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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,132 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,132
Reviews: 1,107
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 138
Gots: 117 | FT: 1
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

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 Macca
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a deep brown colour with a good light beige head.

Lots of roasted malts on the nose.

The palate is a mix of caramel and chocolate notes and a wonderful toastiness.

A creamy mouthfeel from a medium to high carbonation.

A well integrated drop. The highish ABV is not really noticeable.

Macca, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a 2 finger head with an amber color and excellent retention.

This beer smells like sticking my nose into a can of amber malt extract.

Taste is wonderfully balanced with a HUGE whiff and taste of toffee. Toffee dominates this beer and the caramel malts are insanely good and well balanced.

The mouthfeel is insanely good. It has a nice creaminess to it. The carbonation levels are perfect.

This is one of the best doppelbocks I've ever had.

jasonjlewis, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of BierFan
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a half liter bottle into a gold-rimmed cervoise.

Appearance: Light tan head two finger head sitting on top of a dark dark brown body with some ruby red hues shining through. Real nice lacing.

Smell: Real malty and smooth. Kind of smells like a brown ale.

Taste: Not as big of a taste as Salvator delivers but it's still real good.

BierFan, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of giblet
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

being so inexperienced i had not heard of this brewery before. the world's oldest...cool. poured nice and smooth with about one inch of head. carbonation was steady yet light. color was amber brown yet you can still see light through it. smell is of roasted nut and caramel yet light. taste was quite smooth. a lighter beer than i expected but that is what makes it so drinkable for me. very good choice.

suckem up and movem out


giblet, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of SaucyA
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Sniftered. Pours the deepest of browns. When held to the window, it BARELY, and I mean barely, changes color. The head is a soapy little mass, off-white in color, that doesn't retain very well. Fine lacing.

S - A nice, subdued, malty nose. Random fruits, light molasses, and an *almost* Quad affect. Grapey?

T - Huge roasty malts at the forfront. A fruity sweetness follows, with a big, bittersweet finish. Not hoppy, just big, sticky, roasty malt bitterness that sticks in your craw like a bold, black coffee. Random tobacco, mocha, raisin/prune noted.

M - Pretty good all around. Good carbonation and good body.

D - Not the most drinkable Dopplebock, but one to get now and again. I don't want another now, but I wouldn't turn one down.

Notes: I still can't believe I never had this. I've had better Dopplebocks, but I can only imagine this on-tap. I bet that'd be a treat.

SaucyA, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of popery
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darn good beer. This beer is big, rich and balanced as only the Germans can do. It is a lusciously creamy beer full of malt but never overly syrupy or sweet. It glows magenta brown with a frothy head and moderate lacing. The nose is sweet and malty with a subtle hop tartness. The flavor has huge malt-centric complexity. There are flavors of oak, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, nutty grain and soft yeasty dough. The finish is unobtrusively bitter. The beer coats the mouth pleasantly but never stickily, and the feel is velvet smooth. This doppelbock is very much bread in a mug with oodles of malt flavor. The balance of flavors really pushes the Korbinian over and above the vast majority of similar big bocks. Weihenstephaner's Korbinian is an absolutely fantastic beer and shows off the depth and quality of German brewing.

popery, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of GilGarp
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been really impressed with Weihenstephan's beers in the past and this one doesn't disappoint.

Pours from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass a nice dark brown color with red highlights. Very good clarity. Not much head but what's there is creamy smooth.

Aroma is slightly sweet with a hint of roasted malt.

Flavor is very good with excellent balance. It starts sweet with some cherries and raisins but finishes slightly dry and roasty.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy with a nice mouth-coating effect. Clean and balanced is the name of the game.

Drinkability is very good as well since it doesn't over power the palate with any one particular flavor.

It's dangerously good.

GilGarp, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of Smixam
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass

A - Dark earth tones with a very small tan head. Light carbonation and even lacing.

S - All malt and roasted, toasted fruit. I immediately thought raisins, but I don't think that's quite right. Definitely a grape scent in there as well, and maybe a touch nutty.

T - Wow, strong malt at the front masks the higher alcohol content. After the first blast fades its all about the fruit flavors. If you were to compare this to one of their (excellent) hefe's, you would instantly know they came from the same brewery. This is all about strong flavors and roasted malt.

M - Nothing special here, just a smooth, light carbonation. A touch of the alcohol tingle at the end.

D - Definitely not a session beer, at least not for me. This is a great beer to take your time with and appreciate, or enjoy with a cigar if you're so inclined. Could also go well with strong cheese.

Smixam, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Chocolate and chestnut colors with a good-sized tan colored head. Midway through the glass, a dark cherry color appears as well.

Smell: Roasted malt is the most predominant smell, along with figs and molasses. A very pleasant aroma.

Taste: The malt is the overpowering taste at first, with its roasted taste. Then figs, raisins, and molasses come along for the ride. A small amount of alcohol and hops sneak in toward the end, but at the end the malt reminds you it is in charge.

Mouthfeel: This is one very smooth. It is definitely carbonated enough to keep a good head, but it has such a creamy finish. Wonderful.

Drinkability: With the great smooth taste, it is the type of beer that can quickly disappear from your reserves. A good job making it full enough to counteract the higher alcohol.

KickInTheChalice, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of Hoagie1973
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chestnut brown with a latte colored medium head. Good retention and thin lacing.

Smell is malty with a hint of candied fruit and light grain.

Initial flavor had a strong metallic twang that thankfully faded out altogether. Caramel malts and a sweet fruitiness dominated thereafter. There's a hint of spice and a nice alcohol warming in the finish.

Full bodied, incredibly smooth and creamy. Mouthfeel is one of the best attributes of this beer.

A pretty tasty Doppelbock. Definitely on the sweet side, but complex enough to be interesting and enjoyable.

Hoagie1973, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, molasses-sweet beer. Pours ruddy-brown with a small tan head. Caramel aroma. Thick caramel and malt flavor that seems to coat your tongue. Nice velvet mouthfeel I was looking for in thsi doppel. Alcoholic bite in the finish. Exceptionally smooth and just heavy enough to enjoy.

magictrokini, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of jwinship83
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- extremely dark brown with a reddish tint to it. very little cream colored head, not much lacing at all

S- starts off with burnt caramel and nuts. theres also some tobacco and some fruit in here. all of it is very sweet smelling. pretty complex.

T- very sweet. lots of nuts. molasses, the burned caramel that i could smell, raisins/tobacco and plums in here too. just a hint of alcohol. again, very complex. and very sweet.

M- medium mouth feel and oh so smooth. high level of carbonation.

D- one of these was enough. very different than what im used to, and very complex. a fantastic bargain brew, but the sweetness got to me after a while.

jwinship83, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of MrMonkey
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the darkest of browns with mahogany hues and a two-finger rocky/bubbly off-white head. Lacing is spotty. There's the tiniest hint of carbonation.

Smell is burnt caramel, molasses, and dried dark fruits, like raisins and prunes.

Taste is dominated by molasses, but there is some sweet caramel, prunes, and bready malts as well.

Body is on the fuller side of medium.

A great doppelbock and a very enjoyable brew. One that I would definitely revisit given the opportunity.

MrMonkey, Dec 03, 2008
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.


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
Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 2,132 ratings.