De Bierkoning

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De BierkoningDe Bierkoning
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

Paleisstraat 125
Amsterdam, 1012 ZL
Netherlands

+31 20 625 2336 | map
bierkoning.nl

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PLACE STATS
Score:
100
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
93
Avg:
4.64
pDev:
4.31%
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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 93
Reviews by Aethien:
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4.84/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of parpalapelix
4.94/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of JamFuel
4.8/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Beer-Ed
4.35/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of SCproUA
4.51/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Store after visiting in the state of light relaxation, but I will try to evaluate it objectively:
1) Location is just excellent, very easy to find;
2) The appearance of the store - nothing special;
3) The beer choice is very large, I think everyone can yourself to find something interesting;
4) Service bad, the seller was standing behind the counter and did not pay any attention. It is possible to be a closer. I advise you to drive bearded !!!

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Photo of moose1980
5/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

While I was expecting a great selection of beers from the Netherlands, they had so much more, from seasonal Cantillon, to stouts from The Bruery . Huge selection and friendly service. They even do trade,s from what the worker told me!

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.82/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

So I finally had a few minutes for myself in my last visit to Amsterdam. I knew this was the best store in town. Google Maps, one backpack, and here we go.

The place was a bit small but by having all the walls filled with beer up the ceiling actually became the best store I've ever been to. An awesome selection of dutch beers, belgian beers (european in general) and some US beers but nothing too fancy. This was the moment when I grabbed a beer from North Coast out of a shelve.

In my last steps in the unknown of this store, I saw something I couldn't believe in. Westvleteren beers, right on my front. Being a craft beer addict and knowing this beer from 'day one', this was a moment of truth. Actually, this had been my european whale.

Bought a Westy XII and became very happy. The end.

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Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of windowside
4.35/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Brend91
4.92/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

My favourite in NL. Nice selection, on top of the beers, and all the matching glasses.

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Photo of Rilesmiles
4.33/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Remiot
4.93/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of mattmarka1
4.76/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of Ajlvt
4.82/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of vonnerbeer
4.6/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of SometimesIfart
4.59/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of halo3one
4.15/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of bostonbeans
4.79/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of Gurtie
4.97/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of DahWag
5/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

2 fresh crates of Westy 8 & 12 when you walk in the door. 'Nuf said!

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Photo of BenBreeg
4.74/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of DanSSwing
4.97/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.65/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Brewski
4.69/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of mrjmann
5/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Excellent selection of cantillon, and even some surprising American beers here.

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De Bierkoning in Amsterdam, Netherlands
4.64 out of 5 based on 93 ratings.
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