Korbinian
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Style:
Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #3
ABV:
7.4%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,700
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 9.03%
Reviews:
1,338
Ratings:
2,942
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
 
Germany
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94
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Notes: 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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SteveTheDog from Texas

4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

For some reason, mired in the discount section of H-E-B, this seductive dark beer back into me to celebrate the turning of the seasons rather than mourn the passing of life so sweet on trees and ground like

Oct 06, 2021
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/1/20; drank 7/11/21 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque brown/orange appearance.

An even pour yielded a big khaki head; frothy lace.

Caramel, fall leaves & faint citrus peel notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Mild notes of brown sugar, fall leaves & some faint caramel.

A bit too mild, in fact, on the tongue, but overall an enjoyable beer.

Jul 12, 2021
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gooddaydiablo from Texas

4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

look: dark brown

smell: plum, fig, bread, toast, toffee,

taste: similar with smell, it's very complex and a good mix of all the good stuff,

feel: thin and easy going and very balanced

overall: def. a good one, will buy again, high quality stuff, cheers!

Jun 28, 2021
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dkoehler42 from New York

3.03/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

I found this Weihenstephaner Korbinian on the shelves of my local beer distributor. I was intrigued as I had not heard of this before. It pours a dark brown/amber, with an off-white head, and a sharp nose. The taste is flat and bland, and the mouthfeel is not offensive but mostly non-existent. I'm wondering if this bottle was compromised.

Jun 13, 2021
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Beersnake1 from California

4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a nice dark brown with little head. The nose is incredible. Bread, toffee, molasses, figs, grass, dirt, and maybe a bit of chocolate. The taste....oh the taste. Bread, figs, raisins, licorice, burnt toffee, rich roasted malts. This taste just keep going and going. An earthy taste comes through in a great way. The mouthfeel is thick and perfect. The aftertaste is sweet and is very long. Amazing stuff.

May 24, 2021
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RacerX5k from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Stopped at Total wine Cherry Hill, NJ on my way home from the shore because I've been wanting an classic double bock for spring. Look is pretty brown, cola like. Aroma not much, malty. Taste is fully flavored malts and a little dark fruit for balance. Mouthfeel is thick, but by the end becomes cloying, and honestly, tough to finish the 16.9 oz. Very unusual for me to struggle finishing any beer. And now I remember why I haven't had one in many years ...

May 23, 2021
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sjrider from California

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heavy pour from a bottle- clear deep brown/mahogany with thick khaki head leaving slight foamy lacing. Nose is slightly sweet with dark fruits, roasty malt and nuts. Taste follows with a deep bready richness. A substantial but smooth dark brew.

May 04, 2021
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jonphisher from New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A beautiful dark brown beer with a hefty off white head. There’s a subtle deep red hue to the brown as well if held up to light.

Aroma most noticeable to me was chocolate, follows by subtle roast and some toffee and raisin. Lots going on in the nose from this one.

The same prominent chocolate note hits immediately upon sipping, its a very pleasant start to the sip. What follows is the roastiness and some sort of dark rich bread. It is like liquid bread to be honest, very hefty.

Mouthfeel is medium and chewy, it is a hefty beer. For such a hefty beer it certainly goes down very nicely. There is almost a creaminess, without the sweetness, to how smooth it is. A little kiss of bitter on the finish.

Apr 26, 2021
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle poured into a mug

A- A clear dark amber with a two finger tan head

S- Figs, dark fruits, toffee, some caramel, earthy, touch of bananas.

T- Figs, toffee, dark fruits, some bananas, earthy, some caramel.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A tasty doppelbock and easy to drink.

Apr 24, 2021
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MaltyFlannel from Iowa

4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a tulip at 49 degrees F. Clear medium - brown with lots of reddish hues. Initially aggressive khaki head recedes into a stable ring.

S: Dark fruit, cola cubes, and dark caramel. Further nosing clarifies the fruit into semi-sweet prunes.

T: Savory and substantial dark bread and caramel arrival. Jammy dark fruits midpalate. Slightlyl umami. Bread crust with a touch of banana and baking spice on the finish which is dry.

F: Medium bodies with peppery carbonation.

O: A well-rounded classic doppelbock

Apr 24, 2021
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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

botttling date of 8400, so approx 6-7 months old if my interpretation is right.

A: Initially looks dark brown and opaque, but when held to light you see beautiful ruby hues and a crystal clarity that even allows you to see the carbonation bubbles. Large light tan head dissipates down fairly slowly but no lacing is seen.

S: Aromas are biscuit, sweet dough, herbal and earthy. Nobel hop spice, and a very distinct floral note that I simply cannot place. Mild caramel notes round it out.

T: Taste is roasty, initially very much porter-like which certainly catches me way off guard. That soon yields to the other flavors and some sweetness comes out next with pretty big caramel and even a touch of molasses. Earthy bitterness from the hops. Dark fruits come out in the taste which I didn’t get on the nose, same with a light roast coffee character. Bitterness is moderate and lingers in the finish.

M/D: Mouthfeel is very smooth, carbonation on the lower end but appropriate, drinkability is very good.

O: Overall, this is a very well done beer, not like this is ground breaking news to anyone. In general I do feel like I prefer weizenbocks as they tend to have some added layers of complexity and more characters that hit the preferences of my personal palate. That being said absolutely no complaints here.

4.25/4/4.25/4.25/4.25

Apr 23, 2021
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Today I saw a pair of lucky magpies in the park; this pm I get to try a majesticly labelled new beer from a brewery that happens to brew my all-time highest rated beer (of #1739 to date), the legendary Weihenstephaner Vitus. Expectations and hopes are high!...
Blind-tasted except for the beer's name and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)...
L- Super-dark ruby-chestnut. Clear, with a short lived 3mm pale tan head. It's not my regular glass killing the head, but perhaps the ABV%/lack of surface-tension. Some head on top-up lasts much better and forms a ring+patch that sticks around. ps. it is filtered/zero sediment at bottle.
S- Deep, reminds me of heavy/moist/pungent fruit cake, deep, fruity with a hint of molasses to it. The molasses is presumably from deep/dark pungent malts.
T- Oh yes, the smell^ follows right into the taste, especially that molasses facet, which also lingers into the finish with a lightly zingy hop note + CO2 on the palate.
F- An ideal slow-sippin' winter watmer. It's deep, pungent and yet remarkably refined and balanced. It certainly has some richness but even as it warms a touch I don't get a sense that this will gain a sweet edge.
O- What a lovely beer. It's so deep and malty it has gone 'orf into the realms of molasses. Ideal for winter, or a cold evening by a crackling log fire... I like it but I prefer their Vitus a lot more, as it has more dimensions beyond primarily the malts.
Review/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the bottle lables to see what I missed! Brewed per the 1516 Bavarian Reinheitsgebot [ingredients]. No surprise it's trad coming from this brewery. Nothing else to surprise there...
500ml bottle BB: 01/03/22 £3.25 Bought from TremblingMadness, York/UK as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.

Apr 11, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 7.4%. Mahogany coloured beer, huge and lasting beige head. Lovely aroma of medium dark malts, bakery (esp. fresh brown bread) and caramel, hints of oak and dark dried fruits. Rich mouthfeel. Distinctly malty and rich flavour, sweet but not too much. Caramel and brown bread baked with syrup, dark dried fruits, moderate hops. Well balanced and truly enjoyable.

Mar 20, 2021
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Teika_Takahashi from California

3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Look: looks like coffee or flat coca cola. Dark brown color with a nice reddish hue when held up to the light.
Smell: Doesn't really have much aroma, but a faint smell of those hard espresso candies that your grandma has in her purse. Yes, specifically YOUR grandma. I see her on the weekends because you don't and she's lonely.
Taste: Strong bitter flavor, much like coffee/dark chocolate. Has that acidic aftertaste of black coffee. Tastes like black coffee, bread, and soy sauce. Very savory. GOES GREAT WITH FOOD PLEASE EAT THIS WITH FOOOOOOD.
Feel: Very smooth going down and leaves the back of your mouth dry.
Overall: Would rather have this with a meal than by itself. The enjoyment of drinking this increases 10x when you eat food with it.

Mar 13, 2021
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Rug from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Doppelbock is not a style that's widely available, I've only had 1 before. To be honest, I've always seen this beer on the shelf and just passed by it without much thought. However, after trying all of their Weizens, I've been dying to try more from them. They do well with the classic styles, and I have no doubt this will be very good as well

Pours an opaque reddish brown with a finger of light brown head that fades to a thin ring and leaves minimal lacing

To say this has a sweet, malty aroma would be a gross understatement. This all out malt bomb brings aromas of molasses, raisin, dark toast, chewy toffee, a hint of chocolate, and rich vanilla

The taste eases up a bit on the malt in the front end, but it’s still malty first and foremost. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting smoky toast, raisin, light earthy hops, and sticky molasses. The swallow brings notes of deep red grape, rich caramel, bready malt, and chewy dates

A medium body pairs with mild tingly carbonation, resulting in a slick and smooth beer, very close to liquid dessert territory. Finishes not sticky but also not dry, surprisingly refreshing for a beer of its heft

This was good stuff! Not nearly as good as some of their others, but I was more than happy to pick this up and I could see myself grabbing more, especially to pair with big meals or dessert

Mar 05, 2021
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ATL6245 from Georgia

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep dark brown. Thick khaki head with good retention.

Aroma: Malt, malt, malt. Bready.

Flavor & aftertaste: Dark malt & caramel flavors. Very restrained bitterness. Not too sweet.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied & creamy. Ver y silky. Moderate length finish.

Overall: May be the best Doppelbock out there. Drinks so easy. Not bitter, but not too sweet either. Beware, it's 7.4%. Terrific liquid bread aroma. No flaws. All Doppelbock should aspire to be like this one! Not sure how anyone could honestly rate this one lower than a five, unless they got hold of one that was poorly handled.

Feb 26, 2021
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BeerBaronBear from New York

4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date code: 5350. Tasted 2/20/21. A very yummy beer. There are lots of reviews already that summarize this beer accurately, so I'll be brief. It does tilt towards the sweeter side, but there's so many interesting underlying flavors that it never became too much for me. Really digging some of the Weihenstephaner alternative style brews - can't believe I didn't try this before!

Feb 20, 2021
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mjsullivan86 from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Dark brown in color; darker than expected. Medium head, but fades after a few minutes; no lacing.

Inital smell was definitely malt, on the sweet side; like toasted bread. Some dried fruit. Very slight alcohol smell at the end.

Taste is of dried fruit and candi sugar, especially candi sugar on the finish. Toasted malt flavors as well. No real hop presence, as expected. A little boozy on the finish. Smoother, medium bodied feel; thinner than the color implies.

Overall, a great example of the style. Went down easy and was much appreciated on this cold winter night.

Jan 23, 2021
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robertfyffe from California

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: dark brown like mahogany
Smell: Bread and malts
Taste: Smooth with chocolate hints
Feel: Medium with carbonation
Overall: Enjoyed and would look forward to drinking again

Dec 22, 2020
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misteil from Ireland

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look: two finger off white head with decent retention, beer is a gorgeous mahogany colour, lively carbonation in the beer.

smell: really malty, black bread, caramel, tobacco, dark fruit, fig and plum and cherry, nutty, earthy, smells pretty good.

taste: yeah that’s good stuff alright, the malt flavours are gorgeous, big malt flavour, black bread, smokey tobacco, unami, a lovely sweetness, caramel and dark fruits, plum and fig, milk chocolate, earthy, oaky, light to medium bitterness on the finish, but the real highlight are the lovely lingering malt flavours on the finish, tasty stuff.

feel: medium bodied, light carbonation, sticky, bit of warming from the alcohol but very drinkable for 7.4%.

overall: another very good beer from weihenstephaner, they don’t really ever put a foot wrong do they?

Nov 15, 2020
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TheBricenator from Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Clear dark brown – almost looks black in the glass and deep ruby-red when held to light – and a dense tan head settles nicely up top, leaving great lacing
Aroma: Freshly baked brown bread, melanoidin, deep earthy notes, some dark fruit, and more rich, dark maltiness
Taste: Molasses-dipped brown bread and melanoidin lead the charge, quickly joined by earthiness and light dried dark fruit notes. These components go back and forth until clean bready notes take hold and lead to the finish
Mouthfeel: Smooth, clean, almost silky, medium-high carbonation, and a soft, smooth, and clean finish
Overall: This is a delicious and top notch Doppelbock. An outstanding and rich malt profile with tons of depth and a killer mouthfeel help make this a standout in my book but also, not too surprising coming from these folks. It’s a late-night bready snack in a glass. Tasty and highly recommended. Prost!

Nov 09, 2020
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timon from California

4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I looove the smell of this. You know you're in for SOMETHING good when you smell it--but you won't guess what. It honestly smells like a nice hard liquor. Taste is much more mild. Taste is of chocolate, raisins, and plums and sugar--delicious. Look is very dark, small head. Great syrupy mouthfeel, if you like that kind of thing. Worth the price of admission.

Sep 05, 2020
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chieftan291 from Australia

4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown look, but with ruby tones when held up to the light. A nice and sweet caramel smell. Very sweet chocolate and fruity taste. It's one of the sweetest beer's i've tried, and it goes down pretty easy. Definately one i'd have again, though probbaly not in the same sitting - eventually the sweetness would become too much.

Aug 19, 2020
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mactrail from Washington

3.41/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This is so sweet, it dominates the palate. The aroma is just peculiar with dates and fruitcake. An odd fruit and toffee mix with lingering roasted grain flavors. A scrape of bitterish coffee for the finish. Pineapple, plum jam, and more caramel. The carbonation is rather lush, which seems to emphasize the sugar.

I used to be a big fan of these strong, dark German bocks, but this one is a bit much. It would be much improved, tho, in the night beer garden with sauerkraut tickling the nostrils and a pork knuckle in the other hand. From the 500 ml bottle.

Aug 17, 2020
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TedHead from Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark translucent brown/black-- looks like watered down molasses. Head is a tan color and dissipates quickly with no lacing. Smell is dominated by a dark chocolate aroma with molasses and undertones of dates and raisins. Tastes like it smells but mostly heavy on the chocolate with notes of caramel and dates on the end. Feel is incredibly smooth as it does not go down like a beer that is 8% alcohol. I really like this one but it's something I couldn't have back to back in a session.

Aug 15, 2020
Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 2942 ratings