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In De Wildeman

Not Rated.
In De WildemanIn De Wildeman
BA SCORE
98
world-class

62 Ratings
Ratings: 62
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 6%
Taps: 18
Bottles: 250
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

Kolksteeg 3
Amsterdam, 1012 PT
Netherlands
phone: +31 206 38 23 48

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @indewildeman

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%

This is probably my third favorite bar in Amsterdam. The selection was very good. Atmosphere was reasonable, but seemed like mainly senior citizens when I was in there. Lots of wood all over the place, two levels of sitting, plus an other sitting room that I didn't even go into. The service was hit or miss. The older balder barman wasn't the most helpful, but the younger--yet equally bald--barman was very nice. Go here for one session, and then split the rest of your time between Gollem and t'Arendnest.

AWolfAtTheDoor, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%

After spending three months studying abroad in Berlin, and visiting Prague, Helsinki, St. Petersburg and Italy, I was glad to finally find what I had been looking for in a bar. In de Wildeman is what I had imagined to be a typical, old world bar with a dark interior, no music, busy and aged. It is incredibly cozy and replete with a sort of timelessness that heretofore I had not found in a bar. I've got to admit that since coming to Europe (and this is the opposite of what I'd imagined), the beer bars of America far outpace their European counterparts--which seem to be fewer and farther between, and less cozy and comfortable. In de Wildeman is the exception. It reminded me of the Publick House in Boston, but without food or music, much smaller, on a narrow alley, and a feeling that it was incredibly old. The beer selection was quite good, and I mostly stuck to the Trappists, which were served nicely at room temperature and in the proper glassware. My friend and I stood at the low, wooden bar near the door in the crowded entrance--all the seating being occupied--and admired the old taps and ancient, dusty bottles above the bar. I can't speak highly enough of this bar, and having moved on now to Basel, which is a beautiful though beer-negligent city, I miss the hominess, intimacy and selection of In de Wildeman, and it makes me even more eager to return to the beer bars back home in Boston, though I think it is romanticism more than nostalgia that makes me so keen on In de Wildeman--a longing for some unattainable old world bar from the past that probably never existed, but this is the closest I've come.

FrankLloydMike, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of scoobybrew
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%

I think this has to rank in my Top 5 beer bars of all time, possibly even the best. My wife and I stopped in here while drinking our way across northwestern Europe recently.

They have an incredible selection on tap, including many Dutch beers (consequently, LaTrappe's are the only worth mentioning).

I got my Rauchbier education here as the bar staff took to my recent interest in smoked beers and were giving me stuff that was not on the menu to include Schlenkerla's Helles and also their wiezen! I never a smoked weissbier - very tasty though considering my most recent kick. (of course I had the marzen & urbock afterwards - as well as a bier call Raucherator on tap - hmmm smoked doppelbock....)

My wife was introduced to several wheats, also not on the menu/list, to include LaTrappe's wit.

One of the bar tenders immediately after his shift, changed his shirt and hopped over the bar. You know it's a good place to drink when the staff sticks around when they're off!

You can read some of the other reviews about the atmosphere, etc. I just wanted to comment on how great we found the service. If you are unassuming, polite, beer-loving, "non-ugly" American, you will do just fine here and I'm sure you'll have a great time like we did. We will definately be stopping here again if we are in Amsterdam and quite possibly finding a hotel very close by - good times.

scoobybrew, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of drseamus
3.89/5  rDev -13.6%

This place was recommended by Andy at The Cracked Kettle because they have a pretty good selection of Belgian beers. Unfortunately, I found it to be the same as many other places in Amsterdam; heavily biased against and rude to American tourists. I ordered a La Trappe Quadruple by asking for a “La Trappe Quad” and he scolded me for shortening Quadruple. He was told my friend who wasn’t ordering a beer because he was driving that he couldn’t sit there if he wasn’t drinking. We ended up ignoring him and left after just one beer.

The selection is pretty good for trappist, Belgian, and dutch beers. They have around 200 bottles and 18 taps. Their gueuze and lambic selection was probably the best in the city that I found. All in all, they were good for the bigger beers in the area but didn’t have any of the rarer beers or anything vintage.

drseamus, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%

I stopped here with some associates while in town on business (another good find from beerfly). It was a little hard to find at first, as I can't tell alleys from streets on the maps. But it was worth the search, and actually quite easy to find again I'm sure.

The atmosphere is phenomenal, all wood decor, relatively quiet (maybe 9:00pm on a Thursday), reminded me just a little of Kulminator from Antwerp. Of course the beer selection isn't anything like Kulminator (terrible comparison), but it's really really good nonetheless. There were maybe 20 taps, with about 10 sporting Dutch beers I won't see again too soon. The others held some Belgian and German names. The bottle list is extensive, maybe 100+ to choose from. They're conveniently listed by country, with most from the Netherlands, Belgium, UK, and Germany. All selections were good quality beers, I didn't see anything bad per se. The prices seemed reasonable, I might have expected a little cheaper from some of the local beers such as those from Brouwerij 't IJ, but what the hell it was a nice spot.

TurdFurgison, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of cthrockmorton
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%

We stopped here for our "pre-lunch" beer after a walk to one of the museums. I actually remembered being in this street on our first trip to Amsterdam 5 years ago, but at the time my attention was drawn by the tiny pub across, which had outdoor chairs and a young man smoking a huge joint. It was a memorable first sight for me, what can I say? Little did I know the best beer was behind me!

Draft beer selections (about a dozen) on chalkboards, plus a bottle menu and full bar. I didn't see the snacks menu until we were ready for our lunch.

We were nearly alone in the place, and found it easy to order -- and the bartender to have a delightful sense of humor. My wife doesn't like beer -- not my fault! -- so I ordered a Floreffe Double and a rum and coke for the lady. I mentioned that I had heard that this place was famous for it's beer. The bartender replied, "And so you order rum and coke?!"

For the next round, I wanted a Dutch beer, so ordered the 't IJ Turbock and another rum and coke. I had to order by the number on the chalkboard, since I had no idea how to pronounce "'t IJ." Since we had already broken the ice, I asked after my order, "Can you tell me how to pronounce that?" He very carefully told me, "Ruuum and Cooooke." I like this guy!

I will return and see this place with a crowd -- but coming alone for the beer was definitely worth it!

cthrockmorton, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of Absumaster
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%

When I stepped into in de Wildeman, it felt like I was in a different time zone. The atmosphere was like 50 years ago with friendly people packed together. Nobody complaining and evrybody enjoying their beers.
The selection of beers was excellent, it is impossible to taste their draught beers in one night. The people behind the bar are really into the beers and know what they are talking about. Quality was superb.
What was striking to me was the absence of music, which contributed to the depth of the conversation. We all would like to have a good conversation once in a while, and a beer helps to do so. In de Wildeman, the perfect beerbar!

Absumaster, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of joedon
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%

I've made many visits to the Wildeman during work trips to Amsterdam. I first learned about it watching the "Beerhunter" video by Michael Jackson.
Location is a quiet street, more like an alley, about two blocks from the main shopping street in Amsterdam. Look for the sign above the door picturing a cave man with a club.
Wide selection of Dutch and Belgian beers with many of the big names represented but also many I've never heard of. Friendly barman who loves to gab and speaks good English. All the beer is ordered at the bar and paid for on delivery. There is also a non-smoking room behind the bar which is a blessing. The Euros smoke like chimneys and unless you sit outside in the alley, you leave most bars smelling like an ashtray. I've never eaten at the Wildeman but they offer a small selection of snacks and sandwiches.

joedon, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of BlackHaddock
4.5/5  rDev 0%

This has been a favorite of mine for years, it has been at the top of Amsterdams beer tree ever since I first went, when I was a baby.

It is very much a no nonsence beer bar, clean, tidy and busy at all times, with locals as well as us tourists. I even managed to get one of the seats outside once, but it was early! The staff seem pleased to serve you and will help choose a beer if you wish.

The beer selection on tap is ever changing and always in tip top condition. It is a classic beer bar and must be visited if you are in Amsterdam.

BlackHaddock, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%

Another great find via BeerAdvocate.

It's a bit tricky to find, though. I had a map, and sort of stumbled across it twice. The second time I had slightly better bearings. If you take the 5 tram to the Red Light District, that will get you in the general area, and ask around from there if you still have problems.

Anyways, what a great beer bar. The interior is warm, cozy, dark, and shows its age. But it's aging gracefully. As an added bonus, this is one of the few places that you'll find a non-smoking room in Amsterdam.

Service is knowledgable and quick once you have their attention, but the customer to server ratio can get a bit high at times.

Selection is fantastic. We saw beers here that we didn't see anywhere else in Amsterdam or Brussels, and the tap selection seems to continiously rotate, giving you a new selection every time you return. They put a lot of work into being a good beer bar, and it works.

Be sure to try the Trappist cheese platter and salami. Good stuff.
If you get a bit confused by the dutch menu, they do have a single English menu in the establishment. The staff speaks good English, though, so it won't be much of a problem.

Go here!

(and the 'coffee shop' a few doors down has a good selection as well :)

DaveFL1976, Jul 10, 2006
In De Wildeman in Amsterdam, Netherlands
98 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.