We want to answer all the most frequently asked questions about Amsterdam, so, here they are! 

When in Amsterdam, you need to taste their beers. Many beers in the country are brewed based on ancient recipes and have been produced in the Netherlands for centuries. 

Here are some of the most traditional Dutch beers you should definitely try in the city: 

Pale Lager

You know it—Heineken, which you will find the city, serves the popular pale lager. The beer is well-loved for its versatility and in the Netherlands, the Dutch drinks them in small glasses. Why? Because we want to preserve its taste and fizz!


IPA stronger than American or British brands and there are even heavier ones, such as Dubbel or Tripel IPA that you can taste in the city. 


This is popular during the summer because it’s so refreshing with low alcohol content. Drinking this even in broad daylight isn’t something to be shy of because you won’t get buzzed (unless you turn it into a drinking fest!). Witbier is perfect for individuals who are looking for beers with a fruitier taste. 


Lentebok has a light and almost a fruity flavor, which is why it’s perfect after the wintertime. A lot of breweries in the country experiment with it and you will encounter some that come with mellow spices. 


Watch out for this beer during mid-autumn, because this is when they will start to pop out; just right after the first malt harvest. The beer has high alcohol content, which is perfect for winter nights. Pair it with red meats and you’re in heaven!

Now, where are the best bars, pubs, and cafes in Amsterdam where you can have a good drink of beer? 

Brouwerij ’t IJ

The brewery has been around since 1985 and it is one of the most beloved brewers in Amsterdam. In fact, it is one of the longest-standing craft breweries in the city. While you’re here, try their seven standard beers, such as the IPA; Zatte, a Belgian blonde, and the IJwit. You can also buy a beer flight when the bartender will line the beers from lowest abv to strongest, and taste them all. 

de Prael

Located in the Red Light District, the brewery serves delicious beers. They have a long roster of beers and they also have unique Himmels-Vater brew, which is a light, crisp lager made with rainwater. 

Oedipus Brewing

You can find this brewery right across the river from the Centraal Station. Yes, it is in Amsterdam Noord! This brewery has various styles of beers you can try. Moreover, you are going to love the vibe here because of the warehouse-like taproom that is so unique. When the weather is nice, you can enjoy your beet at the outside patio. 


Every Monday, the bar holds a Dutch beer tasting from 6pm to 7pm. This is a great place to get a sense of what the Dutch like when it comes to their beer. Here you will find 50 Dutch beers on tap. So, take it easy, and start slow. Don’t worry; the bartenders are always happy to help you find the right beer for you!

Cafe ’t Papeneiland

If you want to drink by the canals, then this is exactly where you can do it. This is one of the oldest bars in the Grachtengordel. They offer a range of draught and bottled beers. You better come here early because the place gets packed easily, especially late at night. 

Hope you enjoyed this Amsterdam beer guide! Do you want to know more about the Netherlands? Browse our topics here at Ask The Dutch Guy!

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