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Windhoek Lager - Namibia Breweries Limited

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BA SCORE
73
okay

73 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 18.27%
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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Photo of TMoney2591
2.85/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

TMoney2591, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

NeroFiddled, Aug 10, 2003
Photo of Jason
3.78/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Jason, Dec 01, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden color, average white head, slims down fast.
Aroma: typical lager smell, slightly corny, but drying up with a quickness, and reminding me more of a pilsner.
Neat little hop appearance at first, lightly drizzling the senses, tasty malt character, just-right balance, even-tempered finish, with hops handily maintaining a presence all the way through.
I like this lager more and more as I finished it, and appreciated the citric/lemony flavor that develops in the middle and rides out through the end.
A very ordinary lager, one that slakes thirst and slides down the throat without trouble, just like it's supposed to.

feloniousmonk, Jul 25, 2003
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.42/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

BlackHaddock, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
2.63/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Georgiabeer, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of Mebuzzard
2.17/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

Mebuzzard, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of biegaman
3.26/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

biegaman, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev -3.8%

harpus, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of dirtylou
3.38/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

dirtylou, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
3.08/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

scruffwhor, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of bark
2.28/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

bark, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of WoodBrew
2.9/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

WoodBrew, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
2.13/5  rDev -31.7%
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.

spinrsx, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of RoyalT
3.13/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

RoyalT, Jan 11, 2005
Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +28.2%

mrfrancis, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.53/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 340ml (11.5 fl.oz) green glass bottle which has a dark metallic green obverse oval shaped label with the words ‘Windhoek Lager’ on it. Looks completely different to that pictured. The bottle I have has a very ‘Carlsberg Lager’ look about it, which I’m sure is intentional. Brewed in accordance with the Rheinheitsgebot which is a throwback “tu ven zee jeermans” ran what is now independent Namibia. Color coordinated crown cap, full length neck label. The back label lists this one as 4% ABV, and actually had a hidden Best Before Date of 12/2003, so I picked this one up for only $0.25 with a little cheeky bartering.

Appearance: Not that bad, light golden body that is perfectly clear and only broken with the odd lonely streamer. The head is white, frothy and very lager like. Solid finely dissolved carbonation, good head retention and nice creamy lacing, which is surprising considering this is past its supposed sell by date. Looks good.

Nose: Grainy pilsner malts with some hops. Fresh smelling aromas on this one crisp and clean with little to nothing to complain about here.

Taste: Light feel, pilsner malts, mildly hoppy feel with a very clean crisp lager finish. Nothing great but there again nothing less than I would have expected from any Lager. It does however benefit from a fresh clean feel and none of the usual annoying sticky cloying corn tastes, in that sense its Teutonic pedigree is self evident. Smooth lines.

Mouthfeel: Grainy feel with some delicate hop presence. Average body, the carbonation assists the light feel here.

Drinkability: Easily partaken, nothing outstanding, but nothing to worry about, a real middle of the road drinker that benefits from the crisp clean lines that it exhibits.

Overall: Considering that this is 12 months past its Best Before Date, it is not that bad. Still, I’m not sure I would pay the going rate for it. Above average.

TheLongBeachBum, Dec 29, 2004
Photo of drpimento
3.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a giant, foamy, frothy, fluffy, white head and lots of lace. Color is a clear yellow and some tiny bubble trails. Aroma is beer and a hint of hop. Flavor is mostly sweet with some floral notes and a little bitterness. Body is a little watery and carbonation is good. Finish is like flavor and short. Not bad beer.

drpimento, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of BGsWo22
1/5  rDev -67.9%

BGsWo22, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of threedaggers
2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

threedaggers, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of IronDjinn
3.58/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

IronDjinn, Jul 31, 2004
Photo of ADR
3.3/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

ADR, Jul 27, 2003
Photo of rastaman
2.3/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

rastaman, Aug 16, 2002
Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.9/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

jazzyjeff13, Feb 01, 2011
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Windhoek Lager from Namibia Breweries Limited
73 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.