Wells Discount Liquors

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6310 York Rd
Baltimore, Maryland, 21212-2635
United States

(410) 435-2700 | map

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Photo of cpanossian
2.7/5  rDev -31.8%

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.

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Photo of cwps48
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

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.

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Photo of BaltimoreBeerGuy
2.85/5  rDev -28%

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.

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Photo of jwff
3.15/5  rDev -20.5%

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.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of mynie
3.37/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

On York Road, basically you're in Towson at this point.

Selection is firmly behind Wine Source and Total Wine, but still pretty solid. Plenty of locals and nationally distributed craft brands, a handful of UK, German, and Belgian brews. A handful of local rarities on draft, with reasonably priced growlers. Price falls in between those two--neither great nor egregious.

I've been living nearby since January and have stopped in probably twice a week and have never seen any beers of particular note. I was told they were selling 32 growlers of Maine's Lunch a couple of weeks ago, when I was out of town. That would have easily been the biggest release so far in 2017.

The vibe is that of a medium-sized liquor store. It's not weird and dingy, but it's also not gorgeous and glitzy. They have a decent beer selection but don't identify primarily as a beer destination and so they aren't gonna be able to answer any in-depth questions.

My one, not insignificant complaint is that parking is horrible. Worse than Hampden, even. The lanes are narrow and shitheads will just park their cars right in the middle the lane and block traffic, sometimes for as long as 10 whole minutes, waiting for a spot to open. If it looks busy, don't even try to park in the lot--just go park in the Giant lot nearby and walk over.

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Photo of AngusOg
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of gillagorilla
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.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%

Quality - I have made several trips to Well's. Their quality is my biggest problem. I have bought more skunked or otherwise tainted beer from Well's than any other establishment. Be careful what you buy.

Service - The staff is knowledgable and helpful generally. They know more about wine than beer though it seems. Although I have never asked many questions.

Selection - Great, best in Baltimore area (except for perhaps beltway). Their import selection is outstanding.

Price - The wine souce is a bit better generally, but the prices here are not too bad. Add on average 50 cents to any purchase.

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Photo of
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%

Overall, a very good experience. Service was not an issue for me as I was happy to just look around, but they get dinged since no one offered. I have read about the quality issues from other reviews, so I was careful to select current/non-dusty beers only. Selection was probably the best I have seen in Baltimore, with several beers I have not found anywhere else (Urthel Hop It, a couple of Fantomes, and a few other rarities). No complaints, but I have not drank any of the beer yet...will follow up if skunked.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of marburg
3.8/5  rDev -4%

The shelf devoted to Belgian and French beer was something of a mess, with beers of varying styles put in seemingly random places. Half the bottles had a solid, well-aged coating of dust on them, including a disappointing beer of biere de garde that tasted like it had been brewed before prohibition.

Still, the variety of labels was nice, and it included a few hard-to-find treats, including some OTOP from Heavyweight.

While the woman at the checkout counter was pleasant, the staff hanging out in the beer area looked at me like I was insane when I spent a few minutes perusing the shelf, and they actively growled at me and my wife when we were trying to maneuver around them setting up a new display.

A good stop, but make sure you know what you're buying is fresh.

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Photo of Umbra
3.8/5  rDev -4%

Back in the day, I came here several times a week during college. We experimented with local microbrews, to Belgians and seasonal beers. They are located in that area between the city and the Beltway that has seen resurgence. The surrounding buildings have been spiffed up and get loads of workers from across the street.

Wells has stayed stuck in the same place for two decades (from both a layout and selection perspective). The staff is friendly and will help you carry your armloads of brews to the car. Though they have impeccable staff, they will really only be able to help you with wine. Even on many basic, everyday needs. There is one older gentleman with dark thinning hair that is very good, assuming he is working. Most other workers in that area are local high school kids.

They do have multiple different great beers at good prices, but beware the lower priced stuff. A decade ago, I would jump at the opportunity of $3 six packs of pumpkin beer in January, and that is something they still practice. Where they have an incredible selection on paper, some of these puppies are well past their prime.

Overall: If one goes by awards, this would be considered the best place in the Baltimore area to buy both beer and wine. However, I’d argue that those awards only tell you what the best in the city was once. If you are looking for fresh rarities and great customer service, then you need to shop at the Wine Source. If you are looking for bulk, take a hike out to Beltway Fine Wine. For what it is, Wells is very good, it's just that other local places are starting to do it better.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%

Stopped her on way back from day trip to Fells Point based on good recomendations from other BA's. Selection was very good and I was able to get some good buys (and they were in date) and there were some other specials that were not in date that I passed on. Stock appeared fresh except for some Belgians that were very disty and old looking. There was also a nice glassware selection. The only thing I did not like was that one of the employees stood about 10 feet from me and watched everything I did, which made me feel like a shoplifter. He asked me one time if I needed any help without looking at me.(I had to ask him if he was talking to me)> Not a bad place but I've been to better.

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Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

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Photo of evilquaker
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

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Photo of jed
4/5  rDev +1%

The best place to buy beer I've found in the Baltimore area. The owner claims that he stocks every beer available in Maryland, and it seems to be true. Excellent selection of local micros, most notably the full DFH line including 120, Punkin, and some of the weird ones, a huge selection of Eastern European beers, and a decent (not great) selection of Belgians. The staff is friendly, if not very knowledgeable, although the owner has a nice beer segment on WYPR where he often talks about seasonal beers. Wells also stocks a number of gift sets including Chimay, Samuel Smith, and others, if you're looking for a good gift for a fellow BA.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ahalloin
4/5  rDev +1%

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

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Photo of qchic
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

Visited Well's yesterday while in Towson. This is a pretty kick ass place. The wine selection is incredible, but the beer selection isn't phenomenal. There was no focus on the beer. 4 aisles is good, and in those were some great Belgians, Locals, and plenty of odd Germans, but I was hoping for a little more. They didn't have anything too incredibly unique. I'm not saying it wasn't a great selection, but I've seen better. They had some great glassware as well. The staff wasn't too happy with our $401.52 order (which was over 60 bottles and 1 pack of gum), b ut I guess that's understandable. They were busy as hell. There are no stores like this in PA, which is a damn shame. If you're ever in Baltimore, go here.

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Photo of GrandpaGeorg
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

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Photo of sideshowrob
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%

Wells claims to carry every beer that's legally availiable in Maryland. They just might at that! Place is a large store without the "warehouse" feel. There is a gormet food section, though I've never checked that part out. The craft/micro/quality beer section has two full asiles, both sides. The stock is well laid-out, very full without being overcrowded. Great selection of English, German and Belgians in addition to the American craft stuff. Prices are very good compared to some other area stores. Wells is usually one of the first stores to get a given seasonal brew in the area. As per normal, the beer manager really knows his stuff, with the rest of the staff laging behind him somewhat.

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Photo of TheDragonTony
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

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