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

Photo of NJBeer265
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of JackNip
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 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 brentblack1
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

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

Photo of madmanjf
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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Photo of aerozeppl
3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I am really torn on this place. I did not put up a review but I have been here a few times so...
I really love the idea of what they are trying to do here. They have quite a few taps of mostly German beer with a Belgian thrown in (Stella) The bottle list is small but they have some decent stuff. The bottles are REALLY expensive though. The beers on tap come in .3 .5 and 1 liter glasses. On your birthday you can get a 2l boot of the Hofbreau Munich. We went on my girlfriends birthday and she got the boot. The only down side is they only had 3 boots so there was a wait. No problem the boot is free with a $10 purchase. I got my .5 of the Rheisdorf Kolsch. Here is the issue with the boot. Everyone else who had one was throwing up. Now I can't knock the establishment for that but it is a tad on the meathead side of things. Many chants broke out encouraging people do down the boot. Then they would stumble to the bathrooms. Which is the next problem. There are 4 dartboards with one next to the mens room and another next to the womans with 2 in the middle. Every time you have to pee you take your life into your hands as there are always intoxicated people throwing darts. Then if you get into the bathroom intact you will probably have to wait for someone to finish vomiting. Seems kind of harsh but honestly every time I have gone a good percentage of people have been intoxicated. The good. Really nice old firehouse that used to be a swanky nightclub (which is ridiculous in Albany). The beer is good but I would like to see a little more variety. The prices are a little steep but they are served in the right glassware. The food is ok but again a little on the pricey side. It gets insanely crowded so get there early to avoid the rum soaks. The service has been good and awful. Sometimes they are just understaffed other times the bartender is just talking to their friends. Great idea just needs some work.

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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.
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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 Augustiner719
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Went here numerous times, most recently was on my birthday. We went in around 2pm and was greeted by the bartender and partons around the bar. After checking our ID's he told me that I get a free 2L beer boot filled with beer because it was my birthday. Nice touch.

Standard German beers like hofbrau, paulaner, becks, hacker pschorr, radeberger, as wells as some belgians and others. Menu was good, mostly german styled bar food. I dont think its a german chef but the food is sorta german with sausages and brats and what not. A couple TV lined the walls and there was dart boards.

The concept is great and in the summer they open up the firehouse door which lets a nice breeze in. Wooden picnic tables instead of the authentic biergarten tables actually adds some character to the albany biergarten.

Its definately worth a stop in and its just about a mile past CH Evans (Albany Pump Station)

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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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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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

Photo of Himself
4.01/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 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 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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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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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Wolff's Biergarten in Albany, NY
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