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Super BuyRite

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

39 Ratings
Ratings: 39
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.46%
[ Store ]

222 Route 31 S
Pennington, New Jersey, 08534-3509
United States
phone: (609) 737-0358

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Notes:
Formerly Circle Liquors.

(Place added by: RonfromJersey)
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Photo of Vstanlee
4.93/5  rDev +20.2%

Great store. The employees, in my opinion, are exactly what you want: they will leave you alone until you ask for help and then they will tell you everything you need to know. I often ask them for suggestions and they have never disappointed me. The place has a great feel and is well organized. They have a great "make your own" six pack option with some great choices, and the best singles/22s selection around.
I only wish they had a growler selection. And maybe a little bar on the side?

Vstanlee, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of Drinkalot
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%

I can't say enough about this place. The selection is outstanding, with a broad variety of belgian, german, etc. and enough single bottles to fill two full cold cases. There is a multi-sided display case in the middle of the beer section with zillions of big bottle rarities. The staff is always very engaging and there are some real geeks that work there that can tell you a tremendous amount about the products that they carry. This is undoubtedly among the top 3 or 4 beer stores in Jersey.

One little beef though...they always had the Ale Street News on display. I'd keep up with reading everytime I shopped there. What happened?

Drinkalot, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of WiserBud
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

WiserBud, May 08, 2014
Photo of sparkydoyle
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%

Go in the front door and make a left turn at the wine department, walk about 50 feet, and you're in the beer department. One of the best selections of import beers in the area, and nearly everything is refridgerated.

Appears that all of their beer selections are available as singles, priced in the $2.00 to $4.00 price range. Many beer prices were a little high, but there are more than a few deals. Picked up more than 24 single bottles (getting ready for a beer tasting, and needed to do some homework), and all the ones I've tasted so far are reasonably fresh.

sparkydoyle, Oct 05, 2003
Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%

I've been using Super Savers Wine in Pennington for a while now, used to be called Circle Liquors I believe. It's located right on a circle in Pennington NJ. My first couple visits to SSW wasn't that impressive...but pretty average. Then I realized, on a specific visit, that I wasn't taking the time to really look around. The line-up of refridgerators contians a pretty good craft beer selection, from most of the Trappist Belgian beers, to big name IPAs, stouts, and barleywines! Then, I started to realize that SSW does have a non-fridged selection, and there is where I proceeded to find some gems...aged beers, including some Cantillons and Fantomes. I was fortunate enough to have some long conversations with the staff, and the beer manager is VERY well knowledgable in the world of beer, which is nice to know. Pricing is also VERY reasonable...I would even have to say inexpensive when you compare some prices to other local stores. A very cool place for beer, liquor, and wine...and is now on my beer route!

ShadesOfGray, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of Naugros
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%

Beer lovers should hang an immediate left upon entering and head right on back past the liqueurs. That is where the beers are. The wall on your left is the single bottle cooler. Go to the end of it and pick up a 6-pack carrier. Fill it and get 10% off each bottle. Warning, a lot of those carriers are 4-pack holders. You need to get 6 to get the discount. The other coolers hold six packs and more. Not everything in the single bottle cooler has a representative in 6-pack country and vice versa, so explore both. Definitely explore the displays in the middle of everything. Bombers from DFH, Rogue, Allagash, a variety of Belgian Breweries and more are displayed. I found a DFH Pangaea, which I had lost hope of finding until the next release.

There is always staff around asking if you need help and the ones there when I was there were pretty beer-knowledgeable.

The best part of this place is the single bottle cooler. Yes, they're all cold, but beer skunking due to cooling down and warming back up and cooling again is a complete myth...get over it. There are many beers I want to try, but don't want I don't want to spring for a full 6 or a bomber, so this is perfect for experimenting.

The bad: check dates on beers that don't have a major shelf life. This place is pretty out-of-the-way for most people and does not get as much traffic as Booton Liquor Outlet, Gary's Wines or Oak Tree in South Plainfield, NJ, but it's worth the trip.

Naugros, May 30, 2010
Photo of board45
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

This is one of the best beer stores I have been in. They have over 700 beers available to purchace with a pretty good wine selection. The Belgium, English, and American sections of single brews is huge. The rotation is great. I asked the owner who works there, if i could get a couple different beers that i couldnt find there and he said, "I bring in ever beer i can possibly get from my distributor." Now that says a lot for a liqour store. They have a lot of good stuff. Hard to find stuff too. I am going to be going here more and more. It is a little bit of a drive but worth it for me. A BA paradise.

board45, Jun 18, 2005
Photo of WhiskeyZour
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

WhiskeyZour, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of Reverand
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Oh my God. A huge selection of imported and micros. You know I don't think I saw a macro swill beer there. Maybe I was just over come by the selection of imported beers. A great selection of beers from B. United International and the Shelton Brothers. Rick, who orders the beers, was great he ordered me beer and saved me beer. The cool thing was that I was a first time shopper. He even saved me his last bottle of Westvleteren. Even though it is about 1 1/2 hours away I will definitely be visiting this store again and again.

Reverand, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of mweland
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

mweland, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%

Im re-reviewing Super Saver after a recent visit on St. Patricks Day. I went in looking to build two mixed sixes of all stouts and schwarzbiers. When i entered and began looking I was approached by an employee to ensure I found everything ok, which was the first time thats happened there. Ok so i knew what I was looking for but he offered some new info. They have revamped the place a bit. They now have a larger selection of all beers particularly including foreigns and higher quality beers. They have brought in more quality domestic stuff and added a long bomber bottle rack opposite the singles fridge line. The employee was very friendly and let me break down ANY 4 or 6 pack I pleased. I was happy to know ANYTHING was up for a mix 6. Apparently they will be holding tastings on Fridays and they have more beer on the way. I was impressed. I also made out with a couple Samichlaus bottles from 2000 at a VERY good price. I am now much more anxious to return and see whats up next.

BeerForMuscle, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%

Wow! This place is great! I used to work 15 minutes away for about a year and it was my favorite place to blow a good chunk of my paycheck!

Stroll straight to the left and eye ball the cold boxes that are six feet tall and 30 feet long of good beer. All singles! Belgians, German, Euro, domestic, and neatly categorized! A tad bit pricey with some average 12 oz. bottles going for $2 a bottle but I dig the huge selection. Circle Liquors deserves some props and I might be the one to give it. Never have I been bummed about hitting this joint. Standouts included Duchesse 750mL bottles, all St. Bernardus big and small, Allagash big bottles like Curieux and quad, tons of variety, even some Russian bottles. Other noteworthy bottles include odd ball Belgians in big and small sizes. and plenty of local offerings.

Worth the actual drive to the place. Plus if you dig booze, this joint does the trick too. Grab a cart and go shopping! Just try not to spend too much!

blitheringidiot, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%

I was long overdue for a visit, so I took my wife's new wheels for it's first beerrun. Found things pretty much unchanged from prior visits: good selection, everything cold, everything available as singles. Did notice that the prices do seem just a little higher than most stores I frequent. Fine store if it's closer than the Supersaver.

Original review 11-11-2002:

The most striking thing about this store, is that all, or almost all, of the beer is in coolers. Except for a few made-up Octoberfest samplers and some sampler cases from Pete's. Troegs, and a couple of other breweries, everything is kept cold. The odd thing, this leaves a tremendous amout of vacant floor space. It's like walking around a museum. Selection is quite good, and everything is available as singles. I've been there twice, most recently picked up Troegs sampler 12 pack, Troegs Oatmeal Stout, Dock St Amber, all of which I've haven't found in my usual haunts. Staff has been helpful both times. If you're traveling on Route 195 to/from PA, its a short detour up Rt. 31 North (I think it's 195, it's one of the 95s).

RonfromJersey, Feb 07, 2006
Photo of pezoids
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%

Funny Story (and sad). I was here before, actually I wasn't. I was in a rush and went into a no named (really!) liquor store next to the Shoprite supermarket right on the Pennington Circle. It's actually in the same bldg as Shoprite. I really thought this was CL. What a joke! This was the worst store I was ever in! nothing but 12 packs of Bud and Coors light, maybe some German beers. It wasn't until later that night that I realized I made a big mistake... That wasn't Circle Liquors! Doh!

Anyway, this time I was heading South on I-95 and noticed a sign for Pennington, NJ. I took the exit and after a 10 minute drive on Route 31, I was at this same infamous Pennington Circle once again... Well, this time I drove completely around the thing and easily saw the store. {{{slapping myself on the forhead}}}

Wow! Walking into this place reminds me of a movie. Full Metal Jacket. The scene where Private Gomer Pyle has gone insane and is methodically cleaning and talking to his rifle. That was me as I walked into Circle Liquors and slowly lurked by all those glass doors - perfect... everything clean... smooth... beautiful. Actually I was rather like a kid in a candy store, than a homicidal marine recrout.

The selection was excellent. Great range of imports, including some German and Polish beer that I haven't seen. The coolers just kept coming and coming (all of the beer is chilled). I grabbed a little of this and a little of that. Rounded the corner and grabbed some more. Prices were competitive. Better than the foodery IMO. They had a nice range of Bert Grants beers, including the fresh Hop Ale and a few different Ramsteins. Avery, A.Valley, MacTarnahans just to name a few. The store is setup perfectly, almost systematically. Very clean and well lit. It's a large store, but it really doesn't feel like it. Almost feels like your basement. (I wish).

Eventhough they don't have the rarest beers, their overall stock is impressive. I would recommend this store to any brew lovin' BA. Repeated trips are surely in the future for me.

pezoids, Jan 08, 2005
Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%

Haven't visited this establishment in about a year and I wanted some singles for sampling, so I made the trip 35 minute trip. There is a large wine section when you walk in the store, but there is a large beer section farther left in the building. Numerous refridgerators on 5 walls holding six packs, bombers, and 12 ounce singles.

The single selections were nice, as they were broken down by international and US beers. Great Belgian section, German, Czech and surrounding countries, and Russian sections. The remainder of internationals include Spain, India, Brazil, Portugal, etc. but these are mostly one or two brands at best.

The US section is dominated by east coast beers, with a lesser selection of the smaller micros of the rest of the country (still large selection of Sierra Nevada, Anchor, etc).

There is plenty of walking room, and the floor does have numerous styles of variety 12 packs, and with the holidays nearing, the winter varieties are there now. This store creates their own variety packs but were almost priced the same as 6 singles.

Service was nice but no overly helpful. Prices are all over the board, some single were relatively cheap ($1.75) while others were high ($7.99 for 12 oz Dogfish WW Stout).

Great place to pick up numerous singles you haven't tried, or don't want a six pack of. There was several BA.com logos on the refridgerators in front of some of the top 50 beers sixpack with a hand written "Ranked # X on BA.com". I was surprised to see this but it was a nice touch. You'll spend a little more here, but selection will make you happy.

Gavage, Nov 12, 2003
Photo of MONKandTUCK
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

Jersey's about as good a place for buying beer as any in the world. As part of the Philadelphia-area the market is flush with quality products from the West Coast, Europe and everywhere else. However, it's free of PA's ridiculous laws and taxes.

Super Saver is one of those places that exemplifies this fortune.

Most of the staff really isn't knowledgable or paid to care, but there are a few helpful folks. Most stay out of your way, which is nice. The distribution here is top notch. I've found some real rarities, even aged ones.

I really like this place for its convenience and selection. Check it out!

MONKandTUCK, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of ummswimmin
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%

This is the second time I have visited this diamond in the rough. This place is in a pretty remote location. If you intentionally plan your trip around visiting, then it is not hard to get to. It is right in the middle of the state.

Over half of this store is dedicated to beer. The beer is really well organized. Every beer has it's proper section. Most of the beer is already chilled. Along one wall is individual bottles. If you get at least six, then it is 10% off. This is probably the biggest selection of 12 oz. individual bottles purchasable individually that I have ever seen. Their bomber selection is pretty limited, but overall there is a very large selection.

Be careful though, some bottles may be expired. That happens at this store.

ummswimmin, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%

I remember this place in the mid 90s. It had a huge wine and beer selection. The first place I ever knew of that had individual bottles. Today I don't live near there, but sometimes I visit the area. They've expanded their once huge store. Now the wine section is even bigger, and even more room for individual and packed beers.

Basically this is a huge place. They claim to have over 700 beers in stock with a selection of 650 to be purchased by the bottle (not packed). This is definatly a place to visit if in the area.

This is the only place I've found Westmalle's Tripel. There are hundreds of beers I've yet to discover with all of the standards and then some.

Prices are a bit more than you might want, but hey, it costs a lot to have such a gigantic selection.

NiceGuyMike, Aug 20, 2005
Photo of crwills
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

Huge selection of beers, especially American microbrews. Nice collection of European bombers as well, and some rare sixpacks. And, everything is kept cold. I've been picking up a dozen or so from this place every week for the last couple of months while I work down in NJ. However, I did notice during my last trip there in early January that they were running low on a lot of things, with a lot of empty spaces in the coolers. Perhaps they're awaiting a winter shipment? Oh, and service is sort of non-existant as well.

crwills, Jan 21, 2006
Photo of wspscott
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

Stopped in here on the way back to Princeton from a wedding in PA. I had already crossed off some of my list of beers I can't get back home (see Cold Spring Beverages in Yardley PA) and wanted to see if there were any others to be had.

This is a good sized wine and beer store (maybe liquor as well). One side is filled with beer coolers (~30 doors) along with large format bottles in the middle. A very good selection, picked up a bunch of Victory, a 12 of Dale's, a 4 pack of 10 Fidy, a couple of others I can't remember and ~5 bombers. The cashier mentioned that it was too bad we weren't there on the last weekend because one of the bombers had been selling as a holiday pack (bomber and glass) for the same price. She went in back to see if they had any more left. No luck, but I thought it was nice she looked.

My wife paid, so I don't know why, but I got 10% off of everything, maybe a case discount.

The place is less than a mile off I-95 (it shows up on google maps), worth checking out.

wspscott, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

Close to Lambertville, Trenton area, this place is a BA paradise. The Huge selection is the highlight of a visit here. Its all kept cold in nice coolers all along the sides of the store. Tons of wine as well, if youre into that sort of stuff. It would be nice if they had some stock kept warm, they have pleanty of space. The staff was very friendly and offering to help. Tons of imports, domestics (locals and more far of fleight stuff) A bunch of Avery bombers, no Stone. This place is way worth visiting, with many brews I hadnt seen before and all the usual stuff.

Billolick, Jul 12, 2004
Photo of jmc44
4/5  rDev -2.4%

I usually hit this place on my way home from work, located right on route 31 on the way to I-95.

Sign outside says they have some 800 different beers. I haven't counted, but it seems about right. They have 2 whole walls and the better part of a third wall lined with coolers containing singles and six packs, which are more or less generally organized by country of origin. They also have quite a few local brews from NJ and throughout the northeast.

A few years ago I had some issues getting some skunked beer; however, for the last year or so, it seems they have been working harder at keeping inventory moving and up-to-date. Which with the amount of beer they have is quite a feat.

Service is nothing special - rarely do I see any employees other than those manning the registers. The register jockeys are not particulary friendly; nor are they unfriendly.

Prices are reasonable - anywhere from $1.50 for a single to $5.00 (some of the rarer Belgians), with six packs in the range of $7-10. They also carry some 4-packs from the UK and Belgium, as well as cases - but beware, there is no case discount except on imports.

jmc44, Nov 01, 2005
Photo of jerseyemt
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Great store for beer, wine, and liquor. It has the best selection in the area...however prices are high. If it's just normal stuff you're looking for, buy it elsewhere. But their beer selection is amazing!! If you can't find it elsewhere in the area, it's probably here.

It's off of I-95 (exit 4, to Rt. 31 North. About a mile ahead it's on the far side of the circle).

jerseyemt, Apr 08, 2003
Photo of NYR_Rob
4/5  rDev -2.4%

NYR_Rob, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4/5  rDev -2.4%

I made the journey out here after reading the post about their augmented selection. Finding it wasn't too tough after I realized that the beer store with "super saver" right on the traffic circle was them. I'm not too sure where the name comes from, but I found it confusing.

The place is huge. It just seems to keep going, but the majority of it is wine. Off to the left, things change and the racks of wine turn to coolers of beer. There's a really nice spread of locals that really saturate the local selections with a tip of the hat to British and German brews too. At first I thought the selection was just "pretty good" until I saw the vintage shelves in the middle of the room. They had some VERY nice beers here to include Westy 8 and a 1988 J.W. Lees. I was blown away by the 12 oz. Rouge RIS, so I had to grab one. Really, the vintage selection sets this place above most others. Moving on, there were plenty of six-packs available but cases seemed to cater more to BMC than to locals.

Service? Not so much. Just two dudes at cash registers. They didn't seem all that outgoing and didn't say anything about the sweet load of beer we chose, so I can't really say too much.

What a place. Is it worth the 50 minute drive when Capone's in down the road? Maybe. Just maybe.

DarkerTheBetter, Nov 20, 2007
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Super BuyRite in Pennington, NJ
91 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.