and light toast. Like all pilsners, it’s pretty basic with a hint of hops to offset the malty backbone.

Tastes like it smells, with malt, cardboard, yeast, wet wheat bread, biscuit, lemon zest, coriander, floral hops, herbs, tea leaf, hay, mild spice and faint caramel. The spices and hops are soft, but add enough to the biscuity malts and grains to make it smooth and balanced. It’s basic and a nice American version of a European classic.

Mouthfeel is light and yet zesty and watery at the same time, with light carbonation, a light to medium body for the style, and a slightly bitter finish that has lemon zest , grains and hops which trail off on the sweet side.

It is extremely easy to drink and typical of the style meant to be a session beer. This would be great to pound at a party or on the deck over the summer, and what it lacks in the flavor that you’d expect from Great Divide it makes up with drinkability. I enjoyed it, but would not go out of my way to buy a 6 pack of it. I will grab one if it's in the cooler though...

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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 jsprain1
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale golden with a thin white head that does not last very well.
S- The aroma is a sweet breadyness with a light apple and pear aroma as well as a touch of spicyness.
T- It's quite bready with a touch of honey and green apple. There is just a touch of butteryness to it.A bit of pepper as well.
M- Standard body for the style. Needs a bit more carbonation as it sits heavy on the tongue.
O- Overall a decent and well made, albeit unremarkable pilsner.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

P: Thin sloshy crystal clear with thin airy sediment of head on top.

S: Yeast, floral hops, pear, small citrus notes, a touch of salt, and coriander.

T/M: High carbonation that presents limes and salt o saturate the tongue. Thin playful mouthfeel on a balance of floral hops and grain. Green apple rinds on the dry finish with a lingering orange aftertaste.

O: Fantastic Pilsner! Easily drinkable and refreshing with a perfect hop bite.. A great summer beer that would please anyone.

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Photo of spoony
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle into a pokal style glass.

A-The brew is pale straw in color. It poured mostly clear with a short, one-finger head of off-white foam. There is some carbonation visible. Not unattractive for the style.

S-The brew has a dry, malty smell of crackers and biscuits. Almost powdery smelling. Very few hop scents are noted, but there is a faint whiff of lemon.

T-Taste follows the smell with dry cracker and biscuit flavors from the malts. The finish is quite drying and chalky tasting. No real hop notes are present.

M-The brew is dry with a light to medium feel and a medium amount of fine carbonation.

O-This brew is a pretty simple example of the style. Flavors are not terribly complicated or intense and the whole package was a little rough-hewn, but this was not a bad session-type beer (I say session type because the ABV is above 5%). A few more hops would have helped balance the cracker/biscuit malts in this brew, but if you're looking for an easy-drinking pils to quaff during the game, this is not a bad option.

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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 vkv822
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a clear yellow, with a foamy white head.

The aroma is of grassy hops, with some very light floral and spicey hop notes as well.

The taste follows the nose, with clean grassy hops and a light bread, malt base.

A medium body for the style, with appropriate, slightly fizzy carbonation and a clean, crisp finish.

A well done pilsener, fairly subtle flavors, but easy drinking and enjoyable.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a clear golden color with visible carbonation. Head is gone pretty quickly and lacing is splotchy. Although there is nice thin layer of constant foam.

S - The nose is very grainy and very floral. Lemongrass and hay come to mind. Very earthy in general.

T - Sweet with lots of grain in the taste. Also getting lemon, flowers, and a mild hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Mouth feel is smooth enough and goes down nicely.

O - Very enjoyable. If you dig earthy and natural tasting beers then this is a good choice.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Dull hay-like yellow. Three fingers of rocky white head don't surrender any ground. Lacing stays cemented to the glass in thick messy clumps. This is how a pilsner should look.

S: Bready and buttered biscuit. Grass and hay. Softly herbal. Slight floral quality too.

T: Grainy malt base with hints of biscuit and slight toast. Hay and dried grass. Bready. Hops are plenty bitter and floral at the start, but they go herbal and oily after a moment. Clean. Grainy with a smattering of herbal hop bitterness on the finish.

M: Light in body. Ample scrubbing carbonation. Creamy. Lacks some of that filling firmness that is textbook for the style.

O: A good attempt at a style that is very tough to perfect. It's very drinkable, but not quite as elegant and refined as it needs to be to go toe to toe with the best in the category.

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