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
Bright deep amber color. Bright, fruity aromas of circus peanut, vanilla flan and vanilla nuts, and peach compote with an oily, finely carbonated, sweet medium body and a warming, involved, medium-long toasted banana nut bread, creme brulee, and peppered lettuces finish. A robust, chewy, quad with great flavor, pleasing warmth and exceptional drinkability.
Date Tasted: 3/14/2016 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