Hessen Haus

101 4th Street
Des Moines, Iowa United States 50309
bar  4.25/5.0 20 reviews
Mon-Tue 11am-12am, Wed-Sat 11am-2am, Sun 12pm-12am

Mayor: beeronmypants (1) | Affiliated user(s) here HessenHaus | Taps: 35 | Bottles: 145
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
adnielsen  (420) 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.
92
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
UrbanCaveman  (20) 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!
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
jcnielsen  (302) 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.
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Shag  (81) Chattanooga, Tennessee | June 25, 2016
This may not be a tickers paradise but it sure is a beer lovers paradise. I did not have food here but it was a final stop on my 40th birthday pub crawl. I had a reasonably priced huge mug of Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock a former top 50 beer. I mean how fun is that? Love this place!
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale  (303) Lansing, Kansas | June 5, 2015
Great venue! Enjoyed my visit very much. German bar/restaurant located in an old train stateion. Many German beers on tap and a nice bottle selection also. Excellent food and service. If you like German beer and German food this is a must stop!
80
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Atom  (192) Minneapolis, Minnesota | May 24, 2015
Without a doubt the best German food Iíve ever had. Iíd make a trip to Des Moines to eat here alone. Strange little building with a fun German themed bar hall. Lots of German beers. Go eat here!!
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  (799) 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.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
ryanfolty  (233) 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Jow  (239) New York | January 31, 2016
Stopped in for lunch a little hair of the dog. Food was good. Staff was friendly and more than likely stoned. Lots of German taps not tons of excitement but if you want German food and beer itís all here.

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