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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,022 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,022
Reviews: 1,098
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 129
Gots: 95 | 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 aristeros


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured into a pint glass.

Very dark brown, nearly black, with 1.5 fingers of coffee-colored head, fades pretty quickly with moderate lacing. Smells of biscuits, pancake syrup, and moleasses

I taste roasted espresso, malts, dark fruits, and a finish with a bit of hops and alcohol on the back end. Sweet, more like a brown ale than a doppelbock, and very smooth. Exceptional drinkability for its type.

Grabbed this one on someone's recommendation and I was glad I did.

04-19-2009 02:36:55 | More by aristeros
Photo of hckyfn9999


3.68/5  rDev -12.4%

Pours a mahoghany color with an off white head that has great retention. Aroma is of caramel and dark fruit. Taste is a little roasted initially giving away to some burnt sugar like sweetness. A touch of fruit is in the background. Finish is a bit dry. I appreciate the fact that is isnt cloyingly sweet as some doppelbocks can be, helping its drinkability. Nothing spectacular here, but quite solid.

04-15-2009 03:10:09 | More by hckyfn9999
Photo of Offa


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

This is a characterful, balanced, very drinkable doppelbock.

Deep reddish brown, it has a very long-lasting creamy tan head that slowly shrinks to a thin 1/4" foamy top and leaving some lace.

The aroma is whole wheat toast, scorched raisiny syrup, hints of wood, grain, and hay.

The taste is flavourful yet smooth and very pleasant with prunes, woody raisins, whole wheat toast, a little spice. It has solid sweetness with a toasty, peppery-spicey bitterness to balance it and which takes over at the finish.

04-10-2009 18:24:50 | More by Offa
Photo of prototypic


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

Korbinian's a dark, nut brown color, but is a brilliant burgundy color with a little light behind it. A fluffy beige head tops it off and stands a little over a finger tall. It dissipated quickly and left very light lace trailing down the glass.

Dark fruit notes of raisin and plum leap out of the glass. It's a nice smell that permeates throughout. After the initial dark fruit assault, it seems to calm down quite a bit and is a little weak as far as secondary elements go. It's malty and a little sweet smelling. Chocolate malts are noted and play very nicely with the dark fruits. Korbinian certainly smells good, but it seems a little more tame than it should.

The flavor profile is appreciably better than the nose. Dark fruit flavors are very strong and features raisin, plum, and prune (to a lesser degree). It's very malty, but not overly sweet. Chocolate malts provide an excellent foundation, but caramel malts and an abundance of the roasted variety collide to create an excellent malt bill. Alcohol isn't at all noticeable. It finishes sweet and a little sour-like. Korbinian has an incredibly deep flavor. I'm sure there's more to it than this simple palate can register. It's extremely impressive. Coming from one who's not the biggest fan of Bocks or Doppelbocks is saying something.

The full, lush, creamy body is one its best assets. Carbonation is dialed down perfectly. It goes down sooo smooth. Drinkability is very high, to say the least. It's very inviting and I'm unsure of whether this meager 500 ml will be enough. I guess it'll have to, but I regret only picking up one bottle.

Weihenstephaner has another winner here. I questioned whether they could truly succeed to the same degree without any banana or clove. Boy, I was wrong to even question that. Korbinian could use a stronger nose, but it's still one of the best Doppelbocks out there. If you haven't tried this one by now, you should go find a bottle immediately.

04-10-2009 01:47:16 | More by prototypic
Photo of rugerj


4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured to a nice brown color with some burgundy highlights. Small head that disapates quickly, virtually no lacing in glass. Smell bread and caramel as well as some dark roasted malt. Flavor is roasted chocolate with a bready mouthfeel. Some caramel notes with a slight dark fruit essence. Alcohol is well hidden, although as beer warms it becomes more evident, ever so slightly, that you are drinking a 7.4% brew.

An excellent brew overall though. I would and have bought this again. Another fine beer from the world's oldest brewery.

04-09-2009 12:45:29 | More by rugerj
Photo of bum732


3.73/5  rDev -11.2%

Pours a very dark ruby, bordering on the brown spectrum. Nice creamy head leaving great lacing. Smells of bready malt, some cracker, earthy tones, some vanilla and brown sugar. Tastes of sweet chewy malt with brown sugar overtones. Moderate bitterness finishing fairly sweet. Alcohol present

A very nice doppelbock. Pretty solid flavors throughout but nothing special. Great deal for the price.

04-07-2009 02:48:51 | More by bum732
Photo of Monsteruss


4.63/5  rDev +10.2%

After pouring from the bottle, it had a darker wheat color of foam. The smell was strong and complex and had a nutty hint and a little fruity. The color was of a nice porter and cola look. Its taste is one to be desired. Rich and smooth with a crisp and smokey flavor. Being a fan of German beer, it wasn't hard to know after pouring it, that I would love it.

04-06-2009 22:33:55 | More by Monsteruss
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Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

Palm date purple that becomes stained in blood red when held up into the light. At rest it appears quite dark, muddied brown almost, and opaquely shady. As stated, however, the beer is capable of radiance and is in actuality, perfectly clear-bodied. A sandy, bubble encrusted patch of ecru formed shortly after the pour (and partly faded just after that).

Dopplebocks really aren't too hard to describe - they are very rich and malty, lightly toasty, perhaps slightly chocolaty and invariably full of sticky sweet caramel and dried dark fruits. The best examples of the style will showcase all that in aroma alone. Notes of sugary malts, dates, currants, prunes and a light suggestion of cocoa imply this is likely to be one of those aforementioned leading examples.

These beers are lagered and well-attenuated which means they have a crisp, clean, refreshing disposition but a rich and complex character. No one need be alarmed by the alcohol percentage because, frankly, you'd never catch wind of it if it weren't listed on the label. Like everything, beer comes down to personal tastes. If you like rich, hearty drinks with dark fruity flavours then chances are you'd enjoy this traditional Bavarian specialty.

And if the idea of coarse, multi-grain bread toasted and smeared in plum jam sounds appealing then you should flat out love this. I feel relatively familiar with dopplebocks as a style now and I'd have no hesitation in calling the Korbinian one of the tastiest examples. It tastes just like a fig-raisin compote, the sugar syrup being flavoured with cinnamon sticks, cloves, ground almonds and additional candied fruits.

Weihenstephan ("holy Stephen") claims to be the world's oldest brewery. I can't be sure of that but I do know that dopplebocks developed near the brewery's location around Munich around the Middle Ages. If this brewery really is the world's eldest than good on them for continuing the production of the monastic "liquid bread" that sustained monks during their periods of fasting. No food but plenty of bock beer? Seems almost a fair trade...

04-06-2009 21:22:10 | More by biegaman
Photo of Foxtrot


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

I have tried numerous ales, but have not had the opportunity nor inclination to try lagers. I think it is about to change.

Pours a very dark and luxurious ruby red brown into my weizen glass. Leaves a nice two finger head that slowly dissipates until a light foamy and tiny ring remains.

Aroma's are sweet with undertones a caramel and a very light brown sugar. It smells....toasty to say the least. Very pleasant, but nothing that is over the top or under appreciated.

Now for the taste test...YUMMY! This beer just abounds with sweet caramel malts, and wonderful bread toasty notes. Low carbonated with a nice light earthy finish.

I really enjoyed the feel of this. After moving away from ale styles, this was a pleasant surprise. It has a nice medium body and slick feel in the mouth (for a lack of better words).

I give this a high mark in drinkability because of how smooth the flavors play through each sip, very tasty but complex.

I regret not having tried lager styles sooner. This beer was phenomenal and has certainly paved the way for other beers of this style.

04-06-2009 08:37:01 | More by Foxtrot
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3.88/5  rDev -7.6%

A - Pours a medium brown with a average off-white head formation that recedes slowly and leaves little lacing.

S - Caramel malt, brown sugar, toasted bread.

T - The caramel malt adds quite a bit of sweetness upfront. The spices tend to be on the sweeter side too. Good for the style.

M - Nice and chewy.

D - While I am not a huge fan of the style, this is a really good beer. I would say I could down more than one bomber in a sitting.

04-04-2009 17:09:36 | More by CMW
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New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +10.2%

WOW. This might possibly be the perfect doppelbock. It's very rich, chewy, a certified malt bomb, but isn't too sweet nor too bitter. It's just one hearty, tasty and satisfying lager. Mouthfeel is damn near perfect, full-bodied and smoothly carbonated. That's the word that keeps coming to mind here - smooth. My first few sips were somewhat warming, but I don't notice the alcohol really - all that malt keeps the focus here. There's a bit of bitterness in the finish from the hops, but overall it's restrained and clean.

Truly a gourmet meal in a bottle. Thank you, Bavaria.

04-01-2009 01:49:07 | More by Folderol
Photo of Stimack

New York

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured to a nice brown color that seemed to have some burgundy highlights, a good sized tan head that had quite good retention which left some lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma of this one is very nice as bread and caramel come to mind, also though it has been imported it does smells fresh and I think that comes from a slight fruit aroma that is mixed in. The flavor is very good, malt is very dominant and has a welcoming flavor. Caramel and toffee come to mind with a backing of raisin or prune. The flavor does come out more as this brew sits and I sip it, though the alcohol does not seen to be noticeable to me or goes so well with the other flavors it is hidden. Overall this is an excellent brew, one I would get again and hope to have on draft at some point. Give this brew a try as it exemplifies the style.

03-28-2009 12:31:02 | More by Stimack
Photo of Parrotshake


3.85/5  rDev -8.3%

Looking at that B+, I feel like this beer deserves a bit more, but I can't in good conscience mark it up in any specific category. Greater than the sum of it's parts? I think so.
This is unequivocally an excellent beer.

Appearance-wise: cool bottle! A bear with a backpack, and some religious figure or other. All dramatic and brown. Pours dark reddish brown with 2 fingers or so of head which doesn't stick around, but the fine lacing lasts right to the end.

Aroma of sweet Easter bread, wheat, some dried fruit, and rum. Lovely.

Taste reflects the aroma, mostly - malty as all get out, chewy breadiness, caramel, a bit of the aforementioned fruit (but not as much as I'd anticipated), spicy alcohol in the finish. Sweet, creamy and slightly bitter boozy - bitterness is at an arm's length, but definitely there, and welcome to cut the cloy. For anyone who indiscriminately dismisses lagers (myself included), this is a mouthful of fat, massively flavorful beer to rival anything. Very sweet though, which I don't necessarily like. Big, creamy mouthfeel - definitely a full-on experience.

A lot going on, but can get to be a bit much, really. Complex, but can be sickly sweet - if you had a handful of nuts or a nice bit of Jarlsberg it'd probably balance out great. I drank this one with a fistful of supermarket Cheddar on the side - since there wasn't anything better in the fridge - and still had a good time. Excellent beer, but you might want to hold off 'til Christmas. Would be dynamite with pudding.

03-25-2009 14:49:15 | More by Parrotshake
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours deep, dark ruby with quite a large head. Head recedes to a thin layer, lacing minimal. Clarity excellent for a dark beer. Aroma seems off. Smells strangely enough like a macro on first sniff - kind of stale, but gets better as it warms a bit. But plenty of deep, malty aromas also present. Taste is spot-on for a double bock, huge maltiness, malty-sweet finish (but not sugar-sweet), zero hop presence. Dark fruits, maybe even some roastiness in the finish. Sweet finish but far from cloying. Mouthfeel is fantastic, very slick, creamy, but not sticky sweet at all. I could drink many of these.

p.s. They get an instant 5.0 on appearance practically on their label alone. What other beer features a pack-bear?

03-25-2009 00:18:31 | More by evantwomey
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

There's no food in the house so I figure if dopplebocks kept monks satiated during fasts...

Blackish oxblood color with a large, foamy beige head. Thin, foamy retention with some splashy lace.

Smells of caramel, pumpernickel bread, roast malt, honeysuckle, and dark fruity (plums and raisins) alcohol.

Tastes really, really sweet. If you like your lips after taking a sip it tastes like brown sugar. There's a lot in here: caramelized sugar and Werther's butterscotch candy with roast dark fruit and chocolate. Mild plum infused alcoholic heat aftertaste. Hearty, chewy mouthfeel.

Dangerously drinkable, but I'm still hungry.

03-23-2009 21:50:10 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of Rayek


4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

A: Deep garnet with a slight haze. Foamy cream head has OK retention and leaves intermittent rings of lace.

S: Heavy on the sweetness with licorice, plums, raisins and even a hint of chocolate. A mild alcohol tingle keeps the sweetness in check.

T: Again, on the sweet side. Dark fruit flavors from the nose transition nicely into the taste. A bit of licorice adds an extra layer of sweetness. Hops are there to provide just enough balance with their pepper and lemongrass bite. Alcohol adds a nice warmth and aids the bitterness in providing balance. Finishes with a lingering vinous bittersweet flavor.

M: Medium body actually feels a touch on the watery side while still having a certain stickiness.

D: A very nice Doppel. Not up there with my favorite example of this style, but excellent nonetheless. I'm glad I picked this up.

03-22-2009 23:36:49 | More by Rayek
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

clear dark chestnut/mahogany with a minimal tan head. aroma is mostly dark dried fruit and molasses. sweet dark caramelly malts lead to an off-dry finish. minimal hop bitterness and no roasty bitterness noted. mouthfeel is a bit thick and viscous, almost full-bodied. lightly carbonated, could use a bit more co2 to balance out the residual sugars. as such, drinkability suffers.
Have revisited this...great cocoa/chocolate flavors, rich dark malt, and yet not cloying. Dangerously drinkable and top notch. Nose is a bit muted but very flavorful and rich.

03-22-2009 00:10:46 | More by MrMcGibblets
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Reviewed 8/29/2008 (bottle coded 0188):

Pours a ruby-brownish body. Big creamy off-tan head, lasting. Malty caramel roasted aromas. Some dark fruit, plum or so. Caramel, roasted flavors. A little coffee, a little semi-sweet chocolate. A tiny bit of nuttiness. Very good.

03-21-2009 14:42:16 | More by jujubeast6000
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Recommended by a friend as a must have German Beer.

Poured into my heffe glass and looks awesome.

Color of the beer matches the bottle and presents with a strong off white head.

Very fruity aroma of prunes and burnt sweet grains. Could use more nose to match the flavor.

Taste is very sweet and malty. This might be a front runner for German Beers. Good desert option maybe with a strong vanilla bean flavored ice cream. Nice alcohol feel and flavor that doesn't overpower the beer at all.

Mouthfeel is awsome for this style. Slightly chewy but crisp enough to keep you interested in getting more and quick.

Highly drinkable beer, only downfall for the style would be the sweetness. It may push some people away if they are looking for a strong, dark, chocolatier beer.

03-21-2009 02:56:16 | More by macktbone
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured into a tucher hefewiezen glass. Plenty of room for a big head and this beer used it all. Left significant lacing behind as I let the beer settle for several minutes before even sipping.

Pours a nice ruby red with hints of mahogany the foam is brownish cream.

Smells like sweetness, sugary, ripe fruits, raisins, rhubarb pie, brown sugar, and lots of other subtle hints.

Taste is very belgian like actually. Sort of like a dubbel? Can't exactly define it. Nice and fruity though, quite balanced, with a bit too much of sugary sweetness for me, but a nice finish.

Creamy and smooth on the tongue.

This is a fascinating and beguiling beer! Cheers if you ever have the chance to drink one!

03-20-2009 05:30:55 | More by midnite2sixman
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3.63/5  rDev -13.6%

Sampled 2-18-09 in a snifter

A - Poured a slightly hazy dark brown with an average head. Beautiful color. Lacing was very good, and carbonation appears very small.

S - Heavy malts, including molasses, hay and toasted nuts. A sweet smell overall. Hops come through a bit, but not much.

T - I noticed all the sweet malts in the taste, but the mouthfeel was too thin in comparison to other Doppels. The carbonation was rather fizzy, and didn't provide a smooth finish, and there was also a bit of a slight metallic aftertaste.

Overall, an OK doppelbock, but the mouthfeel was just too thin for me to want more. No comparison to Ettaler or Samichlaus.

03-19-2009 17:23:50 | More by ajs4bd
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4.58/5  rDev +9%

Picked up a .5L bottle at Bottle Barn for $2.69 last week after deciding to get more familiar with Germany's top beers.

Pours about the darkest amber brown possible while still being somewhat translucent. Head is two-fingers thick, light tan, chunky, and thins to a light covering after a few minutes. Minimal lacing remains as the beer disappears.

The nose on this beer is incredible. Lots of fruit... think grapes, apples, and pears, with a nice complement of dark fruits and chocolate. Very nice.

What an amazingly full and complex beer; this is not at all what I was expecting. The first sip is deliciously thick, with caramel, dark fruits, chocolate, molasses, nuts, and hints of coffee all battling it out for your attention. Finish is malty, sweet, then slightly bitter, but somehow it finishes rather clean.

As mentioned, this is a full-bodied beer with a medium to high level of carbonation. Alcohol is somewhat apparent for a 7.4% abv brew.

Drinkability is excellent; what should be a sipper quickly turns into a gulper. This is a tough one to savor.

I need to review Ayinger Celebrator as soon as possible. While rated higher on BA (and certainly quite good), I don't remember enjoying it nearly as much as this.

The Germans have it very good.

03-18-2009 03:34:22 | More by ThirdLap
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

A: Clear chestnut brown color; red hue on the edges. Poured a 2 finger billowy tan head with fair retention. Laced in thick rings.

S: Sweet grains and some caramel or toffee. Citrussy bitter underneath that (malt dominated).

T: Big roasted malts that linger ahead of a nicely balanced bitter finish. As it warms, some dark fruit flavors are present.

M: Light side of medium body. Nicley balanced carbonation. Finishes smooth and dry.

D: Very drinkable. Smooth, flavorful and balanced all around. This is a beer of the style that would be really good with food. Its not like Celebrator, but abv and body make it more drinkable.

03-16-2009 22:18:39 | More by Haybeerman
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Quebec (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -13.6%

Bottle: Poured a deep Burgundy color bock with large dirty brown color head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of banana ester with some dry fruits notes. Taste is also dominated by some dark fruit taste with ester of banana and some sweet malt. Body is about average with some creamy notes and good carbonation with no distinguishable alcohol. Well done but it would have been even better to get a fresher bottle.

03-14-2009 02:40:11 | More by Phyl21ca
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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into Ayinger Becker glass.

A: Huge pillowy head with heaving lacing left over. Really good looking brew.

S: Nice molasses tones, slight alcohol tones. Good nose.

T & M: I really enjoyed this beer, the mouthfeel is quite creamy. The alcohol not as apparent as in the Salvator or Celebrator. Very sweet finish, no real bitterness apparent.

D: This is one drinkable doppelbock, I would definitely not be opposed to having again.

03-13-2009 02:45:47 | More by elniko
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