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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 bluemoonswoon
3.65/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

bluemoonswoon, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of Kulrak
2.63/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Kulrak, Sep 03, 2007
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 brendan13
3.18/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

brendan13, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of SSBrennan
3.88/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tasting glass the beer produced a sizable white head which fell fairly quickly with a fair amount of lacing. The color is a sort of dark gold, slightly darked than most pale lagers which is promising and carbonation is maintained.

Smells noticeably of grain but not of corn, fairly non-distinct but about what lager should smell like.

The taste is of malt with an initially mild hop flavor which builds at the finish. The taste is very light but not watery, dominated by malts and hops with little detectable alcohol.

The mouthfeel is heavily carbonated and clean.

The beer is easy drinking and refreshing, particularly on a hot day. The absence of corn improves the prospect of having a few without too much ill-effect. It is, along with Hansa, my go to beer in South Africa and probably my favorite in the EPL style so far.

SSBrennan, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of DogFood11
2.5/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

DogFood11, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of instrumentality
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

instrumentality, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of hunteraw
3.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: well, the bottles I got looked a lot different from the one in the picture here, I wonder if it's different in Namibia than in South Africa where I was drinking it. Pours a yellowish tinted straw, big head, little lacing - very macro looking.

Smell: no corn, thank goodness! an improvement over Castle already. Label says it respects the German purity laws - makes sense, Namibia being a former German colony. Clean lager scent, hint of hops and malt.

Taste: very typical for the style: malt, some light bitterness, but pretty mellow. Mouthfeel is light, and the finish is a touch harsh. Carbonation is fine.

Drinkability: This is a good standby in Southern Africa if the only other choices are Castle, Black Label and light beers. It's solid for its style, very little objectionable. Goes down good!

hunteraw, Jun 07, 2006
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 BeerandBlues2
3.45/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled. Pours pale yellow with a small frothy white head. Aroma is sweet malt, white bread with fruit hop notes on the nose. Smooth malty initial flavor with a yeasty, sweet hop finish. Some spotty lacing. Very drinkable session beer. Light and silky palate, ends slightly dry.

BeerandBlues2, May 04, 2005
Photo of cypressbob
3.3/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

Pours with a medium yellow body. White fluffy head with fairly good retention

Smell, quite fresh on the nose, some hints of freshly cut grass, fresh hops, some grain also

Taste, quite fresh, crisp and dry. Some lingering hop profile on the finish

Not bad, a clean and refreshing lager

cypressbob, Apr 18, 2005
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 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 schrist275
3.1/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

schrist275, Oct 25, 2004
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 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 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 moulefrite
3.2/5  rDev +2.6%
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"!

moulefrite, Aug 02, 2003
Photo of ALEBOY
2.58/5  rDev -17.3%
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!

ALEBOY, Aug 01, 2003
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 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 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 jackndan
3.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jackndan, Aug 16, 2002
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Windhoek Lager from Namibia Breweries Limited
73 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.