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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,188
Reviews: 1,115
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 yelterdow
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Freshness code: 7065. Served at just over fridge temperature in a Jubilale glass, the same shape as the classic Celebrator type. Cable Beverages, $2.69 for a 16.9 oz. bottle.

Appearance- Pours a stunning, gorgeous reddish-caramel color, almost like when you pull a Rolo candy apart... the head grows into a three finger masterpiece of sudsy, tight bubbles. Great activity in the glass, the microscopic bubbles floating upwards and replenishing the head. Thin, consistent lacing is left behind. With the last pour, late in the tasting, the head is creamy and coating.

Smell- Chocolate, molasses, big malt... damn... so nice. I'm getting a molasses bomb first and foremost, followed by syrupy, malty chocolate. With eyes closed, this could be mistaken for some sort of dessert... maybe cookies or cake. It's got that heaviness to the smell. Huge sweetness from the malts keep my nose buried inside the glass.

Taste- Delicious, totally enjoyable malt-driven beer... the sweetness, the molasses notes, the complexities as the beer comes to temperature... one word.... mmm. I can't help but think about fudge cake too, there is a substantiality and weight to the taste and aroma here.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Milky, and so eloquently carbonated that it serves the beer just right. It is all about the flavors here, and the presentation in the mouth showcases them without distraction. After every swallow, an uncontrollable "mmm" makes its way from my lips. What a treat, and I can't wait to try this again. Highly, highly recommended.

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

I had this (vom fass) at the brewery restaurant on March 20, 2006.

A: Ruby-black/chestnut, slightly off-white head, unreal retention, great lace.

S: Malty (Bread, caramel, nut), slight spice.

T: Bread, raisin, prune, some chocolate, dark caramel, raisin, brown sugar, a little nut and a slight hint of licorous. Not at all burnt, but a nice/pleasant roastyness. Perfect bitter/sweet balance with a hint of tartness. Nice spicyness to round out the flavour. Alcohol is really well hidden.

M: Moderate to full body is smooth and slightly creamy, carbonation is moderate.

D: Truly exceptional.

In my opinion, this is the best Doppelbock I've had the pleasure of tasting! I think the Domhof Doppelbockbier is a close second. The Domhof is more of a malt bomb (and a little syrupy), but this one's a little more well rounded. I consider both of these a small step up from Celebrator, which is certainly a serious step above the others.

On the second tier I'd put Maximator, Triumphator & the Union Dunklebock. Probably the Optimator, but it's been a while since I've tried it. All quality brews to seek out.

On the third tier I'd put Salvator, Andechs and surprisingly, the Apostulator from Eichbaum Brauereien. These were all good, but I actually prefered my own home-brew doppel (which was obviously brewed to my taste).

Bringing up the rear would be Hacker-Pschorr Animator, followed by the few other smaller breweries I've tried.

Photo of bearrunner44
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- A very dark brown; light can only pass through it at the edges of the glass. Thick, creamy tan head.

Smell- Rich, full aroma. Soft, nutty, and tangy. Pleasantly aromatic malt backbone; smells of toffee, oatmeal, and some cocoa. Raisiny, tangy overtones give it a twang.

Taste- Loads of malt up front. Smooth, subdued caramel-toffee flavors lead the way. The taste becomes more complex as the beer passes by; the malt flavor gradually dries, becoming more like buttery whole wheat bread. Luxurious, sweet, estery undertones carry the beer home, leaving the tongue coated in tangy fruit flavor as the dryness in the malt peaks. Alcoholic spice burns the back of the throat (just a tiny bit) on the way down.

Mouthfeel- Bulky, yet incredibly smooth and creamy. It doesn't get much better.

Verdict- Sit back, and let this beer take you to a very happy place. A benchmark doppelbock for sure.

Photo of WetCoaster
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Beautiful tawny mahogany with a stable, dense mound of peaked espresso cream. Great retention. Crystal clear.

Smell: Deep, dark sweet malt sundae. Not really chocolate or caramel, sort of a... toffee... cake, I guess? Some cola and a bit of fusel alcohol. Good stuff.

Taste: So rich it's almost wrong. Heavy mouthfeel. Milk chocolate, sweetened coffee, toffee, caramel -- oh, yeah. Dark roasty espresso and a slight hopped bitterness into the finish.

Drinkability: The perfect storm here. Incredible flavor, managable abv, great price. Simply one of my all-time favorites; usually too busy drinking it to review it. Fantastic beer.

Photo of hero27
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle.

Very dark brown. Toffee & dark malty aroma with some fruits added in. The taste is very rich and complex while remaining a surprisingly drinkable beer. I had no problem downing the whole bottle by myself..in no time at all, really. Has staple dopplebock characteristics, with the thick malt character and hints of fruit, but the drinkability of this separates it from most others. A really good offering from Weihenstephaner, and something to enjoy for the winter season.

Photo of Severum27
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been passing over this bottle for a couple months, decided to give it a try. I am very impressed with this style of German Brew.
The beer poured a nice dark transparent brown with about a one inch tan head. I found the beer had a faint malt aroma with some fuit undertones. The head stayed through out the whole glass. The mouthfeel was consistant. There is some alcohol present in the taste, but it is quite smooth and very drinkable. There was a nice lace through most of the glass. I will be trying some of the other Dopplebocks soon...

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Weihenstephaner Korbinian pours from the wonderfully artistic 16.9oz bottle a deep dark cola brown with a two finger eggshell head on top. Hold it up to a light and you'll get a vivid blood red hue. An attractive brew. Aromas are rich, decadant and intense. Big melding of sweet caramel, roasted nuts, and lots of dark fruits (plum, raisin). A wisp of powdered cocoa along with dark baked bread. Sinfully deeply malty and incredibly inviting. Sit back and enjoy smelling this one for awhile as it's not to be missed.

First sip brings a rich robust dark bready maltiness. Sweet caramel and roasted nuttiness along with a swirl of dark fruits. I get some cocoa in there as well. Fairly sweet, but not at all cloying. A dark bready fruitcake in a glass (a truly good fruitcake though, not those ones you get around the holidays). Delicious and all about the wonderful malt. One of the best dopplebocks I've yet to sample.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied and chewy with a mellow carbonation. A meal in a glass for sure, I'd take this over a loaf of bread anyday :-). I find this to be a very drinkable brew and it will be what I turn to when I'm craving a dopplebock. This one is not to be missed. I believe I paid 1.99 for this bottle, which is a freakin steal for how good it is. Check this one out ASAP.

Photo of bennetj17
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chocolate brown color, nice one-inch head with some retention. Caronation subtle, fairly hazy/cloudy. The malt aroma is strong, with a nose of raisin, chocolate, and a wheaty vegetable-like smell. Taste is noticibly dry, lightly sweet raisin and caramel flavor, a bit toasty and slightly alcoholic. Medium carbonation, a bit thin on the palate. Drinkability was nice, this brew has a good strong malty flavor, but the aroma turned me off a bit, and Dopplebocks are not my favorite style. Doesn't quite stack up to the Celebrator in my opinion, but good for the style...

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

Poured a crystal clear mahogony color. Masssive creamy tannish head that was retained throughout the glass. Very attractive lacing. Smell is loaded with malt with strong dark fruits (prunes, figs) present. Taste is magnificient, with strong dark fruit, roasted malt, dark bitter chocolate, caramel, toffee. An absolutely superb blend. Nice creamy mouthfeel is also very enjoyable. Finish is more of the malt, with only a slight suggestion of alcohol showing through. This is an excellent beer. with perfect drinkability. Almost too easy to drink considering the alcohol content.

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

.5 liter bottle.
Pours out a dark clear reddish brown with a big tan head..which laces and drops to a film.
Smells really good...roast-malt, caramel,slight prunish- port scent.
Tastes very malty, sweet ...pretty doughy..hop bitter in background , which comes through later....slight port wine at the finish. Well balanced...the alcohol is pretty subtle... It's getting REALLY good now as it warms.
Nice, smooth, full bodied mouthfeel...medium carbonation.
Pretty drinkable...a .5 liter will do just fine at 7.4 % ABV.
I would definitely have this one again.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As dark as any stout. Minimal head, but with good retention in my Unibroue glass.

Lovely sweet nose. The definition of a malty beer. Smells as good as, if not better than, Celebrator.

Truly delicious. Sweet, chewy, deep, dark, rich. I could see this pairing up perfectly with some moist velvety chocolate cake.

In midsip I get a tiny bit of something that seems off. A slight thinness? Maybe that's just normal for this style. Maybe its the water used.

This beer is guilty of YUM in the first degree. Seconds, please.

Photo of waughbrew
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

[2.95 for a .5L bottle at Discount Liquors in the Fresh Pond Mall, Cambridge, MA]

Mahogany with a big ecru head. Some big bubbles in it. Smoky, mossy, clovey aroma. Flavor is surprisingly complex and morphing. It has an amazing depth with a very dark and depressing overall flavor. Smoky caramel, yeast and clay. Smooth and full, finishes just barely on the sweet side. Very good, drinkable, but not something that I would want often or much of. A nice meal of chocolate-nougat fudge.

Photo of tastybeer
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Garnet brown + clear with big head that fades. Nice warm color. Aroma loads the nose with the perfect combinaion of various fruits and spice which melds with the nice calming malt base of creamy caramel. Taste is also filled with aromatic spice and zesty fruits. The sweet malts balence the aromatic and enhance a smooth full mouthfeel.

So pleasant and welcoming with a nice soft complexity throughout. Very nice.

Photo of wedge
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown hue with ruby highlights and a big, fluffy tan head. Huge malty sweet aroma - toffee and caramel - dark fruits and nuts along with some spicy alcohol. Flavor is richly malty...sweet and toasty with some light purple fruits and warming alcohol. Loads of dark bread and notes of chocolate and nuts. Full, chewy mouthfeel...smooth and complex.

A strong yet very relaxing and enjoyable doppelbock. Great example of the style from a brewery that seems to do that a lot.

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

Korbinian poured a beautiful dark brown color with a small 1/4 inch head. The aroma was malty and caramelly. Taste was just incredible. Very malty and smooth with notes of chocolate, toffee and caramel. Hop flavor was there, but only slightly detectable to my palate. I gave this beer a high score for drinkability because to me, I felt like I was drinking a dessert in a glass. This beer was so delicious and easy to drink for it's strength. One of the best doppelbocks I have ever had.
Highly recommended.

Photo of dalherring
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As a double bock fan, this is simply one of the best of its kind. The color is a dark amber that is extremley sharp with a white creamy head. The smell is loaded with malt, chocolate, raisins, and other fruity goodness. The taste begins as slightly bitter but quickly is overtaken by a sweetness explosion that lingers on the palate. Goes down so smooth and would be great with a a chocolate or fruit desert. This is my kind of beer, and would gladly pay another $2.59 for a 16.9 oz bottle. Look out Ayinger Celebrator, you have company.

Photo of Ego
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$2.99 from decicco supermarket, pelham ny

(Ive been on a dopplebock kick so I have been looking for this, oddly enough it is not easy to find around here although the other weihens products are plentiful)

brown euro bottle, medium brown hue to dark tones, off white head is decent, lacing is good but not too sticky, a clear film does stick up the glass sides from the alcohol. Solid looking, nothing to make your balls tingle.

a bit breadier than other dopplebocks, it covers the sweetness and alcohol tones a bit, some mild coffee notes, mildly roasted malts are very up front here, sometimes you can be in the mood for a straight up malty smelling euro lager... this fits the bill, period.

taste etc...
malty and creamy, the carbonation was more aggresive than I thought it would be, and it all ends in nice malt breadiness, not sweetness or uber sweetness (kudos), chewy caramel bread, the chewy part is both in flavor and texture, while I wouldn't call this "thick" it drinks thicker than it is. this really is all about the malts, the alcohol peeks through at times but mostly is subdued.

very tasty. I would prefer the Salvator over this (stronger coffee tones) but I wouldn't kick this bitch out of bed either. me likey.

Photo of tweeder263
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a dark brown brew that shows ruby light through it. Smells of a bit yeasty,,licorice, but very mild scents.Has 2 finger head that seems to quickly disappear to a light bubble layer.Taste of sweet malt that seems to end dry,,very mild hop taste and quite a bit of alcohol in the breath.As the beer warms it becomes sweeter. Mouthfeel is ok,,a bit thin.Drinkability,,,hmmm,,, not bad possibly dopplebocks arent my style ill search out a few more and see if its true.

Photo of wingnutter
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber that light can get through.

Smells sweet, caramelly, coffe/toffe like, lots of malt.

Reminds me of a lighter feeling but stronger Celebrator. Great beer. My favorite Weihenstephaner yet. These people know how to brew.

A nice after dinner beer.

Photo of Higravity
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice head on top of the red-brown beer, drank it out of my Celebrator glass and it has now claimed it. I think this bets out Celebrator in my book. Nice clean sweet malt smell. Deep flavors of complex chain of long boil sugars with a hint of hops in the finish. Amazing body and texture, between beer and syrup. Very drinkable I am glad I had two to drink because one wasn't enough.

Photo of TheBungyo
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured to a generous head with lots of carbonation. The bottle looked as busy as an anthill with the bubbles racing here and there. It smells sweet, like sweet plums and raisins. The taste is sweet as well, all I can think of are more plums and very sweet prunes. Luscious creamy mouthfeel. Probably my favorite dopplebock!

Photo of bigbubba
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice dark brown beer with a huge tan head. It has a strong raisin/prune smell and a bit of a spicy yeast aroma. The taste is very nice. It has a sweet (but not too sweet) caramel flavor, with prunes and chocolate. There is really no bitterness to it at all, just a bit of a spicy aftertaste. It is extremely smooth and easy to drink.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I think this beer would fill me up before a meal but it is not bitter and I like that. Nice smell, apples and other fruits. I had an after taste that was a little sticky but other than that...a great beer. Even my wife liked it and she hates all this shit.

All in all, from the husband of a wine drinker...if she likes it. It must be good.

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

Pours a dark, half-hazy double cola color with a frothy light tan head several inches thick in my stange glass - The head is energetic at first and remains nice and thick for some time before falling to a thin covering and leaves a few small webs of lacing.

The smell is slightly nutty and carries a scent that is veryu strong and very familiar but hard for me to define - it's so fleeting that my memory can't quite consolidate it. It reminds me vaguely of a friend's yard, maybe wet wood or dry hay, but there are also serious dark almond characteristics.

Yummy doppelbock flavor - nuts, earth, honey, butterscotch, pecans, oak, cinnamon. Indescribable but such a nice departure from other styles. it does everything well.

Nice, medium body with a slightly swishy finish and a nutty-feeling aftertaste that changes and morphs the longer it lingers.

Quite nice, it definitely deserves praise.

Photo of nickss
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful amber hue with a MONSTER of a head.... about 2" worth of gorgeous rocky head. Nice lacing... not much apparent carbonation.

This smell, while not bad, just doesnt do it for me. It smells like mildew, though not quite as offensive as that. I can clearly smell the huge malt profile, but not much else going on here.

Eh... nice taste, in an unbalanced malty way. I am kinda disappointed due to all the hype surrounding this brew. Once again, not bad, but I'm not at all impressed. Notes of ginger, nuts, brown sugar and cinnamon in the malt... but they don't make their presence apparent enough for this beer to be truely enjoyable for me.

Unlike the aroma and the flavour, the mouthfeel is spot on...moderately thick mouthfeel with low levels of carbonation... silky smooth... very nice.

Pretty drinkable for a 7.4% brew... like i said, very smooth, very inoffensive. Just.... i dunno... I was expecting more.

Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 2,188 ratings.