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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,027 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,027
Reviews: 1,099
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 129
Gots: 94 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours a dark brown with about an inch of thick head. The head forms heavy lacing around the side of the glass after only sitting for a minute. The aroma is fantastic. I'm reminded of choclate, dark fruits, and slightly roasted malt. The taste is everything I'd hoped for. Huge malty flavor dominates everything. The aftertaste stays in my mouth a little bit longer than I'd like. All in all a great value still.

05-03-2010 01:04:30 | More by degerbah
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%

Beer named after 7th century Saint Korbinian, missionary and 1st bishop of Freising, in the south of Germany.
It's allways nice to have meaning put to drinking.
0.5 l. bottle.

Dark ale, reddish glow, decent head.
Smell has nice roasted malts, coffee as well.
Taste is the same. Double bockbeer with a robust character: it's quite bitter, but still decently sweet from burned sugar and some dark fruit notes.
Medium bodied, I would say. It's lingering in my mouth.
This beer is demanding, an aquired taste.
Glad I tried this.

05-01-2010 21:36:50 | More by RuudJH
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4.47/5  rDev +6.4%

A - Very dark brown but does show as a slightly cloudy reddish beer when held up to light. Beautiful dark tan head.

S - Wonderful aroma. A mix of plum, raisins, molasses and chocolate. Smells similar to an English Old Ale or even English Barley Wine--unexpected but very nice.

T - Flavor is similar to the aroma. A huge malt bomb. Wheat is not the primary flavor characteristic. Instead it is the plum, cocoa and molasses that was evident on the nose.

M - Slightly creamy, thick mouthfeel. Coats the mouth in a way that matches the strong aroma and flavor, but just verges on being cloying. No alcohol burn, which is disappointing because that might help cut the thick feel a little.

D - Talk about a porkchop in a bottle! Thickness and mouth coating make it a little less drinkable than it could be, but overall this is a truly great beer. Sip it and savor it because you probably won't feel like having a second one.

05-01-2010 04:13:19 | More by Radome
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Appearance: Dark brown with a creamy tan head

Smell: Black treacle smell is obvious. Dark malty aroma with some faint fruit.

Taste: Treacle again combined with some bready tastes to give the impression of a dark sweet dessert bread. Heavy malt flavor, hops are subtle and slightly drying. Some roasted astringency towards the end as well as a bit of smoke. Alcohol is sharp and noticeable. If you like super malty beers, there's a good chance you will love this.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Full bodied.

Impressions: Quite good, I was a bit surprised to get a nose full of treacle from this one, but it tasted quite lovely and shows that not all doppelbocks have to be exactly the same.

04-20-2010 04:03:41 | More by irisier
Photo of WhatsNewinBooze


4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

This has always been one of my favorites! Pours a nice brown cola color with large bubbles and a khaki head. The nose is smoky and rich with notes of bitter dark chocolate, coffee and molasses. The palate is loaded with flavors of root spice and dark malt sweetness with notes of bread, nuts and coffee.

04-18-2010 18:12:08 | More by WhatsNewinBooze
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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

500 mL bottle tried 1 Apr 2010.

Poured in a Seabright mug. Medium sized fizzy tan head. Clear dark molasses color with red highlights. Aroma is primarily molasses. Starts with a lot of molasses on the tongue, with burnt sugars, caramel. Quite malty throughout. Finish and aftertaste are a little boozy with lingering notes of dark chocolate and fig. Medium body.

Tasty, would definitely get this again.

04-18-2010 03:12:33 | More by htomsirveaux
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Ontario (Canada)

4.72/5  rDev +12.4%

Visiting Ann Arbour, i found the most amazing beer stores and found this beer, amongst many others. I love their Wheat, thus was super excited to try the others Weihenstephaner offered.

Poured a hazey dark amber brown, wonderfull head (like all their brews).

Smell is beautiful: toasty malt, bread, nutts. Sweet dried fruit. a touch of anise.

Taste: I've honestly never tasted anything like this. Almost like a root beer version of a bock. Root spices along with dark malt sweetness. Bready, sweet. Just amazing. a nice white pepper spice at the end. I must admit, i'm a abit overwhelmed by this one. It has now been added to my top 5 favorite beers.

04-11-2010 21:44:45 | More by jbonapar
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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

Just randomly decided to try something from the imports section, and this was the cheapest import I saw. Pours dark brown w/ a solid two inches of head, and gives off a whiff of something like chocolate & licorice.

Taste is about what I expected considering the smell, plus some raisin, with the 7.4% very well hidden. Goes down eerily soda-like. It's a very simple brew, with nothing sticking out further than it has to & no aftertaste.

Somehow I imagine this as the German equivalent to our malt liquors, something that's made to casually chug after a hard day. I'll keep it in mind.

04-11-2010 03:00:42 | More by longbongsilver
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

It looks like a slightly flat glass of coke. Exactly. Head reduced to nothing in less than a minute.

Wow, a strange sweet fruity mixture of smells. Like a mixture of orange, pineapple and raspberry sherbet (oh right, that's called rainbow sherbet) with a malty edge. Perhaps the most interesting beer I've smelled.

Smooth and just a tad heavy. Quite stout like. The flavor isn't nearly as strong as the smell. Quite malty, reminds me a lot of sweeter, slightly carbonated malt "coffee."

I couldn't drink a lot of these, although it's very nice. It's not as heavy going down as much as the way it sits inside you.

04-10-2010 21:22:43 | More by sfprint
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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.

04-08-2010 04:15:11 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: extremely dark brown-amber color with a finger of compact tan foam. This looks like it could be pretty good.

Smell: huge malt flavor with plenty of caramel and musty notes of raisins and plums. Quite appealing.

Taste: quite delicious. Big flavors are similar in profile to the aroma, but the caramel is more muted and the musty fruits are farther toward the front. Alcohol is noticeable and there is just a hint of tartness. Finish is very dry.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a low but nice level of carbonation. There's a bit of a syrupy texture here as well. Between the dry, musty flavor and the low level of carbonation, I want to call the mouthfeel "ashy", but kind of in a good way.

Drinkability: quite tasty and drinkable, though too high in alcohol to be a real session beer. I'll call it good.

04-08-2010 02:37:42 | More by flagmantho
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Single bottle poured into a Rastel Hefeweizen glass. Stamp on the bottle says 5399 [no date otherwise found].

Appearance: On the table it's a mahogany brown, but held up to the light its a deep ruby red. Nice 1/2" tan head upon pouring that died down to a thin layer across the top.

Smell: Sweet - some fruit, some caramel, some brown sugar smells. Some earthier smells as it warms up, but the other smells still dominate.

Taste: Caramel, mild raisin, toasted malts, maybe a hint of coffee in there. I've heard the phrase "juicy" get used for some beers and this fits the bill. Very mild bitterness at the finish - definitely on the sweeter side overall.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, juice-like consistency - just the right balance of thickness and smoothness. Goes down easy.

Drinkability: Perfect with a meal, but also nice for drinking by itself. This beer got me started on trying new styles many years ago, and now that my taste-buds have grown I appreciate the beer more, but I miss some of those initial "wow" flavors I seem to remember long ago. Finished off the glass pretty fast...and despite the higher ABV I wish I had another 500 mL, or at least another 250 mL.

04-04-2010 22:20:49 | More by damndirtyape
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3.35/5  rDev -20.2%

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.

04-04-2010 14:03:48 | More by projectflam86
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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

16.9 Oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Nice dark ebony color with a light brown heat that leaves a creamy lacing on the glass.

Mild aroma, some fruits with a slight burnt sugar/caramel smell. Nice with a sweet overtone.

Taste very sweet and bready at first with lots of sweet caramel and slight caramel texture in thefinish.

Full bodied, with a creamy sweet flavor that is not excessive with a nicely subdued carbonation. Carbonation reminds me of some of the wood aged cask beer I've tasted.

Solid drinkable big beer. Just enough abv that it will get you if you try to drink it constantly over an afternoon. Excellent for after dinner relaxation, not after thanksgiving dinner, but a evening's pleasant meal.

04-04-2010 02:16:50 | More by cgmees
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4.63/5  rDev +10.2%

My second beer I've had from the oldest brewery on Earth. Poured into a regular Jeremiah Red pint glass. 2 fingers of nice looking frothy and thick, lush, but quickly flattening head. Deep cherry wood in color. The only thing this beer is missing is lots of lacing. There is some, but besides that, this is top notch.

Nose is like a bakery with fresh banana bread. Delicious dark malts, with a sweet quality to the nose. Similar to a fruit-cake like fruityness, mixing with the sweet breadiness.

I am really impressed just from the first sip. I may just say this is my favorite German beer I've ever had. This is nothing short of delicious. Sweet and biscuity, brown sugar, and some banana. Has a sweet dark chocolate and caramel finish, and somewhat dry. Words can't describe how much I really enjoyed this. I thought this would just be decent, but this is something more.

So smooth. Silky, just absolutely creamy. Great tasting lingering finish, that goes on and on. No alcohol presence to taste, or to slow you down. I savored this and drank it slowly and still disappeared fast.

The single best doppelbock I've had since Celebrator. Probably, Just personal preference, I would possibly take this over Celebrator. I may just have to say this is the single best doppelbock I've ever had. You better believe I will buy much more of this, come around next time I go to the store.

Cheers Weihenstephaner!

03-24-2010 03:18:48 | More by MOB210SA
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

16.9oz. bottle poured into a pint glass...

Pours a clear "rich mahogany" with a two finger off white head, leaves a film on top of the brew for the whole drink with a bit of lacing...

Very malty aroma, some dark fruits, very sweet overall, prunes mixed with burnt sugar/caramel smells...very complex and quite nice...

Malt bomb...very sweet and bready up front, some biscuit flavor, dark fruits and very little hop presence...a bit of that burnt sugar from the nose makes an appearance on the tongue...

Very slick and creamy, not much carbonation and a tiny bit of alcohol presence...

Easy to drink, probably not as fresh as I would like, would definitely be interested in trying fresh on tap for maybe more of a prickly/carbonated mouthfeel...

03-16-2010 04:10:35 | More by hawks10
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours a clear dark brown color with a tight light brown head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smells of dark fruits and chocolate.

Tastes of twangy dark fruit with spices layered on top. Plums, raisins, and figs are present with a cocoa layering on top. Yeasty spice adds more complexity. Caramel and toffee sweetness also make an appearance.

Mouthfeel is medium full and has a luscious smoothness to it.

03-16-2010 02:01:31 | More by ocelot2500
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

5/5  rDev +19%

50cl bottle poured into my Spaten Seidel Krug.

A- A chocolatey mahogany body, excellent clarity with a strong coffee coloured 3 finger creamy head that lasts well considering the abv and produces very good lacing.

S- Lots of cocoa, sweet toffee notes, toasted biscuits.

T- Toffeeish sweet malts balancing with a lovely toasted maltiness. A creamy milk chocolateyness comes through with a delicious hit of a high % cocoa solid dark chocolate. Amazing

M- Full bodied, creamy, silky smooth like milk chocolate, just unbelievable.

D- A monster beer. Hides its abv unbelievably well. A beautiful texture. The first mouthful, if you love malt, sends you to heaven with its smooth transition from sweet malts to a delicate toasted malt note balancing with a milk chocolate creaminess and the dark chocolate bitterness coming through in the finish. All this while maintaining a full body and a clean lager finish. Best doppelbock ever. This is the gold standard.

03-11-2010 22:43:57 | More by seanyfo
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New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -13.1%

A: Pours a deep clear amber, with a fluffy off-white head that faded to lace.

S: Sweet caramel malt, prunes, with just the slightest hint of ethanol.

T: Prunes, plums, raisins, and perhaps figs, along with sweet malt and booze.

M: Full-bodied and nicely warming. The carbonation is present, but subdued.

D: As close to the classic examples of the style as you get. This is not a session beer, but stands out as a great Lenten drink.

03-10-2010 01:28:11 | More by speter
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4.88/5  rDev +16.2%

A: Deep ruby and crystal clear. Thick and creamy, tan head with great lacing all the way down the glass

S: Rich, Malty aroma, very bready and toasty with a fresh yeast aroma. liquid bread

T: Big Biscuit flavor with fresh dark breads and toasted lighter breads. bread crust. All of this is followed by a more melanoidan rich malty sweetness. goood!

M: Spectacular. Very full body, smooth, creamy, and chewy. Finishes dry but with sweet flavors (they just don't linger)

D: This is one of the best beers I've had the pleasure of drinking.

03-08-2010 23:04:38 | More by LyonsHead
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 0.9oz bottle into my big Spaten Oktoberfest Stange glass. There is no freshness date on the label but it has a bottle number of 3438 printed on the back.

Appearance: The body has a dark brown color with lighter brownish red highlights. On top sits a nice light tan head which was about two fingers thick right after it was poured. This head slowly fades but hangs on till the last sip, (not that it took me long it get there lol). There was some nice slick lacing, as well, which slid right down the glass as I drank.

Smell: The aroma is pleasing and sweet with notes of dark sweet bread, cooked or burnt sugar, as well as some mellow notes of over ripe fruit and classic German hops.

Taste/Palate: It has a firm, slick, full bodied palate with a flavor profile that matches its aroma. The flavor is full dark sweet bready malty goodness. There are some hints of nuts and fruit mixed into the mostly sweet malt along with some decent leafy/spicy, almost earthy hops for balance. The hops also add a nice balance to the finish making it quite drinkable.

Notes: This is a very enjoyable and drinkable big beer. Just look out for the solid 7.4% abv. that will sneak up on you.

03-08-2010 18:29:01 | More by generallee
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

16.9 oz brown bottle poured into a Weihenstephaner hefe glass

Weihenstephaner Korbinian Doppelbock poured a deep mahogany color and produced a 1-finger tan milkshake like head that was bubbly. Aroma is tangy; of dark malt, dark fruit, and sweet and nutty. Taste is rich and fruity; of dates and raisins, with caramel fading into coffee and chocolate. I detected slight hops that helped balance the rich sweet malt. The mouth feel is medium full, smooth, and creamy with fine carbonation that is pleasant on the tongue.

Weihenstephaner Korbinian is another world class beer from the world's oldest brewery. This just became my favorite Doppelbock ...sorry Spaten.

03-07-2010 22:44:47 | More by bushbeer75
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4.8/5  rDev +14.3%

Once again, thanks to Stein for the excellent selection at the store.
Poured into my hefeweizen glass.

A: Pours mostly a deep ruby hue, kinda brownish looking with orange, gold highlights around the bottom. A good amount of head falls fairly quickly into a uniform medium layer on top. Light tiered lacing sticks around the rim of the glass.

S: This has quite the bouquet! Nuts, dark fruits, toasted grains jump out all over the place in a harmonic display of boldness. Simple, yet exquisite.

T: The smell is only exceeded by the taste. Oh so good. This may be my new favorite doppelbock. All sorts of nuts, dark fruits like plums, raisins, prunes splash the palate with fury! Toasted and slightly roasted grains make their presence felt as well as some lovely chocolate notes hitting the perfect balance. Yes, this is my new favorite doppelbock.

M: Oh lord, I would give it a 5, but there is just a touch of harshness in the beginning. Even so, I'm still inclined to give it a 5, but I do see just a hint of room for improvement. Therefore 4.5. Smooth, slightly creamy, and leaves my mouth feeling like I was drinking heaven.

D: All night long.

03-06-2010 05:11:00 | More by NewGeneric
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4.47/5  rDev +6.4%

500mL bottle into an Augustiner half - Maß.

A beautiful chocolaty head on top of a dark ruby colored beer. The head nearly billowed over the top of the glass.

Like any good dopplebock the smell is overly sweet with notes of caramel and toasted malt.

I've had all of the top rated German dopplebocks and there is a reason that this is one of them. The sweet malty caramel chocolaty elixir that is Korbinian goes down oh so easy. If consumed at the recommended temperature (its on the bottle), this beer really opens and exposes itself to the drinker.

The mouthful is a bit thin, but in a good way. With these flavors and the 7%+ abv a thick beer would totally kill the drinkability.

The drinkability is only diminished by the alcohol content of this beer. I could easily drink 2 or 3 bottles of this in a sitting if I wasn't such a lightweight.

03-06-2010 01:33:08 | More by Lars3
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours a dark reddish-brown with good clarity; one-finger khaki head sticks and laces to the glass.

Smells intensely sweet and thick. Caramel and strong dark fruityness and marmalade.

The taste starts off as you'd expect from the smell: Very slick and sweet. Heavily malty and viscous with a slight bitterness that is hard to put my finger on. Syrupy roasted malts on the aftertaste after the slight alcohol sweetness dissipates.

Thick and syrupy body with little carbonation give this beer a very viscous mouthfeel. Nice and pleasantly chewy, the Korbinian is a deliciously drinkable beer.

03-03-2010 02:28:23 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
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