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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,234 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,234
Reviews: 1,126
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 155
Gots: 162 | 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No freshness, Portland glass, 4$/1 pint, .9 oz. bottle

Pour-Brownish black, fairly translucent, can easily see light through it. The head pours off white, heavy and moderately creamy and slowly fades to a moderate thickness film with a medium sized ring of foam around the inside of the glass. Moderately thick fizzy lacing that doesn’t stick very well. Not a whole lot of effervescence/carbonation.

Nose-While pouring it smells of light chocolate, caramel malts and some sort of fruit. This seems a little bit obscure but I get light citrus (lemon) and light berries as the fruit, though the toasty and roasted flavors are dominant. I guess it almost has a nose like a raspberry caramel. A lot going on, hard to differentiate between all of it.

Palate-A little bit sweet at first, a good amount of sour and some bitter. This stuff has a very complex taste. The alcohol taste is there, but barely, pretty well hidden. The taste of light semi-sweet chocolate comes out first with some caramel malts, and again in the background is a burst of fresh citrus and berries. There is a light hop bitterness in the middle of the course of the taste. There is a slight musty taste that is not distracting and actually seems to add positively to the
character of the beer.

Body-Medium to full body, not incredibly heavy or rich but the alcohol shows in the body thickness. The bubbles are noticeable on the tongue but it’s not very carbonated, somewhere in the middle.

Final Thoughts- Think a thin piece of fruit caramel covered in semi-sweet dipping chocolate, then think beer with it and that’s what it’s like, but not as sweet. Very nice beer and a little bit different from your average brew. I really like it, and it’s somewhere between easy drinking and too heavy for another one, making it a great beer to have a couple but certainly NOT a session beer that you would want to have a lot of, especially because of the alcohol content.

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4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a Mug.

The darkest possible shade of red possible, almost black with a thin cafe au lait head that leaves only scant lacing.

Aroma: De Profundis: perhaps the deepest smelling beer I have ever had, the levels of roasted, fruity caramel keep welling up for as long as you can keep inhaling deeply. Roasted Caramel, hinting at roasted malt,Toffee and prunes with a dusting of spicy Hops. This is as rich, as profound and as powerful in the bouquet as an beer.

Mouthfeel: ethereal, insouciant.

Taste/ Notes: the base of the toasted malt tries to stealthily creep by but the roasted, toffee like notes betray their presence. A rich chocolate spreads it's patina of flavor across the tongue. Alcohol cannot hide either, a deep cordial of esthers wafts before a burnt, brown sugar toffee caps off a stunning drinking experience. This is amazing. Stunning. Outstanding.

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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep ruby/mahogany color with only a fingernails worth of tan head that is reduced to a tiny layer of bubbles quickly

S: Deep roasted malts, surprisingly light and fruity, almost like grape juice (if you discount the malts). Some hops in there as well

T: Same as the smell; the malts come first, then it's sweet and fruity, and then it turns nutty and woody. Very complex. Alcohol in there between the fruits and nuts. Definitely wasn't expecting this much fruit character, but it goes very nicely

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not as much body as I thought there would be, but it is still good

O: A nice example of a traditional German doppelbock. Not exactly what I was expecting, but good nonetheless

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4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 400ml Weickse Witbier/Weizen glass.

Nice Coca-Cola colour with a tan head. Carbonation aplenty.

Darkas malts, some chocolate, some dried plums and raisins. Very nice.

Taste is malt dominated with some hopiness. Lots of malty sweetness and a bread crust aftertaste. Some chocolate.

Full bodied mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a darker brown color, a smaller head than normal for this brewery. Lacing is just hanging around in this one. There are some alcohol legs in this brew though too.

S- Smell is just complex. I get a little bit of that standard lager scent. But it just gives way to a bready smell. A spicy hop profile on the nose.

T-Taste is just about as complex as it gets. It's hoppy, it's malty. Inbetween all of this is a bread profile that I just can't explain. It's like a wheat roll with the seeds on it. That's as close as I can come.

M-Chewy viscous goodness.

O-A really nice beer. Give this a chance. You would be dumb not to

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4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a highball glass the beer is a deep, barely translucent brown with notes of mahogany. The head is frothy, but eventually subsides into a thin tan cap.

A - rich breadiness, some prunes, anise and chocolate after a few swirls.

T - As it warms it garners more depth. Chewy malts with suggestions of caramel and chocolate. Dark fruits emerge in the finish as the beer warms.

This is far from being the most complex beer I've ever had. I can think of better Doppelbocks, even. Still, it's the ideal Mid-Winter treat, and a cherry-popper for the BMC crowd.

M - Thick and creamy without becoming chalky or cloying. The finish is dry and crisp. There's no detectable alcohol.

O - I enjoy the buzz and simple flavors this beer sneaks up on me with. It's not a great beer for any one of its parts, but in unison they yield something close to a masterpiece. While beers more extravagant and with more subtle depth can be listed by any beer snob on command, this beer bridges the span between drinkability and sublime drinking experience.

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

Poured into a warbled mug.

Appearance: Deep brown pour with dark amber highlights and a nice, dense, tall light tan head that settles fairly quickly but has a thin layer of head retained. The lace left behind is not much--a few delicate rings.

Smell: Nice caramel malt, deep chocolate notes (very nice), and a creamy toasty aroma that is very smooth.

Taste: Dark toast, not burned, and a rich bready chocolatey taste. There is a hint of coffee grounds and spice, and a fair bit of alcohol. The finish is sweet caramel, dark fruits, and dark toast.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, medium-high carbonation, and a crisp but wet finish.

Overall: A very tasty beer that is satisfying and filling. Sweet, creamy, and rich.

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3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-very dark reddish brown with a good light tan head

S-dark malts, spices, and wheats. okay strength

T-comes in with a taste of dark roasted and caramel malts. its a smooth and high quality taste that lasts and forms a good after-taste of mostly salted caramel malts

M-creamy but with a high carbonation and a fairly dry finish

O-out of all the weihenstephaners, this might be my least favorite, but its still a good and worthy beer to try. its definitely one of the best dark germans that i've had. its still probably not something i'll be wanting again though

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

A-Pours brown with a maroon undertone. The beer is dark but is transparent when held up to the light. Very nice looking head. Head is frothy and smooth looking. Light tan in color. Leaves wavy strings of lacing along the glass.

S-Smells like fruitcake. Gingerbread and banana bread. A bit chocolatey. Fruit and bread combo makes for an attractive aroma. Slight alcohol.

T-Breads and fruits. Darker fruits like raisins and figs. Roasty and nutty as well. Light chocolate hints. Sweet but also lightly bitter on the end. Flavor is exceptionally smooth.

M-Feels like liquid bread. Super smooth at points but also feels a bit fuzzy (I'll attribute that to the yeast for no logical reason). Light carbonation. Creamy. Medium to full bodied.

O/D-Overall, I enjoyed this beer more and more after every sip. Chocolate sneaks up on you. Smoother and creamier than other Doppelbocks I have had. I have very, very limited experience with the style but I like this one. Only $2.79 for a decent sized bottle.

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4.99/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Nice dark brown almost black color with a nice thick creamy tan head.

Smell- Dark bread, molasses, olives, cherry

Taste- Malty, Dark bread, cherries, tobacco, raisin, some sweetness, hint of coffee, very complex.

Mouth- So smooth and creamy with the perfect amount of carbonation for this style.

I am in love with this beer..

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is like root beer or sarsaparilla. Dark brown, but clear enough to see through with zero cloudiness. Smells of prune, pumpernickel, brown sugar with a sweet, bright hint of a hops layer skimming the top. Flavor is great. The prune-ish fruit is well expressed but not dominant. Coffee and chocolate flavors are obvious. I also get spice and herbs: pepper, white pepper and mint really stand out. A near perfect mouthfeel makes this a real treat. Smooth with crispy carbonation that bursts a bit as it compresses for the swallow. It really sparkles for a dark, heavy beer. I'd almost say it's refreshing. It's a great accomplishment: the flavor of a bold beer with the crispness of a much lighter brew. High ABV is hardly noticeable with all the flavor going on. Just an all around winner. Seek it out.

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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