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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,173
Hads: 2,465
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 13.13%
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 tempest
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered a bottle at the Farmhouse with their molten chocolate cake. Nice pairing. Appears dark brown with a short white head.

The low carbonation and rich flavor tend to make this beer feel bigger than it is. It's full of dark fruits like cherries, blackberries, and plums along with black licorice and a ting of cocoa powder. The body is thick, but smooth, and this beer is resonably drinkable if you take it nice and slow.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage bottle, Sampled March 2007, from the bottle at Stuffed Sandwich
This beer has been aging in Sam's storage for quite some time (Sam refused to tell me how long) as it has a completely different label than the current version of Korbinian. the beer has a hazy, dark amber color and is well carbonated, yet despite a vigorous pour did not summon forth much in the way of a head. There is a touch of a foamy, amber tinged ring around the sides of the glass. The beer has a soft, well integrated oxidation character to it; notes of sherry are definitely evident. The taste takes on notes of prunes, which are also noticeable in the nose as well. As the beer warms up a bit lots of flavors open up; notes of Madeira, sherry and fig become noticeable as well as a touch of chalky dark malt character in the finish. The beer also starts to become clearer as it warms. This has aged quite gracefully, certainly the flavors have softened and melded quite a bit, but this must be fairly old and it is still quite drinkable.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. bottle, 500th bottle review here,

A: Pours a dark mahogany brown, with an average, fizzy off-white head, no real lacing to speak of.

S: Strong malt, dark wheat bread, pumpernickel, nutmeg, raisins, fruitcake.

T: Taste goes right along with the smell, this is a malt bomb and great for the style. Dark wheat and rye bread, caramel, milk chocolate, just a solid mix of malty flavours.

M: Medium-bodied, very sugary, medium viscosity, smooth.

D: A very good dopplebock from the oldest brewery in the world, one of the class of its style for sure.

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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 Stinkypuss
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Personal Milestone: Review #900

Appearance: 500 ml bottle. Poured into its proper branded weizen glass, Weihenstephaner Korbinian pours a rich dark brown with a light brown/off white head with excellent frothing and retention. Good lace stickage.

Smell: Bready malts, soft banana, sweet yeast.

Taste: Bright green banana fruityness, big roasted malt and toasted grain. As it warms, a bit of raw cocoa. Noble hop bitterness and light tea like expressions. A really tasty dark lager beer, decent complexity and great flavor. Nice and clean, little to no alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation, sweet aftertaste.

Drinkability: A truly tasty doppelbock. Overall I was impressed by this offering by Weihenstephaner, but they have yet to dissapoint me.

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Photo of Kelp
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my glass as a darker brown color with a bit of tan head. Lots of lacing in the glass.

Smells of malts and grains. Also some dried fruit smells.

Sweet caramel taste to the brew. Then the fruitiness comes next with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Medium brew with a decent amount of carbonation.

It was a good brew, but not a great brew from this company. This is the worst brew I have had from Brauerei Weihenstephan but it is still better than most beers.

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Photo of Duff27
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- One inch big-bubbled light tan head on a dark, dark brown lager. Leaves very good lacing with above average head retention.

S- Muted dark fruits.

T- Follows the nose. Muted grapey presence. Well hidden ABV,

M- Smooth, nicely carbonated. Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel.

D/O- Very easy drinking for the style, first off. That only works to Korbinian's advantage here. World class? Yes. Are there other dopplebocks right up there with it? Yes.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep cherry-coke red. ¼ finger of off-white head with a fine bubble structure.

S - Mild aroma. Grass, bready malt, caramel.

T - Surprisingly unitone flavor. It's not that the flavor isn't complex, it just doesn't change much at all once it hits your mouth. Sweet sugar cane, pumpernickel bread, mild char characteristics. Hint of cedary bitterness in the background.

M - Smooth with a light body and a sweet finish.

D - Fairly drinkable. The char is a little heavy for the style, but overall very enjoyable.

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Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown brew.

Smell is sweet and super malty; banana is smelled in this too. Mild spicy smells too.

Taste is sweet and lots of malt with plums and raisins in the taste. Mild hidden hops.

Mouthfeel is good.

A respectable Double Bock, I like the Erdinger version a bit better.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color, nice carbonation, huge three finger plus creamy tannish head, lots of sticky/creamy lacing to follow. The nose is malty, kinda yeasty/bready, lots of caramel. The taste is absolutely delicious, malty, slight licorice, maybe some spice's, and lots of caramel. Medium body, very smooth/creamy brew. Very drinkable, man what an awesome Doppelbock, I thought Celebrator was one of the best if not the best, this brew is totally different in body/charactrer. It could be the ABV thing though.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

picked up at Belmont Station over the weekend.. poured into my Chimay goblet.

1" head.. doesn't stick around too long.. nice splotchy lace and a good cap.. the brew is dark chocolate brown.. crystal clear deep ruby when held to a lamp.

this is definitely a "dark" smelling doppelbock.. I get cocoa immediately .. very rich and only the faintest whiffs of caramel.. mainly cocoa and toasty notes.

Flavor mirrors the nose with a smack of "prune" that sorta trails from close to the front all the way to the finish.. the cocoa still plays lead.. very rich.. hard for me to describe.. tastes "darker" than any doppelbock I can remember.. never burnt.. just tastes "brown"... even a little nutty. The body is very very smooth.. and what carbonation there is, only accentuates how rich this brew is.. maybe even hints of smoke as it warms.. very complex.

The drinkability is interesting.. not because I could drink a bucket of it.. but just because I want another sip... just to analyze it... I am a big fan.. and this is my first ever bottle... and my last until Weihenstephaner makes it back to Boise.


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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown with a tan pancake head that doesn't stick around.

The smell is exceptional- a rich malty, winey, estery wonder. I could just smell this beer all night.

Very complex and unusual taste profile. Starts out malty, rich, and creamy and picks upo some bitterness that starts hoppy and fades into bitter cocoa. There are also some faint soy sauce notes as the cocoa flavor starts. The finish is not sweet, but rather creamy and a little astringent from the bitter chocolate taste. Very interesting.

The body is a little thin, but it is also quite creamy so that the mouthfeel is still quite pleasing. Smooth as velvet.

Very drinkable- it almost goes down like a cold glass of chocolate milk- atr least what one would taste like in a more beery dimension. Its very easy to drink with very little noticeable alcohol and intersting characteristics. Delicious!

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

Palm date purple that becomes stained in blood red when held up into the light. At rest it appears quite dark, muddied brown almost, and opaquely shady. As stated, however, the beer is capable of radiance and is in actuality, perfectly clear-bodied. A sandy, bubble encrusted patch of ecru formed shortly after the pour (and partly faded just after that).

Dopplebocks really aren't too hard to describe - they are very rich and malty, lightly toasty, perhaps slightly chocolaty and invariably full of sticky sweet caramel and dried dark fruits. The best examples of the style will showcase all that in aroma alone. Notes of sugary malts, dates, currants, prunes and a light suggestion of cocoa imply this is likely to be one of those aforementioned leading examples.

These beers are lagered and well-attenuated which means they have a crisp, clean, refreshing disposition but a rich and complex character. No one need be alarmed by the alcohol percentage because, frankly, you'd never catch wind of it if it weren't listed on the label. Like everything, beer comes down to personal tastes. If you like rich, hearty drinks with dark fruity flavours then chances are you'd enjoy this traditional Bavarian specialty.

And if the idea of coarse, multi-grain bread toasted and smeared in plum jam sounds appealing then you should flat out love this. I feel relatively familiar with dopplebocks as a style now and I'd have no hesitation in calling the Korbinian one of the tastiest examples. It tastes just like a fig-raisin compote, the sugar syrup being flavoured with cinnamon sticks, cloves, ground almonds and additional candied fruits.

Weihenstephan ("holy Stephen") claims to be the world's oldest brewery. I can't be sure of that but I do know that dopplebocks developed near the brewery's location around Munich around the Middle Ages. If this brewery really is the world's eldest than good on them for continuing the production of the monastic "liquid bread" that sustained monks during their periods of fasting. No food but plenty of bock beer? Seems almost a fair trade...

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Rich, deep dark amber body. Nutty brown with some reddish tones. Thin silky head and light brown lacing.

S - Smells like a meal. It has a nose of dark ried fruit, some spice, and a batch of sweet roasty malts.

T - Huge flavor. Syrupy sweetness of the malts and sweetness from the dark dried fruit flavor such as figs. A bit tart and crispy. Warm alchohol, burnt caramel, toffee, honey, toasted dark grains.

M - Sturdy and full bodied. With the flavors, alcohol and carbonation, this has a great balance and creates a smooth siky mouthfeel.

D - Sip and savour this one. You cant run through it, and you wouldnt want to anyway. Pair this with food or enjoy it for its own deep delicious complexity.

Notes - I had this during Starkbierfest at Brauhaus Schmitz. This caught my attention because I read the brewery is almost a millenium old and the flavor description was immense. Glad I tried it. I love this beer.

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Photo of Tone
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber color. One and one half inch head of a pale tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of a hint of caramel malt, slight pale malt, sweet malt, slight hop, and yeast. Fits the style of a Doppelbock. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, then yeast, pale malt, hint of hop, slight bread dough, and slight alcohol. Overall, good aroma, feel, body, and blend.

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Photo of weeare138
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a transparent crimson with a cherrywood hue. Medium amounts of CO2 bubbles slowly rise to the top of the creamy, ivory head that has fades into a filmy cap. Scattered streaks of lace are left around the glass.
Smell is of toffee, vanilla, roasted nuts, cocoa, and sugary caramel. Super nice with light booziness.
Taste is of the same, rich, well blended aromas. This is a nice treat via Germany.
Mouthfeel is super smooth, creamy, sugary, medium bodied, along with a velvet balance that glides along the palate.
Drinkability...what a treat. I had Matt Capone (BA capones) special order this b/c I've never seen it in the SE PA market for some reason. No wonder it's such a rare treat...it gets gobbled up whenever it comes around.

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Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very pleased to see this beer on tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a darkish brown color with minimal head retention and fair lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose either, just some light malt and spice. However, on the palate this beer is just delicious, with a ton of chocolate flavor, woven around some spice and a touch of wheaty sour. There is also some nice cinnamon flavor that I'm enjoying as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and long, and drinkability is superb. I would never guess I was drinking a 7.4% alcohol beer.

A very nice beer. One that is all too easy to drink, given the abv.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from 4/2010 notes. Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a dark semi-opaque brown with a small light brown head. Aroma of sweet malt and caramel. Nice dark malts up front with some smoke. Hints of molasses, root beer and a touch of hops. A light slightly flavored finish. Creamy medium bodied. Nicely made, as with all Weihenstephan beers. Prost!

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruddy brown colour, with an initial light foam head of yellow-white bubbles. Fair amount of carbonation, and after a while the head gives up and just leaves a light ring of foam around the collar. Minimal lacing. Colour is good, but the head is disappointing.

Pleasant rich and sweet characters on the nose - honey, malt extract, a little rum, and a grassy, vegetative or light phenol character. It's not huge, but there's lots of pleasant characters in there - a very good example of a strong German bock.

Taste is a lot better, with an excellent dark richness on the front, some toasted dryness on the back. Lots of malt - a huge amount, in fact - leaves this feeling quite heavy right up until midway through the palate, when the roasted characters tilt their head and make a dry plateau. This leaves my palate ready for the next sip. Mouthfeel is a tad too carbonated to my mind - that's probably a stylistic thing, but I really think a smoother or creamier feel would help, especially with the heavy malt sweetness that is predominant.

Ultimately, the beer is exceptionally drinkable. No mean feat for a beer weighing in at 7.4% - there's not a hint of it on the palate, although the rich heavy character intimates that something is going on here. A big beer, and a very good doppelbock - an exemplar of the style.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours chocolate-brown with a really large tan compact whipped-cream-like head, that slowly sets into great lacings.

S: Dark roasted sweet malt. Dark dried fruits and some liqourice. Bitter hops.

T: Sweet and roasted malts. Some chocolate and coffee, liqourice and loads of dark dried fruits. Perhaps there is a tad vanilla. Some smoked ham.

M: Long bitter aftertaste, very sweet. Body is full while carbonation is moderate. Smooth.

O: I don't think this old brewery can make a bad product - this is no exception.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three-finger very light tan head that fades quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Deep brown color with some mahogany highlights. Medium bodied and light-medium carbonation. Nose is roasted malt. Flavor is malt and sweet molasses. $3.25 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark mahogany with a nice tan head. Nose is mostly chocolate and molasses. Taste is sweet dark caramely malts lead to a dry finish with minimal hop bitterness and no roasty bitterness noted. Some good chocolate and maloasses notes. Mouthfeel is a bit thick and viscous, almost full-bodied. I think Einhorn has this one beat but its good!

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Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: extremely dark brown-amber color with a finger of compact tan foam. This looks like it could be pretty good.

Smell: huge malt flavor with plenty of caramel and musty notes of raisins and plums. Quite appealing.

Taste: quite delicious. Big flavors are similar in profile to the aroma, but the caramel is more muted and the musty fruits are farther toward the front. Alcohol is noticeable and there is just a hint of tartness. Finish is very dry.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a low but nice level of carbonation. There's a bit of a syrupy texture here as well. Between the dry, musty flavor and the low level of carbonation, I want to call the mouthfeel "ashy", but kind of in a good way.

Drinkability: quite tasty and drinkable, though too high in alcohol to be a real session beer. I'll call it good.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a weizen glass)

A- This beer pours a dark brown crystal clear body with a strong carbonation of medium size bubbles. The head is a creamy light tan foam that last and last.

S- Even during the pour I could smell this sweet dark elixir. The dark malt has a light caramel, prune, and fresh grape aroma with some hints of toast. No note of hops or alcohol in the finish.

T- This beer has a great rich maltyness that is smooth and has a dark fruit sweetness to it. The finish is a little spicy but still smooth with no hop bitterness noted. As it warms a bit there is a little roasted or toasted quality in the malt and the spicy gives a hint of hops now.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel but the texture is a bit watery. No real alcohol warmth or astringency but there is some fizz in the finish.

D-This beer has a great appearance and a complex rich smell so I was expecting the same from the taste. This was not the case. A little light in taste complexity and the mouthfeel was watery to boot.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown bodied beer with faint reddish highlights at the edges. Small head dissipates quickly; patchy lacing remains behind. Massive malt aroma is bready with a touch of smoke and dark fruity sweetness. The flavor follows suit; its a bit on the simpler side, again with lots of chewy malt character and subtle dark fruits in the way of raisins and prunes. Just a touch of smokiness tops things off.

Medium body and carbonation with a semi-dry finish. Not bad certainly, but not amongst the best examples of the style or the best beers by this revered brewery, who can do no wrong when wheat is involved.

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
93 out of 100 based on 1,173 ratings.