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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 AdamNowek
5/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

AdamNowek, Aug 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +7.1%

kermis, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of Sixpoint
5/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

Sixpoint, Dec 11, 2004
Photo of boudeysbigbrew
5/5  rDev +7.1%

boudeysbigbrew, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of tenesmus
5/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

tenesmus, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of Chichecardozo
5/5  rDev +7.1%

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..

Chichecardozo, Feb 23, 2014
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 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
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5/5  rDev +7.1%

papatuti, Oct 12, 2013
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5/5  rDev +7.1%

MicroBeerMan1980, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of beerenjoyer1
5/5  rDev +7.1%

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!

beerenjoyer1, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of AlexM
5/5  rDev +7.1%

AlexM, Sep 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +7.1%

BeerHunter76, May 15, 2014
Photo of freneticamnesic
4.97/5  rDev +6.4%

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

freneticamnesic, May 13, 2013
Photo of psiweaver
4.94/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

psiweaver, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of dvnb
4.93/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

dvnb, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of TheBaumer
4.86/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

TheBaumer, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of Dreizhen
4.86/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

Dreizhen, Jun 12, 2013
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 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 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 Aethien
4.84/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

Aethien, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of FEUO
4.84/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

FEUO, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of jonmikel
4.77/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

jonmikel, May 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

kjkinsey, Jan 24, 2014
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De Bierkoning in Amsterdam, Netherlands
100 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.