Total Wine & More
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3.58/5 rDev -6.5%
I've been to a few total wine and more in Florida and in Georgia. The overall feel of this place is just a typical warehouse of booze. Very cold and wide open. The wife and kids came here the week before Christmas for a little shopping. The beer is to the right as you walk in , towards the wall. The far aisle is mostly cases and gift packs that stretch two aisles. The aisle right next to that is all singles and the next is mostly six packs and twleve packs. A decent selection but at this point most of the goodies have been picked up. I came here for some La fin du monde and all of it was sold it... Damn. But we did pick up some harder to find bombers that aren't available in our immediate area. Wookey Jack,Brux and few others.
Service wasn't all that bad as well. A couple of straglers who didn't really look like they knew what they were doing but a few others who were very helpful. When I couldn't find any Unibroue she took the time to check it out again and check in the back. Going the extra yard works for me.
All and all not a bad experience,just a little rough around the edges with some employees. Yet the place seemed well organized and marked off the import section of where they came from. I would defientley come back if Im in the area but probably not make a trip out of my way for it.
12-27-2012 16:22:48 | More by TheFightfan1
3.25/5 rDev -15.1%
I finally visited this place after wanting to check it out for months. It's in a shopping center behind the Cherry Hill Mall so always put off going. Basically, it's a large chain liquor store that's clean but kind of cold and sterile.
In the back right corner there are a few coolers of cold six packs and a walk in cooler with cases and kegs. Opposite of the coolers there is a very long aisle with a pretty impressive selection of craft beer that is available in NJ. One side of the aisle is all four and sick packs with the other side consisting of singles. They have thousands of different beers, including a ton of 12oz singles which is really cool. This place is a ticker's dream really. The only problem is that the stock consists of mostly American craft. They do have a Belgian, German and other section but they are kind of pedestrian. Also, the beers are organized by style instead f region or brewery which is kind of odd. So Founders Cerise is about 300 yards away from Founders Dirty Bastard. Strange. Although they carry a ton of stuff, they don't carry any of the most interesting beers that make it to NJ. No lambic(other than Cuvee Renee), Scandinavian beers, Fantome, Italians, etc. On the plus side they carry Pike, Fort Collins, Full Sail and a few others not commonly seen in the area.
While I was there there were three different employees constantly walking up and down the beer aisle. None of them ever approached me and they honestly looked annoyed that was taking my time browsing their selection. The woman at the counter was friendly though.
Overall, this place has great potential but they kind of play it safe. A nice selection of beers but it could be amazing. Also, they charge a bit more than their competition in the area. I'll probably shop mostly for extras here and FW if they get more in.
06-22-2011 22:00:02 | More by corby112
3.68/5 rDev -3.9%
Great outlet store right near the Cherry Hill Mall in Jersey. Lots and lots of wine to choose from, from all regions of the world, but obviously my focus is on the beer. They have a very ample craft beer selection, giving you the option to create your own six pack. Additionally, they keep a good selection of large bottles in stock. Not the greatest place in the world to find what you're looking for, but still very good. Staff is helpful if you approach them, and very knowledgeable...about wine at least. Wine tastings occur here often.
05-03-2011 04:21:42 | More by Rifugium
4/5 rDev +4.4%
When I moved to the area a few months ago this was the obvious place to try. The beer selection has been good, though not exceptional. I especially like their large selection of six packs in addition to their individual bottles--sometimes I just want to grab a six of Founders or Lagunitas and get out, which this place definitely accommodates.
I've been in several times looking for specific craft and belgians only to walk out empty handed. However, on my last visit the beer shelves were completely full and many of the missing beers suddenly appeared (e.g. Rochefort 10). So, I'm optimistic but only time will tell if the place turns out to be consistent.
The ambient temperature in there is a little high, which makes me a bit nervous for some of the IPAs.
11-18-2010 20:30:18 | More by adsomers
3.7/5 rDev -3.4%
Quality: Neat and very spacious, though the beer section is very limited in regards to the wine. The quality of the beer ranges from your typical trappist (chimay), to local NJ offerings to some Midwest and west coast exceptions. The overall beer quality is one of mid-range and of your typical expectations, with the exception of maybe DFH theobroma you not going to find a lot of exotic finds here as of this writing 8-1-10, but hopefully things may change in the future.
Service: Not one to generally care about service in regards to beer (unless you come off as a pompous ass), as long as you ring me out, are friendly, and get me on my way with my haul I am generally happy. Stopped by early Saturday morning so help was light so getting in and out was a breeze with no hassles.
Selection : Total wine and more (or less) certainly lived up to its first part of its name. Basically this a mega-wine/spirits store with beer being a small portion of stock. Living only a few miles away I receive their flyers which boast of over 1000 beers, which I would put more realistically at around 300-400 tops (unless there was a secret beer room and handshake I was unaware of). Your basic trappist beers (chimay) were present along with a very small german market (Ayinger) and some English beers. A good portion of their loosies were local: victory, slyfox, boaks, dogfishhead etc, with some Midwest to west coast surprises unavailable in my Mt. Laurel area like Great Lakes and Pike. The problem was their singles were mostly limited to only 2-3 per style per brewery. Their six pack selection was much more generous in terms of range per brewery. Their ratio of singles vs bombers was about 60-40 respectively. Nice to see a store offer a nice portion of 12oz singles as well the standard bombers. A nice surprise was an ample supply of DFH theorbroma, which is pretty rare in any store I go to and My Antonia which is a hard find as well. Overall this was my first visit and as I usually rotate between stores and would like to revist in a month or so to see if they continue to get new beers all the time or just more of the same. They also offer a few select variety packs as well.
Value: This is where I think this place shines. Being a dominantly wine store they are able to take a smaller markup on their limited beer supply because most of their revenue is evidently from their wine stock. Most of the singles were priced right at $2 including several from Great Lakes. Pike bombers were going for $3.49. Most of the other bottle shops I visit charge anywhere from .75 to 1.75 more per bottle of the same brand. My total for my beer haul was $73 which got me 12 singles and 9 bombers which included the priced right $7.49 My Antonia and the Otter creek ipa at $9.99. All in all have to say one of the more better priced places to buy beer if your looking for singles all the time like me, didn't have a chance to check out standard six-pack prices or kegs.
08-06-2010 00:30:21 | More by beerthulhu
3.8/5 rDev -0.8%
Got mixed feelings about this place.
I'll start with the CONS: they have no control over what they stock. While they have a pretty decent selection overall, which I'll outline below, it will never change. The buying is all done corporate. The store can't even control what singles and 6-packs they can put in the fridges. There is rotation of seasonal offerings, but forget about trying to special order anything. The other very important detail is that you must look at the sell-by, etc dates on the beers. Some stuff, especially in the fridges and the among the singles selection, is often between 6-12 months or more old.
PROS: Above average selection for the area. On the left side of the beer aisle we find hundreds of singles, arranged on shelves in columns by origin - in order: domestics/craft, Belgian, German, UK, Mexican/South American/rest of the world. On the right side of the aisle we find six-packs, arranged pretty much in the same shelf/column/origin set-up. As far as I've ever seen, having been going to this place a few years now, the warm sixers rotate fairly regularly, so your best bet of getting fresh beer lies here.
At the far back you'll find cans in 6-, 12-, 24-, and 30-packs - all the standard fare. They also stock seasonal samplers from many of the more popular east coast breweries.
Despite the fact that they are more-or-less slaves to the Total Wine system, the staff is very helpful and fairly knowledgeable and have no problem checking to see if they have more of whatever they appear to be out of.
Prices are very good compared to other smaller places, and I feel that they have few competitors when it comes to total selection - for South Jersey, that is. I'd say it's a great one stop shop and it's worth checking out either way.
05-11-2010 02:32:56 | More by Bouleboubier
4.35/5 rDev +13.6%
This is has been my go-to store for various craft and imported brews. When I get to a point where I have tried everything that I want to, somehow this place ends up having something I haven't tried. Another Wine and Spirits (not affiliated with Total Wine) store has recently opened in my area, and they do have some brews that I have never seen at Total Wine, but they still cannot hold a candle to the sheer selection and ability to build your own six pack that Total Wine offers. I might occasionally go to Canal's or the new Wine and Spirits to check for any brews that Total Wine might not carry, but overall, this is the place to go for nearly any craft, local or imported brew.
12-12-2009 01:26:56 | More by irishking1977
3.85/5 rDev +0.5%
Probably the biggest build-your-own-six-pack that I've been to in south jersey. That would make it the second biggest selection after the Foodery in Philly.
Employees are run of the mill, decent folk, nothing in particular worth mentioning.
They have a decent keg selection. Mostly macros, a few imports (Moosehead for one) but you can get SN, and a variety or two of the nearby Flying Fish.
Overall, if you're in Cherry Hill, the only place I consider significantly better is the Marlton Canals on 73. That said, Total Wine's boast is, again, the BYO6P.
03-23-2009 09:13:51 | More by YesFest
3.7/5 rDev -3.4%
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 -24.3%
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
Total Wine & More in Cherry Hill, NJ
87 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.