In De Wildeman

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In De WildemanIn De Wildeman
BA SCORE
98
world-class

65 Ratings
Ratings: 65
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: n/a
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 drseamus
3.89/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of tbeckett
4/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Brabander
4/5  rDev -10.9%

Very hard to find in a small narrow alley but when you find it you can have some great beers there.

Photo of BeerHunter76
4/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of citrusjim
4/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Dropped in for a quick one while on vacation. It is a nice place all in all. It's loctated in alleyish road off of main shopping area (many bars & coffee shops). What I liked about this place was how old it was and that is seemed to be filled with locals - not drunken tourists. Like many spots in town, it's kind of a hole it the wall and a bit dirty. It had a decent selection including Westveletern cake. We grabbed a couple of beers and sat outside. We could have sat there all night. A real nice vibe. There are not too many good beer spots in Amsterdam.

Photo of BucBasil
4.06/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Found this place randomly wandering around Amsterdam. It's ona crowded side street bordering one of the main roads going toward the center (nieuwezijd voorburgwal) and right across from a coffeeeshop. Laid back atmosphere, lacking the "party" feeling of most other bars here in Amsterdam, which was nice. Decor is beer casks and beer lists, all wood with some old dim lights. A lot of good beers on the list here, along with a huge list of NL crafts which was nice to see. Menu separates Flemish and Wallonian beers, as well as Trappists, and a seciton of Abbey-style beers. The last page was British, German, Irish and Czech beers with a couple of American crafts even on there.

Highly recommended for someone looking for good beer in a place so often dominated by Heineken and Amstel.

Photo of Fluffheady
4.13/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Kind of a dive, but I like it. They obviously have a nice relationship with a lot of American brewers. Flying Dog Brewery made a beer for them and it is sold in the States. I had the beer long before knowing this bar existed. The bar doesn’t have stools; rather, it is waist level. There are lots of round tables scattered around. It’s easy to forget what time it is. There is wifi (great for travelers!) Absolutely worth a visit.

Photo of JohnfromDublin
4.14/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Visited on the 28th October 2004. This place is a reasonably large (by Amsterdam standards) two room beer café. The room to you right as you enter is a non smoking room. This is regretably, very much a rarity in this city. In de Wildemann has an excellent beer menu as befits a famous beerbar, and lives up to most reviews I have read. Nice solid tables, and well decorated walls with authentic enamelled signs relating to breweriana. A must visit when in Amsterdam, and within staggering distance of Café Belgique.

Beware, this establishment does not open on Sundays!

Photo of crenegar
4.18/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

In A'dam 11/6 - 11/8 visited here mid afternoon, nice time of day not too crowded. 18 beers on draft - some of the more mentionables were, Texels Bock, De Prael Johnny, Floreffe Prima Melior, Rodenbach and Brugse Zot Blond. Oh yeah - Left Hand Milk Stout too - cool.

Met a women who lives a couple hours away by train but stops in every few weeks when many of the beers change. She reads BA but doesn't post here (c'mon girl! :-).

This place is less the party scene and more the serious beer bar - a great place to visit in A'dam.

Photo of koopa
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The establishment is done up in a typical brown bar fashion. Space is fairly small but they don't over crowd it with tables so you always have elbow room. Service gets the job done but didn't impress by any means. Selection was fairly solid .... about 15-20 taps and a 100+ beer list. Mostly Dutch, Belgian, and German brews. Food offerings mainly consist of meat and cheese platters. Reasonably priced and recommended!

I go to Amsterdam yearly and always make Cafe In de Wildeman a "must do" on my list. The atmosphere is what its all about for me. I absolutely love the center table "up top" where you have an impressive commanding view of the store.

Photo of baggio
4.26/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Visited this place during a weekendtrip to Amsterdam.

This place looks really _old_ and i don't think it has changed much the last 100 years. Very cool and really adds to the atmosphere.

About 20 beers on draught and they even had Flying dog gonzo imperial porter on draught while we were there. Amazing. Very good bottleselection too.

Very mixed crowd in this place but from what i could reckon there were some tourists and then alot of older gentlemen sipping away on some good beer while chatting about daily life.

We were kind of rushed so we didn't stay here for more than a beer but i'll most likely visit this place again whenever i happen to be in Amsterdam.

Photo of Andreji
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

On my rather typical dutch experience (that is going all over the city by bike), it was rather easy to find the cafe In de Wildeman. It is located right off some of amsterdam's most important pedestrian- and commercial- streets, like the Damrak and the Nieuwendijk.

I pause here and note for future visitors, that the cafe appears listed on the unexisting Kollegstraat. In reality, it is in the Kolksteeg, as would appear listed in your eyewitness or lonely planet guides.

Yes, the kolksteeg is actually a street that comes right off from the busy nieuwendijk, and I had to make my way by foot, for the police had already once stopped me aan het fietsen in the area.

as you go further west through the Kolksteeg the area becomes less crowded and somehow you stumble accross the cafe. the atmosphere is good because it is a nice resting place after the "stressful" amsterdam walking or biking, but it sort of undermines its priviledged location and makes very little of it. Some tables outside rather chucked against the wall as so not to obstruct the passing pietons.

The inside was a bit of a downturn to the place. yes, it is beer-decorated but it was notably abandoned. sometimes it is good to have the feeling time stopped before the second world war- which is much of what the place just feels like- but then it's also good to think the cleaning lady came by once in a while. glass displays with greasy, dirty windows. uncomfortable chairs with cushions that need a bit of a fixing....oh well, still at the back there were some wooden barrels just to enhance the feeling and, all-in-all, it's so quiet it's just better to sit outside.

The service is pretty good. it's not crowded so they get right onto what you're looking for. much like any dutch they can handle english as well, but they had a keen interest on my capacity to blabber out some nederlands so I had a brief but pleasant chat with the bartender. He was also kind (to other customers' demand) to give out tastings so that visitors could define their drink of choice.

That is, because it's hard. the menu has a good 200 beers listed according to categories (trappist-belgian abbey- dutch- other places et caetera). It's pleasant to go through so many choices for a connoiseur. they had some 10 taps but i didn't scan through those- i had enough to go through on the menu. My choice at the end was a de Prael Mary- only one because at 3pm before lunch and skipping breakfast, there's only so much high abv brews you can take.

Overall a good place although there is lots of room for improvisation.

Photo of cypressbob
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I'd heard so much about this place from fellow BA's and other beerfly reviews, it seemed like a must when in amsterdam

Fairly easy to find, head off dam square onto the damrak, then a few streets along and down one you will find this wonderful beer bar

I visited it a couple of times, the first during the day. It was quite empty but had a great warm atmosphere. The barman was very friendly and also commented on how much he liked my first beer selection, aecht schlenkerla marzen rauchbier, which was fantastic. While i was there i also had a de ranke xx bitter, also fantastic.

The second visit was later that night around 7, very busy but not over crowded. The same pleasant service, this time i tried bourgogne de flandres and la trappe quad, both a little disappointing but still, great to try new beers

All in all, a fantastic beer bar, amazing selection, lots of good local dutch beers, all the trappists, some german, few english and a ton of other great belgians

Photo of weissbierdrinker
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Recommended to me by the guys here on BA, and what a wonderful place it is. The selection is very good and the prices are also good, you can grab a couple pints of quality stuff and not have to feel like you spent alot.

The staff is very nice, when your in an indecisive mode and can't figure out what you want then just ask the staff and they will surely find you something that you will enjoy. There is also a non-smoking section, which allows you to be able to smell the beer as opposed to a normal bar where the smoke covers all smells.

One last thing...the guest beers changes from time to time so it's nice to know that when you go back there will be something different to try.

Photo of ggaughan
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This was the first real beer bar in Amsterdam that I visisted with my wife on a recent trip. There is a very welcoming quality to this cafe. Although it can be smokey I bet, the windows were open and the air quality was pretty good. Tons of old breweriana around the bar that I spent a good deal of my time looking at. I had 2 beers while visiting (De Drie Ringen Cordeaux from Holland and a Hanssens Mead the Gueuze). Both were very good. There was a nice selection of Dutch beers and Belgian as well. Definitely worth a visit if you are in Amsterdam as it was the best bar we visisted there.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of joedon
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This should be in the top 3 of your "to do" list in Amsterdam, well after getting stoned and the threesome anyways (don't do it before!!!). I always thought that the Bier Proeflakaal In de Wildeman, to give it its correct name, just meant Wild Man. However, I should have realized from the picture of the barely attired man with the 4 ft Club - that it actually translates as "Savage". Had the best range of beers in Amsterdam at one time, but newer establishments pop up all the time to challenge "The Grandfather", so this may have changed. Yet for me, it somehow still remains the best of the establishments in my humble opinion.
Around 18 Beers on draft, and a Beer List of around 200, of which, around 20% are from the homeland. The Worldly Draft beers vary from the ubiquotous Irish Guinness, domestic Oranjeboom, Teutonic Bitburger, Belgium De Koninck (excellent), French Belzebuth (holy shit! this is 15%), as well as a couple of UK offerings not usually found like Youngs RamRod and the Strongbow Cider. Oh, did I mention the Liberty Ale - how could I forget that?? ;-)
A Dutch Institution, that reminded of an original old Victorian Chemist Shop I once visited in London; dark interior, no music, lots of wood, creaky floors, wobbly tables, candles, wooden barrels a fantastic looking bar, hidden alcoves (find them) and if you listen carefully - just conversation, in at least 5 languages on my last visit. Food is Snacks Only - Who Cares?!. Do not be offended by the staff, they do know their beer - but rarely seem to want to chat or smile for some strange unknown reason. I know if I worked here - I would have a grin as big as the Golden Gate Bridge!!

Photo of metter98
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Vibe: The bar is short walk down a alley off the busy pedestrianized Nieuwendijk, but once you step in you feel like you've quickly exited the tourist district. It is very cozy inside with lots of decoration of old beer-related items in a display case and on the walls. It seemed that the place was popular with the locals and several people brought their dog. I visited around 7 pm on a Monday and was surprised to find some empty tables

Quality: Beers were served at the proper temperatures in a variety of glassware such as goblets and snifters.

Service: There were only two people manning the bar and also waiting on the tables so service wasn't very prompt, but this seems the norm in Europe. The bartenders did talk with some of the people ordering and paying at the bar.

Selection: The bar had about a dozen beers on tap, some of which seemed to be uncommon beers and limited releases. I was shocked to find a gose and a pumpkin beer on-tap.

They had light appetizers but I didn't try the food.

Photo of shivtim
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stopped by during at 10-hour layover at the Amsterdam airport.
Pretty easy to find, if you get lost just ask someone. It's located on a nice little brick alley with some outdoor seating. Very pleasant to sit outside and people watch. The inside is dark and woody and cool.

The selection is pretty good. 18 on tap, and quite a few bottles. Lots of local-ish stuff. Could use a little more variety on the tap list, but it's still great. Bartender was very friendly and helpful. Beer was served in proper glasswear.

Great stop if you're in A-dam. Very easy walk from Amsterdam Centraal.

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

First stop in my whirlwind tour of Europe placed me in the Netherlands and I was not disappointed. Wildeman was my first place of interest in re beer (Red Light district had to be gawked at of course). The Wildman is in city centre and pretty well located near the train station without too much of the riff raff.. Several benches greeted us out front as well as the open windows looking into the bar. The bar itself was split into two rooms with one housing the bar and the other for sitting. The bar was pretty traditional wood panaled, creeky floor and all the trappings of a cafe.

the beer was excellent and varied with taps ranging from Germany, Belgium, Holland and England. This was a nice addition to the 200 or so bottles they had, which included most of the trappist beers and some pretty obscure Lambics as well. All beer was tasty and quality poured.

The service was fine and courteous. As for the value, I am not sure how to rate that seeing as it is Europe, but spending 3,20 euro for some Westmalle Dubbel on tap seems like a pretty decent deal in my book. Seek this place out and it won't dissapoint.

Photo of jgasparine
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This place was a beacon of metaphoric light in the smoky town of Amsterdam. Every beer in this place was amazing. Even though I had heard of nearly everything on draft, I was amazed to find how incredible Maredsous 8 tastes when it is fresh!!

As stated, the selection is incredible. The establishment itself if also incredible. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 on the atmosphere is that the bar was eerily quiet despite being full. I am used to the murmur of lighthearted conversation when in a pub, but here nobody seemed to talk above a near-whisper, and I found it a little awkward to try and keep the volume of my conversation down.

The servers were incredibly knowledgeable, and the service was prompt. This is definitely a place I want to revisit again and again!

Photo of DoubleJ
4.4/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

What makes Amsterdam so...dam appealing? First day in the city and everybody that I've run into speaks English (even the homeless folks!). It probably helps that the city is such a tourist hotspot. With the museums closing, it's time to go drinking.

Tables on the street outside, though I found my spot just inside the bar. There are two rooms, with a bar splitting the two apart. Lots of beer memorabilia around, especially at the front window, where you will see beer glasses the size of fish bowls!

In de Wildeman has well earned its repuation as a beer destination is Amsterdam. 18 different beers on-tap of different nationalities (Flying Dog, Texels, Mahrs, Ayinger, Del Ducato, De Leckere) and an additional 250 bottles (De Ranke, Schelde, Boon, Vis Beer, Bink, Mardesous, Fullers, Anchors, Budels, Jopen). Not only are the beers kept in good shape, but they're served with appropriate glassware and not too cold. I had two drafts from here, and both put me in a good mood.

It's just not beers that's here, but scotch too. If you're fond of both beverages, In de Wildeman should be near the top of your bar crawl. Heck, just the beer warrants a visit.

Photo of dirtylou
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

another stop that i missed on my first trip to amsterdam - locater literally across the street from my hotel and i could see it from the window

unfortunately closed on Sunday, which is odd, as Amsterdam doesnt typically align itself with the schedule of the church, but im sure they have their reasons.

stopped in on a Monday afternoon - maybe 40 taps including some strange american and other european offerings. I had a few De Molen taps, which were great.

This spot has a nice wooden interior and outdoor seating along a relatively busy alleyway.

They were hosting a cheese/beer pairing the day we stopped in which was awesome. They wheeled in a cart with about 10 different amazing cheeses, each paired with a specific tap beer. You order the beer, you get the cheese free. very cool

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In De Wildeman in Amsterdam, Netherlands
98 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.