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Taps: 14 / Bottles: 23
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
phone: (518) 427-2461
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
03-20-2009 14:24:00 |
More by ChellyNY
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
German style beer garden atmosphere with a blend of American garage door style party atmosphere! This place provides an open, free flowing atmosphere that makes it easy to mingle and meet. You can easily over look the messy peanut shelled floor since they provide that free snack on every German style picnic table. While snacking on the "nuts" you can enjoy a plethora of German style beers; whatever suits your fancy. If German beer doesn't do it for ya, they also serve a hearty menu of Belgians (they have Delirium Tremens!). The food is also ethnically eclectic. For those not on the adventurous side with their tastebuds stick with the pizza (they own a place next door which they'll pick up for you) which is awesome! Pizza and beer are always a classic combo! Nonetheless, this atmosphere is alluring for all kinds and if the beer doesn't draw you in, there are the large TVs and dart boards to keep you occupied while guzzling your liter of beer. It's worth mentioning the "birthday boot" of beer that you can get for free on your special day-look out, it's 64 oz of deliciousness! You may leave the 'garten with a 'feather in your German hat'!
04-26-2013 22:57:44 |
More by SlainteAlbanyNY
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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.
01-02-2010 04:11:39 |
More by kehustler14
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Definitely love going to Biergarten. They have the best selection of European beers on tap and bottled in the Albany area, bar none. It's a great place to catch soccer games and other sports occasionally with friends and some locals or shoot darts with folks also. The food is pretty good in my opinion. Portions of kraut, wurst and potato salad, etc are excellent and taste is good too. They also give you a free boot of beer on your birthday, and free roasted peanuts while you're hanging out. The only downside for me is the bar is cash-only. Not a huge problem overall but I do not like carrying cash.
10-08-2012 15:18:37 |
More by stalker5
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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.
05-05-2009 20:01:09 |
More by deanhead
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Another great beer stop is Albany. Chock full of draft & bottle German beers (as well as German wines for those folk. Prices aren't bad- $12-15 for a freakin' liter of (good) beer. Food selection is standard wurst, saurkraut, etc. Free peanuts.
There is a ping pong table and several dart boards against the rear wall (which makes coming out of the bathroom a bit scary not knowing if you're going to get nailed in between the eyes with a dart.)
My one complaint is their current lack of boots. Their board states they have boots, (Free 2L boot o' beer on your birthday) but upon inquiry, they informed me that they HAD a single boot until it was dropped by some birthday boy soon after opening.
05-06-2009 16:56:29 |
More by Avryle
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.75 | $$
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.
01-03-2012 18:32:16 |
More by mctizzz
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Great atmosphere. Great beer. Only problem is it should have more great German beers in bottle. Disappointed to not find any schlenkerla beers, other rauch beers or some famous german beers like aventinus julius echter dunkel or any berliner weisse beers.
Great otherwise though! The entire set up was very nice and comfortable. I will definitely enjoy many a nights posted up on a the bar there. Price were very nice, and the food was excellent. Very glad to have this bar around albany. Make sure to check it out!
03-21-2009 00:12:39 |
More by GoBlue28
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
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)!
07-17-2010 20:48:39 |
More by manwich
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.
02-13-2012 22:04:47 |
More by rlee1390
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Wolff's Biergarten in Albany, NY