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Windhoek Lager - Namibia Breweries Limited

Windhoek LagerWindhoek Lager

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BA SCORE
73
okay

65 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 18.01%


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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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

2.13/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 2$

Appearance - Clear light yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an above average amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for 2-3 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, corn

Taste & Mouth - There is a very high amount of carbonation and I can taste corn mixed with some grains/breads. There is also a bit of a corn syrup sweetness. It ends with a lightly sweet crisp aftertaste.

Overall - Way too much carbonation and too much of an adjunct flavour for me. First few sips weren't bad, but it was downhill from there. Not something I'd buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 16:48:23 | More by spinrsx
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

2.17/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Found this at the Singapore Beer Fest...Namibia, huh? Ok....
Pours like a MGD. Clear, light golden and fizzy carbonated head, which didn't last very long at all.
Corn and biscuit dominate the nose. A bit stale, too. No date on bottle after I pleaded with the lady to it out of the recycle bin.
Taste is stale. Straw and biscuit, some starch and corn. Flat. I wouldn't call it skunked, but I think it was well on its way.
Avoided at the next session of the fest.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 19:58:49 | More by Mebuzzard
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bark

Sweden

2.28/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The colour is yellow; the high airy head is yellowish.

There are sweet notes of corn in the smell as well as metallic bitter flavours and a touch of white loaf.

The taste is sweet with fresh malty flavours. Some light notes of bread. There is malt in the aftertaste, but almost no hops at all.

The carbonation is medium, the liquid is light.

A classic tropical watery lager.

Serving type: can

10-18-2008 10:37:04 | More by bark
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2.3/5  rDev -26%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Germany

2.4/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an unexciting see-through straw colour with minimal fizzy head despite my vigorous pouring efforts.

The smell is not skunked or adjunct lager style but faint and nothing special. There s not much else to be said about the taste.

The mouthfeel is kind of refreshing but nothing special. Drinkability when served cold is OK.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 19:15:22 | More by DerBayer
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.42/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 14:53:43 | More by BlackHaddock
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DogFood11

California

2.5/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pils glass it forms a fluffy white head that has a tremendous amount of support from a never ending fast racing carbonation. Pale Yellow body and the lacing is sticky.

Lots of tin type characteristic to it. Corn husk is to be expected and there is plenty of it, a lot more than I like in a pale lager. Sweet malts are somewhat dough like. Fairly crisp more due to the carbonation than the hop presence. Clean, Refreshing.

Notes: This is a run of the mill pale lager. To me thats basically what they are going for so its hard to knock it and be fair at the same time. I for one don't like very many from this style BUT there are some fine examples and this is just average.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 19:29:48 | More by DogFood11
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Macca

Australia

2.55/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

this pours a golden colour with a generous head. Some retention. Clear.

Grainy aromas dominate but not a lot else happening.

Similar on the palate. It's got that soapiness that I hate in Eurolagers.

Medium bodied. High carbonation.

Bland bland bland

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 07:32:59 | More by Macca
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ALEBOY

Australia

2.58/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Being as it is brewed to the Reinheitsgebot I thought it might have been better . However, it is a drinkable beer, it's just that I found nothing in its' composition that was truly worthy of note. At least it is not an offensive drink.
Hot summers day?....FREE Windhoek?... I'd take one!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2003 14:21:41 | More by ALEBOY
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

2.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Best before date of September, 2007. Poured with a huge rocky head that filled 1/2 the glass. Golden, and with some decent lacing. The smell is bready and with notes of wasa crackers. The taste is clean and grainy up front, and then soapy. Some light bitterness and tannic tea like tastes are present on the finish. The mouthfeel starts off somewhat medium bodied but then quickly falls off. Can't say I really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2007 06:04:12 | More by Georgiabeer
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Kulrak

Australia

2.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Australia

2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've bought this twice in Canberra, and twice it's been skunked.

So, not a real review as such but just a mention that somewhere between Namibia and Canberra it got too hot and bright at least two times!

I've given it a "C" just to keep it even.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2009 11:04:18 | More by Hubris
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

I need more African beers in my life. Just for the sake of it. This one pours a clear very pale straw topped by a healthy white froth. The nose comprises rice cakes, cane sugar, toasted wheat, and corn syrup. A little too saccharine for my tastes, but better than many BMCs I've had in the past. The taste holds notes of corn syrup, rice, chalky wheat, burnt grains, a slight (bad) funk, and a fully chalky aftertaste. The body is very light, with a moderate carbonation and a dry, watery feel. Overall, a lackluster effort, but I've definitely had worse.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 04:05:06 | More by TMoney2591
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

2.9/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: can

06-27-2011 18:50:24 | More by WoodBrew
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enfield249

Michigan

2.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a perfectly clear gold with a extra white head.

S - Slightly skunky, but a little bit of fresh hop aroma.

T - Clean, clean, clean. Slight malt flavor, and slight hop taste. Mostly unoffensive.

M - Light. Crisp is the word to use here, but it has more body and feel than a Bud.

O - Not bad for a lager, and very drinkable on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 19:09:34 | More by enfield249
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MarkoNm

Slovenia

3.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear and golden color. There is a small white head which immediately settles down.
The aroma is very weak, almost nothing. There is just a slight presence of hops.
The taste is light and quite pleasant. There is a slight bitterness throught, including the finish. Aftertaste is slighty metallic, but nothing unpleasant.
Nice and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 18:46:35 | More by MarkoNm
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Lack luster head with a residual film ongoing through beer. Golden hay boddy, reminds me of sparkling apple juice. Very faint carbonation.

Smell- SLightly grassy mixed in with faint hops, but overall very subdued. Nothing really stands out.

Taste- Does have a refresing, light hop flavor with some estery grains to contrast the expected hoppiness. But still very subdued , had to almost swish the stuff around to coax these flavors out of the beer.

Mouthfeel- Light watery palate, won't take away the taste of any food. Just any other pilsners/euro lager. But this would go could at a BBQ or anything spicy.

Drinkability- Pretty good, the overall muted flavors make this beer easy to have more than you can handle. But if I wanna do that I'd go for the enemy, MILLER.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2005 22:44:15 | More by scruffwhor
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schrist275

Florida

3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm... where is Namibia?? Cant be a bad place, there is beer.. head is extremely quick to disolve, but the "bubbles" keep the top from going completely calm, the smell is that of a lager, nothing overwhelming.. very easy going taste, no lasting aftertaste, just mouthfeel.. keeps the sides of the tongue happy.. cant complain.. a great lunch beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2004 18:28:58 | More by schrist275
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.15/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An incredibly clear, light straw coloured with a small bubbly head that settles down to a thin lacing around the top. There is also a couple of bursts of bubbles rising to the surface.

Grainy cereal and some light hops make up the smell along with a faintest of syrupy corn aromas.

Similar to the smell and quite basic in flavour. There is a mild skunky taste but nothing to put you off with bread & grain being the main flavours here. There is an unusual aftertaste that is mildly bitter but not unpleasant.

The light side of medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel and nice carbonation although it is not all that refreshing.

I would say that Windhoek is on the nicer side of average for a pale lager and isn't really anything special. Generally quite pleasant although I felt it was a let down on the palate although I can't really complain on the price as it was incredibly cheap.

More at:
http://abarwithnoname.wordpress.com

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 17:47:14 | More by flyingpig
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brendan13

Australia

3.18/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a pils glass a nice pale golden straw colour with a few centimetres of fluffy white head. Nice rings of lace left around the glass.
S - Smell is grainy and slight spice hop notes.
T - Taste is along the same lines as the smell with a sweet grainy taste dominating.
M - Medium bodied with a fairly high carbonation level.
D - Good tasting lager that would be pretty good in hot Namibian weather. Drinkable but nothing to make it stand out from much more readily available and cheaper Euro lagers.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2007 09:51:15 | More by brendan13
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, yellow straw-like color with white foamy head.

Mostly the scent of grains.

Grains also dominate the taste. There are also some light hops.

Light bodied, crisp and pretty thin with high carbonation.

Very easy to drink and very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 20:29:27 | More by BeerCon5
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Typical pale gold color and minimal head. The nose is that of grain, and husk. As the beer warms it picks up an odd aroma redolent of fried bologna. In the mouth the beer is all grain with some malt flavors adding a simple sweetness. I can't find much in the way of hopiness, but I will say the beer is easy to drink and doesn't have any nagging characteristics that offend the palate. I'd drink it at a ball-park in Namibia any old day....with a Hebrew National Hot Dog "works"!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2003 01:08:01 | More by moulefrite
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instrumentality

California

3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After several visits to my local African restaurant, I decided to be a good BA and at least try their regional beers. The most popular (and most expensive) was Tusker Lager from Kenya. Unfortunately, they were out of this one, so my remaining options were Castle Lager (South Africa) and Windhoek Lager (Namibia). On the recommendation of the waitress, I went with the latter.

I expected something along the lines of BMC. What I encountered was, while not a fantastic beer, considerably more enjoyable.

The bottle was stamped with a "Best Before" date of August 2006. Just made it, I guess.

Poured into a tall pilsner glass, this was your typical "fizzy yellow beer," full of happily ascending bubbles crashing into a foamy white head that stuck around for much of the journey into my belly.

The odor was relatively typical of a generic lager, malty and a bit doughy/biscuity.

The taste, too, was characterized by heavy malt (but not malt liquor heavy like some other imports), slightly tart, with a slight hoppy bitterness.

The mouthfeel was a bit fizzy, but the alcohol was almost unnoticeable and the aftertaste was gentle and malty.

Given that I can barely stand to drink BMC (never could, even when I was living on the cheap), I have to give this one some kudos for drinkability. The hops and other flavors are strong enough to give it a crisp bite to it (rather than just tasting like stale water), and the effect is a very refreshing and easy-to-drink beverage. I deliberately let it warm a bit just to test it, and it still wasn't half bad, but this is one I would recommend drinking cold.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2006 00:21:19 | More by instrumentality
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Windhoek Lager from Namibia Breweries Limited
73 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.