Windhoek Lager
Namibia Breweries Limited

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Style:
European Pale Lager
Ranked #131
ABV:
4%
Score:
71
Ranked #46,624
Avg:
3.11 | pDev: 19.29%
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
1.98/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Review: 330ml green bottle of Windhoek Premium lager: 4.0% vol.

Reads “crafted with passion since 1920” on the bottle..

Looks good on the pour, a very nice white frothy head, quite big, and a lovely golden coloured beer. Good carbonation, fizzing around. After a while it all settles down to look a bit flat.

Overall it is a solid look. Ok

Aromas of grains and pale malts and citric notes, typical lager smells, all light, but ok.

Not getting a whole lot from the bottle, all fizzled away perhaps. The initial taste is not bad, grainy and am getting nice big malty mouthfuls, but afterwards the beer does die in the taste department, goes a little flat in the mouth, very fast in fact.

Getting usual lager traits, of malts, grains, and sweet corns. Also got a slight off taste to the beer.

Overall, despite initial promise, this is a very thin and weak brew, a boring and bland generic lager, very forgettable, and not worth purchasing again. Not quite as good as it gets, far from it!

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Photo of Beginner2
3.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

If you were in either the desert or the hot, humid tropics... you would be glad to have this beer.
Namibia is a place unto itself and this beer is welcome.
That said, it is not great.
It really doesn't Look like much, it only Smells slightly below average. Tastes are balanced and Feel is, as I said, welcome.
Windhoek Lager also is listed on the "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die" because the editors want at least one beer from every country.
Roger Prost also reviewed Windhoek Lager at length in his "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die."
Let us be grateful for what we got.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
2.51/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

L- Mid-gold, clear, pours with 3mm fine white head, which is slowly reducing...
S- When I popped the bottle it was like I was transported to Kathmandu, just momentarily... oh yeah! Later up close I don't get that at all, just subtle grains.
T- It is quite hoppy/dry, a slightly off flavour briefly flavour comes in, then the richness builds. On sip2 and onwards the off-flavour doesn't return, so perhaps just a sensitive palate versus 1st sip of 1st beer tonight. The flavour seems confined to malts and grains, ie a basic lager, there are no contemporary facets here.
F- It has quite a rich mouth-feel, it might be just a little too rich for me. I've just checked the ABV% again and am a little surprised to see it's 4%, the richness suggests it's higher.
O- There is nothing of note going on with this beer; sadly rather underwhelming.
This bottle was imported all the way from Namibia to London where I found it in a southern African specialty shop in Paddington station W2. If you happened to be Namibian living in the UK this might be a welcome taste of home but I couldn't find anything in it that would make me pay a premium to buy it again.
BB: End Feb-19

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Photo of kojevergas
2.54/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Review from notes taken in Koln in March 2016:

Namibian Breweries Limited "Windhoek Lager." Best before end Oct 2016. 4% ABV. Premium lager.

Comes in a 330ml green glass bottle with a green branded pry-off crown cap. Purchased at the BierMuseum Kiosk in Koln, Germany.

Served cold into a pilsner glass. Reviewed live as a Euro pale lager.

APPEARANCE: Pours a fluffy white head, 6cm wide, which is frothy but has a thin consistency. Recedes quickly (within 2 minutes despite a vigorous pour), leaving no lacing.

Body colour is a watery-looking pale copper. Clean, with no visible yeast or sediment.

Suggests a watery, thin brew. I'm cautious going into this one...

AROMA: Clean. Barley. Water. Graininess.

That's it. Has no hop profile, no robust malt presence, and no yeast presence (though to be fair, its clean attenuation itself indicates lager yeast). That said, to its credit, I find no off-notes and it isn't boozy.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Slightly watery, but not as much as I feared. Crisp and clean, with a light body and a somewhat refreshing feel on the palate, even if it is a bit too thin and weak in terms of overall presence on the palate. It does have a sort of rough coarseness which makes it scratchy and hoarse going down, to its obvious detriment.

Taste is simple and shallow, with notes of plain barley and cheap pilsner malt and...well, that's all that's offered here, folks. Flavour duration is average. Flavour intensity is below average.

Balance isn't even a factor in a beer this simple and shallow. There's zero nuance, subtlety, intricacy, etc.

To its credit, it isn't boozy, harsh, gushed, hot, or astringent in terms of mouthfeel, and there are no metallic off-notes or anything. I've had worse.

OVERALL: I didn't know what to expect when opening a Namibian lager. This can't compete with the best South African beers, nor even the best Kenyan beers (I'm looking at you, Tusker Lager), but for an African lager you could do far worse. I won't say it's worth trying (especially at European import prices), but it's not awful by any means and more casual drinkers will appreciate its neutrality and drinkability, even if there's a lot of room for improvement.

Low C- (2.54) / BELOW AVERAGE

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Photo of Bruno74200
2.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I had this one a long time ago in Botswana, I remember liking it, mostly because it's great with the high temperature climate over there. Still a macro lager

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Photo of stevoj
1.6/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This is one of the wateriest beers I can remember, but oddly enough it’s still better than most macrobrews. Aroma is slightly sour/musty, taste is invisible, like a watered down beer. Probably very refreshing in the deserts of Namibia, not so much on a cool german fall evening...

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Photo of 22Blue
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Typical pale lager. Mild aroma and taste of grain and malt. Not metal or skunk taste, which is a good thing. Somewhat thin body. Nothing offensive, but nothing memorable.

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Photo of biegaman
3.25/5  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.

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Photo of MarkoNm
2.98/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.15/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

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Photo of seydou
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.29/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of enfield249
2.91/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.88/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of fullsweep
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of AEK
4.25/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.12/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.88/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
3.34/5  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.

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Photo of DerBayer
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.86/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

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Photo of Macca
2.56/5  rDev -17.7%
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

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Photo of BeerCon5
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.

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Windhoek Lager from Namibia Breweries Limited
Beer rating: 71 out of 100 with 100 ratings