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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Reviews: 1,223 | Ratings: 2,633
Photo of FFreak
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tall tulip. A semi-translucent dark brown with a wispy tall head that sticks around and leaves small lace. Beautiful aromas of dark dried fruit combined with bread. Taste is similar to the other Weihenstephaner beers I've tried, but with the addition of some dark roast malt. Mouth is a tad thin, but otherwise wonderful. Overall, another fine German bock from Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of opieo
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep rust color. Rich creamy malty. Full bodied and complex. A brew that must be tried. Best at just below room temp 50ish. Opens up at warmer temp. Get it.

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.87/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best beers from Weihenstephan IMO-- Smell is a nice roasted nutsy type of scent, not overpowering at all. Taste is a very well balanced blend, with tastes of nuts, toffee, chocolate, and a hint of coffee. Feel is very smooth, not overcarbonated, and has a clean finish. There are stronger Doppelbock beers out there, Korbinian is more towards the smooth, mellow side of this style but has all the good taste. Great beer overall.

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Photo of TivoLivin
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

An affordable and attractive bottle poured into a large glass. Pours a dark burgundy color with a tan head that lasts a long time.

L: Its a very dark, but still mildly red tinted beer.
A: The aroma is full of dark fruits and very reminiscent of the style
T: Very full and balanced flavor with malt, fig, and a little chocolate. A sweet doppelbock with a complex fruity flavor.
F: The smoothness of this beer compensates for its lack of dryness, and makes it very enjoyable and easy to drink. Look out for the well-hidden alcohol strength in this one!

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

L: pours a deep copper dark color. A decent top of head that disolves rapidly to a small rind at the top.some lacings on the sides.

S: caramel,toffee, figues,rausins and plums,toasted bread.

T&F: very malty and roasted in the background all the way, sense caramel,toofee and some chocolate there, in the front fruity sweetness with dark matured fruits. In the finish is a dry flavour with comfortable bitterness and a good lasting aftertaste. The high alcohol content are remarkable well hidden. Very smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

O: This doppelbock was a true enjoyment to drink, delicious from the beginning to the finish. Highly recommended.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Halbite in Sofia, Bulgaria. Served in a ceramic mug with a cry low head, so unable to review the appearance. Nose is all caramel and brown bread. Not particularly complex. Taste is quite sweet. Caramel malts dominate with some nice roasted notes and fig in the background. Overall, not my favorite dbock due to the high sweetness, but you'd be a fool to turn it down.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Clear brown with fantastic beige head, so is retention.
Smell - caramel, rye bread, figs, dates, prunes.
Taste - follows the smell + toasted malts, some chocolate tones. Delicious.
Medium body, soft carbonation, warming,

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Photo of JRed
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark cola-like body with off-white head that retreats the edge of the glass. Aroma of raisins, prunes, candy sugar, herbs, mild spice. Tastes of raisins, prunes, herbal notes, mild cola and spice, wheat. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of 57md
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brownish color with ruby edges and a finger of head. The nose is exquisitely malty and bready. The body and the flavor are not quite as bold as the nose would indicate but this remains an enjoyable offering.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours deep brown with a frothy khaki head that settles to a light layer and laces nicely.

S: Toasty bready malt, dark fruit, fig, a little plum, and some toffee sweetness.

T: Dark fruit, fig and plum, a hint of chocolate, toasty bready malt, and toffee sweetness.

M: Towards the fuller end of medium body, moderate carbonation, very smooth.

O: Not a life changing beer, but a very well done doppelbock.

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Photo of HummingBrew
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One pint, 0.9 fl. oz. bottle. Pours a dark copper wth a frothy pinpoint tan head that recedes quickly. Aroma: caramel, toast, fresh hazelnuts. Clean fermentation. Medium carbonation. Flavor: caramel, molasses, figs and dried plums. Alcohol warming. Grainy malt sweetness fades to a pleasing dry finish. Not heavy or cloying. Liquid bread; most satisfying.

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Photo of MAFC_Trainer
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L - no head, black body
S - caramel with a hint of toffee
T - caramel, malty, and fruity notes
F - super smooth. No carbonation. Light coat on the mouth
O - this is a delicious and easy drinking Dopplebock that I hv really enjoyed drinking

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Photo of --Dom--
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's big, it's sexy. The nose is aged brandy. It's got loads of toffee and dark fruit up from and in your face. Caramel and a sweet oakiness in the middle. Fruity molasses finish. Alcohol isn't even noticeable. Moderate carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel make this one go down way too easy. Best I've had of the style. Combine that with a very approachable price and we got another winner from Weihenstephaner.

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

Pours deep, reddish brown with less than 1FB of khaki head that quickly resolves with some residual lacing. Smells of bread, toasted malts, molasses. Tastes is sweet malts forward, dark fruits throughout and caramel and hints of cocoa, mildly peppered and transition to leather and smokey notes before ending in a very clean finish. Body is smooth and medium with fine carbonation. ABV is well hidden.
Overall, a very pleasant and dark sister to the Vitus hefeweizen produced by the same brewery. Delicious – the yin to the yang of vitus. . . good stuff.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pours a medium shade of brown with a one and a half finger, beige colored head that has poor retention and lacing.

Aroma: Sourdough pretzels, caramel, toffee, chocolate, plums, raisins, fudge and mild vanilla beans.

Taste: I'm getting flavors of chocolate covered pretzels, dark nougat, red figs, caramel, raisins, hazelnut and hints of black coffee and mild creamer.

Feel: Feel is thin and lightly carbonated. Alcohol is only slightly detectable. Sweet upfront, finishes dry. Very refreshing and crisp.

Overall: Very impressive, lots of soft notes of chocolate, caramel and bready goodness mixed into hints of dark fruits and mild coffee. Another winner from Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of majorbase2
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, nearly black color with a huge, brown foam head that recedes over a few minutes. Leaves virtually no lacing.

Aroma is dominated by dark fruit. Prune, cherry and licorice. Some lightly roasted malts on the back end.

Taste follows eh nose, and it is remarkable. Explodes with dark fruits, with amazing flavors of candied molasses and pure caramel to follow. Sweet, but not overly, with just a pinch of bitterness. Has a very candy like flavor to it. Would make a great after dinner beer. Just crazy delicious.

Medium bodied, a bit syrupy, sweet, but goes down crazily smooth given those characteristics. Illegally drinkable, with no alcohol evident.

Overall, this beer is worthy of its reputation and then some! Incredible flavor and drink ability make this beer excellent for any occasion. This beer vaults towards the top of my list.

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Photo of jeffdr123
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark caramel in look and in taste. Same great balance you expect from a dobbelbock but more intense flavors. More toasty, more plum, more malt. Starts to get a porter feel as it warms.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very solid doppelbock. Tons of dark fruit aromas and flavors, very toasty, warm, and inviting. Sweet as well, but balanced out by a nice chocolate bitterness. Body is a bit heavy, carbonation is high.

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Photo of Guppy314
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle, pours opaque black with a one finger tan head. Aroma of a bready malt, molasses, and banana-like fruitiness. Taste is similar with also some toffee and caramel flavors. With fairly little carbonation, It is decently full bodied, but it doesn't have the "sustain" relative to better Stouts.

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Photo of stortore
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle into a pilsner glass.

Pours a dark caramel color- ruby when held to the light, mostly opaque, with a one and a half finger head on a conservative pour, lots of tight foamy lacing. Boy this smells great. Malt, caramel, bread, yeast, some chocolate. The taste is malt forward, then caramel, more chocolate than the nose, yeast, a little vanilla. Smooth, creamy, great body, great level of carbonation, the taste lingers.

A true classic, one that everyone should try. Bursting with aroma and flavor, so enjoyable to drink. Terrific price point for such a great beer, too.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This dopplebock pours a dark brown color with a slight red tint and a medium, foamy, tan head. It has a slight molasses scent with a significant apple scent as well. The flavor is quite complex. It has very full bodied malts which impart strong flavors of molasses, caramel, and brown sugar that mix with more subtle flavors of date and prune. There is significant alcohol presence as well, which isn’t surprising at 7.4%. This is a really interesting beer and dopplebocks in general are one of my favorite German styles. This is a very robust beer, which is my thing. I think it might be too intense for a lot of people though and even to me it is one of the more potent dopplebocks that I’ve had. Weihenstephaner is definitely one of my most favorite breweries and this beer tows the mark that they’ve set. I don’t think it is quite as polished as some of their hefes, however, but that isn’t meant to be much of a denouncement as their hefes are without a doubt some of the best in the world.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick, dark brown to black beer with a creamy, beige head.

Nose: Caramel malt, hazelnut, brown sugar, toffee, hops, raisin and prunes.
Taste: Molasses, brown sugar, caramel in the taste to, rye bread, chocolate and hazelnut.
Mouth: Full body. Thick and creamy. Sweet but bittersweet ending.

This is sucha a good beer! I just love it!

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Photo of teromous
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the back of the label: "5515"

Appearance: The body is very transparent with a dark reddish brown mahogany color. The head is this very thick and creamy textured flat-topped cap with a light tan color. Great retention and lacing.

Aroma: Light caramel smell with some brown sugar.

Taste: It has a great sweet caramel flavor with a touch of toasted oat flavor. No bitterness or harshness accompanies the gentle toasted flavor. It is a very elegant beer.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and medium bodied. Smooth but not thick. The finish is very light and airy.

Overall: A fantastic beer that has held up through the import process. I wasn't picking up any oxidation in the bottle at all. This is one beer that I would buy as an import again. It really highlights the sweet malty character of Dopplebocks without being heavy handed in texture or overpowering with roasted bitterness. It's just a very well made beer. I enjoyed it and I would drink it again.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9 bottle poured into snifter no bottle date

A: lively head but short lived. Nice brown deep caramel body hard to see through.

S: lots of raisins and plums some deep caramel

T: nice soft carbonation big raisins, pluns, figs, dates caramel this beer is amazing

M: a lot more carbonation then you would expect from a double bock.

O: Great beer soft caramel great malts lots of carbonation though

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - dark Amber with a thin white head

S - Caramel, herbal hops

T - folllow the taste. Caramel delight

F - Thick, great carbonation

O - One of the best doppelbock I've had!

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,633 ratings.
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