Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

2,655 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 Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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

Photo of smcolw
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep brown color with ruby hues. Appears to be clear. Impressive light beige head, leaving nice ring lace.

Smells of stew meat, caramel and sweet chocolate--not exactly attractive, but it is fascinating. I've never smelled this combination before in a beer. Complex.

Rich flavor in a thin body--well not that thin, but certainly less than most bocks (not to mention doppels). Very complex--quite dry for the style (a touch of sugar on the tongue only on the initial sip). Surprisingly hoppy in the swallow which lingers throughout the aftertaste. Some chocolate notes without any burnt flavors at all. Almost like ice cream.

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Photo of mikesgroove
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of mdfb79
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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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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3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep cherry-coke red. ¼ finger of off-white head with a fine bubble structure.

S - Mild aroma. Grass, bready malt, caramel.

T - Surprisingly unitone flavor. It's not that the flavor isn't complex, it just doesn't change much at all once it hits your mouth. Sweet sugar cane, pumpernickel bread, mild char characteristics. Hint of cedary bitterness in the background.

M - Smooth with a light body and a sweet finish.

D - Fairly drinkable. The char is a little heavy for the style, but overall very enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of TMoney2591
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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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

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

Served up at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse,

Appearance: Deep ruby brown nice sized creamy tan head bottle says it's a dunkles starkbier aka doppelbock nice webbed lacing. Aroma: Mild plum and raisins with frivilous amounts of malt making this one malt monster with a bit of balancing hopping noticeable. Taste: Ripe fruit malty treat mild chocolate notes full rich maltiness is delicious. Mouthfeel: Medium body creamy texture, it's banging. Drinkability: Classic d-bock great brew oh so drinkable just try one and see for yourself.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
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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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,655 ratings.
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