Goebel Liquor (Home Of Rob's World Of Beer)

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Goebel Liquor (Home Of Rob's World Of Beer)Goebel Liquor (Home Of Rob's World Of Beer)
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.76
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352 S West St
Ste 400
Wichita, Kansas, 67213-2117
United States
phone: (316) 943-2911

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Photo of Hellpop65
4.75/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jt1978
5/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Sludgeman
3.87/5  rDev -18.7%
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 bottle. 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.

Photo of jaydoc
4.75/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of sprucetip
4.93/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

Photo of Geoffy
4.86/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

Photo of diesel5000
5/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I visited this place after reading the glowing reviews. I'm from Texas so I wanted to see what local brews I could find that we don't have down there. Wow, what a selection. I didn't know where to begin so I asked a staff member what beers were from the midwest region and what were the best ones to try. He was very helpful and by the time I was done picking I had over 30 packs of beer. The rest of the staff was great as well. It was a really good experience. They also gave me 3 free bottle openers which was very cool of them. Plus Wednesday was beer night so I received 10% off my purchase. They call it Goebel Liquor/Robs World of Beers but to me its beer heaven. I will definitely return every time I'm back in town.

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

Went there the day before Father's Day while in town for a wedding. Store came highly recommended from the Midwest Forum. My daughter took me (7 1/2) as our Father's Day and I got a bit worried seeing the 21 only. Asked if she was OK at the counter and got a very friendly response. They told me about the singles in back and where I could find the beers that I was looking for that aren't back in Illinois / Wisconsin.

Selection was great and store was really neat and organized. Singles were easy to go through and the selection blew me away. Appreciated the date stickers on packs that do not bottle date.

Got a great slection of mostly local IPA's and the price was right. I had made myself a mental note earlier to get a bottle opener but had forgotten by the time I got to the counter. They offered me a free keychain bottle opener, knowing I was out of town and even had suckers for my daughter. An awesome place.

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

Great service. I work in a service industry so I expect great service when I shop and the staff always delivers. I drive out of my way to purchase here because they have a great selection and the staff is always friendly and willing to answer questions and offer suggestions. I am a liquor drinker because I have not found a beer I enjoy until Woodchuck Amber The staff has taken e time to find out what I like and then offer suggestions based on my taste. Definitely friendlier that several other establishments in my town. I will continue to make the drive to purchase here and will definitely recommend them to everyone I know. Thank You!

Photo of BeerZack
4.86/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This place rocks. I was surprised to find a store with this good of a selection for its size and for its location. I wasn't expecting Wichita to be such a beer city, but this place in itself makes the city a great beer city!
Small place, but 2/3 of the store is devoted to beer. AND all the BMC crap is seperated from the good stuff for easy browsing. Much nicer and slightly upscale feeling compared to the big box chain stores which youd normally have to go to to get this selection. Vintage selections and other hidden gems throughout. Its gotta be the best beer store within 300 miles or more.

Photo of KansasBeerLover
4.94/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I just realized I hadn't reviewed this store. It is the best I have found in the great plains.

Rob runs a great store. Best selection of beer that is available in the state, and he is always trying to get more variety into the state. If you are in the area, you have to visit this store. The selection not only contains most every beer available, but there are also some that have been in the cellar aging away.

Wednesday is discount day, 15% on most. Also, if you live in the area, get on the e-mail list. There you get notices of special offers and invites to special occasions, such as the annual visit to Rob's personal cellar, which puts most stores to shame.

If I didn't live so close to the second best store in the area (Global) I would be in Rob's every week.

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

Glad I checked BA before heading on my beer run.

Had a liquor store two blocks from my hotel that I used when I arrived because it was close and found the usual yellow fizzy stuff.

Determined to find some quality brews I checked BA and drove from one side of Wichita to the other (nearly 10 mins) to check this place out.

Was rewarded with a fantastic selection, knowledgeable staff and a couple of previously untried beers that as soon as I fire this off am going to curl up next to.

A+ for Goebel's and A++ for BA

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

My wife went to Wichita for a scrapbooking weekend, so naturally I had to find the nearest craft beer store and send her. She has been on many beer shopping trips with me and knows what to expect. I am happy to say that she was very impressed with Goebel's. The owner was immediately helpful when she arrived. She handed him the list I had sent her with and he told her what was available or not and put what he could in her hands. He was unsure of something on the list and asked her to call me on her cell so he could clarify. I was very impressed! I spoke with him, and was very impressed with his knowledge and suggestions. My wife came home with some great finds. She was excited about the selection of beers she liked and what I have been looking for. The store was very clean and organized she said. She also liked the large amount of beers that were sold individually. My wife recommends this store to anyone in the area, and I am ready for her to go again!!!

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

Goebel Liquor is the quintessential place to buy craft beer in Wichita. This store has the widest selection of beer, period. There is at least one, if not two aisles dedicated to craft beer 6 packs. Craft 6 packs are available cold or warm. There is large cooler for single bottles to make mixed 6 packs. The selection is absolutely top notch with new seasonals coming in virtually each week. This is the only liquor store in town that I can go to to get what I need when I'm looking for something I cannot find anywhere else in town. The owner, Rob, has enormous experience about every beer he sells, and the entire staff is very friendly and knowledgable. The same staff members have been there as long as I can remember, so there's a good consistency there that is refreshing. The prices are actually quite fair, many stores are more expensive. Hands down, this is the best craft beer store in Wichita, period.

Photo of ssm5032
5/5  rDev +5%

I was in the area for work and have to say this place is the BEST! If you read past reviews you will see but honestly they really know what they are talking about. The selection is OUTSTANDING. The service you get is beyond exceptional...Great people. The prices are resonable...I mean your paying for good beer. I would recommend anyone in the area stop by and check them out. The amount of knowledge they know makes the experience so much more delightful. I highly suggest to anyone go in and check this place out. Who would have thought WICHITA, KS would have such a great place.

Photo of DelMontiac
5/5  rDev +5%

I live about 85 miles from Goebel Liquor, home to Rob's World of Beer. I learned about Goebel about 4 years ago and now I don't go to Wichita without stopping there. Rob and all his employees are well schooled in the world of beer. I've learned a lot from these guys to say the least. My first trip there was overwhelming and Rob could tell. He said I had that "deer in the headlights" look, which I knew I did, hehe! I mean...there's a helluva lotta beer in there! It's like walking through the Playboy mansion during a house party.

All you have to do is take a look at the website to see that they offer a sick selection. And it's way the hell out here - amazing! More beers here than any other store from Denver to Chicago. I've been to the BA-recommended beer stores in Denver, Dallas, Ft. Worth, San Antonio, KS City, and St. Louis, but none of them have a bigger selection than Goebel. Check out the beer finder search engine on the website. You can see what his inventory is which is nice. You can also see all the breweries and brewpubs he's traveled to - impressive! We are so lucky to have this guy.

Rob's prices are fair considering the selection, location, and how hard he works to get that selection. His newletter keeps me on top of what's coming in. You'll find some aged brews there unlike anywhere else. Unless it's aged on purpose, it's guaranteed fresh. A nice refrigerated section of singles for when you just want only one.

If you're in Wichita, go there! It's not far from the airport either.

Photo of Skepileptic
5/5  rDev +5%

Amazing selection. Amazing service. Amazing deals.

Purchased Left Hand Smoke Jumper bomber for $2.99

Purchased Left Hand Warrior IPA bomber for $4.99

Purchased Boutlder Obovoid Stou bomber for $2.99

Purchased 2 Avery 2008 Czar bombers for $3.99 a piece

Purchased Avery 2008 Kaiser Octoberfest bomber for $2.99

I left feeling like a chump for only spending 35 bucks, but I left with a sixer of IPAs I'd never had plus 6 dank bombers. The help was fantastic, pointing out some of his favorite deals. I have never been anywhere that had much of a deal on any beer, much less the delicious beers with which you could stock a cellar for 100 bucks. Try to find a place you can find imperial bombers for 3 bucks, aged two years at that. Thanks guys.
I rated the place inexpensive because of the incredible sales. The man who helped me explained they were simply overstocked on some fantastic beer and are selling them insanely cheap.

Photo of hopstradamus
4.5/5  rDev -5.5%

Goebel Liquor is the best beer store in the state of Kansas. Every major city would be lucky to have a place like this. What Rob (the owner) does for beer in the state can not be overstated. I know of no other liquor store owners that travel the country recruiting breweries to expand their distribution into a particular state.

The quality at this store is top notch. They maintain their own in-store dating system to ensure product freshness.

The selection is second to no other store in the state and as mentioned above they actually seek out new brands.

The staff is what really sets this store apart. They will not only recommend a beer they will tell you the brewer's name and all about the guided tour he gave them. You will not have to educate the staff here as Rob has done so already.

Be aware that this is a premium beer store and the products/ service you find here come at a premium price. If you can find a beer somewhere else it will almost always be cheaper.

Photo of maltiavelli
4.3/5  rDev -9.7%

Goebel Liquor is my neighborhood beer store, and this place is truly a beer store. Wine and liquor are second class citizens in this store. Generally they are the first in the area to receive new beers and always have beers that no one else in town carries. Selection is never an issue at Goebel; if it comes through Kansas Goebel will have it sooner or later.

Service is always top notch. There's always someone working the floor and they will generally be helpful if they spot someone just "window-shopping". I've never had an instance when someone has told me that they had not tried one of the beers that they carry. In many cases when I've asked someone if they've tried a new beer the response I get is "Oh yeah, I had that at the brewery."

If there is an area where Goebel is lacking it is value. Often I can find the same beer for a couple of dollars cheaper at other local liquor stores. Usually they are also very bad at discounting older beer. However, just recently they started discounting vintage beers. I loved the 2007 Avery Czar for $3.50.

Overall Goebel is one of the top notch beer stores I've been to anywhere.

Photo of Riccymon
4.5/5  rDev -5.5%

I stopped at Goebel Liquor while making the drive up 35 from Texas to Iowa. A big sign along the street makes it pretty easy to find. Inside, the store is pretty dark, and the craft beer selection is easy to spot to the right of the store. Coolers hold dozens of six-packs in back, while in front, a huge selection of singles are refrigerated. In between are two full aisles of room-temp six-packs, 750s, and bombers.

Right after entering, the beer specialist, Matt, approached to ask if I needed help. I had a list assembled from the store's Web site, and he was very helpful in telling me what was available, what was out of season, what was out of stock, and what else I might like. When I mentioned wanting Goose Island BCS, which wasn't on the shelves, Matt called his boss to see if he could release any from the store's cellar. The boss wasn't available, so Matt gave me his business card and said to call if I came back through, and he'd get me some BCS from his personal cellar. Just all-around terrific service on a level I haven't experienced before. I even got a nice bottle opener out of the deal.

Selection is very good, between loads of Midwest regionals and lots of imports. There was a particularly nice representation of sours, and a ton of aged Avery bombers (all the way back to 2006 and 2007, I believe). I was a little disappointed that I couldn't find so many of the beers listed on the store's Web site, however-- beers that I think are in-season, but just out of stock at the time. Hoppin' Frog BORIS and Black and Tan, Jolly Pumpkin La Roja and Biere De Mars, and 1809 Berliner Weisse, for example. Nevertheless, I was satisfied to come away with Rochefort 10, Hanssen's Oude Gueuze, GI Sofie, JP Bam Noire, and a couple others.

Overall, I'll definitely make a stop at Goebel the next time I make this drive. The service was terrific, and the selection was very good.

Photo of Dizzy
4.5/5  rDev -5.5%

What happened? It appears the store has been rearranged since last year. This place still has a great selection of very difficult to find beers and reasonable prices. The employees are friendly and knowledgable but it seems to be declining, I hope that turns around...

The refridgerated singles covered almost an entire wall, they have a GREAT selection there and prices are reasonable for what you can get. In the unrefridgerated area with larget bottles, there were a few beers with multiple vintages, but not as many as I remember. There was almost another full wall of refridgerated six backs, which seemed almost duplicated in the unrefridgerated isle, except probably 30% of that shelf space was empty. I definately found some great beers here, but I'm not as impressed as I was a year ago. This is still one of the best beer stores I've been to, but its not trending the right direction. I hope things turn around.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.8/5  rDev +0.8%

Had the pleasure of visiting Rob's World of Beer this past weekend. I would say that this place is a must visit for any BA visiting Wichita, or even Kansas for that matter. I would not be surprised to find people making beer runs to Goebel from any of the surrounding states, I know I would.

Vintage beers available is a nice touch as is the equal attention paid to imports and American craft. One of the coolest features for out of towners wanting to sample as many different regional beers as possible is the huge selection of singles spanning 9 cooler doors. I left with plenty of GI BCS, Schlafly, Rodenbach, Cantillon, O'Dells and Boulevard.

Rob was there when I visited and he is every bit of a beer nut as the rest of us. I enjoyed chatting with him and he gave me a first-time visitor discount. Needless to say, car space was the only thing limiting me to under $300. Excellent beer store, one of the best I have been to.

Photo of morimech
4.3/5  rDev -9.7%

My first stop in Wichita. A nice comfortable store with a large beer selection. If the beer is available in Kansas, I believe Rob's World of Beer will have it. A large single bottle selection is very welcomed. I did not look over the import selection very closely but it looked very diverse. There was always someone available to help and talk about beer. My gripes is that they have a whole lot of beer on the shelves that is well past its prime with little to no discount and also there is not much of a refrigerated selection of craft 6-packs.

Photo of dza360
5/5  rDev +5%

Rob's World of Beers is hands down the best beer store in Kansas. Pretty much if its available in the state they have it, and even on one occasion I was gifted a great beer from one of the guys private stash that is not even available for distribution in the state. Now that is customer service.

The only thing holding them back is the lack of beer available in KS. I only wish that KS was not so lame and could get even more beers, which i would buy from Rob. From what I can tell they are constantly pushing the great breweries for distribution into the state.

Photo of patsmearstout
5/5  rDev +5%

Rob, John, Doug and Matthew are very helpful. They have an amazing selection of beers and this is coming from someone that lives in Chicago. Every time I visit I find something I can't get in Chicago. You can go in and name any style and what you have a taste for and they definitely steer you in the right direction.

I travel to Wichita at least once a month for work and I make Goebel one of my first stops. If you're into beer you have to check this place out. Great selection, very reasonably priced, staff will literally bend over backwards to help you with your selection.

Goebel Liquor (Home Of Rob's World Of Beer) in Wichita, KS
100 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.