Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

2,673 Ratings
Weihenstephaner KorbinianWeihenstephaner Korbinian

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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 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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Photo of jss79
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly creamy head, one finger deep. The dark hue was colored with brown and dark red hintings. The aroma of fig was matched by sweet caramel and a layer of choco.
The initial taste included malts and raisins. The mouthful was punctuated by a strong fruity finish that lingered for a few moments. Drinkability was sound and overall this was a good beer.

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

A creamy tan head, three-fingers in stature, recedes slowly in the Weihenstephan Weizen glass, leaving trails of lacing as the head replenishes from the active carbonation below. The dark, deep hued red-brown doppelbock is very clear when held to the light.

The aroma of molasses is distinct in the nose, with hints of yeast, coffee and caramel.

A wonderfully robust brew hits the mouth with a rich roast caramel flavor, slightly sweet up front with smoky mellowness, a hint of coffee and hazelnut, with a smooth hop kicker that leaves a lingering bittersweet farewell.

Excellent beverage by all measures. Fit for a King's banquet of rich foods and dessert.

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Photo of Schwarzwald
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this meaty doppelbock. Rich color and pour, lots of fruit and even a hint of carmel. It was a wonderful variety from Weihenstephaner, a true bavarian doppel. I drank it with hot nuts (no comments please) and some other finger food. Very good pair with savory foods. I will be on a search to find this at my store. Great high ABV too, just right for a winter night.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep cherry-coke red. ¼ finger of off-white head with a fine bubble structure.

S - Mild aroma. Grass, bready malt, caramel.

T - Surprisingly unitone flavor. It's not that the flavor isn't complex, it just doesn't change much at all once it hits your mouth. Sweet sugar cane, pumpernickel bread, mild char characteristics. Hint of cedary bitterness in the background.

M - Smooth with a light body and a sweet finish.

D - Fairly drinkable. The char is a little heavy for the style, but overall very enjoyable.

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Photo of vkv822
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle into tulip pint.

Pours a dark brown with amber highlights. The head is very thin, leaving just a tan film with a few bubbles dispersed around the top of the beer.

The aroma is of sweet bready malts and faint yeast and roast. The roast is very subdued and subtle though.

The taste is of sweet fruit, perhaps banana and cherry? There are also nice malty roast notes of molasses and some bitter cocoa. Medium to full bodied, with subtle carbonation.

At first taste the flavor was a bit off-putting in the way it all came together as it was a bit different than anything else I had experienced. After I was able to taste it a few times though I was able to really appreciate the the different complexities and the way they blended together.

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

Pint bottle poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass. Big four-finger bubbly tan head that leaves lacing all along the glass. Attractive clear reddish brown body that looks great in the glass.

Light aroma. Bready yeast and roasted malt that doesn't smell burnt like some stouts. A touch of raisin in the background.

Tasty malt flavor with some dark fruit and nice hint of chocolate at the end. The alcohol is well masked. Smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation. Very easy to enjoy drinking this beer from a world class brewery.

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Photo of Beejay
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark ruby in color. Crystal clear with a light tan fluffy head. Truly a beautiful looking beer.

S: Some lovely malt scents in there. A touch of roasty aromas, and a nice bready sweetness.

T: Roasted malts and bread come right to the front. There is a touch of a raison thing going on that I really enjoy. Malty, bready and delicious.

M: Medium in body with a creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is appropriate.

D: This is one fine beer. Definitely would get again.

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Photo of DelMontiac
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Korbinian was poured from a 500ml bottle into a New Belgium globe.

Very nice color - root beer brown with mahogany highlights around the edges of the glass. A gentle pour yeilded a 2 finger beige head that headed for the stratusphere after about 3 minutes. Inviting.

I get the same nose from every doppelbock - prune juice, red table wine, sweet toasted malt, and straw. Yes...straw.

The big flavor is sweet malt backed up by plums or prunes and dark bread crusts. Alcohol makes its way through at the finish. No hopiness to speak of.

The feel is fairly thick and the carbonation is just right. Even better warmed up. I would call drinkability above average as I do all doppelbocks. A half liter will hold me for some time. Good for not being one of my preferred styles.

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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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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,673 ratings.
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