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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

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Added by Domingo on 12-30-2011

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Ratings: 522 |  Reviews: 155
Photo of DenverHopHead
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Will_The_Thrill
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
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 -7.5%
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 -6.9%
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 -6.6%
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 LoudRed
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of coopdog1000
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Blargimus
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
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 -5.5%
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 -5.5%
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 -5.5%
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 -5.2%
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 -5.2%
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 -5.2%
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 -5.2%
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 alcohline_trip
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tone77
3.44/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of stephens101
3.44/5  rDev -5%
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 Lordquackingstic
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into an DFH IPA glass.

A: Honey-straw yellow with a very big and sticky white head. Tons of little bubbles dancing around inside the glass.

S: Herbal, green tea, slightly sweet.

T: Floral hops, bits of sweet grains, slight honey tones.

M: Very light and very carbonated. Not as crisp as I'd like it to be, which takes away from how refreshing I was hoping it would be. Light herbal notes linger long after the sip.

O: This is a pretty solid pilsner, but it's nothing spectacular. Would definitely like it to be a bit more crisp and refreshing for hot summer days, but otherwise it's pretty good. Not worth the price at $2.50 a single though.

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Photo of BobN
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
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 StonedTrippin
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

new one from great divide. pours a very standard pilsner looking straw pale yellow with a fine 1 inch white head. smells quite malty and earthy for a pilsner. flavor agrees. this is a slightly bigger beer than most traditional czech pilsners. im picking up grassy and even rye notes in the flavor. mouthfeel is crisp and clean, with good carbonation and a light (but not too light) body. decent beer for the drinkers of lighter beers

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Look – light golden color, clear, with good carbonation and about three fingers’ worth of off-white colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – typical near-cereal type of smell that comes from a pilsner. Malts seem more prevalent than the hops. Almost seems to have a syrup like quality to the aroma.

Taste – much like the smell, there’s the typical bitter bite of a pilsner, but there’s also a sweetness that creeps in toward the middle, but it’s not enough to balance out the bitterness in the finish. One also notices a muskiness in the middle that also persists in the finish/aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, not seeming to lean more toward the watery or creamy sides.

Overall – not extremely interesting, but not dull and not bad-tasting either.

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Photo of Germanstylefan7896
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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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