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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,026 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,026
Reviews: 1,099
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 129
Gots: 94 | 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 pentathlete


4.18/5  rDev -0.5%

Knockout dark translucent beauty with a firm faintly brown head. Wonderfully carbonated and the nose is heavily malted dark fruits and spices. Taste started with an anise flavor that changed to a pleasant malt and fruit flavor as the beer warmed. Mouthfeel is full, chewy, and the finish is long lasting. The beer might be a little fruity for heavy consumption, but one large bottle is a real treat.

07-30-2005 00:31:30 | More by pentathlete
Photo of francisweizen


4.68/5  rDev +11.4%

Awesome. I can't believe this is the first time I had this one. I had this one as a nice after dinner tipple at the Mesquito Grill in Doyelstown, PA. This was about $5 for the bottle, not bad at all, I thought to myself. Anyways, this one is a nearly opaque dark brown/black colour with ruby edges. Head is tannish brown and lasts well and leaves nice lacing. Aromas are all dark fruits and figs with super bready bavarian pretzel malts. To style, this one is pretty damn low on the German hops....but that's how it's supposed to be. Taste is malty sweet with complex dark fruit flavors like plum and fig, roasted nuts also come into the picture as well as dark sweet syrupy liquid sugar sources of various variaties. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but a bit thing for a doppel. Drinkability is nice as well. Good stuff.

07-29-2005 06:11:58 | More by francisweizen
Photo of Naerhu


4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

A - Extremely dark, blood-tinged amber with initially explosive head with quickly dies down. Restrained lacing.
S - Sweet malty aroma with the lightest notes of honey and dark caramel.
T - From the luscious aroma, I expected this to be more overwhelming, but it is very nicely balanced. Restrained bitterness and mild sweetness. Faint hints of char and small amounts of alcohol.
M - Very smooth, medium body.
D - The easiest drinking dopplebock I have had, but is this really a dopplebock?

07-18-2005 14:51:02 | More by Naerhu
Photo of Citadel82

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Got this gem on sale at Half-Time.

Poured a deep, clear, chestnut with a thick, long lasting, tan, rocky head.

Aroma was sweet malt and a slight whiff of hops on the balance sweet and earthy carmel malt.

This is a balanced and tasty brew that I really enjoyed. Not as sweet as many double bocks can be nor was it excessively hopped, There were some biscuit notes and some sweet malt but not cloying. short mildly hopped finish,

Mouuthfeel was smoth and not excessively slick nor oily. Just right for pairing with some soft cheese and pumpernickel.

Very drinkable. I will stock up next chance I get!

07-12-2005 02:35:33 | More by Citadel82
Photo of medic25


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

Rich brown color with a bit of a light colored head. Delicious, malty nose, like walking into a bakery. The taste is an overwhelming malt flavor, perhaps a little bit chocolatey. Extremely easy drinking, this went down very well paired with a steak right of the grill. Probably the best beer from Weihenstephaner I've tried so far, even more than their legendary hefeweizen.

07-07-2005 00:36:08 | More by medic25
Photo of Jacobob10

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

On-tap @ Fire Waters in Hackensack, NJ.

Wow, what a delicious doppelbock. This one rivals all the best ones that I've had including the Ayinger Celebrator. Very dark brown pour with a small head that had trouble keeping its retention. Fantastic aroma and taste. Loads of caramel, roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Delicious. Slightly bitter aftertaste from the hops. Medium bodied for a doppelbock but it goes down so smoothly. I wanted another one, but had to hold myself back so I could drive home. Stupid cars...

07-01-2005 13:55:38 | More by Jacobob10
Photo of ppoitras


4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

16.9oz bottle obtained via trade with LuckySevens82. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1" of light tan head over the clear burgundy amber brew. Head hangs around like nobody's business, and lacing is delicate yet lasting. Aroma is chocolate grain husks. Taste is creamy dark malts, with a light fruity tint to it, and a grain husk aftertaste that keeps me coming back for more. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent. Alcohol is hidden dangerously, leaving a brew that goes down easy and quick. Yum.

06-25-2005 21:30:39 | More by ppoitras
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Solid, malty sweet caramel malt aroma. Big, foamy light brown colored head leaves scattered bands of lace. Deep brown colored beer way a layer of bubbles stuck to the bottom of the glass. Rich malt flavor, a bit of chocolate and some toasted/biscuity flavors. Light sweetness up front is overtaken by a warming alcohol flavor midway through. Slightly slick mouthfeel on this soft, full bodied beer.

06-23-2005 18:00:24 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of cracgor


4.68/5  rDev +11.4%

Appearance: Dark, dark brown to a black appearance. Tall tan creamy head pours out iwht the tiniest bubbles. Lots of sticking-not a sheet, but still a nice laced pattern. Head keeps a hat of head--not a ring.

Smell: Wonderfully aromatic. I can smell this as soon as I crack the bottle open. A great smell. Fruity like prunes, apricots, raisins, and figs. Chocolate smell. and a little tartness, but great.

Taste: Initially like some bitter chocolate with hints of honey suckle and raisins. As I swallow the beer it tastes very clean and sweet. best described like chocolate covered raisins.

Mouthfeel: full bodied and no carbonation on the tongue. NO hint of alcohol anywhere. Pours really thick...not even close to motor oil, but thick in its own right.

Drinkability: Very tasty. Very Drinkable. Looking forward to real Dopplebock weather.

06-14-2005 23:44:02 | More by cracgor
Photo of ypsifly


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

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


3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

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.

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


3.93/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

06-01-2005 23:47:53 | More by stodbrew
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Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

05-23-2005 03:19:37 | More by Viggo
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4.45/5  rDev +6%

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.

05-19-2005 02:53:49 | More by allengarvin
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

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


3.08/5  rDev -26.7%

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.

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


2.75/5  rDev -34.5%

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.

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


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

05-02-2005 18:56:56 | More by GClarkage
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

04-30-2005 06:30:51 | More by droomyster
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

04-27-2005 15:57:29 | More by meathookjones
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

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!

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


4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

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

04-07-2005 22:46:51 | More by counselor
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

04-03-2005 05:45:50 | More by blitz134
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

03-23-2005 22:14:48 | More by mntlover
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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!

03-21-2005 22:18:24 | More by Fish113d
Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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