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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,986 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,986
Reviews: 1,095
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 126
Gots: 86 | FT: 1
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001)
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a weizen glass)

A- This beer pours a dark brown crystal clear body with a strong carbonation of medium size bubbles. The head is a creamy light tan foam that last and last.

S- Even during the pour I could smell this sweet dark elixir. The dark malt has a light caramel, prune, and fresh grape aroma with some hints of toast. No note of hops or alcohol in the finish.

T- This beer has a great rich maltyness that is smooth and has a dark fruit sweetness to it. The finish is a little spicy but still smooth with no hop bitterness noted. As it warms a bit there is a little roasted or toasted quality in the malt and the spicy gives a hint of hops now.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel but the texture is a bit watery. No real alcohol warmth or astringency but there is some fizz in the finish.

D-This beer has a great appearance and a complex rich smell so I was expecting the same from the taste. This was not the case. A little light in taste complexity and the mouthfeel was watery to boot.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2006 00:06:55 | More by rhoadsrage
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New York

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chocolate covered fruit? Not quite as dense and malty as other examples of the style that I've had... perhaps even a little closer to a porter in its characteristics?
Finishes dry for a doppelbock. A little bubblier, a little less dense..
Shades of Belgian Strong Dark Ale.
Quite nice, really. Easily worth a revisit.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2006 07:12:48 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of russpowell


4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours deep copper to mahogony with a 4 finger+ tan head. Bubbles swirl from the head with every sip. Head retention and lacing are good.

Smell: Malt toastiness and alcohol

Taste: Caramel and malt , some nutiness, alcohol and hops spicyness on the tounge & the finish

MF: Very chewy and pefectly balanced/carbonated

Shame I never found this in Germany, still a dang tasty dopplebock!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2006 17:41:15 | More by russpowell
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New Mexico

3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is deep red. Low head retention and some light carbonation. Smells malty and astringent with some stewed fruits. Flavor is malty with a sweet start and an astringent finish. Palate is surprisingly light for such a high gravity beer. Man, I guess I am jaded, but this just seems to be variations on the same theme – a good beer but did not knock my socks off.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 03:36:15 | More by SeanChouffe
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New Jersey

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

Appearance: pours a lightly hazy bronze / brown color with a nice 2" head. Spotty lacing develops.

Smell: toasted nuts, toffee, and some brown sugar sweetness.

Taste: a nicely balanced combination of toffee, toasted nuts,and caramel with hints of alcohol and sweet ripe dark fruits. The bitterness balances the sweetness well.

Mouthfeel: medium - heavy in body. Crisp at the start and finish with a long malty sweetness.

Drinkability: Very smooth drinking. A super dopplebock, and I am glad I picked it up.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2006 00:26:27 | More by Gavage
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2.9/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 oz bottle poured into a pilsner.

clear amber brown with half an inch of tan head. falls evenly leaving little lacing

malty sweet aroma. just a hint of coffee and molasses.

sweet caramel malts in the taste as well, but it's got an oddly empty aftertaste. much weaker flavor than i'd expect from a doppelbock. very light carbonation and a medium-light mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2006 02:16:07 | More by Prufrock
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4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark with beautiful ruby highlights. Fine, tan head with low carbonation apparent from the pour. Nice lacing that continues throughout. Rich, malty aroma, with toffee and plum. Toffee and caramel form a base malty flavour and there's a bit of chocolate layered on top. Cherries and hop flavour towards the end. Light, warming alcohol is barely evident towards the end as well, particularly as it warms a bit. Light hop bitterness with a bit of metallic character lingers for a short while in the finish, followed by the delicate remnants of the malt. Medium bodied with low carbonation and a slightly grainy texture. Very enjoyable and something I'll pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 23:10:29 | More by DrJay
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4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml/ 1pt. .9fl oz. bottle. Really cool bottle with what looked like stained glass on the label. I know some of the objects on the label mean someting, but I don't know right now. No freshness date, but the code 5484 on the back.

Appearance: Poured a not black, but a dark brown/ruby color with a 1 inch off white head of foam that left little lace around my pilsner glass.

Smell: It had a wonderful aroma of dark chocolate, sweet caramel and loads of roasted malt in the background. Very Nice!

Taste: Lots of dark chocolate and sweet caramel up front with plenty of malts in the background (of course). I also noticed some dark fruits in there as well too. Bascially with the exception of the malts and dark fruits, this tasted like one of those candy bars with caramel in it (Caramellow?), but with alcohol. Everything a Dopplebock is suppose to offer.

Mouthfeel: I noticed a strong presence of alcohol in there. What did I expect from a Dopplebock with 7.4% ABV? Even with the strong alcohol presence, this still went down nice and smooth.

Drinkability: An excellent affordable Dopplebock and definitely wouldn't mind having another right now. A top notch German Dopplebock!

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2006 23:18:54 | More by AltBock
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4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber color with orange highlights, the beer is topped with a fluffy, long-lasting tan head. Wonderful rich caramel/candy aroma from the beer. Caramel, toffee, peanut brittle all are wafting across the glass. The taste is a pleasant sweetness. Toffee, caramel, dates hit your tongue immediately. This is followed by a mild bitterness, and just a subtle citrus hint (tangerine). Smooth, rich mouth feel, great drinkability, no sense of alcohol from the beer at all. It’s like dark caramel in a glass.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2006 21:24:18 | More by carln26
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big German-style 500 mL bottle - served lightly chilled in a chalice. It pours the color of cherry or mahogany wood and has a small off-white head that reduces to a collar and leaves little lacing. It smells of banana, ripe/dark fruits (prunes, raisins), molasses, grains, and toasted malts - overall very rich with some cloying sweetness. The flavors are toasted/caramel/molasses malts, with a mild bitterness, anise, lots of sweetness that becomes cloying, and maybe some green/spicy hops - all on top of a medium body. The sweetness is a bit too much to make it very drinkable, which happens to me fairly often when I drink dopples.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2005 02:09:18 | More by mmmbeer
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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours darker than night, with a nice head. Do you like coffee? If you do, take your time in the rich aroma of this beer. Sweet and malty, alcohol very well hidden. Mouthfeel is pleasant with good carbonation. This is a good beer to relax to, but one is enough in a night for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2005 23:45:36 | More by badbeer
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5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ya know, last time I reviewed this beer I gave it a 4.2. That is simply unacceptably low for a beer of this caliber.
Have you ever fallen in love with a beer? Sure, at first taste it was merely 'good' but you felt an unexplainable urge to return to the store and buy this beer again and again. What seperates this beer from all the others? You aren't really sure -- there are maltier brews, brews with more complexity, with a greater array of flavours, but none of them match the elegance of this one special beer. This is the kind of beer that makes me want to get down on one knee and ask it to be the one beer for me, the beer that I will come home to, the beer that I will drink with joy for the rest of my life.
Sure, I might enjoy another beer every now-and-again but, baby, I didn't mean it. You're better than all those beers, really baby, I mean it. Gimme another chance, don't go away. I know the weather will get warmer soon and you'll leave me for a time. Don't leave me baby, please, I didn't mean it. Don't leave me, don't leave me. . .

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2005 16:46:18 | More by shbobdb
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New York

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

Dark dark dark with a bubbly creamy looking head. Pretty. Smell is all espresso and roasted, malty scents- so much espresso. Coffee lovers, smell up...

Taste is malty with lots of roasted qualities, deep, rich- sweet, with hints of chocolate and caramel. Complex flavors all doing a decent job of blending together. Mouthfeel is bubbly and medium-bodied.

Lots of good flavors go on in here, but ultimately it's far too sweet for me to want another serving. Still, I can see having this with dessert now and then.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2005 05:33:03 | More by scooter231
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Steve's on University Ave here in Madison tonight.

Pours a dark garnet with amber highlights below a finger of khaki bubbles. Nose is thick with grainy maltiness, some earthy peat, and a hint of dark fruit. Taste is rested upon a hearty sweet caramel malt backbone, some alcohol soaked woody notes and a bit of baltic prune. Mouthfeel is slick and oily, with moderate carbonation. This is a solid, flavorful authentic-tasting German dopplebock. Didn't blow me away, but certainly solid and well-constructed.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2005 03:55:56 | More by Golden2wenty1
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the better Dopplebocks out there. A delicious beer...if you love malt, because this beer is full of it. Complex nutty (pecans, walnuts), fruity (over-ripe peaches, dates, figs), maple syrup, and brown sugar flavors swirl over the palate with a heavy coating. Light hop bittering offers a light balance, but not flavor or aroma. The beer remains toasty and lightly roasted from sip to swallow. Very mellow and smooth as it goes down with a bold roasty, syrup aftertaste. A joy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2005 22:01:31 | More by BEERchitect
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4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On seeing this beer in a glass, I first thought that came to my mind was a beautiful brunet with red highlights. Pours a tall tan head that fades. This beer just looks good. Smells like rye whiskey with some lemons and a bit of chalk. On the center of the tongue it tastes like caramel and peaches ant fades to citrus on the edge of the tongue. The flavors compliment each other well. The body’s light and creamy with a fine carbonation. I think this would go well with roast beef.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2005 03:50:15 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a dark reddish brown color, with a creamy head. The aroma is huge, with dough, brown sugar, apple cider, and caramel. Doughy malt flavor, that somehow manages to be incredibly strong without being cloyingly sweet. I think it is this fact that seperates the Korbinian from other hugely malty dopplebocks. There is some dark fruit flavor too. The finish is spicy. Thick, chewy mouthfeel. Much more drinkable than you would think. I first had this beer when I was new to craft beer, and I wasn't impressed that first time. Revisiting this beer, I really enjoyed it. Weihenstephaner is now probably my favorite German brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2005 22:11:33 | More by beveragecaptain
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good German Doppelbock. Poured out to a dark cherry / brown color with a 1/8 inch head and some minor lacing in the glass. Aromas of smokey aged cheeses, bread, dark fruits and some earth. Taste was along the same lines as the smell, with more complexity. Flavors of bready malts, mild smoke wood, a touch of cheese, and some grain. You have to really look for all the flavors, but they are there. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and mildly rich. A good level of drinkability. For less than 3 dollars a bottle, this is an exceptional beer. Highly Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2005 02:08:24 | More by Frozensoul327
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, well, well, where have you been, Korbinian? In side by side tasting with Celebrator, using the same kind of glasses, at the same temperatures, I like this one more. Richer, thicker, better head, stickier lacing, more malty and chocolatey. Coffee, figs, pepper, allspice. It's all in there. Looong dry bitter finish, with a hint of malt sweetness even there. A malt bomb with a bitter end. About six different beers, depending on the temperature.
Freakishly smooth and full round mouthfeel. Mmmmm.
I will be looking for a case of this soon. If it weren't for the ABV, you could drink a dozen. Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2005 01:51:42 | More by ColoradoBobs
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4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle

This is one of those beers that makes you have a new favorite style. This dopplebock is fantastic on all angles. It pours out a deep plum brown with a phenomenal red glow that just looks magical. The head is fluffy white and sticky enough to leave residue. The aroma is bold and has a semi-strong alcohol sweetness to it. There is definately a presence of aroma hops that pull through. The taste is wonderfully sweet, but prefectly balanced out with some hop bitterness. The mollases body is full, but heavy. The caramel and raison flavors coat the entire mouth and the alcohol sharpness leaves a little warmth and burning. This is very drinkable and goes down remarkably smooth. The 7.4% abv is very well hidden in the taste, but it is present enough to warm your body on a cold night. Absolutely awesome beer!!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2005 00:48:18 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown body, with tan coloured head and minimal lacing. Not much retention either. Aroma of caramel, sweet malt, alcohol and dark fruit. Taste is very sweet, prune-like, molasses, caramel and a touch of chocolate. Mouthfeel is creamy and chewy and thick. Lots of malty sweetness. Strong, bold and flavourful.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2005 05:25:29 | More by baiser
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3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

presentation: 1 pint, .9oz. bottle with an elaborately decorated label. a gold oval encircling shields, another oval with a bear carrying sacks on its back, flowers and swirly designs and a circle with a religious figure. weihenstephaner korbinian huge within the oval. "bottled under the purity law of 1516". dunkles starkbier on the neck label. abv displayed at 7.4%. "the world's oldest brewery" on back label along with a number 0054 within a gold block at the bottom of the label. no freshness date displayed.

appearance: pours a nice dark brown with ruby red highlights in a stein mug. 2 inch tight and lightly fluffy off-white head with good retention. laces decent.

smell: sweet caramelly aroma with a strong prunes or plums. very aromatic. dessert breads and lightly roasty.

taste: sweet and very malty. caramel, chocolate and prunes. there's some grains and lightly spicy yeast flavors towards the end. alcohol flavors are evident as well. bitterness is faint and other than maybe some lightly spicy hop flavors, this is a malt bomb.

mouthfeel: mouthfeel is medium, smooth and creamy, but there isn't much carbonation or bite. swallows quite smooth as well, but i would like to have more carbonation.

drinkability: drinkability isn't bad. alcohol hinders a bit, and the pruney plummy aromas and flavors are a tad overwhelming. but again, not bad.

overall: this could be your favorite doppel or not really. it's not really my favorite doppelbock. the grainy and pruney plum flavors are a little much for me. quite good otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 04:48:01 | More by Px2GrafX
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3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich malty aroma. Probably some Munich in there. Has some good toasty aspects too.

Color is deep amber, almost brown. Big and lasting very light tan head.

Flavor is big and malty with a little melanoids. Has lots of the malt profile you'd associate with a bock beer. Hop bitterness is pretty low and there is no hop flavor. Some toffee flavors. But overall, a little light on flavor for your typical doppelbock.

Body is medium high, good carbonation level.

Listed as a doppelbock, and based on that, I have to knock it down a bit. As a traditional bock, I'd probably put it about a 4.5.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2005 06:46:18 | More by czechsaaz
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4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a flute this brew forms a tan head that retains and fades to ring lacing. Reddish tones to a dark brown body.

Fascinating rich aroma. Stong dark fruits. Plum, Prune, combined with the sweet caramel forms an inviting trifector.

It has a bitterness that is not shy at all. Mostly it is malted to the max and sweet but there is enough raw bitterness in the middle to settle it all out and serve this offering well. Good god this is a fine brew. The plum is prominent, balanced, sweetened, and no acidity that I could find. Nice. Melts in your mouth. Creamy, chewy mouthfeel that is second to none. Smoooth.

Weihenstephaner is a top 5 brewery for me. This beer adds to their legacy.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2005 05:09:53 | More by DogFood11
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

korbinian is yet another quality offering from the Weihenstephaner stables. good bock is hard to find in this neck of the woods and this is one of the better ones. a little bit lopsided in parts but overall well worth the effort.

impressive dark ruby to mahogany color, a little lacking in head structure but a fine body of carbonation happening within. smell is quite sweet, not as complex as others but still has powerful aromas of all spice, banana bread and malt. the flavor is excellent, tho the finish is slightly flaccid compared to the rest of the beer. not disappointingly so, but not as good as id like. the malts are firm, great banana and tart cherry flavors with a hint of sweet breads, cinnamon, cloves and even a little nutmeg. i also dectacted something resembling almond in there also. quite sweet, tho lacks the sort of hoppy punch i expect at the end. finishes a bit wishy washy, but on the whole still very good.

im being a bit picky, but this beer would be even better with more bitterness (not too much, but more).however, i dont have any issues coming back to this beer when i see it about. goes well in the snifter to finish off the evening. along with that, the price is as good as youll find for a beer of this volume and quality. definately worth the price of admission.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2005 11:10:10 | More by diablo14
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