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Nomad - Great Divide Brewing Company

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152 Reviews
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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 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 Greywulfken
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled: 3/22/13

A: into a pilsener glass, crystal clear pale gold beer with persistent carbonation visibly streaming up through the beer. Coulda made the head huge, but measured my pour to fit the pilsener with a two-finger head of bright white foam. A slim film of white fizz persisted atop the beer throughout, and trailed lace inside the glass.

S: lots of grainy herbal and floral aromas atop toasted wet malts and yeasty smells

T: lots of earthy grains and fresh-meadow-tasting grains and hops; fresh, bitter; has a rustic, mature, "Old World" character; faint yeasty tartness and doughy chew

M: crisp, light, effevescent, refreshing and cleansing - better than water! Lip-smacking dry and bitter finish.

O: a great beer - I'm not a pilsener drinker regularly, but a beer like this is the kind that makes you appreciate a style. Real bright and crisp, with the grains accentuated nicely by the hops. I toned down some of my scores out of deference to my lack of experience with the style, because I was ready to assign some pretty glowing values. I can certainly say this: No reason not to grab some if you see 'em on the shelf.

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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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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap, served in a pint glass at the Great Divide Tap Room, Denver, CO:

The beer appeared a nice clear pale yellow, with nice white head that was not all that well retained but ultimately faded into a thin cap that lasted throughout the drink. Some lacing was left as well.

The beer gave off a very good, strong, German malt aroma, some floral hops and sweet grains.

The taste of the beer was very good, an excellent pils taste, sweet grainy/malty goodness.

The beer has a light feel to it, it was extremely smooth and extremely to drink.

Overall, this is a very tasty brew. If I could get this in Georgia, this would probably be one of my go to pils. This might be the best Great Divide beer that I have had to date.

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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 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 argock
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass tumbler. Bottled on Feb 08, 2013, stamped on side of front label. Purchased at Knightly Liquors (Orlando, FL).

A: Clear yellow with a prodigious 2-finger white head with good retention and an impressive coverage of the glass with lacing.

S: Clean Pilsner malt with strong grain and cracker character with sharp Czech noble hopping.

T: The flavor is not as clean as it could be with a lot of herbal and soft citrus hoppy bitterness that clouds the grainy, crackery maltiness. There is no yeast component, but the bitterness is a tad too high.

M: Clean with a fairly light body with high carbonation.

O: A fairly run-of-the-mill Czech pilsner -- solid but nothing special.

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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 atr2605
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a transparent yellow with a white sudsy head with nice retention
S-grassy, lemon, and a bit of malt sweetness
T-more grassy hops with the malt providing a nice balance
M-light bodied and crisp
O-nice, light, and refreshing. pretty solid brew for the style

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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 dar482
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The color has a clear golden color with a foamy white head.

The aroma has a great saaz hops aroma, biscuit, and some pilsner skunk.

The flavor suits that with a grassy flavor. The malt backbone for this taste is wonderful. The mouthfeel and finish is amazing because of this big malt behind.

So far, one of my favorite American versions of a pilsner. A really wonderful job.

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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 Bitterbill
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on...err...the black patch has naught on it.

It's a light golden colour with a small and fast receding head of foam that does stick around for the entire session. Speaking of sticking around...there's lacing.

The smell as a crisp Pils hop nose with some notes of grain and corn.

The taste displays a fairly crisp hop character, stronger with graininess, and a bit of corn and almost a horse blanket kind of taste. The hops seem to be subdued. Usual or the norm? I don't know.

Spot on with the mouthfeel for the style, it's easy drinking though a bit on the dull side. Well, not THAT dull.

I like.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Bottling date of Dec 27, 2012.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear yellowish golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A crisp, grainy, and hoppy classic Pilsener aroma. Wheat grains and pale malts upfront with good hints of biscuit, hay, yeast, and toast. Solid hop presence with hints of herbal, earthy, and floral hops. Good hints of grass and citrus lemon and orange. Also a little herbal spicing. A nice balance of bready malts and spicy hops. Pretty traditional Pils aroma.

Taste: Follows the nose well, a bready and nicely hopped classic Pilsener taste. Big bready malt taste upfront with notes of wheat grains, biscuit, hay, yeast, and toast. Good Saaz hop balance with notes of grass and floral, earthy hops. Citrus taste of lemon and a little orange. Fairly spicy and musty tasting. A typical Pilsener taste that is well balanced. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Nicely crisp, dry, and smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid Pilsener. Its what you expect from the style. Solid balance.

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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 gpogo
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Light yellow slightly hazed body makes me think this pilsner was not filtered. Nice white head keeps a foam cap on throughout the session.

A- Light sweet malt aroma a pleasant floral bitterness and a slight note of alcohol.

D- Light sweet body with a pleasant light bitterness throughout. Not as floral as I would have hoped for nor was the flavor as crisp. The light sweet malt and bitterness are kindof muddy. Seems a little on the sweet side.

M- Light smooth body and moderate-low carbonation. Perhaps with a bit more carbonation the light crisp feeling could have come out more.

D- It's alright. I would not recommend it as a pilsner though, there are many better versions. Typically I find you can't go wrong with Great Divide. In this case, I would recommend against this brew.

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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 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 JednoPivoProsim
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 FL OZ bottle into a pint glass. BOTTLED ON DEC 21 2012.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden with a decent white head. Lots of carbonation.

Smell: Earthy, grassy, metallic Euro hops.

Taste: Skunky, bitter hop flavor dominates. Needs more malt in the backbone.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp and refreshing, although a little too thin.

Overall: Tastes more like a standard Euro pale lager than a specifically Bohemian pilsner. Could use a breadier malt body. Decent, not great.

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Photo of stephens101
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A prominent off-white head results from a furious of bubbles. Retention is excellent. Color is a pure and clear yellow-orange. Smells of dry hay , crisp and sharp, but with a little must where some water leaked through the barn roof. Subtle light fruits are smelled in the distance. Tastes of fruit and straw with a grainy backbone. Smooth with just enough bitterness to balance well. Dry and light bodied. What we have here is a good, standard lager.

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Photo of BobN
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Presentation - bottle, poured into crystal Czech beer stein.

A - Wonderful clarity, golden straw. Nice 2 finger head white/off white which dissipates into a nice lacing which persists during drinking.

S - Some bread, little citrus.

T - Mineral, chalk and grasses and bitter. Mineral aspects dissipate a bit as the beer warms during drinking.

O - A mineral and chalk taste is not my favorite, so this is a bit of a drawback for me. Other elements of the beer are good. It's a good representation of the style.

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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 beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

- Bottled 1/24/12, consumed 11/09/12.

A: Pale turbid lemon coloring with a quick paced macro-effervesce. Dirty white head is slight and washy, quick to dissipate leaving a minimal lacing.

S: Pale grains, lacks the edgy pilsner grainy character, rather smooth and rouded with a faint lemony scent. meh.

T: Lemony grains for flavor, a touch of dry wheat character, and a spicy lemon floral taste of hops. Tart.

M: medium body consistency with a slippery smootht texture and alkaline finish. Decent carbonation but not neccessarily sharp nor crisp.

O: Decent flavor, above average regards, just lacks the grainy pilsner character, more like a american blonde body, needs that more disticnt grainy feel and taste. Decent drinkability, tart lemon nature.

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