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Woodman's Markets - Madison West

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Woodman's Markets - Madison WestWoodman's Markets - Madison West
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

55 Ratings
Ratings: 55
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.8%
[ Store ]

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

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Photo of emerge077
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%

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...

emerge077, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

woodychandler, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

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

dirtylou, Oct 25, 2005
Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

MilwaukeeCrusher, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

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!!!

DaPeculierDane, Nov 04, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +10%

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.

rhoadsrage, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of zeff80
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

zeff80, Jan 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

TX-Badger, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of MarcatGSB
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

MarcatGSB, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of Stevedore
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%

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.

Stevedore, Sep 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

KAF, Nov 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

BUNZILLA, Sep 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

bpfrush, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of Florida9
4.05/5  rDev -1%

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.

Florida9, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

bigred89, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Sixpoint
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%

There are a lot of people who claim this is the best selection in Madison, but I can't agree. I think Steve's Liquor on Mineral Point is the best, even though the volume of beer is not as impressive as Woodman's.

Woodman's West struggles because 80-90% of the beer is stuff you would never want to drink. They carry just about every brand of macrobrew imaginable, and it occupies most of there shelf space.

There is one long continuous aisle of domestics, but for the most part, many of them are not that impressive. They have stuff like New Glarus, Flying Dog, Summit, and Goose lsland... but in the Midwest, you can get those anywhere.

Their imports are lengthy, but once again, they're not that impressive. They have the traditional Belgian Ales (like Chimay, Youngs, etc.), but the last time I was there, nothing extraordinary.

You can always count on them having an ample supply though, and the beers seem to be kept cold and are rotated regularly. Overally, you probably won't be disappointed, unless you are snobby like me.

Sixpoint, Feb 23, 2005
Photo of objectivemonkey
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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'.

objectivemonkey, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev -1%

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!

BuckeyeNation, May 28, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Gotti311, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of Realale
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%

Very nice selection of local beers in the super-grocery store. The beer/wine/liquor section is a seperate part of the store with its own entrance - look for the signage to save yourself a significant walk.

Beer selection is both sides of the farthest aisle from the entrance. One side is dedicated to imports, the other to domestic craft. All of the Wisconsin beers are grouped together and take up about half the length of the domestic section. Everything is coolers except for a stack of specialty 12 packs and seasonals which runs the length of the aisle.

Outstanding selection of local stuff, but no Lake Louie, and some of the basic New Glarus line-up was missing (Uff-da). The make your own six pack section was seriously picked when I was there (Sunday evening), but I was still able to cobble one together. Good stuff in the non-Wisconsin domestic craft section. I didn't bother with the imports as I was picking up a load of Wisconsin beer.

Most everything seemed well cared for, and no out of date bottles were noted, but a few of the singles I got had seen better days. Service was non-existent with the only employee present being the cashier. Sadly, this qualifies for "average" service in my book. Prices were definitely on the cheap side as befits the mega-grocery image. Big kudos for keeping almost everything cold though. Will definitely revisit on my next trip.

Realale, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of cokes
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%

Best selection in Madison, hands down. The mix and match six packs are an incredible deal (assuming the cooler is well stocked). Best prices too.
Most anything from the region. And a good survey of brews from across the nation. Just tons of stuff. It would literally take years to get through it all. New stuff all the time.
It is a grocery store, so staff is only present to ring things up. Friendly and accomodating, but far from scholarly when it comes to beer. Still, the little things shine, like encouraging oktoberfest face-offs with the aforemention mix and match deals.
The Import (vintage) beer cooler is impressive as well. Load of Belgians and other stronger brews, domestic and otherwise.
Great place.
But the policy is cash or check, only....it is a good thing because it tends to limit my spending.

cokes, Nov 04, 2002
Photo of egrace84
4/5  rDev -2.2%

egrace84, Oct 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

BarrelAgedG, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of taylorhamrick
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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.

taylorhamrick, Jun 23, 2009
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Woodman's Markets - Madison West in Madison, WI
92 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.