Whole Foods Market - Lamar
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Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
3.65/5 rDev -10.3%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
The new Whole Foods is a definite destination point. It is a beautiful store with alot of cool stuff. There are several little "restaurants" serving up different types of cuisine (including their own smokehouse!!!)for eating there or to-go. The aromas will definitely make you hungry. They even offer wine by the glass while you shop or eat. While we were there they offered a beer tasting featuring Lagunitas IPA and PA.
The service seemed fine to me. There were a ton of employees working (Saturday afternoon) and they all seemed friendly. The beer cooler had at least one employee in it the whole time I was there.
The selection was disappointing to me. I expected to be blown away. I wasn't. The "beer alley" is way smaller than it is built up to be. One side of it is almost exclusively display space (10cs of Stella, 10cs of Pyramid Apricot, 10cs of Lagunitas Maximus, etc...), the other side is lined with racks full of beer. I only found a handful of things that are not available in San Antonio, the best being Aventinus Eisbock. I bought a few things, but overall I was let down.
The prices are reasonable. $6-$8 a six pack, .750's and bombers are also reasonably priced. I did not see any exorbinant pricing. It is worth a trip to see for yourself, especially if you are in a small Texas town lacking in better beer. The store on the whole is very nice.
08-09-2005 00:52:08 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.7/5 rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
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 !
07-14-2011 20:32:17 | More by mltobin
3.85/5 rDev -5.4%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This Whole Foods, one of the biggest I had ever been in, had an excellent beer selection available. "Beer Alley", located towards the middle of the store, is a temperature controlled room that has two long shelves of brews, featuring a good selection of locals and micros from around the country. The imports are little under-represented, but this is more than made up for by the quality of the rest of the selection. Rogue, Stone, Dogfish Head, Anchor, and much more are represented here. I was able to grab a bomber of Chicken Killer barleywine, which I had been hoping to try. This is definitely a great place to buy beer if you're in Austin.
03-12-2008 14:18:43 | More by YonderWanderer
3.86/5 rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
09-17-2011 21:28:56 | More by tjkinate
3.9/5 rDev -4.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $
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.
01-25-2010 04:18:54 | More by northaustin
Whole Foods Market - Lamar in Austin, TX
91 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.