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De Bierkoning

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De BierkoningDe Bierkoning
BA SCORE
100
world-class

63 Ratings
Ratings: 63
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.67
pDev: 6%
[ Store ]

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 jeffaz02t
4.6/5  rDev -1.5%

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!

jeffaz02t, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of pauljmccain
4.7/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

pauljmccain, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of rvdoorn
4.2/5  rDev -10.1%

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!

rvdoorn, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of jgasparine
4.7/5  rDev +0.6%

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 ;)

jgasparine, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of azorie
5/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

azorie, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.4/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

TurdFurgison, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of koopa
4.65/5  rDev -0.4%

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!

koopa, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of dirtylou
4.85/5  rDev +3.9%

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

dirtylou, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of Crosling
5/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

Crosling, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of ggaughan
4.85/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

ggaughan, May 17, 2008
Photo of ATPete
4.7/5  rDev +0.6%

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..

ATPete, May 05, 2008
Photo of CBA
4.2/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

CBA, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of theformula
4.05/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

theformula, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of drseamus
3.85/5  rDev -17.6%

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.

drseamus, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of joedon
4.15/5  rDev -11.1%

A must visit for any BA while in Amsterdam. Enormous selection of bottled beer. Just about anything made in Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, UK etc. They also have correct glassware for most of the beers.
The staff I dealt with were not real beer geeks and didn't speak particularly good English anyway so I found most of what I wanted on my own.
Prices seemed reasonable especially for beers I can't buy in the States.
Very easy to find, just behind the palace. Also convenient to a couple of tram lines.

joedon, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of JohnfromDublin
4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Visited this fine shop on Thursday afternoon, 13th Oct 2005.
The selection of quality beers and glasses that they stock was almost overwhelming for someone like me who has to often struggle to find decent brews. They have an excellent range of Dutch and Belgian beers. It makes you just want to buy them all! The friendly girl serving us took the trouble to box a set of Ij Vlo beers for me, and take down the display tee-shirt and sell it to us as they were out of stock. (She is off to India for holidays and voluntary work, Bon Voyage!).
The only downside to this shop was that on a visit in 2004, the place was so busy that I had to abandon my proposed purchases and leave. This was not a reflection on the staff, who were answering questions from customers. The problem was the number of customers. Try to visit on a weekday if you can, so you can give this place the time it deserves.

JohnfromDublin, Oct 21, 2005
Photo of cypressbob
4.55/5  rDev -2.6%

Located on Paleisstraat, this place is a doddle to find

Visited here 3 or 4 times on my visit, mainly to get stuff to bring home

When you walk in your greeted by the shop assistant and immediately notice the amazing selection of glassware behind, there are a couple of fridges in this area with some nice chilled stuff. Then, up a few steps is beer city, every belgian you can think of and so many dutch beers its unbelievable. Great selection of german beers too, all the best are here plus a few off beat ones. They also have a fair range of english and US beers too, but thats not where this place shines.

Besides the hundreds of small bottles and 750mls this place has lots of 3 litres and magnums, aswell as what appeared to be a 9 litre bottle of st feuillien.

Besides the amazing range of normal belgians is the 'cellar' area, stocking an amazing range of lambics, every cantillon beer (jncluding saint lamvinus which i bought), lindemans, girardin etc, all are present

Prices are fantastic too, saint lamvinus was the most expensive that i bought but of course it always is, was still less than 9 euro though. Small bottles of girardin 1882 gueuze were 1.20, lol, bargain

If you come to amsterdam you have to visit this place, especially if you are planning on bringing alot back, the range is amazing

cypressbob, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of Andreji
4.45/5  rDev -4.7%

On a rainy day in mijn fiets in Amsterdam I refused to ignore stopping at this splendid beer store- perhaps the only one in the city because I couldn't find the other one listed at BA. I rushed ignoring the place and thankfully had a mental image from the photo here listed- as I rushed through the rain at the Dam (this is in the paleisstraat which is one of the streets that leads and passes by the royal palace).

Damp et al, I entered the beer store and the only bad impression was- much as the rest of europe- the lack of air conditioning. but that went on right away, provided the beer selection faces you right away: an upper level with hundreds and hundreds of bottles carefully organised by nationalities (dutch, belgian, german, english and "rest of the world"). below, a cava-like bit for the lambics among which the unmissable stock of Cantillon's best. to the right, beer paraphernalia for us proud of drinking it and willing to boast it; and to the left, the register, behind which levels and levels of beer glasses (i counted up to 150 different).

Although I somewhat breezed through the store I had come to buy all their stock in 'de Leckere Tripel' because I have been hypnotised by this beer. unfortunately I'll only bring back four, because they were out until monday (after a thorough check by the friendly staff at the storage room)- too late for my colombian arse. comes to prove I should've gone there earlier to buy them out, because, in all fairness, the place had good prices for the quality range offered.

Andreji, Jul 04, 2005
Photo of Bierman9
4.74/5  rDev +1.5%

This place is just a stones throw from Dam Square, but tiny, and with an un-assuming storefront. It's a long, narrow shop from front to back, with the service counter to your left and a small fridge with about 2 dozen different biers on the right. Up some stairs to the rear and you'll find oodles and oodles of Belgian and Dutch gems. There were scores to choose from! Additional shelf space was alotted to Czech, German (Andechs Doppelbock!!), British and Irish stuff, as well as some USA biers. You can buy singles, or opt for some of the gift-packs they sell. Some are different biers from one brewer; others are different brewers but one particular style. They have a large assortment of glassware, and also a small bin with coasters there for the taking with your purchase. The young gent working was helpful and friendly, even removing some past-date bier I was considering and getting me something fresher. I bought 6 bottles on my first visit, 4x 33cl and 2x 50cl, and it only came to 10.70 Euros. Nice score!

Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.74
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $

92

Bierman9, Sep 03, 2004
Photo of elmocoso
4.7/5  rDev +0.6%

The best beer store i have ever visited. I was floored when i walked into this place. It is quite compact with three different levels, all full with towers of beer. The shelving went almost to the ceiling with a section designated to almost every part of the world. A beer advocate would be fortunate to live close to this valuable resource. IF you find yourself in amsterdam, and capable of making it out of the coffee shop, take a look. You will be glad you did. It is WAY more fun than the heiniken "expereince".

elmocoso, Jul 13, 2004
Photo of SeanChouffe
4.85/5  rDev +3.9%

De Bierkoning was a little hard to find. At first thought it was a Café (from the advertisements). Beer retailers in Amsterdam are hard to come by unless you are looking for Heineken or other more mainstream beers.
This place is the best beer retailer I have ever seen. They have a wonderful selection of Belgian and other European beers at pretty reasonable prices. Beirkoning also has a great selection of glassware, which is essential for enjoying the complete beer experience. The employees were very helpful, and I was able to find a couple of great beers on sale. I also got a cute little bottle opener as a ?free gift.?

SeanChouffe, Feb 27, 2004
Photo of GreenWBush
4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

This was something that I found by sheer coincidence ... I happened to miss the last tour of the Heineken experience by three or four minutes, and cursed myself and the poor timing. Apparently, I was so loud that a fellow American honed in on me and showed me the way - to one of the best beer shops i've ever been in.

This shop was tiny but had the best selection of Belgian beers i've ever seen. Everything is stacked pretty much up to the ceiling, and you'll find beer glasses accompanying almost every good beer they sell. I picked up a big bottle of Delirum and a glass for under 10 euros.

I have bottle caps from a myriad of Belgian beers I haven't even ever heard of, and it is unfortunate because I didn't even get a chance to do a review on any of them. I might never know the names of these unless I go back.

The service was helpful and friendly, even though he had trouble understanding my english. Altogether a great experience.

GreenWBush, Jan 26, 2004
Photo of dmeadows
4.7/5  rDev +0.6%

This small shop, a short walk from the central rail station, is well worth the visit if you find yourself in Amsterdam. My wife and I had a couple of hours to kill at the Amsterdam airport last year en route to Egypt. A 20 minute train ride, an even shorter walk, and there we were standing in front of De Bierkoning. I'm not sure how many different types of beer they have, but I would hazzard a guess of 800! The walls were lined, from top to bottom with beers from the Netherlands, Belgium, UK, and beyond, many not available back in the US. Hey, they even had Sam Adams for those looking for something a little closer to home. For those who can never have enough pint glasses, the selection of glassware was almost as impressive as the selection of beer!

dmeadows, Dec 22, 2003
De Bierkoning in Amsterdam, Netherlands
100 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.