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Wolff's Biergarten

Not Rated.
Wolff's BiergartenWolff's Biergarten
very good

15 Reviews
Reviews: 15
Visits: 30
Avg: 3.8
pDev: n/a
Taps: 14
Bottles: 23
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

895 Broadway
Albany, New York, 12207-1306
United States
phone: (518) 427-2461

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @wolffsbiergartn

Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2009

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Reviews: 15 | Visits: 30
Reviews by madmanjf:
Photo of madmanjf
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Wolff's is located in an industrial area of Albany's waterfront.

The front of the building has a very large garage door as the primary entrance during good weather. Entrance and heating issues during Winter Months remain to be seen.

The space is casually decorated with various residential building-fronts mimicked on one side with the bar located on the opposite side. Further in the back are high-tops, dart boards and a counter for ordering food.

The center space is filled with wood picnic tables and the floor is heavily coated with spent peanut shells; peanuts are complimentary and can be requested from the bar.

In place of bar stools, there are fixed benches that sit two comfortably or three uncomfortably. These are spaced apart with room for one person to stand between them.

The Beer ... approximately 14 taps of all German beer! Two or three lines contain German Imports which can be found widely at other locations; however, the majority are less obtainable elsewhere. The bottled selection extends into the Belgian styles.

All taps can be poured into .3, .5 or 1L authentic glassware which gives patrons of all interests the options of sampling to heavy drinking.

The focus here is obviously German Imports. The only thing that was missing, in my opionion, were German Styles presently brewed in the USA. While not traditional, I think it would be a nice touch to see Domestic Micros of German Styles available on tap (Ex: Victory Prima Pils)

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

It's hard to find more than a couple of German beer on tap but at Wollf's they have a nice selection; the several that I enjoyed were fresh and tasty. You order food at one counter and beer paying for each as you go. The place has character, sort of German beer hall meets sports bar but I stopped by for the food and stayed for the beer anyway.

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Photo of MrFuster
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Bengelmann
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of IckyT2012
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of MacQ67
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of 60dub
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of TBonez477
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of MikeDL
4.78/5  rDev +25.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Great place to go with some friends and drink some really good German Beers. Plus the vibe here in the summer is fantastic, they open up the garage so you feel an outdoor vibe while you are sitting inside. Plus the food here is great, definitely a place you will want to visit if you are ever in the Albany Area.

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Photo of stevehagy
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of American_Hawk
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of JackNip
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of MJSchools
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of bcmac983
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of edmiglia
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Troy518
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of NJBeer265
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of SlainteAlbanyNY
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

German style beer garden atmosphere with a blend of American garage door style party atmosphere! This place provides an open, free flowing atmosphere that makes it easy to mingle and meet. You can easily over look the messy peanut shelled floor since they provide that free snack on every German style picnic table. While snacking on the "nuts" you can enjoy a plethora of German style beers; whatever suits your fancy. If German beer doesn't do it for ya, they also serve a hearty menu of Belgians (they have Delirium Tremens!). The food is also ethnically eclectic. For those not on the adventurous side with their tastebuds stick with the pizza (they own a place next door which they'll pick up for you) which is awesome! Pizza and beer are always a classic combo! Nonetheless, this atmosphere is alluring for all kinds and if the beer doesn't draw you in, there are the large TVs and dart boards to keep you occupied while guzzling your liter of beer. It's worth mentioning the "birthday boot" of beer that you can get for free on your special day-look out, it's 64 oz of deliciousness! You may leave the 'garten with a 'feather in your German hat'!

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Photo of stalker5
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Definitely love going to Biergarten. They have the best selection of European beers on tap and bottled in the Albany area, bar none. It's a great place to catch soccer games and other sports occasionally with friends and some locals or shoot darts with folks also. The food is pretty good in my opinion. Portions of kraut, wurst and potato salad, etc are excellent and taste is good too. They also give you a free boot of beer on your birthday, and free roasted peanuts while you're hanging out. The only downside for me is the bar is cash-only. Not a huge problem overall but I do not like carrying cash.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A friend started their birthday extravaganza there. The bar seemed to be lacking a consistent vibe. I thought it would be a semi up-scale beer bar. However there are peanut shells all over the place, very loud college/just graduated scene. For a German bar they were playing classic rock, did not go well together at all.

As previously mentioned the bathrooms are located near dart boards so you risk your life to get to the bathroom. You're almost relieved that you can relieve yourself. Also the dart board are not set up for regulation length, the darts provided are of low quality.

Beer is decent, they have a few nice beers but the main options are average quality german pilsners.

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Photo of mctizzz
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.75

Best selection of German beers on tap in the Albany area, nice place to catch a soccer game with some local hooligans or shoot darts with friends. The food is pretty mehh mostly consisting of wurst variations. It is the only place in Albany that gives a free boot of beer on your birthday , the beer selection is good but as for the food I will be sticking to the free peanuts.

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Photo of manwich
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Fun place. Quite good selection of German beers on tap, with fun glassware (.3/.5/1l mugs). The atmosphere is fun and lighthearted, with a mixed crowd and good spirits. Peanut shell covered floor, picnic bench seating, soccer on TV and a garage-style front door open to the street in the summer makes this place a great place to have a beer (and dinner) with friends. Probably the only place around where you can find this selection of German beers on tap.

The food is generally good, German-inspired fare including sausage, schnitzel and various other odds and ends. Prices are reasonable, though not necessarily cheap. Cash only.

Don't forget to go on your birthday for the free 2l boot (with $40 refundable deposit)!

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Photo of kehustler14
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

One of the more ineresting places in Albany, they have everything from a ping-pong table to 4 dartboards, and decenet number of TV's. Only had the food once, but can't complain about that, it was pretty good. My favorite part is the free 2 liter birthday boot, although next year I am going to ask how much it would cost to have it filled up with Weihenstephaner hefeweisse instead of the house beer, the Hofbrau Munich. Definitly the place we go on special occasions such as birthdays or a nice warm day in the beginning or end of the school year.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Went here numerous times, most recently was on my birthday. We went in around 2pm and was greeted by the bartender and partons around the bar. After checking our ID's he told me that I get a free 2L beer boot filled with beer because it was my birthday. Nice touch.

Standard German beers like hofbrau, paulaner, becks, hacker pschorr, radeberger, as wells as some belgians and others. Menu was good, mostly german styled bar food. I dont think its a german chef but the food is sorta german with sausages and brats and what not. A couple TV lined the walls and there was dart boards.

The concept is great and in the summer they open up the firehouse door which lets a nice breeze in. Wooden picnic tables instead of the authentic biergarten tables actually adds some character to the albany biergarten.

Its definately worth a stop in and its just about a mile past CH Evans (Albany Pump Station)

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Wolff's Biergarten in Albany, NY
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