Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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.

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Photo of stlfatguy
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very Nice. Like this doppelbock a lot. Pours a Rich dark brown/black with brown/khaki head. Highly carbonated on initial pour, with thick head. Looks looks a cola. Head didn't last long and dwindled to a thin Ring. Smell was dark fruit, not too strong. Taste was initially fine, dark chocolate. Later some plum, molasses, a little malty sweet biscuit. mouthful is nice, full, thick. It stays with you. I'm impressed by everything from this brewery, and am happy how easily available it is. If you want a good example if a particular style, start here. There's a reason it's been around Hundreds of years.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml Bottle dated 4165; I think that's October 6, 2015. DFH Snifter.

A: Pours a deep brown with very little head. I thought I saw a chunk of sediment roll out as I poured. Virtually no head. Light brown around the edges. Second pour yielded just under 1 finger of light khaki head that dissipated quickly. Some carbonation visible when held to the light, along with glinting red highlights.

S: I have a cold, so I know I should have waited to review this, but I couldn't wait. Even with an impaired nose, I can smell A deep, rick, fruity maltiness. Figs, Prunes, Raisins, Caramel, Really smells like Trader Joe's fig spread.

T: Arrives sweet, naturally, though not as sweet as one might expect from the smell. Taste of figs, crème brulee, and deeply toasted rye bread, maybe even sprouted rye, come across mid-palate, followed by a little black tea and a very clean bittering at the end. Almost has a ruby port like character.

M: Definitely full bodied, and hefty. Lighter side of heavy, though. Moderate carbonation helps to prevent it from feeling heavy. Also, it is not terribly slick, despite the hefty weight.

O: This is a work of art. The other doppelbocks I've had come off as cloying; this is boldly sweet on the palate, but cleans up remarkably. It is lighter than one would expect it to be in feel, while potent in character in every respect. That said, it is really sweet, and I like sweeter beers. So far, as doppelbocks go, if I am going to have one, it will be this one over Salvator or Doppelrock (have not had Celebrator or Troegenator yet), but I don't know that I will be seeking out doppelbocks.

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Photo of gopens44
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice thick off white head covers a fairly opaque (save for the edges) beer with tinges of ruby.

Nose strikes out with a big bready welcome before plum and fig begin to play a dominant role. A little further study brings out sweet molasses, but not overwhelmingly so.

Lots of fig and molasses in the initial swig that begins to take on caramel along with a touch of banana.

Mouth feel is silky smooth for the most part, and overall it's a very nice beer.

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Photo of matcris
4.92/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

LOOKS: Rich and brown, ruby up to the light. Poured into a small handy dandy Heineken glass. 2 fingers of creamy tan head, that really sticks around and leaves plenty of lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Caramel, Roasted malts, nutty, Dark bread crust, Dark dried fruit, a touch of grassiness. Overall smells sweet.
TASTE: Just like aroma, a sweet beer but a nice sourdough bread quality, as well. Slight bit of chocolate, and just enough bitterness to balance everything out.
MOUTHFEEL: Creamy and full. A little slick and then it dries up nicely on the finish. Adequate carbonation.
OVERALL: Absolutely superb. Liquid dark, sweet, crusty bread. Delicious beer!!

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Photo of RickyS
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lovely crystalline dark ruby color. Nice cap of creamy foam with medium retension. Very nice aroma. Molasses, brown sugars, malts, marzipan. A little less sweet in the aroma than other beers of the same style. Almonds. The taste is sweet with a dried fruit component, dates and brown sugars. Not a prolonged finish. Very creamy and chewy. I have to admit I expected more. But great beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Ri0
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured 500ml bottle into weizen glass. Dark brown with a 2 finger khaki head. Fades to a thick collar and leaves behind a bit of lacing. Nice and malty with chocolate,caramel, brown bread and dark fruit like plum and raisin. Chocolaty and bready with the roasted malts. Some dark fruits, nuts, and molasses to go along with toffee, caramel. Medium and sticky with a good amount of carbonation. This is a delicious dopplebock!

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Photo of AJ_S
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Looks like a Thai Iced Coffee. Thick, creamy head when poured that settles into a respectable foam layer that sticks around. Chocolatey and slightly sweet-smelling. This full-bodied beer is lightly carbonated, calling to mind mineral water.

Tastes as sweet as it smells, like maple syrup (not Aunt Jemima, mind you!) with notes of caramel and a clean finish, accompanied by a consistent malty taste. No bitterness to speak of. It's deceptively light tasting for a beer with over 7% ABV, so drink carefully!

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Photo of Oldejoe
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks. A dark brown with touches of gold and red; a medium sort of froth.
Smell. Rich stuff unusual for me. Lots of molasses, caramel, licorice, earthiness.
Taste. Very malty, very creamy and smooth with a finish only a slight bit dry. Doesn't seem like there are any hops in here.
Feel. Full-bodied, creamy, chewy, sparkley.
Overall. Wow. Put this front and center on my shelf of all time favorites. Way out there on the malty end of things, which is perfect for my taste buds. Delicious is all in the mouth of the consumer.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Dark brown color
Smell - dark fruits, caramel/toffee sweetness
Taste - Prunes, raisins, figs, caramel/toffee, earthy, nutty

Overall - A great display of malt character in this one. Very much enjoyed.

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very dark maple-syrup color and a light head. No need to put your nose in the glass to savor this beer. Very pronounced malt and grain aromas rise up to meet you. Taste is absolutely scumptious if you like the type. Sweet fruit and roasted chestnut layered with toasted grains. The pinnacle of the Doppelbock that we have tasted. Take it slow and let it warm to cellar temperature. We have never been dissapointed with anything from Weihenstephaner - world class from start to finish.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, dark brown with a one-finger off-white head. Lots of carbonation. Head dissipates quickly. Nice sweet malt smell with a touch of chocolate. Great dark fruit taste up front, then transitions into a smooth, chocolate finish. Fig and cherry is the fruit. Toffee notes. Wonderful finish. Another great one.

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Photo of TeamMathis
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A malty and toasted bread smell. A delicious caramel, slight coffee, touch of prune, and general maltiness on the tongue. This drink is beautiful, fragrant, and tasty. I'd definitely love it again.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark, but not totally light blocking. Head is a fluffy khaki pillow and sits atop for quite a while.

Smell: Rich malt smell. So good. Invites you to take a long draught.

Taste: Dark malts. I'm not totally sure how to describe it otherwise. Rich flavoring, and incredibly smooth. Works exceptionally well with my order of Weiner Snitzel.

Feel: So smooth. It really takes off with its mouth feel. It sure feels like you could down this beer all day.

Overall: Great beer! Really glad I ordered it. Lovely presentation as well.

Served in a .5L Weinhenstephan German beer mug. Masterfully poured from the tap. Reviewed from notes taken by me at a German restaurant in the USA.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes recorded on 12/12/2015
Served from a bottle into a Weihenstephaner Glass

Poured a rich dark brown body. A light tan head formed, right around two fingers deep, collapsed, and left a modest amount of soapy lacing.

Excellent toasted malt aroma. Sweet caramel undertones.

Roasted malts up front. Notes of caramel and a hint of dark fruit sweetened a rather bread-heavy malt profile. Just a touch of herbal hops. Medium/full-bodied. Moderate/low carbonation. Creamy and very drinkable.


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Photo of Cthulhusquid
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Revised Review, 12/17/15

Look: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Two finger brown head, solid brown-black body. The head lasted for quite awhile, though got pretty thin after some time.

Smell: Dark fruits, honey, malty bread, and caramel.

Taste: Same as the above, but with a hint of roasted peanuts.

Feel: Amazingly creamy, medium body and carbonation.

Other: One of the best beers I've ever had. So few reach this level of malt-heaven.

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Photo of janubio
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown colour, reddish tones to the light. Off white big head, great lace.Smell of chocolate, toasted, coffee, prunes, dried fruits. Medium to full body, compact creamy palate. Taste of dried fruits, chocolate, caramel. Complex.And great.

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Photo of pat61
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Brilliant brown with ruby highlights under a tight 2” light tan foam cap that slowly recedes to a thick, lacy film.

S: Clean dark malt, trace of cocoa, dark kettle sugars, clean fermentation character.

T: Dark bready malts with a trace of chocolate mildly sweetened by kettle sugars. Slightly drying on the finish with a hint of dark dried fruit. Malt flavors are medium to medium high, hop flavors are low as are yeast flavors. Has a lingering, lightly sweet chocolate and dark dried fruit aftertaste.

F: Very creamy smooth with a medium full body and medium low carbonation.

O: Very well made and easy to drink.

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

A well aged bottle, it pours so dark brown that it looks black with a hissing 3 finger frothy/foamy tan head that faded slowly and the bubbles popped and made it look like the head was moving, leaving minimal spotty lacing which slid down the glass quickly.

Smells of roasted malts, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted pumpernickel bread, oaky/earthy notes, peat moss, faint charred wood and some herbs.After it settles down some nutty accents and dark fruits come out and make this malt bomb complex, but the lack of hops took a little away for my liking. Overall nice to inhale.

Tastes like it smells but with maple syrup, cocoa, bakers chocolate and candied sugar leading the way before cutting over to the flavors that match the aroma with brown sugar, roasted malts, toffee, caramel, rye bread toast, buttered pumpernickel bread, oaky/earthy notes, peat moss, charred wood, raisin and/or dates, cherry or other dark fruit, lightly smokes grains and some herbs or dry leafy hops. It's sweet and seems like a strong, sturdy German beer that has a solid malt base and enough dynamic flavor to hide the ABV and make this a nice fall brew to indulge while outside at a beer garden.

Mouthfeel is smooth and almost slick with a medium to chewy body, a rich malty base and a lot of caramel malts and syrup-like sweetness that does not go overboard, but covers the alcohol while adding depth and subtle differences in each sip. Overall there is something quite enjoyable about an old school malty beer that is tasty, complex and easy to drink. I'd definitely have this again.

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Photo of buckslayer50
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black, not much of a head to speak of. Tastes like delicious roastiness and chocolate with a nice velvety mouthfeel. This and Vitus are two of the best deals out there and will be staples in my fridge.

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Photo of Zet
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark brown colour with a decent cappuccino-coloured head of foam. Smell of caramel and raisin. Taste of caramel, malt, roasted coffee, raisins, chocolate and plums. Alcohol is present as well, but it combines well with the other flavours and is quite warming. A nice doppelbock, reminiscent of dubbels like the Emelisse Dubbel and Maredsous 8.

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Photo of kitch
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a best before date of 3rd October 2015 and poured into a Riedel weizen glass.

Appearance: Poured a clear very dark brown colour with hints of ruby and a one finger chestnut coloured head that dissipated quite quickly with only light spotty lacing.

Aroma: Malty, treacle, brown sugar, milk chocolate and hints of vanilla.

Taste: Similar to its aromas, there’s malt, burnt sugar, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate and a hint of dark fruit like prune.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, velvety, mid to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: A very nice doppelbock from a great brewer. Just falls behind Celebrator in my book, but definitely something I’d drink again.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

look deep dark black towards the top lightening up as it reaches the bottom with a thick head on the pour that dissipates quickly, smell very malt forward and caramel, taste malty with caramel, toffee, chocolate and coffee in that order, feel is thick deep and rich, perfect for this cooler day. very solid offering for the sipping day when one will be enough for you.

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Photo of dd43
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fantastic dopplebock, let's just get that out of the way first. If you've got a hankering for caramel malts, this might just be your huckleberry.

Aromas are definitely malt forward, it's almost like taking a whiff of brewers wort. There is a dark fruit quality as well, almost like raisins or dates. Maybe even a figgy thing? Flavors are malt dominant, and the mouthfeel gives a mouth coating quality that I look for in dopples. There is a suggestion of molasses from the combination of flavors and mouthfeel. I don't get any booziness from this and the carbonation is restrained. It looks great on the pour and even subsequent swirls create an attractive cap on top. Hold this beer up to natural sunlight for a spectrum of colors that go beyond the initial dark cola like appearance.

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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 JetFeather22
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Personally i prefer this one over the Ayinger, This is the best DoppelBock i have ever had.. If you haven't tryed this one i think you should, The malt taste is wonderful

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,642 ratings.
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