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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,191
Reviews: 1,116
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 144
Gots: 146 | 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 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.

Photo of ByTor2112
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown from the bottle to my ceramic stein.
Aroma- A little roasted malt but the dominant aroma is cocoa and some bittersweet chocolate.
Mouthfeel-Smooth but heavy malt body, sweet malt flavors with the bittersweet chocolate coming through and finishes somewhat sweet- I like this. A very mild bitterness is there early then fades to other sweet malt flavors. Is a little silky-smooth. A good froth reveals some of the alcohol for a warm finish and earthy hops are revealed here also. Very good Doppelbock and alcohol is well-hidden for 8%.

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

Pours dark with a tan head which sticks around for a bit. Not too much lacing. Smell was a bit off, I think this bottle had seen better days. Fortunately the flavor was not affected. Sweet malt, dark chocolate and coffee flavors, with a bit of hops to balance the flavor. Don't know how old this beer was, but I suspect it was a bit too old. I would love to sample this beer at its peak. Even a little on the old side it's a respectable beer, quite drinkable even at 7.5% abv.

Photo of Erdinger2003
2.36/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The date says the 130th day of 06.

The head pours out alright, but then leaves behind a 1/8 inch head covering the beer on top, so it's not that bad. The color is a deep brown, I can still see through it fine, but it's very brown with carbonation bubbling up all over. The smell is bready, and I can't smell much of anything else. The taste is off a bit, the sweetness has been morphed into a sour/sick flavor. The mouthfeel was ok, a little too carbonated, but ok. Overall I would have to take my time and find out a date of the next one of these I find.

Photo of BlindPig
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Thin creamy tan head on a dark brown body with some lighter brown hues.
S- Hints of alcohol, dark fruits, sweet caramel, hints of metallic, sweet grass hops.
T- Really sweet caramel, light warming of alcohol, light bitterness on tongue from few grassy hops, kind of a big metallic flavor to it, light toffee in the aftertaste, and hints here and there of dark fruits.
M- Medium body with low to medium carbonation.
D- I think this one may be off. I can't tell how old it is and it just seems the metallic is way to strong for this brew. Also seems like some of the flavors are lacking and may have a few off tastes to them. I am going to try and try this another time when I am out of town (so I can get some fresher stuff) and see how it is then.

Photo of Bookseeb
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark rich amber with a thick creamy head. Smell of prunes, sweet fruit with chocolate. flavor of prunes, chocolate and a hint of burned sugar, having a thick creamy mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation to make it go down smooth, but leaving a certain metallic bitter aftertaste.

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

A: Pours a deep chocolate brown with a nice thick head that trails the beer down the glass.

S: Notes of chocolate malt, dried fruit, plums, and raisin

T: It tastes like chocolate malt. Incredible! The alcohol sneaks in to dry the palate but does not overwhelm the big maltiness of this beer.

MF: smooth and creamy with great carbonation

D: I could drink this all night ... someone would have to carry me home, but it might just be worth it! The oldest brewery in the world sure knows how to make a great beer. Just like their other styles, this one is exceptional. If only Lent came more than once a year ... for the beer only that is!!

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 0.5L Duvel tulip.

A: Tan head with great staying power and great lacing as the head travels down the glass. Body is dark brown and totally opaque; just what I like to see.

S:: Smells of caramel.fruits and a nice malt. Never smelled that before. Nice and strong too.

T: The smell hits my tongue, wonderful sweetness complex malts and sweet fruit. A little spiciness in the malt, and really not much alcohol in the flavor. Residual sweetness stays on the tongue.

M: Thick mouthfeel and perfect carbonation.

D: I can't seem to get enough of this. The flavor doesn't get boring and keeps me coming back.

Really a fan of big malty beers, and this is one of my new favorites. Superb.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Very nice medieval bottle with a saint or pope on it. Deep mahogony brown with a dark purple cast when held to the light. A four finger head eventually recedes to a tight tan cap...it eventually disappears altogether. Big sheets of foam leave lots of lacey arcs on the glass. Since the head was roiling over the edge of my glass, I slurped some off the top and it was like a chocolate malt milkshake. I'm not sure if that belongs in the appearance category, but this is the best tasting foam ever.

S - Tootsie rolls, chocolate Tootsie-pop suckers, chocolate cake, homemade brownies fresh from the oven, and chocolate chip pancakes.

T - Chocolate chip pancakes and fresh brownies. Deeply chocolatey and rich, but not as complex as it could be. Big hop green grassy flavors come out at the end and in the long lasting aftertaste.

M - Creamy and full, but somehow light on the palate. Has a bit of a cake-batter feel to it without much carbonation. Silky.

D - Perfect. Rich, complex, creamy but oddly light in the mouth. A nearly perfect dopplebock.

Photo of joe1510
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml. Bottle
Binny's Orland

Korbinian poured a caramel brown into my pilsner glass. Generous amount of small rising carbonation bubbles. A tan 2 finger head formed on the pour that, with some time, faded do a thick cap. Leaves small spotty lacing. Looks good.

The smell starts with a a deep caramel sweetness. Along the way there's some nuts, bananas, and some doughiness. Some raw grains show up as well as a mild vegetal aroma. Theres a mild metallic scent in there that doesn't belong but it fades as the beer warms. Smells good. The metallic and vegetal aromas do detract a little from the smell though.

The flavor is much like the smell without the funky vegetal flavor or metallic twang. More caramel and raw grains are the backbone and help to showcase the mild banana. The doughiness comes along mid-palate and everything ends up with some frothy milk chocolate and a touch of alcohol. Slightly acidic. Nice.

The mouthfeel seems to be a little on the thin side. Medium bodied but the thinness that starts mid-palate doesnt quite fit. There is a frothiness on the swallow that is unique and pleasant.

I could drink another one or two of these buts that's probably all. It is an enjoyable beer that I will pick up again.

Overall this is a solid doppelbock. There are some unique characteristics you don't find in other doppelbocks, unfortuanately some of them don't add to the quality. Not as hearty as some others but still a good all around beer.

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

Presented in a 500ml bomber with no date stamp but “0106” on label. I don’t believe this is a date stamp based on other Weis labels I’ve seen. Initially served from fridge temp (about 45 degrees) into the cervoise, I allowed this one to warm substantially to improve its flavor and nose. Contrary to what the bottle indicates, this beer benefits greatly from warming.

Pours a dark, clear mahogany color with numerous tiny bubbles beneath a 2-finger brownish tan head that fades slowly leaving a thin sheet and full ring along with great, sheet-like lacing. Quite an attractive brew from the start. Nose is full, in-your-face malt with a sweet background of dark fruit and a hint of cocoa. Tastes of full, semi-sweet malt, light alcohol warmth, a bit of plums, and dry and lightly bitter on the backside until the alcohol reasserts itself in the end. Quite tasty, though I cannot help but to compare any dopplebock to Celebrator; here the taste is a bit drier. Mouth is viscous and semi-creamy with lively carbonation. Very pleasing mouth. Drinkability is great overall: this is a smooth, tasty brew.

Overall: A solid dopplebock with good malt character. Recommended.

Photo of Byeast
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured a clear dark brown with some reddish hues , quarter inch solid tan head.

Smell: chocolate , brown bread , big malt

Taste: Rich and full malty body , some toastyness , bready flavor , nice semi-sweet chocolate , caramel , just a little bit of hops to balance.

Mouthfeel: nice and full.

Drinkability: One of my favorite dopplebocks. The malt is huge , really well balanced , toasty and delicious. Super drinkable.

Photo of Absumaster
3.42/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A burgundy brown beer with a small, bubbly head leaving rings on the surface.

Smell was full of 'dark' fumes, caramel cigar tobacco and molasses. A big malty smell and some roasted, burned notes. Nice and complex.

Taste was a bit of a letdown, there was the sweet maltiness combined with the caramel, roast and mild molasses taste. However the body was rather thin and carbonation was lacking. This was unlike any other doppelbock I have had, which were all very full-bodied and more pronounced in malt and caramel flavors.

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Looks a lot like the dunkel but a bit more amber to it. Really though, the head color, consistency and body filtration is almost identical.

S: Molasses, strawberries and butterscotch. Interesting.

T: Begins with vanilla laced molasses with minor moments of peach and apricot. Definately some butterscotch with with dried dark fruits lurking behind the scenes. Really sweet...lots of brown sugar, cooked down, burnt and sticky. Leather aspects with a lick of licorice wrap this one up with strong cloying malts and toasted bread qualities.

M: Medium body, slightly syrupy with a decent smoothness.

D: Nice flavor, good balance. Overall cloying but not so much that its a turnoff. I like the vanilla aspects and would enjoyed a heavier dose than that.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7.4 % ABV, .5L bottle, label code-5466. Dark brown in color with chestnut edges. Thick fluffy tan head. Very nice head retention. Nose suggests toffee, caramel, earthy and floral hops. Very rich and robust, with flavors of dark toffee. Not overly sweet despite being so rich. Oh, so smooth! Medium body, carbonation appropriate to style. A slight nutty flavor seems to linger and the finish. Very nice!

Photo of rec
3.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head displays poor retention but laces the glass relatively well. It looks almost like Cola. The smell is extremely strong, sweet and malty with some dark fruits present such as fig.

It's smooth and sweet. Beside the strong malt and dark fruit flavours, it actually delivers some hints of ligher fruits - dried banana is one of them. It generally has a very "earthy" taste, almost as if it were aged in wood barrels. Very complex, and a pleasure to try and disect as you drink.

Overall it's enjoyable, defintely not a favourite import, but well worth trying.

Photo of phisig137
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby red, almost mahogany like color, with a very creamy one finger head. decent retention gives way to a dense creamy blanket over top of the glass, and delicate lacing.

Aroma is purely malt driven, with caramel, toffee, raisin, and fig aromas. Slightly spicy alcohol almost gives this a baked desert type of aroma, with hints of cinnamon.

Flavor is again all malt. Toffee dominates, along with big dark fruit flavors. Finish is slightly sweet, not cloying, and has a slight green apple flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and fairly heavy. Drinkability is pretty good.

Overall, a fantastic Dopplebock, one of the best out there. Well balanced, no diacetyl, and well hidden alcohol. Highly recommended, and worth seeking out.

Photo of auntfloyd
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 500 ml bottle into a US pint glass. Definitely not the proper glassware, but all I had on hand at the time :)

Pours a dark, hazy mahogany color with about one finger of light tan head that quickly recedes. The nose is sweet, with malt and fruit characters predominating. The taste is similar, with sweet caramel, malt, and fruit flavors, with a fairly faint hops presence and some floral notes, ending on a slightly bitter finish, but overall quite sweet. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, and drinkability is high.

This is an excellent beer all around. I will admit to not knowing much about German beer or Doppelbocks in general, but I know what I like, and this delivers it in spades. Highly recommended.

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

Great Duppelbock...
Rich and creamy mouthfeel without becoming cloying or sticky.
Nice off white head that leaves a nice ring of lacing after it disappears.
Smells like Caramel Coffee...with just enough hop on the end to keep it from becoming too sweet.
Roasted, toasted malts, creamy coffee and caramel and creme in the flavors.
Very pleasant.

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

The appearance is a dark brown with a creamy tan head.

Smells sweet with hints of malt and caramel. Taste is good with a mix of malt, coffee, and some chocolate.

Mouthfeel is smooth with nice carbaonation. Overall, this is one of the better Doppelbock I have had.

Photo of umustdrink
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Eighth inch head. Very dark brown in color.

S - Very rich malts, also some sweet caramel.

T - Rich malt flavor, very creamy and light tasting. Slight bitterness on the back of the tongue. A very slight metallic aftertaste.

M - Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

D - A nice Doppelbock, taste was kind of simple which is not necessarily a bad thing. I enjoyed the creaminess.

Photo of jwc215
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a one-finger off-white head that descends to a thin cover.

The smell is of brown sugar, caramel and some dark fruitiness.

The taste is of caramel and sugar candy. Dark fruitiness balances out the sweetness, allowing it to be in control but not cloying. Alcohol well-covered.

Full-bodied - the caramel glides through the mouth and down the throat easily, with just the faintest hint of alcohol sharpness.

A wonderful sipping brew that is all too easy to more than sip. Don't know that it has quite the complexities of some other Bavarian doppelbocks, but it sure is delicious, and smooth for style and abv. One of my favorites of the style.

Photo of bashiba
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark thick brown color with cola like highlights, thin but long lasting head and good lacing.

Smell is sweet and fruity with a bit of fig and an earthy quality.

Taste is smooth as silk, slightly sweet with hints of banana nut bread, maple, molasses and a great bit of cedar. A bit of earthy hops, but this is pretty much a malt lovers dream.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full.

Very tasty and delicous, My new favorite Dopplebock.

Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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