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Taps: 30 / Bottles: 60
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
4.16/5 rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$
The place to be for American beer in Amsterdam.
Approx. 20 kegs and some 100 bottles. Mostly American imports, and then some Danish and Belgian craft beers. The US beers are imported by the bar and probably among the freshest available in Europe.
Some of the beers on tap when I visited last week: Rogue IPA, 2x Mikkeller Yeast Series 2.0, Mikkeller K:rlek Höst/vinter 2012, Southern Tier Creme Brulee, Rogue Yellow Snow, The Kernel India Export Porter, Flying Dog Raging Bitch, Sly Fox Phoenix, To Øl Ovr-all, Leffe Blonde.
The staff is friendly and and speaks excellent English. The got good knowledge of the beers and breweries. The selection of snacks are of high quality: Craft sausages ans cheese and boiled eggs from their hen at the backyard. The background music is set at low volume. At times, they show sport events but that is ignorable if you sit at the bar.
The quite small pub got a long bar and some tables at the back and at the window. A small patio on the side-walk is set up during summertime.
There is a list of sour and vintage beers, but you have to ask for it at the bar.
04-03-2013 18:15:03 | More by bark
4.86/5 rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This place really is a temple of great beer! Its just around the corner from a fantastic bottle shop. I checked this place out on my first trip to the city. Its perfectly located not to far from Dam square. Walking in the bar is a bit dark, and the beer menu is written on wall. It is extensive! It's huge! Along with all the great European beers you could always want but never tried, BeerTemple also has a great selection of US craft beers and excellent collaborations. The service is fantastic. I say that because when I was in there it was myself, a great BA that I did and in person trade with, another lady, and the bartender who is very knowledgable and friendly. So much so he shared a bottle from behind the counter with me. I am heading back to Amsterdam at the end of March and I will be in this place every day.
This is a temple I will be sure to worship at repeatedly!!
03-04-2013 20:48:55 | More by BeerHunter76
4.24/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
My second stop in Amsterdam, a night after Arendsnest. This is a solid American bar with a good atmosphere, knowledgeable bartenders, and good (albeit expensive) selection. A little under 20 American brews on tap, mostly IPAs and stouts, along with a few European brews, including Mikkeller and Brew Dog.
As at least one other review has stated, their bottle prices are a bit high. The draft prices are a bit high as well, but you'll be hard-pressed to find this kind of selection elsewhere in Europe.
Overall, it's worth a visit, though I suspect I'll be spending more time in Arendsnest trying beers I can't easily get in the US.
05-16-2012 22:30:51 | More by Heretic42
3.88/5 rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I visited this Amsterdam bar on Sunday night (October 23rd 2011) after having a meal in a nearby restaurant. It had been on my list of places to hit on my Amsterdam weekend and was dismayed to find out that it was closing at 10pm and we would only have time for one beer! So I went for a brew from Great Divide; the fantastic oak aged Imperial stout on tap.
They have about 30 taps with many brews from Great Divide, Flying Dog, Left Hand, Mikkeller etc., so not exclusively "American". They also have in the region of 100 bottles on their menu. Prices were acceptable (most of the beers are American imports after all) but the ambience is not that great. Even though it was less than a year old, it seemed a little drab. I also felt that the barman could have made a better effort at clearing away dead glasses from the tables; it was not that the place was busy, in fact it was very quiet.
10-25-2011 14:07:25 | More by JohnfromDublin
3.74/5 rDev -13.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped by here while walking around and couldn't believe I was in an American beer bar in Amsterdam.
This place offers a great selection of all American style micro-brews. The atmosphere is very average and provides you with more a feel of a typical American dive bar rather than a foreign feel which some maybe looking for.
The selection would be a grade A in any US town. Locals and non-US traveling beer-lovers will be very excited to have found a place like this.
Prices seemed reasonable, service was fair, and glassware was proper. I didn't have any food.
10-20-2011 01:16:04 | More by klink40
4/5 rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
the first american beer bar in europe,at least that is what they say in the bar. The ambiance is nice, bit 70s decoration. Not crowded when i was there (sunday afternoon). Service was very friendly, although had the feeling i knew more what he was selling than he did. List of beers is decent, as expected mainly american ipa and ris beers. Also small selection of european beers like mikkeller and brewdog. Bottle prices are too high (more than 20 euro for lost abbey angeld share 37cl), price of draft beers is ok, 4 euro for 25 cl. Nice place
07-03-2011 14:09:43 | More by rvdoorn
United Kingdom (England)
4.29/5 rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A great find in Amsterdam! Centrally located in the city centre, just a few minutes walk from just about everything, this place not only has a terrific selection of craft American beers on tap and in bottles, it has a great staff!
I wandered in on a Saturday afternoon, and although half-filled with patrons enjoying their brews, I was caught somewhat off-guard by the hospitality I encountered by the bar staff. The guy behind the bar immediately asked what I was interested in and offered a wide range of suggestions... narrowing his suggestions as the afternoon dwindled, remembering my tastes and likes. He seemed genuinely interested in serving me the absolute best they had! That totally made this place stand out as a truly great experience. Thanks Beer Temple!
06-26-2011 09:34:42 | More by janedoe
4.15/5 rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I looked up a number of places before visiting Amsterdam because I wanted to find the best beer bars in town. This place wasn't on any list and we literally passed it on our way to somewhere else and stopped in. It has an unbelievable beer list but it is primarily american beers. Although it was quite impressive I go to american craft beer bars all the time. I
One great thing about it, however, was that there were american brands that you might not be able to get locally.
Also, it's not totally American. They carry a number of European brewers who brew beer in the American style, such as Brew Dog and Mikkeller.
Atmosphere was very dark, much like a tavern. I"m not sure if they have food, we didn't eat while there.
Overall, a definite must for a stop by but there are a couple of others that are also not to missed. My favorite was Cafe In de Wildeman
05-03-2011 19:50:06 | More by david18
4.14/5 rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Beer temple was my final stop during my St Patrick's day Amsterdam beer bar crawl. It is best described as an American beer bar smack in the middle of Amsterdam. Founders, Jolly Pumpkin, Great Divide, Anchor, Left Hand, Flying Dog; basically all of the usual suspects for a solid American craft beer bar. They also have a very good selection of European/Belgian beers, as would be expected, but the emphasis is clearly to be an American beer bar first.
The atmosphere was pleasant enough, maybe a little bit dimly lit, but besides that it reminded me of plenty other American beer bars. Quality was high and the service was outstanding. The bartender was friendly and talkative, and helped us decide on our beers with a few samples from the taps. Selection was good for a bar in the States, but for a bar in Amsterdam, it was incredible. For me it was perfect. Having lived in Spain for the past few months I haven't had access to any of my home town favorites. It was wonderful to be able to enjoy some Founders again. For someone who lives in Europe, this bar would be perfect too, giving them access to a bunch of American beers that I'm sure would be hard to find anywhere else. It's thinking of an American on a quick visit to Europe that I have a hard time finding a good reason to have more than a round at Beer Temple. For the prices (6 euros for a bottle of Founders Cerise for example), I think you're money and time is probably better spent at Cafe in de Wildeman, Cafe Gollem or Cafe t' Arendsnest, where you can find unique European beers we don't get in the states for very good prices. I certainly am not complaining about the prices or saying I don't understand them...importing beer from the US is expensive, I just don't see a good reason to pay top dollar for beer that can be had at home for cheap if you are an American on a quick visit.
All that aside, this is really a great beer bar and for me it was like an oasis in the desert that is Spain's craft beer culture. Worth a stop no matter where you call home, just expect a bit of sticker shock if you are from the States.
03-22-2011 13:41:02 | More by Shumista
4.58/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
This is a must stop for anyone visiting Amsterdam or locals who haven't been exposed to American craft beer. BeerTemple is small in size, but absolutely huge in terms of selecion. In fact, they have a better American craft selection than anywhere here in Nashville.
The atmosphere is cozy and comfortable. We happened to get there as soon as they opened so it wasn't busy at all and the bartender on duty was very friendly and attentive. He was happy to talk about the American craft beer scene from a European prespective and make a couple of recommendations.
The selection is top notch and would rival many good beer bars in the US. Founders, Three Floyds, Shorts, Southern Tier, Great Divide, Left Hand, Anchor ,plus many more. They also have several European selections including BrewDog and Mikkeler. Loved em.
In terms of pricing, a little high, but very reasonable considering import costs. I had no problems with any of the prices especially when you consider that I can't find any of this stuff in Nashville. If I ever make it back to Amsterdam, I will go here. You should too.
02-28-2011 15:54:16 | More by titosupertramp
BeerTemple in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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