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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,047 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,047
Reviews: 1,102
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 131
Gots: 99 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -6%

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.

Sammy, Dec 13, 2004
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

t0rin0, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

djrn2, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

Thorpe429, May 15, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

nmann08, May 03, 2013
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -4.8%

zestar, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

metter98, May 23, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +6%

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

brentk56, Dec 04, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 10, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

Phyl21ca, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

BEERchitect, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

mikesgroove, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Texasfan549, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
5/5  rDev +19%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

womencantsail, Dec 13, 2010
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

ygtbsm94, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -4.8%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

GRG1313, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

kylehay2004, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

jaydoc, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%

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?

ChainGangGuy, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
4.24/5  rDev +1%

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.

Knapp85, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -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.

oberon, Feb 25, 2003
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 2,047 ratings.