Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

2,647 Ratings
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 ToriBug13
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Korbinian Dopplebock

Appearance: Gorgeous dark brown, as dark as you could get without being called black. Poured with thick, tightly bubbled foamy head which dissipated over a few moments, which still left a thin layer over the top of the brew.

Smell: Sooo good! Like roasted malt, cocoa nibs, mocha, and sweet but not overtly so. Maybe a hint dark fruit, fig.

Taste&Mouthfeel: Great carbonation immediately hits the tongue. Mid taste comes the chocolate and hints of coffee. I am thoroughly happy that this is not cloyingly sweet as the flavors unfold in my mouth. The colder this beer, the more cocoa nib flavor, as it warms more of the roasty malt comes out. Great full body, slick, creamy, and rich.

Overall: Amazing beer. I truly feel this beer deserves the ratings it has. I don't often say that. Delicious, dark, full in flavor and body. Would definitely buy again!

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 1" head which dissipated to a trace. Although not technically a stout it reminds me of stout in most ways. Dark like coffee. Hints of coffee, cocoa, sweet malt. Nice long pleasant finish.

So after my grand tour of 6 different Weihenstephaner's I'd say Heffeweisen and Vitus were my favorites, Korbinian came 3rd.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Korbinian is a solid, crystal clear, brown-red beer with an oily, bubbly, beige head. Fresh sweet clean malt dominates the aroma. There are notes of bread and possibly raisins. It has a smooth medium body and a silky finish. It is lightly sweet and wooden in flavor. There are tastes of brown sugar, dark bread and resiny hops. It's all soft and smooth.
(rated Jul 8, 2008)

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Photo of BigJim5021
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice, deep brown with a tan head that settled into a persistent ring. Looks really good in the Weihenstephaner glass I got with the bottle.

Big caramel malts with a molasses-like sweetness.

The flavor is rich. Subtle coffee and chocolate back up the well-roasted caramel malt. Sweet, but not an overpowering sweetness. Really pleasant.

Mouthfeel is super-smooth with a nice medium body and ample carbonation for the style. Pretty excellent in this regard.

Drinkability is pretty high. I'll definitely be looking into the occasional bottle during the upcoming fall and winter months.

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

Pours a very crisp and clear cherry brown with a nice head that leaves some lacing and a nice little tannish top to the beer.

These beers dont smell like much, some bready malts, not much else. Is beer ya?

Tastes very creamy and smooth. Nutlike almost with dark sugars and deep malts. Melts in your mouth not in your hands.

Just a fantabulous beer. These people do quality brews all upholding that strict German doctrine of no animal fat.

Why dont you get this beer, go to the gym and pump each other?

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

A - Poured from liter bottle into a big mug. Almost black with ruby tinges when the light comes through. Light barely makes it through this bad boy, I had to hold it up close to the light. Big 2-finger, fluffy off-white head that retains a good long time, eventually settling to a 1/8-inch cap and leaves beautiful lacing on the glass.

S - Huge malty nose with aromas of ripe dark fruits especially cherries and plums. A bit of the peppery alcohol in there. Nicely sweet in the nose but not candy-like.

T&M - Chewy is the best way to describe this mouthfeel. This is a BIG beer. Low carbonation and a bit sticky. Big malty profile, of course, with alcohol soaked ripe sweet cherries and some plum in the back. Nice peppery addition from the alcohol that gives this a nice spice to even out the malt and sweet cherries. Heavy dark bread crust that is somewhat burnt and gives way to chocolate as it warms.

D - A true sipper. This took me a looong time to drink. This is a true big beer. I had a really hard time finishing the whole pint because the heavy dark malts and the sweet cherries. Would have preferred to split this with someone for dessert.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint.

Look: Dark brown with ruby coming through in the light. Cream colored head, light lacing.

Aroma: Slightly metallic, malt, toffee, caramel come through.

Taste: Sweet malts bring a nice toasty, warm buttery caramel and toffee body. Subdued grains linger with a faint papery finish.

Mouthfeel: Barely sticky, but medium weight.

Overall: Just has that export feel about it. Maybe I'm getting too used to fresh American craft brews. This is not bad at all, though and the 7.4% ABV is hidden well.

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

Poured a .5 liter bottle into a pint style glass.

Beautiful deep brown, black color. Aroma is very sweet molasses along with some caramel and some fruit flavors meshed with a nice hint of alcohol.

Taste is very nutty & chocolate like, with some molasses and caramel malt in there as well. Fairly low hop bitterness, with some fruity, mostly cherry like flavors in the background that nice blend with a nice little hiint of alcohol that rides its way through. Mouthfeel is fairly thick up front, but the carbonation keeps things in check, especially towards the end.

Overall, this a very good doppelbock. As for the characteristics, there is everything here one would expect for the style (anything less from a German brewer would pretty much be an insult). The ABV isn't too high, which keeps the drinkability fairly solid, my only complaint would be maybe just a bit more fruity flavors than I tend to like for the style. That said, I like drinking my doppelbocks at nearly cellar temp, so this tends to bring out many different flavors.

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Photo of 57md
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brownish color with ruby edges and a finger of head. The nose is exquisitely malty and bready. The body and the flavor are not quite as bold as the nose would indicate but this remains an enjoyable offering.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a flared pokal at Bauer's Brauhaus.

Watchin' Jeopardy! and drinkin' German brews. Good times. This one pours a sunset sienna-amber topped by a finger of dirty tan foam. The nose comprises caramel, barley right out of a malt bag, and walnut. Nuttier, rawer than I expected, but not bad. The taste holds notes of fluffy toffee, buttery biscuit, very light roasted malts, light chocolate powder, and a touch of sourdough. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a silky feel. Overall, a very nice d-bock, perhaps not the best I've had, but a strong offering regardless.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass. The beer is deep brown with nice ruby highlights. The head is very bubbly and reduces to nothing quite quickly. Limited to no lacing on the glass.

S - Fairly limited aroma, but I basically get a sweet breadiness.

T - Quite malty. The sweetness is something like dark fruit, but not quite. It really just takes on the sweet breadiness that I picked up in the aroma.

M - Full-bodied, but without a lot of carbonation. Nice feel.

O - I want to rate it higher because of the brewery, and maybe it's exceptional for the style, but it's my first doppelbock, so I'll have to come back to it someday.

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Photo of MBPChead
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Currently having this one as a I type this so we'll see what the end result is as I go along.

Appearance: Deep amber brown in color with a quickly dissipating bubbly creamy coffee colored head.

Smell: Full bodied aroma with dark chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, whole wheat, nutty, with faint smoke flavors quite nice overall.

Taste: Pretty much the same as the nose, very malty over all having dark Chocolate at the forefront with a bread and nut like complexion, brown sugar and molasses are there but the molasses sticks out a bit more. Plenty of peat and smoked malt which give it a slight meat flavor and a slight hint of cola. Very good combo overall.

Feel: smooth and silky with a tingly feel on the tongue, not bad but nothing really special.

Drinkability: Honestly I'd be good after one, its quite tasty and has a lot of flavor but its the sort of flavor where one is enough.

Overall its a nice brew and not a bad introduction to the world's oldest brewery.

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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 Hoagie1973
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chestnut brown with a latte colored medium head. Good retention and thin lacing.

Smell is malty with a hint of candied fruit and light grain.

Initial flavor had a strong metallic twang that thankfully faded out altogether. Caramel malts and a sweet fruitiness dominated thereafter. There's a hint of spice and a nice alcohol warming in the finish.

Full bodied, incredibly smooth and creamy. Mouthfeel is one of the best attributes of this beer.

A pretty tasty Doppelbock. Definitely on the sweet side, but complex enough to be interesting and enjoyable.

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

pint bottle poured into a pilsner. pours a chocolate brown color with garnet highlights. a few fingers of light tan head top it off, with no lacings.

aroma is quite sweet, with a distinct maple character, masking over other notes of caramel, chocolate, alcohol, and a distant fruity feel from the yeast. the maple seems to contribute a distant ascerbic feel to the brew, though still remaining sweet.

taste is sweet up front, with caramel malts, a slightly nutty feel, and an alcohol note as well. at only 7.4 percent APV, this one has a notable amount of alcohol on the palate. finishes on a nutty note with lingering caramel and the same nutty character.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a bite from the alcohol and a creamy mouthfeel. finish is smooth with a slick coating of the mouth. this one has a commanding presence in the mouth.

drinkability is good. although this is a strong brew both in profile and alcoholic presence, the flavors and aromas combine into an enjoyable doppelbock. cheers!

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

Pours a rich, dark brown color with caramel highlights and a surprisingly modest head (considering the mammoth heads of many other Weihenstephaner brews). The aroma is sweet and boozy, though not especially strong. The flavor is quintessential dopplebock, with plenty of brown sugar, maple syrup, caramel, and even rumors of dark fruit. I have to give credit to the brewers for not letting the ample sweetness become cloying, as is so often the case with dopplebocks. Trace amounts of wheat and char also manifest as the beer warms. The complexity here is nuanced, but laudible, and while some alcoholic warmth creeps in gradually, it is never ungainly.

Korbinian stays true to style without beating you over the head with it, which I very much appreciate. The mouthfeel is exceptional, lending a light, velvety texture to the brew. I've never been much of a fan of dopplebocks, but this is one of the finer ones I've come across, and certainly something I could see myself going back to if the mood strikes me. Just another testament to the excellence the Weihenstephaner folk put forth as a matter of practice.

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Photo of hero27
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle.

Very dark brown. Toffee & dark malty aroma with some fruits added in. The taste is very rich and complex while remaining a surprisingly drinkable beer. I had no problem downing the whole bottle by myself..in no time at all, really. Has staple dopplebock characteristics, with the thick malt character and hints of fruit, but the drinkability of this separates it from most others. A really good offering from Weihenstephaner, and something to enjoy for the winter season.

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

Poured from bottle to pint glass. Pours a beautiful color, like a dark cherry wood. Crytal clear with off-white head. Very poor retention and no lacing. Smell is of sweet malt, some bread, and dark fruit...smells very "belgian-like" which is good. Taste is great as well, very complex. There is strong malt backbone with some fruit undertones. Strong caramel presence as well. Low carbonation leads into a medium mouthfeel, it leaves a slightly oily sensation in the mouth. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1740th Review on BA
Bottle to GI Chalice
500 ml bottle

Purchased from Binnys Naperville, IL

App- A solid brown color with a bit of a woodstain like tinge to it. The center was a bit denser with a lighter edge to it. The beer had more of a traditional bock look to it. A bit thick in the glass.

Smell- This was aromatic and a bit sweet. Smelled like rum soaked raisins and a balanced rye bread malt to it. A nice smelling beer. Not really what I remembered but seperate from other Bocks I have reviewed.

Taste- This was very good. A solid representation of the style. The beer opens with a good amount of dark fruits. Moves into a fuller candy like caramel flavor. The malts seem to take over

Mouth- Almost full bodied and a bit of a low carbed creamy feel. This sat nicely on the palate and was a bit lighter, but retains its fullness on the taste and the drink.

Drink-Weihenstephaner makes a good beer here. Flavorful, balanced and tasty. Has a bit of a quad like flavor with the raisins and fruits. Good value beer at $3.

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

Deep dark brown bodied beer with faint reddish highlights at the edges. Small head dissipates quickly; patchy lacing remains behind. Massive malt aroma is bready with a touch of smoke and dark fruity sweetness. The flavor follows suit; its a bit on the simpler side, again with lots of chewy malt character and subtle dark fruits in the way of raisins and prunes. Just a touch of smokiness tops things off.

Medium body and carbonation with a semi-dry finish. Not bad certainly, but not amongst the best examples of the style or the best beers by this revered brewery, who can do no wrong when wheat is involved.

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Photo of trbergman
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500mL bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Chestnut-hued beer with ruby highlights, sports one finger of light tan head.

S - Rich bready malt, very sweet, caramel. Dried fruits, such as dates and raisins, are present, as is a slight tobacco aroma. Warming alcohol rounds out the nose.

T - Huge malt bomb, lots of residual sugars. Bready, caramelized apple, burnt toffee, raisins, dried figs, tobacco.

M - Very full and smooth.

D - I can't finish the bottle. A bit too sweet for my taste, but I can appreciate what the beer's trying to be.

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Photo of gtn80
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Malty but balanced doppelbock. The roast balances the malt very well, which surprised me in a doppelbock.

Not overly sweet or cloying as some doppelbocks tend to be, no head, lighter body than most doppelbocks.

Roast, but balanced, no hop bitterness.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours translucent cola dark brown with a one inch white head that settles to a cap on top and leaves curtains of lace.

The smell is of grass, toffee, cocoa and wheat bread.

The taste is of dark malt, dark fruit, Autumn spices (cinnamon, clove and coriander) and a hint of coffee.

The texture is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a very nice malt forward example of a doppelbock.

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Photo of clevelandhops
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a German-beer lover and know bocks quite well, so I had high hopes for this one.

A: Looks good. Dark amber, with tan head.

S: Sweet smelling, but lacking complexity.

T: Sweet and fruity like the scent. Flavors are more complex though, including burnt molasses, fruit, and nuts. It's tasty, but just not enough power here.

M: Alcohol is well disguised. Carbonation is slight.

O: Like a little brother to the Ayinger Celebrator. If fasting German monks had a choice for which to sustain themselves on, the choice would be rather clear. The Korbinian would be lunch and the Celebrator would be dinner.

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,647 ratings.
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