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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
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2,032 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,032
Reviews: 1,099
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 129
Gots: 96 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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thryn

Florida

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%

This is a dark brown beer with hints of red that looks nearly black once in the glass. A modest cream-colored head quickly dissipates.

Nose is richly malty, and quite raisiny.

It's so much more complex on the palate. A bit boozy and raisiny up front, which gives way to richly chocolatey malt and a fairly dry finish. Very, very nice.

Carbonation is minimal and body is fairly heavy and a bit slick.

All in all, a very fine sipping beer that makes me realize I should perhaps spend a bit more time in the import section.

05-12-2009 07:23:32 | More by thryn
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SleepyMonk

Australia

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured chilled into the proper Weihenstephaner 0.5l glass that had been warmed slightly to assist in activating the character of this beer. Beer was then left to stew for a few minutes.

Watching this beer pour is a real treat. The dark brew flows into the glass whilst the head practically performs a show as it raises to three fingers of coffee colored head.

Held to the light this offering from Weihenstephaner shows a deep color situated somewhere between Mahogany and Ruby.

Smell smacks of molasses and choc-caramel flavors. There is also a good helping of roasted dark fruits just behind the burst of malten sweetness.

The taste lives up to what the nose promised and more. Of course the caramel and molasses mate in harmony with malt notes but roasted hops come to the party as well. The wit element that one tends to expect from a Weihenstephaner brew is there but its so hidden in flavor you really need to focus your mind it.

Your eyes and nose lead you to expect your mouth will be seriously overweight with this brew, however it comes of medium at best. Low carbonation and well rounded.

The way the Korbinian sits in the mouth reminded me of a quality chocolate ice cream in the way its smothers the taste buds and coats the mouth in film of flavor.

This is a great beer and a must for any dark beer fan. If you love beer like Kasteel Brune then I recommend this.

05-12-2009 05:15:45 | More by SleepyMonk
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thirdeye11

Texas

4.2/5  rDev 0%

Presentation: Poured from 16.9oz bottle into a wheat beer glass.

A: Pours a dark brown with almost no head that dissipated away quickly. Leaves little lacing on the glass, but the color is really nice.

S: Smell is not that impressive when cold, but give it time to warm up and this beer smacks you in the face with a combination of dark/milk chocolate. It's just awesome and smells so good.

T: Again let it warm up. Once it does it's almost like a chocolate bock. Super chocolatey, velvety smooth, and delicious. Everyone at the table tried some of mine and loved it. There is obviously some wheat backbone going on here, but the chocolate overpowers almost everything else. Not a heavy beer either.

M: A little undercarbonated and lacking the creaminess I would have loved; those features would have put this beer over the edge I think in every category to a world class beer. If I had to improve this one the mouthfeel is where I'd start.

D: I could drink more than one, but not sure it would be a choice. Very chocolatey and as a result I would stick with just 1.

If you drink this beer, let it sit for 10-15 minutes before you even pour it. Give it a vigorous pour and enjoy. Anyone who likes chocolate will love this one, even people who normally don't drink beer because it's really solid.

05-10-2009 23:19:33 | More by thirdeye11
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kflorence

California

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

A: Pours a lovely dark, ruby brown color with an inch of thick, tan head sitting atop. A very pretty pour.

S: When I first sniffed it out of the fridge, it didn't have much going... but I allowed it to warm up a bit and the aroma really opened up for me. As others have mentioned, this is one of the better smelling beers out there, at least to me, as it is complex and pleasant. Instantly you will notice that this is a sweet beer as the malts, caramel and molasses hit the nose first. This is followed by a dark fruit aroma, nuts, and a tinge of alcohol.

T: What a lovely beer! This thing is packed with everything I love: malts (roasted and caramelized), molasses, chocolate and dark fruit. It's sweet, but not overly so, finishes dry and bitter but it is a pleasant finish and very fitting of a quality doppelbock. There is definitely some alcohol in the aftertaste; more prominent when it is allowed to warm. Not necessarily a bad thing.

M: Although you would think that much of what this beer lends would make it heavy, it's actually quite light in character. I'd say this comes in at medium bodied without much carbonation; this makes it slick and smooth, a pleasure to have on your tongue.

D: Overall, this beer is quite drinkable. Ringing in with 7.4% alcohol and being fairly sweet, I don't think I could have more than one or two of these, but those two are definitely enjoyable. This is one complex and tasty beer that I will have to try again sometime when my nose is a little less plugged up ; )

05-07-2009 02:42:13 | More by kflorence
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william5586

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

A- Brown with bright ruby red edges when held to the light. Two fingers of light tan head that had ok retention and some thin, spotty lace.

S- Great sweet malt smell. caramel and dark chocolate.

T- Oh do I get my malt fix off of this one. Roasted malts, sweet malts, caramel, toffee, dark chocolate, and dark fruit. Some hops are hiding behind the malt and add a nice touch of bitterness to balance the finish. As it warmed some alcohol also found its way into the finish. This is a great beer. Full of malty goodness but not too sweet.

M- Full bodied. Creamy and smooth. It feels like it coats your mouth.

This is one great beer. Its rich, complex, and yet somehow manages to stay very drinkable.

05-03-2009 23:16:33 | More by william5586
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stephens101

Oklahoma

3.95/5  rDev -6%

Pours dark brown with a two-finger tan head that waits until the last minute to take off amongst a rush of carbonation activity. Retention isn't bad, and a few small dots of lace are left behind. Aroma is thick with dark chocolate and caramel malts. Lurking in the shadows are some hops and dark fruits (figs and prunes). Tastes of roasted malts with an alcohol bite following shortly thereafter. More subtle bitterness follows. Goes down a little sticky with the alcohol heat hitting the back of the throat. Has a medium mouth-feel and a good amount of carbonation. Always a fan of a good doppelbock, and this one didn't dissapoint.

05-01-2009 19:25:17 | More by stephens101
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n811

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Nice tan head on top of a beautiful dark ruby beer.

Smelled very sweet with carmel notes along with the malt.

Taste was very complex. Overwhelming sweetness at first sip, gradually gives way to more subtle flavors of carmel, nutmeg, and other things I can't identify. Wonderful!

05-01-2009 00:58:32 | More by n811
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br3wmeister

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +6%

A- Medium sized light bubbly tan head sits atop a dark red beer. Moderate head retention with minimal lacing.

S- This beer has one of the best most complex smells out of any beer I have had. Cherries, strawberries, plums and peaches add a sweet fruity aroma. Caramel, Roasted nuts, nutmeg, ginger and a hint of cinnamon blend perfectly with the fruity aromas making the smell absolutely awesome!

T- Big grainy malty flavors make up the majority of the taste. The malt presents as roasted nuts, caramelized sugar, dark chocolate, and molasses. The yeast adds a lot of earthy spice to the sweet maltiness of this beer. Cloves, and ginger are some of the spices that come to mind, not much for hops going on with this beer.

M- Good. this is a medium to full bodied beer with nice mixture of oily sweetness and dry bitterness. Very nice mouth feel.

Weihenstephaner did it again, this is a great beer! maybe the best dopplebock I have ever had.

04-30-2009 02:09:35 | More by br3wmeister
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Orangevango

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%

A: dark brown with garnet highlights, off-white head that doesnt last too long, but lingers in a deminished form. Good Lacing.

S: Bready malt with a hint of alcohol.

T:First impression is sweet, caramel popcorn. Wow, very smooth. Hop bitterness is mildly discernable in the background, hop flavor is non-existant. A bit of hot alcohol is very pleasent, seems to help the small amount of hops in balancing the massive malt bill. Great flavor. Perhaps a bit of dark fruit.

M: Low carbonation, interesting hot alcohol dryness despite the sweetness of the flavor. Medium-high body.

D: Very drinkable, heafty for sure, but also drinkable. I would love this with a hot sausage or a piece of warm whole wheat bread smeared with fig preserves. Wow. good beer.

04-23-2009 17:24:57 | More by Orangevango
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kaseydad

California

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%

Interesting note on the lower right hand corner of the bottle classifies this as a malt liquor.

Pours a huge foamy head with a cola color.

Major malty aroma with hints of raisins and dates.

A great smooth taste. I was waiting for a major aftertaste to hit but it never came. I also seem to get a little espresso/coffee-like presence at the swallow.

This would be a great cold weather beer. The alcohol is very well hidden which could sneak up on you at the finish.

Very clean pour with no sediment whatsoever on the bottom of the bottle. A great Doppelbock.

04-22-2009 02:31:30 | More by kaseydad
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aristeros

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured into a pint glass.

Very dark brown, nearly black, with 1.5 fingers of coffee-colored head, fades pretty quickly with moderate lacing. Smells of biscuits, pancake syrup, and moleasses

I taste roasted espresso, malts, dark fruits, and a finish with a bit of hops and alcohol on the back end. Sweet, more like a brown ale than a doppelbock, and very smooth. Exceptional drinkability for its type.

Grabbed this one on someone's recommendation and I was glad I did.

04-19-2009 02:36:55 | More by aristeros
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hckyfn9999

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -12.4%

Pours a mahoghany color with an off white head that has great retention. Aroma is of caramel and dark fruit. Taste is a little roasted initially giving away to some burnt sugar like sweetness. A touch of fruit is in the background. Finish is a bit dry. I appreciate the fact that is isnt cloyingly sweet as some doppelbocks can be, helping its drinkability. Nothing spectacular here, but quite solid.

04-15-2009 03:10:09 | More by hckyfn9999
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Offa

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

This is a characterful, balanced, very drinkable doppelbock.

Deep reddish brown, it has a very long-lasting creamy tan head that slowly shrinks to a thin 1/4" foamy top and leaving some lace.

The aroma is whole wheat toast, scorched raisiny syrup, hints of wood, grain, and hay.

The taste is flavourful yet smooth and very pleasant with prunes, woody raisins, whole wheat toast, a little spice. It has solid sweetness with a toasty, peppery-spicey bitterness to balance it and which takes over at the finish.

04-10-2009 18:24:50 | More by Offa
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prototypic

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

Korbinian's a dark, nut brown color, but is a brilliant burgundy color with a little light behind it. A fluffy beige head tops it off and stands a little over a finger tall. It dissipated quickly and left very light lace trailing down the glass.

Dark fruit notes of raisin and plum leap out of the glass. It's a nice smell that permeates throughout. After the initial dark fruit assault, it seems to calm down quite a bit and is a little weak as far as secondary elements go. It's malty and a little sweet smelling. Chocolate malts are noted and play very nicely with the dark fruits. Korbinian certainly smells good, but it seems a little more tame than it should.

The flavor profile is appreciably better than the nose. Dark fruit flavors are very strong and features raisin, plum, and prune (to a lesser degree). It's very malty, but not overly sweet. Chocolate malts provide an excellent foundation, but caramel malts and an abundance of the roasted variety collide to create an excellent malt bill. Alcohol isn't at all noticeable. It finishes sweet and a little sour-like. Korbinian has an incredibly deep flavor. I'm sure there's more to it than this simple palate can register. It's extremely impressive. Coming from one who's not the biggest fan of Bocks or Doppelbocks is saying something.

The full, lush, creamy body is one its best assets. Carbonation is dialed down perfectly. It goes down sooo smooth. Drinkability is very high, to say the least. It's very inviting and I'm unsure of whether this meager 500 ml will be enough. I guess it'll have to, but I regret only picking up one bottle.

Weihenstephaner has another winner here. I questioned whether they could truly succeed to the same degree without any banana or clove. Boy, I was wrong to even question that. Korbinian could use a stronger nose, but it's still one of the best Doppelbocks out there. If you haven't tried this one by now, you should go find a bottle immediately.

04-10-2009 01:47:16 | More by prototypic
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rugerj

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured to a nice brown color with some burgundy highlights. Small head that disapates quickly, virtually no lacing in glass. Smell bread and caramel as well as some dark roasted malt. Flavor is roasted chocolate with a bready mouthfeel. Some caramel notes with a slight dark fruit essence. Alcohol is well hidden, although as beer warms it becomes more evident, ever so slightly, that you are drinking a 7.4% brew.

An excellent brew overall though. I would and have bought this again. Another fine beer from the world's oldest brewery.

04-09-2009 12:45:29 | More by rugerj
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bum732

Lesotho

3.73/5  rDev -11.2%

Pours a very dark ruby, bordering on the brown spectrum. Nice creamy head leaving great lacing. Smells of bready malt, some cracker, earthy tones, some vanilla and brown sugar. Tastes of sweet chewy malt with brown sugar overtones. Moderate bitterness finishing fairly sweet. Alcohol present

A very nice doppelbock. Pretty solid flavors throughout but nothing special. Great deal for the price.

04-07-2009 02:48:51 | More by bum732
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Monsteruss

Colorado

4.63/5  rDev +10.2%

After pouring from the bottle, it had a darker wheat color of foam. The smell was strong and complex and had a nutty hint and a little fruity. The color was of a nice porter and cola look. Its taste is one to be desired. Rich and smooth with a crisp and smokey flavor. Being a fan of German beer, it wasn't hard to know after pouring it, that I would love it.

04-06-2009 22:33:55 | More by Monsteruss
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

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...

04-06-2009 21:22:10 | More by biegaman
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Foxtrot

California

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

I have tried numerous ales, but have not had the opportunity nor inclination to try lagers. I think it is about to change.

Pours a very dark and luxurious ruby red brown into my weizen glass. Leaves a nice two finger head that slowly dissipates until a light foamy and tiny ring remains.

Aroma's are sweet with undertones a caramel and a very light brown sugar. It smells....toasty to say the least. Very pleasant, but nothing that is over the top or under appreciated.

Now for the taste test...YUMMY! This beer just abounds with sweet caramel malts, and wonderful bread toasty notes. Low carbonated with a nice light earthy finish.

I really enjoyed the feel of this. After moving away from ale styles, this was a pleasant surprise. It has a nice medium body and slick feel in the mouth (for a lack of better words).

I give this a high mark in drinkability because of how smooth the flavors play through each sip, very tasty but complex.

I regret not having tried lager styles sooner. This beer was phenomenal and has certainly paved the way for other beers of this style.

04-06-2009 08:37:01 | More by Foxtrot
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CMW

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev -7.6%

A - Pours a medium brown with a average off-white head formation that recedes slowly and leaves little lacing.

S - Caramel malt, brown sugar, toasted bread.

T - The caramel malt adds quite a bit of sweetness upfront. The spices tend to be on the sweeter side too. Good for the style.

M - Nice and chewy.

D - While I am not a huge fan of the style, this is a really good beer. I would say I could down more than one bomber in a sitting.

04-04-2009 17:09:36 | More by CMW
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Folderol

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +10.2%

WOW. This might possibly be the perfect doppelbock. It's very rich, chewy, a certified malt bomb, but isn't too sweet nor too bitter. It's just one hearty, tasty and satisfying lager. Mouthfeel is damn near perfect, full-bodied and smoothly carbonated. That's the word that keeps coming to mind here - smooth. My first few sips were somewhat warming, but I don't notice the alcohol really - all that malt keeps the focus here. There's a bit of bitterness in the finish from the hops, but overall it's restrained and clean.

Truly a gourmet meal in a bottle. Thank you, Bavaria.

04-01-2009 01:49:07 | More by Folderol
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Stimack

New York

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured to a nice brown color that seemed to have some burgundy highlights, a good sized tan head that had quite good retention which left some lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma of this one is very nice as bread and caramel come to mind, also though it has been imported it does smells fresh and I think that comes from a slight fruit aroma that is mixed in. The flavor is very good, malt is very dominant and has a welcoming flavor. Caramel and toffee come to mind with a backing of raisin or prune. The flavor does come out more as this brew sits and I sip it, though the alcohol does not seen to be noticeable to me or goes so well with the other flavors it is hidden. Overall this is an excellent brew, one I would get again and hope to have on draft at some point. Give this brew a try as it exemplifies the style.

03-28-2009 12:31:02 | More by Stimack
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Parrotshake

Australia

3.85/5  rDev -8.3%

Looking at that B+, I feel like this beer deserves a bit more, but I can't in good conscience mark it up in any specific category. Greater than the sum of it's parts? I think so.
This is unequivocally an excellent beer.

Appearance-wise: cool bottle! A bear with a backpack, and some religious figure or other. All dramatic and brown. Pours dark reddish brown with 2 fingers or so of head which doesn't stick around, but the fine lacing lasts right to the end.

Aroma of sweet Easter bread, wheat, some dried fruit, and rum. Lovely.

Taste reflects the aroma, mostly - malty as all get out, chewy breadiness, caramel, a bit of the aforementioned fruit (but not as much as I'd anticipated), spicy alcohol in the finish. Sweet, creamy and slightly bitter boozy - bitterness is at an arm's length, but definitely there, and welcome to cut the cloy. For anyone who indiscriminately dismisses lagers (myself included), this is a mouthful of fat, massively flavorful beer to rival anything. Very sweet though, which I don't necessarily like. Big, creamy mouthfeel - definitely a full-on experience.

A lot going on, but can get to be a bit much, really. Complex, but can be sickly sweet - if you had a handful of nuts or a nice bit of Jarlsberg it'd probably balance out great. I drank this one with a fistful of supermarket Cheddar on the side - since there wasn't anything better in the fridge - and still had a good time. Excellent beer, but you might want to hold off 'til Christmas. Would be dynamite with pudding.

03-25-2009 14:49:15 | More by Parrotshake
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evantwomey

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours deep, dark ruby with quite a large head. Head recedes to a thin layer, lacing minimal. Clarity excellent for a dark beer. Aroma seems off. Smells strangely enough like a macro on first sniff - kind of stale, but gets better as it warms a bit. But plenty of deep, malty aromas also present. Taste is spot-on for a double bock, huge maltiness, malty-sweet finish (but not sugar-sweet), zero hop presence. Dark fruits, maybe even some roastiness in the finish. Sweet finish but far from cloying. Mouthfeel is fantastic, very slick, creamy, but not sticky sweet at all. I could drink many of these.

p.s. They get an instant 5.0 on appearance practically on their label alone. What other beer features a pack-bear?

03-25-2009 00:18:31 | More by evantwomey
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

There's no food in the house so I figure if dopplebocks kept monks satiated during fasts...

Blackish oxblood color with a large, foamy beige head. Thin, foamy retention with some splashy lace.

Smells of caramel, pumpernickel bread, roast malt, honeysuckle, and dark fruity (plums and raisins) alcohol.

Tastes really, really sweet. If you like your lips after taking a sip it tastes like brown sugar. There's a lot in here: caramelized sugar and Werther's butterscotch candy with roast dark fruit and chocolate. Mild plum infused alcoholic heat aftertaste. Hearty, chewy mouthfeel.

Dangerously drinkable, but I'm still hungry.

03-23-2009 21:50:10 | More by donkeyrunner
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