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De Bierkoning

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De BierkoningDe Bierkoning

45 Reviews
Reviews: 45
Visits: 83
Avg: 4.64
pDev: n/a
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Paleisstraat 125
Amsterdam, 1012 ZL
phone: +31 20 625 2336

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @bierkoning

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Photo of VAcrossr
4.64/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of jonmikel
4.77/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of freneticamnesic
4.97/5  rDev +7.1%
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

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Photo of bark
4.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of beerenjoyer1
5/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

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Photo of Aethien
4.84/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of tenesmus
5/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.64/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of sfprint
4.66/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

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Photo of psiweaver
4.94/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of titosupertramp
4.44/5  rDev -4.3%
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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Photo of jeffaz02t
4.6/5  rDev -0.9%

This bottle shop is cramped, so make sure you have full balance when navigating the place, if you know what i mean...

Great selection of Belgian and other beers. They have a lot of rare beers, such as Westvleteren 12, as I found a bunch of bottles here at just under 5 euro per bottle. Needless to say, I stocked up here!

They also have an epic selection of beer glasses, and I mean large selection. I must have bought at least 10 glasses here.

Pricing is not bad at all, especially for the Westvleteren! Also, the service is top notch. Very nice lady helped me all three times I came to this store. Will visit every time I hit up Amsterdam for sure!

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Photo of pauljmccain
4.7/5  rDev +1.3%

This is right next to Dam. I went to Gollem, then walked back to my hostel in de Wall, stopping by here to pick up some more brews to try. Good selection, but not as good as the cracked kettle, which is also nearby. A large selection, though, of drinking glasses. I picked up a Chimay goblet for 5 euro. This place seems a bit commercialized, not really a mom-and-pop store feel. I preferred cracked kettle, but this is, technically, a great beer store. It carries a wide array of different beers and has them labeled by region, somewhat helpful.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.2/5  rDev -9.5%

During one of my visits in Amsterdam, I decided to have a look at the Bierkoning. It is a relatively small shop, close to the central train station and the main shopping street in Amsterdam. The shop is packed with all types of beers, from a range of countries (Dutch, Belgium, UK, Swedish, Danish, USA and some more).
I didn't find any vintage or rare beers there (ok, they have very expensive fresh Westvleteren), but the selection is still impressive in size. Turnover seems very high. No old bottles on the shelves and busy at the time I was there. The staff in the shop is very friendly, although they never reply to question asked by email (which is bad, because they don't have a beerlist online, so one doesn't know what is available).
In general, great shop. Pay it a visit when around!

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Photo of jgasparine
4.7/5  rDev +1.3%

This is by far, one of the coolest places I have ever been. Granted, I haven't really traveled Europe... but I imagine that this place would still rank high in my book if I did!

This store is beer and nothing but beer. And nearly everything on their shelves is craft, micro or an artisanal brew. It was like being in a playland.

The only thing they DIDN'T have (just because I had poor timing with my visit) was Westvleteren 12.

Just the atmosphere alone makes this place worth seeing. Just browsing the shelves was like being in something of a beer museum.

Truly amazing. Catch a flight to Amsterdam to see this place if for nothing else ;)

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Photo of azorie
5/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

ok this is my 2nd place I hit when i get off the train from the airport. Its just beer lovers heaven if you like dutch and Belgian beer. otherwise stay away, and leave it to us that love Belgian beer. Yes they have aged westy upstairs usually, its not cheap but hey its worth it. This place has got the best selection and service in Amsterdam period. If you visit Amsterdam and your a beer lover this is a MUST visit otherwise, why would you reading this? he-he did I mention I love this place. Been here like 100 times now and that NOT a joke. Don't go in stoned, its best to have lots of time and cash and a wheeled vehicle of some kind. Sure the AGED westvleteren was 12 euro and higher but ITS worth every penny.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.4/5  rDev -5.2%

This is a very convenient location to Amsterdam Centrum and had a nearly ridiculously good selection. You can check other reviews to get others' reads on the general selection, but I'll list some specific gems to give a feel for the quality and price. Westveleteren 8 and 12 were available although at a very steep price of 12 euros (WAY too much). Black Albert was offered for 6.1 euros (a bit pricy but what the hell for this beer). Four varieties from Andechs were on sale for ~2 euros each which is VERY cheap, given that I paid the same price in Munich last year. There were many many lambics and also a lot of Belgian pale ales and dark ales. A must stop while in Amsterdam.

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Photo of koopa
4.65/5  rDev +0.2%

While the hours of operation can be a bit frustrating, this is by far the best beer store in the city. When riding my dutch bicycle in the Dam Square area, there is no place I'd rather take an unplanned journey to than De Bierkoning!

As you enter you see floor space in the front including a register. Head up the stairs and find a wonderful beer selection divided by country.

One wall for Belgians, One for Germans, One for USA, and then the rest!

Prices are reasonable, selection is great, and the owner is very knowledgeable but you kind of have to drag it out of him!

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Photo of dirtylou
4.85/5  rDev +4.5%

a destination beerstore for sure - visited one afternoon while in Amsterdam and it was easy as this is in a very central location near the National Monument.

I was immediately overwhelmed upon entrance. The selection of Belgians and other European beers was beyond belief. Where does one even start?

I knew exactly where to start. I picked up a Westvleteren 8 and 12 (the #6 and #1 beers in the world, respectively). 9 euro's a bottle is steep (but normal for these) but it was too much to pass up.

There was so much other stuff in here ranging across all belgian styles and also a fair representation of dutch beers as well. I doubt there was a bad bottle of beer in the house. There was a ton of lambics if that is your thing, but its not mine so i skipped that entire section.

The american beers were pretty interesting - terrapin, great divide, sierra nevada, and a few other highlights.

Just an amazing store - a MUST visit if you are in town

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Photo of Crosling
5/5  rDev +7.8%

What more could you want? They have an amazing selection of glassware, with probably over a hundred types. Many, many dutch beers not sold elsewhere. An Amazing selection of belgian ale, with several hundred types. Then, even more and more beers from around the world. I've even heard that they have sold Kaggen in the past. Sheesh, I wish I would have been there. Westvleteren is available. There is no doubt in my mind that this is one of if not the best beer shop in the world. I've been here a couple times and have always received great service. This is quite a place.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.85/5  rDev +4.5%

This was our second bottle shop stop while in Amsterdam and our best. Easy to find but not on an overally touristy street which was nice. When you walk in you are greeted by a huge glass selection on the walk to the left. I took a look for a bit but could not make up my mind so I moved on to the beer. Wow!

I first went down a set of steps to what seemed to be the lambic area and what a great area to visit. Great selection of Cantillon, Haansens, 3 Fontenein and many others. I was in shock when I found some 3F Hommage and a steal at 11 euros! I also got a bottle of Haansens Mead the Gueuze which was nice to see at about 4 euros after I paid about 9 euros an hour earlier at a bar.

After drooling at the lambics, I went to the 2nd floor level and there was the largest selection of Dutch beers I had ever seen. I wish I had a car parked outside as I would have loaded up on some Dutch treats. There was also a great selection of many other Belgian brewers, some rare and hard to find including some older Westvleteren bottles.

It was very interesting to see some other American craft beers I had not seem in Europe before like Jolly Pumpkin and Terrapin.

Best store in Amsterdam and one of the best I have visited in Europe to date.

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Photo of ATPete
4.7/5  rDev +1.3%

I think this is my favorite beer shop ever.

During 6 days in Amsterdam this April we must have shopped here 8 times! A friendly cashier minds the front of the store and greats you upon entering, a big nasty St Feuillien Methuselah is in sight also. The glass ware behind the register is dominating, the best selection ive ever seen! It must be 13 feet long and 6-8 shelves deep of glass ware! Upstairs is a sight that is indescribable, beginning on the right a massive dutch selection, most i've ever seen, continuing into assorted beers, American beers (i saw Left Hand, Great Divide, Anchor and a few others), English beers, German beers, Danish beers, and then finally most of the last wall is Belgians. Vintage dated Westvleteren is right on display, I think it was something like 20 E for a 2002 12...not bad...

A decent cold selection as well, i bought some Christoffell, Duvel Verde, Saison DuPont, Euphoree Blonde, Great Divide Hercules and a few others cold.

Down stairs is Lambic Land, tons of Gueze and meads as well.

Great store, smart, friendly staff, HUGE selection, good prices, tons of glass ware and merch! If in Amsterdam this is a MUST. It is literally 2 blocks from Dom.

Watch out they close AT 6 on Sundays..

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Photo of CBA
4.2/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

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Photo of theformula
4.05/5  rDev -12.7%

Visited right before I hit Cafe Gollem. Absolutely must visit if in Amsterdam as the selection is varied and massive, plus all the glassware you could hope for. Westvleteren and other Trappists were in stock as well as French, English, German and selections from Amsterdam. I found some US macro bottles there, which was odd (expensive!).

Don't expect great southern hospitality though, as the employees spoke next to no English and were obviously "occupied". The selection made up for it though.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of drseamus
3.85/5  rDev -17%

This place has a great selection of beers which almost offsets the rude service I got while I was there. It is unfortunate that they judged my book by its cover expecting I was some stupid stoner (which I’m not) American because I would have bought some beers there instead of just leaving.

The Belgian selection wasn’t nearly as impressive as the selection in Brussels, but very good for outside the country. The selection was kind of weird in that they had a bunch of the trappist beers including Westvleteren and a bunch of the Belgian breweries, but very little of some others like Fantome. They had a good gueuze and lambic selection as well. They had a decent selection of other country beers as well. They have a very good selection of glassware in addition to the Belgian selection. It seemed like they had the glass for every beer they sold.

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De Bierkoning in Amsterdam, Netherlands
100 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.