Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

2,673 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.

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

Poured into a clear tall glass - produces an excellent 1-2 finger biege head that subsides down to a thin surface layer. Fresh espresso and bread aromas. Mouthfeel is a little thick like a porter, but smooth and velvety. Despite the high alcohol content, does not taste or smell too boozy. Strong even sweet roasted malt flavors and caramel candy taste. An excellent winter warmer.

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

Paid $3.59 for a 500ml bottle from Bobby's Liquor in San Jose, CA. Poured into an Optimator Mug to review.

Light tan head of about an inch after an aggressive pour. Nice layer of frothy retention. Opaque dark color.

Aroma reminds me quite a bit of Optimator. Sweet malts and dark molasses with hints of dark candied fruits.

Taste is quite similar to smell.

Medium in body with nice carbonation levels. Nice finish and great drinkability.

I think I like this one a little better than Optimator. A great style of beer, I'll gladly drink this one again.

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Photo of slayer3604
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-??? Eff you, B.A.!!! This beer is righteous!

A-Dark dark brown with a spotlight of amber/crimson when held up to the light, tight brown head that leaves a silky mess all the way to the last drop

S- nutty, malty, slightly phenolic, but in the right way, and completely oblivious to the fact that it is 7.4 abv....

T- rich, smooth, amazing and perfectly balanced. This is the oldest brewery in the world still producing the best beers out there...give thee thanks. NOTHING matches this brew in the price range and I beg to oppose anything better in the style.

M- Crazy smooth, perfectly balanced and malty in every good way there is to be malty. Praise the LAGER gods for this beer. I usually find this kind of complex beer in an American imperial brown or in something with a highly phenolic finish but this beer is so cleaverly created that it defies its alc. content.

D- Could drink this all day. In fact, I bought two....we'll see where the night goes.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Korbinian pours a medium-bodied dark brown with dark ruby highlights. A couple fingers of light tan head form that reduce to decent tight lacing.

Smell: Dark roasted malts, caramel and some dark fruits. Really a delicious smell, makes me look forward to the first sip.

Taste: Roasted malts and breadiness are what shows up the most in this beer. Not that that's a bad thing, it's a great beer. Also, some caramel and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Smooth and creamy, yes, but I find it light on mouthfeel. This is an extremely drinkable beer, probably one of the best drinking darker beers I've had. A definite must try.

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

Brownish ruby colored body with orange highlights. Light tan colored head sits atop in a thin but creamy layer.

Aroma is full of malt with a tart fruitiness in the background. Slightly floral hop aroma also present, but it comes and goes quickly.

Taste is full a bready malt with lots of caramel and a hint of chocolate. A slightly tart flavors rounds it out to five it a chocolate covered fruit flavor.

Mouthfeel if full, a bit chewy, and light on the carbonation. Overall, a top notch Doppelbock from one of the best of the old world.

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Photo of iso
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Rich dark mahogany in color, retains a tan head about 1 finger thick.

Smell: Savory malt, brown sugar.

Taste: You willingly drown in the endless layers of malt. Bready with surprisingly delicious chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy with a complementary amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: At 7.40% ABV it's almost scary how well hidden the alcohol is. Of particular note with this beer, I found myself wanting another glass almost immediately. Highly drinkable.

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

16.9oz bottle, New Belgium glass.

Very dark ruby with brown undertones. Quite a creamy, whipped head for a lager in a cappuccino shade. A very prominent, silky head for the style.

Prunes, brown malt, salty whole grain crackers. A very malty nose loaded with dark fruits like dates. Hacking into deeper layers of malt I find some Turkish coffee; this is a malt focused beer. Warming brings alcohol spice.

Malt, pure and not very simple. Complex date and prune overlaying some grains, melanoidins, and the lightest roast which still give the impression of Turkish coffee. A modicum of hop bitterness steps in to balance in the end and seems like it almost isn't necessary.

Rounded and creamy body with the carbonation just falling in line. If it sits long enough and enough bubbles get knocked out then it's bordering on semi-thick syrup.

Yes, please! If I'm not desiring hops this is the way to go. This and Bajuvator are probably my top two Doppelbocks. A slight down grade for richness and barely over high abv for this category.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 1" head which dissipated to a trace. Although not technically a stout it reminds me of stout in most ways. Dark like coffee. Hints of coffee, cocoa, sweet malt. Nice long pleasant finish.

So after my grand tour of 6 different Weihenstephaner's I'd say Heffeweisen and Vitus were my favorites, Korbinian came 3rd.

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Photo of Zundo
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark mahogany with a full, tan two-finger head. Creamy looking. Decent retention with a heavy layer of film.

Smell: Heavy biscuty, grainy and sweet malt. Earthy spice and fig.

Taste: A bit of smoke, prune, rasin, coffee-esque and molasses. Some hoppiness at the very end. (very fall feeling)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, bit carbonated. Bit sticky.

Drinkability: Very smooth drink for the most part. A bit on the watery side though.

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