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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,986 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,986
Reviews: 1,095
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 126
Gots: 86 | FT: 1
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001)
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New York

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

$3 bottle from Whole Foods.

Pils glass. Beautiful oatmeal cascade settles into about an inch & a half of sturdy froth. Deep garnet, black tea color. Never noticed before how filtered it was. Energy saving LEDs have come a long way.

Smells of lots of coffee creamer & cocoa. A heavy Fig Newton/Fruit & Grain character occupies the middle. Endtrails are mostly earth & alcohol. Soothing.

Flavor is dusty bread crust upfront, some cream, followed by scorched nuts. Molasses, though thinned out still manage to coat it. Alcohol is pretty manageable. Finish is just a bit of barky bitterness, with a touch of smoke. It doesn't quite taste fresh though. It's creamy certainly, but doesn't exhibit the thicker toffee I remember when the shelf was first filled. Carbonation is barely recognized, & though it has never been stiff, that was different too.

Fresh, this is a top 10 beer for me.

Edit 12/24: Fresh flavor is doughy with hazelnuts, creamy & gentle with the caramel. Just a twinge of bitter earth. Carbonation is just a hair better then last time, but it whips the beer in a constant froth. Love it. :)

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 22:11:28 | More by PEBKAC
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4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown with reddish/orange hues. Head is great, thick and uniform, about one and half fingers, lacing is great around the glass.

S - Delicious. Huge range of bready aromas, sourdough, rye. Strong malt smells with subtle spice ( maybe from the noble hops?) Also dark fruits, dates, figs and raisins.

T - Huge bread flavours from the malts, taste is almost identical to the nose. All the dark fruits are there, so is the subtle spice aroma/flavour. Interested to know what the choice of hops are for this beer. Flavours are ongoing into the finish which seems to last forever.

M - Perfect. Greatly balanced, velvety, no alcohol present despite its 7.4%.

D - I could drink this like water. The flavours really seem to agree with me. This has been one of my favourite beers/doppelbocks for a long time, i'm glad I finally reviewed it! In my opinion its Weihenstephaner's best beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 09:09:47 | More by THEMGG
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3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Very dark brown with ruby highlights. Topped off with a one finger tan head that lingered a long time. Good lacing.

S- A little sweet but mostly roasted malt.

T- No one flavor jumped out at me but I got hints of molassas, chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit through out.

M- Very smooth, medium bodied feel.

D- Very easy to drink, made me wish I had picked up more than one. Over all not my favorite doppelbock but in my top 5.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 12:15:20 | More by tatoodkelt
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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a decent head that reduced to a skim. Some lacing.

Great big toasted malt aroma, with some dark dried fruit and bread toast as well.

Nice doppelbock flavors here. Big brown bread malt, some dark raisin-like fruit, some light spice, perhaps in the hops, and little very light sourness in the finish. Nice

Good body, and enough carbonation to keep this from being too cloying.

Overall, a great drinker. A bit on the dry side compared to some others within the style, but that is a good thing. Good balance makes you keep reaching for the glass. Glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 18:28:50 | More by OtherShoe2
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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A shout out to thesarge you gave me this beer...I poured the Korbinian into a 0.5 liter glass in which it produce a really dark blood ruby color with a nice one finger light tan head. Throughout the drink, it had good head retention with nice lacing.

The smell was nice and complex, it smelled like molasses and toasted raisin bread.

When I took a sip, it was very pleasant to the pallet. Strong flavors of molasses and malt. It was full bodied, smooth with med-carbo.

Def. a great beer with a high ABV that is great for sipping and relaxing..

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 21:32:33 | More by mareth01
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4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at the Gingerman in Houston. Pours a black color with hints of red in it. Coffee color head about half inch which slowly receded. Aromas of cocoa powder, caramel, chocolate and figs - a very good smelling beer. This is one amazing tasting beer - very smooth and creamy with more of the same flavors. One time cocoa powder dominated and next sip mostly figs and the next just chocolate. Wow - i love this beer, the alcohol is hidden quite well. Very easy to drink this beer - a delight. Now this had become my favorite dopplebock, kicking the celebrator from the top spot for dopplebocks

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 21:32:15 | More by atpben
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North Carolina

4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark brown, amber, orange-like color. Head is the color of coffee with cream and slowly pits on the sides, leaving a craggy mesa of creamy foam as it slowly falls. Wavy rings of lace stick to the glass all the way down.

S: Intensely complex aroma. Loads of malt that gives off caramel, chocolate/cocoa, and dark fruit. I've spent a good 5 minutes alone taking in the aroma.

T&M: Like the aroma, the flavor is wonderfully complex and bold. This beer is absolute malt perfection. Caramel, dark fruit, sugary pecans, molasses, a hint of chocolate, and the slightest hint of noble hops. The finish is incredibly long and has notes of cocoa-dusted nuts, molasses/rum, and figs. Body is medium with a slick, velvety feel that's great for the style. I'm impressed with the amount of flavor and complexity this beer has without having a bigger body.

D: Not a hint of alcohol to be tasted at all, and the flavor is absolutely perfect. This is a fantastic beer, probably the best dopplebock I've had. (Note to self: do a side-by-side with this one and Celebrator).

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 05:39:32 | More by BamaBeerBuff
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4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ahhhh, wrote a review and my iphone pooped out!

Amazing doppelbock, very complex, earthy, classic, a perfect example of the style.

Looks delicious and tastes that way - nuts, bitter cocoa and black coffee notes with some molasses on the finish!

Rad beer, liked it a looot.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 22:02:33 | More by benclimbs
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4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber color. One and one half inch head of a pale tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of a hint of caramel malt, slight pale malt, sweet malt, slight hop, and yeast. Fits the style of a Doppelbock. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, then yeast, pale malt, hint of hop, slight bread dough, and slight alcohol. Overall, good aroma, feel, body, and blend.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 07:05:20 | More by Tone
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4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Korbinian came out to me with a strong 2.5 finger thick head, which was a milky tan color. The body is dark ruby and copper in color, and is cleanly filtered.

The aroma is light, but complex. The typical sweet bready malts are present, but with a hint of a light maple and herb character.

This is the best tasting doppelbock I've ever had. The maple character is very up front, but gets pushed to the side quickly by a mild cherry like flavor. Finally the taste ends on a slightly sharp and herbal note.

Mouthfeel wise, this brew is full in body, creamy, and has a mild oily slickness. The warmness from the alcohol is barely detectable.

Again, this is the tastiest doppelbock I've ever had, and picked up four bottles for home from the brewery to hopefully share with my buds.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2009 16:39:15 | More by TheSarge
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first time i cracked a bottle i emptied the contents into a stemless wine glass thinking the large opening of the vessel will enable me to get a better smell, and possibly catch the more subtle undertones.. It worked and i truly love the color.. To me it is a Plum brown color, with a hint of prune and a nice layering that does not come off as sharp in taste. Nice and rounded. The head was a light tan about a knuckle in height that did dissipate after a few minutes. This beer is great with Pecan Pie, or any other heavy, rich dessert.. Enjoy y'all!!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 00:27:12 | More by LeeinVA
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3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty clear dark brown color with a thick cap of tan head. Decent retention and superb lacing.

Roasty, nutty malts are the main show here. Has a bready aroma with some earthy and leafy notes. While there is a sweetness on the nose, it does not seem as bright and fresh as some other DBs I have had.

Definitely low on the sweetness scale for a doppel and the malts have a nearly burnt caramel flavor. There is a bit of toastiness in there that is contributing as much, if not more, bitterness as the hops. Its a pretty unique doppelbock and is a pretty tasty brew, but I like some of Weihenstephaner's other offerings better.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 02:18:21 | More by twiggamortis420
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New Jersey

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

Pours a velvet black smooth body with a thick, reasonably stiff off-white head--imposing in a Schneider glass...floral, malty balance--a bit of berry dances with a soft hops bouquet... complex, definite presence of banana, clove and caramel... soft, thin, warm mouthfeel; light for a doppelbock, almost with a weizen lift--the aftertaste is appropriately warming...smooth and deceptively soft--a pleasure to taste with a balance of malty solidness and and wheat in the teeth...a perfect treat for an unseasonably humid evening in May, refreshingly versatilefor spring, summer or fall...

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 03:08:48 | More by dacrza1
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle with batch code 5368. tasted in late april 2009.

very dark, brownish amber. dark ruby and clear under the light. lots of thick tan head, which recedes very, VERY slowly to creamy wisps and a foamy ring. AMAZING lace for a bock!

aroma: malty caramel upfront, with dried dates dark figs. nutty character in back, almost buttery diacetyl, yet not - something like condensed milk? whiffs of gentle noble hop give a hint of earthy character.

taste: sweet, malty, dark caramel, quickly met by balancing, but moderate, hop bitterness. mild not of dates again, then back to hops, plus a light acidic twinge. gentle hop bitterness lingers into finish with some mild phenols that actually give a crisp bite in combination with the bitterness.

medium body, smooth, but moments of thinness. faint texture near finish. nice moderate carbonation gives a little extra body and lift.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 10:08:37 | More by tai4ji2x
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United Kingdom (England)

4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brown half litre bottle, obtained in Berlin earlier in the year, best before 30th July 2009, drank on a sunny warm evening in late June 2009.

Poured into huge glass mug.

Teak wood red, a deep mahogany brown, you choose the colour you like best. A thick tan coloured head sat on top. Held to the light it showed a clear body with bubbles rising to the head.

Liquorice aroma and taste, with Victoria Plums and dates in both the smell and taste too. A sweetness is also present, mixed in with a dark chocolate aftertaste.

This a very complex beer, the 7.4% is well hidden, the beer being very 'more-ish', I wanted another as soon as I'd finished this one.

This is very close to beer heaven for me, a rich, creamy, well balanced strong Doppelbock that just rolls down the tongue and screams drink me!

The highest score I've given since joining this site (almost 800 beers ago).

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 20:21:53 | More by BlackHaddock
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

it pours like a nice porter. brownish black with a smaller head of a decent lace... light brown in color. nose is malty molassass and apples, some dark fruit. plum and black currant mostly. nice black currant. palate is not as sweet as some with a acidic fruit quality. toasty and nougatty. apples, yeast, thick but about medium in body. mild raisin quality. earthy and a tad sour smokey. a wonderful plum and black currant in the palate that aren't overpowered by sweetness. mellow but wide range of flavors.

had it again in june of '10 wonderful wonderful feel. with a nice toasty molasses quality. richer malt quality. fresher bottle not as much fruit.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 00:16:57 | More by rtepiak
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3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep black with red tones. Just translucent when held up to bright light. Creamy tan head with great lacing.

S - Toasty with some plummy, sticky fruit notes. Plenty of sweet malt as well.

T - Sweet malt. Plenty of fruitiness but little specific fruit. A touch of spiciness is also evident. Nice toasty notes with some caramelised sugar verging on burnt. Slight earthiness on the finish.

M - Big, thick and rich with a slightly less than average carbonation. It isn't motor oil thick but it definitely has presence. Silky.

D - The alcohol here is well hidden and there is enough complexity to justify the alcohol. Quite good.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 07:59:05 | More by dgilks
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3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Clear mahogany brown with reddish hues in the light. Short lived tan head that left a thin bubbly ring. Very small islands of lace.

S - Caramel malts, a hint of figs and grapes, molasses and a bit of alcoholic spice.

T - Initial sweet maltiness, followed by well balanced hints of buckwheat honey, raisins, wheat, and figs. A bit fruitier than expected but quite delicious.

M - Thin/medium bodied, not as rich as expected. Carbonation is relatively light and complements the body but I could use some more thickness and chewiness.

D - Very drinkable. I could easily do 2 or 3 of them in a small session. For 7.4%, quite a quaffer.

Overall - a good example of the style. I daresay it rivals the standard doppelbock Paulaner Salvator. Although the mouthfeel is a bit thin than expected, it does taste good and it certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 17:42:51 | More by DmanGTR
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4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Grabbed this on the advice of BA sprinkle while picking up some Indiana goodies in his stores a few weeks back. Poured from a 500 ml brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label is very colorful, orange, brown, red, blue, and white, and shows a priest giving a blessing along with what appears to be a bear loaded down with sacks. No clear freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 1 1/2 fingers of tan head. This settles slowly, still maintaining a decent 1/4 inch cap of foam. As I drink it down, this leaves behind nice lacing coverage. The beer itself is clear but very dark mahogany. I am unable to see through it in the middle of the glass. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Strong caramel and toffee malt with a brown sugar and molasses sweetness in the finish.

Taste: Thick and mouth filling flavor; a veritable malt bomb! Not as sweet as the aroma might lead you to believe, but caramelized malt abounds. Crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is incredible!

Drinkability: Just my style, thanks for the spot on suggestion sprinkle. A great, refreshing, malty beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 00:34:56 | More by beveritt
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New York

4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the dark brown bottle with the bishop and the beautiful Bavarian flag the result was a big frothy head. This doppelbock from the world's oldest brewery, fills the mouth with many flavors. Dense bread, molasses and heavy malt. More flavors make their presence known as the brew warms to room temp. Such as raisin or dates with a stronger hint of alcohol. But even then the 7.2% is buried. The epitome of a dunkel, this is what many American craft brewers try to emulate. Second only to the world's best dunkel; Ayinger's Celebrator Doppelbock, but only the thread of a bishop's hat.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 02:12:51 | More by robbtjones68
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North Carolina

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

Sampled from a 500ml bottle purchased at Nikki's in NP, RI. No best by date.

A - Brown with a slight cherry tinge. Appears to be clear based on the light that comes through around the edges. Almost no head. I thought there would be more.

S - Nuts, raisins and molasses. Nice.

T - Starts with a rich malt featuring molasses and a mild sweetness. Then finishes with a more roasted and bitter flavor.

M - Slightly chewy with a low carbonation level.

D - Easy to drink for a darker and stronger beer. Not exactly my style but I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 10:23:39 | More by GJ40
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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BeerLovinGrl for another great brew.

This brew is mahogany brown with deep red hues in the light. The head pours well and sticks around for a few minutes, not leaving much of itself when it does, and depositing a few light patches of lacing on its way down the glass.
The aroma is strong, with roasted malt up front complimented by notes of plum or raisin with a caramel and wheat / bread undertone.
Pretty big malts are dominant up front, and hops is beneath some more dominant characters to even it out. Caramel, molasses and big plum / raisin flavors sit up front and a nibbling peppery spice adds to the boldness and complexity. The grains are in the back along with a hint of bittersweet dark chocolate.
The body is pretty big and full, as a good doppelbock should be. It's not as thick and chewy as, say, Celebrator, but it certainly holds its own. Carbonation is moderate.
The ABV may hold you back, especially considering that this is a 16.9 rather than 12 oz. botle. Otherwise, a great beer and, as a good doppelbock should be, a good consideration for a dessert beer.

edit: had this one again from the Weihenstephan Christmas pack 12/16/09. I poured it into my kick-ass Weihenstephan glass and it poured a huge, massively thick and compact brown head that never faded and left curtains of lacing all the way down the glass. I also got smoky toffee flavor that stayed on my palate even after the finish. My score has been altered to average my first appearance score and the new one.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 14:57:08 | More by Brenden
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3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type bottle poured into a 0.5L Weissen Glass

appearance- a very dark, deep brown. nice tan head, not to much, but good lacing.

smell- hopps, caramel, and toasted wheat

taste/mouthfeel- lovely mid of sweet and spicy. somewhat crispy while slight more bitter. a full body with smooth finish. felt excellent

drinkability- a delicious beer that i enjoyed. a bit too bitter with a strong after taste that faded quickly

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 14:32:45 | More by Anthony1
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a dark root-beer brown with a large, soapy, tan head which dissipates to a nice-sized cap. There are dark amber highlights when held up to the light, but it's a pretty dark shade of brown.

Smell is really inviting; raisins, black cherries, brown bread and just a hint of roasty malts.

First to hit my tongue is a sweet maltiness with flavors of dark fruit. Just enough bitterness to balance. The raisin flavor really dominates, and it finishes semi-sweet.

This is an interesting example of the Dopplebock style, incorporating some of those dark fruit flavors found in strong dark Belgian Ales that I really dig. Very drinkable, medium bodied, and nicely carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 03:20:55 | More by halfP1NT
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber, almost brown. Nice and slick, billowey head. Smells like sweet malt and roasted plums. Bit of chocolate or something similar. Has an absoulutely huge bready flavor, the thickness, heartiness of it is almost like liquified bread pudding. Lots of sweet malt, lots of dark plum flavours, hints at roastiness and chocolate. Something like a sweet toffee, or molasses. Alcoholic on the back palate, but it fades. A bit medicinal, but nothing overbearing. Like fresh baked bread. Very creamy mouthfeel though, very pleasurable. The alcohol serves to warm, and doesn't detract from the experience. A great beer. Weihenstephaner continues to come through.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 06:23:11 | More by damienblack
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