Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,140
Hads: 2,333
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.11%
Wants: 167
Gots: 199 | FT: 0
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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 seedyone
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

10/30/13 From bottle. Almost need a spoon with this. Malt up the nose and caramel on the tongue with a middling body & a lingering bitter-sweetness that tells of a well thought out concoction. The 7.4 ABV will force me to keep this new friend in perspective. (Like 'perspective' is what I'm here for.) A new Favorite. (317 characters)

Photo of MV_CHI-NS
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bistre/deep maroon body with an ochre/coffee head.

Aroma: Profound notes of toasted grains and what I can best describe as 'dark, dank fruit' - present, but not overpowering - with slightly malty undertones.

Taste: Much like the aroma, except it is very 'malt-forward' with the grains and fruit lingering on your palate after going down.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat mild carbonation with a full-body.

Overall: While I've not had many doppelbocks, I am certain that this is one of the best out there; get it and enjoy! (525 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$ 3.49 for 16.9 oz bottle at Oppermann’s Cork ‘N’ Ale
Bottle marked 4143 at 50 degrees into weizen glass
Aroma of malt, but not very strong
Head large (7 cm), light brown, rocky with small – medium bubbles, slowly diminishing to 2 mm ring
Lacing moderate, broken rings and stalactites of small bubbles
Body dark brown, clear
Flavor starts slightly sweet, malty; no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl; ends slightly sweet and malty
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

This is an excellent Starkbier which apparently translates in the import state (SC) as a malt liquor. The palate, appearance, and flavor are both very good, leaving only the weak nose as a detriment. I may be forced to buy a case to verify the weak nose (736 characters)

Photo of Andrew041180
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass. The beer is deep brown with nice ruby highlights. The head is very bubbly and reduces to nothing quite quickly. Limited to no lacing on the glass.

S - Fairly limited aroma, but I basically get a sweet breadiness.

T - Quite malty. The sweetness is something like dark fruit, but not quite. It really just takes on the sweet breadiness that I picked up in the aroma.

M - Full-bodied, but without a lot of carbonation. Nice feel.

O - I want to rate it higher because of the brewery, and maybe it's exceptional for the style, but it's my first doppelbock, so I'll have to come back to it someday. (644 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby-brown with substantial head of tan bubbles. Not much lace to speak of, but my Viking Iceland glassware may not have been clean enough, either.

Nose is definitely malt-forward, with toasty grains and some dried fruit (raisin) in there somewhere. Not bad, but not landmark, either.

Taste is certainly bold -- even sweet up front, with an underbelly of fruit below the thick and chewy maltiness of the toasty grains. And although this is probably a premier doppelbock in itself, I wasn't very impressed here. I'd say, stick to Weihenstephaner's hefeweizens as they are likely the best you'll ever taste. (615 characters)

Photo of MadCat
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a nice dark brown, amber color, opaque, good tan head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Malty sweet, dark fruits, like cherries and plums, a little bit of toasted bread

Taste: Very malty and sweet with dark fruits. Some chocolate and bread in there, as well as some mild hop spice

Mouthfeel: Full body, low to medium carbonation

Overall: Good but not great. I prefer their other brews over this, and that I think is a good thing because their other brews are much easier to get. (493 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On a Weihenstephaner kick tonight. This bottle was purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a dark brown, with some ruby red highlights. 3 inch head billows up, and fades slowly, leaving some decent lacing down the glass.

Smells like caramel, brown sugar, and raisins.

The taste is the same, and oh so rich. Some roasty, toasty malt, some dark fruits (plums, raisins, figs), a little bit of an alcohol twinge that's welcome, some caramel, brown sugar. Just real damn complex.

Very low level of carbonation, almost too low, creamy sweet mouthfeel, very drinkable, even with the higher ABV. Full bodied.

This is 2nd to only Celebrator for Dopplebocks for me. Just great stuff. (695 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours translucent cola dark brown with a one inch white head that settles to a cap on top and leaves curtains of lace.

The smell is of grass, toffee, cocoa and wheat bread.

The taste is of dark malt, dark fruit, Autumn spices (cinnamon, clove and coriander) and a hint of coffee.

The texture is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a very nice malt forward example of a doppelbock. (399 characters)

Photo of Premo88
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz. poured into pilsener

L: looks black with a huge (3-inch) head of thick tan foam, but it's crystal clear dark amber -- up to sunlight, it looks almost purple ... very dark red. the head is crazy; i need to control the pour just a bit more because this brew pushes up fast foam; it sticks and laces a little

S: lots of stuff here ... dusty molasses covers it all, but there's raisins, caramel, toffee, some dark-toasted grain and at times as it warms, good old standard sweet biscuits/bread malt. pretty sweet.

T: raisins, dark bread, some grain but doesn't taste as sweet as it smells -- in fact, the very first note on the tongue in my mind was "salt". very "roasted" ... it's almost tasting smoked (I know it's not, but ...) and very dark in the vein of Celebrator, not the lighter Salvator flavors of nuts and sweet biscuits. this is definitely roasty ... fully hides the 7.4% ABV

F: can lose its carbonation pretty easy, but if you get in the glass gently, it holds onto quite a bit to keep it drinkable despite being a thick chunk of dark-malt taste.

O: smells sweet and light, tastes dark -- very interesting and complex beer. i'm not a big raisin fan, and this definitely has at least a passing acquaintance with raisins, so i should hate it. but I don't. i LOVE the smell and keep hoping the taste mimics it 1-to-1; it doesn't, but i'll keep letting it warm up. :)

i still prefer the lighter doppelbock style of Paulaner's Salvator, but this is obviously a great brew. a little like a good stout in a lighter weight form -- definitely toasted dark and raisiny (1,581 characters)

Photo of dank203
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours dark ruby red toward brown, tan head, some peppery and coacoa aromas. taste is raisin, fig, plum, good dark fruit profile. sticky sweet licorice notes, hints of spice, yeast and grape undertones, hint of sweet cherry, cinnamon notes. overall really smooth and complex (273 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into an Erdinger weissbier glass. The pour is crystal-clear, but very dark brown and sports about a finger of fine tan head. The nose has tons of rich malt and bready, crusty, glorious melanoidins. It also has just a hint of dark fruit. It's terrific, but not quite as complex a nose as Celebrator.

The beer has a medium body, a firm feel, and an intensely malty flavor that is just divine. Tons of fresh bread, figs, dark fruit, brownies, and hazelnuts. Malt, malt, and more malt! The beer takes on just a hint of char on the back of the palate, which combines with the hops to balance out the sweetness with some bitter notes. You're left with a lingering flavor of toast and maple syrup.

Overall, simply a delightful beer and certainly a classic of the style. I've enjoyed it a few times, but finally got around to reviewing it. A finer-drinking malt bomb you are very unlikely to find. I think I prefer Celebrator just slightly, but this is still delicious. (984 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip
Look - really dark amber brown. Poured with lots of strong frothy head that stays around.
Smell - smells like a germain beer. Very malty backbone. Slight licorice smell.
Taste - heavy body. Slightly sweet. Very malty.
Feel - smooth velvety thickness with a good amount of carb but almost taste like a nitrous.
Overall - incredible doppelbock. Might be the best I've had. (391 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle was poured into a mug.

Appearance: A two finger brownish white head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is an amber brown color with little clarity or vision of bubbles seen coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Bready, caramel, chocolate, yeasty, banana, clove, earthy, and grassy hops.

Taste: Liquid bread baby. Just like most European doppelbocks. All aromas are blended together with a little bitterness in there too.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, chewy, medium carbonation, and a bit smooth. Like eating a loaf of delicious bread.

Overall: Weihenstephaner can do no wrong. This beer is a continuation of their world class beers. (704 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown with excellent clarity. Just a faint trace of off white foam is present. Brussels lacing. Strong aroma of malt in the nose. The body is a bit thick and sticky. The flavor is very dark malt forward. The finish is more malt and is fairly smooth. (254 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle
L - brown with ruby hues when held to light, tall creamy beige head fades to a thick foam that remains atop the beer
S - brown sugar, caramel, toffee, spicy noble hops
T - rich and sweet with toffee and caramel leading the malt forward flavors; bread crust, brown sugar, faint chocolate, spicy noble hops add complexity
F - super smooth, full bodied, wonderfully carbonated, finishes clean and semi-dry
O - exceptional doppelbock. Better than I remember but I knew it was upper echelon all along. (509 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark brown with perfect clarity and excites the eye with ruby hues glowing softly within the body of the beer like a jewel. Fat creamy persistent tan head. Nose is malty and rich with with bright plum and sweet chocolate. The drink is generous and smooth as silk with raisin and prune, a slight bit of chocolate, and an overall lightness from fresh plum. Softly breaddy with a full mouthfeel . Clean and with enough carbonation to lighten and excite the palate. This beer drinks as lightly as a much paler beer.

Outstanding. A silken and ample malt with a perfect compliment of dark fruits and light chocolate. This is indeed liquid bread. (646 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at a great beer shop in Darmstadt, Germany, Maruhn Welt der Getränke. Clear mahogany pour with a two finger beige head with decent retention and nice lacing. The nose is sweet and malty with hints of caramel, brown bread, toffee, leather, and subtle dark fruit and chocolate. The taste is rich and malty with tons of sweet brown bread and nuts along with hints of molasses, toffee, chocolate, raisins, coffee, tobacco, and leather. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with medium carbonation and a sweet, syrupy finish. Overall, a bit sweet for my tastes, but a flavorful interpretation of the style. (613 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sampled tonight on 2/24/14 though had this one a few times in the past. Comes in a single 500ml (1 pint, .09 ounces) bottle. Bottled chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a shaker pint glass.

Pours a very deep brown with about 1+- finger of a beige head that dissipates fairly fast. Just a bit of lacing with each sip. Smells very nice with hints of sweet caramel, malt with a touch of coffee. Taste is really good, just like the smell. Goes down very easy with no bitter aftertaste. I like Doublebock's and this one is no exception and didn't disappoint at all. (588 characters)

Photo of BoilerMo
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Dark rich brown

s: Hints of carmel and sweetness, no hints of hops or alcohol.

t: Wonderfully rich taste or lightly toasted hops and chocolate.

m: It was thick with a shockingly clean finish for a dopplebock.

o: Great dopple and a must try. They taste is subtle and is best server at just below room temp or it loses the best parts of tastes. not fridge beer for me but really close. (391 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's been a long time since I last reviewed a beer! Poured from a 300ml standard pressure-cap bottle into a large weizen glass. Reviewed live in Kalispell, Mont.

A- Thick mocha head with a satisfyingly long retention atop a rich mahogany-colored body. Head lasts several minutes before receding to a thin film. Nice lacing.

S- Brown sugar, molasses and the faint note of alcohol. Chocolate malts, but can't pick out the hops.

T- Rich, well-balanced flavor. Chocolate, some dried dark fruits and brown sugar.

M- Relatively thick feel with a bitter stickiness left behind.

O- Good beer, as Weihenstephaner seems to always make. (631 characters)

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A: Red-brown in color, clear, with a 2-finger head that didn't last long.

S: Toasted grain, caramel, white pepper, and a hint of orange rind.

T: Malty sweetness up front, becoming more like dark bread after the swallow. There's a faint (and I mean really faint) hint of lime in the background, and some bitter coffee late. Hops is well-hidden by the potent malt.

M: Smooth, creamy, chewy; nicely carbonated. Booziness just barely noticeable.

O: Quite the tasty doppelbock, although not good enough to make this a frequent indulgence for me, especially at the price. (569 characters)

Photo of RandomExile
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: dark reddish-brown, dimly translucent; full light brown/beige head settlinginto a denser creamy centimeter; beautiful gothic lacing
S: malt, corn, acid bite, dark sweet fruit
T: deep roasted corn and malt, caramel, apple peel
M: medium-bodied, creamy, mildly numbing
O: A little creamier than my taste, but balanced and cohesive. Excellent doppelbock.

500mL / Weizen Glass (376 characters)

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown and cloudy.

S: Raisins and fruits with some malty character.

T: Hits you right away with that raisin, then comes mocha, ice cream, cherry, wheat bread, grain, toffee, yeast, and caramel. This taste is so good.

M: This brew has a buttery mouth feel to it- almost thick, but yet medium and creamy. It is very pleasant.

O: Awesome dopplebock. This is one of my go-to's for a kick ass German beer. (415 characters)

Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark, cloudy chocolate brown color. One inch head that sizzles down within a minute. No visible carbonation.

S: Dark fruit with slight chocolate undertones

T: Dark fruit, specifically raisins, with mocha (coffee primary, chocolate secondary) on the back end.

M: Very smooth, light-medium body, a fladh of bitiness that disappears, warming sensation in my chest (not mouth or throat). A little to watery for me.

O: Very similar to Ayinger's Celebrator, with higher carbonation and mocha taste on back end. Exceptional. (524 characters)

Photo of Beric
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into pint glass
Served: 2 February 2014

Appearance: A dark brown with ruby highlights around the edges if held up to the light. This one is actually a really dark red due to the amount of malt in here. Nice white head dissipates to a ring of foam due to the ABV. Some, but not much, lacing.

Smell: Sweet, roasted, chewy caramel. Toffee. Butterscotch.

Taste: Much like the nose, this one has that dark-chewy candy taste to it. Quite sweet in flavor- caramel, toffee, and butterscotch notes abound. Very malty, no hops to speak of. Warming alcohol, very dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Really smooth and almost buttery.

Overall: This is a doppelbock I can get behind. I haven't been the greatest fan of the style, nor have become one since this beer, but this is one that really showcases the great caramel/toffee malt notes without being super boozy. Alcohol warms, but does not overpower. A solid doppelbock and one I would gladly enjoy again. (955 characters)

Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
93 out of 100 based on 1,140 ratings.