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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,956 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,956
Reviews: 1,093
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 120
Gots: 78 | 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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Photo of Billolick

New York

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mid sized German style bottle, w/o freshness info. Pours an interesting and hard to describe, dark amber shade, with hues of translucent seemingly dark dark purple. Middle of the road khaki cap and then doesn't leave much if any lace to get excited about. Dark fruity nose and then an onslaught of com0lexity and intrigue. More dark fruit, ripe plum notes, chocolate hints and continuing wave of dopplicious flavors and goodness. Tasty, tasty stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 01:00:01 | More by Billolick
Photo of cdrummer


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

Served from a 16.9oz bottle at Basil Mediterranean Bistro, 14th Street, Charlottesville, VA.

A: Dark chestnut color with a thick head of solid foam. Most appealing in a tall glass.

S: It smells of sweet barley, rich malt, and dense caramel.

T & M: The smooth, chewy texture and moderate carbonation sweep the roasty malt and caramel across the tongue. When it hits the back of my tongue there is a strange (yet awesome) twang of rich caramel candy-like buzz. In the finish I detect some spiciness from the hops and of course the warming of the 7.4% alcohol.

D: Since I absolutely love this beer for its richness and compatibility with bold food, I could probably drink this all night with everything from the starting salad to a rich baklava. The brew most assuredly has the complexity and character to compliment the entire meal.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 04:09:14 | More by cdrummer
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4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle aged for three months in the cellar. Served in a pint glass around 50 F.

Appearance: The beer is the color of dark, varnished wood, something akin to the nut from an Ohio buckeye. Plentiful, light brown head that remains until the beer is entirely consumed. Some lacing, but nothing breathtaking. Overall a very nice presentation to the eyes for a dark lager.

Aroma: Detect a heavy, dense saturation of malt sweetness, some walnut scents (not peanuts), a bit of roasted malt, something like a slightly burned dark rye bread.

Taste: The taste of malt is dominant and everything else floats around the periphery of this component. There are notes of dried brown figs, caramel, and a bit of bitter coffee. Still, this beer may be a bit underbalanced in regards to sweetness and bitterness. I enjoy the teasing nature of the roasted malt's bitterness compared to the huge sweetness of the overall beer, but I feel that a bit more would really improve the taste of this doppelbock.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy, a bit syrupy but with an adequate level of carbonation to complement it well. Carbonation is not painful and mouthfeel is very adequate for the style and flavors I'm experiencing.

Drinkability: A great way to close off a session of sweeter beers or as a standalone for the evening. This is one of my preferred doppelbocks (with the Celebrator) and I'll be coming back for the forseeable future.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 01:49:22 | More by falloutsnow
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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Pilsener Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Thanks (again) to MasterSki!

This pours a beautiful, deep red garnet color with golden brown highlights. Three finger head of light brown foam sits on top. Really good retention and great, sticky lacing.

Good god, that has got to be be richest, maltiest smelling brew I've had in awhile. Big, rich malts with thick gourmet caramel. Loads of brown sugar and a big dallop of black strap molasses. Dates and figs are here, also. Slight hint of tobacco. Slight yeasty, breadlike notes.

Big molasses presence, tastewise. Sweet, yet dark and dry. Nice level of maltiness makes it's presence known. Very slight alcohol presence. Like the nose, you get a taste of tobacco. Caramel apples. Nice taste of black bread. Notes of dates and cherries.

Sadly, this is only a medium bodied beer. A nice, big, full body would make this one an extremely lush brew. Carbonation is a bit too crisp and therefore, short. Would benefit from smoother carbonation, as it would help it be so much more creamy.

Very drinkable, in general. The rich sweetness would keep you from throwing too many back in a single sitting, though.
I want more of this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 22:09:22 | More by coldmeat23
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New Hampshire

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

Part of the Weihenstephaner/Aventinus/Salvator Doppelbock tasteoff

Off-white head over a very dark body.

Very rich, sweet malt aroma.

Very sweet malt mash, with a slight taste of cherry. On the initial, this wasn't a complex beer, but compared to the others, the rich flavor began to emerge.

Great mouthfeel, rich and creamy

Very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 14:38:27 | More by meday
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3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500mL bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Chestnut-hued beer with ruby highlights, sports one finger of light tan head.

S - Rich bready malt, very sweet, caramel. Dried fruits, such as dates and raisins, are present, as is a slight tobacco aroma. Warming alcohol rounds out the nose.

T - Huge malt bomb, lots of residual sugars. Bready, caramelized apple, burnt toffee, raisins, dried figs, tobacco.

M - Very full and smooth.

D - I can't finish the bottle. A bit too sweet for my taste, but I can appreciate what the beer's trying to be.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 02:43:02 | More by trbergman
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3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9mL (?, i'm guessing on the volume cause I didn't write it down) poured into a mug

A - ruby color with a nice whitish head

S - tart fruit (like cranberry juice) and yeast, malt

T - some malt, cranberry, cherries, raisins, with chocolate at the end (weird) and some hops

M - seemed very thin

D - the taste wasn't amazing, but this beer seemed so thin that I could put a few of these down (most of the Weihenstephaner beers I've had have been that way)

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 08:37:30 | More by bowersdm
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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown 500ml bottle, poured into Brooklyn brewery pokal

A - a formidable dark brown from a distance, but when held up to the light, dark ruby hues can be seen. the head quickly dissolves into a thin layer, leaving heavy lacing for such a small amount of head. there are also a lot of big bubbles at the bottom of the glass, just kind of chilling out.

S - a most intriguing smell, completley unlike any of their other beers ( most undoubtedly because this style is not like any other of their beers), very malty with an undertone of a fruity sweetness. the sweetness quickly gives way to a bit of alcohol, however.

T - the taste is a great malty booze-ness, to put it in my own terms. to clarify: the first taste to hit the palate is that of malts, next carbonation fizzes up and numbs my tongue a bit and renders me incapable to judge, then I get a prick of alcohol and the malt returns. the carbonation is very crisp and refreshing to the palate, like having some pickled ginger before moving onto a different type of nigiri or sashimi. the finish has most notable tastes of bakers chocolate with the bitterness dumbed down a bit.

MF&D - the beer goes down smooth, the feel is not too thick, just about right, and makes for a great beer to have at lunch!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 17:05:22 | More by erz316
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear, dark brown with some reddish undertones. Off white heads that fades to a lasting, thin lace.

S- Very assertive smell. Sweet malts, caramel and dark bread.

T- Very malty almost the whole way through. Sweet, slightly roasted malts with caramel, bread crust, and some dark fruits. Alcohol and hops combine to make a slightly bitter and peppery finish.

M- Pretty much full body with a very thick feel. Low carbonation.

D- A good beer to end the night.

Overall, this is pretty solid doppelbock, but I think there are better German doppels out there. Worth trying though.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 16:46:29 | More by TommyW
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3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark red color, transparent. Smells a lot like cereal or grains, grape nuts. The taste is very malty, some fruit, clean. Germans aren't usually my thing but this is a very interesting beer and one I will re-visit in the hopes of learning something.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 01:39:51 | More by ArrogantB
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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep molasses brown with an excellent initial head that dissolves leaving a good lace quality. Smell is deep, rich, malty, molasses. Taste is also rich, slightly sweet and malty with light hop undertones. Mouthfeel is smooth, rich and belies the high abv...excellent. Likewise, it is extremely easy on the drinkability scale. I could have more than one, but tak ecare it is 7.4 abv.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 00:49:34 | More by edchicma
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4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Racer V pint glass. 500 ml. from Bevmo.

A - Pours dark brown, with 1 fingered mocha head, which dissipates fast. Leaves a thin film of head behind. No lacing.

S - Chocolate, light roast coffee, and anise. Very exquisite.

T - Oh lucious. Chocolate, light roast coffee, and slight anise.

M - Just perfect. Nice mouthfeel. Full body and sweet, but not overly tangy. Like nectar.

D - Winner, winner, chicken dinner. Not the greatest looking beer, but everything else is exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 05:22:32 | More by MisterClean
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4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours brown body with a tan head, poured in a sam smith imperial pint glass

S - molasses, brown sugar, slight maltiness, hints of milk chocolate

T- delicious, toasted malts, dark bread, like dark German wheat bread. balanced by a slight hoppy bitterness Good

one of my favorite doppelbocks, good to switch up my from my usual ayinger celebrator. greatly drinkable

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 01:52:53 | More by drnknmnky
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3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep crimson and nearly looks like blood red,the cap is hesitant to make much of a appearance,but is easily stirred to create a one finger sandy brown covering that lasts only a couple seconds and leaves no lacing. The nose smells of brown sugar and nutty malts,subtle chocolate and dark fruits as well. This tastes a little subdued to be a top notch Doppelbock. Tastes of raisins and light milk chocolate,like Raisinette candy. A little caramelized brown sugar and light maple. Sweet and dessert like,good overall. A medium full body and slightly sticky mouth coating attributes help this achieve a solid landing,sweet and subtly smokey malty finish. A great brewery and a very enjoyable Doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 02:13:19 | More by orangemoustache
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Slightly tan colored big fluffy head with solid retention... Very dark burgundy brown hue... Remains slightly translucent... Coats glass amazingly well...

S - SWEET... Molasses... Syrup... Malt... Cherry... Dark fruit... Brown sugar... Perhaps a bit of nuttiness... Also some minor spiciness in the form of cinnamon or nutmeg...

T - Biscuit... Caramel... Maple Syrup... Raisin... Roasted malts... Hints of chocolate... Cherry... A very faint bitter hoppy presence on the finish that quickly fades out...

M - Smooth... Refined... Medium bodied... Slightly chewy... Creamy... Minor lush carbonation on the tongue... Syrupy... Coats mouth fully and evenly...

D - Awesome brew and a paramount example of the Doppelbock style... Incredible craftmanship leads to a truly wonderful beer experience... Another world class brew from a world class brewery...

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 03:11:48 | More by philbe311
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love the brewery and had to give this a shot.

Pours a dark brown molasses color with a coffee colored head. This stuff is slightly viscous and definitely one to enjoy on a cold winter night.

Smells is very sweet, syrup, dark wheat bread, molasses/brown sugar.

Taste is smooth, sweet and delicious. Lots of rich toasty notes as well as dark bready notes. A very full flavored doppelbock that is extremely drinkable at 7.4% ABV.

I love this beer! One of the best beers I've had this year for sure and its very affordable to boot! I've seen it for under $3 here in W. Mass.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 17:47:21 | More by indiapaleale
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New York

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

Deep brown, very clear, nice head with great lacing. Light in the nose - wet leaves and earth. I should probably let it warm up a bit more. Anyway, tastes... Like a nut brown ale. HUGELY nutty, big and malty. A bit sweet. Easy going down with nice body.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 20:53:38 | More by charlesw
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4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a 4 finger head that leaves plenty of lacing on the sides. Dark brown to deep garnet in color and fairly clear on initial pour.

The nose is full of malty, caramel, syrupy notes with minimal hop character.

The taste is wonderful. Big malt profile with a syrupy toastiness that coats the palate. I also taste some chocolate with some subdued fruity esters. Body is medium-light.

What a fine beer from the Weihenstephaner brewery. This could be a sweet session beer on a cold night since the ABV is very manageable. This beer gets better with each sip.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 23:30:38 | More by BierBrawlinator
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New York

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

A: Dunkles starkbier? Why yes. Both unfiltered and dark. A bit cloudy, but with plenty of light poking through around the edges. Brown brown brown -- the color of the Platonic ideal of malt.

S: After the dark bready malt, a burnt sugar syrup aroma lingers. The interaction between the toasty and the syrupy flavors is most apparent in the nose. This is one complicated beer, and having this beer between cellar and room temperature is crucial to its enjoyment.

T, M, & D: Like a brown sugar cookie wedded to toasted barley shot through with a slightly higher-than-average dose of alcohol. The Germans know what they're doing here: The alcohol marries the darker, "beerier" flavors with the sweeter ones, suppressing the bitterness of the former and the sugariness of the latter, resulting in an absurdly drinkable yet rich beer. This beer, along with most of Weihenstephan's offerings, underscores the level of precision with which Germans brew their beers. I am thoroughly impressed.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 09:59:08 | More by applky
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4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark chocolate brown with a 2 finger cream colored head that dissipates rather quickly. very little lacing.
aroma is a slap of big maltiness. a little earth and caramel and a faint hop presence.
taste is wonderful! malty and rich, but drier and hoppier than most dopplebocks I have tried. very roasty malt type of essence to it, with a little fig and earth behind it. a definite pine finish that lingers nicely. little to no alcohol presence, even as the temp warms.
feels a little thinner (but not much) than I would like, but still rich and creamy. very tasty and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 03:11:48 | More by JoshuaCain
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3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pint glass; No freshness date to be found

P: Has a deep golden color to it as it pours from the bottle. It sits dark copper with a deep maroon hue, complimented by some slight orangish highlights. The light tan head stood 2 fingers tall, and was comprised of small, tightly packed bubbles. It showed good retention, and left some nice lacework on the glass as it receded to form a sheet of creamy foam on top.

A: Smells mostly of biscuity malts, with little hops, raisin, and a dash of cinnamon. Not nearly as pronounced as I would have expected, though. That scares me a bit.

T: Starts malty & sweet, while biscuity flavors are definitely the star of the show. I am a bit disappointed though, as it seems that the hops have died somewhere along the line. While I do get a bit of a leafy hop presence, they seem to be just skeletons of their former greatness. As a result, the sweet maltiness is way out of balance as there is no hop bitterness to level the playing field. Hops issue aside, there is also some dark fruit flavors that remind me of plums, prunes, and raisins. The finish is adequately dry, but there is a detectable astringent flavor that is a bit unpleasant. With all that being said, this is still a pretty good tasting beer. I can imagine how good this could be if the hops were still alive!

M: The mouthfeel is really good. It's silky smooth, a bit airy, and is gently carbonated with no "bite".

D: This is still pretty easy to drink, but considering that the taste is suffering a bit, I wouldn't want to drink another one at this time.

Notes: I was really excited to try the Korbinian, and while it wasn't awful by any stretch of the imagination, I was a bit disappointed. I will definitely have to give it another try sometime, as I think this one may be a bit elderly (why no freshness date?) Still, I can tell just by the flavors that are there that this could be a really good doppelbock. Stay tuned for an update...

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 02:35:04 | More by sweetbrew82
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What can you say about the boys from Freising? Korbinian is another in a long list of phenominal beers from Weihenstephan.

Korbinian pours a dark brown with with an off white/tan creamy head that is retained for as long as you take to drink it.

The aroma is malty, and reminds me a bit of bread pudding with a slight raisin, cinamon finish.

The taste however is not as sweet as you might think. Which for me is a good thing, as some of these heavy malt beers become too much like desserts. This beer comes across smooth, very smooth considering the alcohol content. Nice malt character, with just the right hint of hops on the finish.

I love the beer and I think you will too.


Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 04:50:16 | More by HotterThanHell
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New York

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

Weihenstephaner Korbinian is a solid, crystal clear, brown-red beer with an oily, bubbly, beige head. Fresh sweet clean malt dominates the aroma. There are notes of bread and possibly raisins. It has a smooth medium body and a silky finish. It is lightly sweet and wooden in flavor. There are tastes of brown sugar, dark bread and resiny hops. It's all soft and smooth.
(rated Jul 8, 2008)

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 06:52:15 | More by yesyouam
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4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours clear ruby red with a think creamy to slightly bubbly white head that stays pretty good and leaves good lacing.

The aroma is big with aromatic toffee and caramel. As it warms with a swirl of the glass, I pick up soft English earthy and citrus hop aroma. Very nice aroma.

The flavor is toffee and a little caramel malty goodness. No alcohol which is great for a DB.

It is so smooth and quite creamy for the style, which is pleasant. Full bodied.

Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 18:36:20 | More by hoplover82
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3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a deep brown colour with a good light beige head.

Lots of roasted malts on the nose.

The palate is a mix of caramel and chocolate notes and a wonderful toastiness.

A creamy mouthfeel from a medium to high carbonation.

A well integrated drop. The highish ABV is not really noticeable.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 09:28:17 | More by Macca
Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 1,956 ratings.