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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,097 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,097
Reviews: 1,106
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 135
Gots: 111 | FT: 1
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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Photo of Codnasty
3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a 1.5 inch tan head into a pint glass. Smelled a bit like soy sauce and rum raisins. Tastes like spiced fruits and a little bit of hop bitterness at the end. Had a nice carbonation and was very easy to drink, if I can get this in a boot at the pub I will for sure.

Codnasty, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of projectflam86
3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep Carmel brown color with a thick beige head that leaves some nice lacing.

S- Lots of dark brown sugar and malty sweetness in the nose. A bit of spice and earth.

T- Some dark fruit and malt with a diacetyl finish. I also picked up on some metallic flavors with a bit of a musty aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation.
The alcohol is fairly well hidden.

D- This one was ok, but it didn't really wow me.

projectflam86, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of choyhosoi
3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

A-Pours a dark brown color with a thin lace head.

S-Nice sugary tones that also have some grape/raisin scents.

T/M/D- It has a different taste that has a little bite. A taste of bitterness mixed with alcohol but at the same time it is somewhat smooth. It leaves a lingering taste on your palate and that is the only thing I dont like. All in all a good brew I would try another.

choyhosoi, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Weihenstephaner- Korbinian

Appearance- dark ruby/ brown. With a thick bubbly, heavily carbonated head. An exact Coca-Cola look-alike!
Smell- very subtle hefe notes. Pepper/ clove/ spice with a touch of chocolate.
Taste- a blend of cocoa toasted malt with a light spice/ candy hefe.
Mouthfeel- light and sweet flavor is slighty weak.

Overall- Just a tad above the bland mark. The beer is just too weak. I drank it both cold, straight out the fridge, and warm. The flavor has plenty of potential but I had to drink the entire 16.9 oz to really get a grasp on its taste. Nothing special here.

NJpadreFan, Apr 24, 2006
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.

tweeder263, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of Moxley
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.

Moxley, May 03, 2008
Photo of BlindPig
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.

BlindPig, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of heygeebee
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...

heygeebee, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of Absumaster
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.

Absumaster, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of Hojaminbag
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.

Hojaminbag, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of Johnct
3.4/5  rDev -19%

Johnct, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of WhiteOak
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.

WhiteOak, May 17, 2010
Photo of rfbenavi80
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.

rfbenavi80, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of JoEBoBpr
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.

JoEBoBpr, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of wcudwight
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.

wcudwight, Apr 18, 2006
Photo of Rastacouere
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.

Rastacouere, May 13, 2004
Photo of aracauna
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.

aracauna, Nov 25, 2002
Photo of sweetbrew82
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...

sweetbrew82, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of aaronh
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.

aaronh, Dec 15, 2003
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

bulldogg915, Mar 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

goast8127, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of TheSixthRing
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'.

TheSixthRing, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of secondtooth
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

secondtooth, May 19, 2014
Photo of Vanz
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Vanz, Jan 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Bieniek30, Sep 27, 2014
Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 2,097 ratings.