Since summer is practically here, my last mixed six pack purchase at Wine Works in Marlton, NJ included several lighter bodied beers, i.e. a Kolsch, a Pilsner, a Summer Ale, and a couple of Wheat Beers. Among the mixed six pack was a bottle of Great Divide’s Nomad Pilsner. I’m a big fan of their Colette Farmhouse Ale, and their Yeti series is highly regarded, so I decided to give this beer a try. Truth be told, I was also sucked in by the pretty label!
NOMAD is our spin on the classic Bohemian Pilsner style. The journey starts with German malts and Saaz hops that offer a lively floral nose and crispness, while a full 5 weeks of lagering time ensures that Nomad is eminently balanced. This Nomad may wander, but it’s got some serious roots.
And now for my take on this beer…
- Appearance: Crystal clear, golden yellow color. Tops out at about a quarter inch of fluffy white foam. Dissipates slowly. Moderate lacing.
- Aroma: Fresh smelling, lemony, and herbal hops. Mild cane sugar malt sweetness.
- Taste: Medium carbonation with a good bit of fizzy bubbles. Medium bodied, i.e. not too thin, but not syrupy either. Crisp and citrusy in the beginning with some of that sweet malt in the background. Becomes somewhat tart towards the middle. Ends with a pleasant bitter finish.
- ABV: 5.4%
I am most pleased with Great Divide’s interpretation of the Bohemian Pilsner. Much like the Victory Prima Pils (if I mention this beer too often, please tell me), this is a seriously drinkable and refreshing beer. For whatever reason, this is a seasonal release for Great Divide and is not available during the summer months. I’m sure they have their reasons (I’m far from an expert, so some enlightenment would be most appreciated), but if I were them, I would seriously consider offering this beer year round. Well done Great Divide!