Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner KorbinianWeihenstephaner Korbinian
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Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | website

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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Reviews:
1,201
Ratings:
2,555
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
13.33%
 
 
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Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a lightly hazy bronze / brown color with a nice 2" head. Spotty lacing develops.

Smell: toasted nuts, toffee, and some brown sugar sweetness.

Taste: a nicely balanced combination of toffee, toasted nuts,and caramel with hints of alcohol and sweet ripe dark fruits. The bitterness balances the sweetness well.

Mouthfeel: medium - heavy in body. Crisp at the start and finish with a long malty sweetness.

Drinkability: Very smooth drinking. A super dopplebock, and I am glad I picked it up.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma has a great mix of fruit and malt. I get some nice cherry, grape and prune notes, as well as some heavy toffee. The flavor is very similar. There is a ton of toffee and caramel as well as some cherry and grape characteristics. The body is a little thinner than I expected, but it does have a very nice, clean lager taste. Medium carbonation.

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Photo of Duff27
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- One inch big-bubbled light tan head on a dark, dark brown lager. Leaves very good lacing with above average head retention.

S- Muted dark fruits.

T- Follows the nose. Muted grapey presence. Well hidden ABV,

M- Smooth, nicely carbonated. Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel.

D/O- Very easy drinking for the style, first off. That only works to Korbinian's advantage here. World class? Yes. Are there other dopplebocks right up there with it? Yes.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I have been looking for this for some time now, but I found it at a local German deli. My travels are done, so now I can finally settle down with this. On to the beer:

The beer pours a dark brown into my flute, encouraging a large head to form on top of the body. In the glass, it looks more like a dark ruby red. Head retention is very good. The aroma notes sweet dinner rolls and thick syrupy toffee.

Okay, now the meat and potatoes of the review, the taste. It's a very smooth flavor and well balanced, although the feel seems just a little thinner for a doppelbock, as is the taste, which costs it a chance to earn a "5". Sweet, but not an over the top maltiness like other doppelbocks. You could consider this a lethal weapon the way the beer hides the alcohol.

A very good example of a doppelbock. Too bad I didn't have this in my possession when I did the "Weihenstephaner Invite" many months ago, it would have made a great contestant.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from 4/2010 notes. Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a dark semi-opaque brown with a small light brown head. Aroma of sweet malt and caramel. Nice dark malts up front with some smoke. Hints of molasses, root beer and a touch of hops. A light slightly flavored finish. Creamy medium bodied. Nicely made, as with all Weihenstephan beers. Prost!

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a tall Hard Rock Cafe Washington D.C. pilsner piece.

Korbinian has that dopple look with a deep dark brown mixed in with a red tint here and there. A stealth pour yeilded no more than a 1/2 inch of flimsy medium dark tan foam that simmered down, No lacing, just a ring around the glass.

Smells incredibly malty and sugary, sweet but very inviting. A nice caramel/toffee blast with big toasted malt, some faint chocolate and a touch of cherry. Bold and big.

Taste is pretty much the nose in the mouth, very similiar. Up front the caramel mixed in with toasted malt is large followed by bread and faint chocolate. A little bit of Werther's original floating around.

The taste is great, the body only builds off that. A rich, luxurious body on this thats about medium with a light carb going for it. This stuff just glides down. Sweet, not cloying, no trace of booze, just bread and caramel afterwards.

One of the better Weihenstephaner beers i've had in a bottle, maybe I finally got a fresh one, who knows. The body really set this off for me. The bottle would do, no need for more. This is a meal on it's own.

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

Pours a black color, nice carbonation, huge three finger plus creamy tannish head, lots of sticky/creamy lacing to follow. The nose is malty, kinda yeasty/bready, lots of caramel. The taste is absolutely delicious, malty, slight licorice, maybe some spice's, and lots of caramel. Medium body, very smooth/creamy brew. Very drinkable, man what an awesome Doppelbock, I thought Celebrator was one of the best if not the best, this brew is totally different in body/charactrer. It could be the ABV thing though.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage bottle, Sampled March 2007, from the bottle at Stuffed Sandwich
This beer has been aging in Sam's storage for quite some time (Sam refused to tell me how long) as it has a completely different label than the current version of Korbinian. the beer has a hazy, dark amber color and is well carbonated, yet despite a vigorous pour did not summon forth much in the way of a head. There is a touch of a foamy, amber tinged ring around the sides of the glass. The beer has a soft, well integrated oxidation character to it; notes of sherry are definitely evident. The taste takes on notes of prunes, which are also noticeable in the nose as well. As the beer warms up a bit lots of flavors open up; notes of Madeira, sherry and fig become noticeable as well as a touch of chalky dark malt character in the finish. The beer also starts to become clearer as it warms. This has aged quite gracefully, certainly the flavors have softened and melded quite a bit, but this must be fairly old and it is still quite drinkable.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

picked up at Belmont Station over the weekend.. poured into my Chimay goblet.

1" head.. doesn't stick around too long.. nice splotchy lace and a good cap.. the brew is dark chocolate brown.. crystal clear deep ruby when held to a lamp.

this is definitely a "dark" smelling doppelbock.. I get cocoa immediately .. very rich and only the faintest whiffs of caramel.. mainly cocoa and toasty notes.

Flavor mirrors the nose with a smack of "prune" that sorta trails from close to the front all the way to the finish.. the cocoa still plays lead.. very rich.. hard for me to describe.. tastes "darker" than any doppelbock I can remember.. never burnt.. just tastes "brown"... even a little nutty. The body is very very smooth.. and what carbonation there is, only accentuates how rich this brew is.. maybe even hints of smoke as it warms.. very complex.

The drinkability is interesting.. not because I could drink a bucket of it.. but just because I want another sip... just to analyze it... I am a big fan.. and this is my first ever bottle... and my last until Weihenstephaner makes it back to Boise.

4/4.5/4.5/4.5/4

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

Personal Milestone: Review #900

Appearance: 500 ml bottle. Poured into its proper branded weizen glass, Weihenstephaner Korbinian pours a rich dark brown with a light brown/off white head with excellent frothing and retention. Good lace stickage.

Smell: Bready malts, soft banana, sweet yeast.

Taste: Bright green banana fruityness, big roasted malt and toasted grain. As it warms, a bit of raw cocoa. Noble hop bitterness and light tea like expressions. A really tasty dark lager beer, decent complexity and great flavor. Nice and clean, little to no alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation, sweet aftertaste.

Drinkability: A truly tasty doppelbock. Overall I was impressed by this offering by Weihenstephaner, but they have yet to dissapoint me.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. bottle, 500th bottle review here,

A: Pours a dark mahogany brown, with an average, fizzy off-white head, no real lacing to speak of.

S: Strong malt, dark wheat bread, pumpernickel, nutmeg, raisins, fruitcake.

T: Taste goes right along with the smell, this is a malt bomb and great for the style. Dark wheat and rye bread, caramel, milk chocolate, just a solid mix of malty flavours.

M: Medium-bodied, very sugary, medium viscosity, smooth.

D: A very good dopplebock from the oldest brewery in the world, one of the class of its style for sure.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brown half litre bottle, obtained in Berlin earlier in the year, best before 30th July 2009, drank on a sunny warm evening in late June 2009.

Poured into huge glass mug.

Teak wood red, a deep mahogany brown, you choose the colour you like best. A thick tan coloured head sat on top. Held to the light it showed a clear body with bubbles rising to the head.

Liquorice aroma and taste, with Victoria Plums and dates in both the smell and taste too. A sweetness is also present, mixed in with a dark chocolate aftertaste.

This a very complex beer, the 7.4% is well hidden, the beer being very 'more-ish', I wanted another as soon as I'd finished this one.

This is very close to beer heaven for me, a rich, creamy, well balanced strong Doppelbock that just rolls down the tongue and screams drink me!

The highest score I've given since joining this site (almost 800 beers ago).

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Photo of biegaman
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Palm date purple that becomes stained in blood red when held up into the light. At rest it appears quite dark, muddied brown almost, and opaquely shady. As stated, however, the beer is capable of radiance and is in actuality, perfectly clear-bodied. A sandy, bubble encrusted patch of ecru formed shortly after the pour (and partly faded just after that).

Dopplebocks really aren't too hard to describe - they are very rich and malty, lightly toasty, perhaps slightly chocolaty and invariably full of sticky sweet caramel and dried dark fruits. The best examples of the style will showcase all that in aroma alone. Notes of sugary malts, dates, currants, prunes and a light suggestion of cocoa imply this is likely to be one of those aforementioned leading examples.

These beers are lagered and well-attenuated which means they have a crisp, clean, refreshing disposition but a rich and complex character. No one need be alarmed by the alcohol percentage because, frankly, you'd never catch wind of it if it weren't listed on the label. Like everything, beer comes down to personal tastes. If you like rich, hearty drinks with dark fruity flavours then chances are you'd enjoy this traditional Bavarian specialty.

And if the idea of coarse, multi-grain bread toasted and smeared in plum jam sounds appealing then you should flat out love this. I feel relatively familiar with dopplebocks as a style now and I'd have no hesitation in calling the Korbinian one of the tastiest examples. It tastes just like a fig-raisin compote, the sugar syrup being flavoured with cinnamon sticks, cloves, ground almonds and additional candied fruits.

Weihenstephan ("holy Stephen") claims to be the world's oldest brewery. I can't be sure of that but I do know that dopplebocks developed near the brewery's location around Munich around the Middle Ages. If this brewery really is the world's eldest than good on them for continuing the production of the monastic "liquid bread" that sustained monks during their periods of fasting. No food but plenty of bock beer? Seems almost a fair trade...

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Photo of tone77
3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a small head. Smell is of malts, caramel, and dark fruits. Taste is very mild compared to the smell. Some malts, caramel, and alcohol is present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good quality beer.

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

Pours a clear dark brown brew.

Smell is sweet and super malty; banana is smelled in this too. Mild spicy smells too.

Taste is sweet and lots of malt with plums and raisins in the taste. Mild hidden hops.

Mouthfeel is good.

A respectable Double Bock, I like the Erdinger version a bit better.

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Photo of stevoj
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Brown/black with thin, silky beige head. Strong aroma of roasted malt with very potent taste of chocolate and some espresso bitterness. Nice dry, lingering aftertaste, and no hint of the higher ABV. Delicious!

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Photo of Kelp
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my glass as a darker brown color with a bit of tan head. Lots of lacing in the glass.

Smells of malts and grains. Also some dried fruit smells.

Sweet caramel taste to the brew. Then the fruitiness comes next with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Medium brew with a decent amount of carbonation.

It was a good brew, but not a great brew from this company. This is the worst brew I have had from Brauerei Weihenstephan but it is still better than most beers.

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Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: extremely dark brown-amber color with a finger of compact tan foam. This looks like it could be pretty good.

Smell: huge malt flavor with plenty of caramel and musty notes of raisins and plums. Quite appealing.

Taste: quite delicious. Big flavors are similar in profile to the aroma, but the caramel is more muted and the musty fruits are farther toward the front. Alcohol is noticeable and there is just a hint of tartness. Finish is very dry.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a low but nice level of carbonation. There's a bit of a syrupy texture here as well. Between the dry, musty flavor and the low level of carbonation, I want to call the mouthfeel "ashy", but kind of in a good way.

Drinkability: quite tasty and drinkable, though too high in alcohol to be a real session beer. I'll call it good.

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

Very pleased to see this beer on tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a darkish brown color with minimal head retention and fair lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose either, just some light malt and spice. However, on the palate this beer is just delicious, with a ton of chocolate flavor, woven around some spice and a touch of wheaty sour. There is also some nice cinnamon flavor that I'm enjoying as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and long, and drinkability is superb. I would never guess I was drinking a 7.4% alcohol beer.

A very nice beer. One that is all too easy to drink, given the abv.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown with a tan pancake head that doesn't stick around.

The smell is exceptional- a rich malty, winey, estery wonder. I could just smell this beer all night.

Very complex and unusual taste profile. Starts out malty, rich, and creamy and picks upo some bitterness that starts hoppy and fades into bitter cocoa. There are also some faint soy sauce notes as the cocoa flavor starts. The finish is not sweet, but rather creamy and a little astringent from the bitter chocolate taste. Very interesting.

The body is a little thin, but it is also quite creamy so that the mouthfeel is still quite pleasing. Smooth as velvet.

Very drinkable- it almost goes down like a cold glass of chocolate milk- atr least what one would taste like in a more beery dimension. Its very easy to drink with very little noticeable alcohol and intersting characteristics. Delicious!

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours chocolate-brown with a really large tan compact whipped-cream-like head, that slowly sets into great lacings.

S: Dark roasted sweet malt. Dark dried fruits and some liqourice. Bitter hops.

T: Sweet and roasted malts. Some chocolate and coffee, liqourice and loads of dark dried fruits. Perhaps there is a tad vanilla. Some smoked ham.

M: Long bitter aftertaste, very sweet. Body is full while carbonation is moderate. Smooth.

O: I don't think this old brewery can make a bad product - this is no exception.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown bodied beer with faint reddish highlights at the edges. Small head dissipates quickly; patchy lacing remains behind. Massive malt aroma is bready with a touch of smoke and dark fruity sweetness. The flavor follows suit; its a bit on the simpler side, again with lots of chewy malt character and subtle dark fruits in the way of raisins and prunes. Just a touch of smokiness tops things off.

Medium body and carbonation with a semi-dry finish. Not bad certainly, but not amongst the best examples of the style or the best beers by this revered brewery, who can do no wrong when wheat is involved.

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Photo of weeare138
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a transparent crimson with a cherrywood hue. Medium amounts of CO2 bubbles slowly rise to the top of the creamy, ivory head that has fades into a filmy cap. Scattered streaks of lace are left around the glass.
Smell is of toffee, vanilla, roasted nuts, cocoa, and sugary caramel. Super nice with light booziness.
Taste is of the same, rich, well blended aromas. This is a nice treat via Germany.
Mouthfeel is super smooth, creamy, sugary, medium bodied, along with a velvet balance that glides along the palate.
Drinkability...what a treat. I had Matt Capone (BA capones) special order this b/c I've never seen it in the SE PA market for some reason. No wonder it's such a rare treat...it gets gobbled up whenever it comes around.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three-finger very light tan head that fades quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Deep brown color with some mahogany highlights. Medium bodied and light-medium carbonation. Nose is roasted malt. Flavor is malt and sweet molasses. $3.25 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruddy brown colour, with an initial light foam head of yellow-white bubbles. Fair amount of carbonation, and after a while the head gives up and just leaves a light ring of foam around the collar. Minimal lacing. Colour is good, but the head is disappointing.

Pleasant rich and sweet characters on the nose - honey, malt extract, a little rum, and a grassy, vegetative or light phenol character. It's not huge, but there's lots of pleasant characters in there - a very good example of a strong German bock.

Taste is a lot better, with an excellent dark richness on the front, some toasted dryness on the back. Lots of malt - a huge amount, in fact - leaves this feeling quite heavy right up until midway through the palate, when the roasted characters tilt their head and make a dry plateau. This leaves my palate ready for the next sip. Mouthfeel is a tad too carbonated to my mind - that's probably a stylistic thing, but I really think a smoother or creamier feel would help, especially with the heavy malt sweetness that is predominant.

Ultimately, the beer is exceptionally drinkable. No mean feat for a beer weighing in at 7.4% - there's not a hint of it on the palate, although the rich heavy character intimates that something is going on here. A big beer, and a very good doppelbock - an exemplar of the style.

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 1,201 ratings.
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