The Heineken Experience in Amsterdam

One of the attractions I visited in Amsterdam was the Heineken Experience in Amsterdam. In all fairness, I’m not much a beer drinker in the first place.  I just want to check out the highly rated experience because it’s Heineken!   I remembered having quite a bit of fun at the Scotch Whiskey Experience in Edinburgh.

The “experience” is described as:

“The Heineken Experience is a self guided interactive journey through the world of Heineken(R). You can discover the history of the company, the 4 natural ingredients of our beer, the brewing process, a tasting room and the Heineken(R) brand. At the end of the tour you can enjoy 2 Heinekens(R) or learn how to draught the perfect Heineken(R).”

Admissions

The admission fee is €18 per adult. You can save a few dollars by buying online.

We decided to visit at the last minute so we didn’t purchase advance tickets. The wait was about 10-15 minutes.  The lines were orderly, and the staff did a light inspection of bags.  At the beginning of the self-guided tour, you are given green wristband.  It’s got two peel-able buttons that could be redeemed for two beers at the end of the tour.

Where It Began

One of the first Heineken bottles.

 

One of the display of its journey over the years.

 

Visual display of the brewing process.

 

Tour Facility.

 

The four ingredients.

The bottling process

You can even buy a personalized Heineken beer bottle as a souvenir, if you are so inclined.

Bottling machines.

 

Close up of the bottling process.

The “Brew You” Experience

We waited in line for this highly anticipated experience.  Frankly, I’d much rather not re-live it.  In particular, there was one part where we had to sit through the Heineken “experience” (places where people would drink the Heineken beer).  The club music / beats was loud and the flashy visual display was both cheesy and dizzying.

Maybe it fits some people’s definition of fun, but I couldn’t wait to bounce myself out of there.  It’s kind of funny now, but at the time, it was almost enough to trigger a massive headache.

The “Brew You” Experience.

 

Fortunately, for putting you through that traumatic experience, you are offered a glass of Heineken when you are done (in addition to the two glasses you get by redeeming the buttons on your wristband).

Glass of Heineken.

 

In Summary

In terms of actual experience, I prefer the Scotch Whiskey Experience over the Heineken Experience, even though I like beers over scotch.  Personally, this attraction isn’t really for me.  If I am short on time, I wouldn’t pick this attraction over others, especially given that there are so many cultural things to do in Amsterdam.

If you enjoy beers and have an afternoon to kill, this might be be a good experience to have with friends.  Alternatively, you could just go to a bar, grab some real food and pair it with a Heineken.

 

Have you visited the Heineken Experience in Amsterdam?  What’s been your experience?

 

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