Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,168
Reviews: 1,113
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 141
Gots: 136 | FT: 1
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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 orangemoustache
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep crimson and nearly looks like blood red,the cap is hesitant to make much of a appearance,but is easily stirred to create a one finger sandy brown covering that lasts only a couple seconds and leaves no lacing. The nose smells of brown sugar and nutty malts,subtle chocolate and dark fruits as well. This tastes a little subdued to be a top notch Doppelbock. Tastes of raisins and light milk chocolate,like Raisinette candy. A little caramelized brown sugar and light maple. Sweet and dessert like,good overall. A medium full body and slightly sticky mouth coating attributes help this achieve a solid landing,sweet and subtly smokey malty finish. A great brewery and a very enjoyable Doppelbock.

Photo of philbe311
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Slightly tan colored big fluffy head with solid retention... Very dark burgundy brown hue... Remains slightly translucent... Coats glass amazingly well...

S - SWEET... Molasses... Syrup... Malt... Cherry... Dark fruit... Brown sugar... Perhaps a bit of nuttiness... Also some minor spiciness in the form of cinnamon or nutmeg...

T - Biscuit... Caramel... Maple Syrup... Raisin... Roasted malts... Hints of chocolate... Cherry... A very faint bitter hoppy presence on the finish that quickly fades out...

M - Smooth... Refined... Medium bodied... Slightly chewy... Creamy... Minor lush carbonation on the tongue... Syrupy... Coats mouth fully and evenly...

D - Awesome brew and a paramount example of the Doppelbock style... Incredible craftmanship leads to a truly wonderful beer experience... Another world class brew from a world class brewery...

Photo of indiapaleale
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love the brewery and had to give this a shot.

Pours a dark brown molasses color with a coffee colored head. This stuff is slightly viscous and definitely one to enjoy on a cold winter night.

Smells is very sweet, syrup, dark wheat bread, molasses/brown sugar.

Taste is smooth, sweet and delicious. Lots of rich toasty notes as well as dark bready notes. A very full flavored doppelbock that is extremely drinkable at 7.4% ABV.

I love this beer! One of the best beers I've had this year for sure and its very affordable to boot! I've seen it for under $3 here in W. Mass.

Photo of charlesw
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown, very clear, nice head with great lacing. Light in the nose - wet leaves and earth. I should probably let it warm up a bit more. Anyway, tastes... Like a nut brown ale. HUGELY nutty, big and malty. A bit sweet. Easy going down with nice body.

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

Pours a 4 finger head that leaves plenty of lacing on the sides. Dark brown to deep garnet in color and fairly clear on initial pour.

The nose is full of malty, caramel, syrupy notes with minimal hop character.

The taste is wonderful. Big malt profile with a syrupy toastiness that coats the palate. I also taste some chocolate with some subdued fruity esters. Body is medium-light.

What a fine beer from the Weihenstephaner brewery. This could be a sweet session beer on a cold night since the ABV is very manageable. This beer gets better with each sip.

Photo of applky
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dunkles starkbier? Why yes. Both unfiltered and dark. A bit cloudy, but with plenty of light poking through around the edges. Brown brown brown -- the color of the Platonic ideal of malt.

S: After the dark bready malt, a burnt sugar syrup aroma lingers. The interaction between the toasty and the syrupy flavors is most apparent in the nose. This is one complicated beer, and having this beer between cellar and room temperature is crucial to its enjoyment.

T, M, & D: Like a brown sugar cookie wedded to toasted barley shot through with a slightly higher-than-average dose of alcohol. The Germans know what they're doing here: The alcohol marries the darker, "beerier" flavors with the sweeter ones, suppressing the bitterness of the former and the sugariness of the latter, resulting in an absurdly drinkable yet rich beer. This beer, along with most of Weihenstephan's offerings, underscores the level of precision with which Germans brew their beers. I am thoroughly impressed.

Photo of JoshuaCain
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark chocolate brown with a 2 finger cream colored head that dissipates rather quickly. very little lacing.
aroma is a slap of big maltiness. a little earth and caramel and a faint hop presence.
taste is wonderful! malty and rich, but drier and hoppier than most dopplebocks I have tried. very roasty malt type of essence to it, with a little fig and earth behind it. a definite pine finish that lingers nicely. little to no alcohol presence, even as the temp warms.
feels a little thinner (but not much) than I would like, but still rich and creamy. very tasty and very drinkable.

Photo of sweetbrew82
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pint glass; No freshness date to be found

P: Has a deep golden color to it as it pours from the bottle. It sits dark copper with a deep maroon hue, complimented by some slight orangish highlights. The light tan head stood 2 fingers tall, and was comprised of small, tightly packed bubbles. It showed good retention, and left some nice lacework on the glass as it receded to form a sheet of creamy foam on top.

A: Smells mostly of biscuity malts, with little hops, raisin, and a dash of cinnamon. Not nearly as pronounced as I would have expected, though. That scares me a bit.

T: Starts malty & sweet, while biscuity flavors are definitely the star of the show. I am a bit disappointed though, as it seems that the hops have died somewhere along the line. While I do get a bit of a leafy hop presence, they seem to be just skeletons of their former greatness. As a result, the sweet maltiness is way out of balance as there is no hop bitterness to level the playing field. Hops issue aside, there is also some dark fruit flavors that remind me of plums, prunes, and raisins. The finish is adequately dry, but there is a detectable astringent flavor that is a bit unpleasant. With all that being said, this is still a pretty good tasting beer. I can imagine how good this could be if the hops were still alive!

M: The mouthfeel is really good. It's silky smooth, a bit airy, and is gently carbonated with no "bite".

D: This is still pretty easy to drink, but considering that the taste is suffering a bit, I wouldn't want to drink another one at this time.

Notes: I was really excited to try the Korbinian, and while it wasn't awful by any stretch of the imagination, I was a bit disappointed. I will definitely have to give it another try sometime, as I think this one may be a bit elderly (why no freshness date?) Still, I can tell just by the flavors that are there that this could be a really good doppelbock. Stay tuned for an update...

Photo of HotterThanHell
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What can you say about the boys from Freising? Korbinian is another in a long list of phenominal beers from Weihenstephan.

Korbinian pours a dark brown with with an off white/tan creamy head that is retained for as long as you take to drink it.

The aroma is malty, and reminds me a bit of bread pudding with a slight raisin, cinamon finish.

The taste however is not as sweet as you might think. Which for me is a good thing, as some of these heavy malt beers become too much like desserts. This beer comes across smooth, very smooth considering the alcohol content. Nice malt character, with just the right hint of hops on the finish.

I love the beer and I think you will too.


Photo of yesyouam
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Korbinian is a solid, crystal clear, brown-red beer with an oily, bubbly, beige head. Fresh sweet clean malt dominates the aroma. There are notes of bread and possibly raisins. It has a smooth medium body and a silky finish. It is lightly sweet and wooden in flavor. There are tastes of brown sugar, dark bread and resiny hops. It's all soft and smooth.
(rated Jul 8, 2008)

Photo of hoplover82
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours clear ruby red with a think creamy to slightly bubbly white head that stays pretty good and leaves good lacing.

The aroma is big with aromatic toffee and caramel. As it warms with a swirl of the glass, I pick up soft English earthy and citrus hop aroma. Very nice aroma.

The flavor is toffee and a little caramel malty goodness. No alcohol which is great for a DB.

It is so smooth and quite creamy for the style, which is pleasant. Full bodied.

Very drinkable.

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.

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.

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.

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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 2,168 ratings.