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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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(Place added by: dmeadows)
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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
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De Bierkoning in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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