Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner KorbinianWeihenstephaner Korbinian
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
Ratings:
2,664
Reviews:
1,235
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
9.05%
 
 
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223
Gots:
320
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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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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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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,664 ratings.
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