Woodman's Markets - Madison West

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Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.07
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725 S Gammon Rd
Madison, Wisconsin, 53719-1345
United States
phone: (608) 274-8944

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Photo of rugger
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%

When I was in town for two days I went here twice. Their micro cooler is about a mile long (at least 100 feet+/- a foot) and an incredible selection of singles and 22's. I was so excited that I didn't even notice the import cooler that was behind me. The macro crap was on the other side of the store so I didn't have to contend with that. This place is a must if you are in town. If I ever make it back to Madison I will be going here. I must admit that the $7.50 a six pack for mixed bottles is the best deal in town. I wish I had a place like this in Arkansas. I dream about this place.

Photo of svraines
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%

Reasons to go to Woodman's west-side:
One of the best places to get a mixed 6-pack in town for a nice price. Nothing too fancy, but you can mix up some session beers to try them out.
Huge selection of craft/micros/locals/imports/cheap stuff/returnables, from sixers to cases, you name it.
Lots of cold beer, never too crowded, big aisle.

I don't have any knocks on the service, but my guess is if you needed help there might not be anyone available. Only downside is the lack of Lake Louie stuff and the bomber selection could be better sometimes.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

After dinner down the road we stopped in Woodman's, open 24 hours, to stock up on local beers to take home. This place is like a Y'all-Mart only it is owner owned. The produce, cheese curd, and mustard isles are like none I have ever seen. When we got to the huge beer and liquor dept it was locked for the night. I felt like braking down in tears and I pressed my face against the cold metal bars.

The checkout guy said it closes at 9 and opens at 10 the next day, Wisconsin law. So the next day at 10:05 I was there and ready. They have a large wine selection but I weeded my way through to the beer in the back. They had a very good selection of singles but no New Glarus in singles, so I had to take a few 6 packs aswell. They have a ok sized import section but my cart was already full. They have about 10 different meads, which was nice to see so I pick up a bottle.

They don't take credit card but they do take debit card and my total was about 1/2 of what I was expecting to pay by Chicago standards. This is a must stop place every time I head into or close to Madison.

Photo of storksonm
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

The greatest selection in the madison area and it has a giant single bottles section. If you can't find something here I would be suprised. They even have a single bottles imports selection. Very nice and probably the cheapest prices in town too. Everytime I go there it's never a problem if I am in there looking for what I want at any length of time no one bothers you and all they want when your done is to have your ID when you check out very cool place to pick up your brew. It also has a pretty big organic brew section.

Photo of djhowell
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

I can never seem to make a quick stop to Woodman's liquor store, I always end up spending way more time than anticipated browsing all the selections. Don't expect to discuss the latest craft beer releases with any of the employees here, none seem to be very passionate about beer but they are usually friendly. The selection is fantastic though and the prices are the best in Madison. I also really appreciate their make-your-own-six-pack special that has encouraged me to try some beers I might not have otherwise.

Also, they offer case pricing on Oskar Blues -- great for camping trips.

Photo of cwcolby74
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

This place is like a Costco for beer. It's a liquor store, essentially, connected to a big grocery store. This is the Woodman's on the west side by the Beltline. The Woodman's on Milwaukee Street on the east side by the capital area is almost as impressive.

I don't know if I have ever been so shocked upon entering a liquor store. The beer section is enormous. They have a shockingly diverse selection. They get stuff from all over the country. They have just about every major brewery in Wisconsin represented.

I spent $60 or so and didn't even make a dent.

I would be a major-league alcoholic if I lived in Madison.

Photo of jegross2
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

The employees I have talked to at woodmans are not very helpful in selecting new beers, but if you have an iphone and patience to search through Beer Advocate to check out the interesting-looking beers, then you'll be just fine.

Woodmans has a very deep selection of quality beers and great prices. For example, you can get the large bottled Samuel Smith Imperial Stouts for $3 (while the $5 it costs at Rileys isnt much more expensive, and is still worth the cost, when you buy beer in bulk runs, the bill quickly adds up). I also like their large selection of single bottles that you can build your own sixer from. Their pick-6 selection is all very fresh (unlike other stores that just try to push their expiring beer), though surprisingly expensive ($11+tax) given the rest of the prices and the beer brands you can choose from (Sierra Nevada, Great Lakes, New Holland).

Overall, Woodmans has a lot a great beer selection attached to its grocery store and good prices to boot. It's hard to get good recommendations there, but an iphone solves that issue.

Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

Ok, for what it is, Woodmans has BY FAR the best selection for a grocery store that i have ever seen...this makes every whole foods i have been to look like freaking amateurs

woodmans is a huge grocery store on the west side(havent been to the east side location) with a seperate liquor store...the beer selection is pretty mind boggling.

a grocery store loaded with belgians, rogues, avery bombers, great divide bombers, etc. they have all the locals you would expect to find anywhere else(except lake louie, i think?) and on top of that they have tons of local singles at great prices....They have all the Fish brewing company beers at the downtown stores, at better prices...batch 7000 6 packs...a bunch of seasonals I had not seen (okt/pumpkin)...just a ridiuclous amount of beer for a grocer

they are 0/3 on ringing up my mixed 6 packs correctly as well, all in my favor

Photo of nchrist13
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

big selection, lots of domestics, locals, and a decent cooler of imports. all prices are very competitive, the cheapest in town for most of the stuff they carry. also they have an awesome singles cooler. they have a flat price of $8.10 per mixed six, despite the fact that a decent number of the brews in the singles cooler cost more than $8.10 for a sixpack. if i were looking for only local stuff i would be inclined to go here first, but imports (as with every other joint in town) are hit or miss. since this place is so close to the beltline, it is required to hit up. plus just go on 12/14 west a lil past woodman's and you can hit up capital brewery in no time.

Notice: there is no Lake Louie to be found at Woodman's. you will have to go elsewhere in town to find it, I recommend Riley's.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

Best Grocery Store for beer period. They have it all, but surprisingly their prices aren't always better then some of the little neighborhood shops so I go to them more often than Woodman’s.

Huge selection and they seem to sell enough that their beers aren’t ever expired. They also tend to put beers that are about to expire, on ridiculously cheap specials.

With a few rare exceptions (real high end Belgians mainly) if it’s available in Madison, Woodman’s has it and for a competitive price.

I also dig all the mega huge selections of Huber/Reinlander/PBR/Highlife/etc… cases for super cheap.

At Woodman’s, I feel like a kid in a candy store.

***The westside Woodman's has a better singles selection than the eastside.***

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

Photo of doubleipa
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

On our recent trip to Madison (might be moving here) this was the only place I had to visit. Went here on a Thursday to stoke up for the weekend. I had identified several beers on my must have list, which I can't get in Atlanta: Tyranena Bitter Women and Hop Whore, and of course, New Glarus Belgian Red, and Ale Alysum Hopalicious. Found all of these and more. Besides the great Wisconsin selection there was a great selection of other midwest brewers, as well. I tried going by there Wednesday night, but what kind of liquor store closes at 9:00PM. Albeit they are open on Sundays. The only area they are lacking is in service. I was there about 30 minutes and I didn't see a single employee in the beer section. I did get some good help from the distributor from New Glarus, though.

Photo of wheatyweiss
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

Wow.

I finally cleared out everythng my hometown had to offer so I went to Madtown to check out the Woodman's.

You know that scene in Clerks where Randall goes into the video store and falls to his knees? I damn near did that.

The selection is huge. The prices on the mix a six are reasonable at $7.99 a six. The place is clean and reasonably organized. The employees don't badger you when you are drooling over what your going to spend your money on.

My only complaint is the bomber prices are a little bit high, but I think you get that at any liquor store. Also Hopslam and World Wide were over $15 a six. Chi-Town Binny's had the Slam for $11.99. They woould have got a five on quality if not for the outdated imports I found on the shelf.

The best part? I got a six of Old Chub in cans to take on my week long camping trip. I never thought I would find OB anywhere around me.

Photo of klikger
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

I feel like a kid in a candy store when I walk into this place. There must be 40+ feet of refrigerated micro 6-packs and bombers, 24+ of imported bombers (and other single bottles) and packs, and another 16 or so of feet of micro 12 packs. They also consistently have the lowest prices in Madison.

I won't lie - I prefer giving Steve's, Star, Barrique's, Jenifer St., Riley's, etc. my business, as they often have specific things which Woodman's doesn't, and, especially in the case of the former two, have friendly and knowledgeable staffs who I enjoy conversing with. That being said, when I'm on the west side (or east, although their Woodman's is not quite as large), it's hard not to stop here. Very large spirits and wine selection, as well.

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.15/5  rDev +2%

I did not know what to expect when I got off the 151 to head towards Woodmans Grocery store. Many people had recommended I stop there to pick up some beers on my way through Madison, so I took their advice. I was shocked at the sheer size of Woodmans. Cash only, please take note. They are nice enough to have a "no-fee" ATM on premise, so it's all good!

The left side of the liquor/beer/wine department is lined with an open curtain faced cooler filled with 6 packs of assorted treats. The first one as I turned the corner, DFH Burton Baton! Big props for that. That is Emily's favorite beer, and we both were ecstatic. The selection is good. They don't have ALOT of rare, or off the wall stuff, but plenty of local Wisconsin beers, as well as a decent selection of bombers from FFF, New Glarus, Avery, etc. We ended up getting some FFF Broodoo, Dreadnaught, and Gumballhead from Woodman's, along with the Burton Baton. (The Burton Baton went quick, as we bought the two four packs on Thursday, returned Sunday for more and they were all gone).

Overall, I will stop there again on my way through. It's impressive how much less beer they had on Sunday night when we stopped compared to Thursday after noon. The weekend really cleaned them out, and are happy we stopped when we did.

Photo of twb0392
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 5

6.99 local 6 packs, including new glarus, wbc, and capitol; plus large selection of beer from the US.

Photo of uwmgdman
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

Woodman's West is a must visit for good micro brew and import selection. The selection is very good, from mix and match 6ers, 6ers, 12 packs, many multi-packs, to the most obscure BMC you could imagine. The wine and liquor selection is also top notch.

About the beer, the thing that I am most impressed with in this location is the quality. I have NEVER had a beer past it's prime. Something I find rare for any place that carries a very large selection.

Service can be a bit hit or miss, but it isn't bad.

Recommend.

Photo of Florida9
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

I love this store. The beer selection is huge; two full isles of refrigerated craft beer. Domestic on one side, imports on the other. Humorously, BMC beers are segregated from the micros and are located in a different section of the store.

Woodman's offers a large number of brews from breweries not available in IL (Stone, Wyerbacher) and there are a number of offerings from smaller Wisconsin breweries as well. Plus they have a large selection of single bottles, which are offered at a slight discount if you are to purchase a "mix a six." Special releases can be hit or miss. I've seen some choice offerings on some visits, but it is by no means consistent.

Prices are reasonable, especially considering the wide selection and the fact most of it is refrigerated. There are quantity discounts available as well.

Great location. Just one stop light off of the highway, makes it for a quick and easy beer run when passing through Madison.

Only a couple of criticisms. One would be the service, or rather the lack of service, as the only people I ever see working there are the ones working the cash registers. And, as to be expected, they don't know shit about beer. However, if you know what you're looking for, this really isn't a problem. Admittedly, its not helpful, but its not much of a problem either. Other issue would be the occasional out-of-date beer. On a recent visit, they were still selling beer from Harbor City, a brewery that has been closed for some time now.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

Woodman's Food Market is HUGE. Unfortunately, I parked on the far west side of the building while the separate, yet attached, liquor store is on the far east side of the building. I had to go back out to my car (more on that in a minute), so I took the opportunity to move it closer since I left with what could fairly be called a 'haul'.

I entered on the grocery store side and headed for the back wall (directions are relative to the front door). Like many stores that sell both wine and beer, the beer occupies the outer walls for refrigeration purposes. The back wall and portions of the left hand wall are where you'll find any American macro that you'd care to name. The remainder of the left hand wall is where you'll find cases of selected craft beer and the front wall and adjacent aisle is where the real action is.

Along with Riley's, Woodman's has the best and biggest selection of singles of any of my four stops. If you have an interest in obscure (to me at least) Wisconsin micros, then this is your store. They have much, much more than that though. I won't run down the entire list (not that I'd be able to remember it anyway), but suffice it to say that if it's distributed in WI, it's at Woodman's. There's a pretty good sampling of Belgians as well.

The $7.49 mixed singles six-pack price was one of the lowest I've ever seen and I got a volume discount as well. My sales slip isn't specific, but I'm guessing 10%. Overall though, prices didn't strike me as out of line in either direction (here or anywhere else that I stopped). I didn't ask for any help, but it's doubtful that the dude who checked me out could have provided much.

Warning: Woodman's doesn't take credit cards. I found that out once 'the dude' rang up a pretty impressive amount of beer. Good thing that I planned ahead and brought cash, although I was worried about stores not accepting my Iowa license rather than a 'no credit card' policy. I did a quick jog out to my car, forked over the green and left with my biggest score of the day.

Woodman's is a great store for beer and should be on the itinerary of anyone traveling from out of state. As for those of you who live in Madison: lucky bastards!

Photo of beveragecaptain
4/5  rDev -1.7%

I probably buy more beer at Woodman's than anywhere else. There are two reasons for this: 1. Woodman's has the best prices around. 2. Woodman's has the largest selection around. Not the best selection in Madison, but surely the largest. During a trip to Woodman's, I typically follow the same route, which I'll describe. As you walk in the door, follow the wall to your left past all the crap. You'll notice an especially large selection of 40s along the way. Ignore them. Once you reach the corner, that's where the good stuff starts. Almost all of the beers is in chilled.

The wall starts with with imported singles. Some weird Eastern European beers you never see. The usual lineup of English beers, although more than you usually see in one place. This is followed by some specialty singles of American microwbrews, like Great Divide, Fish Brewing, and Rogue. Next comes a pretty good selection of Belgians: several St. Bernardus, Rochefort, etc. This wall of singles ends with the biggest and best selection of German beers I've seen. All the standards, and plenty of rareties. If continue along this aisle, there are some six and four packs of imports.

Crossing over to the other side of the aisle, you will see a pretty good selection of local beers in six packs. This is followed by a great selection of domestic singles, and you can make your own six pack for $7.50. I've sampled a lot of tasty beers from this cooler that I might not have tried otherwise, like Arcadia London Porter, several Founder's beers, and several beers from Lakefront. This wall ends with a good selection of non-local American beers in six packs. Lots of Bells, Great Lakes, Dogfish Head, Great Divide, and many more. If you continue along the back wall, there are a few Sampler packs from good breweries, but most of the rest of the beer here is crap.

Service is fine. They leave me alone for the most part, which is fine by me. As I said earlier, prices are generally better than any other place in Madison. For beer stores in Madison, I pretty much get everything I need between Woodman's, Steve's, and Riley's

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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. For 90% of my beer purchases, this is my go to place. In my opinion this location has the best selection of beer in the whole chain.

Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3

Transcribed from notes dtd H, 12 Aug 2010.

It was recommended by local site user hu5on that I stop in this place during my annual visit. I applaud his sensibilities, but not his overall judgment.

As I entered, I was told that the beer/wine/liquor was in the far northwest corner of the building. So be it and thus began my trek past all of that pesky food to get to what really mattered. Once through the sliding glass doors that made doubly sure that I did not just aimlessly wander into the storehouse of demon alcohol, beer created a horseshoe-like design to reign in their wine and liquor. I bought some beers, but most of their singles were bottles. The place was well-maintained, the beers were protected by heavy rubber drapes and the temperatures were right, plus the prices were visibly marked. My complaint was the lack of availability of single CANs. I simply did not want a whole case of O'Doul's Amber in a CAN nor did I want the majority of their ginormous selection. Traders who frequent this place should CANsult my Wants for potential trades.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4/5  rDev -1.7%

So, apparently, this is where to get your stuff when in town. Not. Disappointed. Walked in, strolled to the right, walked down a 100' wall of MBC. Though not my bag, this got my hopes way up as far as quantity of finds. Turned the corner, 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, in 6ers and singles, with imports on the opposite wall. The selection of imports was really pretty good, saw some stuff I don't normally see. But the mircos, man what a selection. You name a brand thats even remotely possible to find in the region and they'll have it it seemed like. I won't go and list everything, but I picked up: Dogfish 120 Min IPA, Dogfish Golden Shower Imprerial Pilsner, Schell's Smalts Alt, New Holland Dragon's Milk, and a few other local goodies.

Now, for my fun story. I get to the counter, and the lady starts ringing me up. She runs the DF120, and rings up $7.99. "Wow, that can't be right, ..." "Actually, yes, it is." ... "Oh." Or something like that. So, can't really count her for knowing the beer, but I'll giver her a point for attempting to fix the 'problem'.

Photo of emerge077
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited this location yesterday, and I have to say, it's the best one i've ever been to. HUGE place. Spent a good while perusing the beer aisles on the far left. Cases divide the center, but on the right side is the import cooler, the left wall is the domestic. Cold cases were along the back wall.

Selection was great for the regional micro stuff. In most cases there were at least 3 varieties from a brewery, up to 10 or so from New Glarus. Some obscure smaller stuff I hadn't heard of, like Ilja's and South Shore. Old Chub 6-packs, but there was an empty spot for Dale's Pale. Good quantity of NG Unplugged, even a couple cases on the floor. Lot of empty spots in the singles section unfortunately, and I was told that you couldn't pull singles from 6-packs. Tyranena, Ale Asylum, Viking, and many other WI micros. Good import variety as well, although I didn't spend as much time there. They did have Rochefort 6,8,10. Checkout was quick, sort of impersonal. Eventually got a box for my beer, which was good. Recommended.

07/2008: Stopped in to find many new and obscure regional micros, including Stone. Got some help finding a case of Dancing Man during the afternoon on a friday. Might be the best Woodman's in WI...

Photo of dancinwillie
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%

Living in and around the Madison area for the last 5 or so years, I've started taking this place for granted. Even with the new gigantic liquor section. But make no mistake, this is the place to go for amazing variety in Madison.

They have just an amazing selection here and it's laid out very well. You've got your domestic macros, followed by huge assortment of domestic micro/craft beers. Then a little section devoted to building your own 6-pack, which is directly over the larger singles section. Then at the end, a good selection of Wisconsin craft/micro's. Then you're while your thinking "that was really awesome, time to check out" you walk down the other side, and they have a load of craft imports on that side.

Fantastic store for beer lovers, I always feel a bit like the kid in the candy store. I don't think I've ever made it in and out in under 20 minutes. I just browse and browse, and change my mind, and go back and forth.

But as previous reviewers have stated, they don't have Lake Louie, which is a curious omission, and I have never been asked if I needed help, or even seen an employee over in the beer area. Also, the lines sometimes get crazy long, and they don't call for backup, so if you're getting a big haul, just grab a cart, so you don't have to hold cold beer for 20 minutes.

But these are small issues really, when what I come for is the beer, and they have it like no other place in Madison!

Cheers!

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%

The west side Woodman's is always a good spot to stop at for a few bottles of beer. Although the place is usually crazy busy for groceries, their liquor department is pretty calm every time I visit.

They have a nice selection of bottles from various Wisconsin breweries, Midwest breweries and the rest of the country. Their prices are also pretty reasonable. I think this is the cheapest place for picking up a bottle of New Glaurus Belgian Red or Raspberry Tart. They also have a good selection of some of the well known Belgian beers.

If Woodman's was just a tad closer I'd be there every week.

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