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BeerTemple

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BeerTempleBeerTemple
BA SCORE
96
world-class

47 Ratings
Ratings: 47
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 6.7%
Taps: 30
Bottles: 60
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 250
Amsterdam, 1012 RR
Netherlands
phone: +31 20 627 1427

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @cafebeertemple

Notes:
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(Place added by: jesperm on 12-22-2009)
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Photo of heymikew
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

This is a great place for locals to try US craft beer. Good cross section of styles and brewers. I was able to sample brews that aren't available to me back home.

I usually like to drink local product when I'm traveling but it was good to visit nevertheless.

Photo of VAcrossr
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

I hit Beer Temple on my last of two days in Amsterdam and enjoyed the visit. It was nice to find a place that had that BA vibe of extreme/rarer beers along with numerous Belgian and Dutch beers along with a good assortment of American beers on the menu, too. Nice also to be able to order drafts in small 15ml/5oz tasters as well as larger sizes.

It was a moderately busy Friday afternoon in rainy Amsterdam when I visited. The tap list is quite impressive printed out on the wall in chalk, and everything that I ordered was in stock and as far as I could tell, everything else was in stock, too, that the other patrons ordered. I had a Spanish DIPA, a Left Hand stout, the 3F/Mikeller wheatwine Hvedegoop and Duvel Triple Hop. Prices were a little bit higher than other spots for the non-rare stuff and definitely crept up for rarities (I passed on 99euro Dark Lord), but it's great to see the availability of so many brews.

Atmosphere was quite pleasant. Low background music with a mix of Johnny Cash and alt rock. The bartender was very attentive to quickly getting what you want as you step to the bar to order (signs indicated to please order at the bar, so that's what I did, and it worked just fine). Seemed the clientele was a mix of American beer enthusiasts as well as some Dutch and European folks. A chill vibe that worked well to drink your beer in a rainy afternoon amidst the chaos and debauchery of the rest of Amsterdam.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Why would an American on tour in Amsterdam want to visit a bar with American-styled beers? I don't know, curiosity? Look, I think it's kind of cool to see some of the beers from my land on the shelves and flowing from the taps on a continent which even recently laughed at what we were drinking. Ironically, drinking American beer wasn't my mission at the Beer Temple. The place was somewhat quiet around eight, but by nine the enthusiastic crowd had grown.

30 different taps, most are American beers (Flying Dog, Rogue, Southern Tier, Founders, Left Hand) and a few European selections (Mikkeller, Hertog Jan). Even more varieties are from the bottle, well over 100 options, with beers from AleSmith, Hoppin Frog, Port, Weyerbacher, Beer Valley, Del Ducato, and 8 Wired. For Europe, this is a very impressive list which I suspect you won't find at many bars. Also keeping with the theme are decorations from American breweries.

Service was very quick and very proficient with American beer. Different pieces of glassware was used and the beer wasn't ice cold, however one bottle I ordered was a few weeks past its "drink by" date (it did taste fine though). The food options are limited to sausage and cheese, so I got both for my dinner (both were fine options).

Yes, do expect to pay a little more for the beer, but keep in mind that it isn't everyday on the continent when you have the chance to try Founders Breakfast Stout from tap. Overall, I'd have to say that the proprietors did their homework and, along with Arendsnest, have a dual-gem in the city.

Photo of bark
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.

Photo of BeerHunter76
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!!

Photo of Heretic42
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.

Photo of JohnfromDublin
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.

Photo of klink40
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.

Photo of rvdoorn
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

Photo of janedoe
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!

Photo of david18
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

Photo of Shumista
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.

Photo of titosupertramp
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.

Photo of hurfer
3.58/5  rDev -17.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

An American beer bar in Europe was intriguing enough to have to pay it a visit. It kind of had the vibe of a Belgian beer bar in America. Especially when it came to price, in Holland & Belgium their beers are very cheap compared to what we see in the US. Here the US beer prices were comparable to Belgian prices in the US.

The list of beers was huge and very strange to see in Amsterdam. Southern Tier, Great Divide, Green Flash, Founders, Jolly Pumpkin, Short's & tons of others.

I had Mikkeller 1000 IBU on tap & a couple dutch beers, didn't really sample the US selection, seeing as I can get most of it at home. I'm sure this place would be very exciting for Europeans to visit, seeing as they don't have access to these beers.

Photo of Jeffo
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This bar is owned by the same guy who owns Cafe 't Arendsnest on the Herengracht. It is the first and, to my knowledge, only American beer bar in Europe. Very cool indeed.

The inside is decorated half-heartedly, with a large collection of bottles on the wall and a few randomly placed, and sometimes poorly thought out, beer signs on the wall. Why is there a Leffe sign here, for example? It's also a little "green" for European standards; it looks like they were going for the old style Dutch bar but just didn't quite pull it off. That said, the music is well chosen and not too loud during the late afternoon, and the barkeep does a good job at mainting an inviting atmosphere.

The quality is fine here, so I usually think of this category as a way of grading rarity. For the average American, this is nothing special, but for us here in Europe, they've certainly got some interesting stuff. There were some bottles of Oak Aged Yeti and GI BCBS in the cooler, which we can't find in stores anymore. There was also stuff from all over the country here, which may not be the case in a local bar in the States.

As for the selection, it's quite impressive. With about 30 taps and over 100 bottles, there was a lot to chose from. All the American beer in there is either in De Bierkoning now, or has been in there at some time in the past though. Distribution lines are the same. What was cool was being able to try some of those beers on tap, and to see some of the beers that are no longer around.

We had three beers that afternoon:

Great Divide Hercules IPA 14oz - 6,50
Great Divide Fresh Hop IPA 14oz - 6,50
GI BCBCS 12oz bottle - 11,00

It was pretty cool to try the Great Divide on tap, which is one of my favorite American breweries, and the GI BCBS, which isn't around anymore. Quite a pricey experience for sure, but we're in Europe, so that's to be expected. Moreover, tipping is not a thing over here, so that made it more reasonable.

All in all, this is a great bar and a welcome addition to the beer culture here. I hope it does well and the local population supports it, instead of it just being full of tourists all the time. The great selection and extensive tap list makes this a great stop for anyone interested in American beer. I'll be back for sure.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The last time I had visited Amsterdam there was talk about this bar opening soon, which it did right after we returned home to the States, so I was determined on this last trip (October 2010) to search it out and see what it had to offer.

The atmosphere and vibe is alright, but really lacks a lot of the charm, character and overall ambiance of Peter van der Arend's (owner of BeerTemple) other bar - 't Arendsnest. It's a bit sterile in my opinion.

The quality of this establishment is topnotch however, as is the service and selection. The barkeep was very knowledgeable on both American and European beers and guided me in the right direction every night (a ton of taps and refrigerated bottles ranging from California IPA's to rare Belgian Wild Ales). They had an amazing variety of Brew Dog on tap, which is what brought me back each night - all I have to say is Punk IPA!!!
They have a limited variety of cold and hot bar food that they heat up in a microwave behind the bar. We didn't get any hot food, but got their mixed nuts and Chimay Trappist cheese plate with crackers and were very pleased with both.

Photo of Bettini
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I was lucky to stumble upon Beer Temple the first week it opened, in October 2009, and made it in on a Monday the 19th, right just before closing and had time for one beer. Even though it is an American Craft Beer bar I had to order the La' Chouffe Houbalon, because I truly enjoy that beer and I I didn't get a chance to have one on this trip. The owner was there working behind the bar and seemed glad to have Ammericans stop in durring the opening week with the local beer enthusiasts. I will be going back to Beer Temple when I go back to Amsterdam to start my 5 day Dutch beer tour September 27th.

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BeerTemple in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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