Woodman's Markets - Madison East

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Woodman's Markets - Madison EastWoodman's Markets - Madison East
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

35 Ratings
Ratings: 35
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: n/a
[ Store ]

3817 Milwaukee St
Madison, Wisconsin, 53714-2403
United States
phone: (608) 244-6630

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(Place added by: DaPeculierDane on 04-18-2006)
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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of Wisconsin
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%

April 2009 Update: Furthermore and Lake Louie have arrived.

Man, this place was amazing. I have never seen such a selection of craft and micro brews. I went in looking to stock up on New Glarus and Leinie's and boy did I come out well at Woodman's. The place has coolers running along the back and side wall and the prices were second to none. I'm talking $10.69 for 12 bottles of Leinie's Honey Weiss, Sunset Wheat, ect. New Glarus had 12's of Spotted Cow and Fat Squirrel priced at $13.69 for 12 which is among the lowest I have seen. Additionally, there was every kind of 6 pack for Leinie's and New Glarus imaginable, and even a New Glarus 12 pack sampler. Overall for beer selection I haven't seen anything that compares. Prices were among the best I have seen in the state. I can't comment on the service because I never needed any, but I never noticed many people walking around. Best piece of advice when going in there is to have a gameplan of what your going to buy.

Photo of karst
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%

You really should stay out of here because your going to buy way too much beer from their all refrigerated excellent selection.

Following the Great Taste of the Midwest we filled up three coolers. I expect selection is better next month with college back in session and the shelves not being stripped by 7000 out of town/state beer lovers.

Great liquor store all around. Good parking. Restrooms available in attached grocery store. Nice part of town.

Good selection of imports and of course the domestic microbrews are awesome. No sense of stuff that has collected too much shelf time.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of MysticX
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%

Stopped by on my way back to Minneapolis from Ann Arbor. Liquor section is in a separate room from the grocery store, with beer along one side in a cooler-like section and also some along the back. Good selection, especially of Wisconsin beers as you can imagine, along with other stuff like a couple FFF, Boulevard smokestacks, New Belgium, Stone, Dogfish Head, etc. Had a decent, but not gigantic, singles section. I wasn't able to find any of the somewhat old special releases I was looking for, though that was not surprising or a real critique. They did have some older New Glarus ones (just not the ones I was seeking).

What surprised me most were the prices. $9.50 for La Folie, versus $12.99 in Kansas City & $15 in Minneapolis. Singles were mostly under $2 and the Boulevard Smokestacks were all $8 (though none of the 'special' smokestacks). Never had anyone say anything to me while browsing, which was fine. The who rang me up was nice and when he mistakenly rang one bottle up twice he was very apologetic and quick to get the amount refunded. They don't take credit, but do take debit, so be prepared.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of jera1350
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

Stopped in based upon reviews and location on my way down to Chicago. Let's just say they have one hell of a selection. This is one huge store to begin with and close to one half of the store walls are covered with refrigerated craft beer. New Glarus and Ale Asylum a plenty with tons of other crafts that WI carries. Prices were very good. Bell's Batch 9000 for $15.49 a six pack? Wow. Case price and mix your own six discounts as well. Didn't see any workers around except for by the registers. He was very friendly though. An awesome beer store that was well worth the stop just off of the freeway.

Photo of tyleeis
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

My 2nd choice next to the new Woodmans in Sun Prairie. Best mix of selection and price you can get. I'd recommend grabbing a brewers choice pack. It's a 24 pack of import and micro only they throw together. For around $18 you can't beat that...the worse you'll get is Heineken or Corona.

Photo of robbyc1
4.05/5  rDev +1%

This place surprised me, I'm used to the Woodman's in Kenosha, and this one is better for sure. One thing, they have a singles area, for just above $10 per six pack you can select from 30 or so singles, not a bad selection. The volume done here means the quality is good all around. Most everything is in coolers. No service to speak of, but that's OK. It's a grocery store with a busy alcohol area because their prices are so good.

The selection outside the singles is very good, deep full lines of most Wisconsin micros, including Tyranena, Lake Louie, New Glarus, Central Waters, Capital, etc. Had several NG Unplugged offerings, I nabbed the Berliner Weiss, but otherwise rarities were few. Good collection of Stone, including Oak Aged something, only a couple Bell's offerings, and others including Weyerbacher only had the standards, did nab a bomber of Boulevard's Saison. Limited but ok selection of Belgians, but I don't come here for those. As an Illinoisan, because of our goofy distributor laws, many brewers find it difficult to sell there - as a result only the bigger boys like Capital and god love them Tyranena make it down south. So we go up there for some good stuff.

I find the worlds best value here, put together a case of any four New Glarus 6 packs for $28, that's a case price I can get happy for. I'm liking Jennifer's for the specials, but here for the volume.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.05/5  rDev +1%

The same great selection as the west side store housed in a room the size of a warehouse. Tons of craft 6 packs at low prices including nearly everything that’s available in Wisconsin. Case discount applies to all six packs. An average selection of Belgian, German, and British singles again at very good prices. Small singles selection that is hit and miss. Occasionally one can procure an amazing bottle of something for only $1.50 but usually the singles selection is just a bunch of Beer Lao and a few random mediocre beers. The westside Woodman's is much better for singles. If cheap beer is your thing than this is the place. Woodman’s prices on cases of Huber, Schlitz, Blatz, etc… can’t be beat. Pick up a case of Huber or Reinlander Bock for 10 bucks if you’re in the poor house. Great store, huge selection, low prices.

WARNING: You will not find Lake Louie or Central Waters Beers here!!!

Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of objectivemonkey
4/5  rDev -0.2%

So, almost as much a selection as the other Woodmans, not quite the singles selection here. A 100' wall of MBC, another 100' wall, 12packs mostly of regional macro-micros, Lienie, Berghoff, Goose Island, Schell... and they had a lot of sampling cases, which I'll have to take advantage of. Then, next wall, 100' of the good stuff... micros and imports, in 6ers and singles. The selection of imports was really pretty good, saw some stuff I don't normally see. As far as the mircos goes, you name a brand thats even remotely possible to find in the region and they'll have it it seemed like. So, same scores as the other store. Good stuff.

Photo of Kbyfield
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

For what it is, Woody’s is great, but remember that it’s a warehouse grocery store. There’re no sample trays, no fancy décor, and nobody to help you find that rare bottle of something or other.

They have the expected selection of macros, in every possible serving size, but they also have a very nice selection of micros, both domestic and import. The lines will be long, the service will be polite, but don’t expect to engage the clerk in a discussion on the merits of whatever you happened to grab off the shelf.

They DO NOT take credit cards, just cash check and debit.

I guess I don’t know what people expect to find when they pull up to a building the size of a factory. This isn’t Whole Foods, it’s a HIGH volume, lower cost grocer. Get your beer, expect to wait in line, and enjoy that you paid less than most other places for that armful of Founders or Bells or Ommegang or whatever

EDIT: I'm changing my "Quality" rating from 5.0 to 4.0 - They got a case of Goose Island Bourbon County a week or so ago. Like everyone in Madison, they limited the sales, but UNLIKE everyone else in town, they bent you over on the price: $9.99/bottle vs $4.99-$5.99 everywhere else. There's no need for this sort of BS.

Photo of scones
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

This is my go-to place for picking up a six-pack... or four. I have yet to see the prices lower anywhere else, and the selection is enormous - better than most of the specialty places. I can get all sorts of imports, Founders, Bell's, Three Floyds, GLBC, as well as pretty much any beer bottled in Wisconsin. The atmosphere is a little on the low end and the service isn't great, but when I am picking up some rare beer I can't find anywhere else and doing it on the cheap, do I really care about any of that?

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.85/5  rDev -4%

One of my favorite places to grab libations, since the prices here are lower than anywhere else in town. Alas, sometimes you sacrifice freshness, but more often than not, it's just fine. The service is average, and I glean more information from the visiting distributors who are frequently on the floor. In fact, I usually mistake them for employees. Selection is pretty impressive, way to many to name, but they have most of my Trappiste favorites, Unibroue, most all the regional micros, Bell's, Ale Asylum, various micros from around the country, European imports, and all the usual macros. Did I mention the prices are low? They're low. Fill up your cart, but don't be surprised if a couple of them are past their prime.

Photo of EvilKeith
3.85/5  rDev -4%

Woodman’s Food Market is one of those places that it has become fashionable to refer to a “Big Box” retailer. The overall store is truly massive with everything you could need as far as groceries. The beer/liquor part of the store is separate room with its own entrance; this store in a store is still impressive in its size.
As you enter you will find wine and liquor in the middle sections of the space. The left wall of the store begins with a decent selection of imported beer then makes a change to quality craft beers. Along the rear of the store is where you will find a good selection of regional micro and craft brews with Wisconsin breweries being well represented.
The selection is mainly beers in coolers, if I have any complaint it would be that there could be more beer not chilled.
Well worth the trip and I found many of the Wisconsin beers I hoped to find.

Photo of olacub
3.85/5  rDev -4%

Kinda crummy looking from the outside, and not long on atmosphere inside, but this place has an excellent selection of beer and wine. The usual Wisconsin suspects (New Glarus, Capital, Tyranena) as well as a bunch of Wisconsin craft brews that I'm not familiar with. A ton of BMC and regional stuff like Point, Berghoff, and other Huber products. Plus, an impressive lineup of other US micros and imports - most of which are refrigerated. Pretty easy to find off I-90; a great stop to pick up beer if blowing through Madison.

Photo of Ri0
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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Woodman's Markets - Madison East in Madison, WI
90 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.