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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,133 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,133
Reviews: 1,107
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 138
Gots: 118 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

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 msubulldog25
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 16.9oz bottle to a pint glass. Probably one of the best-looking labels I've seen to date.

A: Rich brown-red color, just about the same color as the bottle. When poured, ivory head is about 1 finger - fades within seconds to a faint film.

S: Heady mix of sugary sweet malts, toffee/caramel, fruits (cherry, raisins, dates. Tucked a bit deeper are some chocolates and a bit of coffee bean bitterness. A terrific smelling beer.

T: At first I thought this beer was a little too sweet for my tastes. Then it began to develop into something much more than sweet caramel-ly malt. Nicely spiced. Good ripe fruit. Some roasted grain. And the darker chocolate flavors and mild espresso bean snuck in towards the end. A wonderful group of flavors...still imbalanced toward the sweet side, but very good nonetheless.

M: A light to medium mouthfeel; creamy but a little thin. Smooth and without much of a lingering aftertaste. After the terrific smell and flavors, I thought mouthfeel was a weakness in this beer, though not a huge one.

D: Quite easy to drink, though near the end of the pint I was satisfied - one was enough. A nice doppelbock, will have this one again.

msubulldog25, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of sacfly
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz "1165" spamped on the back, whatever that means.
Pours a reddish/brown color with a thin tan head of small bubbles that dissipates quickly. A bit hazy, typical for Weihenstephaner yeast. Sweet malt aroma, no hint of smoke or burnt grain. Hints of fermenting fruit. Apricots come to mind. Taste is more fruit, apricot and a hint of dates. Yeast character takes over in the aftertaste. Medium to full body with a slightly creamy texture. Good if you like their yeast. Not for those who want a clean bock.

sacfly, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of goodbyesoberday
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice brown colour, low head and unfortunately some slight haze and particulate matter - not from poor pouring.

Nice soft sweet malty aroma predominates with some alcohol. Malt carries into flavour as does alcohol without being too strong or hot. Otherwise clean and perhaps a little simple.

Medium-bodied with an alcohol warmth and smooth finish with low carbonation. Overall pleasant but slightly lacking in malt complexity but still a very nice beer with good balance of alcohol, malt and bitterness.

goodbyesoberday, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a magnificent and complex brew.

Appearance: Pours a mahogany brown with reddish hues. Light tan head.

Smell: I instantly thought of chocolate and caramel, but quickly aromas of brown sugar, molasses, plumbs, rum raisins and soggy rum bread, toffee, and more filled the nose.

Taste: Big malts create a perfect foundation for dozens of additional flavors. Dark caramel, rum, dark fruits (raisins and plumbs dates), loads of cookie dough and bready flavors; subtle suggestion of toffee and nuts and a hint of German Hops. The dominate sweet character is offset by a gentle bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: This beer is big and silky smooth. The velvety malt is oily slick and slides through the palate like a heavenly creamy silk.

Drinkability: Who could make a Double Bock so drinkable? Never doubt Weihenstephaner. This beer is terrific and goes down with dangerous ease.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a mug, the beer pours brown/red with a good sized off-white head. It smells like roasted malt, toffee, chocolate and coffee. It tastes like chocolate, nuts, toffee, raisins and smoked malt. A very tasty beer! The body of the beer is medium/full, and it's creamy and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. It's also a pretty drinkable brew. You can't tell the 7.4% ABV when you're drinking the beer, but it hits you after a while. Overall, this is a pretty good beer!

bluejacket74, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of AmorousAngel
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured deep, clear, chocolatey brown with very small, light tan head. Thin ring of foam lingered around edge of glass. No lacing.

Combination of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and caramel or toffee. Also a hint of raisin or some other similar fruit; it's hard to pinpoint.

Slightly sweet (in a good way) roasted malt, followed by coffee and a bit of caramel then raisin.

Smooth, medium body. Has a bit of a lingering tingle from the alcohol.

Complex flavor without being overly heavy. Could definitely drink a few of these.

AmorousAngel, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown with a tan pancake head that doesn't stick around.

The smell is exceptional- a rich malty, winey, estery wonder. I could just smell this beer all night.

Very complex and unusual taste profile. Starts out malty, rich, and creamy and picks upo some bitterness that starts hoppy and fades into bitter cocoa. There are also some faint soy sauce notes as the cocoa flavor starts. The finish is not sweet, but rather creamy and a little astringent from the bitter chocolate taste. Very interesting.

The body is a little thin, but it is also quite creamy so that the mouthfeel is still quite pleasing. Smooth as velvet.

Very drinkable- it almost goes down like a cold glass of chocolate milk- atr least what one would taste like in a more beery dimension. Its very easy to drink with very little noticeable alcohol and intersting characteristics. Delicious!

Georgiabeer, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of pbr85
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a nice looking pint bottle into a 12 ounce pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy brown color with a huge, tan, creamy head.
S: Chocolatey, nutty odors abound. A little grainy scents in there too.
T: Very good. Fruity, mild chocolate flavors, peach.
M: Not as thick as Celebrator, but smooth. I would prefer it to be a little thicker. Carbonation is good.
D: Another great beer from the world's oldest brewery. Would probably pick up a Celebrator over it though.

pbr85, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of crwills
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, so this was a 'duh' tasting... I grabbed this thinking it was a dunkel weissen, poured it into an Erdinger witbier glass, was slighly suspicious when looking at it and then... I smelled it. DUH.

Anyway, a better-than-solid doppelbock ensued from the madness, and all was well with the world. Not exactly what I wanted on a hot summer afternoon, but I won't complain.

Pours (of course), dark and cloudy, brown with a hint of maroon. Nice big foamy head, but the weissbier glass helps with that.

Aroma is really, really nice -- one of the most complex I've encountered in a doppelbock. Prominent raisin, banana, and pear. Other ripe fruits in there too. Some mild alcohol, and a hint of roastiness.

Taste is a little more standard -- very bready, with notes of sweet ripe fruit, reminiscent of fresh Hot Cross Buns.

Aftertaste is raisins and mild chocolate -- reminds me of Glossettes, to continue the product placement. Mouthfeel is good and smooth, although carbonation was a little higher than I'd like.

All in all, a pleasant mistake.

crwills, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of KarlHungus
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a clear brown color with reddish hues. The head is one finger in height, and recedes rather quickly into a thin sheet that covers the top of the liquid. The aroma is of chocolate, cream, caramel, and butter. The taste is like the aroma, but a little mellower. The mouthfeel is exactly what I like in a doppelbock: medium-full bodied with an average level of carbonation, and above all else it isn't sticky. Overall, this is one of the better doppelbocks I have had. I would certainbly buy it again.

KarlHungus, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of expatsteve
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark chocolate brown, with low visibility. Spectacular 1 inch head, lingers for well over 5 minutes. Low/medium viscosity.

Aroma: Deep nose of chocolates, raisins, a little toffee and blood plums. No unexpected developments - mainly sweeter chocolates.

Taste: Wow. Toffee, coffee, mild raisins, and with roasted soy nuttiness. Great front palate malts are balanced by a good hops/chocolate malt finish. Chocolate developments on the front palate. Deep molasses, with a nice roasted sweetness and raisins to the finish. Metallic peppery notes keep the finish a little bitter and cleansing.

Mouthfeel: Perfect doppelbock body, as it's not too heavy and has a perfect malt emphasis. Malt finish is balanced by the mildest hops flourish. Great bready aftertaste. DOes get a little heavier as it warms.

Drinkability: Definitely tends toward the heavier, more bitter end of doppelbocks, but remains an exceptional contribution to the style. Pushes in all the right directions and remains exceptionally drinkable. Fantastic.

expatsteve, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of lackenhauser
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice, deep chestnut color but amazingly transparent-you can see right thru this puppy. Nice tight tan head on top. Moderate, chewy and caramel aroma. Big malty flavor balanced with a nice, soft bitterness. Minute trace of alcohol bite to it. Terrific flavor as far as doppelbocks go. Nice full mouthfeel-not overly slick feeling. Damn fine version of German brewing. I need to find this on a regular basis.

lackenhauser, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - 3" tan head with good retention. Hangs around awhile and then settles down to a cap. Nice lacing. The beer is a reddish brown almost dark brick color.

S - Rich, thick malt. Roasted. Clay. Bread. Some fruit in the background.

T - WOW! Malt explosion. Sweet. Dark bread (rye, pumpernickel). Earthy and roasted. Chalky. Soft fruit flavor (banana??). Lightly hopped. Lengthy, roasted bitter finish.

M - Full bodied. Slick, smooth mouthfeel. Great warming effect.

D - Awesome. Believe the hype if you are a dopplebock fan. Very nice.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of andjusticeforale
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a mahogany somewhat opaque brew, with a nice head on it, ample enough.
What really hits the nose is the molasses and sweet clove tangy wheat smell. The taste reminds me of the raisin-esque quality of Red Man chewing tobacco. Bursting with flavor. The mouthfeel is just beautifully thick without being sticky. There is nice licorice and alcohol in the middle and finish. Again, there is no carbonated finish, and every sip you wonder if there will be just as much flavor.

THis is not a beer you can be passive with and ignore; its a beer that demands your attention.

andjusticeforale, Aug 01, 2006
Photo of cbl2
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8/11/2005 $2.69 500 mL 7.40% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a crystal clear mahogany with touches of copper, topped by an inch of tight creamy brownish-tan head that slowly settles leaving behind a nice lace.

Aroma:

Intense rich ripe fruit mixed with peat, and loads of caramel.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Smooth and rich, with layer upon layer of flavors. Begins with a nice sweetness, that blossoms into a touch of sherry followed by a slightly smoky quality that was lurking in the background throughout. Touches of chocolate, also tingle the tastebuds at points. A well crafted and highly enjoyable beer. Another winner from Weihenstephaner.

cbl2, Aug 01, 2006
Photo of Franchise
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt sienna with a cloudy body that has a thick tan head. The nose is sweet with a sour, funky, nutty, aroma....tough to make out other flavors. The taste is fantasic, caramel malt, herbal tea, tart bitterness. The sweetness brings forth so many flavors...dark fruits, raisins, plum, very creamy, roasted nuts. This is a very tasty doppelbock!

Franchise, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of Conrad
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A truly wonderful beer. I feel like getting several of these and checking into a motel for the weekend.
It pours nice and dark, like a cola, with a deep red-brown colour. The moderate head was only one finger thick, and faded fast, but left attractive lacing.
The smell is the next thing to hit you: Yum. Some sour, pungent malt upfront, very little hops, but with some sweetness in the background. I sniffed this for several minutes before the first sip.
Now the taste: Wow! Big comples flavours. Let's see: roasted malt, coffee, some dark fruits like raisins, plum, some brown sugar, but in spite of all this, not an overly sweet beer.
Mouthfeel is the same: Very smooth, rich and creamy. A full bodied drink that dances around in the mouth, then goes away with a long finish. I swallowed, closed my eyes, and smiled.
Drinkability: All I can say is it's great stuff. I would rather have two of these at dinnertime than a meal.

Conrad, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of Foxman
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a rich ruby brown, slightly hazy, and two fingers of frothy light tan head swell and settle slowly. Scapes of lacing terrain the inside of the glass.

The aroma enwraps an earthy grain sweetness, tangy with wheat and tart yeast, boasting toffee and general fruity esters. A mild spice note floats alongside a fair trace of alcohol.

Upon sipping, there comes a thick lash of malt and grain sweetness, redolent with dark berry, caramel, coffee, and cocoa. A gradual shift to yeast and biscuit allows a glimpse of sneaky alcohol. The grain reasserts toward the close, before a mellow but enveloping spicy bitterness dries and lingers crisply. It has a dense, reasonably complex flavor that simply oozes tradition.

Medium bodied, the grain sweetness coats slickly, and a fetching glow is the coup de grace.

Gernay may not have won the World Cup, but they can't be genuine losers with this beer in the country. It's down to earth but nicely complex, and it works along with a happily warming ABV and contrasting crispness to render it refreshingly drinkable. Whether to celebrate or to drown one's sorrows, this one makes sure all's well that end's well, or even not too well, for that matter.

Foxman, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of kgotcher
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber hazy beer with a thick foamy tan head. Great head retention but not much for lacings.

Aroma is intense, rich fruity grape and raisin, toasty grainy malt. Smooth caramel and hints of chocolate.

Smooth body, with a slight alchoholic slickness. Sticky malty aftertaste you can chew on for a while.

Sweet malty taste, caramel sweetness abounds. Dark fruityness, prune, pomegranite and raisins. Hops, just a subtle hint but nothing could hide the maltyness of this beer.

Wow this is an intense beer, This is one of the few dopples that don't have some kind of "erminator" names. But actually it does not need any kind of menacing name since the beer speaks for itself. Amazing beer from and amazing brewery. What would you expect. Get one and find out what a dopplebock should taste like.

kgotcher, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of bruachan
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

holy shit this stuff is great. had a couple of .5Ls with my bro in the Weienstephan brewery garten over a world cup game along with our meal, and goddam. this may be about to be the highest rating i've given a beer

fluffy head released one of the greatest aromas ever. malty character revealing toffee and brown sugar and chocolate

equally pleasing flavor, with a hugely rich molasses and chocolate and caramel profile. it's not very complex but so thick and maltyummy that i just don't care

booya!

bruachan, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of Damian
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep ruby-caramel color with a large fizzy head. Nice sticky lacing throughout.

Aroma was subtle at first but later became quite intense. Rich, nutty, oaky and toffee-like. Sweet and creamy.

Taste was a mix of super rich caramel and toasted malts. Smokey and woody. Brown sugar was evident as well. Alcohol was somewhat pronounced but welcomed. Slight hoppy bitterness in finish.

Oily, silky smooth and chewy consistency. Medium-light bodied for a dopplebock.

A great savoring beer. Makes for a nice dessert/after dinner drink.

Damian, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of GreenWBush
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Korbininan egresses from the bottle a charcoaly rust-colored brew that whips a moderate head and leaves suspension bridges of lace on the glass.

Above the snifter wafts a pungent aroma of toasted walnuts, dark cherries, fruitcake, and an overall sense of richness. The maltiness of this brew is imposing and regal.

This beer is flavorful, complex, and incredibly harmonius. Its hard to tell where one flavor begins, another sprouts up, since they are all locked in such a stage of convergence. Intense maltiness - as realized on the tongue as toffee - nuttiness, and dark fruits are the key elements which constitute this stately, luxurious beer.

As with the flavor, the mouthfeel of this beer envelops you. It is incredibly rich, smooth, glides on your tongue and disappears like a whisper in the night. For such a weighty beer, it is as spry and silken as anything I've experience. Drinkability is high, but its sheer girth forces you into moderation.

Thanks to Shbobdb for his unintentional endorsement of this beer.

GreenWBush, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of emilystrange1
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just about everyone's reviews on this beer are accurate to my experience with it.
Though I did not have a glass into which I could pour and admire its appearance, I was dazzled by its rich, slightly fruity backdrop that changes into an enjoyable bitterness as it goes down. Gives you a comfortable combination of both. Though it's a dark and rich beer, it is not so overwhelming that you won't want to finish the whole bottle on your own.

I'm learning to review beers so I will have to come back to edit this review.

emilystrange1, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really nice looking brownish-ruby color and a decent light tan head with pretty good staying power.
A lot of nose here. toffee, caramel-sweet and maybe a bit of bittering hop in the nose, too. Well, something a bit bitter, anyway.
Oh, this goes down nice. A bit sweet in the onset, then more complex flavours start showing up. Wow, what are those flavours? It's like a bit of semi-sweet chocolate action at the back of the throat. Mellow at first, but with an edge. The alcohol is very well hidden.
Mouthfeel is rather heavy -almost creamy- feeling with a bit higher than average carbonation.
Drinkability. Yeah, it's drinkable. This beer begs another sip just to try to identify all of the fantastic flavours that are hidden in the malt profile. A really nice beer.

DaveFL1976, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of klewis
2.78/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a ruby/burgandy color with a big tan head. Moderate lacing.

S: Big smell of sweet malt and caramel.

T: Sweet and malty with noticable alcohol flavors.

M: No noticable carbonation with a very flat texture. Medium body with a clean finish.

D: I've been looking foward to trying this ever since trying Weihenstephaner's weissbiers. Big disapointment. Being a textural person, the mouthfeel was a huge turn-off, and the rest of the beer's traits were less than impressive as well. I won't be buying this one again.

klewis, Jun 06, 2006
Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 2,133 ratings.