United States > Iowa > Des Moines
adnielsen (422) Fort Collins, Colorado | April 8, 2011
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
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.
UrbanCaveman (15) Ohio | January 29, 2015
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
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!
jcnielsen (252) Charlotte, North Carolina | May 11, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
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.
DrCorps (18) Omaha, Nebraska | August 26, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
the Best German Beer Hall In Des Moines.
DiarmaidBHK (746) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | August 2, 2013| Updated October 3, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
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.
ryanfolty (210) Bourbon County, Minnesota | January 31, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
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.
SledgeJr (106) Omaha, Nebraska | March 8, 2007
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
This is a fine place to visit if you enjoy German Lagers vom fass. Beer served in half liters, maŖ, and boot. Fairly large place with good food as well. Great crowd when a live polka band is playing. Everyone sings along. The website usually lists what they are pouring. One block away from Court Avenue Brewing. Only bad thing is that they allow smoking. Bring your respirator with you.
theLBD (5) , | May 13, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 15/20
Good food, and great beer. Loved that they had my favorite wheats on tap
KAF (100) Coralville, Iowa | February 6, 2012
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
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.
cyclonematty (9) Iowa | February 26, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Good german selection but other than that nothing special. Have done the "boot" a few times. Fun atmosphere.
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