Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,318
Reviews: 1,142
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 165
Gots: 199 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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Ratings: 2,318 | Reviews: 1,142
Reviews by PapaEugene:
Photo of PapaEugene
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The only german bock beer of the beer tasting evening with rvdoorn. It was in the MITRA shop amongst a huge selection of Dutch bock beers.

A: Dark-brown/ruby color with a bubbly light brown head.

S: Roasted malts, caramel, yeast and... cabbage and a hint of soy sauce.

T: Roasted malts, caramel and dark fruits. Again that soy sauce association. Slightly bitter and herbal.

M: Medium body, Low carbonation and creamy mouthfeel.

D: A good beer that would have been much better without the soy sauce flavor.

More User Reviews:
Photo of shbobdb
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ya know, last time I reviewed this beer I gave it a 4.2. That is simply unacceptably low for a beer of this caliber.
Have you ever fallen in love with a beer? Sure, at first taste it was merely 'good' but you felt an unexplainable urge to return to the store and buy this beer again and again. What seperates this beer from all the others? You aren't really sure -- there are maltier brews, brews with more complexity, with a greater array of flavours, but none of them match the elegance of this one special beer. This is the kind of beer that makes me want to get down on one knee and ask it to be the one beer for me, the beer that I will come home to, the beer that I will drink with joy for the rest of my life.
Sure, I might enjoy another beer every now-and-again but, baby, I didn't mean it. You're better than all those beers, really baby, I mean it. Gimme another chance, don't go away. I know the weather will get warmer soon and you'll leave me for a time. Don't leave me baby, please, I didn't mean it. Don't leave me, don't leave me. . .

Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: dark brown beer with light brown head a few fingers high, slimmed but persisted

S: dark fruits and wet malt beds, mild suggestions of something cocoa and nut...

T: warm and softly, sweetly roasty blend of dark fruit, chocolaty-brown bread, vague allusions to spice, dark wet wood

F: medium-light, soft glide of carbonation; smooth and gentle; warm, wet, aftertaste

O: an expectedly excellent lager from the masters... Deservedly, a Beer of Fame... (#107 as of this review)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the better Dopplebocks out there. A delicious beer...if you love malt, because this beer is full of it. Complex nutty (pecans, walnuts), fruity (over-ripe peaches, dates, figs), maple syrup, and brown sugar flavors swirl over the palate with a heavy coating. Light hop bittering offers a light balance, but not flavor or aroma. The beer remains toasty and lightly roasted from sip to swallow. Very mellow and smooth as it goes down with a bold roasty, syrup aftertaste. A joy to drink.

Photo of Phocion
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Deep, dark brown with ruby highlights and a very retentive frothy off-white head. Thick strings of lacing.

Very richly malty nose; Munich and Caramel are very present. Rich breadiness and a toffee sweetness. Dark fruit ester: plum, fig, etc. Syrupy/brown sugar caramelization.

Overall the flavor follows the nose. Still extremely malty, but with the addition of a heavy chocolate flavor. Malted milk balls. Slightly burnt toast, caramelized brown sugar. Not as heavy on the fruity esters as in the nose. A bit nutty with an ever-so-slightly earthy finish. Minimal hop presence.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel with a medium-full body. Moderately carbonated. Very soft and no signs of astringency. Slight alcohol warmth which probably makes the mouthfeel feel a little thicker than it really is.

I haven't had a doppelbock in some time, but this beer is so wonderful. One should never doubt a Weihenstephaner product, and this is no exception.

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephan is my favorite brewer for a reason.I had never heard of this one actually before my friend from michigan brought this down for me.A beautiful beer a great mahogany color,thick very appetizing head to it.Nice sweet malty smell with caramel and a little burnt taste in the palate the way it should be.Alcohol was very prevelant in taste as well.A man beer from a world class brewer.

Photo of RoyalT
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This DB is a dark brown in color with a an off-white head that left some nice lacing on the glass and never did completely disappear.

Smell – The raw unsulphored molasses and light unsweetened maple complimented the heavily-toasted malt base. I like my Doppelbocks a bit on the “edgy” side, and this is a wild one.

Taste – The malts are incredibly tasty here and even have a sense of wheat. The toasted level is very high. The sweets step back a bit from where they were at the nose. The finish is a dab of chocolate covered in malts.

Mouthfeel – I just love the mouthfeel of this DB. It is incredibly smooth. The beer touching your throat on the way down is like rubbing fine silk against your cheeks.

This isn’t full-bodied but it’s a lot bigger than medium. There is some bitterness, especially in the aftertaste, but nothing that dominates or is overly harsh.

Drinkability – This really is a class act. It’s as well put together as their weizens. It’s one of the smoothest DBs that I’ve ever had.

Update - I try to have this every year and for 2007 thought to update the review.

This really is a tremendous brew, consistent year after year after year. The malts and light molasses flavors are raw but the mouthfeel incredibly smooth. Well done as usually by this magnificent brewery.

Photo of stewfnrocker
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured it from a bottle as well into my Aventinus Weizenbock glass. It poured a dark deep reddish tint with a slight head that dissipated quickly. When I took a good sniff of this complex beer I got a nose of roasted malts and dark fruits. The taste was similar to the nose of this beer. I tasted the roasted malts, the dark fruits like figs, prunes(i couldn’t really put my tongue on it) and some chocolate undertones. The mouthfeel is a medium to full body doppelbock that hides the 7.4% abv well. That makes it quite dangerous since I could keep drinking this. There is a medium level of carbonation. Overall this is one of the world’s top doppelbocks. I maybe biased because doppelbocks are my favorite style of beer, but this is a fine specimen of one!

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, Dark, Dark!!! Color is wonderfully caramel brown with a brilliant ruby hue when held to sunlight. Crown is almond and fluffy. Aroma is butt kicking and brilliant. Toffee, chocolate, caramel, banana, plums, oh my. Taste is dominating, spicy, biting, strong, and full. This is like a weizenbock on steroids. Just an awesome and unique brew.

Photo of tectactoe
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Time to see how Weihenstephaner handles doppelbocks. If it's anything like the rest of their beers, it'll end up being a benchmark for the style. Korbinian looks brown as it pours from the bottle, but appears pitch black sitting in my glass. The light-tan colored head slowly fades to a swampy and bubbly skin that barely covers the black-hole brew. Even holding it a few feet from a light bulb only produces a faint ruby color that shimmers through.

Really malty and sweet up front in the aroma, and even from the first sniff, I can tell that this is going to be a complex and layered brew. Cocoa powder, light caramel, sticky molasses, with hints of some darker, brown-sugar coated fruits like dates, plums, and bruised raisins. A kiss of smoke in the finale tops off a perplexing and interesting aromatic profile; definitely robust and full-bodied.

As eyebrow-raising as the aroma was, you'll be glad to know that the flavor follows it along quite nicely. And also like the aroma, the taste is strong, pungent, and robust. Sweet out of the gate, some caramel, toffee, and brown sugar with some deeper hints of burnt molasses. Some more sweetness piles on in the form of anise and black licorice - something I don't exactly love, but it works well enough in small amounts among the myriad of flavors happening right now.

Plums, dates, and sugar-coated raisins hit mid-to-end with dark, "just-shy-of-roasted" malts, hefty cocoa powder, and a bit of complex nuttiness and woodsy flavors in the finish. Matching the flavor profile, the body is a touch sticky and oily, medium in size with decent carbonation and a mouth feel that falls just short of creamy.

Korbinian is certainly an interestingly complex brew with aroma and flavor profiles that are both "all over the place" and "perfectly content" all at once. Doppelbocks aren't my forte and I certainly haven't had enough to speak eloquently on them, but Korbinian is a pretty tasty brew, and certainly a good lesson in the style. Still worth a shot whether you are in tune with doppelbocks or not - at the price, you can't really lose.

Photo of skybluewater
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark reddish amber color. No lacing to speak of. Smells quite sweet, almost Coca-Cola like. Taste is very nutty, with a nice mouthfeel. I also get a hint of root beer barrels (very odd, but good). This is a great sipping beer for a cold night.

Overall, even though doppelbocks aren't my favorite style, this one is darn good. I can see myself picking up one of these every once in a while.
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Well this is rather embarrassing. I went to review this beer, and found out that I already reviewed it! Just upping the taste and mouthfeel to 4.5...

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Weihenstephaner Korbinian pours from the wonderfully artistic 16.9oz bottle a deep dark cola brown with a two finger eggshell head on top. Hold it up to a light and you'll get a vivid blood red hue. An attractive brew. Aromas are rich, decadant and intense. Big melding of sweet caramel, roasted nuts, and lots of dark fruits (plum, raisin). A wisp of powdered cocoa along with dark baked bread. Sinfully deeply malty and incredibly inviting. Sit back and enjoy smelling this one for awhile as it's not to be missed.

First sip brings a rich robust dark bready maltiness. Sweet caramel and roasted nuttiness along with a swirl of dark fruits. I get some cocoa in there as well. Fairly sweet, but not at all cloying. A dark bready fruitcake in a glass (a truly good fruitcake though, not those ones you get around the holidays). Delicious and all about the wonderful malt. One of the best dopplebocks I've yet to sample.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied and chewy with a mellow carbonation. A meal in a glass for sure, I'd take this over a loaf of bread anyday :-). I find this to be a very drinkable brew and it will be what I turn to when I'm craving a dopplebock. This one is not to be missed. I believe I paid 1.99 for this bottle, which is a freakin steal for how good it is. Check this one out ASAP.

Photo of blitz134
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice dark caramel brown color with amber highlights. Fairly aggressive pour led to a nice whipped two finger tan head which slowly bubbled its way down. Aroma is slightly sweet with hints of caramel and clove spiciness over a sweet bread body. I’m new to dopplebocks so I’m not used to their aroma profile yet so it is hard to pick out the subtleties. But this one sure does smell nice. Initially cold I’m not impressed with much flavor. I’m going to let this one sit for a bit to warm…*15 minutes pass*…after warming a bit the subtle flavors start to present themselves. There is a pretty huge malt presence just as I expected. But it is balanced well with just a touch of hops at the end. The malts don’t present themselves as overly sweet in this beer as I was expecting. Mouthfeel is nice and full and creamy to some extent. This is a very nice beer that I could easily sit down with and have a couple.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As dark as any stout. Minimal head, but with good retention in my Unibroue glass.

Lovely sweet nose. The definition of a malty beer. Smells as good as, if not better than, Celebrator.

Truly delicious. Sweet, chewy, deep, dark, rich. I could see this pairing up perfectly with some moist velvety chocolate cake.

In midsip I get a tiny bit of something that seems off. A slight thinness? Maybe that's just normal for this style. Maybe its the water used.

This beer is guilty of YUM in the first degree. Seconds, please.

Photo of generallee
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 0.9oz bottle into my big Spaten Oktoberfest Stange glass. There is no freshness date on the label but it has a bottle number of 3438 printed on the back.

Appearance: The body has a dark brown color with lighter brownish red highlights. On top sits a nice light tan head which was about two fingers thick right after it was poured. This head slowly fades but hangs on till the last sip, (not that it took me long it get there lol). There was some nice slick lacing, as well, which slid right down the glass as I drank.

Smell: The aroma is pleasing and sweet with notes of dark sweet bread, cooked or burnt sugar, as well as some mellow notes of over ripe fruit and classic German hops.

Taste/Palate: It has a firm, slick, full bodied palate with a flavor profile that matches its aroma. The flavor is full dark sweet bready malty goodness. There are some hints of nuts and fruit mixed into the mostly sweet malt along with some decent leafy/spicy, almost earthy hops for balance. The hops also add a nice balance to the finish making it quite drinkable.

Notes: This is a very enjoyable and drinkable big beer. Just look out for the solid 7.4% abv. that will sneak up on you.

Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500 ml (16.9 oz) slender brown bottle with info about the beer on the back label as well as the freshness date.

Appearance: Slight chill haze with a deep brown color with reddish orange hues, the thin light beige lace is nearly unmovable.

Smell: Malty with a sweet caramel prune like aroma, very fragrant with undertones of toasted bread.

Taste: Full bodied with a chewy mouth feel and a creamy soft carbonation. Malt flavour is dominant though the sweet and spicy alcohol, medium bitterness and mild yet crisp carbonation keep it in check a bit. Malt sweetness lingers with a big caramel and prune flavour. Suggestions of chocolate, crust of sweet bread and a mild peppery flavour from the hops. Toasted grain, faint hop leaf and a touch of earthy character wrap up the finish.

Notes: A tasty malt towering brew, makes for a great dessert or end of the night brew. Brewed in the old style of Dunkles Starkbier meaning dark strong beer, more or less can be classified as a Double Bock due to its massive maltiness and boasting an alcohol by volume of 7.4%.

Photo of merlin48
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint bottle pours a clear orange tinted mahogany with a short-lived beige head that melts into a slick with ring lacing. Aroma is big, powerful malts. Heavy dose of molasses and caramel smother the olfactory senses. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth, with plenty of carbonation. Initial mouthfeel is tart and fruity, but quickly reverts to its strong malt character. Molasses, caramel, and dark fruits(figs and dates) are dominant here. Hops bitterness becomes evident early on and continues the rest of the way. Aftertaste is somewhat unpleasant by its syrupiness. This is an interesting beer to review and enjoy, but it doesn't fare well when compared to the better Bavarian doppelbocks.

Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mid sized German style bottle, w/o freshness info. Pours an interesting and hard to describe, dark amber shade, with hues of translucent seemingly dark dark purple. Middle of the road khaki cap and then doesn't leave much if any lace to get excited about. Dark fruity nose and then an onslaught of com0lexity and intrigue. More dark fruit, ripe plum notes, chocolate hints and continuing wave of dopplicious flavors and goodness. Tasty, tasty stuff.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: brown in color, 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, clear

Smell: toasted malt and brown sugar

Taste: toasted malt, caramel, smokiness, and brown sugar

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium/high carbonation, slightly sweet

Drinkability: Another clean and true to the style beer from this brewery. I could have several of these. Very enjoyable.

Photo of badbeer
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours darker than night, with a nice head. Do you like coffee? If you do, take your time in the rich aroma of this beer. Sweet and malty, alcohol very well hidden. Mouthfeel is pleasant with good carbonation. This is a good beer to relax to, but one is enough in a night for me.

Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma has a great mix of fruit and malt. I get some nice cherry, grape and prune notes, as well as some heavy toffee. The flavor is very similar. There is a ton of toffee and caramel as well as some cherry and grape characteristics. The body is a little thinner than I expected, but it does have a very nice, clean lager taste. Medium carbonation.

Photo of LyonsHead
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Deep ruby and crystal clear. Thick and creamy, tan head with great lacing all the way down the glass

S: Rich, Malty aroma, very bready and toasty with a fresh yeast aroma. liquid bread

T: Big Biscuit flavor with fresh dark breads and toasted lighter breads. bread crust. All of this is followed by a more melanoidan rich malty sweetness. goood!

M: Spectacular. Very full body, smooth, creamy, and chewy. Finishes dry but with sweet flavors (they just don't linger)

D: This is one of the best beers I've had the pleasure of drinking.

Photo of Byeast
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured a clear dark brown with some reddish hues , quarter inch solid tan head.

Smell: chocolate , brown bread , big malt

Taste: Rich and full malty body , some toastyness , bready flavor , nice semi-sweet chocolate , caramel , just a little bit of hops to balance.

Mouthfeel: nice and full.

Drinkability: One of my favorite dopplebocks. The malt is huge , really well balanced , toasty and delicious. Super drinkable.

Photo of bsp77
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Ayinger half liter.

Appearance: Wondeful dark mahogany with frothy tan head that mostly settles back.

Smell: Dark fruit and cherry, molasses and licorice, light chocolate and smoke.

Taste: Sweet malty core of dark fruit, cherry, molasses, chocolate, and licorice. Some light roasted notes, smoke and spicy hops provide finishing balance.

Feel: Smmoth, creamy and full-bodied with relatively low carbonation. Finish is surprisingly crisp and slightly drying.

Overall: Just a fantastic Doppelbock.

Photo of Stonebreaker
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a thick rich creamy black, the head was a little weak though, had to be a little aggressive with the pour.

Smell: Hard to tell, this is one of my weaker senses and the house smells strongly of lavender at the moment, but a deep inhale in the glass brought little besides a smell I know as a doppel. A peculiar sweet, soy sauce tinged, aroma.

Taste: A far weaker, but cheaper alternative to Celebrator, sweetness from the malt lingers for a moment, then it's heavy with the dark malts, chocolate notes, a little bitter from the hops. Very good.

Mouthfeel: High standards I have, decent, but not especially creamy.

Drinkability: A very quaffable brew this one, and at 3 bucks a pop very affordable, I repeat Celebrator is the God of doppels until someone else climbs Mount Olympus to unseat it. But for the price I'll probably have this one slightly more often.

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 2,318 ratings.