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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,216
Reviews: 1,120
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 150
Gots: 157 | 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 Bierfreund
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut brown into glassmug, covered with a thick beige head, kept bubbling for a while, the head stayed. Tight lacing.

The colour looks exactly like Coco Cola, actually!

Fruity nose, tangy, malty.

Creamy mouthfeel, prickly, although carbonation is lower.

Strong alcohol taste, although it has only 7,4 % Vol. Thick dark murcy taste in the background.

Very slight bitter aftertaste.

Something weird:
this 7,4% beer has a stronger alcohol taste than the Ettaler Curator (another Doppelbock), although that one has a Volume of 9%. But this Korbinian evaporates more alcohol in my mouth, and I don't really know how to describe it.

The alcohol hit is more pronounced.

Photo of shivtim
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly translucent beer, reddish brown, with a thin tan head. Looks pretty good. Nose is alcohol, brown sugar, and malts. Taste is Euro hops, raw sugar, and slight alcohol. A bit of a wild flavor. More alcohol on warming. Mouthfeel is foamy and yet full.

Photo of hyland24
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a weizen glass. Poured dark brown with ruby hues forming an even 1/2 inch tan sticky head leaving behind speckled lacing with each sip. Big malt smells from this one followed by prunes, raisins and figs. Sweet malty taste with a light pancake syrup flavor finishing with a slight wine sweetness. Light carbonation and medium body leaving the mouth feeling slick between sips. Very nice beer although a little on the barleywine sweet side. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of BeerSox
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One pint into nonic (one pint).

Deep, nearly opaque dark brown hue with ruby highlights at the bottom. Darker than usual for a doppel bock, almost looks like a porter. The head is about one finger, and slowly settles to a bubbly rim.

The malts carry some caramel along with a little bit of raisin, and a viney scent that reminds me of a Kolsch. Some alcohol comes out as the beer warms.

Heavy caramelized sugar flavors among some slight roastiness from the malts. A little smokiness works its way in there as well. Some graininess comes in towards the end to remind you that this is still a bock. Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The finish is filled with lingering malts.

This one is a meal in a bottle. Heavy malts without any of that hoppiness or estery yeast flavors to get in the way. This is a better example of a doppelbock. One to be enjoyed. Recommended.

Photo of Cs1987
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Deep red, 3 fingers of head which reduced.

Smell - Strong, very sweet and malty.

Taste - Very sweet and fairly malty. Alcohol stands out a bit too much.

Mouthfeel - The texture is mostly good, just a little too sticky.

Drinkability - A bit of a challenge, which is unsurprising considering the ABV.

Overall - Very good, but not my favourite Doppelbock.

Photo of jdubjacket
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a DAB mug. Pours a deep brown with a light amber hue. Surprisingly big head along with this beer. Smell is relatively subdued and somewhat sour. Taste is a mixture of nuts, grain, and a little bit of bitter fruit. A medium-bodied beer with a decent amount of carbonation. Pretty damn drinkable!

Photo of PhageLab
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint glass.

A - Gorgeous deep brown coloration with subtle hints of ruby. Nice two tip head which displayed excellent retention and left a generous amount of lace behind. Presentation is exquisite.

S - Nutty, roasted aroma with a touch of barley and caramel malts.

T - Hearty warming malt profile. While the abv is instantly apparent, it fits in well here. Toasted grains and nuts shine through as well.

M - Medium bodied, thick consistency, low carbonation level, sticks to the palate and leaves a pleasant aftertaste behind.

D - Outstanding, another impressive brew from a solid brewery. I could go for another anytime. Big reco here.

Photo of BucBasil
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from the "1 pint, 0.9 oz" bottle into an imperial pint glass. The beer is a very dark reddish brown that, when held to light, is clear. Head is 2 fingers thick and light tan with somewhat poor retention.

Smell: A surprisingly faint aroma, which was somewhat of a turnoff since I love the big malty aroma of doppelbocks. Still, there is some of that here, containing a nice, albeit slight, aroma of roasted malts, caramel, and an almost buttery note floating around in there.

Taste: The aroma lied. This is a very rich beer with all of the features I love so much about doppelbocks. Huge malt punch, primarily caramel with a slight chocolate note and a hint of toasted bread. Balance comes in the midpalate, where there is some faint balancing hop - just enough. Finishes very smooth with a slight, fleeting alcohol burn in the back of the throat, just to remind you of the 7.4%...

Photo of CharlieMopps
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Korbinian is an eyeful of brown russet hues, dark but transparent. Truly a beautiful sight to behold, topped by a cream-colored head that left a latticework of lace in its descent. The nose is of caramel and chocolate malt aromas mostly.

The mouthfeel is rather velvety, with those muted chocolate notes sliding across the palate delicately. There's a backing dark fruit and toffee character, which serves to prop up the malt without getting too heavy on the tongue, especially in the finish. An impressive showing, actually, and a definite uniqueness compared to other of its ilk.

Photo of BMoney575
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 4-18-08

Pours a cloudy red/brown, clear around the edges, with a thin head that settles to ring around the surface.

Smell is malty, fruity, some clove, very clean and crisp, without being too adjuncty.

Taste is quite good, lots of fruit, but not too sweet. The finish has just a touch of hop bitterness, and leaves behind a semi-dry film of flavor.

Mouthfeel is good, the carbonation is a little high, but it lightens things up.

Drinkability is very good, very flavorful but very refreshing.

Overall, a very good example of the style. Well balanced, unlike many domestic interpretations. The Germans definately make the best dopple, which really is no surprise.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a glassy mahogany that's obviously well-filtered. Head is small but sticks around awhile.

Aroma: Sounds sorta stupid, but this has that nice clean lager-y smell to it. Surrounding it are chocolate brownies, hazelnut, pumpernickel, chocolate cake.

Flavor is absolutely great. Milky banana/chocolate, not like a hefe-weizen but still has that smooth wheaty mellowness. Soothing nuttiness and fresh-baked dark bread sweetness around the edges. Yum, yum, and freaking yum.

Mouthfeel: Soft and fluffy in the beginning. Then a pasty, slightly sour banana thing arises, laying on the tongue long after the sip is gone. It's more a feel thing than a flavor thing. Turns a bit plastic-y after awhile...to remedy that, I didn't let too much time pass between sips. Whattaya gonna do?

Another great offering from one of Germany's most dependable brewers. Whatever they do they do very well. Prost!

Photo of Traquairlover
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pint, 0.9 oz bottle poured into a pilsner.

A = Dark clear reddish brown, tan head mostly foam but with some interspersion of medium sized bubbles.

S = Sweet milk chocolate, some tart floral notes of hops, good smells but not strong enough and there is a very slight antisceptic smell lying underneath the main smells, perhaps from a mixture of the alcohol and hops.

T = Bittersweet chocolate and cream at front of the mouth and into the finish but a good medium bitterness at mid palate and the finish blends a sweet chocolate milkshake taste with good bitterness. Great balance.

M = Medium bodied, great mouthcoating, perfect carbonation level on swishing it around.

D = Good drinkability, a very pleasing doppelbock.

Photo of marcpal
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint poured into American pint glass at Old Bay, New Brunswick.

A: Crimson red/brown with a thick khaki head. Very good lacing.

S: Bready malts, caramel and definite dried fruits. Toasted nuts round out the aroma.

T: A true malt bomb. This is absolutely not my top choice for style but this is a fine beer. Ample sweetness that was a good dessert beer and a meal in itself. Rye bread sums it up.

M: Chewy texture, malty backbone and no fizz which is the way it oughta be.

D: No problem drinking more than one slowly, one filling beer. Blind to abv when drinking but would have guessed higher with the chewy mealy malt content (in a good way).

Had wanted to try this one and was not disappointed. Style usually too mealy for me but this was a nice slow drinker.
Highly recommend, would be awesome alongside a meal. Good job Old Bay carrying this one.

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

Picked up a pint at Sportsman's in late October for $2.69.

Beer poured brown with ruby undertones. Head was perfect upon initial pour but quickly dissapated. Nose is very malty with strong dark fruits present. Taste is a blast of toasted malts, dark fruits, slightly balanced by some light hopping at the end. Mouthfeel is all about the classic Weihenstephaner yeast which glides the beer across the palate. It is surprisingly lighter than what I would have expected for the style. Drinkability is very good. The alcohol is well hidden, the flavors somewhat complex, and the smoothness is very satisfying. Another fine beer from my favorite German brewer.

Photo of swizzlenuts
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, carbonated, with a slight red tint at the bottle. Finger width head that dissipates quickly.

S: Dark roasted malts with the doppelbock smell.

T: A very roasted malty flavour. The doppelbock taste is there. The taste is very balanced, yet very tasty. Hints of chocolate and a slight bit of coffee? It's not over powering like some bocks, yet is still satisfying. The key to this beer is balance.

M: Creamy and slightly watery, like most doppelbocks. with some carbonation

D: Yep, like most German beer.

Photo of Goliath
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with amber colored hues. A large two finger light tan head sits on top of this beer with nice retention and a little lacing.

Aroma is great. A nice maltiness, cereal, grain, and a little spice.

Taste is nice. Caramel, cereal, sweet malt, and a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied. Beer is moderately carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. easy to drink, but flavor is slightly lacking for me. It's almost like a slightly watered down Celebrator.

I'd like to add that this beer improved as it warms IMO. I served at the recommended temperature and found it to feel a little thin and lack some flavor. However, as it warmed it felt a little thicker (which I really like) and the flavors came out more.

Photo of Floydster
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared a pitcher at Naja's Place in Redondo Beach during happy hour on Tuesday with my dad and friends, cost was only nine dollars, poured into a pint glass

A-Dark brown with a red tint, 3/4 inch creamy off white head, some retention, good amount of lacing before it warmed

S-Tons of malt, toffee, caramel, molasses, plums, dates, figs, brown sugar, other dark fruit, and bread

T-Lots of sweet malt and yeast at first, some fruits in the middle, faint floral hoppiness in the finish, as it warmed the toffee and caramel got more intense, also a big plum flavor, nicely balanced overall, towards the end I started to taste even more sweetness but it stayed very smooth and was not hard to drink in any sense

M-Medium body, good level of carbonation, sweet and smooth mouthfeel, taste did not linger long, maybe a little watered down, nice texture overall

D-Could have drank the pitcher by myself, went down really easy for its style, ABV is not too high, not heavy either, refreshing, alcohol hidden very well

Never had seen this anywhere and only have had this brewery's hefeweiss, so I decided to check this one out, surprsingly very good, one of my friends said it was one of the best beers he has ever had, do not know about that, but still rather tasty stuff, would drink again, recommended

Photo of abankovich
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice deep brown color with some ruby-red highlights when held up to the light. Off-white head quickly dissipates leaving some bubbles and nice lacing that's clinging well to the sides of the glass.

Smell is sweet. Vanilla & milk are most noticeable, smells almost like a milk stout tastes. Some caramel notes as well.

Malty, yeasty taste. Also malt taste that reminds me exactly of a malted chocolate milk shake or milk duds. Delicious and sweet, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is nice and medium bodied. Very decent carbonation and good texture in the mouth.

Drinkability on this one is fantastic. Very refreshing and approachable. Nothing overpowering with any of the flavors. A great, well-balanced beer.

Photo of nmyers
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling this beer out of a bottle, and into a pint glass. It has a nice dark red almost amber color with a nice thin white head on it. The aroma of this beer has hints of sweet malt and a touch of fruit, what kind I just can't put my finger on it.

It starts off with a malty/sweet flavor. That is followed up by a nice slightly hop finish. It goes down quiet smooth without a bitter after taste.

Photo of mpyle
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

App - gorgeous dark red color, thick off-white head with good retention

Aroma- A plummy, fruitcake kind of smell. Very sweet, definitely no hop. Pure malt bomb. No unpleasant or off aromas.

Taste - Initially malty, but not overly sweet. Some alcohol evident in flavor profile. Not nearly as overpoweringly malty or fruity as the aroma indicates. A gentle sweetness tempered with a little bitterness and some alcohol - very easy transition to a clean malty finish.

MF - medium body, modest carbonation. Some alcohol warming, but well controlled and style appropriate.

D'ability - Not as syrupy sweet as some doppelbocks, so probably more drinkable than some.

Photo of jletts
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy burnt-caramel amber in color with a yellowish white head and thin lacing running down the glass. Nose of plum, molasses, caramel, fresh bread, and some dark cherry. Smells oh so sweet. Tasted of prunes and raisins, some molasses, a slight bit nutty, with some bitterness coming in on the back end. Very drinkable. Very good.

Photo of Pauly2X
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep ruby mahogany color beneath a one finger rocky head.

S- Very clean subtle complex malty profile.

T- Sweet on the take, with increasing complexity throughout. Dry slightly hoppy finish.

M- Dead perfect.

D- This will be a repeat, many times.

Truly one fantastic Dopplebock. I'm going to have to put this head to head with Celebrator, as this just might have a shot at the title.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pous a very deep brown with ruby highlights and a one inch coffe and cream head. The head fades away in a minute or two and leaves a decent amount of lacing behind.

S: Very rich and sweet smelling toffee and molasses with a deep and bready cookie sweetness that was dipped in coffee. Very rich, incredibly complex.

T/MF: Chocolate and toffee mix of sweetness, smooth and creamy mouthfeel with just a slight lack of carbonation that risks making the beer become a little to cloyingly sweet for my tastes and risks taking on the consistency of chocolate syrup. Yet sweet hazelnut and toffee witll come though, followed by a light plum and raisin interplay. Medium bodied with a long and slightly bittering finish.

D: Very tasty and very complex and well balanced mix of flavors but the lack of a solid enough backbone of carbonation sort of make this one difficult to drink and entire bottle of before the sweetness began to take the beer over. Still not bad at all.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boy oh boy am I happy to see this one again soon after my first meeting. In the bottle I gave it high marks.

I dropped the appearance score a half a point as the tap seemed a bit carbo-heavy. The barkeep had to pour out several inches of tan head over the course of three or four pulls off the tap, each time refilling a little more brew and a lot more head. It came served to me with a legitimate two inches of full, foaming, tan capping. Great lacing though.

Aroma and flavor still the same old doppelbock. Big caramel maltiness with a flash of hop leaf. Prominent Munich yeast strain. Big thick and creamy mouthfeel, finish is spicy with a lot of sweetness. Never gets cloying or sticky. Outstanding doppelbock out of the keg.

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a .5 liter bottle into a pint style glass.

Beautiful deep brown, black color. Aroma is very sweet molasses along with some caramel and some fruit flavors meshed with a nice hint of alcohol.

Taste is very nutty & chocolate like, with some molasses and caramel malt in there as well. Fairly low hop bitterness, with some fruity, mostly cherry like flavors in the background that nice blend with a nice little hiint of alcohol that rides its way through. Mouthfeel is fairly thick up front, but the carbonation keeps things in check, especially towards the end.

Overall, this a very good doppelbock. As for the characteristics, there is everything here one would expect for the style (anything less from a German brewer would pretty much be an insult). The ABV isn't too high, which keeps the drinkability fairly solid, my only complaint would be maybe just a bit more fruity flavors than I tend to like for the style. That said, I like drinking my doppelbocks at nearly cellar temp, so this tends to bring out many different flavors.

Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 2,216 ratings.