NAMIBIA Breweries (NBL) has clinched two silver awards at the recent European Star Awards – Windhoek Draught in the category ‘European-Style Mild Lager’ and Windhoek Light in the category ‘German-Style Leicht Bier (light)’.
The awards, held during the BRAU Beviale trade fair in Nuremberg, saw fiercer competition than previous years, NBL brewmaster Christian Mueller said.
“A total of 1 366 beers from 45 countries had been submitted. This is an increase of 22% compared to the previous year and entries increased by 17% in beers from Germany and 28% in international beers, Mueller said.
Winners were chosen within the scope of an all-day blind tasting at the Doemens Brewing Academy in Gräfelfing (Bavaria/Germany), where a committee of 102 international experts evaluated the beers.
At the European Beer Star, the beers were evaluated on the basis of purely sensory criteria that also play a role for every beer consumer: colour, aroma, head, and of course taste. All beers are blind-tasted by a jury consisting of master brewers, beer sommeliers, and accredited beer connoisseurs – the tasters only know the types, but not the brands.
The European Beer Star hands out awards for authentic, distinctive beers of an impressive taste and quality that fulfill the criteria of the particular type in the best way possible. Only one gold medal, one silver medal and one bronze medal were awarded in each of the 50 different beer categories.
“These awards, like the DLG Awards, are of the most renowned awards for excellent quality. The opinion of such an expert jury effectively confirms our policy of insisting on quality and first-class raw material,” Mueller said.