Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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Reviews by tectactoe:
3.83/5 rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Time to see how Weihenstephaner handles doppelbocks. If it's anything like the rest of their beers, it'll end up being a benchmark for the style. Korbinian looks brown as it pours from the bottle, but appears pitch black sitting in my glass. The light-tan colored head slowly fades to a swampy and bubbly skin that barely covers the black-hole brew. Even holding it a few feet from a light bulb only produces a faint ruby color that shimmers through.
Really malty and sweet up front in the aroma, and even from the first sniff, I can tell that this is going to be a complex and layered brew. Cocoa powder, light caramel, sticky molasses, with hints of some darker, brown-sugar coated fruits like dates, plums, and bruised raisins. A kiss of smoke in the finale tops off a perplexing and interesting aromatic profile; definitely robust and full-bodied.
As eyebrow-raising as the aroma was, you'll be glad to know that the flavor follows it along quite nicely. And also like the aroma, the taste is strong, pungent, and robust. Sweet out of the gate, some caramel, toffee, and brown sugar with some deeper hints of burnt molasses. Some more sweetness piles on in the form of anise and black licorice - something I don't exactly love, but it works well enough in small amounts among the myriad of flavors happening right now.
Plums, dates, and sugar-coated raisins hit mid-to-end with dark, "just-shy-of-roasted" malts, hefty cocoa powder, and a bit of complex nuttiness and woodsy flavors in the finish. Matching the flavor profile, the body is a touch sticky and oily, medium in size with decent carbonation and a mouth feel that falls just short of creamy.
Korbinian is certainly an interestingly complex brew with aroma and flavor profiles that are both "all over the place" and "perfectly content" all at once. Doppelbocks aren't my forte and I certainly haven't had enough to speak eloquently on them, but Korbinian is a pretty tasty brew, and certainly a good lesson in the style. Still worth a shot whether you are in tune with doppelbocks or not - at the price, you can't really lose.
Serving type: bottle
06-10-2013 11:32:29 | More by tectactoe
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4.55/5 rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Pours dark brown with perfect clarity and excites the eye with ruby hues glowing softly within the body of the beer like a jewel. Fat creamy persistent tan head. Nose is malty and rich with with bright plum and sweet chocolate. The drink is generous and smooth as silk with raisin and prune, a slight bit of chocolate, and an overall lightness from fresh plum. Softly breaddy with a full mouthfeel . Clean and with enough carbonation to lighten and excite the palate. This beer drinks as lightly as a much paler beer.
Outstanding. A silken and ample malt with a perfect compliment of dark fruits and light chocolate. This is indeed liquid bread.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 14:57:43 | More by utopiajane
3.81/5 rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Picked this up at a great beer shop in Darmstadt, Germany, Maruhn Welt der Getränke. Clear mahogany pour with a two finger beige head with decent retention and nice lacing. The nose is sweet and malty with hints of caramel, brown bread, toffee, leather, and subtle dark fruit and chocolate. The taste is rich and malty with tons of sweet brown bread and nuts along with hints of molasses, toffee, chocolate, raisins, coffee, tobacco, and leather. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with medium carbonation and a sweet, syrupy finish. Overall, a bit sweet for my tastes, but a flavorful interpretation of the style.
Serving type: bottle
03-05-2014 18:22:15 | More by beerdrifter
Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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