Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #4
Ranked #1,574
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.
Reviews: 1,317 | Ratings: 2,891 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of misteil
misteil from Ireland

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look: two finger off white head with decent retention, beer is a gorgeous mahogany colour, lively carbonation in the beer.

smell: really malty, black bread, caramel, tobacco, dark fruit, fig and plum and cherry, nutty, earthy, smells pretty good.

taste: yeah that’s good stuff alright, the malt flavours are gorgeous, big malt flavour, black bread, smokey tobacco, unami, a lovely sweetness, caramel and dark fruits, plum and fig, milk chocolate, earthy, oaky, light to medium bitterness on the finish, but the real highlight are the lovely lingering malt flavours on the finish, tasty stuff.

feel: medium bodied, light carbonation, sticky, bit of warming from the alcohol but very drinkable for 7.4%.

overall: another very good beer from weihenstephaner, they don’t really ever put a foot wrong do they?

Nov 15, 2020
Photo of TheBricenator
TheBricenator from Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Clear dark brown – almost looks black in the glass and deep ruby-red when held to light – and a dense tan head settles nicely up top, leaving great lacing
Aroma: Freshly baked brown bread, melanoidin, deep earthy notes, some dark fruit, and more rich, dark maltiness
Taste: Molasses-dipped brown bread and melanoidin lead the charge, quickly joined by earthiness and light dried dark fruit notes. These components go back and forth until clean bready notes take hold and lead to the finish
Mouthfeel: Smooth, clean, almost silky, medium-high carbonation, and a soft, smooth, and clean finish
Overall: This is a delicious and top notch Doppelbock. An outstanding and rich malt profile with tons of depth and a killer mouthfeel help make this a standout in my book but also, not too surprising coming from these folks. It’s a late-night bready snack in a glass. Tasty and highly recommended. Prost!

Nov 09, 2020
Photo of timon
timon from California

4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I looove the smell of this. You know you're in for SOMETHING good when you smell it--but you won't guess what. It honestly smells like a nice hard liquor. Taste is much more mild. Taste is of chocolate, raisins, and plums and sugar--delicious. Look is very dark, small head. Great syrupy mouthfeel, if you like that kind of thing. Worth the price of admission.

Sep 05, 2020
Photo of chieftan291
chieftan291 from Australia

4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown look, but with ruby tones when held up to the light. A nice and sweet caramel smell. Very sweet chocolate and fruity taste. It's one of the sweetest beer's i've tried, and it goes down pretty easy. Definately one i'd have again, though probbaly not in the same sitting - eventually the sweetness would become too much.

Aug 19, 2020
Photo of mactrail
mactrail from Washington

3.41/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This is so sweet, it dominates the palate. The aroma is just peculiar with dates and fruitcake. An odd fruit and toffee mix with lingering roasted grain flavors. A scrape of bitterish coffee for the finish. Pineapple, plum jam, and more caramel. The carbonation is rather lush, which seems to emphasize the sugar.

I used to be a big fan of these strong, dark German bocks, but this one is a bit much. It would be much improved, tho, in the night beer garden with sauerkraut tickling the nostrils and a pork knuckle in the other hand. From the 500 ml bottle.

Aug 17, 2020
Photo of TedHead
TedHead from Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark translucent brown/black-- looks like watered down molasses. Head is a tan color and dissipates quickly with no lacing. Smell is dominated by a dark chocolate aroma with molasses and undertones of dates and raisins. Tastes like it smells but mostly heavy on the chocolate with notes of caramel and dates on the end. Feel is incredibly smooth as it does not go down like a beer that is 8% alcohol. I really like this one but it's something I couldn't have back to back in a session.

Aug 15, 2020
Photo of Troy-Hawaii
Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.27/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bought a 16.9 oz bottle Tamuras $4.19
Smell of chocolate
Dark reddish-brown color
Heavy-medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Taste of chocolate, cola, figs, molasses. Sweet tasting.
Overall not for me. Too sweet. Needs more of a roasted malt flavor as it says in the description. No bottle date so can't tell if age has anything to do with it.

Aug 04, 2020
Photo of PathofChaos
PathofChaos from Maryland

3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cola brown donning a cap of pale, tan, micro bubbles. Retention and lacing hastily wave goodbye before you’ve even had a chance at proper introductions.

A resounding duet of melted caramel and fragrant toffee that obscure a furtive parley of Bing cherries and warm raisins.

Oodles of hyperactive, bouncing bubbles saturate a full body that’s notably creamy behind the white noise of its carbonation.

A creamy mouthful of gourmet, milk chocolate caramels; the kind that aren’t too chewy and can be eaten in vast quantities at dangerous speeds. Don’t pretend like you don’t know what I’m talking about. Shockingly sweet for a beer crafted by Weihenstephaner, who have a reputation for producing traditional German brews. It’s a winsome sweetness though, steady and bright, that sharpens those chocolate malts instead of subduing them. The soft presence of powdered cocoa rises to power as the dopplebock transitions from cold to cool.

Aug 02, 2020
Photo of jesthu
jesthu from Georgia

4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's good.

Look - Very dark, opaque black. Being dark isn't always a sign of strength of the beer or malt sweetness as some might tell you, but being a dopplebock it does have much more charm and the illusion of being a powerful beverage when it's darker. Head is nice and tan, retention is alright, different sizes in the bubbles telling good things to come.

Smell - Not much to say.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Clean and somewhat crisp from the lagering, focusing on the malt sugars. Pie crust, mocha, burnt caramel, savory umami with an off-dry sharp finish that makes you want another sip almost immediately. Mouthfeel is slightly thick.

Overall - Sweet and refreshing, it's quite good. It's hard to say if I prefer this to Paulaner's Salvator, but it's a good introduction to dopplebocks. Most people aren't fans of lagers, and to them I say they just don't know what they're talking about. The lagering here helps the beer stay focused on the malt sugars, and the somewhat dry finish avoids overburdening your palette so you're ready to have another sip. Fantastic beer.

Jul 12, 2020
Photo of StJamesGate
StJamesGate from New York

4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oxblood with a creamy sandstone head that sheets; cherry bun: brown sugar, pastry, stone fruit + booze on the nose, plus some chalky cheap marshmallows; brown bread, cola, pomegranate, carob, raisin, plum compote, and birch beer end; fizzy, medium, round, creamy.

4 4 4.25 4.25 4.5

A breath of fresh air after Hacker Pschorr Animator - this is a true, dark doppelbock.
That said, it’s heavy on the dark fruit and light on the melanoidins: less liquid bread, more liquid spice cake.
But it packs the complexity into what it brings without being showy: another balanced, competent beer from the world’s oldest brewery. I’ve chased this for a while and am glad to find a fresh example (4 months in the bottle.)

Not sure this is the best in its style, but a deserved classic + an elegant sipper.

Jun 29, 2020
Photo of jimmah120
jimmah120 from Minnesota

4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle with a buncha goiman werds onnit

Looks aight - dark, clear, slight ring of foam. Smells and tastes of toffee and spice. Like coca cola with booze innit. Tasty and mild, it goes down very smooth and enjoyable

It's very good and shockingly easy to drink. Comes highly recommended

Jun 23, 2020
Photo of Mindcrime1000
Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16.9'er....

Pours dark amber. The head is...bloody hell. It looks like a root-beer float. Big, foamy, dark tan, lingering, and....stupendous.

The aromas are less sweet and more basically malty than others of the best, but that isn't a knock. Bready, yeasty, and just a hint of dark fruit.

The brew hits the tip of the tongue with some dark sugar, then quickly gives way to ample yeast and malt goodness. No, "ample" doesn't cover the yeast. It's special. The yeast is very pronounced and complex, and in a good way. Some pecan/walnut nuttiness presents, but a melange of dark fruits take over from there. A touch of earthy hop at the finish.

The brew is medium full, but decently carbonated, and the hop presence is very welcome.

A special Doppel for sure. It looks spectacular in the glass. Meanwhile, other greats (Celebrator) may be a bit more complex, but this brew delivers some extremely special yeast notes that defy description. It's pretty, simple, straight, and smooth as hell. A new favorite.

Jun 13, 2020
Photo of detgfrsh
detgfrsh from Texas

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.

May 30, 2020
Photo of Roguer
Roguer from Georgia

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.

Mar 26, 2020
Photo of Anders91
Anders91 from California

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

Feb 03, 2020
Photo of elnachooo
elnachooo from Spain

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.

Jan 19, 2020
Photo of mothmanscott
mothmanscott from Georgia

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.

Jan 04, 2020
Photo of Barettes
Barettes from Washington

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.

Dec 12, 2019
Photo of ovaltine
ovaltine from Indiana

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.

Nov 30, 2019
Photo of mikeinportc
mikeinportc from New York

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.

Nov 30, 2019
Photo of Explorer_Bill
Explorer_Bill from Kentucky

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

Nov 30, 2019
Photo of cardfan212
cardfan212 from Minnesota

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.

Nov 17, 2019
Photo of 60sFolks
60sFolks from Texas

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.

Nov 13, 2019
Photo of Lanas
Lanas from Greece

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...

Sep 14, 2019
Photo of SierraNevallagash
SierraNevallagash from Maine

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.

Aug 11, 2019
Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 2891 ratings