Wells Discount Liquors
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3.6/5 rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
The atmosphere is a bit classy, but it everything is a very bright white. The beer selection can be quite messy with boxes everywhere and things a bit disorganized.
They have a good selection, but only a few bombers and most of what they carry is six packs, which isn't an issue, except for specialty beers.
The guys here seem to focus on wine, with beer as an afterthought. I haven't gotten help with beer here before.
Pricing is decent here as well, but they don't sell singles and thus no mix-six.
It is out of the way for me, but I originally came here for cider and the selection is ok compared to most places.
05-18-2013 00:44:32 | More by gillagorilla
4.16/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
By far the best selection i've seen in the Baltimore area. Lots of hard to find imports and American Crafts in all styles...something for everyone. If you can't find it here then it probably isn't distributed in the Baltimore area. Staff was very helpful and courteous as well. A little out of the way for me, but i'll definitely be going back when i'm in the area again.
02-16-2013 20:45:54 | More by HarryPotHead
2.7/5 rDev -31.8%
quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $$
I was visiting family in Silver Spring so I decided to stop here on my way back home in New York - a bit of a detour from I-95.
I really went to scout out a good source for mid-Atlantic beers. Wells Discount Liqours had a decent selection for the local brewers. Also an interesting, if modest, selection of UK and old world beers from Belgium, Germany, etc.
So I picked up some beers from DuClaws, Brewer's Art, and some Clipper City stuff. Found a bottle of Sam Smith's Yorkshire Stingo which was a nice surprise.
As I was checking out I asked the clerk if they sold "singles", as in "mix-a-six six packs."
The guy just shrugged and said: "No - it would be a nightmare for us to manage."
Well sorry, wouldn't want to make your life difficult. I just think offering that option is a great way to get people to experiment with a new or unknown beer or brewer without having the fear of purchasing an entire 6-pack and not liking it.
I'll stick to Oaktree Discount Liqours in South Plainfield NJ - Dan the owner is a really nice guy and the shop is incredibly well stocked.
10-17-2010 22:26:13 | More by cpanossian
3.15/5 rDev -20.5%
quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I live in the area so I find myself here once every few weeks. It is generally a clean store except for loose bottles and cases in front of their shelves mainly in the wine and beer departments. The shelves themselves are always stocked and in order with descriptive tags on certain items. I'm not sure if I should give credit to the store or to the vendors but these are helpful if I'm not there to buy anything specific.
As far as the service goes there doesn't seem to be any on the beer side of things. Any help would be nice because their selection is where this store really shines. Wells has an extremely large selection of Belgian, English, German, and finally a very serviceable amount of American beer. Their collection of sours is one of the best I've seen around here. They are well stocked and up to date with the seasonal beers and special releases. Be warned their prices are generally 2 dollars or more higher than almost every store I've been to in the Baltimore area, especially on 6 packs. Luckily all the prices are on the website so you can check in advance.
Overall this is a good place to visit every once in a while or when you are looking for something special.
09-30-2010 18:36:55 | More by jwff
4.05/5 rDev +2.3%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I don't know how I didn't review this place before. I have been buying here since for almost 10 years, and it has always been a favorite of mine.
While their American Craft beer offerings are solid, it's their European and Asian beer offerings that really stand-out. English, German, Czech and Belgian beer selections about here. Often, rare vintages of JW Lees Harvest Ale and Samichlaus can be found on these shelves.
Now, I will admit that I don't always find every specific beer I'm looking for; but I always walk out with some good brews.
I would definitely recommend this place to anyone in the Towson/Baltimore area.
02-14-2010 02:49:49 | More by jgasparine
2.85/5 rDev -28%
quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | $$$$
Used to be the best seleciton in Baltimore till the Wine Source stepped it up a few years ago. The selection is still good including craft beers, Belgians, a nice German section. It is dirty and cluttered, though, and many of the beers have a layer of dust. I was quite disappointed to find a four pack of Weyerbacher Fireside Ale (a year old, not really cellarable beer) on the shelves layered in dust.
While I have always had my questions answered, they definitely arent the friendliest people around, especially the beer guy.
Prices are also high on average very high for some. For example, Ive seen a 4 pack of Samichlaus priced at about 8-10 bucks more than other stores.
01-15-2010 00:12:33 | More by BaltimoreBeerGuy
2.75/5 rDev -30.6%
quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
This place is kinda dirty with unstocked inventory all over the floor. The selection is decent, though I have found that the Wine Source is better all in all. I was the only person in the store at the time, and yet nobody working there apparently had enough time to stop and actually answer a question. The prices were also a bit higher than other places, generally a dollar or so.
There was a good selection of glassware. Though not so good as to make me want to go back for that. I'd go back just to see if perhaps I went too early in the morning, and that's why there were bottles all over the floor and people seemed so grumpy, though I would think 10:30 is not so early.
Edit: Went back, and the customer service was worse than before. The woman at the register was giving my Singaporean friend and me attitude because my friend only had an international ID and wouldn't let me pay. The security guard standing there told my friend off for having an international ID too. I will not be going back to this establishment.
12-09-2009 18:35:58 | More by cwps48
3.95/5 rDev -0.3%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
The best selection I've seen in the northern Baltimore / Baltimore County area. They have a lot of stuff that Beltway and Shawan don't carry. I was looking specifically for Scottish ales and Wee Heavies, and found Dark Island and Tranquair House and Jacobite only there. Their selection of Germans and Belgians is also pretty good, as is their American craft selection. They have three full aisles of craft brews and several fridge units with macros and crafts. They had plenty of employees around to ask if I had questions, but no one offered to help me (which was fine with me). The store isn't as clean as Shawan and Calvert, but it's good enough.
On the other hand, their prices are crazy. Sometimes, they're in line with the competition, other times they were almost twice as expensive (Belhaven Wee Heavy, e.g.). Their website has a full list of their selection with prices, so check before you head over there.
08-08-2009 21:19:58 | More by evilquaker
4.05/5 rDev +2.3%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place deserves its place on the Baltimore beer map. For a long time, this was the go to place but other shops are giving it plenty of competition these days. A bountiful selection will please any BA, with an aisle of british beers across from an aisle of amer. craft 6 packs. Another aisle for belgians across from a big selection of german and various other european brews. I'm happy to see a few endcaps filled with the more sought after (IMO) seasonal bombers. Service is fine. There is a guy often in the vicinity who seems to be quite helpful IF you approach him. I have seen the prices bumped up a bit, and they now seem to be a little higher than other stores in the area, but only by a buck or two (for the most part). Sometimes some sale items are in the cooler, so I like to check that out every visit.
07-08-2009 21:48:28 | More by qchic
4/5 rDev +1%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
I stopped in this fine establishment on a Saturday afternoon and they were jumping with business. The beer selection fills out the back left side of the store with the back wall being 6 packs and cases in coolers and the shelves being 6 and 4 packs, 22 oz. and 750 ml, as well as some singles. This place has a great selection of what is available in Maryland. For craft beers, they have DFH, Brewer's Art, Victory, Troegs, Southhampton, Southern Tier, Rogue, Stone, Brooklyn, and a few others.
For Belgians, they had all the available trappists, all possible variations in serving size and variety of St. Bernardus, many different brewers from Gouden Carolus, among others. They still had Gouden Carolus Grand Cru 2007 rather than the currently available 2008. They also had a decent variety of German and English beers, including Harvestioun, and JW Less Harvest ale from various years starting from 1999 to the present.
I didn't speak to any sales people, but I won't fault them since the store was very busy.
The prices were the best I have seen in the area.
DFH 120: $8.99
Southhampton Pumpkin Ale: $1.49 for 22 oz.!!
Southhampton Triple: $5.99
09-29-2008 01:57:41 | More by ahalloin
Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore, MD
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