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Windhoek Lager - Namibia Breweries Limited

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73 Ratings
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

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 biegaman
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.

biegaman, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of dcisco44
2/5  rDev -35.9%

dcisco44, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of threedaggers
2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

threedaggers, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of MarkoNm
3.05/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

MarkoNm, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev -3.8%

harpus, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of Hoagie
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Hoagie, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of Anze
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Anze, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of jkball01
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

jkball01, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of innominat
2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

innominat, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of Johnq1964
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Johnq1964, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +28.2%

mrfrancis, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of jmkoscie
2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

jmkoscie, May 15, 2013
Photo of BGsWo22
1/5  rDev -67.9%

BGsWo22, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
2.13/5  rDev -31.7%

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 cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -3.8%

cfalovo97, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of Viceroy
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Viceroy, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of seydou
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.

seydou, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of EmperorBevis
3.4/5  rDev +9%

Straw coloured body and big foamy white head a good looking beer for a lager.

Barley is the predominant aroma slight hints of hops.

Slightly sugary start then straight onto grain then quite a hoppy after taste.

Easy flowing mouthfeel heavy on the carbonation but such is the style.

Up there with Budvar and Staropramen as a robust flavoursome lager with an unexpected flavoursome kick.

EmperorBevis, May 19, 2012
Photo of dansmcd
3.33/5  rDev +6.7%

A - Clear golden straw colour, not much head and no lacing.

S - Mild grassy hops and some salty grains. Clean.

T - Surprisingly good. Lightly sweet with some hop presence. Grain and cut grass.

M - Clean and crisp, moderate to high carbonation, light body.

O - A very drinkable lager, a huge improvement on most macros.

dansmcd, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of enfield249
2.93/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

enfield249, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Thehuntmaster
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Thehuntmaster, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
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.

WoodBrew, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of fullsweep
3.33/5  rDev +6.7%

330 mL green bottle poured into a glass tumbler.

A: Deep amber/yellow, bubbly head that dissipates quickly and leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Grassy/grainy with hints of bitterness and sweetness in the nose.

T: Much more enjoyable than many European pale lagers (e.g. Grolsch, Peroni, etc.) but still not a lot going on. What it has over these beers is a milder bitterness and less metallic flavour.

M: fairly typical of this style--carbonated, fizzy bite but not too overpowering.

O: I'd choose this over some other Euro pale lagers.

fullsweep, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of AEK
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.

AEK, Apr 18, 2011
Windhoek Lager from Namibia Breweries Limited
73 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.