Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Windhoek lager - Namibia 22-3-11

The Low Down:
Held under the yoke of Germany for 50 years, and then 70 more spent under South African rule, Namibia while oppressed, certainly had great influences in the beer making fields. The nation is but 20 years old, and their beer is delicious.

I imagine Namibian climate to be quite akin to Australia, if not hotter, and this beer, one of their most basic brews, stands head and shoulders above anything we claim as an Australia's favorite. (Fosters, VB, Tooheys, Carlton)

The German influence is blatantly obvious, producing a clean and crisp low alcohol lager, a little bitter on the finish, with some malty notes hidden under a layer of refreshment.

Packaging: 7/10
There is nothing special about it. It is unassuming and lets the beer speak for itself. Understatement is actually good in this case.
Refreshment: 10/10
Really really really refreshing. I'm looking forward to African beers because of Windhoek.
Flavour 8/10:
Remember, this is their Miller, or VB or Heineken, and it has more flavour than all of them.
Alcohol Content: 5/10
4.0% OK, it's definitely on the low end. but you could happily drink dozens of them
Price: 10/10
$3.50. this is about what you pay for a Heineken. There really is no comparison.
Total: 40/50
Hopefully a good example of things to come from the remaining 53 countries of the African continent. This is a delicious crisp clean lager for anytime drinking. Perfect for the Australian climate, this makes an excellent barbecued seafood beer.