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 spice cake, apple-plum custard, and toffee finish. A wonderfully rich, balanced, and a satisfying quadrupel ale.
Heineken Premium Light
88 points
Yellow color. Floral, citrusy, tropical aromas and flavors of lemon blossoms and lemongrass, banana soufflé and herb bread, and saltines with a supple, crisp, frothy, dryish light body and a tingling, sparse endive, melon, and lemon pepper finish. A crisp and lively light lager with a nice hoppy nose.
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, crisp grass, honeyed nuts, and lemon curd finish. A crisp, refreshing, easy drinking lager.