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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of WayneScoting
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A venerable doppelbock for a reason. Sweet, balanced, smooth. It is a dark brown coloration--not nearly black like coffee or Guinness--like most (all?) doppelbocks. The head has above-average staying power. It's not overpoweringly sweet--just the right amount, though I would say it is more sweet than hoppy, certainly. (Note: I'm not a fan of really hoppy beers and simply do not understand the utter fixation on hoppiness of so much of the albeit wonderful and welcome fine beers awareness movement that I'm a beneficiary of....I guess that makes me a neophyte &/or barbarian, but whatever.) I'd pick this beer over Ayinger's Celebrator, another beer in many appreciator's pantheon of dark German beers, or, for that matter, any standard IPA under the sun. (I know, apples to oranges, but, like I said: not big fan of overly-hoppy selections.)

This beer is a wonderful doppelbock and I highly recommend it.

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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a weihenstephaner weizen glass from a large Euro-bottle.

Color of this beer is dark brown at first, almost black. Holding up to the light exposes the ruby color of this beer. It's beauty. Small tan head that lasts forever with moderate lacing.

Smell is of dark munich-caramel malt, slight syrup, some maple, figs, plums, sugar.

Taste is super malty, giant, with a very syrupy, almost molasses body, and huge amounts of figs, plums, sugar, and rye bread in the finish. Incredibly delicious. Almost meal like. English style beers stand no chance. An insanely tasty beer. Super drinkable. Mouthfeel is creamy beyond belief. Such a great example of this style, and so affordable as well.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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

A- pours a dark chestnut brown with a ruby hue, creamy long lasting light tan head

S- robust and malty with notes of caramel, sweet doughy bread, dark cherry and prunes, quite complex

T- sweet bready malts with caramel and prune notes, hints of chocolate and toasted bread crust. Moderate hop bitterness adds just a bit of peppery spice, finishes a bit sweet and earthy with just a trace of underlying booze.

M-medium body, low carbonation and a velvety creamy mouthfeel and finish.

O- this is a great beer, most doppelbocks seem to be so sweet that it lowers their drinkability. I could drink this one all day though. The flavors are well balanced and overall the best I've had of the style.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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

Pours out a rich brown color with ruby hues. Large light tan creamy head with a lacing all over the glass. Retains as a thick blanket on top of the lager till the last drop.

The aroma is full of soft toasted bread, caramel, and hints of chocolate.

Rich malts hit the palate with hints of toasted bread, caramel, chocolate, and a bit of plum. There is a good hint of peppery spice from the hops. Finished semi dry and the toasted malt lingers on the tongue for a bit.

Medium to full bodied and slick on the palate.

Loved it and is a pleasure to drink during the colder months.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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

I poured a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance- Clear, dark brown color with two fingers worth of light tan head. Moderate amount of sticky lacing.

Smell- Sweet caramel malt aroma with notes of wheat and raisins.

Taste- Rich flavors of wheat, raisins, and a light caramel malt sweetness. Just a hint of hops for balance.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and velvety smooth. Very nice amount of carbonation.

Overall- A very good doppelbock with no hint of booziness like you get from some other doppelbocks.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip pint.

Deep, deep, dark chestnut brown with 1-2 fingers of tan head. Decent clarity and moderate carbonation.

Concord grape, molasses and bread.

Concord grapes, dates and hints of maraschino cherry juice. Sweet breads, molasses and touches of brown sugar. Just a touch of chocolate.

Light-medium bodied, soft and incredibly smooth.

This is an incredibly flavorful and complex Doppelbock. Definitely one of the best I've had in a long time. This was an absolute pleasure to drink.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 0.5 liter bottle into a Franzsikaner Weisbeer glass.

Comes out looking like cola with a lively two finger head. tons of carbonation visible.

On the nose tons of dark fruits and a bit of booze.

Full flavors of dark fruits, winter spices, caramel, a hint of coffee, some sweetness and a bunch of malt.

Full flavors but a medium body and a neutral finish. A lot fuller and bigger than the 7.4% suggests

It took me a little to get into this. Gets better as it warms up but one a night is enough for me.

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