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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,159 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,159
Hads: 2,412
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 184
Gots: 234 | 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 russpowell
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours deep copper to mahogony with a 4 finger+ tan head. Bubbles swirl from the head with every sip. Head retention and lacing are good.

Smell: Malt toastiness and alcohol

Taste: Caramel and malt , some nutiness, alcohol and hops spicyness on the tounge & the finish

MF: Very chewy and pefectly balanced/carbonated

Shame I never found this in Germany, still a dang tasty dopplebock!

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Photo of SeanChouffe
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is deep red. Low head retention and some light carbonation. Smells malty and astringent with some stewed fruits. Flavor is malty with a sweet start and an astringent finish. Palate is surprisingly light for such a high gravity beer. Man, I guess I am jaded, but this just seems to be variations on the same theme – a good beer but did not knock my socks off.

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Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a lightly hazy bronze / brown color with a nice 2" head. Spotty lacing develops.

Smell: toasted nuts, toffee, and some brown sugar sweetness.

Taste: a nicely balanced combination of toffee, toasted nuts,and caramel with hints of alcohol and sweet ripe dark fruits. The bitterness balances the sweetness well.

Mouthfeel: medium - heavy in body. Crisp at the start and finish with a long malty sweetness.

Drinkability: Very smooth drinking. A super dopplebock, and I am glad I picked it up.

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Photo of Prufrock
2.95/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 oz bottle poured into a pilsner.

clear amber brown with half an inch of tan head. falls evenly leaving little lacing

malty sweet aroma. just a hint of coffee and molasses.

sweet caramel malts in the taste as well, but it's got an oddly empty aftertaste. much weaker flavor than i'd expect from a doppelbock. very light carbonation and a medium-light mouthfeel.

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Photo of DrJay
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark with beautiful ruby highlights. Fine, tan head with low carbonation apparent from the pour. Nice lacing that continues throughout. Rich, malty aroma, with toffee and plum. Toffee and caramel form a base malty flavour and there's a bit of chocolate layered on top. Cherries and hop flavour towards the end. Light, warming alcohol is barely evident towards the end as well, particularly as it warms a bit. Light hop bitterness with a bit of metallic character lingers for a short while in the finish, followed by the delicate remnants of the malt. Medium bodied with low carbonation and a slightly grainy texture. Very enjoyable and something I'll pick up again.

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Photo of AltBock
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml/ 1pt. .9fl oz. bottle. Really cool bottle with what looked like stained glass on the label. I know some of the objects on the label mean someting, but I don't know right now. No freshness date, but the code 5484 on the back.

Appearance: Poured a not black, but a dark brown/ruby color with a 1 inch off white head of foam that left little lace around my pilsner glass.

Smell: It had a wonderful aroma of dark chocolate, sweet caramel and loads of roasted malt in the background. Very Nice!

Taste: Lots of dark chocolate and sweet caramel up front with plenty of malts in the background (of course). I also noticed some dark fruits in there as well too. Bascially with the exception of the malts and dark fruits, this tasted like one of those candy bars with caramel in it (Caramellow?), but with alcohol. Everything a Dopplebock is suppose to offer.

Mouthfeel: I noticed a strong presence of alcohol in there. What did I expect from a Dopplebock with 7.4% ABV? Even with the strong alcohol presence, this still went down nice and smooth.

Drinkability: An excellent affordable Dopplebock and definitely wouldn't mind having another right now. A top notch German Dopplebock!

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Photo of carln26
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber color with orange highlights, the beer is topped with a fluffy, long-lasting tan head. Wonderful rich caramel/candy aroma from the beer. Caramel, toffee, peanut brittle all are wafting across the glass. The taste is a pleasant sweetness. Toffee, caramel, dates hit your tongue immediately. This is followed by a mild bitterness, and just a subtle citrus hint (tangerine). Smooth, rich mouth feel, great drinkability, no sense of alcohol from the beer at all. It’s like dark caramel in a glass.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big German-style 500 mL bottle - served lightly chilled in a chalice. It pours the color of cherry or mahogany wood and has a small off-white head that reduces to a collar and leaves little lacing. It smells of banana, ripe/dark fruits (prunes, raisins), molasses, grains, and toasted malts - overall very rich with some cloying sweetness. The flavors are toasted/caramel/molasses malts, with a mild bitterness, anise, lots of sweetness that becomes cloying, and maybe some green/spicy hops - all on top of a medium body. The sweetness is a bit too much to make it very drinkable, which happens to me fairly often when I drink dopples.

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

Beer pours darker than night, with a nice head. Do you like coffee? If you do, take your time in the rich aroma of this beer. Sweet and malty, alcohol very well hidden. Mouthfeel is pleasant with good carbonation. This is a good beer to relax to, but one is enough in a night for me.

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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 scooter231
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark dark dark with a bubbly creamy looking head. Pretty. Smell is all espresso and roasted, malty scents- so much espresso. Coffee lovers, smell up...

Taste is malty with lots of roasted qualities, deep, rich- sweet, with hints of chocolate and caramel. Complex flavors all doing a decent job of blending together. Mouthfeel is bubbly and medium-bodied.

Lots of good flavors go on in here, but ultimately it's far too sweet for me to want another serving. Still, I can see having this with dessert now and then.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Steve's on University Ave here in Madison tonight.

Pours a dark garnet with amber highlights below a finger of khaki bubbles. Nose is thick with grainy maltiness, some earthy peat, and a hint of dark fruit. Taste is rested upon a hearty sweet caramel malt backbone, some alcohol soaked woody notes and a bit of baltic prune. Mouthfeel is slick and oily, with moderate carbonation. This is a solid, flavorful authentic-tasting German dopplebock. Didn't blow me away, but certainly solid and well-constructed.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the better Dopplebocks out there. A delicious beer...if you love malt, because this beer is full of it. Complex nutty (pecans, walnuts), fruity (over-ripe peaches, dates, figs), maple syrup, and brown sugar flavors swirl over the palate with a heavy coating. Light hop bittering offers a light balance, but not flavor or aroma. The beer remains toasty and lightly roasted from sip to swallow. Very mellow and smooth as it goes down with a bold roasty, syrup aftertaste. A joy to drink.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On seeing this beer in a glass, I first thought that came to my mind was a beautiful brunet with red highlights. Pours a tall tan head that fades. This beer just looks good. Smells like rye whiskey with some lemons and a bit of chalk. On the center of the tongue it tastes like caramel and peaches ant fades to citrus on the edge of the tongue. The flavors compliment each other well. The body’s light and creamy with a fine carbonation. I think this would go well with roast beef.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a dark reddish brown color, with a creamy head. The aroma is huge, with dough, brown sugar, apple cider, and caramel. Doughy malt flavor, that somehow manages to be incredibly strong without being cloyingly sweet. I think it is this fact that seperates the Korbinian from other hugely malty dopplebocks. There is some dark fruit flavor too. The finish is spicy. Thick, chewy mouthfeel. Much more drinkable than you would think. I first had this beer when I was new to craft beer, and I wasn't impressed that first time. Revisiting this beer, I really enjoyed it. Weihenstephaner is now probably my favorite German brewery.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good German Doppelbock. Poured out to a dark cherry / brown color with a 1/8 inch head and some minor lacing in the glass. Aromas of smokey aged cheeses, bread, dark fruits and some earth. Taste was along the same lines as the smell, with more complexity. Flavors of bready malts, mild smoke wood, a touch of cheese, and some grain. You have to really look for all the flavors, but they are there. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and mildly rich. A good level of drinkability. For less than 3 dollars a bottle, this is an exceptional beer. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, well, well, where have you been, Korbinian? In side by side tasting with Celebrator, using the same kind of glasses, at the same temperatures, I like this one more. Richer, thicker, better head, stickier lacing, more malty and chocolatey. Coffee, figs, pepper, allspice. It's all in there. Looong dry bitter finish, with a hint of malt sweetness even there. A malt bomb with a bitter end. About six different beers, depending on the temperature.
Freakishly smooth and full round mouthfeel. Mmmmm.
I will be looking for a case of this soon. If it weren't for the ABV, you could drink a dozen. Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow!

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle

This is one of those beers that makes you have a new favorite style. This dopplebock is fantastic on all angles. It pours out a deep plum brown with a phenomenal red glow that just looks magical. The head is fluffy white and sticky enough to leave residue. The aroma is bold and has a semi-strong alcohol sweetness to it. There is definately a presence of aroma hops that pull through. The taste is wonderfully sweet, but prefectly balanced out with some hop bitterness. The mollases body is full, but heavy. The caramel and raison flavors coat the entire mouth and the alcohol sharpness leaves a little warmth and burning. This is very drinkable and goes down remarkably smooth. The 7.4% abv is very well hidden in the taste, but it is present enough to warm your body on a cold night. Absolutely awesome beer!!!!

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Photo of baiser
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown body, with tan coloured head and minimal lacing. Not much retention either. Aroma of caramel, sweet malt, alcohol and dark fruit. Taste is very sweet, prune-like, molasses, caramel and a touch of chocolate. Mouthfeel is creamy and chewy and thick. Lots of malty sweetness. Strong, bold and flavourful.

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Photo of Px2GrafX
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

presentation: 1 pint, .9oz. bottle with an elaborately decorated label. a gold oval encircling shields, another oval with a bear carrying sacks on its back, flowers and swirly designs and a circle with a religious figure. weihenstephaner korbinian huge within the oval. "bottled under the purity law of 1516". dunkles starkbier on the neck label. abv displayed at 7.4%. "the world's oldest brewery" on back label along with a number 0054 within a gold block at the bottom of the label. no freshness date displayed.

appearance: pours a nice dark brown with ruby red highlights in a stein mug. 2 inch tight and lightly fluffy off-white head with good retention. laces decent.

smell: sweet caramelly aroma with a strong prunes or plums. very aromatic. dessert breads and lightly roasty.

taste: sweet and very malty. caramel, chocolate and prunes. there's some grains and lightly spicy yeast flavors towards the end. alcohol flavors are evident as well. bitterness is faint and other than maybe some lightly spicy hop flavors, this is a malt bomb.

mouthfeel: mouthfeel is medium, smooth and creamy, but there isn't much carbonation or bite. swallows quite smooth as well, but i would like to have more carbonation.

drinkability: drinkability isn't bad. alcohol hinders a bit, and the pruney plummy aromas and flavors are a tad overwhelming. but again, not bad.

overall: this could be your favorite doppel or not really. it's not really my favorite doppelbock. the grainy and pruney plum flavors are a little much for me. quite good otherwise.

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich malty aroma. Probably some Munich in there. Has some good toasty aspects too.

Color is deep amber, almost brown. Big and lasting very light tan head.

Flavor is big and malty with a little melanoids. Has lots of the malt profile you'd associate with a bock beer. Hop bitterness is pretty low and there is no hop flavor. Some toffee flavors. But overall, a little light on flavor for your typical doppelbock.

Body is medium high, good carbonation level.

Listed as a doppelbock, and based on that, I have to knock it down a bit. As a traditional bock, I'd probably put it about a 4.5.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a flute this brew forms a tan head that retains and fades to ring lacing. Reddish tones to a dark brown body.

Fascinating rich aroma. Stong dark fruits. Plum, Prune, combined with the sweet caramel forms an inviting trifector.

It has a bitterness that is not shy at all. Mostly it is malted to the max and sweet but there is enough raw bitterness in the middle to settle it all out and serve this offering well. Good god this is a fine brew. The plum is prominent, balanced, sweetened, and no acidity that I could find. Nice. Melts in your mouth. Creamy, chewy mouthfeel that is second to none. Smoooth.

Weihenstephaner is a top 5 brewery for me. This beer adds to their legacy.

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Photo of diablo14
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

korbinian is yet another quality offering from the Weihenstephaner stables. good bock is hard to find in this neck of the woods and this is one of the better ones. a little bit lopsided in parts but overall well worth the effort.

impressive dark ruby to mahogany color, a little lacking in head structure but a fine body of carbonation happening within. smell is quite sweet, not as complex as others but still has powerful aromas of all spice, banana bread and malt. the flavor is excellent, tho the finish is slightly flaccid compared to the rest of the beer. not disappointingly so, but not as good as id like. the malts are firm, great banana and tart cherry flavors with a hint of sweet breads, cinnamon, cloves and even a little nutmeg. i also dectacted something resembling almond in there also. quite sweet, tho lacks the sort of hoppy punch i expect at the end. finishes a bit wishy washy, but on the whole still very good.

im being a bit picky, but this beer would be even better with more bitterness (not too much, but more).however, i dont have any issues coming back to this beer when i see it about. goes well in the snifter to finish off the evening. along with that, the price is as good as youll find for a beer of this volume and quality. definately worth the price of admission.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very respectable dopplebock, a bit more sweet than a lot of examples are though.

Pours a cloudy medium brown in color with a thin head that had little retention. Nose is very fruity/estery/malty, lots of dark fruit and a slightly alcohol smell to it. Taste is very rich and of course quite sweet, there really isn't much bitterness to speak of to balance it out either. Slightly spicy, but overall very, very malty. Drinkability suffers as it gets a little cloying toward the end of the bottle.

Definatly worth a shot, but just a bit unbalanced for my tastes, quite good though for what it is.


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

Pours a clear root beer amber color with a slight copper hue, has a frothy tan head, and some carb movement.

Has a rich, sweet, and toasted caramel malt smell with a crisp resin and citrus hops aroma.

Moderately sweet, acidic, and lightly bitter roasted caramel and molasses malt with a resin, grapefruit, and orange hops flavor.

Medium to full bodied, dry and syrupy texture, soft and lively carbonation, and a smooth evenly balanced finish.

Smells great while drinking the only downside for me is the initial unbalance of acidic taste and probably not enough bitterness to match.

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
93 out of 100 based on 1,159 ratings.