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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Added by Domingo on 12-30-2011

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

Great Divide Nomad Pilsner: Time to take a break from the intense signature Imperial Russian Stouts and Double IPA’s? The Great Divide Nomad Pilsner would be a good choice. In a glass, the Nomad has a sparkling sunlight color and brilliant white head. The fruity aromas get more intense and bready as you get deeper into this brew. The flavors are very balanced. Neither the malt sweetness nor the bitterness of the hops are overpowering or out of place. Not many brewers can create a pilsner with this amount of elegance.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz bottle served in a pilsner glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a transparent, straw golden color with a soapy, white head of three fingers and lively carbonation. Retention is above average. It's definitely appealing, but not remarkable.

S - Sweet honey and pilsner malt, floral notes, spice, and a bit of cereal grain. Seemingly balanced and mild strength.

T - Light malt body is countered by a very fresh grassy hops flavor. It's balanced well, and the hops actually make this beer without it being close to overly bitter. That being said, it's incredibly simple. It works well as the ingredients are fresh (this bottle being packaged about 2 weeks ago), but it'd lose it's charm as it ages.

M - Light bodied, and entirely too slick for my tastes. Not as highly carbonated as I thought.

D - It's high quality and highly drinkable, and tastes extremely fresh. I'd have it again, especially on draught, but not one I'd go out of my way for.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into s dimpled mug from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a solid and strong golden color with some nice white bubbles forming a slight 0.5 inch head. Looks very crisp and clean.

Nose starts off with tons of earthy grain. It smells like a bakery. tons of bready notes with some toasted notes in there as well. Quite refreshing and appealing. The nose isn't too much on the hop notes except for some slight bitterness notes than can be perceived.

Now this is where this beer shines. Absolutely delicious pilsner. Tons of bread up front with some slight sweet notes mixed in and then there is the nice juicy grassy hop notes. Very nice slightly citrus notes with tons of fresh grassy and herbal hop notes. The middle of the beer is simply exquisite with these two flavors (malt and hops) playing together so well. some slight sweet bread notes as well are perceived. The finish is dry and bitter with a nice slightly resinous hop finish. Very nice. Crisp, light and refreshing.

Very good pilsner. Absolutely amazing and well crafted.

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

Nomad pours a bright gold into my Pilsener glass. Very active carbonation holds up a dense white cap that slowly falls to a blanket of foam. A smattering of lace is left behind.

Cut grass, pepper and a light honey sweetness make up the nose. The overall aroma is light, but pleasing. In the mouth, straw-like malts get things going. They have a slight cereal sweetness to them. Bitterness is mild and not as sharp as I expect from a top flight Czech Pils. It has a pepper spiciness that gets a touch metallic as the beer finishes . The body is a little more dense than I was expecting and slightly syrupy. The carbonation is quite vigorous.

Overall, this is a nice beer, but I've had better. It lacks the light feel I expect from this style and the metallic finish could stand a little help.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
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 secondtooth
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, pale gold in color, with a nice head and solid, detailed 2-finger lace.

Nose is subtle, but typical grainy lager. Not bad.

Taste is crisp and malty, with some balanced hops at the finish. Definitely not an extravagant brew from Great Divide, but definitely a well-done and enjoyable session pilsner. No problems here.

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


Pours a yellow ale with a finger of fine whites - typical. Smells Grainy, corny, some grassy hops. Nice enough.

Flavor follows suite with a crisp, corny profile with some spice to it. Good Czech Pilsner. Clean and sharp carbonation with low body to it.

Nice call, good retreat from the normal winter release. Will enjoy again.

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Photo of Brenden
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A winter pils? I don't see why not...

Poured into my pokal, Nomad immediately develops a thick, creamy pillow of pure white head over a clear brew precisely the elegant golden color I expect from a good pils. As it drops, the heavy island of foam that never dies spiderwebs heavy lacing to the very bottom of the glass.
Floral and unoffensively sulfuric notes along with grassiness speaks unquestionably of a healthy dose of Saaz hops. The aroma offers good balance with crisp dry malts as well. This beer is benchmark for the style and hoppier to boot.
A little more cracker, grain and biscuit showing off the malts come through in the flavor. Floral hops never fade. The grassy element pulls through and develops a ghost of a hay-like quality in the finish. While tasty and flavorful, it comes just short of what thr aroma boasts.
To style, Nomad is exactly as light as it should be and shows off some depth. It's plenty crisp and even has some smoothness. It's on the next level if not for just a bit of slickness.

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Photo of denver10
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I am not much of a pilsener fan but for whatever reason I have had a craving to give this beer a shot lately. Pours yellow with a white head, that is being consistently fed by the bubbles that keep moving to the surface. An impressive amount of lacing on the sides. Right off the gate I get a quick lager aroma which is quickly paired with some sweetness from the malt and some earthiness from the hops. Surprisingly pleased by the aroma. The flavor is mixture of sweet and bitter. The sweetness comes in first and just before it takes over the hops come in and provide some bitterness. Lively mouth feel from the carbonation and a nice thicker body for a pilsner than I am used to, another pleasant surprise. Overall, this beer is pretty good. That said, it's not nearly enough to convert me over to allowing the pilsener into my drinking routine. But certainly glad I tried it.

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

12oz bottle with "DEC 15 2011" stamped on the lower right hand corner of the label. I tip my glass in the direction of Colorado. Thanks for dating Great Divide!

Pours an extremely pale yellow color with brilliant clarity. Plenty of carbonation bubbles floating up toward a white colored head that has settled to thin layer after several minutes. Pretty good head retention on this Pils.

Smells of fresh grains, hops, and soft malts.

Taste: Picks up right were the aroma left off. Super balanced between the hops, grain, and the malt bill. Hop-carbonation bite is definitely on the front end. The finish is crisp and clean with the malts showing up and rounding things out and the very end.

Thin mouthfeel with spot on carbonation. It's not fizzy, but it provides that initial crisp bite that you expect from a good Pils.

An above average Pils overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: Because I'm a big fan of hops, I still prefer Prima, but this is right up there with Stoudt's Pils. I really hope that this beer is available around Erie this summer. I would have made this a spring/summer seasonal, but I also couldn't resist picking up this fresh bottle.

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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 riored4v
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to a tulip. Crystal clear, straw colored body with a white, frothy head. 1/2 finger held nicely.

Aroma was spicey with some floral notes. Mild sweetness. Slightly grainy.

Taste was mildly buttery upfront that turned to a crisp, floral taste with a mild earthy/floral bitterness. Mild malt sweetness.

Medium/light body, with medium carb and a crisp finish. Seemed slightly heavy for a pils.

Overall it was a good brew with a nice floral freshness.

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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 TheBigE5
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Bright gold with a finger of white head that sticks around

S - Floral and grassy. Little bit of fruit.

T - Bread and yeast comes through pretty clearly. Saaz hops in the finish.

M - Lightly carbonated and a little buttery

O - As described, it is well balanced. Good pilsener, i really enjoy the finish.

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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 jsprain1
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale golden with a thin white head that does not last very well.
S- The aroma is a sweet breadyness with a light apple and pear aroma as well as a touch of spicyness.
T- It's quite bready with a touch of honey and green apple. There is just a touch of butteryness to it.A bit of pepper as well.
M- Standard body for the style. Needs a bit more carbonation as it sits heavy on the tongue.
O- Overall a decent and well made, albeit unremarkable pilsner.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear, light gold in color, with a moderate bright white head of foam.
Aroma-Pilsner malt, faint floral note
Taste-Bread malt, spicy Saaz hop bite, crisp with a slight floral essence. A very nice Czech Pilsner. Good match for a mound of spicy nachos or a Hungarian hot dog.

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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 cbutova
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
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 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 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 southdenverhoo
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pale gold, crystal clear, I mean brilliantly so. I got about a 1 inch head in my Uptown Brothers 14 oz tulip, but it receded very quickly to a thin film. No lace, but wife may have put some head-killing & lace-killing BS in the dishwasher so not marking down for this...

S: bready malt, floral noble hops and a nice hit of that classic lager yeast smell.

T: ditto the smell, basically...bready malt with a slight honey overlay, peppery floral hops (saaz?), a nice bite of bitterness in balance/counterpoint to the ever so slight sweetness from the pilsener malt, then a bone dry, better-have-another-sip finish. No diacetyl whatsoever and I have a low threshold for this flaw.

M: carbonation in this beer seems perfect for the style at least as I understand it, and the beer has what I would call a medium to light body and that creamy texture you get when you swirl a well-made properly carbonated lager around in your mouth.

O: I like this beer, right up there with Lagunitas Pils and Victory Prima Pils in my mind and those are my go-to pilseners.

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Photo of Blargimus
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
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 gatornation
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

from 12 oz bottle bottled on 121511

A- pours a clear yellow color with a brilliant white head that recedes to a fresh collar little to no lacing

S- is floral and butter some hops bread

T- light hops saaz is really not detectable also has an overabundance of butter taste

M- was crisp and well carbonated but again a butter taste to me

O- an average pils that i wont be buying again so many others that are way better than this one

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