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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,032 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,032
Reviews: 1,099
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 129
Gots: 96 | FT: 1
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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 GeoffRizzo


3.88/5  rDev -7.6%

Murky brown with a decent ½ inch head; sweet caramel malts, chocolate and some alcohol notes on the nose. Thick, chewy malts, with hints of caramel, toffee and dark roasted coffee beans. Dare I say a bit of dark rum or kahlua like flavors – why not? Kisses of hops and pepper, what a whopper of a double! Enjoy!

08-15-2005 01:29:43 | More by GeoffRizzo
Photo of blitheringidiot


3.9/5  rDev -7.1%

Pours a dark mahogany ruddy hue topped with a 1/2 khaki head cap that quickly settles to a frothy wafer thin coating.

Initial scents are toasted pumpernickel and pancake malts. Not the huge malty blast, but some decent malty nose with a touch of baker's chocolate.

First swigs: Toasted rye bread and more pumpernickel. Middle is plenty of wood along the lines of oaky dryness. A pinch of Dr. Pepper. Aftertaste is a linger of butterscotch and rye. Once this pup warms above fridge temp, the banana, almond and toffee truly perform.

Full bodied and thick as all get out. Tongue coating unforgiving dryness.

Last swigs: Slight rum and banana meets dark bread and cake doppel. Paid $2.60 a bottle from Circle Liquors in Ewing, NJ. I need to hone the subtle doppel craft.

Beer is good. Happy doppelbock beering.

08-12-2005 03:49:02 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.7/5  rDev +11.9%

A curious, yet appealing, conflagration of umber, orange, bronze and red that becomes a less interesting dark cherry when backlit with morning sunshine. When tangentially lit, the beer appears bright, juicy orange at the bottom of the glass and becomes progressively darker and more serious looking as the eye ascends to the creamyfirm, golden sandstone colored cap. All in all, this is one of the better looking doppelbocks that I've ever laid eyes on. The appearance is hampered somewhat by a near complete absence of lace.

The nose is tangy, dark fruity and dark malty. It's bewitchingly complex, even as it lacks a commensurate amount of power. I also pick up a mild peatiness that would be at home on a wee heavy. Cocoa is the centerpiece and holds the center unwaveringly. Crank up the olfactory volume and it'd be unbeatable.

The power vacuum has been filled with a few thousand volts of deliciousness. This is one amazing beer! After one gulp, comparisons to my doppelbock gold standard (Liberator) are in order. There's a huge malt presence with innumerable flavors zinging this way and that. Each mouthful delivers a near perfect mix of roasted malt and dark fruit. Chocolate, dark caramel, toffee, a swirl of treacle, dates, plums, sugared pecans... you name it. If it tastes good, it's in here.

At its apogee, the constellation of flavors is mind blowingly complex and is as multifaceted as a perfectly cut diamond. The finish lingers and redounds with echoes of magnificence that urge me to drink and drink and drink again. Wow. I need a cigarette and I don't even smoke.

The mouthfeel is perfectly matched to the flavor profile. It's medium-full with an exquisite smoothness reminiscent of melted chocolate. Lush without being heavy, it's sheer joy in the mouth and is a further impetus to upend the glass. I'm impressed more and more by the mouthfeel with each sampling. In the final reckoning, I wouldn't change a thing.

I knew about this beer's reputation, but I didn't expect what I found today. Simply put, it's an amazingly delicious doppelbock that has to be considered among the world's best. Brauerei Weihenstephan brews some pretty remarkable stuff, but Korbinian is their supreme creation and is an absolute must try for anyone who fancies himself a lover and appreciator of world class beer.

08-10-2005 14:42:48 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of woemad


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

500ml bottle purchased at The Cheese Monger's Shoppe in Leavenworth for $3.29. The bottle claims this is a "dunkles starkbier" (dark strong beer). I figured it was a strong Munch dark lager. I was very happy to discover I had a new doppelbock to try.

Poured a dark mahogany color, with a light tan head that dropped quickly. A little bit of lace.

Smell was of caramel sweetness and dark fruits, with the sweetness a little bit more the dominant partner, though it wasn't out of hand. Smelled good!

Taste was similar to the smell, though a little more complex. The taste starts with a caramelish sweetness, and is quickly matched with bitter, dark fruit flavors. At the finish there is a slight hoppy dryness. All in all, this tastes like a well balanced tasty doppelbock!

This is a moderately full bodied beer. Carbonation is somewhat low, but not so low that it seems flat.

This is a great doppel. I wish it was available in Spokane. Guess I'll have to head back to get some more.

08-07-2005 00:20:49 | More by woemad
Photo of BeerNutta


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Got this a Purvis Cellars in Melbourne.

Poured a mahogany brown with a light brown foam head. Very Nice looking.

Smelt of caramel and sugary fruits. (Prunes, figs, plums etc...)

Taste was great. Smooth, you could taste the fruit and this rich caramel that mellowed all the way through the beer. Lightly hopped. You could barely taste the light hop finish, just smooth caramel all the way.

Carbonation was not too much so you could taste the beer. Very very drinkable.

Must go get me some more. I really reccommend this beer. Try some if you get the chance.

08-02-2005 00:24:41 | More by BeerNutta
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Bottle provided by LuckySevens82, thanks for the opportunity! Pours, whoa, way too much head...four fingers over just three fingers of beer. One note, however is that the head cascaded a little bit. Pretty damn cool. The head is light brown or tan and very fine. The beer is crystal clear and appears dark rust with an amber/red tint. Smells caramel, rock candy, alcohol, caramelized sugar. Oh boy, if I had a swimming pool of this stuff I would dive into heaven. Slight bit of tannin upon further examination.

The taste starts malty sweet with potent caramel, some toffee and a rising sweet chocolate. Caramel stands predominant throughout and aptly serves as a base that ties together the co-starring flavors to flesh out the story. Other early flavors I get are iron and pumpkin. Alcohol doesn't make an appearance until during the swallow and makes it's strongest presence known in the aftertaste. Another part of the aftertaste is a dry grassy hop flatness. It stands in contrast to the overall sweet malty theme and isn't particularly alluring. A resurgence of chocolate offers reinforcement to the malt sweet to make for an interesting battle. Body is medium, but there is a smooth creamy thickness. Good thing for these 'thick' qualities as they hold the malt sweet on the tongue during the aftertaste to tip the scale. Carbonation is moderate, perhaps working with the grassy and alcohol in the form of an acid sting during the aftertaste. This is a very filling beer, and it also kicked my ass (where's my pillow, it's time for bed).

07-31-2005 05:43:24 | More by mentor
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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