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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,992 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,992
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001)
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Photo of ypsifly


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

Poured from an undated 16.9oz into a pilsener.

Burnt brown with a one finger head that is light tan and shows decent retention and lace.

Smells of sweet, slighty roasted malts and dark bread.

Tastes very malty. Starts off slightly sweet, but grows much more complex with roasted bread notes, grains, baker's chocolate, and a drop or two of milk. The finish is hop inspired that pairs with some carbonation tingle. Somewhat creamy in the mouth.

A delicious brew that I could drink all night despite the 7.4abv.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2005 06:07:51 | More by ypsifly
Photo of goodbyeohio


3.25/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

dark chestnut brown with red light-inspired glowing tinge. heady, minimal lacing. hazelnut, mocha, licorice, and dark-as-night malty nose. taste brings out the best of the aroma without expected bitterness. some mild hop notes. plum and clove drop by for the finish. mouthfeel is light with a crisp, lagery aftertaste. good and drinkable in its fluffiness. however, this watery body is unexpected and consciously disappointing for the style. ill have no problem finishing it though. bitterness evolves as i continue to drink. a hit-or-miss brewery offering something that falls in the middle of their lineup.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2005 21:19:27 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of stodbrew


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

Poured out of the bottle a beautiful red/brown color. Somewhat thick head that receded pretty quickly to a slight film.

Aroma is slighty roasty with some dark fruit. Slighty oxidized.

Flavor is more dark fruit and slight roast. Very malty with a nice slight bitter balance.

Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2005 23:47:53 | More by stodbrew
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amazing dark ruby red, sometimes brown sometimes red, really interesting. Topped off by a big fluffy white head, I need to wait for it to subside before finishing the pour. Smells like sweet malts, a bit of bready yeast, a hint of fruits. Taste is quite sweet, very strong malt backbone, some bitterness at the end. Slight iron taste, like blood but still quite pleasant. Dark cherries in the middle and little bit of alcohol comes through in the middle. Rather low carbonation in the mouthful, creamy and smooth. Somewhat disappointed with this one, I think it would be a lot better, its no where near the quality of Celebrator Doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2005 03:19:37 | More by Viggo
Photo of allengarvin


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

Dark brown color, almost no head. Smell is very rich, full of creamy caramel and dark whole-grain wheat aroma. Flavor has all the components of the nose and more: a full, dark, sweet fruitiness, a light spiciness just on the edge of the tongue, lots of munich-malt breadiness and a dark chocolate taste with just enough bitterness to keep it from being cloying. Mouthfeel is incredibly full and creamy.

A fantastic beer! Unique and very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2005 02:53:49 | More by allengarvin
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Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very dark brown beer with some good mahogony highlights. Has a big foamy beige head. There is a nice sweet malty aroma with hints of fig and coffee. A solid sweet malt lays down on the front of your tongue with some dried fruit and chocolate notes. A good roasted malt bitterness, balances the sweet start, on the finish. a tasty treat that gets better as it warms to room temp.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2005 22:03:46 | More by ybnorml
Photo of mrgrandefromage


3.08/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful dark red with a very aggressive head that is thick and creamy. Aroma is a little disappointing - a bit of sweetness, caramelized malt and denim, but not much of those. Flavors of lightly burnt toffee, malt, coffee, mostly pleasantly bitter flavors, slightly metallic finish, but not enough to be off-putting. Mouthfeel is creamy at first, quickly becoming thin and acidic. Not especially drinkable, but worthy of a try. Does not measure up to Weihenstephaner's other offerings.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2005 07:01:14 | More by mrgrandefromage
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


2.75/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark ruby brown with a thin yet persistent tan head. Sheets of lace. Smell is malty and fruity, light alcohol aroma.

Big malt in the mouth. Caramel and peppery spice. Lots of alcohol in the flavor and some hops in the finish. Mouth is lightly sticky and the malty alcohol taste lingers. Not too drinkable and not too smooth. Not a great beer quite frankly.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2005 14:19:04 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of GClarkage


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

05/01/05- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle with a 4 digit code on the back label. Poured into my Aventinus weizen glass.

Appearance- Darker brown pour with a very nice 2 inch head. The lacing was a bit light, however.

Smell- Nice caramel and chocolate scent with a very heavy malty background.

Taste- Quite yummy. Caramel and tons of toffee with a hint of dark chocolate all mixed together. Not as sweet as I expected though.

Mouthfeel- Ligher carbonation and a decent- average mouthfeel.

Drinkability- This one was a very good doppelbock, but I still enjoyed the Weltenberger and the Celebrator a bit more. It's still a very good doppelbock and worth whatever I paid for it. Would recommend highly.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2005 18:56:56 | More by GClarkage
Photo of droomyster


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

Pour beautiful cloudy, dark reddish brown, with a creamy head, two fingers tall light tan, microbubbles with a mooncrater top. Leaves a large and intricate cobweb lacing on the glass. Instant aroma of dark fruits - raisins and figs. A sweet prune and molasses taste, toasty malts, yeasty, with a more hoppy finish. One downside is the alcohol that comes out in the end. Nicely chewy, a slow sipper, probably too sweet to have another but terrific as a stand-alone. Heavy and full mouthfeel. This is a really great beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2005 06:30:51 | More by droomyster
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’ve been looking forward to this one since I’ve gotten on a Doppelbock kick. Appears a dark brown with a light tan head. Minimal lacing was left on the glass. Roasty malts and a big caramel sweetness start the aroma off. A bit of dark chocolate is lingering underneath. Sweet chocolate and caramel flavors up front. Some roastiness in the mix as well. Finishes with a lingering sweetness. Mouthfeel was solid with a creamy texture. Easy drinking stuff but not as complex as I was hoping for. Seemed a bit too sweet to though.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2005 15:57:29 | More by meathookjones
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark ruby/ brown, off white two finger head, that left spider-web lacing all the way down.
Smell: was a bit vagueslighly sweet toffee aroma
Taste:toasty malts, chocolate, ghost-like floral hops, slight alcohol bite, smooth sweet finish.
Mouthfeel: rich and creamy, with some alcohol warmth, moderate carbonation, slightly chewy.
Drinkability: This was very good, I really like Weihenstephaner products, it was fairly high in abv, but quite drinkable, I could definitely have another, but not really a session beer, just good sippin, I would have this again, although Their Dunkel Weiss is my favorite, cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2005 22:49:31 | More by steinlifter
Photo of counselor


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

pours a dark rich chocolately color with a fluffy head that dissipated quickly. Aromas are full bodied malt, caramel, with an almost creamy cofee smell. The mouthfeel is silky smooth, slightly carbonated and full bodied.

Flavors are simple, straightforward dopplebock; rich creamy malt backbone, caramel, chocolate, slightly sweet. Coffee, rich cigar tobacco and real chocolate flavors. There are just enough hops to keep it from being cloying, after the beer goes down, the hops are more pronounced, offering a nice dry finish. This is a nice beer and I am looking forward to having more. Thanks to Terry at Mountview who cam through with a casewof this after I requested it based upon Stonecrusher's reviews

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2005 22:46:51 | More by counselor
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice dark caramel brown color with amber highlights. Fairly aggressive pour led to a nice whipped two finger tan head which slowly bubbled its way down. Aroma is slightly sweet with hints of caramel and clove spiciness over a sweet bread body. I’m new to dopplebocks so I’m not used to their aroma profile yet so it is hard to pick out the subtleties. But this one sure does smell nice. Initially cold I’m not impressed with much flavor. I’m going to let this one sit for a bit to warm…*15 minutes pass*…after warming a bit the subtle flavors start to present themselves. There is a pretty huge malt presence just as I expected. But it is balanced well with just a touch of hops at the end. The malts don’t present themselves as overly sweet in this beer as I was expecting. Mouthfeel is nice and full and creamy to some extent. This is a very nice beer that I could easily sit down with and have a couple.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2005 05:45:50 | More by blitz134
Photo of mntlover


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

Pours a mahogany color with a light tan head that falls to a small ring with some spotty lace.
Aroma is caramel toffee malty with some fruit present molasses soaked plums and raisins. Some hints of spice and hops nice malty aroma.
Taste is big malty, toffee fruit under neath hints of chocolate malt and spice mingle together in your mouth. Finish is slightly bitter hops mixed with toffee and spice. Very nice dopplebock very tasty some alcohol warmth felt but not tasted very nice early spring beverage.
Mouthfeel is the right side of medium nice bodied beer with the perfect amount of carbonation.
Drinkability is very good, a nice spicey dopplebock glad my local store got some in this year, which means they will have it next year I hope.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2005 22:14:48 | More by mntlover
Photo of Fish113d


4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring a chestnut color with 1 finger thick of white fizzy head that dissipates to a slight surface layer with minimal cling. This one is not much to look at really. However, aromas are of brown toffee and hops with some decent maltiness; a slight hops aroma as well. Deep down, this has a chocolate tone as well on the nose. Taste is of sweet toffee up front with a slight clove flavor (spice) and some grainy malts; slight hops on the finish as well with some yeast flavors. Carbonation is moderate that accompanies a medium-full body. A little chewy with a great smooth finish along with a tinge of alcohol. Easy to enjoy this one- interesting, tasty, and smooth!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2005 22:18:24 | More by Fish113d
Photo of rajendra82


4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in a 500 ml brown bottle without a freshness date, Korbinian poured out darker than anticipated chestnut red, and had a bouquet of roasted nuts, dried cherries, and grassy noble hops. The taste was mellow and roasty with the malts dominant, just as they should have been. Dark skinned sweet fruits rolled around on the tongue, and were backed by a smoky, woody, and herbal hop bitterness. Alcohol was warm, but was hidden well enough to not be detracting from drinkability. Aftertaste was full and long drawn out. A satisfyingly meaty German import suited well to usher in the first day of spring.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2005 04:24:28 | More by rajendra82
Photo of Tballz420


4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served just a bit warmer than i would normally prefer, not enough patience to let this one cool.
The scent is the first thing you will notice about this guy. Sweet, sweet malts, caramel, toffee, even bits of chocolate. This all comes out of a black bodied, brown hued, brew, fair-sized cream head, good retention. Full dose of thick chewy malts, caramel to chocolate, some bitterness, taste lastes long after the brew is down. Alcohol stops in to say hello as the beer warms a bit, but isnt obnoxious about it. Sweet, slick mouthfeel, fairly dry finish. Well worth my $2.49.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2005 19:24:39 | More by Tballz420
Photo of RoyalT


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

Appearance – This DB is a dark brown in color with a an off-white head that left some nice lacing on the glass and never did completely disappear.

Smell – The raw unsulphored molasses and light unsweetened maple complimented the heavily-toasted malt base. I like my Doppelbocks a bit on the “edgy” side, and this is a wild one.

Taste – The malts are incredibly tasty here and even have a sense of wheat. The toasted level is very high. The sweets step back a bit from where they were at the nose. The finish is a dab of chocolate covered in malts.

Mouthfeel – I just love the mouthfeel of this DB. It is incredibly smooth. The beer touching your throat on the way down is like rubbing fine silk against your cheeks.

This isn’t full-bodied but it’s a lot bigger than medium. There is some bitterness, especially in the aftertaste, but nothing that dominates or is overly harsh.

Drinkability – This really is a class act. It’s as well put together as their weizens. It’s one of the smoothest DBs that I’ve ever had.

Update - I try to have this every year and for 2007 thought to update the review.

This really is a tremendous brew, consistent year after year after year. The malts and light molasses flavors are raw but the mouthfeel incredibly smooth. Well done as usually by this magnificent brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2005 02:18:53 | More by RoyalT
Photo of LuckySevens82


4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.
Pours a deep brown with ruby hues (interestingly enough, you don't really even need to hold it up to the light to see this). A very neat 1 finger, off-white, head caps this very nice looking beer.
Smell is toasty bread, spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), slight cherries, prunes and just a bit orangey. There is a noticeable spicy hop aroma as well.
Taste is unbelievably complex, especially as this beer warms. Sweet malt, a little chocolate, caramel, cinnamon, prunes, crusty bread, nutmeg, a slight hop spiciness, I could go on all day! There is also a very pleasant and slight wineyness to this beer that makes it just a bit dry in the finish.
I am amazed at the complexity of this beer. With all the flavors, not one of them over powers the others and they all seem to get along in almost perfect harmony. The only downside I see in this beer is that it is a little bit heavy and I really couldn't see myself drinking more than one of these in a night, but what a night it would be.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2005 02:19:52 | More by LuckySevens82
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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt umber color - slightly transparent.
Minimal cream colored head which falls and races to the side of the glass quickly.

Smells of prunes, vanilla and oak. Somewhat reminiscent of a tawny port.

The taste is what makes this beer stand out from the crowd. It was like a liquid Heath bar. Toffee and chocolate are close to overwhelming but it's not cloying or too sweet - near perfect! The alcohol is so well hidden that it makes this beer very dangerous. Drink more than one and you'll feel it!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2005 03:11:17 | More by cncbofh
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New York

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

Pours a deep mahogany with a well-retained head. Wow, the nose is really complex. Sweet malt with lots of raisin and grape scents, but also a distinct prune smell throughout. Flavor is extremely malty with the same prune flavors coupled with caramel, chocolate, and just a little smoky note. Toasty bread flavors are also in there. Each sip is so soft and chewy with complexity, though, that you could search through there and find most anything you were looking for, I think. Alcohol comes through in the finish, but only lightly. Overall, very nice!

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2005 03:17:02 | More by whartontallboy
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4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Slim brown 500ml bottle with a regal label depicting a royal or religious figure and what appears to be a bear with goods tied to its back like a pack animal. Poured into a 14oz chalice.

Appearance: The darkest of dark browns. Semi-translucent when held up to the light. Looks quite similar to cola. Large head which mostly fizzles out within a few minutes, leaving thin lace in its wake.

Smell: Very noticeably sweet, dark fruits and chocolate dominate the aroma. Whispers of earthy hops in the background. Alcohol is barely detectable in the nose.

Taste: Malty sweetness prevalent upfront, giving way to lightly roasty, nutty and finally rummy alcohol notes. Just a touch of noble hops bitterness on the finish, balancing this strong dark lager perfectly.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation enhances the flavor without coming on too strong and prickling the tongue. Rich and slick, this coats the mouth thoroughly and leaves it a little sticky.

Drinkability/comments: Despite the relatively high alcohol content, this goes down so easily and tastes so delicious that I can have several in a sitting. Fantastic. This beer solidifies Weihenstephan's standing as one of the world's truly great breweries. The hefeweizen brought this notion to mind, and Korbinian proves it.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2005 06:17:39 | More by sprackops
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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew is a dark but clear brown, with a light brown head. The head is bulbous, rocky, and solid through most of the glass. The aroma has a serious and intense chocolate character. This beer simply smells sweet…a mix of big malt flavors (not unlike dry dark malt extract), with unsweetened chocolate, plums, cherries, and sugar. Creeping into the back of the aroma is an alcohol smell. The first taste is sweet and soft…it’s smooth, full of body, and very creamy. It’s not so sweet that it becomes undrinkable, but it’s still not the kind of thing that I could drink all night. Nice warming by the middle of the glass. Finish has a little hops, but also a powerful, lingering maltiness. This is solid, enjoyable, and worth pensively long, slow sips.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2005 20:51:54 | More by Suds
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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled as part of a blind dopplebock tasting. This one poured a deep brown with an attractive frothy dark tan head. Pleasant aroma of brown sugar, deeply toasted caramel, burgundy cherry, & hazelnut. Semi-roasted & well-rounded flavors of chocolate, sweet cherry, plum, and toasted malt. Fairly sweet throughout with hints of both grapes and noble hops beneath the blanket of deep, chewy malt. Medium to full bodied & syrupy in the mouth - overall - exceptionally sweet, rich, & enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2005 01:00:06 | More by garthwaite
Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 1,992 ratings.