Woodman's Markets - Madison East
Ratings: 24 | Reviews: 21 | Show All Ratings:
3.7/5 rDev -6.3%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $
It was difficult to find the liquor dept. at this Woodman's. I'm used to seeing "LIQUOR" somewhere on the triple football field wide concrete façade, and alas there was none. Not even signage inside the store.
Once past the acutely chaotic frenzy of the grocery store, and through separate doors inside the store, wait...there it is, the beer. Taking up a mere fraction of the space alloted to the liquor dept. Coolers start on the far left side and wrap along the center wall. Some nice and obscure Belgians like Bornem & Gouden Carolus, German and Euro singles, nothing too obscure there. Some nice Bells, like Expedition and Double Cream, but not the entire line (no 3rd coast old ale, porter, or rye stout). Dark Horse, Ale Asylum, a few New Glarus, one current Unplugged.
My gripe was that they had less of a selection than Woodman's west (Gammon Rd.), and less space allotted. Much less in the way of limited releases. The beer didn't have a designated aisle or area, instead it was backed against the wall by the wine & liquor. No staff were on the floor either. Coupled with the frantic atmosphere of the store, i'll be shopping elsewhere in the future.
12-28-2007 02:58:08 | More by emerge077
3.75/5 rDev -5.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $
slightly inferior to the west-side location, same sketchy atmosphere. very close to my new place
massive warehouse liquor store - a ton of booze, a ton of wine, every domestic case imaginable. craft brew cooler extends as far as the eye can see. all of the wisconsin stuff is represented in full as are many other midwestern standouts like bells and founders.
bombers/singles selection is slightly smaller than the gammon road location but still strong
prices are as cheap as you will find anywhere - woodmans makes their profit in other areas.
very good store, conveniently located off some major roads
06-14-2009 01:38:35 | More by dirtylou
3.7/5 rDev -6.3%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $
This is probably the best place for value in the whole city. Singles selection is limited, and staff generally doesn't know much about beer. Selection in general is very broad, and as far as quality they do get some of the higher end releases, but they don't last long. If you want to load up on a broad variation of Great Lakes brews and don't mind missing a few rare releases, then this is your place... although the store on the west side is much better. For 90% of my beer purchases, this is my go to place.
01-13-2011 20:05:43 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
4.05/5 rDev +2.5%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $
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 thats 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. Woodmans prices on cases of Huber, Schlitz, Blatz, etc cant be beat. Pick up a case of Huber or Reinlander Bock for 10 bucks if youre in the poor house. Great store, huge selection, low prices.
WARNING: You will not find Lake Louie or Central Waters Beers here!!!
04-26-2006 21:56:05 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.2/5 rDev +6.3%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
Stopped in based upon reviews and location on my way down to Chicago. Let's just say they have one hell of a selection. This is one huge store to begin with and close to one half of the store walls are covered with refrigerated craft beer. New Glarus and Ale Asylum a plenty with tons of other crafts that WI carries. Prices were very good. Bell's Batch 9000 for $15.49 a six pack? Wow. Case price and mix your own six discounts as well. Didn't see any workers around except for by the registers. He was very friendly though. An awesome beer store that was well worth the stop just off of the freeway.
08-03-2010 02:35:24 | More by jera1350
3.45/5 rDev -12.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I stopped by this Woodman's location while passing through Madison. I must point out that unlike nearly everything in Madison this store is very easy to find from 1-90/I-94. The selection is very large. The single bottle selection is quite small. There are a few English imports, and very few Belgians. They have a nice make-your-own-six-pack selection. Although it would be nice if they kept their empty six pack holders out on the floor as apposed to behind the register. They also have a very large selection of local beers. They have nearly everything available from what seemed like almost every WI brewery. The service was less than lacking. I've been frequenting the Woodman's in Onalaska for a few years now so I know not to expect any sort of service on the floor, but there was always been adequate staff behind the register. On this visit to this location in Madison there was one clerk behind the register the whole time I was shopping. There were also eight to ten costumers waiting in line the whole time I was there. On top of that the women behind the register didn't acknowledge the fact that the wait in line was long to me or anyone in front of me in line. The least she could have done was say she was sorry for the wait. Or ever better she could have called someone to help her. Or maybe I'm wrong, and I need to expect no service from any Woodman's employee anywhere in the store. With all that said I would still come back to this store, because of the selection and the low prices. I guess what it comes down to is I can accept having a faceless cooperation treat me like a faceless customer if they are selling me a product I like at a low price. However, I would never tolerate that kind of service from a mom and pop liquor store no matter good their selection or their prices.
06-18-2009 00:49:10 | More by KarlHungus
4/5 rDev +1.3%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $
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.
05-21-2006 04:37:51 | More by objectivemonkey
3.4/5 rDev -13.9%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $
This is a very peculiar place. It is adjacent to a very large supermarket, sharing the same theme - large selection, cheap prices, but no credit card accepted.
The beer selection is a lot better than I expected. Just about every Bell's and New Glarus, plenty of Ale Asylum and other locals like Central Waters, Lake Louie, Three Floyds, and a decent if not overwhelming selection of imports.
You will not find anything overwhelming, impossible or surprising here, but you can stock up you fridge without spending a fortune. Do not count on service or advice, though.
08-11-2009 01:57:14 | More by brdc
3.55/5 rDev -10.1%
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $
this is a rather large grocery market/video store/liquor dept that is conveniently located off the highway if you are passing through madison. if you don't live in wisconsin, this is a must-stop to acquire beers which may not be available to you otherwise. enter in throught the video entrance, go right, then on your left...yes! two very large walls of coolers filled with beer. almost all of the beer sold here is from these coolers, and what a great selection. not too much in the way of germans, belgians, bombers, etc., but the best selection of domestic micro sixers i have seen. this place seems to focus on midwestern craft beers. too many midwest breweries are sold here to start mentioning them by name. prices, from what i saw, are pretty good. while you're here you can get some cheese (big selection) and wisconsin brats on the cheap. service is average as this is a grocery store, and a busy one at that.
07-23-2007 02:39:10 | More by MrMcGibblets
4.55/5 rDev +15.2%
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
08-11-2009 16:46:19 | More by karst
Woodman's Markets - Madison East in Madison, WI
89 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.