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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
94
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1,848 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1848
Reviews: 1083
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%


Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

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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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

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

A- Thin creamy tan head on a dark brown body with some lighter brown hues.
S- Hints of alcohol, dark fruits, sweet caramel, hints of metallic, sweet grass hops.
T- Really sweet caramel, light warming of alcohol, light bitterness on tongue from few grassy hops, kind of a big metallic flavor to it, light toffee in the aftertaste, and hints here and there of dark fruits.
M- Medium body with low to medium carbonation.
D- I think this one may be off. I can't tell how old it is and it just seems the metallic is way to strong for this brew. Also seems like some of the flavors are lacking and may have a few off tastes to them. I am going to try and try this another time when I am out of town (so I can get some fresher stuff) and see how it is then.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 09:34:53 | More by BlindPig
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Moxley

New York

3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a nice deep ruby red with a thin tan head that settled quickly.

S - Nothing but a sickening sweet, sweet malt and the only way I can describe it - a faint sweaty locker room smell...not good.

T - Thank God this beer did not taste like it smelled! Lots of malt up front with definite maple and brown sugar undertones. Slightly sour, grapefruit-like finish. Very interesting beer.

M&D - Low carbonation with a bready, chewy like texture. Slimy mouthcoating.

Glad to try this one, not my favorite but an interesting beer on all accounts.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 01:30:01 | More by Moxley
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heygeebee

Australia

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

Pours a deep maghogany. One finger head looked like it would stay forever but did not.

Brown sugar on the nose, some caramel. True to Doppelbock style tho, quite complex

Taste is really malty and sweet. First-up thought is that it is just sensational, as the complexity unwinds on your taste-buds. That however does not last long.... there are some caramels on offer, and some toffee, but in the end just sweet, too sweet. On the verge of cloying.

Mouthfeel borders on Blackcurrant cordial sadly.

Overall, a tad dissapointing, given other scores/reviews...

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 09:20:20 | More by heygeebee
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A burgundy brown beer with a small, bubbly head leaving rings on the surface.

Smell was full of 'dark' fumes, caramel cigar tobacco and molasses. A big malty smell and some roasted, burned notes. Nice and complex.

Taste was a bit of a letdown, there was the sweet maltiness combined with the caramel, roast and mild molasses taste. However the body was rather thin and carbonation was lacking. This was unlike any other doppelbock I have had, which were all very full-bodied and more pronounced in malt and caramel flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2007 12:24:41 | More by Absumaster
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A brown body that is fairly translucent around the edges. Small off white head that doesn't last long, not a lot of lacing.

Lots of chocolate and some roasted character in the nose and a somewhat metallic odor.

Taste is dominated by chocolate and roasted malts. Very sweet in the finish.

A pretty thin, light mouthfeel.

Fairly drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 06:46:17 | More by Hojaminbag
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WhiteOak

Connecticut

3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Bright, clear cola red-brown. Dark tan foam settles down quickly to a minimal head.

S- Burnt sweet milk, saddle blanket, wet toasted grains, stewed dark fruits.

T- Sweet caramel malt, brown bread, stewed dark fruits, honey puffed taosted wheat, yeast.

M, D- Sweet malt is integrated into a toasty, somewhat creamy presentation.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 20:34:47 | More by WhiteOak
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A - Pours a nice brown color with some strong reddish and ruby hints on the ends. There is a nice brown head that is one inch tall with some medium and active bubbles.

S - Earthy and grassy malt aroma. Toasted malt character as well with some slight sweet notes. Smells like wort.

T & M - There is some toasty grassy hints and some grassy notes. There are some sweet malt notes in the taste as well. There are some slight noble hop notes and bitterness.

D - It is good but not near my favorite beer. ABV is a bit higher but not crazy.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 03:07:32 | More by JoEBoBpr
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rfbenavi80

Missouri

3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Rheinland Restaurant in Independence Missouri.
Served in a Pilsner glass.

A- Pours a dark chestnut brown with 1 1/2 fingers width of very frothy light brown head that took its time leaving.

S- Sweet Malts. Not much else.

T- Malty. Dark fruits are there, but hard to pull out individually.

M- Thick, it coats your mouth and the throat going down.

O- Good. Would not label it great, but good.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2012 21:38:00 | More by rfbenavi80
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aracauna

Georgia

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

Foamer! Luckily I didn't spill a drop. Dark brown, not the black I was expecting. Nice small-bubbled off-white head. Aroma is fruit past it's prime. Flavor is light caramelly malts, no real hop presence but some odd funky spice. A bit sweet and syrupy. Mouthfeel is lively with constant steaming bubbles.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2002 22:38:38 | More by aracauna
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

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

Dark caramel color topped by a tan, lasting head. Sweet malt aromas immediately greet me upon pouring the beer. Slight hint of noble hops. Dark roasted notes in the flavor, coupled with decent bitterness. Mild sweetness is coupled with a grainy finish. Feels a bit thin on the palate, and the carbonation is much milder than expected. Decent drinkability, but this one still lasted me a while. More of a dark lager or bock than a dopple. Glad I tried it, but over-rated as far as dopples go.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2003 04:25:53 | More by aaronh
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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
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wcudwight

North Carolina

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

Pours a murky dark brown with some red hues. Massive 3 finger head that recedes to 1/4". Smells of sweets malts and some dark fruits...raisins. Taste is heavy on the malts. Very sweet and caramel with a mild honey and fruit finish. Cherries maybe. Feels creamy in the mouth, but a bit too much so. Drinkable for the right occasion, but not for any and every occasion. Dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2006 12:26:17 | More by wcudwight
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sweetbrew82

California

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

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pint glass; No freshness date to be found

P: Has a deep golden color to it as it pours from the bottle. It sits dark copper with a deep maroon hue, complimented by some slight orangish highlights. The light tan head stood 2 fingers tall, and was comprised of small, tightly packed bubbles. It showed good retention, and left some nice lacework on the glass as it receded to form a sheet of creamy foam on top.

A: Smells mostly of biscuity malts, with little hops, raisin, and a dash of cinnamon. Not nearly as pronounced as I would have expected, though. That scares me a bit.

T: Starts malty & sweet, while biscuity flavors are definitely the star of the show. I am a bit disappointed though, as it seems that the hops have died somewhere along the line. While I do get a bit of a leafy hop presence, they seem to be just skeletons of their former greatness. As a result, the sweet maltiness is way out of balance as there is no hop bitterness to level the playing field. Hops issue aside, there is also some dark fruit flavors that remind me of plums, prunes, and raisins. The finish is adequately dry, but there is a detectable astringent flavor that is a bit unpleasant. With all that being said, this is still a pretty good tasting beer. I can imagine how good this could be if the hops were still alive!

M: The mouthfeel is really good. It's silky smooth, a bit airy, and is gently carbonated with no "bite".

D: This is still pretty easy to drink, but considering that the taste is suffering a bit, I wouldn't want to drink another one at this time.

Notes: I was really excited to try the Korbinian, and while it wasn't awful by any stretch of the imagination, I was a bit disappointed. I will definitely have to give it another try sometime, as I think this one may be a bit elderly (why no freshness date?) Still, I can tell just by the flavors that are there that this could be a really good doppelbock. Stay tuned for an update...

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 02:35:04 | More by sweetbrew82
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oelergud

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tall greyish brown 1 pint .9oz glass bottle. pry-off cap. The label shows a bishop or similar character.
Almost opaque ruby and mahogany body. Dimpled creamy light tan head with great retention and a little lace.
Sweet dark bread with maple syrup scent. Clear and complex.
Lagerish bread flavor. Molasses and mild pine hop notes. Complex and interesting. The aftertaste is fairly hoppy and keeps with it some of the malt from the initial taste.
Medium to full body with residual sugars. Dry finish and maybe abit grainy.
Good drinkability, not the best doppelbock I've had but a good lager nonetheless.

-Oelergud

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 01:34:13 | More by oelergud
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SolomonGrundy

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

While watching the SF Giants pitter away their season, we find this gem....Clearn deep, dark mahogany. Not much of a head, decent carbonation and little to no lacing. Extremely robust aroma of heavy raosted malt, some mettalic notes, some molasses...Maybe even maple syrup. Pretty great smelling and quite spot on to style. Great flavor upfront. Very rich and full in the mouth. Great roasty punch in the gut, like watching Zito walk in two runs in the first inning of a title clinching game. Beautiful, but loses it near the end - unlike Zito who apparently never has it to begin with. Thin finish, and the unpleasant metallic notes show up more. Nice long, toasty finish - kind of like what the Padres will apparently receive after tomorrow night's game after the Giants choke and lose three straight to get the boot. If not for the thin finish, this would be great. As it is, it's merely good. decently priced at $2.99/half-liter so that brings the drinkability up some, and we're gonna need it after today's game...

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 21:12:31 | More by SolomonGrundy
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz

Poured a dark brown with a beige head that left a bit lacing behind. Toasty bread aroma, malts, and hints of cocoa and dried fruit. Crisp and toasty taste, sweet malts, cocoa and nuts keeping it from being too sweet, hints of raisins in the finish. A bit light in flavor and body for the style I thought, but still a fine quaff.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2011 22:21:38 | More by Rifugium
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TheSixthRing

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a beautiful, dark, deep ruby amber with a tan, 3 finger head, good retention. The resulting lace is decent and somewhat sticky.

Smell - Faint aromas of brown sugar, toffee, caramel and coffee.

Taste - Overtly sweet. Lots of toffee and sugar flavor. Coffee is pushed to the background. Fairly one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. moderate carbonation.

Overall - My 2nd foray into european double bocks, and this one's a bit disappointing. While I greatly enjoyed Ayinger Celebrator, this one is similar, but scaled back by comparison. Very sweet. Not much balance. I've found Weihensthephaner a powerhouse with their wheat beers, but this double bock doesn't quite make the grade. Not a bad beer overall, but I think the Ayinger has spoiled me in the Double Bock department. If I had to describe this one in two words, it'd be 'Sugar Beer'.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 05:56:53 | More by TheSixthRing
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark chestnut body with a small head

Aroma: Malty and very sweet; molasses-like

Taste: Slightly bitter, but the bitter overpowers other flavors; dry, hoppy finish; good, but not great

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 15:18:57 | More by IchLiebeBier
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beerguy101

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2003 03:48:10 | More by beerguy101
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Anthony1

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type bottle poured into a 0.5L Weissen Glass

appearance- a very dark, deep brown. nice tan head, not to much, but good lacing.

smell- hopps, caramel, and toasted wheat

taste/mouthfeel- lovely mid of sweet and spicy. somewhat crispy while slight more bitter. a full body with smooth finish. felt excellent

drinkability- a delicious beer that i enjoyed. a bit too bitter with a strong after taste that faded quickly

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 14:32:45 | More by Anthony1
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ikantspel

California

3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml into a stein mug

Pours a dark roasted coffee brown with a full khaki color head

Heavy yeasty malts, coffee bean, and a stout like roasted aroma hits as soon as you pour

Malt flavor is abundant along with dark fruit.

Pretty light mouthfeel and the 7.4 abv is well hidden. Great value

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 01:58:02 | More by ikantspel
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Into a pilsener:

A: dark yet semi-clear brown body with a three finger white foamy head that moderately dies leaving some clingy foamy lacing in its wake

S: chocolate, toffee, raisins, brown sugar, light malts

T: sweet through the previously mentioned flavors

M: medium, sessionable, very sweet aftertaste, sticky sweet finish

O: wow, malt - bomb, close to it at least, there's no hops in this thing, I guess due to the style - so I'm not disappointed, yeah I would say this is dessert in and of itself, might come back to ....??

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 14:42:20 | More by BeerKangaroo
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JayQue

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear ruby read with an off white head that recedes quickly. No lacing on the flute glass. Smell is mildly malty with a little alcohol. Taste is strongly malts with some dark fruit. There is a little alcohol kick at the end.

Mouthfeel is rich. Drinkability is ok. I'm not a great fan of real malty beers. Some of the Dopplebocks I have tried have additional strong flavors that make the beer more interesting.

This one is good, but there are a few better ones out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 01:47:19 | More by JayQue
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doopiedoopiedoo

Netherlands

3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 0.5 liter bottle into a Franzsikaner Weisbeer glass.

Comes out looking like cola with a lively two finger head. tons of carbonation visible.

On the nose tons of dark fruits and a bit of booze.

Full flavors of dark fruits, winter spices, caramel, a hint of coffee, some sweetness and a bunch of malt.

Full flavors but a medium body and a neutral finish. A lot fuller and bigger than the 7.4% suggests

It took me a little to get into this. Gets better as it warms up but one a night is enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 10:54:57 | More by doopiedoopiedoo
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clvand0

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2003 18:57:36 | More by clvand0
Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 1,848 ratings.