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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,047 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,047
Reviews: 1,102
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 132
Gots: 99 | 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)
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Photo of sweethome
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%

I tasted this side by side with Weltenburger Asam Bock. The Weltenburger kicked butt in my opinion - but this is a nice beer. One of my first bock-loves - but now I see that I was right when I fell for Asam Bock. This tasting was blind - had the wife pour them and I tasted and wrote notes.

Okay - Beautiful chestnut brown color (almost indistinquishable between the two). Huge nose - sweet malts, maple syrup. No hops declared.

Sweet entry, yes, big malts - but lacks the silky mouthfeel of the other (Weltenburger). Not bad - If I had it by itself - would still like this mouthfeel. The other one is just one notch higher. Same goes on taste - very good - but one notch below. Some hop flavor presents here as opposed to other sample, but doesn't lift the beer.

Big, flavorful and sweet.

sweethome, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of Stonebreaker
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%

Appearance: Pours a thick rich creamy black, the head was a little weak though, had to be a little aggressive with the pour.

Smell: Hard to tell, this is one of my weaker senses and the house smells strongly of lavender at the moment, but a deep inhale in the glass brought little besides a smell I know as a doppel. A peculiar sweet, soy sauce tinged, aroma.

Taste: A far weaker, but cheaper alternative to Celebrator, sweetness from the malt lingers for a moment, then it's heavy with the dark malts, chocolate notes, a little bitter from the hops. Very good.

Mouthfeel: High standards I have, decent, but not especially creamy.

Drinkability: A very quaffable brew this one, and at 3 bucks a pop very affordable, I repeat Celebrator is the God of doppels until someone else climbs Mount Olympus to unseat it. But for the price I'll probably have this one slightly more often.

Stonebreaker, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of drperm
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%

This is a nice one.

Appearance: Dark brown, looks suspiciously like Coca-Cola in my pilsener glass.

Aroma: A tad (but just a tad) on the weak side in my book. Nicely malty and caramelly.

Taste: Very nice! Raisins, caramel, a subtle but solid Noble Hop presence, nutty and toasty. I gave it a 4.2, which is not an option on the BA scale.

Palate: Spritzy.

Overall: It's no Curator or Celebrator to be sure, but for the price (much cheaper than either of those!) it can't be beat.

I used it in the preparation of Doppelbock-Thai pork balls served with a spicy peanut sauce, with snap peas and rice noodles. A glass of it along with the meal was a divine pairing. This would be good with an array of desserts as well.

drperm, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%

500 ml bottle poured into a pint willi glass yields a clear body of a deep, dark ruby hue crowned with a thick cap of biscuit-colored foam that retains stubbornly and leaves plenty of webby lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is of smoky, malt-chocolatey bread with a deeply pungent toasted-wheaty tang. A fruity bit of dark cherry and a whiff of spicy pumpernickel bread are draped in a note of maple syrup.

Right up front the drink is chocolatey, backed with that same, smoky, tangy, wheaty richness that so dazzled me in the aroma . A fluffy drizzle of dark, lightly-sweetened mocha is richly interwoven with cocoa-covered dark-caramels and rich brown wheat bread with just a bit of husky barley malt. Powdery chocolate lingers in a toasty finish.

The drink is medium-full bodied with a silky texture and softly perfect carbonation. As bold and sweet as it is, the drink is quaffable to the point I've had to keep myself from gulping it.

I was already an unabashed fan of the other offerings from this brewer, and I am once again tasked with finding superlatives that do justice to the absolute superiority of another of their drinks. Calling this beer 'Outstanding' simply fails to it justice, and while 'Excellent' certainly seems a more accurate praise, I'm think in love, and in acknowledging that with my rose-colored-glasses firmly in place, I'll simply say that no compliment short of 'Magnificent' will do as my adjective of choice to describe this nectar-of-the-gods, this luscious concoction Weihenstephaner calls 'Korbinian.'

cvstrickland, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appears a clear dark brown that becomes a lovely shade of ruby red when back lit with some light. Tan one and a half finger head.

Aroma of caramel, molasses, black cherries, maybe some raisins. Very malty.

Taste is very similar to the aroma. Starts off with flavors of caramel and cherries and finishes with a touch of chocolate covered raisins.

Mouthfeel is medium to light with nice lively carbonation.

There aren't many lagers I've had that I really enjoy but Doppelbocks have been an exception. This is another nice one, definitely recommended.

roadhouse, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of everetends
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%

500ml bottle I got at Four Winds in Pensecola. Poured into a Weihenstephaner Weizen glass.

A: Poured a nice dark brown that has an amber hue when held to light. Poured a nice, big tan head . Leaves little streak of lacing that don't leave the glass. Active carbonation that slowly moves from bottom to top. Very nice looking brew.

S: Caramel, sweet molassess, roasted malt, brown sugar and a smell I can only describe as bubble gum. Smells great.

T: Taste is much of the same. Dark fruits come in a bit with raisan and prune, but caramel, brown sugar and roasted malts shine. That bubble gum flavor is there too on the back end. Loving it.

M: Medium bodied brew that is actually really refreshing and pretty damn clean on the finish. The flavors don't mingle as much as I would like, but that is if I look for something wrong. Aftertaste is only of bubble gum and no trace of alcohol.

D: This beer is easy to drink and feels like a big brew. I love this beer and I love this brewery. I can drink this all day. I love my German beers.

everetends, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

Trying this as it was another brew pimped by Coloradobobs and it was on sale for 2.99.

A- Wow a very thick high head was the result of a good pour. About three finger spaces. This slowly died down to leave a fluffy pine colored head that sits atop a dark brown non hazy beer.

S- Malts are very present in the smell, I can also pick out a slight hint of dark fruits, raisins and dates. The alcohol is also there in the smell, but is more of an undertoe smell.

T- There is a definite malty/wood taste to this beer. A malty sweetness lingers in your mouth along with this nutty taste I can't quite put my finger on.

M- A thick feeling beer, very oily in texture. There is little carbination so it is a very smooth beer.

D- This is very drinkable, I could almost pound the beer it is so easy to drink.

Wetpaperbag, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Served in my Leute Bok glass. Poured a deep, opaque brown/black. One-inch, dense, off-white head with lots of tiny ringlets embedded in the foam. Head eventually settled into a slick of foam that coalesced around the shoulders; no lacing adhered during the tasting. Scents of dark fruit, malt, toffee and molasses; nose was extremely complex and difficult differentiate all of the aromas. Taste consisent with nose; however, complexity seemed to strike a more even balance in the mouth. Mouthfeel was surprisingly light considering the bold nose and flavors. Not much carbonation present and alcohol was very well-hidden. I'm not typically a fan of the style, but have been so impressed by Weihenstephaner's other offerings that I thought it was worthy of a try. I was not dissapointed.

Jwale73, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of Overlord
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

Splendid! And cheap! My new favorite Doppelbock.

Pours a dark amber orange with a small white foam head that vanishes in a minute or two. Smells like toffee, caramel, roasted malt, and plums/dates.

How do they get this much flavor out of nothing but malt, yeast, water, and hops? An earthy pecan-y nuttiness pervades, with roasted malt, sweet caramel, and I swear what tastes like dark fruit (plum/raisins/dates). Miraculously complex.

If there's a downside, it's the watery mouthfeel. Still, a great beer.

Overlord, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of kleffman
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Poured a dark brown with red hue when held to the light and a generous tan head that dissipated somewhat quickly into a tiny layer. Smells like a typical dopplebock, dark fruit, dark sweet malt. Tastes are sweet bready malt flavors, some caramel and little hop presence. Alcohol is hidden quite nicely. Good full bodied mouthfeel and decent carbonation level help add to the nice drinkability especially for a 7.4% beer. I'm a big fan of malty German lagers and this is no exception. Great beer, that I would love to drink some more of but this damn bottle went and emptied itself.

kleffman, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of burnstar
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours a nice dark brown with a medium slightly tan head. Very little lacing. Aroma is carmel, raisins, and chocolate. Taste is sweet but tempered by some bitterness from the roasted malt. Notes of chocolate, dark fruit, and caramel. Some herbal hops but the malt is the big story here. Full bodied with low carbonation. Maybe a bit syrupy. Fairly heavy but a .5L is easily drinkable. Not my favorite doppelbock but still pretty tasty stuff.

burnstar, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of Onslow
3.05/5  rDev -27.4%

i was excited when i first saw this in my downtown beer store, but it seemed to fall when i popped it open at home... pours with a lack luster head, and has a molasses, toffee strange sugar aroma... 1 in 5 americans has genital herpes... some nice flavours and abv is well hidden but it doesn't really do it for me... happy to try it, happier i won't have to again!!

Onslow, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of ElGordo
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured from the 500ml bottle into a Pilsner Urquell stange. Body is a dark brown hue with some ruby highlights, topped by a thin tan head that quickly retreats into a small ring. Aroma is a rich, sweet dark malt, with heavy accents of brown sugar and fig. Light notes of vanilla bean and toffee are also present.
The palate is full of rich, caramelly dark malt up front, while some lighter notes of toffee and light-roast coffee come through before the swallow. The finish is full of dark fruity notes and more brown sugar that lingers for a while in the back of the throat. Body is rich and full, but not too thick. While the alcohol is well-integrated, this is still a bit too strong to drink like a session beer. Nevertheless, this is a well-built doppelbock, and one that I'm glad is finally making its way to Oregon.

ElGordo, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of donteatpoop
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured a dark amber brown with medium tan head that left a nice ring lacing on the glass.

The smells were faint, but I picked up some burnt caramel and dark malts.

Tasted a bit of coffee and chocolate, roasted malts, and hops.

Thick and heavy, but silky smooth.

Pour me another please, I could drink these all night.

donteatpoop, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

A - Dark dark brown color with thick foamy light brown head. Good retention but no lacing.

S - A rough molasses aroma. Also picked up a burnt caramel smell, but the molasses aroma was overwhelming and not overly pleasant.

T - That bad molasses smell was a great sweet molasses taste. Also some biscuity malt taste. Very light earthy hop bite on the backend. Overall, a giant malt bomb.

M/D - Full bodied and very slick in the mouth. A great doppelbock and very drinkable.

ckeegan04, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of joshwlt
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%

Clear and quite dark brown in color (bottle looks cool too). Tan head that I couldn't seem to get too tall when pouring but lacey. Smells somewhat like a subdued rauchbier with notes of smoke and jerky... almost like dogfood, haha, the least pleasant feature of this experience. At first it tastes smokey that tingles in accordance with the hop profile. As it warms the caramelly malts come through. This stuff is restorative but not too thick but certainly not watery. Never found any moment where it was too sweet, I almost wanted a little more bready sweetness in this. suggested.

joshwlt, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of demitriustown
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours a clear brownish red with a medium sized tan head. Aroma is wonderful malty, caramel, a slight smoked aroma, light chocolate notes, hops, and dark fruit. Taste is a distinct mouth filling maltiness, caramel, chocolate, still a little bit of smoke, lovely combination of flavors. Palate is lightly bitter and a light malt texture. This is the first time I saw this in the store and I'd have to say I'm pleasantly surprise. A very nice doppelbock, definitely recommended.

demitriustown, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of biggred1
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

Deep garnet ruby colored with a fine creamy head.

Smells faintly of fresh pumpernickel bread and raiseny fruit.

Big and malty flavors combine with mild bitterness that hits you in the finish.Rye bread,cocoa and star anise come to mind.

Smooth texture with a very mild carbonation.

This beer is delicious and remarkably easy to drink considering the ABV.

biggred1, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of yemenmocha
4.45/5  rDev +6%

Pours deep mahogany, almost red, with light tan head.

Nose is tough to discern in my wide mouthed German stein but is bready, roasty, and rich.

On the palate is a smooth medley of roasty malts, brown bread, some brown sugar and/or caramel too. All of this glides around elegantly with a smooth, medium body. Very sexy beer.

Finish is lightly sweet with some alcohol. Warming.

yemenmocha, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours with an abundant 2-3 finger head the color of a good sourdough bread. Head is thick and yeasty with a little muffin tunneling and decent lacing. Body is spot-on root beer color. Solid amount of carbonation rises slowly.

Cold yeast and malt dominate an almost wort-like aroma. Can smell a little tinny alcohol with a slight Saaz-ish presence.

Excellent, almost syrupy oily malt. A little roasted coffee, some caramel, butterscotch and maybe a tinge of root beer. Alcohol shows up but blends in ncely. Very good stuff.

Quite creamy mouthfeel - a little warmth opens it up well. The carbonation provides some tingle. Finishes strong, balanced and hearty.

Heaviness precludes supreme drinkability but this is a well-made, amazing effort.

IBUnit63, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of bunnyhustle
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%

Poured from bottle to pint glass. Pours a beautiful color, like a dark cherry wood. Crytal clear with off-white head. Very poor retention and no lacing. Smell is of sweet malt, some bread, and dark fruit...smells very "belgian-like" which is good. Taste is great as well, very complex. There is strong malt backbone with some fruit undertones. Strong caramel presence as well. Low carbonation leads into a medium mouthfeel, it leaves a slightly oily sensation in the mouth. Overall a very good beer.

bunnyhustle, May 28, 2008
Photo of animal69
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%

my 200th. review, pours a deep mahogany w/ a thin tan cap that dissipates quickly leaving a nice lacing in my pilsn glass ; a moderate smell, caramel/toffee aroma with hints of alcohol and dark fruits ; a sweet, rich malty flavor w/ loads of caramel and dates up front with a well balanced hop bitterness, some alcohol and metal detected in the fairly crisp finish ; a med-full body on this one, but not too cloying, a moderate co2 level ; an excellent brew, one of the most drinkable dopplebocks i've ever had, i can't wait to get some more (on a side note it pairs quite well w/ pork chops)...

animal69, May 26, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours brown in color with a very nice, two inch beige head. Smell is all toffee and malt. Wonderful. Taste is the same. More toffee than you can imagine. There was a bit of grain and nuts hidden in the taste as well. Incredibly smooth and creamy on the mouthfeel. This is a truly great bock. I think this would be incredible on draft.

FtownThrowDown, May 22, 2008
Photo of number1bum
4.45/5  rDev +6%

Part of NEPA BC split #14.

Pours a reddish medium hued brown, good clarity and about a finger and a half of light beige head. Minimal retention and leaves only a little bit of stick.

Smell is pretty standard caramel malt and maybe some toffee like sweetness, but also has an earthiness to it that is very nice.

Taste has a moderate and pleasing level of caramel malt and toffee-like sweetness, but it's the combination of toasted malt, some smoke and earthy peat-like flavor that really gives it depth and sets it apart from other doppelbocks. Finishes with some earthy bitterness and a lingering smoky character.

Mouthfeel is on the top side of a medium body, is gentle in the mouth and very smooth.

I would be inclined to drink this more than some doppelbocks just because the sweetness is not overdone. Great complexity for a doppelbock, so many of which in my experience tend to be caramel malt and little else. I think I'd still take a Celebrator first, but this is a not very distant 2nd.

number1bum, May 19, 2008
Photo of Tilley4
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

I've been hearing about how delicious this one is and finally found some so here it goes...

Well, it certainly looks the part. Nice warm chocolate brown with a rapidly receding tan head...

Wonderful sweet malty caramel like aromas wafting out of the glass have my mouth watering... There's a certain fruity component to this that I don't get with other doppelbocks which makes this even more interesting..

Well, I see what all the fuss was about now. This is absolutely delicious. Sweet and caramelly with a nice toasted bread flavor and also that hint of dark fruit (what is that?)coming in right at the finish. No alcohol present in this bottle, just a sweet malty goodness that leaves me wishing I had more... Many more...

Tilley4, May 12, 2008
Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 2,047 ratings.