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Hessen Haus

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Hessen HausHessen Haus

20 Ratings
Ratings: 20
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Taps: 30
Bottles: 140
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

101 4th St
Des Moines, Iowa, 50309-4741
United States
phone: (515) 288-2520

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Open for lunch on Friday & Saturday at 11am.
Dinner served everyday from 3pm - 1am.
Bar closes at 2am.

(Place added by: BuckeyeNation)
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Photo of Herky21
3.44/5  rDev -17.1%

Atmosphere - it looks nice, big long German bar with Paulaner Mugs all over. A nice railing lines the back tables. The patio is huge with long benches. The bar is too narrow though and difficult to navigate at times.

Quality - German everything. You can get everything from half-liters to Boots. It's great. The atmosphere could probably use a little updating, even by German standards.

Service - sometimes oyu will stand for 5-10 minutes, other times its fast. I guess that's average.

Selection - great selection of German and European beers. Nothing with hop presence here, but a lot of malty beasts.

Food - It's edible. However, I would not recommend it.

Value- you can get some sizable German beers for great prices. During the week, or maybe Sunday, there's even a $10 boot deal.

Herky21, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of OregonGrown7
4.95/5  rDev +19.3%

Great rustic atmosphere, feels very traditional German. Huge beer selection of very high quality beers. Awesome beer boots. Great bottled selection as well. I got two boots of Ayinger Oktoberfest and Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen, a bottle of Samichlaus Helles and a Stiegl Pils, plus kraut balls and a wild game queasadilla for $56!! Amazing food and prices are not that bad at all but it varies when you go( early as opposed to late). Staff is actually incredibly knowledgeable as well, our waitress lived in Germany and knew how to properly pronounce everything. Best place in Des Moines for sure.

OregonGrown7, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of Goode
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Hands down one of the best places to drink and eat in Des Moines. Perfect combination of great atmosphere chill and laid back with great food at reasonable prices and a beer selection that will educate you as a beer drinker as well as broaden you horizons to great beer. The waiting staff is more knowledgeable than any other place I've been. No matter what your taste you can find a beer to your liking. Not enough could be said about the awesomeness of this bar!!

Additionally the location is great to easily visit neighboring places just an easy walk away.

Goode, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of birchstick
4.4/5  rDev +6%

A - Having never been to Germany, I am guessing this is what a German restaurant would be like. A nice bar that is backed by a lot of long picnic tables.

Q - I couldn't believe the tap selection. Tons quality German brews on tap: Celebrator, Aventinus, Korbinian, plus a ton of others. I wish this place existed in St. Louis - I would be here at least once a month.

S - being that it was 2 degrees with a windchill of -9, there were not many people venturing out that night so the place was pretty quiet. Therefore it is hard the gauge the quality of the service, however the bartender was very helpful and knew his beer.

S - This is a 5 only in terms of German brews. I couldn't believer the amount of quality German brews that they had on tap and in the cooler behind the bar.

F - I had sauerkraut balls and a Wild Boar sausage - both of which were delicious. There were a couple of other menu items that I want to try.

This is a really good beer stop in Des Moines. I am not too familiar with the city, however I was really impressed. I would definitely recommend this as a place to stop and grab a meal and some pints.

birchstick, Dec 31, 2009
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Hessen Haus in Des Moines, IA
92 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.