Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,318
Reviews: 1,142
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 165
Gots: 200 | 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 bigbubba
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice dark brown beer with a huge tan head. It has a strong raisin/prune smell and a bit of a spicy yeast aroma. The taste is very nice. It has a sweet (but not too sweet) caramel flavor, with prunes and chocolate. There is really no bitterness to it at all, just a bit of a spicy aftertaste. It is extremely smooth and easy to drink.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I think this beer would fill me up before a meal but it is not bitter and I like that. Nice smell, apples and other fruits. I had an after taste that was a little sticky but other than that...a great beer. Even my wife liked it and she hates all this shit.

All in all, from the husband of a wine drinker...if she likes it. It must be good.

Photo of Tupperwolf
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, half-hazy double cola color with a frothy light tan head several inches thick in my stange glass - The head is energetic at first and remains nice and thick for some time before falling to a thin covering and leaves a few small webs of lacing.

The smell is slightly nutty and carries a scent that is veryu strong and very familiar but hard for me to define - it's so fleeting that my memory can't quite consolidate it. It reminds me vaguely of a friend's yard, maybe wet wood or dry hay, but there are also serious dark almond characteristics.

Yummy doppelbock flavor - nuts, earth, honey, butterscotch, pecans, oak, cinnamon. Indescribable but such a nice departure from other styles. it does everything well.

Nice, medium body with a slightly swishy finish and a nutty-feeling aftertaste that changes and morphs the longer it lingers.

Quite nice, it definitely deserves praise.

Photo of nickss
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful amber hue with a MONSTER of a head.... about 2" worth of gorgeous rocky head. Nice lacing... not much apparent carbonation.

This smell, while not bad, just doesnt do it for me. It smells like mildew, though not quite as offensive as that. I can clearly smell the huge malt profile, but not much else going on here.

Eh... nice taste, in an unbalanced malty way. I am kinda disappointed due to all the hype surrounding this brew. Once again, not bad, but I'm not at all impressed. Notes of ginger, nuts, brown sugar and cinnamon in the malt... but they don't make their presence apparent enough for this beer to be truely enjoyable for me.

Unlike the aroma and the flavour, the mouthfeel is spot on...moderately thick mouthfeel with low levels of carbonation... silky smooth... very nice.

Pretty drinkable for a 7.4% brew... like i said, very smooth, very inoffensive. Just.... i dunno... I was expecting more.

Photo of TongoRad
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a clear dark brown with ruby highlights and a tall, dense tan head. Aroma is rich with caramel, raisins, bread and slight roasty undercurrents. The palate is doubly as rich as the nose with the perfect amount of clean bitterness to cut through the maltiness. A truly wondeful beer- not a misstep along the way to the lengthy roasty finish.

Photo of EvilKeith
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Korbinian Dunkles Starkbier .5 litre brown bottle. No freshness date. 5484 marked on rear label.

Pours into the glass a dark amber, ruby highlights appear when held up to the light. A frothy dark tan head, impressive sticky lace rings the glass.

The aroma is dark roasted malts, sweet dark fruit and a hint of coffee bean.

Tastes of rich, dark roasted malt, an undefined dark fruit with a trace of dark chocolate.

Medium to medium-heavy mouthfeel.

The taste and smell of this are incredible. I don't give out 5s, but this one is as close to a 5 as I've had. This is a must try. Highly recommended.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a weizen glass)

A- This beer pours a dark brown crystal clear body with a strong carbonation of medium size bubbles. The head is a creamy light tan foam that last and last.

S- Even during the pour I could smell this sweet dark elixir. The dark malt has a light caramel, prune, and fresh grape aroma with some hints of toast. No note of hops or alcohol in the finish.

T- This beer has a great rich maltyness that is smooth and has a dark fruit sweetness to it. The finish is a little spicy but still smooth with no hop bitterness noted. As it warms a bit there is a little roasted or toasted quality in the malt and the spicy gives a hint of hops now.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel but the texture is a bit watery. No real alcohol warmth or astringency but there is some fizz in the finish.

D-This beer has a great appearance and a complex rich smell so I was expecting the same from the taste. This was not the case. A little light in taste complexity and the mouthfeel was watery to boot.

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chocolate covered fruit? Not quite as dense and malty as other examples of the style that I've had... perhaps even a little closer to a porter in its characteristics?
Finishes dry for a doppelbock. A little bubblier, a little less dense..
Shades of Belgian Strong Dark Ale.
Quite nice, really. Easily worth a revisit.

Photo of russpowell
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours deep copper to mahogony with a 4 finger+ tan head. Bubbles swirl from the head with every sip. Head retention and lacing are good.

Smell: Malt toastiness and alcohol

Taste: Caramel and malt , some nutiness, alcohol and hops spicyness on the tounge & the finish

MF: Very chewy and pefectly balanced/carbonated

Shame I never found this in Germany, still a dang tasty dopplebock!

Photo of SeanChouffe
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is deep red. Low head retention and some light carbonation. Smells malty and astringent with some stewed fruits. Flavor is malty with a sweet start and an astringent finish. Palate is surprisingly light for such a high gravity beer. Man, I guess I am jaded, but this just seems to be variations on the same theme – a good beer but did not knock my socks off.

Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a lightly hazy bronze / brown color with a nice 2" head. Spotty lacing develops.

Smell: toasted nuts, toffee, and some brown sugar sweetness.

Taste: a nicely balanced combination of toffee, toasted nuts,and caramel with hints of alcohol and sweet ripe dark fruits. The bitterness balances the sweetness well.

Mouthfeel: medium - heavy in body. Crisp at the start and finish with a long malty sweetness.

Drinkability: Very smooth drinking. A super dopplebock, and I am glad I picked it up.

Photo of Prufrock
2.95/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 oz bottle poured into a pilsner.

clear amber brown with half an inch of tan head. falls evenly leaving little lacing

malty sweet aroma. just a hint of coffee and molasses.

sweet caramel malts in the taste as well, but it's got an oddly empty aftertaste. much weaker flavor than i'd expect from a doppelbock. very light carbonation and a medium-light mouthfeel.

Photo of DrJay
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark with beautiful ruby highlights. Fine, tan head with low carbonation apparent from the pour. Nice lacing that continues throughout. Rich, malty aroma, with toffee and plum. Toffee and caramel form a base malty flavour and there's a bit of chocolate layered on top. Cherries and hop flavour towards the end. Light, warming alcohol is barely evident towards the end as well, particularly as it warms a bit. Light hop bitterness with a bit of metallic character lingers for a short while in the finish, followed by the delicate remnants of the malt. Medium bodied with low carbonation and a slightly grainy texture. Very enjoyable and something I'll pick up again.

Photo of AltBock
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml/ 1pt. .9fl oz. bottle. Really cool bottle with what looked like stained glass on the label. I know some of the objects on the label mean someting, but I don't know right now. No freshness date, but the code 5484 on the back.

Appearance: Poured a not black, but a dark brown/ruby color with a 1 inch off white head of foam that left little lace around my pilsner glass.

Smell: It had a wonderful aroma of dark chocolate, sweet caramel and loads of roasted malt in the background. Very Nice!

Taste: Lots of dark chocolate and sweet caramel up front with plenty of malts in the background (of course). I also noticed some dark fruits in there as well too. Bascially with the exception of the malts and dark fruits, this tasted like one of those candy bars with caramel in it (Caramellow?), but with alcohol. Everything a Dopplebock is suppose to offer.

Mouthfeel: I noticed a strong presence of alcohol in there. What did I expect from a Dopplebock with 7.4% ABV? Even with the strong alcohol presence, this still went down nice and smooth.

Drinkability: An excellent affordable Dopplebock and definitely wouldn't mind having another right now. A top notch German Dopplebock!

Photo of carln26
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber color with orange highlights, the beer is topped with a fluffy, long-lasting tan head. Wonderful rich caramel/candy aroma from the beer. Caramel, toffee, peanut brittle all are wafting across the glass. The taste is a pleasant sweetness. Toffee, caramel, dates hit your tongue immediately. This is followed by a mild bitterness, and just a subtle citrus hint (tangerine). Smooth, rich mouth feel, great drinkability, no sense of alcohol from the beer at all. It’s like dark caramel in a glass.

Photo of mmmbeer
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big German-style 500 mL bottle - served lightly chilled in a chalice. It pours the color of cherry or mahogany wood and has a small off-white head that reduces to a collar and leaves little lacing. It smells of banana, ripe/dark fruits (prunes, raisins), molasses, grains, and toasted malts - overall very rich with some cloying sweetness. The flavors are toasted/caramel/molasses malts, with a mild bitterness, anise, lots of sweetness that becomes cloying, and maybe some green/spicy hops - all on top of a medium body. The sweetness is a bit too much to make it very drinkable, which happens to me fairly often when I drink dopples.

Photo of badbeer
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours darker than night, with a nice head. Do you like coffee? If you do, take your time in the rich aroma of this beer. Sweet and malty, alcohol very well hidden. Mouthfeel is pleasant with good carbonation. This is a good beer to relax to, but one is enough in a night for me.

Photo of shbobdb
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ya know, last time I reviewed this beer I gave it a 4.2. That is simply unacceptably low for a beer of this caliber.
Have you ever fallen in love with a beer? Sure, at first taste it was merely 'good' but you felt an unexplainable urge to return to the store and buy this beer again and again. What seperates this beer from all the others? You aren't really sure -- there are maltier brews, brews with more complexity, with a greater array of flavours, but none of them match the elegance of this one special beer. This is the kind of beer that makes me want to get down on one knee and ask it to be the one beer for me, the beer that I will come home to, the beer that I will drink with joy for the rest of my life.
Sure, I might enjoy another beer every now-and-again but, baby, I didn't mean it. You're better than all those beers, really baby, I mean it. Gimme another chance, don't go away. I know the weather will get warmer soon and you'll leave me for a time. Don't leave me baby, please, I didn't mean it. Don't leave me, don't leave me. . .

Photo of scooter231
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark dark dark with a bubbly creamy looking head. Pretty. Smell is all espresso and roasted, malty scents- so much espresso. Coffee lovers, smell up...

Taste is malty with lots of roasted qualities, deep, rich- sweet, with hints of chocolate and caramel. Complex flavors all doing a decent job of blending together. Mouthfeel is bubbly and medium-bodied.

Lots of good flavors go on in here, but ultimately it's far too sweet for me to want another serving. Still, I can see having this with dessert now and then.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Steve's on University Ave here in Madison tonight.

Pours a dark garnet with amber highlights below a finger of khaki bubbles. Nose is thick with grainy maltiness, some earthy peat, and a hint of dark fruit. Taste is rested upon a hearty sweet caramel malt backbone, some alcohol soaked woody notes and a bit of baltic prune. Mouthfeel is slick and oily, with moderate carbonation. This is a solid, flavorful authentic-tasting German dopplebock. Didn't blow me away, but certainly solid and well-constructed.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the better Dopplebocks out there. A delicious beer...if you love malt, because this beer is full of it. Complex nutty (pecans, walnuts), fruity (over-ripe peaches, dates, figs), maple syrup, and brown sugar flavors swirl over the palate with a heavy coating. Light hop bittering offers a light balance, but not flavor or aroma. The beer remains toasty and lightly roasted from sip to swallow. Very mellow and smooth as it goes down with a bold roasty, syrup aftertaste. A joy to drink.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On seeing this beer in a glass, I first thought that came to my mind was a beautiful brunet with red highlights. Pours a tall tan head that fades. This beer just looks good. Smells like rye whiskey with some lemons and a bit of chalk. On the center of the tongue it tastes like caramel and peaches ant fades to citrus on the edge of the tongue. The flavors compliment each other well. The body’s light and creamy with a fine carbonation. I think this would go well with roast beef.

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a dark reddish brown color, with a creamy head. The aroma is huge, with dough, brown sugar, apple cider, and caramel. Doughy malt flavor, that somehow manages to be incredibly strong without being cloyingly sweet. I think it is this fact that seperates the Korbinian from other hugely malty dopplebocks. There is some dark fruit flavor too. The finish is spicy. Thick, chewy mouthfeel. Much more drinkable than you would think. I first had this beer when I was new to craft beer, and I wasn't impressed that first time. Revisiting this beer, I really enjoyed it. Weihenstephaner is now probably my favorite German brewery.

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good German Doppelbock. Poured out to a dark cherry / brown color with a 1/8 inch head and some minor lacing in the glass. Aromas of smokey aged cheeses, bread, dark fruits and some earth. Taste was along the same lines as the smell, with more complexity. Flavors of bready malts, mild smoke wood, a touch of cheese, and some grain. You have to really look for all the flavors, but they are there. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and mildly rich. A good level of drinkability. For less than 3 dollars a bottle, this is an exceptional beer. Highly Recommended.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, well, well, where have you been, Korbinian? In side by side tasting with Celebrator, using the same kind of glasses, at the same temperatures, I like this one more. Richer, thicker, better head, stickier lacing, more malty and chocolatey. Coffee, figs, pepper, allspice. It's all in there. Looong dry bitter finish, with a hint of malt sweetness even there. A malt bomb with a bitter end. About six different beers, depending on the temperature.
Freakishly smooth and full round mouthfeel. Mmmmm.
I will be looking for a case of this soon. If it weren't for the ABV, you could drink a dozen. Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow!

Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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