Total Wine & More
Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 25 | Show All Ratings:
3.7/5 rDev -2.6%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
It's tucked back near the inside corner of a big strip mall off Rt. 38. Parking is plentiful, though weekends and holidays get a bit hairy. A bonus is the Sam Ash close by, for those into slavering over over-priced instruments.
It's a big store, like so many box-style establishments, and the name pretty mush tells you what to expect. This place is about wine. You walk straight back from the entrance and make a left after a few aisles. There be the beer.
And they experience some good inventory turnover, so everything is fresh, clean, and well-stocked. And the cold beer is plenty cold.
Service is an afterthought if you're no there for wine. The cashiers know pretty much squat, the floor staff knows a bit more, and the managers help bring up the average a bit. But hey, chances are you know what you're looking for if you're reading this, so you don't always need in-house assistance. And the cheery, if challenged, attitudes help keep the enjoyment level reasonably high.
Selection is, in a word, disappointing. With all this room, you'd hope for s few gems, but they're all standard NJ issue, with the expected locals thrown in the mix of course. And yes, there are imports, but it seems more of each country's cross-section as opposed to a strong selection from any one country or more. Put it like this: if you're looking for something you know they should have, chances are they will. If you're looking for inspiration, there are better destinations. But, as a positive, they work hard to keep everything ordered alphabetically. So they've got that going for them, which is nice.
Prices are a strong suit. I know bar owners who come here for beers on sale as opposed to buying from distributors because there's some serious value when you shop the specials. So you can be confident you're not overpaying if you find something you want.
So if you're shopping around Rt. 38, or just driving by, and feel the hankering to buy something you know everyone should have, stop in. Your wallet will thank you. Just don't make a special trip.
11-21-2008 14:19:33 | More by Foxman
2.9/5 rDev -23.7%
quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | $$
Quality: Beer purchased was not old or stale. Store was mostly clean.
Service: Service was ok-asked cashier about a particular beer and she had no clue-nor asked for help from a co-worker.
Selection: Dissapointing-selection is limited. Only has half an aisle of micro-brew. Not many bombers. You can make your own six pack-but not a very impressive selection. More of a wine store-huge selection of wines.
Value:Pricing was in line for the area.
Ok to stop by if you are in a pinch. Better off going to Hops and Grapes or Monster.
10-13-2008 14:03:32 | More by Edgecrusher
4.5/5 rDev +18.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
This location has one of the best selections of beer in South Jersey. Their prices are among the cheapest in the area and have promotional merchandise available during sales. This location offers beer lovers the opportunity to create their own 6-pack with beers ranging from domestics and imports to craft beers and microbrews. These beers can be found on a dedicated aisle that is geared towards craft beers and other hard to find beers. If you are looking for 12-packs or cases of craft beers, Total Wine has a small section against their back wall chock full of these beers that other liquor stores in the area do not stock. Please do not let the name fool you, Total Wine & More will satisfy any beer lover out there!
07-04-2008 19:04:01 | More by MSL94
3.85/5 rDev +1.3%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $
This is my regular stop for mix-a-six. Sure the place is most known for its incredible wine selection, but the beer aisle isn't bad itself.
QUALITY: Head in the door and immediately turn right toward the back of the store. Then turn left at the third or fourth aisle and you'll be surrounded by a great beer selection. Singles line the left hand side while 6 packs are along the right. The singles shelves are arranged with a row of seasonals first, then large bottle American beers on the next 2 top rows with the smaller bottles on the shelves underneath in alphabetical order by brewery. Then an entire shelf block of Belgians, then a block of German and others, then another block of others. Not a bad layout, but sometimes the beers move around a little bit. Prices are pretty clearly marked, though the bit of bottle moving causes some confusion. Six pack holders are provided for making your selections.
SERVICE: I think most of the staff is trained in wine. The only assistance I've ever heard a staffer give another customer was when a gentleman was very interested in buying a bottle of Grolsch so the employee suggested that "if you like that, try this one!" 'This one' was Abita Purple Haze. Not exactly similar beers. On one better occasion though, I did have a guy run around the store for me collecting up all the 4-packs of Festina Peche since they didn't have an assembled case. So I suppose the staff is helpful but not particularly knowledgable about beer.
SELECTION: Like I said above - if you're looking to get a mixed six, this is your stop. A majority of the selection is 12 oz singles and most of those can be had for $1.50-$2.00. This makes for a $10 6-pack pretty easily. Featured breweries include Victory, Yards, Dogfish Head, Flying Fish, Sam Adams, Smuttynose, Brooklyn, Tröegs, and tons of the smaller Mid-Atlantic and New England breweries. The imports selection includes Unibroue, Samuel Smith's, all Trappists (no Westy), and all the standard German hefes, doppelbocks, and weizenbocks. The six pack side is also quite extensive and includes many of the same beers available in singles. All in all, if you're looking for big bottles or rareties, this is not the best spot, but if you want a single bottle to try something new from a small local brewery, you won't beat Total Wine.
Lately I've been going here with increased frequency because I know I can walk out of here with a lot of exciting new beers without breaking the bank. Overall this is a highly recommended stop if in the area.
08-14-2007 16:31:09 | More by jmalex
3.8/5 rDev 0%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped on a Saturday while my wife was shopping at a local mall.
Typical layout for a Total Wine store. Selection was also typical, as was the selection. This store was more disorganized than any of the others I have visited. Lots of empty spaces on the shelves and lots of things in the wrong places. I thought I found a number of things at great prices only to realize they were misplaces. Many itmes also on the shelves with no price marker. Got a couple of things at a good price (4 pack of Duvel with a glass). Probably worth a stop if you are in the area., but not worth going out of your way for.
02-10-2007 17:42:35 | More by tgbljb
3.6/5 rDev -5.3%
quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
This place is good if you're in South Jersey and looking to pick up single bottles. You can choose from their wall of singles or just pick one out of a six-pack or case and they'll ring it up at the register. They have a selection that's comparable to other places of this size in the area (their wine selection is pretty impressive) and they always have some Belgian and German beers along with a fair amount of micros from the area. The prices for the six-packs are generally good. It's about fifteen minutes from Philadelphia by the Ben Franklin bridge down route 38. If you live in the city and are tired of being ripped off by the PA prices, it's worth the trip.
01-22-2007 04:17:24 | More by PhillyMonk
4.65/5 rDev +22.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Part of the Total Wine family of stores. A lot of fun to visit when passing through (Exit 4 on the Turnpike). These superstores are my "go to" places for both discount cases and craft brew/import sixers. Not the selection that some others might have, but high turnover means fresh beer. A wine store by name (and by majority of space), it still carries most of what you might want--unless you're looking for that obscure German altbier or Belgian. Even so, you'd be surprised. I'll even call ahead to be sure they have something I need. They'll go find it on the shelf while on hold. Excellent service. If you (like me) think there is something fun about shopping for beer with a shopping cart, this is your new favorite place.
10-04-2006 00:18:25 | More by tugdriver7
3.5/5 rDev -7.9%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Passing through on my way back to Philly from the NJ Turnpike, thought I'd try this one out since I like the one in Claymont, DE on the other side of Philly.
Not as big as the one in Claymont, but it's got a pretty solid selection of the big American micros and most of the nice Northeastern brews as well. Good showing of Flying Fish (obviously), Victory, Stoudt's, Heavyweight, Rogue, Unibroue, and some various English and German offerings you see pretty much everywhere. There's a small seleciton of Belgians, but mostly stuff like Chimay that you see everywhere; nothing that made me say, "Wow, I'm glad I found this one!"
There wasn't a lot of service; nobody offered to help me, and the aisles were a little cramped (seemed smaller than the other Total Wines I've been in), but the girl who checked me out was pretty friendly.
Overall: When I drive by, I'll probably stop and pick up some singles, but I won't be making any pilgrimmages.
09-17-2005 02:06:48 | More by whartontallboy
3.65/5 rDev -3.9%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
Total Wine is a good stop for singles if you're in the Cherry Hill, NJ area. They've got a fair selection of stuff (cold and warm) from the PA/NJ micros like Yards, Stoudt's, Victory, Flying Fish, etc... but the shelves often seem to be in disarray and sometimes not stocked as well as they could be. This store favors wine like so many other places these days so they're not as on top of their beers as they could be. I give them a 4 on selection because of the ability to purchase singles - this is actually their stronger point. All of the local micros are represented here, stuff from the UK, Unibroue, Germans, some Belgians (limited), and all of the big micros (like Sierra Nevada), Rogue (limited), who knows what else. In my area, it's the closest place to go for singles because driving to Monster Beverage in Pitman (they've got everything whether it be in singles, six-packs, cases, you name it) is too far and The Foodery in Philly can be a hassle because it's in the city (not that it should be avoided). The help isn't too knowledgeable because like I said, their focus is wine but the ability to mix and match is nice.
08-23-2004 18:52:02 | More by oxmasterscream
3.65/5 rDev -3.9%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
Total Wine is a huge, cavernous warehouse with one of the largest selections of wine that I ever saw. The wine people are very knowledgeable about there aisles, the taste of the wines, and how they matchup with food. The beer aisle people are a little more lackluster in their knowledge.
There are pluses to the store. There was a large selection of Belgian and German beers, including several Trappist varieties and some nice Paulaner choices. There is a good selection of single bottles to make up your own sixer. The micro section is large but tends to be east coast rather than more broad geographically. That said, you're almost certain to find some beer you want to drink.
There is a nice walk-in beer fridge that would be great, except that it's almost all macros, except for a couple Sierra Nevadas. The one area that is neglected are the seasonal beers. I would have hoped for a few bocks or dopplebocks or even a Maibock at this time of year, and there were none.
Total Wine is a decent place but not the nirvana I was hoping for. Their prices are very good, though.
04-25-2004 15:37:08 | More by rdrummer
Total Wine & More in Cherry Hill, NJ
87 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.