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3.76/5 rDev -5.1%
Looking at a map it appeared to me that Siebensternbräu would be a fairly long walk from my hotel at Stephansplatz. I was wrong. Wien is a small city, and in actuality the distance was only about a mile. It was a pleasant mile though, with plenty to see. That had been my second misconception; I'd wondered if there was anything of interest beyond the innerestadt, and of course, there is. There are plenty of shops, larger department stores, restaurants, and other things to see. After our visit my wife and I walked just a few steps and had a few more beers at Plutzer Bräu.
So, besides being Austria's first brewpub, it's also an interesting place to look at. From the outside it looks like a classic building, but inside it's not quite as you'd expect. You enter through a hallway and then stairs down into it. It's not new, but it's not old (well, yes, the building is old...). It's cute and comfortable with a nice wooden bar wrapping around the brewhaus area, all set beneath a massive skylight. I'm not sure how to describe the decor. It didn't feel wholly Germanic to me, but more Mediterranean-tinged with yellow walls accented here and there with fake stone wall sections, a terra cotta tiled floor, and, seemingly, as much beer-related paraphernalia as they could find. The inside dining area, which is interestingly divided, and accessible via stairs and corridors to different parts seats 250, and there are 30 seats at the bar. The beer garden in the back holds another 160. It seems like the kind of place that can be very laid-back and fun, OR a frat house disaster!
Beer is, of course, the most important part. There are usually 6 regulars beers and 1 seasonal:
Wiener Helles ,3l/€3,00 ,5l/€3,60 1l/€6,70
Prager Dunkles ,3l/€3,00 ,5l/€3,60 1l/€6,70
Märzen ,3l/€3,20 ,5l/€3,80 1l/€7,10
Hanfbier ,3l/€3,20 ,5l/€3,80 1l/€7,10
Chilli ,3l/€3,20 ,5l/€3,80 1l/€7,10
Bamberger Rauchbier ,3l/€3,20 ,5l/€3,80 1l/€7,10
All of the beers I tasted were very good, but tending towards the malty side. They were unfortunately sold out of their seasonal and one other regular having just celebrated Sylvester (New Year's Eve). I thought the prices were OK, slightly higher than they could be, but not bad.
Overall, I wouldn't call it a "must see", although Conrad Seidl did give them % out of 5 Krügerl (mugs) in his 2013 Bier Guide (and just to note, 1516 Brewing Company and Fischerbräu also took 5 Krügerl). I would stop by given the opportunity, but if you don't make it don't feel as if you've missed too much.
01-26-2014 03:32:03 | More by NeroFiddled
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
4.1/5 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
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
3.79/5 rDev -4.3%
We visited this establishment twice on a recent (May 2008) trip to Wien. It's appearence is very well described in Globetrotter's review, so I will only add that it's decor was most agreeable and appropriate for a place that brews it's own quality beers. Nicely decorated with beer memorabilia.
They had Maibock, Dunkles, Marzen, Hanf (hemp), Chilli beer and Bamberger rauchbier. Unfortunately, the India Pale Ale listed on their blackboard had just finished.
On the first occasion we visited, the only free table (shared) was in the "Gallerie" which is a room left and left again when you enter. This room was lacking in the atmosphere provided in the main part of the building. The service was reasonable, even if a mistake was made with size of beers ordered. I tried the Helles and the rauchbier (I had to try it, but maybe my palate needs some more "conditioning!").
For me, our first visit was "unfinished business" as I wanted to try more of their brews and also be seated in the main bar area. So we returned on our last night, and found seats to our liking. As I said the IPA was finished, but the Marzen and the Maibock were fine brews, though the Maibock was a touch sweet.
The downside was that the service was poor. Maybe it was the managers night off, but the waitstaff/bar staff were to be found having frequent cigarette breaks and ignoring customers. This did not only apply to us. I noted several locals unhappy with the (lack of) service.
I will be happy to return and give this place another try; it was one of the reasons we went to Vienna in the first place.
05-27-2008 10:44:12 | More by JohnfromDublin
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
3.33/5 rDev -15.9%
Most American beer fans would this place to be a shallow, overly commercialized, version of our own brew pubs (Texans may liken it to Two Rows, Californians may liken it to Gordon Biersch). The beer they brew is not great, but they do brew ales, which is a nice change of pace is you have been traveling Germany, Czechia, Austria or other central/eastern European countries.
The really nice thing about this bar is that, although the beer is not great, they have a comparatively good range of choices. Even better, they have a ton of different, high quality local schnapps (German and Austrian schnapps are to respected, not passed off to your little sister).
01-09-2011 00:19:11 | More by davidfortunato
Siebensternbräu in Wien, Austria
90 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.