Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

2,655 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 TheKingofWichita
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost purple brown with ruby highlights and a thick foamy white head and tons of lacing. Smells of yeast bread and tons of malts. Tastes of sweet malts, yeast bread, and a little prune or plum. Mouthfeel is thick and carbonation is light. Drinkability is medium.

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Photo of tburus
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Cola-colored liquid with a slight red hue. Nice beige head like most other Weihenstephan offerings.

Smell: Faint banana and malty scent. Nice but not terribly strong.

Taste: Wow! Perfect roasted malt flavor. No bitter/burnt taste, just meaty maltiness!

Mouthfeel: Great malt taste remains. As smooth a beer as I could ever imagine.

Drinkability: Easily one of my favorite beers after the first bottle. Wonderful taste and absolutely undetectable alcohol presence for such a high ABV. My only complaint would be that I can't seem to find this in 6 packs. If you like dark beers this is a must try.

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

16.9 oz bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip, um, because it was there.

Appearance: Clear brown beer, ruby in the light. Light brown head is rocky and foamy, with good retention. Lots of leggy and sticky lacing.

Smell: Big and malty. Bready. Caramel and dark fruit. Light toast. Rich and inviting.

Taste: Raisins and prunes. Sweet chocolate. Toasty, but not roasty. A little hops in the middle, then a caramel and chocolatey finish with just a hint of alcohol. Its pretty hard to put down.

Mouthfeel: Medium fullness. Carbonation is soft, but adds a slight creaminess.

Drinkability: I love it when I find a regularly available beer that's not hyped, but is just fantastic. Also reasonably priced. A great beer from a great brewery.


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Photo of womencantsail
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a dark cola color with a minimal khaki colored head forming.

S: Nose is very sweet with nice chocolate and intense caramel. A bit of a dark fruit profile with cherries and plums, potentially raisins as well. Some bready notes as well as a bit of banana and spice.

T: Sweet cherries, bananas, plums, and raisins to start this one off. There's a touch of roasted malt followed by chocolate, molasses, toffee, and brown sugar. Just a touch of bitterness for some balance.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: A very solid doppelbock. Great flavors and deceptively easy to drink, despite a pretty sizable ABV.

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Photo of nas5755
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep brown, almost black with light brown hues, a decent two finger head , a small amount of thin lacing remains on the rim of the beer. The nose is heavy on roasted malts. The taste is fantastic, chocolate, roasted malts, a touch of caramel, a slight-bitterness on the finish. The carbonation is a bit thin, I could have used a bit more. Overall, this is a fantastic beer, very clean and crisp roasted malt flavors. Dopplebocks are becoming one of my favorite styles because those clean flavors brought out through the lagering.

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a half-liter bottle at Calandro's in Baton Rouge for $3.49... seemed like a good deal to me!

Poured into a large glass mug... a deep reddish brown color with a large off-white head. Great looking beer.

The smell is all malt... hints of roasted caramel and chocolate. Delicious.

The taste is more of the same... the roasted notes come through first and then pop up again on the end of the sip. The caramel notes come through in the middle for a nice sweet balance to the slightly bitter roasted note. A very very easy to drink malt-bomb.

At this price I might have a new beer to add to the regular list.

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

500 ML brown bottle, poured in a pilsner glass. Has a code on the back label, but I don't know if that corresponds to a date.

A: Large, frothy light brown head sits on top of the dark brown/red color of this beer. Clarity is murky

S: The overwhelming smell for me is of a dark bread. A heavy roasted malt aroma, with hints of caramel and chocolate perhaps. The smells are fantastic

T: Sweet malts are well balanced with a little bit of hop bitterness. The bread and grain character is there with toasted flavors. Some alcohol evident with the 7.4% ABV, especially towards the end.

M: Full-bodied and creamy, with a slightly sweet aftertaste.

D: Excellent; this is a great lager that I would highly recommend

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A - Pours a nice brown color with some strong reddish and ruby hints on the ends. There is a nice brown head that is one inch tall with some medium and active bubbles.

S - Earthy and grassy malt aroma. Toasted malt character as well with some slight sweet notes. Smells like wort.

T & M - There is some toasty grassy hints and some grassy notes. There are some sweet malt notes in the taste as well. There are some slight noble hop notes and bitterness.

D - It is good but not near my favorite beer. ABV is a bit higher but not crazy.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a half liter weizen glass. The color is a dark mahogany brown with caramel undertones at the edges. Two fingers of tan head developed and dissipated to leave a bubbly lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: My first impression was of Twizzlers. At first I thought it was black licorice, but the fruitiness reminded me of the red packets of strawberry flavored twists my dad always had. However, the fruit aroma is much darker then that of Twizzlers; there is a lot of plum action. Other smells are raisin, toffee, vanilla, and caramel. It is very candy-like and enticing to my sweet tooth in that sense.

Taste: Almost mirrors the aroma, and is not as sweet as the smell leads on; it (thankfully?) does not mimic Twizzlers in the taste. Up front is the dark fruit plum and it is followed by slightly toasted toffee and caramel malts, raisins, and vanilla. The alcohol is completely hidden.

Drinkability: An excellent and very well crafted brew. I think it is the definition of smooth; the flavor complexity emerges slowly and clearly.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful dark brown, with a robust tan head that lasts and lasts. Not too much lacing going on. Malts and grains in the nose. Smells of toasted maple syrup, raisins and brown sugar. Taste is malty sweet. Very powerful taste. There's a slight alcohol taste but is overpowered by a toasty fruit taste. This beer has it all. Dark sugars, toasted malts, fruits, chocolates, and a minimal hops bitterness in the finish. This beer has a very creamy mouthfeel and perfect carbonation. Washes over the palate with elegance. The only thing that would keep me drinking this all night is the high ABV. The flavor is strong but just so delicious it keeps you wanting more and more.

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

We pour a brew of the deepest brown. When held to the light there are flashes of maroon around the edges. It supports a tan head of big bubbles that stands roughly a finger high, before gradually dissipating. The front of the nose belongs to notes of sugary yeast. There are hints of dark fruit, notably plum, as well as sweet toffee, and faintly, warm butter. The taste begins with a marriage of bready malts and sweetness, not unlike the taste of a honey bread loaf. This remains high on the palate through the middle. We end on intense notes of bitter black coffee, with a suggestion of hops to smooth down the brew's maltiness. The aftertaste is mildly bitter, but the beer is sufficiently coating, so as to make it inoffensive. The carbonation of the brew is low and the body is medium. For a doppel the abv is about in the middle, and its lighter characters make it quite drinkable.

Overall, this is a simplistic and satisfying doppelbock. As the label suggests, the brew's recipe adheres to the "Purity Law of 1516", and that idea certainly comes through in the taste, which is rich, while remaining pure.

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Photo of RickS95
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown. It's filtered, but little light gets through. The head is a couple fingers worth, a bit off-white and fluffy.

Roasty malts and smoke fill the nose.

The taste is strong and there's a lot of it, but I can't quite put my finger on what dominates. There seems to be some chocolate and coffee notes, but like I said, there's so much flavor than nothing really sticks out.

Mouthfeel is creamy. It starts off sweet and that sweetness continues. In the finish, there is some bitterness, but it's slight and most likely from the hops, the coffee and the chocolate. In the swallow, there is a gentle heat from the alcohol.

This is easy to drink. There's lot of taste and alcohol, but everything marries together very well making for a nice beer to drink throughout the night.

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Photo of StoutyMcStouters
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a pint glass, body was a nice dark dark brown, with a dark tan head that dissipated quickly, some lacing.

S: Smells like roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate, very pleasing to the nose.

T: Tastes just like it smells, black coffee and dark chocolate, not overpowering, just the right amount of flavor in each sip, very pleasing to the palate.

M/D: Mouthfeel was a little off, not bad, but not great at the same time, not very smooth, too bubbly. The drinkability of this beer is exceptional, for such a dark beer it sure does go down nice and easy and leaves no bad aftertastes to mention.

Overall: I will be buying this beer again and recommending it to friends, great brew, great price!

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Photo of adam42381
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

Pours a deep cherry wood color with ruby highlights and a 3-4 finger creamy khaki colored head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Caramel malt with dried fruits and a mild nutty aroma.

Taste: Bready malt and dried fruits up front followed by caramel malt and nuts in the middle then finishing with a very mild hoppy bitterness. Aftertaste is fairly dry with a hint of fruitiness. Extremely well balanced. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Very smooth and somewhat creamy.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. The alcohol is completely hidden by the excellent flavor.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. One of the best doppelbocks in the world and another fine offering from the world's oldest brewery.

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

A - Very dark with a good finger of foamy head.

S - Sweet caramel, malt and nuts.

T - Sweet on the palate at first with a surprisingly light carbonation. Loads of malt, touch of wood and some sweeter dark chocolate/coffee flavours. Aftertaste has a slight tang verging on bitterness.

M - Low carbonation gives a pretty subdued feel; a mixture of sugar and malt.

D - Full flavoured but still fairly mild. Easy to knock back a few on a cool evening.

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

Dark, warm amber brown color, medium soft two finger head on the pour.

Concentrated aromas of molasses and toasted rye with toffee with a slight note of alcohol on the nose.

Malty, nutty rich taste with carmel and coffee. The strength comes through, but not in an off-putting fashion. Not overly sweet for the style.

Warmed by the alcohol and silky in the mouth.

This is an outstanding dopplebock, perfect on a cold evening or with a rich dinner.

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

Poured into a clear tall glass - produces an excellent 1-2 finger biege head that subsides down to a thin surface layer. Fresh espresso and bread aromas. Mouthfeel is a little thick like a porter, but smooth and velvety. Despite the high alcohol content, does not taste or smell too boozy. Strong even sweet roasted malt flavors and caramel candy taste. An excellent winter warmer.

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

Paid $3.59 for a 500ml bottle from Bobby's Liquor in San Jose, CA. Poured into an Optimator Mug to review.

Light tan head of about an inch after an aggressive pour. Nice layer of frothy retention. Opaque dark color.

Aroma reminds me quite a bit of Optimator. Sweet malts and dark molasses with hints of dark candied fruits.

Taste is quite similar to smell.

Medium in body with nice carbonation levels. Nice finish and great drinkability.

I think I like this one a little better than Optimator. A great style of beer, I'll gladly drink this one again.

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Photo of slayer3604
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-??? Eff you, B.A.!!! This beer is righteous!

A-Dark dark brown with a spotlight of amber/crimson when held up to the light, tight brown head that leaves a silky mess all the way to the last drop

S- nutty, malty, slightly phenolic, but in the right way, and completely oblivious to the fact that it is 7.4 abv....

T- rich, smooth, amazing and perfectly balanced. This is the oldest brewery in the world still producing the best beers out there...give thee thanks. NOTHING matches this brew in the price range and I beg to oppose anything better in the style.

M- Crazy smooth, perfectly balanced and malty in every good way there is to be malty. Praise the LAGER gods for this beer. I usually find this kind of complex beer in an American imperial brown or in something with a highly phenolic finish but this beer is so cleaverly created that it defies its alc. content.

D- Could drink this all day. In fact, I bought two....we'll see where the night goes.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Korbinian pours a medium-bodied dark brown with dark ruby highlights. A couple fingers of light tan head form that reduce to decent tight lacing.

Smell: Dark roasted malts, caramel and some dark fruits. Really a delicious smell, makes me look forward to the first sip.

Taste: Roasted malts and breadiness are what shows up the most in this beer. Not that that's a bad thing, it's a great beer. Also, some caramel and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Smooth and creamy, yes, but I find it light on mouthfeel. This is an extremely drinkable beer, probably one of the best drinking darker beers I've had. A definite must try.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brownish ruby colored body with orange highlights. Light tan colored head sits atop in a thin but creamy layer.

Aroma is full of malt with a tart fruitiness in the background. Slightly floral hop aroma also present, but it comes and goes quickly.

Taste is full a bready malt with lots of caramel and a hint of chocolate. A slightly tart flavors rounds it out to five it a chocolate covered fruit flavor.

Mouthfeel if full, a bit chewy, and light on the carbonation. Overall, a top notch Doppelbock from one of the best of the old world.

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Photo of iso
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Rich dark mahogany in color, retains a tan head about 1 finger thick.

Smell: Savory malt, brown sugar.

Taste: You willingly drown in the endless layers of malt. Bready with surprisingly delicious chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy with a complementary amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: At 7.40% ABV it's almost scary how well hidden the alcohol is. Of particular note with this beer, I found myself wanting another glass almost immediately. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle, New Belgium glass.

Very dark ruby with brown undertones. Quite a creamy, whipped head for a lager in a cappuccino shade. A very prominent, silky head for the style.

Prunes, brown malt, salty whole grain crackers. A very malty nose loaded with dark fruits like dates. Hacking into deeper layers of malt I find some Turkish coffee; this is a malt focused beer. Warming brings alcohol spice.

Malt, pure and not very simple. Complex date and prune overlaying some grains, melanoidins, and the lightest roast which still give the impression of Turkish coffee. A modicum of hop bitterness steps in to balance in the end and seems like it almost isn't necessary.

Rounded and creamy body with the carbonation just falling in line. If it sits long enough and enough bubbles get knocked out then it's bordering on semi-thick syrup.

Yes, please! If I'm not desiring hops this is the way to go. This and Bajuvator are probably my top two Doppelbocks. A slight down grade for richness and barely over high abv for this category.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 1" head which dissipated to a trace. Although not technically a stout it reminds me of stout in most ways. Dark like coffee. Hints of coffee, cocoa, sweet malt. Nice long pleasant finish.

So after my grand tour of 6 different Weihenstephaner's I'd say Heffeweisen and Vitus were my favorites, Korbinian came 3rd.

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Photo of Zundo
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark mahogany with a full, tan two-finger head. Creamy looking. Decent retention with a heavy layer of film.

Smell: Heavy biscuty, grainy and sweet malt. Earthy spice and fig.

Taste: A bit of smoke, prune, rasin, coffee-esque and molasses. Some hoppiness at the very end. (very fall feeling)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, bit carbonated. Bit sticky.

Drinkability: Very smooth drink for the most part. A bit on the watery side though.

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,655 ratings.
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