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Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
weihenstephaner.de

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,080
Reviews:
1,245
Ratings:
2,694
pDev:
9.05%
Bros Score:
4.05
 
 
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Photo of djgoodwi
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hosehead83
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a half-liter bottle into a wine goblet.
Dark chestnut in color, with ruby highlights around the edges. Nice-looking cap of light tan foam.
Aroma-Subtle dark fruits, sweet malts
Taste-Sweet toasted malts,plum, fig, brown sugar. A few more sips and I get an amazing flavor of wheat pancakes drizzled with pure maple syrup, then comes the sweet chocolate and ripe bananas. Very nice.
Complex and chock-full of character Korbinian is well-behaved for the 7.4ABV. An excellent German brew.

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Photo of mpedara429
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured out a dark cola brown color with a slight haze. Two fingers of tan head.

S: Raisins, toasted malt, and bready yeast.

T: Roasted malt, raisins, red licorice, and a hint of cocoa.

M: Medium creamy body that is a little chewy. Medium light carb.

O: Wow, this one is really full of flavor. Nice complexity. A little on the sweeter side. A great beer for the fall/winter seasons.

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

Mid sized German style bottle, w/o freshness info. Pours an interesting and hard to describe, dark amber shade, with hues of translucent seemingly dark dark purple. Middle of the road khaki cap and then doesn't leave much if any lace to get excited about. Dark fruity nose and then an onslaught of com0lexity and intrigue. More dark fruit, ripe plum notes, chocolate hints and continuing wave of dopplicious flavors and goodness. Tasty, tasty stuff.

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

16.9-ounce bottle, poured into what must be a 22-ounce mug (I don't know how big it is -- I should look into this).

Appearance: Deep, rich, dark brown, with hints of dark red when held up to a light source. Not a ton of head, but given that I'm accustomed to wheat beers, I could be biased. What head there is (probably just over one finger) is dark brown, and it recedes fairly quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Malt-tastic. Toasty, roasty, and altogether unseasonable (I drank this in Atlanta in early September, when it was about 85 degrees outside). There's a nice, cozy/spicy note to the aroma, and I pick up something fleeting and vaguely raisin-like, too.

Taste: Man, this is fall/winter beer. Again, I can best describe it as "cozy." The toasted malt prevails, but there's an underlying sweetness and dried-fruit essence that carries the beer down your throat. As such, it's almost unsettlingly unrefreshing when served cold -- at least in the traditional "cold beer" sense. It kind of makes me thirsty, but this isn't an entirely bad thing, as what it makes me thirsty for is more Korbinian!

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is rather mild, especially as compared to everything else Weihenstephaner produces. The result is a "thick"-feeling beer, somewhere between a stout and a barleywine. It's got an almost food-like, heavy mouthfeel. This works well with the warming, wintry taste and smell.

Drinkability: Oh, it's very drinkable. The alcohol is barely perceptible, which is impressive for a 7.4 ABV brew. I plan to drink a lot of this during the cold-weather months. It goes down smooth, sweet, and delicious, and it leaves you thirsty for more. What's not to like?

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Photo of glass_house
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a tall footed goblet.

Clean and translucent dark brown with amber accents. Three fingers of creamy khaki head that takes its time reducing to a solid cap with substantial lacing. Aroma is primarily dark fruits and banana with roasted nut malts and molasses. Slight alcohol and brown sugar sneaking out of the background.

Soft but full mouthfeel. Rounded and smooth. Carbonation is low and allows the flavors to coat the tongue evenly. Taste is sweet caramel and toffee malt with raisins and dark plums quickly following. The finish is very clean with just a hint of the nutty character and dark bread hanging around with a faint earthy hop note. Almost no bitterness or alcohol heat whatsoever. It's definitely sweet, but just enough so to be a nice change of pace from the usual hop bombs.

Maybe it's just the doppelbock kick I'm on, but this is a top tier beer that has earned it's reputation. If I were to nitpick, I'd like a little heavier body and more pronounced flavors but anyone who enjoys bocks will find very little to complain about here.

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

Poured into a warbled mug.

Appearance: Deep brown pour with dark amber highlights and a nice, dense, tall light tan head that settles fairly quickly but has a thin layer of head retained. The lace left behind is not much--a few delicate rings.

Smell: Nice caramel malt, deep chocolate notes (very nice), and a creamy toasty aroma that is very smooth.

Taste: Dark toast, not burned, and a rich bready chocolatey taste. There is a hint of coffee grounds and spice, and a fair bit of alcohol. The finish is sweet caramel, dark fruits, and dark toast.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, medium-high carbonation, and a crisp but wet finish.

Overall: A very tasty beer that is satisfying and filling. Sweet, creamy, and rich.

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

a: Low khaki head recedes to a thin ring. The beer is a gorgeous mahogany brown in color.

s: Rich in various German malts, the previous mentions of fresh wort ring true. A load of sweet doughs and grains. Complex fruits, primarily dried plum and date. Probably smells like rich fruitcake, but it's been awhile. Sweet pipe tobaccos in musty aged wood. Notes of molasses and faint chocolate. Very subtly hopped.

m: Lower, smooth carbonation and a full velvety body.

t: Great doppelbock flavor, but not quite as rich as I expected/hoped, thus the 4. An intriguing blend of rich dark malts and clean pale malts. Hop flavor really only comes through in the finish, with a mild bitterness. Cleans up well, with leathery roast lingering.

d: quite easy for such a beer...very German in character and highly recommended

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Photo of marc77
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruddy deep brown in hue, w/ a slight haze. Dense tan head recedes slowly and leaves lace. Nutty sweet caramel & buttery toffee upfront in aroma followed by notes of toasty Munich malt and mellow chocolate. Hint of fruity sweetness emerges at the end of the aroma along with a trace of cardboard from slight oxidation. A brash of molasses sweetness hits the palate at first, but immediately is ensued by rich caramelized nutes and subtle carob. Sweetness takes on a darkly fruity, raisiny nature mid palate. Moderate in body, w/ full dextrinous mouthfeel lent by the low apparent attenuation. Hop bitterness, although very understated, prevents the prominent malt sweetness from becoming sugary and cloying. Finishes with a hint of caramelized fruit melanoidins and more toasty Munich malt pleasantly lingering. Although a sweet brew overall, Korbinian wasn't at all cloying. The sweetness was initially molasses like, then took on a toffee character and ultimately became reminescent of dark fruit. A fine brew that would most likely be phenomenol if consumed fresh. Superb drinkability for the relatively high strength.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice dark brown with a few crimson highlights and a dark tan head.

S: Loads of dark fruit along with caramel and a bit of chocolate.

T: Just like a doppelbock should be. Loads of malt without being too sweet and finishing with some nice chocolate and dark fruity, figgy notes.

M: Medium body and quite thick. Strong taste and presence without being too alcoholic.

D: Very drinkable. A great beer to pair with a wide array of foods.

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Photo of mchengcit
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mhpendleton
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gardner254
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sixpack595
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red brown with tan head that dissipates at a reasonable pace. Pours cloudy with plenty of yeast suspended in the viscous brew. Aroma is powerful with chocolate, and toffee. Reminiscent of a big mug of hot cocoa. Sweet malty taste and thick mouthfeel.

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

Bought a bottle from the Foodery and poured into a pils glass. Didn't see a bottled on or freshness date. I'm assuming it still endured a long journey from overseas.

A: pours a dark amber. Clear with lazy carbonation. Nice off white head that sticks around quite a bit. Nice label art reminiscent of a classic German brewery.

S: smells like a malt bomb. Really good. Doughy dark grains that offer up signs of chewy, sticky caramel, toffee, chocolate, dark fruits, a slight toasty quality, brown sugar, even chocolate cake. Very complex. Finely done.

T: tastes like a fig dipped in caramel and tar-like molasses or chocolate. Really gives off dark fruit tastes like black cherry, plum, fig. Molasses and residual sugars lend a sweet hand to this one.

M: rather full & sweet, although it has a nice touch of balance to not be overly cloying sweet. Ample carbonation.

O: a real treat. Would love to have this one fresh. A really good beer nicely done. Perfect to warm up the toes on a nice winter day.

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Photo of Johnor3
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really love the smell of this brew. One thing I noticed right off the first taste was the cocoa and nut flavor, kind of like chocolate and walnuts, but not sweet. It is very good and refreshing for a Doppelbock. I really enjoyed it.

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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 FBarber
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a ruddy nut brown color. Appears opaque in the glass but actually is perfectly clear when held to the light. Frothy tan head dissipates leaving a thin residual head that disappears then returns with each drink. Some spotty sticky lacing is left behind.

Smell has notes of fresh bread, raisins, some wine like notes, and some undertones of brown sugar and caramel.

Taste follows the nose with notes of raisins, bread, caramel malts, brown sugar and a distinct dry red wine like flavor. Tad bit of earthy hops come through on the back end.

Feel has medium carbonation. Smooth with a dry finish. Medium bodied in spite of appearing a tad thin.

Overall this is not the best doppelbock out there, but its in the top tier. One of my personal favorites.

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

Splendid! And cheap! My new favorite Doppelbock.

Pours a dark amber orange with a small white foam head that vanishes in a minute or two. Smells like toffee, caramel, roasted malt, and plums/dates.

How do they get this much flavor out of nothing but malt, yeast, water, and hops? An earthy pecan-y nuttiness pervades, with roasted malt, sweet caramel, and I swear what tastes like dark fruit (plum/raisins/dates). Miraculously complex.

If there's a downside, it's the watery mouthfeel. Still, a great beer.

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

I love that these Weihenstephaner bottles are only $2.99. Poured into a New Glarus pils.

Appearance
The beer is a murky, roasted coffee bean/maduro cigar color. The thinner parts of the glass show the beer's redder hues. The head is very lacy, pillowy and strong. It isn't amazingly billowy though.

Aroma
This is what Doppels should be like. Sweet tobacco and sugared figs and raisins jump out. A little bit of spice and cocoa. The back end of the aroma has a lot of grassy hops.

Taste
This one is very sweet. There is a blend of dried fruits and tobacco with sweet vanilla weaving in and out. Lots of fig, prune and dark raisins. And earthy, woody and grassy hop presence is minimal.

Mouthfeel
Fluffy carbonation with only a little bit of prickliness. The body is full, sweet and sticky. Who said lagers can't be chewy?

Overall
This is a really great Doppel, even though its too sweet to be perfect. This is just another example that American brewers have nothing on long standing tradition only found in Europe.

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

Bottle provided by LuckySevens82, thanks for the opportunity! Pours, whoa, way too much head...four fingers over just three fingers of beer. One note, however is that the head cascaded a little bit. Pretty damn cool. The head is light brown or tan and very fine. The beer is crystal clear and appears dark rust with an amber/red tint. Smells caramel, rock candy, alcohol, caramelized sugar. Oh boy, if I had a swimming pool of this stuff I would dive into heaven. Slight bit of tannin upon further examination.

The taste starts malty sweet with potent caramel, some toffee and a rising sweet chocolate. Caramel stands predominant throughout and aptly serves as a base that ties together the co-starring flavors to flesh out the story. Other early flavors I get are iron and pumpkin. Alcohol doesn't make an appearance until during the swallow and makes it's strongest presence known in the aftertaste. Another part of the aftertaste is a dry grassy hop flatness. It stands in contrast to the overall sweet malty theme and isn't particularly alluring. A resurgence of chocolate offers reinforcement to the malt sweet to make for an interesting battle. Body is medium, but there is a smooth creamy thickness. Good thing for these 'thick' qualities as they hold the malt sweet on the tongue during the aftertaste to tip the scale. Carbonation is moderate, perhaps working with the grassy and alcohol in the form of an acid sting during the aftertaste. This is a very filling beer, and it also kicked my ass (where's my pillow, it's time for bed).

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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 RoamingGnome
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Korbinian

16.9 oz bottle poured into a Weiss vase. Served chilled...

A) A deep brown color with a little bit of a reddish tint. Just slightly over a finger of light tan head. The head slowly faded until nothing remained. Just a little bit of lacing initially.

S) A fantastic malt bomb. Sweet, I mean caramel and brown sugar, maybe a little bit nutty and just a hint of booze.

T) The taste follows the aroma very nicely. Again, caramel and melting brown sugar. There was something in the flavor that reminded me of Levi Garrett chewing tobacco. A little bit of booze. This is definitely about the malt. Nice aftertaste.

M) Pretty thick, full-bodied. This one is smooth with soft carbonation. Sticky, kind of syrupy, coats the palate. Nice mouthfeel.

O) This is a top notch dopplebock. No question about it, glad to recommend this beer.

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Photo of d_kizzle
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

A - Mahoganny with a reddish tint. Large head that fades slowly. Small clumps of scattered lacing.

S - Red licorice rope, slightly smoky, root beer barrels, floral notes (lillies), faint candied sugars and honey. Smells nice.

T - Red licorice rope, sweet caramel malt, peppery. Aftertaste is of seltzer water. No bitterness at all.

M - Thick, smooth and refreshing.

D - Very good. Somehow this one had eluded me up until now. I would love to have it again. A great doppelbock.

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 2,694 ratings
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