Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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: 2,733 |  Reviews: 1,262
Photo of codfeast
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bottle to stein.

A: deep mahogany, chunky 1" tan head.

S: malt, yeast, bread, caramel, toffee, roasted nuts.

T: starts with a caramel sweetness, that turns more nutty, and chocolate. ever so slight boozy end.

M: Full(but not to full) and creamy. Finishes dry to clean everything up for the next sip.

O: You remember Toffifay "it's to good for kids" the caramel, choclate, hazelnut cups from Germany. That's what came to mind while drinking this beer. The complexity of the sweet flavors is excellent. I really like this beer a lot.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep maghogany. One finger head looked like it would stay forever but did not.

Brown sugar on the nose, some caramel. True to Doppelbock style tho, quite complex

Taste is really malty and sweet. First-up thought is that it is just sensational, as the complexity unwinds on your taste-buds. That however does not last long.... there are some caramels on offer, and some toffee, but in the end just sweet, too sweet. On the verge of cloying.

Mouthfeel borders on Blackcurrant cordial sadly.

Overall, a tad dissapointing, given other scores/reviews...

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Head looks like a chocolate milkshake. Beer looks like Coca Cola. A decent amount of clingy lacing.

Aroma is malty, of caramel. Nice yeast notes.

Flavor is very chocolatey with some chewy caramel notes. Just a touch of roasted nuts behind the chocolate. Provides a nice toasty element.

Very smooth and silky.

Decent little beer.

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

Bought in Manhattan, Kansas. Enjoyed back home in Oklahoma City about a week ago (recording from previously hand-written notes)...

Pours a dark brown with a generous tan head. Aroma is subtle and malty.

Flavor is very malty. Lingering bitterness. Some toastinesss and just a little hops. Quite dry.

Mouthfeel is thin to me.

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Photo of greenmonstah
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle into pint glass

A - Dark brown, allows a little light through, with a ruby hue. A finger of tan head with large bubbles.

S - Like a sweet dark bread. Molasses and bread and some basic malt sweetness.

T - Wow that is a lot to take in. Slightly hot, but only barely noticeable. Sweet and bready, like a dark bread. Some molasses. I am reminded of the strange "bread in a can" that I sampled once out of curiosity. Very tasty and fulfilling. Rich flavors, with a bit of an almost toffee like flavor.

M - Medium or full bodied. Very heavy. Fills you up like a doppelbock ought to.

O - Overall it is a classic take on the style, and another example of this brewery's brilliance. A rich, fulfilling, and extremely delicious beer that can't be missed.

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Photo of oline73
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark mahogany color with a finger of tan head that fades to just a layer on top of the pour. Nice head retention. Good looking beer.

Smell: A sweetness that reminds me of overripe fruit and molasses hits the nose right off the bat. Once you get past the sweetness there is some nutty malt along with the fruit.

Taste: Definitely malt dominated, which makes sense. Mildly sweet and nutty. Hints of fruit, but nothing like the smell. Mildly bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly and smooth carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed the fact that this one wasn't too sweet. Didn't pick up much alcohol at all. The sweetness did dominate the smell a bit much, but overall a very good beer.

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

A half liter on tap at brauhaus schmitz. Gota love shift drinks.

A- comes my way with a big two finger of tan head that holds wonderfully and lasts most of the way down, not that it took long I was mad thirsty. Murky dark brown in color with some chestnut red high lights.

S- sweet caramel and dark toasted bready malts. Some hints of nuttiness and chocolate. Lighter fruity touches coming on in the back.

T- this is all about the malts and it delivers smashingly. The opening sweetness brings a lot of caramel, burnt brown sugar, and dark bread with it but is nicely balanced out by just the right amount of nutty roast. Dark fruits add another layer to what is a rather simple flavor profile and bring things to the next level. Its rich and full without becoming cloying.

M- on the upper end of medium in body and the lower end in carb which leads to a lushous mouthfeel while still being very quafable.

O- I've been tossing these back like its going out of style but when its on the bosses dime the first time around and half off the rest why not. This is a great doppelbock and its a classic for a reason.

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

Poured from bottle into beer stein mug. Pours a very dark but clear amber with a thick white head that leaves a sold lace collar. The nose is dark malt with a good amount of brown sugar and chocolate with just a hint of spicy yeast. The flavor is a little lighter and more nuanced with milk chocolate and malty bitterness and the same yeast flavor displayed on the nose. The body is medium with average carbonation and a long bitter and chocolate finish. Very nice doppelbock, if not one of the better ones I've had of the style.

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

500mL bottle poured into a weizen glass. Code 9130 on back label. Deep reddish-brown beer topped by a two-finger slightly tan head.

Smell of rich caramel malt, overripe bananas. (Just spilled a little on my keyboard, damn.)

Taste is very smooth, creamy, soft. Malt, figs, dark bread. Nice mouthfeel, but carbonation is a little lacking.

Overall this is a very solid representation of the style.

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Photo of uustal
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark mahogany with a cream brown colored head. Solid lacing and retention throughout. Aroma of candied fruit, caramelized sugar, coco and dark fruit. Explosion of malt flavor. Big roasted caramel malt, candied sugar, sticky toffee, hints of dark fruit, coco and some dry roastyness to finish. Sticky, thick mouthfeel in this well crafted, classic malty doppelbock.

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

a: This was a deep, dark chestnut brown. It poured with a large but short lived khaki colored head.

s: Rich and very enticing aromas of sweet, earthy malts. Caramel, toffee, plums, sugary nuts, and cocoa all come to mind.

t: Every bit as good as the smell led me to hope it would be. This is mellow, but very deep at the same time. There was no orderly transition of flavors, just changing series of adjectives that came to mind with each sip. I tasted dates, pecans, chocolate, sweet bread, and some caramel. There was also plenty here that I couldn't find words for.

m: Smooth and creamy overall, I wouldn't have minded a bit more heft.

o: I haven't had many, but this easily ranks among the best doppelbocks I've tried. The flavor profile is just different enough to really stand out. If it popped a bit more I'd probably have a new favorite.

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

Pretty F'in good! Smells like caramel. Tastes thick and sweet. Reminds me of a hot chocolate made with cream instead of milk. Head is a bid thin, but who cares? So convicingly drinkable, with no alcohol taste at 7.4% and very little hops. Malt bomb. I better work this one off, so I can have some more. Das good!

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Photo of trf32
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Rich, dark brown. 1 1/2 finger head diminishes to a light trace after a minute or two. Good lacing.

S- Sweet and roasty malts. A liitle bit of cocoa, ground coffee, old dry oak.

T- This sweetness has a dryer character to it than the (few) other doppelbocks I've tried. Like dark chocolate, but not too bitter. Brown sugar and gingerbread. Dried dates.

M- The interesting thing to me about this beer is its relative dry feel on the mouth. It's not sticky at all compared to similar beers. Maybe that's how they're supposed to be and I'm just inexperienced. It's also not fizzy, or exceptionally smooth. I like it a lot.

O- I've been trying more doppelbocks recently and this one sticks out to me. There might not be anything exceptional about the taste, but it is damn good, and it's character is unique and interesting to me. I could drink this all day, by the way. Seems to be more like a session beer to me than a sipper (although watch the 7.4%).

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Photo of gc4hokies
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A = Pours a very dark cherry red color with an off white head that dissipates fairly quickly.
S = Roasty caramel with hints of raisins and licorice
T = Caramel malt with a slight spiciness. Alcohol warmth.
M= Full body but not heavy, very drinkable

Overall, really liked this beer and this style.

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

Review from notes.

A: Pours a deep orange/red with a small tan head with quick dissipation, leaving behind some medium sized bubbles on top. Not much lacing.

S: Tons of dark fruits - raisins, figs, and plums along with caramel and some brown sugar.

T: The flavor profile is very similar to the aroma, very full with dark fruit (raisins/figs, a touch of cherry). There is also a good bit of caramel and brown sugar, as well as a little honey sweetness.

M: Full bodied and on the heavier side, but drank very smooth with medium carbonation.

O: Pretty good, a little heavy, but has a deep flavor profile with a nice sweetness. The heavy body makes it a little harder to drink.

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

I poured it from a bottle as well into my Aventinus Weizenbock glass. It poured a dark deep reddish tint with a slight head that dissipated quickly. When I took a good sniff of this complex beer I got a nose of roasted malts and dark fruits. The taste was similar to the nose of this beer. I tasted the roasted malts, the dark fruits like figs, prunes(i couldn’t really put my tongue on it) and some chocolate undertones. The mouthfeel is a medium to full body doppelbock that hides the 7.4% abv well. That makes it quite dangerous since I could keep drinking this. There is a medium level of carbonation. Overall this is one of the world’s top doppelbocks. I maybe biased because doppelbocks are my favorite style of beer, but this is a fine specimen of one!

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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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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 2,733 ratings