Nomad | Great Divide Brewing Company

155 Reviews

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Winter

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

Pours a pale gold with good head and lacing. Aroma is grassy and grainy with a hint of corn, but not unpleasant. Taste is bitter spicy hops and grainy malt. Nice crisp mouthfeel typical of a good pilsener. Back before I discovered ales I would've loved this beer - very good for the style.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed golden hue with a bright white head forming thick, even bands of lacing left behind. I love a good pils, I hope this holds up the bottle mentions a full 5 weeks of lagering which hopefully brings some good results. Aroma earthy herbal citrus notes with a mild grassiness amongst a pale malt breadiness that just works. You may call it one dimensional but I think it's great. Flavor has adequate bitterness, fresh green hops a bit of sulfur/skunkiness going on but it's muted nicely an citrus lemony herbal grassiness. Pale malts provided a toasted biscuit sweetness that really works, finishes dry with each sip. Mouthfeel is crisp clean unadulterated good drinking lager, lighter bodied with sturdy carbonation. Overall a great American brewed version of a pils, I'm not used to see great ones coming out of Colorado or anywhere out west really. I'm spoiled living near PA where there seems to be a neverending supply of tasty lagers.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale, slightly hazy golden color with a sorry macro-lager white head.

Aromas of minty saaz hops and white bread. Pretty close (but no cigar) to a good Bohemian Pilsener.

Light breaded with more minty Elmer's paste saaz hop flavor. This is where it starts to taste a lot like the other American craft attempts at German/ Czech lagers where there is a lack of pure, clean bready malt character and body ,and the hops come a little too close up front.

Fairly balanced finish with a little hop bitterness.

I can buy the real thing for less though, so I won't bother with this one again.

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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 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 jeremy13586
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date 1/25/2012

Very pale, yellow color. Almost looks like a clear lemonade. Poured a bone white head that dissipated very quickly, but did leave some decent lacing.

Pale malt and citrus fill the nose. There is a very good amount of hoppiness, but a primarily citrus scent.

The hop presence was more up-front when actually drinking. Lemon zest and breadiness followed. Very crisp and floral finish.

Medium bodied and a mellower carbonation for a pilsner, but still very crisp.

The appearance of this beer is the only thing that's not impressive. Its a nice, crisp, and flavorful Czech style pilsner that will be awesome once the weather gets a bit warmer.

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

Hopefully we’ll have another epic Great Divide Euro-brew. Hoss, Hades – they were both incredible. Let’s see about this “bright, elegant” pilsner.

Brewed two months ago (“DEC 15 2011” on the label).

A: Pouring this into a Duvel tulip looks like it was the perfect idea: its body is a shining gold with just a bit of pale yellow tint. The head starts off with a soapy, white, two-finger foam, then falls slowly to a light, patchy retention. Some sudsy lacing and streaming bubbles erupting from every part of the bottom of the glass – not just the nucleation site.

S: Loveable grains right from the start: banana, biscuit dough, light lemon, and sourdough bread. It’s quite tart, actually. The hops are bright as well, flowery and citrusy aromas popping off nicely with the malts; now, while their presence isn’t quite as strong as I was expecting from a pilsner, it’s great to see the grain character coming through.

T: Just like the nose: a malty body, crisp with lemon, lime, light breads, and berry sweetness. The grains are slightly musty with some hay-flavors, reminiscent of classic German lagers like Weihenstephaner Original; combined with those distinctively flowery Saaz hops, it’s once again pretty damn close to perfect European balance. There’s a little corn taste here and there, but not with a hugely dissuading presence. Finishes with a salty dryness and mineral water flavors to smooth it out.

M: Bubbly-smooth and a bit oily, with a refreshing cool-water presence on the tongue. Pretty chewy for a 5.4% pilsner, too.

O: There we have it: Great Divide = Great Beer. European styles can be hard to emulate, and even harder to make memorable; but these guys, fortunately, definitely know how to do it. And though this is my least favorite Great Divide Euro-style beer so far, I’d buy a sixer of this in a heartbeat.

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Photo of mactrail
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crisp and refreshing light beer. Very aromatic, just like fresh hop cones, with that perfumey taste. Seems like the classic Pilsener style. Quite hoppy and fairly bitter in the aftertaste. Resins flavors are plentiful. Lemony with that yeasty biscuit taste.

Overall, this stuff is great for a light but flavorful drink. Clean and well made in the Great Divide style. It would be interesting to taste it with a Victory or some other domestic Pils. The Nomad is quite rich with flavors. Label says bottled January 24 2012.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, Nomad has an incredibly transparent, light straw color and a finger or so of fizzy white head that recedes to a ring around the glass. The color is so light if I didn't know any better I'd think I was drinking Coors light.

The aroma is of light grainy malt, grassy hop, slightly nutty, bits of lemon peel, and earth. This definitely smells like a European pilsner, with a very distinct Saaz hop profile, and a bit of that slight skunk.

The flavor is very similar to the nose, with a seriously pronounced grassy/herbal/vegetal taste: lots of flowers, grass, dandelion, etc. Spicy yeast and doughy malt also add a bit of backbone to this very crisp lager. The hop profile is definitely on the bitter side, which adds a bit of 'snap' to the beer, but can be a bit too assertive for some drinkers.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: golden

smell: like czech rep in a bottle. I was taken back

taste: wow, had on draft this was amazing. very balanced lager, lots of hop prensense but not over done

mouthfeel: medium bodied, full for a pils

drinkability: this is one of the best pilsners Ive had and I lived in Prague. This was a homerun

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a 12/15/11 bottling date into a pilsner glass. Pours a clear gold yellow with a 1/2" foamy white head that reduces to a 1/8 lid.

Has a fresh straw aroma, with hints of clover, orange and honey.

Starts with a sweet malt taste, with biscuit and and mild honey, finishing with a gentle hop nip.

Light to medium bodied, this has a crisp start, a slightly softer middle, and a bit of bite to finish.

This is a very mild Czech Pilsner, missing much of the saaz hops I've had in other Czech Pilsners. Still, it is a pleasant brew and worth a try.

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Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with "Bottled on" dating of Jan. 06 2012.

Pours super clear and light, moderate and fine white head, leaving minor bits of lace.

Grassy nose, with a whisper of smoke.

Light, moderatly crisp and quite easy drinking. More grassy notes, grainy hops, a touch of ripe fruit, lime and again a bit of smoke in the finish.

Nice, went well with some aged cheddar

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Photo of grittybrews
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brilliant straw yellow with a finger of bright white head. Fresh aroma of grain and grass.

Moderate carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Caramel and corn malt up front with hints of lemon and grass on the tail end.

This one started off promising but I didn't quite enjoy the balance of flavors. Solid brew but I could have used a little more hops to balance.

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Photo of vkv822
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a clear yellow, with a foamy white head.

The aroma is of grassy hops, with some very light floral and spicey hop notes as well.

The taste follows the nose, with clean grassy hops and a light bread, malt base.

A medium body for the style, with appropriate, slightly fizzy carbonation and a clean, crisp finish.

A well done pilsener, fairly subtle flavors, but easy drinking and enjoyable.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale golden straw. Thing white head, traces of lacing.

S: Grainy malt, mild floral and spicy hop notes.

T: Like the nose, large grainy presence complemented by floral, grassy, and spicy saaz hop notes.

M: Light bodied, assertive carbonation, the finish could be a bit more crisp and refreshing.

O: I am a bit spoiled to have so many fresh pilsners available (Prima and the Braumeister pils series, Pikeland, etc) so this one just can't hang with them. All said though, it wasn't half bad.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear lemon yellow color with a frothy white head that leaves moderately sized bits of lacing.

Smells of some grainy malts and grassy hops.

Tastes of the malts up front with a hop counter. Malts lead off with a white bread note with some grainy sweetness. A bit of nuttiness rounds out the malts before the hops. Hops add floral, grassy, and spicy notes to the mix. Has a fairly clean finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is quite a good attempt at a Czech pilsner with a nice balance between hops and malts with a clean finish.

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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 Jason
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Bright pale golden, three fingers of head

SMELL: Nutty, chalky, dried grass, doughy, herbal, lemon pith, mineral

TASTE: Biscuity, nutty, grassy, leafy, hop bitterness, yeast, clean, spicy, herbal, refreshingly dry

Very rustic tone to this beer yet it stays clean, the malt lashes out at the palate and the hops follow. I'd love to see this beer with some more late hop additions, regardless ... I dig this beer.

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

Completely clear and a light golden color; small head formation and it settles out fast. Looks great in my tall pils glass!

Grass, mineral, and grain...fairly light, but inviting and certainly on par with style.

Taste & Body
Good crisp hop bite and slight mineral finish. Love the herbal hop character. It’s light-bodied but not thin or watery. Fairly high amount of bitterness, which I enjoy. Malt is light in flavor.

Great pils here! Totally drinkable, aside from the $10/6-pack price tag, and a really enjoyable lager.

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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 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 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 kylehay2004
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single finger head with lots of lacing. Clear straw colored body.

S: pilsner malt. A little yeasty. Grains and breads.

T: malt and grain with a sharp herbal and unearthly butter finish but no off putting aftertaste.

M: light body and high carbonation. Bitterness makes this one less refreshing.

Overall: the flavor has a nice bite to it which is good but detracts from the mouthfeel. I prefer the taste over mouthfeel so I like this one.

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Photo of babaracas
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw with two fingers of white foam, settles to a thin layer leaving a reasonable sheet of delicate lace down the glass. Smell: grainy, lightly toasted, semi-sweet, notes of grass and metal. Taste: wholewheat bread, spicy, grassy, lemon note. Well hopped. Crisp upfront but with a creamy feel mid sip. Finishes somewhat drying, spicy and lemony.

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Photo of Finn
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer tasty.The aroma is grassy, hoppy, and grainy. It has a nice malt sweetness behind the initial bitey-crispness of the flavor, and the hops are in balance, but not in your face at all. It finishes with a slight sweetness lingering on the tongue, although not cloying.
Another very well done american take on a european pilsner.

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