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Wolff's Biergarten

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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
pDev:
8.4%
 
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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 15
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 ChellyNY
4.78/5  rDev +18%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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 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 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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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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 stevehagy
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of kehustler14
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

One of the more ineresting places in Albany, they have everything from a ping-pong table to 4 dartboards, and decenet number of TV's. Only had the food once, but can't complain about that, it was pretty good. My favorite part is the free 2 liter birthday boot, although next year I am going to ask how much it would cost to have it filled up with Weihenstephaner hefeweisse instead of the house beer, the Hofbrau Munich. Definitly the place we go on special occasions such as birthdays or a nice warm day in the beginning or end of the school year.

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

Photo of deanhead
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Photo of IckyT2012
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Avryle
4.13/5  rDev +2%
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.

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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 mctizzz
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Photo of Himself
4.01/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of GoBlue28
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of manwich
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Fun place. Quite good selection of German beers on tap, with fun glassware (.3/.5/1l mugs). The atmosphere is fun and lighthearted, with a mixed crowd and good spirits. Peanut shell covered floor, picnic bench seating, soccer on TV and a garage-style front door open to the street in the summer makes this place a great place to have a beer (and dinner) with friends. Probably the only place around where you can find this selection of German beers on tap.

The food is generally good, German-inspired fare including sausage, schnitzel and various other odds and ends. Prices are reasonable, though not necessarily cheap. Cash only.

Don't forget to go on your birthday for the free 2l boot (with $40 refundable deposit)!

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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 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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Wolff's Biergarten in Albany, NY
Place rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 34 ratings
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