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

this poured a deep dark ruby with a suprisingly decent bubbly white head. leaves a nice lace throughout the drinking experiance. smells malty, thats for sure. aromas of sweet bread, raisins, and thick gnarly malt rise up and either scare you, or get you hyped. right off the bat the sweet malt takes over letting bits of caramel, dark fruits and a tiny bit of bread like toastiness come out. a touch of alcohol gives a nice little sting, but in the end this is a big, sweet, chewy dopple. hearty in the mouth, slick and full, it is delicious. it is damn drinkable for what it is. one of my all time favorites i seem to overlook all to often in the beer store.

$2.99 a bottle

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a maroon/red with golden highlights. Minimal head yet still leaves lots fo lace on the glass. Heavy carbonation as tons of bubbles race for the surface.
Aromas of roasted malt, caramel, raisins, figs and a slightly smoked scent hit the olfactory sense.
Flavors chocolate, caramel, dark wheat bread and raisins invade the palate. Very alive mouthfeel, sweet front but minimally bittered end very well-balanced beer.
Slighylt spicy and peppery finish as a hint of the relatively high alcohol level comes through.
Reminiscent of Aventinus for me.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional Dopplebock from the world's oldest brewery. Pours a nice dark brown with a huge tan head. Aromas are extremely malty with toffee, chocolate and maybe a bit of brown sugar. Taste is sweet, balanced with toffee, caramel, chocolate and a wonderful bready fulfilling mouthfeel. Its basically got the perfect amounts of everything. Consume this beer at around 45 degrees to take advantage. 7.4% ABV is great on this cold crappy winter day outside.

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

1 pt bottle served lightly chilled in a pilsener/weisse glass.

Appearance: Clear crimsony brown topped by a thick off-white head. A small layer of foam is retained throughout consumption and it leaves smallish blotches of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Dense and mildly complex malty nose. Caramel and butterscotch with hints of vanilla. Lightly pruny with hints of cherries.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt flavor with hints of prunes and dark fruits. Alcohol is well masked.

Mouthfeel: A little bit too light in body compared to what I was expecting. Pretty darn crisp with very little in the way of lingering aftertastes.

Drinkability: A solid doppelbock to my tastes, but there are better ones out there. This one still gives them a run for the money, though.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours crystal clear deep amber brown. The head is tan and everlasting to lace the glass from top to bottom.

The aroma is chocolate with sweet malty aromas, some dark fruit aromas are present as well.

The flavor is very smooth with chocolate and sweet malt flavors. Also present are some dark fruit flavors.

The finish is sweet, then dries out over time to a dark caramel dryness. The body is medium full. The alcohol hardly shows itself in the beer.

16 ounce bottle. When purchasing, I had no idea this was a dopplebock. I find it interesting this beer is imported by Bavaria House Corp in Wilmington, NC and is illegal to be sold in NC.

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Photo of merlin48
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint bottle pours a clear orange tinted mahogany with a short-lived beige head that melts into a slick with ring lacing. Aroma is big, powerful malts. Heavy dose of molasses and caramel smother the olfactory senses. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth, with plenty of carbonation. Initial mouthfeel is tart and fruity, but quickly reverts to its strong malt character. Molasses, caramel, and dark fruits(figs and dates) are dominant here. Hops bitterness becomes evident early on and continues the rest of the way. Aftertaste is somewhat unpleasant by its syrupiness. This is an interesting beer to review and enjoy, but it doesn't fare well when compared to the better Bavarian doppelbocks.

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Photo of aaronh
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark caramel color topped by a tan, lasting head. Sweet malt aromas immediately greet me upon pouring the beer. Slight hint of noble hops. Dark roasted notes in the flavor, coupled with decent bitterness. Mild sweetness is coupled with a grainy finish. Feels a bit thin on the palate, and the carbonation is much milder than expected. Decent drinkability, but this one still lasted me a while. More of a dark lager or bock than a dopple. Glad I tried it, but over-rated as far as dopples go.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish cola color, settles a bit darker with a nice clear gem-like glow, thin tannish head breifly makes an effort to stay but fizzes quickly down to a thin hazy skim and ring, lace in minimal spots. Aroma is a bit faint of toasty sweet malts and dark fruits lending some plum, raisin, dates, and dried apricot. Taste is a bit more filling, starts a little weak and thin but begins to gain malty weight with a nice toffeeish sweetness and finishes strongly with a nice mixing of dark fruits of plum, raisin, dates, and figs giving way to a little chewy caramel lingering finish which is super smooth and creamy. Nice finish on this. Theres a bit of a metallic twinge in the midway parts but is barely noticeable and appears mostly at the front of the tongue and the lips. Feel is close to medium with a light silken creamyness that floats through the palate with ease and the finish is quite nice with a light building of chewy sweetness. A soild dopplebock by any standards, good stuff.

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Photo of lou91
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good solid doublebock. Poured beautifully letting off sweet chocolate and malt flavors. The alcohol is not apparent until mid beer when you start to feel happier about the world and that you are blessed to be able to drink good beer like this for 2.65 for a bottle. Dark brown color with a malt lovers body. As you get to the bottom, the tastes come together very well. There is a bit of sweetness that sticks to your tongue which may need some pretzels to help with. Buy it at bev'mo in albany.

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Photo of DrewBeechum
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Sampled from a free bottle provided me courtesy of some very fine folks)

Deep hide brown beer topped with a substantial tan head with loose spattered bubbles.

Aroma is big toasty malt mixing with bubblegum. The end of the nose includes a fair number of metallic notes.

Body continues the toasted malt tone of the aroma slowly morphing in a flavor of bread and caramel sauce.

A hop bite starts the finish but is quickly overcome by a sour finish.

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Photo of rkhaze
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a chestnut brown with red highlights. Tan head, dissapated quickly, but was extremely creamy while it was there. Sweet roasty malt aroma with prunes, chocolate and a bit of spice.
Big rich malty flavor with a brown sugar sweetness, dark fruits and chocolate. Finishes with a nice yeasty tang.
Nice thick, smooth mouthfeel with a good tingle of carbonation.
Very drinkable for such a rich beer. Great stuff!

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Photo of avylover
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark reddish Caramel color. This beer brings memories of the bier garden in portsmouth, VA. Nice even off white head. Smell is of sweet caramel and toffee, nice & malty. Not sickly sweet, just plain 'ol good. This brew starts off the the way it smells - sweet & malty, with a welcome alcohol kick and dough breadiness. Then it sort of dries up, with a roasted malt back end to smooth things over, finishing suprisingly dry for the style. Mouthfeel is full & thick, and this beer goes down easy. This is what Salvator used to be before they destroyed the recipe. A great Dopplebock, and at this point I would go so far as to say a benchmark for the style. Well done.

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

Served up at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse,

Appearance: Deep ruby brown nice sized creamy tan head bottle says it's a dunkles starkbier aka doppelbock nice webbed lacing. Aroma: Mild plum and raisins with frivilous amounts of malt making this one malt monster with a bit of balancing hopping noticeable. Taste: Ripe fruit malty treat mild chocolate notes full rich maltiness is delicious. Mouthfeel: Medium body creamy texture, it's banging. Drinkability: Classic d-bock great brew oh so drinkable just try one and see for yourself.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man, What a brew! Pours a deep mahogany color. A thick tan head tops my glass. The head does stay around for a long time to give way to a thick lace until the end of the beer. The aroma is sweet malt, hints of prunes, raisins, and a slight hint of alcohol.

The taste is simply wonderful. A match of the aroma to a “T. The malt has a slight roasted flavor to it with the sweetness of the dark fruit.

A smooth beer in the mouth and very very drinkable. Even at 7.4% it has a kick but is smooth to drink, and I could drink this all night, well until the 7.4 catches up to me.
This one is a MUST for all to try.

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

Full blown malt attack on the nose hints of the meal to come. The color is rather interesting-more like a brown ale showing deep brown with orange highlights. The taste here is quite fine. Again, malt-O-meal deluxe!! Plenty of ripe, plump and sweet juicy raisin chime in as well as some milky chocolate and the typical nuttiness of the style. Half way through the glass I note that the lace is firm and sticky-it ain't movin! This is a fairly delicate version of the style yet be careful as the ABV is 7.4, and if you rush you'll be sorry. A beer this good makes me consider the monks life as a potential part time gig.

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Photo of byrd
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark reddish-brown in color with lots of large chunks of yeast floating around. Decent half inch head of fairly large bubbles that dissipated somewhat quickly down to a thin lace. Very, very strong aroma right out of the bottle. Great malty nose with prunes and raisins. The start is quite smooth. The malt on the palate is again sweet as well as a little spicy with a hint of clove being noticeable. There’s some light yeasty/breadines notes as well. Carbonation is moderate and there’s a little alcohol bite around mid swallow that quickly subsides. The finish is also smooth with a slight bit of hops. The aftertaste is rather short lived. I really liked this brew. Quite unique and interesting with a rather complex flavor profile. It’s a bit strong, so I don’t know how drinkable it would be after one or two.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this one at my initial (but definitely not the last) visit to Liquorama in Upland, CA. I had never seen this offering from Brauerei Weihenstephan before and had to try this along with the six pack of Weihenstephaner hefes I grabbed up.
Korbinian has a dark chestnut brown color with ruby edging and a long-lasting, creamy tannish head. The head lasted to the very end.
Smell: wow, that's a load of malt! Got a hearty malt aroma with some dark fruits and a nice pumpernickel bread aroma. Quite sweet.
Taste was tons-o-malt. Nary a hop to be found. Korbinian has solid caramel malt and molasses backbone with a sweet prune/plum flavor and the taste of dark cane sugar. Bitter, what bitter? This beer is a malt monster.
Feel is medium bodied, creamy, rich and almost cloyingly sweet.
As far to the extra as some West Coast IPA's go to load up on hops, Brauerei Weihenstephan has done the same for malt with Korbinian. The antithesis of an IPA, this is a malt lover's dream.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.52/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color, large foamy head. Aroma is very malty. Big malts, slightly sweet. Caramel and toffee then hop spicy. Nice balance. Big malty beer. Warming. Robust flavors. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry. Aftertaste is malty, with a lingering malty sweetness. Nice beer.

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

Got this as a free sample and was raring to give it a go. Poured a darkish brownish reddish colour, Nice billowy rocky head you could almost float on. Smell was of dryed fruits. Almost fruitcake like. Taste was similar with lots of spiced raisins and dried figs and prunes, with something almost salty like soy sauce in there ( could be crazy or it could be the chinese food i had before i drank this. Mouthfeel is good silky smooth for a beer of this weight. Drinkability is very high, but becareful cause at 7.4 you might fall down before you get filled up.

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Photo of SetarconeX
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sometimes, you get a beer so complicated you need to go item by item. Here we go:

Appearance: Very dark, very shiny. Damn, but I love how dark beers look sometimes. A wonderful red tinged blackness to this one.

Smell: Fruity, toasty, and remarkably, almost absurdly malty.

Taste: Malty like crazy, but unusually fruity. Tastes like malted prune juice. Didn't like it at first, but after half a glass or so it starts growing on you. It has a unique earthy sweetness which has its own unique appeal. Definately for those who like to try new things.

Mouthfeel: Don't even know where to begin. All parts of your mouth feel something. It's sweet, it's sour, it's malty.... it's complicated.

Drinkability: This one's a heavy beer which begs to be paired with heavy food. I had it over bratwurst and kraut, and can't imagine drinking it with anything else. Hearty doesn't even begin to describe it. A brewery doesn't last since 1040 for no reason, I guess...

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

Pours to a brown color with ruby highlights. It forms a thick tan head that leaves good lacing. The aroma is malty, with a bit of graininess and a touch of chocolate. The flavor is of sweet malt and bread, it is also a bit astringent. The hop flavor is almost non-existent except for the light spiciness. A good medium bodied brew.

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Photo of BierReise
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one is cloudy brown with lots of floaties and a significant head that dwindles to a thin layer of film. Aroma is sweet with a huge malt profile. Full bodied with a creamy feeling mouthfeel. Flavor is super strong and malty with a definite alcohol presence. There's a ton of malt in this brew and not much else.

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

Poured a deep chestnut brown color. Had tons of bubbles collecting on the sides of the glass, a big frothy head of a thick consistency that was slow to fade and left tons of stain.

Smell was strongly of grapes and plums, also dark spices, and a musty medium-dark roast scent. Just short of other bock’s darker scents, it was a nice combination to make a roasty and fruity quaff. Taste was spicy, of nicely roasted wheat, and bits of dark chocolate mixed with a quiet hops bittering. Had some fruity flavors rolling around there, but was creamy toward the end with a dry and bready finish.

Resplendent for a beer that sits in the bottle without yeast. A beautifully designed label and a very solid beer.

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

This brew has a very nice reddish/brown color with a puffy tan head. The aroma is very bready,wheaty,spicy, cookie doughish. It has a very drinkable medium/light body with a chocolate/cream flavor with a long caramel peppery finish. A nice complex dark wheat beer, very versitile for summer/winter and with food, I like it!

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

This brew poured a large creamy head of light brown finely sized bubbles. It has an extremely nice malty aroma that is very pleasant to the nose. The body of this beer is simply beautiful. Its a dark almost opaque brown color with some carbonation rising up the side of the mug. I loved the taste of this brew with elements of caramel, malt, and spice. It was extremely tasty. The head left a ring of lacing around my mug as it receded. This is an extremely good example of why I like Doppelbocks so much. Very smooth, delicious and one of the best brews I have had in a while. Einemal bitte! Once again: Im Himmel gibt es kein bier darrum trinken wir es heir! Translation: In Heaven there is no beer! That is why we drink it here.

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 2,733 ratings