Wells Discount Liquors
Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 31 | Display Reviews Only:
2.75/5 rDev -30.2%
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 +2.8%
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 +1.5%
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
4.2/5 rDev +6.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
After frequenting both Shawan Liquors and the Wine Source over the last couple of years, we decided to finally check out this other highly rated liquor store in the Baltimore area. The atmosphere was little bit of a mixed bag. While I really liked how the beers are organized with imports being clearly separated from the American crafts and then the imports being organized by country, the overall feel of the place was a tad dingy. Not necessarily dirty but the place just didn't have that warm, inviting vibe that I get off other places in the area. It just gave off the vibe, oh well, a local liquor store. The selection here is tough to beat though. They have just about every US Micro that is distributed in MD, including a good selection of local stuff, including Old Dominion, which I just don't see much of in the area anymore. The import selection is tops here though, with the Belgian selection being especially exemplary. I saw a bunch of stuff that the other stores just don't have, including products that I didn't even know were distributed in individual 12 oz bottles. It was all top notch and pretty much guarantees return visits here. Prices were decent and fairly comparable to other local places. Maybe just a dollar or two more on some stuff. We were never approached by any staff to see if we needed help but there were several employees around, so at least finding help didn't seem like it would have been a problem. All in all, while I wasn't super impressed by the overall atmosphere here, just the selection alone makes this worth frequent return visits too.
04-23-2008 14:29:29 | More by Kegatron
4.5/5 rDev +14.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I visited Well's Discount Liquors for the second time over the weekend and was greeted by a wine tasting which is probably a common occurrence since their primary focus is wine. The have the majority of the front of the store devoted to wine and liquor while the back coolers and shelves are where the beers are displayed.
I found the quality of Beer to be excellent and most of the items appear to be rotated frequently. There were new winter seasonals in the case display, like Pursuit of Happiness, Snow Goose, Celebration ale and Winter Welcome which indicates fresh beer.
I appreciated the staff that was available to help with questions or give recommendations. I overheard some customers requesting a micro in the style of Chimay white to which the representative replied Golden Monkey is one of the best. I also like being able to check out some of the selection online prior to shopping since I live more than 45 min. from the store.
The selection is one of the best I have seen, the beers are well organized which is a plus, too. I like being able to shop according country, brand and price. They had hard to find items like a Gonzo Imperial porter gift pack and an Italian Barleywine called Xyauyù and Scaldis Prestige - aged in oak.
I found most craft six packs were below $8.99 and bombers were appropriately priced. I wouldn't say you are going to make out, but with the selection as it is, it is hard to go wrong. I will return to Well's whenever I am trying to find something special, it is a great place with a very good beer selection. I didn't even have to carry my order to the car - great service.
11-11-2007 18:11:04 | More by Slatetank
4.15/5 rDev +5.3%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I had a job interview in the Baltimore area and Wells is only about a mile out of my way so I stopped on my way home. None of the beers that I looked at or purchased were ones that I could buy locally (at least not that I know of), but they seamed reasonable to me. The selection was very good, they had so many Belgiums I was surprised I didn't need a passport to get in there. That being said I wish that their craft selection was a little better (I would have liked to walk out of there with some Arrogant Bastard or Ruination or DFH 90 minute - they had 60 and 120, but not 90).
I didn't ask for any help, but there were several people stationed to help, and they seemed to be quite helpful to one of the other patrons in there today.
I enjoyed stopping and shopping at Wells, next time I'm going to go in though with a better idea of what I'm in the mood for and hopefully will have more money to spend, oh and I'll grab a cart.
07-19-2007 00:41:25 | More by TheDragonTony
3.9/5 rDev -1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I must be in the minority when it comes to rating the service at Well's. However, the selection here more then makes up for the indifferent service.
I have literally been able to provide myself with a pretty good Belgium Beer education, just from perusing the selection at Well's. They have a tremendous selection of Belgium beers here, a very good selection of German and English beers, and some interesting pilsners from Eastern Europe (Poland, Czechoslovakia, etc.) The craft beer selection is pretty good, though it seems to me that they are sometimes slow to restock certain items. Frankly, I wish they had a better Mid Atlantic presence (they have a few beers from Pennsylvania, and the rest of the usual suspects - DFH, Clipper City, Old Dominion, Victory, Weyerbacher, Yards and Harpoon), but maybe that's more a function of what the Maryland distributors are able to bring in.
Unlike a few other stores I could name in town, Well's seems to be pretty good about making sure all stock on hand is fresh. I've never bought anything that was past it's prime, nor have I ever picked up anything here with a half inch of dust on it (again, unlike a few other stores I could name). Kudos to Well's in that department.
Prices here are the Baltmore norm, and in fact are probably on the low side for Maryland. Rarely do I see anything here priced higher then what I can find someplace else in town.
Then we come to the service. It's not that the service here is bad, it's just kind of indifferent. Most of the time when I go to Wells, there's a guy (employee) just standing there at the end of the craft beer row. If you have a question he'll generally answer it, but I've never heard him volunteer any information, and he always looks as if he'd rather be any place else then at work. I don't really require a lot of assistance, but it would be nice to occasionally have this guy ask me if I need any help, or even volunteer some information about new products (I usually fill a shopping cart, so I think it's kind of obvoius that I'm into craft beer and Belgiums). The time Well's got in 4 packs of the stock ale from North Coast in N. California was kind of typical. I was excited to see it in the store, and was sort of gushing about it ("Hey, wow, you guys got in the Stock Ale. This is such a great beer, and they make so little of it at N. Coast, that's really cool that you have it in."). I might as well have been talking to a wall. (I think his sole comment was "yeah, we just got it in.") I don't know, I just think it would be nice to have someone there who is a bit more enthusiastic about the product.
Then there was the time I was trying to search down a bottle of Panil for a friend out West. I knew the beer was available in Maryland (and so the Baltimore area), as I'd seen the current edition (vintage 2006) at Max's. Well's seemed like the most likely place to find it. Instead, I was told they didn't have it and couldn't get it. I thought perhaps there was some confusion as to where to look for it in the Beverage guide (the style is Flander's Sour, but it's brewed in Italy), so I shot them another email, mentioning that it was available at Max's, and so should be available to them as well. No response at all. I ended up buying it at State Line.
Anyways, the service issue not withstanding, I otherwise think Well's is a great place and will continue to shop there. It's a bit out of my way, so I don't visit as often as I like, but the selection and quality here will always have me coming back. This is a solid place.
05-10-2007 13:30:16 | More by John_M
4.15/5 rDev +5.3%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Your typical Towson student doesn't appreciate what they have up there. UMBC students drive to DuClaw or Corridor for a good beer; U of Maryland has Village Pump and a few beer bars. Towson, on the other hand, has Wells just down York Road, with (arguably) the largest selection and most turnover of any liquor store in Maryland. I've never bought anything there I didn't like. It's always been fresh--craft or import--and, as you would expect, the macros are kept out of sight (i.e., in the back). An entire aisle side is devoted to UK and Irish imports; another to Germans; another to Belgians; and yet another to craft-brewed offerings (many from local and regional breweries). I was asked if I could find a strawberry ale from London. I looked everywhere I went, to no avail. I finally walked into Wells and they had 4 bottles on the shelf--along with the peach and the raspberry. And the staff knows beer--at least the guy that greets you there. Wonderful place for a lover of real beer. Oh, and their beer glass selection is great. So collectors will love Wells too.
12-16-2006 04:10:03 | More by tugdriver7
4.35/5 rDev +10.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I usually head to Well's a few times a year to pick up some things that I can't ordinarily get at my local store. The staff is pretty knowledgable regarding the beer selection but their bread and butter is the wine (as evidenced by their website).
They have a fantastic selection of Belgian, English and German beers as well as smaller selections from around the globe. The American micro selection is decent as well but won't knock your socks off. It is worth noting that you actually have to work to find American macro beers. They definitely have their priorities in order.
Well worth a visit.
12-09-2006 14:07:09 | More by Terp96
Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore, MD
89 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.