Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Weihenstephaner KorbinianWeihenstephaner Korbinian
2,688 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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16.9oz brown bottle purchased at McKinnon's in Salem. Pours a crystal-clear dark brown body with a good inch or so of light tan head. Dark chocolate, ripe dates, caramel, brown sugar, pears. Dark chocolate, nut, caramel, brown sugar, coffee, and pear comprise the flavor. On the heavier side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks better than a beer this heavy and complex has any right to. The best dopplebock I have ever had.

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Photo of cooch69
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep semi clear mahogany brown with a nice one inch white head.

Aroma is nice and juicy. Really rich sweet hearty bready roasted maltiness. Some raisins and a little alcohol in the back. Mollasses and brown sugar as well.

Really smooth and creamy. Super easy to drink. There is a really rich roasted caramel breadiness. A tad bit of hops throw some spice into the brew in the finish.

This beer is world class. It is at the very upper end of medium bodied, almost getting to full.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper/red with big ol beige head that takes a while to fall, eventually rests at a half finger leaving some lacing.

Lots of nutty malts in the scent at first...almost reminds me of chestnuts. That does fade after a bit leaving a more average, toasty lager feel.

Taste is lots of caramelized toffee nuttiness, big dark fruit/figs in there as well. Lots of malts of the toasty, roasty, bready variety. Has a bit of a alcohol kick and some spice as well.

Very smooth light mouthfeel for a doppelbock. Carbonation is medium-low.

Not my favorite for the style, but definitely good.

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

Poured from bottle into chalice.

Poured very dark with a lighter head.
Strong smell of roasted malts. Also a bit of banana.
Bready/banana flavor in the taste.
Medium/full bodied. Very good feel.
Could drink this all day.

I don't have much experience with Doppelbocks but enjoyed this. Look forward to trying again.

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Photo of nickd717
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Now that this is top 100 it deserves a new review.

Deep dark reddish brown in color with a nice lacey lasting yellowish beige head.

The aroma is rather subtle but very good. Big dark fruit, raisin and plum, mild toast, and toffeeish malts.

Sweet caramel and toffee malt base with prune, raisin, fig and plum. Slight spice to it.

Medium-bodied and somewhat slick with a good level of carbonation.

Pretty damn good stuff. Really drinkable for the style.

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

Enormous billowing tan head, as expected with any Weihenstephaner. Dark brown red body.

Smells of chocolate, coffee.

Strong tobacco taste.

Nice and creamy finish. Strong coffee/tea aftertaste.

Back before I moved beyond American beer you'd find at the 7/11, this is what my first Michelob Amberbock tasted like. I could have sworn. In past years, the stuff seemed to get more and more watery and flavorless. However, this recaptured that magic from the first time I had a bock.

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Photo of Codnasty
3.31/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a 1.5 inch tan head into a pint glass. Smelled a bit like soy sauce and rum raisins. Tastes like spiced fruits and a little bit of hop bitterness at the end. Had a nice carbonation and was very easy to drink, if I can get this in a boot at the pub I will for sure.

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

Poured from a euro sized bottle into a pokal.

A: Pours a very dark caramel with a fluffy tan head.

S: The aroma is rich and sweet with caramel and dark fruits popping out.

T: Rich and decadent but incredible balanced and smooth. Sweetness and dulce de leche tang shine through here.

D: Drinkability is excellent. I could pound these if I really wanted to, and the price and respectable ABV make this a great value.

Overall: An excellent doppelbock. If you are a fan of lagers, then this is a must-try.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Personal Milestone: Review #900

Appearance: 500 ml bottle. Poured into its proper branded weizen glass, Weihenstephaner Korbinian pours a rich dark brown with a light brown/off white head with excellent frothing and retention. Good lace stickage.

Smell: Bready malts, soft banana, sweet yeast.

Taste: Bright green banana fruityness, big roasted malt and toasted grain. As it warms, a bit of raw cocoa. Noble hop bitterness and light tea like expressions. A really tasty dark lager beer, decent complexity and great flavor. Nice and clean, little to no alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation, sweet aftertaste.

Drinkability: A truly tasty doppelbock. Overall I was impressed by this offering by Weihenstephaner, but they have yet to dissapoint me.

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

I ordered a pint of this on draft at Stuff Yer Face eatery in Brunswick, NJ near Rutgers campus. Double bock, nice and dark. Good flavor. It sneaks up on you. I felt the buzz and guessed the abv to be around 7.5%. It went well with the chicken stromboli I ate. I'll definitely seek this out again.

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

Looks like a serious beer. Deepest red in the light with orange highlights. Thin head is to be expected.

Whew. Heady malt on the nose. Big dark sugar aroma. Touch of chocolate in there. Dark fruit rounds it out.

Full frontal by the dark sugars. Touch of rye bread up there as well. Raisins take over, providing a fuller, fruity flavour through the middle. Finish is nice soft caramel. Just a bit of booze to close things off.

What can you say? One of the classic German doppels. Can't go wrong.

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Photo of Pellinore1
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep, reddish brown, producing about a finger of slowly fading light tan head.

The smell is not very pronounced, but definitely classic doppelbock. Pretty much all malt, and reminiscent of bread, molasses, and maybe a little fruit.

The flavor is more of the same: bread, molasses, some banana, and just bit of spice. Very nice.

Medium to full-bodied, with only just enough carbonation.

Absolutely no detectable alcohol, this beer is quite drinkable.

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

Bought a single (1 pint, 0.9 oz)) at HEB in Round Rock. Pours a dark brown/with a reddish hue...nice frothy head that thins out within minutes, still leaving a nice trail of lace.

Smells a bit grapey, not very strong at at. Quite malty, good, but not great

Tastes good, can catch some of the fruit...grape, a little bready/malty...but a bit thin. Quite refreshing.

Nice carbonation, but again, a bit thin, not nearly as addictive as Celebrator.

A good beer though. Represents the style well.

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Photo of wschmit
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500mL bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Dark, garnet red when held up to light. Clear, with a vaguely tan, minimal head.

S: Straight up malt smell. Like sticking your head into a mash tun. Just beautiful.

T: Tastes like raw wort, too. Nothing but barley here, some dark, caramel colors, and no hops. Not sweet, of course, but not dry--very balanced, and perfect for the style. Malty, vaguely tea-like flavors.

M: Slightly sticky, and not terribly carbonated. Again, really true to style.

D: This is probably the best doppelbock around. Germans make Platonic beers--Reinheitsgebot and beyond. This is one of those definitive drinks.

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Photo of ar70584
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle

appearance: nearly opaque, dark reddish brown

smell: fruity, bananas, bready

taste: dark molasses flavor with clean malty sweetness. Finish is rather long and quite pleasant.

mouthfeel: rich and full with enough carbonation to wipe the palate of any cloying sweetness. Slight alcohol burn.

drinkability: Delicious. Fairly well balanced. A "one and done" beer in my opinion

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

pours a very dark ruby, which almost appears near black but not quite. fairly large chunky head that consists of huge bubbles and start bursting almost immediately and collapses down to a light film. lots of carbonation seems apparent.

the smell is of chocolate, dark fruit and dark malts, reminiscent of belgian quads only without the spice element.

taste is similar to the nose, with a slight candy element added in almost like caramel. the fruity sweetness is less pronounced and also has a tootsie roll element to it.

mouthfeel is lighter than expected with the carbonation providing less zing than expected.

This is a very tasty beer that is refreshing in the winter. Very nice drinkability.

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Photo of dalimsta
3.2/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into my Weihenstephan 0.5L hefeweizen glass. Definitely a high-quality beer from a brewery I love, but... not really all that enjoyable. Impressive color and aroma, a little watery in mouthfeel, and... the oddest flavor I've ever tasted in a beer. Others have described it as extreme malt with some sweetness, but I really think it could be better described as tasting like watered-down soy sauce with honey. Not a terrible beer, but definitely not anywhere close to my favorites.

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Photo of BigHeavy
3.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a New Belgium globe. Beer was consumed as part of my Doppelbock Shootout. The competitors? Salvator and Korbinian. Who will emerge victorious?

A: Beer pours a nearly black color with some faint brown around the edges. No real head ever forms on top, but a mocha cap does linger during consumption. Beer is much clearer than its counterpart, Salvator.

S: Sweet malts and some faint dark chocolate. Aroma is not as intense as I would have liked. There is a tiny bit of smokiness in the background which I did like. There is a touch of spicy/peppery alcohol swirling around in the glass.

T: Taste is more roasted malts than sweetness. Those dark chocolate notes are more subdued and a background player here. Hops are a little bit spicy (from the noble hops I suppose), which help add another layer of flavor. There is a lingering bitterness, and the lack of sweetness makes the finish very dry. Good, but less complex than Salvator.

M: I found Korbinian to be a little thin in the mouth, perhaps a little watery for the style. Carbonation was crisp, and the dryness did make you want more.

D: Korbinian wins in the drinkability category. I could easily have a couple of bottles back to back. More of a thirst quencher than Salvator.

O: Still a good beer, but a notch below Salvator. Tastes more like a Landbier Dunkel (as the menu I ordered from in Germany said) to me. Very clean and crisp flavors, just would have liked more.

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Photo of OnThenIn
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A couple fingers of lighter tan head on top of a black beer. Beautiful.

S: Lots of sweet, malty, breadness. Maybe a hint of floral notes.

T: Lots of sweetness with a hint of roasted flavors. Some dark fruit flavors as well.

M: Full body with lower carbonation, wish it had a little more.

D: Surprisingly drinkable for the general body and sweetness, but it is so large that it can be nice and a real sipper. The lower carbonation does hurt the general drinkability.

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Photo of swierczt
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Fluffy pillow of khaki colored head emerges, four fingers thick. Dark brown color overall. Hues of amber are apparent when held up to light. Almost reminiscent of root beer, but without as many bubbles from carbonation.

S: Sweet sticky roasted malts, caramel, fig, plum, raisin. Pleasant sugary aroma.

T: Not as much malt in the taste as I would have thought from the smell. Nicely balanced. Sweet roasted malts are well balanced with a touch of hop bitterness on the back of the palate. Some bread yeast flavors also come through in the end.

M: Creamy mouth feel, medium bodied. Sweetness sticks to your lips after several sips.

D: Very drinkable, well-rounded Doppelbock. Would not realize that this brew was 7.4% alcohol by volume based on the taste alone. Another great beer by "the world's oldest brewery".

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

Poured into a snifter.

Pours with a finger of creamy tan head that laces a bit and retains a thick layer for a long time. Body is deep and dark, showing its smoked clear ruby color when held up to light and looking dark brown otherwise.

Smells surprisingly like a stout, with sweet roasted barley and darkly toasted malts making up the majority of the nose. Some mellow floral hops are present as well. With a little more swirling caramel and sweet burnt sugar come to the surface as well.

Oh so smooth subtle complex malty flavors abound in this beer. Subtle and quiet in its strength, this isn't a malt bomb as some American doppelbocks are. Toffee, hints of the darkest dried fruits, and rich roasted layered malts make up the flavors. Well crafted and pleasing.

I love the mouthfeel of this beer. Smoother than any other example I have tired. Quite impressive, the carbonation is right on target, and the mouthfeel is thick and rich, but less so than some others.

Drinkability is wonderful.

Conclusion: This is a different take on the style from its direct competitor Celebrator Doppelbock. More subtle, creamy and quietly strong than the more bold (but still refined) malty flavors of that beer. This is so good. Nothing I have tasted from this "oldest brewery on earth" has failed to impress me.

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

A - Pours a dark brown with touches of red. A thick cream colored head dissipates rather quickly to a quarter inch. Appears to be quite carbonated.

S - The nose is quite sweet with notes of brown sugar and molasses combining with the extreme maltiness. The yeast is there, smells like a sweet bread. Not much alcohol is noted, but there is definitely a trace.

T - Not as sweet as I anticipated, but definitely full of burnt sugar flavors, mostly molasses and toffee. Not as malty as some other doppelbocks I've had, but it's a malt bomb nonetheless. The malts aren't overkill either, but it is a very bread like beer. A touch of roasted malts are present. There are some dark fruit flavors going on, raisins being the most notable. I get little to no alcohol in the taste. A delicious beer overall.

M - A pretty full bodied beer. Carbonation is a little high for my preference, but it seems to be fit for the style. No bad aftertastes or anything like that, but it is a tad warming in the stomach... Then again, I'm downing this one pretty quick.

D - Like most doppelbocks, I find this one extremely drinkable. The alcohol is quite subtle, and it goes down smooth. Definitely a beer I will seek out in the future.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've come to expect light flavored and bodied beers from Weihenstephan. Not that "light flavored" speaks ill of Weihenstephan beers. This one is a nice departure from the expected. Although it's not an overly strong doppelbock.

It poured drown-red-mahogany color producing a short lived but vibrant head. The head laced the glass walls and left a thin covering over the beer.

The nose produced hints of caramel, chocolate, fruit and hops.

The flavor was rather demur but still strong enough to set it apart from the other Weihenstephan beers I've tasted. It has some of the signatures of doppelbocks I've come to enjoy. I wish there was more malt flavor-- but nevertheless it does produce hints of caramel, raisin tea and some other notes that I find hard to describe- perhaps smoked peat.

The mouthfeel is that of a much stronger flavored or bodied beer. It has a lasting quality about it. The finish is not particularly long or enduring. But there is enough vitality to it so that the beer & its flavor remain intriguing.

Drinkability is good-- for one the alcohol content is low enough so that after the bottle is finished There's still plenty of "tolerance" left for another beer. The characteristics of both flavor profile and mouthfeel are such that I did not tire of the "Korbinian" experience.

A nice doppelbock well worth keeping an eye out for..

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle into a delirium tulip. Bottling date says this was bottled sometime in the end of November 2010.

Pours very dark brown with hints of magenta in the light. A one finger light tan head forms and falls pretty fast

Has a delicate aroma of sweet fruits that aren't dark or overbearing, slight lager smell, malts.

Wow, this seems different than Celebrator, but in a good way. Strong roastiness from the get-go mixed with some slightly dark malts and a nice cherry like fruit sweetness. Nothing overpowers the other in this brew.

A little watery, slightly more than expected. A little on the dry side.

Great beer, but it doesn't top the list like Celebrator; certainly a contender worthy of its position and close distance to the great Ayinger doppelbock.

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

Can't believe I haven't reviewed this beer yet. Probably my 2nd favorite beer from Weihenstephan.

Pours a clear very dark ruby into my pint glass. Light tan colored head that recededs a bit and leaves some less than stellar lacing (the beer is a bit cold though).

Some sweet malts on the nose with some dark fruits as well.

Oh man, terrific malt bomb. Dark fruits, with some malty biscuitness, hint of chocolate. Nice mellow roast character developing late. Meal in a glass indeed.

Mouthfeel is quite good. I'm not sure how I feel about the carbonation. I believe that it is true to style, but it is just not to my taste. My official feeling is that I prefer a less carbonated beer in general, but I gave this beer high rating for being true to style.

Very drinkable This is my first Korbinian in a LONG time and I really should drink more of this. Absolutely fantastic beer.

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 2,688 ratings
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