Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner KorbinianWeihenstephaner Korbinian

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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.

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Photo of mynie
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

As pretty as a doppelbock can pour, dark ruby with a nice, retentive white-tan head.

Smells of a little fruit and a lot of chocolate. Solid but not too terribly complex.

Tastes of light chocolate and heavy bock alcohol. Burny alcohol, too, sits in a puff in the back of your throat. The beer's ending is very dry and slightly chocolately. Solid, but not very complex.

The burniness takes the drinkability down a peg, but overall this is a good Dbock.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Weihenstephaner- Korbinian

Appearance- dark ruby/ brown. With a thick bubbly, heavily carbonated head. An exact Coca-Cola look-alike!
Smell- very subtle hefe notes. Pepper/ clove/ spice with a touch of chocolate.
Taste- a blend of cocoa toasted malt with a light spice/ candy hefe.
Mouthfeel- light and sweet flavor is slighty weak.

Overall- Just a tad above the bland mark. The beer is just too weak. I drank it both cold, straight out the fridge, and warm. The flavor has plenty of potential but I had to drink the entire 16.9 oz to really get a grasp on its taste. Nothing special here.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up almost by accident when I saw it next to the hefeweisse from the same brewer at Jesse's Boehrum Market on Atlantic in Brooklyn. Sweet label that reminds me of stained glass artwork in many a European cathedral. I didn't even know this was a doppler so that's pretty cool since I've kind of been on that kick recently anyway.
An absolutely gorgeous beer into my tulip, with dark cloudy body rounding into a ruby tinge at the bottom and a mighty inch of cocoa head. Nose is heavy caramel malts and hints of alcohol. Pleasant but not overwhelming.
Taste is malty and tasty with a clean finish and light bitterness, all of which is good. I don't love the mouthfeel as much. It could stand a little thickening imho. Also, I think the carbonation distorts the taste slightly.
High drinkability because of the ease at which the abv goes down. The mouthfeel could use some adjusting but I could see downing endless litres of this in a Bavarian bierhall..

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

Have been eying this beer for quite some time. Today finally decided to take a $3 chance on it. First off let me begin by stating my appreciation for the bottle art. Not gaudy, classily done.

Weihenstephaner Korbinian pours a dark brown color with flecks of reddish tint. It has a relatively fluffy, white head. Also cloyes admirably to the side of my chalice.

Smells very nice. Roasted malt and candied chocolate aroma dominate at first. Very full with notes of caramel also present. Raisin or plum is also present on the nose. Very complex and well done.

Tastes of chocolate and malt up front. A bit of hops are in the back of the swallow. There is also a hint of spice, along with the dark fruit taste of figs, raisin and/or plums.

Mouthfeel is full, but biting with bitterness.

Overall, this is an eminently drinkable beer!! It is impressively complex and well-balanced; full-bodied but sweet. Easy to sip and enjoy one or have several. Score one for the Germans.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark brown with some red hues. Massive 3 finger head that recedes to 1/4". Smells of sweets malts and some dark fruits...raisins. Taste is heavy on the malts. Very sweet and caramel with a mild honey and fruit finish. Cherries maybe. Feels creamy in the mouth, but a bit too much so. Drinkable for the right occasion, but not for any and every occasion. Dessert beer.

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Photo of Enola
3.03/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured with a thick head that dissapeared quickly. The color os a mahogany hue. The smell is caramel and brown sugar. The taste is like honey and malts. There is a alcohol presence in the mouthfeel. The drinkability is good for the style. I may buy a bomber of this again sometime.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.92/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a pleasing chestnut brown coloration. The head was tan and about three fingers thick. Sadly the head colapsed into a ring of foam.

Smell: This beer is very malty sweet. The beer has a very pleasing bit of chocolate lacing a dark fruit smell. The beer has a nice malty molasses smell. There is a bit of cloves and allspice backing the beer up.

Taste: The beer is malt driven. There is a fantastic roasted caramel maltyness. This combines with bannana and dark fruit compliment. There is a nice spicy back drop of cloves and all spice. Alcohol is nowhere in the taste.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is full bodied. The beer has no trace of alcohol in taste or smell. The beer is well balanced. The beer is highly quaffable. This is a gift from all the beer gods. I think I may have just had a religious experience.

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Photo of akorsak
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 500 mL bottle, poured into an Ommegang Witte glass. The bock has warmed for about an hour.

Appearance: The bock is a deep brown color with ruby red highlights. There is a slight carbonation that leaves a small ring around the glass.

Smell: The sugary sweet aroma of malts dominates the nose.

Taste: Top-of-the-line variant on the doppebock. The bock is sweet with malts without going over the top. The alcohol hides itself well but is there.

Mouthfeel: The malts may numb the tastebuds over time, but for one or two bottles the mouthfeel is great.

Drinkability: The abv hurts the drinkability a bit. Despite that, the bock is smooth and clean.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a large (1pt 9oz) bottle. Dark ruby brown color, very clear (looks filtered) with off-white foam.

Smells very malty, very dopplebocky. Actually the label on the bottle says this is a dunkel starkbier (whatever that is, I've never heard of it). The flavor is definitely dopplebock.

Nice, strong, sweet, and malty. I'll get it again.

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

16.9 fl oz bottle with cool art work and a slim shape. Pours out a very dark brown with a small white head that lasts.

The smell is big. Very big with hints of caramel, raisins, malt, toffee and chocolate. Not as carbonated as I expected for a German beer but that doesn't really affect the score.

The body is thick and heavy (but not sticky in anyway) with more raisins, figs, caramel and toffee coming through. I am actually very amazed at how balanced this beer is. A little on the sweet side for me but still very good. I am truley amazed at how the Germans make these simple beers so complex. Very well done.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, Dark, Dark!!! Color is wonderfully caramel brown with a brilliant ruby hue when held to sunlight. Crown is almond and fluffy. Aroma is butt kicking and brilliant. Toffee, chocolate, caramel, banana, plums, oh my. Taste is dominating, spicy, biting, strong, and full. This is like a weizenbock on steroids. Just an awesome and unique brew.

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Photo of Domingo
4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

EDIT: This is a second review on this item. Before I thought it was really good, but a little too "fiery" when compared with Andechs and Ayinger. After having had it fresh from the source, and within days of the other two - I can tell you that it's on par with Celebrator (maybe even better?) and nearly as good as Andechs.

Pours a medium brown color. When held up to light, it's completely see-through, and has reddish tones.
Smell is of sweet fruit, chocolate, alcohol, and even a little "typical" lager yeast.
Flavor reminds me of brandied cherries and cocoa. Alcohol is noticeable, but not too strong. Makes this one a sipper.
Flavors are layered and as this one warms, you pick up different things. Figs, Dates, and either Brandy or Rum.
Mouthfeel is just right. Not too thick or too thin.
Drinkability takes a slight hit with the alcohol being more noticeable than usual. I doubt I could drink a 2nd bomber of this as a result.
This brew is EASILY among the finest doppelbocks in the world. It could be the best, but it's certainly no worse than 3rd.

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

Great label on this bottle. Pours a nice mahogany red-brown with a thick head that dissipates to lace. The smell of this beer is great... it's not terribly complex -- mostly sweet malts, caramel, and some dryish malt aromas -- but it's very inviting. It says "drink me." The flavor is wonderfully complex. First off is biting carbonation on the tip of the tongue, then sweet, prunish malts, followed by a metallic twang and slight bitterness at the very back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is quite slick and smooth, probably as a result of all the sweet maltiness of this brew.

Overall, a tasty, complex doppelbock, and one of the better examples of the style. Not the best, Weihenstephaner brew, but still a very good one.

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

Freshness code: 7065. Served at just over fridge temperature in a Jubilale glass, the same shape as the classic Celebrator type. Cable Beverages, $2.69 for a 16.9 oz. bottle.

Appearance- Pours a stunning, gorgeous reddish-caramel color, almost like when you pull a Rolo candy apart... the head grows into a three finger masterpiece of sudsy, tight bubbles. Great activity in the glass, the microscopic bubbles floating upwards and replenishing the head. Thin, consistent lacing is left behind. With the last pour, late in the tasting, the head is creamy and coating.

Smell- Chocolate, molasses, big malt... damn... so nice. I'm getting a molasses bomb first and foremost, followed by syrupy, malty chocolate. With eyes closed, this could be mistaken for some sort of dessert... maybe cookies or cake. It's got that heaviness to the smell. Huge sweetness from the malts keep my nose buried inside the glass.

Taste- Delicious, totally enjoyable malt-driven beer... the sweetness, the molasses notes, the complexities as the beer comes to temperature... one word.... mmm. I can't help but think about fudge cake too, there is a substantiality and weight to the taste and aroma here.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Milky, and so eloquently carbonated that it serves the beer just right. It is all about the flavors here, and the presentation in the mouth showcases them without distraction. After every swallow, an uncontrollable "mmm" makes its way from my lips. What a treat, and I can't wait to try this again. Highly, highly recommended.

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Photo of Derek
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this (vom fass) at the brewery restaurant on March 20, 2006.

A: Ruby-black/chestnut, slightly off-white head, unreal retention, great lace.

S: Malty (Bread, caramel, nut), slight spice.

T: Bread, raisin, prune, some chocolate, dark caramel, raisin, brown sugar, a little nut and a slight hint of licorous. Not at all burnt, but a nice/pleasant roastyness. Perfect bitter/sweet balance with a hint of tartness. Nice spicyness to round out the flavour. Alcohol is really well hidden.

M: Moderate to full body is smooth and slightly creamy, carbonation is moderate.

D: Truly exceptional.

In my opinion, this is the best Doppelbock I've had the pleasure of tasting! I think the Domhof Doppelbockbier is a close second. The Domhof is more of a malt bomb (and a little syrupy), but this one's a little more well rounded. I consider both of these a small step up from Celebrator, which is certainly a serious step above the others.

On the second tier I'd put Maximator, Triumphator & the Union Dunklebock. Probably the Optimator, but it's been a while since I've tried it. All quality brews to seek out.

On the third tier I'd put Salvator, Andechs and surprisingly, the Apostulator from Eichbaum Brauereien. These were all good, but I actually prefered my own home-brew doppel (which was obviously brewed to my taste).

Bringing up the rear would be Hacker-Pschorr Animator, followed by the few other smaller breweries I've tried.

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Photo of bearrunner44
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- A very dark brown; light can only pass through it at the edges of the glass. Thick, creamy tan head.

Smell- Rich, full aroma. Soft, nutty, and tangy. Pleasantly aromatic malt backbone; smells of toffee, oatmeal, and some cocoa. Raisiny, tangy overtones give it a twang.

Taste- Loads of malt up front. Smooth, subdued caramel-toffee flavors lead the way. The taste becomes more complex as the beer passes by; the malt flavor gradually dries, becoming more like buttery whole wheat bread. Luxurious, sweet, estery undertones carry the beer home, leaving the tongue coated in tangy fruit flavor as the dryness in the malt peaks. Alcoholic spice burns the back of the throat (just a tiny bit) on the way down.

Mouthfeel- Bulky, yet incredibly smooth and creamy. It doesn't get much better.

Verdict- Sit back, and let this beer take you to a very happy place. A benchmark doppelbock for sure.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Beautiful tawny mahogany with a stable, dense mound of peaked espresso cream. Great retention. Crystal clear.

Smell: Deep, dark sweet malt sundae. Not really chocolate or caramel, sort of a... toffee... cake, I guess? Some cola and a bit of fusel alcohol. Good stuff.

Taste: So rich it's almost wrong. Heavy mouthfeel. Milk chocolate, sweetened coffee, toffee, caramel -- oh, yeah. Dark roasty espresso and a slight hopped bitterness into the finish.

Drinkability: The perfect storm here. Incredible flavor, managable abv, great price. Simply one of my all-time favorites; usually too busy drinking it to review it. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of hero27
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle.

Very dark brown. Toffee & dark malty aroma with some fruits added in. The taste is very rich and complex while remaining a surprisingly drinkable beer. I had no problem downing the whole bottle by myself..in no time at all, really. Has staple dopplebock characteristics, with the thick malt character and hints of fruit, but the drinkability of this separates it from most others. A really good offering from Weihenstephaner, and something to enjoy for the winter season.

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Photo of Severum27
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been passing over this bottle for a couple months, decided to give it a try. I am very impressed with this style of German Brew.
The beer poured a nice dark transparent brown with about a one inch tan head. I found the beer had a faint malt aroma with some fuit undertones. The head stayed through out the whole glass. The mouthfeel was consistant. There is some alcohol present in the taste, but it is quite smooth and very drinkable. There was a nice lace through most of the glass. I will be trying some of the other Dopplebocks soon...

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Weihenstephaner Korbinian pours from the wonderfully artistic 16.9oz bottle a deep dark cola brown with a two finger eggshell head on top. Hold it up to a light and you'll get a vivid blood red hue. An attractive brew. Aromas are rich, decadant and intense. Big melding of sweet caramel, roasted nuts, and lots of dark fruits (plum, raisin). A wisp of powdered cocoa along with dark baked bread. Sinfully deeply malty and incredibly inviting. Sit back and enjoy smelling this one for awhile as it's not to be missed.

First sip brings a rich robust dark bready maltiness. Sweet caramel and roasted nuttiness along with a swirl of dark fruits. I get some cocoa in there as well. Fairly sweet, but not at all cloying. A dark bready fruitcake in a glass (a truly good fruitcake though, not those ones you get around the holidays). Delicious and all about the wonderful malt. One of the best dopplebocks I've yet to sample.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied and chewy with a mellow carbonation. A meal in a glass for sure, I'd take this over a loaf of bread anyday :-). I find this to be a very drinkable brew and it will be what I turn to when I'm craving a dopplebock. This one is not to be missed. I believe I paid 1.99 for this bottle, which is a freakin steal for how good it is. Check this one out ASAP.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chocolate brown color, nice one-inch head with some retention. Caronation subtle, fairly hazy/cloudy. The malt aroma is strong, with a nose of raisin, chocolate, and a wheaty vegetable-like smell. Taste is noticibly dry, lightly sweet raisin and caramel flavor, a bit toasty and slightly alcoholic. Medium carbonation, a bit thin on the palate. Drinkability was nice, this brew has a good strong malty flavor, but the aroma turned me off a bit, and Dopplebocks are not my favorite style. Doesn't quite stack up to the Celebrator in my opinion, but good for the style...

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

Poured a crystal clear mahogony color. Masssive creamy tannish head that was retained throughout the glass. Very attractive lacing. Smell is loaded with malt with strong dark fruits (prunes, figs) present. Taste is magnificient, with strong dark fruit, roasted malt, dark bitter chocolate, caramel, toffee. An absolutely superb blend. Nice creamy mouthfeel is also very enjoyable. Finish is more of the malt, with only a slight suggestion of alcohol showing through. This is an excellent beer. with perfect drinkability. Almost too easy to drink considering the alcohol content.

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Photo of Hautacam
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5 liter bottle.
Pours out a dark clear reddish brown with a big tan head..which laces and drops to a film.
Smells really good...roast-malt, caramel,slight prunish- port scent.
Tastes very malty, sweet ...pretty doughy..hop bitter in background , which comes through later....slight port wine at the finish. Well balanced...the alcohol is pretty subtle... It's getting REALLY good now as it warms.
Nice, smooth, full bodied mouthfeel...medium carbonation.
Pretty drinkable...a .5 liter will do just fine at 7.4 % ABV.
I would definitely have this one again.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As dark as any stout. Minimal head, but with good retention in my Unibroue glass.

Lovely sweet nose. The definition of a malty beer. Smells as good as, if not better than, Celebrator.

Truly delicious. Sweet, chewy, deep, dark, rich. I could see this pairing up perfectly with some moist velvety chocolate cake.

In midsip I get a tiny bit of something that seems off. A slight thinness? Maybe that's just normal for this style. Maybe its the water used.

This beer is guilty of YUM in the first degree. Seconds, please.

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

[2.95 for a .5L bottle at Discount Liquors in the Fresh Pond Mall, Cambridge, MA]

Mahogany with a big ecru head. Some big bubbles in it. Smoky, mossy, clovey aroma. Flavor is surprisingly complex and morphing. It has an amazing depth with a very dark and depressing overall flavor. Smoky caramel, yeast and clay. Smooth and full, finishes just barely on the sweet side. Very good, drinkable, but not something that I would want often or much of. A nice meal of chocolate-nougat fudge.

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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