Nomad
Great Divide Brewing Company

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Style:
Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
Ranked #224
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
82
Ranked #42,971
Avg:
3.64 | pDev: 11.81%
Reviews:
156
Ratings:
524
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Great Divide Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
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Gots
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SCORE
82
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

April 27th, 2015 - At the time of writing, pilsners have come back into the beer zeitgeist, but in 2015 they were much more difficult to find. But Great Divide has had the Nomad for some time - clear, and topped with a great foamy head, like froth in the rapids. The aroma is high and tangy, with the clarity of the style and a touch of corn syrup sweetness. The flavor is more dry and crisp with good carbonation and a touch of alcohol burn, and a long and slightly bitter aftertaste that reminds me of my favorite drink at the moment: Pellegrino.

Apr 09, 2018
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drpimento from Wisconsin

2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

Feb 21, 2016
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Wasatch from Colorado

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle
Bottled On: Oct 01, 2015

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, with a nice small white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, slightly hoppy, lemony. The taste is pretty nice malty, hoppy, lemony. Medium body. Overall, a tasty brew.

Feb 12, 2016
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ordybill from Georgia

4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a shiny pale gold color with a large white head. The aroma is mostly grass and nuts with some citrus. The taste is a yeasty biscuit flavor with some grass and spices. A good beer.

Jan 12, 2016
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a very clear yellow with a solid head. The aroma lead with that classic pilsner funk, as well as a bit of biscuit and pepper. The flavor is biscuity, a little spicy, and a touch fruity, like a little esther has crept in. The mouthfeel is fairly luxurious for a pilsner. Overall this is a very nice beer, but not a knockout.

Sep 10, 2015
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gonzo000 from Massachusetts

3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a specific funk. Not a good funk. Look is good, but not enough carbonation for a pilsner in my book. Smell is off, taste is worse. It a was smooth feel.

Aug 12, 2015
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HankSingle from Massachusetts

2.07/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is actually the worst beer I can remember drinking in recent memory - it is also one of those wonderful moments that clarifies that life is subjective, and what one might hate, another might love. I get the sense there is a beer, here, that someone might really dig - it just isn't me.

Nice color, nice body for a pilsner - but the finish, a sort of burnt, ashy, cooking yeast bloom, is nigh-unmanageable. And it lingers, like the ghost of a different, also-bad beer, long dead. That said, I know some folk who live by this kind of bitterness, so you may dig this beer...I have four more to soldier through, in my fridge, and I am NOT happy about it.

Jun 11, 2015
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Germanstylefan7896 from Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very good, well above average pils. Even better at the brewery. Still has that handcrafted quality flavor to it, but Great Divide is getting very large so wonder if it will stay that way. Pretty color, darker yellow hues.. has a above average aroma to it. A must try for the pilsner fan.

May 08, 2015
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear pale golden straw yellow producing 2 fingers of clumpy, variously bubbled, somewhat lasting, white head that diminishes to islands of dense foam & patchy lacing. Aroma is classic pilsner, crisp & dry, clean bready grain, lemon, grassy hops. Taste is grain/pale malt, cracker/biscuit, lemony, grassy noble hops, peppery finish with a heavy & lingering bitterness. Dry, clean & very drinkable. Very pleasant, but an overly bitter example of the style. But what the hell, I crave the bitterness of Noble (Saaz) hops & don't care.

Jan 06, 2015
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Dec 03, 2014
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a mostly clear straw gold with sugar white lacing for a head.

Smells of dry grassy barley malts and dry subdued hops.

Tastes of malted barley and dry mild hops with a light citrus finish.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A really good pilsner, possibly one of my favorites in this style. Very thirst-quenching and very easy to drink either on its own or with food.

Nov 24, 2014
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer #2 on a great divide sampler night. Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has bright yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts, sweetness. Taste is smooth and refreshing. Malts, grains, grassy hops at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good session beer.

Sep 27, 2014
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

Sep 14, 2014
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap. Clear gold, white ring. Subtle hops atop a grainy body in the nose, forgettable. Taste is more hop driven: grassy and bitter leads with some cereal grains behind, forgettable. Feel is too hoppy for the style, but not hoppy enough to be a true hybrid, no pop or character beyond the hops in the body, forgettable. Overall is it... forgettable

Aug 23, 2014
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malvrich from North Carolina

3/5  rDev -17.6%

A: Clear gold with a tight low white head. Not much retention but good lacing around the glass continues as you drink.

S: Yeasty bread and a little detectable hop herbs/spiciness. .Very little hop presence.

T: Snappy crispness from the malted barley/yeast. A mild hop taste at the end. Not really a bite but fairly pronounced. Herbal hop taste. Dry. Citrusy. Pretty good but I'd like a middle note.

M: Again, dry and crisp. Very refreshing and drinkable. Pretty nice.

O: At 5.4% abv a tad strong for a pils but quite drinkable. Maybe not a repurchase but pretty interesting and good.

Aug 23, 2014
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Mojo from Alabama

3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> Pilsner Flute glass

A - This beer pours up a very clear light to medium gold with a small 1" white head. Retention and lacing are both very good.

S - earthy notes, grass, floral, honey

T - pears, peaches, lemons, grassy flavors, maybe some honey, and a mild bitter finish. Well balanced from start to finish.

M - well carbonated, small aftertaste

O - It is a pilsner which makes it okay by me, but never a beer I just jump up and down for. Having said that though, it was refreshing and enjoyable.

Jun 30, 2014
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hopsputin from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

a: bright golden yellow - completely clear. 2 finger solid white head with bubbles up top

s: sweet grainy malts, some dank earthy bitterness, fresh biscuits, and something slightly herbal in here. its simple and sweet in a good way

t: spicy clean bitterness cut by something with a sharp (almost funky) bite. sweet lemongrass, light vanilla, tons of grains, and some more sweet malt. there is something slightly skunky here - though it may just be because i'm doing the review outside. ends with a crisp bite and a hint of green apple (interesting)

m: typical pilsner mouthfeel - light with loads of carbonation

o: its an alright pilsner. its got quite a bitter bite which makes it real crisp against the grains in here. its smooth and easy to drink. not my favorite pilsner, but still worth picking up for an afternoon on the porch

Apr 26, 2014
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The Nomad is a solid offering from Great Divide. The beer poured a clear crisp yellow with thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent has some grain and biscuit flare. The taste is slightly sharp and grain and alcohol definitely present. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall the beer is solid and worth a try for those that enjoy pilsners.

Mar 28, 2014
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pretty much polished golden... perhaps a slight haze... short lived sudsy off-white head... spotty lacing.

Smells bitter.. pale malt huskiness sorta destroys what little floral hoppiness there is.

Sharp bitterness and a lighter than expected floral hoppiness... pale malts stick around mid palate only long enough to get us back to the bitter bite... Lingering bitterness on the finish seems out of place.. almost a minerally element.

Palate and carbonation are pretty much perfect.

Overall, this is pretty good, but it needs to be dialed in... aromas and flavors seem a little muddy.

3.5/3.5/3.25/3.75/3.5

Jan 18, 2014
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spinrsx from Canada (ON)

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

12oz Bottle received in trade with cfrancis - thanks!

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing.

Smell - Corn, breads/grains, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste corn, hops, and bread/grains. There are also some grassy/herbal notes and a touch of apple juice. It ends with a faint hop aftertaste.

Overall – Seems like a pretty bang on example of the style. I wouldn't mind a little more hop bite, but solid nonetheless.

Dec 18, 2013
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TheChrisK from Nebraska

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured into a Pilsner glass from a bottle with a date of July 18, 2013. Light straw color with a big foamy head. Bubbles very prevalent and rise quickly. The head leaves its soul behind all the way down the glass.

S: Smells of biscuits and pale earthy malts and dry hops.

T: Clean and crisp light bready flavor with a bit of honey and sweet grains.

M: Clean mouthfeel with a lot of fizziness. Light body with a dry and bitter finish.

O: It's great for the style. It's better than some Pilsners made in CZ. I would recommend this for anyone wishing to try a Pilsner for the first time. Very easy to drink.

Nov 11, 2013
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patpbr from Ohio

3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - light, straw with a one finger head.
S - Malty and a hint of grain. a little herbal and floral
T - Hoppy then i expected. Grass, herbal and a little sweet. noticeable bitterness
M - Light body and medium carbonation. crisp
O - After passing over it a few times, I'm glad that i finally picked one up.

Nov 02, 2013
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Oct 26, 2013
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delta490 from Virginia

3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A slightly hazy straw, with visible carbonation. A thick creamy head is short-lived, but leaves big lacing.

S- Big yeasty/bready sweetness

T- biscuity sweet up front with some nice bitter hops flavor on the finish.

M- A little thinner, but satisfying. Nice and smooth.

O- a really tasty pilsner

Oct 12, 2013
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
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 World or not.

Oct 11, 2013
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