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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 GreesyFizeek
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On a Weihenstephaner kick tonight. This bottle was purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a dark brown, with some ruby red highlights. 3 inch head billows up, and fades slowly, leaving some decent lacing down the glass.

Smells like caramel, brown sugar, and raisins.

The taste is the same, and oh so rich. Some roasty, toasty malt, some dark fruits (plums, raisins, figs), a little bit of an alcohol twinge that's welcome, some caramel, brown sugar. Just real damn complex.

Very low level of carbonation, almost too low, creamy sweet mouthfeel, very drinkable, even with the higher ABV. Full bodied.

This is 2nd to only Celebrator for Dopplebocks for me. Just great stuff.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours translucent cola dark brown with a one inch white head that settles to a cap on top and leaves curtains of lace.

The smell is of grass, toffee, cocoa and wheat bread.

The taste is of dark malt, dark fruit, Autumn spices (cinnamon, clove and coriander) and a hint of coffee.

The texture is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a very nice malt forward example of a doppelbock.

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Photo of Premo88
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz. poured into pilsener

L: looks black with a huge (3-inch) head of thick tan foam, but it's crystal clear dark amber -- up to sunlight, it looks almost purple ... very dark red. the head is crazy; i need to control the pour just a bit more because this brew pushes up fast foam; it sticks and laces a little

S: lots of stuff here ... dusty molasses covers it all, but there's raisins, caramel, toffee, some dark-toasted grain and at times as it warms, good old standard sweet biscuits/bread malt. pretty sweet.

T: raisins, dark bread, some grain but doesn't taste as sweet as it smells -- in fact, the very first note on the tongue in my mind was "salt". very "roasted" ... it's almost tasting smoked (I know it's not, but ...) and very dark in the vein of Celebrator, not the lighter Salvator flavors of nuts and sweet biscuits. this is definitely roasty ... fully hides the 7.4% ABV

F: can lose its carbonation pretty easy, but if you get in the glass gently, it holds onto quite a bit to keep it drinkable despite being a thick chunk of dark-malt taste.

O: smells sweet and light, tastes dark -- very interesting and complex beer. i'm not a big raisin fan, and this definitely has at least a passing acquaintance with raisins, so i should hate it. but I don't. i LOVE the smell and keep hoping the taste mimics it 1-to-1; it doesn't, but i'll keep letting it warm up. :)

i still prefer the lighter doppelbock style of Paulaner's Salvator, but this is obviously a great brew. a little like a good stout in a lighter weight form -- definitely toasted dark and raisiny

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Photo of dank203
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours dark ruby red toward brown, tan head, some peppery and coacoa aromas. taste is raisin, fig, plum, good dark fruit profile. sticky sweet licorice notes, hints of spice, yeast and grape undertones, hint of sweet cherry, cinnamon notes. overall really smooth and complex

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into an Erdinger weissbier glass. The pour is crystal-clear, but very dark brown and sports about a finger of fine tan head. The nose has tons of rich malt and bready, crusty, glorious melanoidins. It also has just a hint of dark fruit. It's terrific, but not quite as complex a nose as Celebrator.

The beer has a medium body, a firm feel, and an intensely malty flavor that is just divine. Tons of fresh bread, figs, dark fruit, brownies, and hazelnuts. Malt, malt, and more malt! The beer takes on just a hint of char on the back of the palate, which combines with the hops to balance out the sweetness with some bitter notes. You're left with a lingering flavor of toast and maple syrup.

Overall, simply a delightful beer and certainly a classic of the style. I've enjoyed it a few times, but finally got around to reviewing it. A finer-drinking malt bomb you are very unlikely to find. I think I prefer Celebrator just slightly, but this is still delicious.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip
Look - really dark amber brown. Poured with lots of strong frothy head that stays around.
Smell - smells like a germain beer. Very malty backbone. Slight licorice smell.
Taste - heavy body. Slightly sweet. Very malty.
Feel - smooth velvety thickness with a good amount of carb but almost taste like a nitrous.
Overall - incredible doppelbock. Might be the best I've had.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle was poured into a mug.

Appearance: A two finger brownish white head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is an amber brown color with little clarity or vision of bubbles seen coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Bready, caramel, chocolate, yeasty, banana, clove, earthy, and grassy hops.

Taste: Liquid bread baby. Just like most European doppelbocks. All aromas are blended together with a little bitterness in there too.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, chewy, medium carbonation, and a bit smooth. Like eating a loaf of delicious bread.

Overall: Weihenstephaner can do no wrong. This beer is a continuation of their world class beers.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown with excellent clarity. Just a faint trace of off white foam is present. Brussels lacing. Strong aroma of malt in the nose. The body is a bit thick and sticky. The flavor is very dark malt forward. The finish is more malt and is fairly smooth.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle
L - brown with ruby hues when held to light, tall creamy beige head fades to a thick foam that remains atop the beer
S - brown sugar, caramel, toffee, spicy noble hops
T - rich and sweet with toffee and caramel leading the malt forward flavors; bread crust, brown sugar, faint chocolate, spicy noble hops add complexity
F - super smooth, full bodied, wonderfully carbonated, finishes clean and semi-dry
O - exceptional doppelbock. Better than I remember but I knew it was upper echelon all along.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark brown with perfect clarity and excites the eye with ruby hues glowing softly within the body of the beer like a jewel. Fat creamy persistent tan head. Nose is malty and rich with with bright plum and sweet chocolate. The drink is generous and smooth as silk with raisin and prune, a slight bit of chocolate, and an overall lightness from fresh plum. Softly breaddy with a full mouthfeel . Clean and with enough carbonation to lighten and excite the palate. This beer drinks as lightly as a much paler beer.

Outstanding. A silken and ample malt with a perfect compliment of dark fruits and light chocolate. This is indeed liquid bread.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at a great beer shop in Darmstadt, Germany, Maruhn Welt der Getränke. Clear mahogany pour with a two finger beige head with decent retention and nice lacing. The nose is sweet and malty with hints of caramel, brown bread, toffee, leather, and subtle dark fruit and chocolate. The taste is rich and malty with tons of sweet brown bread and nuts along with hints of molasses, toffee, chocolate, raisins, coffee, tobacco, and leather. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with medium carbonation and a sweet, syrupy finish. Overall, a bit sweet for my tastes, but a flavorful interpretation of the style.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sampled tonight on 2/24/14 though had this one a few times in the past. Comes in a single 500ml (1 pint, .09 ounces) bottle. Bottled chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a shaker pint glass.

Pours a very deep brown with about 1+- finger of a beige head that dissipates fairly fast. Just a bit of lacing with each sip. Smells very nice with hints of sweet caramel, malt with a touch of coffee. Taste is really good, just like the smell. Goes down very easy with no bitter aftertaste. I like Doublebock's and this one is no exception and didn't disappoint at all.

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Photo of BoilerMo
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Dark rich brown

s: Hints of carmel and sweetness, no hints of hops or alcohol.

t: Wonderfully rich taste or lightly toasted hops and chocolate.

m: It was thick with a shockingly clean finish for a dopplebock.

o: Great dopple and a must try. They taste is subtle and is best server at just below room temp or it loses the best parts of tastes. not fridge beer for me but really close.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's been a long time since I last reviewed a beer! Poured from a 300ml standard pressure-cap bottle into a large weizen glass. Reviewed live in Kalispell, Mont.

A- Thick mocha head with a satisfyingly long retention atop a rich mahogany-colored body. Head lasts several minutes before receding to a thin film. Nice lacing.

S- Brown sugar, molasses and the faint note of alcohol. Chocolate malts, but can't pick out the hops.

T- Rich, well-balanced flavor. Chocolate, some dried dark fruits and brown sugar.

M- Relatively thick feel with a bitter stickiness left behind.

O- Good beer, as Weihenstephaner seems to always make.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A: Red-brown in color, clear, with a 2-finger head that didn't last long.

S: Toasted grain, caramel, white pepper, and a hint of orange rind.

T: Malty sweetness up front, becoming more like dark bread after the swallow. There's a faint (and I mean really faint) hint of lime in the background, and some bitter coffee late. Hops is well-hidden by the potent malt.

M: Smooth, creamy, chewy; nicely carbonated. Booziness just barely noticeable.

O: Quite the tasty doppelbock, although not good enough to make this a frequent indulgence for me, especially at the price.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: dark reddish-brown, dimly translucent; full light brown/beige head settlinginto a denser creamy centimeter; beautiful gothic lacing
S: malt, corn, acid bite, dark sweet fruit
T: deep roasted corn and malt, caramel, apple peel
M: medium-bodied, creamy, mildly numbing
O: A little creamier than my taste, but balanced and cohesive. Excellent doppelbock.

500mL / Weizen Glass

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown and cloudy.

S: Raisins and fruits with some malty character.

T: Hits you right away with that raisin, then comes mocha, ice cream, cherry, wheat bread, grain, toffee, yeast, and caramel. This taste is so good.

M: This brew has a buttery mouth feel to it- almost thick, but yet medium and creamy. It is very pleasant.

O: Awesome dopplebock. This is one of my go-to's for a kick ass German beer.

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Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark, cloudy chocolate brown color. One inch head that sizzles down within a minute. No visible carbonation.

S: Dark fruit with slight chocolate undertones

T: Dark fruit, specifically raisins, with mocha (coffee primary, chocolate secondary) on the back end.

M: Very smooth, light-medium body, a fladh of bitiness that disappears, warming sensation in my chest (not mouth or throat). A little to watery for me.

O: Very similar to Ayinger's Celebrator, with higher carbonation and mocha taste on back end. Exceptional.

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Photo of Beric
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into pint glass
Served: 2 February 2014

Appearance: A dark brown with ruby highlights around the edges if held up to the light. This one is actually a really dark red due to the amount of malt in here. Nice white head dissipates to a ring of foam due to the ABV. Some, but not much, lacing.

Smell: Sweet, roasted, chewy caramel. Toffee. Butterscotch.

Taste: Much like the nose, this one has that dark-chewy candy taste to it. Quite sweet in flavor- caramel, toffee, and butterscotch notes abound. Very malty, no hops to speak of. Warming alcohol, very dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Really smooth and almost buttery.

Overall: This is a doppelbock I can get behind. I haven't been the greatest fan of the style, nor have become one since this beer, but this is one that really showcases the great caramel/toffee malt notes without being super boozy. Alcohol warms, but does not overpower. A solid doppelbock and one I would gladly enjoy again.

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Photo of ToriBug13
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Korbinian Dopplebock

Appearance: Gorgeous dark brown, as dark as you could get without being called black. Poured with thick, tightly bubbled foamy head which dissipated over a few moments, which still left a thin layer over the top of the brew.

Smell: Sooo good! Like roasted malt, cocoa nibs, mocha, and sweet but not overtly so. Maybe a hint dark fruit, fig.

Taste&Mouthfeel: Great carbonation immediately hits the tongue. Mid taste comes the chocolate and hints of coffee. I am thoroughly happy that this is not cloyingly sweet as the flavors unfold in my mouth. The colder this beer, the more cocoa nib flavor, as it warms more of the roasty malt comes out. Great full body, slick, creamy, and rich.

Overall: Amazing beer. I truly feel this beer deserves the ratings it has. I don't often say that. Delicious, dark, full in flavor and body. Would definitely buy again!

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Photo of glass_house
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a tall footed goblet.

Clean and translucent dark brown with amber accents. Three fingers of creamy khaki head that takes its time reducing to a solid cap with substantial lacing. Aroma is primarily dark fruits and banana with roasted nut malts and molasses. Slight alcohol and brown sugar sneaking out of the background.

Soft but full mouthfeel. Rounded and smooth. Carbonation is low and allows the flavors to coat the tongue evenly. Taste is sweet caramel and toffee malt with raisins and dark plums quickly following. The finish is very clean with just a hint of the nutty character and dark bread hanging around with a faint earthy hop note. Almost no bitterness or alcohol heat whatsoever. It's definitely sweet, but just enough so to be a nice change of pace from the usual hop bombs.

Maybe it's just the doppelbock kick I'm on, but this is a top tier beer that has earned it's reputation. If I were to nitpick, I'd like a little heavier body and more pronounced flavors but anyone who enjoys bocks will find very little to complain about here.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Chilled 22 oz bomber poured into a pilsener glass

Pours a beautiful deep dark mahogany brown color. Dark brown / ruby color when held to the light. Clear in color with three fingers of hardy foam which settles into a nice tan layer with staying power. Small lacings on the glass close to the foam.

A nice roasted malt smell with reminders of chocolate, raisins and figs. A deliciously sweet taste of rich malt. Not cloyingly sweet. Chocolate with the faintest essence of coffee & roasted nuts. No heavy alcoholic taste. Pure malty goodness with no hoppy bitterness. Clean after taste.

Good body. Heavier than medium but not too heavy. Smooth. Active carbonation on the pour which quickly settles down to a nice tan cap. Gentle Carbonation on the middle of the tongue.

I was in Freising this spring and kept seeing the signs for the home of Korbinian. Weihenstephaner dominates this Munich suburb near the airport. I like malty Bavarian biers and truly enjoyed this selection. It is smooth & sweet but not too sweet. Great choice for after dinner. A delicious beer that I will enjoy again. Oldest brewery in the world and they got it right.

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Photo of emsroth
2.77/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

from a 500 ml bottle. Served at 46-52 F per the bottle

App: A solid ruby color with a tan head. I always seem to prefer doppelbocks with a darker coloration.

Smell: Great notes of minerals and herbs. Roasted aromas from the malt. Slight notes of copper that is always great in german beers. Ends with tart, salted caramel and touch of grassy hops.

Taste: Flat start. Slight caramel and roasted malt in the beginning. Middle is cardboard. Ends with a cloying sweetness and papery faltness. Tastes like unfermented candy syrup.

Mouthfeel: Strangely thin for a doppelbock. That makes it more drinkable, but it feels like a cola.

Overall: I expected better from this brewery, but I am now remembering why I haven't had this beer in years. I will give it another try and rating in the future. I will be sure to try it on draft and on bottle from another supplier

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Photo of Rambu
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a Tulip glass

A - Pours quite thick, beautiful ruby tinged dark brown colour, head is thick and luscious, bubbles are tight, looks amazing.

S - This smells great, rich hazelnut/nutty malt character, hint of chocolate, dark fruits, melanoidans, plum pudding.

T - I get a great big malt hit with a complex profile, a lot going on, it all blends together perfectly, burnt sugar, toffee, chocolate, dark fruits, wood, rum and raisins, licorice, tobacco, amazing flavour. Finish is nice and dry, great attenuation, really sets you up for another taste, lingering taste of cherry schnapps. Alcohol is very well hidden, no hot flavours.

M - Mouthfeel is perfect, a big creamy malt hit that transitions into a nice puckering dryness, I could drink a lot of this.

O - I've tasted this a couple of times a year for a while now and it always blows me away, just such a well made beer, absolutely delicious drink, I usually consume it quite cold as I find it can get cloying at higher serving temps. A winner of a beer, Prost!

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Photo of beergoot
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark, reddish brown body capped with thick, creamy, off-white head. Rich, roasted grain aroma with a touch of sweetness; caramel; slight nuttiness. Rich and creamy malt flavor and feel; warm with a subdued alcohol heat in the background.

This is a fine example of a doppelbock all around. Excellent malt flavors with just the right edge of booziness. Balance, complexity, and sensory appeal in every aspect. This truly exemplifies the art of brewing in that being a big, rich, powerful beer it also remains easy drinking.

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