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Nomad | Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good
155 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
155
Ratings:
518
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
21.62%
 
 
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Domingo on 12-30-2011

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Reviews: 155 | Ratings: 518
Photo of drpimento
2.68/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Aroma is a bit skunk and malt. Flavor's slightly more sweet than bitter, wet grain, not all that great Finish is on the sweet side and not in a good way.

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

A- Crystal clear pale straw colored body. Frothy white head forms to a nice size and retains well. A few small patches of lace.

S- Floral hops, yeast bread and a light malt mix to the aroma. Not all that strong.

T- Hop forward with floral, earthy, straw and spicy noble hops being the primary flavor. This is balanced with light biscuit malt sweets, lager yeast notes, bread and some fruit hints.

MF- Creamy light end body with high foamy carbonation. Finishes with a sharp bitterness.

Solid American made pilsener with pretty nice hop use.

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

I bought a sixer because I am trying to broaden my palate when it comes to lagers and pils seems to be a style I like. I don;t really have a frame of reference in regards to Czech or German pils so I can't say which one this is more like. It was bright yellow, fizzy (the horrors), and looked good. Aroma was a bit of minerals and smelled decent. Flavor was crisp, mineral, nice lager flavor. I really need to buy more lagers so I can describe the flavors better, they seem so much more subtle than ales.

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Photo of Brenden
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A winter pils? I don't see why not...

Poured into my pokal, Nomad immediately develops a thick, creamy pillow of pure white head over a clear brew precisely the elegant golden color I expect from a good pils. As it drops, the heavy island of foam that never dies spiderwebs heavy lacing to the very bottom of the glass.
Floral and unoffensively sulfuric notes along with grassiness speaks unquestionably of a healthy dose of Saaz hops. The aroma offers good balance with crisp dry malts as well. This beer is benchmark for the style and hoppier to boot.
A little more cracker, grain and biscuit showing off the malts come through in the flavor. Floral hops never fade. The grassy element pulls through and develops a ghost of a hay-like quality in the finish. While tasty and flavorful, it comes just short of what thr aroma boasts.
To style, Nomad is exactly as light as it should be and shows off some depth. It's plenty crisp and even has some smoothness. It's on the next level if not for just a bit of slickness.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%

Pours a half finger on a clear light straw colored body.
The aroma has a good dry grain smell.
The taste starts with a nice dry bitterness, slight honey sweet in the middle, finishes with a long pine bitter note. Good profile.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation but fizzy.
Enjoyable.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

3.0 A: Clear light yellow color. One and a half fingers of foamy white head. Retention is about average with a very small ring of lacing left.

4.0 S: Light neutral malt sweetness. Hay and wet grass. Very subtle earthy hoppiness. Super clean and pleasant.

3.5 T: Hay and grass are back. The neutral sweetness is actually a bit too abundant. Light earthy hops. A little sweeeter than I like, but it is very tasty.

4.0 M: Light body. Good carbonation. Reasonably creamy and smooth.

3.5 D: Really nice nose and taste, but it's a touch too sweet to drink more than a couple of these.

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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 prototypic
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nomad pours a light straw color. It’s crystal clear. Backlighting gives it a bit of a gold look. A modest, soft white head caps it. It rises to just over a finger in height. Retention was definitely short. Lacing was light and very spotty. It’s not bad for the style. Not bad at all.

The nose is pretty good. Pilsner malt is definitely in the house. It smells a little sweet. There’s a mix of earthy, grainy, and grassy scents. Hops are noted, but smell subtle. They’re grassy and smell like noble hops. Light lemon and spicy notes round it out. Alcohol is buried. I’m not getting any at all. Smells pretty good. It could use a little more strength in the aromatics department. Pretty good though.

The flavor keeps the pace. The flavor kicks off with a pilsner malt and white pepper flavors. The spicy flavor is aggressive and intense. Maybe a little too intense. Hops are flavorful and play their role well. They are earthy and grassy. Definitely noble. The play pretty well with the spicy notes, but do not overpower them. Secondary flavors of yeast and grain are subtle, but are noted throughout. Alcohol isn’t noticeable at all. Finishes yeasty, hoppy, and spicy.

Nomad has a lighter body. Carbonation is active and gives it a nice, crisp bite. It has a nice feel. It goes down very easy. It’s somewhat difficult not to chug it.

Nomad is a pretty decent Czech Pilsner. The only slight change I’d suggest is to tone down the spiciness a little. It is quite intense and seems to mask or overpower some of the other flavors (pilsner malt, yeast, and hops primarily). It would probably be a little more enjoyable if those other elements were given more room to shine. Still a pretty good beer though. Worth checking out.

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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 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 rawfish
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Goldish yellow body with good clarity. Forms a rocky finger high head which hold for a minutes before subsiding into a cap of white with good coverage. Flecks of suds on the glass.

Straw and bready malts with a bit of honey oat cereal and lemon pith thrown in the mix.

Cracker thin malts with some honey sweetness. Works well as hops add a straw and lemon note, a bit of carried on spiciness with a metallic finish along with a pleasant bitter layer.

Average pilsner body, average carbonation here. A bit of drying and soapiness on the palate to go with that metallic twinge.

Decent pils with good flavor,attractive set up with the malt bill though hop presence could be tightened up some. Not sure what that metallic taste is on the finish but it does fade rather quickly.

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Photo of wedge
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled On: DEC 12 2011

Pale yellow with a little bit of chill haze and a pure white head. Spicy, Saaz-y aroma...flowery and biscuity with a subtle, but noticeable corn element. Pretty tasty and drinkable; they have the crisp, refreshing quality down. Dry, snappy noble hop flavor over a mild pale malt base. I wish the malts came through more, as they are pretty much buried under the grassy hops. Not bad at all though as an easy-drinker, and a pretty good stab at the style. Light and crisp. I could pound a couple more of these...

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Photo of bubseymour
4.31/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - very, very nice looking pilsner. Yellow and clear with a really nice head for a pilsner about 1 finger but retention is good.

Smell - Mostly malt here and not much else I'm picking up

Taste - Great pilsner, with a fine malt balanced finished by a kick of crisp noble hops. Only thing not giving me a 5 rating on taste is the aftertaste lingers a little too long for me but its very minor flaw to this beer.

Mouthfeel - The richest, creamiest beer I think I've sampled under 6% ABV

Overall - a very fulfilling pilsner to me. Loved this one quite much.

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Photo of Morey
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with "DEC 15 2011" stamped on the lower right hand corner of the label. I tip my glass in the direction of Colorado. Thanks for dating Great Divide!

Pours an extremely pale yellow color with brilliant clarity. Plenty of carbonation bubbles floating up toward a white colored head that has settled to thin layer after several minutes. Pretty good head retention on this Pils.

Smells of fresh grains, hops, and soft malts.

Taste: Picks up right were the aroma left off. Super balanced between the hops, grain, and the malt bill. Hop-carbonation bite is definitely on the front end. The finish is crisp and clean with the malts showing up and rounding things out and the very end.

Thin mouthfeel with spot on carbonation. It's not fizzy, but it provides that initial crisp bite that you expect from a good Pils.

An above average Pils overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: Because I'm a big fan of hops, I still prefer Prima, but this is right up there with Stoudt's Pils. I really hope that this beer is available around Erie this summer. I would have made this a spring/summer seasonal, but I also couldn't resist picking up this fresh bottle.

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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 Beaver13
2.08/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle, bottled on 1/12/12. Pours a clear yellow with a fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet corny malts and some metallic, floral noble hops.

The flavor is sweet grainy malts with some vegetal notes. There's a good amount of bitterness in the finish from the noble hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, decent hops but very vegetal and sweet.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nomad looks a shimmering gold with a warm yellow glow. The head settles too easily in a disappointing fashion. Crops of translucent white bubbles populate the rim walls with a few mutinous clusters islanding on the surface.

Smells of herbal hops and lightly steely grains with grassy notes proper, but not boisterous. Strangely enough, a fermented note of apricot rind and white cherry almost tries to make itself known. A little convoluted, as far as the malts want to press forward.

Sweeter and fruitier than most pilsners go, so I get that this isn't of the German ilk. The flavors are actually quite hoppy for the style, and I realize that the unfamiliar fruit notes I was whiffing in the nose are actually citrusy hops with notes of orange and grapefruit. The hay-like grassiness is welcoming and very familiar to me. Steely vibes aforementioned are relieved by hoppiness and good ol' Euro malt character. Lagered with a wee bit of extra wort sugars than needed, but the candid crispness is here. It's flavorful, I can say that, for sure.

A little oily. A little too swishy for what would have been a satisfying medium body. But, a high-powered effervescence propels the feel into pleasing territory. Rather this than most.

A Czech Pils all the same, but aside from a confusing aromatic experience, one can get in-tune with this Great Divide seasonal. A strange choice for a colder season brew, but it has its charm if you have the patience to discover it for yourself.

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

29DEC11

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 cjgiant
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: mostly clear yellow, with decent edging and lacing, sparse head retention
S: somewhat floral and sweet
T/M: crisp and clean, with a mild malty (little bready) front. The problem is it doesn't much change from there. The carbonation stays throughout the taste, but any hops bitterness is subdued where I expect it to be a little stronger.
O: it is a fine tasting, refreshing lager easily beyond your BMC. It's a little sweeter and more complex, but I think it's missing that transition to bitter and/or dry.

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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 micromaniac129
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours like sunshine with brilliant clarity. A tall white head sits on top, billowing and fluffy and soapy. Not very dense. Carbs are light under the white head. This baby has summer lounging all over it. Aroma is pleasent also with Saaz coming to the spicy forfront. Lots of malts balances the hop well. Smells very clean too. Good tasting with the beer being crisp and hoppy and a biscuit finish.
Smooth and clean and balanced perfectly. This is a well made beer and it tastes like it.

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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 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 gatornation
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

from 12 oz bottle bottled on 121511

A- pours a clear yellow color with a brilliant white head that recedes to a fresh collar little to no lacing

S- is floral and butter some hops bread

T- light hops saaz is really not detectable also has an overabundance of butter taste

M- was crisp and well carbonated but again a butter taste to me

O- an average pils that i wont be buying again so many others that are way better than this one

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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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Nomad from Great Divide Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.