Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

2,667 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 bucklemyshoe
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle at 48 degrees into a mug.

A: It pours dark brown with red highlights and an inch and a half of long-lasting tan head that laces well.

S: Chocolate, caramel, and bread malts with roasted nut aromas coming in late.

T: Sweet lactic fruit, chocolate, caramel, wet bread, and a little sourness.

M: This features medium body thickness with average carbonation and a very smooth finish.

O: This is one of the best doppelbocks out there.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After my last review of a 14% dopple, I needed to try something more traditional.

Poured into a 0.5L Aventinus tall glass a dark brown, hints of red amber. Two fingers of tan head sit neatly on top.

Nose is big on grassy/woody malt.

A sip is smooth with fairly light but chewy carbonation. Malt sweetness is obviously present throughout a sip that lightly coats the mouth. Some caramel and maybe chocolate, a little bit of the 7.4% and spice peeking through on the finish.

It's to style, it's Weihenstephaner, it's a proper dark German beer and at the price ($3.50) you could do a lot worse. Would pair well with bratwurst and lederhosen.

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Photo of zachary80
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Globe. 9130 on the back label

Appearance is good. Dark brown with ruby highlights, impressive tan head. Most of it fades off but the rest follow down the glass leaving some lacing.

The aroma smells more like unhopped wort than beer. Dark fruit and bread

Malt dominates here too. Very bready, toasted, dark fruits, and some choclately bitterness. Body is good. Don't really taste the alcohol but feel it in the chest a little.

The Korbinian is amazingly drinkable and enjoyable. My glass went far too fast. I'd fast for lent too if you gave me a steady stream of these. It's a good deal at $3.49

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Photo of Evoeater
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured out the bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A- Nice off brown head. The beer is dark, and the clear deep brown color can only be seen around the edges of the glass.

S - Notes of coffee in the nose, but nothing to enticing.

T - Deep dark coffee flavors, but also a nutty flavor as well. It has a nice sweet finish and is very smooth. Very session-able...except for the hidden alcohol!

M - Perfect medium mouth feel. I didn't taste the alcohol at all.

O - I really enjoyed this beer and got it on a whim. I liked that it was very easy to drink and had deeper flavors then most bocks I have tasted (but not too much to overwhelm my meal). A good buy for $3.27 and will get again.

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

Poured into a large mug.

A- Nice cola-like color with dark brown hues in the light. Nice thick fluffy tan head.

S- Floral hops, brown sugar and a little coffee.

T- Roasted malts, coffee, bitterness, floral notes, burnt sugar and some molasses. Maybe a touch of a tobacco like flavor. Very complex.

M- Thick and chewy with some carbonation.

O- Great beer. A bit filling to drink a lot of in one sitting. This might be a regular for me. Got for only $2.99 a bottle.

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

Received from my cousin Mark last Fall (November 2010). Aged for 6 months and now going to pop this Doppelbock. Poured from a One Pint, .9 fl oz Bottle into my Mizzou Pilsner glass. Has "1350" printed in white on the Back side underneath the BarCode.

Appearance- Poured clear, dark red/brown color with 5 fingers of bubbly and foamy tan head. Retention is great as it lasts for almost the entire drink! Nice netting of lace on the side as well.

Smell- Has a huge roasty aroma with a fresh out of the oven breadiness. There are small notes of caramel, roasted almonds/nuts, and dark chocolate.

Taste/Mouthfeel- Very nice chocolate taste at the beginning and then a pumpernickel bread from Cheesecake Factory comes in as well (just had Cheesecake Factory this week, so the taste still comes back to the palate). Extremely hinting @ a Nut-Brown Ale style and loving it! Very smooth and has a warming sensation from the alcohol. (This is also my first time combining Taste/Mouthfeel but feel this is appropriate since they are in the same category). Mouthfeel is Medium body with Medium Carbonation and SMOOTH! Chocolate aftertaste that is great!

Overall- Coming down to it, this is a great doppelbock but still wasn't the best. Maybe after having the Celebrator twice in a month, I'm hinting towards this awesome bock. Drinkability was easy for a 7.4% beer and thought it was a great german lager. I had many Weihenstephaners while I was both in Austria and Germany but I didn't take notes and til this day can't remember much of them except I enjoyed them greatly! Ready to try another one.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0.5L bottle, with code "0300". bottled 300th day of 2010? unclear.

appears very dark brown, with bright ruby colored highlights. 1/4" off-white head that fades to thin covering. aroma of brown sugar.

as expected, the taste is all malt. pretty sweet, but not cloying. a little spice in the finish. thick, but not syrupy. good carbonation level.

overall, a solid example of the style, and a good value.

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Photo of mountsnow1010
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown with a tan head that shrinks to a thin layer. Teensy traces of lacing.
S - Slightly roasty notes with a bit of a clove-y hint. A bit of fruitiness, nondescript though. Brown sugar too?
T - Dark fruits with roasty malts followed by hints of caramel. Slighty soapiness (?) but I think that must be me tasting something in an odd way. Pleasant, clean finish. Yeasty hints too, not too strong.
MF - Just the right level of carbonation and thickness. Coats the mouth thinly, leaving a pleasant taste behind.
O - Very pleasant beer, if it was cheaper this would be a nice easy drinker. Nothing outrageous but a very well made beer.

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Photo of output01x
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dan3279 for the good trade.

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle (no date) into a snifter.

A moderate pour yields a 1/2-finger tan head that disappears in less than a minute. Pure black, only traces of red mahogany come through when held to light. Small carbonation bubbles can be seen as they glide upward against the edges of the glass. Very light lacing sticks to the glass despite the lack of head retention.

Scents of bittersweet chocolate, burnt coffee beans, caramel, dark malt, and just a hint of dark fruit (plum?).

A strong, almost tart, dark fruit sweetness strikes your tongue, but never develops, as the carbonation sweeps it away. Then, a watery roasted coffee and caramel mocha flavor sticks.

Full-bodied with strong carbonation, this beer coats your mouth but doesn't get too sticky. The carbonation may be a little excessive as it seems to get in the way of some of the flavors, but it does prevent a potentially syrupy mouthfeel.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a bottle of Weihenstephaner Korbinian for $2.99 at The Lager Mill. I have been on a doppelbock bender lately and this is the last one of the bunch so i'll finish my bender with a traditional German Doppelbock. No visible freshness date. Poured from a 500ml brown bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- I like the label on this beer, it's pretty colorful and exotic looking. It poured a deep dark brown color with some ruby highlights. It had three and a half fingers worth of thick and creamy off white head that died down to a thick ring that left some spotty lacing.

S- The aroma is malty and sweet. The malts impart a brown bread aroma followed by some molasses. There was also a pretty prominent dark dried fruit aroma that leaned more towards prunes and figs.

T- The taste is pretty similar to the aroma. The malts are bready and sweet but not as sweet as they were in the aroma, the sweetness leans more toward caramel then molasses. The dark fruits are represented nicely, I really can't pick out one specific fruit, it's a mixture of all of them and it adds some complexity to this brew. The finish wasn't bitter and it had some nice yeasty spices at the end.

M- Smooth and medium bodied with perfect carbonation.

Overall this was a pretty good Doppelbock, it was one of the better ones I have encountered during my Doppelbock binge, and the best German one I have had yet. Everything about this style was on point and about where it should be. It may not be as flavorful as some of the American ones but it makes up for that by being smooth as hell and having some great drinkability. I will be buying this again and will be on the look out for any other beers by Weihenstephaner. If you like Doppelbocks give this one a try, it's a great traditional German Doppelbock and it gives you a good feel for what this style is all about.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle at Biergarten Haus in DC into a mug.

Nice really lit hues on a clear brown amber orange body. Good carbonation on the bottom sitting a head that is mild light chocolate brown.

Woah what's that on the nose! Big chocolate malt, it smells "sticky" and thick, bring hints of toffee and coffee, mixing in banana. This is a big impressive nose.

Taste is a big milk chocolate bunch and banana. Sticky mouthfeel that goes with the nose, small roasted coffee, and big toffee teeth coating stick. This is one beer where syrupy actually makes sense and feels good. Finish of banana and clove.

Overall this beer is just very impressive, it feels like chocolate banana sundae topping. All I feel like doing is having a chocolate ice cream banana split with this on the side (even though I hate bananas). Winner right here folks.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a dark Mahogany colour with an off white head that retains well and laces.

S - Aromas of sweet malt and a little molasis

T - A little sweet up front, before some toasty malts kick in and some hops, bitter on the finish.

M - Medium to full body with minimal carbonation that makes for a smooth drop.

O - Highly drinkable beer and recommended

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

I poured the bottle vigorously into a Guinness pint glass. A 3 finger beige foamy head yielded to a thin blanket after a few minutes. An attractive deep mahogany brown with ruby highlights around the rim.

Sweetish smell, bready, wheat, yeast.

Given the substantial head, I was somewhat surprised of a lower carbonation release in the mouth. Silky in the mouth, malty, buttered pumpernickel.

Very drinkable without any alcohol bit despite 7.4%. I wish I had another chilled now.

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

Poured 500ml bottle into a pils glass with freshness date and other details on back label.

The pour produces deep brown color with hint of ruddy hue in the texture, big tan frothy head rise up fast and well retain thereafter left with plenty of beauteous lacing that stickily withstand against the time. Highly active carbonation effervesces towards the top sip by sip.

Build up by malt sweet with toasted bread character and fruity notes which are raisin and prune. Also wrap up with hint of coffee and creamy chocolate. All in all, this beer has very aromatic and inviting smell.

Full touch of malt sweet, somewhat creamy and caramel which balance by bitterness from hop and toasted trait also with fruity tang that is raisin and prune, a bit spice alcoholic also hidden inside.

The mouthfeel is smooth with right amount of carbonation that well suit to generate velvety touch through the palate, medium body, full flavor.

One word to define this beer is excellent, very good drinkable and solid brew from the eldest Weihenstephan.

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Photo of jarmby1711
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All scores of 4 clearly equals good.
But where does this stand in the pantheon of Dopplebocks ?
If you are a Dopplebock virgin , then pray look elsewhere for guidance as i myself know little.
However as a beer this presents itself admirably.
Hiding its potent 7.4% well, we have a dark and frothy malt experience that does not assault or disappoint.
I could not drink this all night as it lacks a degree of complexity.It has a determined profile that may well fell the unwary

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours brown with caramel colored edges and a creamy 1/2 finger tan head that dissipates to a thin cap.

S. Caramel malt, dark roasted malt, and quite a bit of malty sweetness - it's quite similar to the homebrew store when someone is grinding up caramel malt. Yum.

As it warms, it gets more complex with figs and raisin.

T. Great. Caramel sweetness, dark fruit complexity, molasses,

M. Fairly thick with a good level of creamy carbonation that prevents this from becoming overwhelming. I'm not sure how I'd want this changed, but it doesn't quite sit right in my mouth.

D. This is quite delicious. I'd definitely recommend this to someone looking for a dark fairly sweet beer.

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Photo of bfields4
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very deep brown. Thin mocha head. Leaves a noce lace.

Nutty toffee. Figs rasins dark fruits. Nutmeg vanilla nice spices.

The taste is a little more of the same. Very complex. Caramel and nice roasted malts. Dark fruits. The spices are also present.

Really phenomenal example. Nice chewy mouthfeel big full body. Delicious brew.

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Photo of LacquerHead
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Chimay Chalice) Pours a deep dark brown.

Aroma: A sweet caramel malt.

Taste: Robust malt but on the sweet side. Some dark fruit flavors floating about. Has a slight paleness to it. A slight alcohol aftertaste every now and again. Leaves a malty aftertaste.

A great beer, well put together. It might be a toss up between Paulaner's Salvator and this one.

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

This is a very good example of a Doppelbock.

The pour produces a nice petite head that settles quickly to an 1/8 of an inch. The color is a brilliant dark amber. The carbonation is light but alive. The flavor is creamy, malty, yeasty, and mildly fruity. It almost tastes like a good piece of slightly sweet bread with a touch of dried fruit in it, and that beautiful taste adheres to the bright mellow carbonation and just lingers on the tongue. For a beer this German, this dark, and with this alcohol content it is highly drinkable.

I enjoyed it with a nice 5 year old Gouda, but I think it will suit many occasions, especially post dinner ones. So, if you're in the market for a Doppelbock, this is a winner.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap in a tulip glass.

A - black with a reddish tint to it. quarter inch head recedes quickly good amount of carbonation in the head.

S - dark fruit and malts.

T - nice combination of dark fruit malts molasses and chocolate. great drinkability on this thing.

M - smooth finish with decent carbonation.

O - as with anything weihenstephaner does i'm a fan. definitely one of the better brews they do but not one of my personal favorites by them. definitely a very good doppelbock but not my favorite in the style.

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

Poured from a 1 liter bottle into a pilsner glass. The label has what looks like a bishop flashing the peace sign, with a bear laden down like a pack mule. Who knows what any of it means.

Pours a deep, woody brown with a light tan head that reduces from 1.5" to 1/8" that remains.

Very malty and yeasty smelling, almost nutty with its intensity. There's a pleasing earthiness to this brew, with mild toffee.

Tastes as malty as it smells, with a definite hazelnut aroma that lends a smokey, starchy sweetness. If you've home-brewed, this tastes a bit like the wort smells. Low to almost non-existent bitterness, this fades with a butterscotch/peanut brittle aftertaste.

Medium to full bodied, this beer is vey smooth and pleasing.

While doublebock has never been a favorite style of mine, I find this example to be excellent and would gladly have it again. Ulike some American examples of the style, this is a smoother, more balanced doublebock that is not trying to shock your tongue, but is instead happy to allow the subtlies of a year of brewing residue flavor this beer. I highly recommend, especially if you're looking for a good doublebock.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's been a while since my last tick, and this beer has been in my fridge for a few months. Time to get used to the new scoring system.

Well, if we were going by the old scoring system, this beer would already be at least an A- before I even took a sip. The appearance is a dark, reddish brown with a light tan head. Perfect clarity is noted when held to a light.

Aroma is intensely malty with a leathery, almost tobacco like nose. It's clean with a syrupy, grainy character with a bit of a nutty note. It's not inviting me to take a sip, but it smells like it will be a hearty meal.

Flavor is clean up front, with a strong, dark bread sweetness, which leads into a caramelly, nutty middle. The finish is a bit cloying with a lingering aftertaste that seems to have a slight smoke note to it. Body is sweet and full throughout, with gentle carbonation.

The flavor of this beer is very intense and very complex, but unlike many of the intense and complex beers I've had in the past. I feel like I should get some cheese, bread, and a bottle of Korbinian and make it my dinner for a night.

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

Excellent dobblebock

A - rich mahogany with beige to brownish head that lasts with lots of lacing

S - deep perfumy malts, some sweet and some a bit roasty with a touch of fumey alcohol and a rasp of rosemary

T - now, this is truly a malt bomb but what I love about it is its managed to not be cloying by having a good deal of complexity to it. Theres the sweetness, but then a wide array of roasty notes, slight toffee, coffee and caramel, wood, a kiss of herbs and hop. All this and it finishes nice and remarkably clean - not too sweet nor too dry with no off flavors.

M - great mouthfeel - full bodied but not cloying. Carbonation is very mellow and complements the malt play.

D - despite its strength - I rate this high because its not cloying and complex enough to make you want to keep drinking it to figure out all the flavors. Remarkable job by a remarkable brewery.

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Photo of rosszimm36
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Although labeled a doppelbock, this one's surprisingly reminiscent of a porter. It even has that acidic bite typical of most porters.

One of the most gorgeous looking beers I've seen, it pours a thick dark brown with a tall brown head. It has a sweet toasted malt scent with a hint of caramel.

Incredibly rich with a thick mouth-feel, the flavor is of coffee and roasted malt with a slight sweetness and caramel flavors in the after taste.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle, received as part of Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month program, and poured into my Ommegang flute glass.

Korbinian pours a deep brown, with plentiful cherry highlights shining through. The khaki colored head rises to about three fingers in height. It quickly dissipated to about two thirds of its top height, but some serious head retention kicks in from that point on. Lacing is decent, but just a little too patchwork to really finish off the look. The nose has sufficiently whet my appetite, a wonderful blend of toasted nuts and caramel. The flavor then manages to surpass my expectations by adding a distinct biscuity note to the nutty foundation, and bringing cocoa into the fold as a second auxiliary flavor to add a very nice flourish. I want to give it a perfect 5 for flavor, but I think a touch of dark fruits could elevate Korbinian even more. The body is impressively slick, and as pronounced as one would expect for such a malt forward beer. The cabronation though is a bit overdone, and I find it occasionally distracting from all the malty goodness. Weihenstephaner's crafted a great beer in Korbinian, it's one I'd gladly welcome back to my glass anytime.

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,667 ratings.
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