Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #3
Ranked #2,984
4.2 | pDev: 9.05%
Today at 03:16 AM
Sep 12, 2001
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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Ratings by Teika_Takahashi:
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3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
by Teika_Takahashi from California

Look: looks like coffee or flat coca cola. Dark brown color with a nice reddish hue when held up to the light.
Smell: Doesn't really have much aroma, but a faint smell of those hard espresso candies that your grandma has in her purse. Yes, specifically YOUR grandma. I see her on the weekends because you don't and she's lonely.
Taste: Strong bitter flavor, much like coffee/dark chocolate. Has that acidic aftertaste of black coffee. Tastes like black coffee, bread, and soy sauce. Very savory. GOES GREAT WITH FOOD PLEASE EAT THIS WITH FOOOOOOD.
Feel: Very smooth going down and leaves the back of your mouth dry.
Overall: Would rather have this with a meal than by itself. The enjoyment of drinking this increases 10x when you eat food with it.

Mar 13, 2021
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4.9 by superwho24 from Arkansas on Today at 03:16 AM
4.85 by wl2bill from Wisconsin on Dec 31, 2021
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3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by hreb from Washington

Half liter bottle served in pint glass. Dark cola brown with good clarity and no head formation. Dark malty aroma of prunes familiar to these dark bock beers. Very rich, very fruity, like stewed stone fruit and figs. Sweet flavors but a clean finish. In a lot of ways this reminds me of a British rather than German style. Very tasty, balanced, and drinkable. Fine carbonation.

Not quite as complex as Aventinus, but still an exceptional doppelbock and worth seeking out.

Dec 27, 2021
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4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by KorpseKween

Finally made an account after 10 years to rate this beer. Truly the greatest winter beer I have ever had. The taste is exceptionally rich yet smooth and subtle all at the same time. Every swig is like drinking some chocolate malt and gingerbread cookies mixed together. I’m leaving this out for Santa instead of cookies

Dec 23, 2021
4.75 by Hazey92 from New York on Dec 22, 2021
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by lagrluvr

This is history in a glass. SO deep and complex, you have to be wasted to even try it. WOrld class richness in its aroma complexity and flavor. It takes time to really appreciate the matrix of flavor that this brew provides. Pours a deep dark goblet that is inner-earth darkness. Provides a rich creamy head of khaki cream, and a plethora of beautiful aromas. Deep fruity prune. malt, molasses and broad sweet richness that entices the taster into a trance. The full sweetness hits you on the taste, like a charge of molasses stallions, grinding bold malts. Rich, syrupy, and decadent, this is a brew that demands respect and admiration of its brewing history and process. This is a world class beer you enjoy after a few big ones. Fairly heavy and yet a decent finish, it's history lesson in the glass, if you can appreciate it. Not for the novice swill chugger. if you know, you know. Historical, world class brew for sipping. in the winter.

Dec 07, 2021
4.34 by irishevans from California on Nov 25, 2021
4.53 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 15, 2021
2.3 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire on Nov 14, 2021
3.89 by MatthewJW from Wisconsin on Nov 10, 2021
3.77 by Sulty from Massachusetts on Oct 15, 2021
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4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by SteveTheDog from Texas

For some reason, mired in the discount section of H-E-B, this seductive dark beer back into me to celebrate the turning of the seasons rather than mourn the passing of life so sweet on trees and ground like

Oct 06, 2021
3.97 by Nyarko-San from Pennsylvania on Oct 05, 2021
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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Captain68 from Russian Federation


Sep 26, 2021
4.21 by NastyNorseman from New York on Sep 11, 2021
4.22 by paresis from Massachusetts on Sep 10, 2021
4.26 by arzt from Russian Federation on Aug 28, 2021
3.74 by bplabernie from Michigan on Aug 14, 2021
4 by NickMunford from Wyoming on Jul 18, 2021
5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts on Jul 17, 2021
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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Bottled 12/1/20; drank 7/11/21 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque brown/orange appearance.

An even pour yielded a big khaki head; frothy lace.

Caramel, fall leaves & faint citrus peel notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Mild notes of brown sugar, fall leaves & some faint caramel.

A bit too mild, in fact, on the tongue, but overall an enjoyable beer.

Jul 12, 2021
4.04 by Mikexw from New York on Jul 05, 2021
4.38 by o29 from Texas on Jul 01, 2021
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4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by gooddaydiablo from Texas

look: dark brown

smell: plum, fig, bread, toast, toffee,

taste: similar with smell, it's very complex and a good mix of all the good stuff,

feel: thin and easy going and very balanced

overall: def. a good one, will buy again, high quality stuff, cheers!

Jun 28, 2021
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3.03/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75
by dkoehler42 from New York

I found this Weihenstephaner Korbinian on the shelves of my local beer distributor. I was intrigued as I had not heard of this before. It pours a dark brown/amber, with an off-white head, and a sharp nose. The taste is flat and bland, and the mouthfeel is not offensive but mostly non-existent. I'm wondering if this bottle was compromised.

Jun 13, 2021
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4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Beersnake1 from California

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a nice dark brown with little head. The nose is incredible. Bread, toffee, molasses, figs, grass, dirt, and maybe a bit of chocolate. The taste....oh the taste. Bread, figs, raisins, licorice, burnt toffee, rich roasted malts. This taste just keep going and going. An earthy taste comes through in a great way. The mouthfeel is thick and perfect. The aftertaste is sweet and is very long. Amazing stuff.

May 24, 2021
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3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by RacerX5k from Pennsylvania

Stopped at Total wine Cherry Hill, NJ on my way home from the shore because I've been wanting an classic double bock for spring. Look is pretty brown, cola like. Aroma not much, malty. Taste is fully flavored malts and a little dark fruit for balance. Mouthfeel is thick, but by the end becomes cloying, and honestly, tough to finish the 16.9 oz. Very unusual for me to struggle finishing any beer. And now I remember why I haven't had one in many years ...

May 23, 2021
4.23 by PvtSnowball from Florida on May 22, 2021
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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by sjrider from California

Heavy pour from a bottle- clear deep brown/mahogany with thick khaki head leaving slight foamy lacing. Nose is slightly sweet with dark fruits, roasty malt and nuts. Taste follows with a deep bready richness. A substantial but smooth dark brew.

May 04, 2021
4.59 by Jakepitbull from New York on May 03, 2021
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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jonphisher from New Jersey

A beautiful dark brown beer with a hefty off white head. There’s a subtle deep red hue to the brown as well if held up to light.

Aroma most noticeable to me was chocolate, follows by subtle roast and some toffee and raisin. Lots going on in the nose from this one.

The same prominent chocolate note hits immediately upon sipping, its a very pleasant start to the sip. What follows is the roastiness and some sort of dark rich bread. It is like liquid bread to be honest, very hefty.

Mouthfeel is medium and chewy, it is a hefty beer. For such a hefty beer it certainly goes down very nicely. There is almost a creaminess, without the sweetness, to how smooth it is. A little kiss of bitter on the finish.

Apr 26, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by larryi86 from Delaware

500 ml bottle poured into a mug

A- A clear dark amber with a two finger tan head

S- Figs, dark fruits, toffee, some caramel, earthy, touch of bananas.

T- Figs, toffee, dark fruits, some bananas, earthy, some caramel.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A tasty doppelbock and easy to drink.

Apr 24, 2021
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4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by MaltyFlannel from Iowa

A: Poured into a tulip at 49 degrees F. Clear medium - brown with lots of reddish hues. Initially aggressive khaki head recedes into a stable ring.

S: Dark fruit, cola cubes, and dark caramel. Further nosing clarifies the fruit into semi-sweet prunes.

T: Savory and substantial dark bread and caramel arrival. Jammy dark fruits midpalate. Slightlyl umami. Bread crust with a touch of banana and baking spice on the finish which is dry.

F: Medium bodies with peppery carbonation.

O: A well-rounded classic doppelbock

Apr 24, 2021
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4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by zac16125 from South Carolina

botttling date of 8400, so approx 6-7 months old if my interpretation is right.

A: Initially looks dark brown and opaque, but when held to light you see beautiful ruby hues and a crystal clarity that even allows you to see the carbonation bubbles. Large light tan head dissipates down fairly slowly but no lacing is seen.

S: Aromas are biscuit, sweet dough, herbal and earthy. Nobel hop spice, and a very distinct floral note that I simply cannot place. Mild caramel notes round it out.

T: Taste is roasty, initially very much porter-like which certainly catches me way off guard. That soon yields to the other flavors and some sweetness comes out next with pretty big caramel and even a touch of molasses. Earthy bitterness from the hops. Dark fruits come out in the taste which I didn’t get on the nose, same with a light roast coffee character. Bitterness is moderate and lingers in the finish.

M/D: Mouthfeel is very smooth, carbonation on the lower end but appropriate, drinkability is very good.

O: Overall, this is a very well done beer, not like this is ground breaking news to anyone. In general I do feel like I prefer weizenbocks as they tend to have some added layers of complexity and more characters that hit the preferences of my personal palate. That being said absolutely no complaints here.


Apr 23, 2021
4.22 by DarrellK from Florida on Apr 16, 2021
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3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JonnoWillsteed from England

Today I saw a pair of lucky magpies in the park; this pm I get to try a majesticly labelled new beer from a brewery that happens to brew my all-time highest rated beer (of #1739 to date), the legendary Weihenstephaner Vitus. Expectations and hopes are high!...
Blind-tasted except for the beer's name and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)...
L- Super-dark ruby-chestnut. Clear, with a short lived 3mm pale tan head. It's not my regular glass killing the head, but perhaps the ABV%/lack of surface-tension. Some head on top-up lasts much better and forms a ring+patch that sticks around. ps. it is filtered/zero sediment at bottle.
S- Deep, reminds me of heavy/moist/pungent fruit cake, deep, fruity with a hint of molasses to it. The molasses is presumably from deep/dark pungent malts.
T- Oh yes, the smell^ follows right into the taste, especially that molasses facet, which also lingers into the finish with a lightly zingy hop note + CO2 on the palate.
F- An ideal slow-sippin' winter watmer. It's deep, pungent and yet remarkably refined and balanced. It certainly has some richness but even as it warms a touch I don't get a sense that this will gain a sweet edge.
O- What a lovely beer. It's so deep and malty it has gone 'orf into the realms of molasses. Ideal for winter, or a cold evening by a crackling log fire... I like it but I prefer their Vitus a lot more, as it has more dimensions beyond primarily the malts.
Review/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the bottle lables to see what I missed! Brewed per the 1516 Bavarian Reinheitsgebot [ingredients]. No surprise it's trad coming from this brewery. Nothing else to surprise there...
500ml bottle BB: 01/03/22 £3.25 Bought from TremblingMadness, York/UK as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.

Apr 11, 2021
4 by BeerRay from Rhode Island on Apr 10, 2021
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