Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

2,673 Ratings
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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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a straight pint glass.

Pours a rich looking dark brown/black colour, with a decent white head.

Smells sweet and malty.

Tastes sweet and very wholesome, like wholemeal bread as a drink. Sweet malts, slight hop tang, dry slightly bitter finish.

Overall a really great beer. Weihenstephan hits another home run.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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

Bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a nearly pitch black/dark brown color. Some reddish highlights around the edges. Produced some good tan froth and lacing.

(S)- A nice deep body of raisin, cocoa, and molasses. Bits of a subtle yeasty bread component.

(T)- A great combo of a bready raisin and cocoa profile. A very smooth malt body with just a tiny bit of dryness at the end.

(M)- A smooth carbonation level and a fantastic balance. Sweet and rich, but in a balanced way. A very subtle yeasty bitterness at the end of it that helps counteract its overall sweetness.

(O)- Overall, a fantastic Dopplebock from a classic brewery. Rich and sweet, but balanced well for smooth and easy drinking for the style.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of VoodooBear
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: One pint brown bottle served in a steidel.

Appearance: Beautiful, deep, rich, dark brown color that looks almost black. Turns a dark reddish hue when held up to the light. Develops a one and a half finger tan colored head that fizzles out into a thin ring. Very nice lacing throughout.

Smell: Smells mainly of malt, and a bit of pie crust. It's a very pleasing aroma that's not overpowering.

Taste: Very smokey, with a lot of malt in there. Caramel and chocolate can be tasted as well. It's quite sweet. The mix and complexity of flavors is very nice.

Mouthfeel: It's strong and full-bodied, but very creamy and smooth to drink. There's little carbonation and it has a sticky sweet finish.

Overall: It's a good beer to have with sweet desserts or to sip at night and enjoy it all by itself. A very interesting and complex taste, plus great texture make for a wonderful experience. Another high quality product from "The World's Oldest Brewery".

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of RichD
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I decided to give this one a review so it can get to 1,000 and thrown into the beers of fame list.

500mL bottle poured into a Seidel mug.

A: Pours a dark brown with a huge foamy, tannish head. Wouldn't expect anything other than this for a doppelbock. I held this up to the light and saw a deep red which looked great.

S: The mug kind of masks the smell but from what I did smell, I got sweet caramel and maybe some dark fruits. Also caught a bready smell in there.

T: The taste follows the nose very well. Caramel caught my palate first with the dark fruits coming in shortly after. The bready malts come in for the grand finale. Good stuff here.

M: Low carbonation but there is some there. Quite a medium mouthfeel with some creaminess which make this brew smooth as smooth can be.

Overall: This is a great doppelbock. I'd put it on the board as my 2nd favorite doppelbock behind Ayinger. Very solid representation of what a doppelbock is supposed to be and I can definitely see myself picking this up regularly. Especially for the $3-4 for a 16 ouncer. Good shit, Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan in Freising, Germany!

P.S. I wish 4.25 was an option for overall... Just saying.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of jeffeljefe
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into weizen glass.

A: Dark chocolate brown, i think it's clear (if you had a strong enough light to penetrate) ample head.

S: Caramel, nutty banana bread. heavenly.

T: mellow, chocolaty, toasty.

M: smooth, rich, creamy, medium-full body, coats mouth, very long finish.

O: grew on me as I reached the middle of my glass (as is often the case.) The aroma and finish will keep this one in the back of my mind for a revisiting.

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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown with 1/4 inch head

S: malted barley, coffee.

T: mild bitterness associated with the coffee smells, dark chocolate

M: Exceptionally smooth for a doppel-bock

O: A great beer, extraordinary taste and mouthfeel. Glad I found this at my local liquor store.

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4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An awesome beer. Probably the prototype for a great doppelbock. I would recommend this as anyones first beer into the style.

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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Type: 500ml bottle
Glass: Manzanita pint glass
From: Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, Calif., on Dec. 27, 2012
Price: $3.49
Misc.: Part of the bottle reads “Brewed under the purity law, of 1516.”

Poured a mahogany, almost black color with about a finger of khaki tan head that dissipated rather quickly. Very light lacing on the sides, pretty weak retention on the top.

Smelled a sharp whiff of malty alcohol right away. Very malty, including roasty, nutty, dark chocolate, toffee, dark fruit and some kind of liquor (maybe rum?) Late I got some smoky fire and coffee beans. Despite the high presence of alcohol, the flavors work together in the nose.

Just a fantastic first taste. Still heavy with the malts, mainly dark fruit (cherry, plum, raisin, fig) and chocolate (not as dark as the smell). A little bit roasty and toffee, ending with a lingering bitter but smooth finish.

Medium body. Slick texture. Soft (below average) carbonation. Long bitter and smooth finish.

Was really into this beer. I picked it up half by accident, but I would seek it out again. Tasty and smooth.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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

A - Pours a deep, dark brown, visibly caramel through the light, with a fingers worth of thick, beige head. Good head retention.

S - Caramel malty sweetness right up front. Very strong malt profile, with subtle hints of chocolate and toffee, maybe even a little honey or maple. No real detectable hop aromas, mostly just sweetness all over.

T - Malty stuff! Surprisingly there are some dry, raisin-like notes, wrapped in some thick, dark chocolate, some sweet caramel, and some smokey hints of coffee. Almost comparable to some RIS's as far as the malt profile, with enough of that dark bitterness to balance things out. Delicious!

M - Smooth, refreshing entry, with an immediate thickening effect and lots of foamy carbonation. Plenty drinkable for a fan of double beers, and works great with the style. Once again, almost reminds me of stout.

O - My impression of this beer (other than "Oh hell yes!") was that if you tried to convert a stout-drinker to a dopplebock enthusiast, this would be the first step. This beer has a lot of the better qualities of heavy stouts, while holding true to the essential bock flavors. A fantastic brew all around.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,673 ratings.
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