The number of biergartens in northern New Jersey is quite limited. Zeppelin Hall Biergarten & Restaurant in Jersey City, NJ is probably the most well-known in my area. However, I don’t spend much time in Jersey City, so I was thrilled when I found out about Pilsener Haus Biergarten in Hoboken. They have more than 60 beers available and a great atmosphere. It is set up like an authentic European-style biergarten. There is indoors seating as well as outdoor seating for the warmer months. There is a formal restaurant as well as a grill where you can sample traditional Eastern European dishes such as kielbasa, bratwurst and a Bavarian soft-pretzel, which is AMAZING!
Beers I drank:
1. Pilsener Haus Original (4.8% alcohol): This German pils surprised me. I am used to drinking Pilsner Urquell, so I was expecting a similar bitter flavor. But, this beer was slightly sweeter with honey undertones. It is a lighter beer with a golden color. Easy to drink, especially when you want to try some brats!
2. Ramstein Imperial Pilsner (7% alcohol): This unfiltered beer is only available on draft. Naturally, I had to try it. It has a cloudy yellow color. The flavor is a combination of hops and crisp grapefruit. It’s not your traditional pilsner, and it was a nice addition to the beer menu.