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Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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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Ratings: 2,692 |  Reviews: 1,243
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of russpowell
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours deep copper to mahogony with a 4 finger+ tan head. Bubbles swirl from the head with every sip. Head retention and lacing are good.

Smell: Malt toastiness and alcohol

Taste: Caramel and malt , some nutiness, alcohol and hops spicyness on the tounge & the finish

MF: Very chewy and pefectly balanced/carbonated

Shame I never found this in Germany, still a dang tasty dopplebock!

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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

Once again, a bottle of unknown origin. I usually default to my local in-person trader, tone77, but he has not reviewed it as far as I can tell. I really need to divest myself of these bottles so that I may return to what really matters - The CANQuest (TM)!

From the bottle: "Dunkles Starkbier"; "Weihenstephan [-] The World's Oldest Brewery".

Stark, eh? I hope that this has something to do with the Stark Fist of Removal as I have been very pink as of late with Oktober being Breast Awareness Month (Cancer) and I need more slack. No slack with respect to my pour, which resulted in two-plus fingers of thick, dense, deep-tan head with excellent retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose was redolent with malt and I was afraid that it might be too sweet for my liking. Mouthfeel was thick, chewy and not as sweet as the nose had led me to expect. The taste was cocoa and dried dark fruits, This was a very smooth-drinking beer and I had swilled nearly a quarter of it before I came to my senses. Finish was semi-sweet, again, nowhere near as sweet as the nose led me to believe. This was, as the DME boys would call it, a "sneaky" beer. Proceed with caution!

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

Review from notes.

A: Pours a deep orange/red with a small tan head with quick dissipation, leaving behind some medium sized bubbles on top. Not much lacing.

S: Tons of dark fruits - raisins, figs, and plums along with caramel and some brown sugar.

T: The flavor profile is very similar to the aroma, very full with dark fruit (raisins/figs, a touch of cherry). There is also a good bit of caramel and brown sugar, as well as a little honey sweetness.

M: Full bodied and on the heavier side, but drank very smooth with medium carbonation.

O: Pretty good, a little heavy, but has a deep flavor profile with a nice sweetness. The heavy body makes it a little harder to drink.

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3.64/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Jason
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500 ml (16.9 oz) slender brown bottle with info about the beer on the back label as well as the freshness date.

Appearance: Slight chill haze with a deep brown color with reddish orange hues, the thin light beige lace is nearly unmovable.

Smell: Malty with a sweet caramel prune like aroma, very fragrant with undertones of toasted bread.

Taste: Full bodied with a chewy mouth feel and a creamy soft carbonation. Malt flavour is dominant though the sweet and spicy alcohol, medium bitterness and mild yet crisp carbonation keep it in check a bit. Malt sweetness lingers with a big caramel and prune flavour. Suggestions of chocolate, crust of sweet bread and a mild peppery flavour from the hops. Toasted grain, faint hop leaf and a touch of earthy character wrap up the finish.

Notes: A tasty malt towering brew, makes for a great dessert or end of the night brew. Brewed in the old style of Dunkles Starkbier meaning dark strong beer, more or less can be classified as a Double Bock due to its massive maltiness and boasting an alcohol by volume of 7.4%.

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

From 02/26/11 notes. Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into my new Chimay chalice. Batch 0300.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with a small reddish tint, one to two inches of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of bready malts, toasted malts, toffee, caramel malts, and light fruit.

t - Tastes of dark fruits, bready malts, toasted malts, caramel malts, wheat, and grain.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, very smooth and creamy. Easy to drink, amazing body; feels perfect to me.

d - Overall this is a very good doppelbock with an amazing mouthfeel; felt like I could have had a few of these. Would have again.

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4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ok, so here is where it starts to get good. I love me a Dopplebock, now that is for sure. When I saw this sitting on the shelf there was no doubt in my mind that I was going to be getting it. Just had to be. Poured a deep dark russet brown with a small, maybe an inch or so of off white head grazing over the top of it. There was significant side glass lace throughout the session and the overall look of it was quite thick. The aroma was of slight smoked variety. A little bit of roasted malt with a touch of caramel to sweeten in up. The taste was remarkably smooth and delicious. Great full body on this one, definitely not thin. Nice and mellow smoky flavor with a huge earthy and bread like back. A nice caramel sugar sweet finish brought it all together. No taste of alcohol at all and overall it was a very easy drinker. I could have easily had another. The carbonation stayed very nice throughout the session. I would have to say one of my favorites so far, this was very tight and a fine brew. Very surprised I had not seen it earlier as it is always around. Will be getting more next time I am in the store. This is perfect with dinner and something that I would like to have always at easy reach.

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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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3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of jgunther71
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of womencantsail
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a dark cola color with a minimal khaki colored head forming.

S: Nose is very sweet with nice chocolate and intense caramel. A bit of a dark fruit profile with cherries and plums, potentially raisins as well. Some bready notes as well as a bit of banana and spice.

T: Sweet cherries, bananas, plums, and raisins to start this one off. There's a touch of roasted malt followed by chocolate, molasses, toffee, and brown sugar. Just a touch of bitterness for some balance.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: A very solid doppelbock. Great flavors and deceptively easy to drink, despite a pretty sizable ABV.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is chestnut brown with a thin khaki hued collar. The aroma brings malt, yeast, light spice, brown bread. Rich and smooth with a mild sweetness. Hints of plums and raisins. A beautiful beer. Like every other Weihenstephaner brew I have tried, Korbinian delivers the goods. A great example of the style. A pleasure to sip and savor. I'll definitely be having this one again.

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3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a flared pokal at Bauer's Brauhaus.

Watchin' Jeopardy! and drinkin' German brews. Good times. This one pours a sunset sienna-amber topped by a finger of dirty tan foam. The nose comprises caramel, barley right out of a malt bag, and walnut. Nuttier, rawer than I expected, but not bad. The taste holds notes of fluffy toffee, buttery biscuit, very light roasted malts, light chocolate powder, and a touch of sourdough. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a silky feel. Overall, a very nice d-bock, perhaps not the best I've had, but a strong offering regardless.

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4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Rich, deep dark amber body. Nutty brown with some reddish tones. Thin silky head and light brown lacing.

S - Smells like a meal. It has a nose of dark ried fruit, some spice, and a batch of sweet roasty malts.

T - Huge flavor. Syrupy sweetness of the malts and sweetness from the dark dried fruit flavor such as figs. A bit tart and crispy. Warm alchohol, burnt caramel, toffee, honey, toasted dark grains.

M - Sturdy and full bodied. With the flavors, alcohol and carbonation, this has a great balance and creates a smooth siky mouthfeel.

D - Sip and savour this one. You cant run through it, and you wouldnt want to anyway. Pair this with food or enjoy it for its own deep delicious complexity.

Notes - I had this during Starkbierfest at Brauhaus Schmitz. This caught my attention because I read the brewery is almost a millenium old and the flavor description was immense. Glad I tried it. I love this beer.

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

Pours a beautifully clear darkest shade of black cherry with a huge creamy/frothy head that slowly dissipates to a cap but leaves incredible lacing all the way down. Smells of caramel, brown bread, figs, prunes, dark fruit. Lots of sweet malty aromas ticket the nose. Taste is sweet with malts. Dark fruits, prunes, figs, burnt brown sugar, a touch of alcohol about midway and a long lingering molasses and dark fruit finish. Sweet sticky mouthfeel, light to medium carbonation, thick body. This is a great dopplebock. A malt heads dream with great complexity and an abv that is well hidden.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 2,692 ratings
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