Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner KorbinianWeihenstephaner Korbinian

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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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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 Phocion
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Deep, dark brown with ruby highlights and a very retentive frothy off-white head. Thick strings of lacing.

Very richly malty nose; Munich and Caramel are very present. Rich breadiness and a toffee sweetness. Dark fruit ester: plum, fig, etc. Syrupy/brown sugar caramelization.

Overall the flavor follows the nose. Still extremely malty, but with the addition of a heavy chocolate flavor. Malted milk balls. Slightly burnt toast, caramelized brown sugar. Not as heavy on the fruity esters as in the nose. A bit nutty with an ever-so-slightly earthy finish. Minimal hop presence.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel with a medium-full body. Moderately carbonated. Very soft and no signs of astringency. Slight alcohol warmth which probably makes the mouthfeel feel a little thicker than it really is.

I haven't had a doppelbock in some time, but this beer is so wonderful. One should never doubt a Weihenstephaner product, and this is no exception.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
5/5  rDev +19%

Poured from a pint bottle into a tumbler on 01.19.14.

A: Black. Almost as opaque as a stout, but not quite. Some lacing.

S: Roasty banana bread.

T: Lots of malt. Banana bread. Complex.

M: Creamy.

O: The roasty malt comes in sweet then a slight crusty banana bread takes over. The alcohol is completely hidden. This and Salvator are my favorite doppelbocks.

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Photo of DannyS
4.2/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a pint bottle into a glass mug

A - pours a deep chocolate brown with lots of clarity and a modest half finger of head hanging out on top.Leaves loose blobs of lacing that don't cling.

S - Malty sweet and roasty; lots of overtones of candied fruit. No hoppy aromas.

T - Powerful malt with little in the way of bitterness, and just a bit of earthy character. Lots of dark bread, dried fruit, and caramelized sugar.

M - Rich and full on the tongue with just enough carbonation to keep it from being syrupy. No alcohol burn.

Overall - the perfect breather for a palate that's hop-obsessed. Very filling too; one of these and I'm done for a good while. I recommend it though!

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Photo of titvs
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Review according to BJCP2008 guidelines (style 5C). AROMA: strong sweet malt aroma. very slight plum aroma and moderate alcohol aroma. No hop aroma. APPEARANCE: clear dark brown with ruby tint. persistent medium head of beige color. head retention reduced maybe because of high alcohol content. TASTE: rich malt flavour with slight notes of dried grapes. smooth impression from alcohol and no hop flavours. very low bitterness with malt dominating the flavour. PALATE: medium body with moderate carbonation. smooth without astringency. OVERALL: a very nice doppelbock with a médium smooth body.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

A: Pours a clear very dark reddish brown in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and some moderate amber + cola brown highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a medium to large sized finger thick cap surrounded by a thick film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of sweet bready malts as well as some moderate aromas of dark malts. There is also a light aroma of dark fruits (figs and prunes).

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of sweet bready and dark malts with just a hint of toasted/roasted/slightly burnt malts. That is followed by just a hint of bittersweet dark chocolate and light flavors of dark fruits (figs and prunes). Minimal amounts of earthy hop bitterness in the finish which fades quickly.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Rich and smooth, almost creamy.

O: This is an excellent beer and one that I am glad I finally had the opportunity to try (I seemed to miss picking it up year in year out). Wonderful flavors and a really great beer from an excellent brewery. Easy to drink and enjoy with well hidden alcohol.

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Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev -4.8%

16.9 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a large snifter. Bottle code is 4143.

Pours dark with a big beige head and lots of carbonation. Smell is yeasty, plummy/cherry, sweet.

Taste is not as overpoweringly sweet as I was afraid. Definite sweetness, but some strawlike or stale breadlike characteristic takes over some of that sweetness from the aroma. Fruity flash on the foretaste, slow dry finish.

Mouthfeel is dry and medium bodied. Overall, not my favorite style, but among my favorites of the style.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served a deep brown color with a one finger head of off white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a bready toasted malt smell along with a decent showing of some dark fruits of prune and raisin. Along with these aromas are some smells of cocoa, toffee, and caramel. A little bit of grass and some coffee are there as well, giving just a hint of bitterness to an otherwise sweet and roastey malted smelling brew.

Taste – The taste begins much crisper then I was anticipating, with a nice roasted malt base and a decent showing of some sweeter flavors of caramel and molasses. As the taste advances the roasted flavors remain rather strong while the initial caramel and molasses lose some ground, but with them being replaced by some light dark fruit flavors of plum and cherry. Some chocolate and a lighter coffee flavor work their way into the taste profile as well, and with a little bit of a grassy and herbal flavor coming to the tongue as well, one is left with a surprisingly crisper, but still quite roasty and sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is slightly thinner and crisper side with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly higher side. The slightly thinner body and higher carbonation actually work for this beer even though it is rather dark; as the feel really crates a crisp and very easy drinking but highly flavorful brew.

Overall – This is a very flavorful doppelbock with a very easy drinking and crisp feel in light of its abv. of 7.4 %. This is one nice drinker and one I will certainly come back to again.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep dark brown pinkish purplish color with a great foamy head. Smells so malty and sweet. Does not taste sweet however. Very crips and refreshing with great body. Not much bitterness at all and very clean. I did not detect much fruitiness as others have noted. A very easy beer to drink and a great one at that.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall wide chalice: color is dark brown, tan edges; head is tan, dense and presents 1 inch thick then lingers with at least 1/4 inch of head.

Smell is very pleasant, at first it is some light sweetness, light toffee, chocolate and plum come to mind; subtle grassy and earthy qualities, very enticing.

Taste is very enjoyable, primary flavor is malt forward but there is some nice fresh hop presence noted: malt flavors are toffee, chocolate and some plums or raisin like flavors; hop presence is earthy, grassy, fresh in presence and nicely bitter but allowing the sweetness to linger.

Mouthfeel is a wonderful blend of malt sweetness, fine carbonation and solid bitterness. Flavors and presence focus on the tongue and are in no way cloying or out of balance.

Overall a great beer with near ideal doppelbock qualities: not too sweet, clean flavors that are enticing and clean mouthfeel.

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Photo of Dsimenson
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The bottle is so us usual and beautiful, I had to try it. Poured from a bottle into a Pilsner, at a temperature between the fridge and room temp. Color is a crystal clear strawberry red with the slightest brown tinge when held up to intense light. Thin, tan head, nice lacing. Aroma is yeasty, with roasted malt and caramel sweetness, with mild floral hops. Flavor is again yeasty, roasted malt, toffee sweetness, with a slightly piney finish. Mouthfeel is medium thin, and a bit foamy. This is a style that I do not understand (doppelbock), so I am rating it just as an enjoyable brew and experience. On that basis, I will say it is a very good to outstanding lager, well worth sampling. And this one has a bear, not a goat on the label.

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Photo of sprat1960
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark chestnut brown with red and orange hues; translucent. Two finger beige head when poured; head died down fairly quickly leaving an uneven coating of foam on the surface of the beer and a little lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Malty, slightly sweet, some chocolate with a slight smoke quality. Made me want to drink the beer.

Taste - Smooth taste. Starts off malty, progresses on to be sweet with rich flavors of chocolate and coffee then finishes with a mildly bitter finish. Full of flavor. I found it delicious.

Mouthful - Medium towards heavy body; chewy. Lots of very light carbonation with tiny bubbles. Velvety feel with an ever so slightly dry finish.

Overall - An absolutely delicious beer that I would love to drink again. Due to being dark and on the heavy-side, I would see this a more of a winter beer than a warm weather beer. Almost a desert quality. I will be purchasing this beer again for sure! A great value for the money; I believe I spent less than $4 for the bottle.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I had a Salvator and loved it so I wanted to try more of the style.

A - Nice brown color almost chestnut with hints of red. Very clear for a Weihenstephaner. Fine off-white head that seemed to stay.

S - Full of malt and caramel notes like Salvator but maybe a little more almost chocolate hints. Lighter alcohol and lager tones.

T - A full flavored brew of malt, caramel, and lager flavor. No real hops to this beer just the malty flavors come through. The characteristic lager flavor is also present but isn't as predominant since it is mostly masked by the full malt assault. Almost no bitterness but it isn't cloying and definitely on the sweet sided making it a good desert beer or as the monks used it, liquid bread!

M - Medium mouth-feel but it should be heavier with the malt bill but the lager yeast really smooths it out. The substantial body and sweetness make this beer not something I could drink more than a couple of but would enjoy it up until then. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, a very good beer if you want a sweet beer that has an amazing lineage. Similar to Salvator but a little sweeter and with less of the "lager" flavor. It's definitely a great beer but I probably wouldn't pick it over Salvator just because of the price difference. I would recommend this to anyone as their first double bock or as a person trying to branch out from more "American" beers.

Glass- Imperial Pint

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Photo of travolta
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown, but a beautiful ruby red when held to the light! Nice retention and lacing.

Nose: Prunes, malt, carmel. Toasted grain at the end.

Taste: Soft and pleasant carbonation. Carmel and prunes with a touch of chocolate.

Notes: A great quality beer, but very particular in taste and mouthfeel.

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Photo of seedyone
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

10/30/13 From bottle. Almost need a spoon with this. Malt up the nose and caramel on the tongue with a middling body & a lingering bitter-sweetness that tells of a well thought out concoction. The 7.4 ABV will force me to keep this new friend in perspective. (Like 'perspective' is what I'm here for.) A new Favorite.

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Photo of MV_CHI-NS
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bistre/deep maroon body with an ochre/coffee head.

Aroma: Profound notes of toasted grains and what I can best describe as 'dark, dank fruit' - present, but not overpowering - with slightly malty undertones.

Taste: Much like the aroma, except it is very 'malt-forward' with the grains and fruit lingering on your palate after going down.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat mild carbonation with a full-body.

Overall: While I've not had many doppelbocks, I am certain that this is one of the best out there; get it and enjoy!

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

$ 3.49 for 16.9 oz bottle at Oppermann’s Cork ‘N’ Ale
Bottle marked 4143 at 50 degrees into weizen glass
Aroma of malt, but not very strong
Head large (7 cm), light brown, rocky with small – medium bubbles, slowly diminishing to 2 mm ring
Lacing moderate, broken rings and stalactites of small bubbles
Body dark brown, clear
Flavor starts slightly sweet, malty; no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl; ends slightly sweet and malty
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

This is an excellent Starkbier which apparently translates in the import state (SC) as a malt liquor. The palate, appearance, and flavor are both very good, leaving only the weak nose as a detriment. I may be forced to buy a case to verify the weak nose

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass. The beer is deep brown with nice ruby highlights. The head is very bubbly and reduces to nothing quite quickly. Limited to no lacing on the glass.

S - Fairly limited aroma, but I basically get a sweet breadiness.

T - Quite malty. The sweetness is something like dark fruit, but not quite. It really just takes on the sweet breadiness that I picked up in the aroma.

M - Full-bodied, but without a lot of carbonation. Nice feel.

O - I want to rate it higher because of the brewery, and maybe it's exceptional for the style, but it's my first doppelbock, so I'll have to come back to it someday.

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

Pours a ruby-brown with substantial head of tan bubbles. Not much lace to speak of, but my Viking Iceland glassware may not have been clean enough, either.

Nose is definitely malt-forward, with toasty grains and some dried fruit (raisin) in there somewhere. Not bad, but not landmark, either.

Taste is certainly bold -- even sweet up front, with an underbelly of fruit below the thick and chewy maltiness of the toasty grains. And although this is probably a premier doppelbock in itself, I wasn't very impressed here. I'd say, stick to Weihenstephaner's hefeweizens as they are likely the best you'll ever taste.

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Photo of MadCat
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a nice dark brown, amber color, opaque, good tan head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Malty sweet, dark fruits, like cherries and plums, a little bit of toasted bread

Taste: Very malty and sweet with dark fruits. Some chocolate and bread in there, as well as some mild hop spice

Mouthfeel: Full body, low to medium carbonation

Overall: Good but not great. I prefer their other brews over this, and that I think is a good thing because their other brews are much easier to get.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On a Weihenstephaner kick tonight. This bottle was purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a dark brown, with some ruby red highlights. 3 inch head billows up, and fades slowly, leaving some decent lacing down the glass.

Smells like caramel, brown sugar, and raisins.

The taste is the same, and oh so rich. Some roasty, toasty malt, some dark fruits (plums, raisins, figs), a little bit of an alcohol twinge that's welcome, some caramel, brown sugar. Just real damn complex.

Very low level of carbonation, almost too low, creamy sweet mouthfeel, very drinkable, even with the higher ABV. Full bodied.

This is 2nd to only Celebrator for Dopplebocks for me. Just great stuff.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours translucent cola dark brown with a one inch white head that settles to a cap on top and leaves curtains of lace.

The smell is of grass, toffee, cocoa and wheat bread.

The taste is of dark malt, dark fruit, Autumn spices (cinnamon, clove and coriander) and a hint of coffee.

The texture is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a very nice malt forward example of a doppelbock.

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Photo of Premo88
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz. poured into pilsener

L: looks black with a huge (3-inch) head of thick tan foam, but it's crystal clear dark amber -- up to sunlight, it looks almost purple ... very dark red. the head is crazy; i need to control the pour just a bit more because this brew pushes up fast foam; it sticks and laces a little

S: lots of stuff here ... dusty molasses covers it all, but there's raisins, caramel, toffee, some dark-toasted grain and at times as it warms, good old standard sweet biscuits/bread malt. pretty sweet.

T: raisins, dark bread, some grain but doesn't taste as sweet as it smells -- in fact, the very first note on the tongue in my mind was "salt". very "roasted" ... it's almost tasting smoked (I know it's not, but ...) and very dark in the vein of Celebrator, not the lighter Salvator flavors of nuts and sweet biscuits. this is definitely roasty ... fully hides the 7.4% ABV

F: can lose its carbonation pretty easy, but if you get in the glass gently, it holds onto quite a bit to keep it drinkable despite being a thick chunk of dark-malt taste.

O: smells sweet and light, tastes dark -- very interesting and complex beer. i'm not a big raisin fan, and this definitely has at least a passing acquaintance with raisins, so i should hate it. but I don't. i LOVE the smell and keep hoping the taste mimics it 1-to-1; it doesn't, but i'll keep letting it warm up. :)

i still prefer the lighter doppelbock style of Paulaner's Salvator, but this is obviously a great brew. a little like a good stout in a lighter weight form -- definitely toasted dark and raisiny

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Photo of dank203
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours dark ruby red toward brown, tan head, some peppery and coacoa aromas. taste is raisin, fig, plum, good dark fruit profile. sticky sweet licorice notes, hints of spice, yeast and grape undertones, hint of sweet cherry, cinnamon notes. overall really smooth and complex

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into an Erdinger weissbier glass. The pour is crystal-clear, but very dark brown and sports about a finger of fine tan head. The nose has tons of rich malt and bready, crusty, glorious melanoidins. It also has just a hint of dark fruit. It's terrific, but not quite as complex a nose as Celebrator.

The beer has a medium body, a firm feel, and an intensely malty flavor that is just divine. Tons of fresh bread, figs, dark fruit, brownies, and hazelnuts. Malt, malt, and more malt! The beer takes on just a hint of char on the back of the palate, which combines with the hops to balance out the sweetness with some bitter notes. You're left with a lingering flavor of toast and maple syrup.

Overall, simply a delightful beer and certainly a classic of the style. I've enjoyed it a few times, but finally got around to reviewing it. A finer-drinking malt bomb you are very unlikely to find. I think I prefer Celebrator just slightly, but this is still delicious.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip
Look - really dark amber brown. Poured with lots of strong frothy head that stays around.
Smell - smells like a germain beer. Very malty backbone. Slight licorice smell.
Taste - heavy body. Slightly sweet. Very malty.
Feel - smooth velvety thickness with a good amount of carb but almost taste like a nitrous.
Overall - incredible doppelbock. Might be the best I've had.

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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