Hessen Haus | Des Moines, Iowa
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Hessen Haus
Good based on 16 ratings
Type: Bar

101 4th Street
Des Moines, Iowa United States 50309 [ print map ]
515 288 2520

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Hours: Mon-Tue 11am-12am, Wed-Sat 11am-2am, Sun 12pm-12am


Mayor: CanIHave4Beers (7) | Affiliated user(s) here HessenHaus | Taps: 35 | Bottles: 145


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Beer Available At Hessen Haus (arranged by most recent)
GŲller Rauchbier 79, Mikkeller ...Zest Please! 97, Boulevard Tasting Room Series Ginger-Lemon Radler 87, Stillwater Gose Gone Wild 100, Prairie Artisan Ales Prairie Weiss 88, Freigeist / Bayerischer Bahnhof Geisterzug Gose 88, Possmann Pure Cider 30
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16 reviews for Hessen Haus
 Ambiance  80%
 Service  72%
 Selection  72%
 Food  78%
 Value  65%
 Overall  77%
 Rating  83%
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92
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
UrbanCaveman  (15) Ohio | January 29, 2015
An unassuming, yet outstanding, little German bier hall tucked right into the downtown Des Moines area, this place gets it right. The menu is a delightful mix of American and German cuisine, and downright tasty to boot. The serving staff seem to know their bier, and their German pronunciations, though service can be a little on the slow side during busy times (such as lunchtime on a Saturday). Any place that can make a good kassler rippchen and schweinshaxe is good by me, and even better when they offer muenster cheese in multiple dishes! As far as bier selection goes, I have not seen a wider nor better curated selection of tap and bottled German imports anywhere else in the US (or what few parts of Canada Iíve seen). Various standbys from Weihenstephaner, Ayinger, and Schneider have permanent taps, with a decent rotating mix of other German imports, local German-style brews, and the occasional Belgian thrown in. Beer sizes available for order include the expected half-liter, liter, and, of course, boot. This may not be a hop addictís dream bar, but as far as my dream bar is concerned, itís a reasonable facsimile thereof!
78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
ryanfolty  (207) Bourbon County, Minnesota | January 31, 2014
Hit up this joint with my boy Jake while in town for bid-ness. Not a huge place, but had a cool old school type vibe. Focus is on German beers of course, but they did have quite a few other European bottles available. Pretty hysterical when some dude broke one of the drinking boots and then had to pay $50 for it. Looking forward to visiting again, but when the weather is a bit nicer.
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
DrCorps  (18) Omaha, Nebraska | August 26, 2013
the Best German Beer Hall In Des Moines.
78
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
DiarmaidBHK  (739) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | August 2, 2013| Updated October 3, 2013
Located in an old train depot, this place feels really German or how I imagine Germany to look like having never actually been there. They had mostly German stuff on tap with the Evil Twin Even More Jesus being a real surprise find. The place was packed and had a really good atmosphere even if it was mostly those under 25.
74
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 15/20
theLBD  (5) , | May 13, 2013
Good food, and great beer. Loved that they had my favorite wheats on tap
90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
jcnielsen  (248) Charlotte, North Carolina | May 11, 2012
I had a great time here. A unique german restaurant with an awesome selection of german beers. We came on polka night, so the place was packed. You should try to get there early if it is a Saturday night, because it was really busy, and most people were staying all night.
72
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
KAF  (100) Coralville, Iowa | February 6, 2012
This is a fun German bar. Some nice German import selections on tap and boots available to drink them out of! Open seating and a good size bar to sit at with happy bartenders. The interior is styled after what I would imagine a German beer hall to look like.
66
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 12/20
heemer77  (214) Urbandale, Iowa | June 12, 2011
I have been there a couple of times. The food has been decent. The service was good as well as the condition of the beers I tried on tap. The selection is good for the German style beers and the waitstaff knows the beer. I like that you can get a good pils on tap. A fun place to visit.
66
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
wlajwl  (39) Quad Cities, Iowa | May 15, 2011
Pretty good German bar, although the selection gets a negative because, though they had a good selection, it just wasnít in stock. Didnít eat there, but it was a decent place to hang out.
92
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
adnielsen  (422) Fort Collins, Colorado | April 8, 2011
I fell in love with this place at first sight. A brass band, the best German beer list that Iíve seen in a restaurant (even surpassing anywhere I visited in Germany!), and good food. The one downside was that all tables were first come, first serve and most of the people were parked at their tables for the entire polka night. I would recommend getting there early if itís polka night.

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