1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Not Rated.
Weihenstephaner KorbinianWeihenstephaner Korbinian

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,106 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,106
Reviews: 1,107
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 136
Gots: 112 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Weihenstephaner Korbinian Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,106 | Reviews: 1,107 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

MrMcGibblets, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

jujubeast6000, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of macktbone
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

macktbone, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of midnite2sixman
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

midnite2sixman, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of ajs4bd
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

ajs4bd, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of ThirdLap
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

ThirdLap, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of Haybeerman
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Haybeerman, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Phyl21ca, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of elniko
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

elniko, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of superdedooperboy
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a half-liter brown bottle into a personalized lager glass.

A gorgeous deep mahogany hue with a thick, tight head of very light tan foam, receding fairly quickly and leaving behind a ringed cap, failing to adhere very well to the sides of the glass and leaving just a few touches of lace.

A nice, sweet malty aroma entices, with some faint notes of dark fruits lingering within.

Full-bodied, yet not quite as rich in texture as some examples of the style, with a nice carbonation. Flavors are rich and malty, with sweet caramel all around, mixing with a hint of cherries and plums, and a bit of chocolate, with just enough hopping to keep things balanced. Finishes malty-sweet, though in no way cloying.

Nicely drinkable, without the heaviness of some Doppelbocks, and a well-crafted version of the style from one of Bavaria's greatest Brauereien.

superdedooperboy, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruddy brown colour, with an initial light foam head of yellow-white bubbles. Fair amount of carbonation, and after a while the head gives up and just leaves a light ring of foam around the collar. Minimal lacing. Colour is good, but the head is disappointing.

Pleasant rich and sweet characters on the nose - honey, malt extract, a little rum, and a grassy, vegetative or light phenol character. It's not huge, but there's lots of pleasant characters in there - a very good example of a strong German bock.

Taste is a lot better, with an excellent dark richness on the front, some toasted dryness on the back. Lots of malt - a huge amount, in fact - leaves this feeling quite heavy right up until midway through the palate, when the roasted characters tilt their head and make a dry plateau. This leaves my palate ready for the next sip. Mouthfeel is a tad too carbonated to my mind - that's probably a stylistic thing, but I really think a smoother or creamier feel would help, especially with the heavy malt sweetness that is predominant.

Ultimately, the beer is exceptionally drinkable. No mean feat for a beer weighing in at 7.4% - there's not a hint of it on the palate, although the rich heavy character intimates that something is going on here. A big beer, and a very good doppelbock - an exemplar of the style.

lacqueredmouse, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of BarrelO
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I finally decided to pop my reviewing cherry, and I'm doing it with a beer I never managed to get around to trying before. 500ml bottle poured into a pint glass in two installments. I'm a fan of medieval-type artwork, so I dig the label art even if the bishop looks like he's wearing dishwashing gloves.

A: Reddish-brown with a minimal head that quickly dissipates. Some lacing, mainly toward the bottom of the glass.

S: A heavy onslaught of roasty maltiness.

T: Like the nose indicates, a strong roastiness that lingers in the aftertaste. A closer examination reveals raisins and other dark fruits. A certain breadiness shows up after the other flavors have dissipated and remains long after the last sip.

M: Rather thin, almost watery, but not excessively so. Has a drying effect on the palate.

D: Astonishingly easy to pound back, especially considering the ABV. Overall, a quality example of German brewing. It can't quite go toe-to-toe with Celebrator as far as doppelbocks go, but I certainly wouldn't turn one down. I don't think I'd want to have it by itself, though. I'd rather follow the Weihenstephan web page's suggestion and try it with some smoked meat or fish.

BarrelO, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of Rennpferd
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured a deep dark amber/brown color. It was clear with lite carbonation and a nice three finger head.

It had a nice malt and hops scent. Well balanced.

It had a nice roasted malt flavor with coffee undertones. A nearly bitter hop finish ended it all. It left behind a slightly astringent husky taste. It had a very nice lite to medium body that was wet but not watery.

It is very drinkable. I found that it was better after a few more sips.

Rennpferd, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of birchstick
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - chocolatey brown with a hint of red
S - very sweet, caramel malts and figs
T - starts off with sweet, caramel malts and dark fruits. There is a taste of candy-like sweetness that is interesting. Korbinian finishes with faint grassy hops and some burnt malt. Solid beer.
M - thin and a little too carbonated.
D - this a good doppelbock. A lot sweeter than I expected it to be, which isn't a bad thing. I wouldn't have expected anything less from Weihenstephaner.

birchstick, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of Jeffo
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at the bottle shop down the street.

From a bottle into a mug.

APPEARANCE: Pours a very small thin off-white head that quickly fades into a film. Medium carbonation evident. Deep dark brown, perhaps bistre in colour with some burgundy hues. Darker than norm for the style. Some film stays until the end and a bit of lacing as well. Looks good for the style.

SMELL: A relatively strong nose of dark malts, dark fruit like raisins and dates, along with a roasted and smoky malt component as well. A bit of sweet liquorice in the background, but the dark roasted malt and dark fruits are more prevalent. Not quite to style, but a nice interpretation.

TASTE: Dark roasted malt, some dark fruit, raisins and dates, and a smoky component as well, much like the nose advertised. The aftertaste is mild and long lasting, including roasted and smoky malt and a bit of bitter chocolate right at the very end. A good balance of hops and malt; not simply a malt bomb like the norm for the style. Alcohol very well hidden.

PALATE: Medium-thin body and lower end carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with no bite and finishes slightly dryer on the palate. Alcohol not noticeable. Could be a little fuller for the style, which would make it a real whopper.

OVERALL: Very drinkable and very enjoyable. Goes down surprisingly quickly for the higher ABV. This one was definitely unique in the doppelbock style. Instead of being a huge sweet malt bomb, this one had a porter-like quality to it. This may not have been to style per se, but it was enjoyable in itself. I'll definitely be picking up more of these in the future.

Jeffo, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of HitokiriNate85
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1/2 liter bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured a mahogany with some dark red tints under light. The one-finger, frothy tan head fads in a minute or so. Surprisingly, this is probably the least carbonated beer I've ever seen come out of a bottle. I'm not sure if it's normal, but the seal on the bottle hadn't been broken, so I'd guess it's intended.

S - Lots dark malts, of course. It's pretty one dimensional, really. It feels a bit subdued, too. Some breadiness to it. Good, but nothing standout.

T - The malty profile from the nose carries through here, and it definitely carries more weight. For a bigger beer like this, I'd have to say the flavor is almost subtle in a sense. It's semi-sweet and I get a sort of bread crust flavor from it. It ends with more of a flourish, though, with a spicy character in the finish.

MF - Doppelbocks aren't very carbonated in my experience, but this is less so than any other I've tried. The carbonation is barely present, which gives it an incredibly smooth feel. It's not really thick, but definitely has body to it, with little to no coating.

D - Doppelbocks are surprisingly drinkable considering their higher ABVs. Overall, it's not as good as some other doppelbocks I've had, so therefore, not quite as drinkable. I think I paid $3.75 or $4 for the bottle.

HitokiriNate85, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of kbnooshay
2.63/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a fairly dark brown-amber color with a massive rocky tan head. The head is super fluffy and after a few minutes the spotchy lacing is revealed. Aroma is super sweet and malty with a hint of molasses. Hint of metallic corn???? Flavor is overly metallic and way too malty and sweet. Hints of caramel and chocolate come though in the taste. Mouthfeel is creamy but flat. I have heard lots of good things about this with descriptions such as "luxurious and rich".

This bottle was far from it. I will have to try again.

kbnooshay, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of argock
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 17oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.99.

A: Rich dark mahogany hue with creamy, beige and white intermixed 2-3 finger head with good retention and a few streamers of lace.

S: Raisins, molasses, maple syrup, and slight phenolic medicinal aroma

T: Delicious mellow beer with tons of brown sugar, maple, molasses, and dark dried fruit flavors such as fig and raisin. Alcohol is barely perceptible but provides a very pleasant warming. Soft leafy hops in the finish to counter the sticky maltiness. I like that it seems a bit more smoothed over, probably due to a bit more generous hopping than most dopplebocks. Definitely improves in flavor with warming.

M: Creamy and thick on the tongue with a lower-than-average amount of carbonation which I wasn't sure about at first but really seemed to enhance the flavors' staying power. Aftertaste is long with dark malt with a faint cardboard/paper flavor.

D: I just had the Ayinger Celebrator a few nights ago and I like Korbinian better for a few reasons. First, more appealing look than any other. Second, smooth more consistent flavor that is malty but better balanced with some leafy, earthy hops flavor. Third, 17oz for a good price, especially for an excellent dopplebock, so it hits the point on value. Last, the feel is the best around due to the uniquely low carbonation quotient. My favorite dopplebock.

argock, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of sprucetip
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle into goblet. Not surprised that this was a good beer, but not expecting it to be this good!

Dark brown, but deep mahogany with ruby highlights when held to light. Clear, modest mocha head fades quickly to film and ring.

Grainy, mellow roasted malt and slightly sweet malts detectable from a distance! Strong German character. Chacolaty, caramel. Wow.

Caramel and chacolaty sweetness, slightly roasted, German grainy, wicked smooth.

Modest carbonation, smooth, rich, a bit creamy. Solidly medium body, clean finish.

Did not notice the moderately high abv. Very easy drinking. Sessionable. The more Weihenstephaner beers I try, the more I respect, appreciate and admire this brewery. This, to me, was one of those beers you discover every so often that is like an epiphany. How did I not find you sooner?

sprucetip, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of wagenvolks
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into a Löwenbräu mug.

Attractive pour of a deep mahogany body that transitions to a luminous ruby red in the light. A massive 2" head forms and slowly retreats, composed of tight, tan bubbles that give the foam a creamy appearance. Smell is of lightly toasted caramel malts, a hint of toffee, and some wheat. Not really doing it for me aroma-wise, Vitus and the Hefeweizen blow this out of the water in that respect.

Oh, but the flavor. Luxuriously creamy and malty, with layer upon layer of dark wheat, caramel, toasted chocolate, and brown sugar. Finishes with a light bittering of German hops and some roast, that blend well with a hint of booze and yeasty goodness. Mouthfeel is near-perfect, with a velvety, medium body and well-crafted carbonation level, but a slight chalkiness keeps it from the "5.0" department. Overall, Korbinian is a delicious brew that thankfully shies away from the more booze-intensive notes other dopplebock's tend to favor. I'd certainly purchase it again.

wagenvolks, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of larsee01
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml poured into glass chalice

A--Thick, creamy tan head atop a nearly black brew. Hints of deep garnet when held to light. Head slowly disappates with strong lacing.

S--Lovely deep malt sweetness. Dried candied fruit. Molasses. Nice.

T--Surprising 1st impression of bitter, quickly shapshifting to coffee, then molasses and raisin. Definitely malty but with nice hop bitter balance. Earthy with a warm and mild finish. Rich, malty graininess at back of tongue and palate.

M--Rich and smooth. Heavy bodied, but not TOO heavy. Pleasantly clingy--not overbearing-to palate.

D--A great example of a Doppelbock. We're dealing with pros here. Quite drinkable at this ABV.

larsee01, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of homebrewhawk
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a hefe glass. Poured a beautiful mahogany with three fingers of tan head. Malty aroma with molasses and dark fruit. Also some noble hop aroma. Rich malty flavor with some chocolate and more molasses. Not overly sweet. Very smooth and creamy Nice malt complexity. Very drinkable. I liked this a lot. If you are a fan of German malt flavor, you should try this.

homebrewhawk, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of skrib09
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured out a lucious dark color with an amazing off white head. the brews from weihenstephaner always pour out so nice.

smells dark, roasty, malty. almost a combo of a beer with roasted or caramel malts and a nut brown ale.

tastes sweet yet roasty, malty and bready, but balanced.

great mouthfeel. hearty...

i could get to like these.

skrib09, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of bbeerman
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A..A beautiful dark brown with a slight purple tone. Almost no head to speak of, so that's why only a 4.0 on appearance.

S..A great combination of malt and barley. Almost sweet. Smell is inviting.

T..Delicious and complex. Malt is there and very much out front. That sweetness in the scent comes through stronger on the taste, and is definitely appreciated. Gorgeous flavor. The 7%+ ABV hits you and keeps you warm at the same time.

M..A bit above average. Only negative is the beer is a bit "drying" on the palette.

D..I could easily overlook the drying quality of this beer to enjoy them all night. Delicious, complex and beautiful; Korbinian is a winner when it comes to Dopplebocks. I strongly recommend you try it out if you have not already.

bbeerman, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle into stein.

Pours a clear, dark brown, with hints of mahogany around the edges, and a small, fluffy khaki head on top that lingers. Bit of effervescence visible as well.

Nose is restrained but delicious - molasses, bread crust, a bit bready, toffee.

Taste is delicious - molasses, hints of dark fruit and brown sugar, a light roasty note hinting at dark breadcrust but with no acidity at all - rich and bready, sweet but balanced. Finish is long, hints of bitterness, reminiscent of rye bread and molasses.

Mouthfeel is almost perfect - smooth but with a light, fluffy carbonation that is close to flawless.

For a bigger beer, this one is easy going down.

Superb beer.

JohnQVegas, Jan 31, 2009
Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
92 out of 100 based on 2,106 ratings.