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Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner KorbinianWeihenstephaner Korbinian
BEER INFO

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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Reviews: 1,190 | Ratings: 2,514
Photo of THSdrummer
4.84/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Dark, but not totally light blocking. Head is a fluffy khaki pillow and sits atop for quite a while.

Smell: Rich malt smell. So good. Invites you to take a long draught.

Taste: Dark malts. I'm not totally sure how to describe it otherwise. Rich flavoring, and incredibly smooth. Works exceptionally well with my order of Weiner Snitzel.

Feel: So smooth. It really takes off with its mouth feel. It sure feels like you could down this beer all day.

Overall: Great beer! Really glad I ordered it. Lovely presentation as well.

Served in a .5L Weinhenstephan German beer mug. Masterfully poured from the tap. Reviewed from notes taken by me at a German restaurant in the USA.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes recorded on 12/12/2015
Served from a bottle into a Weihenstephaner Glass

Eyes
Poured a rich dark brown body. A light tan head formed, right around two fingers deep, collapsed, and left a modest amount of soapy lacing.

Nose
Excellent toasted malt aroma. Sweet caramel undertones.

Mouth
Roasted malts up front. Notes of caramel and a hint of dark fruit sweetened a rather bread-heavy malt profile. Just a touch of herbal hops. Medium/full-bodied. Moderate/low carbonation. Creamy and very drinkable.

Overall
Top-notch.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Revised Review, 12/17/15

Look: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Two finger brown head, solid brown-black body. The head lasted for quite awhile, though got pretty thin after some time.

Smell: Dark fruits, honey, malty bread, and caramel.

Taste: Same as the above, but with a hint of roasted peanuts.

Feel: Amazingly creamy, medium body and carbonation.

Other: One of the best beers I've ever had. So few reach this level of malt-heaven.

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Photo of janubio
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown colour, reddish tones to the light. Off white big head, great lace.Smell of chocolate, toasted, coffee, prunes, dried fruits. Medium to full body, compact creamy palate. Taste of dried fruits, chocolate, caramel. Complex.And great.

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Photo of pat61
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Brilliant brown with ruby highlights under a tight 2” light tan foam cap that slowly recedes to a thick, lacy film.

S: Clean dark malt, trace of cocoa, dark kettle sugars, clean fermentation character.

T: Dark bready malts with a trace of chocolate mildly sweetened by kettle sugars. Slightly drying on the finish with a hint of dark dried fruit. Malt flavors are medium to medium high, hop flavors are low as are yeast flavors. Has a lingering, lightly sweet chocolate and dark dried fruit aftertaste.

F: Very creamy smooth with a medium full body and medium low carbonation.

O: Very well made and easy to drink.

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Photo of CHickman
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A well aged bottle, it pours so dark brown that it looks black with a hissing 3 finger frothy/foamy tan head that faded slowly and the bubbles popped and made it look like the head was moving, leaving minimal spotty lacing which slid down the glass quickly.

Smells of roasted malts, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted pumpernickel bread, oaky/earthy notes, peat moss, faint charred wood and some herbs.After it settles down some nutty accents and dark fruits come out and make this malt bomb complex, but the lack of hops took a little away for my liking. Overall nice to inhale.

Tastes like it smells but with maple syrup, cocoa, bakers chocolate and candied sugar leading the way before cutting over to the flavors that match the aroma with brown sugar, roasted malts, toffee, caramel, rye bread toast, buttered pumpernickel bread, oaky/earthy notes, peat moss, charred wood, raisin and/or dates, cherry or other dark fruit, lightly smokes grains and some herbs or dry leafy hops. It's sweet and seems like a strong, sturdy German beer that has a solid malt base and enough dynamic flavor to hide the ABV and make this a nice fall brew to indulge while outside at a beer garden.

Mouthfeel is smooth and almost slick with a medium to chewy body, a rich malty base and a lot of caramel malts and syrup-like sweetness that does not go overboard, but covers the alcohol while adding depth and subtle differences in each sip. Overall there is something quite enjoyable about an old school malty beer that is tasty, complex and easy to drink. I'd definitely have this again.

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Photo of buckslayer50
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black, not much of a head to speak of. Tastes like delicious roastiness and chocolate with a nice velvety mouthfeel. This and Vitus are two of the best deals out there and will be staples in my fridge.

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Photo of Zet
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark brown colour with a decent cappuccino-coloured head of foam. Smell of caramel and raisin. Taste of caramel, malt, roasted coffee, raisins, chocolate and plums. Alcohol is present as well, but it combines well with the other flavours and is quite warming. A nice doppelbock, reminiscent of dubbels like the Emelisse Dubbel and Maredsous 8.

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Photo of kitch
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a best before date of 3rd October 2015 and poured into a Riedel weizen glass.

Appearance: Poured a clear very dark brown colour with hints of ruby and a one finger chestnut coloured head that dissipated quite quickly with only light spotty lacing.

Aroma: Malty, treacle, brown sugar, milk chocolate and hints of vanilla.

Taste: Similar to its aromas, there’s malt, burnt sugar, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate and a hint of dark fruit like prune.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, velvety, mid to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: A very nice doppelbock from a great brewer. Just falls behind Celebrator in my book, but definitely something I’d drink again.

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

look deep dark black towards the top lightening up as it reaches the bottom with a thick head on the pour that dissipates quickly, smell very malt forward and caramel, taste malty with caramel, toffee, chocolate and coffee in that order, feel is thick deep and rich, perfect for this cooler day. very solid offering for the sipping day when one will be enough for you.

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Photo of dd43
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fantastic dopplebock, let's just get that out of the way first. If you've got a hankering for caramel malts, this might just be your huckleberry.

Aromas are definitely malt forward, it's almost like taking a whiff of brewers wort. There is a dark fruit quality as well, almost like raisins or dates. Maybe even a figgy thing? Flavors are malt dominant, and the mouthfeel gives a mouth coating quality that I look for in dopples. There is a suggestion of molasses from the combination of flavors and mouthfeel. I don't get any booziness from this and the carbonation is restrained. It looks great on the pour and even subsequent swirls create an attractive cap on top. Hold this beer up to natural sunlight for a spectrum of colors that go beyond the initial dark cola like appearance.

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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown with a thick, light tan head, rising to four fingers before subsiding to a thin run leaving extensive lacing on the glass. Holding it up to a strong light reveals deep ruby highlights. The smell is of molasses and caramel, leading to flavors of molasses, caramel, coffee and burnt sugar. Velvety feel on the tongue, with light carbonation and a slight alcohol burn. Overall, it's one of the best doppelbocks on the market, on a par with Spaten Optimator.

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Photo of JetFeather22
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Personally i prefer this one over the Ayinger, This is the best DoppelBock i have ever had.. If you haven't tryed this one i think you should, The malt taste is wonderful

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Photo of Justin82
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ml into a pint glass
Look: Very dark brown, looks black at first glance, only a bit of light gets through on the edges. Pours with 3/4 inch foamy head that quickly recedes
Smell: Sweet. Raisin. Vanilla. Burnt sugar
Taste: Much like the smell. Cracker and biscuit malt character
Feel: Very creamy and smooth. Low carb
Overall: Great beer. Usually more of a hop forward guy but this is really delicious. Gonna b getting this again for sure

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Photo of Kailuabrewingco
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- deep brown with hints of red...very small head

S- malty with hints of molasses, toffee, rasins and slight hints of chocolate

T-sweet notes of toffee and caramel, some bready aroma

M-carbonation is very light, which is typical for this style, slightly syrupy sweet

O-A solid Dopple Bock . Would pair perfect with traditional german sausages

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Photo of Naked_Batman
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- a deep reddish brown that is barely opaque when poured into a lager glass, has a chesnut colored head that soon forms to a simple ring around the glass after a vigorous pour

S-immediately malty, with hints of molasses, honey, and maybe just a bit of milk chocolate

T-sweet, but not cloying, alcohol is well hidden even at around 8%. notes of caramel, sweet corn, wheat, and molasses lead into a slight wheaty maltness. Might just be me, but I almost get the taste of toasted marshmallows in this brew.

M-carbonation is light but still refreshing, it's just a tad syrupy which is nice as it gives the beer a little more body

O-A solid, old fashioned brew. More of a fan of their hefe but still would drink this again, especially if paired with some traditional german sausages or schnitzel.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass while cross border shopping.

Appearance- Clear, very dark brown color with a decent finger of head that recedes fairly quickly. Leaves behind a cola looking beer with some carbonation.

Smell - cola, and plenty of dark fruit namely plum. Lots of mixed malts some treacle and molasses come to the front as it warms,

Taste - very delicious, rich and slightly sweet doppelbock. Some dark fruit, plenty of tasty and slightly sweetened grain, and just a suggestion of baked chocolate. Very yummy stuff. Reminds me of. A good chocolate wafer. Treacle and molasses come to the forefront as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - smooth and creamy deliciously light and the alcohol is masked incredibly.

Overall - a top notch doppelbock from a top notch brewery. What else can be said that hasn't already been said.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

By far my favorite beer at Biergarten Haus in DC, mainly because I prefer rich beers with a lot of character over a lot of more standard German offerings. That said, this could be a Belgian trippel, even a quad if the alcohol were stronger. It's black and opaque with a head that doesn't stick around too long and not a ton of fizz in the glass either. Texture is medium bodied and a bit sticky.

There's some roasted malts and a slight waft of smoke in there, but the more dominant flavors are molasses and burnt toffee, prunes and raisins (not a juicy enough flavor to be fresh stone fruit - this has a distinctly dried flavor to it). I amazed that this is a doppelbock (lager-style) considering it has the heft of an Abbey ale, so extra points for going above and beyond the style.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: dark black, not that much head, and not really good head retention.
Smell: Molasses and dark sugar smell
Taste: As the smell, a lot of molasses taste and sugar. Also some hint of dark fruit such as prune.
Feel: Not as good as the Ayinger Celebrator. Aftertaste does not linger around as well, and it is not as full body for such high alcohol percentage.
Impression: It is a really good and great tasting brew, but I would prefer a Celebrator more.

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

Pours a hazy amberish brown under a solid 1-inch thick cream colored head which lingers. Aromas of dark fruits and sweet malts with roast and caramel notes. Flavor follows nose with some faint bready yeast. Complex and somewhat sweet finish.

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Photo of mlockman
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Certainly good in its own right, and granted I am biased, I just feel there are many better expressions available, particularly from lesser-known American craft breweries.

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

Damn good German Style Doppelbock:
Looks good in the glass, Color is a dark Brown, glimmers ruby against the light. Wonderful.
A very appetizing smell: Cocoa and roasted malts. Wow. The Cocoa is so present here.
Flavors of dark bread, dark fruits, wooooo. Sapralot!
Just imagine that the Bavarians are only allowed to use Hops,malts, yeast and water!
(BECAUSE OF THE BAVARIAN PURITY LAW)
There is no Chocolate, lactose, or other aromas added, and it is so aromatic. Wow.
Tastes like liquid choclate, roasted malt, mild sweetness, and that typical taste of cereals.
Nice Dark German Style Doppelbock. Vom Feinsten! Outstanding. Prost!

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.46/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sweet toffee, vanilla and taro root plays well on the news. Body is the deepest brown. Head only reaches a skim of light tan. Taste is very sweet without being cloing. Some vanilla taffy and candied malts play on the palate. This is a solid beer but not incredibly complex brew from a brewer who makes one of the best wheat beers in the world.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown clear beer with tan head with lacing. Aroma has creamy toffeey and molassey sweetness with light roastiness and some nuts. Flavor is sweet with toffee, lightly roasted and nutty. Palate is medium full with quite heavy carbonation. Finish has mild bitterness.

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Photo of slusk
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark garnet with a dense, creamy tan head.

A: Big malt aroma with chocolate, raisin and dark fruits. Molasses and dark caramel come through with an earthy undertone. The tiniest hint of oak.

T: Sweet dark chocolate and coffee flavors dominate with raisin and fig. Clean distinct and complex flavors hide the alcohol well. Dark bread crust in a sweet finish.

M: Low carbonation, medium body.

O: I really like this beer. It's clean as a lager should be but the Malt complexity shines. A good warmer. One of my favorites although it takes a third place behind Celebrator and Andechser, but a VERY close third.

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 1,190 ratings.