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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,998 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,998
Reviews: 1,097
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 127
Gots: 87 | FT: 1
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

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 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
Photo of cncbofh


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
Photo of whartontallboy

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
Photo of sprackops


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
Photo of Suds


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
Photo of garthwaite


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
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Porter like colour and even taste and aroma. Some malts, chocolate, and cherries and berries, raisins and currents. Hops. Smoothness from malts yet sour finish. Bit high on the alcohol, though disguised. Thanks whoever brought this to Doug Shoemaker's party.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2004 06:01:26 | More by Sammy
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North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear dark brown color with garnet highlights and a fluffy tan head; a fair amount of lacing

Smell: Dark fruits, caramel; a bit toasty

Taste: Dark bready malt dominates the start and middle; caramel and dried fruit followed by a subtle bitterness from the hops; roasty coffee flavor insinuates itself into the other flavors after the swallow; a bit of alcohol on the finish

Mouthfeel: Not quite as full-bodied as expected; modest carbonation

Drinkability: A stunningly well made doppelbock; not as sweet as some of the others; nicely rounded

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2004 23:03:29 | More by brentk56
Photo of sparkydoyle


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

Pours dark and slightly hazy with a slight, tan head. Biscuit maltyness and a prunelike note is evident in the nose. Moderate carbonation.

This beer is a malt monster. Malt soup. Multiple decoctions up the wazoo. Flavor is alcoholic with intense biscuit sweetness, and a slight hoppyness in the finish. The flavor notes are simple but intense and malty sweet. Would be a great companion to a dessert that featured cocoanut or carmelized ingredients.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2004 00:43:46 | More by sparkydoyle
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

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

This particular brew from Weihenstephaner is one that I don't commonly see too much. When I saw it up in New York state, I seized upon it, having never tried this much saught-after beer, and indeed it was a very worthy beer.

Korbinian pours a semi-translucent dark brown color with a nice foamy head that lasts for about a minute and a half. The smell is VERY malty, with some big caramel and nutty smells present. The aroma is almost "syrupy" in a way. The mouthfeel is rich and full-bodied, on par for a doppelbock. The big malts are present in the flavor. Caramel, chocolate, and some nuttiness are detectable. There is an alcohol presence in the flavor but does not overpower the brew. There is some mild dryness as well, but not much is there in terms of hop bitterness. The syrupy malt flavors continue into the aftertaste and the brew finishes out with some alcoholic warmth.

This is a nice doppelbock. While it is a rich brew, it still retains a level of drinkability. This is a beer that I would definitely like to go back to if I get the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2004 17:35:38 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of PatandDavid


4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You know, I wanted more after drinking this, but stopped myself. This beer was excellent. Had on tap at 'bones, served in a 10.5 oz glass. Pour was dark ruby in color, with very low head. This thin tan head did last through-out my glass however. Aroma was barleywine like, consisting of dark fruits, mostly plums in this case. Medium bodied, I am having trouble describing the taste (sorry!)...it was so smooth, and blended, and nothing sticking out and trying to be the center of attention. Mostly rich malt, with very slight alcohol in the background. Some caramel notes, some of raisins. I thought there was subtle hazenut notes in the finish. A very fine beer that I recommend highly.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2004 14:12:58 | More by PatandDavid
Photo of skybluewater


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

Pours a very dark reddish amber color. No lacing to speak of. Smells quite sweet, almost Coca-Cola like. Taste is very nutty, with a nice mouthfeel. I also get a hint of root beer barrels (very odd, but good). This is a great sipping beer for a cold night.

Overall, even though doppelbocks aren't my favorite style, this one is darn good. I can see myself picking up one of these every once in a while.
Well this is rather embarrassing. I went to review this beer, and found out that I already reviewed it! Just upping the taste and mouthfeel to 4.5...

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2004 02:20:03 | More by skybluewater
Photo of markman


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

Weihenstephaner Korbinian:

Wow…wow…wow. A real treat for the eyes and nose, with a promise of blackstrap molasses on the palate that doesn’t disappoint. Big and malty, but not cloying…a viscous mouthfeel that makes ya want to just chew on it a while. A meal in a bottle, and at ½ liter it is the perfect meal. This brew deserves it’s place near the top of the Doppels…world class.


Serving type: bottle

11-10-2004 01:49:48 | More by markman
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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich deep red with a tan head that had good retention. The aroma is very nice with lots of banana and a little clove to give it depth and a touch of lightly roasted malt really set things off right.
The flavor is so far the best I have had for a doppelbock as it begins with a rich blend of Munich malt and Noble hop bitterness which segues into a malty almost sweet flavor tha finishes with a lingering roasty malt character blended in with banana and clove esters that goes away fast enough to make you want another drink. No flaws in this one make it a very good Doppelbock to use as an educational tool as well as one to try and emulate in Homebrewing experiments. The mouthfeel is perfect as there is only enough carbonic bite to accentuate the hop bitterness without leaving the beer fizzy as well as the body being viscous enough to flow over the tongue slowly. Very drinkable even the high alcohol level would not deter me from having a couple of these at a time. An excellent doppelbock that I would recommend to anyone who wishes to try a winter warmer from a country besides England and USA.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2004 21:36:03 | More by RenoZymurgist
Photo of bultrey

New York

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

Mmmm... liquid banana bread is the only way one can describe this luscious beer, although it actually doesn't possess the cloying and sticky sweetness of the aforementioned quickbread. This is a beautiful murky brown color, with a smell reminiscent of banana, clove, cocoa powder, and a little roasted, burnt grain. The taste is much of the same, rum, bittersweet cocoa, toffee, banana, with an ever so bitter finish, just the tiniest bit of hops profile peeking out to say hello, then jumping back in this vat of banana pudding. The mouthfeel is so creamy and thick, and the alcohol is so well-hidden, I could probably drink several of these easily in one sitting, out of liter steins, but I'd pay the price. Not quite a dessert beer though, but a sweet session beer for sure. Dopplebockalicious.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2004 03:03:09 | More by bultrey
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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber maple syrup with a very impressive, medium-large, light-brown head.
Nose is tangy, fruity, rummy malt. There’s also alcohol and a soapy, herbal hop presence.
Rich, bready, toffee malt flavors up front. Kind of tastes like Jagermeister! Weird/interesting. Sweetness fades at the back of the palate into a mildly bitter, herbal finish. Lingering sticky sweetness and licorice. Big bodied, chewy, but not too syrupy. Not bad, but I’ve had better doppelbocks, but this is right up there.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2004 21:59:06 | More by alexgash
Photo of malthead


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

Nice dark color, big cratering white head. Smells malty, of course, but there are fruity notes, too... plum, raisins, etc. with a faint citric hoppyness. Taste is sweet, heavily malty but not dry or bitter, with maybe a hint of hops at the end. Good mouthfeel, but less of a body than I expected. Great drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2004 02:29:33 | More by malthead
Photo of dauss


4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Long slender brown pint bottle. Label is accentuated with red, brown, yellow, and blue. A little different than your standard blue, white, and gold Weihenstephaner label.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful and clear ruby amber, big pillowy light tan head with good retention. Slowly subsides into a pretty lace on the edge of the glass.

Smell: Nose if full of dark roasty malts, coffeeish, and chocolately. Also a lot of fruit, mainly prunes and raisins.

Taste: Mild carbonation, malt sweetness dominates with fruit that come out strong in the end. Finishes just a little dry, yet sweet. Hops are well hidden,just a tiny bit of bitterness at the finish. Full bodied and wonderful creamy risidual mouthfeel. Tight small bubbles just make this beer feel extremely creamy in your mouth.

Notes: No trace of the 7.4% ABV detected. This beer is absolutely amazing. Sweetness is balanced and not overpowering. Wonderfully smooth and very drinkable. Just amazing. Watch out Celebrator Doppelbock, you've got some fierce competition.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2004 23:31:34 | More by dauss
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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Initially soft and "hoppy" in aroma that greadually moves to mice mild roast, then slowly winto sweet dark malt. Cloy aspects and a little alcohol.
Dark amber (brown with reddish/orange hues). Clear. Fizzy head settles to a half-inch.
Medium rich maltiness, sweet with being excessively so. Really smooth in blending of flavors. Dryness from malt (but mild). Light fruity quality. Alcohol more apparent in aroma.
Very good smoothness. Fair amount of carbonation and fluffiness. Nice fullness to feel.
I like the contrast of this versus Salvator. The lighter overall character, yet still appropriate for style. A little easier to drink than Salvator. Less bold, more subtle. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2004 20:52:24 | More by garymuchow
Photo of chriscolby


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

This beer is labeled, on my bottle at least, as a "Dunkles Starkbier," meaning dark, strong beer. (Thanks to somebody's stupid labeling laws, it also says "malt liquer" [sic] on the label. I got this bottle in Las Vegas.)

The beer pours dark, with a small head. Held up to a light, it shows a deep copper color (not a brighter ruby, as with many dark beers) and crystal clarity. The aroma is malty, with little or no hops detectable. There are some raisony notes in the aroma and a few esters, both expected in a beer with 7.4% ABV, but niether is overpowering.

The flavor is richly malty, with some excellent chocolate notes. The flavor almost totally obscures the (relatively) high alcohol content of this beer. The beer is well attenuated, leaving enough body so it doesn't seem dry but not so much that it comes across as cloying. Carbonation is moderate. The overall balance of the beer -- including aroma, malt flavor, hop bitterness and body is excellent; doubly so when you consider the strength of this beer.

This beer is highly -- perhaps dangerously -- drinkable given it's alcohol content. It slides down your throat with no problems at all. If they sold Korbinian where I live (Texas), it would definitely become one of my standby winter beers. (Of course, winter here only lasts a day or two most years, but still . . .)

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2004 02:49:08 | More by chriscolby
Photo of Padron4KM


3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a thick brown head that disapates quickly.

aroma is sweet, malt, plum, raisin.

Flavor is syrupy sweet, with some prune,caramel, and a little dark chocalate.
very slight orange peel in the finish.

A little sweet for my taste, but about halfway through the glass I cut up some regianno cheese and that toned it down quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2004 08:08:05 | More by Padron4KM
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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep coppery brown with a generous tan colored head that retains well. Chewy malty nose, very sweet smelling with suggestions of treacle and dark plum or prune. Very smooth beer, with its roasted malt character, light spiciness and a carbonation level that keeps this strong beer drinkable. Faint astringency in the finish that is slightly hoppy and earthy, but never lets you forget the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2004 17:38:21 | More by crookedhalo
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There was one of these left over from my beer tasting last week. The beer pours a nice dark brown, showing only some reddish tinges when held up to the light. The tan head is about two fingers high that falls to a quarter inch. The nose is full of carmel and malty goodness. Oh this is good. There are sweet caramel malts and a hint of the alcohol coming through. This is thick in my mouth with a moderate carbonation of small bubbles...a good combination. This beer is highly drinkable. This is a beer to sit down to on a nice fall night. Its not too filling, but sits nicely in my somach after a meal.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2004 01:54:28 | More by kmpitz2
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4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish-brown color with two fingers of head. There is a little bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is rich and full of burnt malt and caramel. Almost seems to have the qualities of a good stout. The taste is sweet with roasted malt and some fruit, maybe dates. Just a great flavor. The body is fairly strong for a doppelbock. The drinkability is good for such a strong beer. Another nice one from Weihenstephan.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2004 21:33:32 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Korbinian is one of the best made, richest, and most enjoyable doppelbocks made. Its clear russett body has a reddish cast and displays brilliant orange and ruby highlights when held to the light; and its creamy tan head holds very well despite its alcoholic strength, and even leaves thin sheets of lace at the outset of the glass. The nose, however, is possibly the most exciting part. It smells almost like fresh wort at the brewery. It's richly malty with a suggestion of caramel. The body is full; and its fine carbonation gently caresses the tongue before it fades smoothly away. Even bolder than the nose is the flavor. It's simply loaded with deep, rich caramel, toffee, chocolate and even a light cusp of coffee. There's some dark fruit present but it's not bold, and at times a hint of hop flavor can be detected. Otherwise it's exceptionally clean, not even showing its alcohol. It's exceptionally well balanced for such a rich beer as well, and its sweet malt seems to simply fade away in the finish despite the fact that it's bitterness is limited. Brilliant! It's rich and sweet but never cloying. Very well done indeed!

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2004 22:58:17 | More by NeroFiddled
Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 1,998 ratings.