Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner KorbinianWeihenstephaner Korbinian

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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.

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Reviews: 1,228 | Ratings: 2,645
Photo of josanguapo
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From Decervecitas. In Bavaria glass. Watching Los Soprano 6x14-15. My favourite doppelbock with difference. Perfect feel. Brown sugar, caramel, toffe, figs,all in perfect armony, in just the adequate amount

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

.5 L brown bottle in a lager glass.
Dark red-brown body with excellent clarity and a good, light brown head.
Medium-full-body with near medium carbonation.
Aroma: dark dried fruits, toffee and some alcohol esters.
Flavor: hints of dried plums and figs, toffee, roasted nuts, brown bread and chocolate.

Overall: a standard bearer for the style.

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Photo of Buck89
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. A clear amber-brown color out of the bottle that was a deep ruby brown in the glass. A generous tan had that gradually receeded. Smelled like a meal in a glass - brown bread, toffee, and walnuts. The taste brought the bread, with raisins, plums, and a bit of chocolate. A bit fuller than medium-bodied with a clean, nutty, roasty finish.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.67/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a hefeweizen glass.

A: The body is black to coppery having minor opaqueness. There's some red hues on the sides of the glass. The head is beige and one finger thick. There's lacing.
S: The aroma is very soft of slightly roasted barley that gives a very mellow touch of toffee.
T: The taste appears to have a very prominent profile of honey that provides a sweetness that punched you in the face. This sweetness also connects very well with the bitter end for the toffee-like flavors and barley roastiness. But the initial sweetness is way too overwhelming.
M: Body is medium low. Carbonation is low. Alocohol is unnoticed. Bitterness is low. Sweetness is medium high.
O: A way too sweet beer for me and for a doppelbock. Not bad, but I'd rather pass future tries at this beer.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice dunkel color, little fizz of head that stays lightly foamy.

Sweet light nose.

Taste is pretty chocolatey but sweet caramel and malt come through.

Very smooth mouth.

Not an overly complex doppelbock, but quite delicious. A chocolate dunkel fit for bears and monks.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown in color, ruby edges when held to light. Creamy khaki foam that retains very well. The aroma is divine. Rich, sweet malt dominates. Notes of dark fruit, bready. The taste follows with rich malt character leading the way. The aftertaste leaves a great aftertaste of raisin, fig, nuttiness, and slight sweetness. Medium body, moderate carbonation, and extremely creamy/smooth. May be the best version of a doppelbock I've ever had.

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Photo of pinedrops
4.87/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On draft. Pours a murky deep brown dark and the smell hits you with sweet notes. Upon drinking the back of my mouth tasted an over-ripe fig with hints of toffee. In the end it leaves with sweetness aromas throughout your mouth and nose. The taste is perfect if you want to dive into a Dopplebock. This brewery reminds me of my father. He always had this in the fridge. When I was younger, I would take whatever was in the fridge to parties. I was always the only one with an authentic German beer in my hand. Thanks dad! Your years in Germany brought back a palate that is unique and true to beer!

I had the pleasure of drinking this Doppelbock at The Rusty Monk in Uptown Whittier, CA. The staff there was not too knowledgeable, but I was glad to see this beer.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 16.9 oz bottle poured into a mug

It is a very dark chestnut brown with a big frothy tan head. Great retention.

It has an aroma of chocolate, toffee, dark bread, yeast, and a touch of metal.

It's super malty and fairly smokey with a strong chocolate flavor. Also some roasted nuts, sticky, rich toffee, sweet doughy bread, and a touch of raisin. A little bit of a spicy hop bitterness on the finish.

Body is velvety and almost chewy.

An outstanding doppel

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Photo of FLima
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown color with red highlights and a thick light caramel head with short retention.
Aroma with predominant notes of Maillard products, plums, figs and chocolate with hints of toffee and nuts.
Likewise, malty flavor with notes of toffee, some spicy hops, prunes, Maillard products, chocolate, plums, figs, lager yeast and nuts. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7.4% is well disguised.
Traditional Doppelbock with good complexity and all optional flavors for the style.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a slightly murky deep brown with a good, big and sticky tan head. It smells of sweet malt, a bit of oxidization, and a bit metallic. Almost like flat soda. A touch of dark fruit emerges in the end. Taste is much more pleasant. Very grainy, a touch of lightly burnt toast, and some moderate sweetness. The feel is rich again, well carbonated (almost foamy in the mouth), and balanced favoring the sweet side. Overall, this is an outstanding doppelbock, but not my first choice in the style. Prost!

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/16/2016. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, toasted biscuit, brown bread, nuttiness, light chocolate, raisin, plum, fig, date, apricot, apple, herbal, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, toasted biscuit, brown bread, nuttiness, light chocolate, raisin, plum, fig, date, apricot, apple, herbal, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy hop and roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, toasted biscuit, brown bread, nuttiness, chocolate, dark fruit, herbal, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light increasing dryness from lingering bitterness as well. Amazingly clean lager flavors, with minimal yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is well hidden with a mild warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic doppelbock. All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. Rich malt complexity with complimenting underlying fruity notes; and balancing noble hop character. A highly enjoyable offering, and classic style example.

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Photo of FBarber
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a ruddy nut brown color. Appears opaque in the glass but actually is perfectly clear when held to the light. Frothy tan head dissipates leaving a thin residual head that disappears then returns with each drink. Some spotty sticky lacing is left behind.

Smell has notes of fresh bread, raisins, some wine like notes, and some undertones of brown sugar and caramel.

Taste follows the nose with notes of raisins, bread, caramel malts, brown sugar and a distinct dry red wine like flavor. Tad bit of earthy hops come through on the back end.

Feel has medium carbonation. Smooth with a dry finish. Medium bodied in spite of appearing a tad thin.

Overall this is not the best doppelbock out there, but its in the top tier. One of my personal favorites.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is rich roasty toasty malts with a little bit of molasses.
The flavor is roasted with sweet brown sugar, tons of toffee and caramel and a little chocolate coming through on the back, not a super complex beer, but it's good for the style.
Overall I might buy it again, it's good, but the flavors aren't super complex. It's just a straight forward sweet roasty lager. It's very nice on this cold February night, so I can't hate on it at all.

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Photo of TH28
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is deep brown, opaque, with Reny highlights and a thick tan foam cap. Aroma is bready and roasted malt. No noticeable hop aroma or alcohol. Taste is rich caramel, dark fruit, molasses, and a hint of roasted malt on the back side. Hop bitterness is minimal. Mouthfeel is medium with a decent carbonation and slight alcohol warmth. Finished very malty with no noticeable hop character and leaves a thick caramel malt flavor on the tongue. Seems somewhat subdued and maltier than other doppelbocks, with less of a dark fruit/licorice character

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Korbinian pours an opaque black with a small lacing head. Rich doughy aroma with lots of figs and plum. Rich doughy flavor with lots of sweet plums and figs; christmisy. Good body. Overall, a sweeter fruitier Dopplebock.

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Photo of FFreak
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tall tulip. A semi-translucent dark brown with a wispy tall head that sticks around and leaves small lace. Beautiful aromas of dark dried fruit combined with bread. Taste is similar to the other Weihenstephaner beers I've tried, but with the addition of some dark roast malt. Mouth is a tad thin, but otherwise wonderful. Overall, another fine German bock from Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of opieo
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep rust color. Rich creamy malty. Full bodied and complex. A brew that must be tried. Best at just below room temp 50ish. Opens up at warmer temp. Get it.

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.87/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best beers from Weihenstephan IMO-- Smell is a nice roasted nutsy type of scent, not overpowering at all. Taste is a very well balanced blend, with tastes of nuts, toffee, chocolate, and a hint of coffee. Feel is very smooth, not overcarbonated, and has a clean finish. There are stronger Doppelbock beers out there, Korbinian is more towards the smooth, mellow side of this style but has all the good taste. Great beer overall.

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Photo of TivoLivin
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

An affordable and attractive bottle poured into a large glass. Pours a dark burgundy color with a tan head that lasts a long time.

L: Its a very dark, but still mildly red tinted beer.
A: The aroma is full of dark fruits and very reminiscent of the style
T: Very full and balanced flavor with malt, fig, and a little chocolate. A sweet doppelbock with a complex fruity flavor.
F: The smoothness of this beer compensates for its lack of dryness, and makes it very enjoyable and easy to drink. Look out for the well-hidden alcohol strength in this one!

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Photo of OlaB
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: pours a deep copper dark color. A decent top of head that disolves rapidly to a small rind at the top.some lacings on the sides.

S: caramel,toffee, figues,rausins and plums,toasted bread.

T&F: very malty and roasted in the background all the way, sense caramel,toofee and some chocolate there, in the front fruity sweetness with dark matured fruits. In the finish is a dry flavour with comfortable bitterness and a good lasting aftertaste. The high alcohol content are remarkable well hidden. Very smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

O: This doppelbock was a true enjoyment to drink, delicious from the beginning to the finish. Highly recommended.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Halbite in Sofia, Bulgaria. Served in a ceramic mug with a cry low head, so unable to review the appearance. Nose is all caramel and brown bread. Not particularly complex. Taste is quite sweet. Caramel malts dominate with some nice roasted notes and fig in the background. Overall, not my favorite dbock due to the high sweetness, but you'd be a fool to turn it down.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Clear brown with fantastic beige head, so is retention.
Smell - caramel, rye bread, figs, dates, prunes.
Taste - follows the smell + toasted malts, some chocolate tones. Delicious.
Medium body, soft carbonation, warming,

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Photo of JRed
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark cola-like body with off-white head that retreats the edge of the glass. Aroma of raisins, prunes, candy sugar, herbs, mild spice. Tastes of raisins, prunes, herbal notes, mild cola and spice, wheat. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of 57md
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brownish color with ruby edges and a finger of head. The nose is exquisitely malty and bready. The body and the flavor are not quite as bold as the nose would indicate but this remains an enjoyable offering.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours deep brown with a frothy khaki head that settles to a light layer and laces nicely.

S: Toasty bready malt, dark fruit, fig, a little plum, and some toffee sweetness.

T: Dark fruit, fig and plum, a hint of chocolate, toasty bready malt, and toffee sweetness.

M: Towards the fuller end of medium body, moderate carbonation, very smooth.

O: Not a life changing beer, but a very well done doppelbock.

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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