Whole Foods Market - Lamar
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Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 16 | Show All Ratings:
3.85/5 rDev -6.1%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This Whole Foods, one of the biggest I had ever been in, had an excellent beer selection available. "Beer Alley", located towards the middle of the store, is a temperature controlled room that has two long shelves of brews, featuring a good selection of locals and micros from around the country. The imports are little under-represented, but this is more than made up for by the quality of the rest of the selection. Rogue, Stone, Dogfish Head, Anchor, and much more are represented here. I was able to grab a bomber of Chicken Killer barleywine, which I had been hoping to try. This is definitely a great place to buy beer if you're in Austin.
03-12-2008 14:18:43 | More by YonderWanderer
4.35/5 rDev +6.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
07-28-2007 11:25:30 | More by chadspivey
4.35/5 rDev +6.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Well I came here for the first time today and I was quite impressed. This is a fantastic grocery store and I could have easily spent a couple of hours here. They have all kinds of meats, cheeses, teas, chocolates, pastries, and even wine. This store is much larger than the one by my house in Houston. But what about the beer? Well, I have to say I was disappointed with the selection. Although it was kinda fun getting to walk into the cooler, was it really necessary? Don't get me wrong, the selection wasn't bad and I don't remember seeing any BMC, I just think a store this size should have a much more impressive beer selection. The beers they did have were the good stuff so I do have to give them credit for that.
What did impress me was the help. Although I did not talk to her, there was a lady in the cooler at all times to help with the beer. I overheard her with another customer and she did a good job of helping him find some new eer that he would like.
Although I did not buy any beer here today, I will be back many times for the rest of the store, and I'm sure I will get something from the "beer aisle" at some point.
12-11-2005 05:12:07 | More by skittlebrau
3.65/5 rDev -11%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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.
08-09-2005 00:52:08 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
4/5 rDev -2.4%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Whole Foods Market brand-spanking-new flagship store, seven stories high and across the street from their old digs. Gotta say, they've done a great job of the place, it's a beauty.
They've worked up some fashion of "beer alley," a stand-alone walk-through cooler with doors on each end. Beer is loaded up on shelves lining the wall with some loose sixers and cases on the other side. Beer guys stocking the place know their stuff.
The selection may seem great, but it's only just now come up to the number of beers that Central Market has been carrying since day one. Good to see the breadth of selection here, though, limited only by what the state allows.
I only have one criticism of this place: They forgot that Texas stays 99% humid year-round. With the cooler standing alone and both ends opening for customers, the cooler itself is cold but massively humid. Heavy condensation on every bottle and any paper/cardboard is rather damp. Remember to lift everything from the bottom when you pick it up.
05-13-2005 22:25:48 | More by assurbanipaul
4.45/5 rDev +8.5%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Quality - No complaints here. All the beer I purchased has been of good quality. They have a walk in beer cooler with an opening at either end. Some beers are stocked on the floor on the sides of the walk in cooler. Overall, it is a pretty good setup.
Service - They have a dedicated person who constantly restocks and maintains the walk in cooler. She was knowledgeable and friendly, and she even let me take her picture. I've never seen service like this.
Selection - Pretty damn good, and certainly better than most places here in San Antonio. I was able to track down a few beers that I had never seen in San Antonio.
Comments - This place is the mecca for orgainic and natural foods. It has a three level underground parking garage, and it is just HUGE. The walk in cooler is fun. This place is a must-see.
03-25-2005 04:40:56 | More by mgdeth
Whole Foods Market - Lamar in Austin, TX
91 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.