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4.05/5 rDev -13.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Visited right before I hit Cafe Gollem. Absolutely must visit if in Amsterdam as the selection is varied and massive, plus all the glassware you could hope for. Westvleteren and other Trappists were in stock as well as French, English, German and selections from Amsterdam. I found some US macro bottles there, which was odd (expensive!).
Don't expect great southern hospitality though, as the employees spoke next to no English and were obviously "occupied". The selection made up for it though.
09-11-2007 15:16:19 | More by theformula
3.85/5 rDev -17.4%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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 Im not) American because I would have bought some beers there instead of just leaving.
The Belgian selection wasnt 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.
07-11-2007 20:57:00 | More by drseamus
4.15/5 rDev -10.9%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
A must visit for any BA while in Amsterdam. Enormous selection of bottled beer. Just about anything made in Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, UK etc. They also have correct glassware for most of the beers.
The staff I dealt with were not real beer geeks and didn't speak particularly good English anyway so I found most of what I wanted on my own.
Prices seemed reasonable especially for beers I can't buy in the States.
Very easy to find, just behind the palace. Also convenient to a couple of tram lines.
10-13-2006 01:21:34 | More by joedon
4.5/5 rDev -3.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
10-21-2005 09:12:42 | More by JohnfromDublin
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.55/5 rDev -2.4%
quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $
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
07-29-2005 16:33:31 | More by cypressbob
4.45/5 rDev -4.5%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
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.
07-04-2005 13:50:18 | More by Andreji
5/5 rDev +7.3%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
There are beer stores and then there are beer stores. Bierkoning falls into the latter category.
Like most things in Amsterdam, this store is tucked away in a narrow street and is unassuming. The store is right on Paleistraat, which is one of the central streets running directly from downtown by the Hauptbonhoff. As a matter of fact, this store is very centrally located... it's close to many of the museums, the Vondelpark, the Blumenmarkt, and the Leidseplein.
The quality is unbelievable. When I was there, I'd say I didn't recognize almost one-third of the beers they carried. And they don't stock things just to stock things. The owner and managers are constantly scouring the market for the best brews - macro or micro - or somewhere in between. The manager I talked to was a beer enthusiast and a brewer himself, and so he was inclined to talk about beer and why he carries the brands he chooses.
Also, for you brewers out there - there is an international brewer's guestbook. As to sign it - it's pretty amazing. It has been signed by brewers from all over the world who visited this place, and there were hundreds of signatures and entries. It was fun just to see how many American brewmasters made it to this store.
I have to give this place 5.0 across all categories. If you're in Amsterdam and not too stoned to move, you have to check this place out.
12-11-2004 13:24:11 | More by Sixpoint
4.74/5 rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 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!
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $
09-03-2004 16:55:13 | More by Bierman9
4.7/5 rDev +0.9%
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5
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".
07-13-2004 19:54:31 | More by elmocoso
4.85/5 rDev +4.1%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
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.?
02-27-2004 02:48:43 | More by SeanChouffe
De Bierkoning in Amsterdam, Netherlands
100 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.