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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,161 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,161
Reviews: 1,110
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 141
Gots: 129 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

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

Pours a clouded ruby brown with basically no head that falls fast. Nose is malty and sweet smelling. Flavor is rich with a caramel character and a thick body of ingredients. Feel is smooth with a nice bubble on the tongue and a thicker liquid feel that is slightly silky. Definitely drinkable. Easily sessionable. Damn good.

Photo of pwoods
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review based off notes.

Pours this brown bottle into a Fluted glass.

A: Pours a deep brown with some strong ruby hues especially when back lit. A medium sized tan head forms after an aggressive pour. Decent retention for a bit before fading to a thick skim. Some lacing.

S: Lots of sweet caramel and dried fruits(cherries?). A very pleasant earthy grain character with buttery cashew notes. Alcohol is a bit present but not abrasive.

T/M: Toasted grains and nuts. More of the caramel sweetness. Some milk chocolate is in the mix as well. Near full bodied with medium carbonation.

D: Very tasty and hits the spot when I want a creamy, malty brew. Reasonably priced to boot. I'll drink this again.

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

Ushering in the New Year with a Weihenstephaner's Korbinian! It is not exactly a specialty beer but definitely a renown and highly acclaimed beer. Being my first Weihenstephaner beer, I guess it is a good choice of a usher-in-the-new-year beer. OK down to business, this beer pours with a fairly large head into my Schneiderweisse Weizen glass; not the weizen style huge head of cos but a > 1 inch head that was creamily inviting. The liquid below was dark ruby brown in color. After the while the head reduces to a nice thin and clingy layer above the nectar below. The smell was not very strong but the malt aromas were clear with a nutty yeasty backing. I could also detect a dash of spices and maybe smoke somewhere and some caramel notes. The smell could really have been stronger than this. The taste starts off with a true malt strength with strong caramel notes and very subtle sweetness; I am also picking up spices (cloves) and a certain nuttiness here. The finish revealed some aromas of banana and some dark fruits and malts were also picked up on the nose. The after taste started off bready malty and with a fair amount of banana; it slowly reveals some notes of raisins before finally fading away. Truly a great taste which gets a little better as the beer warms. The mouthfeel was around medium body or slightly thicker with an apt amount of carbonation and nice creamy smoothness throughout; it finishes slightly dry. I pretty enjoy this beer; still prefer Belgian Dark Ales but this one really hit the spot for tonight. I prefer it to the Andechsers Doppelbock.

Photo of Riverwarrior
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was very impressed with Weihenstephaner's "Korbinian" doppelbock. It had the nose of the traditional style...but, somewhere in the back ground, I continued to smell root beer.

The taste was exceptional. The malty sweetness mixed with the slight hop bitterness blended very well. I really enjoyed the finish on this brew. The bitterness quickly departed and a very nice sweet bready taste lingered for a long time. Very nice indeed.

This is one of the best doppelbocks that I've had and I will continue to buy it.

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

Dark red, with mahogany edges. Light brown head, a lot, even if not too compact.
Toasted, dusty, husky. Vey inviting. A lot of maltiness, pleasant. Notes of caramel.
The taste is toasted too, husky. With caramel and roast malt. Not too sweet. Full, intense.
In the back, some liquorice and roast bitterness. Pleasant.
Full, harmonic.
The alcohol is well hidden.
Dusty aftertaste, with liquorice and burnt bitterness in the end.

Photo of Vancer
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I’m jumping to the end here – I now know how a true classic dopplebock tastes. Glad Bon Vivant in Columbia had a supply.

Clear and clean dark bourbon brown, stickly laces run all the way down the Bitburger glass. The only downside was the aroma, just a light touch of malt and caramel.

But the quaff was top-notch; a rich and malty caramel/chocolate combo platter that’s not overly sweet – but balanced well. Dopple-alcohol is nowhere to distract from the overall enjoyment of this sturdy brew.

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

jgaston hooked me up with this one as part of BC2. thanks andy!

500ml bottle.

pours deep red brown, ruby when held to the light, with a small dense tan head. the head disappears quickly and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is great. lots of caramel. toasted multi-grain bread and biscuits. dried cherries. dates. hint of green apple. bit of alcohol. touch of smoke. bit of hazelnut.

taste is great. lightly toasted multi-grain bread. biscuit. nice caramel sweetness. bit of toffee. light dark fruit, not as noticeable as in the aroma - cherry, date, fig. just a hint of green apple. bit of alcohol. dark chocolate. maybe just a touch of coffee. low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. a little more than medium carbonation level. medium-light body.

drinkability is good. alcohol is almost completely hidden. love the big malt in this one. wish this one was available locally...

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

This beer poured a dark clear amber color and formed a bubbly light tan head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, cocoa, and coffee. The flavor was of malt, coffee, chocolate and plums. It has a medium light body with a slightly sweet finish.

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

This was poured from the bottle into a snifter.

A - dark amber/ruby color with nice foamy head that settles somewhat but for a doppelbock is well retained

S - malty, bready, lightly roasted malt with some licorice-like character

T - sweet malty flavor with a bready character and roasted highlights with a slight hop finish

M - medium-full body, moderate carbonation

D - nice doppelbock, it's very tasty, but I suppose I didn't expect less from the masters at Weihenstephan

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

A: Completely opaque caramel apple color. Weak 1-finger head with pretty terrible retention and lacing.

S: Bananas with a malt and grain backing. Delicious.

T: Well-balanced and refreshing, this tastes like a bit of fruit in the beginning, but quickly fades into a more refined alcoholic malt flavor. The fruit flavor is very tangy - a welcome change from some of the more cloying beers I've tried lately. There is also quite a bit of spice that lingers after the fruit leaves, which then gives way to the underlying grain and malt taste.

M: Medium-light bodied, but not watery. Very cool and refreshing on the tongue, and almost completely dry. A tiny astringency is present. It's just slightly over-carbonated, and burns the tongue slightly, but it's nothing to complain too much about.

D: This is a very drinkable beer - great for a pub with some chicken wings, etc. I will be drinking it again.

Photo of Gmann
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark ruby brown color with an average tan head that dissipated into a ring around the glass. Looks very much like cola. The smell is of raisins, molasses, and light bitter chocolate. The taste is of roasted malt and roasted cashews, lightly meaty, with hints of chocolate milk and dark grapes. The feel is well bodied with prickly carbonation, yet finishes smooth, though a bit sticky. Good balance between sweet and bitter. A good dopplebock and worth a try. Quite a mellow brew.

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

Pours a dark redish brown color with a tan head and good lacing. Smelled of sweet malt and hops. The taste matched the smell of sweet malt, fruity, hint of chocolate, and a hint of hop spice. Mouthfeel was good. Drinkability was also good, but it was a bit filling.
Overall this was a good doppelbock, one that I will drink again.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 11/18/07 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a Pokal glass.

A: The beer is a medium reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very fruity with dark fruits, caramel & brown sugar.

T: The taste is likewise very fruity and sweet with flavors of caramel, brown sugar, honey and dark fruit. The malt character is very hearty and the hops presence is mild, but there’s a good balance despite the beer being so sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish for a beer with this much sweetness.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, nice kick, good representation of style, if I were going to stick with a good sweet beer for an entire evening, this would certainly be it.

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

Appearance: Dark brown, close to opaque, with a 1-inch head that settles into a ring.

Smell: The nose is very grainy and bready with a distinct dried barley aroma. Notes of chocolate and caramel are present but subdued.

Taste: Chocolate, toast, hazelnut - very sweet, but with an assertive roasty bitterness coming through as it lingers on the tongue. It dries out a bit in the finish, leaving an espresso-like bitterness on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth and fairly light on the tongue despite its 7.4% ABV.

Drinkability: Fairly good, but one bottle is plenty due to the assertive sweetness.

Photo of srandycarter
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into the tulip

A - Pours reddish brown. Murky carbonation. Small thin head, soapy lacing.

S- Wow. Sweeet malts, candy and bread. Very present aroma. Smells like pure extract.

T - Sweet as expected. Finishes fairly dry - no cloy here. Good balance.

M - Medium and above mouthfeel and carbonation. Leaves lingering sweetness in the mouth.

D - This is a fun beer but not something I would want all night.

Photo of Windigstadt
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy chestnut with a moderate cream-colored head.
S: Sweet malt aromas predominate, with hints of molasses and cotton candy.
T: Surprisingly dry up front. As beer reaches back of tongue malt sweetness comes through. Dark chocolate, honey and slight bubblegum flavors are balanced with just enough bitterness from dark roast malts and hops. Very clean throughout with slight alcohol dryness in the finish. Leaves fruity bitterness of African coffee with hints of stone fruit.
M: Sufficient carbonation to keep the beer from feeling heavy.
D: Incredibly drinkable for 7.4% ABV.
Overall: This is one of my favorite Doppelbocks. It's neither overly sweet nor overly alcoholic. A must-try for any Doppelbock fan.

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

Pours a clear but dark brown with copper highlights and a beige creamy cap. Heavy malts, molasses, brown sugar, hints of coffee, and slight ashy or smoky character. Malt flavor is much drier and roasted than the nose indicates. Charred sugars, some caramel, and some fruity prune flavor that picks up as it warms. Hops offers some fruit character with just a touch of pepper at the end. Yeasty twang is slight but makes a nice dynamic between the malt and hops. Caramel and coffee notes in the finish. Zippy carbonation is just right, medium body and a smooth rounded mouthfeel is again near perfect.

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

Ok, so here is where it starts to get good. I love me a Dopplebock, now that is for sure. When I saw this sitting on the shelf there was no doubt in my mind that I was going to be getting it. Just had to be. Poured a deep dark russet brown with a small, maybe an inch or so of off white head grazing over the top of it. There was significant side glass lace throughout the session and the overall look of it was quite thick. The aroma was of slight smoked variety. A little bit of roasted malt with a touch of caramel to sweeten in up. The taste was remarkably smooth and delicious. Great full body on this one, definitely not thin. Nice and mellow smoky flavor with a huge earthy and bread like back. A nice caramel sugar sweet finish brought it all together. No taste of alcohol at all and overall it was a very easy drinker. I could have easily had another. The carbonation stayed very nice throughout the session. I would have to say one of my favorites so far, this was very tight and a fine brew. Very surprised I had not seen it earlier as it is always around. Will be getting more next time I am in the store. This is perfect with dinner and something that I would like to have always at easy reach.

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

Appearance - 4.0
Poured two fingers of fizzing yellow-brown head which gradually reduced to almost nothing. The body is very dark brown, yellow and red around the edges.

Smell - 4.0
Lots of malty sweetness, caramel and an alcohol bite. Roasted, almost burnt grain smells are also there, as well as a vague fruitiness.

Taste - 4.5
Rather boozy at first, especially for a big serve of beer (500mL bottle, 3.0 standard drinks). Flavour-wise it is predominantly sweet, with a huge hit of roasted malt, and only a slight trace of hop bitterness in the finish (clearly playing backseat to the big malt). I can also taste caramel, spice, prunes and an almond like nuttiness.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Carbonation is low, which helps the beer to disappear far too quickly. Almost syrupy, moderate in weight in the mouth.

Drinkability - 4.5
Seemed a little too boozy at first, but this is remarkably drinkable for a beer of 7% ABV. I'd even call it sessionable (although it would be a relatively short session considering the strength). Perhaps the sweetness would be a bit much after a few, but I certainly didn't tire of it.

OVERALL - 4.25
Wow, this is definitely the most drinkable high ABV beer I have tried. It is quite sweet, but has the flavour and alcohol bite to back it up. This is first of its style for me, and the more I drank, the more I liked it. Worth the exxy price and the premium over other Weihenstephaner beers.

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

A: Nice, laced head. Very dark brown, mostly opaque.

S: Very pleasant aroma with strong, nutty smell. No bitterness.

T: An orgy of flavor. Nice roasted malt that gives it a chocolate/caramel taste.

M: Sweet and creamy, most certainly full-bodied.

D: It's full-bodied and heavy, like most dopple's.

Very good for a dopplebock. Has a tremendous amount of flavor and really fills you up.

Photo of gotbeer
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is sublime, and really enjoyable.

It pours your typical dopplebock mahogany with a hint of red coming through in the light.

The smell is of toasted bread, biscuit, and raisens. This is a highlight of this excellent beer in my opinion.

The taste is malty- huge malt. Molasses, and biscuit come to mind.

Mouthfeel is smooth with light carbonation. Easy to sip.

Drinkability is good. I could handle more than one of these, especially in the winter months.

Highly reccomended. One of the best of it's style.

Photo of Big78CJ
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice foamy two fingers of head but we'll wait before comment on its retention. This is a very dark beer with the faintest auburn & ruby highlights shimmering through at the edges. The dissipating head has stopped and is a steady surface of pale brown.

s: Dried sweet fruits come rushing in. Oddly, the smell reminded me of a Westvleteren or other quad. They definitely would seem to share similar fruity esters (plum, apricot, raisin?)

T: The same fruits are present in the taste as well. Although not particularly high alcohol (7.4%) it is somewhat noticeable. Once the fruit clears, a malty monster is left behind to attempt a cleanse of the palate. There is a slight bitter aftertaste but fairly well balanced.

M: Malty monster: filled with creamy liquid entering but washes out like a dunkel. Is that what a Dunkels Starkbier does?

D: I'm glad I finally tried another Weihenstephaner, this time not a wheat. Now I can confirm I like their whole range of beers.

Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Korbinian pours a dark mahogany colored brown with a thin tan head from a brown half liter bottle. The aroma is tremendously malty. The flavor is malt, malt and more malt, and a touch of dark fruit. An absolute must for malt heads. Extremely well made and tasty. Recommended.

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

Recently picked this up from a specialty beer store specializing in.... BEER!
Color was a darker brownish with hints of red when you tilt the glass. very little off white head that left nearly no lacing on the glass and went away pretty quickly.
smells pretty sweet. brown sugar comes to mind.
taste is not as sweet as expected. (a + in my book). at 7.4% abv i would expect to taste that 7.4 but you could have some fun with this one.
the aftertaste lingers in your mouth for a while after you drink it and is the smoothest beer i've probably ever had. (im only 22)
I would pick this one up again if i saw it on the shelf

Photo of david131
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A very clear, dark brown liquid. The head is awesome and is thick and off white with great retention and lacing.

S- Sweet. Caramel, brown sugar, a little earthy. I get a lot of malted milk balls out of this.

T- Sweet and same as the aroma. A lot of malted milk balls, which I find to be great. A decent level of complexity for a lager. Little to no alcohol presence.

M- Lighter and creamy. Not harsh and does not build on the palate. Very impressive.

D- Spectacular. For the ABV and level of richness, this went down fairly quickly. Very tasty and highly recommended.

Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 2,161 ratings.