Benz Beverage Depot | Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Benz Beverage Depot
Exceptional based on 10 ratings
Type: Beer Store

501 7th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa United States 52401 [ print map ]
319 365 2556

benzbeveragedepot.com

Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-8pm, Sat 10am-6pm


Mayor: arnold931 (8) | Bottles: 300+


Benz Beverage Depot

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Beer Available At Benz Beverage Depot (arranged by most recent)
Clown Shoes Muffin Top 96, Augustijn Donker 82, Ommegang Three Philosophers 99, Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel 94, Orval 99, Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock 100, Kulmbacher MŲnchshof Schwarzbier 88, Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen 94, Stone Crime 37, Southern Tier Blackwater Series: Choklat 100, Augustijn Grand Cru 72, New Belgium / Cigar City Lips of Faith - Ale Brewed w/ Anaheim & Marash Chilies 78, Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Beans 97, Confluence Des Moines IPA 88, Wild Onion Jack Stout 81, Icehouse Edge 1, Stone RuinTen IPA 100, Great River Dirty Blonde 25, Stone Enjoy By IPA 100, Angry Cedar Chocolate Porter
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10 reviews for Benz Beverage Depot
 Ambiance  72%
 Service  75%
 Selection  69%
 Food  77%
 Value  63%
 Overall  73%
 Rating  69%
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  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
MAFountain  (7) Cedar Rapids, Iowa | December 23, 2011
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.
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  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 5/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 12/20
jobeman  (14) , | October 26, 2011
Good beer. Prices pretty spot on. Goose Island Rare? Did not find! Bummed!
76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers  (74) Pouring Bus, Iowa | December 1, 2009
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.
90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
iamqueensblvd  (3) , Iowa | July 4, 2009
Great selection, claims to have over 500 beers. Individual bottles as well as packages. Great hard to find items here as well.
74
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
hike20  (4) Iowa | June 26, 2009
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.
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 14/20
bds  (2) Iowa | May 10, 2009
Benzís 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 Iím not a wine drinker I canít 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 canít comment on the taste.
54
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 11/20
KAF  (100) Coralville, Iowa | December 22, 2007
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 Johnís Grocery in Iowa City.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
pepsican  (45) @ $13.99, Iowa | October 25, 2007
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 havenít tried before. They hold tastings every so often and those are fun. The staff knows a lot about beer.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
Sir+Drinksalot  (1) Iowa | March 13, 2007
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.
58
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 12/20
heemer77  (212) Urbandale, Iowa | September 13, 2006
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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