Windhoek Lager | Namibia Breweries Limited

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75
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90 Ratings
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%
 
 
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Photo of BGsWo22
1/5  rDev -67.6%

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 dcisco44
2/5  rDev -35.3%

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

Photo of spinrsx
2.15/5  rDev -30.4%
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 Mebuzzard
2.19/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

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Photo of rastaman
2.3/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

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Photo of bark
2.31/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

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Photo of DerBayer
2.4/5  rDev -22.3%
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 BlackHaddock
2.48/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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Photo of threedaggers
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of sd123
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

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 getkrunkhoe
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of DogFood11
2.51/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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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 Macca
2.56/5  rDev -17.2%
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 ALEBOY
2.58/5  rDev -16.5%
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!

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Photo of Kulrak
2.6/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
2.65/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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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

Photo of Hubris
2.68/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've bought this twice in Canberra, and twice it's been skunked.

So, not a real review as such but just a mention that somewhere between Namibia and Canberra it got too hot and bright at least two times!

I've given it a "C" just to keep it even.

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Photo of innominat
2.75/5  rDev -11%

Photo of jmkoscie
2.75/5  rDev -11%

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

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Windhoek Lager from Namibia Breweries Limited
3.09 out of 5 based on 90 ratings.
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