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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 2,028
Reviews: 1,099
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 129
Gots: 94 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001)
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours a dark reddish-brown with good clarity; one-finger khaki head sticks and laces to the glass.

Smells intensely sweet and thick. Caramel and strong dark fruityness and marmalade.

The taste starts off as you'd expect from the smell: Very slick and sweet. Heavily malty and viscous with a slight bitterness that is hard to put my finger on. Syrupy roasted malts on the aftertaste after the slight alcohol sweetness dissipates.

Thick and syrupy body with little carbonation give this beer a very viscous mouthfeel. Nice and pleasantly chewy, the Korbinian is a deliciously drinkable beer.

03-03-2010 02:28:23 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
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New York

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured from 1pint.9oz bottle into pint.

A - Pours a foggy brown with a thin head. Looks a bit syrupy. Has semi-sticky lacing.

S - Sweet and malty with a touch of mustiness and plum.

T - Very sweet and malty with a good roasted character. Very tasty bock.

M - Very smooth and even. Decent carbonation, not much of a bite either. Alcohol is well hidden.

D - I'm not usually a big fan of dopplebocks but this was quite drinkable and tasty.

02-27-2010 23:20:56 | More by cosmicevan
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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

Half-liter bottle from back of beer fridge (about 10 mos. old, kept cold entire time)

A: Pours a beautiful, barely translucent ruby-brown with a thick tan head that hangs around for a few minutes and leaves thick rings as the beer is consumed.

S: Nose of ripe fruit, mainly plums; a whiff of toasted walnuts; cooked maple syrup; chocolate/cocoa powder.

T: Big wave of toast and slightly-burned chocolate, with a hit of alcohol; slightly fusel. Assertive nutty roasted-malt flavor, vaguely reminiscent of malted milk balls. A hint of chocolate-strawberry jam (seriously, I had some in Germany once: "Meinl's Tube Erdbeer-Shocolade"). Hops are barely there, but sufficient, with leafy flavors and a hint of tannins coasting under everything. Finishes refreshingly dry, like crusty multigrain toast, with more nuttiness and a hint of sweetness.

M: Medium-bodied; substantial, with just the right amount of carbonation to keep it from being syrupy.

D: DANGEROUS. Complex and tasty without the overpowering (and off-putting) burnt-malt and overripe-fruit flavors of some lesser dopplebocks. Despite the age on this particular bottle, it's kept its flavors remarkably (I had a fresh bottle a couple of weeks ago, and the differences were negligable). I've had this a dozen or so times, and it's been consistently exceptional. Korbinian easily ranks as one of my all-time favorite beers overall. Try it with beef stew, or baked beans with black-forest bacon, which I'm eating right now :)

02-27-2010 19:53:30 | More by VikingBeer
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3.3/5  rDev -21.4%

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a small head. Smell is of malts, caramel, and dark fruits. Taste is very mild compared to the smell. Some malts, caramel, and alcohol is present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good quality beer.

02-26-2010 13:45:52 | More by tone77
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New York

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

25.4 oz bottle poured into a chalice

Appearance is a dark, ruby brown with a tan head that dissipated quickly

smell is of roasted coffee beans, toffee, cocoa

Taste is similar to the aroma, the cocoa is more dominant on the palate and is followed by toffee, coffee and roasted malt

Mouthfeel is smooth, just the right amount of carbonation and the alcohol is muted. This is a filling beverage, I couldn't see having more than two in a sitting. Overall, one of my favorite beers that I will be keeping a constant supply of in my fridge.

Another winner from the crew at Weihenstephaner

02-26-2010 00:07:01 | More by keithmurray
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New York

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

A-a deep brown, light head lacing on top

S-malty richness, some hints of toffee

T-slight carbonation present, malty, slightly bitter

M-rich feel, mild carbonation, slight bitter aftertaste

Very drinkable beer, but not sure I would want another. Flavor is a little too mild for my taste.

02-19-2010 00:15:49 | More by ksimons
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

A: two finger head perhaps, diminishes quickly. Kind of date coloured when not help up to light and you can see the maltiness when you do. Froth sticks around for a while. Lacing is good- when you swirl the beer around there's a lot of it- while some of it recedes a lot of it sticks to the glass. Excellent.

S: yeasty, spicey, milky, faecal (not in a bad way at all, notice I rated "smell" highest. Just seems like the best descriptor. "Vegemitey" would have also been a less desirable substitute). Smells like dates especially, and also raisins and prunes. Is distinct from the typical dark beer smells I usually get. Also some chocolatey soy in the nose. When I smell deeper I get some sweet tropical fruits coming through also. The smell is strong and persistent, which is good. This one is pungent and spicy enough to keep me going, and the nose is the drawcard for me.

T: yeasty, spicey, milky. Also get a sort of wholesome sweet bitterness at the back of the palate, which again kind of reminds me of dates. Malt taste persists. No problems here either.

M: Well carbonated, creamy.

D: It's 7.4% and the alcohol is imperceptible. Goes down easily and the smell keeps me interested too. I could definitely have two bottles of this (which would be a litre and 6 standard drinks AU).

02-18-2010 12:14:56 | More by Daniell
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4.22/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a nice earthy cola-brown, clear and with thick sudsy tan head. Aromas are of sweet earth, nut shells, and some lager-like hops. Palate is surprisingly dense with flavors for how crisp the body is. Loaded with chocolate, nougat, and light-roast dry coffee beans (not brewed). The hops come in and give it defined edges and a light, swift finish. Lingering flavors of chocolate covered nougat.

Delicious and a great value! Highly recommend!

02-18-2010 03:07:29 | More by SFLpunk
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Appearance: brown in color, 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, clear

Smell: toasted malt and brown sugar

Taste: toasted malt, caramel, smokiness, and brown sugar

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium/high carbonation, slightly sweet

Drinkability: Another clean and true to the style beer from this brewery. I could have several of these. Very enjoyable.

02-15-2010 16:21:46 | More by tigg924
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New York

4.65/5  rDev +10.7%

500cc bottle poured into a Weihenstephan glass.

Clear, beautiful dark reddish chestnut brown brew with tan head, leaves delicate wisps of lace down the glass.

A fresh beguiling nose of spicy (cinnamon, clove) toasty malt, cocoa, figs and raisins. The mouthfeel really elevates this brew...with dark, malty, raisin and chocolate flavors, there is a light tangy tartness and the warm cinnamon and clove spiciness, as well as a bit of zing from teh alcohol...a masterfully refreshing balance in a dark wintry style of beer. Magnificent! Incredibly drinkable and delicious.

02-14-2010 20:00:39 | More by kenito799
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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%

Garret Oliver's book went on and on about the sublimity of matching doppelbocks with pork, so how could I resist? I'm a big fan of Weihenstephan's wizenbock, so I'm happy to see this on the shelf at New Beer. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours a reddish brown, almost purple, really. Creates a big, puffy off-white head. Lots of lacing as the beer goes down. That's what I like to see.

The smell is uncomplicated but inviting. A big dose of caramel dominates. Some roasted brown sugar. Roasted malts. The taste has a great candied dark fruit character, which nicely compliments the malts. The finish is a great, clean, deep bitterness. A little booze, too.

The mouthfeel is thick and extremely sticky. Carbonation is low but pretty active. And, yes Mr. Oliver, it went great with my pork chop and (especially) the roasted carrots and onions.

02-14-2010 15:57:17 | More by CharlatanSin
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

02-08-2010 01:08:06 | More by Kelp
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3.83/5  rDev -8.8%

Pours a huge 2 finger beige head. Body is dark brown in color, lots of bubbles rising throughout. Head retention and lacing are above average

Smell is of roasted malt and dried prunes. Hops and alcohol aren't present.

Taste is of roasted malts and lots of dried fruit. Has that unique dopplebock flavor definitely in there. Hops arent detected and alcohol is faint. After taste is of candied sugar and simple syrup

Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is on the light side. Head contributes a little to this medium bodied beer.

Drinkability is good. For over 7 percent its almost sessionable. It's just a little on the bland side. It might be old since it traveled a long way to get to me and theres no dating on the bottle. Worth the price since its rather cheap but wouldnt be my first choice

02-08-2010 00:43:13 | More by angelmonster
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3.95/5  rDev -6%

bomber poured into the pint glass. From batch 0188.

The Korbinian doppelbock pours a deep amber almost copper color with a very pillowy hazy white head and lots of sticky lacing. Aromas is malty, caramel and subtle hints of chocolate. Quaff is extremely malty. Background tastes include raisins, caramel and a dry hoppy finish. I really enjoy the sweetness to this beer. Mouthfeel is crisp and carbonation is great. Drinkability is good for this beer. The sweetness makes it in my opinion and with a nice 7.4% abv it is easy to handle.

02-03-2010 03:23:39 | More by abrand
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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%

A- Poured from the tap into a large mug, capped with 1" of rocky cream-colored foam. Nice head retention, but very little lacing. The body was cola-brown, but showed some garnet hues when held to the light.

S- Sweet candy and roasted malts dominate the nose, with lesser aromas of mild noble hops and metal.

T- A wonderful replicate of the nose, showcasing caramel and chocolate flavors along with some emerging fruity esters as the beer warmed. The hops only emerge at the end in the form of some quinine-like bitterness.

M- A medium oily body with some pleasantly soft carbonation. Just a touch of unattenuated sugar.

D- Goes down very smooth. Sweet buy not cloying. A wonderful German winter warmer.

02-01-2010 03:01:12 | More by jgasparine
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4.22/5  rDev +0.5%

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!

01-28-2010 05:23:13 | More by barleywinefiend
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3.73/5  rDev -11.2%

Poured out of a 350ml bottle into a small tasting glass.

A-brownish red body, clear. Thick tan head that lasts several minutes.

S-grainy, sweet, slight jolly rancher smell.

T-very sweet, slightly stale in the middle with a bitter finish.

M-Medium, standard carbonation.

D-interesting that the American import bottle is marked "malt liquor". Not at all boozy despite the ABV. Nice front flavors and smells but somewhat coarse tasting in the finish. That said I would drink this again but by no means is it a standard.

01-26-2010 17:21:47 | More by jneiswender
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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

A: Pours a deep brown color that's almost black until held up to light. Some amber hues when held up to my lamp. Poured with about a finger of cream off-white head that dissipated to a small ring after several minutes.

S: Tons of malt, grain, bread, biscuits, etc. Some dark fruitiness as well that I'm pretty sure is raisin.

T/M: Huge malt body to this one, making it full-bodied and almost chewy. Very little carbonation as this beer finishes very smooth. The flavor is fairly complex: lots of sweet malt blends with grainy tastes (like biscuits), chocolate, and dark fruits (plums and raisins).

D: Somewhere between a sipper and a session beer. It doesn't quite reach the level of complexity of a sipper, but it a bit heavy to session. Therefore, I probably wouldn't drink more than one at a time, but I would enjoy that one. This probably goes good with a hearty meal of meat and potatoes (and I'm sure the Germans pair it with such hearty meals frequently). A tasty Doppelbock overall.

01-21-2010 03:01:41 | More by MrDanno96
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4.72/5  rDev +12.4%

I love this beer; it is absolutely one of the most phenomenal beers in existence. The fact that it is widely available, and cheap, is a godsend.

A – Dark as hell, it is the same color as the brown bottle it comes in.

S – Raisins and brown sugar and perhaps a little raw green cabbage-y. Delicious and earthy.

T – Amazing taste: rich dark fruits, buttery smoothness, and a nice dry bittering finish.

M – Great; velvety with just the right carbonation.

D – Always a great choice.

01-18-2010 02:46:04 | More by ktrillionaire
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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

appearance: almost pitch blackness, decent head retention
smell: fruity. maybe raisin
taste: alchohol hidden well. a nice dopple. deep roasted flavors, dark fruits
mouthfeel: medium bodied
drinkability: a very solid dopple, I liked celebrator better but this was a nice dopple too

01-17-2010 02:23:00 | More by CampusCrew
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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

a: 500ml bottle poured into a lowenbrau stein. pours a clear dark, deep, maple syrup-like amber color. beige colored two finger head that sticks for a while. nice.

s: as expected, a rich malty nose on this one. caramel malts make up the majority of the aroma...undertones of molasses. excellent stuff.

t: wow. perfect definition of the style. huge, rich, malt bill. this brew is deliciously sweet and bready. great toasted malt flavor. a subtle hint of chocolate. great stuff.

m&d: mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. goes down very well. drinkability is very good too.

korbinian is an example of a great doppelbock. this one is up there with Ayinger's Celebrator.

01-15-2010 20:49:39 | More by tzieser
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4.71/5  rDev +12.1%

Deep muddy brown appearance with a slight reddish haze in direct light. Very creamy tan head which lasts down the side of the glass as you sip (or in my case, gulp.)

Smell of sweet malt is to the fore with some raisin toast and faint caramel.

Taste is big and bold similar to the smell. Sweet Malt, Caramel & Chocolate take centre stage but not in an overpowering cloying way. Faint citrus overtones and a dry if somewhat bittersweet finish!

Mouthfeel is creaminess all the way. Nice and light compared to what I was expecting from the inital taste. Near perfect.

The 7.4 ABV is hardly noticable with the great balance of the beer. I don't know if I could drink this all night but I reckon I could give it a good crack!

01-13-2010 14:34:19 | More by Bisho
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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

deer red brown color with slight head which faded quickly

aroma is richly malty with some brandied raisins and a little earth. munich like toast aromas and typical munich lager yeast esters. slightly carmelly

palate is lighter than expected with a drying finish. rich alty flavors caress the palate and become rich and roasty but never burny. some fruityness comes in at the end

lighter in body than expectded considering the array of rich malty flavors and aromas. delicious and rediculously drinkable, never too sweet or alcoholic.

01-05-2010 20:52:45 | More by beerbutcher
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4.03/5  rDev -4%

On tap at Track 84 in Warwick RI poured into appropriate .5L glassware.
Appears a deep dark reddish brown with a tan head that falls to a blanket layer and stays.
Smells of sweet dark malt, big molasses nose, some earthiness.
Taste follows nose on this one. It's very malty and tasty. It hides the 7.4% very well.
Medium body with light carbonation and just super smooth.
This is a very nice brew. Not my favorite dopplebock but delicious when fresh and on tap.

01-02-2010 14:52:49 | More by ThirstyBird
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4.58/5  rDev +9%

A: Poured a dark brown into my Weihenstephan Weizen glass, the beer is so dark that it that almost suggests a black color. A one finger head was produced on a non-aggressive pour, the head dissipated into a thin cap within a minute or two. The cap sits around for most of the beer, some lacing is definitely noticeable.

S: Molasses, malt, caramel, a bit of hop citrus, and a suggestion of an anise-like aroma. As I drink this beer I find the smell also suggests an almost cinnamon and allspice-like aroma.

T: My first taste of this style, and count me as impressed right off the bat (of both the taste of this beer and this style). I can't believe this is actually a lager. For 7.4% alcohol, the alcohol is well hidden. The taste is slightly sweet, but not cloyingly so, with a slightly dry and bitter-sweet finish. Caramel, chocolate, and malt take center stage. A bit of hop citrus is noticeable. As true to the lagering process, the yeast is nearly lost and there are no estery aromas to speak of. A slight astringency of the alcohol hits the back of the throat even though I can't taste any alcohol itself, this astringency is actually pleasant and refreshing. I think it is safe to say this is one of the best balanced beers I've ever had. The hops may be muted if you are used to drinking IPAs and Imperial Stouts, but I feel the hops are perfectly balanced for the style.
Malt takes center stage in flavor, this beer may just be the best example of what I feel malt should taste like in a dark lager. This is as good as good tasting gets.

M: Perfectly carbonated. Carbonation adds body and mouthfeel. This beer has the best mouthfeel of any lager I've ever had, the beer has an almost creamy consistency.

D: Even with 7.4% alcohol and exploding with flavor, I could drink a few of these, especially during the winter. After finishing half of this beer, I get the slightest warming feeling in my stomach, which I find very pleasant during a cold winter. Weihenstephaner Koribinian has an exceptional level of drinkability.

O: Dark, daring, and delicious. While the darkness, alcohol, and full flavor of this beer may overwhelm those that only drink lighter lagers, those that can appreciate the qualities of this beer will fall in love with it. I look forward to trying both more Weihenstephan brews as well as other beers brewed in the Doppelbock style. I am happy to give my first A+ rating on Beer Advocate to this beer.

01-01-2010 23:29:38 | More by icetraxx
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