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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,993 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,993
Reviews: 1,095
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 126
Gots: 87 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001)
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Ratings: 1,993 | Reviews: 1,095 | Display Reviews Only:
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Porter like colour and even taste and aroma. Some malts, chocolate, and cherries and berries, raisins and currents. Hops. Smoothness from malts yet sour finish. Bit high on the alcohol, though disguised. Thanks whoever brought this to Doug Shoemaker's party.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2004 06:01:26 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

11-12-2012 02:01:43 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark cola brown with a 1 inch tan head that fades down to a small cap. Lacing is minimal.

S - Extreme toasty malt and sweet dark brown sugar.

T - Toasted biscuit with brown sugar up front and bittersweet chocolate finish. There is a bit of a metallic taste too.

M - Very smooth and creamy but the carbonation is somewhat weak. It has a nice dry and sweet taste that lingers after each sip.

D - This is very drinkable for its ABV and doesn't come across as strong at all. This seems like it would be a good winter beer to have around a fireplace.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 04:15:11 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

01-09-2012 21:38:22 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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

A: Pours a nice dark brown with a few crimson highlights and a dark tan head.

S: Loads of dark fruit along with caramel and a bit of chocolate.

T: Just like a doppelbock should be. Loads of malt without being too sweet and finishing with some nice chocolate and dark fruity, figgy notes.

M: Medium body and quite thick. Strong taste and presence without being too alcoholic.

D: Very drinkable. A great beer to pair with a wide array of foods.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 11:46:15 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A curious, yet appealing, conflagration of umber, orange, bronze and red that becomes a less interesting dark cherry when backlit with morning sunshine. When tangentially lit, the beer appears bright, juicy orange at the bottom of the glass and becomes progressively darker and more serious looking as the eye ascends to the creamyfirm, golden sandstone colored cap. All in all, this is one of the better looking doppelbocks that I've ever laid eyes on. The appearance is hampered somewhat by a near complete absence of lace.

The nose is tangy, dark fruity and dark malty. It's bewitchingly complex, even as it lacks a commensurate amount of power. I also pick up a mild peatiness that would be at home on a wee heavy. Cocoa is the centerpiece and holds the center unwaveringly. Crank up the olfactory volume and it'd be unbeatable.

The power vacuum has been filled with a few thousand volts of deliciousness. This is one amazing beer! After one gulp, comparisons to my doppelbock gold standard (Liberator) are in order. There's a huge malt presence with innumerable flavors zinging this way and that. Each mouthful delivers a near perfect mix of roasted malt and dark fruit. Chocolate, dark caramel, toffee, a swirl of treacle, dates, plums, sugared pecans... you name it. If it tastes good, it's in here.

At its apogee, the constellation of flavors is mind blowingly complex and is as multifaceted as a perfectly cut diamond. The finish lingers and redounds with echoes of magnificence that urge me to drink and drink and drink again. Wow. I need a cigarette and I don't even smoke.

The mouthfeel is perfectly matched to the flavor profile. It's medium-full with an exquisite smoothness reminiscent of melted chocolate. Lush without being heavy, it's sheer joy in the mouth and is a further impetus to upend the glass. I'm impressed more and more by the mouthfeel with each sampling. In the final reckoning, I wouldn't change a thing.

I knew about this beer's reputation, but I didn't expect what I found today. Simply put, it's an amazingly delicious doppelbock that has to be considered among the world's best. Brauerei Weihenstephan brews some pretty remarkable stuff, but Korbinian is their supreme creation and is an absolute must try for anyone who fancies himself a lover and appreciator of world class beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2005 14:42:48 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured into very dark amber (near black) into a weizen glass with a nice sized tan head, which has good retention.
S: There are lots of aromas of sweet and bready malts in the nose (almost like freshly baked brown bread) with some hints of dark fruits.
T: The overall taste is very similar to the smell--it's somewhat sweet but has lots of flavors of bready malts.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and is very rich and filling (like you're having a meal)
D: The beer is very drinkable and is perfect when you're also looking to have a snack because it will definitely satisfy your hunger.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 14:51:55 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear dark brown color with garnet highlights and a fluffy tan head; a fair amount of lacing

Smell: Dark fruits, caramel; a bit toasty

Taste: Dark bready malt dominates the start and middle; caramel and dried fruit followed by a subtle bitterness from the hops; roasty coffee flavor insinuates itself into the other flavors after the swallow; a bit of alcohol on the finish

Mouthfeel: Not quite as full-bodied as expected; modest carbonation

Drinkability: A stunningly well made doppelbock; not as sweet as some of the others; nicely rounded

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2004 23:03:29 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

05-03-2013 23:46:09 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ok, so here is where it starts to get good. I love me a Dopplebock, now that is for sure. When I saw this sitting on the shelf there was no doubt in my mind that I was going to be getting it. Just had to be. Poured a deep dark russet brown with a small, maybe an inch or so of off white head grazing over the top of it. There was significant side glass lace throughout the session and the overall look of it was quite thick. The aroma was of slight smoked variety. A little bit of roasted malt with a touch of caramel to sweeten in up. The taste was remarkably smooth and delicious. Great full body on this one, definitely not thin. Nice and mellow smoky flavor with a huge earthy and bread like back. A nice caramel sugar sweet finish brought it all together. No taste of alcohol at all and overall it was a very easy drinker. I could have easily had another. The carbonation stayed very nice throughout the session. I would have to say one of my favorites so far, this was very tight and a fine brew. Very surprised I had not seen it earlier as it is always around. Will be getting more next time I am in the store. This is perfect with dinner and something that I would like to have always at easy reach.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 01:10:43 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep Burgundy color bock with large dirty brown color head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of banana ester with some dry fruits notes. Taste is also dominated by some dark fruit taste with ester of banana and some sweet malt. Body is about average with some creamy notes and good carbonation with no distinguishable alcohol. Well done but it would have been even better to get a fresher bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 02:40:11 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2005 22:01:31 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

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

A: The pour is a dark cola color with a minimal khaki colored head forming.

S: Nose is very sweet with nice chocolate and intense caramel. A bit of a dark fruit profile with cherries and plums, potentially raisins as well. Some bready notes as well as a bit of banana and spice.

T: Sweet cherries, bananas, plums, and raisins to start this one off. There's a touch of roasted malt followed by chocolate, molasses, toffee, and brown sugar. Just a touch of bitterness for some balance.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: A very solid doppelbock. Great flavors and deceptively easy to drink, despite a pretty sizable ABV.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 04:04:31 | More by womencantsail
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-08-2012 04:31:37 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

5/5  rDev +19%

12-02-2011 15:43:37 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle - $2.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, very dark reddish-brown body with a foamy, bubbly, light beige head.

Smell: Deep, dark breadiness marked by some slight roast undertones. Minor hints of cocoa, dark fruits, and nuts. Smells a bit like that American single-slice pumpernickel bread you occasionally find wrapped in plastic.

Taste: Presents a pleasant taste of powdered, unsweetened chocolate and viciously crushed cola nuts sprinkled atop a thick piece of crusty, very dark bread. Modestly sweet. Lightly fruity taste of plums dunked in simple syrup. Mild bitterness midway with a touch of dried herbs. Finishes very smooth with the dark breadiness giving way to a bit more fruit and just a touch of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation. Rather smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A bit darker, lesser alcoholic and fruity than many doppelbocks out there -- I dug it! I mean, there's only so much alcohol and fruit a man really needs, right?

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 21:53:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.8%

12-14-2011 10:13:14 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-29-2013 00:27:56 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin off white head, a little lacing on a dark brown body. Aroma is extremely malty, as if I am walking through the brewery. Very nice aroma. Flavor is also very malty and sweet. Very smooth, medium body and moderate carbonation. This beer is very good. I have not had a malty beet to this degree. This beer us very true to the style and I will be looking to have this one again soon.The spices I looke for in my bocks aren't there as they seen to be overshadowed by the maltiness.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2012 02:12:16 | More by kylehay2004
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-14-2013 02:13:34 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2003 11:35:38 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-24-2014 06:04:00 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a deep brown color with a light tan head on top. The retention is pretty good and there is a scattered lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is sweet and there is a grassy spice note also. The taste has some molasses, some bread, subtle Carmel and dark malts, and just a tinge of spice in the finish. The mouthfeel is very smooth, almost creamy. Overall it's a great beer, one of the best Doppelbocks I've had.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 01:30:15 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a flared pokal at Bauer's Brauhaus.

Watchin' Jeopardy! and drinkin' German brews. Good times. This one pours a sunset sienna-amber topped by a finger of dirty tan foam. The nose comprises caramel, barley right out of a malt bag, and walnut. Nuttier, rawer than I expected, but not bad. The taste holds notes of fluffy toffee, buttery biscuit, very light roasted malts, light chocolate powder, and a touch of sourdough. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a silky feel. Overall, a very nice d-bock, perhaps not the best I've had, but a strong offering regardless.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2011 23:05:06 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a light brown, two-finger head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled of molasses, raisin, and black cherry. Amazing aroma! I find most dopplebocks lacking in the aroma category.

T - Great taste of raisin, rich malt and dried fruits - mostly black cherry and some apple.

M - It was smooth and crisp. A medium-bodied brew that is easy drinking despite a relatively high ABV.

D - Great dopplebock. Of course, I'm not surprised that Weihenstephaner did a great job on a beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 04:13:13 | More by zeff80
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