Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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Photo of rosszimm36
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Although labeled a doppelbock, this one's surprisingly reminiscent of a porter. It even has that acidic bite typical of most porters.

One of the most gorgeous looking beers I've seen, it pours a thick dark brown with a tall brown head. It has a sweet toasted malt scent with a hint of caramel.

Incredibly rich with a thick mouth-feel, the flavor is of coffee and roasted malt with a slight sweetness and caramel flavors in the after taste.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle, received as part of Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month program, and poured into my Ommegang flute glass.

Korbinian pours a deep brown, with plentiful cherry highlights shining through. The khaki colored head rises to about three fingers in height. It quickly dissipated to about two thirds of its top height, but some serious head retention kicks in from that point on. Lacing is decent, but just a little too patchwork to really finish off the look. The nose has sufficiently whet my appetite, a wonderful blend of toasted nuts and caramel. The flavor then manages to surpass my expectations by adding a distinct biscuity note to the nutty foundation, and bringing cocoa into the fold as a second auxiliary flavor to add a very nice flourish. I want to give it a perfect 5 for flavor, but I think a touch of dark fruits could elevate Korbinian even more. The body is impressively slick, and as pronounced as one would expect for such a malt forward beer. The cabronation though is a bit overdone, and I find it occasionally distracting from all the malty goodness. Weihenstephaner's crafted a great beer in Korbinian, it's one I'd gladly welcome back to my glass anytime.

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

A: A nice deep ambar color with some brown hues. A brownish compact and intense head, nice retention. constant carb but not so abundant.

S: terrific caramel notes, some light roast and smok notes. spicy over there i would say pepper and clove

T: a complex caramel flavour, sweet at the beggining, crisp on tongue, there is no bitter at all, totally spicy at the end, dry finish

M: medium body and absolutely no astringet despite the abv

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a 14 oz. tulip glass at MiKro in Hamden, Conn.

A: Deep, reddish brown with orange-amber highlights beneath a towering head of off-white, creamy foam. A definite chilled haze to this bock with decent enough clarity given the gravity and color.

S: Loads of caramel malts and candied fruits. Hints of raisin, apple and plum leap to the nose with a soft, fruity hop aroma mixed with a touch of alcohol.

T: Smooth, sweet, fruity malt complex up front, with some chewy, buttery and toffee-like sweetness. Raisins, prunes and a bit of candied cherry round out the malty center. A drying, herbal hop finish helps clease the palate and beckons for another sip.

M: Full-bodied, smooth and malty with a fairly clean finish and modest alcohol sting.

D: Devilishly drinkable at 7.4% ABV, this is a doppelbock that was great on it's own and paired very well with my Bavarian pretzel and whole-grain ale mustard. A bargain too ($5 at MiKro) I would pick this or Aventinus over tap selections almost any day.

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Photo of jboib82
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice chocolate color with a finger of tan head which dissipates almost immediately. Smells very...hearty, like yeasty bread with caramel malts poured all over it, and the taste doesn't disappoint. Extremely prominent is the malt hinted at in the nose, but ultimately the flavor of dark liquorish dominates the taste, knocking out any attempt the bitterness makes to come through. The mouthfeel is medium to heavy with minimal carbonation and a little bit oily, which taken together is extremely pleasant. Almost tastes like a homebrew that hasn't completed its bottle carbonation. Respectable ABV, but for this one I'd hang up the car keys and enjoy a few at home (especially for the price).

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Photo of mdfb79
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From 02/26/11 notes. Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into my new Chimay chalice. Batch 0300.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with a small reddish tint, one to two inches of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of bready malts, toasted malts, toffee, caramel malts, and light fruit.

t - Tastes of dark fruits, bready malts, toasted malts, caramel malts, wheat, and grain.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, very smooth and creamy. Easy to drink, amazing body; feels perfect to me.

d - Overall this is a very good doppelbock with an amazing mouthfeel; felt like I could have had a few of these. Would have again.

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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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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 2,719 ratings