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Weihenstephaner Korbinian - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 1,156
Hads: 2,390
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 182
Gots: 221 | 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 CpnYates
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
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 -7.4%
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 -7.4%
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 -7.4%
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 -7.4%
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 -7.4%
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 -7.4%
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 -7.4%
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 -7.4%
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 -7.4%
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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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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