Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner KorbinianWeihenstephaner Korbinian

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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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4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - 3" tan head with good retention. Hangs around awhile and then settles down to a cap. Nice lacing. The beer is a reddish brown almost dark brick color.

S - Rich, thick malt. Roasted. Clay. Bread. Some fruit in the background.

T - WOW! Malt explosion. Sweet. Dark bread (rye, pumpernickel). Earthy and roasted. Chalky. Soft fruit flavor (banana??). Lightly hopped. Lengthy, roasted bitter finish.

M - Full bodied. Slick, smooth mouthfeel. Great warming effect.

D - Awesome. Believe the hype if you are a dopplebock fan. Very nice.

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

This is a mahogany somewhat opaque brew, with a nice head on it, ample enough.
What really hits the nose is the molasses and sweet clove tangy wheat smell. The taste reminds me of the raisin-esque quality of Red Man chewing tobacco. Bursting with flavor. The mouthfeel is just beautifully thick without being sticky. There is nice licorice and alcohol in the middle and finish. Again, there is no carbonated finish, and every sip you wonder if there will be just as much flavor.

THis is not a beer you can be passive with and ignore; its a beer that demands your attention.

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Photo of cbl2
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8/11/2005 $2.69 500 mL 7.40% No best by date.


Pours a crystal clear mahogany with touches of copper, topped by an inch of tight creamy brownish-tan head that slowly settles leaving behind a nice lace.


Intense rich ripe fruit mixed with peat, and loads of caramel.


Smooth and rich, with layer upon layer of flavors. Begins with a nice sweetness, that blossoms into a touch of sherry followed by a slightly smoky quality that was lurking in the background throughout. Touches of chocolate, also tingle the tastebuds at points. A well crafted and highly enjoyable beer. Another winner from Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of Franchise
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt sienna with a cloudy body that has a thick tan head. The nose is sweet with a sour, funky, nutty, aroma....tough to make out other flavors. The taste is fantasic, caramel malt, herbal tea, tart bitterness. The sweetness brings forth so many flavors...dark fruits, raisins, plum, very creamy, roasted nuts. This is a very tasty doppelbock!

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

A truly wonderful beer. I feel like getting several of these and checking into a motel for the weekend.
It pours nice and dark, like a cola, with a deep red-brown colour. The moderate head was only one finger thick, and faded fast, but left attractive lacing.
The smell is the next thing to hit you: Yum. Some sour, pungent malt upfront, very little hops, but with some sweetness in the background. I sniffed this for several minutes before the first sip.
Now the taste: Wow! Big comples flavours. Let's see: roasted malt, coffee, some dark fruits like raisins, plum, some brown sugar, but in spite of all this, not an overly sweet beer.
Mouthfeel is the same: Very smooth, rich and creamy. A full bodied drink that dances around in the mouth, then goes away with a long finish. I swallowed, closed my eyes, and smiled.
Drinkability: All I can say is it's great stuff. I would rather have two of these at dinnertime than a meal.

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

It pours a rich ruby brown, slightly hazy, and two fingers of frothy light tan head swell and settle slowly. Scapes of lacing terrain the inside of the glass.

The aroma enwraps an earthy grain sweetness, tangy with wheat and tart yeast, boasting toffee and general fruity esters. A mild spice note floats alongside a fair trace of alcohol.

Upon sipping, there comes a thick lash of malt and grain sweetness, redolent with dark berry, caramel, coffee, and cocoa. A gradual shift to yeast and biscuit allows a glimpse of sneaky alcohol. The grain reasserts toward the close, before a mellow but enveloping spicy bitterness dries and lingers crisply. It has a dense, reasonably complex flavor that simply oozes tradition.

Medium bodied, the grain sweetness coats slickly, and a fetching glow is the coup de grace.

Gernay may not have won the World Cup, but they can't be genuine losers with this beer in the country. It's down to earth but nicely complex, and it works along with a happily warming ABV and contrasting crispness to render it refreshingly drinkable. Whether to celebrate or to drown one's sorrows, this one makes sure all's well that end's well, or even not too well, for that matter.

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4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber hazy beer with a thick foamy tan head. Great head retention but not much for lacings.

Aroma is intense, rich fruity grape and raisin, toasty grainy malt. Smooth caramel and hints of chocolate.

Smooth body, with a slight alchoholic slickness. Sticky malty aftertaste you can chew on for a while.

Sweet malty taste, caramel sweetness abounds. Dark fruityness, prune, pomegranite and raisins. Hops, just a subtle hint but nothing could hide the maltyness of this beer.

Wow this is an intense beer, This is one of the few dopples that don't have some kind of "erminator" names. But actually it does not need any kind of menacing name since the beer speaks for itself. Amazing beer from and amazing brewery. What would you expect. Get one and find out what a dopplebock should taste like.

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Photo of bruachan
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

holy shit this stuff is great. had a couple of .5Ls with my bro in the Weienstephan brewery garten over a world cup game along with our meal, and goddam. this may be about to be the highest rating i've given a beer

fluffy head released one of the greatest aromas ever. malty character revealing toffee and brown sugar and chocolate

equally pleasing flavor, with a hugely rich molasses and chocolate and caramel profile. it's not very complex but so thick and maltyummy that i just don't care


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Photo of Damian
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep ruby-caramel color with a large fizzy head. Nice sticky lacing throughout.

Aroma was subtle at first but later became quite intense. Rich, nutty, oaky and toffee-like. Sweet and creamy.

Taste was a mix of super rich caramel and toasted malts. Smokey and woody. Brown sugar was evident as well. Alcohol was somewhat pronounced but welcomed. Slight hoppy bitterness in finish.

Oily, silky smooth and chewy consistency. Medium-light bodied for a dopplebock.

A great savoring beer. Makes for a nice dessert/after dinner drink.

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4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Korbininan egresses from the bottle a charcoaly rust-colored brew that whips a moderate head and leaves suspension bridges of lace on the glass.

Above the snifter wafts a pungent aroma of toasted walnuts, dark cherries, fruitcake, and an overall sense of richness. The maltiness of this brew is imposing and regal.

This beer is flavorful, complex, and incredibly harmonius. Its hard to tell where one flavor begins, another sprouts up, since they are all locked in such a stage of convergence. Intense maltiness - as realized on the tongue as toffee - nuttiness, and dark fruits are the key elements which constitute this stately, luxurious beer.

As with the flavor, the mouthfeel of this beer envelops you. It is incredibly rich, smooth, glides on your tongue and disappears like a whisper in the night. For such a weighty beer, it is as spry and silken as anything I've experience. Drinkability is high, but its sheer girth forces you into moderation.

Thanks to Shbobdb for his unintentional endorsement of this beer.

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

Just about everyone's reviews on this beer are accurate to my experience with it.
Though I did not have a glass into which I could pour and admire its appearance, I was dazzled by its rich, slightly fruity backdrop that changes into an enjoyable bitterness as it goes down. Gives you a comfortable combination of both. Though it's a dark and rich beer, it is not so overwhelming that you won't want to finish the whole bottle on your own.

I'm learning to review beers so I will have to come back to edit this review.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really nice looking brownish-ruby color and a decent light tan head with pretty good staying power.
A lot of nose here. toffee, caramel-sweet and maybe a bit of bittering hop in the nose, too. Well, something a bit bitter, anyway.
Oh, this goes down nice. A bit sweet in the onset, then more complex flavours start showing up. Wow, what are those flavours? It's like a bit of semi-sweet chocolate action at the back of the throat. Mellow at first, but with an edge. The alcohol is very well hidden.
Mouthfeel is rather heavy -almost creamy- feeling with a bit higher than average carbonation.
Drinkability. Yeah, it's drinkable. This beer begs another sip just to try to identify all of the fantastic flavours that are hidden in the malt profile. A really nice beer.

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Photo of klewis
2.8/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a ruby/burgandy color with a big tan head. Moderate lacing.

S: Big smell of sweet malt and caramel.

T: Sweet and malty with noticable alcohol flavors.

M: No noticable carbonation with a very flat texture. Medium body with a clean finish.

D: I've been looking foward to trying this ever since trying Weihenstephaner's weissbiers. Big disapointment. Being a textural person, the mouthfeel was a huge turn-off, and the rest of the beer's traits were less than impressive as well. I won't be buying this one again.

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

Given to me when I was working on a beer truck by an indian woman who owned a store I was delivering to on the day before thanksgiving. She was a tough cookie and not the type to give gifts but she surprised me when I was done with my delivery by handing me the bottle and saying, "I see you always standing in this aisle. You like the good beers. Take this home for dinner."

Pours a dark brown color. Thin beige head. Nice lacing.

Aromasa of dark fruits. Sweet bready, yeasty smell.

Tastes of sweet, roasty malts, dark fruits, prunes, plums, raisins.

Very smooth and full bodied.

Nice drinkability.

Something to give thanks for.

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Photo of davidchollar
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a beautiful dark chocolate brown, very dark ruby at the edges. actually it looks about the same color in the bottle and in the glass. nice, light beige head sticks around. i really like the design of the label on the bottle, not sure what it represents but it is cool.

the smell is similar to the few other doppelbocks i've tried, but not such a malt bomb, not as sweet. i don't get the malted milk ball smell from this one, but it is still malty. i also smell some mild tobacco and plum. very nice.

just as i expected, this is nowhere near as malty sweet as some others. probably the most bitter doppelbock i've tasted. it's nicely balanced, and has a lot of flavor. but it doesn't have as much character as, say, ayinger celebrator. it is, however, incredibly smooth and highly drinkable. buy this if you see it. i will definitely get it again.

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

A - a dark raisin brown color, with a thin tan head that laces after half a minute, too dark to notice any carbonation

S - a dark sweet smell, with a soybean oil mustiness like dry pet food (a trend in doppelbocks ive noticed), not so much as to be unappetizing, just that kind of bready aroma

T - a sweet roasted dryness up front that quickly turns to a rich sweetness like that of grapes or raisins that persists through to the aftertaste

M - very smooth, a great beer that any beer fan could enjoy

D - high, easy to down and nice on the palate

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Photo of SwillBilly
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle.

Appearance: Pours a deep, rich, brown hue with an immensly thick, dirty white head. Sheets of lacing line the glass as I drink.

Smell: Big, dark fruits (plums, raisins) with sweet caramel and brown sugar dominate the nose. Very fragrant and appealing.

Taste: A big malt beginning with hints of brown sugar, possibly plums or other dark fruits transitions to a very mild middle, not a sweet as the beginning, then finishes with a lingering of those deliciously sweet malts on the tongue. Also, a very surprisingly dry finish as well.

Mouthfeel: Thick, rich and chewy, perfect carbonation. Not slick or oily.

Drinkability: What a fantastic beer. Super drinkable considering the 7.4% abv. Big, sweet, malts with almost no hint of hops in this delicious dopplebock. Alcohol is extremely well hidden in the flavor profile, however, you can feel a warming of the face as this one goes down. A must try beer regardless of style. As a self proclaimed hop head, I find Korbinian a great change of pace and one all must seek and try at least once. I know that I will revisit this one again.

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4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown color with a one finger head into a pilsner glass. Smell is a pleasant sweet malt with a bit of fruit and chocolate. Taste is just perfect for the style! A nice sweet malty taste with a touch of chocolate and somewhat strong alcohol presence. The taste is very dry with the perfect amount of carbonation and the drinkability is exceptionally high for the amount of alcohol. Overall a superb beer that is a must try!

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4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 1/2L Bottle. poured into a .3L steamed glass.

Pours a merky, cloudy medium brown with ruby highlights. Head is a washed out tan that fads. The second pour was more aggressive and a nice thick 3cm head appears but then fades.

Smells of strong toffee, slight hints of cola.

Taste.. Ah.. Wow, different from most doppelbock offerings, better then most as well. For the toffee lover this is for you. Strong toffee taste, with malt roasted to perfection, sweet yet dry, (I guess after some 965 years you would do some things right). Mild hop finish. I like it.. sip..sip..hmm, I think I will buy more of this one. Sip.. swig... swig...Gulp. Hmmim.. Maybe a case.

Mouth feel is medium body chewy with a gulp, lip smacking good.

Drink ability is outstanding, sip or guzzle you won't be disappointed.

One of my favorites, a must try. MK

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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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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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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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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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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,620 ratings.
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