Umqombothi, from the Xhosa language, is a beer made from maize (corn), maize malt, sorghum malt, yeast and water. It is commonly found in South Africa. Umqombothi has a heavy and distinctly sour aroma. The African beer does not have a very high alcohol content, opaque and light tan in colour. It has a thick, creamy and gritty consistency (from the maize).