Hessen Haus Des Moines

Des Moines

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There’s a lot to think about here, with more than 50 different German beers on tap, including options you won’t find anywhere else in the city. Are you feeling brave? Pass the boot and a drinking game focused on a glass boot filled with two liters of your favorite tap bier. To have a strong foundation, get some soft pretzels and schnitzel first. Hoegaarden Wit. The Hessen Haus perfectly recreates the authentic atmosphere of an old-world German bier hall. The fifty imported German beers on tap, authentic German fare on the menu, and sounds of live music on the stage – including local bands and regional polka – create a lively yet cozy atmosphere where large crowds gather to pass the boot and small groups find themselves making new friends.

I came here for dinner last night. I was very impressed by the wide range of stuff they have on their menu. I started with the straw-cherry lemonade, which was terrific. Very refreshing, and I couldn’t even taste the alcohol I liked. I got the bratwurst basket. I added on a wurst because it was only $3 extra. It was perfect. I wish I would have tried one of the other wursts since they have three types, but I didn’t, so I’ll have to go back and try some more. My friend got the schnitzel which I had never heard of before, and it was excellent! Not what I expected, but I liked it a lot. Overall you should be able to find something you like here. Everything was delicious. 

They have a cute medium size bar, grill with authentic German food, and a large selection of beer and ale. Prices are moderate; expect $15 + per person if drinking. Happy hour gets you $4 pints—great staff and very clean. In the year I’ve been in Des Moines, I’ve been here twice, and both times great food, great atmosphere, and excellent service! The bartender this morning, 1/17/21, was awesome! I recommend the Sauerbraten. The pork was delicious, and everything about it was perfect, from the carrots to the subtle sweetness and acidity of the purple cabbage. I love everything about this place: the food, the atmosphere, and the massive selection of German beer. The service I have received over the years has always been positive. I especially love their pretzels. Nothing much to say except that we are so glad we have this establishment.

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