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Whole Foods Market - Lamar

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BA SCORE
92
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36 Ratings
Ratings: 36
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: n/a
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525 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, Texas, 78703-5411
United States
phone: (512) 476-1206

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Photo of tjkinate
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Not a huge fan of buying my beer from the big guys, but sometimes I have too.

The beer is located at the center of the store inside a walk in cooler. Their selection is good, they carry most of your standard beers available in this region, do occasionally get more limited releases, and when they do, their prices are fair.

Still would say their selection is less than Specs of the 71 and Central Market. So if you live near one of them, I'd go there first.

Hope you find what you are looking for.

Cheers!

Photo of jamescain
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

It's hard to review this place based off of food, seeing as how it's supposed to be a grocery store. They have a self service food area and various eateries offering pizza, sandwiches, ice cream, bar-b-que, etc. I've never been disappointed by the food they offer. This is usually where I end up buying my beer in Austin, because my girlfriend likes to eat there, so I just go ahead and pick up some beers when we're done eating. They keep all of their beer in a large walk in cooler and have a very good selection. Their beer prices are competitive and you can break up any six pack. They recently added a bar to the back of the store and will fill growlers. The staff is very helpful and will retrieve a beer from the back if they don't have any out. If you're looking for a quick tasty lunch, this place is my recommendation. You can also pick up a beer from the bar, a growler, or grab some bottles from their cooler. The atmosphere is a little busy, since it is still a grocery store. But you can take your food outside to eat to their patio or upstairs to their terrace.

Photo of mltobin
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

From what I understand, this is the original Whole Foods location. No doubt, they expanded its` size from when they first opened, but still kinda neat. Anyhow, it is a good place to pick up some beer to take home or to your hotel if visiting. The fairly well rounded selection reminded me of what their NYC Bowery location, suited to the distribution of Texas. Local breweries such as Jester King and Real Ale are here, along with plenty of other domestic craft or macro options and imports too. Since it is Whole Foods, prices can be a little north of some other retailers. The staff was OK at my visit, wasn`t particularly looking for anything special, but some young lady in produce did point me in the direction of where to find the beer !

Photo of htomsirveaux
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Disclaimer: WFM shareholder.

Stopped in here on 28 May 2011. My goal was simple: check out the beer selection and pick up a few growlers for a party later that day.

The beer cooler/room is well stocked with selections from around the country; SN, SA, Odell, Ska and Rogue. Lots of locals available, including Real Ale, Independence, Southern Star and St. Arnold.

Growler fills were $11, and the bartneder offered to sanitize my growlers and even replaced a couple of caps that I'd lost. Five beers on tap, I got the Live Oak Pils and the Independence Thinker's Ale.

I also had a chance to talk to Laura, who was kind enough to have held a bottle for me for a few days.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
5/5  rDev +21.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Atmosphere - Starts off like a supermarket but by the time you get to the enormous walk-in beer refrigerator with automatic doors, you know this is a bit different. You can walk around the store drinking your beer, or sit at the bar. Yes, a goddamn bar in a supermarket.

Quality - Everything here is delicious.

Selection - Huge walk in referigerator with tons of beer. Probably the biggest selection I've seen in my life. I wish I could move to Austin just for this store. I could live here for a long time before I milked dry the selection at this store

Service - Nicest bartender I've had almost anywhere. Very helpful and talkative. May not be more knowledgeable than the average BA, but definitely has plenty of info to offer. Our bartender wasn't pushy at all and was very considerate in refrigerating the bottled beers we bought but were too busy to drink while sitting at the bar.

Value - A little pricey, but totally worth it for a BA. Beats the hell out of the expenses involved in trading..

Photo of Hibernator
4/5  rDev -2.9%

After spending some quality time at Waterloo Records, which is located very close by, I stopped here on my way back to the hotel. A huge and magnificent Whole Foods with an awesome selection of beer awaits inside.

In the center of the store is a super cold walk-in cooler that showcases a wonderful array of beers from all over the world. Domestic highlights include offerings from Bear Republic, Oskar Blues, New Belgium, Anchor, Left Hand, Green Flash, Stone and many more.

There is also a nice focus on local Texas breweries like Real Ale Brewing including Full Moon Pale Rye Ale, Brewhouse Brown Ale, Rio Blanco Pale Ale and Spoetzel Brewery (Shiner Bock is a Texas beer staple). Killer selection of Belgian beers too like St. Bernardus, Duvel and Golden Draak.

There is a shelf on the side of the outside of the cooler that has some great glassware. This has to be the best Whole Foods that I've ever been to. I picked up some Salt Lick Dry Rub to bring back home with me. You gotta check this place out if in the area and do yourself a favor and go to Waterloo Records too.

Photo of ocmpoma
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

visited Sept 2009

A great place to buy beer. The store is huge, and their beer selection is extremely varied, including a walk-in cooler which was very well-stocked.

Tons of craft brews from around the country, and lots of foreign brew to boot. I also snagged some glassware, including an Aventinus hefe glass.

I snagged 750s of Maudite and Duvel, and some Stone Smoked Porter and Imperial Stout. I haven't seen any Stone RIS since, although I'm hoping to snag some now that I live in San Diego county. As I said, a great place to buy beer.

Photo of northaustin
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

this was my first time going as i am from the north side and usually have no plans to be right in the center of everything.

here you can get most anything available in texas at prices that compete with specs/central market. the beer alley is a good idea but i can see it getting too crowded.

my cashier was a typical emo hipster with tight black jeans and black hair which he used to protect himself from making eye contact with strangers.

the beer slection is awesome and the prices are awesome, everything else... just dont get me started.

Photo of spoots
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Visiting the Whole Foods "mother ship" is a must-do in Austin. The store is incredible--the energy level is like Adderall mixed with espresso. I came here a couple of times during a recent trip, and spoke to Rebecca the beermonger. She epitomizes the Whole Foods attitude--which is to say no question is too dumb, and she literally did everything she could to make me feel welcome and help me find some memorable beers. I was looking at Indian Wells' Lobotomy Bock and she asked if I had tried it. I said no, and not only did she offer her personal tasting notes, she actually grabbed a sixer from the cold "cave", opened a bottle, and offered me a taste. I can't recall that happening to me in a beer store in a looong time.

The selection here is as good as any place I've seen in Austin--with the exception perhaps of Spec's, which is truly awesome. This Whole Foods location obviously has tremendous turnover. Everything looked fresh. Prices were decent and, as I said, the service was exceptional--which is worth a premium.

[One other item of note is that you can drink your purchase as you shop. This created some issues yesterday as throngs of drunks queued up for a wine bottle signing by a member of Tool. I found it pretty funny, but a few staffers were exasperated by the drunken crowd wandering the aisles creating their own "sampling stations" by just opening whatever appealed to them on the shelves. Talk about keeping Austin weird!]

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4/5  rDev -2.9%

This Whole Foods is out of this world and a worthy tourist destination for Austin visitors. It's huge, it's beyond gourmet in the quality and presentation of its produce, butchery, patiserie, bakery, chocolatier, etc...

I was able to purchase a variety of local crafts to try during my stay in Austin from breweries like St. Arnold, Real Ale, Independence, etc... Whole Foods also carried an above average selection of Belgians and numerous high quality crafts from around the nation. For Texas, I was big time impressed.

The highlight of the visit was a sale on Malheur Brut Reserve and Brut Noir. Bottles were 50% off. The Brut Noir went perfectly with a selection of fine deserts from the same location.

If I could, I would rate food for this location and give it a 4.5. Check this place out if you make it to Austin.

Photo of YonderWanderer
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%

This Whole Foods, one of the biggest I had ever been in, had an excellent beer selection available. "Beer Alley", located towards the middle of the store, is a temperature controlled room that has two long shelves of brews, featuring a good selection of locals and micros from around the country. The imports are little under-represented, but this is more than made up for by the quality of the rest of the selection. Rogue, Stone, Dogfish Head, Anchor, and much more are represented here. I was able to grab a bomber of Chicken Killer barleywine, which I had been hoping to try. This is definitely a great place to buy beer if you're in Austin.

Photo of chadspivey
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%

First off, this whole store is awsome. Not just the "beer alley". That being said, the beer alley contains almost everything we can get in texas, at prices usualy a buck or two less than the stores who carry absolutely everything. It's weird, because whole foods sometimes snaggs austin's entire supply of a particular beer and will be the only ones to carry it for a while. The beer guys know what they're talking about, and for the most part, know when to expect upcomming beers. Theres a section for single bottles, a selection of about 30 different beers, whichever ones they feel like offering. Being right downtown, and them being okay with my passport as ID, it's my standard beer store.

Photo of skittlebrau
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%

Well I came here for the first time today and I was quite impressed. This is a fantastic grocery store and I could have easily spent a couple of hours here. They have all kinds of meats, cheeses, teas, chocolates, pastries, and even wine. This store is much larger than the one by my house in Houston. But what about the beer? Well, I have to say I was disappointed with the selection. Although it was kinda fun getting to walk into the cooler, was it really necessary? Don't get me wrong, the selection wasn't bad and I don't remember seeing any BMC, I just think a store this size should have a much more impressive beer selection. The beers they did have were the good stuff so I do have to give them credit for that.

What did impress me was the help. Although I did not talk to her, there was a lady in the cooler at all times to help with the beer. I overheard her with another customer and she did a good job of helping him find some new eer that he would like.

Although I did not buy any beer here today, I will be back many times for the rest of the store, and I'm sure I will get something from the "beer aisle" at some point.

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%

The new Whole Foods is a definite destination point. It is a beautiful store with alot of cool stuff. There are several little "restaurants" serving up different types of cuisine (including their own smokehouse!!!)for eating there or to-go. The aromas will definitely make you hungry. They even offer wine by the glass while you shop or eat. While we were there they offered a beer tasting featuring Lagunitas IPA and PA.

The service seemed fine to me. There were a ton of employees working (Saturday afternoon) and they all seemed friendly. The beer cooler had at least one employee in it the whole time I was there.

The selection was disappointing to me. I expected to be blown away. I wasn't. The "beer alley" is way smaller than it is built up to be. One side of it is almost exclusively display space (10cs of Stella, 10cs of Pyramid Apricot, 10cs of Lagunitas Maximus, etc...), the other side is lined with racks full of beer. I only found a handful of things that are not available in San Antonio, the best being Aventinus Eisbock. I bought a few things, but overall I was let down.

The prices are reasonable. $6-$8 a six pack, .750's and bombers are also reasonably priced. I did not see any exorbinant pricing. It is worth a trip to see for yourself, especially if you are in a small Texas town lacking in better beer. The store on the whole is very nice.

Photo of assurbanipaul
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Whole Foods Market brand-spanking-new flagship store, seven stories high and across the street from their old digs. Gotta say, they've done a great job of the place, it's a beauty.

They've worked up some fashion of "beer alley," a stand-alone walk-through cooler with doors on each end. Beer is loaded up on shelves lining the wall with some loose sixers and cases on the other side. Beer guys stocking the place know their stuff.

The selection may seem great, but it's only just now come up to the number of beers that Central Market has been carrying since day one. Good to see the breadth of selection here, though, limited only by what the state allows.

I only have one criticism of this place: They forgot that Texas stays 99% humid year-round. With the cooler standing alone and both ends opening for customers, the cooler itself is cold but massively humid. Heavy condensation on every bottle and any paper/cardboard is rather damp. Remember to lift everything from the bottom when you pick it up.

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Whole Foods Market - Lamar in Austin, TX
92 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.