Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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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Photo of hoppyweasel311
4.99/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Nice dark brown almost black color with a nice thick creamy tan head.

Smell- Dark bread, molasses, olives, cherry

Taste- Malty, Dark bread, cherries, tobacco, raisin, some sweetness, hint of coffee, very complex.

Mouth- So smooth and creamy with the perfect amount of carbonation for this style.

I am in love with this beer..

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Photo of MNJR
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is like root beer or sarsaparilla. Dark brown, but clear enough to see through with zero cloudiness. Smells of prune, pumpernickel, brown sugar with a sweet, bright hint of a hops layer skimming the top. Flavor is great. The prune-ish fruit is well expressed but not dominant. Coffee and chocolate flavors are obvious. I also get spice and herbs: pepper, white pepper and mint really stand out. A near perfect mouthfeel makes this a real treat. Smooth with crispy carbonation that bursts a bit as it compresses for the swallow. It really sparkles for a dark, heavy beer. I'd almost say it's refreshing. It's a great accomplishment: the flavor of a bold beer with the crispness of a much lighter brew. High ABV is hardly noticeable with all the flavor going on. Just an all around winner. Seek it out.

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

Figured this merits a re-review despite a review being present on my old account.

Pour is a nice dark black/brown with nice head and lacing.

Nose is milky black tea. Malty black pearls from Asian bubble teas. Caramel. Forgot the prunes from my initial review but remembered them when reading the Bro's review. Definite prunes in this one.

Taste is aniseed, coffee, black pearls from Asian bubble teas. Caramel. Lots o' prunes.

Mouthfeel is moderate body with some syrup and moderately high carbonation.

Overall a great beer. Definitely tastes and smells like it has some Asian Green tea/Black tea influences. Have found this one varies so make sure you get it within its "best by" date.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very opaque brown. I mean I would call it black. An off-white head.

Smells of a lot of roasted malt. Dark fruits like raisins and plums are in the background. Very complex and sweet. Im liking where this is going. A little too much raisin in the nose.

Taste is about as good as a Doppelbock can get. Slightly sweet, yet roasty and complex. There really is a ton of things going on here. Dark fruits, smokey, sweet malt. No hops but thats to be expected. Body is a little closer to heavy than medium.

A nutty flavor stays around, fighting tooth and nail with those smokey malts and even the fruits. Stays complex from start to finish. Oh so damn smooth and drinkable, but then again its a German Doppelbock. I expect smoothness.

Exactly what I expected from a German Doppelbock. And its Weihenstephaner, nothing but the best!

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Photo of TheGrunt
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty dark beer with low foam after pouring. You can still taste the carbonation, when you drink the beer though. Appearance is nice, but nothing to mention avbout.

Smell is something where you know you are going to get the good stuff: very strong malt with hint of fruity flavor.

Taste is very smooth considering it being "dunkles starkbier": it has very fine dark beer flavor without too much of a bitter taste of alcohol.

Mouth feel is nice. It is smooth, taste growing after the first zip, but nothing too strong like with some smokey german beers.

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Photo of DoktorZee
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. There is the number 5111 on the bottle - maybe a batch number? No best before date.

A - deep clear brown with a huge tan head. Dissipates after a few minutes leaving half a finger and streaky lacing on the glass.

S - nice caramel malt on the nose, and a bit of dark fruit

T - wow, is this ever smooth and also quite sweet! Bit malt bomb with lots of sweetness up front, but finishing with a hint of bitterness that sticks at the back of the throat. Lots of bready and caramel malts. but also some tart fruit at the end.

M - medium bodied with some light carbonation; coats the mouth and sticks in the back of the throat. Just a hint of alcohol warming.

D - this is super easy drinking, and dangerous!

Very delicious beer; more complex than a straight forward malt bomb and just really, really tasty. Must try beer!

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Photo of tkelley
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a chalice type glass. Really dark body with a white head that wasnt very high, but did linger.

Smelled like toasty bread and malt.

Tasted like malt, nice sweetness. Some fruits like raisins. I like the taste.

Not a ton of carbonation and drinks pretty easily. I dont find this to be too heavy at all.

There was no goat on the bottle, but there was a bear (all black and brown and covered with hair). I know the lack of goat shouldnt get to me, but it kind of does.

Again, it was a really smooth drinking beer that is nice now during the fall.


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Photo of JayAre46
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 500ml bottle, pours a deep earth brown, lightly tanned head that falls to a thin layer.

A - very bready, very appetizing aroma. sweet malt, slightly nutty. the breadyness is the dominant aroma but not overpowering a good balance between that and the sweet malt.

T - Sweet toffee, caramel tones again a nutty dryness with some more bready characters. lightly toasted wood tries to come in to constrain the sweet flavors, no hops and no alcohol present, good tasting doppelbock

M - not quite full bodied, but pretty heavy. very easy to drink could use a little more carbonaiton, obviously considering the style you don't want much carbonation i just think it could of used more.

O - its a great rep of the style, definitely a random buy. its a solid brew for cool evenings im just not the biggest fan of bocks in general, but this one played a nice change of pace role. Rain Delay

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Photo of mttaylor1066
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oooh, baby! This is a sipping doppelbock to enjoy on a cool autumn evening.

From the bottle, the head forms slow and thick. It looks like top-end espresso crema and lasts a good 10 minutes. There's a lot of foam, so be careful pouring the last third of the beer. The body is coffee-colored with red highlights.

There's a lot going on with the nose, malty coffee and some dark caramelized sugar. I wouldn't say this is the most appealing aroma mix, but it leads you to take a sip.

The taste is light yet powerful. Not a heady rush of tastes like a dark Belgian, but more of a refined experience. The quality of the braumeister shows through in this beer. A real work of art. Darker malts are mixed with some lighter fruit. Sounds contradictory, but it works. How did they ever figure this out?

There is enough carbonation to keep the taste lightly touching the tongue. Just right.

Overall, I thought the same as other reviewers: Where has this beer been my entire life?

Excellent and refined. Go buy some and set aside 90 minutes to finish the pint+ bottle.

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

Clear dark reddish-brown, massive frothy lingering head.

Smell full of caramel and toffee, some wood and bread.

Caramel, bread crust, subtle chocolate note, and a vague fruitiness blend together well.

Mouthfeel stupendously light and silky, very carbonated, feels like it's hardly there.

This was phenomenally drinkable and just superbly done. How did I not know about this one sooner?

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Photo of mikeg67
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle. Pours dark red-brownish hue with a tanned, long lasting head. Aroma is of caramel, floral hops and hints of cherry. Medium, velvety body. Toasted malt, caramel and cherry fruit balanced on the palate by floral hops and burned coffee. Long, dry, coffee finish. It is not the best German Dopple bock but it is definitely up there.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz

Poured a dark brown with a beige head that left a bit lacing behind. Toasty bread aroma, malts, and hints of cocoa and dried fruit. Crisp and toasty taste, sweet malts, cocoa and nuts keeping it from being too sweet, hints of raisins in the finish. A bit light in flavor and body for the style I thought, but still a fine quaff.

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Photo of Spider889
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

"0030" printed on the back of the bottle. Not sure if that means anything to anyone that doesn't work on the bottling line. Review from notes (May, I believe).

A - A very dark roasted color. This is the darkest doppel I can recall. Produces a nice tall head with good clarity despite the dark color.

S - Lots of typical fruity/bready esters. Well roasted with nice light coffee tones to it. Also some zucchini bread and raisin aromas make this one a beer to both savor and ponder a bit.

T - As far as a doppelbock goes, this one is quite bitter. Very roasty. Bread crust provides a nice warmth to the flavor with what I felt was very little sweetness for the style.

M - Coating on the palate with a dry finish. Lots of light and airy carbonation.

O - A little different from the other doppels I have enjoyed this year, but it is very well done nonetheless.

My notes finish with the phrase: "classic excellence."

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Photo of Dan3279
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been sitting on this bottle for a while now and I am finally getting around to drinking it. Poured into my DFH mug to find a nice deep, heavy, body with an one inch head that quickly dissipated. The aroma was welcoming with a ton of sweetness, dark fruits, caramel and dark bread.

The taste was great, really complex with a lot going on. First off heavy on the malts, all of the caramel and brown sugar flavors hit you first. Then you get some of the dried fruits, and a small hint of chocolate that leads to a nice dry finish.

Close to being a full bodied beer, smooth but heavy on the pallet and completely coats your mouth. There is just enough carbonation and the alcohol is there but not overpowering at all.

Overall a solid doppelbock, and a great version of the style. I will defiantly be picking this one up more in the future.

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Photo of 2xHops
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't tried some of the beers that other reviewers thought was better than this one. However, based on my previous experiences with bucks and doppelbocks, I found this to be the best one I have tasted so far.

It had a great appearance with very, very dark brown color to go along with a healthy amount of light brown head. You can't go wrong with that.

The taste was surprisingly smooth. Some may translate this as sweet, which I can understand why. I think that's the best part about this beer because even though it's slightly sweet, there's also enough roasting and other malty flavors to make things more interesting.

I thought the mouthfeel was very good with not too much carbonation and it just felt like a good doppelbock beer.

I rate this as something everyone should try as it's pretty accessible if you find stores such as Spec's (which I picked up for $2.99) or somewhere similar wherever you are.

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Photo of Hefe21
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I must be honest with the BA's -- as a raving fan of the Weihenstephaner Hefe, I admit I was pulling for this bock against the "celebrated" Ayinger. Bottom line? I adore both -- the Celebrator is as adveritsed, but I found the Korbinian atomic! Let's just call it a draw between two phenomenal breweries...glad to be able to access both here in Southern California!

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love that these Weihenstephaner bottles are only $2.99. Poured into a New Glarus pils.

The beer is a murky, roasted coffee bean/maduro cigar color. The thinner parts of the glass show the beer's redder hues. The head is very lacy, pillowy and strong. It isn't amazingly billowy though.

This is what Doppels should be like. Sweet tobacco and sugared figs and raisins jump out. A little bit of spice and cocoa. The back end of the aroma has a lot of grassy hops.

This one is very sweet. There is a blend of dried fruits and tobacco with sweet vanilla weaving in and out. Lots of fig, prune and dark raisins. And earthy, woody and grassy hop presence is minimal.

Fluffy carbonation with only a little bit of prickliness. The body is full, sweet and sticky. Who said lagers can't be chewy?

This is a really great Doppel, even though its too sweet to be perfect. This is just another example that American brewers have nothing on long standing tradition only found in Europe.

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Photo of Lolli1315
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Reddish brown color and when held up to the light you can tell it is brilliantly clear as well as containing ruby highlights. Thin tan head sticks around, but small patches form.

S- Nose is full of sweet toasted malt, full and complex. Some hints of coffee in the middle hinting at some roasted malt. Surprising amount of fig in the end.

T- The toasted malt comes through prominently with a bready character taking over the middle. Caramel helps to compliment the big malt taste. The fig rises in the middle and becomes slightly sharp taking away from some of the clean character. Some alcohol comes out at the end.

M- Medium-full body will moderate carbonation. Sweet in the finish.

O- Overall, another great dopplebock. I think it is missing some of the overall clean character that you find in Celebrator, but still delicious.

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Photo of cbarrett4
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle (aged one year) into Deschutes fluted pint glass.

Pours a deep brown/black hue with a massive and decidedly persistent oatmeal hued head. Even after several minutes there was at least 1/2" head remaining. Good lace retention.

Smells of toasted wood chips, espresso, malts, lightly spiced with a deep and dark fruit core. Very good nose, highly aromatic.

On the palate I was picking up a faint lager-like metallic twinge, more espresso and toffee, some dark fruit.

Texture is nice, body is medium to full, but I could have used more grip. Finish is balanced with good acidity and moderate levels of tannin.

Overall a pretty nice doppelbock, and one that I would enjoy on many occasions. It's no Celebrator though.

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Photo of olimpia84
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the 16.9oz bottle into my Weizen glass.

A: Deep mahogany color with a two finger white foamy head. No lacing.

S: Dark fruits along with malty smell. Hints of chocolate, nuts and caramel are also found.

T: The dark fruits mentioned in the smell are predominant; dark bread and malts. A bit mellow and dry.

M: Medium to full body, medium carbonation and a bit on the dry end.

O: Another good offering from Weihenstephan. The ABV kicked in a bit and was noticeable as I was drinking it which I don't really like but nevertheless it's a good beer.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint. Bottled 11/24/10 (bottle code is 4470)

A: Pours a clear, dark copper color with one finger of fizzy tan head. Good retention but not much lace.

S: Sweet, stewed cherries and plums.

T: Sweet syrup, a bit of rose. Bitter caramel and toffee. Tiny bit of diacetyl.

M: Smooth, not too heavy, a little oil. Carbonation is a little low but okay not a flaw for this style.

O: I like this beer. Not my favorite of the style, but a lot going for it. A bit understated on the flavor, but there is some complexity so it's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of clint1019
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown color adn a medium creamy head

S - Fruity, malty, yeasty, and also slightly smokey.

T - Has a strong malt presence that has almost a smokey taste to it. Very fruity as well.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth texture.

O - A Great doppelbock. Has a great fruity & malty aroma and a strong roasty malt flavor that stays in your mouth long after you've finished.

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Photo of Duff27
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- One inch big-bubbled light tan head on a dark, dark brown lager. Leaves very good lacing with above average head retention.

S- Muted dark fruits.

T- Follows the nose. Muted grapey presence. Well hidden ABV,

M- Smooth, nicely carbonated. Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel.

D/O- Very easy drinking for the style, first off. That only works to Korbinian's advantage here. World class? Yes. Are there other dopplebocks right up there with it? Yes.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2011-08-20 and again on 2014-04-07 in Columbia, PA

A - Partially translucent dark brown with a splash of ruby. Creamy, 1-finger head with good lacing.

S - Inviting aroma of chocolate, prune and a hint of coffee.

T - More prune, sweet caramel malt, mild chocolate and coffee. No apparent hop bitterness. Aftertaste introduces some licorice and sweet wheat grain.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Somewhere between creamy and crisp. Just right for the style.

O - Well done. A beer you could fast with. Well-balanced and great tasting. I like it about as well as the Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel and the Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock

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Photo of dananabanana
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, sort of chestnut. Two-finger head at first, sticks around respectably long. The foam is slightly off-white.

S: Smells deliciously sweet and wheaty. Perhaps a caramel apple, or maybe maple scent?

T: Sweet, and a little nutty. Either apple or dark fruits.

M: Lighter on the mouth than it looks. Slightly alcoholic aftertaste, warm and toasty.

D: Great stand-alone ber for winter or fall.

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 2,709 ratings
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