We arrived in Amsterdam to a cold wet afternoon, just like the one we’d left in Copenhagen. C’mon Europe this is supposed to be our SUMMER holiday! We also arrived to find no fridge where we were staying which would obviously limit what we could do in bottle review form.
With this in mind we visited the supermarket down the road and bought two beers and intended to do something similar each time we went back to the room. It didn’t quite pan out that way as we found a couple of good craft beer venues and decided it would be easiest to try the beers there. With this in mind only 5 beers made it back to the room and some of those were probably ill-advised.
|The Iconic Heineken|
There are a few things that are almost essential on any trip to Amsterdam. One of which is visiting the Heineken Brewery. Located no more than 2km’s from the city centre and with beers included in the price of your ticket it’s a must and gives a fascinating insight into one of the world’s biggest breweries!
|Save your money!|
In the Netherlands there is plenty of competition for Heineken in the macro lager field. Both Grolsch and Amstel are readily available, but you can see why Heineken is the number one. Amstel is one of the worst lagers I’ve had in a long time, and if you check out the macro lager section of the blog you’ll see I’ve had some bad ones!
|My first Hoppin' Frog!|
In stark comparison the next afternoon we walked past BeerTemple, an American craft beer bar owned by the same guy as Arendsnest. The girl behind the bar really knew her stuff and what was initially going to be a one or two beer stop turned into a 4 hour session! Highlights included BrewDog’s Dead Pony Club and Hoppin’ Frog’s Hop Dam, but really everything I had was excellent!
|Better than it looks|
I bought the Leffe to represent the huge number of Belgian beers available in Amsterdam. Almost every bar/restaurant you go into in Amsterdam has more Belgian beers than Dutch beers and look who could blame them! Leffe 9 is the best Leffe I have ever had, it was a simply stunning Belgian Pale Ale and you could hardly tell it had 9% ABV! Buy this beer if you see it!
In summing up Dutch beer, it’s just not very good. All the beers are drinkable but they just don’t have an edge that sets them apart. They all seem like they are copying an American beer but haven’t quite reached the height they were aiming for. Heineken is a drinkable lager, Wieckse Witte isn’t awful but otherwise stick to the Belgian beers that seem to dominant restaurants and bars in Amsterdam.
|My Amsterdam finds|