Whole Foods Market - Lamar

BA SCORE
90
outstanding

53 Ratings
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery, Store

525 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, Texas, 78703-5411
United States

(512) 476-1206 | map
wholefoodsmarket.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
90
Ratings:
53
Reviews:
21
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
6.14%
 
 
Taps:
20
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of Dicers
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Huge walk in cooler with beer from around the world and handcraft from around the country. A separate cooler for "top rated" beers like Bomb! A "bar" area with over 20 beers on tap. A wall in the cooler of Texas singles for $1.99 each and other handcraft singles for pennies more...grocery store heaven.

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Photo of greenspointexas
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4/5  rDev -1.7%

This Whole Foods is out of this world and a worthy tourist destination for Austin visitors. It's huge, it's beyond gourmet in the quality and presentation of its produce, butchery, patiserie, bakery, chocolatier, etc...

I was able to purchase a variety of local crafts to try during my stay in Austin from breweries like St. Arnold, Real Ale, Independence, etc... Whole Foods also carried an above average selection of Belgians and numerous high quality crafts from around the nation. For Texas, I was big time impressed.

The highlight of the visit was a sale on Malheur Brut Reserve and Brut Noir. Bottles were 50% off. The Brut Noir went perfectly with a selection of fine deserts from the same location.

If I could, I would rate food for this location and give it a 4.5. Check this place out if you make it to Austin.

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Photo of mltobin
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

From what I understand, this is the original Whole Foods location. No doubt, they expanded its` size from when they first opened, but still kinda neat. Anyhow, it is a good place to pick up some beer to take home or to your hotel if visiting. The fairly well rounded selection reminded me of what their NYC Bowery location, suited to the distribution of Texas. Local breweries such as Jester King and Real Ale are here, along with plenty of other domestic craft or macro options and imports too. Since it is Whole Foods, prices can be a little north of some other retailers. The staff was OK at my visit, wasn`t particularly looking for anything special, but some young lady in produce did point me in the direction of where to find the beer !

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Photo of Hibernator
4/5  rDev -1.7%

After spending some quality time at Waterloo Records, which is located very close by, I stopped here on my way back to the hotel. A huge and magnificent Whole Foods with an awesome selection of beer awaits inside.

In the center of the store is a super cold walk-in cooler that showcases a wonderful array of beers from all over the world. Domestic highlights include offerings from Bear Republic, Oskar Blues, New Belgium, Anchor, Left Hand, Green Flash, Stone and many more.

There is also a nice focus on local Texas breweries like Real Ale Brewing including Full Moon Pale Rye Ale, Brewhouse Brown Ale, Rio Blanco Pale Ale and Spoetzel Brewery (Shiner Bock is a Texas beer staple). Killer selection of Belgian beers too like St. Bernardus, Duvel and Golden Draak.

There is a shelf on the side of the outside of the cooler that has some great glassware. This has to be the best Whole Foods that I've ever been to. I picked up some Salt Lick Dry Rub to bring back home with me. You gotta check this place out if in the area and do yourself a favor and go to Waterloo Records too.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

A lot to like here.

A good tap selection that allows one to drink a good beer while shopping. The prices are pretty reasonable. Add to this that you can buy some food and head up to the roof and chill with a beer. Add to that that there's a play structure up top as well, so you can drink away and relax while your children have a blast on the play structure.

The package selection is pretty damn solid but you won't find any rarities here, at least I didn't. Still, if you just want a sixer of something good, it'll be here.

Great Whole Foods that I wish could be duplicated here in New Mexico.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of mig100
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of cfrobrew
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of stevoj
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

This rating is just for the store. Typical whole foods layout. Lots of bottles and singles to choose from, focus on local and regional crafts. Decent internationals as well.

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Photo of JamLand
4/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of htomsirveaux
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Disclaimer: WFM shareholder.

Stopped in here on 28 May 2011. My goal was simple: check out the beer selection and pick up a few growlers for a party later that day.

The beer cooler/room is well stocked with selections from around the country; SN, SA, Odell, Ska and Rogue. Lots of locals available, including Real Ale, Independence, Southern Star and St. Arnold.

Growler fills were $11, and the bartneder offered to sanitize my growlers and even replaced a couple of caps that I'd lost. Five beers on tap, I got the Live Oak Pils and the Independence Thinker's Ale.

I also had a chance to talk to Laura, who was kind enough to have held a bottle for me for a few days.

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Photo of Beersnake1
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of HaoleToYou
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Yeti1979
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of billab914
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of stumac
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of assurbanipaul
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Whole Foods Market brand-spanking-new flagship store, seven stories high and across the street from their old digs. Gotta say, they've done a great job of the place, it's a beauty.

They've worked up some fashion of "beer alley," a stand-alone walk-through cooler with doors on each end. Beer is loaded up on shelves lining the wall with some loose sixers and cases on the other side. Beer guys stocking the place know their stuff.

The selection may seem great, but it's only just now come up to the number of beers that Central Market has been carrying since day one. Good to see the breadth of selection here, though, limited only by what the state allows.

I only have one criticism of this place: They forgot that Texas stays 99% humid year-round. With the cooler standing alone and both ends opening for customers, the cooler itself is cold but massively humid. Heavy condensation on every bottle and any paper/cardboard is rather damp. Remember to lift everything from the bottom when you pick it up.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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Whole Foods Market - Lamar in Austin, TX
4.07 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
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