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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,172
Hads: 2,461
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 197
Gots: 249 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | 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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
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 +8.1%
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 +1.4%
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 -2.6%
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 -0.7%
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 +7.6%
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 +13.8%
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 +3.3%
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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Photo of Jared_Alexander
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much attention gets paid to the Hefeweizen, but don't look past this doppelbock. I am a big fan of the doppelbock style, and this is a good example of one.

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Photo of barryjg
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a tulip glass-pours dark reddish brown with 2 fingers of pale beige head and lacing travels all to bottom of glass; rich yeasty brown bread and malt smell and taste with smooth feel on the mouth-not too heavy but still had to crank up the AC to enjoy in West Africa

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Photo of flyingpig
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml Bottle from Beers of Europe (£2.99) drank of Christmas:
Weihenstephan is definitely one of my favorite brewery's and personally I don't think anyone makes a better wheat beer so I was very much looking forward to this one. The beer was a nice one with plenty of malt sweetness and dark fruits coming through, sure it didn't quite match the brewery's flagship hefeweizen but it was still a very nice doppelbock with enough going for it to make things interesting. A decent beer well worth picking up but it's not one of the brewery's best offerings, mainly because they have already set the bar so high.

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Photo of TastyAdventure
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very rich sweetness, but not cloying. Good slick mouthfeel. Delicious. Decadent. Sweet Raisins.
One of the best I've had! I will have to try this next to Salvator, see which is better.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cellar temperature in my imperial pint glass...

Not much head other than a bit of tan fizz, but a beautiful deep burgundy or ruby color with thick,flowing streams of carbonation.

The aroma is a malty one. Caramel, toffee, vanilla, cherries, raisins, and prunes. Nice!

Those dark fruits are potent in the flavor, along with some sweet red apple, caramel, and dash of cinnamon. These lovely qualities and are accompanied by an awesome and unmistakable toasted nut character that becomes more noticeable in the finish. It's like I just ate a toasted pecan! Yeeeow!

The body is medium to full, and slightly syrupy.

An impressive specimen of maltiness. And the toasted nut likeness is pretty wild!

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pint bottle, poured into a tulip glass at room temperature.

A: Pours into the glass the color of mahogany wood or very, very dark cherry wood. Shining an iPhone light through the beer reveals bright red highlights, and columns of bubbles. The head forms a bit over a finger thick of pale beige, with good retention. Lacing may as well be a sheet of bubbles permanently etched into the glass.

S: Rich, bready caramel-toffee malt scents, wreathed with hints of chocolate. There's what seems to be a bit of dark fruit in the nose as well.

T: Warm, yeasty dark bread fills the mouth from the first sip. Some sweet toffee slithers along the sides of the bread through the middle, and some notes of walnut and cooked raisin waft through background of the flavor palate beside a faint cocoa tinge. By the finish, there is a distinct note of hardwood, like oak or maple. No hop presence to speak of, which is perfect.

M: While full and sticky, the mouthfeel is surprisingly not quite as thick for a doppelbock as I would hope, feeling closer to a bock.

O: This is a beautiful doppelbock example, a tour de malt with virtually zero hop flavors involved. A little additional dark fruit complexity to the flavor profile, and a slightly thicker mouthfeel, and this would approach perfect 5 territory for me.

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Photo of TheMirrorOwl
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured from 1.09 pint bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark rich ruby brown. Thick off-white head, significant lacing. Light carbonation barely visible.

Smell: Beautiful bready malt, caramel, toffee, dark fruit - plums and dates. If I had to smell nothing else for the rest of my life this would be a totally reasonable choice.

Taste: Malt! Dark, sweet roasty malt. Chocolaty bread washes into molasses and caramelized sugar. Faintly nutty, oaky.

Mouthfeel: Luscious, thick, saturated and round. Creamy, low carbonation. Alcohol thickness present and noticeable.

Overall: Incredibly flavor-drenched and perfect for a chilly late-fall weekend. From a guy who doesn't ordinarily like bocks, this is a mind-blowing brew. Weihenstephaner is magical.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

In the aroma is rich, pronounced maltiness akin to toasted bread crust and molasses with a slight chocolatey undertone. The body is dark brown/mahogany with deep ruby highlights; it has a creamy khaki head which leaves lots of lacing. The flavor is smooth with lots of roasted, somewhat chocolatey malt. It's sweet but not overly so with prune-like fruitiness, a spicy accent, and just a little woody bitterness. The finish is deliciously grainy sweet. The body is medium-full with plenty of carbonation and considerable bite; the alcohol is hardly noticeable.

All-around solid. Intense but very drinkable. Smooth and frothy but crisp. Rich, flavorful, and satisfying with lots of delicious malt and dark fruitiness. The 7.4% ABV is very well hidden.

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Photo of TheCondor
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%

Sitting here watching the Fall Classic and drinking beers, this being one of them. I want to see the Royals win so bad I can't stand it, I don't think we can beat Bumgardner tomorrow. I'd like to see it go to Kansas City at 3-2 Royals. Anyway, side poured aggressively from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a nice, deep amber color with a one finger head that dissipates relatively quickly and leaves little lacing. Of course, I love the packaging on any German beer.

Smell - Sweet malts, big breads, smells like a meal in a bottle, which is just what a doppelbock is supposed to smell like. Not a super complex nose, but fits the style well and is very enjoyable.

Taste - The sweet malts are the first and primary taste, although the breads wash the palate during the drink as well. Some nutty characteristics.

Mouthfeel - Thin bodied, finishes fresh and clean with a malty overtone. Very good.

Overall - This is an excellent beer from an outstanding brewery, one of the best in the world. I do not think this doppelbock is as good as Ayinger Celebrator, even though it is rated higher, but it is an excellent beer nonetheless. Condor recommended and approved.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A most excellent dopplebock. Pours a thick brown with red highlight and a HUGE rocky white
head that lingers around and leaves astounding lacing as it dissipates to a thin layer. Nose of
toffee, chocolate, and breaded goodness. Flavors of sweet caramel malts, almost brown sugar
like, with hints of toffee and fresh bread on the back. TONS of flavor. A delicious malted bomb
for any season. For being more commercial this one packs a fantastic punch with smooth
mouth feel and moderate carbonation. An A plus!


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Photo of With_a_B
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%

A. Deep, dark brown with a retentive frothy off-white head and thick lacing.

S. Richly malty and breadlike.

T. Malty with chocolate notes, some nuttiness. Very nice.

M. Lightly carbonated, creamy and almost syrupy.

O: Roasty sweetness. Other reviews have compared the aftertaste to syrupy malt followed crusty banana bread, which is spot on in my opinion. Wonderful.

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Photo of Phocion
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Deep, dark brown with ruby highlights and a very retentive frothy off-white head. Thick strings of lacing.

Very richly malty nose; Munich and Caramel are very present. Rich breadiness and a toffee sweetness. Dark fruit ester: plum, fig, etc. Syrupy/brown sugar caramelization.

Overall the flavor follows the nose. Still extremely malty, but with the addition of a heavy chocolate flavor. Malted milk balls. Slightly burnt toast, caramelized brown sugar. Not as heavy on the fruity esters as in the nose. A bit nutty with an ever-so-slightly earthy finish. Minimal hop presence.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel with a medium-full body. Moderately carbonated. Very soft and no signs of astringency. Slight alcohol warmth which probably makes the mouthfeel feel a little thicker than it really is.

I haven't had a doppelbock in some time, but this beer is so wonderful. One should never doubt a Weihenstephaner product, and this is no exception.

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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 DannyS
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured from a pint bottle into a glass mug

A - pours a deep chocolate brown with lots of clarity and a modest half finger of head hanging out on top.Leaves loose blobs of lacing that don't cling.

S - Malty sweet and roasty; lots of overtones of candied fruit. No hoppy aromas.

T - Powerful malt with little in the way of bitterness, and just a bit of earthy character. Lots of dark bread, dried fruit, and caramelized sugar.

M - Rich and full on the tongue with just enough carbonation to keep it from being syrupy. No alcohol burn.

Overall - the perfect breather for a palate that's hop-obsessed. Very filling too; one of these and I'm done for a good while. I recommend it though!

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Photo of titvs
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Review according to BJCP2008 guidelines (style 5C). AROMA: strong sweet malt aroma. very slight plum aroma and moderate alcohol aroma. No hop aroma. APPEARANCE: clear dark brown with ruby tint. persistent medium head of beige color. head retention reduced maybe because of high alcohol content. TASTE: rich malt flavour with slight notes of dried grapes. smooth impression from alcohol and no hop flavours. very low bitterness with malt dominating the flavour. PALATE: medium body with moderate carbonation. smooth without astringency. OVERALL: a very nice doppelbock with a médium smooth body.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

A: Pours a clear very dark reddish brown in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and some moderate amber + cola brown highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a medium to large sized finger thick cap surrounded by a thick film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of sweet bready malts as well as some moderate aromas of dark malts. There is also a light aroma of dark fruits (figs and prunes).

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of sweet bready and dark malts with just a hint of toasted/roasted/slightly burnt malts. That is followed by just a hint of bittersweet dark chocolate and light flavors of dark fruits (figs and prunes). Minimal amounts of earthy hop bitterness in the finish which fades quickly.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Rich and smooth, almost creamy.

O: This is an excellent beer and one that I am glad I finally had the opportunity to try (I seemed to miss picking it up year in year out). Wonderful flavors and a really great beer from an excellent brewery. Easy to drink and enjoy with well hidden alcohol.

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Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev -4.5%

16.9 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a large snifter. Bottle code is 4143.

Pours dark with a big beige head and lots of carbonation. Smell is yeasty, plummy/cherry, sweet.

Taste is not as overpoweringly sweet as I was afraid. Definite sweetness, but some strawlike or stale breadlike characteristic takes over some of that sweetness from the aroma. Fruity flash on the foretaste, slow dry finish.

Mouthfeel is dry and medium bodied. Overall, not my favorite style, but among my favorites of the style.

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
93 out of 100 based on 1,172 ratings.