Windhoek Lager | Namibia Breweries Limited

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Windhoek LagerWindhoek Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Namibia Breweries Limited
Namibia
nambrew.com

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by xlperro on 08-16-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
90
Reviews:
51
Avg:
3.09
pDev:
20.06%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
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Photo of kojevergas
2.54/5  rDev -17.8%
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 -4.9%
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

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohanM
3.84/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TwiggyCZ
2.03/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of stevoj
1.6/5  rDev -48.2%
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 Hayley_86
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of 22Blue
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%
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 KeithE
2.67/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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5/5  rDev +61.8%

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4/5  rDev +29.4%

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3/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.09 out of 5 based on 90 ratings.
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