Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,156
Hads: 2,387
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 182
Gots: 218 | FT: 0
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

Our Korbinian, the full-bodied, dark Doppelbock with light brown foam, wins beer-lovers over with a balance of fruity hints of plums and figs, a dark malt aroma - reminiscent of toffee, nuts and chocolate. Its roasted flavour goes well with smoked meat and fish as well as venison and poultry. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill.
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Photo of Erdinger2003
2.36/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The date says the 130th day of 06.

The head pours out alright, but then leaves behind a 1/8 inch head covering the beer on top, so it's not that bad. The color is a deep brown, I can still see through it fine, but it's very brown with carbonation bubbling up all over. The smell is bready, and I can't smell much of anything else. The taste is off a bit, the sweetness has been morphed into a sour/sick flavor. The mouthfeel was ok, a little too carbonated, but ok. Overall I would have to take my time and find out a date of the next one of these I find.

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Photo of kbnooshay
2.63/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a fairly dark brown-amber color with a massive rocky tan head. The head is super fluffy and after a few minutes the spotchy lacing is revealed. Aroma is super sweet and malty with a hint of molasses. Hint of metallic corn???? Flavor is overly metallic and way too malty and sweet. Hints of caramel and chocolate come though in the taste. Mouthfeel is creamy but flat. I have heard lots of good things about this with descriptions such as "luxurious and rich".

This bottle was far from it. I will have to try again.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.73/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark ruby brown with a thin yet persistent tan head. Sheets of lace. Smell is malty and fruity, light alcohol aroma.

Big malt in the mouth. Caramel and peppery spice. Lots of alcohol in the flavor and some hops in the finish. Mouth is lightly sticky and the malty alcohol taste lingers. Not too drinkable and not too smooth. Not a great beer quite frankly.

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Photo of emsroth
2.77/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

from a 500 ml bottle. Served at 46-52 F per the bottle

App: A solid ruby color with a tan head. I always seem to prefer doppelbocks with a darker coloration.

Smell: Great notes of minerals and herbs. Roasted aromas from the malt. Slight notes of copper that is always great in german beers. Ends with tart, salted caramel and touch of grassy hops.

Taste: Flat start. Slight caramel and roasted malt in the beginning. Middle is cardboard. Ends with a cloying sweetness and papery faltness. Tastes like unfermented candy syrup.

Mouthfeel: Strangely thin for a doppelbock. That makes it more drinkable, but it feels like a cola.

Overall: I expected better from this brewery, but I am now remembering why I haven't had this beer in years. I will give it another try and rating in the future. I will be sure to try it on draft and on bottle from another supplier

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Photo of klewis
2.8/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a ruby/burgandy color with a big tan head. Moderate lacing.

S: Big smell of sweet malt and caramel.

T: Sweet and malty with noticable alcohol flavors.

M: No noticable carbonation with a very flat texture. Medium body with a clean finish.

D: I've been looking foward to trying this ever since trying Weihenstephaner's weissbiers. Big disapointment. Being a textural person, the mouthfeel was a huge turn-off, and the rest of the beer's traits were less than impressive as well. I won't be buying this one again.

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Photo of Prufrock
2.95/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 oz bottle poured into a pilsner.

clear amber brown with half an inch of tan head. falls evenly leaving little lacing

malty sweet aroma. just a hint of coffee and molasses.

sweet caramel malts in the taste as well, but it's got an oddly empty aftertaste. much weaker flavor than i'd expect from a doppelbock. very light carbonation and a medium-light mouthfeel.

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Photo of Enola
3.03/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured with a thick head that dissapeared quickly. The color os a mahogany hue. The smell is caramel and brown sugar. The taste is like honey and malts. There is a alcohol presence in the mouthfeel. The drinkability is good for the style. I may buy a bomber of this again sometime.

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Photo of Onslow
3.04/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i was excited when i first saw this in my downtown beer store, but it seemed to fall when i popped it open at home... pours with a lack luster head, and has a molasses, toffee strange sugar aroma... 1 in 5 americans has genital herpes... some nice flavours and abv is well hidden but it doesn't really do it for me... happy to try it, happier i won't have to again!!

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Photo of mortarit
3.04/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

New beers on the shelf

I have had Weihenstephaner before and know that it has a good following so I got this one.

Big Head on the pour, slowly went away. Dark foam

Clean brown-brown color, can see through the edges

Smooth in taste and texture
Not to impressed with this one

Maybe the problem is from having hot sauce before the drink. I would call this one a one timer. I want go back unless it was the only one left.

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Photo of mrgrandefromage
3.09/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful dark red with a very aggressive head that is thick and creamy. Aroma is a little disappointing - a bit of sweetness, caramelized malt and denim, but not much of those. Flavors of lightly burnt toffee, malt, coffee, mostly pleasantly bitter flavors, slightly metallic finish, but not enough to be off-putting. Mouthfeel is creamy at first, quickly becoming thin and acidic. Not especially drinkable, but worthy of a try. Does not measure up to Weihenstephaner's other offerings.

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Photo of madjr80
3.15/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was expecting more from this beer. Poured straight into a glass and there was plenty of foam for about 10 mins. After about 10 mins, the foam disapeared and it looked more like flat coke. It wasn't overly bitter, a little bit of sweetness, and had that distinct German yeast flavor. I like this brand of beer, but Hefeweizens are more of my type. I wasn't feeling this one.

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Photo of LarryV
3.17/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a murky, muddy brown with a light tan head. Aroma is of malt and caramel. Huge malt flavor with a cloying sweetness that really kills the enjoyment factor for this beer. Cut the sweetness in half and it would be a pretty good brew. I split a bottle with a friend and neither of us could finish this beer, it was just way too sweet.

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Photo of kinger
3.17/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"Found at a new store down in the big city to the south. Brown pour, very brown mild head and not much lacing. Aroma is of bakery sweet rolls, rather malty and sugary. Filling mouthfeel, real smooth finish bites a little. Flavor is too sugary sweet for my liking, but this being a dopplebock it's not a surprise. Bready with decent malt content it's one and out for this brew."

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Photo of dalimsta
3.2/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into my Weihenstephan 0.5L hefeweizen glass. Definitely a high-quality beer from a brewery I love, but... not really all that enjoyable. Impressive color and aroma, a little watery in mouthfeel, and... the oddest flavor I've ever tasted in a beer. Others have described it as extreme malt with some sweetness, but I really think it could be better described as tasting like watered-down soy sauce with honey. Not a terrible beer, but definitely not anywhere close to my favorites.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.28/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours ruby/copper with a large persistent creamy head.
Strong sweet malt with a bit of Vegemite (not good!), some toasty notes. A hint of noble hops and some light caramel and chocolate.
Very similar flavours: sweet toasty malt, light noble hops, some toasty notes. Sweet alcohol in the finish is rather cloying.
Good rich body, but needs more carbonation to dry out the finish a bit.

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Photo of mattmaples
3.3/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Ok this has great flavor with the malty richness, ripe fuit flavor but I could not get past the sweetness. There is a big difference between malty and sweet. I me this beer seemed underatenuated. I think it was too sweet even for a bock. It has a lot going for it and if it was not so damn sweet it would be on the top of my list (specially at the price) People are going to think that I do nothing but trash on beers but I call 'em as I drink 'em.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.3/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

dark chestnut brown with red light-inspired glowing tinge. heady, minimal lacing. hazelnut, mocha, licorice, and dark-as-night malty nose. taste brings out the best of the aroma without expected bitterness. some mild hop notes. plum and clove drop by for the finish. mouthfeel is light with a crisp, lagery aftertaste. good and drinkable in its fluffiness. however, this watery body is unexpected and consciously disappointing for the style. ill have no problem finishing it though. bitterness evolves as i continue to drink. a hit-or-miss brewery offering something that falls in the middle of their lineup.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery and its current ratings. Called "Dunkles Starkbier" on the label.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of nice cream, slight khaki-biege colour, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a very dark ruby-brown (?). Nontransparent. Non-opaque. No yeast particles are visible, but it's nontransparent and this is the top of the bottle. No bubble show, though none is expected given the style.

Sm: Very nice clean amber malts, light but subtle indistinct hops (amber hops are most notable), slight vanilla, cream, light (in presence) dark malts, and some caramelization. A mild strength aroma. Not horribly appealing, but fairly inviting. Mixed signals.

T: Amber malts and hops, light caramelization and even toasted malts, clean malts slight dark malts, hints of vanilla, and light underlying cream. Pleasant for a doppelbock, albeit strange. I like it but it's sort of bizarre. Kind of simple. No real complexity, though some subtlety is present. Imbalanced. Decently built.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with slight underlying cream. Undercarbonated. Not quite thick enough. Doesn't seem to match the flavour profile.

Dr: Admittedly, I don't care much for the style, but this this is a nice brew within it. Somewhat pricey as an import. I'd try it on draught. Its richness of flavour makes it notable, but I have trouble truly getting into it. Pretty drinkable; the ABV doesn't come through. Its faux-amber character distinguishes it from other doppelbocks; it almost feels like a marzen mixed with an amber with doppelbock hints. Interesting, but not ideal.

Low B-

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.3/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This is one enormous beer, no lie, I am sort of regretting have 1L of doppelbock to drink right now.

This beer pours absolutely beautiful. It has a nice thick head that slowly fades to basically no head whatsoever.

The smell here is a little weird (as is the taste). I can't quite put my finger on it, but its almost sulphury and yeasty at the same time. I don't think its a sign of infection, I think that is just what their lager yeast is doing here.

Taste is very smooth with an all-malt backbone, no hop detection here at all.

I am glad I tried this beer, but it is NOT one I will buy again. There are just some weird smells and flavors here from whatever yeast strain they have used. Not nearly as good an example of the style as can be found out there.

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Photo of Codnasty
3.31/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a 1.5 inch tan head into a pint glass. Smelled a bit like soy sauce and rum raisins. Tastes like spiced fruits and a little bit of hop bitterness at the end. Had a nice carbonation and was very easy to drink, if I can get this in a boot at the pub I will for sure.

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Photo of Moxley
3.34/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a nice deep ruby red with a thin tan head that settled quickly.

S - Nothing but a sickening sweet, sweet malt and the only way I can describe it - a faint sweaty locker room smell...not good.

T - Thank God this beer did not taste like it smelled! Lots of malt up front with definite maple and brown sugar undertones. Slightly sour, grapefruit-like finish. Very interesting beer.

M&D - Low carbonation with a bready, chewy like texture. Slimy mouthcoating.

Glad to try this one, not my favorite but an interesting beer on all accounts.

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Photo of tone77
3.35/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a small head. Smell is of malts, caramel, and dark fruits. Taste is very mild compared to the smell. Some malts, caramel, and alcohol is present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good quality beer.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Weihenstephaner- Korbinian

Appearance- dark ruby/ brown. With a thick bubbly, heavily carbonated head. An exact Coca-Cola look-alike!
Smell- very subtle hefe notes. Pepper/ clove/ spice with a touch of chocolate.
Taste- a blend of cocoa toasted malt with a light spice/ candy hefe.
Mouthfeel- light and sweet flavor is slighty weak.

Overall- Just a tad above the bland mark. The beer is just too weak. I drank it both cold, straight out the fridge, and warm. The flavor has plenty of potential but I had to drink the entire 16.9 oz to really get a grasp on its taste. Nothing special here.

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Photo of tweeder263
3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a dark brown brew that shows ruby light through it. Smells of a bit yeasty,,licorice, but very mild scents.Has 2 finger head that seems to quickly disappear to a light bubble layer.Taste of sweet malt that seems to end dry,,very mild hop taste and quite a bit of alcohol in the breath.As the beer warms it becomes sweeter. Mouthfeel is ok,,a bit thin.Drinkability,,,hmmm,,, not bad possibly dopplebocks arent my style ill search out a few more and see if its true.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep Carmel brown color with a thick beige head that leaves some nice lacing.

S- Lots of dark brown sugar and malty sweetness in the nose. A bit of spice and earth.

T- Some dark fruit and malt with a diacetyl finish. I also picked up on some metallic flavors with a bit of a musty aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation.
The alcohol is fairly well hidden.

D- This one was ok, but it didn't really wow me.

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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