Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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Photo of MeIquiades
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zachary80
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Globe. 9130 on the back label

Appearance is good. Dark brown with ruby highlights, impressive tan head. Most of it fades off but the rest follow down the glass leaving some lacing.

The aroma smells more like unhopped wort than beer. Dark fruit and bread

Malt dominates here too. Very bready, toasted, dark fruits, and some choclately bitterness. Body is good. Don't really taste the alcohol but feel it in the chest a little.

The Korbinian is amazingly drinkable and enjoyable. My glass went far too fast. I'd fast for lent too if you gave me a steady stream of these. It's a good deal at $3.49

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Photo of mpyle
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

App - gorgeous dark red color, thick off-white head with good retention

Aroma- A plummy, fruitcake kind of smell. Very sweet, definitely no hop. Pure malt bomb. No unpleasant or off aromas.

Taste - Initially malty, but not overly sweet. Some alcohol evident in flavor profile. Not nearly as overpoweringly malty or fruity as the aroma indicates. A gentle sweetness tempered with a little bitterness and some alcohol - very easy transition to a clean malty finish.

MF - medium body, modest carbonation. Some alcohol warming, but well controlled and style appropriate.

D'ability - Not as syrupy sweet as some doppelbocks, so probably more drinkable than some.

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Photo of cdrummer
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 16.9oz bottle at Basil Mediterranean Bistro, 14th Street, Charlottesville, VA.

A: Dark chestnut color with a thick head of solid foam. Most appealing in a tall glass.

S: It smells of sweet barley, rich malt, and dense caramel.

T & M: The smooth, chewy texture and moderate carbonation sweep the roasty malt and caramel across the tongue. When it hits the back of my tongue there is a strange (yet awesome) twang of rich caramel candy-like buzz. In the finish I detect some spiciness from the hops and of course the warming of the 7.4% alcohol.

D: Since I absolutely love this beer for its richness and compatibility with bold food, I could probably drink this all night with everything from the starting salad to a rich baklava. The brew most assuredly has the complexity and character to compliment the entire meal.

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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- a deep reddish brown that is barely opaque when poured into a lager glass, has a chesnut colored head that soon forms to a simple ring around the glass after a vigorous pour

S-immediately malty, with hints of molasses, honey, and maybe just a bit of milk chocolate

T-sweet, but not cloying, alcohol is well hidden even at around 8%. notes of caramel, sweet corn, wheat, and molasses lead into a slight wheaty maltness. Might just be me, but I almost get the taste of toasted marshmallows in this brew.

M-carbonation is light but still refreshing, it's just a tad syrupy which is nice as it gives the beer a little more body

O-A solid, old fashioned brew. More of a fan of their hefe but still would drink this again, especially if paired with some traditional german sausages or schnitzel.

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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish-brown color with two fingers of head. There is a little bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is rich and full of burnt malt and caramel. Almost seems to have the qualities of a good stout. The taste is sweet with roasted malt and some fruit, maybe dates. Just a great flavor. The body is fairly strong for a doppelbock. The drinkability is good for such a strong beer. Another nice one from Weihenstephan.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep ruby/mahogany color with only a fingernails worth of tan head that is reduced to a tiny layer of bubbles quickly

S: Deep roasted malts, surprisingly light and fruity, almost like grape juice (if you discount the malts). Some hops in there as well

T: Same as the smell; the malts come first, then it's sweet and fruity, and then it turns nutty and woody. Very complex. Alcohol in there between the fruits and nuts. Definitely wasn't expecting this much fruit character, but it goes very nicely

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not as much body as I thought there would be, but it is still good

O: A nice example of a traditional German doppelbock. Not exactly what I was expecting, but good nonetheless

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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of whartontallboy
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany with a well-retained head. Wow, the nose is really complex. Sweet malt with lots of raisin and grape scents, but also a distinct prune smell throughout. Flavor is extremely malty with the same prune flavors coupled with caramel, chocolate, and just a little smoky note. Toasty bread flavors are also in there. Each sip is so soft and chewy with complexity, though, that you could search through there and find most anything you were looking for, I think. Alcohol comes through in the finish, but only lightly. Overall, very nice!

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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From 02/26/11 notes. Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into my new Chimay chalice. Batch 0300.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with a small reddish tint, one to two inches of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of bready malts, toasted malts, toffee, caramel malts, and light fruit.

t - Tastes of dark fruits, bready malts, toasted malts, caramel malts, wheat, and grain.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, very smooth and creamy. Easy to drink, amazing body; feels perfect to me.

d - Overall this is a very good doppelbock with an amazing mouthfeel; felt like I could have had a few of these. Would have again.

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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pint of beer had a look so heavy and full that I convinced myself the glass weighed more than usual. It had a dark ruby-orange color with tiny happy little bubbles supporting a great big thick creamy head. It didn't have a huge nose, but what I could get was all fruity malt, and a touch of milk chocolate.

As soon as my lips dug under the head, however, I was hit with a waft of new smells, and they were very unusual. I swear to god this beer smelled like stewed carrots and onions. Sweet, caramelized root vegetables and grains. It was very effervescent on the tongue, with a warm tingly finish.

I was drinking a pot roast.

The finish lingered, and it was sweetly meaty, making a fine transition right through to the end. I have to get more, make some stew with it, and then drink it, too.

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Photo of pentathlete
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Knockout dark translucent beauty with a firm faintly brown head. Wonderfully carbonated and the nose is heavily malted dark fruits and spices. Taste started with an anise flavor that changed to a pleasant malt and fruit flavor as the beer warmed. Mouthfeel is full, chewy, and the finish is long lasting. The beer might be a little fruity for heavy consumption, but one large bottle is a real treat.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 fl oz bottle with cool art work and a slim shape. Pours out a very dark brown with a small white head that lasts.

The smell is big. Very big with hints of caramel, raisins, malt, toffee and chocolate. Not as carbonated as I expected for a German beer but that doesn't really affect the score.

The body is thick and heavy (but not sticky in anyway) with more raisins, figs, caramel and toffee coming through. I am actually very amazed at how balanced this beer is. A little on the sweet side for me but still very good. I am truley amazed at how the Germans make these simple beers so complex. Very well done.

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Photo of Dan3279
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been sitting on this bottle for a while now and I am finally getting around to drinking it. Poured into my DFH mug to find a nice deep, heavy, body with an one inch head that quickly dissipated. The aroma was welcoming with a ton of sweetness, dark fruits, caramel and dark bread.

The taste was great, really complex with a lot going on. First off heavy on the malts, all of the caramel and brown sugar flavors hit you first. Then you get some of the dried fruits, and a small hint of chocolate that leads to a nice dry finish.

Close to being a full bodied beer, smooth but heavy on the pallet and completely coats your mouth. There is just enough carbonation and the alcohol is there but not overpowering at all.

Overall a solid doppelbock, and a great version of the style. I will defiantly be picking this one up more in the future.

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Photo of SirChugsAlot
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently picked this up from a specialty beer store specializing in.... BEER!
Color was a darker brownish with hints of red when you tilt the glass. very little off white head that left nearly no lacing on the glass and went away pretty quickly.
smells pretty sweet. brown sugar comes to mind.
taste is not as sweet as expected. (a + in my book). at 7.4% abv i would expect to taste that 7.4 but you could have some fun with this one.
the aftertaste lingers in your mouth for a while after you drink it and is the smoothest beer i've probably ever had. (im only 22)
I would pick this one up again if i saw it on the shelf

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark mahogany with a nice tan head. Nose is mostly chocolate and molasses. Taste is sweet dark caramely malts lead to a dry finish with minimal hop bitterness and no roasty bitterness noted. Some good chocolate and maloasses notes. Mouthfeel is a bit thick and viscous, almost full-bodied. I think Einhorn has this one beat but its good!

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Photo of drxandy
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One pint, 0.9oz to rastal 0.5l glass, pours a deep maple brown with hints of red, creamy tan head billows, eventually fading

smells of chocolate, yeast phenols, sweet bocky goodness

taste is of yeast creaminess, sweet, malt is smoky, chocolate, sweet plums and figs, bitter finish with lingering hop resins, alcohol is hidden well, yum yum

mouthfeel is creamy and easy to drink, bittersweet and balanced well, a delicious dopplebock

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Cola colored body with hints of tan and amber coming through. Bubbly tan head that settles pretty quickly, but lingers around.

S- Caramel malts, doughy rye bread, slight hint of dried fruits, some sugary malt aroma.

T- Big on the caramel malts and sweet malts. Some roastiness comes through, along with a slight nutty flavor. Again, some sweet dried fruits in the flavor, sort of similar to unsweetened raisins.

M- Full bodied and slightly chewy, but not a huge overwhelming presence. Carbonation is medium and great, big and coating.

O- Very good representation of the style. Nice beer.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 150th review. And a toast to the new 8% ABW beer law in Mississippi.
Poured into a Sam Adams perfect Pint glass.

A: rich dark brown with amber highlights. A tan one finger head that dissipates pretty fast. Light lacing. Leaves a tan ring around the glass.

S: Heavenly malt/cocoa combo, followed by leather and toffee.

T: Yum! Malt forward. Caramel, toffee. Robust, rich, smooth, sweet. A very pleasing chocolate finish.

M: Medium to heavy. Really creamy. Great carbonation.

O: This is one of my new favorites. An excellent doppelbock. Will seek out in July when it joins the other Weihenstephaner products Mississippi carries. Highly recommended for malt lovers.

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Photo of DannyS
4.2/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a pint bottle into a glass mug

A - pours a deep chocolate brown with lots of clarity and a modest half finger of head hanging out on top.Leaves loose blobs of lacing that don't cling.

S - Malty sweet and roasty; lots of overtones of candied fruit. No hoppy aromas.

T - Powerful malt with little in the way of bitterness, and just a bit of earthy character. Lots of dark bread, dried fruit, and caramelized sugar.

M - Rich and full on the tongue with just enough carbonation to keep it from being syrupy. No alcohol burn.

Overall - the perfect breather for a palate that's hop-obsessed. Very filling too; one of these and I'm done for a good while. I recommend it though!

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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting note on the lower right hand corner of the bottle classifies this as a malt liquor.

Pours a huge foamy head with a cola color.

Major malty aroma with hints of raisins and dates.

A great smooth taste. I was waiting for a major aftertaste to hit but it never came. I also seem to get a little espresso/coffee-like presence at the swallow.

This would be a great cold weather beer. The alcohol is very well hidden which could sneak up on you at the finish.

Very clean pour with no sediment whatsoever on the bottom of the bottle. A great Doppelbock.

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Photo of Pencible
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a clear dark mahogany with tan head. It smelled like honey wheat bread and smoky barley, with molasses and roasted coffee. It tasted like smoked barley and roasted coffee and molasses and honey wheat bread, with bitter chocolate and nutty malt. It was watery with a bit of carbonation, and had a malty aftertaste. Overall this was a very clean and tasty beer with a great roasted and smokey flavor. It had good body and hid the alcohol very well, so it was super easy to drink. Maybe not the most complex or delicious doppelbock I've ever had, but I definitely fully enjoyed it. Another hit from Weihenstephan!

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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Market Street Wineshop, downtown location. Poured into a Celebrator doppelbock glass.

Appearance: A big foamy slightly off-white head with a very fine bubble structure, sitting atop a brown body with ruby highlights around the edges.

Aroma: Light fruity esters dominate initially, but as it warms, sweet, doughy, and roasted malt notes emerge.

Taste: Great malty backbone in this one - very bready, with tons of caramel and toffee, as well as hints of coffee and chocolate. Some nice hints of fruit as well - prune/figs are definitely prominent, with hints of raisins and lighter, grape-like esters as well. Spicy and grassy hop notes in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and effervescent but soft and largely fine-bubbled. A little thick and syrupy, but that's to be expected.

Drinkability: A great, classic doppelbock - really nice, full malt bill, not too light nor too dark, and with a very nice manageable alcohol level.

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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 2,749 ratings