Wolff's Biergarten

Wolff's BiergartenWolff's Biergarten
BA SCORE
82.4%
Liked This Place
4.05 w/ 34 ratings
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
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
34
Liked:
28
Avg:
4.05/5
pDev:
8.4%
 
 
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Reviews by madmanjf:
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3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
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 brentblack1
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Photo of broadway848
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
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%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of MadScientist
4.09/5  rDev +1%
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 -5.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Bengelmann
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of IckyT2012
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Himself
4.01/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of 60dub
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of TBonez477
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of MikeDL
4.78/5  rDev +18%
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 +3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of American_Hawk
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of JackNip
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of MJSchools
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of bcmac983
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of edmiglia
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Troy518
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of NJBeer265
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of SlainteAlbanyNY
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
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 rlee1390
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
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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Wolff's Biergarten in Albany, NY
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