Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

2,673 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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4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint .9 ounce bottle served very cold in glass beer challis

A) Wow -- Deep dark brown soup with plenty of suspended, fine Champaign like bubbles. No light penetrates - I have no idea what's going on in there.... but it sure looks good

S) Stewed prunes, raisons, banana and dates. Very sweet with mild hops and alcohol esters

T) As much as I liked looking at it, it was even more fun drinking it. Toffee, caramel, sweet citrus fruit, very mild hops. Smooth and surprisingly refreshing.

M) Ample effervescent fizz, must be bottle conditioned. Sticky yet not thick. Well balanced; brewing this beer is an art.

O) 7.4% alcohol? Never tasted it until of course I finished. A masterpiece, I will buy more...

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle with 4103 code poured into a Weihenstephan glass.

Pours a clear, dark plum color with just over one finger of head that settles to a thin cap. Any lacing quickly recedes back into the beer.

Aroma of dark bread, caramel, plums, dates, raisins, and some earthiness. Smells sweet and fruity.

Dark fruit flavor permeates the flavor. Dates and raisins being the predominate characteristic. Notes of caramel and pumpernickel bread. Some hop earthiness attempts to balance the sweetness but this is a malty monster. No sign of alcohol.

Full bodied, expertly carbonated. The heritage of the brewery shines through.

Probably much better fresh back in the home country where the hops being more assertive. But still it stands at the top of the dopplebock hill.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of thierrynantes
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : dark amber color with tan foamy head.
Smell : dried fruity and roasted malt aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : caramel malty and roasted flavors with alcohol presence in finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the German style Doppelbock.

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

The body has a super rich dark plum coloring to it, topped with creamy tan head that starts off at two fingers then wilts slowly.
The aroma gives up sugary malt and toasted pumpernickel notes.
The flavor is sweet hot cereal smothered in molasses. The hop bite at the end is rather subtle but complements the beer perfectly.
The mouthfeel is smooth and light as is the carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden--you'd never know the ABV till it hits your head.
Overall a fantastic brew. Wish I could get this in 12 packs here in the States.

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2.25/5  rDev -46.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of TheDoctor
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an impenetrable inky black with two fingers of rich tan head that settles down pretty quick to a nice, even (but thin) film. Decent retention; minimal lacing.

Malty, earthy sweetness. Coffee, licorice, burnt caramel, and red wine are the predominate aromas I pick up.

Sweet and pleasantly sticky. Coke, coffee (weak, to be sure), and chocolate nibs with some spices thrown in; it has a slow, coating finish with a really nutty aftertaste.

Full bodied and slightly chewy with good carbonation and a warm, sticky character to it.

Very nice.
This is a very malty, very sweet beer that would likely be best served on a cold night (like tonight) or on a rainy day. It is a solid German beer in every way possible. Rich, bold, malty flavor with a nice nose to it that hints at the flavor but doesn't give it away.
For me, it is a little on the sweet side for what I would normally lean towards; BUT other really malty dark beers have proven almost undrinkably sweet, sticky, and malty for me in the past. So, I take it as an indication of how well-balanced it is that I can drink and enjoy it with gusto.
Would have again; worth trying if you have access to it.

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