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The Bier Abbey

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The Bier AbbeyThe Bier Abbey
BA SCORE
96
world-class

16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.07%
Taps: 30
Bottles: 10
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

613 Union St
Schenectady, New York, 12305-1529
United States
phone: (518) 388-8597

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(Place added by: shueyy on 07-03-2012)
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Reviews by mynie:
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4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Schenectady appears to be one big, bricky, old-timey downtown district. Which makes it a nice place to drunkenly while away a rainy Saturday afternoon.

The Bier Abbey is in an old and very large building. There's patio seating (for those foolishly inclined to drink in the sunlight, as opposed to wallowing in the shadows as god intended), a restaurant area, a dimly lit bar, and then a large banquet hall where sports are projected onto the wall. I choose the dim area, so as to be close to the bar.

The beer selection is amazingly well-crafted and cared for. This is the only beer bar I've ever visited where not only is each beer served at a different temperature, but the temps are noted prominently in the beer menu (along with beer and brewery name, location, style, and description).

Belgians are prominently represented in the tap lineup, but there's also plenty of New York State and New England-area selections for you people who refuse to drink beer that doesn't smell like grapefruit.

Very nice, very friendly place. The crowd was older, but it was pretty early in the day so I can't say what it's like early on. Bad music played constantly, but softly, and the bartender was a little surly but he warmed up after a bit. Nice place. Well worth visiting.

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Photo of vonnegut21
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Located in an up and coming block of Schenectady, the Bier Abbey is a great addition to the local craft beer scene. The interior has been renovated to have a vaguely Belgian, vaguely religious feel. Some of the tables are equipped with "pew" benches to further the "abbey" feel, while other areas have more of a European bistro feel. The bar itself is nicely sized, but in the middle of the place, right near the kitchen, so at times you can feel very in the way if you don't have a seat at the bar. Service is always excellent, with pour sizes and prices labeled and proper glassware used at all times. The selection is the best in the Capital District by far. Honestly, I don't think it could be any better given our terrible distribution. It's really the drawing point of this place. Without this loaded taplist, I probably wouldn't make the drive out to Schenectady, but they really put together a nice lineup. Food has always been pretty solid. Not spectacular, but good. The generous portions do a good job of soaking up the beer. Food is pretty fairly priced, but the beer is expensive. There's no two ways about it. The same beer here will cost $2 more than at certain other local establishments. At times, the taplist is worth the price. Other times, it's not. That said, I'd recommend you give this place a look.

Photo of scotv
4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Let me preface everything by saying I don't write reviews but I had to write one for the Bier Abbey as this place has almost turned into a second home for me on Friday nights.

From the moment you walk in the door of the Bier Abbey you can feel the difference from the routine bar or experience. I can't really pin point what it is about the atmosphere or ambiance but you instantly know the place is serious about their beer. Slide up to the bar and get mesmerized by the ever changing chalkboard of 30 beer selections littered with some old favorites and new delights. Choices ranging from local/regional breweries to brews that made their ways over borders and seas; there truly is something for everyone. Don't fret about the overwhelming list as you will be greeted by genuinely knowledgeable and overly friendly staff who literally make it their mission to find something your palate will desire. Hungry? The attention and commitment to the beer carries into the kitchen as they have unique and freshly prepared grub. Trust me when I say get the chicken tenders. The recipe was meticulously molded and crafted from customer feedback and the owner's commitment to perfection. Other options center around classic Belgian food with your traditional pub fair mixed in. Enjoy the beer, dive into the food and soak up the experience that is the Bier Abbey.

I know this all sounds biased, and maybe it is, but after visiting countless bars, brew pubs and eateries in the Albany Capital Region the Bier Abbey is my first and last stop. The owner George and manager Mike have crafted the Bier Abbey into a truly unique destination that will leave you craving more and coming back for weeks, months, and hopefully years on end!

Photo of Altrurian
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A solid, beer-centric entry on the bistro row that is the 600 block of Union Street. Laid-back, family-friendly atmosphere nicely complements a sophisticated and caring approach to beer. Extensive selection of domestic and foreign products on tap, including some rarities, served in a variety of sizes (4 oz. - ca. 20 oz.), with careful attention to appropriate temperatures and glassware. Menu offers a sufficient range of appetizers, sandwiches, and entrees at reasonable prices. Knowledgeable staff. If you're in Schenectady, and serious about beer, a visit to Bier Abbey is strongly advised. Walkable distance from Proctor's Theatre.

Photo of shueyy
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The Bier Abbey has been open for almost a month now and I stopped by for lunch. There's a patio out front and then you walk into a small dinning room in the front that has a nice fireplace and then the next room has the bar with 30 taps which is incredible. Then there are some booth that have church pews and then a big back room with a large TV and more pews.
The lunch menu is some what small right now but high quality I got 2 pounds of mussels in a Thai coconut sauce that was to die for. There's a nice cheese platter, wings, burgers etc.
The most important part is the tap list which I thought was outstanding for the Capital District. They have 30 taps that the temp is individual controlled base on the style of beer. They have a nitro and cask as well. The tap list ranges from Duchesse de Bourgogne to Goulden carols hopsinjoor and some rare Blanche biers from Unibroue. The nice part is they have 4 oz.pour in the appropriate glassware so you can taste a few different beers. They obviously have all the right glassware which I think is important don't serve everything in a pint glass.
The bartender Jeremy and the owner George were very knowledgeable about the beers which made for a nice experience. It's a great addition to the Capital District and worth the drive from the Albany area I would highly recommend this place.

The Bier Abbey in Schenectady, NY
96 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.