Europe beer hunting in Vienna

Discussion in 'Europe' started by Beeronious07, Apr 19, 2013.

  1. Beeronious07

    Beeronious07 Initiate (0) Jul 26, 2011 Macedonia

    I'm going tomorrow to Vienna and since its my 1st time there, I'm looking forward to get neck deep in new beers that i have never tried before !:wink:
    any suggestions for beers, or places that are A MUST to visit ???
    also if somebody wants to join me, would loved to have some company !!!!
  2. jazzyjeff13

    jazzyjeff13 Poo-Bah (3,144) Nov 6, 2010 United Kingdom (England)

    The Edelweiss Weissbier is a solid Austrian brew, but I don't know exactly where you'll find it. The local lager is Ottakringer; basically Austrian BMC though it is brewed in Vienna.

    I can't recommend specific establishments, but when you're there ask about the Bermuda triangle (a triangular series of bars). Should make for a good night out!
  3. Beeronious

    Beeronious Initiate (0) Dec 23, 2012 Turkey

    wow dude the last part sounds amazing :grinning:

    amazing enough to make even locals that r not that much into beer to think twice about their decisions :grinning: :grinning:
  4. nloetz

    nloetz Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2005 Austria

    I live here in Vienna and I know of a number of great breweries. When will you be here and for how long?
  5. nloetz

    nloetz Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2005 Austria

    I just realized that you wrote that you are here today. Well I'll give you a quick run down of the top beer destinations in the city. I'll try to do my best to rank them for you based on what I would assume you might be interested in and their proximity to the center of the city.

    #1 for a lot of people is 1516.
    It's in the center of the city near all of the touristy stuff and it is by far the most creative of the breweries in the city. I've never been 100% happy with the actual beer, but they are at least trying to do something different. Their standard beer is their clone of Victory HopDevil, but they usually have a couple of other creations on tap.
    #2 is 7Stern, but maybe it should be #1.
    It is also in the tourist part of Vienna, and is a very comfortable place to have a few drinks. Their beer menu is large and it is starting to include some creative beers. Last time I was there I had an IPA, and it seems like their webpage says that they have a Belgian Red beer on tap currently. I'm a bit curious about that. My favorite beer from them is their rauchbier. It's a pretty solid product. A friend of mine swears by their winterbock. Overall their beers are good quality, and they have a nice food menu too. I like the goulash the best. The hanf beer is also worth mentioning and they have a terribly hot chili beer if you wish to challenge yourself.
    #3 for you might be Känguruh Pub
    It's an Australian bar and they don't actually make beer there, but they have a very large bottle list. Try the Schneider Hopfenweisse maybe or the Schlenkerla Rauchbier. They also have loads of Belgian beers. I imagine that you might be able to find the Austrian Trappist beer here. I haven't been to this bar for a million years, so I can't really say too much else about it. If you are looking for BrewDog beers you can find them at Charlie P's. They also have nice burgers.
    #4 could be Salm Bräu.
    I'm recommending this place because it is close to the Belvedere which I imagine you would visit if you were here as a tourist. It's also interesting because it is owned by Salm which is a company which makes brewing equipment for brewpubs. They are pretty famous. Their beers are good, but they only have a few of the standard German/Austrian styles. This would be a nice place to try Märzen if you are curious about it. They use traditional decoction mashing methods when brewing their beers. I don't think many people still do that. It's a nice place for schnitzel, and I really like their Jägerpfandl.

    #5 Wieden Bräu
    Some people really like this place, but I can't say that I am a fan of it. The beers I've had there were a little boring, and the food wasn't great. Maybe you'll have a different experience. It is close to the center of the city.

    #6 is a combination of Krah-Krah and Bermuda Bräu
    They are both in that famed Bermuda Triangle of bars. The beers are pretty bland, but Krah-Krah has a large selection of Austrian lagers in bottles.

    So those are the top locations in the center of the city, but that doesn't meant that they are the best. If you have some time, you might want to check out the bars in this next list.

    #1 Lichtenhaler Bräu
    This modest operation has some really nice creative beers. Last time I was there, they had an American pale ale, and IPA and a wit. The quality is probably better than that of the beers at 1516, and the food is good too. The prices can't be beat! Good burgers. They also serve standard Austrian beer styles.

    #2 The Highlander
    It's close to Lichtenhaler, so you could easily walk from one to the other. They have a nice enough stout there and an unfiltered Märzen. They also serve young wine in the fall.

    #3 Fisher Bräu
    I go to this place all the time since it's close to where I live. It's very comfortable and they have live jazz on Sundays. The beer menu is small, but it's solid stuff. Mostly typical beers though. They have a stout on right now and that is the first time I've ever seen it offered there. The burgers aren't so great, but the rest of the menu is quite nice.

    I've never made it out to Schwarzer Rabe , but it looks like it would be really nice. I"ll go there soon and update this thread for anyone else who might be interested. Same goes for Kaldez . There are a few other places in the city, but I don't know much about them. I'll update this thread as I find out more.

    Before you go, make sure to grab a few bottles of Schwechater Zwickl from the grocery store. The Schwechater brewery is just outside of Vienna, so you could visit it if you have a lot of time. The zwickl isn't sold in the beer isle with the rest of the beers because it has to be kept cold. Look around and you'll find a refrigerator with the stuff. This is a great beer from a historically important brewery. It is unfiltered and unpasteurized. You can find it in Spar grocery stores.

    I'll update this post later. Have fun in Vienna!
  6. 5thOhio

    5thOhio Zealot (501) May 13, 2007 South Carolina

    Get some of those little sausages while you're there. I hear they're much better fresh than in the cans.
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  7. nloetz

    nloetz Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2005 Austria

    So I forgot that you can't edit a post after 15 minutes on this forum. This is frustrating because I need to make a few changes.

    I forgot to mention the bars in the Altes AKH. Check out Universitätsbräuhaus . They make some good standard Austrian beers, and they also make an alt bier. They have a nice beer garden and are next to the Stiegl Ambulanz brewhouse and beer garden. Stiegl is actually a Salzburg beer, but they have this brewpub here in Vienna. I think that their pils is the best in Austria. These two breweries are close to the center, so they should be included in my top list up at #3 maybe.
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  8. Beeronious07

    Beeronious07 Initiate (0) Jul 26, 2011 Macedonia

    DUDE I LOVE U !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    came here few hrs ago, and to my ttl dissbeief nothing is working ...
    have some obligations during the day but after that during the nights i should be free to go beed hunting, if not now, then after the conference that im attending ends on the 29th ...
  9. nloetz

    nloetz Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2005 Austria

    It sucks that you are leaving on the 29th. The Vienna Beer Fest starts on the 2nd. :/
    I'm guessing that you are staying in the 1st district?
  10. Beeronious07

    Beeronious07 Initiate (0) Jul 26, 2011 Macedonia

    well u killed me with this one, the thing is that the conf ends on the 29th and then im free, but vienna prices are a bit too much for a student from the Balkans like me ...
    i think im in the 19th district
  11. PhillyStyle

    PhillyStyle Meyvn (1,214) Apr 8, 2008 Georgia

    I am going to be in Vienna in a few weeks, mainly in district 1...any update to the list above?
  12. nloetz

    nloetz Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2005 Austria


    Well, maybe one.
    You can check out my review of Stadtbrauerei Schwarzenberg here:

    It's worth a visit if you're going to 1516 since it's only about a block away. The beers probably won't shock you, but the atmosphere is quite nice.

    If you're coming during the Christmas season, make sure to check out Stiegel Ambulanz and Unibrau in the Altes AKH courtyard. There is a nice Christmas market there this time of year. Was just there yesterday!

    Oh and I've since been to the Schwarze Rabe, and it's now pretty low on my list of suggestions.
    #12 nloetz, Dec 9, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2013
  13. Thishops4u

    Thishops4u Disciple (304) Mar 7, 2013 Kansas
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    Heading to Vienna for a week in September. I believe around Labor Day weekend. Any beer festivals going on around then? Also do any of the shops carry Cantillon?
  14. nloetz

    nloetz Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2005 Austria

    Yep. Oktoberfest is on exactly then.

    You need a ticket for it, which might be good to order in advance but I'm not sure. The ticket covers a reserved seat and food... maybe a beer too. I've never done it before because I find it to be a bit expensive, but I have a friend who goes there most years and she loves it.
  15. nloetz

    nloetz Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2005 Austria

    I feel it's also worth mentioning that the Wien Weinwandertag takes place at around that same time. The Vienna area is known more for its wine than for its beer. The Weinwandertag takes you through the vineyards in the hills around Vienna where you can try the local vintners' wines and drink a lot of young wine (Sturm). It would maybe be a bit more "authentically Austrian" than doing the beer fest.

    It could also be worth checking out Lower Austria's (Niederösterreich's) wine calendar if you are going to be here for a week or so. Could be worth taking a trip to the Wachau.

    EDIT: Top producers from the Weinwandertag would be Cobenzl and Wieninger, but it's really more about the experience than it is about the wine.

    EDIT2: Oh, and the Cantillon. Biereri has it, but they keep it right up by the window in direct sunlight. It is expensive and a long trip to get out there. You might as well just find someplace to order it online in Kansas. Känguru also has it on their menu. I want to say it costs around 10 Euros. But I think it would be a wiser use of your time to go to one of the breweries in the city instead of spending your time in that bar.
    #15 nloetz, Mar 8, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2014
  16. nloetz

    nloetz Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2005 Austria

  17. patto1ro

    patto1ro Defender (627) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    Ah, the inevtable "can I buy Cantillon in <name of any European country>?" question.
  18. nloetz

    nloetz Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2005 Austria

    It really is a ubiquitous question here. I didn't find it that hard to buy when I was in America, so I have a hard time understanding why people would seek it out in European countries outside of Belgium. Maybe they don't have the distribution I imagine.
  19. patto1ro

    patto1ro Defender (627) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    It's as if there are only one or two breweries in the whole of Europe worth bothering with. There's loads of good Austrian beer that never makes it out of the country.
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  20. BeerMoto

    BeerMoto Initiate (111) Jul 26, 2014 California
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    I just want to throw out one American's perspective on this. Where I live, I can find many good European beers for a fair price, but for some reason, especially lately, Cantillon 750 bottles are going for $60~100+ and very few places have it regularly (you need to be lucky to find it on the shelf). Meanwhile, we hear that there are stores in Europe that sell them regularly, for a massive discount compared to US prices.

    Of course, that doesn't mean we won't take home those great Austrian beers too! I'll be visiting in late December and look forward to drinking many Austrian beers. Cheers!
  21. BeerMoto

    BeerMoto Initiate (111) Jul 26, 2014 California
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  22. nloetz

    nloetz Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2005 Austria

    I can't think of any special fests. That is usually a bit of a quiet time in the year.
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  23. Ciocanelu

    Ciocanelu Poo-Bah (4,754) Aug 30, 2012 Romania
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    Damn! I will be in Vienna on the 22nd and 23rd and I have some Cantillons in my cellar. I would have really loved to do a trade with you. :slight_frown:
  24. MarkoNm

    MarkoNm Initiate (0) Nov 13, 2013 Slovenia

    Looks like there'll be a couple of us in Vienna this December. But it seems we'll all just miss one another. I'll be there from 26th to 28th, is anyone is maybe interested in an IP trade for some Slovenian beers.
  25. HAWK3Y3

    HAWK3Y3 Initiate (0) May 6, 2015 Texas

    I'll be in Vienna with my wife for the first time on May 16-18. Looking forward to trying out some interesting local brews! We are visiting Europe from Texas in USA.

    Thanks for all the info in this thread, @nloetz
  26. CollinLanam

    CollinLanam Initiate (139) Jan 15, 2015 Missouri
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    I will be around Vienna in late July. Anxious to hear how your trip goes, @HAWK3Y3.
  27. Arminius757

    Arminius757 Aspirant (241) Aug 29, 2014 Connecticut
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    Was in Vienna late last year (before really starting to post in BA) and I must say the Känguruh is a must. Just be warned, it is a little crammped and from my experience, fills quickly. Prices are reasonable and the list of beers is mind blowing. If this is the only stop you have in Europe, you can try a little bit of everything here. I had some truly amazing Belgium brews, with the help of a local Belgian who just happened to be visiting the same time as me.
  28. CollinLanam

    CollinLanam Initiate (139) Jan 15, 2015 Missouri
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    Heading over to Austria in the next couple of days. I'm not very well-versed in Austrian beers. Any recommendations for bottles to be on the look-out to bring back with me or bottle shops to check out. Will only be in Vienna for a day and staying near the airport. Thanks for any help/recommendations!
  29. Arminius757

    Arminius757 Aspirant (241) Aug 29, 2014 Connecticut
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    Shame that you will only be there for a day...
    If you had more time, I would once again pitch the Känguruh as a must visit.
    Too bad, as it seems to be far from the airport, at least 45mins.
  30. pumpkinsmasher

    pumpkinsmasher Initiate (132) Nov 12, 2013 New York
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    Is there any updates you would make to this? Also, do you have any recommendations for Salzburg by chance? Thanks!
  31. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (1,972) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    Wow -- this thread wins for reboot resilience

    @pumpkinsmasher Augustiner in Salzburg is a must-do.
  32. pumpkinsmasher

    pumpkinsmasher Initiate (132) Nov 12, 2013 New York
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    Thanks for the tip. This looks awesome!!
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