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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,239 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,239
Reviews: 1,126
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 156
Gots: 166 | FT: 0
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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 guinnessfan
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clouded, brown pour yields a smal1 finger-wide head that quickly recedes to a thin ring.

S: Sweet malt, dark fruits lightly coated in maple syrup.

T: Same as smell, but better and more intense; not cloyingly sweet though. Definately dances on the line of being almost too sweet.

M: Silky smooth, perfect carbonation, not too sharp. Medium-thick body.

D: Excellent taste makes this easier to quaff than the ABV would/should allow. Alcohol is well hidden!

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

A - Poured a brown color with an off white head

S - Is mostly of sweet malt in my nose

T - Like the smell theres sweet caramel malt flavors

M - This beer has light carbonation and it coats your mouth

D - This is another very good beer from Weihenstephaner this is one of those good enjoyable sipper brews

Photo of oelergud
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tall greyish brown 1 pint .9oz glass bottle. pry-off cap. The label shows a bishop or similar character.
Almost opaque ruby and mahogany body. Dimpled creamy light tan head with great retention and a little lace.
Sweet dark bread with maple syrup scent. Clear and complex.
Lagerish bread flavor. Molasses and mild pine hop notes. Complex and interesting. The aftertaste is fairly hoppy and keeps with it some of the malt from the initial taste.
Medium to full body with residual sugars. Dry finish and maybe abit grainy.
Good drinkability, not the best doppelbock I've had but a good lager nonetheless.


Photo of illidurit
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Eichhof bier mug. Pours a dark transparent brown with highlights ranging from ruby to orange. Nice fluffy white head of two fingers. Not much lacing.

Nose is very dark, with a kind of fruitcake-like sweet doughy maltiness. Some milk chocolate influence as well.

Tastes very sweet, with a lot of rich malt and sugary dark fruit notes like date and prune. The chocolate note comes out in the flavor, as well as a distinct flavor of fresh grainy bread.

Very smooth on the palate, with great carbonation and a nice medium-full body. A bit too sweet to be incredibly drinkable.

Photo of mortarit
3.04/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

New beers on the shelf

I have had Weihenstephaner before and know that it has a good following so I got this one.

Big Head on the pour, slowly went away. Dark foam

Clean brown-brown color, can see through the edges

Smooth in taste and texture
Not to impressed with this one

Maybe the problem is from having hot sauce before the drink. I would call this one a one timer. I want go back unless it was the only one left.

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

This pint of beer had a look so heavy and full that I convinced myself the glass weighed more than usual. It had a dark ruby-orange color with tiny happy little bubbles supporting a great big thick creamy head. It didn't have a huge nose, but what I could get was all fruity malt, and a touch of milk chocolate.

As soon as my lips dug under the head, however, I was hit with a waft of new smells, and they were very unusual. I swear to god this beer smelled like stewed carrots and onions. Sweet, caramelized root vegetables and grains. It was very effervescent on the tongue, with a warm tingly finish.

I was drinking a pot roast.

The finish lingered, and it was sweetly meaty, making a fine transition right through to the end. I have to get more, make some stew with it, and then drink it, too.

Photo of dnichols
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I poured a 500 ml capped bottle into a large Spaten mug.

A: It poured a dark brown body with cherry tints around the edges but when back lit was a bright clear cherry red. The head was off-white and modest and receded quickly. There was balanced lacing that layered as I drained the mug.

S:There was a noticeable toasted malt base that was accented by delicate aromas of maple, caramel and molasses. There was a recessive aroma of alcohol.

T: The flavors of toasted and sweet malts dominated yet the flavor is clean and balanced. There were hints of ripe dark fruits. The hops were well balanced and did not appear as a driving element of the taste profile. There was no adverse after taste.

M: The medium body was smooth and creamy with a gentle presence in the mouth and a clean finish. Silky smooth and pleasant from start to finish.

D: This one easy brew to drink. Medium bodied, well balanced, moderate ABV...great from start to finish..not that I would want to finish drinking this until after a long, long session.

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

Appearance dark brow almost black hints of orange on edges one finger tan head that left a nice layer of foam as it settled. Smell rosted malt dark fruits and and a sweetness almost like maple syrup. Taste much the same as the smell but a hint of alcohol in their. Mouthfeel was almost silky heavy in body and mediem carbonation. Drinkability great for a cold winter night like this.

Photo of kmo1030
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark orange/ruby brown with a 1 inch tan head.
the smell is very sweet and malty. there's not much influence from yeast or hops to get in between you and the malts. vague coffee/chocolate. maybe a little plum? hints of smoke here and there, but mostly it smells like malted barley,and that's not a bad thing. it smells malty in the way malta goya smells malty.
the taste is more of the same, with a great malt profile. you get more of that true malted barley flavor from the aroma, along with the underlying chocolate/coffee/caramel. you find some dark fruits enveloped in those flavors, but they aren't in the fore at all. there is also a nice dark bready quality, with just a bit of a sour dough tang. reminds me of a dark german raisin bread.
the body is smooth as silk and nearly chewy with malt sugars. moderately carbonated.
great drinkabiliy for such sweet 7.4% abv beer. goes down mighty quick without wrecking your tounge or turning your stomach.

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

pint bottle poured into a pilsner. pours a chocolate brown color with garnet highlights. a few fingers of light tan head top it off, with no lacings.

aroma is quite sweet, with a distinct maple character, masking over other notes of caramel, chocolate, alcohol, and a distant fruity feel from the yeast. the maple seems to contribute a distant ascerbic feel to the brew, though still remaining sweet.

taste is sweet up front, with caramel malts, a slightly nutty feel, and an alcohol note as well. at only 7.4 percent APV, this one has a notable amount of alcohol on the palate. finishes on a nutty note with lingering caramel and the same nutty character.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a bite from the alcohol and a creamy mouthfeel. finish is smooth with a slick coating of the mouth. this one has a commanding presence in the mouth.

drinkability is good. although this is a strong brew both in profile and alcoholic presence, the flavors and aromas combine into an enjoyable doppelbock. cheers!

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

Ruby brown, good clarity, great head.

Intense roasted burnt flavors charge the attack. Following is more malty goodness from the thick chewy body and residual sugars and secondary coffee and chocolate flavors. Alcohol is noticeable with little sporadic heated flashes. Some subtle banana-like estery flavors appear in midpalate.

Strong throughout, this Doppelbock is full of malt and mouthfeel. A really good beer.

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

Appearance - Deep Mahogany, almost opaque brown with ruby hues showing when held to the light. It has short tan head, which leaves adequate lacing down the glass.

Smell - Incredible. dark malts and dark fruit aromas abound. There is pronounced chocolate, with a bit of roasted malt. A slight bit of spice comes into play as well.

Taste - Just like the smell, incredible.The chocolate in the aroma is much more pronounced. Waves of Caramel, and chocolate dipped dark fruits coat the tongue in heavenly bliss. The finish is long lingering with an alcohol spiciness that is followed by a bit of sour breadiness.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with a velvety smooth mouthfeel

This is one massive malt bomb of a beer. Absolutely incredible. I loves me a malty and delicious doppelbock, and this is the best I have tasted. I can't wait to get my hands on some more of this nectar of the gods.

Photo of whiplash3825
3.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish-mahogany with at most a one-finger head which lasts at most five minutes. No lacing.

Smell of dark fruits... figs, plum, raisin, along with a VERY noticable degree of alcohol.

Taste is much the same, but with an unpleasant metallic bitterness which I can't imagine where it comes from. Also, this beer hides the alcohol worse than any higher-gravity beer I've had to date. Close to overpowering.

Mouthfeel seems thin for such a substantial beer, and carbonation is short-lived.

One is about all I can stomach. This goes down about as easy as Nyquil!

I know this is heresy, but I don't get the great reviews of this brew. The only other doppelbock I've had is Optimator, which I LOVE and have had on many occasions. I also love Weihenstephaner Hefe, and get into high-ABV Belgians also. But this beer is so alcoholic it seems like it should be medicine. I guess I'm just not man enough!

Photo of turbine2475
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark rose hue with a cream colored head that slowly disipates.
S - Caramel, mocha, balanced with a smokey oak and juniper blend
T - Smell drives the flavor plethora of malts with a darkened fruit nature that is very nice
M - Milky mouthfeel with a good carbonation that complements the beer
D - Very good brew would drink again if given the chance

Photo of dsa7783
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 1 pint, .9 fl oz bottle from Oak Tree in South Plainfield... Weihenstehpaner's Hefeweizen was an outstanding brew, so I had high hopes for their Doppelbock... "Brewed under the purity law of 1516" on the logo sticker... Pours a grape, dark, ebony hue with an impressive frothy and foamy head... smell was complete with roasted malts, figs, and prunes... taste strongly complemented the aroma, along with noticeable dark sugars, caramel and dehyrdated fruits... the malt flavor really dominates this one... an excellent depiction of the style, with a wonderful sugar-sweet, thick taste, incredibly thick and rich mouthfeel, and a good drinkability that took a hit because of the ultra-rich, and ultra-thick flavor and mouthfeel that dominated this brew... good stuff... good representation of the style... Definitely recommeneded...

Photo of rye726
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark rose wood color with a thick tan head. Settles to a nice silky cover with good lace.

Malts, caramel, dark fruits and cacao all countered by a nice blend of smokey yeast and earthy hops.

Also a big fruit malt profile with rich candies. Faint floral hops through the finish.

Creamy medium body with good amount of carbonation.

A very good example of the style. Well balanced and moderately complex that suits well with many meals.

Photo of Gehrig
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Korbinian pours a modest finger of tan froth on a mahogany body. The smell is wonderful, with chocolate, hints of coffee, caramel, and fruit emerging, heavy on the chocolate. Same with the taste, which is glorious. I'm slightly less impressed with the mouthfeel, which veers a little too much into the syrupy, but is ameliorated with fine carbonation. In sum, this is a very good dopplebock, delicious, different, yet easily drinkable. Well worth trying.

Photo of mrbosworth
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great easy drinking german beer. Weihenstephaner brews extremely clean, flavorful beer with nice medium body. the Korbinian has an earthy carmel color, nice light head and a wet mouthfeel. This is a great beer, but Weihenstephaner does best with their lighter, weizen beers in my opinion. Overall a good beer, from a great brewery.

Photo of satowns
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a .5L mug, Korbinian holds a thick tan foam head on top of a deep ruby brown. Highly carbonated, the head recedes after about a minute and there is constantly a layer of tight bubbles riding the beer down. This beer is proud of itself and its history.

Aroma is full of toasted honey whole wheat all grain bread and sweet caramel malt. No hint of the nearly 8% abv.

This is a full-bodied, hearty beer and you can immediately tell that this beer could feed you during your holiday fast of choice. Low hop rate produces a beer with a focus on dark malt flavor and sweetness. Has a slight oxidized character and minimal alcohol perception.

This is another great beer from a great brewery. Enjoy it with a rich hearty stew or sitting in front of the fire on a cool winter evening.

Music enjoyed whilst sampling: Ring of Fire by the Man in Black

Photo of TEUFELHuNDEN420
4.92/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What can i say, the beer speaks for itself, i was in a specialty store in PHX looking for some brew and found this. Ever since i don't want to drink anything else. No matter where the party is who i'm with, if i have a couple bottles of Korbinian with me i know that i'm in for a good time. PROST!

Photo of madjr80
3.15/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was expecting more from this beer. Poured straight into a glass and there was plenty of foam for about 10 mins. After about 10 mins, the foam disapeared and it looked more like flat coke. It wasn't overly bitter, a little bit of sweetness, and had that distinct German yeast flavor. I like this brand of beer, but Hefeweizens are more of my type. I wasn't feeling this one.

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

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. The beer was very dark brown, nearly black in color with ruby highlights near the edges. A sturdy 2.5 fingers of light tan head that lasted well into the sample and left ample lacing.

The nose is sweet malt, doughy, mollasses, brown sugar, raisons, and chocolate brownies.

The taste begings sweet but not cloying or syrupy. Semi-firm with an understanded chocolate, but more dominated by raison bread, mollasses, and brown sugar.

The mouthfeel starts out with medium body, a little slicker with warmth. A fairly good amount of carbonation, perhaps a bit more than I expected.

A solid beer worthy of its reputation. Very drinkable as the alchohol flavors are hardly perceptable and the beer does not get overly sweet or heavy on the palate. Well balanced with very nice flavors coming through.

Photo of JamesS
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown color with nice head and lacing. Good scent, a nice malty aroma, but nothing very deep. Very good taste, a nice maltiness with a great caramel flavor. Goes down great, could not even detect the higher ABV (which really wasn't that high for a good doppel). An excellent beer for cold winter nights or to welcome the spring. Or anytime, really.

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

On tap at Naja's Place in Redondo Beach, CA

Brown in color, transparent not opaque, tinges of red when held to the light. The light tan
head falls quickly.

Roasted malt and caramel aromas.

Very smooth complex malt flavors of roasted malts, caramel and melanoidans. Finishes malty
sweet and slightly nutty. Just enough hop bitterness to take the edge off of the residual
sweetness. No hop aroma or flavor, no fruity esters. Alcoholic strength is perceptable. A
quintessential dopplebock.

Highly drinkable, very soothing and warming. Leaves one feeling nourished. A good
restorative after hard play at the beach on a cold day.

Photo of n0315
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

nice head that settles quickly and pours a dark brown color. Smell is of carmel and mault, with a heavy taste of mault and thickness. this is my least fav type of beer, but I rated it based on the others I've had. The carmel taste and smell makes it better than the others I have had though.

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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