Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

2,666 Ratings
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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Photo of PtypeNtype
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of TubaDan
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of rderedin
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.28/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours ruby/copper with a large persistent creamy head.
Strong sweet malt with a bit of Vegemite (not good!), some toasty notes. A hint of noble hops and some light caramel and chocolate.
Very similar flavours: sweet toasty malt, light noble hops, some toasty notes. Sweet alcohol in the finish is rather cloying.
Good rich body, but needs more carbonation to dry out the finish a bit.

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Photo of rjervis1888
3.28/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mattmaples
3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Ok this has great flavor with the malty richness, ripe fuit flavor but I could not get past the sweetness. There is a big difference between malty and sweet. I me this beer seemed underatenuated. I think it was too sweet even for a bock. It has a lot going for it and if it was not so damn sweet it would be on the top of my list (specially at the price) People are going to think that I do nothing but trash on beers but I call 'em as I drink 'em.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

dark chestnut brown with red light-inspired glowing tinge. heady, minimal lacing. hazelnut, mocha, licorice, and dark-as-night malty nose. taste brings out the best of the aroma without expected bitterness. some mild hop notes. plum and clove drop by for the finish. mouthfeel is light with a crisp, lagery aftertaste. good and drinkable in its fluffiness. however, this watery body is unexpected and consciously disappointing for the style. ill have no problem finishing it though. bitterness evolves as i continue to drink. a hit-or-miss brewery offering something that falls in the middle of their lineup.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical pint glass in Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery and its current ratings. Called "Dunkles Starkbier" on the label.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of nice cream, slight khaki-biege colour, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a very dark ruby-brown (?). Nontransparent. Non-opaque. No yeast particles are visible, but it's nontransparent and this is the top of the bottle. No bubble show, though none is expected given the style.

Sm: Very nice clean amber malts, light but subtle indistinct hops (amber hops are most notable), slight vanilla, cream, light (in presence) dark malts, and some caramelization. A mild strength aroma. Not horribly appealing, but fairly inviting. Mixed signals.

T: Amber malts and hops, light caramelization and even toasted malts, dark/dunkel malts, hints of vanilla, and light underlying cream. Pleasant for a doppelbock, albeit strange. I like it but it's sort of bizarre. Kind of simple. No real complexity, though some subtlety is present. Imbalanced. Decently built.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with slight underlying cream. Undercarbonated. Not quite thick enough. Doesn't seem to match the flavour profile.

Dr: This is a nice brew within the doppelbock style. Somewhat pricey as an import. I'd try it on draught. Its richness of flavour makes it notable, but I have trouble truly getting into it. Pretty drinkable; the ABV doesn't come through. Its faux-amber character distinguishes it from other doppelbocks; it almost feels like a marzen mixed with an amber with doppelbock hints. Interesting, but not ideal.

Low B-

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This is one enormous beer, no lie, I am sort of regretting have 1L of doppelbock to drink right now.

This beer pours absolutely beautiful. It has a nice thick head that slowly fades to basically no head whatsoever.

The smell here is a little weird (as is the taste). I can't quite put my finger on it, but its almost sulphury and yeasty at the same time. I don't think its a sign of infection, I think that is just what their lager yeast is doing here.

Taste is very smooth with an all-malt backbone, no hop detection here at all.

I am glad I tried this beer, but it is NOT one I will buy again. There are just some weird smells and flavors here from whatever yeast strain they have used. Not nearly as good an example of the style as can be found out there.

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Photo of Codnasty
3.31/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a 1.5 inch tan head into a pint glass. Smelled a bit like soy sauce and rum raisins. Tastes like spiced fruits and a little bit of hop bitterness at the end. Had a nice carbonation and was very easy to drink, if I can get this in a boot at the pub I will for sure.

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Photo of Moxley
3.34/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a nice deep ruby red with a thin tan head that settled quickly.

S - Nothing but a sickening sweet, sweet malt and the only way I can describe it - a faint sweaty locker room smell...not good.

T - Thank God this beer did not taste like it smelled! Lots of malt up front with definite maple and brown sugar undertones. Slightly sour, grapefruit-like finish. Very interesting beer.

M&D - Low carbonation with a bready, chewy like texture. Slimy mouthcoating.

Glad to try this one, not my favorite but an interesting beer on all accounts.

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Photo of tone77
3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a small head. Smell is of malts, caramel, and dark fruits. Taste is very mild compared to the smell. Some malts, caramel, and alcohol is present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good quality beer.

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Photo of FranMoff
3.36/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MFS_71
3.37/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Weihenstephaner- Korbinian

Appearance- dark ruby/ brown. With a thick bubbly, heavily carbonated head. An exact Coca-Cola look-alike!
Smell- very subtle hefe notes. Pepper/ clove/ spice with a touch of chocolate.
Taste- a blend of cocoa toasted malt with a light spice/ candy hefe.
Mouthfeel- light and sweet flavor is slighty weak.

Overall- Just a tad above the bland mark. The beer is just too weak. I drank it both cold, straight out the fridge, and warm. The flavor has plenty of potential but I had to drink the entire 16.9 oz to really get a grasp on its taste. Nothing special here.

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Photo of tweeder263
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a dark brown brew that shows ruby light through it. Smells of a bit yeasty,,licorice, but very mild scents.Has 2 finger head that seems to quickly disappear to a light bubble layer.Taste of sweet malt that seems to end dry,,very mild hop taste and quite a bit of alcohol in the breath.As the beer warms it becomes sweeter. Mouthfeel is ok,,a bit thin.Drinkability,,,hmmm,,, not bad possibly dopplebocks arent my style ill search out a few more and see if its true.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep Carmel brown color with a thick beige head that leaves some nice lacing.

S- Lots of dark brown sugar and malty sweetness in the nose. A bit of spice and earth.

T- Some dark fruit and malt with a diacetyl finish. I also picked up on some metallic flavors with a bit of a musty aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation.
The alcohol is fairly well hidden.

D- This one was ok, but it didn't really wow me.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A brown body that is fairly translucent around the edges. Small off white head that doesn't last long, not a lot of lacing.

Lots of chocolate and some roasted character in the nose and a somewhat metallic odor.

Taste is dominated by chocolate and roasted malts. Very sweet in the finish.

A pretty thin, light mouthfeel.

Fairly drinkable beer.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Thin creamy tan head on a dark brown body with some lighter brown hues.
S- Hints of alcohol, dark fruits, sweet caramel, hints of metallic, sweet grass hops.
T- Really sweet caramel, light warming of alcohol, light bitterness on tongue from few grassy hops, kind of a big metallic flavor to it, light toffee in the aftertaste, and hints here and there of dark fruits.
M- Medium body with low to medium carbonation.
D- I think this one may be off. I can't tell how old it is and it just seems the metallic is way to strong for this brew. Also seems like some of the flavors are lacking and may have a few off tastes to them. I am going to try and try this another time when I am out of town (so I can get some fresher stuff) and see how it is then.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep maghogany. One finger head looked like it would stay forever but did not.

Brown sugar on the nose, some caramel. True to Doppelbock style tho, quite complex

Taste is really malty and sweet. First-up thought is that it is just sensational, as the complexity unwinds on your taste-buds. That however does not last long.... there are some caramels on offer, and some toffee, but in the end just sweet, too sweet. On the verge of cloying.

Mouthfeel borders on Blackcurrant cordial sadly.

Overall, a tad dissapointing, given other scores/reviews...

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Photo of choyhosoi
3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

A-Pours a dark brown color with a thin lace head.

S-Nice sugary tones that also have some grape/raisin scents.

T/M/D- It has a different taste that has a little bite. A taste of bitterness mixed with alcohol but at the same time it is somewhat smooth. It leaves a lingering taste on your palate and that is the only thing I dont like. All in all a good brew I would try another.

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3.4/5  rDev -19%

Photo of WhiteOak
3.41/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Bright, clear cola red-brown. Dark tan foam settles down quickly to a minimal head.

S- Burnt sweet milk, saddle blanket, wet toasted grains, stewed dark fruits.

T- Sweet caramel malt, brown bread, stewed dark fruits, honey puffed taosted wheat, yeast.

M, D- Sweet malt is integrated into a toasty, somewhat creamy presentation.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
3.41/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Rheinland Restaurant in Independence Missouri.
Served in a Pilsner glass.

A- Pours a dark chestnut brown with 1 1/2 fingers width of very frothy light brown head that took its time leaving.

S- Sweet Malts. Not much else.

T- Malty. Dark fruits are there, but hard to pull out individually.

M- Thick, it coats your mouth and the throat going down.

O- Good. Would not label it great, but good.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.42/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A burgundy brown beer with a small, bubbly head leaving rings on the surface.

Smell was full of 'dark' fumes, caramel cigar tobacco and molasses. A big malty smell and some roasted, burned notes. Nice and complex.

Taste was a bit of a letdown, there was the sweet maltiness combined with the caramel, roast and mild molasses taste. However the body was rather thin and carbonation was lacking. This was unlike any other doppelbock I have had, which were all very full-bodied and more pronounced in malt and caramel flavors.

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,666 ratings.
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