Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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

Appearance: The bottle was a bit underfilled, but still had good off gas when opened and there wasn't a bunch of crusties around the lip of the bottle, so I guess this happened in Germany when it was bottled. Pours a clear deep dark garnet color with a thick 1" head of tan bubbles that was pretty active due to many bubbles rising. There is some pretty thick lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: My first impression after the pour was of a rich malty dark somewhat sweet beer with plenty of melanoidins and dark caramel giving a mildly musty impression. After the head starts to fall some, the musty aromatics mostly go away and just stay as a rich caramel malt. Once the beer sits a bit, there are some fruity aromas coming out such as a plum and black cherry. With the alcohol starting to rear its head, the beer is starting to take on a bit of a rummy impression.

Taste: The flavor is even richer than I suspected from the aroma. The malt is dominating this beer and leads all the way to the finish. You get a good bit of fruitiness in the beginning with some cherry flavors and then the rabbit food like flavors from the melanoidins sets in to carry the dark caramel across your palate. This leads into the finish where you get another taste of the fruit mixed with some spicy flavors from the alcohol in the finish. There isn't any hops noticeable the entire time, and the beer is so sweetly balanced that I know the additions were small anyway. Late in the finish, there is a pleasant warming from the alcohol that sets in on the back of the throat and stays with you for a while after the sip.

Opinion: This is a great beer! I have tried it multiple times, and even as my first beer before, but this is the maltiest impression that I have gotten. The bottle was a bit underfilled when I opened it, and I wonder if that is because of a slight oxidation enhancing the malt by reacting with the melanoidins. It just seems more dominated by malt this time when before it was, of course, really malty but drank really easily. This beer is a bit earthy, but still really good. In saying all of this, I am not saying that this beer is noticeably flawed, but it just tastes a bit different than I remember it in the past. This is an excellent beer and one that I would drink VERY regularly if it were available here in Texas...sucks for us Texans afflicted by the TABC.

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

Poured into a Weihenstephaner glass from .5 litre bottle, with no freshness date, but some kind of batch number.

A: Dark brown, translucent, thick head that went quickly and evenly
S: Bready, sweet, malty, caramel
T: Sweet caramel flavor, with a hint of raisin
MF: Smooth and thick
D: Very drinkable for a doppelbock

Overall, quite lovely!

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Photo of Pooba001
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle depicting Saint Corbinian and the bear carrying his pack into tall Warsteiner pilsner glass. Appears a pleasing bruin hue with small head, good carbonation, and reddish borders. Good, not great. Smell is sweet malt, prune, caramel, dark fruit (cherry?) roasty grain, hint of alcohol.

Taste is impressive, I understand why the bottle says "Dunkles Starkbier", I can perceive elements of a dark German lager, and an English strong ale. There are notes of sweet malt, the same dark cherry, raisin, and other fruit, and a hint of tangy hop. Flavors are distinct, yet blend together well. Yummy.

Mouthfeel is smoth and appealing, if a little heavy on carbonation. Better as the beer warms. Drinkability is good for a doppelbock, if in the mood I could have a few of these at a sitting. Celebrator is still my measuring stick for doppelbocks, but this is a really good beer.

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Photo of orsulacp
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into a pint glass and the tight tan head rose up to the top of the glass and then quickly settled down. The body was dark brown with a slight chill haze, very little light gets through, but what does is reflected as ruby. The smell is slightly muted; after some serious sniffs I get caramel and some toasty malt,. The taste starts with toasted malt then some dark fruits; there are many subtle things in this beer. The more I drink this more things I taste: there is a nutty bitterness, a bit of chocolate, it just keeps going. The mouthfeel is medium-full, with tight carbonation, smooth and chewy. I was real impressed with the mouthfeel, I think it is perfect. The drinkability is real high because I just wanted to keep drinking it to find more flavors.

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

Pours with a creamy, tan head at 0.75 inches lasting about 30 seconds before leaving a thin layer on top of the beer. Rich, brown body with shades of red and purple when held to light. Slightly cloudy.

Caramel, toffee and other caramelized sugars hit the nose first. Some maple syrup and a toasted walnut aroma. Fruity hints with a a very noticeable raisin smell before a pop of vanilla. Great malt complexity.

A euphoric rush of candied sugars lead off this beer. A sweet rush is immediately complimented by the awesome, bready double bock quality. Sweet breads and a banana-nut muffin taste dominate the flavor of this beer. Some bitter hop presence midway through each sip. This beer finishes with a long chocolate, toffee and banana bread flavor. Excellent.

Mouthfeel is viscous and nicely carbonated for a doppelbock.

Excellent drinkability. This brew is very tasty and highly sipable. Many of these will be in order next spring.

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Photo of Osiris9588
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber out of a 750ml bottle, without an expiration date. The head is off-white and quickly dissipates, leaving virtually no lacing. Glass residue? possibly.

The aroma is comprised of strong, toasty malts, and other grains, with a note of ripe bananas. The flavor is full, filled with sweet malts, caramel, chocolate, black cherry, and banana--and the alcohol subtlely makes its presence known.

The mouth is medium bodied, yet lighter than what I was expecting from a doppelbock, very malty and elegantly sweet for the duration. Feel a little more carbonation would improve the overall experience.

Having a glass without residue or some added carbonation, I know this would be fine drinking all night long--complex yet elegant and extremely well balanced.

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Photo of techdiver
4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Totally enjoyable beer. This is one beer I could drink over and over again. Modest head, mouthfeel like a milkshake on a hot day, but not that thick. Very easy to drink, smooth finish. May seem prejudicial after a hard days work, but can't imagine a finer welcome home. Glad I bought a whole case.

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

16.9oz. bottle

Pours a deep chestnut brown with a creamy tan head that thins and maintains. Thick lacing on the glass.

Dark fruity aromas along with a slight nuttiness and a mild breadiness.

Taste of dark fruits upfront followed by a mildly roasty and nutty malt flavor. Finishes slightly sweet with just a hint of booze as it warms.

Full body, creamy texture.

This is a good dopplebock and quite easy to drink. Really a good example of the style.

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Photo of sockeye101
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Holy friggin' hell this is an outstanding beer...talk about hitting the jackpot. I was at Bottleworks and thought I'd take a flier on something completely random. Score! The aromas hit me as soon as I started my pour and I immediately thought, hmm raisins, prunes, cherries a bit of toasted goodness....mmm this is going to be good. Some beers smell great, and the tastes that follow just don't live up to the aromatic hype, but not this one. Tastes of heavy malts and just a tiny touch of hop at the beginning the flood begins. Flavors of dried fruits, toasted malts, a bit of earthy bread, then a touch of waning bitterness that finishes with a slight roasted chocolate flavor...outstanding. Mouthfeel was smoot, tingly on the tongue, and very nice.

Overall, hands down one of the best beers, in any category, that I've had.

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

Burnt orange, rusty brown. Pale beige foamy head.
Very strong dry malt nose... like the malt drink powder from childhood....but also some cara/crystal smells in there also.
As it warms, I get some roasted hazelnuts.
Tastes as it smells, but actually more complex in the mouth (it's usually the other way round, IMHO).... some roasted elements in here also. Can also pick out some caramel.
According to style there is little hop character here, but there are occasional hints of yeasty biproducts... maybe "gameyness", or some subtle spices....
Has a medium creamy mouthfeel.... not too over-the-top sweet, yet you know you're drinking malt.
All over a very smooth, but warming drink. I would consider this the ideal after-dinner drink, with dessert, or petits fours, or on its own.

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Photo of peabody
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out dark reddish brown like a strong Ice Tea. Beautiful
Lots of suds that stay way up in the pilsner glass. Lacing follows.
Candy and cookies yeast and malt. A little raisin/plum smell too.
Coffee and toffee are the first taste. very sweet with dark flavors abounding. Not very bitter but you know the hops are there.
Mouthfeel is a little dirty but cleans up and leaves a dark/bitter
aftertaste that makes you want some more.
I could drink this a lot. Too bad it is hard to come by around where I abide.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 16.9oz bottle to a pint glass. Probably one of the best-looking labels I've seen to date.

A: Rich brown-red color, just about the same color as the bottle. When poured, ivory head is about 1 finger - fades within seconds to a faint film.

S: Heady mix of sugary sweet malts, toffee/caramel, fruits (cherry, raisins, dates. Tucked a bit deeper are some chocolates and a bit of coffee bean bitterness. A terrific smelling beer.

T: At first I thought this beer was a little too sweet for my tastes. Then it began to develop into something much more than sweet caramel-ly malt. Nicely spiced. Good ripe fruit. Some roasted grain. And the darker chocolate flavors and mild espresso bean snuck in towards the end. A wonderful group of flavors...still imbalanced toward the sweet side, but very good nonetheless.

M: A light to medium mouthfeel; creamy but a little thin. Smooth and without much of a lingering aftertaste. After the terrific smell and flavors, I thought mouthfeel was a weakness in this beer, though not a huge one.

D: Quite easy to drink, though near the end of the pint I was satisfied - one was enough. A nice doppelbock, will have this one again.

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Photo of sacfly
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz "1165" spamped on the back, whatever that means.
Pours a reddish/brown color with a thin tan head of small bubbles that dissipates quickly. A bit hazy, typical for Weihenstephaner yeast. Sweet malt aroma, no hint of smoke or burnt grain. Hints of fermenting fruit. Apricots come to mind. Taste is more fruit, apricot and a hint of dates. Yeast character takes over in the aftertaste. Medium to full body with a slightly creamy texture. Good if you like their yeast. Not for those who want a clean bock.

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Photo of goodbyesoberday
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice brown colour, low head and unfortunately some slight haze and particulate matter - not from poor pouring.

Nice soft sweet malty aroma predominates with some alcohol. Malt carries into flavour as does alcohol without being too strong or hot. Otherwise clean and perhaps a little simple.

Medium-bodied with an alcohol warmth and smooth finish with low carbonation. Overall pleasant but slightly lacking in malt complexity but still a very nice beer with good balance of alcohol, malt and bitterness.

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Photo of Phatz
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a magnificent and complex brew.

Appearance: Pours a mahogany brown with reddish hues. Light tan head.

Smell: I instantly thought of chocolate and caramel, but quickly aromas of brown sugar, molasses, plumbs, rum raisins and soggy rum bread, toffee, and more filled the nose.

Taste: Big malts create a perfect foundation for dozens of additional flavors. Dark caramel, rum, dark fruits (raisins and plumbs dates), loads of cookie dough and bready flavors; subtle suggestion of toffee and nuts and a hint of German Hops. The dominate sweet character is offset by a gentle bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: This beer is big and silky smooth. The velvety malt is oily slick and slides through the palate like a heavenly creamy silk.

Drinkability: Who could make a Double Bock so drinkable? Never doubt Weihenstephaner. This beer is terrific and goes down with dangerous ease.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a mug, the beer pours brown/red with a good sized off-white head. It smells like roasted malt, toffee, chocolate and coffee. It tastes like chocolate, nuts, toffee, raisins and smoked malt. A very tasty beer! The body of the beer is medium/full, and it's creamy and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. It's also a pretty drinkable brew. You can't tell the 7.4% ABV when you're drinking the beer, but it hits you after a while. Overall, this is a pretty good beer!

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

Poured deep, clear, chocolatey brown with very small, light tan head. Thin ring of foam lingered around edge of glass. No lacing.

Combination of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and caramel or toffee. Also a hint of raisin or some other similar fruit; it's hard to pinpoint.

Slightly sweet (in a good way) roasted malt, followed by coffee and a bit of caramel then raisin.

Smooth, medium body. Has a bit of a lingering tingle from the alcohol.

Complex flavor without being overly heavy. Could definitely drink a few of these.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown with a tan pancake head that doesn't stick around.

The smell is exceptional- a rich malty, winey, estery wonder. I could just smell this beer all night.

Very complex and unusual taste profile. Starts out malty, rich, and creamy and picks upo some bitterness that starts hoppy and fades into bitter cocoa. There are also some faint soy sauce notes as the cocoa flavor starts. The finish is not sweet, but rather creamy and a little astringent from the bitter chocolate taste. Very interesting.

The body is a little thin, but it is also quite creamy so that the mouthfeel is still quite pleasing. Smooth as velvet.

Very drinkable- it almost goes down like a cold glass of chocolate milk- atr least what one would taste like in a more beery dimension. Its very easy to drink with very little noticeable alcohol and intersting characteristics. Delicious!

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Photo of pbr85
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a nice looking pint bottle into a 12 ounce pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy brown color with a huge, tan, creamy head.
S: Chocolatey, nutty odors abound. A little grainy scents in there too.
T: Very good. Fruity, mild chocolate flavors, peach.
M: Not as thick as Celebrator, but smooth. I would prefer it to be a little thicker. Carbonation is good.
D: Another great beer from the world's oldest brewery. Would probably pick up a Celebrator over it though.

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Photo of crwills
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, so this was a 'duh' tasting... I grabbed this thinking it was a dunkel weissen, poured it into an Erdinger witbier glass, was slighly suspicious when looking at it and then... I smelled it. DUH.

Anyway, a better-than-solid doppelbock ensued from the madness, and all was well with the world. Not exactly what I wanted on a hot summer afternoon, but I won't complain.

Pours (of course), dark and cloudy, brown with a hint of maroon. Nice big foamy head, but the weissbier glass helps with that.

Aroma is really, really nice -- one of the most complex I've encountered in a doppelbock. Prominent raisin, banana, and pear. Other ripe fruits in there too. Some mild alcohol, and a hint of roastiness.

Taste is a little more standard -- very bready, with notes of sweet ripe fruit, reminiscent of fresh Hot Cross Buns.

Aftertaste is raisins and mild chocolate -- reminds me of Glossettes, to continue the product placement. Mouthfeel is good and smooth, although carbonation was a little higher than I'd like.

All in all, a pleasant mistake.

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

This brew pours a clear brown color with reddish hues. The head is one finger in height, and recedes rather quickly into a thin sheet that covers the top of the liquid. The aroma is of chocolate, cream, caramel, and butter. The taste is like the aroma, but a little mellower. The mouthfeel is exactly what I like in a doppelbock: medium-full bodied with an average level of carbonation, and above all else it isn't sticky. Overall, this is one of the better doppelbocks I have had. I would certainbly buy it again.

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Photo of expatsteve
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark chocolate brown, with low visibility. Spectacular 1 inch head, lingers for well over 5 minutes. Low/medium viscosity.

Aroma: Deep nose of chocolates, raisins, a little toffee and blood plums. No unexpected developments - mainly sweeter chocolates.

Taste: Wow. Toffee, coffee, mild raisins, and with roasted soy nuttiness. Great front palate malts are balanced by a good hops/chocolate malt finish. Chocolate developments on the front palate. Deep molasses, with a nice roasted sweetness and raisins to the finish. Metallic peppery notes keep the finish a little bitter and cleansing.

Mouthfeel: Perfect doppelbock body, as it's not too heavy and has a perfect malt emphasis. Malt finish is balanced by the mildest hops flourish. Great bready aftertaste. DOes get a little heavier as it warms.

Drinkability: Definitely tends toward the heavier, more bitter end of doppelbocks, but remains an exceptional contribution to the style. Pushes in all the right directions and remains exceptionally drinkable. Fantastic.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice, deep chestnut color but amazingly transparent-you can see right thru this puppy. Nice tight tan head on top. Moderate, chewy and caramel aroma. Big malty flavor balanced with a nice, soft bitterness. Minute trace of alcohol bite to it. Terrific flavor as far as doppelbocks go. Nice full mouthfeel-not overly slick feeling. Damn fine version of German brewing. I need to find this on a regular basis.

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

A - 3" tan head with good retention. Hangs around awhile and then settles down to a cap. Nice lacing. The beer is a reddish brown almost dark brick color.

S - Rich, thick malt. Roasted. Clay. Bread. Some fruit in the background.

T - WOW! Malt explosion. Sweet. Dark bread (rye, pumpernickel). Earthy and roasted. Chalky. Soft fruit flavor (banana??). Lightly hopped. Lengthy, roasted bitter finish.

M - Full bodied. Slick, smooth mouthfeel. Great warming effect.

D - Awesome. Believe the hype if you are a dopplebock fan. Very nice.

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

This is a mahogany somewhat opaque brew, with a nice head on it, ample enough.
What really hits the nose is the molasses and sweet clove tangy wheat smell. The taste reminds me of the raisin-esque quality of Red Man chewing tobacco. Bursting with flavor. The mouthfeel is just beautifully thick without being sticky. There is nice licorice and alcohol in the middle and finish. Again, there is no carbonated finish, and every sip you wonder if there will be just as much flavor.

THis is not a beer you can be passive with and ignore; its a beer that demands your attention.

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,634 ratings.
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