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Goebel Liquor

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Goebel LiquorGoebel Liquor
BA SCORE
100
world-class

49 Ratings
Ratings: 49
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.76
pDev: 5.88%
[ Store ]

352 S West St
Ste 400
Wichita, Kansas, 67213-2117
United States
phone: (316) 943-2911

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.87/5  rDev -18.7%

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.

Sludgeman, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of amatuerbeerguy
4.15/5  rDev -12.8%

Excellent, excellent. Very helpful and knowledgeable staff, and owner. Very polite, forth coming about what is going on, and what they hope will be. Informative also, answered all questions thoroughly, also gave information relating to similar subjects to go on in the future (releases and such). Selection is also very excellent exspecially for Kansas. Service, exceptional, asked about a keg, no prior notice, they were happy to do what they could. Most places I have gotten kegs from require at least 3-day notice. Although I am sure they would like notice before going and asking, but they also did help me get what I needed. Highly recommend if in Wichita or the surrounding area. Cheers

amatuerbeerguy, Dec 08, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev -10.7%

greenspointexas, Apr 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Ashinpaugh, Jul 22, 2014
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.

morimech, Jun 27, 2009
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.

maltiavelli, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of russpowell
4.34/5  rDev -8.8%

Cutting my rating for service it has been above average at best the last couple of visits & they are getting a bit pricey on some their brews $35 for a bottle of woodcut#2, really??

Drove a 100 miles outta my way, but worth it!

I found a few tired beers in my purchase, but overall quality was high. You will get a few when you carry this big an inventory!

Selection: Mind blowing, 100s of beers to build your own sixer, vertical sixers of big beers & much more. Bottom line, if they can get it, they sell it. Great to pick up goose island brews, loads of imports I haven't seen. World class

Awesome service & they loved talking beer!

Good value on the beer, spent $179, could've easily spent more.

If not the best the best store I've been in, damn close!

russpowell, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of iceball585
4.45/5  rDev -6.5%

I'm in the Wichita area a few times each year to visit family. I was there for a wedding at the beginning of the month and I saw this place on Beeradvocate so I decided to check it out.

When you first walk in it appears to be like most other liquor stores in the area. Once you start looking around you find that it is much more than that. They have a very nice selection of brews from all over the world. One nice thing I found about this place is that they carry a ton of brews from the Midwest that you can't buy on the East Coast. Not only do they have single beers that you can buy off the shelves but they have a few coolers that contain single beers that you can buy which are already cold (nice feature for any beer store).

The staff seemed very knowledgeable in the beer they carried. It turned out that the guy working at the time was apparently the owner's son. We chatted for a while about all kinds of brews from NY to Kansas. He even recommended some breweries from the Midwest that I didn't even know existed.

Over all if your in the Wichita area and looking for good beer... then check out this place. It's by far the best beer store I've come across in the Wichita area.

iceball585, Sep 17, 2008
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.

hopstradamus, Aug 31, 2010
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.

Riccymon, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of mhewes
4.5/5  rDev -5.5%

Stopped by here on my way through town. The first nice thing is that they are open late until 11pm. The second nice thing is that one Wednesday, they give a 15% discount.

One of the first things I noticed walking in was their big cooler doors which contained a huge selection of singles. I think they pretty much had anything that was available there as a single. They also had a big selection of imports to go through which included a nice selection of Belgium brews. They also had a bunch of special released that I had not seen before. This was a lot better selection than I was expecting to see in Kansas.

mhewes, Sep 05, 2008
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.

Dizzy, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of jbmorch
4.7/5  rDev -1.3%

This is a place to quench your thirst for premium American ales, or begin your education and exploration of the maturing microbrew movement in this country.

The owner, Rob, with inspiration and influence from his dad, Bob, are seasoned beer connoisseurs and Rob has built a stock that reflects his taste. There are Rogues, Averys, La Chouffe, and so many other brands it was hard to decide what to blow my budget on. I settled on a La Rulles, a 421 and a couple others that caught my eye. Lots of Belgian-style ales. Lots of verticals - the same brand of brew from each year. You could build a 6-pack of strong ales from consecutive years in a dozen different combinations.

Sadly there is no Stone and no Deschuttes, but that is a function of the breweries and distributors and not Rob's desire to include their wares on his shelves.

This is a full-service liquor store with a strong tilt toward craft ales. You'll find cigars, brewery gear, BMC beer, scotch, and (Rob's latest passion) a large sample of bourbon. The two staff members on site when I last visited were knowledgeable and friendly.

jbmorch, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of tr4nc3d
4.7/5  rDev -1.3%

I live in Wichita, KS and have never heard of this liqour store before. Thanks to BA and the reviews on this I decided to check it out myself.

When I first walked in, immediately I was asked if Im looking for any particular beer, and recommendations on others. It seems they know there beer there.

Great selecection of imports, Belgian(my fav)and many others. This is hands down the best liqour store I ever been too. Everytime I go its like im a little kid again walking into a candy store, always filled with excitement.

tr4nc3d, Oct 18, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev -0.2%

AlpacaAlpaca, Sep 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev -0.2%

jaydoc, Oct 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev -0.2%

Hellpop65, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of Bruiser81
4.8/5  rDev +0.8%

I just took my first trip to Goebel liquor and I was extremely impressed. The sales clerk was very friendly and definately knew her beer. She explained how the whole build your own six pack works and recommended a few of her favorites. She said they sell every beer that is possible to get in Kansas, and that is easy to believe. The selection was tremendous. I will definately return to this establishment.

Bruiser81, Feb 07, 2003
Photo of zeff80
4.8/5  rDev +0.8%

I stopped by last week on my 10 day trip back through my homestate. First of all, Goebel's is very easy to find off of Kellog (U.S. 54) and West. Also, it is close enough to Towne West Square that my wife and daughter could just drop me off to beer shop.

Quality is amazing. Every beer I've had so far has be fresh or well taken care of. The service is even better. The head guy (I assume it was Rob), came out to correct a pricing error. Then when hearing how far I had come to shop at their store, he gave me the 15% discount even though it wasn't Wednesday (the beer discount day).

Selection was amazing. All the great craft brews that are available in the Kansas market plus stuff I've never seen anywhere. A couple of Utopias, rare Rogue brews, Anchor Anniversary ales, etc. Nice collection of Belgains and other imports that I had never seen before. Pricing is fairly standard for the Midwest.

This is simply the greatest beer store I've ever been to. I spent over $100 and could've spent well more on great beers to cellar.

zeff80, Aug 15, 2008
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.

twiggamortis420, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of blackjack000
4.8/5  rDev +0.8%

Quality: Pretty good. They seem to be seriously attentive to the needs and requirements of carrying good beers.

Service: This place excels in service. Every time I've gone, someone has helped me immensely. I don't think I know a lot about beer, but I don't feel embarrassed about that fact here. I usually get really good help in selecting a new beer to try out in accordance with my tastes. I really appreciate the fact that employees remember me here.

Selection: Great, considering that it is in Wichita, KS. I don't think any place remotely nearby can compete.

blackjack000, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of coldmeat23
4.8/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

coldmeat23, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of udubdawg
4.85/5  rDev +1.9%

There isn't much that hasn't already been said - rest assured that Rob has not slipped. He continues to get beers added to his impressive collection. Once my thoughts towards this place ran to "Not bad - for Kansas!"...but now it is officially a great selection of beer for any store in any state. As a bonus, the beer is treated quite nicely, away from the windows and not under flourescent lighting.

Although I sometimes see some of Rob's beers cheaper elsewhere, I find that I can't remember buying a single skunked beer from this place - more than makes up for the price. The 10% off the mix-your-six every day and the 15% off on micros and imports on Wednesday's are the clincher.

I rejoice when I see that they hope to receive Deschutes in 2008, and their web site lists Victory and North Coast among those breweries whose products are "coming soon"...won't be long and I'll have to consider this great selection a "5".

udubdawg, Feb 20, 2007
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Goebel Liquor in Wichita, KS
100 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.