Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Style: German 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 garymuchow
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Initially soft and "hoppy" in aroma that greadually moves to mice mild roast, then slowly winto sweet dark malt. Cloy aspects and a little alcohol.
Dark amber (brown with reddish/orange hues). Clear. Fizzy head settles to a half-inch.
Medium rich maltiness, sweet with being excessively so. Really smooth in blending of flavors. Dryness from malt (but mild). Light fruity quality. Alcohol more apparent in aroma.
Very good smoothness. Fair amount of carbonation and fluffiness. Nice fullness to feel.
I like the contrast of this versus Salvator. The lighter overall character, yet still appropriate for style. A little easier to drink than Salvator. Less bold, more subtle. Enjoyable.

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

This beer is labeled, on my bottle at least, as a "Dunkles Starkbier," meaning dark, strong beer. (Thanks to somebody's stupid labeling laws, it also says "malt liquer" [sic] on the label. I got this bottle in Las Vegas.)

The beer pours dark, with a small head. Held up to a light, it shows a deep copper color (not a brighter ruby, as with many dark beers) and crystal clarity. The aroma is malty, with little or no hops detectable. There are some raisony notes in the aroma and a few esters, both expected in a beer with 7.4% ABV, but niether is overpowering.

The flavor is richly malty, with some excellent chocolate notes. The flavor almost totally obscures the (relatively) high alcohol content of this beer. The beer is well attenuated, leaving enough body so it doesn't seem dry but not so much that it comes across as cloying. Carbonation is moderate. The overall balance of the beer -- including aroma, malt flavor, hop bitterness and body is excellent; doubly so when you consider the strength of this beer.

This beer is highly -- perhaps dangerously -- drinkable given it's alcohol content. It slides down your throat with no problems at all. If they sold Korbinian where I live (Texas), it would definitely become one of my standby winter beers. (Of course, winter here only lasts a day or two most years, but still . . .)

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a thick brown head that disapates quickly.

aroma is sweet, malt, plum, raisin.

Flavor is syrupy sweet, with some prune,caramel, and a little dark chocalate.
very slight orange peel in the finish.

A little sweet for my taste, but about halfway through the glass I cut up some regianno cheese and that toned it down quite a bit.

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

Pours a deep coppery brown with a generous tan colored head that retains well. Chewy malty nose, very sweet smelling with suggestions of treacle and dark plum or prune. Very smooth beer, with its roasted malt character, light spiciness and a carbonation level that keeps this strong beer drinkable. Faint astringency in the finish that is slightly hoppy and earthy, but never lets you forget the sweetness.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There was one of these left over from my beer tasting last week. The beer pours a nice dark brown, showing only some reddish tinges when held up to the light. The tan head is about two fingers high that falls to a quarter inch. The nose is full of carmel and malty goodness. Oh this is good. There are sweet caramel malts and a hint of the alcohol coming through. This is thick in my mouth with a moderate carbonation of small bubbles...a good combination. This beer is highly drinkable. This is a beer to sit down to on a nice fall night. Its not too filling, but sits nicely in my somach after a meal.

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

Pours a deep reddish-brown color with two fingers of head. There is a little bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is rich and full of burnt malt and caramel. Almost seems to have the qualities of a good stout. The taste is sweet with roasted malt and some fruit, maybe dates. Just a great flavor. The body is fairly strong for a doppelbock. The drinkability is good for such a strong beer. Another nice one from Weihenstephan.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Korbinian is one of the best made, richest, and most enjoyable doppelbocks made. Its clear russett body has a reddish cast and displays brilliant orange and ruby highlights when held to the light; and its creamy tan head holds very well despite its alcoholic strength, and even leaves thin sheets of lace at the outset of the glass. The nose, however, is possibly the most exciting part. It smells almost like fresh wort at the brewery. It's richly malty with a suggestion of caramel. The body is full; and its fine carbonation gently caresses the tongue before it fades smoothly away. Even bolder than the nose is the flavor. It's simply loaded with deep, rich caramel, toffee, chocolate and even a light cusp of coffee. There's some dark fruit present but it's not bold, and at times a hint of hop flavor can be detected. Otherwise it's exceptionally clean, not even showing its alcohol. It's exceptionally well balanced for such a rich beer as well, and its sweet malt seems to simply fade away in the finish despite the fact that it's bitterness is limited. Brilliant! It's rich and sweet but never cloying. Very well done indeed!

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

When poured it was a reddish brown in color with very little foam. The smell was of roasted malts and spicies with a hint of hop's. The taste of roasted malts and spicies with a hint of caramel had a pleasant feel on the palate. The only set back was it had a sour feel on the palate along with a little bitterness. But, the sour taste is what kind of turn me off. Not a whole lot of flavor that I was expecting from this beer either!

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

This beer pours a dark brown with glints of red. The head is a light tan with uniformly small bubbles. It foamed like hell when I poured it.

Smell is on the light side. Nothing overpowering here. Light smoke, rootbeer, molasses, caramel, and a hint of herbal Ricola coughdrops.

Taste is on the sweet side with the malts imparting a smoke, rootbeer, molasses and Ricola coughdrops flavor. The flavor lasts a long time. Especially as the beer warms.

This beer is smooth and goes down easy. Slightly oily or slick and smooth like silk. Exceptional mouthfeel.

The sweetness is a bit much for me and after one beer I am ready for something a little more bitter and clean.

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Photo of rabidawg
4.87/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep ruby/garnet with a creamy head. Low to medium carbonation with excellent lacing.

Smell: Characteristically wild Weihenstephaner yeast aroma with thick, sticky dark fruits and toasty grains. Smells sweet and luxurious, with wonderful depth.

Taste: Initial sweetness, with a slight splash of carbonation exploding on the tongue. Slight sourness in the middle, with a slightly dry finish that cleans up the malt sweetness nicely and makes this a rather drinkable beer. The yeast profile makes this unique for a doppel, but it's a fine beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big foamy and sticky off-white head over a clear ruby brown body. The aroma consists of sweet maple, toffee, roasted and smoky malt, dark and red fruits with prominent character(cherries, plums) and an enticing earthiness. It’s very fruity and almost smoky, but actually not that spectacular after a few sips, earthy grape bubble gum if such a thing exists. Body could be a little thicker, but carbonation is moderate and appropriate. Basically, the palate doesn’t seem to reveal the promised secrets from the sniffing, but this is still a very good beer if not great.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The pour was a very deep mahogany/red with a good one inch head. The head quickly dissapated to a creamy beige ring around the top of the beer, this held on throughout the drink. When I poured the rest of it into the glass, after it warmed a little, I got a good two inch creamy beige head.

The smell was hard to pick up when cold. As it warmed I could pick up a light floral attribute, maybe a bit of rasin along with a light amount of hop spice.

The drink started with a bite of sweet malt, this was followed by an almost sugary bite. It finished with caramel and a light kick of hop spice that didn't linger too long.

This is a very refreshing beer, not too thick not too thin, it was just right. I found it quite enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of granger10
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is definitely a meal in a bottle. Pours a nice deep mohagony color with a large tan head. The smell is pure heaven. Very malty aroma with notes of roasted nuts, earthy elements, and a strong yeast spice in it. The flavor is also strong on the malt side. Lots of plums seem to be there. Caramel is the base malt and main flavor. Chocolate malts come and go as they please. I also notice a banana and slight clove taste at times. Hops are there to prevent this influx of malts from being too sweet and cloying. Yeast is prevalent and lends a dry mouthfeel. Alcohol kick comes in the end and trickles all the way down my belly. What an experience!

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Photo of bgcookie
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The sweet malty aroma was detected even before the glass hit my lips. The malt aroma is very intense. No hop aroma to speak of. There was a hint of prune and roastiness. This example is dark brown in color with a decent head.

The flavor was very rich due to the intense malt character. This beer has some alcohol but is very smooth and warming. Hop bitterness is low. This is a full bodied beer. The mouth feel is great. There are some nice caramel to toffee flavors to this beer as well.

Awesome beer. I really enjoyed it. I thought it was very representative of the style.

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Photo of Imbiber
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From a bottle purchased at Eagle Provisions, Brooklyn. Deep red, tan head which dissapates partly to stop at a ring round the top of the beer. Malty aroma, some raisin too and maybe a bit of toffee. Flavour is complex and needs several sips to understand what's going on; sweet and roast malt, dry fruit, caramel, toffee, hops (to a degree) all have their turn. Quite heavy, but that's not a bad thing; there's a nice malty-fruitiness that is the backbone of this enjoyable beer. Slightly more bitter finish.

Overall, quite sweet and chewy (again, not a bad thing as this is a doppelbock). Highly recommended.

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

The beer pours a deep dark brown color with a thick tan head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It boasts of roasted malts and a dry yeast scent. It has a nice subtle dark malt aroma that is not sweet, but still pleasant. The taste is good. It has a rich malty core with a bit of black and roasted malts which round out the flavor. It goes down a tad thick and finishes dry. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine doppelbock, but I've had better. It just isn't as smooth as others, but still satisfies with good flavor.

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

Pours a clear dark brown brew.

Smell is sweet and super malty; banana is smelled in this too. Mild spicy smells too.

Taste is sweet and lots of malt with plums and raisins in the taste. Mild hidden hops.

Mouthfeel is good.

A respectable Double Bock, I like the Erdinger version a bit better.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of the coolest looking bottles out there. Stained glass-looking brown label with a picture of a bear and a pope, with gold filigree like designs.
The beer pours deep mahogany with a tan foamy head. The smell of raisins, chocolate, carmel, toffee, and coffee. Taste is big on roasted malts, with a grainy flavor that has a raisin like flavor when the alcohol hits your palate. Exceptional in every sense of the word, one of the best doppel's I've had.

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Photo of Jon
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Korbinian pours a reddish brown color with a creamy, tan-colored head, leaving trails of lace.

Subdued nose of chocolate, caramel and toffee lends a bit to this beer, though it leaves a bit to be desired when compared to this beer's other attributes.

Big flavors of chocolate and caramel malt and toffee liqueur (Dooley's) are most prevalent. Rich and vastly flavorful.

Exceptionally smooth mouthfeel. Creamy and dense.

Seven-plus percent abv? Hard to tell. Very drinkable.

One of the better doppelbocks out there from a great brewery in Weihenstephaner. I'm glad this one is more widely available now.

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

This is without a doubt, a huge bier. Just read a few previous reviews of it and you can see what I mean. What adjective or descripter is not there?

The aroma and flavor is all over the place, chocolate, malt, alcohol, coffee, toffee....the list goes on. Every swallow releases a new explosion of flavor. Surprisingly smooth. I could see sitting outside in the winter drinking this.

Weihenstephan is one of the worlds best brewers, if you doubt that statement, you haven't tried this.


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Photo of bditty187
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery-brown hue with a bloody influence, when I held it up to the light I noticed loads of animation racing towards the light beige head. Speaking of head, it reached an apex of a finger and a half in height; it then faded quickly to half a finger, then to a soapy cap that lingered throughout consumption. The subsequent lacing was very modest but discernible. The nose had its moments of impressiveness, sticky toffee, a hint of dark fruits, alcohol, and a strong dose of good ol’ maltiness. Behind these smells are notes of toasty-bready-caramel. I did find the bouquet to be a little airy. As a whole the aromas are pleasant, the potency is a tad lacking, nevertheless it is inviting. It took a few sips before the flavors really sparked any interest. Upfront on the palate I detected a malty, plumy, toffee combination, in the middle an average caramel noted emerged, also some chocolate pudding was added to the mix, in the finish the alcohol becomes noticeable, this was a lovely addition! The sweetness is really restrained; it is even a little dry. Without question the palate is tasty but it doesn’t really standout like Urbock 23° or Samichlaus Bier, nor is it as yummy as SA Double Bock or Celebrator. This is no way a knock against Korbinian… the competition is tough! The tummy warming affects are noticeable. Medium-full in body, the carbonation is low, the mouthfeel is quite soft and maybe even a little unexciting. I am impressed at the “easy of consumption” considering the abv, in other words it is very drinkable. I do wish this beer were available locally as it would be something I’d quaff again. I purchased my bottle in Iowa City. This is a top ten Doppelbock but it doesn’t standout enough for me.

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

Dark brown with ruby highlights. Head is mountainous and pretty creamy. Falls quickly. Not impressed with this ones "style".

Nose is full of clove spicyness, alcohol, orange, toasted malts and a little banana.

Great Flavor. Banana, almond, caramel, molasses, coffee, cinnamon, sweet malts, toasted malts and other spices. Somewhat herbal. Very good tasting Doppelbock. I enjoyed this one and would like to revisit it soon.

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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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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 2,755 ratings