Windhoek Beer

Windhoek is a thirst quenching beer from one of the world's driest countries. It is fast becoming an international brand, currently enjoyed in the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and many parts of Africa: a beer known and appreciated for its pure, honest taste and reliable authenticity.

Windhoek is brewed by Namibia Breweries Ltd (NBL) and has a distinctive German heritage. In 1920 immigrants Carl List and Hermann Ohithaver bought four local breweries and consolidated them into South West Breweries (South West Africa being the country's name at the time) based in the capital Windhoek. Its name was changed in 1990 when the country gained independence as Namibia.

The German connection continues to this day - at the heart of brewing Windhoek is NBLs adherence to the Reinheitsgebot (German Purity) Law. Unable to grow hops in the country, hops are imported from Germany's Hallertau region, malt barley is sourced from a handful of selected suppliers in Germany and a German yeast strain is used. Water, a precious resource in a desert country, is drawn from a private storage dam 47 miles from the brewery.

NBL brewery - built in 1986, boasts some of the best equipment in Africa and currently produces 2.2 million hectolitres. Master Brewer Christian Mueller studied for 15 years in Germany and applies craft and dedication to uphold the values of the Reinheitsgebot. It takes 5 weeks of brewing and conditioning before the lager is released for sale with the 100% pure taste of Windhoek.

Windhoek is a full-bodied lager with a high proportion of malt; slightly more bitter than other lagers it pours with a beautiful foam head which makes it so distinctive.

Windhoek Information Sheet (PDF)

Windhoek Product Codes:

3680 Windhoek Lager 4.0% 33cl nrb


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