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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,172
Hads: 2,460
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 197
Gots: 250 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | 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 CharlieMopps
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
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 -7.4%
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 -7.4%
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 -7.4%
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 -7.4%
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 -7.4%
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 -7.6%
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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Photo of GJ40
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 500ml bottle purchased at Nikki's in NP, RI. No best by date.

A - Brown with a slight cherry tinge. Appears to be clear based on the light that comes through around the edges. Almost no head. I thought there would be more.

S - Nuts, raisins and molasses. Nice.

T - Starts with a rich malt featuring molasses and a mild sweetness. Then finishes with a more roasted and bitter flavor.

M - Slightly chewy with a low carbonation level.

D - Easy to drink for a darker and stronger beer. Not exactly my style but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Having become a big fan of doppelbocks, I found myself a little let down by this one. Weihenstephaner makes some fabulous beers, but this does not reach the heights of the others.

The beer was poured from the bottle into a mini-snifter glass, producing a color that was a brownish tinted black color. The aroma was malty with some grapey wine characteristics about the aroma. My initial impression of the taste was that it was too mild. It was malty, but too mild. The carbonation was modest enough to allow that taste to linger, but there was little to linger. The sides of the tongue are made away of a slight tart hop taste, but it is well masked. The texture of a doppelbock is pretty spot on, but the flavor is lacking. While this may be more true to the original version of the style, it does not stack up well against the modern version.

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Photo of CMW
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

It pours a nice clear brown color, looks a bit like root beer. Forms a good sized creamy tan head that lingers.

I really like the smell of this one. It's sweet, but in a nice way. Reminds me of the smell of cookie dough that contains a lot of brown sugar, there is also a bit of malt and yeast as well.

Brown sugar is very prominent here. It is sweet, but falls just short of being too sweet. It does remind me a lot of cookies, especially ones with a lot of brown sugar. Beer has been called liquid bread, but this is like liquid cookies to me, and that's not a bad thing.

Very smooth going down, also a bit thick.

Another really nice beer from this brewery. There is a lot of flavor here, I think the profile would make this a great beer for around Christmas time, as it reminds me of the types of cookies usually enjoyed that time of year. I could easily drink more of this.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from the "1 pint, 0.9 oz" bottle into an imperial pint glass. The beer is a very dark reddish brown that, when held to light, is clear. Head is 2 fingers thick and light tan with somewhat poor retention.

Smell: A surprisingly faint aroma, which was somewhat of a turnoff since I love the big malty aroma of doppelbocks. Still, there is some of that here, containing a nice, albeit slight, aroma of roasted malts, caramel, and an almost buttery note floating around in there.

Taste: The aroma lied. This is a very rich beer with all of the features I love so much about doppelbocks. Huge malt punch, primarily caramel with a slight chocolate note and a hint of toasted bread. Balance comes in the midpalate, where there is some faint balancing hop - just enough. Finishes very smooth with a slight, fleeting alcohol burn in the back of the throat, just to remind you of the 7.4%...

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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 Jeffsta1
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice medium brown color, pretty, fine head, good persistence.

Smells correct. Just a hint of lager-y malt.

Taste is malty, sweet on the attack. Downgraded a bit due to excess sweetness.

Feels quite nice in the mouth. Fine.

Overall a good beer. Not in the same quality class as Celebrator, but nice.

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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 SaucyA
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Sniftered. Pours the deepest of browns. When held to the window, it BARELY, and I mean barely, changes color. The head is a soapy little mass, off-white in color, that doesn't retain very well. Fine lacing.

S - A nice, subdued, malty nose. Random fruits, light molasses, and an *almost* Quad affect. Grapey?

T - Huge roasty malts at the forfront. A fruity sweetness follows, with a big, bittersweet finish. Not hoppy, just big, sticky, roasty malt bitterness that sticks in your craw like a bold, black coffee. Random tobacco, mocha, raisin/prune noted.

M - Pretty good all around. Good carbonation and good body.

D - Not the most drinkable Dopplebock, but one to get now and again. I don't want another now, but I wouldn't turn one down.

Notes: I still can't believe I never had this. I've had better Dopplebocks, but I can only imagine this on-tap. I bet that'd be a treat.

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Photo of bobhits
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark reddish brown, 1 finger head, looks thick and creamy. Leaves some ok lacing as well.

Sweet caramel malts, toffee, bananas?, vanilla, rather interesting beer.

Toffee, vanilla, maybe a touch of oak, very light molasses, and just a slight amount of burnt malt. No hops to speak of, no bitterness. The burnt malt is the only real bitter element at the end perhaps some hops are there but completely not registering for me. Noting here comes off as bitter. The burnt malt only creates enough to lets say even things out. Now that it's room temp, there is a clear hop character here. I can't really describe the hops as they're simply a bitter element in a sweet vanilla treat.

Silky smooth, nice carbonation, and thin enough to drink a few of, but not so thick as to let you notice the 7.4%.

This is the best damn double bock I've ever had. Many American one's are far far too alcohol, too thick, too malt dominate, etc. This makes beers like Sam Adams double bock seem like amateur hour.

This is a malt head, who doesn't want anything "imperial," dream come true. I like this beer a good bit. That said I love hops and I love bitter. A beer I think I'll try again simply because it drinks so well.

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Photo of RickS95
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown. It's filtered, but little light gets through. The head is a couple fingers worth, a bit off-white and fluffy.

Roasty malts and smoke fill the nose.

The taste is strong and there's a lot of it, but I can't quite put my finger on what dominates. There seems to be some chocolate and coffee notes, but like I said, there's so much flavor than nothing really sticks out.

Mouthfeel is creamy. It starts off sweet and that sweetness continues. In the finish, there is some bitterness, but it's slight and most likely from the hops, the coffee and the chocolate. In the swallow, there is a gentle heat from the alcohol.

This is easy to drink. There's lot of taste and alcohol, but everything marries together very well making for a nice beer to drink throughout the night.

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Photo of tkelley
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a chalice type glass. Really dark body with a white head that wasnt very high, but did linger.

Smelled like toasty bread and malt.

Tasted like malt, nice sweetness. Some fruits like raisins. I like the taste.

Not a ton of carbonation and drinks pretty easily. I dont find this to be too heavy at all.

There was no goat on the bottle, but there was a bear (all black and brown and covered with hair). I know the lack of goat shouldnt get to me, but it kind of does.

Again, it was a really smooth drinking beer that is nice now during the fall.


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Photo of lou91
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good solid doublebock. Poured beautifully letting off sweet chocolate and malt flavors. The alcohol is not apparent until mid beer when you start to feel happier about the world and that you are blessed to be able to drink good beer like this for 2.65 for a bottle. Dark brown color with a malt lovers body. As you get to the bottom, the tastes come together very well. There is a bit of sweetness that sticks to your tongue which may need some pretzels to help with. Buy it at bev'mo in albany.

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Photo of erosier
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a dark brown color with a tall, thick, and fluffy tan colored head that laces the glass very nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet malts, a hint of molasses and maybe some chocolate malt.
T: Tastes very sweet all around. Big malty taste that has some molasses flavors to it, a hint of chocolate, and some vinous fruits at the end.
M: Very smooth, somewhat heavy, but very warming.
D: Very nice beer all around, well worth a try.

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Photo of Boppar
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half-liter bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. Slight head at first, which rapidly vanished, leaving my glass completely still. Not what I expected, but not a bad thing, either.

S: Smells like coffee and roasted malts.

T: Tastes like coffee and roasted malts. Sweet, full-bodied malt taste, with not even a hint of bittering hops. It tastes like a more elegant porter.

M: Mouthfeel is slick and heavy. No carbonation.

D: Drinkability is pretty solid. It goes down easy enough, that's for sure. However, it is incredibly sweet, and I don't lnow how many I'd want. But the 7.40% ABV is not in evidence at all, and it makes for smooth drinking.

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Photo of Parrotshake
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Big78CJ
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice foamy two fingers of head but we'll wait before comment on its retention. This is a very dark beer with the faintest auburn & ruby highlights shimmering through at the edges. The dissipating head has stopped and is a steady surface of pale brown.

s: Dried sweet fruits come rushing in. Oddly, the smell reminded me of a Westvleteren or other quad. They definitely would seem to share similar fruity esters (plum, apricot, raisin?)

T: The same fruits are present in the taste as well. Although not particularly high alcohol (7.4%) it is somewhat noticeable. Once the fruit clears, a malty monster is left behind to attempt a cleanse of the palate. There is a slight bitter aftertaste but fairly well balanced.

M: Malty monster: filled with creamy liquid entering but washes out like a dunkel. Is that what a Dunkels Starkbier does?

D: I'm glad I finally tried another Weihenstephaner, this time not a wheat. Now I can confirm I like their whole range of beers.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a syrupy brown body with heavy carbonation and a two-finger head that died quickly but left lace rings. It smelled a little dry and grainy with an alcohol smell noticeable, but also malts like roast and chocolate are prevelant. A semi-creamy, smooth, medium-bodied beer that contains some sweetness thanks to roasted, chocolate, caramel and butterscotch malts (at least that's what I tasted) with a crisp, slightly dry backbite with some toffee and coffee malts. Even though this is a little simplistic I could session this and recommend it to anyone.

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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