Woodman's Markets - Madison West
Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 39 | Display Reviews Only:
3.94/5 rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Visited this location yesterday, and I have to say, it's the best one i've ever been to. HUGE place. Spent a good while perusing the beer aisles on the far left. Cases divide the center, but on the right side is the import cooler, the left wall is the domestic. Cold cases were along the back wall.
Selection was great for the regional micro stuff. In most cases there were at least 3 varieties from a brewery, up to 10 or so from New Glarus. Some obscure smaller stuff I hadn't heard of, like Ilja's and South Shore. Old Chub 6-packs, but there was an empty spot for Dale's Pale. Good quantity of NG Unplugged, even a couple cases on the floor. Lot of empty spots in the singles section unfortunately, and I was told that you couldn't pull singles from 6-packs. Tyranena, Ale Asylum, Viking, and many other WI micros. Good import variety as well, although I didn't spend as much time there. They did have Rochefort 6,8,10. Checkout was quick, sort of impersonal. Eventually got a box for my beer, which was good. Recommended.
07/2008: Stopped in to find many new and obscure regional micros, including Stone. Got some help finding a case of Dancing Man during the afternoon on a friday. Might be the best Woodman's in WI...
07-16-2007 15:10:47 | More by emerge077
4/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | $$
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.
04-17-2011 11:44:07 | More by woodychandler
4.2/5 rDev +3.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
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
10-25-2005 03:17:24 | More by dirtylou
4/5 rDev -1.2%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $
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.
01-13-2011 19:57:20 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
4.2/5 rDev +3.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
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 Woodmans.
Huge selection and they seem to sell enough that their beers arent 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 its available in Madison, Woodmans 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 Woodmans, 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!!!
11-04-2005 19:17:15 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.5/5 rDev +11.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $
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.
07-02-2006 03:01:15 | More by rhoadsrage
4.15/5 rDev +2.5%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
02-14-2011 16:50:26 | More by MarcatGSB
3.41/5 rDev -15.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $
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
Woodman's Markets - Madison West in Madison, WI
91 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.