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malted barley

Malted barley is the key ingredient to our beers: the yeast uses the nutrients from the barley and activates same during fermentation. The Malted barley is the main contributor to the beer’s color and also forms the basis of its flavor.

hops

Hops is responsible for a beer’s distinctive, bitter and refreshing flavour.

pure water

Pure water ties it all together, resulting in Windhoek beer’s unmistakable, crisp and rewarding flavour.






reinheits
gebot

The origins of Windhoek Beer’s proud brewing heritage dates back over half a century to 1516. It was then that Duke Wilhelm IV of Bavaria enacted the Reinheitsgebot, also known as the “German Beer Purity Law”.

Translating to Purity (Reinheit) Law (Gebot), it is the world’s oldest food law and has become our brewing philosophy. The law prohibits the use of any flavourants, preservatives, or colourants during the brewing process and allows only three traditional, natural ingredients: malted barley, hops, and water.

Although it is possible to mass produce beer in a matter of days by speeding up the process with additives and inferior ingredients, it has come at the cost of quality.

By following our longstanding recipe of using just three simple ingredients and careful adherence to the Reinheitsgebot, we ensure that each and every beer that is brewed at Namibia Breweries Limited has the timeless taste of 100% pure beer. It has also seen Windhoek become one of the most loved beers in the world.

Our Awards

Since 2007, Windhoek Lager has consistently been recognised as the one of the world’s top beers. It has received the DLG Gold Medal for every year from 2007 – 2020, cementing its place as one of the best brews in the world. The DLG Awards (Deutshe Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft) have been held in Berlin since 1885 and are among the most prestigious awards in the international food and beverage sectors. Entry requirements for beers are simple: they must be brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot of 1516.

brewery

industry awards

In 2005 Windhoek Light was awarded Champion Beer in the Non-Alcoholic & Low Alcohol Beers Category at the Brewing Industry Awards in Munich. Affectionately dubbed ‘the Oscars of the brewing industry’, it is one of the oldest awards ceremonies in the world.

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