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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Ratings: 2,735 |  Reviews: 1,263
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Porter like colour and even taste and aroma. Some malts, chocolate, and cherries and berries, raisins and currents. Hops. Smoothness from malts yet sour finish. Bit high on the alcohol, though disguised. Thanks whoever brought this to Doug Shoemaker's party.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin off white head, a little lacing on a dark brown body. Aroma is extremely malty, as if I am walking through the brewery. Very nice aroma. Flavor is also very malty and sweet. Very smooth, medium body and moderate carbonation. This beer is very good. I have not had a malty beet to this degree. This beer us very true to the style and I will be looking to have this one again soon.The spices I looke for in my bocks aren't there as they seen to be overshadowed by the maltiness.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark cola brown with a 1 inch tan head that fades down to a small cap. Lacing is minimal.

S - Extreme toasty malt and sweet dark brown sugar.

T - Toasted biscuit with brown sugar up front and bittersweet chocolate finish. There is a bit of a metallic taste too.

M - Very smooth and creamy but the carbonation is somewhat weak. It has a nice dry and sweet taste that lingers after each sip.

D - This is very drinkable for its ABV and doesn't come across as strong at all. This seems like it would be a good winter beer to have around a fireplace.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

an outstanding doppelbock, one of the best in its class. pours a nice frothy amber brown color with some off white patchy lacing. it smells wood aged, but i dont think it is, lots of oaky tones amongst the sweet german malts and biting alcohol. a nice caramel and musky flavor is memorable in this beer, but it also has traces of smoke and peat, a really complex and warming brew. its got a great feel as well, velvet smooth, big body, and subtle but adequate carbonation. this is a perfect fall season beer, brilliant with grilled food, cigars, and college football. id recommend this baby to anyone who likes big malty gernam beers, this one is impressive.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Knapp85
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a deep brown color with a light tan head on top. The retention is pretty good and there is a scattered lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is sweet and there is a grassy spice note also. The taste has some molasses, some bread, subtle Carmel and dark malts, and just a tinge of spice in the finish. The mouthfeel is very smooth, almost creamy. Overall it's a great beer, one of the best Doppelbocks I've had.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured into very dark amber (near black) into a weizen glass with a nice sized tan head, which has good retention.
S: There are lots of aromas of sweet and bready malts in the nose (almost like freshly baked brown bread) with some hints of dark fruits.
T: The overall taste is very similar to the smell--it's somewhat sweet but has lots of flavors of bready malts.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and is very rich and filling (like you're having a meal)
D: The beer is very drinkable and is perfect when you're also looking to have a snack because it will definitely satisfy your hunger.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the better Dopplebocks out there. A delicious beer...if you love malt, because this beer is full of it. Complex nutty (pecans, walnuts), fruity (over-ripe peaches, dates, figs), maple syrup, and brown sugar flavors swirl over the palate with a heavy coating. Light hop bittering offers a light balance, but not flavor or aroma. The beer remains toasty and lightly roasted from sip to swallow. Very mellow and smooth as it goes down with a bold roasty, syrup aftertaste. A joy to drink.

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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 oline73
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark mahogany color with a finger of tan head that fades to just a layer on top of the pour. Nice head retention. Good looking beer.

Smell: A sweetness that reminds me of overripe fruit and molasses hits the nose right off the bat. Once you get past the sweetness there is some nutty malt along with the fruit.

Taste: Definitely malt dominated, which makes sense. Mildly sweet and nutty. Hints of fruit, but nothing like the smell. Mildly bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly and smooth carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed the fact that this one wasn't too sweet. Didn't pick up much alcohol at all. The sweetness did dominate the smell a bit much, but overall a very good beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of zeff80
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a light brown, two-finger head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled of molasses, raisin, and black cherry. Amazing aroma! I find most dopplebocks lacking in the aroma category.

T - Great taste of raisin, rich malt and dried fruits - mostly black cherry and some apple.

M - It was smooth and crisp. A medium-bodied brew that is easy drinking despite a relatively high ABV.

D - Great dopplebock. Of course, I'm not surprised that Weihenstephaner did a great job on a beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/16/2016. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, toasted biscuit, brown bread, nuttiness, light chocolate, raisin, plum, fig, date, apricot, apple, herbal, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, toasted biscuit, brown bread, nuttiness, light chocolate, raisin, plum, fig, date, apricot, apple, herbal, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy hop and roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, toasted biscuit, brown bread, nuttiness, chocolate, dark fruit, herbal, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light increasing dryness from lingering bitterness as well. Amazingly clean lager flavors, with minimal yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is well hidden with a mild warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic doppelbock. All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. Rich malt complexity with complimenting underlying fruity notes; and balancing noble hop character. A highly enjoyable offering, and classic style example.

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Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear dark brown color with garnet highlights and a fluffy tan head; a fair amount of lacing

Smell: Dark fruits, caramel; a bit toasty

Taste: Dark bready malt dominates the start and middle; caramel and dried fruit followed by a subtle bitterness from the hops; roasty coffee flavor insinuates itself into the other flavors after the swallow; a bit of alcohol on the finish

Mouthfeel: Not quite as full-bodied as expected; modest carbonation

Drinkability: A stunningly well made doppelbock; not as sweet as some of the others; nicely rounded

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 2,735 ratings