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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 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 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 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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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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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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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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Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown, close to opaque, with a 1-inch head that settles into a ring.

Smell: The nose is very grainy and bready with a distinct dried barley aroma. Notes of chocolate and caramel are present but subdued.

Taste: Chocolate, toast, hazelnut - very sweet, but with an assertive roasty bitterness coming through as it lingers on the tongue. It dries out a bit in the finish, leaving an espresso-like bitterness on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth and fairly light on the tongue despite its 7.4% ABV.

Drinkability: Fairly good, but one bottle is plenty due to the assertive sweetness.

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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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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep Burgundy color bock with large dirty brown color head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of banana ester with some dry fruits notes. Taste is also dominated by some dark fruit taste with ester of banana and some sweet malt. Body is about average with some creamy notes and good carbonation with no distinguishable alcohol. Well done but it would have been even better to get a fresher bottle.

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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 me gaff in high altitude 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, clean malts slight dark 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: Admittedly, I don't care much for the style, but this this is a nice brew within it. 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 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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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice dark brown with a few crimson highlights and a dark tan head.

S: Loads of dark fruit along with caramel and a bit of chocolate.

T: Just like a doppelbock should be. Loads of malt without being too sweet and finishing with some nice chocolate and dark fruity, figgy notes.

M: Medium body and quite thick. Strong taste and presence without being too alcoholic.

D: Very drinkable. A great beer to pair with a wide array of foods.

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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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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephan is my favorite brewer for a reason.I had never heard of this one actually before my friend from michigan brought this down for me.A beautiful beer a great mahogany color,thick very appetizing head to it.Nice sweet malty smell with caramel and a little burnt taste in the palate the way it should be.Alcohol was very prevelant in taste as well.A man beer from a world class brewer.

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Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured with two fingers of off white foam on a dark brown body with little light showing through. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves little lace.

S - Notes of dark bread, molasses, and plum.

T - Thick, dark malt up front with some red apple. Plum, molasses and brown sugar that fades to a finish if dark bread and red apple.

M - A thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Complex and extremely smooth, the malt profile is really nice.

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

Pours a hazy amberish brown under a solid 1-inch thick cream colored head which lingers. Aromas of dark fruits and sweet malts with roast and caramel notes. Flavor follows nose with some faint bready yeast. Complex and somewhat sweet finish.

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Photo of mothman
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a large beige head. Nice retention. Color is a copper amber.

Flavors are mainly malts. Toffee and caramel. A touch of smoked malts. Candied syrup. Dark fruits. Molasses. Raisins. Bready.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Fuller bodied. A bit sweet.

Overall, a fantastic beer. Very great doppelbock. American brewers need to take note of this beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle. A deep amber/brown with a couple fingers of rich light mocha head. Foamy retention with loads of spotty lace. Smells sticky and burnt with fresh floral notes and earthy citrus flavors that emerge as this is agitated. The nose has a nice robustness to it. The taste is sticky sweet initially with notes of cocoa, caramel, dark roast and nuttiness. Citric hops really gives this a green tightness that then begins to take over the profile and leaves this dry and bitter on the finish but the sweetness does pick up again as this warms. The feel is medium to fuller with a firm sharpness up front and then more of a smooth texture the rest of the way. Tiny bit of warmth but this drinks nicley for 7%+. This was a really nice Doppelbock with the type of rich flavors and smooth feel that I look for in the style.

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

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/30/2012. Pours crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of apple, pear, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, floral, light pepper, nuttiness, light chocolate, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity esters and dark malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big apple, pear, caramel, brown sugar, toast, toffee, brown bread, nuttiness, light chocolate, biscuit, floral, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, light fruits, brown bread, biscuit, nuttiness, light chocolate, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of light fruity esters with a big dark malt balance; with big robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent doppelbock! Great complexity and balance of fruity ester and dark malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Korbinian is one of the best made, richest, and most enjoyable doppelbocks made. Its clear russett body has a reddish cast and displays brilliant orange and ruby highlights when held to the light; and its creamy tan head holds very well despite its alcoholic strength, and even leaves thin sheets of lace at the outset of the glass. The nose, however, is possibly the most exciting part. It smells almost like fresh wort at the brewery. It's richly malty with a suggestion of caramel. The body is full; and its fine carbonation gently caresses the tongue before it fades smoothly away. Even bolder than the nose is the flavor. It's simply loaded with deep, rich caramel, toffee, chocolate and even a light cusp of coffee. There's some dark fruit present but it's not bold, and at times a hint of hop flavor can be detected. Otherwise it's exceptionally clean, not even showing its alcohol. It's exceptionally well balanced for such a rich beer as well, and its sweet malt seems to simply fade away in the finish despite the fact that it's bitterness is limited. Brilliant! It's rich and sweet but never cloying. Very well done indeed!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A curious, yet appealing, conflagration of umber, orange, bronze and red that becomes a less interesting dark cherry when backlit with morning sunshine. When tangentially lit, the beer appears bright, juicy orange at the bottom of the glass and becomes progressively darker and more serious looking as the eye ascends to the creamyfirm, golden sandstone colored cap. All in all, this is one of the better looking doppelbocks that I've ever laid eyes on. The appearance is hampered somewhat by a near complete absence of lace.

The nose is tangy, dark fruity and dark malty. It's bewitchingly complex, even as it lacks a commensurate amount of power. I also pick up a mild peatiness that would be at home on a wee heavy. Cocoa is the centerpiece and holds the center unwaveringly. Crank up the olfactory volume and it'd be unbeatable.

The power vacuum has been filled with a few thousand volts of deliciousness. This is one amazing beer! After one gulp, comparisons to my doppelbock gold standard (Liberator) are in order. There's a huge malt presence with innumerable flavors zinging this way and that. Each mouthful delivers a near perfect mix of roasted malt and dark fruit. Chocolate, dark caramel, toffee, a swirl of treacle, dates, plums, sugared pecans... you name it. If it tastes good, it's in here.

At its apogee, the constellation of flavors is mind blowingly complex and is as multifaceted as a perfectly cut diamond. The finish lingers and redounds with echoes of magnificence that urge me to drink and drink and drink again. Wow. I need a cigarette and I don't even smoke.

The mouthfeel is perfectly matched to the flavor profile. It's medium-full with an exquisite smoothness reminiscent of melted chocolate. Lush without being heavy, it's sheer joy in the mouth and is a further impetus to upend the glass. I'm impressed more and more by the mouthfeel with each sampling. In the final reckoning, I wouldn't change a thing.

I knew about this beer's reputation, but I didn't expect what I found today. Simply put, it's an amazingly delicious doppelbock that has to be considered among the world's best. Brauerei Weihenstephan brews some pretty remarkable stuff, but Korbinian is their supreme creation and is an absolute must try for anyone who fancies himself a lover and appreciator of world class beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle - $2.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, very dark reddish-brown body with a foamy, bubbly, light beige head.

Smell: Deep, dark breadiness marked by some slight roast undertones. Minor hints of cocoa, dark fruits, and nuts. Smells a bit like that American single-slice pumpernickel bread you occasionally find wrapped in plastic.

Taste: Presents a pleasant taste of powdered, unsweetened chocolate and viciously crushed cola nuts sprinkled atop a thick piece of crusty, very dark bread. Modestly sweet. Lightly fruity taste of plums dunked in simple syrup. Mild bitterness midway with a touch of dried herbs. Finishes very smooth with the dark breadiness giving way to a bit more fruit and just a touch of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation. Rather smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A bit darker, lesser alcoholic and fruity than many doppelbocks out there -- I dug it! I mean, there's only so much alcohol and fruit a man really needs, right?

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

On-tap 11/18/07 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a Pokal glass.

A: The beer is a medium reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very fruity with dark fruits, caramel & brown sugar.

T: The taste is likewise very fruity and sweet with flavors of caramel, brown sugar, honey and dark fruit. The malt character is very hearty and the hops presence is mild, but there’s a good balance despite the beer being so sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish for a beer with this much sweetness.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, nice kick, good representation of style, if I were going to stick with a good sweet beer for an entire evening, this would certainly be it.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz

Poured a dark brown with a beige head that left a bit lacing behind. Toasty bread aroma, malts, and hints of cocoa and dried fruit. Crisp and toasty taste, sweet malts, cocoa and nuts keeping it from being too sweet, hints of raisins in the finish. A bit light in flavor and body for the style I thought, but still a fine quaff.

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