Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Weihenstephaner KorbinianWeihenstephaner Korbinian
2,689 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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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Photo of zhanson88
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Korbinian pours a medium-bodied dark brown with dark ruby highlights. A couple fingers of light tan head form that reduce to decent tight lacing.

Smell: Dark roasted malts, caramel and some dark fruits. Really a delicious smell, makes me look forward to the first sip.

Taste: Roasted malts and breadiness are what shows up the most in this beer. Not that that's a bad thing, it's a great beer. Also, some caramel and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Smooth and creamy, yes, but I find it light on mouthfeel. This is an extremely drinkable beer, probably one of the best drinking darker beers I've had. A definite must try.

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Photo of SStein
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Squire123
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful dark ruby tinted brown with tan cap and lacing.

Nice scent of dark roasted barley, ripe figs and plums, a touch of chocolate and a scoch of toffee.

Taste is rather full without being heavy like a high quality Porter. Ripe fruits more prominent mid palate and overall complexity builds with each sip. Very complex yet fully rounded like a smooth stream stone with polished edges.

Medium full texture with balancing carbonation.

One of their better efforts and they've got this one down pat. The real deal and a nice experience which which never gets old.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zundo
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark mahogany with a full, tan two-finger head. Creamy looking. Decent retention with a heavy layer of film.

Smell: Heavy biscuty, grainy and sweet malt. Earthy spice and fig.

Taste: A bit of smoke, prune, rasin, coffee-esque and molasses. Some hoppiness at the very end. (very fall feeling)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, bit carbonated. Bit sticky.

Drinkability: Very smooth drink for the most part. A bit on the watery side though.

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Photo of peabody
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out dark reddish brown like a strong Ice Tea. Beautiful
Lots of suds that stay way up in the pilsner glass. Lacing follows.
Candy and cookies yeast and malt. A little raisin/plum smell too.
Coffee and toffee are the first taste. very sweet with dark flavors abounding. Not very bitter but you know the hops are there.
Mouthfeel is a little dirty but cleans up and leaves a dark/bitter
aftertaste that makes you want some more.
I could drink this a lot. Too bad it is hard to come by around where I abide.

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Photo of gopens44
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice thick off white head covers a fairly opaque (save for the edges) beer with tinges of ruby.

Nose strikes out with a big bready welcome before plum and fig begin to play a dominant role. A little further study brings out sweet molasses, but not overwhelmingly so.

Lots of fig and molasses in the initial swig that begins to take on caramel along with a touch of banana.

Mouth feel is silky smooth for the most part, and overall it's a very nice beer.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up almost by accident when I saw it next to the hefeweisse from the same brewer at Jesse's Boehrum Market on Atlantic in Brooklyn. Sweet label that reminds me of stained glass artwork in many a European cathedral. I didn't even know this was a doppler so that's pretty cool since I've kind of been on that kick recently anyway.
An absolutely gorgeous beer into my tulip, with dark cloudy body rounding into a ruby tinge at the bottom and a mighty inch of cocoa head. Nose is heavy caramel malts and hints of alcohol. Pleasant but not overwhelming.
Taste is malty and tasty with a clean finish and light bitterness, all of which is good. I don't love the mouthfeel as much. It could stand a little thickening imho. Also, I think the carbonation distorts the taste slightly.
High drinkability because of the ease at which the abv goes down. The mouthfeel could use some adjusting but I could see downing endless litres of this in a Bavarian bierhall..

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Photo of moistnugget
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Food Pairings: Lay's Dill Pickle Potato Chips

When to drink: When watching Wil Wheaton levitate a sofa in the worst episode of STTNG

Severus Snape is dressed up like the Pope and throwing a peace sign on the label. Also, there is a pack bear. That's fucking awesome. Let's pour this bitch.

Holy shit, is Tasha Yar gonna lez out with Troi? Also, Wil Wheaton just showed his mom his widened and strengthened beam. Cool. Korbinian pours a caramel/ ruby color with a small, milky head and minimal lacing. Transmits little light. Looks pretty nice, time to drink!

Forgot about smell. Looks like Data is getting busy. This episode is fucked up. Sweet plum nose. Something else there, I can't really identify it. Like sub-roastiness.

Deanna is feeling the horniness (spelling?) of dozens of people, Geordi is still blind, and Wil Wheaton is still a bitch. And, oddly enough, dill pickle chips and this particular beer don't blend at all, but I'm getting a caramel/ toffee note up front, dark fruit, sweetness, not sugary sweet but not brown sugary, either.

Full bodied. Like Dr. Crusher. What's up with Picard's weird laugh?

Anyway, full and creamy, stout-like.

Overall, I would say that this episode was really fucking stupid. Like, really stupid. Just awful. And Tasha was a bitch at the end. I'm glad I never saw this before. The dopplebock however, was quite good, as I would expect from Weihenstephaner. The price on these things continues to amaze me, so this beer will continue to be in my rotation.

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Photo of Bogdawg
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of casapy
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of anteater
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Webzombie
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Mmmmm.... German malt bomb at a very reasonable price. Similar to other in the style it is very dark, bready and almost a little chocolate or something. Like other well made beers; relatively high abv but you can't tell by drinking it. Has a pretty strong malty taste but goes down very smooth. Really can't go wrong with this one at all.

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Photo of Trombone69
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nothing wrong with that beer. Flawless, although not spectacular.

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Photo of Gish
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark brown with a remarkable tan head. Sheets of lacing covers the sides of the glass as I drink this beer. The smell is not too distinct but you can catch hints of earthiness with a nice malty sweetness coming out as well.

The taste is where Korbinian truly shines. A big dose of breadiness comes first followed by a sweeter fig/raisin taste. The hop bitterness comes out well in the end. The mouthfeel is very smooth, the carbonation is well-balanced.

Extremely drinkable for such a complex beer. It's the first doppelbock I've had, but I plan on having more of the style and of this particular one as well.

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Photo of CurtFromHershey
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tried this beer for the first time in a blind tasting with celebrator. Celebrator was definitely better all around, but it wasn't embarrassing at all for korbinian.

This beer pours a dark mahogany with clearish red edges. Bubbly head which which is pretty stubborn.

Smell is a bit sub par for the style. Certainly not 'bad' smelling per say, but not spectacular. Rich chestnut, dark dried fruits, some sort of solvent back drop.

Taste is a big improvement over the smell. Very sweet, but it nails the malt profile of a doppel. I wonder if this could stand more time in the fermenting tanks. Fig, apple, and raisin bread. Almost as good as celebrator, which is saying a lot for me.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. I approve.

Overall a really great example of the style. I prefer celebrator as it is less sweet, but it certainly doesn't deviate from the style.

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Photo of KimenTshom
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mdaschaf
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Pours a deep orange/red with a small tan head with quick dissipation, leaving behind some medium sized bubbles on top. Not much lacing.

S: Tons of dark fruits - raisins, figs, and plums along with caramel and some brown sugar.

T: The flavor profile is very similar to the aroma, very full with dark fruit (raisins/figs, a touch of cherry). There is also a good bit of caramel and brown sugar, as well as a little honey sweetness.

M: Full bodied and on the heavier side, but drank very smooth with medium carbonation.

O: Pretty good, a little heavy, but has a deep flavor profile with a nice sweetness. The heavy body makes it a little harder to drink.

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Photo of Daniell
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: two finger head perhaps, diminishes quickly. Kind of date coloured when not help up to light and you can see the maltiness when you do. Froth sticks around for a while. Lacing is good- when you swirl the beer around there's a lot of it- while some of it recedes a lot of it sticks to the glass. Excellent.

S: yeasty, spicey, milky, faecal (not in a bad way at all, notice I rated "smell" highest. Just seems like the best descriptor. "Vegemitey" would have also been a less desirable substitute). Smells like dates especially, and also raisins and prunes. Is distinct from the typical dark beer smells I usually get. Also some chocolatey soy in the nose. When I smell deeper I get some sweet tropical fruits coming through also. The smell is strong and persistent, which is good. This one is pungent and spicy enough to keep me going, and the nose is the drawcard for me.

T: yeasty, spicey, milky. Also get a sort of wholesome sweet bitterness at the back of the palate, which again kind of reminds me of dates. Malt taste persists. No problems here either.

M: Well carbonated, creamy.

D: It's 7.4% and the alcohol is imperceptible. Goes down easily and the smell keeps me interested too. I could definitely have two bottles of this (which would be a litre and 6 standard drinks AU).

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Photo of augustgarage
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a stemmed water glass (my doppelbock glass is broken).

Dark brilliantly clear liquid shines with root beer and mahogany highlights when held to a strong light. Highly active dark beige head recedes to a small insignia on the surface. No lacing, poor retention.

Subtle yet rich malt aromatics with hints of bread crusts and caraway.

Tart palate entry suggests wheat and buttermilk along with a touch of grape, but this quickly gives way to a solid melanoidin-laden burst of malt. Lightly toasty with a mineral-rich, almost salty finish. Very little sweetness throughout.

Vaguely oily, soft, light-bodied with a surprising crispness.

An exemplar of the style, though it lacks some sweetness and intensity compared to a few other examples of the style. The flavor brings to mind a traditional ("single") bock more than a doppelbock...especially compared to something like EKU 28 for example.

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Photo of Kailuabrewingco
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- deep brown with hints of red...very small head

S- malty with hints of molasses, toffee, rasins and slight hints of chocolate

T-sweet notes of toffee and caramel, some bready aroma

M-carbonation is very light, which is typical for this style, slightly syrupy sweet

O-A solid Dopple Bock . Would pair perfect with traditional german sausages

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Photo of ElGordo
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 500ml bottle into a Pilsner Urquell stange. Body is a dark brown hue with some ruby highlights, topped by a thin tan head that quickly retreats into a small ring. Aroma is a rich, sweet dark malt, with heavy accents of brown sugar and fig. Light notes of vanilla bean and toffee are also present.
The palate is full of rich, caramelly dark malt up front, while some lighter notes of toffee and light-roast coffee come through before the swallow. The finish is full of dark fruity notes and more brown sugar that lingers for a while in the back of the throat. Body is rich and full, but not too thick. While the alcohol is well-integrated, this is still a bit too strong to drink like a session beer. Nevertheless, this is a well-built doppelbock, and one that I'm glad is finally making its way to Oregon.

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Photo of aufie
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmbranum
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought in Manhattan, Kansas. Enjoyed back home in Oklahoma City about a week ago (recording from previously hand-written notes)...

Pours a dark brown with a generous tan head. Aroma is subtle and malty.

Flavor is very malty. Lingering bitterness. Some toastinesss and just a little hops. Quite dry.

Mouthfeel is thin to me.

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 2,689 ratings
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