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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,156
Hads: 2,387
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 182
Gots: 218 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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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Photo of RichScherle
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent dobblebock

A - rich mahogany with beige to brownish head that lasts with lots of lacing

S - deep perfumy malts, some sweet and some a bit roasty with a touch of fumey alcohol and a rasp of rosemary

T - now, this is truly a malt bomb but what I love about it is its managed to not be cloying by having a good deal of complexity to it. Theres the sweetness, but then a wide array of roasty notes, slight toffee, coffee and caramel, wood, a kiss of herbs and hop. All this and it finishes nice and remarkably clean - not too sweet nor too dry with no off flavors.

M - great mouthfeel - full bodied but not cloying. Carbonation is very mellow and complements the malt play.

D - despite its strength - I rate this high because its not cloying and complex enough to make you want to keep drinking it to figure out all the flavors. Remarkable job by a remarkable brewery.

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Photo of shbobdb
5/5  rDev +19.3%
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. . .

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Poured from a pint bottle into a tumbler on 01.19.14.

A: Black. Almost as opaque as a stout, but not quite. Some lacing.

S: Roasty banana bread.

T: Lots of malt. Banana bread. Complex.

M: Creamy.

O: The roasty malt comes in sweet then a slight crusty banana bread takes over. The alcohol is completely hidden. This and Salvator are my favorite doppelbocks.

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Photo of seanyfo
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

50cl bottle poured into my Spaten Seidel Krug.

A- A chocolatey mahogany body, excellent clarity with a strong coffee coloured 3 finger creamy head that lasts well considering the abv and produces very good lacing.

S- Lots of cocoa, sweet toffee notes, toasted biscuits.

T- Toffeeish sweet malts balancing with a lovely toasted maltiness. A creamy milk chocolateyness comes through with a delicious hit of a high % cocoa solid dark chocolate. Amazing

M- Full bodied, creamy, silky smooth like milk chocolate, just unbelievable.

D- A monster beer. Hides its abv unbelievably well. A beautiful texture. The first mouthful, if you love malt, sends you to heaven with its smooth transition from sweet malts to a delicate toasted malt note balancing with a milk chocolate creaminess and the dark chocolate bitterness coming through in the finish. All this while maintaining a full body and a clean lager finish. Best doppelbock ever. This is the gold standard.

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Photo of steveh
5/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of JetFeather22
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Personally i prefer this one over the Ayinger, This is the best DoppelBock i have ever had.. If you haven't tryed this one i think you should, The malt taste is wonderful

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Photo of Hefe21
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I must be honest with the BA's -- as a raving fan of the Weihenstephaner Hefe, I admit I was pulling for this bock against the "celebrated" Ayinger. Bottom line? I adore both -- the Celebrator is as adveritsed, but I found the Korbinian atomic! Let's just call it a draw between two phenomenal breweries...glad to be able to access both here in Southern California!

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Photo of hoppyweasel311
4.99/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Nice dark brown almost black color with a nice thick creamy tan head.

Smell- Dark bread, molasses, olives, cherry

Taste- Malty, Dark bread, cherries, tobacco, raisin, some sweetness, hint of coffee, very complex.

Mouth- So smooth and creamy with the perfect amount of carbonation for this style.

I am in love with this beer..

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Photo of techdiver
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Totally enjoyable beer. This is one beer I could drink over and over again. Modest head, mouthfeel like a milkshake on a hot day, but not that thick. Very easy to drink, smooth finish. May seem prejudicial after a hard days work, but can't imagine a finer welcome home. Glad I bought a whole case.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brown half litre bottle, obtained in Berlin earlier in the year, best before 30th July 2009, drank on a sunny warm evening in late June 2009.

Poured into huge glass mug.

Teak wood red, a deep mahogany brown, you choose the colour you like best. A thick tan coloured head sat on top. Held to the light it showed a clear body with bubbles rising to the head.

Liquorice aroma and taste, with Victoria Plums and dates in both the smell and taste too. A sweetness is also present, mixed in with a dark chocolate aftertaste.

This a very complex beer, the 7.4% is well hidden, the beer being very 'more-ish', I wanted another as soon as I'd finished this one.

This is very close to beer heaven for me, a rich, creamy, well balanced strong Doppelbock that just rolls down the tongue and screams drink me!

The highest score I've given since joining this site (almost 800 beers ago).

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Photo of dauss
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Long slender brown pint bottle. Label is accentuated with red, brown, yellow, and blue. A little different than your standard blue, white, and gold Weihenstephaner label.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful and clear ruby amber, big pillowy light tan head with good retention. Slowly subsides into a pretty lace on the edge of the glass.

Smell: Nose if full of dark roasty malts, coffeeish, and chocolately. Also a lot of fruit, mainly prunes and raisins.

Taste: Mild carbonation, malt sweetness dominates with fruit that come out strong in the end. Finishes just a little dry, yet sweet. Hops are well hidden,just a tiny bit of bitterness at the finish. Full bodied and wonderful creamy risidual mouthfeel. Tight small bubbles just make this beer feel extremely creamy in your mouth.

Notes: No trace of the 7.4% ABV detected. This beer is absolutely amazing. Sweetness is balanced and not overpowering. Wonderfully smooth and very drinkable. Just amazing. Watch out Celebrator Doppelbock, you've got some fierce competition.

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Photo of atpben
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at the Gingerman in Houston. Pours a black color with hints of red in it. Coffee color head about half inch which slowly receded. Aromas of cocoa powder, caramel, chocolate and figs - a very good smelling beer. This is one amazing tasting beer - very smooth and creamy with more of the same flavors. One time cocoa powder dominated and next sip mostly figs and the next just chocolate. Wow - i love this beer, the alcohol is hidden quite well. Very easy to drink this beer - a delight. Now this had become my favorite dopplebock, kicking the celebrator from the top spot for dopplebocks

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.95/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of the coolest looking bottles out there. Stained glass-looking brown label with a picture of a bear and a pope, with gold filigree like designs.
The beer pours deep mahogany with a tan foamy head. The smell of raisins, chocolate, carmel, toffee, and coffee. Taste is big on roasted malts, with a grainy flavor that has a raisin like flavor when the alcohol hits your palate. Exceptional in every sense of the word, one of the best doppel's I've had.

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Photo of ZAP
4.95/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Blows the $hit out of any other doppelbock I have ever tried although it seems a little thin and too easy drinking at times to be a heavyweight doppel..never-the-less I love this beer...Incredible aroma...like sweet brown sugar glazed plums....an awesome clean mahogony appearance with little to no head....Like I mentioned the mouthfeel is a tich thin in my opinion, but what is impressive is that it is not oversweet in the mouth...and that is saying something because this is a sweet tasting beer...Drinkability is through the roof....Can I give it a 69? I guess we can only go up to 5 but 69 would be appropriate because I could taste this beer all night long over and over and over....And that brings us to the taste...dark fruits.....plums and burgandy cherries soaked in a brown sugar/molasses mixture.....what a treat.....THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! Cokes for sending this my way...I will name my next kid "Cokes" for having the honor of trying this truly spectacular beer...one of my all-time favorite beers and definitely my favorite Doppel of all-time...

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.95/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16.9oz brown bottle purchased at McKinnon's in Salem. Pours a crystal-clear dark brown body with a good inch or so of light tan head. Dark chocolate, ripe dates, caramel, brown sugar, pears. Dark chocolate, nut, caramel, brown sugar, coffee, and pear comprise the flavor. On the heavier side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks better than a beer this heavy and complex has any right to. The best dopplebock I have ever had.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a pleasing chestnut brown coloration. The head was tan and about three fingers thick. Sadly the head colapsed into a ring of foam.

Smell: This beer is very malty sweet. The beer has a very pleasing bit of chocolate lacing a dark fruit smell. The beer has a nice malty molasses smell. There is a bit of cloves and allspice backing the beer up.

Taste: The beer is malt driven. There is a fantastic roasted caramel maltyness. This combines with bannana and dark fruit compliment. There is a nice spicy back drop of cloves and all spice. Alcohol is nowhere in the taste.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is full bodied. The beer has no trace of alcohol in taste or smell. The beer is well balanced. The beer is highly quaffable. This is a gift from all the beer gods. I think I may have just had a religious experience.

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Photo of ThreePistols
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1 Pint bottle - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei - Weihenstephaner Korbinian Dunles Starkbier - from the oldest brewery in the World.

In my opinion the Germans have mastered the brewing of some of the very finest malt liquors on the planet.

Hazy amber brown, with a haunting reddish orange color when held up to a light. Tall foamy head at first then settles to a creamy layer.

Big sweet malt nose with loads of dark fruit and notes of caramel and roasted coffee.

Taste starts with a mouthful of dark fruit flavors such as prunes and raisins, followed by a big sweet malt flavor accompanied with some spiciness and a hint of yeast (reminded me of really good dark raisin bread), then a small amount of bitterness on the sides of the tongue towards the end.

Semi-dry hop finish with a big long lasting sweet malty dark fruity flavor.

Full bodied, lip smacking, well balanced and so very smooth, soft, rich and delicious. A tad on the sweet side. The 7.4% ABV is so very well done making this a very drinkable beer.

I am very pleased with this beer and happy for it to have been my hundredth beer reviewed.

This beer is a real treat. This is a must try beer.


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Photo of DovaliHops
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I swear, does this brewery have the biggest ego ever??? They're like "We can make AMAZING beers that Americans would spend lots of money for... but we'll make them for 2.99" I love Weihenstephaner! They make the best beers for the best prices. This one pours a dark crimson red and has a nice head to it. The appearance is AMAZING with a scent that overflows with dark fruits and tasty malts. This beer remains to be one of the BEST beers ever made.

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Photo of TEUFELHuNDEN420
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What can i say, the beer speaks for itself, i was in a specialty store in PHX looking for some brew and found this. Ever since i don't want to drink anything else. No matter where the party is who i'm with, if i have a couple bottles of Korbinian with me i know that i'm in for a good time. PROST!

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark brown, amber, orange-like color. Head is the color of coffee with cream and slowly pits on the sides, leaving a craggy mesa of creamy foam as it slowly falls. Wavy rings of lace stick to the glass all the way down.

S: Intensely complex aroma. Loads of malt that gives off caramel, chocolate/cocoa, and dark fruit. I've spent a good 5 minutes alone taking in the aroma.

T&M: Like the aroma, the flavor is wonderfully complex and bold. This beer is absolute malt perfection. Caramel, dark fruit, sugary pecans, molasses, a hint of chocolate, and the slightest hint of noble hops. The finish is incredibly long and has notes of cocoa-dusted nuts, molasses/rum, and figs. Body is medium with a slick, velvety feel that's great for the style. I'm impressed with the amount of flavor and complexity this beer has without having a bigger body.

D: Not a hint of alcohol to be tasted at all, and the flavor is absolutely perfect. This is a fantastic beer, probably the best dopplebock I've had. (Note to self: do a side-by-side with this one and Celebrator).

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Photo of MisterClean
4.91/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Racer V pint glass. 500 ml. from Bevmo.

A - Pours dark brown, with 1 fingered mocha head, which dissipates fast. Leaves a thin film of head behind. No lacing.

S - Chocolate, light roast coffee, and anise. Very exquisite.

T - Oh lucious. Chocolate, light roast coffee, and slight anise.

M - Just perfect. Nice mouthfeel. Full body and sweet, but not overly tangy. Like nectar.

D - Winner, winner, chicken dinner. Not the greatest looking beer, but everything else is exceptional.

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Photo of Domingo
4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

EDIT: This is a second review on this item. Before I thought it was really good, but a little too "fiery" when compared with Andechs and Ayinger. After having had it fresh from the source, and within days of the other two - I can tell you that it's on par with Celebrator (maybe even better?) and nearly as good as Andechs.

Pours a medium brown color. When held up to light, it's completely see-through, and has reddish tones.
Smell is of sweet fruit, chocolate, alcohol, and even a little "typical" lager yeast.
Flavor reminds me of brandied cherries and cocoa. Alcohol is noticeable, but not too strong. Makes this one a sipper.
Flavors are layered and as this one warms, you pick up different things. Figs, Dates, and either Brandy or Rum.
Mouthfeel is just right. Not too thick or too thin.
Drinkability takes a slight hit with the alcohol being more noticeable than usual. I doubt I could drink a 2nd bomber of this as a result.
This brew is EASILY among the finest doppelbocks in the world. It could be the best, but it's certainly no worse than 3rd.

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Photo of robbtjones68
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the dark brown bottle with the bishop and the beautiful Bavarian flag the result was a big frothy head. This doppelbock from the world's oldest brewery, fills the mouth with many flavors. Dense bread, molasses and heavy malt. More flavors make their presence known as the brew warms to room temp. Such as raisin or dates with a stronger hint of alcohol. But even then the 7.2% is buried. The epitome of a dunkel, this is what many American craft brewers try to emulate. Second only to the world's best dunkel; Ayinger's Celebrator Doppelbock, but only the thread of a bishop's hat.

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Photo of Derek
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this (vom fass) at the brewery restaurant on March 20, 2006.

A: Ruby-black/chestnut, slightly off-white head, unreal retention, great lace.

S: Malty (Bread, caramel, nut), slight spice.

T: Bread, raisin, prune, some chocolate, dark caramel, raisin, brown sugar, a little nut and a slight hint of licorous. Not at all burnt, but a nice/pleasant roastyness. Perfect bitter/sweet balance with a hint of tartness. Nice spicyness to round out the flavour. Alcohol is really well hidden.

M: Moderate to full body is smooth and slightly creamy, carbonation is moderate.

D: Truly exceptional.

In my opinion, this is the best Doppelbock I've had the pleasure of tasting! I think the Domhof Doppelbockbier is a close second. The Domhof is more of a malt bomb (and a little syrupy), but this one's a little more well rounded. I consider both of these a small step up from Celebrator, which is certainly a serious step above the others.

On the second tier I'd put Maximator, Triumphator & the Union Dunklebock. Probably the Optimator, but it's been a while since I've tried it. All quality brews to seek out.

On the third tier I'd put Salvator, Andechs and surprisingly, the Apostulator from Eichbaum Brauereien. These were all good, but I actually prefered my own home-brew doppel (which was obviously brewed to my taste).

Bringing up the rear would be Hacker-Pschorr Animator, followed by the few other smaller breweries I've tried.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very opaque brown. I mean I would call it black. An off-white head.

Smells of a lot of roasted malt. Dark fruits like raisins and plums are in the background. Very complex and sweet. Im liking where this is going. A little too much raisin in the nose.

Taste is about as good as a Doppelbock can get. Slightly sweet, yet roasty and complex. There really is a ton of things going on here. Dark fruits, smokey, sweet malt. No hops but thats to be expected. Body is a little closer to heavy than medium.

A nutty flavor stays around, fighting tooth and nail with those smokey malts and even the fruits. Stays complex from start to finish. Oh so damn smooth and drinkable, but then again its a German Doppelbock. I expect smoothness.

Exactly what I expected from a German Doppelbock. And its Weihenstephaner, nothing but the best!

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