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Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a dark, chocolate brown with a decent head and a
tiny lace.
The aroma of malts,dark fruits and alcohol.
The taste was sweet,dark fruits,grape hints,malts and some mild hops.I detected toffee notes and alcohol burn.It was a good taste just burning with an alcohol bite.
The feel was a heavy body,mild spicy feel with medium carbonation with the obvious alcohol finish.

Notes: As far as Doppelbocks go this was a good one,but not a great one.It was fine in the sense that it did not offend me in any way,but it let me down as far as expectations go.
All in all I would buy it if I could not find a great Doppelbock.
Drinkability was fine,one and I was done.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This particular brew from Weihenstephaner is one that I don't commonly see too much. When I saw it up in New York state, I seized upon it, having never tried this much saught-after beer, and indeed it was a very worthy beer.

Korbinian pours a semi-translucent dark brown color with a nice foamy head that lasts for about a minute and a half. The smell is VERY malty, with some big caramel and nutty smells present. The aroma is almost "syrupy" in a way. The mouthfeel is rich and full-bodied, on par for a doppelbock. The big malts are present in the flavor. Caramel, chocolate, and some nuttiness are detectable. There is an alcohol presence in the flavor but does not overpower the brew. There is some mild dryness as well, but not much is there in terms of hop bitterness. The syrupy malt flavors continue into the aftertaste and the brew finishes out with some alcoholic warmth.

This is a nice doppelbock. While it is a rich brew, it still retains a level of drinkability. This is a beer that I would definitely like to go back to if I get the opportunity.

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Photo of Jared_Alexander
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much attention gets paid to the Hefeweizen, but don't look past this doppelbock. I am a big fan of the doppelbock style, and this is a good example of one.

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Photo of HitokiriNate85
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1/2 liter bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured a mahogany with some dark red tints under light. The one-finger, frothy tan head fads in a minute or so. Surprisingly, this is probably the least carbonated beer I've ever seen come out of a bottle. I'm not sure if it's normal, but the seal on the bottle hadn't been broken, so I'd guess it's intended.

S - Lots dark malts, of course. It's pretty one dimensional, really. It feels a bit subdued, too. Some breadiness to it. Good, but nothing standout.

T - The malty profile from the nose carries through here, and it definitely carries more weight. For a bigger beer like this, I'd have to say the flavor is almost subtle in a sense. It's semi-sweet and I get a sort of bread crust flavor from it. It ends with more of a flourish, though, with a spicy character in the finish.

MF - Doppelbocks aren't very carbonated in my experience, but this is less so than any other I've tried. The carbonation is barely present, which gives it an incredibly smooth feel. It's not really thick, but definitely has body to it, with little to no coating.

D - Doppelbocks are surprisingly drinkable considering their higher ABVs. Overall, it's not as good as some other doppelbocks I've had, so therefore, not quite as drinkable. I think I paid $3.75 or $4 for the bottle.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany ruddy hue topped with a 1/2 khaki head cap that quickly settles to a frothy wafer thin coating.

Initial scents are toasted pumpernickel and pancake malts. Not the huge malty blast, but some decent malty nose with a touch of baker's chocolate.

First swigs: Toasted rye bread and more pumpernickel. Middle is plenty of wood along the lines of oaky dryness. A pinch of Dr. Pepper. Aftertaste is a linger of butterscotch and rye. Once this pup warms above fridge temp, the banana, almond and toffee truly perform.

Full bodied and thick as all get out. Tongue coating unforgiving dryness.

Last swigs: Slight rum and banana meets dark bread and cake doppel. Paid $2.60 a bottle from Circle Liquors in Ewing, NJ. I need to hone the subtle doppel craft.

Beer is good. Happy doppelbock beering.

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Photo of meatyard
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Celebrator doppelbock glass.

A: Pours a clear, dark, ruby/brown, has ample carbonation streams with a tight 1" tan head. Retention is moderate and leaves no lacing.
S: Is sweet, lightly roasted malt, and dark fruits.
T: Is mostly sweet, roasted malt like in the aroma with a bit of dried, dark figs. The sweetness lingers at the finish just a bit short of cloying.
M: Is medium with mild but nicely done carbonation.
D: While not especially complex, this beer is just sweet enough to limit me to one at a time. It falls a bit short of Celebrator but what doesn't? It's in the upper tier of doppelbocks and is worth a try.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
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 Gmann
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark ruby brown color with an average tan head that dissipated into a ring around the glass. Looks very much like cola. The smell is of raisins, molasses, and light bitter chocolate. The taste is of roasted malt and roasted cashews, lightly meaty, with hints of chocolate milk and dark grapes. The feel is well bodied with prickly carbonation, yet finishes smooth, though a bit sticky. Good balance between sweet and bitter. A good dopplebock and worth a try. Quite a mellow brew.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep dark brown pinkish purplish color with a great foamy head. Smells so malty and sweet. Does not taste sweet however. Very crips and refreshing with great body. Not much bitterness at all and very clean. I did not detect much fruitiness as others have noted. A very easy beer to drink and a great one at that.

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Photo of CpnYates
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I bought this beer as a 16.9 oz single from the famous Blacksburg, VA Kroger. No freshness date on bottle.

Pours into a nice foamy head that dissipates into a thin foam of bubbles on top, wonderful lacing on the side of the glass.
Bits of sediment in the bottom of bottle made its way into the glass.

Smells of alchol, candy, carmel, roasted grain. Tastes like a sweet mixture of the same, with more spice, and more roasted grain.

Mouthfeel is lighter than expected, and betrays the 7.4 abv, so this is a beer to be carefull with.

Drinkabilty I gave a 3, only because of the sweetness, and the abv, make this a dangerous beer to have more than one or two in a sitting.

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Photo of Px2GrafX
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
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 jss79
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly creamy head, one finger deep. The dark hue was colored with brown and dark red hintings. The aroma of fig was matched by sweet caramel and a layer of choco.
The initial taste included malts and raisins. The mouthful was punctuated by a strong fruity finish that lingered for a few moments. Drinkability was sound and overall this was a good beer.

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Photo of rarbring
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear red brown brew, a warm off-white head, good lacing and some curtains.

Smelling of caramel and butter scotch, dark forest fruits.

Hard bread and brown bread crust, bitter orange marmalade.

Little carbonation, soft and refreshing, a medium body and a nice dryish finish.

A well done, well balanced brew, nice and very modest.

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Photo of obrike
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single (1 pint, 0.9 oz)) at HEB in Round Rock. Pours a dark brown/with a reddish hue...nice frothy head that thins out within minutes, still leaving a nice trail of lace.

Smells a bit grapey, not very strong at at. Quite malty, good, but not great

Tastes good, can catch some of the fruit...grape, a little bready/malty...but a bit thin. Quite refreshing.

Nice carbonation, but again, a bit thin, not nearly as addictive as Celebrator.

A good beer though. Represents the style well.

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Photo of mountsnow1010
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown with a tan head that shrinks to a thin layer. Teensy traces of lacing.
S - Slightly roasty notes with a bit of a clove-y hint. A bit of fruitiness, nondescript though. Brown sugar too?
T - Dark fruits with roasty malts followed by hints of caramel. Slighty soapiness (?) but I think that must be me tasting something in an odd way. Pleasant, clean finish. Yeasty hints too, not too strong.
MF - Just the right level of carbonation and thickness. Coats the mouth thinly, leaving a pleasant taste behind.
O - Very pleasant beer, if it was cheaper this would be a nice easy drinker. Nothing outrageous but a very well made beer.

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Photo of tatoodkelt
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Very dark brown with ruby highlights. Topped off with a one finger tan head that lingered a long time. Good lacing.

S- A little sweet but mostly roasted malt.

T- No one flavor jumped out at me but I got hints of molassas, chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit through out.

M- Very smooth, medium bodied feel.

D- Very easy to drink, made me wish I had picked up more than one. Over all not my favorite doppelbock but in my top 5.

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Photo of guinnessfan
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clouded, brown pour yields a smal1 finger-wide head that quickly recedes to a thin ring.

S: Sweet malt, dark fruits lightly coated in maple syrup.

T: Same as smell, but better and more intense; not cloyingly sweet though. Definately dances on the line of being almost too sweet.

M: Silky smooth, perfect carbonation, not too sharp. Medium-thick body.

D: Excellent taste makes this easier to quaff than the ABV would/should allow. Alcohol is well hidden!

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Photo of beeragent
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass from a bottle.

A - The beer pours a dark amber/brown, forming a 1 inch tan head. Light lacing sticks to the glass.

S - Huge malty aroma with a hint of alcohol.

T - Sweet malts and caramel up front, followed by a very noticeable, but not offensive, alcohol presence.

M - Thick smooth mouthfeel.

D - This is defintely a malt bomb. Nice flavor and very thick. Perfect for a winters night. Not quite a session ale, but an enjoyable drinker.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Korbinian is an eyeful of brown russet hues, dark but transparent. Truly a beautiful sight to behold, topped by a cream-colored head that left a latticework of lace in its descent. The nose is of caramel and chocolate malt aromas mostly.

The mouthfeel is rather velvety, with those muted chocolate notes sliding across the palate delicately. There's a backing dark fruit and toffee character, which serves to prop up the malt without getting too heavy on the tongue, especially in the finish. An impressive showing, actually, and a definite uniqueness compared to other of its ilk.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper/red with big ol beige head that takes a while to fall, eventually rests at a half finger leaving some lacing.

Lots of nutty malts in the scent at first...almost reminds me of chestnuts. That does fade after a bit leaving a more average, toasty lager feel.

Taste is lots of caramelized toffee nuttiness, big dark fruit/figs in there as well. Lots of malts of the toasty, roasty, bready variety. Has a bit of a alcohol kick and some spice as well.

Very smooth light mouthfeel for a doppelbock. Carbonation is medium-low.

Not my favorite for the style, but definitely good.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark cola brown with a 1 inch tan head that fades down to a small cap. Lacing is minimal.

S - Extreme toasty malt and sweet dark brown sugar.

T - Toasted biscuit with brown sugar up front and bittersweet chocolate finish. There is a bit of a metallic taste too.

M - Very smooth and creamy but the carbonation is somewhat weak. It has a nice dry and sweet taste that lingers after each sip.

D - This is very drinkable for its ABV and doesn't come across as strong at all. This seems like it would be a good winter beer to have around a fireplace.

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Photo of Goliath
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with amber colored hues. A large two finger light tan head sits on top of this beer with nice retention and a little lacing.

Aroma is great. A nice maltiness, cereal, grain, and a little spice.

Taste is nice. Caramel, cereal, sweet malt, and a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied. Beer is moderately carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. easy to drink, but flavor is slightly lacking for me. It's almost like a slightly watered down Celebrator.

I'd like to add that this beer improved as it warms IMO. I served at the recommended temperature and found it to feel a little thin and lack some flavor. However, as it warmed it felt a little thicker (which I really like) and the flavors came out more.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish cola color, settles a bit darker with a nice clear gem-like glow, thin tannish head breifly makes an effort to stay but fizzes quickly down to a thin hazy skim and ring, lace in minimal spots. Aroma is a bit faint of toasty sweet malts and dark fruits lending some plum, raisin, dates, and dried apricot. Taste is a bit more filling, starts a little weak and thin but begins to gain malty weight with a nice toffeeish sweetness and finishes strongly with a nice mixing of dark fruits of plum, raisin, dates, and figs giving way to a little chewy caramel lingering finish which is super smooth and creamy. Nice finish on this. Theres a bit of a metallic twinge in the midway parts but is barely noticeable and appears mostly at the front of the tongue and the lips. Feel is close to medium with a light silken creamyness that floats through the palate with ease and the finish is quite nice with a light building of chewy sweetness. A soild dopplebock by any standards, good stuff.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a very deep ruby-copper color with a thick, tan, creamy looking head. The smell is primarily sweet with amber malt, there is a slight fruitiness that is apparent; also a slightly sweet alcohol characteristic. The taste is similar to the smell, mostly sweet with a slight presence of alcohol - a good slow drinking beer. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, fairly creamy and slightly dry on the finish. Overall, this beer is slightly better than average on drinkability because while it is a good sipping beer, I don't think you would want to try to drink too many 16.9 oz bottles @ 7.4%.

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Photo of sacfly
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz "1165" spamped on the back, whatever that means.
Pours a reddish/brown color with a thin tan head of small bubbles that dissipates quickly. A bit hazy, typical for Weihenstephaner yeast. Sweet malt aroma, no hint of smoke or burnt grain. Hints of fermenting fruit. Apricots come to mind. Taste is more fruit, apricot and a hint of dates. Yeast character takes over in the aftertaste. Medium to full body with a slightly creamy texture. Good if you like their yeast. Not for those who want a clean bock.

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