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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,186 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,186
Reviews: 1,115
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 144
Gots: 143 | FT: 1
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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Photo of Stimack
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Parrotshake
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of evantwomey
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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?

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Rayek
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.74/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of macktbone
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of midnite2sixman
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

Photo of ajs4bd
3.66/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of ThirdLap
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of superdedooperboy
4.2/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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.

Photo of Rennpferd
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of birchstick
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of Jeffo
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of HitokiriNate85
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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.

Photo of argock
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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?

Photo of wagenvolks
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 2,186 ratings.