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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
94
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2,098 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,098
Reviews: 1,106
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 136
Gots: 111 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

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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Photo of phisig137
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby red, almost mahogany like color, with a very creamy one finger head. decent retention gives way to a dense creamy blanket over top of the glass, and delicate lacing.

Aroma is purely malt driven, with caramel, toffee, raisin, and fig aromas. Slightly spicy alcohol almost gives this a baked desert type of aroma, with hints of cinnamon.

Flavor is again all malt. Toffee dominates, along with big dark fruit flavors. Finish is slightly sweet, not cloying, and has a slight green apple flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and fairly heavy. Drinkability is pretty good.

Overall, a fantastic Dopplebock, one of the best out there. Well balanced, no diacetyl, and well hidden alcohol. Highly recommended, and worth seeking out.

phisig137, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of auntfloyd
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 500 ml bottle into a US pint glass. Definitely not the proper glassware, but all I had on hand at the time :)

Pours a dark, hazy mahogany color with about one finger of light tan head that quickly recedes. The nose is sweet, with malt and fruit characters predominating. The taste is similar, with sweet caramel, malt, and fruit flavors, with a fairly faint hops presence and some floral notes, ending on a slightly bitter finish, but overall quite sweet. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, and drinkability is high.

This is an excellent beer all around. I will admit to not knowing much about German beer or Doppelbocks in general, but I know what I like, and this delivers it in spades. Highly recommended.

auntfloyd, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Great Duppelbock...
Rich and creamy mouthfeel without becoming cloying or sticky.
Nice off white head that leaves a nice ring of lacing after it disappears.
Smells like Caramel Coffee...with just enough hop on the end to keep it from becoming too sweet.
Roasted, toasted malts, creamy coffee and caramel and creme in the flavors.
Very pleasant.

IntriqKen, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of billysj
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a dark brown with a creamy tan head.

Smells sweet with hints of malt and caramel. Taste is good with a mix of malt, coffee, and some chocolate.

Mouthfeel is smooth with nice carbaonation. Overall, this is one of the better Doppelbock I have had.

billysj, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of umustdrink
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Eighth inch head. Very dark brown in color.

S - Very rich malts, also some sweet caramel.

T - Rich malt flavor, very creamy and light tasting. Slight bitterness on the back of the tongue. A very slight metallic aftertaste.

M - Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

D - A nice Doppelbock, taste was kind of simple which is not necessarily a bad thing. I enjoyed the creaminess.

umustdrink, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of jwc215
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a one-finger off-white head that descends to a thin cover.

The smell is of brown sugar, caramel and some dark fruitiness.

The taste is of caramel and sugar candy. Dark fruitiness balances out the sweetness, allowing it to be in control but not cloying. Alcohol well-covered.

Full-bodied - the caramel glides through the mouth and down the throat easily, with just the faintest hint of alcohol sharpness.

A wonderful sipping brew that is all too easy to more than sip. Don't know that it has quite the complexities of some other Bavarian doppelbocks, but it sure is delicious, and smooth for style and abv. One of my favorites of the style.

jwc215, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of bashiba
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark thick brown color with cola like highlights, thin but long lasting head and good lacing.

Smell is sweet and fruity with a bit of fig and an earthy quality.

Taste is smooth as silk, slightly sweet with hints of banana nut bread, maple, molasses and a great bit of cedar. A bit of earthy hops, but this is pretty much a malt lovers dream.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full.

Very tasty and delicous, My new favorite Dopplebock.

bashiba, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of RBorsato
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid brown with a decent light creamy light brown head. Lightly sweet malty aroma with some prune-like fruitiness; light roastiness. Rich malty flavors with a touch of roastiness. Full-medium bodied and decent creaminess.

A solid but slightly different Doppelbock

Per Label: "Dunkles Starkbier" & "Since 1040"

Per BW website:
Original wort: 18,3 % weight
Bittering power: 32
Alcohol content: 7,4 % vol.
Calories: 340 kcal/0,5 l

($2.69 / 16.9 oz / .5L tall brown sleek Euro-style bottle)

RBorsato, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of LvilleIPA
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has been one of my favorites for a while. Probably the best doppelbock I've ever tasted, but I've never reviewed it.

Poured out of the 16.9oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - A dark red/brown color that leaves a nice lacing as the tan head disappears.

S - Unbelievable smell. Caramel, some fruity notes and roasted malts jump out of the glass.

T - Actually a ton of different flavors in this brew. Caramel, lots of malt and alot of different fruit flavors are the most noticeable.

M - Excellent. Vibrant and medium to full bodied on the tongue. Literally feels like each flavor is jumping up and down. The immediate aftertastes is full of fruit flavors, then it dries out a bit (probably due to the decently strong abv).

D - As drinkable as a 7.4% beer can be. You'll be amazed at how easily this slides down (and how much you'll enjoy it).

Great, great beer. One of my favorites, which is why I gave it such a high rating. If you see this anywhere, definitely pick one up and give it a shot.

LvilleIPA, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of Blakaeris
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a murky flat brown color. Head is slight and quickly dissipates to a thin soapy white sheen.

Smell is dominated by a pleasant banana nut bread aroma. Caramel malt base with hints of chocolate and yeast.

Taste is sweet with molasses and caramel malt up front. Then the bready yeasty flavor takes over, along with chocolate and dark fruit. The finish has only a slight bitterness along with a solid warming alcohol character.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation. Very smooth.

A very nice classic dopple. Flavor is mild and pleasant, though not as chewy and aggressive as some other dopplebocks (Optimator, Celebrator) allowing for amazing drinkability. Don't drink this one too cold or you will miss some of the complexity.

Blakaeris, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of LarryV
3.18/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a murky, muddy brown with a light tan head. Aroma is of malt and caramel. Huge malt flavor with a cloying sweetness that really kills the enjoyment factor for this beer. Cut the sweetness in half and it would be a pretty good brew. I split a bottle with a friend and neither of us could finish this beer, it was just way too sweet.

LarryV, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle. Leaves a one finger tan tinted head that recedes to surface skim, and leaves some spotty lacing. Body is a hazy garnet.

Smell - dates, raisins, plums, malt bread, and medicinal phenols. Mouthwatering.

Taste - as promised by the nose, with the addition of sweet caramel and sugar on the finish. Well hidden alcohol. Delicious and yummy.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, low carbonation, and slightly slick.

Drinkability - this is excellent ale, and could be sessionable if you're careful not to overindulge, as this is just over what I consider to be the abv limit for sessionability ( i.e. 7% abv).

ultralarry2006, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of weeare138
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a transparent crimson with a cherrywood hue. Medium amounts of CO2 bubbles slowly rise to the top of the creamy, ivory head that has fades into a filmy cap. Scattered streaks of lace are left around the glass.
Smell is of toffee, vanilla, roasted nuts, cocoa, and sugary caramel. Super nice with light booziness.
Taste is of the same, rich, well blended aromas. This is a nice treat via Germany.
Mouthfeel is super smooth, creamy, sugary, medium bodied, along with a velvet balance that glides along the palate.
Drinkability...what a treat. I had Matt Capone (BA capones) special order this b/c I've never seen it in the SE PA market for some reason. No wonder it's such a rare treat...it gets gobbled up whenever it comes around.

weeare138, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of GregBrewski
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer to compliment my 0.5L Weihenstephan glass very well.

A dark brown / amber color that pours with a lovely tan head which leaves little lacing on the glass. Smells of chocolate, bready, malty type smell. Hints of the alcohol are noticeable in the smell as well. It has a light and crisp feel with moderate carbonation. It has a very roasted character, with sweetness coming from the malts. Finishes off spicy and me wanting for more!

Great job, oldest brewery in the world!

GregBrewski, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of therica
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely a noteable and well-combined beer.

Appearance-- dark chocolatey-brown with a nice foamy head that lasts for a few minutes but with quick decline.

Smell-- intriguing, with a bit of chocolate and florals in the first nose but then more diffuse afterwards. The smell is rather different from the taste while drinking, oddly.

Taste-- even the head is nice and thick with a chocolate floral molasses taste, yet little bitterness. The taste seems to change with every few sips. Predominantly sweet-florals, blended with chocolate, molasses, maybe plum, some dusty gusto to it.

Mouthfeel-- not very bitter, a bit of anise feel and mild bitters, slight sweet-floral effect with some chocolatey or even coffee-feel afterwards.

Drinkability-- aside from any ABV% consideration, this is a very nice and very drinkable beer, which I would love to find on-tap.

therica, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of Winter
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown in color with auburn highlights and a tan head. Vinous aroma of plum with a bready maltiness to it. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied. Malty front with dark fruit that soon follows. Chocolate, rum and feint caramel toward the middle. The hop bitterness is relatively low. Vinous toward the back with some alcohol to comprise a dry finish. Very easy drinking doppelbock. Flavors all meld so well that none in particular really stand out, rather they assemble a nice balance all-together. Definitely worth trying, but still not my favorite doppelbock.

Winter, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of Beertracker
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Korbinian is best served at cellar temperatures (50-55F) from a traditional tumbler or Willibecher. This traditional doppelbock pours up neatly with an abbreviated lacy beige colored head which beautifully tops the deep chestnut-brown body. The aroma is very clean with some rich, toasted melanoidins that's reminiscent of freshly baked fig bars. Hints of fruitiness (e.g. candied dates, carmel apples w/nuts & chocolate-plum sauce) and some notable alcohol interplay nicely at the rim of the glass. The flavor starts off vibrantly rich with plenty of malt backbone that eventually gives way to some underlying spicy bitterness from the Noble hops that finally catch up to add some balance to this easy drinking doppelbock. There's just a touch of cheek warming in the slightly nutty-bready sweet finish. The body is medium-full to full with a nice creaminess and just the perfect amount of carbonation. Delectable!

This is a wonderful, classic doppelbock from one of the world's oldest breweries. It takes it's name from Saint Corbinian (670-730) who's "saddled bear" is the heraldic symbol of Freising where the brewery was founded in 1040. Try pairing Korbinian with hearty game like orange-marmalade glazed duck, wild boar chops with a honey-mustard & apricot chutney or black pepper-teriyaki marinated venison. Here's to liquid bread!

PROST! Beertracker

Beertracker, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5L bottle into my nonic pint glass. A fabulous dopplebock from the oldest brewery in the world. Poured a beautiful mahogany brown with a creamy light brown head. Smells of sweet malt, raisin, and caramel toffee. Taste is wonderful, sweet and malty with hints of toffee, prunes and a little bit of chocolate. Has a great, full bodied mouthfeel and is very smooth. This is a fantastic dopplebock. I wish I would have picked up more than one bottle. Will definitely seek this out often.

ClockworkOrange, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of gbarron
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 16.9 oz bottle. Has an amazingly beautiful label featuring the Bavarian flag, what looks like a bishop, and some sort of bear-like creature.

A - dark brown, hazy, with a slightly off-white collar of head. Retention and lacing are average.

S - caramel, toasted nuts. Lots of sweet malt in the nose, Munich malt. Slight hint of noble, metallic hops. Malt is up front in this one as it should be. Higher alcohols present.

T - sweet malt, dark fruits - raisins, currants. Notes of Worchesteshire sauce, soy. Lots of dark fruit flavors, caramel sugar. Tilts toward sweet, but some bitterness. Spicy, metallic, noble hops in there a little, but malt is up front. One of the tastiest doppelbocks I've ever had, rich molasses flavor. Little bit of alcohol warming.

M - average body, carbonation is average to slightly above. Sticky finish.

D - tasty, tasty example of the doppelbock style. Great flavor and aroma.

gbarron, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500-mL (16.9 oz) bottle.

This doppelbock poured a dark, cloudy, turbid, brown color with creamy, light brown foam that persisted a while and clung to the glass a bit. The smell was dark malty with light cocoa and light molasses and a whiff of sweetness. The taste was richly malty with flavors of light caramel, cocoa, and a slightly vinous fruitiness. There was a very light sweetness and a very low apparent hoppiness. There was a faint hint of alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and full bodied with moderate but good carbonation feel. The finish was nicely malty, and this beer was slightly warming overall. This was a great doppelbock -- very drinkable.

UncleJimbo, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of SilentSabre
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A stellar doppelbock. I expected nothing less from Weihenstephaner. Poured a very slightly cloudy reddish brown with a gorgeous thick, tightly knit foamy head. Moderate lacing. Looks good. Really good. Smell is heavy caramel; sweet and inviting, loads of malt. Taste is more of the same. Lack of hops as sweet malt and caramel dominate. Absolutely heavenly!! Robust body; fairly heavy in the mouth. An excellent session beer for cold nights.
A solid doppelbock, for certain.

SilentSabre, Nov 08, 2006
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4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pilsener glass.

Very pretty auburn colored pour, remindining me of a redhead I once new. Creamy white head settles on the top, and lasts all the way down the tall slender glass.

Aromas typical of a dopplebock, and not overly pronounced. Sweet malts dominated, with brown sugar and toffee overtones. Almost a Heath bar in a glass.

Wonderful taste. Sweet malts prevail, but the beer is not overly syrupy. There is no doubt that this is a doppelbock. Slight alcoholicy bitterness lingers slightly on the palate.

Creamy, smooth, lightly carbonated mouthfeel. I could drink these all night!

Overall, this is an exceptional beer, worthy of its high rating. Highly recommended!

doppelmeup, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of gonzo138
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a deep brown with hints of red, has a rich tight creamy brown head that both retains and laces well

S- rich sweet malt aroma, with a little bit of raisins in the scent, a little chocolatey as well

T- complements smell rich malted sweetness, a little fruity, a litlle chocolatey

M- thick, moderate carbonation, heavy bodied bottom fermentd goodness

D- a very drinkable beverage, a good dopplebock, not the best ive ever had, but definitely good , would buy /drink/ recomend any day

gonzo138, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of jnaz
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice malty and raisin aroma. Wonderful dark brown color with a slight tan head that dissipated quickly.

The taste is a complex caramel and fruity combination that isn't too sweet or too thick.

From a 500ml bottle that came from Zenders of Frankenmuth MI.

I really enjoyed this beer and will get it again.

jnaz, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of CpnYates
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I bought this beer as a 16.9 oz single from the famous Blacksburg, VA Kroger. No freshness date on bottle.

Pours into a nice foamy head that dissipates into a thin foam of bubbles on top, wonderful lacing on the side of the glass.
Bits of sediment in the bottom of bottle made its way into the glass.

Smells of alchol, candy, carmel, roasted grain. Tastes like a sweet mixture of the same, with more spice, and more roasted grain.

Mouthfeel is lighter than expected, and betrays the 7.4 abv, so this is a beer to be carefull with.

Drinkabilty I gave a 3, only because of the sweetness, and the abv, make this a dangerous beer to have more than one or two in a sitting.

CpnYates, Oct 26, 2006
Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 2,098 ratings.