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Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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Ratings: 2,689 |  Reviews: 1,243
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 boesesfleisch
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An awesome beer. Probably the prototype for a great doppelbock. I would recommend this as anyones first beer into the style.

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Photo of bambam2517
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark burgundy edges blend into a coffee brown body with a strong cocoa colored head. Smartly crafted carbonation.

S - Odd, but what I pick up first is sweet tomatoes. Also getting raisins, and some toasted nut in the background.

T - Alot of sweet-tart fruit. Raisin and date mostly. A little hint of toffee. Slightly malty.

M - Really great, there is nothing to get in the way of the flavors from start to finish. That is characteristic of everything Ive tried frown Weihenstephaner, and thats probably how you last as the worlds oldest active brewery. Expertly done!

O - A notch below Celebrator Ill agree, but still many footholds above the Bocks ive had from the States. A great offering.

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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 medic0079
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chrisroarshack
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Silky, almost chocolaty, small boozy bite, great Doppelbock that stands on par with Augstinerbrau's Maximator

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Photo of AJ_S
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Looks like a Thai Iced Coffee. Thick, creamy head when poured that settles into a respectable foam layer that sticks around. Chocolatey and slightly sweet-smelling. This full-bodied beer is lightly carbonated, calling to mind mineral water.

Tastes as sweet as it smells, like maple syrup (not Aunt Jemima, mind you!) with notes of caramel and a clean finish, accompanied by a consistent malty taste. No bitterness to speak of. It's deceptively light tasting for a beer with over 7% ABV, so drink carefully!

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Photo of Fish113d
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring a chestnut color with 1 finger thick of white fizzy head that dissipates to a slight surface layer with minimal cling. This one is not much to look at really. However, aromas are of brown toffee and hops with some decent maltiness; a slight hops aroma as well. Deep down, this has a chocolate tone as well on the nose. Taste is of sweet toffee up front with a slight clove flavor (spice) and some grainy malts; slight hops on the finish as well with some yeast flavors. Carbonation is moderate that accompanies a medium-full body. A little chewy with a great smooth finish along with a tinge of alcohol. Easy to enjoy this one- interesting, tasty, and smooth!

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle with batch code 5368. tasted in late april 2009.

very dark, brownish amber. dark ruby and clear under the light. lots of thick tan head, which recedes very, VERY slowly to creamy wisps and a foamy ring. AMAZING lace for a bock!

aroma: malty caramel upfront, with dried dates dark figs. nutty character in back, almost buttery diacetyl, yet not - something like condensed milk? whiffs of gentle noble hop give a hint of earthy character.

taste: sweet, malty, dark caramel, quickly met by balancing, but moderate, hop bitterness. mild not of dates again, then back to hops, plus a light acidic twinge. gentle hop bitterness lingers into finish with some mild phenols that actually give a crisp bite in combination with the bitterness.

medium body, smooth, but moments of thinness. faint texture near finish. nice moderate carbonation gives a little extra body and lift.

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Photo of spoony
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 500 ml bottle into a perfect pint type glass.

A-The brew is dark brown with red, ruby highlights. A thin, tan-colored head drops pretty quickly, leaving no lace behind.

S-The smell is full of sweet, malty, dark fruits like prune and raisin. I smell some cocoa, some graininess, and a bit of molasses, too. It is nice mixture of scents and true to style.

T-The taste, like the smell, is a sweet malt bomb. There is more cocoa on the tongue, and some more roasted malty caramel and toffee flavors, but the predominant flavors are dark, dried fruits. Alcohol is well-integrated.

M-The feel is medium to heavy-weight, with light carbonation. Quite nice for style and a good match for this beer.

O-This is a good, nearly great beer. The flavors are sweet and intense, but not cloying or gummy. The feel is particularly well-suited to this brew. This is a nice, drinkable example of the style and perfect for a chilly fall or winter evening (even though I am writing on April 1...).

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Very dark brown, nearly black, with 1.5 fingers of coffee-colored head, fades pretty quickly with moderate lacing. Smells of biscuits, pancake syrup, and moleasses

I taste roasted espresso, malts, dark fruits, and a finish with a bit of hops and alcohol on the back end. Sweet, more like a brown ale than a doppelbock, and very smooth. Exceptional drinkability for its type.

Grabbed this one on someone's recommendation and I was glad I did.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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

Pours a very dark reddish amber color. No lacing to speak of. Smells quite sweet, almost Coca-Cola like. Taste is very nutty, with a nice mouthfeel. I also get a hint of root beer barrels (very odd, but good). This is a great sipping beer for a cold night.

Overall, even though doppelbocks aren't my favorite style, this one is darn good. I can see myself picking up one of these every once in a while.
Well this is rather embarrassing. I went to review this beer, and found out that I already reviewed it! Just upping the taste and mouthfeel to 4.5...

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 2,689 ratings
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