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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

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Added by Domingo on 12-30-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,387
Reviews:
155
Ratings:
521
pDev:
11.88%
Bros Score:
3.84
 
 
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23
Gots:
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Ratings: 521 |  Reviews: 155
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New one from GD in Denver. I have it at the store but I wanted to try it first off the tap.

Crystal clear, very light golden pour. Nice foamy white head, pretty clean lacing. Yep, looks like a pilsner to me.

Aroma is sharp and pale. The soft bread and light yeasty spice go well together. There's a bit of a huskiness to it as it warms.

Nice flavors. The hops are Czech as the spices and grassiness come out. Light malt and bread with some white pepper faintly arising and then going away. I think it has more flavor overall than the pilseners I had in Prague...of course those were lower abv too.
Good new brew from GD. Should give Samurai a run for its money in sales.

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Photo of abkaroll
4.14/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Greywulfken
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled: 3/22/13

A: into a pilsener glass, crystal clear pale gold beer with persistent carbonation visibly streaming up through the beer. Coulda made the head huge, but measured my pour to fit the pilsener with a two-finger head of bright white foam. A slim film of white fizz persisted atop the beer throughout, and trailed lace inside the glass.

S: lots of grainy herbal and floral aromas atop toasted wet malts and yeasty smells

T: lots of earthy grains and fresh-meadow-tasting grains and hops; fresh, bitter; has a rustic, mature, "Old World" character; faint yeasty tartness and doughy chew

M: crisp, light, effevescent, refreshing and cleansing - better than water! Lip-smacking dry and bitter finish.

O: a great beer - I'm not a pilsener drinker regularly, but a beer like this is the kind that makes you appreciate a style. Real bright and crisp, with the grains accentuated nicely by the hops. I toned down some of my scores out of deference to my lack of experience with the style, because I was ready to assign some pretty glowing values. I can certainly say this: No reason not to grab some if you see 'em on the shelf.

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBeerSipper
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%

Photo of Finn
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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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Photo of ghetto90007
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Boddington's pint glass I just smuggled back from a trip to England. I know that there are threads ridiculing the mention of what glassware you used during the tasting, but I enjoy memorializing the vessel I used to drink my beer. Sometimes it's nostalgic, sometimes it's hilarious - like drinking a Coors out of a Delirium Tremens tulip or an Russian Imperial Stout out of a Budweiser pinter.

This one pours a crystal clear, pale, golden yellow, with a silky white head that would probably be downright chunky with a heavier pour. Lacing smears itself around but isn't all that sticky. A steady, effervescent stream of miniature bubbles drifts up from the bottom of the glass.

The nose on this one gives it away as a pilsener. You can pick up that pilsener chalkiness and the yeast figures into the olfactory profile quite a bit more than the invisible yeast of a straight-up lager. There is a clean graininess, bitter hops, and a hint of lemon rind.

Tasting it reveals a nice, clean, refreshingly dry beer with bright biscuity malt, offset by bitter, chalky hops. All nicely balanced by a superb touch of candy-like sweetness that fades in and then fades out giving way to a satisfying bitter, chalky aftertaste.

This is a really nice and refreshing pilsener. A little cleaner than some of the other samples of the style, but it is a very refreshing beer. This could be a great gateway beer for your lager loving friends and family. It's straightforward, but done quite well.

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Photo of dar482
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The color has a clear golden color with a foamy white head.

The aroma has a great saaz hops aroma, biscuit, and some pilsner skunk.

The flavor suits that with a grassy flavor. The malt backbone for this taste is wonderful. The mouthfeel and finish is amazing because of this big malt behind.

So far, one of my favorite American versions of a pilsner. A really wonderful job.

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Photo of mactrail
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
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 MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Bottling date of Dec 27, 2012.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear yellowish golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A crisp, grainy, and hoppy classic Pilsener aroma. Wheat grains and pale malts upfront with good hints of biscuit, hay, yeast, and toast. Solid hop presence with hints of herbal, earthy, and floral hops. Good hints of grass and citrus lemon and orange. Also a little herbal spicing. A nice balance of bready malts and spicy hops. Pretty traditional Pils aroma.

Taste: Follows the nose well, a bready and nicely hopped classic Pilsener taste. Big bready malt taste upfront with notes of wheat grains, biscuit, hay, yeast, and toast. Good Saaz hop balance with notes of grass and floral, earthy hops. Citrus taste of lemon and a little orange. Fairly spicy and musty tasting. A typical Pilsener taste that is well balanced. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Nicely crisp, dry, and smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid Pilsener. Its what you expect from the style. Solid balance.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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 Morey
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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 emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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 Britton
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of mjstacker
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of imasloth
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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 Hockey_Fan
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Cujo65
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of mrcraft
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TexIndy
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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 hansgruber
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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 pathman
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of cmbeaudoin
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of jimbrinkruff
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Nomad from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 521 ratings
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