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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,987 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,987
Reviews: 1,095
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 126
Gots: 86 | 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 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
Photo of RenoZymurgist


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
Photo of alexgash


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
Photo of garymuchow


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
Photo of crookedhalo


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
Photo of kmpitz2


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
Photo of SheepNutz


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
Photo of BeerManDan


3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When poured it was a reddish brown in color with very little foam. The smell was of roasted malts and spicies with a hint of hop's. The taste of roasted malts and spicies with a hint of caramel had a pleasant feel on the palate. The only set back was it had a sour feel on the palate along with a little bitterness. But, the sour taste is what kind of turn me off. Not a whole lot of flavor that I was expecting from this beer either!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2004 19:22:26 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of silenius


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

This beer pours a dark brown with glints of red. The head is a light tan with uniformly small bubbles. It foamed like hell when I poured it.

Smell is on the light side. Nothing overpowering here. Light smoke, rootbeer, molasses, caramel, and a hint of herbal Ricola coughdrops.

Taste is on the sweet side with the malts imparting a smoke, rootbeer, molasses and Ricola coughdrops flavor. The flavor lasts a long time. Especially as the beer warms.

This beer is smooth and goes down easy. Slightly oily or slick and smooth like silk. Exceptional mouthfeel.

The sweetness is a bit much for me and after one beer I am ready for something a little more bitter and clean.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2004 02:16:46 | More by silenius
Photo of rabidawg


4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep ruby/garnet with a creamy head. Low to medium carbonation with excellent lacing.

Smell: Characteristically wild Weihenstephaner yeast aroma with thick, sticky dark fruits and toasty grains. Smells sweet and luxurious, with wonderful depth.

Taste: Initial sweetness, with a slight splash of carbonation exploding on the tongue. Slight sourness in the middle, with a slightly dry finish that cleans up the malt sweetness nicely and makes this a rather drinkable beer. The yeast profile makes this unique for a doppel, but it's a fine beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2004 01:11:40 | More by rabidawg
Photo of Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big foamy and sticky off-white head over a clear ruby brown body. The aroma consists of sweet maple, toffee, roasted and smoky malt, dark and red fruits with prominent character(cherries, plums) and an enticing earthiness. It’s very fruity and almost smoky, but actually not that spectacular after a few sips, earthy grape bubble gum if such a thing exists. Body could be a little thicker, but carbonation is moderate and appropriate. Basically, the palate doesn’t seem to reveal the promised secrets from the sniffing, but this is still a very good beer if not great.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2004 05:34:44 | More by Rastacouere
Photo of coasterfreak75

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The pour was a very deep mahogany/red with a good one inch head. The head quickly dissapated to a creamy beige ring around the top of the beer, this held on throughout the drink. When I poured the rest of it into the glass, after it warmed a little, I got a good two inch creamy beige head.

The smell was hard to pick up when cold. As it warmed I could pick up a light floral attribute, maybe a bit of rasin along with a light amount of hop spice.

The drink started with a bite of sweet malt, this was followed by an almost sugary bite. It finished with caramel and a light kick of hop spice that didn't linger too long.

This is a very refreshing beer, not too thick not too thin, it was just right. I found it quite enjoyable and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2004 00:09:04 | More by coasterfreak75
Photo of granger10


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is definitely a meal in a bottle. Pours a nice deep mohagony color with a large tan head. The smell is pure heaven. Very malty aroma with notes of roasted nuts, earthy elements, and a strong yeast spice in it. The flavor is also strong on the malt side. Lots of plums seem to be there. Caramel is the base malt and main flavor. Chocolate malts come and go as they please. I also notice a banana and slight clove taste at times. Hops are there to prevent this influx of malts from being too sweet and cloying. Yeast is prevalent and lends a dry mouthfeel. Alcohol kick comes in the end and trickles all the way down my belly. What an experience!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2004 22:55:05 | More by granger10
Photo of bgcookie


4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The sweet malty aroma was detected even before the glass hit my lips. The malt aroma is very intense. No hop aroma to speak of. There was a hint of prune and roastiness. This example is dark brown in color with a decent head.

The flavor was very rich due to the intense malt character. This beer has some alcohol but is very smooth and warming. Hop bitterness is low. This is a full bodied beer. The mouth feel is great. There are some nice caramel to toffee flavors to this beer as well.

Awesome beer. I really enjoyed it. I thought it was very representative of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2004 03:31:36 | More by bgcookie
Photo of Imbiber

New York

4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From a bottle purchased at Eagle Provisions, Brooklyn. Deep red, tan head which dissapates partly to stop at a ring round the top of the beer. Malty aroma, some raisin too and maybe a bit of toffee. Flavour is complex and needs several sips to understand what's going on; sweet and roast malt, dry fruit, caramel, toffee, hops (to a degree) all have their turn. Quite heavy, but that's not a bad thing; there's a nice malty-fruitiness that is the backbone of this enjoyable beer. Slightly more bitter finish.

Overall, quite sweet and chewy (again, not a bad thing as this is a doppelbock). Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2004 00:51:21 | More by Imbiber
Photo of WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep dark brown color with a thick tan head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It boasts of roasted malts and a dry yeast scent. It has a nice subtle dark malt aroma that is not sweet, but still pleasant. The taste is good. It has a rich malty core with a bit of black and roasted malts which round out the flavor. It goes down a tad thick and finishes dry. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine doppelbock, but I've had better. It just isn't as smooth as others, but still satisfies with good flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2004 22:45:44 | More by WesWes
Photo of Zorro


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

Pours a clear dark brown brew.

Smell is sweet and super malty; banana is smelled in this too. Mild spicy smells too.

Taste is sweet and lots of malt with plums and raisins in the taste. Mild hidden hops.

Mouthfeel is good.

A respectable Double Bock, I like the Erdinger version a bit better.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2004 05:32:43 | More by Zorro
Photo of TastyTaste


4.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of the coolest looking bottles out there. Stained glass-looking brown label with a picture of a bear and a pope, with gold filigree like designs.
The beer pours deep mahogany with a tan foamy head. The smell of raisins, chocolate, carmel, toffee, and coffee. Taste is big on roasted malts, with a grainy flavor that has a raisin like flavor when the alcohol hits your palate. Exceptional in every sense of the word, one of the best doppel's I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2004 03:33:53 | More by TastyTaste
Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 1,987 ratings.