Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Weihenstephaner KorbinianWeihenstephaner Korbinian
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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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Ratings: 2,682 |  Reviews: 1,241
Photo of CloudStrife
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into a wheat glass

A: Pours a deep mahogany in color with a 1" off white head that looks yellower around the edges. Visible carbonation. Head lasts as a 1/8" covering at the top. Not much lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Smell of raisin and other dark fruits. Lots of molasses with hints of nuts, leather and carmel. Faint alcohol aroma but covered up by the sweetness.

T: Wonderful notes of raisin, plum and fermented fruit. Balanced by roasted malt and a faint lingering hop at the end. Sweet with molasses, not much alcohol taste gets through.

M: Mild carbonation. Fairly light body considering alcohol and color. A little syrupy in consistency. Sticky in the mouth after swallowing.

O: A great beer at a reasonable price. Can only imagine how good it is on tap. Will continue to get on a regular basis.

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

Walnut brown in color with an amber hue and good clarity. Poured with a short beige foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Well balanced blend of sweet dark roasted malt, toffee, dark chocolate and coffee aromas with ripe fruity aromas at the end. Creamy smooth delicate feel with light, but rich carbonation. Roasted malt and toffee flavors up front. Floral hops and ripe dark fruit through the middle and to the finish. Finishes with a lingering light floral hop bitterness. A plethora of aromas and flavors with a delicate lager feel. Awesome!

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Photo of hannaho
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of DrDemento456
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark amber brown, clear in color with a 1/4 inch of tan colored head

S - I smell very light bread, caramel malts, toffee, and some dark fruits but low smell means it must be very balanced.

T - Caramel and toffee upfront with some dark fruits mostly raisins and a surprising mild hoppy finish. No noticeable ABV.

M - Medium bodied and sweet but not too sweet.

Overall this is perfect for the style and coming from such a highly regarded Weizenbock and Hefeweizen I can see why this is so awesome. Truly the best quality and price for the style.

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Photo of enfield249
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark reddish brown, with a little off white to white foam head. Almost looks like a porter.

S - Malty, slightly floral, caramel, little bit of brown sugar and roast.

T - As soon as I opened the bottle, there was a little funky smell/flavor but that faded very fast. So much of the caramel up front, slight grain flavors, but mostly just caramel and brown sugar.

M - Medium to full. The right amount of CO2.

O - An excellent dopplebock.

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Photo of BeerzMcKenzie
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours chocolate-brown with a really large tan compact whipped-cream-like head, that slowly sets into great lacings.

S: Dark roasted sweet malt. Dark dried fruits and some liqourice. Bitter hops.

T: Sweet and roasted malts. Some chocolate and coffee, liqourice and loads of dark dried fruits. Perhaps there is a tad vanilla. Some smoked ham.

M: Long bitter aftertaste, very sweet. Body is full while carbonation is moderate. Smooth.

O: I don't think this old brewery can make a bad product - this is no exception.

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Photo of deapokid
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Treebs
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a one finger light tan head forming on the pour. The head recedes to a thick collar and thin film.

S: Thick bready malts, a little bit of toasted biscuit, brown sugar and molasses all fill the nose. Very rich. A touch nutty as well.

T: Dark bready malts with a nice wave of burnt brown sugar and molasses. A raisin bread like taste lingers on the backend and there is a hint of spice as well.

M: Heavy bodied and creamy with a coating quality to it. The carbonation is low, but not lacking.

O: The raisin bread like taste is a nice touch and it is just overall a very solid beer.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pt .9 oz bottle into my brand new pilsner glass. Pours a dark brown, slightly transparent at the bottom of the glass (thinnest part) with a big two finger head. Head dissipates pretty quickly leaving a thin layer of foam on the surface and a few patches of lacing.

Smells of lager-yeast and dark malt. Slightly sweet smelling.

Tastes sweet and dark- I detect little bits of caramel and maybe a hint of molasses, but the idea is it's pretty sweet, but not sickeningly so.

Mouthfeel is exactly what I imagine a good lager to feel like- kind of watery with a nice medium body with a little prickle of carbonation.

At 3 bucks a bottle, this is definitely a beer I will drink many times (it's not just about the price though this is a great beer!).

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Photo of LJWalker
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of jfcaa193
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Danny1217
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of McNealc31
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Korbinian pours a deep mahogany with ruby edges. The aroma is caramel and a hint of raisin. The first sip, and you know this is special. Remarkably smooth, full, and creamy, the caramel, dark chocolate, and toffee flavors completely coat the mouth. The hops make a bit of an appearance, but this is, as it should be, a beer that is all about the malt. The 7.4% ABV warms just a bit as it goes down.

Love this beer. Full of delicious flavor, creamy mouthfeel, nicely balanced with the hops. Flawless.

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Photo of ale207
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Bjeerfalls
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of rfbenavi80
3.41/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Rheinland Restaurant in Independence Missouri.
Served in a Pilsner glass.

A- Pours a dark chestnut brown with 1 1/2 fingers width of very frothy light brown head that took its time leaving.

S- Sweet Malts. Not much else.

T- Malty. Dark fruits are there, but hard to pull out individually.

M- Thick, it coats your mouth and the throat going down.

O- Good. Would not label it great, but good.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of kayrex
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of steveh
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My 300th review, why not make it a style favorite? To all the good lagers that get no respect.

.5 L brown bottle.

A -- Pours a clear, deep chestnut brown with a very dense, tan (nearly brown) head that holds up very well.

S -- Peppery alcohol up front, toasty dark bready, malts follow through with molasses to caramel in the finish. Some vague earthiness and DMS too.

T -- Big hit of rich, sweet, dark bread up front. The molasses character comes through afterward and finishes with a light pepperiness from alcohol. There is some very mild, dark fruit characters in the middle of the flavor, but the dark, toasty bread flavors are most prominent.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft up front with a dry finish and a chewy, medium-full body -- becoming more full with warming.

O -- Okay, Paulaner may have originated Doppelbock, but I think Weihenstephaner has perfected the style. Clean and delicious maltiness that is the hallmark of the style. This is what German beer is all about, whether 7.4% or lower; the precision brewing shines in this beer.

All "5s" mean a beer cannot improve anymore? I don't see how this one can improve to style. Go, get some now and understand Doppelbock.

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Photo of pperez38
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of BrownNut
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was surprisingly light. The mouthfeel was at once unexpectedly creamy and unexpectedly watery (as opposed to viscous or sticky), I guess sort of like a really skim milk. The main flavor I got on the palate was mild caramel and something a step beyond that, such as molasses. Got a bit of metallic taste. I didn't get much of an aroma. Overall it was very drinkable and enjoyable. I'm always surprised when something so dark comes off so light and delicate.

EDIT: OK second time I had it, also from the bottle, I got this (better):

A - dark ruby, decent head that takes a while to dissipate and winds up as a lingering white film

S - very yeasty and malty like a bowl of breakfast cereal

T - same yeast and malt from the nose, somewhat sweet, barely metallic, boozy in a friendly way, nice warm alcohol fumes from the back of the throat

M - thicker and smoother than water, round and soft with just a hint of carbonation tingle

O - Hello, I'm Malt Guy; I like this a lot.

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Photo of sukwonee
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Ryan1423
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Antnyd82
5/5  rDev +19%

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