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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
94
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1,989 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,989
Reviews: 1,095
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 126
Gots: 86 | 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.

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glid02

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a clear chestnut brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of smooth caramel malts, milk chocolate, and dark fruits with a hint of soy sauce. As it warms the malt aromas become stronger and hints of butterscotch appear.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Rich caramel malt and butterscotch flavors up front are joined by hints of milk chocolate and raisins midway through the sip and carry through to a solidly sweet ending. Unlike the smell the malt flavors fade a bit as the beer warms opening up the floor to various dark fruits and milk chocolate.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a great thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the bottle rather easily and could have another.

Overall I was a fan of this beer despite the style not being my favorite. Flavors are all present in abundance and this is well worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 03:01:16 | More by glid02
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

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

Poured from the bottle a dark brown with copper highlights. The head is thin and light tan in color. Lacing is light and wet.

Aroma of sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, raisin, toasted bread, and nuts.

The taste is big and malty with sweet caramel, raisin, bread, and brown sugar. The 7% is noticeable and gives the tongue a slight tingle.

Medium bodied, a bit sticky, and moderately carbonated.

A quality doppelbock from Weihenstephaner and perfect for this time of year. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 19:45:26 | More by Monkeyknife
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r0nyn

New York

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a 15 oz bottle with fellow BA infi. Poured into a hefeweizen glass.

A pleasingly dark mahogany color gives this beer some character right off the bat. Head is decent-sized with a fair amount of lacing. Smell is quite nice as well, there's some caramel nuance among the dominant malt character. There are other scents I can't identify, making it a very complex brew to sniff indeed.

Unlike a lot of the other beers I've tried, the taste is almost the same as the smell, which is a good thing, given how nice the smell is. Malty flavoring with some roasted barley hints give it a slight sweetness. Some nuttiness also comes through. Not very hoppy, but with just enough bitterness to be pleasant, even to someone like me who usually shies away from bitter things. The aftertaste doesn't linger very long and the finish is smooth and dry. Mouthfeel is pretty nice, a nice fullness aiding the good carbonation in spreading out the taste across the tongue and hiding the alcohol.

Drinkability is great, I could have easily finished the entire bottle on my own and then some. Overall, yet another gem from those crafty Germans at Weihenstephaner.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 05:20:40 | More by r0nyn
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infi

New York

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 0.5L weizen glass.

Pours a deep dark brown with very little light coming through and tints of ruby purple when held towards the light. The pour forms a nice tan/light brown head full of fine bubbles and has little spots of lacing on perimeter of the glass. Not much width forming, as it initially poofs up gently and then settles to a thin cap. Can't see much carbonating activity either, but not too big of a deal visually. The smell is quite complex, when compared to other beers I've tried. Initial whiffs are full of caramelized malt and a dark chocolate sweetness. There's some sort of dark fruit in it also, but undefinable by me. There's this one particular smell that I can't put my finger upon - a sort of light sour nuttiness. I can only compare it to toasted pine nuts. And the alcohol can be detected only by elongated concentrated sniffs.

The taste is really almost a mirror image of its aroma. I actually enjoy it very much. The flavor is full roasted and toasted caramel malt. Reminds me of the DFH Indian Brown Ale a bit. Also, a large fraction of the taste is full of a roasted oat or barley grain. Towards the end, there's a slight hoppy bitterness that remains on the base of the tongue and is immediately followed by a slight booze burn. Very nice overall. The brew has a light to medium-bodied mouthfeel with just enough carbonation for its enjoyment. There's also a slight dry finish in the aftertaste. Drinkability is fairly easy, as there's a decent amount of flavors going on.

Another great product by the Weihenstephaner brewery. Excellent dopplebock product to take note of.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 04:11:29 | More by infi
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LordAdmNelson

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a nice chocolate brown with ruby highlights. About an inch of tan head and decent lacing. Nice stuff here. It smells like a malt bomb, with big chocolate, caramel, and toasted bread notes. Some raisin and dark fruit comes through too. Taste is delicious, like a German brown ale. This is tremendous. Much better than Troegenator, which might be the only other doppelbock I've had. Good blend of dark fruit with the toasted, bready malt that remains. A bit of brown sugar too. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, though coating. Drinkability is great--nice tasting beer with a medium-light body that keeps me slugging it down. Good stuff from Weihenstephaner, although I still prefer Vitus and Heffe.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 05:16:23 | More by LordAdmNelson
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theirishdago

Michigan

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

A- Two finger fluffy white head that stuck with the beer to the last drop. More brown than amber but a mix of both.

S- Dried figs and raisins. Hints of Heath bars( toffee and chocolate)

T- Taste like it smells. Very malty and sweet, perfect for cooler weather, not something I would drink in the middle of summer. Tastes just like my mother-in-law's fig cookies (she is full blooded sicilian) and raisins with a hint of dates

MF- Pretty syrupy and thick

D- I would have this again but when there was some snow on the ground.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 02:59:33 | More by theirishdago
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ditch

Virginia

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

This has become my favorite brewery. Not because they brew the best of beers, but because they brew consistently drinkable and tasty beer. No matter what I'm in the mood for I can find something to fulfill my beer needs.

This Doppelbock pours an oily dark with a hint of red. Head is off white and about a half inch. It faded away pretty fast with no lacing on the glass. I rated the appearance high because of the beautiful dark dark red color and it's overall appearance right after the pour.

Smells of chocolate covered cherries. Very malty, maybe a bit of date and raisin.

MMMmmmm.... Tasty! Very deep sweet barley flavor. I'm getting a hint of smoke in the after taste. Definitely Dried dates and raisin. At first sip it came off a bit oily but that quickly faded away. Mouthfeel is great with a perfect amount of carbonation(for me).

These beers continue to impress me. I have been pretty much experimenting with strictly American breweries, but these keep me wondering about other German beers. Only one way to find out! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 19:53:22 | More by ditch
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crossovert

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Comes in an eloquently decorated bottle. Brewed around November of 08, I don't feel like deciphering their date code.

Pours a nice dark color with hints of ruby and a compact but creamy looking off white head that fades rather quickly.

Smell isn't very pungent, some malty sweetness is there and that is basically it. Much malt, but it is still faint malt.

Wonderful mouthfeel and taste to make up for the weaker scent. The carbonation bites the tounge and really opens up the palate for the sweet, but roasty malt flavor. Hints of dark fruit and alcohol tag along. Hint of metallic flavor puts a small damper on the taste.

Its a good Bavarian doppelbock. On the level of say a Maximator, not bad, not good, not average, just slightly above in a highly competitive and well done style. Nice price on it htough, as with all Weihenstephaner products, they are priced right.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 02:08:48 | More by crossovert
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours ruby/copper with a large persistent creamy head.
Strong sweet malt with a bit of Vegemite (not good!), some toasty notes. A hint of noble hops and some light caramel and chocolate.
Very similar flavours: sweet toasty malt, light noble hops, some toasty notes. Sweet alcohol in the finish is rather cloying.
Good rich body, but needs more carbonation to dry out the finish a bit.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 10:43:19 | More by CrazyDavros
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adamette

Ohio

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

Live review. I was so excited to find this bottle at Wegman's while visiting there recently with my brother. I had several other Weihestephaner beers a few months ago as a series but did not see this one at that time. Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle that I bought as a single at Wegman's in Lakewood, NY 8 28 09 for $2.99 into my Spaten Optimator mug.

A Gloriously dark, dark mohagany brown with red hue body that does let light through but seeing any object through it is next to impossible. Colors only visible in front of direct light. Head is light brown, 4 inches trimphantly high and lingered for several minutes. I cannot excpect more in appearance from a beer in this style. 5.0

S Wonderful dark molasses dopplebock smell that is on par with and might even surpass that of my "gateway" beer, Spaten Optimator. There is a sense of light chocolate as well. 4.5

T/M Very smooth dopplebock taste that might be more "woody" or "earthy" than Optimator's wonderful depth. This beer here is just excellent though with waves of medium to dark malt, some molasses, alcohol well hidden. Excellent. 4.5

D This is a big beer and the bottle just over one pint will likely be plenty for now. That being said, there is enough interesting tastes to keep me sipping until the beer is gone.

Notes: Simply a classic dopplebock, one heck of a great example of the style and one that rivals a sentimental favorite, Spaten Optimator. Despite the greatness of other Weihenstephaner beers, this is likely my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 02:34:03 | More by adamette
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kaydeKat

Texas

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance ~ dark chesenut brown, reddish tint in light... cascades down glass, light head with no lacing

smell ~ smells like old books and coffee ... sweet candy

taste ~ light on tongue, but rich, bright flavors ... dry fruit and nuts ... sweet, but not sticky sweet ...

mouthfeel ~ drinks extremelly smooth, scared to think of it's ABV% ... dry on the middle of tongue, sweetness does not linger

drinkability ~ very drinkable ... this would be wise to consume at home if you want more than one!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 01:17:20 | More by kaydeKat
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weissbierdrinker

Belgium

3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color no haze but it's hard to see through

Smell is of caramel and some chocolate

Taste is chocolate, coffee, and some fruit notes

Not really very heavy for a doppelbock, actually kind of watery

Very good beer, but not as complex as others in this style

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 13:22:43 | More by weissbierdrinker
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brdc

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap, poured into a tulip.

Very dark brown, or perhaps it is the bar lighting. Well carbonated, foamy, amber tinted head with good lacing.
Aroma is sweetish malts, relatively clean although some fruity notes do come through.
Medium bodied, it has a nearly clean malty flavor, but again some fruitiness, mostly in the form of prunes come through now and again. Hoppiness is barely noticeable, yet it is not overly sweet or cloying.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2009 21:50:52 | More by brdc
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep brown color with ruby hues. Appears to be clear. Impressive light beige head, leaving nice ring lace.

Smells of stew meat, caramel and sweet chocolate--not exactly attractive, but it is fascinating. I've never smelled this combination before in a beer. Complex.

Rich flavor in a thin body--well not that thin, but certainly less than most bocks (not to mention doppels). Very complex--quite dry for the style (a touch of sugar on the tongue only on the initial sip). Surprisingly hoppy in the swallow which lingers throughout the aftertaste. Some chocolate notes without any burnt flavors at all. Almost like ice cream.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 18:55:52 | More by smcolw
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seanthornton152

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Belmont Station, 500 ml, poured into a Pilsner glass.

Dark brown color, red and orange hues when looking at the body in strong light, transparent..Head is thick and creamy stays strong for a long time

Aroma of caramel maltiness, brown sugar, very rich aroma...I am excited to drink.

Taste is of caramel, a blend of dried and and sweet fruits, a bit doughy

Medium thickness, light carbonation

First time trying Weihenstephaner Doppelbock and I very much enjoyed it, and I'll be enjoying this beer again and again.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 07:23:50 | More by seanthornton152
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BigJim5021

Indiana

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

Poured a nice, deep brown with a tan head that settled into a persistent ring. Looks really good in the Weihenstephaner glass I got with the bottle.

Big caramel malts with a molasses-like sweetness.

The flavor is rich. Subtle coffee and chocolate back up the well-roasted caramel malt. Sweet, but not an overpowering sweetness. Really pleasant.

Mouthfeel is super-smooth with a nice medium body and ample carbonation for the style. Pretty excellent in this regard.

Drinkability is pretty high. I'll definitely be looking into the occasional bottle during the upcoming fall and winter months.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 04:04:23 | More by BigJim5021
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davexisxrabid

California

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Dark brown with a thick fluffy 3 inch off-white head. Good retention too. Couldn't see much carbonation going on but thats because the beer was so dark, even when held up to the light. Good lacing during the drinking period.

Aroma of cinammon and brown sugar.

Medium sweet flavor of caramel with an alcohol kick. Not much hop bitterness but a rubbery bitterness did kick in, just enough to keep the malts in check.

Medium-full bodied. A slightly mellow caramel aftertaste remained on the tounge between drinks.

Good drinkability but a little strong to have more than one. Don't want that alcohol burning a hole in my gut. Damn good though and will have it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 15:41:40 | More by davexisxrabid
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HalfFull

California

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

Served in a pilsner glass from a 500 ml. bottle. Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights and offers an inch of tan head. Head settles to a cap rather quickly, settling in to a surface ring. Cap is easily regenerated however and yields some temporary lacing.

Roasted caramel malts on the nose, some carob/chocolate as well, touch of yeast and smoke. Nice depth, opening to some dried fruits as it settles.

Nice bready texture to the malts on the tongue, with a welcome level of carbonation. A nice moderately long finish of caramel and chocolate. Not cloying in the sweetness like many of the style(i.e., Celebrator), well balanced in that regard.

Nice take on the style and quite drinkable. Another winner from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 03:20:52 | More by HalfFull
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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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laituegonflable

Australia

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous pour, rich red-tinged black colour with a vivacious, piquant head that bounces and froths all around the glass before settling into a very thick beige crown. There is slow but populous bubbling in the brew, not much lace around but it's sticky as hell. An exciting-looking beer.

Nose is a rich, complex and poignant affair. First note is kind of nutty, with an organic, charcoal edge which gives way to a slightly tart mélange of fresh fruit aromas - plummy and cherry-y. Lots of cinnamon and chocolate behind there as well, it's sweet and dark and just blossoming with goodness. Again, I'm excited by the smell.

Taste is intriguing, with a nice blend of flavours. Raisins and dates with aspects of oak and some cocoa. An odd fruit juice flavour is a bit of a spoiler, makes the mid-palate seem a bit insipid, whereas the fruit on the front is dark and complex. Finish is a pleasant bitterness, roasted without being burnt, and like a well-roasted chocolate coffee bean. There is, tragically, not much more to it - very pleasant, but doesn't have the raw charismatic power and intricacy of the nose. This isn't helped by a bland, slightly thin feel, which for the most part is bad but picks up on the back thanks to a spirited, spiritous, kick of alcomohol, which isn't burning but gives it a slight nudge.

Aaaargh! The agony of admitting that such a great-looking, great-smelling beer from these master German brewers, could be a letdown on taste! It's a lovely brew, it just tastes and feels thin, and the nose promised so much more. I don't want to denigrate this great brew any further, so I'll finish by pointing out that it is extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 01:03:08 | More by laituegonflable
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Buggies

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown. Quickly diminishing head with random blotchy chunks of lacing. Smells of malt and chocolate with a little toffee and caramel too. Taste is as the nose. No hops detectable. Slight sweet finish with some hidden fruit rounding it out.

Nice doppelbock. It was worth a try, and I'll seek more of these out in the future.

S:

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 00:30:16 | More by Buggies
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pants678

California

3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've poured this beer into an English pint. There's a single finger head that's on the bubbly side. Light gets through on the edges and highlights the red tinges in the thick, deep brown. Color is close to leaning toward a porter, but not quite. Maybe too dark?

The nose gives off a distinct sweet malt, there's something about it that almost comes off creamy, while definitely nutty. I don't get the charred or roasted notes that I get from the Celebrator or even Shiner's Bock. Taste matches the smell only in the lighter ways, like a smoothed out English Brown. I'm a fan of sharper notes. I do get oak and wood, ties in well with the caramel overtones.

It's carbonated loosely, creamy texture. There's a nice light tingle that dissolves away. Not much of an aftertaste, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 16:57:42 | More by pants678
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jsh420

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours clear dark dark amber brown with a 1 finger off white head that left spotted lacing

smells of sweet buttery toffee and dark fruit malts

taste is much of the same delicious smell - sweet carmel toffee buttery malts and dark fruit figs

mouthfeel is light/medium boddy that is slick and creamy smooth

drinkability - this beer goes fast and makes you wish you had bought another bottle

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 01:22:33 | More by jsh420
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lukymann

Massachusetts

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

Bottle (1 pt) poured into a pint glass.

A- Very dark reddish brown that seems to get lighter as it settles. Poured with a finger and a half's worth of tan/cream colored head.

S- Very sweet. You can smell the alcohol, but the aroma is mostly dominated by a dark date/fig-like sweetness. Appealing.

T- Nice combination of flavors. The taste transitions from a sweet fig-like flavor to caramel to a long bread flavor-dominated aftertaste. Fairly consistent with the style.

M- Well balanced. Mild carbonation on the tongue balances out the inherent weight of the beer.

D- As a dopplebock, it's not the lightest of beers, but it's fairly drinkable for the style and I could have a few of these without falling down the stairs.

Overall: An excellent brew through and through. I'm generally a big fan of big, malty beers like dopplebocks and this one doesn't disappoint. Not my absolute favorite dopplebock, but certainly in my top 5.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 21:40:45 | More by lukymann
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boatshoes

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Naamans Rd. Total Wine. Poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Appearance- Pours a a deep dark brown with a little over a finger of off white head that dies down fairly quickly and some mild beads of carbonation up the sides of the glass. A bit of lacing as I drink, but not as much as I was expecting from the color and alcohol content of the beer.

Smell- Boozy with lots of dark fruits, raisin, caramel sweetness, and a touch of cinnamon. Fairly complex nose, but for me the most predominant element was raisins, figs, and other dark fruits backed up with a warming booziness.

Taste- Very similar to the nose. Lots of sweet, boozy fruits backed up with a lot of sweet malt backbone. Less in the way of cinnamon spices in the taste when compared to the nose. Finishes with a pretty strong touch of booziness. Overall, a strong doppelbock taste, though I am personally slightly offset by the late, sharp booze.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is fairly strong with a decent level of carbonation and a pretty thick body that is chewy on the palate. Drinkability is hampered somewhat by the prominent booziness, but on the whole, about as drinkable as a doppelbock gets for me.

Overall, I'll confess that doppelbocks are not my favorite style of beer, but this was a strong representation nonetheless and would come recommended if this is the style of beer that does it for you.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 05:38:09 | More by boatshoes
Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 1,989 ratings.