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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,151
Hads: 2,361
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.11%
Wants: 175
Gots: 212 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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Photo of badbeer
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (283 characters)

Photo of shbobdb
5/5  rDev +19.3%
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. . . (1,053 characters)

Photo of scooter231
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark dark dark with a bubbly creamy looking head. Pretty. Smell is all espresso and roasted, malty scents- so much espresso. Coffee lovers, smell up...

Taste is malty with lots of roasted qualities, deep, rich- sweet, with hints of chocolate and caramel. Complex flavors all doing a decent job of blending together. Mouthfeel is bubbly and medium-bodied.

Lots of good flavors go on in here, but ultimately it's far too sweet for me to want another serving. Still, I can see having this with dessert now and then. (518 characters)

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Steve's on University Ave here in Madison tonight.

Pours a dark garnet with amber highlights below a finger of khaki bubbles. Nose is thick with grainy maltiness, some earthy peat, and a hint of dark fruit. Taste is rested upon a hearty sweet caramel malt backbone, some alcohol soaked woody notes and a bit of baltic prune. Mouthfeel is slick and oily, with moderate carbonation. This is a solid, flavorful authentic-tasting German dopplebock. Didn't blow me away, but certainly solid and well-constructed. (532 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (492 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On seeing this beer in a glass, I first thought that came to my mind was a beautiful brunet with red highlights. Pours a tall tan head that fades. This beer just looks good. Smells like rye whiskey with some lemons and a bit of chalk. On the center of the tongue it tastes like caramel and peaches ant fades to citrus on the edge of the tongue. The flavors compliment each other well. The body’s light and creamy with a fine carbonation. I think this would go well with roast beef. (482 characters)

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a dark reddish brown color, with a creamy head. The aroma is huge, with dough, brown sugar, apple cider, and caramel. Doughy malt flavor, that somehow manages to be incredibly strong without being cloyingly sweet. I think it is this fact that seperates the Korbinian from other hugely malty dopplebocks. There is some dark fruit flavor too. The finish is spicy. Thick, chewy mouthfeel. Much more drinkable than you would think. I first had this beer when I was new to craft beer, and I wasn't impressed that first time. Revisiting this beer, I really enjoyed it. Weihenstephaner is now probably my favorite German brewery. (659 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good German Doppelbock. Poured out to a dark cherry / brown color with a 1/8 inch head and some minor lacing in the glass. Aromas of smokey aged cheeses, bread, dark fruits and some earth. Taste was along the same lines as the smell, with more complexity. Flavors of bready malts, mild smoke wood, a touch of cheese, and some grain. You have to really look for all the flavors, but they are there. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and mildly rich. A good level of drinkability. For less than 3 dollars a bottle, this is an exceptional beer. Highly Recommended. (557 characters)

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, well, well, where have you been, Korbinian? In side by side tasting with Celebrator, using the same kind of glasses, at the same temperatures, I like this one more. Richer, thicker, better head, stickier lacing, more malty and chocolatey. Coffee, figs, pepper, allspice. It's all in there. Looong dry bitter finish, with a hint of malt sweetness even there. A malt bomb with a bitter end. About six different beers, depending on the temperature.
Freakishly smooth and full round mouthfeel. Mmmmm.
I will be looking for a case of this soon. If it weren't for the ABV, you could drink a dozen. Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! (628 characters)

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle

This is one of those beers that makes you have a new favorite style. This dopplebock is fantastic on all angles. It pours out a deep plum brown with a phenomenal red glow that just looks magical. The head is fluffy white and sticky enough to leave residue. The aroma is bold and has a semi-strong alcohol sweetness to it. There is definately a presence of aroma hops that pull through. The taste is wonderfully sweet, but prefectly balanced out with some hop bitterness. The mollases body is full, but heavy. The caramel and raison flavors coat the entire mouth and the alcohol sharpness leaves a little warmth and burning. This is very drinkable and goes down remarkably smooth. The 7.4% abv is very well hidden in the taste, but it is present enough to warm your body on a cold night. Absolutely awesome beer!!!! (831 characters)

Photo of baiser
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown body, with tan coloured head and minimal lacing. Not much retention either. Aroma of caramel, sweet malt, alcohol and dark fruit. Taste is very sweet, prune-like, molasses, caramel and a touch of chocolate. Mouthfeel is creamy and chewy and thick. Lots of malty sweetness. Strong, bold and flavourful. (320 characters)

Photo of Px2GrafX
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

presentation: 1 pint, .9oz. bottle with an elaborately decorated label. a gold oval encircling shields, another oval with a bear carrying sacks on its back, flowers and swirly designs and a circle with a religious figure. weihenstephaner korbinian huge within the oval. "bottled under the purity law of 1516". dunkles starkbier on the neck label. abv displayed at 7.4%. "the world's oldest brewery" on back label along with a number 0054 within a gold block at the bottom of the label. no freshness date displayed.

appearance: pours a nice dark brown with ruby red highlights in a stein mug. 2 inch tight and lightly fluffy off-white head with good retention. laces decent.

smell: sweet caramelly aroma with a strong prunes or plums. very aromatic. dessert breads and lightly roasty.

taste: sweet and very malty. caramel, chocolate and prunes. there's some grains and lightly spicy yeast flavors towards the end. alcohol flavors are evident as well. bitterness is faint and other than maybe some lightly spicy hop flavors, this is a malt bomb.

mouthfeel: mouthfeel is medium, smooth and creamy, but there isn't much carbonation or bite. swallows quite smooth as well, but i would like to have more carbonation.

drinkability: drinkability isn't bad. alcohol hinders a bit, and the pruney plummy aromas and flavors are a tad overwhelming. but again, not bad.

overall: this could be your favorite doppel or not really. it's not really my favorite doppelbock. the grainy and pruney plum flavors are a little much for me. quite good otherwise. (1,559 characters)

Photo of czechsaaz
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich malty aroma. Probably some Munich in there. Has some good toasty aspects too.

Color is deep amber, almost brown. Big and lasting very light tan head.

Flavor is big and malty with a little melanoids. Has lots of the malt profile you'd associate with a bock beer. Hop bitterness is pretty low and there is no hop flavor. Some toffee flavors. But overall, a little light on flavor for your typical doppelbock.

Body is medium high, good carbonation level.

Listed as a doppelbock, and based on that, I have to knock it down a bit. As a traditional bock, I'd probably put it about a 4.5. (600 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a flute this brew forms a tan head that retains and fades to ring lacing. Reddish tones to a dark brown body.

Fascinating rich aroma. Stong dark fruits. Plum, Prune, combined with the sweet caramel forms an inviting trifector.

It has a bitterness that is not shy at all. Mostly it is malted to the max and sweet but there is enough raw bitterness in the middle to settle it all out and serve this offering well. Good god this is a fine brew. The plum is prominent, balanced, sweetened, and no acidity that I could find. Nice. Melts in your mouth. Creamy, chewy mouthfeel that is second to none. Smoooth.

Weihenstephaner is a top 5 brewery for me. This beer adds to their legacy. (701 characters)

Photo of diablo14
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

korbinian is yet another quality offering from the Weihenstephaner stables. good bock is hard to find in this neck of the woods and this is one of the better ones. a little bit lopsided in parts but overall well worth the effort.

impressive dark ruby to mahogany color, a little lacking in head structure but a fine body of carbonation happening within. smell is quite sweet, not as complex as others but still has powerful aromas of all spice, banana bread and malt. the flavor is excellent, tho the finish is slightly flaccid compared to the rest of the beer. not disappointingly so, but not as good as id like. the malts are firm, great banana and tart cherry flavors with a hint of sweet breads, cinnamon, cloves and even a little nutmeg. i also dectacted something resembling almond in there also. quite sweet, tho lacks the sort of hoppy punch i expect at the end. finishes a bit wishy washy, but on the whole still very good.

im being a bit picky, but this beer would be even better with more bitterness (not too much, but more).however, i dont have any issues coming back to this beer when i see it about. goes well in the snifter to finish off the evening. along with that, the price is as good as youll find for a beer of this volume and quality. definately worth the price of admission. (1,303 characters)

Photo of Gaisgeil
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very respectable dopplebock, a bit more sweet than a lot of examples are though.

Pours a cloudy medium brown in color with a thin head that had little retention. Nose is very fruity/estery/malty, lots of dark fruit and a slightly alcohol smell to it. Taste is very rich and of course quite sweet, there really isn't much bitterness to speak of to balance it out either. Slightly spicy, but overall very, very malty. Drinkability suffers as it gets a little cloying toward the end of the bottle.

Definatly worth a shot, but just a bit unbalanced for my tastes, quite good though for what it is.

Slàinte! (614 characters)

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

Pours a clear root beer amber color with a slight copper hue, has a frothy tan head, and some carb movement.

Has a rich, sweet, and toasted caramel malt smell with a crisp resin and citrus hops aroma.

Moderately sweet, acidic, and lightly bitter roasted caramel and molasses malt with a resin, grapefruit, and orange hops flavor.

Medium to full bodied, dry and syrupy texture, soft and lively carbonation, and a smooth evenly balanced finish.

Smells great while drinking the only downside for me is the initial unbalance of acidic taste and probably not enough bitterness to match. (593 characters)

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

I was not sure what to expect based on the labelling, but turns out this is a pretty good Doppelbock. Dark chestnut color with a medium thick tan head. Thin, stringy lacing. The aroma is very malty and bready. Medium-bodied and smooth with a nice smoky malt flavor. Sweet caramel and light hops balance well together. The finish is mildly bitter and roasty. All in all an above average Doppelbock. (397 characters)

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

Pour it straight down the middle and you get a huge, tan, long-lasting head that eventually settles down to reveal a rich brown brew with red hints throughout. Pour it properly and it should turn out quite a bit smaller.
Smell is rich, malty, smoky, earthy, oaky, a faint fruitiness (green apple & raisin?) and a light hop note.
Taste is malt, smoke, oak, with hops coming on board late then a touch of alcohol bloom.
Smooth, rich, medium bodied and slightly chewy, this is a damned good beer! (496 characters)

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky brown with a decent ½ inch head; sweet caramel malts, chocolate and some alcohol notes on the nose. Thick, chewy malts, with hints of caramel, toffee and dark roasted coffee beans. Dare I say a bit of dark rum or kahlua like flavors – why not? Kisses of hops and pepper, what a whopper of a double! Enjoy! (313 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany ruddy hue topped with a 1/2 khaki head cap that quickly settles to a frothy wafer thin coating.

Initial scents are toasted pumpernickel and pancake malts. Not the huge malty blast, but some decent malty nose with a touch of baker's chocolate.

First swigs: Toasted rye bread and more pumpernickel. Middle is plenty of wood along the lines of oaky dryness. A pinch of Dr. Pepper. Aftertaste is a linger of butterscotch and rye. Once this pup warms above fridge temp, the banana, almond and toffee truly perform.

Full bodied and thick as all get out. Tongue coating unforgiving dryness.

Last swigs: Slight rum and banana meets dark bread and cake doppel. Paid $2.60 a bottle from Circle Liquors in Ewing, NJ. I need to hone the subtle doppel craft.

Beer is good. Happy doppelbock beering. (823 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.65/5  rDev +11%
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. (2,322 characters)

Photo of woemad
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased at The Cheese Monger's Shoppe in Leavenworth for $3.29. The bottle claims this is a "dunkles starkbier" (dark strong beer). I figured it was a strong Munch dark lager. I was very happy to discover I had a new doppelbock to try.

Poured a dark mahogany color, with a light tan head that dropped quickly. A little bit of lace.

Smell was of caramel sweetness and dark fruits, with the sweetness a little bit more the dominant partner, though it wasn't out of hand. Smelled good!

Taste was similar to the smell, though a little more complex. The taste starts with a caramelish sweetness, and is quickly matched with bitter, dark fruit flavors. At the finish there is a slight hoppy dryness. All in all, this tastes like a well balanced tasty doppelbock!

This is a moderately full bodied beer. Carbonation is somewhat low, but not so low that it seems flat.

This is a great doppel. I wish it was available in Spokane. Guess I'll have to head back to get some more. (996 characters)

Photo of BeerNutta
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this a Purvis Cellars in Melbourne.

Poured a mahogany brown with a light brown foam head. Very Nice looking.

Smelt of caramel and sugary fruits. (Prunes, figs, plums etc...)

Taste was great. Smooth, you could taste the fruit and this rich caramel that mellowed all the way through the beer. Lightly hopped. You could barely taste the light hop finish, just smooth caramel all the way.

Carbonation was not too much so you could taste the beer. Very very drinkable.

Must go get me some more. I really reccommend this beer. Try some if you get the chance. (573 characters)

Photo of mentor
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by LuckySevens82, thanks for the opportunity! Pours, whoa, way too much head...four fingers over just three fingers of beer. One note, however is that the head cascaded a little bit. Pretty damn cool. The head is light brown or tan and very fine. The beer is crystal clear and appears dark rust with an amber/red tint. Smells caramel, rock candy, alcohol, caramelized sugar. Oh boy, if I had a swimming pool of this stuff I would dive into heaven. Slight bit of tannin upon further examination.

The taste starts malty sweet with potent caramel, some toffee and a rising sweet chocolate. Caramel stands predominant throughout and aptly serves as a base that ties together the co-starring flavors to flesh out the story. Other early flavors I get are iron and pumpkin. Alcohol doesn't make an appearance until during the swallow and makes it's strongest presence known in the aftertaste. Another part of the aftertaste is a dry grassy hop flatness. It stands in contrast to the overall sweet malty theme and isn't particularly alluring. A resurgence of chocolate offers reinforcement to the malt sweet to make for an interesting battle. Body is medium, but there is a smooth creamy thickness. Good thing for these 'thick' qualities as they hold the malt sweet on the tongue during the aftertaste to tip the scale. Carbonation is moderate, perhaps working with the grassy and alcohol in the form of an acid sting during the aftertaste. This is a very filling beer, and it also kicked my ass (where's my pillow, it's time for bed). (1,546 characters)

Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
93 out of 100 based on 1,151 ratings.