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Zeppelin Hall Restaurant & Beirgarten

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Taps: 144 / Bottles: 100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
85
very good

18 Ratings
Ratings: 18
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 17.78%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

88 Liberty View Dr
Jersey City, New Jersey, 07302-7364
United States
phone: (201) 721-8888

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @zeppelinhall

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(Place added by: twentyhanks on 07-05-2009)
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Reviews by renegadeburger:
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renegadeburger

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

ok felt compelled to come here even though i had been here many times before but after visiting birreria in the city i needed a good hoppy beer at a good price to settle the score

got into zeppelin and met a buddy after work we sat down at one of their communal tables and got our beers right away the selection is pretty awesome i believe around 60 different beers on tap which is very impressive of course there are a lot of "filler" beers but also some great domestics as well i had troegs abita stone allagash brooklyn sierra etc in addition they have the classic german beers like paulaner and weihenstephan

the place is raucous no doubt and on the weekend nights when the bathrooms get full it can be a bit of a sh*t show but what do you expect really all in all its a good time and when you can knock back brews witha crew of your friends at $5 a pop you know its the best deal in town

i like the delivery here its about the execution and the fun of having your friends hanging out and drinking a wide variety of beers in a fun communal environtment for a good price

i will be back again for sure

07-06-2011 01:52:11 | More by renegadeburger
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MO5290

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

10-21-2013 21:56:09 | More by MO5290
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yevyalon1

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-08-2013 14:49:47 | More by yevyalon1
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claspada

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$

Nice fenced in area but it's still in the middle of Jersey City.

Many beers on tap from Germany and more recently, American craft examples.

Food was pretty standard German pub food. Pretzel was okay. Sausages were okay.

You have to serve yourself beer and food which is a semi-pain, but there were no lines at 4pm.

Big 32oz mugs are obviously the highlight, but be smart and don't get anything too strong or you'll fall asleep on the Light Rail going home like my buddy did.

During Oktoberfest and when they have the MaiBock (May Beer) festival they have bands which is pretty cool, but I wasn't able to attend so I can comment on their quality.

02-27-2012 21:14:50 | More by claspada
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jrutigs

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 1.5 | $$

Place is a good place to spend some time especaiily with a large group. Big fan of the tables. Very large beer selection, however, I feel they should have some real German beers on tap considering that it is a Beirgarten.

The food is not very good at all. The wursts are deepfried and not very tastefull. The big pretzels are good tho.

Great large outside area. Great place to drink day or night. The few behind the fence nees to be cleaned up. The parling situation is not too bad there is a parking lot a block away.

The inside area is very large as well with two different rooms. The front room is a smaller room with TV's to watch the games. The bacxk room is very large with plenty of seating. However, sometimes parent like to bring their kids to the bar and you can have a few kids running around which can be annoying. It is a big enough place to ignore the kids tho.

Once thing I don't like is that they serve the beers in plastic mugs. You end up chewing on peices of plastic that fall in your beer. The secret is that they have glass mugs under the bar. All you got to do is ask for a glass mug and the bartender will give it to you.

Zeppelin hall is locaed near the light rail and is a few blocks away from Skinner's loft and Iron Monkey.

Overall review is that I've been to better Beirgartens.

11-30-2011 03:59:10 | More by jrutigs
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

I visited Zeppelin Hall during Halloween, and as it was pretty cold that night there was no one sitting (or standing) outside. It was fairly early on in the evening and there weren't too many people inside either. Still, my wife and I had a fairly hard time getting to the front bar to order a beer. The beer list was very good, but not amazing; and the service was friendly and smiling but basically "What do you want? And tell me now or I'll walk off.", which was somewhat expected.

After having received our beer and taking in the decor and character of the front bar we decided to move inside to the Main Hall. One of the first things I noticed was the security. We passed 4 "officers" on our way to find a spot at a table, and I saw at least 4 more in passing within just a few minutes. They seemed riled-up and ready for action. Maybe that was because it was Halloween, but I somehow doubt it. The crowd seemed mainly made up of younger, college aged guys, and I'm guessing they get a lot of trouble.

My wife went to the window to order some food and I dropped downstairs to the pisser. The bathroom was very odd, and it seemed almost set up to accommodate cleaning because of all the puke and piss that would be sprayed about it during the evening. Hmmm. Not good.

My wife thought her food was OK, but not great; and it was pricey, but the beers were cheap. OK, I can live with that so we had another beer and listened to the band getting set up. I'd have liked to have hung around a bit more but the people at the table we were sitting at were really boring, and we decided to just get out of Dodge and head north to the Pilsener Haus & Biergarten in Hoboken.

Overall it's a nice looking place with a wood bar, wood floor, and fireplace out front, but it's a little more bland inside the main hall. Still, it's OK looking... it's as you might expect it to be. The outside is nice though, and I'm sure it's pretty pleasant in the summer so I'll consider returning to give it a shot then - but two things that really bothered me are the security officers and the plastic mugs - it's just a little too amateurish for me.

11-23-2011 13:51:29 | More by NeroFiddled
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clasher

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $

So we fell in love with this place as soon as it opened. It started out with a very cool mix of clientele but since word has gotten out the crowd has blended into a frattier, more sports oriented fanship on certain game nights and event nights. Though I can't say the change in crowd could ever deter me from this amazing place.

I think the best compliment I can pass on came from friends of ours who we brought for a welcome beer after their return to the states following 3 years in Germany. These skeptics were expecting hokey German knock-off bar, but what they got felt authentic and homey.

You walk in to a small side bar, but keep going through to the grand central hall and the second bar area (the best bartenders are usually there). Here you'll also find live music from famous imported acts direct from Germany, and local groups like the Ja Ja Ja's. (They also have some nights with more rock/pop type performers but I avoid these). If you're looking for a night with a raised glass of amazing beer and live polka this is the place to be.

The rich wood floors, fixtures and tables keep the authentic feel. The food station is a bit cheesie but I look past it. They have large screen TVs which can be great for events like world cup watching, but they can also take away from live music when a Yankee game is playing on the same night.

Perhaps my favorite part of this place is the amazing outdoor area in the back. It is essentially my home away from home on spring and summer weekends when we bring backgammon or cards and set up for a day of drinking and great company Saturdays and Sundays.

The beer selection for imports and European style brews is fantastic, but they're lacking in the craft and local beers that started as part of their selection. There are several bars, but they all seem to model eachother and I think they're loosing an opportunity to diversify their selections here. Personally I think they should dedicate thier back bar in the Rathskeller to craft and locals so it's kind of a tucked away little stash for those in the know. I also think they should do more to build a community around beer. They offer very vanilla events like Jersey Shore episode watching and rock nights that could happen at any non-descript bar anywhere. But they don't do events that grow a community around beer like 101's, classes, tastings, food pairings, clubs/groups, etc.

12-05-2010 04:22:02 | More by clasher
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Flashy

Vermont

4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

A true beer hall (get rid of the big screen TV though), with an authentic beer garden outside. Got there before they opened and we sat outside for 20 minutes.
Found out beers are 1/2 price for happy hour (4-7), we were drinking liters of Dog Fish 60 Minute IPA for $6- how's that! $6 for a 1/2 liter and $12 for a liter at other times, but get there early and who needs later.
Beer selection was very good, not superb. Service was good, not superb. This place gets packed and I would recommend getting there earlier rather than later.
Still, with some faults it is a real German beer hall/ beer garden with free parking close by. it's right on the Light Rail and you can get into Hoboken quick if you want a change of scenary. And it's pretty kid friendly- early on.

11-14-2010 12:50:03 | More by Flashy
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nathanlovesipas

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 1 | $$

I went here a few times in the winter of '09-'10 and it was a similar experience each time. At first you come inside and see all of the taps and all of the beer garden style seating and think it's going to be a great evening. There are several things that take away from Zeppelin Hall though. First, the food is terrible (and terribly expensive). On one of my visits, a friend of mine got a hamburger that was a little funky. He felt terrible after eating half of it and didn't bother finishing it. He then threw it up when we got to the next bar. It killed the evening because then he felt like going home, and then there were only four of us, so we all said f this and called it a night. The 40 taps that they have aren't that impressive either, once you take a closer look. They have probably 4 or 5 Czech/German/Danish pilsners, including Golden Pheasant, Spaten, Dab, Radeburger and Carlsberg (but no frickin' Pilsner Urquell?!) and then probably another 4 or 5 wheat beers/hefeweizens, including Hoegaarden, Franziskaner Weiss, Hacker-Pchorr Weiss, Blue Moon, etc. Then there are a few assorted craft beers and other decent imports. It's not that I dislike these styles (although they aren't my favorite). It just seems like a really stupid selection, like somebody who doesn't know jack about beer picked these out of a hat to have on tap. They are what I call 'repeats', because a lot of them are so similar that they might as well just have one on tap. Imagine if an Irish pub had Guinness, Beamish and Murphys Stout all on tap. You would probably laugh if you saw that. That's how this place is. On the plus side, they DO have a few good brews. I had Blue Point Toasted Lager here and also Leffe Brune (extremely rare!). I guess even a novice bar manager would get lucky and pick some good, more unique beers out of 40 taps. They need to diversify a lot more though. Maybe have a couple of the more extreme or unique beers (perhaps Flying Dog Raging Bitch, Old Speckled Hen, some crazy IPAs, Belgian dubbels or tripels, or anything over 7% for instance)

On the plus side, there is a free parking lot about 30 seconds away, and the place is big--so big that you might lose your friends if you aren't careful (it sounds like I'm describing CostCo). It never gets stuffy or cramped because of this. There are three inside bars, all serving the same 40 beers on tap (no bottles). I haven't been here in the warmer months, but I do plan to, because they have a huge outside area which should be fun. If they have a grill out there, I might even get some food, because it would be difficult for them to f up a bratwurst and sauerkraut. I will let you know if they do though.

07-01-2010 20:14:21 | More by nathanlovesipas
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infi

New York

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$

First time visiting Biergarten at Jersey City with a couple of good friends. Was immediately amazed at the immense size of the venue, both inside and outside. That night must have had around 400-500 people. Real good times. Lots of beer drinking, conversation and laughs - great atmosphere for sure. The quality of the place was good. A bit crowded at times, but that's to be anticipated. Fairly clean overall. Workers come around time to time to help clean up any empty cups, glasses, plates and general garbage.

The service was actually fairly quick and friendly. I was surprised to see how efficient all the bartenders were, especially in a loud and crowded venue that Biergarten is. They know their taps fairly well. Mugs and steins are available upon request, as well as plastic cups.

First time seeing that many German brews on tap, so I indulged into some of them. Selection is not too uncommon. We had Hofbraü Dunkel, Franziskaner Hefe, Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Carlsberg, Abita Purple Haze and Harpoon IPA all in pitchers. Enjoyed all of them throughout the whole night. I was a bit disappointed to find that a lot of their Bavarian items were sold out, so we just settled on the basics: chicken tenders and fries. The food was a little pricey at $8 per platter. It tasted fine, just not worth the high price tag. At $18 a pitcher, the beer was generally reasonable for all of us. We must have ordered 10-12 pitchers throughout the night.

Biergarten is a great place for a nice gathering of you and your friends. I'm definitely going back during the daytime to indulge outside on the patio and eat some Bavarian food. Overall, I definitely enjoyed this venue.

05-19-2010 00:47:06 | More by infi
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Zeppelin Hall Restaurant & Beirgarten in Jersey City, NJ
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