Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Weihenstephaner KorbinianWeihenstephaner Korbinian
2,689 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 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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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 carolinabeerguy
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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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 2,689 ratings
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