Namibia Breweries Limited

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German Bock
Ranked #26
Ranked #20,204
3.92 | pDev: 11.48%
Namibia Breweries Limited
Very Good
Notes: Hansa Urbock
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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 23
Photo of Taro
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The taste is just amazing. I love it because I enjoy a kraft beer. My fifirst consumption was on 15/10/2016 and I am still looking for it when I enter a store.

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Photo of Squire
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this through a friend's generosity. Caramel and spice with a noticeable sweetness peaking through malt richness. Good dark color, good texture, pleasant to drink. Try this if you get the chance.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from fridge temp to snifter, but allowed to warm over an hour or so.

Look is a deep mahogany with good carbonation. Smell is caramel, raisins, and nuts. The malts really comes through. Fairly sweet. Taste follows the nose. Caramel and sweet. Slight bitterness on the end. Mouthfeel is fairly thick and creamy. Overall, this is an excellent Namibian beer. By far my favorite among the limited selection. Worth seeking out when in the country.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from my Stella Tulip

A - Pours a nice nutmeg colour with a tanned head that dies too quickly.

S - Spicy molasses and caramel.

T - More dark fruits on the start, fades to a malty watery like flavour.The sweetness is very present.Slightly boozy on the finish.

M - Medium bodied and carbonation.

D - The sweetness is a little overpowering, but I quite enjoyed it nonetheless

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Photo of drpimento
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a nice foamy, frothy, thick, fluffy, fine, cream colored to very light tan head that slowly subsides with a few little bubble trails and some lace. Color is a clear chestnut brown. Aroma is hop, malt, roasty,toffee, caramel, cereal. Flavor is like nose and heavy on the malt components. Not overly sweet. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and is medium in length. Decent beer and I'm glad I have two more bottles. Nice to see no adjuncts. All in all, a solid effort

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Photo of dgilks
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear red-brown colour with no head.

Sweet, bready nose with lots of malt and a clear alcohol character.

Sweet and somewhat sticky with bready caramel notes. Not bad but unrefined.

Medium-full body with a sharp, moderate carbonation. Fine.

A decent beer for a macro brewery but it lacks the finesse of the best German bocks.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle 7.0% abv

Appearance: Wonderful ruby red in colour, golden edges when held to the light. Decent tan brown head (very short lived) that left no lace.

Smell: Wow, I don't remember Urbock having such a great aroma. Rich malts, caramel, molasses, dark/red fruits - cherries, dates and red grapes - rounded off with a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Similar to the smell, but not quite as good. Very malty, molasses, dark fruit and a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied good carbonation and a slight alcohol warmth in the throat.

Drinkability: Its mid-winter and damn cold, so this goes down really well. I do doubt that I could drink a lot of this in summer.

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Photo of pirates
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - dark ruby red/brown. Head didn't stick around for long.

S - Caramel malt, burned malts, honey

T - Rich and malty, warmth on the pallat. Long lingering aftertaste. Slight bitterness.

M - Good carbonation. Magical mouthfeel.

D - Goes down well. Easy drinkability.

Am highly impressed with this beer. Definitely a winner. Magnificent value for the money.

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Photo of Onslow
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

one of the best beers available in Africa! ...thanks Hans K....beautiful ruby brown colour, it glimmers...sweet caramel toffee molasses maple syrup taste and smell, a quality made brew thats for sure...a good good beer that i wish was available all year round, Cheers!

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Photo of Patg72
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this beer while in Cape Town, South Africa in September. Bottle has a best before date of JAN 2006, I tried it on 11/3/05.

The Beer poured a nice dark ruby red, not much of a head on it. Aromas of a little roast malt and a slight touch of alcoholy sweetness. Solid medium bodied mouthfeel with a pleasant strong malt flavor. Thought I noticed a slight hoppy finish which mingled nicely with the malt and lingered on the tongue.

I really enjoyed this beer and should have bought more because I don't think you can get in the US.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer pours a deep copper brown with a crystal clear body and a good carbonation of tiny bubbles. The head is a thin cream tan that fades quickly.

S-Rich bold malts that smell of sweet wort and caramel. Some smells of honey and molasses are strong.

T- Nice honey malt flavor with some caramel and slightly sweet roasted malts. Clean finish with a slight toasted malt and faint roasted malt in the finish. No real hop flavor but a faint hop bitterness is in the background as it warms.

M- medium-full mouthfeel but no real alcohol warmth or astringency.

D- This beer has lots of complex rich dark maltyness but its not harsh or burnt in flavor. Good smell to support the flavor. Nice Bock.

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Photo of Shaw
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with a light brown head that quickly becomes a small ring around the class. I like this beer's smell. Nice and malty sweet. Very much like molasses. No hop aroma.

It tastes of all malt. No hop bitterness or herbal notes at all.

Has a nice body, not too heavy but not light, either. All in all a good bock beer. I recommend it.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: bright, and deep rubyish color, redder than I'd I'd figure for a bock, with a very nice, soft, pillowy tannish head.
Aroma: quite nice, sticks out well from the glass before I even raise it up for a sniff..Mmmm! Darkly fruity (cherries, grapes, dates, prunes), richly sweet, leathery, and exuding intensive alcohol notes, putting one in mind of brandy or cognac, or at least a pungent port. Quite impressed with this nose, a real treat!
Taste: Mmmm, lush and fruity, those same suggestions of darker fruits recurring on the palate, with a syrupy, near-cloying sweetness on the 'buds, but never too long, with a medium body, and an attractive, sunny, very irridescent flavor, that shines and shines. Yum...did I say that yet? ...very welcome on this tongue, a very flavorful bock that stands above many other lackluster varieties that have passed by these lips before!
Cheers to the fine German-style beer coming out of Southern Africa! This is one brew from tropic climes that I'm well pleased to imbibe right now in near-freezing mid-December Minne-snow-ta.
Big thanks to Gusler for sending it my way.

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Photo of marburg
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An exceptionally drinkable beer -- especially for anything over a 5-5.5% abv. A really gorgeous rust color -- really the red/copper side of amber -- with a tiny offwhite head that doesn't exactly hang around for the whole party. Aromas are typically malty and very subtle as you might expect. Tastes malty sweet and kind of like wet grass with a very bready, wet mouthfeel. I found it to be very drinkable, however.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brownish red color with a tan head. Good amount of tiny precipitate knocks down the appearance score.
Aroma of sweet malt with the usual bock molasses type smell.

Taste dominated by sweet malts with a molasses twist to them. Hops balance the beer fairly well, though the beer is still quite sweet overall.

Good mouthfeel.
Drinkability pretty typical for the style.
Overall, a decent bock beer.

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Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copperish light brown color with a tan head which leaves virtually no lace. Sweet malt aroma reminiscent of a stronger Octoberfest (I'm sure due to the high % of Munich malt). Tastes much like it smells with toffee and caramel malt tones. Medium bodied (leans full) with a creamy mouthfeel.

Labelled as: "Urbock Traditional Bock Beer"; no mention of Hansa. Label states: "Reinheitsgebot".

Per M.J.: O.G. 1068 / 17 Plato. 95% Munich malt, 3.5% Pale Carmalt, 1.5% Dark Caramalt & Hallertau Hops.

(11.5 oz / 340 ml bottle)

Best Before: 07/03 Tasted: 02/03/03

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Quite attractive in appearance -- something of a orange/ruby mix -- very sunset-like. Head starts off finger-thick and creamy, then sinks to a thin, silky, but very persistant top which leaves a spotty lace down the glass. Aroma is malty, with what strikes me as a hint of hazelnut. Sweet molassess is definitely the dominant odor, with the hops in a understated by supportive role. Once in the mouth, the beer is smooth, slightly creamy with a medium-full body. Sugary sweet flavor though not cloying, as the malt body is fairly complex, with something of a nutty, bready flavor to it as well. Alcohol presence is noticeable -- just -- midway through, and the beer finishes slightly dry with a tart, acidic aftertaste. Quite a lot going on here in terms of the number of different flavors, but not so complex as to hinder drinkability. A fine beer!

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Photo of packetknife
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown with red highlights. Frothy off-white head that held well. Caramel and malts on the nose, it smells sweet. It feels overly carbonated and attacks your taste buds w/ sweet to tart transition rapidly. Leaves a tartness on your tongue for some time after drinking. I'm not a big fan of bocks in general but this was pleasurable enough.

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Photo of Gusler
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A sparkling cloudless deep ruby red as it breaths away in my “Leute Bokbier” glass, and yes it does matter what glass it’s in, but then I’m a “Beer Nut” First Class. Head is prodigious in size, spumous in texture, and a light tan color with nice fine sheets of lace to cover the glass. The nose is molasses like, heavy malt, sweet ripe dates also comes to mind, also could say a bit “peatish”, not a bad sniffer. First tastes quite sweet, then the tartness hits you right before the middling mouth feel, Quite reminiscent of the “Bocks” of old such as “Pabst Blue Ribbon”. Spitefully acidic, spirited hop presence, dry and somewhat sour aftertaste, a pretty decent bock, and different for a change of palate. Ranks #516 on my current 1000 beer master list.

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Urbock from Namibia Breweries Limited
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 23 ratings