Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

2,655 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 mariposafan
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Weihenstephaner beer.

Pours a beautiful rich, dark coffee brown with three fingers of creamy head that slowly fade. One of the prettiest beers I've tried.

The smell is a little disappointing - it's sweet and grainy but I don't get the maltiness that I expected.

The flavor is sweet again and as it warms the bitterness fades from obtrusive to appropriate. As it warms flavors of dark fruits start to come out - prunes and dried cherry.

The mouthfeel starts out a little thin but seems to improve along with the flavor. The carbonation is perfect - creamy with just a little prickle to provide zing. I wouldn't mind if it had a little less alcohol, though the alcohol never intruded upon the flavor.

I like it! Probably not my favorite dopplebock but one I'll definitely have again.

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Photo of scottakelly
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed while sitting by a campfire on a chilly Ohio autumn night. Dense rocky head at the pour that subsides after a few minutes to a light foam. Unfortunately I couldn't gauge this beers appearance while sitting outside at night. Aroma of dark fruits. Flavor is exceptional; dark fruits and munich malts, slight accents of chocolate, caramel, and toffee. No alcohol presence at all and drinkability is amazing for 7.4% abv. Overall is is one of the most well put together beers that I have had, and I wish I could find this in six packs for regular consumption during the cooler weather months.

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

16oz. bottle poured into a German beer glass.

Quite an admirable color! Chestnut, amber brown with a faint head on top.

Spice, biscuits and malt in the aroma. I can't wait to taste this one!

Wonderfully full bodied, mouth filling and smooth. Figs, dates and brown sugar! This beer is way too easy to drink for its 7.4% ABV. The malt takes center stage here. Big and chewy. The alcohol and sweetness take a backseat to the malt, however they are equally pleasant and well balanced. No real hop flavor which I would expect for this style.

Celebrator is still my favorite dopplebock but this offering from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan is right up there. Delicious!

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Photo of djmichaelk
3.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml bottle into a perfect pint.

A - Slightly hazy dark brown, with with a small finger or so of head that lacks retention. Wispy fingers on the glass are all that it leaves.

S - Strange mix on this one. A cola-like sweetness, plenty of roasted malt, and almost a smoky aroma.

T - That sweetness is still there, again reminding me of Coke. I've never been that much of a fan of the sweeter doppelbocks, but this has more to it that most. Roastiness, caramel, shoe leather (?), and smoke are all layered in there. Good but not great.

M - Carbonation is maybe a little on the harsh side, but otherwise it's a very nice-feeling beer, like its brethren.

D - On the strong side, I could drink maybe another but that's probably it before I'd look for something else.

O - This is another on my swing through the Weihenstephan roster. They have better offerings in other styles but this is still solid.

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

Appearance - a shade under black with a think beige head about two fingers of copious lace and excellent retention.

Smell - toasted grain, dark rich malt, yeast, coffee grounds

Taste - fantastic sweet coffee/cocoa like malt, toasted grain, beautifully balanced, slight burnt sugar bitterness and metallic tang finish.

Mouthfeel - medium/fullbodied, moderate carbonation, creamy decadent feel

Drinkability - so delicious you'll want to drink it again and again and again. Despite being a heavy beer its sheer tastiness makes it impossible to resist pouring yourself another glass.

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Photo of Augustiner719
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a weisse glass.

Pours a very nice reddish brown perfectly clear color with a 1 finger off white head and medium lacing down the glass. Very pretty aromas of plum, fig and raisins. Also some rum characteristics in there. Also has a caramelized brown sugar and date component. Really nice aromas and complex. The flavor has some alcohol burn, though it's integrated with the date and raisin flavors, like an aged rum. There is also a nice bit of malty richness to this that makes it very full bodied. Big mouthfeel, alcohol burn and dryness on the finish. Caramelized notes make this a perfect pairing for a grilled piece of pork or ribs. Also has a great delicious factor so this is a good go to dopplebock.

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Photo of wahhmaster
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown color with reddish edges. Has a medium-sized, foamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves some creamy lacing.

Smell: Deep roasted malt notes with hints of toast, caramel, and a little bit of fruit.

Taste: Pretty bitter up front with a strong malty sweetness that lingers through the entire beer. Strong caramel and fruit flavors come out as well. The alcohol is pretty noticeable in this too, making it a bit of a sipper.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a bit of a carbonation bite to it.

Drinkability: A decent doppelbock even if it's not completely true to the style. It's alcohol content and heavy nature would make it hard to have more than one of these in a sitting but it is still a delight to drink and something I certainly wouldn't mind having again.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle # 5269. (bottled on June 15th 2009)

Purchased @ Johnsons Market Place, New Durham, NH

Price - $5.98/bomber

Appearance: Pours a dark red mahogany color with a thin to moderate head which quickly fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Big nose of brown sugar, molasses, caramel and raisins.

Taste: Up front I get a big blast of molasses followed by cherries and mixed nuts. A kiss of hops in the end.

Mouthfeel: A thick body with a bitter aftertaste and some alcohol. Finishes dry.

Drinkability: A decent beer for sitting around the camp fire. A good dopplebock but not my favorite. By the end of the bottle I get an almost metallic aftertaste.

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Photo of bobhits
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark reddish brown, 1 finger head, looks thick and creamy. Leaves some ok lacing as well.

Sweet caramel malts, toffee, bananas?, vanilla, rather interesting beer.

Toffee, vanilla, maybe a touch of oak, very light molasses, and just a slight amount of burnt malt. No hops to speak of, no bitterness. The burnt malt is the only real bitter element at the end perhaps some hops are there but completely not registering for me. Noting here comes off as bitter. The burnt malt only creates enough to lets say even things out. Now that it's room temp, there is a clear hop character here. I can't really describe the hops as they're simply a bitter element in a sweet vanilla treat.

Silky smooth, nice carbonation, and thin enough to drink a few of, but not so thick as to let you notice the 7.4%.

This is the best damn double bock I've ever had. Many American one's are far far too alcohol, too thick, too malt dominate, etc. This makes beers like Sam Adams double bock seem like amateur hour.

This is a malt head, who doesn't want anything "imperial," dream come true. I like this beer a good bit. That said I love hops and I love bitter. A beer I think I'll try again simply because it drinks so well.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

While watching the SF Giants pitter away their season, we find this gem....Clearn deep, dark mahogany. Not much of a head, decent carbonation and little to no lacing. Extremely robust aroma of heavy raosted malt, some mettalic notes, some molasses...Maybe even maple syrup. Pretty great smelling and quite spot on to style. Great flavor upfront. Very rich and full in the mouth. Great roasty punch in the gut, like watching Zito walk in two runs in the first inning of a title clinching game. Beautiful, but loses it near the end - unlike Zito who apparently never has it to begin with. Thin finish, and the unpleasant metallic notes show up more. Nice long, toasty finish - kind of like what the Padres will apparently receive after tomorrow night's game after the Giants choke and lose three straight to get the boot. If not for the thin finish, this would be great. As it is, it's merely good. decently priced at $2.99/half-liter so that brings the drinkability up some, and we're gonna need it after today's game...

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Photo of cetherid
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into pint glass.

A. a very dark red beer. like black and red. looks like a Dr Pepper almost. minimal off-white head the dissipates quickly.


very malty. some dark fruits in there. a little caramel smell as well. very nice smelling. nothing too strong.


some roasted malts. very sweet tasting. a little molasses taste. almost like some sweet pumpernickel bread. a little bitterness in there and a slight alcohol taste.


medium to heavy bodied beer. you get a nice sweet sugary coating in the mouth. very smooth with a little tingle of alcohol and carbonation.


tasty beer, but the combo of high alcohol and it being medium bodied...you could probably have 2 tops before you're full...all the sweetness and malty flavors make it feel like its a meal in a bottle. personally, I'd just have one. Definitely would have it again, but doubt I'll go outta my way to buy a bottle.

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Photo of gtn80
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Malty but balanced doppelbock. The roast balances the malt very well, which surprised me in a doppelbock.

Not overly sweet or cloying as some doppelbocks tend to be, no head, lighter body than most doppelbocks.

Roast, but balanced, no hop bitterness.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ah, here we go! Finally getting around to giving this one a real review.

A - Pours a deep, dark brown hue, almost as dark as a porter, with a moderate off-white head, and fairly creamy lacing.

S - Wow. A lot is going on here. Apple, pear, cherries, grape, molasses, caramel, and nutty vibes all going on here. It's a very complex, but inviting aroma.

T - Taste is of molasses, caramel, and cherries, with some nutty, and even chocolate notes in there too. A superb, complex taste. You can easily forget that you're technically drinking a lager here :)

M - Medium-full bodied. Minimal carbonation and velvety smooth. Creamy. Very good.

D - Not exactly a session beer at 7.4%, but a pint or two of this is perfecto.

Overall - This has officially become my favorite Dopplebock. A must try if you love dark, rich, malty, flavorful beers.

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Photo of kaidasz
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

this was a pleasant & economical surprise for me. full on raisin or fig notes w/a stronger than expected aroma. head was 1/2 inch w/quick dissapation and light lacing down a dt snifter. as it warmed, the malt and cream flavors increased which was expected yet satisfying. i would have zero problem buying a few bombers per month of this gem btwn now and spring.

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Photo of Sleestak
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My 50th review woo-hoo! Deep dark burgundy with a smallish head. Dark fruits like raisins, plums etc on the smell. Similar on the taste, sweet but not over the top, with some caramel. Very pleasing to the palate. Mmm this is a most tasty brew well worth a buy again. Much better than the Salvator doppelbock IMO.

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

Aromas are a mix of dark fruits with mix of plum, raisins, molasses and chocolate. Typical German yeasts smells; very nice.

Taste is quite similar to the aroma. Fairly substantial malty treat. Wheat malts are present but are not the primary flavor characteristic. Instead it is the dark fruits and molasses that were evident on the nose. Stickiness in the mouthfeel, sweet, but not cloying. Still drinks quite light thanks to the lager yeast. No alcohol detection what so ever. Quite high on my list of Doppelbocks so far, especially for the extremely low price tag.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark cherry walnut with some dark ruby hue. Just larger than average, thick, creamy, fluffy, sticky, toasted marshmallow color head. Very good retention with

S - Nice tart/tangy dark fruit with plums being strongest and some fig, date, and raisin along with some dark cherry. Nice dark bready aroma, pumpernickel like, as well. Touches of dark chocolate/cocoa and earthy nuttiness.

T - Plenty of dark fruit with plum having a slight edge toward the beginning then fig and then cherry toward the finish, but other dark fruit flavors are present in the background. Some apple as well. Good amount of dark, toasted bread flavors as well. A touch of caramel toward the finish. Hints of dark chocolate, some malty flavors, and a touch of sugar like sweetness.

M - Medium body with a bit above average carbonation. Pretty smooth, but a touch thin and not quite as creamy as I was expecting. However it is still pretty good body.

D - Easy to drink with a good balance between some roasted flavors and some dark fruit, along with some malt/bready flavors. Not overly tart, nor sweet, but a well balanced and tasty beer.

Notes: Very nice doppelbock with a good balance with dark fruit and tart/sour flavors along with a nice sweet flavor and some dark bready flavors. Just an overall nice beer to drink and a solid example of the style.

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Photo of ncredible1
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep reddish-brown color with some garnet highlights. The tall, densely foamy head has a tan/khaki color and good retention. lacing is present.

S: Some dark malt up front - a bit of cocoa and brown sugar/toffee. Nutty and slightly leathery. just the right balance.

T: Firm, sweet maltiness up front, with cocoa, brown sugar, and toffee all having firm flavors. Quite nutty - perhaps walnut/pecan. Lightly earthy/leathery, which complements the fruitiness very well. A balancing bite of herbal hop bitterness balances everythingthe right way.

M: Medium-full body. Carbonation is lush and smooth. A sticky, somewhat coating mouthfeel with a big, riding aftertaste and slight finishing dryness.

D: This is an amazing, highly complex doppelbock from Weihenstephaner. Bursting with flavor and character on several levels. Excellent and heartily recommended. A must try if you haven't already.

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Photo of foogerd
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- cola brown with an inch worth of tan head that quickly dissipated
S- sweet malts and dark fruits
T- yum! this one is delicious perfect sweetness with bready sugary malts almost tastes like raisin bread really great brew
M- thickness and carbonation is perfect even a bit chewy
D- very drinkable
This is the best dopplebock ive had!While celebrator is definitely more complex and interesting this is straight foward to the point and nails the style perfectly just a great very very drinkable brew thats enjoyable sip after sip

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Photo of atsprings
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint pours a crisp brown with a nice frothy khaki head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves just slight lacing on the glass. Aroma was loads of caramel with slight brown malts and molasses. The taste is an interesting blend of sweet caramel with mild fresh ground coffee and a hint of dried fruit, nice and complex. The beer is medium bodied with smooth carbonation and a bit of dryness. This is certainly an enjoyable Doppelbock, not quite the best I've had, but close.

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

A: pours reddish brown with and odd red brown head which was initially two fingers and settled to a thin layer
S: sweet sort of honey malt, a dry grass hop. the bock smell, i cant explain it any other way.
T/M: burnt caramel, sweet malt, very smooth medium carbonation, very lightly bitter
D: very good flavor, another i wish came in liter bottles.

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Photo of choyhosoi
3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

A-Pours a dark brown color with a thin lace head.

S-Nice sugary tones that also have some grape/raisin scents.

T/M/D- It has a different taste that has a little bite. A taste of bitterness mixed with alcohol but at the same time it is somewhat smooth. It leaves a lingering taste on your palate and that is the only thing I dont like. All in all a good brew I would try another.

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

Weihenstephaner Korbinian | 500 ml. | 7.4% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Style: Doppelbock
Glass: Pint

I like the stained glass / gild-work bottle art. Vibrant orange, red, white, and black paint a strikingly attractive label.

The color of Coca Cola, only thicker and heavier. It has a beautiful dark beige head and terrific lacing.

Malty like whole wheat toast. There's a noticeable dark fruit smell as well -- prunes perhaps.

The bready malt is prominent. It has a heavy toasted characteristic that I quite like. In the middle comes a jolt of spicy alcohol, followed by a caramel and prune puree. There's just a hint of dark chocolate lurking in the background. A distinctive earthy character rounds out the finish.

Full bodied with a chewy mouth feel and a creamy soft carbonation.

A meal in a bottle indeed. Drinking this will really fill you up and leave you satisfied.

Would I get it again?:
Definitely. I think Celebrator Doppelbock is more refined, but Korbinian is just a step away -- certainly a heavier and more alcoholic option to warm me in the icy chill of winter.


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Photo of MBPChead
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Currently having this one as a I type this so we'll see what the end result is as I go along.

Appearance: Deep amber brown in color with a quickly dissipating bubbly creamy coffee colored head.

Smell: Full bodied aroma with dark chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, whole wheat, nutty, with faint smoke flavors quite nice overall.

Taste: Pretty much the same as the nose, very malty over all having dark Chocolate at the forefront with a bread and nut like complexion, brown sugar and molasses are there but the molasses sticks out a bit more. Plenty of peat and smoked malt which give it a slight meat flavor and a slight hint of cola. Very good combo overall.

Feel: smooth and silky with a tingly feel on the tongue, not bad but nothing really special.

Drinkability: Honestly I'd be good after one, its quite tasty and has a lot of flavor but its the sort of flavor where one is enough.

Overall its a nice brew and not a bad introduction to the world's oldest brewery.

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Photo of wcintula
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What a great beer. She has a long black body and a coffee-and-cream-colored thick head. Smells sweet and smoky, very malty. Has a sour taste while sweet at the same time. Smoke is present in the taste as well. The sweetness is of malts and fruits. The body is moderate-medium with low carbonation. I would like more body from a beer like this, but it's very good. That being my only complaint, drink up.

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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