Nomad | Great Divide Brewing Company

BA SCORE
84
good
521 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
521
Reviews:
155
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
11.89%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
52
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 521 |  Reviews: 155
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 dgherm
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jrfehon33
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Kyrojack
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of ninaturner
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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 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 justinm4bama
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -18.9%

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 claytong
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Bear1964
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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 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 Amp
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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 carteravebrew
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of swgwilt
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 MarvinSnyder
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of phishbone23
3/5  rDev -18.9%

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