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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,235 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,235
Reviews: 1,126
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 155
Gots: 164 | FT: 0
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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Ratings: 2,235 | Reviews: 1,126
Photo of StoutHunter
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a bottle of Weihenstephaner Korbinian for $2.99 at The Lager Mill. I have been on a doppelbock bender lately and this is the last one of the bunch so i'll finish my bender with a traditional German Doppelbock. No visible freshness date. Poured from a 500ml brown bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- I like the label on this beer, it's pretty colorful and exotic looking. It poured a deep dark brown color with some ruby highlights. It had three and a half fingers worth of thick and creamy off white head that died down to a thick ring that left some spotty lacing.

S- The aroma is malty and sweet. The malts impart a brown bread aroma followed by some molasses. There was also a pretty prominent dark dried fruit aroma that leaned more towards prunes and figs.

T- The taste is pretty similar to the aroma. The malts are bready and sweet but not as sweet as they were in the aroma, the sweetness leans more toward caramel then molasses. The dark fruits are represented nicely, I really can't pick out one specific fruit, it's a mixture of all of them and it adds some complexity to this brew. The finish wasn't bitter and it had some nice yeasty spices at the end.

M- Smooth and medium bodied with perfect carbonation.

Overall this was a pretty good Doppelbock, it was one of the better ones I have encountered during my Doppelbock binge, and the best German one I have had yet. Everything about this style was on point and about where it should be. It may not be as flavorful as some of the American ones but it makes up for that by being smooth as hell and having some great drinkability. I will be buying this again and will be on the look out for any other beers by Weihenstephaner. If you like Doppelbocks give this one a try, it's a great traditional German Doppelbock and it gives you a good feel for what this style is all about.

Photo of smakawhat
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle at Biergarten Haus in DC into a mug.

Nice really lit hues on a clear brown amber orange body. Good carbonation on the bottom sitting a head that is mild light chocolate brown.

Woah what's that on the nose! Big chocolate malt, it smells "sticky" and thick, bring hints of toffee and coffee, mixing in banana. This is a big impressive nose.

Taste is a big milk chocolate bunch and banana. Sticky mouthfeel that goes with the nose, small roasted coffee, and big toffee teeth coating stick. This is one beer where syrupy actually makes sense and feels good. Finish of banana and clove.

Overall this beer is just very impressive, it feels like chocolate banana sundae topping. All I feel like doing is having a chocolate ice cream banana split with this on the side (even though I hate bananas). Winner right here folks.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a dark Mahogany colour with an off white head that retains well and laces.

S - Aromas of sweet malt and a little molasis

T - A little sweet up front, before some toasty malts kick in and some hops, bitter on the finish.

M - Medium to full body with minimal carbonation that makes for a smooth drop.

O - Highly drinkable beer and recommended

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

I poured the bottle vigorously into a Guinness pint glass. A 3 finger beige foamy head yielded to a thin blanket after a few minutes. An attractive deep mahogany brown with ruby highlights around the rim.

Sweetish smell, bready, wheat, yeast.

Given the substantial head, I was somewhat surprised of a lower carbonation release in the mouth. Silky in the mouth, malty, buttered pumpernickel.

Very drinkable without any alcohol bit despite 7.4%. I wish I had another chilled now.

Photo of Everydayoff
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 500ml bottle into a pils glass with freshness date and other details on back label.

The pour produces deep brown color with hint of ruddy hue in the texture, big tan frothy head rise up fast and well retain thereafter left with plenty of beauteous lacing that stickily withstand against the time. Highly active carbonation effervesces towards the top sip by sip.

Build up by malt sweet with toasted bread character and fruity notes which are raisin and prune. Also wrap up with hint of coffee and creamy chocolate. All in all, this beer has very aromatic and inviting smell.

Full touch of malt sweet, somewhat creamy and caramel which balance by bitterness from hop and toasted trait also with fruity tang that is raisin and prune, a bit spice alcoholic also hidden inside.

The mouthfeel is smooth with right amount of carbonation that well suit to generate velvety touch through the palate, medium body, full flavor.

One word to define this beer is excellent, very good drinkable and solid brew from the eldest Weihenstephan.

Photo of jarmby1711
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All scores of 4 clearly equals good.
But where does this stand in the pantheon of Dopplebocks ?
If you are a Dopplebock virgin , then pray look elsewhere for guidance as i myself know little.
However as a beer this presents itself admirably.
Hiding its potent 7.4% well, we have a dark and frothy malt experience that does not assault or disappoint.
I could not drink this all night as it lacks a degree of complexity.It has a determined profile that may well fell the unwary

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours brown with caramel colored edges and a creamy 1/2 finger tan head that dissipates to a thin cap.

S. Caramel malt, dark roasted malt, and quite a bit of malty sweetness - it's quite similar to the homebrew store when someone is grinding up caramel malt. Yum.

As it warms, it gets more complex with figs and raisin.

T. Great. Caramel sweetness, dark fruit complexity, molasses,

M. Fairly thick with a good level of creamy carbonation that prevents this from becoming overwhelming. I'm not sure how I'd want this changed, but it doesn't quite sit right in my mouth.

D. This is quite delicious. I'd definitely recommend this to someone looking for a dark fairly sweet beer.

Photo of bfields4
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very deep brown. Thin mocha head. Leaves a noce lace.

Nutty toffee. Figs rasins dark fruits. Nutmeg vanilla nice spices.

The taste is a little more of the same. Very complex. Caramel and nice roasted malts. Dark fruits. The spices are also present.

Really phenomenal example. Nice chewy mouthfeel big full body. Delicious brew.

Photo of LacquerHead
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Chimay Chalice) Pours a deep dark brown.

Aroma: A sweet caramel malt.

Taste: Robust malt but on the sweet side. Some dark fruit flavors floating about. Has a slight paleness to it. A slight alcohol aftertaste every now and again. Leaves a malty aftertaste.

A great beer, well put together. It might be a toss up between Paulaner's Salvator and this one.

Photo of bobsed
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good example of a Doppelbock.

The pour produces a nice petite head that settles quickly to an 1/8 of an inch. The color is a brilliant dark amber. The carbonation is light but alive. The flavor is creamy, malty, yeasty, and mildly fruity. It almost tastes like a good piece of slightly sweet bread with a touch of dried fruit in it, and that beautiful taste adheres to the bright mellow carbonation and just lingers on the tongue. For a beer this German, this dark, and with this alcohol content it is highly drinkable.

I enjoyed it with a nice 5 year old Gouda, but I think it will suit many occasions, especially post dinner ones. So, if you're in the market for a Doppelbock, this is a winner.

Photo of celticfutblclub
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap in a tulip glass.

A - black with a reddish tint to it. quarter inch head recedes quickly good amount of carbonation in the head.

S - dark fruit and malts.

T - nice combination of dark fruit malts molasses and chocolate. great drinkability on this thing.

M - smooth finish with decent carbonation.

O - as with anything weihenstephaner does i'm a fan. definitely one of the better brews they do but not one of my personal favorites by them. definitely a very good doppelbock but not my favorite in the style.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 liter bottle into a pilsner glass. The label has what looks like a bishop flashing the peace sign, with a bear laden down like a pack mule. Who knows what any of it means.

Pours a deep, woody brown with a light tan head that reduces from 1.5" to 1/8" that remains.

Very malty and yeasty smelling, almost nutty with its intensity. There's a pleasing earthiness to this brew, with mild toffee.

Tastes as malty as it smells, with a definite hazelnut aroma that lends a smokey, starchy sweetness. If you've home-brewed, this tastes a bit like the wort smells. Low to almost non-existent bitterness, this fades with a butterscotch/peanut brittle aftertaste.

Medium to full bodied, this beer is vey smooth and pleasing.

While doublebock has never been a favorite style of mine, I find this example to be excellent and would gladly have it again. Ulike some American examples of the style, this is a smoother, more balanced doublebock that is not trying to shock your tongue, but is instead happy to allow the subtlies of a year of brewing residue flavor this beer. I highly recommend, especially if you're looking for a good doublebock.

Photo of jeffthecheff
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's been a while since my last tick, and this beer has been in my fridge for a few months. Time to get used to the new scoring system.

Well, if we were going by the old scoring system, this beer would already be at least an A- before I even took a sip. The appearance is a dark, reddish brown with a light tan head. Perfect clarity is noted when held to a light.

Aroma is intensely malty with a leathery, almost tobacco like nose. It's clean with a syrupy, grainy character with a bit of a nutty note. It's not inviting me to take a sip, but it smells like it will be a hearty meal.

Flavor is clean up front, with a strong, dark bread sweetness, which leads into a caramelly, nutty middle. The finish is a bit cloying with a lingering aftertaste that seems to have a slight smoke note to it. Body is sweet and full throughout, with gentle carbonation.

The flavor of this beer is very intense and very complex, but unlike many of the intense and complex beers I've had in the past. I feel like I should get some cheese, bread, and a bottle of Korbinian and make it my dinner for a night.

Photo of RichScherle
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent dobblebock

A - rich mahogany with beige to brownish head that lasts with lots of lacing

S - deep perfumy malts, some sweet and some a bit roasty with a touch of fumey alcohol and a rasp of rosemary

T - now, this is truly a malt bomb but what I love about it is its managed to not be cloying by having a good deal of complexity to it. Theres the sweetness, but then a wide array of roasty notes, slight toffee, coffee and caramel, wood, a kiss of herbs and hop. All this and it finishes nice and remarkably clean - not too sweet nor too dry with no off flavors.

M - great mouthfeel - full bodied but not cloying. Carbonation is very mellow and complements the malt play.

D - despite its strength - I rate this high because its not cloying and complex enough to make you want to keep drinking it to figure out all the flavors. Remarkable job by a remarkable brewery.

Photo of rosszimm36
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Although labeled a doppelbock, this one's surprisingly reminiscent of a porter. It even has that acidic bite typical of most porters.

One of the most gorgeous looking beers I've seen, it pours a thick dark brown with a tall brown head. It has a sweet toasted malt scent with a hint of caramel.

Incredibly rich with a thick mouth-feel, the flavor is of coffee and roasted malt with a slight sweetness and caramel flavors in the after taste.

Photo of axeman9182
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle, received as part of Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month program, and poured into my Ommegang flute glass.

Korbinian pours a deep brown, with plentiful cherry highlights shining through. The khaki colored head rises to about three fingers in height. It quickly dissipated to about two thirds of its top height, but some serious head retention kicks in from that point on. Lacing is decent, but just a little too patchwork to really finish off the look. The nose has sufficiently whet my appetite, a wonderful blend of toasted nuts and caramel. The flavor then manages to surpass my expectations by adding a distinct biscuity note to the nutty foundation, and bringing cocoa into the fold as a second auxiliary flavor to add a very nice flourish. I want to give it a perfect 5 for flavor, but I think a touch of dark fruits could elevate Korbinian even more. The body is impressively slick, and as pronounced as one would expect for such a malt forward beer. The cabronation though is a bit overdone, and I find it occasionally distracting from all the malty goodness. Weihenstephaner's crafted a great beer in Korbinian, it's one I'd gladly welcome back to my glass anytime.

Photo of treque
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice deep ambar color with some brown hues. A brownish compact and intense head, nice retention. constant carb but not so abundant.

S: terrific caramel notes, some light roast and smok notes. spicy over there i would say pepper and clove

T: a complex caramel flavour, sweet at the beggining, crisp on tongue, there is no bitter at all, totally spicy at the end, dry finish

M: medium body and absolutely no astringet despite the abv

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a 14 oz. tulip glass at MiKro in Hamden, Conn.

A: Deep, reddish brown with orange-amber highlights beneath a towering head of off-white, creamy foam. A definite chilled haze to this bock with decent enough clarity given the gravity and color.

S: Loads of caramel malts and candied fruits. Hints of raisin, apple and plum leap to the nose with a soft, fruity hop aroma mixed with a touch of alcohol.

T: Smooth, sweet, fruity malt complex up front, with some chewy, buttery and toffee-like sweetness. Raisins, prunes and a bit of candied cherry round out the malty center. A drying, herbal hop finish helps clease the palate and beckons for another sip.

M: Full-bodied, smooth and malty with a fairly clean finish and modest alcohol sting.

D: Devilishly drinkable at 7.4% ABV, this is a doppelbock that was great on it's own and paired very well with my Bavarian pretzel and whole-grain ale mustard. A bargain too ($5 at MiKro) I would pick this or Aventinus over tap selections almost any day.

Photo of jboib82
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice chocolate color with a finger of tan head which dissipates almost immediately. Smells very...hearty, like yeasty bread with caramel malts poured all over it, and the taste doesn't disappoint. Extremely prominent is the malt hinted at in the nose, but ultimately the flavor of dark liquorish dominates the taste, knocking out any attempt the bitterness makes to come through. The mouthfeel is medium to heavy with minimal carbonation and a little bit oily, which taken together is extremely pleasant. Almost tastes like a homebrew that hasn't completed its bottle carbonation. Respectable ABV, but for this one I'd hang up the car keys and enjoy a few at home (especially for the price).

Photo of mdfb79
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From 02/26/11 notes. Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into my new Chimay chalice. Batch 0300.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with a small reddish tint, one to two inches of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of bready malts, toasted malts, toffee, caramel malts, and light fruit.

t - Tastes of dark fruits, bready malts, toasted malts, caramel malts, wheat, and grain.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, very smooth and creamy. Easy to drink, amazing body; feels perfect to me.

d - Overall this is a very good doppelbock with an amazing mouthfeel; felt like I could have had a few of these. Would have again.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16.9oz brown bottle purchased at McKinnon's in Salem. Pours a crystal-clear dark brown body with a good inch or so of light tan head. Dark chocolate, ripe dates, caramel, brown sugar, pears. Dark chocolate, nut, caramel, brown sugar, coffee, and pear comprise the flavor. On the heavier side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks better than a beer this heavy and complex has any right to. The best dopplebock I have ever had.

Photo of cooch69
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep semi clear mahogany brown with a nice one inch white head.

Aroma is nice and juicy. Really rich sweet hearty bready roasted maltiness. Some raisins and a little alcohol in the back. Mollasses and brown sugar as well.

Really smooth and creamy. Super easy to drink. There is a really rich roasted caramel breadiness. A tad bit of hops throw some spice into the brew in the finish.

This beer is world class. It is at the very upper end of medium bodied, almost getting to full.

Photo of Chico1985
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper/red with big ol beige head that takes a while to fall, eventually rests at a half finger leaving some lacing.

Lots of nutty malts in the scent at first...almost reminds me of chestnuts. That does fade after a bit leaving a more average, toasty lager feel.

Taste is lots of caramelized toffee nuttiness, big dark fruit/figs in there as well. Lots of malts of the toasty, roasty, bready variety. Has a bit of a alcohol kick and some spice as well.

Very smooth light mouthfeel for a doppelbock. Carbonation is medium-low.

Not my favorite for the style, but definitely good.

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

Poured from bottle into chalice.

Poured very dark with a lighter head.
Strong smell of roasted malts. Also a bit of banana.
Bready/banana flavor in the taste.
Medium/full bodied. Very good feel.
Could drink this all day.

I don't have much experience with Doppelbocks but enjoyed this. Look forward to trying again.

Photo of nickd717
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Now that this is top 100 it deserves a new review.

Deep dark reddish brown in color with a nice lacey lasting yellowish beige head.

The aroma is rather subtle but very good. Big dark fruit, raisin and plum, mild toast, and toffeeish malts.

Sweet caramel and toffee malt base with prune, raisin, fig and plum. Slight spice to it.

Medium-bodied and somewhat slick with a good level of carbonation.

Pretty damn good stuff. Really drinkable for the style.

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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