Well I think I have now had enough different beers from Holland, to do a, My Top Ten Dutch Beers.
As with all my other Top Tens, I have had quite a few beers in and from Holland but not enough to make a definitive top ten list of Dutch beers (I have said the same for each of my Top Tens). However as with the others, what I can do, is make a list of those Dutch beers I really like and would drink again given half a chance.
Like most of the other countries I have done in My Top Tens, the actual best selling beers for Holland are pale lagers / pilsners and this is the same for all the world as far as I can tell. However my Top Ten will not be full of pale lagers / pilsners but a verity of the beer styles that I like.
As Usual. Remember, this is my list, my top ten, my personal opinion, so please do not get upset if you favourite Dutch beer is not included.
My choice , in no particular order, is
Grolsch, Premium Weizen
5.3% cloudy gold colour with a thin head, smells like and tastes like a good German Hefeweizen, banana in the aroma and that wonderful yeasty wheatbeer taste, strange that it's Dutch then, well done Grolsch. I bet this wasn't the Grolsch beer you were expecting me to post here but it is their best beer by far.
Oranjeboom, Premium Lager
5.0%, gold colour with a thin head, slight malt aroma, quite watery feel to it, sweet malt taste, I do not know if it is just the name playing tricks on my mind but I can taste oranges. It's one of those lagers that I mentioned in the introduction but this one is usually available in the UK and comes in large bottles.
De Koningshoeven, La Trappe Blond
6.5% gold colour with a thin head, fruity aroma, fruity yeasty taste, quite nice. A beer in the mould of the Belgian Leffe blond, and if you have read my blogs, you will know how much I like Leffe.
Hertog Jan, Grand Prestige
10% deep amber colour with a thin head, sweet fruity alcohol aroma, the taste is sweet malt and strong alcohol. I occasionally like a strong beer but not all are as drinkable as this one.
De Koningshoeven, La Trappe Dubbel
7.0% amber colour with a good head, sweet caramel aroma, fruity and malty taste, very good. Another La Trappe beer that I like very much, a nice Abbey Dubbel.
5.0% very cloudy gold colour with a thin head, citrus and banana aroma, nice flavoured wheat beer, it is the cloudiest beer I have ever had but I like it a lot.
Brand, Sylvester winterbier 2011 - 2012
7.5% deep amber colour with a very thin head, fruity malt aroma, warming dry fruity caramel taste. I have been saying how Christmas / Winter beers should be different from the normal and this one was.
5.0% hazy yellow with a poor head, yeasty citrus aroma and citrus taste not at all like most other Wittes. I did enjoy it though sat outside a beach bar in Katwijk aan Zee.
Bavaria Brouwerij, 8.6 Red
7.9% deep amber colour with a thin head, caramel malt aroma and taste, I think this could be the best of the Bavaria 8.6 beers. The 8.6 Special Blond Beer, was quite a good blond beer but the 8.6 Gold, was very sweet, far too sweet.
La Trappe, Witte Trappist
5.5% cloudy pale yellow colour with a nice head, banana and yeast aroma, banana and yeast taste, a lot less citrus than some. I still have a few more of the La Trappe beers to try and I am looking forward to it.
Lastly here is Holland's Top selling beer Heineken, it is not in My Top Ten and one I would not buy but if I was given one I wouldn't turn it down, in fact there are not many beers I would turn down. Also many of the beers above are now owned or brewed by the mighty Heineken empire.
5 liter keg, 5.0% yellow with a quickly disappearing head, faint sweet hop aroma, slight malt taste, the archetypical British pale lager from Holland, not for me.
Below are the links to my other Top ten Beer blogs.
My Top Ten French Beers
My Top Ten German Beers
My Top Ten English Beers
My Top Ten Belgian Beers
Another Ten French Beers