Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Weihenstephaner KorbinianWeihenstephaner Korbinian
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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tried this beer for the first time in a blind tasting with celebrator. Celebrator was definitely better all around, but it wasn't embarrassing at all for korbinian.

This beer pours a dark mahogany with clearish red edges. Bubbly head which which is pretty stubborn.

Smell is a bit sub par for the style. Certainly not 'bad' smelling per say, but not spectacular. Rich chestnut, dark dried fruits, some sort of solvent back drop.

Taste is a big improvement over the smell. Very sweet, but it nails the malt profile of a doppel. I wonder if this could stand more time in the fermenting tanks. Fig, apple, and raisin bread. Almost as good as celebrator, which is saying a lot for me.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. I approve.

Overall a really great example of the style. I prefer celebrator as it is less sweet, but it certainly doesn't deviate from the style.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 500 ml bottle into a perfect pint type glass.

A-The brew is dark brown with red, ruby highlights. A thin, tan-colored head drops pretty quickly, leaving no lace behind.

S-The smell is full of sweet, malty, dark fruits like prune and raisin. I smell some cocoa, some graininess, and a bit of molasses, too. It is nice mixture of scents and true to style.

T-The taste, like the smell, is a sweet malt bomb. There is more cocoa on the tongue, and some more roasted malty caramel and toffee flavors, but the predominant flavors are dark, dried fruits. Alcohol is well-integrated.

M-The feel is medium to heavy-weight, with light carbonation. Quite nice for style and a good match for this beer.

O-This is a good, nearly great beer. The flavors are sweet and intense, but not cloying or gummy. The feel is particularly well-suited to this brew. This is a nice, drinkable example of the style and perfect for a chilly fall or winter evening (even though I am writing on April 1...).

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a half-liter bottle into a wine goblet.
Dark chestnut in color, with ruby highlights around the edges. Nice-looking cap of light tan foam.
Aroma-Subtle dark fruits, sweet malts
Taste-Sweet toasted malts,plum, fig, brown sugar. A few more sips and I get an amazing flavor of wheat pancakes drizzled with pure maple syrup, then comes the sweet chocolate and ripe bananas. Very nice.
Complex and chock-full of character Korbinian is well-behaved for the 7.4ABV. An excellent German brew.

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look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On the bottle: 0442

It's brown with nice cherry tones and loosely packed large bubbles that are light tan and quick dissipating, leaving a lightly etched surface. Banana, vanilla, toast, caramel, touch of cola and gobs of nougat. Taste is plenty of malt, a touch of salinity, some sweet malts and bready dough. Seriously, this is a like a sweet dough pretzel - really dig the flavor, so unique and works really well. Medium on full bodied with moderate carb and a slightly wet finish. This is really well done.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle into chalice. 0442 coded on the back label.

A: clear. deep, dark copper body. head is white but has plenty of ruby hints to it. retention is good.

S: smells rich. smooth as well. a lot of sweet grain, but not at all cloying. a mild amount of smoke, a lot of caramel, a little butterscotch.

T: starts sweet, maybe even a bit fruity. grapes and pears. a husky graininess. mild alcohol towards the finish. lingering flavor goes back to that pear fruitiness.

M: carb is average, but fits. medium/full body.

D: a well-made, very drinkable doppelbock from a great German brewery. they could even make this thing a little bigger in my op. still tasty and worth grabbing if you can.

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 92.5% out of 100 with 2,682 ratings
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