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Nomad | Great Divide Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
155
Ratings:
521
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
21.62%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
52
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 155 | Ratings: 521
Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear golden with a trace of a white head. Sticky lacing.

S- Nice fruity aroma. Lemon and herbal notes. Not overly grainy like some of this style can be.

T- Fruit and spice. Not huge flavors, but enough to set it apart from the standard pils. Earthy hops give a touch of bitterness in the finish.

M- Clean and refreshing. Light to mid body. Moderate carbonation. Dry finish

O- Nothing spectacular, but a nice pilsner that works really well in the spring. Enjoyable. I really liked the spiciness to it

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours nearly transparent and straw color. Big fluffy and foamy white head. Head retains very, very well. Head leaves bubbly lacing clusters around the glass.

S-I enjoy this nose. Pilseners are not my favorite smelling beer, but this one is pretty attractive. Malty with a slight sweetness and more amounts of bread/dough. Light yeastiness and some supple grassy/noble hops.

T-Pretty decent flavor too. Quite like the nose. Quite a crisp and super-clean tasting brew. Flavor is not overly strong. Bready malt accompanies the yeast and finally, this beer boasts a long grassy finish.

M-Lighter bodied. Crisp and clean, as I previously stated. Lightly bitter. Bunches of carbonation. Sessionable (although I only bought a single).

O/D-This is a tasty little Pilsener. Prim and proper. Too bad a 6-pack is nearly $12.50. In my opinion the price is far too high, especially for a pretty standard Pilsener. Worth a try, but not great at the price point I find this beer.

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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 TheChrisK
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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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 Jimmys
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into NC Scrimshaw Pils glass. bottled on Jan 06 2012.

A: bright, clear gold. head is foamy and big, but recedes to a rimmed retention. thick chunks of lacing left behind.

S: earthy & black pepper, this one is all saaz on the nose. inviting.

T: the chalky, bitterness that was in the nose starts the palate off and remains throughout. pretty basic malt body. the earthy saaz hop lingers long after the sip is gone.

M: average carbonation on a light body.

D: drinks really clean and refreshing. a nice stab at the bohemian pils style here.

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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 Mojo
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very clear straw color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the pilsner malt with some grass and biscuit notes thrown in. The flavor is similar, with a ton of classic pilsner malt taste. There is also a little bit of grass and earth and a low to medium amount of bitterness. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours out a hazy golden color with a large head. Aroma is nice, noble hops and pilsner malts. Well-done, but nothing special. That also carries over to the taste, this is just a well-done Czech Pils with maybe just a little more hops than normal. Clean and citrusy. The mouthfeel is nice, it's got a bit of substance at first, but it's nicely drying at the end. The drinkability is very good. Overall, it's a good pilsner, a great option if you're in the mood for the style.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on...err...the black patch has naught on it.

It's a light golden colour with a small and fast receding head of foam that does stick around for the entire session. Speaking of sticking around...there's lacing.

The smell as a crisp Pils hop nose with some notes of grain and corn.

The taste displays a fairly crisp hop character, stronger with graininess, and a bit of corn and almost a horse blanket kind of taste. The hops seem to be subdued. Usual or the norm? I don't know.

Spot on with the mouthfeel for the style, it's easy drinking though a bit on the dull side. Well, not THAT dull.

I like.

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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 atr2605
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a transparent yellow with a white sudsy head with nice retention
S-grassy, lemon, and a bit of malt sweetness
T-more grassy hops with the malt providing a nice balance
M-light bodied and crisp
O-nice, light, and refreshing. pretty solid brew for the style

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Photo of bsp77
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pale but bright gold with a firm white head and delicate lacing with tiny bubbles.

Smell: Floral, spicy Saaz is dominant with some apple and lightly toasted bread.

Taste: Lots of straw and bread, along with some apple and lemon. Strong floral notes from the Saaz. Very peppery finish. Not quite as well balanced as hoped.

Feel: Highly carbonated with a fairly, light crisp body. Very dry finish.

Overall: Tastes like a Czech Pils, but feels more like a German one. Interesting take overall, but a wee bit harsh.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. At the time of this review, this beer is #22 on the "Top Beers - Czech Pilsener" list on beeradvocate.com.

Beer is yellow and clear with a big white head of small bubbles, nice retention, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is yeasty and weak, mild throughout but nice.

Beer is medium to light in body, a little sweet and grain on the finish, a mild bitterness and hop presence, It is OK but not great, I do enjoy it though. I may have it again.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I know when I think pilsner, I think the desert. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises flowers, grass, very light white grape skin, and some light biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, with heavier flowers and a touch of sulfur in the background and in the finish. Reminds me almost of a Burton-ish character. The body straddles the line between hefty light and light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a solid pils, not the best the States have put forth, but a nice one regardless.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from d0b. Dated January 25th, 2012. Served in a pilsener glass.

A - Bottle was a slight gusher, but it'd been stored on its side in my fridge for a while so who knows. A couple fingers of white foam settle to a thick cap and even thicker collar, along with some sticky lace. Transparent golden straw body with some visible bubbles.

S - Smells like a pils alright - bread, grain, pilsener malt, grassy and slightly herbal Euro hops. Fairly potent nose, especially at 5.4%.

T - Taste has more of a buttered biscuit flavor, particularly in the finish. There's some grassy and slightly spicy hops, with medium-low lingering bitterness.

M - Chewy texture, medium body, pleasant medium active carbonation, no alcohol. Fairly refreshing, although a tad heavy to be a true session beer.

D - I had no problem drinking the 12oz bottle. It's a solidly made Czech Pilsener but not something of which I'd purchase a whole six-pack. Still, might make a nice palate cleanser at the bar, or be a good beer to have around for a craft n00b - my dad would probably like this.

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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 Halcyondays
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-ounce bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

A: Pale gold hue with a fast-settling white head. Very fine lacing clings to the glass, and carbonation is very subtle.

S: Cracker and honey-like malt character is present, while floral, grassy hop aromas seem to dominate.

T: Much like the aroma. Hops seem a bit more dominant than malt in this one. Floral, with hints of citrus and grassy notes, followed by a biscuity, grainy malt profile. Finish is floral and quite dry.

Notes: Moderate in body, with a very clean mouthfeel. I was surprised by the massive hop bill in this one. It's a good beer, however, It reminds me more of a German pilsener than Czech. Nonetheless, very drinkable, although there are better options out there.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a clear, bubbly, golden-orange body with a tall, airy, foaming white head.

Smell: Sweetish-scented pils malt with notes of cracked grain, biscuit dough, lemon juice, and dried herb.

Taste: Sweetish, biscuit doughy, grainy pilsner maltiness. Little drizzle of lemon, followed by a spicy herbaceousness. Medium-light bitterness. Drying with little touches of herb and citrus on the sprightly finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Not great, but still fine, quaffable, and reasonably balanced.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Never really an impressive color a bright pee colored yellow with an impressive 1/2 inch of sticky foam. Worth a 3.5

S - Smells of light Saaz hops giving it a better bitter tone across those typical pilsner malts.

T - Quite smooth and balanced with hops and malts. Really find no fault in this take of the style. Smooth and drink able.

M - Light obviously but good.

Overall worth a second look but really not my first choice. These guys get props since even the best brewery can overlook a good pilsner.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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

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Nomad from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 521 ratings.
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