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Super Saver

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BA SCORE
89
very good

60 Ratings
Ratings: 60
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.65%
[ Store ]

888 US Highway 22
Somerville, New Jersey, 08876-1560
United States
phone: (908) 722-6700

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Reviews by bonbini26:
Photo of bonbini26
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%

This place has it all here domestic and foreign (comparing it to Oak Tree in South Plainfield it doesnt have as big a foreign selection) But where it lacks there it makes up in vintage selections (JW Leeds, Brooklyn, Anchor Steam, Rogue, Dogfish) some brews dating back to 1998! As far as the service, never really remember anyone helping me the few times ive been in here. It can be easy to drive buy due to the location of it on Route 22 and the U-turn there. Def worth the trip though if you are looking for vintage beers (mostly barleywines, Imperial Stouts, Old Ales)

bonbini26, Sep 29, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of Steve55
3/5  rDev -24.1%

It's a good liquor store,,
a lot of good beers, prices aren't bad
but there are no prices on warm cases.
If you want a price,
I was told by the salesman to walk up to the register and ask.
I had to wait while they took care of other customers.
I never been in any other liquor store or any store that doesn't put prices on items.
Is it to hard to push a button on the computer and print out a price list to hang?
I was told by the sales woman they don't price the warm beer is because
the prices change so much. I haven't seen any change is prices.

Steve55, Saturday at 01:21 AM
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Latarnik, May 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

jlux21, May 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

megamass, Apr 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

acurtis, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of Gavage
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%

Easy to find right on Route 22. A big building that gives you a bit of a clostrophobic feeling as the aisles are somewhat close to each other and are tall. There is an aisle dedicated to craft beers, and the selections is very good for the area. I picked up some Harpoon and Lagunitas and they were fresh. I did need some help finding a wine, and I got prompt and knowledgable service.

The cash register area looks run down. The whole interior needs a facelift. But since this is a store and not a bar, I can overlook this as the beer selection is where the true focus is here. Also, make sure you look around for stacks of beer cases that are placed around the store that may not be on the shelves.

Gavage, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Made a pit stop on my way back home from Somerset. Never been, not in my neck of the woods. 2nd to last aisle is complete craft. Nice amount of bomber's, 750's, 6&4packs line the entire aisle. A few brewery's not found in shops up north but nothing crazy. Prices were on point with what I'm used to. Ended up grabbing a couple bottles of Deliverance (for some reason this is hard to come by in northern shops) and browsed the rest of the time. Overall a nice place to drop in and grab a couple bottles. Would stop again if I'm ever down that way again.

richbrew, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

Stopped by this store on the way to a party in the area and I was pleasantly surprised. Lots to choose from in the way of singles, bombers, sixers, and cases. Not too many out and out surprises but they had almost anything and everything that makes its way to New Jersey and the prices were all at minimum on par with the lowest I've seen elsewhere and often beat that.

It is cluttered and busy and it was a bit hard to shop because of traffic in the beer lanes. Not a big deal to me. the Mrs. found it a bit more irritating. Staff ranged from indifferent to mildly helpful; got the sense that if I lived nearby and came in here often they'd have better communication. The beer guy stopped to talk for a few minutes when I asked about Cantillons; said they didn't have them at the moment but would be getting more in soon.

All the new releases were in stock; every Winter Warmer, the new Sam Adams stuff (Vixen, etc), the latest Stone Vertical Epic, etc. Full line-up of Jolly Pumpkin and extensive selection of Belgians, English, Scottish, and German beers.

Good store. I paid 47.00 for a bomber of Bear Republic Big Black Bear stout, a six of OB Mama's Little Yella, a six of 21st Amendment Fireside Chat, and a 30 pack of PBR for the party goers. Not bad I'd say.

tobelerone, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of alohaspicoli
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%

Not much to look at but they do have a solid selection that's better than 99% of the stores I've been to in the Central Jersey area.

Some of the previous reviews are correct - it is kind of cluttered, but I stop in there almost weekly and I've noticed it getting more and more organized. If you can find the Beer Manager he'll always stop what he's doing to try and help you (something the rest of the other employees don't care to do). But if you don't mind spending a little time searching you can definitely find some gems.

It seems like they put beers with a higher ABV% out incrementally... so it's not unusual to find something from a year or two back.

An entire (large) aisle is devoted to craft brews. Approx. 75% domestic/25% import.

They have a lot of 6-packs but mostly focus on bombers. Breweries I consistently see there include: Rogue, Founders, DFH, Stone, Bruery, Schlafly, Southern Tier, Victory, Harpoon, Ommegang, Weyerbacher, Mikkeller and a lot more (that is almost an understatement). I always bring up the Beer Advocate site on my phone as I'm walking in and start reading reviews. I always wind up finding something new to try.

Also, they may not always be able to tell you what they have coming in, but don't be afraid to have them try and special order what you're looking for. I've asked them for a few things that I never thought they'd get and they came through (and have never gouged me on the price).

alohaspicoli, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%

This is a good store for us mid to northern Jersey folks. Always a good selection and some surprises hidden around too if you don't mind digging around and on the tops and backs of shelves. they even have some nice vintage stuff. Prices are right around average. Nothing is overly priced. The help is lacking is some regards depending on who's working but over all it's not bad. A rotating stock with all the good beers that come to NJ and glassware to buy is a plus. If your in the area I would definitely check it out.

djrn2, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of beernut
3.14/5  rDev -20.5%

Stopped by a few weeks back with fellow BA timmush. My 1st time there and I wasn't completely blown away. You will not find anything great but they do have a pretty good selection. Some have said you have to really look for something good, they are correct. Cases upon cases on the floor. So unorganized. A place like that at times I would have to question freshness of the beers. No help to be found. Not one person asked us for assistance. The place does carry a lot of different beers so I would go back but I will not expect any help from the useless staff.

beernut, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%

Staff is extremely hit or miss. The manager is extremely unkind and unhelpful, but the staff is mostly kids who will help if they know something or at least offer a best guest. A huge isle of beers arranged amazingly by price/style/country/etc. Much improved from a year ago when I first went; they were changing management I think at the time and replenishing their stock. Average prices, above average for the area. Much more warm bottles like 22 oz and 750 ml and have an equal amount of warm and cold 6 packs; just the way it should be in my opinion.

claspada, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of magnj
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%

This is my store of choice, being the only place locally I know of that has such a big craft selection. Newly remodeled with bigger refrigerators along the back wall, 2-3 reserved for craft and sam's seasonals.
But I mostly browse the huge craft aisle which is not refrigerated. Lot's of local brews along with most major national outfits. Plenty of every style for the amateur or expert to explore from Belgians to IPA's and RISs. They also have a small vintage selection(mostly DFH).
Prices seem in line with the rest of the region, but they do break down some hard to find beers to singles only and that can get expensive.
Staff is somewhat helpful if you ask but will otherwise let you wander without bothering you, and they are mostly young...not sure if there is a resident "beer guy".
Overall a great place to shop, big selection, decent pricing, and for me a great location. The only place I've been with a better selection and staff is Oak Tree which is just off the charts.

magnj, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of Stunner97
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%

I live locally and not to far to this place and its a pretty decent option. They have an aisle with a pretty good selection of beers, its a pretty big section dedicated to more specialty beers then a lot of places have. The store itself can be a bit cluttered and its not exactly organized anyway spectacularly but its a decent selection. The service was nothing spectacular though I wouldnt say Ive had bad experiences there. Definitely better then alot of the places in the area though not the best in my opinion as theres another place or two I prefer a tad more.

Stunner97, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of Timmush
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%

If you are on Route 22 you should stop by this place. I don't think you will find anything super special, but they do have a very good selection. You will be able to find something you like at a good price. I want to emphasize 'find' because the beer selection is always a mess. Cases on top of cases, if you dig in the back you might find something you are looking for. IF you don't want to take the 15-20 minute more ride to Oak Tree , you can stop here. If they spent a few days organizing and cleaning up, it would be a much better place.

EDIT!: They cleaned the place up. much cleaner.

Timmush, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of mymrnngjckt
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Stopped here on a beer run through New Jersey. The first thing I notice is that the place is very cluttered. That being stated, the selection is great. Losts of belgian & domestic craft adorn the beer aisle. Fantome, Cantillon, vintage Heavyweight, Sly Fox, Victory, and a horde of other belgian and domestic beers. It take a while to sift through every thing as many beers are hiding behind other beers. If you take the time, you can really find some gems here.

Prices were very reasonable. I will make this place a required stop on my trips to New Jersey.

mymrnngjckt, May 01, 2008
Photo of ATPete
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Let me start off by saying that this was, in my opinion, one of the best beer stores i had visited (until i ran into the South Plainfield Buy-Rite).

Great selection, if you can find it...The Supersaver is like an easter egg hunt if you will. The last time i was in there it was stocked, but not on the shelves, cases upon cases shoved into corners and buried behind other cases and racks. A mess. Also there was 2 seperate beer sections, in the back righthand part of the store was the assorment of cases, a poorly stocked singles/6-pack section, a cold box, and more cases. There was an isle about mid way into the store, past the Italian wines that seemed like the holy grail...vintage dated Chimay and Fantome, Thomas Hardy and more as well as a very nice Belgian selection.

A few 'lucky' purchases ive made at the Supersaver; Stone Vertical Epic, 2002 BBBourgondier, Numerous Fantomes. Glassware- an Orval glass, a Rochefort, a Kwak and a Delirium Tremens glass

everything is reasonably priced

ATPete, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of DaveHS
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%

Somerville Super Saver is beautiful and annoying all at the same time. First of all, if you don't live in that specific part of NJ, it's a pain in the ass to get to. It's poorly organized, and staffed by teenage kids who don't want to help you, and don't even know much about beer in the first place. The aisles are thin, and retrieving beer from the vintage section requires performing a balancing act. Completely aggravating.
However, if you can put up with all that nonsense, they have a pretty impressive selection. All the Thierez beers, a selection of aged Fantome beers, Cantillon Fou Founne from 1999, Geuze from 2000, some good British strong ales from the late 80s, and a large selection of Belgian, Polish, German, and American micro. I thought this place was particularly important, because they have a number of things that I NEVER see at other stores in this area, especially the Thierez, and the hoppy Urthel (which isn't all that hoppy).
Also, if you're into mead and cider, there's more of it here than you will see most places. Also great for wine and spirits.
If you can put up with how exhasperating the staff, store, and layout are, it's worth it. Bring a credit card.

DaveHS, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of Beerloco
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%

I drive 50 miles to get here and always find it worth the trip. The new beer manager, Howie, has cleaned the place up very well. While there are still cases on the floor the new shelves and more organized layout make it much easier to find what you're looking for. With such a large and diverse selection it can be time consuming to take it all in, but well worth it.

On a recent visit I was able to get some very hard to find DFH beers as well a great selection of Southern Tier, Avery, Rock Art and some Belgians. This only scratches the surface but I'll be back again soon.

Don't hesitate to ask if you don't see what you're searching for. I have found the staff to be very helpful and they seem to know what they have and where it is.

Beerloco, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of brantadid
2.9/5  rDev -26.6%

This is a store I used to frequent. I stopped a little over a year ago because their selection stagnated and they were not replacing supply of the regularly stocked items. I found out later that they changed beer managers.

I was in the neighborhood this past weekend and decided to give it another try. Their selection has changed dramatically. They have significantly less belgian and imports and significantly more US craft beer.

The store is a somewhat disorganized. It looks like half the section is organized and the other isn't.

They have vintages of Quad which are hand marked and increasing more expensive with age.

The service was awful. I had to chase down a salesperson to ask if a bottle was available as a single. He did the absolute minimum he could to help, and he wasn't even sure of the beer I was speaking about.

The vast majority of the store is still wine, which is fine.

Worth the trip for the selection, but not if you are looking for good service...or even average service for that matter.

brantadid, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%

Saturday February 23, 2008 :

After hearing so much about this place, I decided I had to give it a try... After visiting the Super Saver in Edison, I was hoping that this would be an equal destination if not better...
First of all, the place is messy as hell... The young kids who work there know nothing about the various eclectic beers that line the single aisle where all types of hard-to-find, distinct beers are sold...
Yes, the selection is solid and different, but you have to be very careful: Most beer are completely covered in dust, and I would say at least 35% of the beers there are expired and not drinkable...
I had a pretty good run today, copping a 2007 Brooklyn Monster Ale, an Imperial Stout from Left Hand, Anchor's Old Foghorn, and Stone's Vertial Epic... I wanted to buy a lot of more brews (for example, Avery's Maharaja), but they were obviously out-dated and I wouldn't pay to drink them since they were expired...
Definitely worth a trip down here since they carry a massive variety of different beers, but as I said before, be careful, because many of the beers there are expired and shouldn't be sampled...
There is a very nice selection of glassware for sale, which you can purchase for $4.99...
Got a nice Rochefort cup...
Worth a stop-in, but at your own-risk...

dsa7783, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of Rciesla
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%

This store is a gem. For two reasons one they have an incredible selection of beer at good often great prices and two the personal service here is excellent.

I visited this Saturday 11/3 in the afternoon, its been a few months since i've last gone, the beer isles have been cleaned up well, and they have added some new shelves. As always i can always find rare beer and incredible vintage bottles, heck im landing a trade now with some.

The part that really makes this place shine is the service, while i have not met the new beer manager, i was helped by his associate John McKee who bent over backwards and more to locate the quality brews i had hopped to find. Real friendly and knowledgeable guy, what more can i say great service is the ultimate way of doing business, thanks John.
And cheers to the store, with the free glass.

Rciesla, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%

Stopped here on a Saturday beer run

Place was easy enough to get to, it is right on Rt. 22.

First walked in and started weaving my way through the aisles. First thing I kept seeing was beers being stored on their sides, which really made me cringe. They had some good Belgians and American beers in wooded crates just laying on their side like they hadn't been touched in years. I'm not sure why this was, as it seemed they had the room to store them upright. Even the selection of micro's was sorely lacking. They had a decent selection of out of state brews like Avery, Rogue, and Southern Tier.

They also had some "Vintage" beers for sale, listed as the store's personal reserve. Only problem was some of the beers should not have been kept by anybody for that long. For instance, they had bottles of Golden Monkey from 2000, that beer will not taste very good at that point. I have found a year and a half, two years tops for that brew. Makes me wonder if the local distributor found a case in the corner, and quickly sold it off.

Overall, I will not be going back anytime soon. I will give this place a year or so and see if I simply caught them on a bad day. I bought one bottle of Brooklyn Local 1 and quickly hopped in my car and left. IMO, take the extra 25 minutes and drive to the Oak Tree.

leftmindedrighty, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of drjim34
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

I've been dieing to try this place. My girlfriends family lives nearby, and I finally got my chance on 5/26/7. I spent over an hour inside looking around. As with other reviews, I will agree that they are very unorganized, but staff was more then helpful in assisting me on my searches. The guys working the floor knew where everything was that I was looking for. I wanted a lot of NJ and Penn beers and wasn't disappointed. I found ample supplies of Sly Fox, River Horse, Victory, Troegs, and even some of my New England beers that are hard to find in my area such as Sankaty Light by Cisco brewers.
Speaking of New England Beers, I was very happy to see a nice selection from Sea Dog, Smuttynose, Shipyard, and I can't believe I'm going to say it, but Sams as well.
My advice is to look everywhere you can, behind six packs, at the back of the bottom shelves, behind the cases, and even under them. The beer you are looking for could be anywhere. A nice surprise was the presence of Tractor Brewing Co. Farmer’s Tan and Haymaker Honey Wheat. My new prize possession is a bottle of Black Raspberry Preserves from Sly Fox. They had ample supplies until I came shopping, although I did leave one on the shelf.
I hear a lot of people gripping about the fact that the store is a mess, and too unorganized. The best part in finding those sought after beers is having to look a little, and then all of a sudden there it is on the bottom shelf hidden in the back. That is what happens here, and I like it.

drjim34, Jun 04, 2007
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