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Wolff's Biergarten

Not Rated.
Wolff's BiergartenWolff's Biergarten

Taps: 14 / Bottles: 23
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.43%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @wolffsbiergartn

Notes:
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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2009)
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aerozeppl

New York

3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$

I am really torn on this place. I did not put up a review but I have been here a few times so...
I really love the idea of what they are trying to do here. They have quite a few taps of mostly German beer with a Belgian thrown in (Stella) The bottle list is small but they have some decent stuff. The bottles are REALLY expensive though. The beers on tap come in .3 .5 and 1 liter glasses. On your birthday you can get a 2l boot of the Hofbreau Munich. We went on my girlfriends birthday and she got the boot. The only down side is they only had 3 boots so there was a wait. No problem the boot is free with a $10 purchase. I got my .5 of the Rheisdorf Kolsch. Here is the issue with the boot. Everyone else who had one was throwing up. Now I can't knock the establishment for that but it is a tad on the meathead side of things. Many chants broke out encouraging people do down the boot. Then they would stumble to the bathrooms. Which is the next problem. There are 4 dartboards with one next to the mens room and another next to the womans with 2 in the middle. Every time you have to pee you take your life into your hands as there are always intoxicated people throwing darts. Then if you get into the bathroom intact you will probably have to wait for someone to finish vomiting. Seems kind of harsh but honestly every time I have gone a good percentage of people have been intoxicated. The good. Really nice old firehouse that used to be a swanky nightclub (which is ridiculous in Albany). The beer is good but I would like to see a little more variety. The prices are a little steep but they are served in the right glassware. The food is ok but again a little on the pricey side. It gets insanely crowded so get there early to avoid the rum soaks. The service has been good and awful. Sometimes they are just understaffed other times the bartender is just talking to their friends. Great idea just needs some work.

07-28-2009 00:50:39 | More by aerozeppl
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madmanjf

New York

3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
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)

07-06-2009 14:33:09 | More by madmanjf
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Avryle

New York

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

Another great beer stop is Albany. Chock full of draft & bottle German beers (as well as German wines for those folk. Prices aren't bad- $12-15 for a freakin' liter of (good) beer. Food selection is standard wurst, saurkraut, etc. Free peanuts.

There is a ping pong table and several dart boards against the rear wall (which makes coming out of the bathroom a bit scary not knowing if you're going to get nailed in between the eyes with a dart.)

My one complaint is their current lack of boots. Their board states they have boots, (Free 2L boot o' beer on your birthday) but upon inquiry, they informed me that they HAD a single boot until it was dropped by some birthday boy soon after opening.

05-06-2009 16:56:29 | More by Avryle
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deanhead

Vermont

4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$

Draft beer is served in authentic .3 .5 and 1L vessels
11 German beers on tap plus Pilsner Urquell and Stella Artois
17 bottles German beer six Belgian offerings

We set out for this place after the Dead show let out in Albany in 4/17/09. we arrived shortly after midnight and this place was rocking. It was a short cab ride from Downtown near the Palace theater. Upon our arrival we checked in with the doorman who assured us that getting a cab back downtown would be easy. It turned out that it was not quite as easy as we hoped but none the less I guess catching a cab at 3:00am might be challenge in any city except Las Vegas...what do I know I live in Vermont.

We didn't have any food here, as the kitchen was already closed when we arrived shortly after midnight. The service was friendly, the place was very cool. Communal seating with lot's of long tables to sit at with strangers. The bar even had benches bolted to the floor, so you shared elbow space at the bar on a bench.

It's an open air venue, with seating out front, and plenty tables. If you are in the Albany area it's definitely worth a visit.
CASH ONLY!!

05-05-2009 20:01:09 | More by deanhead
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GoBlue28

New York

4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Great atmosphere. Great beer. Only problem is it should have more great German beers in bottle. Disappointed to not find any schlenkerla beers, other rauch beers or some famous german beers like aventinus julius echter dunkel or any berliner weisse beers.

Great otherwise though! The entire set up was very nice and comfortable. I will definitely enjoy many a nights posted up on a the bar there. Price were very nice, and the food was excellent. Very glad to have this bar around albany. Make sure to check it out!

03-21-2009 00:12:39 | More by GoBlue28
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ChellyNY

New York

4.78/5  rDev +18.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Exceptional across the board for a city that's long-needed a biergarten that's open on a daily basis. We have the fabulous Mahar's, with a selection that can't be beat - but the tap and bottle choices at Wolff's, plus the authentic and tasty German fare, make this my favorite place for a brew.

While it shouldn't be noteworthy, it is - that all brews are served as they should be, right glass, right temperature. And the service is friendly and engaging. The atmosphere is comfortable, and the smart setup means that you can get to the bar fairly quickly.

03-20-2009 14:24:00 | More by ChellyNY
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Wolff's Biergarten in Albany, NY
90 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.