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 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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Photo of kaseydad
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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Photo of CrellMoset
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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Photo of tomahite
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of briandaube
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Skabiski
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigGold
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fortunate to first have on draft into liter mug at The Rathskeller, Indianapolis. Everything you expect from a great German Doppelbock, but what grabbed my attention is the little hop scratchy-like-you-have-an-itch spice that balances the malt backbone.

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Photo of Atlas1
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm still reeling from the Weihenstephaner Vitus that I had a few weeks ago. I figure the Korbinian will be a nice follow-up.

Poured into a big ole mug, the Korbinian is a dark brown color, with ruby/mahogany hues that shine through when held up to the light. Good off-white head of foam eventually settles to a thin film over the beer. Not much lace. The nose is big and all over the place. Bananas, chocolate, caramel, toffee. It's like a sundae without the ice cream. Other notable scents discerned in this aroma include coffee, malted milk, milk duds, and the slightest hint of pepper. The aroma just sort of settles up in your nostrils and lingers there, very lightly, while you sit back and smile. It's a rather intoxicatingly sweet aroma. Very pleasant. Taste is nice and malty sweet as well, with less banana and more toffee-esque sugars. Some dark cherry flavor there too. Finishes with a dry, coffee bitterness to even things out. Really nice. Mouthfeel is smooth, with a dry finish.

Another fine beer from Weihenstephaner. Totally drinkable. The higher ABV (7.4%) is masked well by a complex aroma and distinctly dry but sweet flavor. A great doppelbock for sure.

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Photo of RobinLee
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jzeilinger
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark chestnut brown color, clear with an incredibly thick and frothy toffee colored head, beautiful carbonation cascade.

S - Nutty, wheat, toasted caramel, bready/yeasty, toffee.

T - Nutty, toasted caramel, fig, yeasty.

M - Chewy with silky carbonation, a little creamy, heavy body.

O - Just an all around fantastic beer, I need to buy more of these.

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Photo of thirdeye11
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from 16.9oz bottle into a wheat beer glass.

A: Pours a dark brown with almost no head that dissipated away quickly. Leaves little lacing on the glass, but the color is really nice.

S: Smell is not that impressive when cold, but give it time to warm up and this beer smacks you in the face with a combination of dark/milk chocolate. It's just awesome and smells so good.

T: Again let it warm up. Once it does it's almost like a chocolate bock. Super chocolatey, velvety smooth, and delicious. Everyone at the table tried some of mine and loved it. There is obviously some wheat backbone going on here, but the chocolate overpowers almost everything else. Not a heavy beer either.

M: A little undercarbonated and lacking the creaminess I would have loved; those features would have put this beer over the edge I think in every category to a world class beer. If I had to improve this one the mouthfeel is where I'd start.

D: I could drink more than one, but not sure it would be a choice. Very chocolatey and as a result I would stick with just 1.

If you drink this beer, let it sit for 10-15 minutes before you even pour it. Give it a vigorous pour and enjoy. Anyone who likes chocolate will love this one, even people who normally don't drink beer because it's really solid.

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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown with a thick, light tan head, rising to four fingers before subsiding to a thin run leaving extensive lacing on the glass. Holding it up to a strong light reveals deep ruby highlights. The smell is of molasses and caramel, leading to flavors of molasses, caramel, coffee and burnt sugar. Velvety feel on the tongue, with light carbonation and a slight alcohol burn. Overall, it's one of the best doppelbocks on the market, on a par with Spaten Optimator.

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Photo of Beric
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into pint glass
Served: 2 February 2014

Appearance: A dark brown with ruby highlights around the edges if held up to the light. This one is actually a really dark red due to the amount of malt in here. Nice white head dissipates to a ring of foam due to the ABV. Some, but not much, lacing.

Smell: Sweet, roasted, chewy caramel. Toffee. Butterscotch.

Taste: Much like the nose, this one has that dark-chewy candy taste to it. Quite sweet in flavor- caramel, toffee, and butterscotch notes abound. Very malty, no hops to speak of. Warming alcohol, very dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Really smooth and almost buttery.

Overall: This is a doppelbock I can get behind. I haven't been the greatest fan of the style, nor have become one since this beer, but this is one that really showcases the great caramel/toffee malt notes without being super boozy. Alcohol warms, but does not overpower. A solid doppelbock and one I would gladly enjoy again.

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Photo of stevoj
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Brown/black with thin, silky beige head. Strong aroma of roasted malt with very potent taste of chocolate and some espresso bitterness. Nice dry, lingering aftertaste, and no hint of the higher ABV. Delicious!

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Photo of fitz284
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of foundersasap
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nickd717
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Now that this is top 100 it deserves a new review.

Deep dark reddish brown in color with a nice lacey lasting yellowish beige head.

The aroma is rather subtle but very good. Big dark fruit, raisin and plum, mild toast, and toffeeish malts.

Sweet caramel and toffee malt base with prune, raisin, fig and plum. Slight spice to it.

Medium-bodied and somewhat slick with a good level of carbonation.

Pretty damn good stuff. Really drinkable for the style.

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Photo of nmyers
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling this beer out of a bottle, and into a pint glass. It has a nice dark red almost amber color with a nice thin white head on it. The aroma of this beer has hints of sweet malt and a touch of fruit, what kind I just can't put my finger on it.

It starts off with a malty/sweet flavor. That is followed up by a nice slightly hop finish. It goes down quiet smooth without a bitter after taste.

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Photo of Denzo
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 2,720 ratings