Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #4
Ranked #1,617
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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KevinL from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 03, 2020
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shbobdb from Indiana

5/5  rDev +18.8%
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. . .

Dec 13, 2005
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steveh from Illinois

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My 300th review, why not make it a style favorite? To all the good lagers that get no respect.

.5 L brown bottle.

A -- Pours a clear, deep chestnut brown with a very dense, tan (nearly brown) head that holds up very well.

S -- Peppery alcohol up front, toasty dark bready, malts follow through with molasses to caramel in the finish. Some vague earthiness and DMS too.

T -- Big hit of rich, sweet, dark bread up front. The molasses character comes through afterward and finishes with a light pepperiness from alcohol. There is some very mild, dark fruit characters in the middle of the flavor, but the dark, toasty bread flavors are most prominent.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft up front with a dry finish and a chewy, medium-full body -- becoming more full with warming.

O -- Okay, Paulaner may have originated Doppelbock, but I think Weihenstephaner has perfected the style. Clean and delicious maltiness that is the hallmark of the style. This is what German beer is all about, whether 7.4% or lower; the precision brewing shines in this beer.

All "5s" mean a beer cannot improve anymore? I don't see how this one can improve to style. Go, get some now and understand Doppelbock.

Jan 31, 2012
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Oldejoe from New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks. A dark brown with touches of gold and red; a medium sort of froth.
Smell. Rich stuff unusual for me. Lots of molasses, caramel, licorice, earthiness.
Taste. Very malty, very creamy and smooth with a finish only a slight bit dry. Doesn't seem like there are any hops in here.
Feel. Full-bodied, creamy, chewy, sparkley.
Overall. Wow. Put this front and center on my shelf of all time favorites. Way out there on the malty end of things, which is perfect for my taste buds. Delicious is all in the mouth of the consumer.

Jan 19, 2016
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Phocion from Minnesota

4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Deep, dark brown with ruby highlights and a very retentive frothy off-white head. Thick strings of lacing.

Very richly malty nose; Munich and Caramel are very present. Rich breadiness and a toffee sweetness. Dark fruit ester: plum, fig, etc. Syrupy/brown sugar caramelization.

Overall the flavor follows the nose. Still extremely malty, but with the addition of a heavy chocolate flavor. Malted milk balls. Slightly burnt toast, caramelized brown sugar. Not as heavy on the fruity esters as in the nose. A bit nutty with an ever-so-slightly earthy finish. Minimal hop presence.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel with a medium-full body. Moderately carbonated. Very soft and no signs of astringency. Slight alcohol warmth which probably makes the mouthfeel feel a little thicker than it really is.

I haven't had a doppelbock in some time, but this beer is so wonderful. One should never doubt a Weihenstephaner product, and this is no exception.

Oct 03, 2014
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

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

It's the first time I try Weihenstephaner Korbinian Doppelbock, and it is another example of Weihenstephaner's great beers.

Look: semi-clear reddish brown and a half inch off-white head

Aroma: toasted malts, dark fruits.

Taste: The flavor is toasted malts, caramel, raisin bread, some dark fruits.

Feel: It's full bodied yet easy drinking.

Sep 02, 2018
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

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.

Mar 04, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Nov 29, 2005
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark burgundy color. The head is two fingers high and off-white in shade. I love how soft and creamy the texture is (plus, it leaves behind beautiful rings of lacing inside my Calvert Brewing Company tulip)

Compared to, say, Celebrator, this beer's aroma seemingly has more defined caramel and toffee notes, compared to the brown sugar and chocolate of the former - but those latter notes are still here! Gentle touches of dark fruits, nuts, and noble hops add to its impressive nuance. I'm impressed how it hits every note I like in a good doppelbock, all while staying in harmonious balance.

Well, of course it tastes malty. I get lots of caramel and toffee to start, along with a bit of brown sugar and chocolate. The finish is subtly fruity, showing up as a mere suggestion instead of bludgeoning the palate. It's not super complex, but it's so delicately balanced. It's just like drinking liquid bread with none of the drawbacks!

While it has a full, rich mouthfeel, it manages to leave the palate with minimal effort. Translation: it's dry. Dry and easy to drink. This is in spite of the silky smooth texture, and the aforementioned thickness. Carbonation is a bit low.

Lovin' it. This is not my favored style by any stretch, but to deny this brew's quality is a fool's errand. It's nuanced (if not infinitely deep) and extremely well balanced, hitting all the style benchmarks beautifully. Doppelbock lovers should go apeshit for this one.

4.12/5: This makes most other doppelbocks look like Donald Trump

Feb 20, 2016
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Greywulfken from New York

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

A: dark brown beer with light brown head a few fingers high, slimmed but persisted

S: dark fruits and wet malt beds, mild suggestions of something cocoa and nut...

T: warm and softly, sweetly roasty blend of dark fruit, chocolaty-brown bread, vague allusions to spice, dark wet wood

F: medium-light, soft glide of carbonation; smooth and gentle; warm, wet, aftertaste

O: an expectedly excellent lager from the masters... Deservedly, a Beer of Fame... (#107 as of this review)

Jun 14, 2015
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Gusler from Arizona

4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is luxurious as it set in the glass, “Blood Red”, or sanguineous if you are a bit squeamish about such things. Head is bountiful with fine sheets of lace that weld themselves to the glass. Nose is caramel, roasted grains, fruit sweet, quite pleasing to the nose. Ambrosial at the start, malt dominated with a middling top and the finish purposeful in its acidity the hops potent. Aftertaste is quite dry and a bit alcohol bitter aftertaste from the 7.4% ABV, a nice “Tummy Warmer”, robust, and quite a pleasant beer to quaff.

Dec 04, 2002
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jettjon from Florida

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a 500ml bomber with no date stamp but “0106” on label. I don’t believe this is a date stamp based on other Weis labels I’ve seen. Initially served from fridge temp (about 45 degrees) into the cervoise, I allowed this one to warm substantially to improve its flavor and nose. Contrary to what the bottle indicates, this beer benefits greatly from warming.

Pours a dark, clear mahogany color with numerous tiny bubbles beneath a 2-finger brownish tan head that fades slowly leaving a thin sheet and full ring along with great, sheet-like lacing. Quite an attractive brew from the start. Nose is full, in-your-face malt with a sweet background of dark fruit and a hint of cocoa. Tastes of full, semi-sweet malt, light alcohol warmth, a bit of plums, and dry and lightly bitter on the backside until the alcohol reasserts itself in the end. Quite tasty, though I cannot help but to compare any dopplebock to Celebrator; here the taste is a bit drier. Mouth is viscous and semi-creamy with lively carbonation. Very pleasing mouth. Drinkability is great overall: this is a smooth, tasty brew.

Overall: A solid dopplebock with good malt character. Recommended.

Feb 13, 2007
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dnichols from Washington

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I poured a 500 ml capped bottle into a large Spaten mug.

A: It poured a dark brown body with cherry tints around the edges but when back lit was a bright clear cherry red. The head was off-white and modest and receded quickly. There was balanced lacing that layered as I drained the mug.

S:There was a noticeable toasted malt base that was accented by delicate aromas of maple, caramel and molasses. There was a recessive aroma of alcohol.

T: The flavors of toasted and sweet malts dominated yet the flavor is clean and balanced. There were hints of ripe dark fruits. The hops were well balanced and did not appear as a driving element of the taste profile. There was no adverse after taste.

M: The medium body was smooth and creamy with a gentle presence in the mouth and a clean finish. Silky smooth and pleasant from start to finish.

D: This one easy brew to drink. Medium bodied, well balanced, moderate ABV...great from start to finish..not that I would want to finish drinking this until after a long, long session.

Feb 28, 2008
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kinger from Ohio

3.17/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"Found at a new store down in the big city to the south. Brown pour, very brown mild head and not much lacing. Aroma is of bakery sweet rolls, rather malty and sugary. Filling mouthfeel, real smooth finish bites a little. Flavor is too sugary sweet for my liking, but this being a dopplebock it's not a surprise. Bready with decent malt content it's one and out for this brew."

Oct 28, 2008
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seedyone from New York

4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

10/30/13 From bottle. Almost need a spoon with this. Malt up the nose and caramel on the tongue with a middling body & a lingering bitter-sweetness that tells of a well thought out concoction. The 7.4 ABV will force me to keep this new friend in perspective. (Like 'perspective' is what I'm here for.) A new Favorite.

Jun 22, 2014
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tkelley from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a chalice type glass. Really dark body with a white head that wasnt very high, but did linger.

Smelled like toasty bread and malt.

Tasted like malt, nice sweetness. Some fruits like raisins. I like the taste.

Not a ton of carbonation and drinks pretty easily. I dont find this to be too heavy at all.

There was no goat on the bottle, but there was a bear (all black and brown and covered with hair). I know the lack of goat shouldnt get to me, but it kind of does.

Again, it was a really smooth drinking beer that is nice now during the fall.


Oct 08, 2011
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Number3red from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5%

Dec 16, 2013
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Dieck from Missouri

4/5  rDev -5%

Aug 29, 2012
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bf7 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Aug 14, 2013
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RyanK252 from California

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

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours deep brown with a frothy khaki head that settles to a light layer and laces nicely.

S: Toasty bready malt, dark fruit, fig, a little plum, and some toffee sweetness.

T: Dark fruit, fig and plum, a hint of chocolate, toasty bready malt, and toffee sweetness.

M: Towards the fuller end of medium body, moderate carbonation, very smooth.

O: Not a life changing beer, but a very well done doppelbock.

Sep 28, 2016
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SCproUA from Ukraine

4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Jul 26, 2015
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RBorsato from Virginia

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

Solid brown with a decent light creamy light brown head. Lightly sweet malty aroma with some prune-like fruitiness; light roastiness. Rich malty flavors with a touch of roastiness. Full-medium bodied and decent creaminess.

A solid but slightly different Doppelbock

Per Label: "Dunkles Starkbier" & "Since 1040"

Per BW website:
Original wort: 18,3 % weight
Bittering power: 32
Alcohol content: 7,4 % vol.
Calories: 340 kcal/0,5 l

($2.69 / 16.9 oz / .5L tall brown sleek Euro-style bottle)

Dec 27, 2006
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mithrascruor from California

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice clear dark red color. Small off-white head becomes a dense lacing.

Smell: Very noticable malt flavor with spices and sugar - think molasses, and a bit bready.

Taste: Has a deep malty body with light spices and sweetness. A bit of florals and hops (especially at the finish) provide a nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with minimal carbonation. Medium- to heavy-bodied.

Drinkability: A strong beer, but lends itself very well for slow, enjoyable drinking.

Really enjoyable. Surprisingly, there's something quite refreshing in the taste & mouthfeel here that I haven't experienced in many doppelbocks before. Will definitely get again.

May 12, 2008
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ThirstyBird from England

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Track 84 in Warwick RI poured into appropriate .5L glassware.
Appears a deep dark reddish brown with a tan head that falls to a blanket layer and stays.
Smells of sweet dark malt, big molasses nose, some earthiness.
Taste follows nose on this one. It's very malty and tasty. It hides the 7.4% very well.
Medium body with light carbonation and just super smooth.
This is a very nice brew. Not my favorite dopplebock but delicious when fresh and on tap.

Jan 02, 2010
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nitter from Ohio

4/5  rDev -5%

Dec 14, 2014
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