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:
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Added by xlperro on 08-16-2002

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90
Reviews:
51
Avg:
3.09
pDev:
20.06%
 
 
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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 NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +29.4%
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!

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Photo of Jason
3.79/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.86/5  rDev -7.4%
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 WoodBrew
2.88/5  rDev -6.8%
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 Hopheadjeffery
3/5  rDev -2.9%

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 feloniousmonk
3.68/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

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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 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 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 sd123
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of biegaman
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Hayley_86
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 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 harpus
3/5  rDev -2.9%

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 BGsWo22
1/5  rDev -67.6%

Photo of scruffwhor
3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
3.34/5  rDev +8.1%
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 threedaggers
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +29.4%

Photo of dirtylou
3.35/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

340ml bottle, hilton-sandton minibar in johannesburg

best by december 2008

appearance: macro golden lager - nothing more, nothing less

smell: pale malts, skunky lager tones, very mild hop profile

taste: a pretty common lager in south africa - not offensive but not memorable...pale malts, grassy, light and bland

mouthfeel: light

drinkability : fine

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.38/5  rDev +9.4%
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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Windhoek Lager from Namibia Breweries Limited
3.09 out of 5 based on 90 ratings.
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