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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,047 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,047
Reviews: 1,102
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 132
Gots: 99 | 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 avylover
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark reddish Caramel color. This beer brings memories of the bier garden in portsmouth, VA. Nice even off white head. Smell is of sweet caramel and toffee, nice & malty. Not sickly sweet, just plain 'ol good. This brew starts off the the way it smells - sweet & malty, with a welcome alcohol kick and dough breadiness. Then it sort of dries up, with a roasted malt back end to smooth things over, finishing suprisingly dry for the style. Mouthfeel is full & thick, and this beer goes down easy. This is what Salvator used to be before they destroyed the recipe. A great Dopplebock, and at this point I would go so far as to say a benchmark for the style. Well done.

avylover, Nov 07, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served up at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse,

Appearance: Deep ruby brown nice sized creamy tan head bottle says it's a dunkles starkbier aka doppelbock nice webbed lacing. Aroma: Mild plum and raisins with frivilous amounts of malt making this one malt monster with a bit of balancing hopping noticeable. Taste: Ripe fruit malty treat mild chocolate notes full rich maltiness is delicious. Mouthfeel: Medium body creamy texture, it's banging. Drinkability: Classic d-bock great brew oh so drinkable just try one and see for yourself.

WVbeergeek, Nov 04, 2003
Photo of Stubbie1
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man, What a brew! Pours a deep mahogany color. A thick tan head tops my glass. The head does stay around for a long time to give way to a thick lace until the end of the beer. The aroma is sweet malt, hints of prunes, raisins, and a slight hint of alcohol.

The taste is simply wonderful. A match of the aroma to a “T. The malt has a slight roasted flavor to it with the sweetness of the dark fruit.

A smooth beer in the mouth and very very drinkable. Even at 7.4% it has a kick but is smooth to drink, and I could drink this all night, well until the 7.4 catches up to me.
This one is a MUST for all to try.

Stubbie1, Oct 26, 2003
Photo of moulefrite
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Full blown malt attack on the nose hints of the meal to come. The color is rather interesting-more like a brown ale showing deep brown with orange highlights. The taste here is quite fine. Again, malt-O-meal deluxe!! Plenty of ripe, plump and sweet juicy raisin chime in as well as some milky chocolate and the typical nuttiness of the style. Half way through the glass I note that the lace is firm and sticky-it ain't movin! This is a fairly delicate version of the style yet be careful as the ABV is 7.4, and if you rush you'll be sorry. A beer this good makes me consider the monks life as a potential part time gig.

moulefrite, Oct 23, 2003
Photo of byrd
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark reddish-brown in color with lots of large chunks of yeast floating around. Decent half inch head of fairly large bubbles that dissipated somewhat quickly down to a thin lace. Very, very strong aroma right out of the bottle. Great malty nose with prunes and raisins. The start is quite smooth. The malt on the palate is again sweet as well as a little spicy with a hint of clove being noticeable. There’s some light yeasty/breadines notes as well. Carbonation is moderate and there’s a little alcohol bite around mid swallow that quickly subsides. The finish is also smooth with a slight bit of hops. The aftertaste is rather short lived. I really liked this brew. Quite unique and interesting with a rather complex flavor profile. It’s a bit strong, so I don’t know how drinkable it would be after one or two.

byrd, Oct 22, 2003
Photo of Boilermaker88
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this one at my initial (but definitely not the last) visit to Liquorama in Upland, CA. I had never seen this offering from Brauerei Weihenstephan before and had to try this along with the six pack of Weihenstephaner hefes I grabbed up.
Korbinian has a dark chestnut brown color with ruby edging and a long-lasting, creamy tannish head. The head lasted to the very end.
Smell: wow, that's a load of malt! Got a hearty malt aroma with some dark fruits and a nice pumpernickel bread aroma. Quite sweet.
Taste was tons-o-malt. Nary a hop to be found. Korbinian has solid caramel malt and molasses backbone with a sweet prune/plum flavor and the taste of dark cane sugar. Bitter, what bitter? This beer is a malt monster.
Feel is medium bodied, creamy, rich and almost cloyingly sweet.
As far to the extra as some West Coast IPA's go to load up on hops, Brauerei Weihenstephan has done the same for malt with Korbinian. The antithesis of an IPA, this is a malt lover's dream.

Boilermaker88, Oct 19, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color, large foamy head. Aroma is very malty. Big malts, slightly sweet. Caramel and toffee then hop spicy. Nice balance. Big malty beer. Warming. Robust flavors. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry. Aftertaste is malty, with a lingering malty sweetness. Nice beer.

beerguy101, Oct 03, 2003
Photo of TinusTime
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this as a free sample and was raring to give it a go. Poured a darkish brownish reddish colour, Nice billowy rocky head you could almost float on. Smell was of dryed fruits. Almost fruitcake like. Taste was similar with lots of spiced raisins and dried figs and prunes, with something almost salty like soy sauce in there ( could be crazy or it could be the chinese food i had before i drank this. Mouthfeel is good silky smooth for a beer of this weight. Drinkability is very high, but becareful cause at 7.4 you might fall down before you get filled up.

TinusTime, Sep 11, 2003
Photo of SetarconeX
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sometimes, you get a beer so complicated you need to go item by item. Here we go:

Appearance: Very dark, very shiny. Damn, but I love how dark beers look sometimes. A wonderful red tinged blackness to this one.

Smell: Fruity, toasty, and remarkably, almost absurdly malty.

Taste: Malty like crazy, but unusually fruity. Tastes like malted prune juice. Didn't like it at first, but after half a glass or so it starts growing on you. It has a unique earthy sweetness which has its own unique appeal. Definately for those who like to try new things.

Mouthfeel: Don't even know where to begin. All parts of your mouth feel something. It's sweet, it's sour, it's malty.... it's complicated.

Drinkability: This one's a heavy beer which begs to be paired with heavy food. I had it over bratwurst and kraut, and can't imagine drinking it with anything else. Hearty doesn't even begin to describe it. A brewery doesn't last since 1040 for no reason, I guess...

SetarconeX, Aug 25, 2003
Photo of BeerBuilder
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a brown color with ruby highlights. It forms a thick tan head that leaves good lacing. The aroma is malty, with a bit of graininess and a touch of chocolate. The flavor is of sweet malt and bread, it is also a bit astringent. The hop flavor is almost non-existent except for the light spiciness. A good medium bodied brew.

BeerBuilder, Aug 21, 2003
Photo of BierReise
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one is cloudy brown with lots of floaties and a significant head that dwindles to a thin layer of film. Aroma is sweet with a huge malt profile. Full bodied with a creamy feeling mouthfeel. Flavor is super strong and malty with a definite alcohol presence. There's a ton of malt in this brew and not much else.

BierReise, Aug 12, 2003
Photo of nomad
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep chestnut brown color. Had tons of bubbles collecting on the sides of the glass, a big frothy head of a thick consistency that was slow to fade and left tons of stain.

Smell was strongly of grapes and plums, also dark spices, and a musty medium-dark roast scent. Just short of other bock’s darker scents, it was a nice combination to make a roasty and fruity quaff. Taste was spicy, of nicely roasted wheat, and bits of dark chocolate mixed with a quiet hops bittering. Had some fruity flavors rolling around there, but was creamy toward the end with a dry and bready finish.

Resplendent for a beer that sits in the bottle without yeast. A beautifully designed label and a very solid beer.

nomad, Aug 06, 2003
Photo of jeffboo
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew has a very nice reddish/brown color with a puffy tan head. The aroma is very bready,wheaty,spicy, cookie doughish. It has a very drinkable medium/light body with a chocolate/cream flavor with a long caramel peppery finish. A nice complex dark wheat beer, very versitile for summer/winter and with food, I like it!

jeffboo, Jul 27, 2003
Photo of TheDM
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured a large creamy head of light brown finely sized bubbles. It has an extremely nice malty aroma that is very pleasant to the nose. The body of this beer is simply beautiful. Its a dark almost opaque brown color with some carbonation rising up the side of the mug. I loved the taste of this brew with elements of caramel, malt, and spice. It was extremely tasty. The head left a ring of lacing around my mug as it receded. This is an extremely good example of why I like Doppelbocks so much. Very smooth, delicious and one of the best brews I have had in a while. Einemal bitte! Once again: Im Himmel gibt es kein bier darrum trinken wir es heir! Translation: In Heaven there is no beer! That is why we drink it here.

TheDM, Jul 20, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Clear, dark brown color, and a big, bursting pinkish brown head.
Nose is a complete and utter gas! Wow! Far-flung aromatics: spices and fruit, sour cherries, grapes, sweet, rich,and invigorating!
Lush mouthfeel, luxuriating, the cares of the world drift away, or they'd better, for there's nothing that should interfere with the enjoyment of this phenomenol brew..hangs heavily in the mouth, and you want to extend any invitation and elongate it's stay, so welcome is this delicious presence in the mouth...hedonistic, even...
Medium body, delicate and delicious finish, stong malt presence. Drinks down a bit rummy, a trifle winish. Very complex and extraordinarily tasty. This one washes over you and makes it all better, like a hot bath.
Wow, what a beer! One of the best doppelbocks on Earth, hands down!

feloniousmonk, Jul 09, 2003
Photo of jcalabre
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally sampled this on draught at the Anthill Pub, U of California, Irvine, early 2003. This is a very nice doppelbock. Dark brown body w/ a tan head. Nice malty taste, smooth & sweet. This is a great beer to sit down and savor. I really enjoyed it.

jcalabre, Jun 14, 2003
Photo of marburg
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This dark brown brew is an exceptionally flavorful and aromatic beer for a lager -- even a stronger one like a bock. Burnt toast, light notes of dark fruit, and poorly executed vegetable stew drifts up from the fairly thick, brown head towards my nose. These sensations certainly comprise the bulk of the flavor, which is reminiscent of a beer/veggie soup. Very herbal and organic in some ways. Not too hard to drink by any means. Excellent.

marburg, May 29, 2003
Photo of daledeee
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A German Doppelbock. How can you go wrong?

Pours a nice head. Not all that dark, not cloudy. Head goes away and leaves lace. Not alot of smell. Smells fresh.

Taste is very clean. Lots of malt. Not very sweet. Hit of coffee/chocolate. This is a real treat to drink. Aftertaste is the same. Medium mouthfeel-not dry not velvety.

Personally better than any porter or stout. And a top three doppelbock.

daledeee, May 23, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow!! This is one heck of a good Dopplebock! It poured a medium tan head with lacing on the sides of my mug. There was some carbonation observed. It had a dark brown body to it. It was extremely smooth tasting with no bitter taste observed and no aftertaste. This was an excellent Dopplebock in my opinion.

hotstuff, May 23, 2003
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Korbinian is a legitimate contender in the doppelbock category. Similar to Salvator, but I'd give this one the edge. Deep mohagany hue, some head and lace. Wonderful, malty flavor. Caramel notes, buttery smooth texture. Sweet, but not overly so. This beer, along with Tucher Bajuvator, are somewhat overlooked when people compare the best doppelbocks. I still would put the Celebrator at the top, but this one could be #2.

JohnnyDuvel, May 15, 2003
Photo of Bighuge
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This badboy is a beautiful deep mahogany color. Crystal clear, and inviting, to say the least. The head is creamy and beige colored. Retention is adequate and the lacing appealing. The nose of this beer is simply divine. Molasses, brown sugar, rum soaked raisins, bread pudding and plum. Yes indeed, I could sniff this one all day long. I love the bready, cookie-dough, yeasty, cake-like presence on the taste buds. This is one dopplebock that truly defines the "Liquid Bread" term that the Monks laid upon dopplebocks what seems like eons ago. I truly believe I could sustain on nothing but Korbinian for at least a fucking year, let alone 40 days. This beer feels so good in the mouth. Like silk. I also love the big molasses flavors coming from this beer. A true gem.

Many BigHuge thanks to cokes for lining this one up.

Bighuge, May 14, 2003
Photo of ZAP
4.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Blows the $hit out of any other doppelbock I have ever tried although it seems a little thin and too easy drinking at times to be a heavyweight doppel..never-the-less I love this beer...Incredible aroma...like sweet brown sugar glazed plums....an awesome clean mahogony appearance with little to no head....Like I mentioned the mouthfeel is a tich thin in my opinion, but what is impressive is that it is not oversweet in the mouth...and that is saying something because this is a sweet tasting beer...Drinkability is through the roof....Can I give it a 69? I guess we can only go up to 5 but 69 would be appropriate because I could taste this beer all night long over and over and over....And that brings us to the taste...dark fruits.....plums and burgandy cherries soaked in a brown sugar/molasses mixture.....what a treat.....THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! Cokes for sending this my way...I will name my next kid "Cokes" for having the honor of trying this truly spectacular beer...one of my all-time favorite beers and definitely my favorite Doppel of all-time...

ZAP, May 14, 2003
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3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a medium head and almost no lacing. The aroma was slightly malty with hints of fruit. The taste was very smooth and sweet with a thick roasted taste to it. The drinkability is just a medium because it is very sweet and very thick. It is quite enjoyable, but I don't think I could drink several in a row.

clvand0, Apr 27, 2003
Photo of AudioGilz
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's very dark brown with a nicely sized light brown head. I love the aroma, strongly of roasted maltiness and sweet molasses. This is a wonderful creamy and full-bodied brew. It's just so succulently smooth. A pleasing and soothing alcohol warth finishes off an awesome malty and toasty brew. I just plain love it and prefer it over other German doppelbocks I have tried. Definitely seek this beer out.

AudioGilz, Apr 15, 2003
Photo of bierman2000
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A great dopplebock that is deep red/brwon in color with a malty scent.It is rich, chocolatey and delicious especially if you like Dopplebocks. Drink with dessert or alone as it keeps you begging for more so smooth and rich. There are few better beers of this style in the world if you can find it, you are lucky if you are in Munich it is readily available.

bierman2000, Apr 09, 2003
Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 2,047 ratings.