One of the attractions I visited in Amsterdam was the Heineken Experience. 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).”
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 a 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
The bottling process
You can even buy a personalized Heineken beer bottle as a souvenir, if you are so inclined.
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 beer). The club music / bouncy beats was loud and the flashy visual display was 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.
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).
In terms of experience, I prefer the Scotch Whiskey Experience over the Heineken Experience, even though I like the taste of beers over scotch. Personally, this attraction isn’t 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 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?