1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Nomad - Great Divide Brewing Company

Not Rated.
NomadNomad

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
82
good

445 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 445
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 17
Gots: 19 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Nomad Alström Bros
Ratings: 445 | Reviews: 145 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

DrunkinYogi, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of smcolw
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

smcolw, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

C+

kojevergas, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of XmnwildX12
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

XmnwildX12, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

oriolesfan4, May 03, 2014
Photo of Halcyondays
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, saw this at Total Wine, 1/24/12 bottled so only 11 days old, super fresh, into a Great Divide shaker it goes,

A: Pours a clear yellow with a soapy two finger white head, good retention, lots of lace.

S: Has that characteristic Saaz hop nose which I love in Bohemian pilsners. Grassy, floral and herbal, very nice.

T: Quite green, I get weedy grass and dandelion greens. Vegetal, but in a good way. Earthy, really shows the hops without being bitter.

M: Light-bodied, not a crisp as I would have liked but has a complex flavour. Medium long aftertaste. Dry.

O: An interesting pils, I enjoyed it, it's always cool to see a new one from Great Divide.

Halcyondays, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of GClarkage
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

woodychandler, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of corby112
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a  cloudy pale golden yellow color with a two finger frothy white head quickly fades into a lasting ring. Chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with a crisp hop presence along with grass, hay, light fruit and pale malts.  Nice balance of hops, sweeter notes and malt.

Medium bodied with a crisp, dry hop bite that provides some nice earthy bitterness which lingers over the earthy notes, sweet light fruit and pale malts.  Hints of pine, hay and straw followed by sweet apple and pear, bread and biscuity malt.  Really well balanced, refreshing and extremely quaffable.

corby112, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

wrightst, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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.

dbrauneis, May 22, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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

Billolick, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

tempest, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
5/5  rDev +38.1%

ejimhof, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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 :-)

DoubleJ, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +10.5%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

LXIXME, May 16, 2012
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New one from GD in Denver. I have it at the store but I wanted to try it first off the tap.

Crystal clear, very light golden pour. Nice foamy white head, pretty clean lacing. Yep, looks like a pilsner to me.

Aroma is sharp and pale. The soft bread and light yeasty spice go well together. There's a bit of a huskiness to it as it warms.

Nice flavors. The hops are Czech as the spices and grassiness come out. Light malt and bread with some white pepper faintly arising and then going away. I think it has more flavor overall than the pilseners I had in Prague...of course those were lower abv too.
Good new brew from GD. Should give Samurai a run for its money in sales.

Mebuzzard, Jan 08, 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 brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

brandoman63, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

tdm168, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of plaid75
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

plaid75, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

beerthulhu, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of sendbeer
4/5  rDev +10.5%

sendbeer, Nov 01, 2012
Nomad from Great Divide Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 445 ratings.