Goebel Liquor / Rob's World of Beer

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Goebel Liquor / Rob's World of BeerGoebel Liquor / Rob's World of Beer
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world-class

41 Reviews
Reviews: 41
Visits: 60
rAvg: 4.77
pDev: n/a
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352 S West St
Ste 400
Wichita, Kansas, 67213-2117
United States
phone: (316) 943-2911

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Reviews: 41 | Visits: 60
Reviews by coldmeat23:
Photo of coldmeat23
4.8/5  rDev +0.6%

Man, oh, man, What a store for beer!
Took the drive up here to Wichita from Tulsa (2 1/2 hours, one way) and man is it worth it. Can't wait until I can go again!

Quality of the store is great. The only reason that they didn't get a perfect score is because of the size. It's a little bit small. I do know that they have plans to expand though, so that will soon be remedied. Other than that, this place is heaven for beer lovers.

The service is some of the best I've ever had while shopping for beer(s). Rob, the co-owner, and his wife, are manning the store, along with their son, and a couple of employees.
Rob definitely does this beer selection out of his personal love for the stuff. He can talk to you and give you information on seemingly every beer on the shelf. He is a great conversationalist and great at interacting with people. When he talks to you about a beer, you can tell that he loves this product and wants to share that love with you and others. He tells you things to educate you and you never feel belittled or talked down to for asking about something. Very nice!

The selection is truly unprecedented for this part of the country. Granted, you can't get every beer in the world here, but what is here is above and beyond what is expected. Lots of good "well-known" craft brews, some things you probably haven't seen or tried, and some things that are just kind of hard-to-find items. Also, Rob seems to have great success at tracking down beer rarities. I'm pretty sure that they just recently passed the 1200 mark on available beers.
They have quite a few new beers slated to start being carried throughout the rest of the year and continue working on trying to bring more in, all the time.
They even sell verticals of certain items, which is way cool.

Prices are quite reasonable, about what you'd expect to pay anywhere else.

If you can plan a day trip (bring lots of money, you'll need it) or just happen to be passing through Wichita, by all means, stop here. Do yourself the favor. You won't regret it.

Oh, yeah. This is a liquor store, so they do carry wine and spirits, also, but for me, the beer was the star. (2,147 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of jkn09
5/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Perfect place for an out-of-towner like me. Great staff, incredible selection. (78 characters)

Photo of AdamTebbs
4.93/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Can say enough good things about this place, the people, or the selection. Had a few questions about some random German beers and one of the salesman walked me down the isles and pointed out several outstanding selections. Each of the beers recommended he had personally tried and all were great. They even had some really hard to find stuff that I had been dying to try like Mirror Mirror. Great experience. (408 characters)

Photo of DucksFan16
4.76/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
5/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of oilersfan
4.9/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of PresbyPint
4.87/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of jamesgaither
4.75/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of AndyBeerGuy
4.59/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of jalez
4.93/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Very friendly knowledgeable staff. Great selection. (51 characters)

Photo of BradBuchanan
4.75/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.5/5  rDev -5.7%

First off, this is definitely a 5 if you compare it to other options in the area but for the beer tourist I have to deduct a little. Distribution is tough in Kansas and worse in Oklahoma. Had an extensive singles selection which everyone should like immensely, and they had a risky beer I wanted to try on sale from Rogue. If I need beer in Wichita without a doubt this where you go. (386 characters)

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.75/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of Ashinpaugh
4.25/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of codyhaskell
4.75/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of Hohnbaum
5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of AGoodStout
5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of TX-Badger
4.75/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of greenspointexas
4.25/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Hellpop65
4.75/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of jt1978
5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of Sludgeman
3.87/5  rDev -18.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Visited on a Monday evening. Not busy.

A - Clean, bright, standard shelves, boxes, singles, sixes, bombers.

Q - From what I could tell, everything could be found cold. To what degree the beer was properly stored prior - no idea.

S - I don't like when folks hover as it can take me time to scan, contemplate and choose. There was no hovering. But everyone was friendly and ready to help when encountered.

S - A broad selection. It will take awhile to drink yourself through their bottles. I did find the Chimay Anniversay Cinq Cent, and there was a good selection of Schafly and Hoppin Frog, but I thought the selection was weak on Belgian and Germans. Also nothing super special on the Americans.

V - A place should price to the market so I never complain about price, but they were still a bit over what I might consider average. (835 characters)

Photo of jaydoc
4.89/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of sprucetip
4.93/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

What a find. The beer drinking citizens of Wichita are very fortunate to have this institution in their community. The selection claims to be, and I don't dispute, more than a 1000 different beers, but at one point had been as many as 1400. Many of them are available in singles, almost all were in coolers, and the light was low. The service was as excellent as I have ever experienced or witnessed. Way above and beyond the call of duty. Not just for me, but the other patrons as well. The attention to quality and details was apparent in all aspects of the operation. I'd score the service a 6 if I could. The staff apologized for the fact that some breweries and distributors not being available in Kansas, but of course that is not their fault. I could go on, but I don't feel like it. This is the highest score I have ever given a place or a beer. Oh, and there were mystery cases of 12oz bottles for $30...fun. This is absolutely one of the top retail stores I have been to. If they had better distribution in Kansas (no Shelton Bros, and many of the Michigan big guys like Bells and Founders) it would absolutely be the best I've visited. Belmont Station is the only one that is coming to mind that compares in all areas.

Be thankful, Wichita! (1,252 characters)

Photo of Geoffy
4.86/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Just moved to Wichita and this is definitely the place to go for beer. The staff is always very friendly and calls you by name. Also you get a discount off of certain products if you're from out of state. The only gripes I have about the selection are because certain breweries don't have distribution in Kansas yet. This unfortunately includes some of my very favorites from past lives (Dogfish head, Bells, etc), but I've also been able to try a lot of brews I haven't had in other places, especially the very fine craft brews from Boulevard. Check this place out! (566 characters)

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Goebel Liquor / Rob's World of Beer in Wichita, KS
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