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
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.
Date Tasted: 7/31/2016 in our Chicago tasting lab
Premium Light
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.
Date Tasted: 8/27/2016 in our Chicago tasting lab
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.
Date Tasted: 8/24/2016 in our Chicago tasting lab
Fruity aromas and flavors suggest panettone and citrus marmalade with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a zesty lime tart finish. Very tasty.
Date Tasted: 11/7/2012 in our Chicago tasting lab
Premium Light Lager
Yellow color. Aromas and flavors of lemon herb muffin, cheddar bread, and orange soufflé with a silky, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, stimulating, cheery honeyed grain, starfruit, peppery spice, and lettuce finish. A smooth and refreshing light lager with pleasing citrusy hoppiness.
Date Tasted: 11/5/2015 in our Chicago tasting lab
Bright clear golden yellow color. Bright, dank, herbal aromas of cannabis, toasted herb baguette, and roasted corn with a supple, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, easy potato peel, paper, peppered nuts, and metal finish. A slightly skunky lager; serve cold.
Date Tasted: 11/3/2015 in our Chicago tasting lab
Bright fruity custard aromas and flavors with a supple dryish medium body and a refreshing kiwi, nut and citrus peel finish. A solid quaffer that t will shine with spicy Latin food.
Date Tasted: 11/7/2012 in our Chicago tasting lab
Amstel Brouwerij B.V.
Amstel Light
Metallic and grainy aromas follow through on a light-to medium-bodied husky palate with a notably bitter finish. Somewhat rough around the edges.
Date Tasted: 5/5/2003 in our Chicago tasting lab