Weihenstephaner Korbinian
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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From:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
 
Germany
Style:
Doppelbock
Ranked #5
ABV:
7.4%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,921
Avg:
4.2 | pDev: 9.05%
Reviews:
1,362
Ratings:
1,622
Status:
Active
Rated:
Saturday at 10:28 PM
Added:
Sep 12, 2001
Wants:
  256
Gots:
  398
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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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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Rated: 4.29 by heymikew from California

Saturday at 10:28 PM
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Reviewed by Ryan-D from Florida

3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
1 Pint bottle poured into a tulip glass

Look: Deeply dark with light head.

Smell: Roasted nuts, mild chocolate , very malty.

Taste: Flavors of mild chocolate, nuts, sweet bread, slight creamy finish.

Feel: Smooth with a creamy finish.

Overall: Delicious taste and definitely something I'll be buying again.
Nov 18, 2022
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Reviewed by JackRWatkins from Georgia

3.36/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
Korbinian pours a deep, opaque mahogany with a one-finger beige head and though it has fairly weak head retention, the lacing is lattice-like. While the first impression of this beer is a bit underwhelming things do look up as we smell it. Our more proper introduction to Korbinian is an assertive savory aroma followed immediately by a more subtle note of chocolate, leaving us with the ghost of something like a dark fruit jam. Unfortunately, this is where the excitement ends as things from here are about what you would expect if you’ve read this far. The taste is reminiscent of a dark chocolate, savory and heavy, almost roasty; but never quite getting far enough to provide the balance that the chocolate note demands. There is an understated hint of spice here, but alas it is so mild that at points I confused it for the bite of the carbonation. A small ray of sunlight on this cloudy day is the mouthfeel which is fairly silky and suits this beer quite well, but mouthfeel has yet to rescue a beer, and today will not be the first time. In a world of choices, this beer suffers from a profound mediocrity. It is by no means bad, but it is too rich to be considered balanced, and too shallow to savor. I am by no means an expert in doppelbock, but I have certainly had better. Were I reaching for a dopplebock I would choose Aventinus or Ayinger before reaching for this. St. Korbinian has not made a believer out of me.
Nov 16, 2022
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Reviewed by maltmaggot from California

4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
A. Rich brown blood
S. Toffee, spice, alcohol, toasted nuts, dark bread, brown sugar
T. Treacle, roasted figs, pumpernickel, burnt tree sap, black tea
T. Luxurious
O. Well balanced, nuanced. I think it's good. 'Dessert' to those who prefer things watered down.
Nov 06, 2022
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Reviewed by SLeffler27 from New York

4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Korbinian has a very light beige and creamy head. The head holds one inch for a few minutes, then settles to a thick blanket. Spotty patches of lace form on a Pilsner glass, while the very dark brown beer has dark ruby highlights.

Toasted malt is strong, followed by lightly charred brown sugar and molasses. Pumpernickel rye and dates lead to the middle, which has toffee, reminiscent of a Heath or Score chocolate bar.

Wow! The flavor has a ton of pumpernickel. This is very much like the bagel I had this morning. Sweetness seems to be twice the level of the roasted bitterness. Nuts and toasted malt are also strong, while there is a light smokiness. Warmth brings out the brown sugar and molasses, as well as the dates and adds raisins. The long, mild finish has a soothing effect.

A full body with a lush velvety smooth texture that is similar to fur. The alcohol is well controlled and about as labeled. The carbonation is soft.

This beer envelopes one in decadent luxury. It is exquisite, and well worthy of its namesake, be that the Bishop or the raven. As far as Lenten beers go, this, so far, is the standout for me this year.
Oct 16, 2022
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Reviewed by Bass-n-beerman from Nebraska

3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
a good solid beer, rich and smooth, complex flavor profile, while being very well balanced, malty with hints of chocolate dark fruits, nuts, really a very good traditional beer
Oct 12, 2022
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
500ml bottle into a tall glass. Dating rather confusing.

Looks very good in the glass. Dark body, red wine when held up to the light. Light tan head persists in good form throughout leaving scattered lacing.

Really enticing aroma, malty, dark fruit.

Tasting confirms the nose. Rolls along the tongue very nicely, slightly sweet. No hint of a roast. Smooth, warming.

Mouth just about gets to medium, thinner than expected, but I think this works in its favor. Finish sweet and slightly warming.

Overall, top notch tasty doppelbock to muse over on a cool fall night.
Oct 09, 2022
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Reviewed by padraic_g from Hawaii

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I like this doppelbock, not nearly as full-bodied as I expected nice light nose, only slight bitterness on the finish but that could be that it traveled half way around the world to get to me. Slight chocolate and tobacco flavors with a nice carbonation. With anything from Weihenstephaner it's just cool to be drinking a piece of history.
Oct 06, 2022
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Reviewed by Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.89/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
I like dark beer. Something about the darker the better. Smokey, caramel, root beer, malt. Taste is like This the root beer of the Gods. Smokey. malt caramel, wood, leather, bark, ancient love, Smoother than a cheerleader's thighs. WOW BEER! OCTOBERFEST! PROST!
I reserve the right to change my mind.
Sep 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.26 by Taenim from New Jersey

Sep 21, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by Manthon from Pennsylvania

Sep 17, 2022
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from Florida

4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
500 ml bottle poured into a tall Weihenstephan flute.
Amazing what can be done with just 4 ingredients, isn’t it?
A good German dopplebock with all the dunkles starkbier qualities!
Aug 29, 2022
 
Rated: 4.71 by B501 from Arkansas

Aug 16, 2022
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Rated by DaveMc76

4.84/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Great malty and clean taste. Highly recommended.
Jul 30, 2022
 
Rated: 4.88 by MrJones07 from Spain

Jul 28, 2022
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
great amber brown nice firm head great malty taste flab=vorful in every sip
Jun 20, 2022
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Rated by Slikpullass from Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
Bottle
May 30, 2022
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Reviewed by MHL81 from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
500 ml bottle poured in a modified nonic. Dark mahogany color. Stubborn head settled to a thin layer of foam eventually. Malty smell, taste as well. Very well done.
May 29, 2022
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Reviewed by Spike from England

4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
500ml bottle.
L: Dark chestnut colour with a thin, off-white head that collapses to a smear.
S: Soft, delicate treacle aroma.
T: Malt loaf, plum, caramel, treacle toffee. Alcohol is present but understated.
F: Super smooth mouthfeel with a gently foaming, almost creamy, finish.
O: A highly enjoyable, easy-to-drink, dark & malty brew. Was I expecting a tad more for the 7.4%? Maybe.
May 21, 2022
 
Rated: 3.94 by RollDamnTide from Florida

May 15, 2022
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Pours a slightly clear, mostly dark, but hints of an amber hue, brown color with a strong, light tan head. SRM of 22. (4.00)

Aroma: Moderate aromas of brown bread, banana bread, hints of chocolate and caramel. Some cream on the end. (4.00)

Flavor: Moderate flavors of brown bread, nuts, banana bread, tiramisu and bread pudding, with a creamy finish. The flavors here are on point. (4.25).

Feel: Light to medium-bodied for the style, yet finishes with a creamy note that lingers on the palate asking for another sip. (4.00)

Overall: A really nice doppelbock here. It has fantastic flavors of brown bread, bananas, nuts, chocolate, tiramisu, bread pudding, all with a creamy finish. The body is slightly lighter for the style, but the flavors are there. The alcohol is detectable but not overpowering. A pretty standard representation of the style.
May 08, 2022
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Reviewed by Funktion from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a slightly clear, mostly dark, but hints of an amber hue, brown color with a strong, light tan head. SRM of 22.

Aroma: Moderate aromas of brown bread, banana bread, hints of chocolate and caramel. Some cream on the end. (4.00)

Flavor: Moderate flavors of brown bread, nuts, banana bread, tiramisu and bread pudding, with a creamy finish (4.25)

Feel: Light to medium-bodied for the style, yet finishes with a creamy note that lingers on the palate asking for another sip. (3.75)


Overall: A really nice doppelbock here. It has fantastic flavors of brown bread, bananas, nuts, chocolate, tiramisu, bread pudding, all with a creamy finish. The body is slightly lighter for the style, but the flavors are there. The alcohol is detectable but not overpowering. A pretty standard representation of the style.
May 08, 2022
 
Rated: 3.94 by jduprey007 from Michigan

May 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.33 by 2beerdogs from California

Apr 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4.6 by Beecham from California

Apr 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.16 by M4CDO from Massachusetts

Mar 27, 2022
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Reviewed by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
0.5 L bottle
Glass: 0.5 L Mug
Serving Temp: approx 48 - 50 degrees F
Bottle Code: 1089 (guessing that would be in Feb, 2019?)

Look: Dark brown with mahogany highlights when held to a light. Opaque, even when held to a light. Huge initial beige-to-khaki head that took up almost 1/4 of the mug and was higher than the top of the mug. After sipping, the head broke up and became a thin khaki film on top of the beer. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Rich semi-sweet chocolate over top of figs and dark bread

Taste: Sweeter than the nose. Milk chocolate and molasses with figs and hints of raisins. Pumpernickel bread. Things dry out towards the end and finish on a dry chocolate/cocoa note.
Feel: Creamy and mouth-coating. Medium body.

Overall: An enjoyable and drinkable doppelbock. Definitely "liquid bread". This has a nice dry and chocolatey note that I like in doppelbocks. It is sweet, but not overly sweet nor cloying.
Mar 15, 2022
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from a 500mL bottle into my weizen glass.

On the pour a nice big head forms that maintains shape above the rim of the glass. Head does dissipate to just a ring over the course of drinking but not too fast. Color is dark brown, and some light gets through but in darker lighting it looks black. No lacing.

The nose is of dry fruit and some roasty malts. Slight funk, this might be a bit old, but pretty one note. Dry fruit funky like rasin and molasses.

Taste is better than the smell. More of the roasty malts come through and the funk is slightly there but only vaguely. Taste is still quite heavy which is to be expected. Some bitterness after the main malt washes away and leaves you with a slightly bitter pure malt aftertaste.

Feel is a bit lighter than expected based on everything else reviewed, not necessarily a bad thing and it makes this beer a bit dangerous because based on feel alone it's quite easy to put down. Definitely a cold weather beer still.

Overall it's a nice big beer. Maybe doppelbocks aren't my favorite but there is a bit of funk in here. Strong in flavor but still easy to drink.
Mar 04, 2022
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Reviewed by TheMatts

4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Dark brown, ruby look with a beige foamy head that recedes to nothing. Smells of milk chocolate and small bits of coffee there is also a malt flavor with a toast smell too.
Immediately I knew this was the best beer I’ve ever had. Taste of semi-sweet to milk chocolate. There is also large notes of cocoa powder, think Swiss Miss packets. This is the highest quality beer I’ve ever had. I can tell that all the ingredients are really high quality. This is overall a complex but simple beer taste wise. Meaning; there isn’t any middle ground taste. There is some small notes of hazelnut. There is a medium to low carbonation. This is a semi-sweet beer. Really smooth feel drinking too.
This is a fantastic beer. I love it. Almost perfect, but God alone is perfect Matthew 5:48.
Mar 03, 2022
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Reviewed by harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a clear dark brown with a low tan head and moderate lacing.

Smells of toasted malt, yeast and raisins.

Tastes of sweet, toasted malt, molasses, chocolate, raisins and dates. there is a slight alcohol warmth to the finish.

Medium body with very light carbonation. Lush slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

This is a sweet, subtle and complex brew.
Feb 21, 2022
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Rated by LukeGude from Iowa

3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Big bottle from John’s poured into tulip. Description/notes are spot-on. Nice solid doppelbock.
Feb 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.05 by lonestarshield from Texas

Feb 14, 2022
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Reviewed by Sheppard from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a dark brown with veins of dark red a la a Coca Cola or a Dr Pepper. Getting some chocolate covered almonds and raisin on the nose. It's dark chocolate forward. There's some raisinette character on the finish. It's a nice doppelbock.
Feb 09, 2022
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
I got a bottle of this beer off the single shelf from the Woodman's in Onalaska, Wisconsin just outside of La Crosse. It poured a nearly opaque dark mahogany amber with off white head that is not leaving much lace. The scent had chocolate malt base with typical Dunkel flare. The mouthfeel was medium in body and had good carbonation. Overall it is a solid beer.
Jan 30, 2022
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Reviewed by BigGinge from New York

4.89/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color with some ruby hues towards the bottom of the glass. Thin ring of tan foam on top. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Fragrant and inviting. Rye bread, cherries, caramel, fruitcake, raisins. Smells absolutely beautiful.

Taste: First sip puts an instant smile on my face. Dark bread, hint of caramel, dates, dark chocolate, roasted nuts, very little bitterness, not overly sweet. The chocolate comes through more as it warms. Very good balance. Scrumptious.

Feel: Medium to full bodied, creamy, ample carbonation, finishes dry with the slightest wimper of alcohol warmth.

Overall: One of the best beers I've had. Thank you to everyone that had a hand in making this, well done.
Jan 19, 2022
 
Rated: 4.9 by superwho24 from Arkansas

Jan 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4.85 by wl2bill from Wisconsin

Dec 31, 2021
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Reviewed by hreb from Washington

3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Half liter bottle served in pint glass. Dark cola brown with good clarity and no head formation. Dark malty aroma of prunes familiar to these dark bock beers. Very rich, very fruity, like stewed stone fruit and figs. Sweet flavors but a clean finish. In a lot of ways this reminds me of a British rather than German style. Very tasty, balanced, and drinkable. Fine carbonation.

Not quite as complex as Aventinus, but still an exceptional doppelbock and worth seeking out.
Dec 27, 2021
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Reviewed by KorpseKween

4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Finally made an account after 10 years to rate this beer. Truly the greatest winter beer I have ever had. The taste is exceptionally rich yet smooth and subtle all at the same time. Every swig is like drinking some chocolate malt and gingerbread cookies mixed together. I’m leaving this out for Santa instead of cookies
Dec 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.75 by Hazey92 from New York

Dec 22, 2021
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