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Whole Foods Market - Lamar

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4.05/5
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53 Ratings
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(512) 476-1206 | map
wholefoodsmarket.com

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PLACE STATS
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
53
pDev:
8.4%
 
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3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of mig100
4.13/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of stevoj
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
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 -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of htomsirveaux
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
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 -7.4%

Photo of HaoleToYou
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Yeti1979
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of billab914
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of stumac
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of assurbanipaul
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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 -1.2%

Photo of Getalegup
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of ocmpoma
4.05/5  rDev 0%

visited Sept 2009

A great place to buy beer. The store is huge, and their beer selection is extremely varied, including a walk-in cooler which was very well-stocked.

Tons of craft brews from around the country, and lots of foreign brew to boot. I also snagged some glassware, including an Aventinus hefe glass.

I snagged 750s of Maudite and Duvel, and some Stone Smoked Porter and Imperial Stout. I haven't seen any Stone RIS since, although I'm hoping to snag some now that I live in San Diego county. As I said, a great place to buy beer.

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Photo of gilgar
3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

Photo of jdimento
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Minnesota_beer_guy
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of YonderWanderer
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%

This Whole Foods, one of the biggest I had ever been in, had an excellent beer selection available. "Beer Alley", located towards the middle of the store, is a temperature controlled room that has two long shelves of brews, featuring a good selection of locals and micros from around the country. The imports are little under-represented, but this is more than made up for by the quality of the rest of the selection. Rogue, Stone, Dogfish Head, Anchor, and much more are represented here. I was able to grab a bomber of Chicken Killer barleywine, which I had been hoping to try. This is definitely a great place to buy beer if you're in Austin.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Really great Whole Foods. This is one of the nicest ones I have ever been inside of and the refrigerated beer cave is really cool. They had a big selection, but nothing special.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
5/5  rDev +23.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Atmosphere - Starts off like a supermarket but by the time you get to the enormous walk-in beer refrigerator with automatic doors, you know this is a bit different. You can walk around the store drinking your beer, or sit at the bar. Yes, a goddamn bar in a supermarket.

Quality - Everything here is delicious.

Selection - Huge walk in referigerator with tons of beer. Probably the biggest selection I've seen in my life. I wish I could move to Austin just for this store. I could live here for a long time before I milked dry the selection at this store

Service - Nicest bartender I've had almost anywhere. Very helpful and talkative. May not be more knowledgeable than the average BA, but definitely has plenty of info to offer. Our bartender wasn't pushy at all and was very considerate in refrigerating the bottled beers we bought but were too busy to drink while sitting at the bar.

Value - A little pricey, but totally worth it for a BA. Beats the hell out of the expenses involved in trading..

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Photo of jamescain
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

It's hard to review this place based off of food, seeing as how it's supposed to be a grocery store. They have a self service food area and various eateries offering pizza, sandwiches, ice cream, bar-b-que, etc. I've never been disappointed by the food they offer. This is usually where I end up buying my beer in Austin, because my girlfriend likes to eat there, so I just go ahead and pick up some beers when we're done eating. They keep all of their beer in a large walk in cooler and have a very good selection. Their beer prices are competitive and you can break up any six pack. They recently added a bar to the back of the store and will fill growlers. The staff is very helpful and will retrieve a beer from the back if they don't have any out. If you're looking for a quick tasty lunch, this place is my recommendation. You can also pick up a beer from the bar, a growler, or grab some bottles from their cooler. The atmosphere is a little busy, since it is still a grocery store. But you can take your food outside to eat to their patio or upstairs to their terrace.

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Whole Foods Market - Lamar in Austin, TX
Place rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 53 ratings
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