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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,188
Reviews: 1,115
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 144
Gots: 144 | 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 SirChugsAlot
4.2/5  rDev 0%
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
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of goochpunch
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark maple syrup with a moderate sized beige head. Leaves some whispy lacing. The nose is all coffee, raisins, and chocolate. Flavor starts off with loads of dried fruits, which then segues into some toasted malts. Towards the finish, the malts take on more of a fully roasted quality and impart chocolate tones as well. Finishes relatively dry. Mouthfeel is full-bodied yet not exactly sticky. Carbonation is a little strong for me here. Impressive.

Photo of KI9A
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark chocolate, tall, creamy, dark head. Fades into a nice, tan lace.

Smells a bit of alcohol, sweet malt, and yeast.

Tastes like a big bite of molasses covered bread, topped with a finish of alcohol.

One of the better Dopples I have had. Excellent!

Photo of blackie
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Low khaki head recedes to a thin ring. The beer is a gorgeous mahogany brown in color.

s: Rich in various German malts, the previous mentions of fresh wort ring true. A load of sweet doughs and grains. Complex fruits, primarily dried plum and date. Probably smells like rich fruitcake, but it's been awhile. Sweet pipe tobaccos in musty aged wood. Notes of molasses and faint chocolate. Very subtly hopped.

m: Lower, smooth carbonation and a full velvety body.

t: Great doppelbock flavor, but not quite as rich as I expected/hoped, thus the 4. An intriguing blend of rich dark malts and clean pale malts. Hop flavor really only comes through in the finish, with a mild bitterness. Cleans up well, with leathery roast lingering.

d: quite easy for such a beer...very German in character and highly recommended

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

I must say, I love the size & shape of the the Weihenstephaner bottle.

Appearance: very red, almost more ruby than garnet. clear, decent sized head but with poor retention and leaving no lacing.

Smell: Malty doppelbock aroma. Balanced. Little bit of caramel & toast.

Taste: Sweet malt, hint of alcohol. Some prune. Hops bitterness finally shows up at the swallow.

Mouthfeel: medium full body, good carbonation.

Drinkability: good, it's no Celebrator, but it's a very good, representative doppelbock. I didn't know it was so highly rated when I bought it, nor when I started drinking it - tend to think it's a tad undeserved, but still very good.

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

Appearance - Dark brown color. Foamy head. Little retention and lacing.

Smell - Chocolate, coffee, cramel, floral, a little grassy, toffee, brown sugar.

Taste - Chocolate, caramel, molasses and plum, all blend together nicely. In the finish you have a nice hop bitterness and anise that doesn't overpower.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Light finish. Little carbonation. Slick on the tongue.

Drinkability - Complex and good body, but light dry finish. This is easy to drink.

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

This brewery does not make a bad beer, and here is just another example. This beer pours an brownish, burnt orange which turns to a sort of ruby when held up to light. Aroma is big-time malty, chocolate, grains, chocolate cereal (like cocoa puffs). Taste is dominate by the malt chocolate taste, with tinges of caramel, coffee and dates. Bitterness doesn't hide at the back end, leaving you with a dry but refreshing finish. This beer goes down clean and smooth. I would still rank celebrator above this fine brew, but I'll still make room for it on my beer budget.

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

Pours a black color, nice carbonation, huge three finger plus creamy tannish head, lots of sticky/creamy lacing to follow. The nose is malty, kinda yeasty/bready, lots of caramel. The taste is absolutely delicious, malty, slight licorice, maybe some spice's, and lots of caramel. Medium body, very smooth/creamy brew. Very drinkable, man what an awesome Doppelbock, I thought Celebrator was one of the best if not the best, this brew is totally different in body/charactrer. It could be the ABV thing though.

Photo of Nesued
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in my newly received SA glass. Thought I'd break it in with something unique.

Appearance - Deep burgandy color with a refined/clear transparency. Ample three-finger head forms upon initial pour and retains for a good long time. Lacing remains as the head retracts. Slight carbonation, not very much at all to feed the head.

Smell - Strong sweet malt aroma. Almost a candy sweet in fact. A bit of a caramel presence as well. Fresh aroma.

Taste - Very deep woody malt taste. Reminded me of a very, very mild Rauchbier I've had in the past, but much more appealing. So very smooth. This is a meal, so very dense and a lot of caramel and chocolate flavor. The smokey/woody flavor balances well with the malty presence.

Mouthfeel - For not having much of a carbonation body, this brew is very dense and coats your mouth with a lasting flavor that you enjoyed when you took that first sip. Wonderful lasting mouthfeel.

Drinkability - This is a sipper. One to finish the night while watching the latter part of a baseball game is a fine environment for this beer. Very enjoyable and very much worth it's salt. I would place this above my other Doppel favorate (Celebrator).

Photo of Blupoet03
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this beer smoothly into a pint glass, raising a solid foamy head. Color was amber, and the head was slightly tan.

Nose: hints of toffee and coffee malt aromatics, the best way I can describe the smell is simply "rich"

Taste: malty sweetness fills the mouth and the toffee and coffee tastes come through nicely. There is a pleasant bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: foamy, thick, and a little sticky - but in a good way.

I bought this beer on my wife's impulse (bless her). The bottle claims that it is from the worlds oldest brewery (1040), and that's what caught her attention. It was certainly a good find.

The profile says that this is a winter release, but we picked it up yesterday (in July), so be sure to check for it even out of season!

Photo of cpn920
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured a deep coppery color with a half inch head. Head retention faded to just skimming the top while I drank the beer. Smelled very malty with a smoky scent. Hints of coffee and caramel on my palate. Had just the right amount of carbonation. Tasted the alcohol but it was not overwhelming. Enjoyed this beer but probably wouldn't want more than two in a sitting.

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

Pours a nice chocolatey colored brew with a nice beige/tan head. Nice looking brew. Smells of slight chocolatey malts and lots of them. Very nutty on the palate with a slight hop twinge on the back end, but not much. Light to medium bodied and highly drinkable. Although high ABV, could be a session brew, easily. A nice German beer by Weihenstephaner.

Photo of brendan13
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark mahogany body with a rocky 2 inch beige head.
S - Sweet maltiness dominates the smell. A bit of dark fruits in there too.
T - Similar to the taste but the dark fruitiness comes through a lot more. Theres a very subtle chocolate taste in there too. The alcohol is there but not too much so.
M - The mouthfeel was a bit lighter than what I was expecting. Not bad but yeah, just not what I was expecting for the style.
D - Nice beer that is highly drinkable given its ABV%. Shame its not available more readily.

Photo of gmfessen
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a very deep ruby-copper color with a thick, tan, creamy looking head. The smell is primarily sweet with amber malt, there is a slight fruitiness that is apparent; also a slightly sweet alcohol characteristic. The taste is similar to the smell, mostly sweet with a slight presence of alcohol - a good slow drinking beer. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, fairly creamy and slightly dry on the finish. Overall, this beer is slightly better than average on drinkability because while it is a good sipping beer, I don't think you would want to try to drink too many 16.9 oz bottles @ 7.4%.

Photo of LiamMcFee
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one caught me by surprise, it was so good. I had read the reviews and expected an exceptional Doppelbock, but I did not expect it to be as close to Doppelbock perfection as Ayinger Celebrator is. It has a clearer color with a bit more amber light coming through. The Korbinian has a little less chocolate and pehaps a bit of caramel in its place - but it is not what I would call sweet. It is a bit nuttier than the Ayinger, as well, but has a lighter mouthfeel at the same time. The fairly potent ABV is well hidden, and for some reason this beer went down smoother and quicker than the Ayinger.

This is simply a fantastic beer, more available than the Ayinger (at least where I shop), and a little less expensive. It's not a replacement, but it's a very close second in my book.

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

A hard pour creates 2.5 inch tightly packed foamy toasted-tan head that pops and fades slowly, the beer itself is a dark rich red-brown, looks a bit dirty, but when held to light is actually quite clear with… lots of clinging bubbles in the bottom of my glass. The head lasts in reduced form for the duration of the beer. Minor lacing.

Smells like any good doppelbock should; lots of sweet roasted malt, noticeable alcohol, some raisins / prunes, cocoa, and a bit of dirt. Reminiscent of a honeyed black bread fresh from the oven. In other words, delicious!

A very fizzy sweet toasty malt hits my tongue first, then I’m tasting watery coffee, roasted nuts, prunes, alcohol and chocolate. Finishes dank, and the aftertaste is medium roasted coffee, singed grains and pumpernickel with a toss of cocoa. This is thinner compared to other beers in the style, but this only ups the drinkability. Korbinian is Good Stuff.

Korbinian may be the most drinkable doppelbock I’ve yet enjoyed. It’s not as complex as Ayinger or Curator, but I’ve had 500ml of this and want more… yet none is forthcoming, alas! If only they sold it locally...

*** Update MUCH LATER, almost 5 years to the day, in fact. I am very happy to report that Korbinian IS INDEED sold locally, and is my go-to doppelbock, when the desire strikes. If I reviewed again, this would score more of a 4.45. Weihenstephan can do no wrong.

Photo of rallison
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark ruby brown with a 1 1/2 finger off-white head that sticks around nicely.

S: Wow. I've never had a beer smell like this. You know when you tour a brewery, and you get that wonderful spent grain smell all over - you know, the one that just permeates the air with malted barley and deliciousness? It smells like that. And barbecue. Smoky. Yummy. This gets one of my few 5 ratings for smell - partly because it is so unique.

T: Oh man. That's good. Great caramel sweetness, with a touch of smokiness. Sweetness doesn't overwhelm. luckily. Some dark fruits too are back there. Taste is quite good, although I must admit the smell is truly the star in this beer. A touch of red wine also seems to appear after a few sips. This should be yummy with the tri tip on the grill.

M: Relatively rich, with medium-low carbonation - any less and it'd be boring - but just right as is.

D: Wow, this is drinkable. Nicely done. Nicely done.

Highly recommended. It's still not Andechs Doppelbock, but it's up there. One of the best doppelbocks out there. You won't regret buying this one.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Mahoganny with a reddish tint. Large head that fades slowly. Small clumps of scattered lacing.

S - Red licorice rope, slightly smoky, root beer barrels, floral notes (lillies), faint candied sugars and honey. Smells nice.

T - Red licorice rope, sweet caramel malt, peppery. Aftertaste is of seltzer water. No bitterness at all.

M - Thick, smooth and refreshing.

D - Very good. Somehow this one had eluded me up until now. I would love to have it again. A great doppelbock.

Photo of Redwood21
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark dark brown with a rocky tan head that has nice lacing

S: caramel toasted malts with a mild sweetness from the caramel

T: creamy! almost buttery with a caramel and roasted/toasted malt very nice and smooth very rich with an almost spice to it that adds a bit of tang or finish to the beer.

M/D: I am beg to really love bock beers of all types and this is no exception. this is a great beer to try and enjoy.it has a nice creamy overall feel and is just one you dont want to put down

Photo of kajerm
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown and slightly translucent with a rich garnet hue. The tan head is absolutely huge (two and a half fingers), and lasts for ages, leaving a thin strip of lacing as it finally dies down.

The aroma is malts, bananas, spicy phenols, other dark fruity esters, caramel, molasses, and a little bit of alcohol. There are lots of notes and complexity that I normally think of as ale yeast-derived (especially the esters.) In a lot of ways, it reminds me of a Belgian strong dark ale, only a little lighter and without candi sugar.

Tastes sweet and malty, with a sizeable helping of bananas. A mild, sweet malt note shows up mid-palate and lasts for a long time, but is well balanced by the fruity esters. Spiciness, mostly phenolic but a little alcoholic shows up on the finish, along with some noble hop flavor. The balance and complexity on this one are staggering.

I have no idea what the hell a Dunkles Starkbier is, but someone needs to bring this style back. Like right now.

Mouthfeel is creamy, with a medium body-- a little more substantial than Celebrator-- and it fits the flavor profile perfectly. Drinkability is pretty damned good, and is only diminished by the sweetness and complexity.

If they're going to call this a doppelbock, then it's the best one I've ever had, no question.

EDIT: My old friend Boppar told me that Dunkles Starkbier means "strong dark beer." So basically, it's a German BSDA. So basically, it's awesome.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage bottle, Sampled March 2007, from the bottle at Stuffed Sandwich
This beer has been aging in Sam's storage for quite some time (Sam refused to tell me how long) as it has a completely different label than the current version of Korbinian. the beer has a hazy, dark amber color and is well carbonated, yet despite a vigorous pour did not summon forth much in the way of a head. There is a touch of a foamy, amber tinged ring around the sides of the glass. The beer has a soft, well integrated oxidation character to it; notes of sherry are definitely evident. The taste takes on notes of prunes, which are also noticeable in the nose as well. As the beer warms up a bit lots of flavors open up; notes of Madeira, sherry and fig become noticeable as well as a touch of chalky dark malt character in the finish. The beer also starts to become clearer as it warms. This has aged quite gracefully, certainly the flavors have softened and melded quite a bit, but this must be fairly old and it is still quite drinkable.

Photo of vtfan77
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hey, it's my 100th review! I was thinking of reviewing something "special" for this one, but I couldn't really think of anything, so I'm just going with what I have in my fridge.

A- Nice ruby red color, although it's somewhat hazy and there's not much in the way of head.

S- Definitely a big bread character to the malt in this one. It's a little darker than the others I've had. That is, it smells more like a rye or pumpernickel bread. There's also a touch of caramel sweetness in the background. Very nice.

T- Starts out kind of sweet but takes on a sour character. Tons of malt but not overly sweet. This is pretty much liquid bread here. Alcohol is evident in the background, but it's certainly not too strong. Hops add a touch of spiciness and a little bitterness on the finish, but overall aren't particularly noticeable.

M- Full-bodied and smooth along with a nice prickly carbonation. Quite nice.

D- Very good for the style. I could easily drink a couple of these despite the alcohol.

Awesome stuff. Although I'm kind of new to the style, this is probably the best doppelbock I've had so far. It epitomizes the whole "liquid bread" description even more so than the Salvator I had yesterday. Just great. Highly recommended.

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

This mighty beer was tricky to review. It is difficult in one sitting to identify all the components to the huge complexity. The initial pour into a weizen glass (it's new so I'm using it for everything) revealed a dark bronze/cola colour that's clean and clear. There was a thick creamy head that lingered till the end. The initial aromas were sweet and chocolatey with some faint coffee notes.
The flavour is rich and complex with bitter-sweet dark chocolate and some roasty stuff going on too. It's all put together in a silky smooth and creamy melange. I really liked this beer but its a bit sweet for me to drink a lot. I loved the full-bodied complexity though...a lot.

Photo of orfeu
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Marked 1306. Served well-chilled in a footed pilsner glass. Pours thickly; a deep bronze hue with a fluffy and dense dark khaki head. Bready, caramelized aromas predominate, with a subtle spice character lending an almost meaty quality to the scent. Substantial on the palate with a dense caramel and dark bread flavor. Leafy and dusky-herbal hop notes come through near the back end. The taste culminates with a pleasant bitterness that is muted by the dark-bread sweetness mentioned earlier. Full bodied to be certain, with a smooth feel. A sharp-edged mineral presence in the water gives an overall dry feel to this otherwise rich and malty beer. Wonderfully complex and nearly perfect in its balance. As fine an example of a doppelbock as I've ever encountered.

Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 2,188 ratings.