Lindenbräu am Potsdamer Platz

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

Bellevuestraße 3-5
Berlin, 10785

+49 30 25 75 12 80 | map

No longer brewing beer.

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Reviews by 4thoseabout2bock:
Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Surprisingly good beer for touristy location. The Sony Center is like a cross between Times Square and a suburban mall. The Lindenbrau is on three or four levels, all with a view of the shiny brewtanks and the main sony center courtyard. In the center of it all there is a fountain and a large video screen that showed nature scenes during our visit. The ambient music is of the "cat sleeping on synthesizer" genre.
But onto the beer: the Pils was very light and dry. The Zwickel was a little sweeter, but also quite Pilsy. Both were perfectly fine. The Dunkel was also good with a little dark roast and caramel (almost burnt caramel) coming through.

The Hefe (the only beer they brew here) was solid (better than fine).

We did eat here and the lamb shank (Lammsteltze) was also surprisingly good with a nice dark beer? sauce and there were fresh herbs on the green beans and potatoes. Our other dish was the weissewurst which was fine (It's pretty hard to mess up boiled sausages). Perhaps I had overly low expectations, but this place was a pleasant surprise. Its near Potsdamer Platz, Checkpoint Charlie and some remaining portions of the wall, so most tourists will probably be coming by here anyway. No reason not to stop for a fresh beer.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of dgilks
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25

Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of Goldorak
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.5

A great example of a modern German brewpub. Located in a hypermodern plaza a short hop away from Potsdamer platz, the pub is immaculate. We were seated on elevated stools near the front door. Service was efficient, in English (sort of), but don't expect to make friends with the staff. Not much selection, but we were there for the Weiss, and it did not disappoint. It was full of body and super easy to drink. We didn't eat, but the classic menu looked good. I recommend this spot while doing the touristy route of Berlin.

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Photo of jonmikel
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Located in Sony Center, it's has it's own selection of beers. They're brewed in the bar. The beers are awesome, specially the Hefe-Weizen (Wheat). They're not very expensive, taking into account the location of the bar/restaurant (4 € more or less 1/2 liter and 7€ 1liter). The local is quite crowded almost at any time but it has 3 stocks so you can find place quite easily. The bartenders are always very busy, so they're quite slow.
Overall, a must-go in Berlin.

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Photo of Ruds
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Have visited on 3 occasions, most recently this spring

Fairly consistent on all visits

Whilst set in the Sony Centre, so no historical appeal or architecture involved, it is a very differnt brew pub in the sense of the Sony Centres modern feel and I do enjoy the modern architecture and sitting outside in the beer garden (which isn't really outside of course!)

I've eaten here once, in the form of the farmers platter, which was good (cheese, meat, bread etc)

A fairly touristy crowd here, not many locals

Beers have all been OK - not setting the world alight, but good enough

I've had the beer paddle/bat a few times

This is a sample of 8 house beers in 0.3L format

Be warned - they are designed for sharing as you only get 4 different beers, duplicated !

Good for a stag night I guess!

Worth a vist!

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Photo of lstokes
3.75/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

I went here with my family on Christmas Day, and I was surprised by how good it was. It's in such a heavily trafficked location that they wouldn't really need to be good to stay in business, but it delivered with tasty renditions of German classics and better-than-decent beer.

We tried the goulash and two different kinds of schnitzel, as well as the radish appetizer, and enjoyed everything. I thought the knödeln were especially tasty. They only brew a Weiss on premise, but will mix it with ginger, strawberry, banana, whatever you want, and they supplement with a few beers from Traunstein, including a Zwickl, a Dunkel, and a Pils. The ubiquitous Berliner Weisse mit Schuss is also available.

We tried the Zwickl, the Radler (a Zwickl with Lemonade), and the Dunkel, and liked all of them. We didn't ask the staff much about the beer, but they were willing to speak German with me, so points for that. It's a bit pricey for Berlin, but perfectly reasonable for this location, and the vibe is touristy, a bit hurried, but again, what you'd expect for the location. Worth it if you're in the area and looking for a good meal.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Great location, if heavily travelled, in the Sony Centre on Potsdamer Platz in Berlin.

Attractive interior with your standard brewpub regalia, the patio and balcony upstairs are the places to be though for some good people watching.

Prime of place in the menu given to their dozen or so Weisse beer mixes which is kind of depressing. Other than those, the Hefeweizen, the only one brewed on site as others have stated, a Dunkels and a couple Pilsners are the extent of the beer menu. Hefeweizen is tasty, but rather light I thought, not too complex. Enjoyed the Dunkels a bit more. No real complaint about the beer though. 3.70 a half litre.

Standard German fare, lots of pork cooked a hundred different ways. Great portions. I had the Brauhaus Stellar which had pork chops, two sausages and fried liver served with a beer sauce, tasty sauercraut and a big potato dumpling. Cost me a ten'er.

Service was good. Attentive and they didn't correct us on our German or switch to English.

I'd eat there again, but more for the food than the beer.

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Photo of elmocoso
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 4.5

As stated above, this place is in the middle of the Sony Center, which means they get a lot of traffic, i am sure. beautiful brewing sculpture with a silver kettle, if I remember right. The brewing equipment is located in the center, wrapped around a spiral staircase. Beer cellar is actually located on the third floor. Brewmaster is a nice older guy.

The beer was good, but the only one brewed on premise is the Weizen, which is a shame.

Food was good but a bit pricey. That is to be expected, though. It is prime Tourist location.

Service was good and friendly, nothing to get excited over.


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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Three levels, brewing kit is the centre piece of each level, as it rises up through this new build brewpub. This area of Berlin is all new since the wall fell in 1989, I can remember Potsdamer Platz being a wasteland.

All glass and coppers, this is what the new Berlin is all about, I really prefered the old Berlin. I don't like high stools and high tables, this is full of both on the ground floor.

Service, beer and food was fine, the salads are huge, try one. A brewpub for tourists, but is worth finding and having their beers.

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Photo of foamee
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Lindenbrau is located in a busy tourist area. They have seating for probably 300 outdoors, in a sheltered area between buildings. The indoors is not particularly large, but there are 3 floors. Some of the floor space is taken up by the brewing equipment. What appears to be a 7 barrel system is arranged vertically, with the lauter at the top, the kettle somewhat lower, and the other tanks lower still, connected by a circular stairway, all enclosed in glass for easy viewing.
It was hard to get a server's attention, but once we did, service was astonishingly fast. When asked about the beerlist, the server said they had their own "homebrews". The beer tasted like home brew, like it was made from a kit. The hefe weizen was good, but it tasted artifically spicy...too much cinnamon and cloves. The red lager tasted sugary sweet.
The food menu was quite extensive, with pictures of each selection. The food was good, seemed authentic, and came in large servings. I would give them a second chance at the beer, but I would definitly go back for the food.

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Photo of numenor1
3.9/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I spent a semester in Berlin a couple years back and stopped at this place for a hefe whenever I had time to spare or was going out around Potsdamer Platz. The hefe is terrific. I never tried the food here though until I was back in Berlin over the summer. The food is traditional Bavarian fare and also quite good. But I really enjoy their hefe... Selection, as at most places Germany (as compared to the US) is never great. A slight bit pricy given the location, but that said the location is pretty cool and has loads of history behind it. Potsdamer Platz, biggest construction site in the world, or at least it was for a while. Highly recommended.

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Photo of jreitman
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Note to non-smokers, this place is horribly smoky due to poor ventilation. In the summer, it may be better, but if smoke is something that bothers you it may be best to avoid the place. The waitstaff all spoke perfectly fine english and understood us quite well. I tried their dunkel and my wife had the hefe which were both great. The brewing equipment site prominently in the center of the restaurant with stairs leading to a balcony that overlooks the bottom floor. Other than the smoke, the place was great to visit. Just be sure you go off peak or it will be packed as it's right near an IMAX theater and is a major tourist site.

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Photo of twilight
4/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Someone is smoking in here, and it's ticking me off. I wasn't initially enthused about the smoking ban in NYC, but once it came into effect, I took it for granted.

Located in historically infamous (built, bombed, walled, torn, built) Potsdamer Platz in the Sony Center under the giant glass Circus Tent. The place is shiny and new, comfortable in its newness and without weathering. Seating is composed of various strange two-sided stool-high benches which assume an average girth, of course, the guy behind me was tapping the bench with his foot and I was getting annoyed.

There is a modern touch to the place without being too post-modern. Clean lines and glass intergrate it seamlessly into the Sony Center without being too pubby or too McDonald's-ish (I did see a McD's by Haeckesher Markt, mind you)

In the center of the place are the brewtanks, beautiful and glorious. Also in the center is an iron staircase leading up to the second floor which I did not visit.

There were four beers on offer when I visited, and I had the Alt, which was pretty good. Then again, after lots of lagers, a top fermented beer was a sight for sore palates. The service was excellent, with me ordering in my broken German, and the waitress switching over to English to clarify my order.

As I was leaving, after I had paid, this older couple begins to sit at the table. They didn't wait for me to get up as the woman was already making herself comfortable before I even had my things together. Well, I never!

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Photo of IPA17
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5

A really cool place in the amazing Sony Center on what was once no-man's land during the Cold War. The place had an upstairs but I didn't go there. I sat at a table near the bar (which had only 4 seats. I wanted to do a sampler but the nearest thing to it is the "meter of beer"--8 beers, two of each of the 4 beers, served on a meter stick and that's what she brought me. Off to work I went. The Hefeweizen was very good as was the dunkel. The third beer, the Pilsner, was ok (I'm not a big Pils fan) and the forth was a good Maibock. Overall, a very good set of distinct beers.
I liked the atmosphere and the quality was very good. Service was good. (It was evening and they were very busy.) Worth the trip to get to and recommended. You can tell that they appreicate the beer at this place.

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Photo of allboutbierge
4.05/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

When I went I might have had a biased or privileged impression. My small group was accompined by an alum of my college who happened to work at the Sony Center and was a regular at the Brewpub. Either way the service was fantastic.

While the atmosphere has elements and decoration that attempts to create a feel of the 'old brewpubs' it is far too new, clean, and yuppy to acheive this goal. Nonetheless is a comforting and warm setting. Large bronze vats in the center of the brewpub let you know were you are.

The little food I had was outstanding. The potato soup was warm, filling, creamy, and fine company to my Weiss. Though it was slightly expensive, even for Germany, this should be expected considering the real estate.

The beer menu was focused mainly on weiss beers and weiss beers with flavor additives. They did however have a large variety of beer flavorings to intice the not-so-much beer drinker

If one is in the area of the Sony center or Potsdamer Platz in Berlin I have two recommendations: Here for a beer or two and a trip for ice cream at the nearby modern mall. I cant remember the name but any Berliner (the person not the donut) should be able to tell you.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

There is a great little brewpub in Berlin, located in Potsdamer Platz or the Sony Center, as it is also known. It is modeled after and somehow connected to some brewery in Bavaria. There most popular beer, especially during the summer, is their Hefe-Weizen. It has an appropriate Bavarian flavor to it, possibly a bit on the clean side, but you can definitely taste the characteristic banana and clove flavor. They also have a full figured pils and a corresponding zwickel, as well as a malty deep red dunkel. The beers are accompanied by a traditional German menu of wurst and sauerkraut of many a form, which from sampling on two occasions, is quite tasty. The service was quite reasonable each time I was here. Both times I sat on the deck on the third level, which is a great place to sit and watch the crowds milling in the futuristic looking Sony Center.

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Photo of Todd
4.05/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Lindenbräu is located in one of the more recently rebuilt areas of Berlin (Mitte), in Potsdamer Platz, under the protection of a massive outdoor enclosure in the Sony Center -- complete with a multiplex movie theatre / 3D IMAX, FilmMuseum, Sony store, and this Bavarian-style restaurant/brewpub.

Although the atmosphere is a bit "shopping mall-like," sitting on anyone one of the 3 levels, facing the inner courtyard, is quite the view -- especially if you like to people watch. Inside the feel becomes more of a brewpub feel, with a small gravity fed brewing system smack in the middle of the place, and running thru all 3 levels.

Service was outstanding, very accomodating and everyone seemed knowledgable about the beers. Speaking of the beers ... they only brew one beer on premise, Hofbräu-Weiße, a hefe-weizen type beer. Three other beers are available as guest beers from Hofbräuhaus Traunstein, 1612er Zwickl Bier (an unfiltered pilsner), Altbairisch Dunkel (brown beer / altbier) and Fürsten Pils (a traditional German pils). A Bierverkostung (beer sampler) is available for around 14 Euro, consisting of 8 x 0.2l serving (ein meter bier vom fass) -- you get 2 of each beer.

The food was delicious! An offering of standard German food with influences from Bavaria and surrounding countries. Everything is reasonably priced. Oh ... and you can also pick-up any of the glassware, and other items, at the bar or shop.

Lindenbräu is an enjoyable stop if you are anywhere near the Tiergarten or Brandenburger Tor. Highly recommended.

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Lindenbräu am Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, Germany
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