Whole Foods Market

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1797 Hydraulic Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia, 22901-2835
United States

(434) 973-4900 | map

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Ratings by Camjmorton:
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Rated by Camjmorton from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

Sep 09, 2014
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Reviewed by avalon07 from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
V: The overall atmosphere is typical Whole Foods; it's a well laid out place, if incredibly busy at all times of the day. Quite clean, well lit and generally easy to get around in.

Q: In general, the beer quality is pretty tight, with a few exceptions (they could stand to get rid of some dead wood off their shelves).

S: I've never had the opportunity or cause to engage a Whole Foods employee about their beer, but otherwise they've been friendly and helpful.

S: For having a relatively small section dedicated to craft beer, Whole Foods has a solid selection. Lots of Virginia beers (Chaos Mountain, Three Notch'd, Hardywood), national (Stone, The Bruery), and international (Chimay, St. Bernardus). Like I said, they could get rid of some weaker beers (i.e., Sapporo), but it's a good selection. Nothing overly exotic, but a nice array of beers nonetheless.
Apr 14, 2017
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Reviewed by Riff from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4
It's a Whole Foods, the selection is pretty decent and they try to keep up with some of the more popular wide releases. They tend to be a week behind some other stores in what they get in, but they usually get in a decent amount. Prices are fairly decent, sometimes a little higher, sometimes a little lower. The staff is generally friendly, not necessarily knowledgeable about beer but there are a number who at least know the major local brews.

Nice little place to stop in if you're in the area and not a bad place to just pick up something while food shopping.
Dec 13, 2016
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Reviewed by OldSwampy from Virginia

3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5
Whole Foods used to be the place I got more beer than anywhere else. That's no longer true because there are now stores in the area with a larger selection. But Whole Foods still has lots of great beers available, and a decent selection are kept cold. They also have a deal where you can sample four draft beers for $5, so that's worth a look. In my experience service has always been friendly, though occasionally you have to hunt a bit to find the right person to help you. Prices are not fabulous, but some single beers are available for as little as $0.79.
May 17, 2016
Rated: 3.97 by dwoolley1 from New York

Mar 15, 2015
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Rated by Kiserian from Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3
Decent variety for a grocery store.
Mar 09, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by Iamjeff6 from Virginia

Dec 05, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by gopens44 from Virginia

Nov 21, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by jaymo18 from Virginia

Nov 06, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by atrocity from Virginia

Jul 29, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Kegatron from Pennsylvania

Feb 25, 2014
Rated: 4 by seanchai from Virginia

Dec 31, 2013
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Reviewed by daliandragon from Maryland

3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
Hit this place up for supplies on the Friday night while in town for the Penn State Virginia football game. Above average selection for a Whole Foods; I found it slightly better than the two stores I am familiar with around here. Having a growler station with a friendly operator is a nice touch.

Selection was decent but not overwhelming. Plenty of local Virginia brewers I was unfamiliar with, including Starr Hill, Legend, Devils Backbone, and several others I can't remember. I thought prices were generally pretty reasonable.

One nice touch is that the old baseline hardwood from the UVA basketball coliseum is randomly found in one of the middle aisles. Just thought it was quirky cool.
Sep 16, 2012
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Reviewed by ArrogantDeadGuy from Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5
Six taps to pour freshly brewed local to localish beers at a bar located amidst the fantastic cheese section. Nice hightop tables with a single bartender pouring pints and filling growlers on the cheap. Nice selection of mix a six and a nice frequently rotating selection of 22s. Whole Foods' beer buyer is knowledgable and helpful and interested in getting the best newest options available in the area. He seems to do ALOT with a limited amount of space. Can't beat the hot and cold bars along with the salad and soup bars, bot to mention deli sandwiches, sushi, and a woodfired oven. While this is not a bar, it is a great pint for a pint or three!
Sep 04, 2011
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Reviewed by afausser from Montana

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
What can I say? It's a Whole Foods. Which means, while the beer selection is pretty decent, the cheese selection is probably a bit better. There's a decent selection of locals as well as some okay 750s (and some of the bigger names in craft beer in terms of national distribution), but nothing that jumped out at me that I HAD to buy. Definitely a decent selection, but probably not too much consistently special here. The staff is very helpful, but don't necessarily know a whole lot about beer specifically. Price tag is...well, consistent with Whole Foods.
Feb 02, 2010
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Reviewed by beer2day from North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
Located north of town across Hwy 29 from the mall. Same parking lot as Market Street Wineshop.

Typical WF set up. 2 coolers, one with mainly German/British selections and one with micros. Warm beer is now across the wine section, rather than next to the coolers. Several end caps featured beers that were not available in the beer section, so look around.

The selection here has *really* decreased over the years. The selection is still good, but not much reason to stop in if you are just looking for beer. Shop the specialty stores in town instead, but don't turn down a trip to WF.

Lagunitas 2009 and Hop Stoopid were good finds today, as was Hales Mongoose.
May 06, 2009
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Reviewed by IBUnit63 from Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
Well, let's see what the 434's installment of WholePaycheck has to offer in the way of beer...

Y'know, they have a pretty wide range of stuff. Lots of locals (Starr Hill, Blue Mountain, Legend, etc.), a fair amount of Belgian and German offerings and a nice complement of national craft names. A decent selection of Bell's (hey listen, as long as you have Two Hearted and the current release I'm pretty well good to go). Not a lot of garbage in there, either.

Service? C'mon, it's a grocery store. They're moving product...whatever that may be.

Selection as mentioned above has a decent range. Maybe more breadth than depth, but it's nice to be able to grab a 6 on the way home when shopping for groceries (Commonwealth of Massholes...are you listening?).

Prices are in line with local norms. Good stop.
Apr 03, 2009
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Reviewed by Seanibus from California

3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
The beer selection has declined in recent years. Once it was pretty much the best in the area, but now it is down to one cold case of decent but unsurprising selections from the East and West Coasts, with a good lineup of Bells to represent the brewers in between. They used to have a good stock of 22 oz bottles, but they have deemphasized that considerably. Still, this is not a bad spot to pick up an interesting sixpack, provided you don't mind the steep price tag. The selection used to rotate fairly often, but in the last year it has been stuck in a rut, with the same selections from Victory, Sierra Nevada, Stone, and other larger craft brewers. They seemed to have developed more of an interest in "organic" beers lately. There's little on the shelves here that you can't find at Wine Warehouse or the old downtown Market Street Wine Shop.
Aug 19, 2008
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Reviewed by bikeandbeer from Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
Whole Foods has become the grocery store of choice for rotating seasonals in Charlottesville. They have recently( within the past year) revised their beer selection to include many more breweries that you may have a tough time finding anywhere else in Charlottesville. A few names I have seen rotate in and out include Stone, Dogfish, Smuttynose, Otter Creek, the two Deleriums, St Bernardus, Hofbrau, North Shore(including their organic offerings), and Geary's. While they may not stock all beers from certain breweries they more than make up for this in selection. Recently I have noticed the addition of Weyerbacher seasonal bombers and six packs from the Legacy Brewing Company added to their growing stock. They also stock a decent selection of 750 ml Belgians.

Most of the beer is kept cold in two coolers with a small amount of shelf space next to the coolers devoted to other offerings. The store does not have a wine chiller so anything bought warm will have to be taken home to chill.

The young lady who recently took over the wine and beer ording is very friendly and is always willing to talk beer.

This is fast becoming my go to grocery store for last minute purchases due to the unique selction and frequent suprises that pop up.
Sep 08, 2007
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Reviewed by nriech from Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
Scores are for the beer section only, besides who else here cares about how good the refined sifted organic tempura batter is right?

There are two beer coolers here, the long open kind you would normally get milk in. The selection is good but not as good as other Whole Foods I've been to. The belgian selection is slim to none. The microbrews are good though, your normal picks you would find at any beer store. Its an ok place to go if you are looking for hippie food and want to pick up some beer at the same time.
May 22, 2006
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Reviewed by GCBrewingCo from North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
The Whole Foods is located on 29 just north of the Harris Teeter and Wine Warehouse.

The beer selection was well laid out and had many, many selections from which to choose. The single bottle selection was very good as was the sixpack selection. Many Belgians and other beers both imported and micro.

The biggest letdown was the cashier line. As always in a grocery store (especially Whole Foods), no one is ever in any kind of a hurry. It took quite awhile to ring out the lady in front of me, and then too much time to ring my purchases out. It seems to be par for the course in a grocery store, but easily can be overlooked for the selection provided.

I was a little surprised when no one had entered the Whole Foods into the BeerFly. A great place that should not be overlooked.
Jan 19, 2004
Whole Foods Market in Charlottesville, VA
Place rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 21 ratings