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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
94
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2,094 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,094
Reviews: 1,106
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 135
Gots: 110 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001)
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Photo of kimcgolf
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured to a dark brown with medium thick off-white head that lingers til mid-glass and leaves okay lacing. Nose is a pleasant malty mix of earth scents, roasted nuts and smoky wood. Mouthfeel is full and slightly chewy, and the flavor is malty sweet nuts, chocolate, caramel and a hint of the 7.4% alcohol as the beer warms. Rounds out to a nice long finish.

A pleasant experience.

kimcgolf, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

picked up at Belmont Station over the weekend.. poured into my Chimay goblet.

1" head.. doesn't stick around too long.. nice splotchy lace and a good cap.. the brew is dark chocolate brown.. crystal clear deep ruby when held to a lamp.

this is definitely a "dark" smelling doppelbock.. I get cocoa immediately .. very rich and only the faintest whiffs of caramel.. mainly cocoa and toasty notes.

Flavor mirrors the nose with a smack of "prune" that sorta trails from close to the front all the way to the finish.. the cocoa still plays lead.. very rich.. hard for me to describe.. tastes "darker" than any doppelbock I can remember.. never burnt.. just tastes "brown"... even a little nutty. The body is very very smooth.. and what carbonation there is, only accentuates how rich this brew is.. maybe even hints of smoke as it warms.. very complex.

The drinkability is interesting.. not because I could drink a bucket of it.. but just because I want another sip... just to analyze it... I am a big fan.. and this is my first ever bottle... and my last until Weihenstephaner makes it back to Boise.

4/4.5/4.5/4.5/4

JohnGalt1, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of erosier
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a dark brown color with a tall, thick, and fluffy tan colored head that laces the glass very nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet malts, a hint of molasses and maybe some chocolate malt.
T: Tastes very sweet all around. Big malty taste that has some molasses flavors to it, a hint of chocolate, and some vinous fruits at the end.
M: Very smooth, somewhat heavy, but very warming.
D: Very nice beer all around, well worth a try.

erosier, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered a bottle at the Farmhouse with their molten chocolate cake. Nice pairing. Appears dark brown with a short white head.

The low carbonation and rich flavor tend to make this beer feel bigger than it is. It's full of dark fruits like cherries, blackberries, and plums along with black licorice and a ting of cocoa powder. The body is thick, but smooth, and this beer is resonably drinkable if you take it nice and slow.

tempest, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of gmcfarre
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle poured into St. Bernardus Chalice

A - Pours a very dark brown color with a smallish tan head that doesn't stick around for long. Lacing is moderate. A couple of yeasties are visible in the darkness of the brew.

S - Exhibits a smooth, chocolately and dextrous malt scent. A bit of alcohol spice with some molasses flavor. Very pleasant.

T - Starts with a great dark malt sweetness with strong chocolate flavor and a hint of molasses. Plum and raisin come to mind as well. A bit of alcoholic bite appears near the finish as it warms. Minimal hop activity and bitterness.

M - Smooth with a moderately heavy body and low carbonation. Gives off a chewy, oily mouthfeel that finishes with some residual sweetness and very little bitterness.

D - Great flavor throughout the life of this beer. Alcohol is noticeable a bit in taste and moreso in affect after an entire bottle. Certainly worth seeking out for any fan of the doppelbock style.

gmcfarre, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of kinger
3.15/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"Found at a new store down in the big city to the south. Brown pour, very brown mild head and not much lacing. Aroma is of bakery sweet rolls, rather malty and sugary. Filling mouthfeel, real smooth finish bites a little. Flavor is too sugary sweet for my liking, but this being a dopplebock it's not a surprise. Bready with decent malt content it's one and out for this brew."

kinger, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark ruby red color with a thin creamy tan head.

S: dried fruit (raisin, cherries), dark caramel, molasses and a light smoky aroma.

T: The flavor was very smooth and bready, with sweet roasted grains, chocolate, dark caramel, bread and smoky raisins. Overall the flavor was very nice finishing with some dried fruit and caramel sweetness.

M: medium, creamy and lightly carbonated with a nice lacing of dried fruit left on the tongue.

D: Very pleasant drinkability and loved every sip of it. Perfect by example and one I could drink again and again.

beerthulhu, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of canucklehead
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The thing I love about this Dunkel is the refined profile from the nose to the finish. Not to sweet or strong like some Dunkels, this is a malt forward dark lager that has a refined taste and a very smooth finish. Like the Hefe , these guys are alla about top notch quality. Perfect Fall beer

canucklehead, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of GRPunk
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- With an initial rush of carbonation, it poured a dark brown body, nearing black. There was a 2-1/2 finger, foamy, tan head that dropped to a 1/2 finger and eventually a nice lace that left great sticky spots on the glass.

S- There was a lot of malt character, a mix of raisin-like alcohol and slightly burnt caramel.

T- It tasted just like the aroma would suggest. There were roasty malts with a strong raisin presence and hints of coffee, chocolate, and slight buttery tones. It had a clean finish.

M- It had a full, yet smoother than expected, feel with a dry finish.

D- It's a great sipper full of flavor. The only keeping me back from another is the higher alcohol content. I'd look for this one again.

GRPunk, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of Atlas1
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm still reeling from the Weihenstephaner Vitus that I had a few weeks ago. I figure the Korbinian will be a nice follow-up.

Poured into a big ole mug, the Korbinian is a dark brown color, with ruby/mahogany hues that shine through when held up to the light. Good off-white head of foam eventually settles to a thin film over the beer. Not much lace. The nose is big and all over the place. Bananas, chocolate, caramel, toffee. It's like a sundae without the ice cream. Other notable scents discerned in this aroma include coffee, malted milk, milk duds, and the slightest hint of pepper. The aroma just sort of settles up in your nostrils and lingers there, very lightly, while you sit back and smile. It's a rather intoxicatingly sweet aroma. Very pleasant. Taste is nice and malty sweet as well, with less banana and more toffee-esque sugars. Some dark cherry flavor there too. Finishes with a dry, coffee bitterness to even things out. Really nice. Mouthfeel is smooth, with a dry finish.

Another fine beer from Weihenstephaner. Totally drinkable. The higher ABV (7.4%) is masked well by a complex aroma and distinctly dry but sweet flavor. A great doppelbock for sure.

Atlas1, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of korndog
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking beer with rich melanoiden aroma with some roastiness and fruit. Tastes similar to aroma, very drinkable with good attenuation and correctly, no hop bitterness. Slightly coats the tongue. One of the more roasty DB's, but not overyl so. Very good beer as are most from this brewery.

korndog, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very pleased to see this beer on tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a darkish brown color with minimal head retention and fair lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose either, just some light malt and spice. However, on the palate this beer is just delicious, with a ton of chocolate flavor, woven around some spice and a touch of wheaty sour. There is also some nice cinnamon flavor that I'm enjoying as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and long, and drinkability is superb. I would never guess I was drinking a 7.4% alcohol beer.

A very nice beer. One that is all too easy to drink, given the abv.

John_M, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A brown body that is fairly translucent around the edges. Small off white head that doesn't last long, not a lot of lacing.

Lots of chocolate and some roasted character in the nose and a somewhat metallic odor.

Taste is dominated by chocolate and roasted malts. Very sweet in the finish.

A pretty thin, light mouthfeel.

Fairly drinkable beer.

Hojaminbag, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of flexabull
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a nice off white head.

Aromas are smokey, meaty, spicy, oak like and nutty.

Taste is very smokey. Lightly smoked meats, spices, oak, bread, and nuts. This is a complex dark beer, with a nice creamy, chocolate and semi sweet finish.

Mouthfeel is really nice, this has a very full feeling, good carbonation, and a nice long finish.

Drinkability is good. This is probably a one a night beer for me. But man, it's complex, and one is a very nice treat.

flexabull, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of nrpellegrini
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a decent tan head that fades. Smells of sweet malts and some brown sugar. Tastes of very smooth malts with some caramel flavor and texture. No hoppyness or bitter taste, very clean. Its has a nice rich mouthfeel, and it goes down easy. I highly reccomend.

nrpellegrini, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of Gish
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark brown with a remarkable tan head. Sheets of lacing covers the sides of the glass as I drink this beer. The smell is not too distinct but you can catch hints of earthiness with a nice malty sweetness coming out as well.

The taste is where Korbinian truly shines. A big dose of breadiness comes first followed by a sweeter fig/raisin taste. The hop bitterness comes out well in the end. The mouthfeel is very smooth, the carbonation is well-balanced.

Extremely drinkable for such a complex beer. It's the first doppelbock I've had, but I plan on having more of the style and of this particular one as well.

Gish, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of philipquarles
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep , clear mahogany with a two-finger head that gradually dissipates to leave a half-finger of foam and a lot of lacing.

Smells of caramel/sugars and roasted malt, fig/date esters, and just a hint of alcohol. This carries on to the taste, where the fruitiness becomes even more apparent before chocolate and roasted malt take over. Quite well balanced and not overly sweet.

Overall, a very nice doppelbock that gives Celebrator a run for its money.

philipquarles, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Dark, but transparent crimson-brown. Two fingers of light brown head rise; moderate retention, and no lacing. Not hard to believe for the strength.

S - An enticing aroma of caramel and dark, toasted bread. The roasted malt also lends a buttery aroma with berries, figs, and currants hiding in the background.

T - Caramel blends with dark fruits (figs and currants stand out the most) with a touch of sweetness. Roasted malt enters mid palate with just a sprinkling of coffee flavor. A burnt and earthy bitterness finishes things off with a bittersweet finish. Alcohol is well hidden.

M - Thick, on the lighter side of full bodied, with a very soft carbonation. Extremely smooth and viscous.

D - A big bold beer for sure, but not hard to drink at all. There's a great balance between the roasted flavors and sweet stuff making this all too easy to drink quickly. A great beer for sure.

PatrickJR, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of almychristopher
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

this doppelbock pours a nice dark rubyred with an off white head that fades slowly. the smell shows off a generous malt bill, with a lot of roasted caramel aroma's. the taste is very full of malt with a smooth sweet finish the moderate co2 and full body make this an enjoyable beer, thaks weswes.

almychristopher, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of ljbrisson
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split this with my father-in-law over the weekend. Poured into a chalice a burnt caramel brown, with a thin sandy head which quickly faded to nothing, leaving speckled lacing on the inside of my glass. Aroma was dark fruit and malt, figs, raisins, reminded me of port wine. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, a little loose and slippery, with medium carbonation. Taste was full of dark fruit, figs, plums, dates, with a bit of a chocolate background and a slightly sour, vinous finish. Drinkability is high despite the ABV, due to the interesting complexities of the taste that kept me interested in identifying all the different flavors. Overall this was quite an interesting brew, and I may pick another one up to keep for myself.

ljbrisson, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of Chinon01
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark copper color. Not cloudy. Persistant light khaki colored head. Nose is sweet full maltiness, toffee, roastiness and solvent. Mouthfeel is rich with a lighter clean finish. Drinkability is wonderful. Taste is raisin, prune, tartness, cranberry, roasted coffee, wine, chocolate and cherries all wrapped in a nice bow of crispness in the finish.

Chinon01, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of dasenebler
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, nearly opaque brown, with a few ruby hints. Nice tan head dissipates to a finger pretty fast. A pungent nose of roasted malts, chocolate, and soy sauce tells me this will be good.

Intense, full flavor of kilned malt, with a definite alcoholic aftertaste. Pretty low bitterness. Heavy mouthfeel is a good consistency, pretty smooth. Carbonation is minimal. Definite coffee flavors swirling around with the alcohol-- tasty. The soy sauce thing carries through to the taste, something that is interesting but I'm not wild about-- ehhh. Saltiness in a beer is just a little strange, but I do like it sometimes. Overall a unique flavor profile and a solid doppelbock.

dasenebler, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of kshankar
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with some red. Tannish foam that dissipates. Still leaves a little though.

Smell: Roasted malts. Very malty. Maybe some darker fruits, if anything. Raisins, predominantly.

Taste: Roasted malts and raisins. A little bit of bitterness going down, but the alcohol seems to be fairly masked with all the other complex flavors going on. I can also get some caramel as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied for the most part. Expected it to be much heavier than this, considering this is a doppelbock, with a high alcohol content.

Drinkability: Personally, I can't have too many of these. Its not really a beer to have while sitting out in the sun or anything. Not refreshing, but hey, its a bock not a wheat beer. Still a bit too heavy to keep drinking, but its still good for 1 glass.

Very good example of the style, recommended.

kshankar, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of nasty15108
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt. .9oz Euro style bottle into a goblet.

A - Poured a deep dark brown color with very slight ruby hues, very much like cola or rootbeer. Thin head of tan foam that disappears into a thin film after a few sips.

S - Malty and sweet. Hints of dark ripe fruit and chocolate. Think about the smell you get when you open up a box of raisinetts at the movies.

T - Malty with a good amount of sweetness. Raisinetts with a slight alcohol presence.

MF&D - Chewy and delicious. An excellent example of the doppelbock syle. A must try.

nasty15108, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of biggmike
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother (pojo41) for sharing this one with me. Poured an attractive dark brown/reddish color with a good head that didnt dissipate too quickly. Aroma was very malty. Flavor was also very malty with hints of chocolate, dark fruit, and roasted malt. Mouthfeel was good. This was a very nice doppelbock.

biggmike, Sep 16, 2008
Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 2,094 ratings.