Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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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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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Photo of oline73
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark mahogany color with a finger of tan head that fades to just a layer on top of the pour. Nice head retention. Good looking beer.

Smell: A sweetness that reminds me of overripe fruit and molasses hits the nose right off the bat. Once you get past the sweetness there is some nutty malt along with the fruit.

Taste: Definitely malt dominated, which makes sense. Mildly sweet and nutty. Hints of fruit, but nothing like the smell. Mildly bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly and smooth carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed the fact that this one wasn't too sweet. Didn't pick up much alcohol at all. The sweetness did dominate the smell a bit much, but overall a very good beer.

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

Poured out of the bottle a beautiful red/brown color. Somewhat thick head that receded pretty quickly to a slight film.

Aroma is slighty roasty with some dark fruit. Slighty oxidized.

Flavor is more dark fruit and slight roast. Very malty with a nice slight bitter balance.

Good beer.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle served in a pint glass (wrong glassware I know but I was at a bar not known for the correct glassware). Beer is brown, with a brown head. Bubbles are bigger than expected, head persists and leaves some lacing. Carbonation is hard to gauge but it seems steady and moderate.

This beer has an odd aroma. I can definetly pick up some char and some sweetness. It almost smells like a milk stout. I was thoroughly confused by the aroma, this did not smell like a doppelbock should. No hop aroma.

Beer has mostly malty and nutty flavors (not unexpected for a doppelbock). No hop flavor, again as expected. Beer is smooth, its not hitting all the part of the palate, seems a little disconnected. There is no aftertaste which is good and there is no char in the flavor, since I thought it was in the aroma I expected some.

This beer is incredibly smooth, mouthfeel is good, full bodied and the drinkability is high.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma has a great mix of fruit and malt. I get some nice cherry, grape and prune notes, as well as some heavy toffee. The flavor is very similar. There is a ton of toffee and caramel as well as some cherry and grape characteristics. The body is a little thinner than I expected, but it does have a very nice, clean lager taste. Medium carbonation.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into an oktoberfest glass.

Pours a dark rich slightly ruby color with a thin light brown head. Nose is rich, malty, a bit toasty and very nice.

Mouthfeel is a bit light and watery, but that just adds to the drinkability. Has a nice sweet maltiness and some nice carbonation that gives it a pretty smooth and slightly dry finish. You can get a hint of the booze but for a soppelbock that's a bit expected. This is an awesome beer!

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Photo of alovesupreme
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange/brown color. Small head,maybe poured a little to cold.
Bready, sweet, spicy.
Very malty, alcohol is present, bread possible due to the yeast. Pretty sweet.
Pretty good consistency, same with carbination.
22 oz would be a good amount to drink, the alcohol taste is a little to prominent to want to much.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky brown with a decent ½ inch head; sweet caramel malts, chocolate and some alcohol notes on the nose. Thick, chewy malts, with hints of caramel, toffee and dark roasted coffee beans. Dare I say a bit of dark rum or kahlua like flavors – why not? Kisses of hops and pepper, what a whopper of a double! Enjoy!

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Photo of cpn920
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured a deep coppery color with a half inch head. Head retention faded to just skimming the top while I drank the beer. Smelled very malty with a smoky scent. Hints of coffee and caramel on my palate. Had just the right amount of carbonation. Tasted the alcohol but it was not overwhelming. Enjoyed this beer but probably wouldn't want more than two in a sitting.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a dark, chocolate brown with a decent head and a
tiny lace.
The aroma of malts,dark fruits and alcohol.
The taste was sweet,dark fruits,grape hints,malts and some mild hops.I detected toffee notes and alcohol burn.It was a good taste just burning with an alcohol bite.
The feel was a heavy body,mild spicy feel with medium carbonation with the obvious alcohol finish.

Notes: As far as Doppelbocks go this was a good one,but not a great one.It was fine in the sense that it did not offend me in any way,but it let me down as far as expectations go.
All in all I would buy it if I could not find a great Doppelbock.
Drinkability was fine,one and I was done.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This particular brew from Weihenstephaner is one that I don't commonly see too much. When I saw it up in New York state, I seized upon it, having never tried this much saught-after beer, and indeed it was a very worthy beer.

Korbinian pours a semi-translucent dark brown color with a nice foamy head that lasts for about a minute and a half. The smell is VERY malty, with some big caramel and nutty smells present. The aroma is almost "syrupy" in a way. The mouthfeel is rich and full-bodied, on par for a doppelbock. The big malts are present in the flavor. Caramel, chocolate, and some nuttiness are detectable. There is an alcohol presence in the flavor but does not overpower the brew. There is some mild dryness as well, but not much is there in terms of hop bitterness. The syrupy malt flavors continue into the aftertaste and the brew finishes out with some alcoholic warmth.

This is a nice doppelbock. While it is a rich brew, it still retains a level of drinkability. This is a beer that I would definitely like to go back to if I get the opportunity.

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Photo of Jared_Alexander
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much attention gets paid to the Hefeweizen, but don't look past this doppelbock. I am a big fan of the doppelbock style, and this is a good example of one.

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Photo of HitokiriNate85
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1/2 liter bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured a mahogany with some dark red tints under light. The one-finger, frothy tan head fads in a minute or so. Surprisingly, this is probably the least carbonated beer I've ever seen come out of a bottle. I'm not sure if it's normal, but the seal on the bottle hadn't been broken, so I'd guess it's intended.

S - Lots dark malts, of course. It's pretty one dimensional, really. It feels a bit subdued, too. Some breadiness to it. Good, but nothing standout.

T - The malty profile from the nose carries through here, and it definitely carries more weight. For a bigger beer like this, I'd have to say the flavor is almost subtle in a sense. It's semi-sweet and I get a sort of bread crust flavor from it. It ends with more of a flourish, though, with a spicy character in the finish.

MF - Doppelbocks aren't very carbonated in my experience, but this is less so than any other I've tried. The carbonation is barely present, which gives it an incredibly smooth feel. It's not really thick, but definitely has body to it, with little to no coating.

D - Doppelbocks are surprisingly drinkable considering their higher ABVs. Overall, it's not as good as some other doppelbocks I've had, so therefore, not quite as drinkable. I think I paid $3.75 or $4 for the bottle.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany ruddy hue topped with a 1/2 khaki head cap that quickly settles to a frothy wafer thin coating.

Initial scents are toasted pumpernickel and pancake malts. Not the huge malty blast, but some decent malty nose with a touch of baker's chocolate.

First swigs: Toasted rye bread and more pumpernickel. Middle is plenty of wood along the lines of oaky dryness. A pinch of Dr. Pepper. Aftertaste is a linger of butterscotch and rye. Once this pup warms above fridge temp, the banana, almond and toffee truly perform.

Full bodied and thick as all get out. Tongue coating unforgiving dryness.

Last swigs: Slight rum and banana meets dark bread and cake doppel. Paid $2.60 a bottle from Circle Liquors in Ewing, NJ. I need to hone the subtle doppel craft.

Beer is good. Happy doppelbock beering.

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Photo of meatyard
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Celebrator doppelbock glass.

A: Pours a clear, dark, ruby/brown, has ample carbonation streams with a tight 1" tan head. Retention is moderate and leaves no lacing.
S: Is sweet, lightly roasted malt, and dark fruits.
T: Is mostly sweet, roasted malt like in the aroma with a bit of dried, dark figs. The sweetness lingers at the finish just a bit short of cloying.
M: Is medium with mild but nicely done carbonation.
D: While not especially complex, this beer is just sweet enough to limit me to one at a time. It falls a bit short of Celebrator but what doesn't? It's in the upper tier of doppelbocks and is worth a try.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown with excellent clarity. Just a faint trace of off white foam is present. Brussels lacing. Strong aroma of malt in the nose. The body is a bit thick and sticky. The flavor is very dark malt forward. The finish is more malt and is fairly smooth.

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Photo of Gmann
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark ruby brown color with an average tan head that dissipated into a ring around the glass. Looks very much like cola. The smell is of raisins, molasses, and light bitter chocolate. The taste is of roasted malt and roasted cashews, lightly meaty, with hints of chocolate milk and dark grapes. The feel is well bodied with prickly carbonation, yet finishes smooth, though a bit sticky. Good balance between sweet and bitter. A good dopplebock and worth a try. Quite a mellow brew.

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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