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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,150
Hads: 2,359
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.11%
Wants: 175
Gots: 211 | FT: 0
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

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 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)

Photo of ToriBug13
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Korbinian Dopplebock

Appearance: Gorgeous dark brown, as dark as you could get without being called black. Poured with thick, tightly bubbled foamy head which dissipated over a few moments, which still left a thin layer over the top of the brew.

Smell: Sooo good! Like roasted malt, cocoa nibs, mocha, and sweet but not overtly so. Maybe a hint dark fruit, fig.

Taste&Mouthfeel: Great carbonation immediately hits the tongue. Mid taste comes the chocolate and hints of coffee. I am thoroughly happy that this is not cloyingly sweet as the flavors unfold in my mouth. The colder this beer, the more cocoa nib flavor, as it warms more of the roasty malt comes out. Great full body, slick, creamy, and rich.

Overall: Amazing beer. I truly feel this beer deserves the ratings it has. I don't often say that. Delicious, dark, full in flavor and body. Would definitely buy again! (895 characters)

Photo of glass_house
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a tall footed goblet.

Clean and translucent dark brown with amber accents. Three fingers of creamy khaki head that takes its time reducing to a solid cap with substantial lacing. Aroma is primarily dark fruits and banana with roasted nut malts and molasses. Slight alcohol and brown sugar sneaking out of the background.

Soft but full mouthfeel. Rounded and smooth. Carbonation is low and allows the flavors to coat the tongue evenly. Taste is sweet caramel and toffee malt with raisins and dark plums quickly following. The finish is very clean with just a hint of the nutty character and dark bread hanging around with a faint earthy hop note. Almost no bitterness or alcohol heat whatsoever. It's definitely sweet, but just enough so to be a nice change of pace from the usual hop bombs.

Maybe it's just the doppelbock kick I'm on, but this is a top tier beer that has earned it's reputation. If I were to nitpick, I'd like a little heavier body and more pronounced flavors but anyone who enjoys bocks will find very little to complain about here. (1,073 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Chilled 22 oz bomber poured into a pilsener glass

Pours a beautiful deep dark mahogany brown color. Dark brown / ruby color when held to the light. Clear in color with three fingers of hardy foam which settles into a nice tan layer with staying power. Small lacings on the glass close to the foam.

A nice roasted malt smell with reminders of chocolate, raisins and figs. A deliciously sweet taste of rich malt. Not cloyingly sweet. Chocolate with the faintest essence of coffee & roasted nuts. No heavy alcoholic taste. Pure malty goodness with no hoppy bitterness. Clean after taste.

Good body. Heavier than medium but not too heavy. Smooth. Active carbonation on the pour which quickly settles down to a nice tan cap. Gentle Carbonation on the middle of the tongue.

I was in Freising this spring and kept seeing the signs for the home of Korbinian. Weihenstephaner dominates this Munich suburb near the airport. I like malty Bavarian biers and truly enjoyed this selection. It is smooth & sweet but not too sweet. Great choice for after dinner. A delicious beer that I will enjoy again. Oldest brewery in the world and they got it right. (1,153 characters)

Photo of emsroth
2.77/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

from a 500 ml bottle. Served at 46-52 F per the bottle

App: A solid ruby color with a tan head. I always seem to prefer doppelbocks with a darker coloration.

Smell: Great notes of minerals and herbs. Roasted aromas from the malt. Slight notes of copper that is always great in german beers. Ends with tart, salted caramel and touch of grassy hops.

Taste: Flat start. Slight caramel and roasted malt in the beginning. Middle is cardboard. Ends with a cloying sweetness and papery faltness. Tastes like unfermented candy syrup.

Mouthfeel: Strangely thin for a doppelbock. That makes it more drinkable, but it feels like a cola.

Overall: I expected better from this brewery, but I am now remembering why I haven't had this beer in years. I will give it another try and rating in the future. I will be sure to try it on draft and on bottle from another supplier (863 characters)

Photo of Rambu
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a Tulip glass

A - Pours quite thick, beautiful ruby tinged dark brown colour, head is thick and luscious, bubbles are tight, looks amazing.

S - This smells great, rich hazelnut/nutty malt character, hint of chocolate, dark fruits, melanoidans, plum pudding.

T - I get a great big malt hit with a complex profile, a lot going on, it all blends together perfectly, burnt sugar, toffee, chocolate, dark fruits, wood, rum and raisins, licorice, tobacco, amazing flavour. Finish is nice and dry, great attenuation, really sets you up for another taste, lingering taste of cherry schnapps. Alcohol is very well hidden, no hot flavours.

M - Mouthfeel is perfect, a big creamy malt hit that transitions into a nice puckering dryness, I could drink a lot of this.

O - I've tasted this a couple of times a year for a while now and it always blows me away, just such a well made beer, absolutely delicious drink, I usually consume it quite cold as I find it can get cloying at higher serving temps. A winner of a beer, Prost! (1,031 characters)

Photo of beergoot
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark, reddish brown body capped with thick, creamy, off-white head. Rich, roasted grain aroma with a touch of sweetness; caramel; slight nuttiness. Rich and creamy malt flavor and feel; warm with a subdued alcohol heat in the background.

This is a fine example of a doppelbock all around. Excellent malt flavors with just the right edge of booziness. Balance, complexity, and sensory appeal in every aspect. This truly exemplifies the art of brewing in that being a big, rich, powerful beer it also remains easy drinking. (522 characters)

Photo of bskrtz
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint .9 ounce bottle served very cold in glass beer challis

A) Wow -- Deep dark brown soup with plenty of suspended, fine Champaign like bubbles. No light penetrates - I have no idea what's going on in there.... but it sure looks good

S) Stewed prunes, raisons, banana and dates. Very sweet with mild hops and alcohol esters

T) As much as I liked looking at it, it was even more fun drinking it. Toffee, caramel, sweet citrus fruit, very mild hops. Smooth and surprisingly refreshing.

M) Ample effervescent fizz, must be bottle conditioned. Sticky yet not thick. Well balanced; brewing this beer is an art.

O) 7.4% alcohol? Never tasted it until of course I finished. A masterpiece, I will buy more... (709 characters)

Photo of morimech
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle with 4103 code poured into a Weihenstephan glass.

Pours a clear, dark plum color with just over one finger of head that settles to a thin cap. Any lacing quickly recedes back into the beer.

Aroma of dark bread, caramel, plums, dates, raisins, and some earthiness. Smells sweet and fruity.

Dark fruit flavor permeates the flavor. Dates and raisins being the predominate characteristic. Notes of caramel and pumpernickel bread. Some hop earthiness attempts to balance the sweetness but this is a malty monster. No sign of alcohol.

Full bodied, expertly carbonated. The heritage of the brewery shines through.

Probably much better fresh back in the home country where the hops being more assertive. But still it stands at the top of the dopplebock hill. (768 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : dark amber color with tan foamy head.
Smell : dried fruity and roasted malt aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : caramel malty and roasted flavors with alcohol presence in finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the German style Doppelbock. (316 characters)

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

The body has a super rich dark plum coloring to it, topped with creamy tan head that starts off at two fingers then wilts slowly.
The aroma gives up sugary malt and toasted pumpernickel notes.
The flavor is sweet hot cereal smothered in molasses. The hop bite at the end is rather subtle but complements the beer perfectly.
The mouthfeel is smooth and light as is the carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden--you'd never know the ABV till it hits your head.
Overall a fantastic brew. Wish I could get this in 12 packs here in the States. (537 characters)

Photo of TheDoctor
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an impenetrable inky black with two fingers of rich tan head that settles down pretty quick to a nice, even (but thin) film. Decent retention; minimal lacing.

Malty, earthy sweetness. Coffee, licorice, burnt caramel, and red wine are the predominate aromas I pick up.

Sweet and pleasantly sticky. Coke, coffee (weak, to be sure), and chocolate nibs with some spices thrown in; it has a slow, coating finish with a really nutty aftertaste.

Full bodied and slightly chewy with good carbonation and a warm, sticky character to it.

Very nice.
This is a very malty, very sweet beer that would likely be best served on a cold night (like tonight) or on a rainy day. It is a solid German beer in every way possible. Rich, bold, malty flavor with a nice nose to it that hints at the flavor but doesn't give it away.
For me, it is a little on the sweet side for what I would normally lean towards; BUT other really malty dark beers have proven almost undrinkably sweet, sticky, and malty for me in the past. So, I take it as an indication of how well-balanced it is that I can drink and enjoy it with gusto.
Would have again; worth trying if you have access to it. (1,184 characters)

Photo of T100Mark
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Dark ruby red. Minimal head. Minimal lace.

Smell - Bread. Sweet. Black liquorice.

Taste - Bready. Carmel. Herbal. Prunes. Slightly bitter. Slightly sour.

Mouth - Like all other aspects of this beer, complex.

Overall - A big, bold, German Doppelbock. Similar, in flavor, to Ayinger Celebrator only sweeter. (380 characters)

Photo of djura
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got it in Hungary. 0,5l bottle.

A - Ruby dark,lots of bubbles at the beginning,one finger brown foam.
S - Dark fruits,plum,sweetness.
T/M - Sweet,drinkable,lots of fruits. Taste like plum jam. Medium carbonation,low bitterness. Too sweet aftertaste.

O - Maybe it is best to drink it with some cake or something similar. Personally,i don't feel it tasty,but good beer for the style. (383 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint, 0.9 fl oz bottle into a flared pilsner glass. Moderate hand. No perceivable date on the bottle.

A: Dark ruby with good clarity. 3 fingers of light caramel head and good retention. Attractive lacing.

S: Roasted malt, light cocoa notes and prominent dark fruit, raisin. Perhaps a bit stronger fruit presence than your typical doppelbock.

T: Roasted malt sweetness with a slow transition to a light bitterness. Semi-dry finish with nice dark chocolate and more subtle coffee notes. Nicely blended and cohesive. Minimal alcohol presence.

M: Moderate carbonation, but very smooth mouthfeel. Moderate body with a velvety creaminess. Solid.

O: Perhaps a bit behind Celebrator in terms of taste, but damn if this isn't a supremely smooth brew. Very tasty.

Prost! (788 characters)

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I got a finger of tan head over a body of cola brown with a red accent. The head was gone in less than a minute, leaving the faintest of traces. No real lace.

Lightly toasted malt. Toffee. Sugar. A bit of caramel. Molasses.

Very much to the nose, with a the molasses being a little stronger. Builds to an almost cloying sweetness after a while.

The mouthfeel on this is smooth and medium bodied. (398 characters)

Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
93 out of 100 based on 1,150 ratings.