Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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German Doppelbock
Ranked #4
Ranked #1,498
4.21 | pDev: 9.03%
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Notes: Our Korbinian, the full-bodied, dark Doppelbock with light brown foam, wins beer-lovers over with a balance of fruity hints of plums and figs, a dark malt aroma - reminiscent of toffee, nuts and chocolate. Its roasted flavour goes well with smoked meat and fish as well as venison and poultry. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill.
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4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a half liter bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a finger of fluffy tan head. Bready malt smell immediately after opening the bottle. Full bodied. Roasted malt flavors with some raisin-like sweetness. Very good.

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Photo of Roguer
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perhaps a touch sweeter than I prefer for a Doppelbock, especially on the nose, but my gawd this is deep, rich, and full of flavor. Doppelbock is the German “liquid bread” of beer, the equivalent of the Belgian Dubbel, and wow does this one live up to that description. I suspect you could easily fast on this brew alone.

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Roguer from Georgia, Mar 26, 2020
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4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: super dark, pours with a medium off white head

Smell: Lots of yeast, malt on the backend

Taste: malty, chocolatey, malty, richer than Celebrator

Feel: incredibly smooth, nice carbonation too

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Anders91 from California, Feb 03, 2020
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2.75/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

De color marrón con medio dedo de espuma de baja retención. Cuerpo y carbonatación ligera. Aroma maltoso y afrutado. En boca destaca la malta y el tostado pero bastante mas suave que en nariz.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 1/19/12: Pours dark brown with ruby tints at the edges when held to the light. The pour produces 2 inches of frothy, tan , moderately lasting head that leaves only a hint of lace. Aroma is brown bread, dark malt, molasses, raisins, nuts, overripe banana, faint cocoa and thin hints of licorice and coffee. Taste is SWEET,toasted and buttered brown bread, cocoa, molasses and dark fruits with hints of vanilla, coffee, smoke and anise/licorice in the finish. The only hops I pickup are in the bitterness of the finish and some of this may be due to the intensely roasted malts. Aftertaste is minimal. Mouthfeel is a little thin,similar to skim milk. A complex and incredibly sweet doppelbock.

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Photo of Barettes
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark cola brown, but is actually dark ruby red when held to the light. Not much head on my pour, but could be the way I poured it.
Nose and taste are bready malts, raisin, plum, cherry, toffee. Very balanced finish, neither too sweet nor too bitter. Very smooth.
A little under-carbonated for my tastes, but overall a great brew I'll revisit again. 94 for me.

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Barettes from Washington, Dec 12, 2019
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4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear mahogany brown color with the most beautiful tan head I’ve ever seen south of a stout, this Doppelbock announces its intention to win you over with an aroma that is part stone fruit, part toffee, and part rich cocoa and roasty coffee. An olfactory ride into beer nerd bliss.

The taste is perfectly balanced, with the ripe stone fruit taste up front, gliding into the toffee flavors, and settling at the back of the palate with cocoa and roasty malt flavors.

The mouthfeel is full, providing closure to a beer that is exquisitely balanced and fully evolved. What a pleasure to drink.

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ovaltine from Indiana, Nov 30, 2019
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4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear bran-muffin-brown, with light tan head. Bottom half shows ruby red, when held up to the light. Head quickly dissipates to a 1/8" ring, with slight lacing .

Smell is toffee, slightly nutty (roasted almond & pecan?) , slight bit of chocolate (brownie batter) , slightly fruity (dried plum, brandy-soaked cherry, and raisin).

Taste is similar to aroma, but drier, less sweet . The most prominent, and opening, flavor is toasted nuts, followed by toffee, slightly bitter chocolate (as in forgetting half the sugar when making brownies :) ), finishing with a hint of rum-soaked raisins, and mild, drying bitterness.

Feel is surprisingly light for the abv , on the light side of medium. Very fine carbonation tingle throughout, that becomes sharper towards the end, creating a pleasant drying finish, that lingers a bit.

Overall , I very much like this. Not something I'd want every day, but well worth a try, and occasional revisit.

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mikeinportc from New York, Nov 30, 2019
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4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoyed this doppelbock. Poured from a bottle into a mug.
L: deep reddish brown 1/2 inch creamy head
S: smells like bread baking
T: toasty, malty up front and a nice hoppy note finish.
O: really enjoyed this beer. I picked it up at Whole Foods at a very reasonable price for the 1 pint 0.9 oz. bottle

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4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a mug.

Look - A rich deep ruby-tinged brown body with a marvelous creamy dense head.

Smell - Fresh baked sourdough bread, burnt marshmallows, and plums. Strong and enticing.

Taste - Similar to the smell with more emphasis on the bread. Round and balanced. Toasty and warm. A good early winter beer.

Feel - Surprisingly thin body with a mild but present carbonation. Could go with either a thicker body or bigger fizziness, but as it stands, it's missing something.

Overall - This is a mighty good brew, especially for how inexpensive it is. Great for this mildly cold weather, or any weather really. Simple and fulfilling, I'd recommend this to somebody looking for a good doppelbock.

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cardfan212 from Minnesota, Nov 17, 2019
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4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely dark full bodied beer. Very smooth taste. Winter treats this double well. Sitting with a fire and dubbie....wow this is a good partner I will enjoy over and over.

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Photo of Lanas
3.51/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I expecting more things from that beer because i already love the "Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel".. On the paper this has more Alchohol% but the mouthfeel is more light.. Is not so rich in my month and also i feel less carbonation.. The reason for that is for the style and i believe is not feet so well for me..
Overall is a decent beer to drink.. No doubt about that.. And in the end you feel one weird but amazing taste in your mouth.. But i have drink better beers out there...

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Lanas from Greece, Sep 14, 2019
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4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle - stamped 1089 15:51:35 - poures into a tall, bulb-flared pint at 42F.

Pours a brilliant deep, dark mahogany brown hue, nearly crystal clear when held to the light, emitting glowing amber-red highlights. The beer is topped with three fingers of beige head that quickly recedes to a medium collar, and thin film. Some slow, steady effervescence is visible.

Nose: The aroma is just absolutely deliciously nutty, round, soft, and malty, with a healthy level of roasted barley, which is not at all stout-like, but still brings notes of caramel, toffee, faint chocolate, raisin, cranberry sauce, brown sugar, cherry, fig, vanilla, as well as delicate fruity European yeast esters, just a hint of German hops, and a whisper of smoke. Truly delightful.

Palate: Like the aroma suggests, the flavour is just saturated with nutty roasted barley. Rich and malty, with flavours of fig, cherry cola, plum, burned toffee, caramel, vanilla, raisin, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, dark chocolate, light fruity yeast with notes of Apple and pear, a hint of coffee, white oak, and in the finish, some faint spicy German hops, and that subtle whisper of smoke and roast, lending a nice, satisfying dryness to the moderately sweet malted barley. Faint roastes malt lingers on for quite some time, but the finish remains quite clean.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is medium-bodied, with both a rich, full roundness, and a contrasting crisp drinkability. The sweetness is prominent enough to give the beer some heft and richness, yet restrained enough to allow for very easy drinkability. Effervescence is a touch on the lower side, perhaps just a bit less than I would prefer, but the beer isnt flat, and there's still enough to keep the beer crisp.

Overall: This is just a wonderful beer. It's fine-tuned, subtle, and restrained, but at the same time, it's bold, rich, and hearty. It is incredibly dialed-in, and expertly crafted, with no rough edges or gaping imperfections. This is truly a great all-around beer. The crisp, easy drinkability allows this to serve as a cold mid-day summer refresher, yet the bold richness would make for a hearty evening closer, and the rich, full flavour would make this an excellent choice to pair with a plethora of full meals. It may not be a special occasion beer, but it's certainly a great any occasion beer. With the wide availability, and friendly pricing, this one is well worth trying at least once.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a hazy dark amber color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has pleasant toffee and dark malt hints
T-Taste follows the nose with a nice toffee and dark malt flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good German Dopplebock

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VABA from Virginia, Aug 04, 2019
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3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

5/29/19 (Chicago): 1 pint 0.9 oz bottle purchased at The Beer Temple for $3.86, bottled January 28th, 2018 poured into tulip glass. Dark brown pour, generous off white tan head, leaves light lacing. Roasted malt and plum aroma, balanced light. Roast malt and bread taste, balanced by light fruit and chocolate. Fizzy carbonation holds well throughout, medium body, creamy smooth drinking. Overall excellent pour, will grab more!

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dukeandduke from Illinois, May 30, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: rich, dark mahogany
S: caramel malt, cherry, and raspberry
T: roasted malt, caramel, coffee, and rich dark fruit
F: typical Weihenstephaner excellent carbonation

Excellent with food. Improves as temperature increases. No discernible alcohol bite. Dark, rich, strong, and flavorful.

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C-Stockwell from Rhode Island, May 11, 2019
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4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured very dark brown with a two finger tan milkshake head that dissipated to one finger and lingered. Heavy lacing. Nose of fig, toffee and malt. Taste follows the nose with a hint of nuts, vanilla, and black licorice. Slightly spicy. Moderate carbonation and body that is slightly creamy.

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lastmango from Pennsylvania, Apr 20, 2019
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4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark amber/brown color, one finger tan colored head, superb lacing, light carbonation.

S: Sweet, wheat, chocolate. Nice.

T: Sweet, wheat, chocolate. Excellent!

F: Medium bodied, extremely drinkable and refreshing.

O: The beer that defines the style.

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rex_4539 from Greece, Apr 14, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours dark brown. It has a brown head with moderate head retention.

Smell: There are strong malt aromas with toffee and low caramel. It has background nut and fig notes.

Taste: It has strong malty flavors with figs. The nutty flavors are in support.

Feel: There is a very light spiciness well in the background. It has a medium body. The carbonation is moderate.

Overall: It has strong, flavorful malty flavors and is clean as well.

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hman43 from North Carolina, Apr 13, 2019
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4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's rich, creamy and bready. A dessert type beer. Malty, spicy and over the top dark chocolate taste. For a 7.4 abv, It's very smooth. Very filling and far from a light beer. It's a doppelbock (double bock). Not a stout/porter but very close to it. Well done.

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Juno106 from Florida, Apr 09, 2019
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3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

So A little syrupy and nutty for my taste. With a slightly bitter aftertaste as well. A really good doublebock tho I think - similar in its traits to other famous german db's I have had . Not my favorite style I guess.

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Jaystar from Massachusetts, Mar 29, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear brown in color with a foamy tan head. Good retention and sheets of lacing.
Smells of molasses, pumpernickel bread, toffee, dried cherry, plum, fig, and a hint of spices.
Tastes like warm pumpernickel bread, molasses, toffee, dried cherry, plum, fig, raisin, and a hint of cinnamon and clove.
Feels medium, well carbonated, smooth and quaffable.

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4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed as part of BJCP training. 9A Doppelbock. Bottled date is hard to understand, 9128, maybe Sept 12, 2018?

Pours a large creamy foamy 1 finger off-white head that retains very well, a dark but clear mahogany ruby color

Nose deep malts, reddish toasty malts, with plenty of Maillard like sweet caramel/candy notes, toasted grainy sweet malt, a little cracker, some malt derived esters with plum/date notes, mild alcohol and hint of chocolate, hints at a vegetal note but doesn't quite get to that level as well as oxidized stale note but again not quite there, no hops

Taste very rich and malty, loads of toasted grainy malts with more crackers, but also plenty of Maillard notes, sweet candy with a hint of caramel and even chocolate, mild malt-derived dark fruits again the prune, Turkish fig, mild smooth warming alcohol, no hop flavor but medium to lighter bitterness, clean lagering, dry finish with fair bitterness, more cracker toasty malts and Turkish fig dark fruits

Mouth is fuller bod, lighter carb, a little warming smooth alcohol, a hint of astringency

Overall really nice flavors, aroma had some weird vegetal/oxidative notes but hard to tell if it's that or the Maillard and toast malts with mild alcohol and fruits combining, but still not too pleased with the aroma, although it fades as it warms and hints at it's the combination of things I mentioned before

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Feb 28, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall clear mug. Has a clear dark mahogany appearance, almost looks like cola. One finger thick head with modest head retention and lacing.

I smell yeast esters, toffee, caramel, brown bread, gingerbread, and molasses upfront. Other notes of figs, chestnuts, dark fruit, spices, and plums.

Taste is much like the aroma, really balanced malts with the grain. Feels smooth.

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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky, Feb 21, 2019
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3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle. Deep brown with a few bubbles at the edges. Smells of rich dark malt. Black bread and caramel. Tastes of black bread, a touch of spicy grain which is quickly taken over by some dark fruits and caramel sweetness. The sweetness lingers without being all that strong, just lasts through the finish. Medium heavy. Slow drinker that borders on being sweet, but stays just shy of the line. Enjoyable.

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Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 2859 ratings