About Dutch Beer

About Dutch Beer
Holland: Land of Heineken and Windmills

Two beers sum up the Dutch brewing industry for the U.S. consumer: Heineken and Amstel. These two beers dominate the Dutch market and are similar in terms of their pale lager style. Both and made by the Heineken brewing conglomerate, the third-largest brewer of beer in the world after Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller.
Despite being a beer-drinking nation, Holland lacks the historic richness of brewing culture that has characterized its Belgian neighbor. However, Holland has seen some progress in recent decades. There are now more than 130 independent craft brewers in the country, though none have an export presence of note in the United States. Additionally, Holland is host to one of four Trappist breweries located outside of Belgium. Trappistenbiet-brouweij de Schappskooi produces four beers under La Trappe and Koningshoeven labels. La Trappe is currently available in the U.S.

Top Picks for Netherlands

Bierbrouwerij de Koningshoeven B.V. La Trappe Quadrupel
92 points
Brilliant amber color. Spicy aromas and flavors of circus peanuts, caramelized fruits, and delicate spices with a slightly chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, off-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, very long finish manifesting accents of spice cake, apple-plum custard, and toffee finish. A wonderfully rich, balanced, and a satisfying quadrupel ale.
Zundert Trappist 8 Ale
90 points
Hazy golden amber color. Aromas of leather, hazelnut creme, pencil shavings, baked rustic bread, hoisin, porcini mushroom, and ammoniated cheese with a round, vibrant, effervescent, dryish medium body and a warming, layered, medium-long mirepoix, bouquet garni, and yams finish. A savory, herbal Bière de Garde that will shine at the table.
Heineken Premium Light Lager
88 points
Yellow straw color. Aromas of lemon drop candies, lemon-poppyseed muffin, red apple, marijuana, and cream of wheat with a lean, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity thin body and a smooth, fast English peas and kiwi finish. A nice ballpark beer; easy-drinking and light.
Holland Lager
88 points
Clear light gold color. Grainy, green aromas and flavors of peppered arugula, ciabatta, fried green tomato, and paper with a supple, crisp, frothy, dryish light body and an effortless, relaxed finish displaying suggestions of grass, honeyed nuts, and lemon curd finish. A crisp, refreshing, easy drinking lager.
Amstel Light Lager
87 points
Golden yellow color. Fruity aromas of corn muffin, dried peach, orange zest, and cream with a soft, spritzy, dry thin body and a seamless, fast corn flakes and lemongrass finish. Refreshingly light lager with a clean snappy finish.