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4.37 w/ 73 ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 250
Amsterdam, 1012 RR

+31 20 627 1427 | map

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Photo of hurfer
3.58/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

An American beer bar in Europe was intriguing enough to have to pay it a visit. It kind of had the vibe of a Belgian beer bar in America. Especially when it came to price, in Holland & Belgium their beers are very cheap compared to what we see in the US. Here the US beer prices were comparable to Belgian prices in the US.

The list of beers was huge and very strange to see in Amsterdam. Southern Tier, Great Divide, Green Flash, Founders, Jolly Pumpkin, Short's & tons of others.

I had Mikkeller 1000 IBU on tap & a couple dutch beers, didn't really sample the US selection, seeing as I can get most of it at home. I'm sure this place would be very exciting for Europeans to visit, seeing as they don't have access to these beers.

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Photo of klink40
3.74/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Stopped by here while walking around and couldn't believe I was in an American beer bar in Amsterdam.
This place offers a great selection of all American style micro-brews. The atmosphere is very average and provides you with more a feel of a typical American dive bar rather than a foreign feel which some maybe looking for.

The selection would be a grade A in any US town. Locals and non-US traveling beer-lovers will be very excited to have found a place like this.

Prices seemed reasonable, service was fair, and glassware was proper. I didn't have any food.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.88/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

I visited this Amsterdam bar on Sunday night (October 23rd 2011) after having a meal in a nearby restaurant. It had been on my list of places to hit on my Amsterdam weekend and was dismayed to find out that it was closing at 10pm and we would only have time for one beer! So I went for a brew from Great Divide; the fantastic oak aged Imperial stout on tap.

They have about 30 taps with many brews from Great Divide, Flying Dog, Left Hand, Mikkeller etc., so not exclusively "American". They also have in the region of 100 bottles on their menu. Prices were acceptable (most of the beers are American imports after all) but the ambience is not that great. Even though it was less than a year old, it seemed a little drab. I also felt that the barman could have made a better effort at clearing away dead glasses from the tables; it was not that the place was busy, in fact it was very quiet.

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Photo of JamFuel
4/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of bylerteck
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of rvdoorn
4/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

the first american beer bar in europe,at least that is what they say in the bar. The ambiance is nice, bit 70s decoration. Not crowded when i was there (sunday afternoon). Service was very friendly, although had the feeling i knew more what he was selling than he did. List of beers is decent, as expected mainly american ipa and ris beers. Also small selection of european beers like mikkeller and brewdog. Bottle prices are too high (more than 20 euro for lost abbey angeld share 37cl), price of draft beers is ok, 4 euro for 25 cl. Nice place

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is a place geared towards American beers and being an American, I wasn't in love with it as I have access to most of the items. Found Boon lambic on cask, however which was fun to try!

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Photo of Brabander
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Very neat the Bierkoning and with a nice place to sit outside. Good and various beers on tap with good staaf.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of halo3one
4/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of heymikew
4.04/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

This is a great place for locals to try US craft beer. Good cross section of styles and brewers. I was able to sample brews that aren't available to me back home.

I usually like to drink local product when I'm traveling but it was good to visit nevertheless.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Shumista
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Beer temple was my final stop during my St Patrick's day Amsterdam beer bar crawl. It is best described as an American beer bar smack in the middle of Amsterdam. Founders, Jolly Pumpkin, Great Divide, Anchor, Left Hand, Flying Dog; basically all of the usual suspects for a solid American craft beer bar. They also have a very good selection of European/Belgian beers, as would be expected, but the emphasis is clearly to be an American beer bar first.

The atmosphere was pleasant enough, maybe a little bit dimly lit, but besides that it reminded me of plenty other American beer bars. Quality was high and the service was outstanding. The bartender was friendly and talkative, and helped us decide on our beers with a few samples from the taps. Selection was good for a bar in the States, but for a bar in Amsterdam, it was incredible. For me it was perfect. Having lived in Spain for the past few months I haven't had access to any of my home town favorites. It was wonderful to be able to enjoy some Founders again. For someone who lives in Europe, this bar would be perfect too, giving them access to a bunch of American beers that I'm sure would be hard to find anywhere else. It's thinking of an American on a quick visit to Europe that I have a hard time finding a good reason to have more than a round at Beer Temple. For the prices (6 euros for a bottle of Founders Cerise for example), I think you're money and time is probably better spent at Cafe in de Wildeman, Cafe Gollem or Cafe t' Arendsnest, where you can find unique European beers we don't get in the states for very good prices. I certainly am not complaining about the prices or saying I don't understand them...importing beer from the US is expensive, I just don't see a good reason to pay top dollar for beer that can be had at home for cheap if you are an American on a quick visit.

All that aside, this is really a great beer bar and for me it was like an oasis in the desert that is Spain's craft beer culture. Worth a stop no matter where you call home, just expect a bit of sticker shock if you are from the States.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.15/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This bar is owned by the same guy who owns Cafe 't Arendsnest on the Herengracht. It is the first and, to my knowledge, only American beer bar in Europe. Very cool indeed.

The inside is decorated half-heartedly, with a large collection of bottles on the wall and a few randomly placed, and sometimes poorly thought out, beer signs on the wall. Why is there a Leffe sign here, for example? It's also a little "green" for European standards; it looks like they were going for the old style Dutch bar but just didn't quite pull it off. That said, the music is well chosen and not too loud during the late afternoon, and the barkeep does a good job at mainting an inviting atmosphere.

The quality is fine here, so I usually think of this category as a way of grading rarity. For the average American, this is nothing special, but for us here in Europe, they've certainly got some interesting stuff. There were some bottles of Oak Aged Yeti and GI BCBS in the cooler, which we can't find in stores anymore. There was also stuff from all over the country here, which may not be the case in a local bar in the States.

As for the selection, it's quite impressive. With about 30 taps and over 100 bottles, there was a lot to chose from. All the American beer in there is either in De Bierkoning now, or has been in there at some time in the past though. Distribution lines are the same. What was cool was being able to try some of those beers on tap, and to see some of the beers that are no longer around.

We had three beers that afternoon:

Great Divide Hercules IPA 14oz - 6,50
Great Divide Fresh Hop IPA 14oz - 6,50
GI BCBCS 12oz bottle - 11,00

It was pretty cool to try the Great Divide on tap, which is one of my favorite American breweries, and the GI BCBS, which isn't around anymore. Quite a pricey experience for sure, but we're in Europe, so that's to be expected. Moreover, tipping is not a thing over here, so that made it more reasonable.

All in all, this is a great bar and a welcome addition to the beer culture here. I hope it does well and the local population supports it, instead of it just being full of tourists all the time. The great selection and extensive tap list makes this a great stop for anyone interested in American beer. I'll be back for sure.

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.15/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

good option for the area

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Photo of david18
4.15/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I looked up a number of places before visiting Amsterdam because I wanted to find the best beer bars in town. This place wasn't on any list and we literally passed it on our way to somewhere else and stopped in. It has an unbelievable beer list but it is primarily american beers. Although it was quite impressive I go to american craft beer bars all the time. I

One great thing about it, however, was that there were american brands that you might not be able to get locally.

Also, it's not totally American. They carry a number of European brewers who brew beer in the American style, such as Brew Dog and Mikkeller.

Atmosphere was very dark, much like a tavern. I"m not sure if they have food, we didn't eat while there.

Overall, a definite must for a stop by but there are a couple of others that are also not to missed. My favorite was Cafe In de Wildeman

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Photo of bark
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

The place to be for American beer in Amsterdam.

Approx. 20 kegs and some 100 bottles. Mostly American imports, and then some Danish and Belgian craft beers. The US beers are imported by the bar and probably among the freshest available in Europe.

Some of the beers on tap when I visited last week: Rogue IPA, 2x Mikkeller Yeast Series 2.0, Mikkeller K:rlek Höst/vinter 2012, Southern Tier Creme Brulee, Rogue Yellow Snow, The Kernel India Export Porter, Flying Dog Raging Bitch, Sly Fox Phoenix, To Øl Ovr-all, Leffe Blonde.

The staff is friendly and and speaks excellent English. The got good knowledge of the beers and breweries. The selection of snacks are of high quality: Craft sausages ans cheese and boiled eggs from their hen at the backyard. The background music is set at low volume. At times, they show sport events but that is ignorable if you sit at the bar.

The quite small pub got a long bar and some tables at the back and at the window. A small patio on the side-walk is set up during summertime.

There is a list of sour and vintage beers, but you have to ask for it at the bar.

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Photo of BenBreeg
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.25

Photo of torriman
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%

Photo of cadaugherty
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of kctobin72
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

stumbled upon this place walking around amsterdam at night...pretty standard bar inside, pretty dark etc but the beer list is amazing...both draught and bottle. 3 floyds dark lord went for 99,50 euro! very informative and chill bartender who was happy to tell the story behind how they get such rare selections. had the doris the destroyer on tap, verrrry tasy. recommend this to folks travelling to amsterdam.

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Photo of Heretic42
4.24/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

My second stop in Amsterdam, a night after Arendsnest. This is a solid American bar with a good atmosphere, knowledgeable bartenders, and good (albeit expensive) selection. A little under 20 American brews on tap, mostly IPAs and stouts, along with a few European brews, including Mikkeller and Brew Dog.

As at least one other review has stated, their bottle prices are a bit high. The draft prices are a bit high as well, but you'll be hard-pressed to find this kind of selection elsewhere in Europe.

Overall, it's worth a visit, though I suspect I'll be spending more time in Arendsnest trying beers I can't easily get in the US.

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Photo of Chris_Coughlin
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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