Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

BA SCORE
94
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1,220 Reviews
Weihenstephaner KorbinianWeihenstephaner Korbinian
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
brauerei-weihenstephan.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
Reviews:
1,220
Ratings:
2,620
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
9.05%
 
 
Wants:
218
Gots:
310
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 1,220 | Ratings: 2,620
Photo of dgilks
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep black with red tones. Just translucent when held up to bright light. Creamy tan head with great lacing.

S - Toasty with some plummy, sticky fruit notes. Plenty of sweet malt as well.

T - Sweet malt. Plenty of fruitiness but little specific fruit. A touch of spiciness is also evident. Nice toasty notes with some caramelised sugar verging on burnt. Slight earthiness on the finish.

M - Big, thick and rich with a slightly less than average carbonation. It isn't motor oil thick but it definitely has presence. Silky.

D - The alcohol here is well hidden and there is enough complexity to justify the alcohol. Quite good.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle into a delirium tulip. Bottling date says this was bottled sometime in the end of November 2010.

Pours very dark brown with hints of magenta in the light. A one finger light tan head forms and falls pretty fast

Has a delicate aroma of sweet fruits that aren't dark or overbearing, slight lager smell, malts.

Wow, this seems different than Celebrator, but in a good way. Strong roastiness from the get-go mixed with some slightly dark malts and a nice cherry like fruit sweetness. Nothing overpowers the other in this brew.

A little watery, slightly more than expected. A little on the dry side.

Great beer, but it doesn't top the list like Celebrator; certainly a contender worthy of its position and close distance to the great Ayinger doppelbock.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Porter like colour and even taste and aroma. Some malts, chocolate, and cherries and berries, raisins and currents. Hops. Smoothness from malts yet sour finish. Bit high on the alcohol, though disguised. Thanks whoever brought this to Doug Shoemaker's party.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After my last review of a 14% dopple, I needed to try something more traditional.

Poured into a 0.5L Aventinus tall glass a dark brown, hints of red amber. Two fingers of tan head sit neatly on top.

Nose is big on grassy/woody malt.

A sip is smooth with fairly light but chewy carbonation. Malt sweetness is obviously present throughout a sip that lightly coats the mouth. Some caramel and maybe chocolate, a little bit of the 7.4% and spice peeking through on the finish.

It's to style, it's Weihenstephaner, it's a proper dark German beer and at the price ($3.50) you could do a lot worse. Would pair well with bratwurst and lederhosen.

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Photo of Spikester
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a one finger light tan head.
Smell is figs, raisens.
Taste is figs, raisens, fruitcake, some bitter hops that can't keep up with the overall sweetness.
Mouthfeel is full, minimal carbonation and medium wet finish.
Overall a blast of fruitcake and plumbs, figs, raisens. A very nice beer.

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Photo of Blanco
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a very dark ruby, which almost appears near black but not quite. fairly large chunky head that consists of huge bubbles and start bursting almost immediately and collapses down to a light film. lots of carbonation seems apparent.

the smell is of chocolate, dark fruit and dark malts, reminiscent of belgian quads only without the spice element.

taste is similar to the nose, with a slight candy element added in almost like caramel. the fruity sweetness is less pronounced and also has a tootsie roll element to it.

mouthfeel is lighter than expected with the carbonation providing less zing than expected.

This is a very tasty beer that is refreshing in the winter. Very nice drinkability.

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Photo of mrbosworth
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great easy drinking german beer. Weihenstephaner brews extremely clean, flavorful beer with nice medium body. the Korbinian has an earthy carmel color, nice light head and a wet mouthfeel. This is a great beer, but Weihenstephaner does best with their lighter, weizen beers in my opinion. Overall a good beer, from a great brewery.

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Photo of vkv822
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle into tulip pint.

Pours a dark brown with amber highlights. The head is very thin, leaving just a tan film with a few bubbles dispersed around the top of the beer.

The aroma is of sweet bready malts and faint yeast and roast. The roast is very subdued and subtle though.

The taste is of sweet fruit, perhaps banana and cherry? There are also nice malty roast notes of molasses and some bitter cocoa. Medium to full bodied, with subtle carbonation.

At first taste the flavor was a bit off-putting in the way it all came together as it was a bit different than anything else I had experienced. After I was able to taste it a few times though I was able to really appreciate the the different complexities and the way they blended together.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost purple brown with ruby highlights and a thick foamy white head and tons of lacing. Smells of yeast bread and tons of malts. Tastes of sweet malts, yeast bread, and a little prune or plum. Mouthfeel is thick and carbonation is light. Drinkability is medium.

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Photo of ljbrisson
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split this with my father-in-law over the weekend. Poured into a chalice a burnt caramel brown, with a thin sandy head which quickly faded to nothing, leaving speckled lacing on the inside of my glass. Aroma was dark fruit and malt, figs, raisins, reminded me of port wine. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, a little loose and slippery, with medium carbonation. Taste was full of dark fruit, figs, plums, dates, with a bit of a chocolate background and a slightly sour, vinous finish. Drinkability is high despite the ABV, due to the interesting complexities of the taste that kept me interested in identifying all the different flavors. Overall this was quite an interesting brew, and I may pick another one up to keep for myself.

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Photo of illidurit
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Eichhof bier mug. Pours a dark transparent brown with highlights ranging from ruby to orange. Nice fluffy white head of two fingers. Not much lacing.

Nose is very dark, with a kind of fruitcake-like sweet doughy maltiness. Some milk chocolate influence as well.

Tastes very sweet, with a lot of rich malt and sugary dark fruit notes like date and prune. The chocolate note comes out in the flavor, as well as a distinct flavor of fresh grainy bread.

Very smooth on the palate, with great carbonation and a nice medium-full body. A bit too sweet to be incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of xylophonica
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark with a good finger of foamy head.

S - Sweet caramel, malt and nuts.

T - Sweet on the palate at first with a surprisingly light carbonation. Loads of malt, touch of wood and some sweeter dark chocolate/coffee flavours. Aftertaste has a slight tang verging on bitterness.

M - Low carbonation gives a pretty subdued feel; a mixture of sugar and malt.

D - Full flavoured but still fairly mild. Easy to knock back a few on a cool evening.

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Photo of bump8628
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool-looking label on a 17oz Euro bottle that most of these German beers seem to come in. Clear brown with a clean light tan head of foam.

Dark, dried fruits like raisin and prune carry the beer. Fig, toffee, intensely bready malt, and a very light dusting of bitter cocoa come through with just a hint of earthy hop flavor and bitterness.

A full on malt bomb with lots of malt depth and complexity. Something I can appreciate and you know when it comes from Weihenstephan it is going to be supremely crafted. I think I would still take Celebrator over this if needing to fix a Doppelbock craving, which, I admit, rarely happens. I'm glad to have tried it.

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Photo of beertunes
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured the expected mahogany brown with an inch of tan head that had medium retention and minimal lacing.

The aroma was the expected malty-sweet of the style. The flavors were also as expected, just really well done. Nice maltiness with a touch of tangy hops.

The body was a bit stickier than I prefer for this style, but still very enjoyable. Drinkability was very nice, I would certainly have this beer again. Overall, a very nice version of (maybe one of the standards of) this style.

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Photo of kitch
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a best before date of 3rd October 2015 and poured into a Riedel weizen glass.

Appearance: Poured a clear very dark brown colour with hints of ruby and a one finger chestnut coloured head that dissipated quite quickly with only light spotty lacing.

Aroma: Malty, treacle, brown sugar, milk chocolate and hints of vanilla.

Taste: Similar to its aromas, there’s malt, burnt sugar, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate and a hint of dark fruit like prune.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, velvety, mid to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: A very nice doppelbock from a great brewer. Just falls behind Celebrator in my book, but definitely something I’d drink again.

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Photo of abrand
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bomber poured into the pint glass. From batch 0188.

The Korbinian doppelbock pours a deep amber almost copper color with a very pillowy hazy white head and lots of sticky lacing. Aromas is malty, caramel and subtle hints of chocolate. Quaff is extremely malty. Background tastes include raisins, caramel and a dry hoppy finish. I really enjoy the sweetness to this beer. Mouthfeel is crisp and carbonation is great. Drinkability is good for this beer. The sweetness makes it in my opinion and with a nice 7.4% abv it is easy to handle.

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Photo of jeffeljefe
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into weizen glass.

A: Dark chocolate brown, i think it's clear (if you had a strong enough light to penetrate) ample head.

S: Caramel, nutty banana bread. heavenly.

T: mellow, chocolaty, toasty.

M: smooth, rich, creamy, medium-full body, coats mouth, very long finish.

O: grew on me as I reached the middle of my glass (as is often the case.) The aroma and finish will keep this one in the back of my mind for a revisiting.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep brown with two fingers of fluffy white head that fades quickly, lining the glass with off white lacing.

Smell: Malty sweetness, dark fruit, caramel and a bit of smoke. Raisins and other dark fruit dominate.

Taste: Better than the nose with raisins, plums, and brown sugar coming to the forefront with a surprisingly good amount of banana. Some chocolate as well. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low carbonation and nice texture and creaminess. Goes down smooth.

Overall: Very impressive doppelbock from Weihenstephaner and I'd expect no less. Definitely worth giving a try.

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

My first Weihenstephaner beer.

Pours a beautiful rich, dark coffee brown with three fingers of creamy head that slowly fade. One of the prettiest beers I've tried.

The smell is a little disappointing - it's sweet and grainy but I don't get the maltiness that I expected.

The flavor is sweet again and as it warms the bitterness fades from obtrusive to appropriate. As it warms flavors of dark fruits start to come out - prunes and dried cherry.

The mouthfeel starts out a little thin but seems to improve along with the flavor. The carbonation is perfect - creamy with just a little prickle to provide zing. I wouldn't mind if it had a little less alcohol, though the alcohol never intruded upon the flavor.

I like it! Probably not my favorite dopplebock but one I'll definitely have again.

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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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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,620 ratings.
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