Whole Foods Market - Lamar
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Ratings: 20 | Reviews: 16 | Show All Ratings:
4/5 rDev -2.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This Whole Foods is out of this world and a worthy tourist destination for Austin visitors. It's huge, it's beyond gourmet in the quality and presentation of its produce, butchery, patiserie, bakery, chocolatier, etc...
I was able to purchase a variety of local crafts to try during my stay in Austin from breweries like St. Arnold, Real Ale, Independence, etc... Whole Foods also carried an above average selection of Belgians and numerous high quality crafts from around the nation. For Texas, I was big time impressed.
The highlight of the visit was a sale on Malheur Brut Reserve and Brut Noir. Bottles were 50% off. The Brut Noir went perfectly with a selection of fine deserts from the same location.
If I could, I would rate food for this location and give it a 4.5. Check this place out if you make it to Austin.
04-27-2008 23:00:31 | More by DaPeculierDane
4/5 rDev -2.7%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
03-08-2010 19:08:04 | More by Hibernator
3.7/5 rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
From what I understand, this is the original Whole Foods location. No doubt, they expanded its` size from when they first opened, but still kinda neat. Anyhow, it is a good place to pick up some beer to take home or to your hotel if visiting. The fairly well rounded selection reminded me of what their NYC Bowery location, suited to the distribution of Texas. Local breweries such as Jester King and Real Ale are here, along with plenty of other domestic craft or macro options and imports too. Since it is Whole Foods, prices can be a little north of some other retailers. The staff was OK at my visit, wasn`t particularly looking for anything special, but some young lady in produce did point me in the direction of where to find the beer !
07-14-2011 20:32:17 | More by mltobin
4.36/5 rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
06-03-2011 05:52:24 | More by htomsirveaux
4/5 rDev -2.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Whole Foods Market brand-spanking-new flagship store, seven stories high and across the street from their old digs. Gotta say, they've done a great job of the place, it's a beauty.
They've worked up some fashion of "beer alley," a stand-alone walk-through cooler with doors on each end. Beer is loaded up on shelves lining the wall with some loose sixers and cases on the other side. Beer guys stocking the place know their stuff.
The selection may seem great, but it's only just now come up to the number of beers that Central Market has been carrying since day one. Good to see the breadth of selection here, though, limited only by what the state allows.
I only have one criticism of this place: They forgot that Texas stays 99% humid year-round. With the cooler standing alone and both ends opening for customers, the cooler itself is cold but massively humid. Heavy condensation on every bottle and any paper/cardboard is rather damp. Remember to lift everything from the bottom when you pick it up.
05-13-2005 22:25:48 | More by assurbanipaul
4.05/5 rDev -1.5%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
02-09-2010 02:32:42 | More by ocmpoma
3.85/5 rDev -6.3%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This Whole Foods, one of the biggest I had ever been in, had an excellent beer selection available. "Beer Alley", located towards the middle of the store, is a temperature controlled room that has two long shelves of brews, featuring a good selection of locals and micros from around the country. The imports are little under-represented, but this is more than made up for by the quality of the rest of the selection. Rogue, Stone, Dogfish Head, Anchor, and much more are represented here. I was able to grab a bomber of Chicken Killer barleywine, which I had been hoping to try. This is definitely a great place to buy beer if you're in Austin.
03-12-2008 14:18:43 | More by YonderWanderer
5/5 rDev +21.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
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..
04-20-2011 18:36:59 | More by ZenAgnostic
4.22/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
07-22-2011 17:04:30 | More by jamescain
3.9/5 rDev -5.1%
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 20 ratings.