The Dutch Licensing & Catering Act (Drank- en Horecawet) sets the minimum age requirement for purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages in the Netherlands…
PURCHASE AND CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL
To purchase liquor and alcoholic beverages in Holland, a person must be 18 years of age. The same applies for the possession and consumption of alcohol in public spaces (including streets, parks, shopping malls and pubs).
There is no distinction between regular alcoholic beverages (such as beer, wine and vermouth with alcohol content below 15%) and hard liquor or spirits (with alcohol content above 15%).
Retailers are required to see proof of age for customers who look younger than 25 years of age.
FINES FOR UNDER-AGE POSSESSION OF ALCOHOL
Minors under age 18 who are in possession of alcoholic beverages in public spaces can be fined if caught by police. The current fine is €45 for minors age 12-15 years and €90 for minors age 16-17 years.
CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL IN PRIVATE HOMES
Dutch law does not regulate the consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors in private homes.
LOW-ALCOHOL CONTENT BEVERAGES
Minors under the age of 18 years are allowed to consume alcohol-free and non-alcoholic (alcohol content between 0.1 – 0.5%) beverages.
Over the past several years, many brewing companies have developed alcohol-free and non-alcoholic beer products. In the Netherlands, the following beverages are produced by Dutch brewers Amstel Radler Citroen 0.0%, Heineken 0.0% Bier, Bavaria 0.0% Premium Witbier, Grolsch 0.0% Radler Limoen and Jillz Original 0.0% cider.
The alcohol content of most beers available in Holland can be checked on the website AboutAlcohol.com by entering the name or choosing from the drop down menu.