JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - APR 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(on bottle)Well, reinheitsgebotsfan or not, but; this is beer in a very intense essense. Very heavy sent, sweet, like fig- og raisinsirup, with creamy chocolate- and toffee notes.. Dark brown with a red glow. More of the dry coffee taste and especially, the finish. Bein Weihenstephaner, it might sound kliché, but it´s a nice clean and complex beer. Only minus is the stickyness, it´s kind of sugaish and one´s mouth gets pretty messy.
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 bottle. Light burgundy red with dark stained-oak brown creates a lovely-looking body, or so I think. Initial head is full and of a light mocha-beige color. It recedes slowly to cover, leaving light in its wake. Aroma of prunes, raisins, chocolate godiva liqueur and that elegant, if somewhat too clean (for my senses) weihenstephan yeast. Very malty overall, this brewery is another one which does a great job with extraction and presentation of malts. Flavor begins with a sweet coffee and caramel mix, plenty of malt as expected and then you get some slight bocky wininess, a dose of drying alcohol and roast and a clean, lightly sweet finish, with light fruit notes of banana and plum from the yeast. Body is perhaps a shade too light for all of the sweetness and bold flavors, with a bit more prickly carbonation than I’d prefer, but they are only minor complaints of mine, and overall, I drank this beer quite easily and enjoyably. As it warms, there is a good warming sensation with some dry breadiness and more chocolate and raisins mixed with rum. Though it’s much more subtle than I make it sound, the alcohol does not jump out at you, but it is there. Perhaps a thicker body would take care of this alcohol apparency.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown. Yeasty aroma with hints of sweet malt and banana? Flavor is similar to the aroma with a little banana in the aftertaste.
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
ooh, very nice. deep mahogony color with gold accents, great sweet aroma, wonderful balance....it’s easy to make a dopplebock too sweet, but this one’s expertly balanced. what else would you expect from the Weihenstephan? Excellent beer.
rajendra82 (947) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Purchased in a 500 ml brown bottle without a freshness date, Korbinian poured out darker than anticipated chestnut red, and had a bouquet of roasted nuts, dried cherries, and grassy noble hops. The taste was mellow and roasty with the malts dominant, just as they should have been. Dark skinned sweet fruits rolled around on the tongue, and were backed by a smoky, woody, and herbal hop bitterness. Alcohol was warm, but was hidden well enough to not be detracting from drinkability. Aftertaste was full and long drawn out. A satisfyingly meaty German import suited well to usher in the first day of spring.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
clear deep golden brown. huge aroma of honey and raisins with bready malt. full bodied and smooth mouthfeel. flavour is quite sweetwith lots of dried fruit and honey not quite being balanced out by much else. still not bad at all.
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown, red color. Small head. Quite malty and sweet. Bready flavour. Some wheat in the finish.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich ruby brown body with a frothy tan head. Loved the sweet cinnamon raisin bread aromas and caramel malt flavours. Notes of chocolate now and then but mostly brown sugar and malt. A little thin perhaps but a nice lingering finish. Solid.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16.9 oz bottle, goblet. Large beige head is rocky and mostly lasting. The beer itself is a deep cola/molasses color. Malt overload in the aroma...figs, caramel, chocolate, and that distinct, somewhat musty doppelbock zing. Simple aroma, but promising of a very sweet beer. Heavily sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a moderately sweet, lightly bitter/acidic finish. Flavor is just as simple to me as the aroma was. Still, simply can be tasty! Medium-heavy body, slick & creamy, lively carbonation. Nothing cloying here to me. The bottom line is: there’s a tinge of acidity hiding behind the carbonation and there’s more figs and less chocolate than I want...but, I love this style and this is a better than average offering.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown but clear. Lots of fine carbonation bubbles keep the head afloat. Aroma is quite raw. I can actually smell the roasted grain, this is a good thing. Flavor is dry, and of burnt coffee. A bit acidic as well. Ehh.