Windhoek Lager | Namibia Breweries Limited

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Windhoek LagerWindhoek Lager
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Brewed by:
Namibia Breweries Limited
Namibia | website

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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Reviews:
51
Ratings:
90
Avg:
3.09
pDev:
26.54%
 
 
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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 90
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 fullsweep
3.3/5  rDev +6.8%
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 +37.5%
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 +1%
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 -6.8%
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 +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 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 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 GeezLynn
3.23/5  rDev +4.5%
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 -17.2%
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 BeerCon5
3.18/5  rDev +2.9%
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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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 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 arlo19
3.53/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a "Beers of the World" gift pack..
Best by Feb 2009 (today is Feb 2 2009)

Nothing too great here...
A very light lager. I got barely any smell from my pour. The flavor is crisp and pretty good. Quite drinkable, although I don't plan on buying.

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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 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 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 AKBelgianBeast
3.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The best of the macro lager lineup available in south africa. Pours yellow and fizzy as one would expect, but unlike many other SA offerings, the nose is clean, and smells a bit of bock. A good crisp clean flavor, but not a whole lot of it. Defenitely the best of the macro lagers I have had in SA, or maybe at all. A good lawnmower brew.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.58/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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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 brendan13
3.18/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of SSBrennan
3.85/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

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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 instrumentality
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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