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Nomad | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Domingo on 12-30-2011

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Reviews: 155 | Ratings: 521
Photo of HankSingle
2.07/5  rDev -44.1%
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.

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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 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 LXIXME
3/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

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Photo of malvrich
3/5  rDev -18.9%

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.

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Photo of yamar68
3.02/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to tulip:

Not real exciting to look at... pours a clear gold with a finger of white head if you force it. Beading is decent. Nose is pretty clean. Some soft, sweet malts. Sort of a stale hop presence. The taste is pretty much all malt with some abstractly bitter hops. Light caramel, some cereal... hops catch up in the end with some herbal Earl Gray. Not too bad. Easy to drink. Quite unexciting 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 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 kojevergas
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
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.


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Photo of blakelive784
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz bottle served in a pilsner glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a transparent, straw golden color with a soapy, white head of three fingers and lively carbonation. Retention is above average. It's definitely appealing, but not remarkable.

S - Sweet honey and pilsner malt, floral notes, spice, and a bit of cereal grain. Seemingly balanced and mild strength.

T - Light malt body is countered by a very fresh grassy hops flavor. It's balanced well, and the hops actually make this beer without it being close to overly bitter. That being said, it's incredibly simple. It works well as the ingredients are fresh (this bottle being packaged about 2 weeks ago), but it'd lose it's charm as it ages.

M - Light bodied, and entirely too slick for my tastes. Not as highly carbonated as I thought.

D - It's high quality and highly drinkable, and tastes extremely fresh. I'd have it again, especially on draught, but not one I'd go out of my way for.

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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 denver10
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I am not much of a pilsener fan but for whatever reason I have had a craving to give this beer a shot lately. Pours yellow with a white head, that is being consistently fed by the bubbles that keep moving to the surface. An impressive amount of lacing on the sides. Right off the gate I get a quick lager aroma which is quickly paired with some sweetness from the malt and some earthiness from the hops. Surprisingly pleased by the aroma. The flavor is mixture of sweet and bitter. The sweetness comes in first and just before it takes over the hops come in and provide some bitterness. Lively mouth feel from the carbonation and a nice thicker body for a pilsner than I am used to, another pleasant surprise. Overall, this beer is pretty good. That said, it's not nearly enough to convert me over to allowing the pilsener into my drinking routine. But certainly glad I tried it.

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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 flagmantho
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass. Bottled on December 29, 2011, so it's quite fresh.

Appearance: yellow-golden hue with crystal clarity and a good effervescence. Head poured 3+ fingers of frothy white foam despite a pretty ginger pour.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with a touch of grain and a touch of noble hops present. I like it.

Taste: sweet malt flavor with a very slight amount of corn. I don't know if they used corn in the brewing of this, but it certainly tastes like it to me. Bitterness is moderate and quite balanced; hop flavor is quite good. But that corn just gets to me in a bad way.

Mouthfeel: medium body with quite a lot of carbonation. Creamy and fulfilling, especially for the style.

Overall: this beer has quite a few good points, and I guess the corn character isn't a total dealbreaker. Not bad.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of Spider889
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled on 12/15/2011.

Pours very pale in color, though collects into a bright yellow in the glass. Produces a short head that dissipates quickly. Crystal clear - I was literally able to read the text on the bottle description through the glass. Impressive.

The aroma is typical. Both a nice example of the style while never really standing out of the crowd. A bit of spicy dried grass and doughy pale malt.

Flavor-wise this is a bit more assertive, though in areas I am not sure I agree with. On the palate the beer initially falls a bit flat for me, unbaked white bread dough is about it. Then come the hops. They're spicy and bitter, moreso than I'd like vs the minimal malt flavor contribution. Hard mineral flavor with a sweeter honeyed wheat nuance on the back end of the sip.

Carbonation is more harsh/prickly than I like in a beer.

Overall a solid pilsener. I just wish more breweries brewed these lighter lager styles to encourage some real competition of flavor between brewers.

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Photo of Blargimus
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz, bottled 12/20/2011, poured into Batman pint glass. I bypassed the Great Divide pint glass since that might give it an unfair competitive advantage, and I am all about fairness. And Batman.

Pours a crystal-clear straw color, with a little white head. Head recedes fairly quickly and leaves nice lacing. Carbonation shows in the steady stream of small bubbles. A very pretty beer.

Smell is predominantly sweet, with a moderate dose of saaz. Nothing too exciting, but enticing enough.

Taste is a bit more hoppy than the smell, but still fairly sweet. Finishes bitter. The saaz hops might not be the strongest, but the hop bitterness certainly stick around.

Mouthfeel is very light, nicely carbonated. Pretty classic pilsener.

Overall a solid, above-average pilsener, but probably not one I'll be buying on a regular basis. On a taste/dollar scale, not too far above the PBR-types.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish pint glass. Label says bottled on Jan 12 2012.

A- Pours a crystal clear light gold color with a ½ inch fizzy head that couldn’t dissipate any quicker to a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and some surface foam. Lacing is almost nonexistent.

S- Mild grain smell coupled with an even milder hop aroma. As clean as it gets.

T- Nice at the start but then that weak lager flavor sets in and stays. Hops don’t provide enough “umph” to bring it back around to something interesting and also taste "dirty" IMO.

M- Watery and thin. Medium-low carbonation.

O- Yeah, it’s crisp and refined like a pilsner should be, but lacks the flavor needed to make drinking it feel worthwhile. I’m beginning to think I just may not like Saaz hops because Nomad was brewed with them exclusively and it's the usual hop variety used to make Czech pilsners; a style which I rarely enjoy. At least I'm learning.

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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 JohnGalt1
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
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.


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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 Reaper16
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

served on-tap @ Egan's, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a pint glass

Nomad looks exactly like you'd expect it to. It's yellow, it's effervescent, it's light. It has a good 1.5 fingers of bright white head. Good looking pils.

Nomad is not by any means a revolutionary take on the pilsner style. No surprises: just cracker-like pilsner malt and grassy hops. This isn't a Prima Pils type beer; no American hop influence or hop overload. Just a crisp green midpalate and a long, bitter finish. The aroma and taste match each other very well. No real fruity esters to speak of. Just a crisp, simple beer.

The mouthfeel from this keg is a bit thin, a bit watery. Nothing too poor, but I did want something that felt livelier, given the crisp flavor profile.

Overall, this is an above-average pilsner. If but this beer were popular and served everywhere instead of industrial lagers.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 1/6/12.

Pours a clear light yellow with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain, grassy/herbal notes, and a hint of skunk. Taste is of toasty malt/grain and big earthy, grassy, and herbal flavors. There is a somewhat assertive level of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good pilsner but the skunky aroma I am getting is not too pleasant.

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Photo of tone77
3.44/5  rDev -7%
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.

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