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Wolff's Biergarten

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BA SCORE
88
very good

16 Reviews
Wolff's BiergartenWolff's Biergarten
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

895 Broadway
Albany, New York, 12207-1306
United States

(518) 427-2461 | map
wolffsbiergarten.com

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2009

PLACE STATS
Place Score:
88
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
33
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
8.4%
 
 
Taps:
14
Bottles/Cans:
23
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews by deanhead:
Photo of deanhead
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
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!!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.25

Wolff's Biergarten Und Wurst Haus is a funky little place that has a decent selection of beer and a tiny walk-up kitchen that serves bar food with a German bent.

The biergarten is actually just a tiny area out front, although it seems a little bigger when the garage door is open in better weather. The wood top bar features anchored benches, which is interesting and a bit unusual, and the main are has communal tables. Free roasted peanuts are available on the bar, and the concrete floor is generally pretty well covered with shells. There are some interesting decorations including lamps made from horns, and a fake tree with a pig in it. At the back there's darts and shuffleboard, but the real entertainment here is football, and there are 5 large flat screen TVs to watch games on. It's a German themed sports bar, and a very "college" one at that.

There are 18 taps which are divided roughly into: 6 to 8 lagers & Pilsners, 3 wheats, 4 or 5 ales & ciders, and 4 darks & doppelbocks. They're all available in .3, .5, and full liter servings roughly costing $5, $7, or $11. Cans and bottles add another 30 or so options which are mainly German, Belgian, and American.

If you're a football fan you should definitely stop by as they've always got games on, and if not you should still be able to find a beer you'll like and enjoy soaking in some of the local color.

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Photo of thoglund
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of MadScientist
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
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%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Bengelmann
4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of IckyT2012
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of MacQ67
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of 60dub
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of TBonez477
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of MikeDL
4.78/5  rDev +25.5%
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 +10.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of American_Hawk
4.38/5  rDev +15%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of JackNip
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of MJSchools
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of bcmac983
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of edmiglia
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Troy518
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of NJBeer265
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of SlainteAlbanyNY
4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
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 +10.2%
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 -2.6%
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 +7.1%
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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Wolff's Biergarten in Albany, NY
88 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.
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