United States > Iowa > Cedar Rapids
Beer Available At Benz Beverage Depot (arranged by most recent)
Pretty Things Fluffy White Rabbits Hoppy Triple 95, Mikkeller Hop Series Galena 83, Clown Shoes Clementine 83, Pretty Things Jack D’Or 95, Kalona Golden Glowe , Brash The Bollocks Imperial IPA 97, He’Brew Funky Jewbelation 2014 99, Clown Shoes Muffin Top 96, Augustijn Donker 81, Ommegang Three Philosophers 99, Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel 95, Orval 99, Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock 100, Kulmbacher Mönchshof Schwarzbier 88, Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen 94, Stone Crime 35, Southern Tier Blackwater Series: Choklat 100, Augustijn Grand Cru 70
MAFountain (7) Cedar Rapids, Iowa | December 23, 2011
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
This is the place to go in Cedar Rapids to purchase Craft Brews, and hard to find imports. They have a huge selection of Belgians, and Germans. I primarily shop though for the American Craft Brews and it beats any place around here hands down. The beer manager Matt is extremely helpful, and on top of his game in regards to getting hard to find items that distribute to Iowa.
I believe they do a great job for the limited amount of great Craft Brews that come to Iowa. They are always willing to try and get items also.
jobeman (14) , | October 26, 2011
52 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 12/20
Good beer. Prices pretty spot on. Goose Island Rare? Did not find! Bummed!
CanIHave4Beers (74) Pouring Bus, Iowa | December 1, 2009
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
You can buy good beer here. The selection is pretty good and you can tell that whoever is running the show has pretty good taste. The shop is very nice looking, remarkably clean, and kind of upscale. Let that last fact not dissuade you as the prices are very fair. The folks who work here are very knowledgeable and friendly. If we could just get a place like this in Des Moines I would be pretty damn happy.
iamqueensblvd (3) , Iowa | July 4, 2009
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Great selection, claims to have over 500 beers. Individual bottles as well as packages. Great hard to find items here as well.
hike20 (4) Iowa | June 26, 2009
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty good selection for Iowa, which unfortunately is not saying a whole lot. Definitely a lot of more common beers, but there are some rarer ones too. They have some pretty food specialty foods, and I especially like the breads they offer. Good selection of Belgian, German, and English beers. Not as many domestic micros.
bds (2) Iowa | May 10, 2009
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 14/20
Benz’s is a slightly higher end liquor store located downtown. Since the flood last year, they have remodeled and now offer a larger selection of food (meats, cheeses, breads, etc.) but seem to have the same selection of beer and liquor. The staff here has always been kind and helpful to me but I have heard stories from people who have had some unpleasant experiences. When it comes to the liquor, they have have a pretty large selection although the prices tend to be a little high. Their beer selection is pretty good, but lately I seem to be able to find just as good of a selection of imported beer at the Hyvee liquor store. They have a large selection of wine, but since I’m not a wine drinker I can’t really comment on the price of selection (I just know they have a lot of bottles). They bottle their own liquors here (vodka, and gin, I believe) which go for about $20+ for a fifth of the vodka. I have yet to try any of it so I can’t comment on the taste.
KAF (100) Coralville, Iowa | December 22, 2007
54 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
I was not overly impressed with this store. Their brews were not well organized and their selections was not overly large and there was not a lot of variety. The lady at the register acted as if she had never heard of a sour beer before which was not a good sign. She was the only one seen working. If you are in this area you may as well drive another 25 minutes south and go to John’s Grocery in Iowa City.
pepsican (53) @ $13.99, Iowa | October 25, 2007
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
I come here often and the staff is great. Store is set up really nice and is clean. They have a large selection of beers, but are lacking in a lot of the imperial ipas, stouts, and other extreme beers (from talking to the staff this is more of a distribution/iowa problem). They do have a huge belgian selection if thats your thing. I rarely see beers I haven’t tried before. They hold tastings every so often and those are fun. The staff knows a lot about beer.
Sir+Drinksalot (1) Iowa | March 13, 2007
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
This store does carry a lot of Belgium and hard to find ales. They also have good prices on items like Three Floyds Alpha King Pale Ale at about $7.79 a 6pk. Best deal around. They also carry quite a few seasonal beers as well. Thanks for reading.
heemer77 (213) Urbandale, Iowa | September 13, 2006
58 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
This is in the middle of the city with not much else around it in the way of customer service businesses. They have a large well lit facility with lots of wine on the way back to the beers. The selection of US singles was fairly weak. Yet, they claim more than 500 beers on their website. Where they shine is with Belgian and German imports. They also have a decent selection of west coast brews in 4 and 6 packs. I saw at least see 20 beers you cannot get in Iowa City. A store that is worth the visit if you want good beer in Cedar Rapids.
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