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Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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Reviews: 1,192 | Ratings: 2,528
Photo of slusk
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark garnet with a dense, creamy tan head.

A: Big malt aroma with chocolate, raisin and dark fruits. Molasses and dark caramel come through with an earthy undertone. The tiniest hint of oak.

T: Sweet dark chocolate and coffee flavors dominate with raisin and fig. Clean distinct and complex flavors hide the alcohol well. Dark bread crust in a sweet finish.

M: Low carbonation, medium body.

O: I really like this beer. It's clean as a lager should be but the Malt complexity shines. A good warmer. One of my favorites although it takes a third place behind Celebrator and Andechser, but a VERY close third.

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Photo of 360logic
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Medium/Dark amber color. Head is pretty decently thick and creamy, with typical off-white color for the style.

S: Fruity. Dried figs and prunes. Yeasty, almost hefeweizen aroma. Toasted raisin bread.

T: Drier than I expected. Initial malty sweetness gives way to dried cranberries/cherries and finish that is both somehow both crisply dry with a lingering brown sugar sweetness.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. Pretty middle of the road for doppelbock. Expected more.

O: Super solid doppelbock. Not quite the coppery fruit ale the Salvator is or the whole wheat loaf in a bottle that the Celebrator is, this is rich without being overwhelming, and gives you equal measures of malt and fruitiness with a yeastiness that brightens it up a bit.

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Photo of DuffDaddy
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from Lake Wales ABC. Great malty, caramel flavors...easy, easy to drink. Enjoyed while watching Band of Brothers...is it wrong to drink a German beer while watching a WWII movie?

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle.

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a red tint. Head is tan and thick, it lingers for awhile and leaves some beautiful lacing.

S: Roasted malts, sweet bread, cocoa, plum and other dark fruits, caramel, cranberry raisin, allspice, and a subtle earthiness.

T: Sweet roasted malts, caramel, plum, raisin, cranberry, dark chocolate, and a subtle spice on the finish.

M: Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, smooth and creamy.

O: This is one of my personal (Big 3) Doppelbock's right there alongside Celebrator, and Salvator.

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Photo of mkh012
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look- very dark brown, nearly black. a touch of red in the right light
Smell- raisins, chocolate, plums, bread
Taste- delicious. dark fruits, bread, a touch of chocolate. very malt forward. almost no hop presence at all
Feel- creamy. I could drink a few of these despite the heavy maltiness.

Weihenstephaner never fails. This is probably my second favorite offering from them besides their hefe.

The complexity fades a bit the more you drink it, but that's more a testament to the balance of flavors than a complaint. Still, I could see some saying that this beer's almost too smooth and drinkable- perhaps a little thin.

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Photo of Johnor3
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really love the smell of this brew. One thing I noticed right off the first taste was the cocoa and nut flavor, kind of like chocolate and walnuts, but not sweet. It is very good and refreshing for a Doppelbock. I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: dark brown beer with light brown head a few fingers high, slimmed but persisted

S: dark fruits and wet malt beds, mild suggestions of something cocoa and nut...

T: warm and softly, sweetly roasty blend of dark fruit, chocolaty-brown bread, vague allusions to spice, dark wet wood

F: medium-light, soft glide of carbonation; smooth and gentle; warm, wet, aftertaste

O: an expectedly excellent lager from the masters... Deservedly, a Beer of Fame... (#107 as of this review)

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice medium brown color, pretty, fine head, good persistence.

Smells correct. Just a hint of lager-y malt.

Taste is malty, sweet on the attack. Downgraded a bit due to excess sweetness.

Feels quite nice in the mouth. Fine.

Overall a good beer. Not in the same quality class as Celebrator, but nice.

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Photo of DevAJ
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was the creamiest Doppel that I've ever had. It could have been a little sweeter to match the feel a bit better, but it's still a very good beer overall.

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Photo of StoutHobbit
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I feel like I'm alone with this but here's my two bits. It's a really good beer.
Not my favorite which, yeah is subjective.

L: Gorgeous amber, light foam dances on top
S: Smell like a sweetish bread maybe a pump
T: Bready, Sweet. OVERLY SO! Like it was almost sugary. Maybe it was what I had/ or hadn't eaten lately, but I was a little sickened by the sweetness. It was malty and had that molassasy (sp?) taste you'd expect. It just was a scoche much for me.
F: Thick, not too think, goes down so easy.
O: Decent, or more like very good, easy drinker, just not my favorite for my palate. If you like sweeter beers, this is for you.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. No faults here. Perhaps it's too smooth? This miracle beverage pours very deep, pretty mahogany with thin off-white top. The aromas of plum, molasses, and malty goodness are about as good as it gets. Almost don't want to drink it. Yeah right...the same delightful notes carry through into the flavors. The mouthfeel is creamy and perfectly under-carbonated. I could drink this by the gallons. My only conceivable complaint? Could be a little stronger. But, that's silly.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a single into a Great Divide cervoise

a: dark brown black (though tinged with ruby when held to the light), with a big 3 finger khaki head that subsides within a minute or two, leaving a little lacing
s: yum. toasted pumpernickel, a little plummy sweetness (but no tartness), some figs, roasted toffee maltiness, earthy awesomeness.
t: follows the nose, really bready on the front, and fairly sweet without being cloying on the back, with just a touch of mild bitterness and even peppery spiciness. Absolutely delicious, and fantastic integration.
m: as good as the nose and taste are, the mouthful may be the best part. low-medium carbonation, substantial chewy body without being too heavy or thick.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

-dunkel color, a thick wheat
- nice light bread scent warming
- right on deep caramel bread flavor dark taste light feel
- light not over carbonated for this style
-2nd best dopple

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Photo of Apellonious
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 fl oz bottle poured into a mug. 1154 bottle code, which appears to be close to a year old.

A - A dark brown/black cola like appearance. Little to no head.

S - Malts, toffee, toasted grains.

T - Follows the nose, with some vanilla bean and bread notes.

M - Carbonaton is medium low. Medium heft, finishes clean with a touch of bitterness.

O - A tasty doppelbock, very straightforward and true to style. Sometimes that's all you need.

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Photo of arvidkoval
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Mahogany body. White head.

S- Sweet malt smell. Very rich. Slight chocolate.

T- chocolate, sweet caramel, toffee, slight booze on the end.

F- Creamy and smooth.

O- This is damn fine.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brown/ dark red color pour. Off white head rose and retreated to a ring and left behind spotty lacing. Aroma was of molasses, honey, malts, and roast. Taste was of molasses, burnt sugar, roast, and a caramel sweetness. Mild carbonation with a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Overall, a very good beer, but, the dopplebock style never really works for me.

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Photo of drmeto
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-Features both sweet and roasty flavours
-caramel,toffee,big plum strawberry,coffee,dates,raisins
-slight chocolate
-middling carbonation
-sweet-roasty,bready,malty finish

simply one of the best bocks out there

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance : This beer pours a burnt orange/iced tea color with about 60% opacity. The off-white head, poured at 2 fingers, is creamy and tightly knit and rests at 1 finger tall. Very frothy.

Smell : Dark black licorice and anise candy notes come out immediately. Molasses, horehound, roasted plums, and peated scotch all waft up. It's a very earthy, dirty aroma, but its only a testament to the character of the beer. Bouquet is medium strength.

Taste : Weihenstephaner never ever fails to amaze me. My mouth is in awe from the overwhelming charred and roasted malts, dark licorice, horehound, and a creamy molasses flavor that sticks to the palate like honey and then gradually fades with a punch of sharp yet so appropriately placed hop. Hints of chicory swarm around. Some fig. Flavors of horehound and molasses remain painted in the throat.

Mouthfeel : Uncommonly creamy, dense, sticky, tarry, yet carbonated enough as to not get stuck in your throat. The carbonation is prickly and appropriate. It feels great.

Overall : Weihenstephaner is in my opinion the absolute best brewer on planet earth. I haven't had a beer from them that I have disliked, only liked some more than others. This is right up there as a world class beer. Smiling from ear to ear. Absolutely love.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had this in a pilsener.
The appearance was a nice looking dark brown color with a fairly thick white to off white foamy head that dissipated within less than two minutes. Rich thick foamy lacing appeared around the sides of the glass.
The smell had a huge sweet banana with loads of dark and milk chocolate invading and providing a nice pizazz to it.
The taste was sweet through the banana - combined with the dark and milk chocolate.
The mouthfeel coated my tongue rich and thick sitting about a medium on the body with a big awesome settling smoothness rolling over my tongue.
Overall, doppelbock - yes, awesome to me - priceless. So worth my money.

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Photo of Reegze79
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice, rich, malty dopplebock. Deep malty / molasses nose...rich, deep, sweet taste that stays with you long after the swig. A superb beer to sip on a cold winter or spring evening...a big girl and a real treat

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Photo of Numnutz6383
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lots of malt and sour cherry, hints of coffee on the nose, not a lot of body or head but that's to be expected. Pretty good overall, but the maltiness limits me personally to one bottle at a time.

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Photo of evergreen_machine
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown, root beer color with a very light brown head that disappears quickly. Very faint nose but dark malt notes predominate. The taste is amazing, perfectly malty with nutmegy and brown sugar notes. One of the tastiest and most balanced hyper-malty beers I've had. Mouthfeel is middle to heavy weight with a slight amount of "chew". Wonderful!

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Photo of Jaysauras
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured into a tulip glass. Very dark, opaque, color. Nice thick tan/cream colored head to it. Very soft and delicate looking head as well. Very creamy and frothy. Plenty of lace to it as well. Good carbonation action as well and lace lasted almost the entirety of the drink.

S: Smells heavy of raisin with a hint of maple and brown sugar. Good malt scent as well mixed with a bit of vanilla and pecan.

T: This got a as close to a five to me as possible without getting one. Amazing flavor. Absolutely amazing. If you drink this at the optimal cellar temperature the complex explosion of dark fruit is incredibly enjoyable. Tastes of raisin, fig, brown sugar, and a holiday pecan pie. Settles into a lovely roasted malt and toffee/mocha flavor that lingers. Only thing keeping it from a five is the somewhat bitter alcohol taste that can hang on the palate.

F: Thick, heavy, and chewy. This boy has a kick to it also. You can feel the 7.4 for sure. Not exactly a sessionable beer given the feel.

O: What a beer. Tremendous flavors and mixture of all the layers of complexity. That is what I personally love about the style. It's not necessarily the flavors themselves but how they blend. The sweet, to bold, to bitter, progression of the drink is amazingly executed. This one is certainly going in my top 5 beers I've tasted. It's a heavy drinking beer but damn if it isn't enjoyable all the way through.

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Photo of plaidowl
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A deep, dark, opaque ruby-mahogany in color (with a cream/caramel head), this beer is strong on the coffee and cocoa notes (most especially the former), both in the aroma and the flavor. There is a malty, brown-bread body to the flavor, with a dried fruit sweetness behind it all. It has all the richness that a dark beer usually has, but sits much lighter than it looks like it will. The feel is smooth, yet lightly effervescent. It pairs just as well with rich food as it does with drinking by itself. I'm not usually a dark beer man, but this I could drink pints of.

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Photo of BeerConny
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I've never had a doppelbock before so I didn't know what to expect. I have to say though it was very good. I would have given the smell higher rating but it wasn't very pronounced but did smell good. The taste is what really matters. It has a perfect sweetness to it with pretty much no bitterness whatsoever. It looks like a porter or stout in the glass but definately does not taste like one. I will be buying this again

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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