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Windhoek Lager - Namibia Breweries Limited

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BA SCORE
73
okay

72 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 18.59%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Namibia Breweries Limited visit their website
Namibia

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 08-16-2002)
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Reviews by biegaman:
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.26/5  rDev +4.5%

Windhoek has a sunny golden-yellow complexion but its clarity is far from perfect; a faint haziness adheres to the beer like the filmy white skins between the layers of an onion. Despite its bubbles best efforts, all of the head that formed off the pour withers away to mere lace.

My first impression of Windhoek is that it must have been modeled after Heineken; the green glass is more than a mere marketing similarity, it makes for the same trademark skunkiness too. As I become more acquainted with it, however, notes of actual malt and an absence of adjunct reveal that this is far from a carbon copy - it's considerably nicer.

Namibia was formerly a German colony and, going by taste, seems to have adopted both their brewing style and proficiencies. This is a considerably crisp and quenching lager (especially for a light-stricken and stale dated sample). It drinks much like Germany's large-scale pilsners: clean, simple and light-bodied, minimally hopped, with a pale and pure maltiness.

And, neglecting the odd impression of corn syrup, is notably free of adjunct. The beer has an almost mineral water-like mouthfeel that feels as though it scrubs the palate to a sparkle each time it passes over the tongue. The maltiness is delicately sweet and does not linger at all. While certainly better cold, this lager has no unpleasantries to hide.

When we talk about beer few will ever even think to mention an African nation, but I truthfully thought Windhoek a better lager than a lot of European national brands - and that includes some of the world's brewing powerhouses. Namibia's beer, on the whole, may be nowhere near as good as that of, say, Holland or Denmark, but at least their main export isn't as bad.

02-24-2014 23:42:07 | More by biegaman
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev +0.3%

Appearance – This one is a very pretty clear yellow in color with a tinge of orange, some light carbonation, and a huge pure white head that actually showed good retention and laced my glass nicely on the way down.

Smell – It’s not skunked, but the grain is pretty darned stale. There’s a light, musty artificial sweetness to this nose as well.

Taste – The musty, stale grain unfortunately comes out unabashed at the tongue. The sweetness isn’t as bad as it smelled, though, so all is not totally lost.

Mouthfeel – This light-bodied Lager was a tad tingly and not at all refreshing.

Drinkability – This one is very, very thin in the body but otherwise wasn’t that bad.

01-11-2005 01:30:58 | More by RoyalT
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +21.2%

11.5 oz green bottle with a best before date on the back label.

Appearance: Clear yellowish straw colour, quick crackling foam leaves some lace on the glass. The retention lacks a bit.

Smell: Grassy of pale grain and fresh hops. Very clean to the nose as a lager should be.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Light malt sweetness, fresh graininess and a clean bitter semi-assertive hop presence. Clean and crisp with a light lingering hop and grain flavour.

Notes: A straight up clean lager, the crispness makes it very drinkable with a stable grain and hop balance.

12-01-2003 02:17:19 | More by Jason
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innominat

Ireland

2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

11-01-2013 20:06:05 | More by innominat
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

2.9/5  rDev -7.1%

A 330ml bottle with a BB of June 2011. Brewed in Namibia, and the neck label mentions that this beer conforms to German reinheitsgebot standards.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear golden hue with good carbonation. Produces a finger of white foam that lasts for several minutes before settling. Aroma of light malt with clean solvent notes.

Tastes of light malt with a hint of bitterness. Slight grainy note and faint undertones of solvent/alcohol. Mouthfeel is smooth but slightly thin.

A relatively crisp and refreshing lager. Drinkable, if unchallenging. Would go down nicely in hot weather.

02-01-2011 22:01:27 | More by jazzyjeff13
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev +5.8%

The first shrink-wrapped six pack of bottles I've seen...best before 12/2003...

Clear (chill-hazed) very pale straw color (almost greenish), soft 1/4 inch head on a hard pour and with good retention -- clings in some decent laces. Slight nutty malty nose, a scant amount of lemon grass. Malt begins the impression, again a slightly nutty pale caramel accompanies a skeletal body. finishes with a decently matched cedar-like hop. Not a bad beer at all, good balance, no trace of light-struck skunkiness, and only a slight bit of too much carbonation. Thanks to Thomas Liquors for a six pack that probably wasn't going to make it to the shelves.

07-27-2003 17:14:58 | More by ADR
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2.3/5  rDev -26.3%

Suprisingly drinkable, given all the other categories scored lowly. This was OK, slightly hop bitter finish, but still quite watery. There wasn't anything really offensive about it though, highly drinkable, a swiller.

08-16-2002 16:34:16 | More by rastaman
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

3.68/5  rDev +17.9%

The best of the macro lager lineup available in south africa. Pours yellow and fizzy as one would expect, but unlike many other SA offerings, the nose is clean, and smells a bit of bock. A good crisp clean flavor, but not a whole lot of it. Defenitely the best of the macro lagers I have had in SA, or maybe at all. A good lawnmower brew.

05-26-2008 09:25:00 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +28.2%

South West Breweries was formed in 1920 when four breweries joined together. Namibia was a German colony and they therefore produced German style lagers. In 1990 Namibia gained its independence and the group was re-named Namibia Breweries. Windhoek was the name of one of the original four breweries; and there are three other beers in the Windhoek line.

A crystal clear golden body is topped by a frothy head of bright white foam. The retention is fair, and the head leaves some nice spots and splashes of lace as it slowly drops to a thin surface covering after the first few sips. The aroma offers a bright combination of grainy, bread-like malt and delicate grassy hops. The body is medium and it's crisp in the mouth with a very fine, median level carbonation. The flavor reflects what the nose suggests with the grassy and herbal hops getting a little more play. It's firmly bitter and finishes dry with a quick note of malt, and then lingering hops in the finish. A refreshing, dry German-style pilsner!

08-10-2003 16:02:11 | More by NeroFiddled
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dirtylou

Washington

3.38/5  rDev +8.3%

340ml bottle, hilton-sandton minibar in johannesburg

best by december 2008

appearance: macro golden lager - nothing more, nothing less

smell: pale malts, skunky lager tones, very mild hop profile

taste: a pretty common lager in south africa - not offensive but not memorable...pale malts, grassy, light and bland

mouthfeel: light

drinkability : fine

06-16-2008 20:30:08 | More by dirtylou
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WoodBrew

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -7.1%

This lager was decent...what else would you expect from a former German colony. This beer poured golden clear with white head that stemmed from good carbonation. The smell was somewhat grainy. The taste was starts with grain, but comes off the pallete clean and crisp. Made the beer refreshing. The mouthfeel was smooth....certainly no issue with this beer.

06-27-2011 18:50:24 | More by WoodBrew
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jackndan

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev +9.9%

Windhoek Lager, from Namibia: This golden lager is made by “Master German Brewers” using barley hops and water. Actually a great looking beer, with a dense white long lasting head, with thick lace all the way down to the bottom. Very pronounced aroma of malted barley/fresh baked bread. The taste was a little bit of a let down. It had a strong malt flavor, but was missing a little hops balance. Clean and crisp aftertaste. Not bad, I’d get it again.

08-16-2002 10:22:34 | More by jackndan
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +17%

12oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass, no freshness date to be seen. Green bottle :(

A: Pours a deep straw yellow with a one inch pure white head that fades quickly to a cap with a strong carbonation

S: Light and crisp grassyness with a hint of nut and lemon zest, really though the beer relies much more on this faint grassyness and bits of sweet corn but not as overt a corny aroma as american macro lagers.

T/MF: Light apple and grainy lemony grassyness, not bad, not bad at all. Strong carbonation and active mouthfeel, pretty damn refreshing with a slight hop bitterness tickling the tongue.

D: Pretty decent if it were not for the appearance and smell this would be a pretty damn solid and nicely sessionable beer, as it stands though it is still highly drinkable and enjoyable, don't know it till you try it.

03-08-2008 03:57:37 | More by bluemoonswoon
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AEK

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.22/5  rDev +35.3%

330ml brown bottle poured into a Stella Artois flute style glass.

A. Straw coloured ale with a foamy white head, head formation during the pour was well controlled.

S. Juicy malt. A hint of melon. A little citrus fruit, nice floral bouquet, peppery spice and some ginger too.

T. Not a great deal in the mouth, maybe a touch of lemon. Surprisingly smooth.

M. Medium.

D. Quite a nice lager. Much better than I was expecting and a lot less carbonated than I imagined and other pale lagers I have tried. A very nice drink - especially as it was reduced to only 50p a bottle in Morrison's.

04-18-2011 10:41:20 | More by AEK
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Anze

Slovenia

3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

12-18-2013 06:47:45 | More by Anze
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dcisco44

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -35.9%

02-08-2014 16:50:45 | More by dcisco44
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Kulrak

Australia

2.63/5  rDev -15.7%

Pours a deep golden color with plenty of creamy white head that fades away to a thin layer fairly quickly. Smells very faintly of hops, and a little of being lightstruck. Good ole green bottles. The taste is very clean, with a little coppery bitterness. Just enough to finish a little sour, but mostly dry. Mouthfeel is a little tingly, some creaminess, not too bad. Overall, it's fairly drinkable, as is water.

09-03-2007 11:55:01 | More by Kulrak
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seydou

South Africa

3.33/5  rDev +6.7%

Probably my favorite African lager. Was lucky to find this on tap -- somewhat of a rarity in Johannesburg.

Standard across the board in terms of color, smell, appearance. Just a bit of a cleaner, less offensive taste than many of the African lagers. Also, as a session beer, seems much easier to drink several of when compared to the heavy west African lagers or overly-carbonated Castle.

06-14-2012 12:18:25 | More by seydou
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Jerseyislandbeer

Jersey

3/5  rDev -3.8%

08-03-2014 11:22:13 | More by Jerseyislandbeer
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +14.7%

This was far better than I was expecting. Came in a 340 ml long neck green bottle, the best before date stamped on the back label but wholly illegible all the same. The back label also claims it's 4% abv, but the little white import sticker next to it says it's 5%.

A clear pale yellow colour in appearance, a flash of fizzy head before utterly disappearing for good. Grains, some sweet cornbread malt and light hops on the nose. The flavour starts out with sweet corn, but quickly becomes dry and crisp from the grains in the middle, which carries to the finish where the hops balance it out. Now that's a decent lager! Far better than a N. American macro variety any day, and far more drinkable. Medium body on the mouthfeel, not a watery swiller, and a dry finish. This would be a fine way to satiate yourself with on a hot day.

07-31-2004 16:20:46 | More by IronDjinn
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Hoagie

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

12-30-2013 13:30:03 | More by Hoagie
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.42/5  rDev -22.4%

green 340ml bottle, best before April 09, drank 15th mar 09 (just in time). Obtained from 'Beers of Europe', Nambia must have moved since I last looked at the globe!

Poured into a Hoegaarden Grand Cru tulip shaped glass. Looked a good golden yellow, bright and clean with a large white head comprising of big bubbles.

The aroma was of a yeasty farmyard and cereals.

The taste was weak, almost tasteless, neither sweet nor dry, not sour or anything really. The front label claims it is brewed under the 1516 German 'Reinheitsgebot' but it didn't taste or feel like a German pilsner, maybe the water doesn't suit the process?

Luckily I had been cutting the grass before drinking this. What some on here would call a 'Lawnmower beer' I believe.

03-15-2009 14:53:43 | More by BlackHaddock
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PugslyK

South Africa

3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

06-24-2014 09:10:28 | More by PugslyK
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BGsWo22

New York

1/5  rDev -67.9%

03-21-2013 00:33:13 | More by BGsWo22
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev +5.1%

Reviewed from notes:

"Best by April 2010"

Downed a couple of cans of this in the Johannesburg airport September 2009. Pours a very pale grain color, almost whitish with little head. Smell is not very good - musty cereal grains similar to certain cheap BMC products. After a experiencing a poor aroma, I was surprised to find this as flavorful as it was. Ample lightly-toasted grain flavors with a little bitterness. Very biscuity. Mouthfeel was light-bodied and heavy on the carbonation with a sharp, dry finish.

Refreshing enough!

01-07-2010 20:26:43 | More by GeezLynn
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Windhoek Lager from Namibia Breweries Limited
73 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.