Nomad | Great Divide Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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

Picked up a single at Total Wine in late January for $1.99. Bottled on 12-12-2011.

Beer poured pale gold with a solid white head on the intial pour.

Nose is grainy and biscuity.

Taste is a wonderful balance between biscuity grains and Saaz hops. Somewhat peppery. Has a nice little addictive edge to it. Finish is clean.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, moderately carbonated, and very crisp.

Overall this is a really really good Pils. For this being 3+ months old the hop bite is still excellent for the style. I will have to find this for the first of the season tailgate when it is 105 degrees!

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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 bubseymour
4.31/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - very, very nice looking pilsner. Yellow and clear with a really nice head for a pilsner about 1 finger but retention is good.

Smell - Mostly malt here and not much else I'm picking up

Taste - Great pilsner, with a fine malt balanced finished by a kick of crisp noble hops. Only thing not giving me a 5 rating on taste is the aftertaste lingers a little too long for me but its very minor flaw to this beer.

Mouthfeel - The richest, creamiest beer I think I've sampled under 6% ABV

Overall - a very fulfilling pilsner to me. Loved this one quite much.

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Photo of bump8628
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice aggressive pilsner with just a slightly rough edge to it. Plenty bitter with grass, citrus pith, and lemon zest hop flavors that hit the palate dead on. Malt is lean, letting the hops shine. Properly dry, which is critical. Another good effort by Great Divide.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California.

A: Pours a half finger head of mild thickness, bad cream, and abysmal retention. Colour is a clear yellow. Standard for the style.

Sm: Straw, clean barley, and strange hints of peppers (?). No real floral presence. A mild strength aroma.

T: Clean full-bodied barley with straw notes and maybe clean malts. Very simple and boring. No hops come through. Some cream. Balanced but dull and bland. Built okay. Nothing unique or special here.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours okay. A bit overcarbonated. Too thick.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. I wouldn't have it again, not even on-draught unless little else was available. Fairly priced but boring. The cream could use some amping up. Standard fare for a pilsner.

C+

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Photo of russpowell
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on Dec 29 2011, shame Missouri whole salers for holding on to this for so long before releasing this to store shelves...

Pours an efferersvescent straw color with 2+ fingers of pearl colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Soapy & grassy hops, grainyness & perfumy hops as well

T: Follows the nose, slight sulphury notes, some lemony hop notes mix with mown hay, & honey malt up front. More soapyness as this warms, along with grainy/cereal sweetness. Finishes crisp, with lemon & honey malt/grainy sweetness, pretty dry as well

MF: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation & great balance

Great pils! I hope I can find this fresher, but this 2 month+ old pils is damn tasty& easy to session on...

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a clear golden color with visible carbonation. Head is gone pretty quickly and lacing is splotchy. Although there is nice thin layer of constant foam.

S - The nose is very grainy and very floral. Lemongrass and hay come to mind. Very earthy in general.

T - Sweet with lots of grain in the taste. Also getting lemon, flowers, and a mild hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Mouth feel is smooth enough and goes down nicely.

O - Very enjoyable. If you dig earthy and natural tasting beers then this is a good choice.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Žatec Glass
A ~ Pours bright gold with straw legs & a cap of smooth white head that does not cease. Carbonation is fine & uniformly rising to the top throughout the drink.

S ~ Saaz aroma with a twinge lemon zest followed by proofed dough. Tons wet grassyness & wildflowers...Club Soda

T ~ Saaz by the bucketload on a bed of honey & toast. . .White pepper & crackery malt. . .Faint oats & bergamot. . .Very grassy.
On warming it becomes breadier with more lawnmower clipping grassyness melded through.

M ~ Carbonation is spot on. Hops are earthy & spicy with a crisp finish. Very floral. Loses sharpness on warming.

D ~ I think this is a very well executed Pils that, while being a tad "green," is very balanced. Supreme American flair, but with a focused Idea in mind

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big fluffy 2 finger pasty white fluffy head fades at a med pace with nice sticky lacing, crystal clear pale straw color beer.

Nose has a nice pilsner aroma, cracked straw, soft pilsner malts with a hint of soft complex almost decoction, soft lager fruits and crispness, very slight hints of noble grass hops.

Taste is nice, lots of cracked straw and toasty pilsner malts, malty, juicy fruity lager is there but light with a nice crispness, plenty of grassy slight spicy noble hops being a light bitterness at first that builds a bit. Complex malts that give the feel and softness of layers of decoction but not quite there. Finish gets a bit more bitter and spicy hops, not quite dry and crisp and slightly sweet and sticky.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall nicely done but not perfected, could use some drying on the finish, the hops get a bit overly on the finish but not too much, a nice perception of soft and complex decoction like makes, and nice toasty cracked straw pilsner malts. Tasty and drinkable.

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

A common warning ... I don't drink many lagers.

A- Poured into pint glass, giving light lemony yellow out of bottle with a tilt toward that of apple juice in glass. 2-finger frothy, white head that perseveres at one-finger perpetually. Large lacing, highly effervescent.

S- Grassy, malty, light bittering hop.

T- Creamy and bitter. Sweetness with a smooth bitter finish.

M- Good mouthfeel for the color of the beer (heavier than expected). Slight bitter after-feel, coats mouth nicely.

O- Very good pilsner. Light, smooth and perfect beer for spring/summer.

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

Bottled on 1-12-12.

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Nomad is a bright pale yellow color with perfect clarity. The head is thick and a pure white. Settles slowly and leaves a little lace.

Aroma is a blend of grassy hops and a clean pilsner yeast.

Flavor is crisp, clean, and nicely hopped. Very light in malt character which lets the grassy/spicy hops shine through.

Mouthfeel is light in body and nicely carbonated. Balance leans towards the hoppy for this pils but that's no bad thing in my opinion.

Overall a really nice hoppy pilsner that would make a great summer sipper. Makes me wonder why it came out in January but oh well. The weather is warm enough today to enjoy this beer.

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

Unseasonably warm in Chicago? Why not do something uncharacteristic and buy a pilsner! Very pale yellow pour with a quite fluffy white head. Smells of grassy grains with a bit of the herbal hop to come. It finishes dry, if not exactly crisp, and starts with that grain sweetness and a very fresh hop presence. A fairly respectable pilsner, although I'm not sure if I'll remember it.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, pours pale golden yellow with a nice fluffy white head that holds good retention and leaves all kinds of sticky lacing down the entire glass. Aromas are pilsner malt, grassy, and citrusy. Tastes are pilsner malt, grainy, lemon grass, herbal hop, and slightly nutty. Mouth-feel is creamy and smooth with a fairly sharp hop bite on the finish, but still goes down smooth and clean; easy to drink. Overall, nice take on the style. Better than expected.

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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 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 zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of fizzy, bubbly head. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of grasses and grains. There was a touch of caramel, too.

T - It tasted of caramel and mild toffee with a strong bitter spiciness. More hop bite than most pilseners.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied lager with a clean finish.

O - This is a nice bitter pils. No surprise that Great Divide did a good job on this one.

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a large mug it pours a pale gold color, with rising trails of carbonation visible. A couple fingers of foam from the initial pour settle down to an ample skim across the surface. It remains unbroken for the duration of the glass. Meanwhile, thin rings of drippy intricate lacing form in the glass.

Grassy noble hops and sweet malts (pilsner and pale) in the aroma. Floral with a vague sweetness. Simple and effective, and plenty aromatic.

Light to medium feel, lower carbonation, earthy hops at first with a grassy, floral character. Crisp and dry, very clean. Showcases the noble hop very well, lending a light earthy bitterness of summer weeds without sacrificing the drinkability. Exceedingly dry and not sweet tasting at all. Overall a great balanced euro pilsner, one i'll pick up a six of next time I see it.

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

Picked up a single at Euro Market in Queens. It poured clear gold with a white head. The aroma and flavor both hold a strong, but not overpowering herbal, spicy hops character. With the pale, toasted barley, there's almost a dry oak taste. It's a bit hoppier than more pilsners from Bohemia, but it's not as hoppy as a number of American versions, such as Victory's Prima Pils or Avery's Joe. I'm sorry to hear this is a seasonal. I'd love to have a few pints on a hot day, but I'll take it on this unseasonably warm March day.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 1/6/12.

Pours a clear light yellow with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain, grassy/herbal notes, and a hint of skunk. Taste is of toasty malt/grain and big earthy, grassy, and herbal flavors. There is a somewhat assertive level of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good pilsner but the skunky aroma I am getting is not too pleasant.

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

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold, with a couple fingers of foamy bright-white head. This retains with a smooth and thick finger, leaving back a sudsy cascade of lacing which quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells leafy and spicy, with a sweet grainy feel across the back. This has a pleasant feeling fresh airiness to it.

The taste has a leafy citric to bite to it, which is set against sweet and lightly toasted grains and finishing fairly dry and spicy. This is pretty tight and clean in the mouth, with the malts in particular pushing back nicely against the hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with more of a softer and bubbly feeling carbonation that then tightens up on the tongue. This has enough crispness to it while still staying smooth enough in the mouth.

This was definitely a decent take on a Czech Pils, with a crisp spicy bite that leaves an impression and this overall being clean and smooth feeling on the palate. I’d drink another.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.08/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle, bottled on 1/12/12. Pours a clear yellow with a fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet corny malts and some metallic, floral noble hops.

The flavor is sweet grainy malts with some vegetal notes. There's a good amount of bitterness in the finish from the noble hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, decent hops but very vegetal and sweet.

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

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass. Bottled Jan 6th 2012 off we go!

Super crystal clear lemon brass and shiny gold body color, with lots of rising carbonation. Shocking white head, quite soapy, but hangs on quite well.

A light nose, noticeable, but brings some grassy/floral faint hop, crisp malt hinting to white baked bread.

Mid palate upon tasting is pretty neutral. Finish brings a real nice hop and crisp lightness though. Good dense mouthfeel on this, but sort of better on the finish. Hints at butter but without a diacetyl rush.

Overall for a crisp pilsner sort of drinks real well with some dense body unlike most Czech Pils I've had. Sure I could have another.

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