Woodman's Markets - Madison West
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3.4/5 rDev -16.3%
Stopped in hoping to find Lake Louie and Central Waters goods, but I did not. I also felt Class A screwed, but I have to take a little bit of the blame there. I think. Maybe not. Probably not.
Despite that, Woodman's is always good for some beer, and Madison's Woodman's West may be better than the average Woodman's. Two mile-long walls packed with mainline stuff and some twelve-packs and cases of better brews from Wisconsin -- like New Glarus and Capital. Standard-for-Woodman's samplers of Sam Adams and Flying Dog. The third wall -- I believe the north wall, on the same wall as the entrance -- is a cooler full of domestic goodies from all over the place. Multiple offerings from most. Wisconsin is pretty much represented in toto, minus LL and CW as mentioned. Also Lagunitas, Three Floyds, Goose Island, Rogue, Left Hand, Two Brothers, New Holland, Great Lakes, Smuttynose, Abita and more. Facing the domestic cooler is a smaller but very substantial imports cooler with scads of Asian and European beers I did not recognize. There was an impressive collection of Unibroue, maybe seven beers, for sale in packs.
Lots of big-bottle singles for sale over there, but it was the domestic bombers and singles I was excited about. Singles are $8 purchased as six-packs, and I went nuts scooping up one of almost everything I hadn't tried. I filled four packs, probably half the varieties on hand. However, in my joy (greed?) I did not check labels. I've had many good beers from this haul, but last night I had two undated pales that I believe were fading and poured a beer that smelled off. Tonight I was powerfully disappointed by an Otter Creek Pale Ale that was dated as brewed 51 weeks before I bought it and a New Holland Zoomer that was thoroughly, depressingly skunked. It was a real bummer to drive a couple hours back home with a new stash only to find out that I may have to chuck bottles as I pull them out of the cupboard.
Service stays high because when I arrived the line was backed up, but they called in extra checkers and zipped everybody through.
08-30-2006 04:19:29 | More by maundythirsty
3.41/5 rDev -16%
Basically, this is a liquor warehouse. The guys stocking the shelves have no real idea what our beer geek's latest whalezzz are, or that there is a such thing. But this is a perfect place to go browse for beer, look stuff up on your phone, and either walk out with nothing or walk out with a cart full of beer. The selection is deep here, and I always appreciate the fact that prices are about $1 less than other places in Madison- but don't forget that Woodman's is cash-only. Highly recommend when you're going in for stuff you want to stock up on, e.g. you have had these beers already, like the New Glarus fruit beers or something like that. If you are hankering for something new, this isn't a bad place to go but I would still suggest going elsewhere.
09-04-2013 13:47:17 | More by Stevedore
3.5/5 rDev -13.8%
I came in here, it was only like 100 meters from where I was staying, to see what it was all about. The selection was enormous, I mean enormous. There were a couple of aisles of craft beers, and singles of certain beers were even available - not quite as many as I could find in other places, and there was plenty of beer that wasn't the sort of rare releases you really scour the stores for. This was kind of exiting. There didn't seem to be any help, especially not any knowledgeable employees. This was just too big to have any. There were only two working when I came in, and those two were either at the register or at the front where the liquor was located. The beer was mostly craft, and I mean most anything from Wisconsin was available, but a few nice things were missing, the rare releases weren't available upfront. But I mean, if you're in a hurry and you know what you want, you can head here and probably find it for a decent price.
06-23-2009 02:13:48 | More by taylorhamrick
3.59/5 rDev -11.6%
Atmosphere: Not fancy looking, but every time I walk in I get giddy with excitement at the sheer size of the place.
Quality: Good. Large import section, huge microbrew section, lots of mini-kegs, etc. My big problem is that they don't seem to get as many of the limited release bombers that Star or Steve's gets.
Service: Worst part of Woodmans. The staff (if you can find any) always seems inconvenienced if I ask them for anything, and they aren't particularly knowledgeable about their products.
Value: Best prices in Madison, hands down.
05-14-2011 17:02:18 | More by anell213
3.64/5 rDev -10.3%
Woodman's is a huge mega-box store. Just the liquor section is pretty big. Atmosphere and service are commensurate with the big-box store experience. Prices are very reasonable. The selection of midwest regional beers is impressive, and the prices better than about any place else I've seen in the region. The specialty beers selection is modest, and mostly midwest, but not completely. There were definitely some not so easy to get brews, but that is not their schtick. They cover their bases with some of each style, and the standard bearers for foreign countries. But where they are really good is providing quality regional 6 packs at good prices.
01-14-2014 01:05:19 | More by sprucetip
3.7/5 rDev -8.9%
I love going to Madison. My wife goes for quilt fabric so I get to go for beer! Fair tradeoff huh?
This is one huge grocery store with one huge liquor/beer department. They have a great selection of American micro, macro and imported.
Unfortunately, they help was nonexistant, the checker was grouchy and would not greet me and I bought some skunky beer.
I bought 8 kinds of beer but one bad one is too many.
10-23-2003 20:35:35 | More by daledeee
3.7/5 rDev -8.9%
Visited this place last night on the recommendation of other area BA's - I was pretty happy with the selection, although not being a Great Lakes area native I didn't recognize as many of the beers as I expected to. Definitely exciting to see so many local breweries and how well they are all represented - as mentioned before there was no Lake Louie, but that probably has more to do with a bad relationship with the distributor than the Brewery (anyone know the story or who the distributor is?). I definitely was impressed to see all the 5l mini-kegs, especially the Einbecker Mai-bock and the Reisdorf Kolsch. The import selection was pretty lame though - there were beers from various importers that are nice to see (St. Bernardus abt12, Einbecker) but many other amazing beers from the same importer were missing (Brasserie des Rocs, Zum Uriege) so maybe they could steal some space from the macros (do you really need three full doors of AB cans) and increase the imports, especially the specialty Germans and Belgians. Overall though compared to the average liquor outlets around Madison, or even the more savvy stores this place has a leg up on selection and value (great lakes sixers were all $5.00 even!?!) - I'll keep shopping around for comparison during future visits to Mad Town, but Woodman's will be my backup for guaranteed selection.
12-02-2006 17:53:20 | More by miskatonic
3.74/5 rDev -7.9%
Was in the souhtern madison area and decided to stop out to this store to see what beers I having been missing out on in the madison area. This is my first time shopping for beer in Madison, Wisconsin.
Woodmans always has been a good price for beer and i was thinking that the selection should be great since Wisconsin is such a great beer state. Was i right, this place has an amazing selection of craft beer from every corner of the USA. Oskar blues and Boulevard were 2 breweries that really surprised me at this store. I will be stopping here again. I easily could have bought 2 large boxes full of beer in this store.
04-13-2011 05:56:55 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.8/5 rDev -6.4%
Woodmans West in Madison has been rumored to have a better selection of beers than any of the other Woodmans locations in the area. I can tell you that the rumor can now be called a fact.
From the exterior this location looks just as big as the stores in Onalaska or Madison East. There is a slightly different sign featuring a smiley faced sun character at this location.
The direct entrance to the beer/ liquor department is located to the left of the main store entrance. This store in a store is still impressive in its size. Along the left wall the import beers begin with singles and sixes. German, English and Belgian breweries are represented with a good variety of styles.
At most of the Woodmans I have been to the imported beer section ends along the left wall. A nice feature of this store, that sets it apart from the others, is the presence of an addition aisle of quality imported beers.
Along the back wall there are vast quantities of quality beers from across the United States. There is a very good selection of beers brewed regionally and in Wisconsin.
This is probably the place that you have to go to if you are looking for beer in Madison.
The negative in all of this is the complete lack of the Lake Louie line of products.
10-16-2006 15:27:01 | More by EvilKeith
Woodman's Markets - Madison West in Madison, WI
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