Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner KorbinianWeihenstephaner Korbinian
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
weihenstephaner.de

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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Avg:
4.2
pDev:
9.05%
 
 
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Photo of CharlatanSin
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Garret Oliver's book went on and on about the sublimity of matching doppelbocks with pork, so how could I resist? I'm a big fan of Weihenstephan's wizenbock, so I'm happy to see this on the shelf at New Beer. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours a reddish brown, almost purple, really. Creates a big, puffy off-white head. Lots of lacing as the beer goes down. That's what I like to see.

The smell is uncomplicated but inviting. A big dose of caramel dominates. Some roasted brown sugar. Roasted malts. The taste has a great candied dark fruit character, which nicely compliments the malts. The finish is a great, clean, deep bitterness. A little booze, too.

The mouthfeel is thick and extremely sticky. Carbonation is low but pretty active. And, yes Mr. Oliver, it went great with my pork chop and (especially) the roasted carrots and onions.

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Photo of Kelp
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my glass as a darker brown color with a bit of tan head. Lots of lacing in the glass.

Smells of malts and grains. Also some dried fruit smells.

Sweet caramel taste to the brew. Then the fruitiness comes next with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Medium brew with a decent amount of carbonation.

It was a good brew, but not a great brew from this company. This is the worst brew I have had from Brauerei Weihenstephan but it is still better than most beers.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a huge 2 finger beige head. Body is dark brown in color, lots of bubbles rising throughout. Head retention and lacing are above average

Smell is of roasted malt and dried prunes. Hops and alcohol aren't present.

Taste is of roasted malts and lots of dried fruit. Has that unique dopplebock flavor definitely in there. Hops arent detected and alcohol is faint. After taste is of candied sugar and simple syrup

Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is on the light side. Head contributes a little to this medium bodied beer.

Drinkability is good. For over 7 percent its almost sessionable. It's just a little on the bland side. It might be old since it traveled a long way to get to me and theres no dating on the bottle. Worth the price since its rather cheap but wouldnt be my first choice

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

bomber poured into the pint glass. From batch 0188.

The Korbinian doppelbock pours a deep amber almost copper color with a very pillowy hazy white head and lots of sticky lacing. Aromas is malty, caramel and subtle hints of chocolate. Quaff is extremely malty. Background tastes include raisins, caramel and a dry hoppy finish. I really enjoy the sweetness to this beer. Mouthfeel is crisp and carbonation is great. Drinkability is good for this beer. The sweetness makes it in my opinion and with a nice 7.4% abv it is easy to handle.

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

A- Poured from the tap into a large mug, capped with 1" of rocky cream-colored foam. Nice head retention, but very little lacing. The body was cola-brown, but showed some garnet hues when held to the light.

S- Sweet candy and roasted malts dominate the nose, with lesser aromas of mild noble hops and metal.

T- A wonderful replicate of the nose, showcasing caramel and chocolate flavors along with some emerging fruity esters as the beer warmed. The hops only emerge at the end in the form of some quinine-like bitterness.

M- A medium oily body with some pleasantly soft carbonation. Just a touch of unattenuated sugar.

D- Goes down very smooth. Sweet buy not cloying. A wonderful German winter warmer.

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

Poured a dark mahogany with a nice tan head. Nose is mostly chocolate and molasses. Taste is sweet dark caramely malts lead to a dry finish with minimal hop bitterness and no roasty bitterness noted. Some good chocolate and maloasses notes. Mouthfeel is a bit thick and viscous, almost full-bodied. I think Einhorn has this one beat but its good!

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Photo of jneiswender
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 350ml bottle into a small tasting glass.

A-brownish red body, clear. Thick tan head that lasts several minutes.

S-grainy, sweet, slight jolly rancher smell.

T-very sweet, slightly stale in the middle with a bitter finish.

M-Medium, standard carbonation.

D-interesting that the American import bottle is marked "malt liquor". Not at all boozy despite the ABV. Nice front flavors and smells but somewhat coarse tasting in the finish. That said I would drink this again but by no means is it a standard.

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Photo of MrDanno96
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown color that's almost black until held up to light. Some amber hues when held up to my lamp. Poured with about a finger of cream off-white head that dissipated to a small ring after several minutes.

S: Tons of malt, grain, bread, biscuits, etc. Some dark fruitiness as well that I'm pretty sure is raisin.

T/M: Huge malt body to this one, making it full-bodied and almost chewy. Very little carbonation as this beer finishes very smooth. The flavor is fairly complex: lots of sweet malt blends with grainy tastes (like biscuits), chocolate, and dark fruits (plums and raisins).

D: Somewhere between a sipper and a session beer. It doesn't quite reach the level of complexity of a sipper, but it a bit heavy to session. Therefore, I probably wouldn't drink more than one at a time, but I would enjoy that one. This probably goes good with a hearty meal of meat and potatoes (and I'm sure the Germans pair it with such hearty meals frequently). A tasty Doppelbock overall.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer; it is absolutely one of the most phenomenal beers in existence. The fact that it is widely available, and cheap, is a godsend.

A – Dark as hell, it is the same color as the brown bottle it comes in.

S – Raisins and brown sugar and perhaps a little raw green cabbage-y. Delicious and earthy.

T – Amazing taste: rich dark fruits, buttery smoothness, and a nice dry bittering finish.

M – Great; velvety with just the right carbonation.

D – Always a great choice.

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

appearance: almost pitch blackness, decent head retention
smell: fruity. maybe raisin
taste: alchohol hidden well. a nice dopple. deep roasted flavors, dark fruits
mouthfeel: medium bodied
drinkability: a very solid dopple, I liked celebrator better but this was a nice dopple too

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

a: 500ml bottle poured into a lowenbrau stein. pours a clear dark, deep, maple syrup-like amber color. beige colored two finger head that sticks for a while. nice.

s: as expected, a rich malty nose on this one. caramel malts make up the majority of the aroma...undertones of molasses. excellent stuff.

t: wow. perfect definition of the style. huge, rich, malt bill. this brew is deliciously sweet and bready. great toasted malt flavor. a subtle hint of chocolate. great stuff.

m&d: mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. goes down very well. drinkability is very good too.

korbinian is an example of a great doppelbock. this one is up there with Ayinger's Celebrator.

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Photo of Bisho
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Deep muddy brown appearance with a slight reddish haze in direct light. Very creamy tan head which lasts down the side of the glass as you sip (or in my case, gulp.)

Smell of sweet malt is to the fore with some raisin toast and faint caramel.

Taste is big and bold similar to the smell. Sweet Malt, Caramel & Chocolate take centre stage but not in an overpowering cloying way. Faint citrus overtones and a dry if somewhat bittersweet finish!

Mouthfeel is creaminess all the way. Nice and light compared to what I was expecting from the inital taste. Near perfect.

The 7.4 ABV is hardly noticable with the great balance of the beer. I don't know if I could drink this all night but I reckon I could give it a good crack!

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Photo of beerbutcher
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

deer red brown color with slight head which faded quickly

aroma is richly malty with some brandied raisins and a little earth. munich like toast aromas and typical munich lager yeast esters. slightly carmelly

palate is lighter than expected with a drying finish. rich alty flavors caress the palate and become rich and roasty but never burny. some fruityness comes in at the end

lighter in body than expectded considering the array of rich malty flavors and aromas. delicious and rediculously drinkable, never too sweet or alcoholic.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Track 84 in Warwick RI poured into appropriate .5L glassware.
Appears a deep dark reddish brown with a tan head that falls to a blanket layer and stays.
Smells of sweet dark malt, big molasses nose, some earthiness.
Taste follows nose on this one. It's very malty and tasty. It hides the 7.4% very well.
Medium body with light carbonation and just super smooth.
This is a very nice brew. Not my favorite dopplebock but delicious when fresh and on tap.

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

A: Poured a dark brown into my Weihenstephan Weizen glass, the beer is so dark that it that almost suggests a black color. A one finger head was produced on a non-aggressive pour, the head dissipated into a thin cap within a minute or two. The cap sits around for most of the beer, some lacing is definitely noticeable.

S: Molasses, malt, caramel, a bit of hop citrus, and a suggestion of an anise-like aroma. As I drink this beer I find the smell also suggests an almost cinnamon and allspice-like aroma.

T: My first taste of this style, and count me as impressed right off the bat (of both the taste of this beer and this style). I can't believe this is actually a lager. For 7.4% alcohol, the alcohol is well hidden. The taste is slightly sweet, but not cloyingly so, with a slightly dry and bitter-sweet finish. Caramel, chocolate, and malt take center stage. A bit of hop citrus is noticeable. As true to the lagering process, the yeast is nearly lost and there are no estery aromas to speak of. A slight astringency of the alcohol hits the back of the throat even though I can't taste any alcohol itself, this astringency is actually pleasant and refreshing. I think it is safe to say this is one of the best balanced beers I've ever had. The hops may be muted if you are used to drinking IPAs and Imperial Stouts, but I feel the hops are perfectly balanced for the style.
Malt takes center stage in flavor, this beer may just be the best example of what I feel malt should taste like in a dark lager. This is as good as good tasting gets.

M: Perfectly carbonated. Carbonation adds body and mouthfeel. This beer has the best mouthfeel of any lager I've ever had, the beer has an almost creamy consistency.

D: Even with 7.4% alcohol and exploding with flavor, I could drink a few of these, especially during the winter. After finishing half of this beer, I get the slightest warming feeling in my stomach, which I find very pleasant during a cold winter. Weihenstephaner Koribinian has an exceptional level of drinkability.

O: Dark, daring, and delicious. While the darkness, alcohol, and full flavor of this beer may overwhelm those that only drink lighter lagers, those that can appreciate the qualities of this beer will fall in love with it. I look forward to trying both more Weihenstephan brews as well as other beers brewed in the Doppelbock style. I am happy to give my first A+ rating on Beer Advocate to this beer.

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

Pours a dark almost black with a head that lasts but not too long, lacing is great.
Smells of caramel malts and toffee with a bit of roast smell.
Tastes like toffee and a tiny bit of sweetness not a whole lot.
I like this! feels great in the mouth.

Thanks Weihenstephaner I will buy you again!

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- dark dark chestnut brown with a tiny hint of orange at the bottom of the glass. the foam looks amazing. tan, tightly bubbled, and creamy on top. it's got that whole melting ice cream look. also great retention for the +7 abv. some swirls and curls of lace cling to the glass like broken arches, but ultimately not much sticks long enough to crust over. rings of lace that form as i drink are more like thick gauntlets, and they stick much better than the initial splatterings. is that a bear on the label?

S- huge roasted, toasted, tart, fruity, and savory malt aromas just leap out of the glass. smells very molasses, meaty, and tomato, with cocoa and coffee hanging out in the background. the whole molasses/meat/tomato reference seems to be a combination of acidity, iron, and sulphur, which in food related context sounds more appealing. smells of sourdough pretzel and pumpernickel bread. some toasted caramel, brown sugar, and toffee hides in there too. seriously malty in every way and the aroma becomes sweeter as it warms.

T- the korbinian saturates the palate with complex flavor, surpassing perhaps even the legendary celebrator. all tartness and meatiness and tomatoiness from the nose is removed here, this thing is all about sweet and roasted flavors. milk chocolate and mild coffee, and chocolate milk that has had too much syrup stirred into it (which in this scenario is definitely not a bad thing). caramel, toffee, almonds, brown sugar, molasses, and mild fig-date-prune fruit flavors. somewhat spicy and herbal hop flavors remain intact but are so far behind the malt that they seems to act merely as a peppery accent, giving the roasted bitterness an assist in cutting the big malt sweetness. finishes with cocoa, coffee, and roasted grain flavor and a bit of a cassia spice. or moreover, maybe a chai tea minus the cardamom. lingering hop flavor without the hop bitterness, and subtle sugared dates and caramel. and not the slightest indication of alcohol throughout the whole thing. fantastic.

MF- probably as smooth ans luscious as it can get, feels like heavy cream, with any creamy film being washed away by a soft squeegee of very very delicate carbonation. i mean on the verge of low to very low and it fits perfectly. otherwise, the heavy maltiness and luxurious feel would be horribly disguised. in reference to coating, oh yea, there is plenty of stickiness on the lips, but also a present tannin dryness battling with the sugar on the cheeks to which neither is the victor.

D- on a different planet than other examples of a style that never got me too excited. to have a doppelbock better than this would simply blow my mind. i'm not ruling it out, and i'm sure there may be one out there, but as of now i'm oblivious to it. there's a little too much mineral in the nose, but the taste is so invitingly complex and the feel is so damn soft and smooth that the korbinian kicks the drinkability out of all others. all hail the pack bear.

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Photo of advill88
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark red almost prune juice color with a thick white head.

Smell is caramel malt with hints of raisins and molasses.

Taste is rich with caramel maltiness being the dominant flavor with hints of sweet raisins and brown sugar, with an ever so slight hint of hops at the back end. Mouthfeel is very creamy and quite heavy, almost chewy in texture. The carbonation is on the low side.

I have generally been fairly indifferent about doppelbocks, but this one just nails the style, and I love it. This is just a fantastic beer, and its high drinkability is surprising.

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Photo of brauseboof
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, clear, cherry brown, with a one inch cream-colored head which lasted a bit. Had a mild malty aroma with some dried thrown in. Tasted of prunes, figs, coffee, caramel, a hint of bitterness.
Very creamy and drinkable. Well put together.

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

A: pours a dark brown-red color with a nice frothy ivory head that disapates and leaves great lacing.

S: Caramel, roasted malt, dark fruit, wheaty bread/grain, and a little banana.

T: Sweet taste up front with the dark fruit and caramel. Complex taste with the toasted malts. Extremely balanced.

M: Medium body. Extremely smooth and creamy. Almost a perfect flow to it.

D: One of the better doppelbocks I have had. It reminded me of Ayingers Celebrator. Overall, an excellent beer I will be buying much more of.

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Photo of Liverpool08
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark garnet red. With a huge aroma of dried cherries and burnt raisins. A real fruitcake aroma. The taste is the same. Great dried cherries and figs. A great balance of flavor along with the subtle warmth of the alchohol. An easy drinker, but one to savor for its taste as well as the 7.4 ABV. Another great beer from one of my favorite breweries.

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

A nuice dark color with a decent head to it. In both smell and taste, I thought I was eating the slightly burnt raisins in a raisin cookie along with a couple of prunes. I wonder if this will help me keep regular. It was actually a nice flavor.

Otherwise, the burnt caramel and malt flavors worked well as it came off dry.

I didn't know what expect flavor-wise, but I wasn't disappointed.

Good stuff, recommended.

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

Pours a beautifully clear darkest shade of black cherry with a huge creamy/frothy head that slowly dissipates to a cap but leaves incredible lacing all the way down. Smells of caramel, brown bread, figs, prunes, dark fruit. Lots of sweet malty aromas ticket the nose. Taste is sweet with malts. Dark fruits, prunes, figs, burnt brown sugar, a touch of alcohol about midway and a long lingering molasses and dark fruit finish. Sweet sticky mouthfeel, light to medium carbonation, thick body. This is a great dopplebock. A malt heads dream with great complexity and an abv that is well hidden.

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

A: Poured into an imperial pint. Beautiful mahogany color with a 1 finger beige head which recedes to the side of the glass.

S: Carmel, molasses cocoa and a bit of roasty aroma.

T: Sweet Malt and caramel, milk chocolate, maybe raisins. Not a lot of apparent bitterness, but it is very balanced, leaving a little dark chocolate finish.

M: Medium in body, exceptionally smooth.

D: I was surprised how good it was. It's sweet, but not cloying. Respectable ABV is not apparent at all.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle - $2.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, very dark reddish-brown body with a foamy, bubbly, light beige head.

Smell: Deep, dark breadiness marked by some slight roast undertones. Minor hints of cocoa, dark fruits, and nuts. Smells a bit like that American single-slice pumpernickel bread you occasionally find wrapped in plastic.

Taste: Presents a pleasant taste of powdered, unsweetened chocolate and viciously crushed cola nuts sprinkled atop a thick piece of crusty, very dark bread. Modestly sweet. Lightly fruity taste of plums dunked in simple syrup. Mild bitterness midway with a touch of dried herbs. Finishes very smooth with the dark breadiness giving way to a bit more fruit and just a touch of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation. Rather smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A bit darker, lesser alcoholic and fruity than many doppelbocks out there -- I dug it! I mean, there's only so much alcohol and fruit a man really needs, right?

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,667 ratings.
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