De Bierkoning

BA SCORE
100
world-class

95 Ratings
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
Ratings:
95
Reviews:
50
Avg:
4.64
pDev:
4.53%
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Photo of drseamus
3.85/5  rDev -17%

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.

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Photo of theformula
4.05/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

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Photo of joedon
4.15/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

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

Photo of rvdoorn
4.2/5  rDev -9.5%

During one of my visits in Amsterdam, I decided to have a look at the Bierkoning. It is a relatively small shop, close to the central train station and the main shopping street in Amsterdam. The shop is packed with all types of beers, from a range of countries (Dutch, Belgium, UK, Swedish, Danish, USA and some more).
I didn't find any vintage or rare beers there (ok, they have very expensive fresh Westvleteren), but the selection is still impressive in size. Turnover seems very high. No old bottles on the shelves and busy at the time I was there. The staff in the shop is very friendly, although they never reply to question asked by email (which is bad, because they don't have a beerlist online, so one doesn't know what is available).
In general, great shop. Pay it a visit when around!

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Photo of CBA
4.2/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

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Photo of Hayley_86
4.25/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of phingdong
4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of bark
4.3/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Lots of lots of beer. Belgian, US (very fresh, own import), Danish, UK, Italian and Dutch plus some unexpected countries.

Impressive assortment of sour and vintage Belgian beers.

Lots of beer glass and other stuff, too. Some of them quite cheap.

Friendly staff with good knowledge of all the beers. And a cuddly cat.

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

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

Photo of mothman
4.37/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Very fun beer store to visit. They have so many offerings. I recommend trying some new breweries as they carry so many different brands. Very friendly staff too.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.4/5  rDev -5.2%

This is a very convenient location to Amsterdam Centrum and had a nearly ridiculously good selection. You can check other reviews to get others' reads on the general selection, but I'll list some specific gems to give a feel for the quality and price. Westveleteren 8 and 12 were available although at a very steep price of 12 euros (WAY too much). Black Albert was offered for 6.1 euros (a bit pricy but what the hell for this beer). Four varieties from Andechs were on sale for ~2 euros each which is VERY cheap, given that I paid the same price in Munich last year. There were many many lambics and also a lot of Belgian pale ales and dark ales. A must stop while in Amsterdam.

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Photo of titosupertramp
4.44/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Cool little(and I do mean little) bottle shop near BearTemple. If this place had more than 10 people in it at one time, it would be pretty crowded.

Two coolers on the main floor and large bottle selection up a few steps on the second level. Great represtation from Holland, Belgium, US and Britain through out the store and well organized by country/region.

Just like BeerTemple, De Bierkoning has a better selection of American craft than anywhere in Nashville. Now for the glass selection...wow. They have an entire wall, 20ft. high filled with glassware.

The employees were all friendly and helpful when I had questions. If you're looking to enjoy great beer in your hotel/apartement or bring back a couple of bottles with you to the states, this is a great place to stop. They have anything you'd want here for sure.

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Photo of Andreji
4.45/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

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Photo of Fluffheady
4.49/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Nice people with a really nice bottle shop. They like to trade. Absolutely the best bottle shop in the city and surrounding area. Good selection of local, Belgian, and American beer. We brought them several barrel aged beers from the Midwest, and we walked away with some really cool stuff. You absolutely MUST visit here if you are a BA user and in Amsterdam.

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Photo of ooftu
4.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of GreenWBush
4.5/5  rDev -3%

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.

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Photo of Fdevries
4.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Brabander
4.5/5  rDev -3%

Very good selection of beers from all over the world and some the beers are for very decent prices.

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Photo of sansho
4.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of deg
4.5/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

A small little place, easy to find. The owners packed a lot into a little place. I noted American beers that I can't get here in America. They have a huge selection of glassware. I didn't spend much time looking at the glassware because I was there to buy beer to bring back to America. The prices weren't bad. The staff, like just about everyone in Amsterdam, speaks English. Note that if you need a bag, you will pay for a bag.

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De Bierkoning in Amsterdam, Netherlands
4.64 out of 5 based on 95 ratings.
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