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4.15/5 rDev +4.8%
was just wandering back towards my hostel and the train station (the WestBahnhof), when I happened upon this place. Looking in the window, I saw a Michael Jackson article proclaiming their Prager Dunkel the best beer in Austria, so I had to go in and try a pint.
Sat down at the bar, and eventually got served (I was never sure what to do while in Europe - it didn't help that I was in a different country with different customs every day). Michael Jackson was right. The Dunkel is bloody great. But what really made it for me (maybe I'm easily impressed, but it WAS cool) was that they had a couple kettles behind the bar. I sat, drank my beer, and watched the brewer brew his beer. He was constantly tweaking controls, and even added hops while I was there. It's just something I've never seen before. There's a glass roof (lots of light), and artwork and memorabilia all around the bar. It's the working kettles that really make the bar, though.
There were five or six of their brews on tap (including a chili beer). I'm afraid I didn't have any food there, though. Still, I loved it.
07-14-2004 16:12:04 | More by the42ndtourist
4.1/5 rDev +3.5%
My favorite place in Vienna not named 1516. Located an easy walk or one tram stop from the center, behind the Museum Quarter. Wood panelled storefront with a hanging sign featuring seven stars (what'd ya think "Siebenstern" stood for?). Once inside go down stairs to the first landing, where there are doors on the right and left leading to the small rooms with tables. Continue down another flight of stairs, through double doors and down five or six more steps to get to the main room. The bar is three quarters of a square built around two brew kettles to the left and under a glass dome decorated with banners displaying the logos of the various beers they brew. Good start. To the right and up four steps is a long and narrow passageway crammed with tables and chairs. To the left past the bar is a threshold that leads to a thinner hallway still crammed with tables and chairs leading back up to the bathrooms and one of the rooms we saw from the first landing. Back beyond the bar are stairs going up to a rather quaint little garden dominated by a huge tree and otherwise crammed with tables and chairs. Yeah, they've got lots of tables and chairs, all made of wood. The floor is red tile, while the ceiling is a mustard-colored plaster. The walls are either this same plaster or red brick. Various etchings on the wall interspersed amongst small chalkboads listing the beers, wines, sweets and specials of the day. The waitstaff is unengaged but reasonably quick. Pop and classic rock plays quietly on the system (Bachman Turner Overdrive and the Bee Gees when I was there last). Excellent Austrian cuisine, even recommended by folks who don't appreciate the beer.
Seven (surprise, surprise) taps. The standards are Helles, Märzen, Dunkles, Hanf (Hemp), Chili and Rauch. The seventh brew is a rotating seasonal. I've seen Pils, Hefeweizen and the Herbstbock on tap right now. IPA is also rumored to be in the rotation come winter. The beers are always in good shape - fresh, well-served, generally in handled and lined mugs with the 7 Stern logo. What more can I say? If you want world-class beers of a wide variety of styles in an international setting, go to 1516. If you want a more quintessential Central European brewpub experience, come to 7 Stern.
10-18-2006 20:44:38 | More by Globetrotter
4.05/5 rDev +2.3%
Siebensternbräu is located on the eastern part of the city and is only a short walk from the subway station. As far as driving there appeared to be street parking all around. It is in the museum district and not too difficult to find from the Danube port at all.
The interior is large with multiple levels of seating. The bar is on the main floor with a full view of some of the brewing equipment. Various breweriana adorns the walls as well. It is important to note there is a beer vending machine near the entrance where you deposit euros and get beer. Fantastic.
The beer selection is pretty good. There are 7 beers on draught including a couple specials/seasonals like a chili beer and hemp beer. The rest are of the German persuasion such as Helles, Dunkels and Marzen. Overall the beers were average to above average. Many of the same beers can be found in the aforementioned vending machine as well.
Service on a weekday evening at the bar was good. Despite a language gap the we were able to communicate and order small glasses (called pfiffs) of several of the beers to sample.
The food at 7 Stern is great. My chicken schnitzel and my wife's pork and kraut were huge and enjoyable.
Overall this place is a must visit in Vienna.
04-27-2009 19:07:27 | More by Dogbrick
4/5 rDev +1%
I searched this place out from a guidebook and it was well worth it. Located in a great area, it is definitely worth a trip outside of the tourist city center. It was a family place with lots of Austrians and only a few tourists.
The food was nice hearty, Austrian food and wasnt too expensive at all. They had seven beers to choose from, and they all looked great but I liked the IPA the most. The service was very pleasant and spoke perfect English (they had an English menu as well) and made some great recommendations for food and drink.
I would definitely recommend this place to other that visit Vienna, especially if they are interested in beer.
02-24-2007 21:54:25 | More by jspruit
3.98/5 rDev +0.5%
Whew... I got lost trying to find this place, and ended up walking around for over an hour, drinking a pint at a nearby "irish" pub, and bitching incessantly. Let me just say... it was worth the trip.
The inside is a little more new-age than most places I've been to here, with the huge copper fermenters taking main stage in the middle of the restaurant. It's very bright and sleek looking, and there's even a nice little courtyard out back.
As for the brews. Both that I had were fantastic examples of the style, though I'm not a tremendous fan of Helles biers in general, but it was one of the best I've ever had. In addition to their own brews, they had several other local bottled beers.
The service was fine...no real complaints (although they wouldn't let me take away a 5L mini-keg of dunkel, which angered me).
The food was fantastic... everyone in the group loved what they got, from bratwurst to spinach gnochi. Fairly priced as well.
If you're even in Wien, this place is a 'must-see'.
05-15-2006 11:55:53 | More by nickss
3.96/5 rDev 0%
We go to this place whenever we have company in town visiting. It is a crowd pleaser. It has a nice beergarden and the interior is comfortable with a lot of little alcoves and separate rooms so you don't feel like you're just surrounded by 100 people. It has a very large selection of German and Austrian styles of beer, and the brewers have also started to include an IPA and some Belgian styles on their menu. Great goulash!
04-23-2013 20:05:05 | More by nloetz
District of Columbia
3.88/5 rDev -2%
I ended up visiting on a very packed evening, and didn't have a chance to meander about the sprawling place too much. I did have a chance to walk by what seemed like the main bar area inside the building. Pretty modern feel, open, and had a pretty interesting layout.
We were seated outside in a temporary shelter area, basically under tarps since the weather was not nice or warm during the time of visit. Must have been overflow seating area given how busy the place was that evening. Otherwise, I'm sure it would have been very lovely outdoor seating in the summer.
Anyway, pretty impressive variety of German leaning brews. I had the chance to try quite a few of them over a bit of a session. Food was definitely solid, and helped carry me through the sampling.
The service was real slow, even relative to how unresponsive Vienna's wait service can be. Had a bit of a problem getting out of there to be quite honest as the server disappeared. The only reason I'm not marking it lower is it seemed to be overwhelmingly busy night.
Beers weren't outstanding, but several were pretty darn good. I would say this should be a definite visit when in Vienna.
04-23-2009 01:32:54 | More by Nickls
Siebensternbräu in Wien, Austria
90 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.