Whole Foods Market - Ann Arbor

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Whole Foods Market - Ann ArborWhole Foods Market - Ann Arbor
BA SCORE
88
very good

22 Ratings
Ratings: 22
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: n/a
[ Store ]

3135 Washtenaw Ave
Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48104-5121
United States
phone: (734) 975-4500

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @annarborwfm

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Reviews by Billolick:
Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +3.4%

The Ann Arbor WFM is huge, clean, well stocked and in general a food lovers paradise. Beer is located along most of one side of an isle and stacked up in cases further towards the rear of the store. Respectable selection of imports, regional, (full selection of Avery noted and appreciated.), national micros and good selection of the fine Michigan brews. Prices seemed good compared to what I'm used to in NY state. Store beer dude was quite imformative and friendly, even got me a few warm singles from the rear. Very worthwhile and pleasant beer hunting stop.

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Photo of loganburgh
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of BMMillsy
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A very nice selection here that includes many Michigan locals, a good bit of Colorado stuff, and even a bunch of Belgian and trappist beers (Rochefort). Usually have some Jolly Pumpkin. A bit pricey on some stuff but pretty standard overall. Not a huge fan of their premade food stuff. Very nice for a grocery store, though.

Photo of Drk93TT
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of patol8
4.9/5  rDev +26.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Fair prices and great selection of Michigan brews. They do waiting lists for all of the limited releases, so don't expect to walk in on KBS day and luck into a 4 pack. I got on the reserve lists for KBS, CBS, Blushing Monk, and The Oracle and got calls on the day they received letting me know my beer had arrived. Overall, a great place and the beer is well organized....they keep the seasonals and limited releases separate from the regular year rounds. For anyone in the Ann Arbor area, you should make this one of your go to places.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%

This is right down the street from the hotel I have been staying in in consecutive years for the summer beer fest. I stop in mostly due to proximity and convenience.

A bigger than what Im used to sized Whole Foods. The good thing is that they are all layed out similarly so I can pop in, find the beer and pop out quite quickly.

Back there is a long cooler for 6 packs. All the typical Short's, Arbor and other nice MI stuff is right here. Just past that is where all the singles are. Jolly Pumpkin at the end, then Belgians that seem over priced, then a few singles and bombers and stuff. I was able to get a 6 pack of Huma-lump-licious and an 09 BCBS.

Ill probably continue to see what they have in here just for pure convenience from my hotel.

Photo of icetraxx
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%

First of all, nobody here knows anything about beer, which doesn't bother me as I know what I am looking for. Some beers they have suffer from poor rotation and are a bit dated, though most of their selection (including some singles) are refrigerated. The only thing here that popped out was the selection of Jolly Pumpkin beers, they still had many of Jolly Pumpkin's past seasonals available which I haven't seen anywhere else (such as La Parcela and others). Locals are very well represented for a grocery store (Founders, New Holland, Arcadia, Short's, JP, Arbor, Bell's, etc). They have a selection of singles, though small compared to Plum Market or even Hiller's.

They also have a nice selection of Schneider singles, which include their Eisenbock, which I have yet to seen anywhere else in Michigan. They have reasonable prices on Hitachino and Allagash singles, though it appears both have suffered from poor rotation.

Overall the prices here are average, maybe even a bit high.
Stop in if you are stuck in Ann Arbor and find it a pain to make it to better beer stores like Plum Market.

Photo of AVDeuph
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%

Well first of all let me say that I love Whole Foods as a supermarket, I only wish that I could afford to shop there all the time.

Beer selection is actually pretty good, considering that this is a mainstream supermarket and not a beer-and-wine specialty market. It is no Bello Vino (may she R.I.P.) but I still can find some very good beers that I haven't tried when I go there. Particularly satisfying is the near-total absence of adjunct-macros; Bud and others have very limited shelf space and are definitely not front and center.

Pricey, but to me it's more of a reflection of the selection that they carry. Basically on par with near-by stores in Ann Arbor.

Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%

I needed to pick up groceries for our Michigan trip anyways and I know Whole Foods sometimes has bottles not available at other beer stores. This place topped that. A smaller than average store with a huge aisle of craft and imported, as good as a regular beer store. And several singles and seasonal releases. Impressive layout, with several on shelf at room temperature and decent prices. Very neatly laid out. Comparable yet some different choices to the other WHole Foods store in West Bloomfield.

Photo of DaveFL1976
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%

If the wife tells you to go to the grocery store to pick up some food for dinner, and you want to go to a beer store, Whole Foods in Ann Arbor provides an excellent way to kill two birds with one stone. The beer selection is pretty good. I'd say they have about 100 different selections, many of which are cold. But as was stated before, it's not a liqour store or a true beer store. Prices might be a little above average as well. Fortunately, there are always a dozen free food samples all around the store!

Photo of CortexBomb
2.4/5  rDev -38%

The quick and dirty: Whole Foods is a super market, and as super markets go it has a decent beer selection: Bell's, Dark Horse, North Coast, and so on. Almost all of the beer is available cold in 6 packs.

That said, it is still a grocery store, which means very few people know much about the beer, and the selection, while good by super market standards, is poor for a beer only customer.

I went into the store once to browse, and have never had the urge to go back, they offer nothing unique and their prices are not any better than the dedicated beer stores.

Photo of macpapi
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

The Ann Arbor Whole Foods Market, is a great place for any food lover to go. There are many samples of fine/gourmet foods available for tasting and a great selection of pre-made meals. The beer section takes up about half of an aisle at the end of the store. It is strong on Michigan microbrews like Bells, Founders and Dark Horse. Also, W.F. has many fine imports in single bottles to choose from. It does a good job with keeping a representation of most of them cold. Prices are reasonable compared to local competition, and there is always something decent (usually local) on sale. There is certainly help available if you are willing to wait for it. This is a grocery store so waiting for assistance is to be expected. Like many stores there seem to be a couple of specialists available to explain and talk about different beers, but you usually have to hunt/ask for them. Help is friendly anyways.

My main gripe with this store is that it lacks much variety in its six packs. Although, as I've said the in-state brewed beers are strongly represented, there is little else from outside of Michigan on the shelves. Besides a couple of varieties of Victory, Great Lakes and Avery there seems to be little else. Also, although their singles of Euro beers are quite well done for a store of this type, still there are many old standbys missing. But hey, anyplace that has smoked salmon spread to sample just about every visit can't be bad, right? All in all not a bad place to purchase beer, but there are better in the area.

Photo of Gaisgeil
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

Granted, this isn't really a beer store per se, but regardless it's a decent option. Their selection isn't as massive as some, but what they do have is definatly top notch. They have large amounts of local micros, which always a good thing and is certainly consistant with the store's polices and ideal. No crap macro stuff here at all, totally devoid! There is also a respectable selection of imports as well. All in all quite good. Alot of the beer is in coolers and since it is all good beer that is definatly nice to see, rather than the typical macro swill in the cooler, good beer on th floor routine.

The place though is mainly an organic/gourmet grocer, so on that end this place sparkles and shines and the place is massive! If I lived close I imagine I'd go here quite a little bit. I can't really comment on the service as it pertained to beer, but everyone was very friendly and helpful.

Photo of nomad
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

I visit Whole Foods of Ann Arbor every weekend for grocery shopping, and on that end they are large and with fair prices, but as with most organic-oriented food stores beware most of the prepared foods - pricey.

As for beer, their section is admirable, with a near constant sale on Bell's and Arcadia sixpacks. Import selection is a bit slim, focusing mainly on the well-known bottles of Chimay, Lion Stout, Aventinus, and so on. Their Michigan-brewed section is very strong, though, carrying most of the great brands like Stoney Creek, Dark Horse, Mich. Brewing, and many more. From each company they'll carry a large selection, showing, for instance, up to 8 different six-pack choices from Arcadia. Recently they've been working hard at including new brands like Dogfish Head and Kuhnhenn, for example.

Prices are competitive to other local stores and they move quickly to please their clientele, as noticed in their quick stocking of Jolly Pumpkin 750's almost instantaneous to their release. Service is tough to rate because its a grocery store so the focus is on the food; but, if and when you can catch a wine & beer manager they are friendly and fairly quick to find a product for your tastes.

Though scores may not be high, relative to some other choices in town, Whole Foods of Ann Arbor is a great choice for beer shopping in the area. In between picking up collard greens and English cheddar, I catch myself staring at their well-lit cases every Saturday.

Photo of cupbeerman
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Whole Foods in Ann Arbor is a very nice organic supermarket with a very decent beer selection. They have all of the Michigan regulars such as Bell's and Founders, but the selection of Belgians and other imports is ok. In total they had about 150 different craft/import brands. The beers that I bought were in code and the prices seemed fine to me (however being from PA I don't know much about Michigan's beer prices)

The beers are in the far corner of the market. However, there seemed to be no help available in the beer section. The cashier was friendly and the customer service desk was helpful as well (since they charged me a six pack price for a single bottle, but fixed the problem right of way).

Overall this place is a very nice beer store, with a pretty good selection. If I did not live five hours away, I would frequent this place more often.

Photo of beergeek279
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%

Quality/Selection: As with most of the Whole Foods Markets (well, those outside PA...*grumble*), Whole Foods in Ann Arbor has a very nice little selection of beers. There was a very good selection of Michigan micros: Bell's, Founders, Arcadia, King, Final Absolution tripel, and even the soon-to-be-vaunted Jolly Pumpkin Beers. They also had imports from Merchant du Vin and B. United; Lindemans and the Schneider beers (including Aventinus) standing out at the moment. There was even bottles of Deus, at $26.99, and I was tempted (till I realized I'm a poor soon-to-be grad student, and that's a tank of gas!). There was also a shelf of about 50 warm singles to pick from. All in all, I would estimate that there were about 200 beers available, without any macros in there.

Service: The service was that of a typical grocery store, maybe a little better because the organic types seem a bit friendlier. One drawback we had was that when we purchased a bottle of King's Crown Brown, we were charged the 6-pack price on the bottle. Fortunately, they took it off without too much trouble.

This was certainly an interesting place to find almost every Michigan micro that you could speak of. Though I'm probably a tad spoiled by D's, Whole Foods still had a fantastic selection, and I'd definitely return here in the future for my Michigan shopping needs.

Photo of kwalters
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

I have both praise and complaints for Whole Foods.

The Complaints: Everything seems overpriced. I saw SA Chocolate Bock for over $20 for 750ml. That's outrageous. Kalamazoo/Bell's Batch 6000 is $18 for a sixpack. Again, outrageous. The selection is rather small when compared to Merchant's.

The Praise: Though small, the selection seems to contain some really good, distinctive brews not available at Bello Vino or even occasionally Merchants. They offer a decent array of pack-your-own-sixpack 12 ouncers, which I really like.

As long as I live in Ann Arbor, I'll occassionally stop in here just to see what's new and noteworthy. I usually end up leaving with a couple of nice brews.

Photo of marburg
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Great selection -- probably second only to Merchant's Warehouse. And of course, this branch, at least, has homebrewing supplies. The homebrew stuff is mostly overpriced compared to other places. All in all, one of the better places to go -- especially for selection and especially in Ann Arbor. If you're nearer to Detroit, stop by Royal Oak or Dearborn for Merchant's Warehouse instead.

Whole Foods Market - Ann Arbor in Ann Arbor, MI
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