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:
520
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
21.62%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
52
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 155 | Ratings: 520
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 beagle75
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Clear, light golden color with over one finger of white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Chile spice and dried hay are balanced, with a fine thread of floral hops. Dimethyl sulfide is hinted at in its most obvious qualities, but otherwise the smell is very clean.

T: Begins off-dry, with bright acidity and mild floral hop aromatics. Malt becomes more evident into the middle where honest pilsner qualities and sulfurous off-flavors are in conflict right after pouring. The finish is intensely husky sees the profile at its most floral; bitterness is moderate with a drying mineral edge.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, crisp and slightly resinous on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer presents sensory qualities in heaps; some good and a few questionable. Its pilsner core is solidly constructed around light malt qualities that do not disappoint. It appears to be a better version of a Bavarian pilsner, with a hops edge that seems a little blunted. Still, it is one of Great Divide's better stylistic examples, aside from basic Yeti.

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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 TexIndy
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on date of 1/25/12 on front label. It was a pale straw color with moderate carb streams. It had a small head that quickly settled into a good collar with some wisps. Mild lacing that slowly drifts back into the drink with a little sticking.

Grassy, biscuity and spicy - classic Saaz aroma to it. Really liked the spice. Moderate malt base as well. The taste was spicy and grassy with enough sweet from the malt to make a great balance. One of the best Czech pilsener's I've had. Medium mouthfeel with crisp carbonation and a spicy aftertaste.

Overall, really enjoyed this one and recommend if you can get it. Could see this going down nice and refreshing on a hot Texas summer day. Available here in Texas. Rotation - 6xer or 2 during the summer and maybe occasional single in the WTH mix six. [O;Y]

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Bright yellow, with tons of head and sticky lace left all over the glass. Impressive for a pilsner!!

S - Malty, wheat, grass, herbal,etc. Smells like a damn good pilsner.

T - All the characteristics of the nose. No trace of alcohol, malty, wheat, doughy. A tasty Pilsner.

M - Well carbonated, smooth. Oily and slick.

O - A very good pilsner, one of the better light pilsners I have come across. Probably great on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Domingo
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

While Great Divide has experimented with a few taproom-only pilsners over the years, this is their first bottled one. It claims to be a Bohemian-stlyle-pilsner (more or less) so let's see how it stacks up.
Looks ultra pale at first glance, to the point that it looks closer to a US light lager than a pils. However once the glass is full, it has some color to it. It's light for sure, though.
The nose is terrific if you're a pilsner fan. Pale grainy malts, mild but floral saaz hops, and just a kiss of clover from the lager yeast. No sufur or overly harsh hop notes at all.
The flavor picks up right where the nose left off. Saaz hops on the front of the palate with light bread on the back. No harshness, diacetyl, or problems at all. It's a hair dry for a Czech pilsner, but not as dry as the pilsners in the north of Germany. It's like a Czech pils with some south German influence to it. The pale malts come out in the finish and make me want more. The 5 weeks of lagering time likely helps, too.
Very light on the palate, drinakbility is excellent as a result.
A solid beer and one I was a bit taken back by. GD's previous lagers have been hit or miss, but this one definitely falls in the "hit" category.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap, served in a pint glass at the Great Divide Tap Room, Denver, CO:

The beer appeared a nice clear pale yellow, with nice white head that was not all that well retained but ultimately faded into a thin cap that lasted throughout the drink. Some lacing was left as well.

The beer gave off a very good, strong, German malt aroma, some floral hops and sweet grains.

The taste of the beer was very good, an excellent pils taste, sweet grainy/malty goodness.

The beer has a light feel to it, it was extremely smooth and extremely to drink.

Overall, this is a very tasty brew. If I could get this in Georgia, this would probably be one of my go to pils. This might be the best Great Divide beer that I have had to date.

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Photo of rowew
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, yellow label with an egyptian scene. ABV and bottled date clearly marked.

Appearance: Perfectly clear golden color, nice head of small bubbles, good retention and a bit of lacing.

Smell: A bit of sulphur, grassy hops.

Taste: High carbonation, medium bodied. The sulphur doesn't come through to the taste, this is bready and the grassy hops show up here.

Overall impression: Solid drinkable pilsner - definitely could drink a few of these in a row.

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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 JackieTH
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy, golden straw colored body with a white head, minimal lace. Smell is cut hay, earth, biscuits. Taste is crackers, slight lemon, floral, wet, refreshing. Medium well crafted body with complimentary level of carbonation. Very, very nicely balanced, tasty brew. Would be easy and enjoyable to knock back several of these.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, this was bottled in January. This pours s clear straw color with s large white head. The smells are of grass hops, bread hops. The feel is medium. The taste is okay, a little earthy hop bite and clean malts to wash it down.

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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 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 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 Nerudamann
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
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 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 hopfacebrew
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Time to try GD's Nomad Pils. Poured from bottle dated 1/6/2012 to a flute the beer pours a crystal clear straw yellow with a nice 2 finger white bubbly head, good retention and lacing. Looks inviting. The nose is a blend of pilsner malt, earthy hops, and a bit floral. The flavor builds on the nose for a nice flavor: pilsner malt base from which the earthy hops lay a mild bitterness, lemon and honey sweetness provide a hint of sweetness to balance. Very nice. Finishes with a mild bitterness and lingering lemon sweetness. Better than anticipated. Lighter end of medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, this was a treat if a surpise. Not my favorite style though this is a beer I could drink a lot of from brewery that I think could do better. This is a step in the right direction! Recommended.

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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 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 Hopswagger
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

P: Thin sloshy crystal clear with thin airy sediment of head on top.

S: Yeast, floral hops, pear, small citrus notes, a touch of salt, and coriander.

T/M: High carbonation that presents limes and salt o saturate the tongue. Thin playful mouthfeel on a balance of floral hops and grain. Green apple rinds on the dry finish with a lingering orange aftertaste.

O: Fantastic Pilsner! Easily drinkable and refreshing with a perfect hop bite.. A great summer beer that would please anyone.

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Photo of horshack7
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale golden with a white head one finger thick.

Aroma: Some floral hops, light malty breadiness. Touches of citrus with a bit of dryness in the nose. There is a wisp of lemon zest in the back.

Taste: Crisp mouthfeel at the start. Solid floral hop bite, lemon zest, minor breadiness, and a good touch of dryness in the finish.

Notes: A solid drinkable Pilsner for any time of year. Cheers.

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

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

Smell
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.

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

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Photo of hansgruber
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My buddy Dave picked this up at GD and flew some home for me. Thanks mate.

Clear pale yellow body with a nice fluffy head.
Decent lacing and retention. Nice looker. 

Nose gives some nice light grainy maltiness and a mild floral hop aroma. 

Tastes good. Light malt flavors blend with the mild bitterness and a nice hop flavor. Not very sweet nor dry. Pretty middle of the road as far as pils go in that respect, which is nice. I don't like the sweeter versions.  

Very solid easy drinker. Would be a nice summer beer. Def worth a try.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
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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3.7 out of 5 based on 520 ratings.
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