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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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Photo of SomethingClever
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9 bottle poured into snifter no bottle date

A: lively head but short lived. Nice brown deep caramel body hard to see through.

S: lots of raisins and plums some deep caramel

T: nice soft carbonation big raisins, pluns, figs, dates caramel this beer is amazing

M: a lot more carbonation then you would expect from a double bock.

O: Great beer soft caramel great malts lots of carbonation though

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - dark Amber with a thin white head

S - Caramel, herbal hops

T - folllow the taste. Caramel delight

F - Thick, great carbonation

O - One of the best doppelbock I've had!

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Photo of erk0607
4.99/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! Is the first word I said when I tried this. I think I have a new go-to favorite when I'm not up for experimenting.

Look: Nearly opaque dark brown with beige lacing. Head forms nicely mellowing out to a nice, thick lacing.

Smell: Caramel, dark fruit, malt. I can't stress the caramel enough. It's awesome.

Taste: Outstanding. Malt hits the tongue first, followed by a sweet, caramel, maybe some roasty chocolate, a bit of zing to it probably from the alcohol (7.40%).

Feel: Heavy. Thick. One of those "motor oil beers". Minuscule carbonation lends to creamy, liquidy mouthfeel.

Overall: I'm going to get more of this and stockpile it.

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Photo of Squire123
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of their better efforts and they've got this one down pat. Beautiful brown color, aroma of toffee and roasted nuts. Medium to full flavor with texture befitting the style. The real deal and a nice experience which I repeat whenever I get the chance.

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Photo of puck1225
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful dark brown into a tall glass, light brown foam and lacing. Toasted malt smell. Chocolate notes and bready taste. Sweet and malty, with a pleasant floral aftertaste. Nice beer!

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Delicious, malty, nutty, darkly chocolatey, lightly roasted, toffee, bready, deliciousness.

A: Taupe with ruby highlights. Cream colored head, creamy and decadent.

A: Crusty, day old bread, beer nuts, toffee. Touch of raisins. Overall, a toasted sensation.

M: Well attenuated, hefty body, velvety feel. A touch sticky.

T: Toast and grape jelly. Nutty and toffee...Nutella but less chocolatey.

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Photo of Webzombie
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Mmmmm.... German malt bomb at a very reasonable price. Similar to other in the style it is very dark, bready and almost a little chocolate or something. Like other well made beers; relatively high abv but you can't tell by drinking it. Has a pretty strong malty taste but goes down very smooth. Really can't go wrong with this one at all.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark chestnut brown color, clear with an incredibly thick and frothy toffee colored head, beautiful carbonation cascade.

S - Nutty, wheat, toasted caramel, bready/yeasty, toffee.

T - Nutty, toasted caramel, fig, yeasty.

M - Chewy with silky carbonation, a little creamy, heavy body.

O - Just an all around fantastic beer, I need to buy more of these.

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Photo of Chris_Mills92
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Very very dark but not black, almost a red brown.

Aroma: Malts and spices with what seems like a touch of the yeast

Taste: A taste of charred oak, reminds me of bourbon aged beer. Pretty strong but not overbearing.

Feel: Thick and creamy, which is great for the stronger flavor.

Overall: If the charred oak flavor was any stronger I couldn't handle it, so considering it's balanced enough to not be too strong of flavor, I like this beer though I would wait before picking it up again.

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

Nice doppel here. Great balance between the malt and the hops. Pours dark with not much to the nose. Little carb, silky smooth in the mouth. Not too sweet and not bitter, just a perfect malt bomb of a drink. Cheers!

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Photo of bnes09
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark bronze, chocolate color. Light, patchy lacing. Bready, malty, burnt caramel, mild roasted aroma, hint of maple. Rich and sweet malty character. Maple and molasses, sweet prunes and dates. Slightest hint of earthy hop. Full bodied. Sticky feel. Complex and delicious dopplebock. One of the best I've had.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. Body is a dark brown. Head is minimal.

S: Dark fruits, sweet caramel, some spiciness.

T: Same as the nose. It reminds me of a scotch ale.

F: Medium bodied and smooth. There is a slight warmth from the alcohol.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear dark brown with reddish hues. Head of foam is off white and shrinks to a ring around the glass.

Caramel and roasted malt in the nose. Deep whiffs reveal a fruity and perhaps a nutty character.

Caramel, chocolate, toffee, a slightly tart fruitiness comes to my taste buds. Working in unison to make for a smooth and delicious beer. I have no idea how fresh the bottle is but the taste and smoothness of the body has me hooked. Excellent.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark burgundy color. The head is two fingers high and off-white in shade. I love how soft and creamy the texture is (plus, it leaves behind beautiful rings of lacing inside my Calvert Brewing Company tulip)

Compared to, say, Celebrator, this beer's aroma seemingly has more defined caramel and toffee notes, compared to the brown sugar and chocolate of the former - but those latter notes are still here! Gentle touches of dark fruits, nuts, and noble hops add to its impressive nuance. I'm impressed how it hits every note I like in a good doppelbock, all while staying in harmonious balance.

Well, of course it tastes malty. I get lots of caramel and toffee to start, along with a bit of brown sugar and chocolate. The finish is subtly fruity, showing up as a mere suggestion instead of bludgeoning the palate. It's not super complex, but it's so delicately balanced. It's just like drinking liquid bread with none of the drawbacks!

While it has a full, rich mouthfeel, it manages to leave the palate with minimal effort. Translation: it's dry. Dry and easy to drink. This is in spite of the silky smooth texture, and the aforementioned thickness. Carbonation is a bit low.

Lovin' it. This is not my favored style by any stretch, but to deny this brew's quality is a fool's errand. It's nuanced (if not infinitely deep) and extremely well balanced, hitting all the style benchmarks beautifully. Doppelbock lovers should go apeshit for this one.

4.12/5: This makes most other doppelbocks look like Donald Trump

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Photo of stlfatguy
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very Nice. Like this doppelbock a lot. Pours a Rich dark brown/black with brown/khaki head. Highly carbonated on initial pour, with thick head. Looks looks a cola. Head didn't last long and dwindled to a thin Ring. Smell was dark fruit, not too strong. Taste was initially fine, dark chocolate. Later some plum, molasses, a little malty sweet biscuit. mouthful is nice, full, thick. It stays with you. I'm impressed by everything from this brewery, and am happy how easily available it is. If you want a good example if a particular style, start here. There's a reason it's been around Hundreds of years.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml Bottle dated 4165; I think that's October 6, 2015. DFH Snifter.

A: Pours a deep brown with very little head. I thought I saw a chunk of sediment roll out as I poured. Virtually no head. Light brown around the edges. Second pour yielded just under 1 finger of light khaki head that dissipated quickly. Some carbonation visible when held to the light, along with glinting red highlights.

S: I have a cold, so I know I should have waited to review this, but I couldn't wait. Even with an impaired nose, I can smell A deep, rick, fruity maltiness. Figs, Prunes, Raisins, Caramel, Really smells like Trader Joe's fig spread.

T: Arrives sweet, naturally, though not as sweet as one might expect from the smell. Taste of figs, crème brulee, and deeply toasted rye bread, maybe even sprouted rye, come across mid-palate, followed by a little black tea and a very clean bittering at the end. Almost has a ruby port like character.

M: Definitely full bodied, and hefty. Lighter side of heavy, though. Moderate carbonation helps to prevent it from feeling heavy. Also, it is not terribly slick, despite the hefty weight.

O: This is a work of art. The other doppelbocks I've had come off as cloying; this is boldly sweet on the palate, but cleans up remarkably. It is lighter than one would expect it to be in feel, while potent in character in every respect. That said, it is really sweet, and I like sweeter beers. So far, as doppelbocks go, if I am going to have one, it will be this one over Salvator or Doppelrock (have not had Celebrator or Troegenator yet), but I don't know that I will be seeking out doppelbocks.

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Photo of gopens44
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice thick off white head covers a fairly opaque (save for the edges) beer with tinges of ruby.

Nose strikes out with a big bready welcome before plum and fig begin to play a dominant role. A little further study brings out sweet molasses, but not overwhelmingly so.

Lots of fig and molasses in the initial swig that begins to take on caramel along with a touch of banana.

Mouth feel is silky smooth for the most part, and overall it's a very nice beer.

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Photo of MACrist
4.92/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

LOOKS: Rich and brown, ruby up to the light. Poured into a small handy dandy Heineken glass. 2 fingers of creamy tan head, that really sticks around and leaves plenty of lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Caramel, Roasted malts, Dark bread crust, Dark dried fruit, a touch of grassiness. Overall smells sweet.
TASTE: Just like aroma, a sweet beer but a nice sourdough bread quality, as well. Slight bit of chocolate, and just enough bitterness to balance everything out.
MOUTHFEEL: Creamy and full. A little slick and then it dries up nicely on the finish. Adequate carbonation.
OVERALL: Absolutely superb. Liquid dark, sweet, crusty bread. Delicious beer!!

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Photo of RickyS
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lovely crystalline dark ruby color. Nice cap of creamy foam with medium retension. Very nice aroma. Molasses, brown sugars, malts, marzipan. A little less sweet in the aroma than other beers of the same style. Almonds. The taste is sweet with a dried fruit component, dates and brown sugars. Not a prolonged finish. Very creamy and chewy. I have to admit I expected more. But great beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Ri0
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured 500ml bottle into weizen glass. Dark brown with a 2 finger khaki head. Fades to a thick collar and leaves behind a bit of lacing. Nice and malty with chocolate,caramel, brown bread and dark fruit like plum and raisin. Chocolaty and bready with the roasted malts. Some dark fruits, nuts, and molasses to go along with toffee, caramel. Medium and sticky with a good amount of carbonation. This is a delicious dopplebock!

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Photo of AJ_S
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Looks like a Thai Iced Coffee. Thick, creamy head when poured that settles into a respectable foam layer that sticks around. Chocolatey and slightly sweet-smelling. This full-bodied beer is lightly carbonated, calling to mind mineral water.

Tastes as sweet as it smells, like maple syrup (not Aunt Jemima, mind you!) with notes of caramel and a clean finish, accompanied by a consistent malty taste. No bitterness to speak of. It's deceptively light tasting for a beer with over 7% ABV, so drink carefully!

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Photo of Oldejoe
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks. A dark brown with touches of gold and red; a medium sort of froth.
Smell. Rich stuff unusual for me. Lots of molasses, caramel, licorice, earthiness.
Taste. Very malty, very creamy and smooth with a finish only a slight bit dry. Doesn't seem like there are any hops in here.
Feel. Full-bodied, creamy, chewy, sparkley.
Overall. Wow. Put this front and center on my shelf of all time favorites. Way out there on the malty end of things, which is perfect for my taste buds. Delicious is all in the mouth of the consumer.

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

Look - Dark brown color
Smell - dark fruits, caramel/toffee sweetness
Taste - Prunes, raisins, figs, caramel/toffee, earthy, nutty

Overall - A great display of malt character in this one. Very much enjoyed.

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very dark maple-syrup color and a light head. No need to put your nose in the glass to savor this beer. Very pronounced malt and grain aromas rise up to meet you. Taste is absolutely scumptious if you like the type. Sweet fruit and roasted chestnut layered with toasted grains. The pinnacle of the Doppelbock that we have tasted. Take it slow and let it warm to cellar temperature. We have never been dissapointed with anything from Weihenstephaner - world class from start to finish.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, dark brown with a one-finger off-white head. Lots of carbonation. Head dissipates quickly. Nice sweet malt smell with a touch of chocolate. Great dark fruit taste up front, then transitions into a smooth, chocolate finish. Fig and cherry is the fruit. Toffee notes. Wonderful finish. Another great one.

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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