De Bierkoning

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De BierkoningDe Bierkoning
BA SCORE
100
world-class

75 Ratings
Ratings: 75
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.69
pDev: n/a
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Paleisstraat 125
Amsterdam, 1012 ZL
Netherlands
phone: +31 20 625 2336

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @bierkoning

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Photo of CBA
4.2/5  rDev -10.4%

Just off the three main tram lines that run from Centraal Station (1,2&5). Definitely a superior store, and if you're a lambic fan the lower level will make you certainly smile. However I was hoping that my last store visited (and the most regarded) on the trip would yield many saisons - I was sorely disappointed. One Fantome, a Silly and two others I've had before. Suprising to say the least. Amazing glass selection if that's what you're loking for. Lots of gift packs, British, German, CDN (Unibroue) and surprisingly quite a few US craft (Left Hand, Great Divide, Flying Dog & Anchor). Excellent Christmas section set up with all the holiday beer pooled together.

The service was basic but not bad. The best beer photo I've ever seen resides next to the door - if you go make sure to check it out, and try your best to hold back the tears.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DahWag
5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

2 fresh crates of Westy 8 & 12 when you walk in the door. 'Nuf said!

Photo of mrjmann
5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Excellent selection of cantillon, and even some surprising American beers here.

Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

One of the best selections of European beer anywhere. No need to say more.

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Absolutely deserving of its 100 rating. Best bottle shop I've ever been to - I'm sure there are comparable places in the States, but coming from the UK this place was a miracle.

Things that I was particularly excited to find:

Plead the 5th
Uerige Doppelsticke (after failing to find this in Germany, I never thought I'd stumble on it in Amsterdam)
Incredible selection of de Molen (maybe 30 different beers)
And large quantities of two of my favourite Christmas beers: Stille Nacht and Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche
Huge selection of glasses

Prices were generally fair, though I wasn't planning on shelling out €99 for Stille Nacht Reserva. I also felt the Westys were comparatively overpriced - I remember in Bruges 12 was priced at around €10, so €15.90 for each of them seemed a bit steep.

One of the guys working there was really helpful and took me round the shop in hunt of smoked beers - came out with some good suggestions, including a number from de Molen along with some other Dutch breweries I hadn't come across before.

I went late afternoon on a Saturday and the shop was unsurprisingly packed in the run-up to Christmas - probably best to go in the morning if you can - it's a narrow shop which makes it slightly stressful when it's packed with customers.

Photo of Brabander
4.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Very good selection of beers from all over the world and some the beers are for very decent prices.

Photo of AdamNowek
5/5  rDev +6.6%

The name is accurate: these guys are truly the beer kings of Amsterdam. They have a diverse selection from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, and a few other assorted places such as Denmark and Japan.

If anyone wants to help me convince these guys to start stocking some nice Canadian beers, though, then that would make it perfect.

Photo of deg
4.5/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

A small little place, easy to find. The owners packed a lot into a little place. I noted American beers that I can't get here in America. They have a huge selection of glassware. I didn't spend much time looking at the glassware because I was there to buy beer to bring back to America. The prices weren't bad. The staff, like just about everyone in Amsterdam, speaks English. Note that if you need a bag, you will pay for a bag.

Photo of Chichecardozo
5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

great shop, helpful staff.
also huge ammount of beer glasses for sale.

awesome selection of american, belgian, german and more brews...
found beers i never thought ill have.

shame they dont have a bar.

wish i could sit and drink the beers there aswell..

Photo of FEUO
4.84/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Tight and cramped, but for a good reason.
Place is jammed with all kinds of goodies.
Oddest thing was the first bottle I saw when I walked in was Kuhnhenn Dark Heathen. Wow! How did that get here? They have other US craft brewers and plenty of good ones.
Obviously they have a great selection of De Molen and Mikkeller. They also have a tiny lower level full of lambics (Cantillon, etc).

Great shop! Super friendly and helpful staff.

Amazing selection of glassware too.

Just wish the place was bigger.

Photo of Fluffheady
4.49/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Nice people with a really nice bottle shop. They like to trade. Absolutely the best bottle shop in the city and surrounding area. Good selection of local, Belgian, and American beer. We brought them several barrel aged beers from the Midwest, and we walked away with some really cool stuff. You absolutely MUST visit here if you are a BA user and in Amsterdam.

Photo of TheBaumer
4.86/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

The wife and I showed up here pretty late on Halloween night in Amsterdam.
Hands down the best bottle shop I have ever been in, not because of their selection, but because of the service. They have a great selection of Dutch beers (obviously) and that was what I was there for. Why would I want anything other than Dutch beers while in The Netherlands?
What sold me on the place was that I walked in and the woman who works there (can't remember her name) asked what style of beers I liked. My answer was followed immediately by her literally running around the store grabbing every single good Dutch beer from the styles I had mentioned. She even took the time to stop and describe each one to my wife and I before she placed it on the section of shelf she had just cleared off specifically as a place to put all the beers for me to choose from. I have never even experienced anything close to this in a bottle shop before. The enthusiasm and commitment to service makes this place my favorite bottle shop of all time. A must visit for anyone in Amsterdam.

Photo of dvnb
4.93/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Been to Amsterdam twice this year, about 12 days total. Not one went by without a stop at De Bierkoning. Everything from Westy 12, 10 and 8 to a range of Cantillon (scored two 50N/40E there for $30 Euro) and other crucial breweries like Brouwerij de Molen to name a few. Also have an impressive selection of U.S. craft beers, scored a PtE there that was two weeks old. If you are in Amsterdam this is a must.

And once you're done at De Bierkoning hit Beer Temple around the corner.

Photo of Dreizhen
4.86/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

On a recent trip to Amsterdam I made sure to stop by De Bierkoning and see what all the fuss was about. I was quite happy with my visit. The staff was helpful and talkative, the store was nice and decent sized for European standards (though very small by American ones).

Good selection of great beers. No Westy, though I'm told they occasionally have it. Had a few Russian Rivers (not the the Plinys) but they were in the 30 euro range so I decided to wait until I was in CA again. Good prices on Cantillon (picked up some St. Lumnivous for 13 euro). Much cheaper than I saw in Brussels just a mile or so from the brewery (the brewery was out of SL last few times I went). Trappist beers wee a bit pricey, but that is coming from Belgium. Rochefort 10 for 5 euro or so is somewhat offputting when you can get it for under 2 at most grocery stores across the Belgian border. A good amount of good american beers (Left Hand and Clown Shoes), but kind of pricey, too. Very nice selection of other nationalities (German, UK, etc...).

All in all, a great place to visit in Amsterdam but know the prices before you go in. You might pay more than you need to if you're not careful.

Photo of VAcrossr
4.64/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

First places review here, so I'll start with a gem. I'm traveling by ship and have finally hit Europe after several months of Asia which was great but really only fizzy AALs were available since I didn't have time or means to venture far enough to find great beer. Today's my first day in Amsterdam and I found De Bierkoning after seeing the positive BA reviews.

Definitely worth the trip. It's just a little beyond the Madame Tousade Wax Museum, so I skipped right past that and saw a huge stack of beer crates being delivered. Not too hard to find, and as soon as you step in you can see the fantastic selection for a relatively small establishment. I had a backpack on and asked to set it down so I wouldn't knock anything over; the lady working the store by herself kindly set it aside for me.

The selection is fantastic. Lots of Belgian and Dutch brews, and I saw all three Westvleterens there and grabbed a XIII along with several quads. I'm limited to the amount of alcohol I can travel with, so 6 bottles was my limit, and it was hard to cut myself off. Lots of lambics, trappists, and a surprising assortment of US beers including Three Floyds, Jolly Pumpkin, and others I can't get in Virginia so it was jaw-dropping to see them here.

Prices on beers were quite good for the less rare stuff. I got Rochefort 10 for less than I'd pay at home and not much more than in European chain grocery stores that carry it. The Westy was a bit pricy at 16 euro but I figured I'd splurge on one since I've never seen one in person. Some of the US stuff was pricy, too (Clown Shoes, for example), but on average not out of line and certainly not jacked up in price for being relatively close to the touristy part of Amsterdam.

Atmosphere was quaint with an old yellow cat roaming the store; service was pretty good for the store being busy on a drizzly afternoon with one person on staff. She was very friendly when answering my questions and checking out my purchase.

Definitely worth a visit.

Photo of jonmikel
4.77/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Very good location near the Dam. The street itself is quite quiet without much noise. Huge variety of beers from all over the world very hard to find in other places. When I went there they had the rare Westvleteren 12 which, by the way, was quite expensive (though the drink was worth it). Overall the beers have a high prize but not too expensive.
The shop assistants are very friendly and helpful.
A must-go place for beer lovers in Amsterdam.

Photo of freneticamnesic
4.97/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

De Bierkoning is definitely my go-to place for rare or unusual beers, or even just for trying something new. As others have said, it's located right off the Dam, which makes it very accessible and in a very nice area of town.

Atmosphere in the shop is definitely nice, with a kind of old-fashioned style interior. The shop is, however, very cramped and can be difficult to maneuver around in if anyone else is present. The selection is quite impressive though, and I feel that that makes up for it. Their boast of 1000 beers on stock seems pretty accurate, as the whole store is stocked from floor to ceiling essentially with beers from around the world. These are also ordered by country, making it easier to make a selection. There seems to be plenty of rare and just generally high quality brews here, ranging from fairly normally priced, but quality beers, up to the higher end expensive and hard to find stuff. Also a fantastic selection of glassware that spans an entire wall, so pretty much anything you could need in that department is covered as well.
Staff are always willing to help and are very knowledgeable about the beers they carry and beer culture.

This, with the huge selection and easy accessibility, make it an excellent choice for anyone looking for a shop in the Netherlands

Photo of bark
4.3/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Lots of lots of beer. Belgian, US (very fresh, own import), Danish, UK, Italian and Dutch plus some unexpected countries.

Impressive assortment of sour and vintage Belgian beers.

Lots of beer glass and other stuff, too. Some of them quite cheap.

Friendly staff with good knowledge of all the beers. And a cuddly cat.

Photo of beerenjoyer1
5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Totally awesome! If you are ever in Amsterdam you need to visit De BierKoning. Look it up on the web. Their beer selection is fantastic, from Dutch, German, Belgian, English, Scotish, Irish, Czech, Polish, US craft beers, Danish, Norwegian, etc. Anyway you look at it you will not be disappointed. Plus, the staff are extremely knowledgable on their beers and they even brew beer themselves, the brand named Tasty Lady, which is awesome as well. If you are looking for Westvletern 12, yes they have it too! I get to Amsterdam at least 3+ times a year and I always stop in to De BierKoning! It is almost like family! Cheers!

Photo of Aethien
4.84/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

A small store close to the main shopping streets of Amsterdam, recognizable by the ever present stack of crates outside.
Once inside there's a wall of different glasses behind the counter and beyond that it's old wooden floors and shelves with a home made "as long as it works" look. It may have looked cheap or shoddy if you could actually see much of the shelves at all as there's beer everywhere, from the floor to the ceiling and in any other available spot there's beers, it gets hard to navigate when there's a couple people inside because so much of the store is filled with beer.

The selection is vast, they claim to always have at least 1000 beers in stock, I've never tried to count but I don't doubt it. The beers are sorted by country and brewery with a small section downstairs for Guezes, Lambics and a few Ciders.
There's rarities everywhere you look, from 3 Fonteinen's Armand'4 to Westvleteren, Mikkeler, a huge amount of De Molen beers, a good stock from various American breweries (The Lost Abbey, Hoppin' Frog, Shorts, Russian River and more) and occasionally even things like Zombie Dust, Hopslam and Pliny. There's also plenty of German and British beers and a bunch of others from around the world. I feel like a kid in a candy store every time I walk in there.

The staff is friendly and just as enthusiastic about beer as any of the customers and willing to help out and point you in the right direction. The staff's choice beers are also often beers I probably wouldn't have picked up otherwise that were definitely worth trying.

Although they're a little pricey they have a lot of beers that are simply very hard to get otherwise and considering the place of the shop it's really not bad at all.

In short, it's the perfect beer store in my opinion and a place you simply can't ignore if you're in Amsterdam.

EDIT: I went there again yesterday and not only did I get recognized, I even got a glass for free for being a good customer even though I've only been there 6 or 7 times so far. Of course I have splurged quite a bit each time, but still I wouldn't have expected them to recognize me much less give me something for free. Thought it was worth adding this to my review.

Photo of tenesmus
5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Stumbled across this place a few years ago, didn't realise at the time what I had found but it was my first experience of Cantillon and Girardin. It just gets better everytime I go.

Most recent visit a week ago, its a tiny little place just off Dam Square, lots of crates on the pavement outside, and the place is filled to the ceiling with beer. Three little levels with the lambics hidden under the stairs, with its cramped nature, steep stairs, wooden floors, its thoroughly Amsterdonian.

As for the beers - Most belgiums, Westvleteren 6, 8 & 12 available, big variety of lambics, good selection of UK, Scandanavian and US beers including Russian River - Pliny the Elder for 15 euros and a huge selection of Dutch.

What this place is really characterised by is the staff who are always approachable, enthusiastic and willing to help. I asked for a couple of typical US IPAs and got into a enlightening discussion on the merits of UK, Belgium and US styles. Anyway I ended up with a couple of cheap ones - Raging Bitch and Anderson Valley Imperial - under 3 euros each as well as Westvleteren 12, Drie fontenien gueze and Cantillon kriek which were a litle more expensive.

In summary, this is, without doubt, the finest beer shop I have visited.

Photo of Jeffo
4.64/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I've been coming here regularly for the past few years now, so it's probably time to write a more recent review.

De Bierkoning is an Amsterdam institution. It is right off the Dam, which is the main square in the city, and is only about a 10 minute walk from the train station. There is no excuse not to go here.

The shop is small and cramped. Beer is stacked everywhere, and it can be relatively difficult to walk around. Put a couple customers in there, and you've got a traffic jam. That said, the store is quite beautiful. Creeky old wood, boxes and bottles stacked all over, and some nice swag hung up around the joint. The beautiful wall of glasses also begs for attention while the guys are ringing up your bottles.

Lots of quality stuff here, with brews from all over the world. Belgium is well represented, of course, and there are often bottles of Westvleteren for 15 EUR a bottle. Plenty of other trappist and abbey beers are here, as well as a few select Struise offerings. The only place where they are a little thin is in their gueuze and lambic selection. There is a little corner downstairs with some standard Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, Boon, and a few others hanging around, but it is all pretty standard stuff.

The back wall has lots of German lager and weizen, as well as whatever bock is in season. Stop off here for some Andechs if you're looking for some. There is also a pile of brews from smaller Scandinavian breweries. Mikkeller, Amager, Nogne, Evil Twin, Hornbeer, etc., are all here to some extent.

The side wall showcases lots of different bitters and stouts from the UK, and the Dutch part has been growing by the month. De Molen is stacked here, and new Dutch brews seem to be coming out all the time. Breweries like Emelisse, Vat no.13, Schans and Jopen are all getting pretty creative. Very interesting time for the Dutch scene, and this is your one stop place to check them out.

The American craft selection has grown exponentially over the last two years as well. When I first started going there, it was Flying Monkey, Left Hand, Southern Tier, Lost Abbey, Port, Rogue, and a couple others. Since then, we've expanded to include Founders, Dark Horse, Alesmith, Smuttynose, The Bruery, and a host of others. This is great for the beer geek in the low countries, and might be interesting for the American tourist stopping through.

The guys and girls at De Bierkoning do a great job keeping the place in order, and also enjoy a little chat when things aren't busy. They all speak excellent English as well, so feel free to make conversation. Also, Jan likes to trade, either for the shop or for his own enjoyment, so don't forget to bring something in to swap.

De Bierkoning is a must stop for anyone passing through the city, and is more than worth the effort if you live in this part of the world.

Photo of sfprint
4.66/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Wow, excellent place. They claim to have 1100 beers, all filed away in their shelves. Very reasonably priced. I was shocked how reasonable and so I walked away with 29 bottles. Very good Dutch and Belgian selection, but they have German, English and American as well. Great de Molen selection. Sours and Lambics are downstairs in a smaller area. The employees were really nice and gave me a Bierkoning bottle opener. I'm glad I came by here before I went to the Cracked Kettle, both for the prices and selection.

Photo of psiweaver
4.94/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Went here on my recent trip to Amsterdam, had an absolutely fantastic time shopping here and picked up a bunch of rare de moulen beers. they had a ton of cantillon, drie fontaine etc. Highly recommend if your in amsterdam and looking for great craft beer. They had much better pricing than the cracked kettle as well. They also were a lot friendlier. They had 2 huge levels of beers and had pretty much all the major belgian and dutch beers that you could want.

It was somewhat hard to find the shop though as their sign isn't terribly big.

Photo of titosupertramp
4.44/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Cool little(and I do mean little) bottle shop near BearTemple. If this place had more than 10 people in it at one time, it would be pretty crowded.

Two coolers on the main floor and large bottle selection up a few steps on the second level. Great represtation from Holland, Belgium, US and Britain through out the store and well organized by country/region.

Just like BeerTemple, De Bierkoning has a better selection of American craft than anywhere in Nashville. Now for the glass selection...wow. They have an entire wall, 20ft. high filled with glassware.

The employees were all friendly and helpful when I had questions. If you're looking to enjoy great beer in your hotel/apartement or bring back a couple of bottles with you to the states, this is a great place to stop. They have anything you'd want here for sure.

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De Bierkoning in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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