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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Weihenstephaner KorbinianWeihenstephaner Korbinian

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,856 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1856
Reviews: 1085
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.05%


Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001)
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kkipple

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hard pour creates 2.5 inch tightly packed foamy toasted-tan head that pops and fades slowly, the beer itself is a dark rich red-brown, looks a bit dirty, but when held to light is actually quite clear with… lots of clinging bubbles in the bottom of my glass. The head lasts in reduced form for the duration of the beer. Minor lacing.

Smells like any good doppelbock should; lots of sweet roasted malt, noticeable alcohol, some raisins / prunes, cocoa, and a bit of dirt. Reminiscent of a honeyed black bread fresh from the oven. In other words, delicious!

A very fizzy sweet toasty malt hits my tongue first, then I’m tasting watery coffee, roasted nuts, prunes, alcohol and chocolate. Finishes dank, and the aftertaste is medium roasted coffee, singed grains and pumpernickel with a toss of cocoa. This is thinner compared to other beers in the style, but this only ups the drinkability. Korbinian is Good Stuff.

Korbinian may be the most drinkable doppelbock I’ve yet enjoyed. It’s not as complex as Ayinger or Curator, but I’ve had 500ml of this and want more… yet none is forthcoming, alas! If only they sold it locally...

*** Update MUCH LATER, almost 5 years to the day, in fact. I am very happy to report that Korbinian IS INDEED sold locally, and is my go-to doppelbock, when the desire strikes. If I reviewed again, this would score more of a 4.45. Weihenstephan can do no wrong.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2007 02:47:52 | More by kkipple
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Pours translucent cola dark brown with a one inch white head that settles to a cap on top and leaves curtains of lace.

The smell is of grass, toffee, cocoa and wheat bread.

The taste is of dark malt, dark fruit, Autumn spices (cinnamon, clove and coriander) and a hint of coffee.

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L: looks black with a huge (3-inch) head of thick tan foam, but it's crystal clear dark amber -- up to sunlight, it looks almost purple ... very dark red. the head is crazy; i need to control the pour just a bit more because this brew pushes up fast foam; it sticks and laces a little

S: lots of stuff here ... dusty molasses covers it all, but there's raisins, caramel, toffee, some dark-toasted grain and at times as it warms, good old standard sweet biscuits/bread malt. pretty sweet.

T: raisins, dark bread, some grain but doesn't taste as sweet as it smells -- in fact, the very first note on the tongue in my mind was "salt". very "roasted" ... it's almost tasting smoked (I know it's not, but ...) and very dark in the vein of Celebrator, not the lighter Salvator flavors of nuts and sweet biscuits. this is definitely roasty ... fully hides the 7.4% ABV

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 1,856 ratings.