Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

2,654 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 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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Photo of IPA35
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 400ml Weickse Witbier/Weizen glass.

Nice Coca-Cola colour with a tan head. Carbonation aplenty.

Darkas malts, some chocolate, some dried plums and raisins. Very nice.

Taste is malt dominated with some hopiness. Lots of malty sweetness and a bread crust aftertaste. Some chocolate.

Full bodied mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful dark brown, with a robust tan head that lasts and lasts. Not too much lacing going on. Malts and grains in the nose. Smells of toasted maple syrup, raisins and brown sugar. Taste is malty sweet. Very powerful taste. There's a slight alcohol taste but is overpowered by a toasty fruit taste. This beer has it all. Dark sugars, toasted malts, fruits, chocolates, and a minimal hops bitterness in the finish. This beer has a very creamy mouthfeel and perfect carbonation. Washes over the palate with elegance. The only thing that would keep me drinking this all night is the high ABV. The flavor is strong but just so delicious it keeps you wanting more and more.

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

Poured to a nice brown color that seemed to have some burgundy highlights, a good sized tan head that had quite good retention which left some lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma of this one is very nice as bread and caramel come to mind, also though it has been imported it does smells fresh and I think that comes from a slight fruit aroma that is mixed in. The flavor is very good, malt is very dominant and has a welcoming flavor. Caramel and toffee come to mind with a backing of raisin or prune. The flavor does come out more as this brew sits and I sip it, though the alcohol does not seen to be noticeable to me or goes so well with the other flavors it is hidden. Overall this is an excellent brew, one I would get again and hope to have on draft at some point. Give this brew a try as it exemplifies the style.

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Photo of Nitty703
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hawks10
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz. bottle poured into a pint glass...

Pours a clear "rich mahogany" with a two finger off white head, leaves a film on top of the brew for the whole drink with a bit of lacing...

Very malty aroma, some dark fruits, very sweet overall, prunes mixed with burnt sugar/caramel smells...very complex and quite nice...

Malt bomb...very sweet and bready up front, some biscuit flavor, dark fruits and very little hop presence...a bit of that burnt sugar from the nose makes an appearance on the tongue...

Very slick and creamy, not much carbonation and a tiny bit of alcohol presence...

Easy to drink, probably not as fresh as I would like, would definitely be interested in trying fresh on tap for maybe more of a prickly/carbonated mouthfeel...

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

A- Deep brown with a big off white head.
S- Malt sweet. Among the best smelling dobbelbocks.
T- Taste starts very sweet and turns a little bitter.
MD-This beer is very smooth and easy drinking. A very good Dobbel. It would be a fantastic winter beer.

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Photo of barczar
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly opaque deep brown that shows ruby highlights when held to the light and a tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving spotty lacing.

Rich, nutty malt, lightly roasted, and chocolate form the initial aroma. Caramel, toffee and melanoidin complexity add intrigue. Hints of dark fruit surface as it warms.

Flavor is even richer, with toffee and molasses sweetness fading to nutty, toasted malt mid palate, accompanied by underpinnings of prunes, dark cherries, and figs, which become more prominent late. Tar, a touch of char, and earthy hops round out the slightly dry finish.

Body is on the full side, with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Very complex beer, with lots of character. More dark fruit than expected. Great melanoidin presence.

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Photo of JayAre46
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 500ml bottle, pours a deep earth brown, lightly tanned head that falls to a thin layer.

A - very bready, very appetizing aroma. sweet malt, slightly nutty. the breadyness is the dominant aroma but not overpowering a good balance between that and the sweet malt.

T - Sweet toffee, caramel tones again a nutty dryness with some more bready characters. lightly toasted wood tries to come in to constrain the sweet flavors, no hops and no alcohol present, good tasting doppelbock

M - not quite full bodied, but pretty heavy. very easy to drink could use a little more carbonaiton, obviously considering the style you don't want much carbonation i just think it could of used more.

O - its a great rep of the style, definitely a random buy. its a solid brew for cool evenings im just not the biggest fan of bocks in general, but this one played a nice change of pace role. Rain Delay

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Photo of thetravelguy01
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark burgundy color. The head is two fingers high and off-white in shade. I love how soft and creamy the texture is (plus, it leaves behind beautiful rings of lacing inside my Calvert Brewing Company tulip)

Compared to, say, Celebrator, this beer's aroma seemingly has more defined caramel and toffee notes, compared to the brown sugar and chocolate of the former - but those latter notes are still here! Gentle touches of dark fruits, nuts, and noble hops add to its impressive nuance. I'm impressed how it hits every note I like in a good doppelbock, all while staying in harmonious balance.

Well, of course it tastes malty. I get lots of caramel and toffee to start, along with a bit of brown sugar and chocolate. The finish is subtly fruity, showing up as a mere suggestion instead of bludgeoning the palate. It's not super complex, but it's so delicately balanced. It's just like drinking liquid bread with none of the drawbacks!

While it has a full, rich mouthfeel, it manages to leave the palate with minimal effort. Translation: it's dry. Dry and easy to drink. This is in spite of the silky smooth texture, and the aforementioned thickness. Carbonation is a bit low.

Lovin' it. This is not my favored style by any stretch, but to deny this brew's quality is a fool's errand. It's nuanced (if not infinitely deep) and extremely well balanced, hitting all the style benchmarks beautifully. Doppelbock lovers should go apeshit for this one.

4.12/5: This makes most other doppelbocks look like Donald Trump

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

A-a deep brown, light head lacing on top

S-malty richness, some hints of toffee

T-slight carbonation present, malty, slightly bitter

M-rich feel, mild carbonation, slight bitter aftertaste

Very drinkable beer, but not sure I would want another. Flavor is a little too mild for my taste.

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

L- Mahogany body. White head.

S- Sweet malt smell. Very rich. Slight chocolate.

T- chocolate, sweet caramel, toffee, slight booze on the end.

F- Creamy and smooth.

O- This is damn fine.

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

This one is sublime, and really enjoyable.

It pours your typical dopplebock mahogany with a hint of red coming through in the light.

The smell is of toasted bread, biscuit, and raisens. This is a highlight of this excellent beer in my opinion.

The taste is malty- huge malt. Molasses, and biscuit come to mind.

Mouthfeel is smooth with light carbonation. Easy to sip.

Drinkability is good. I could handle more than one of these, especially in the winter months.

Highly reccomended. One of the best of it's style.

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

A - Poured with two fingers of off white foam on a dark brown body with little light showing through. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves little lace.

S - Notes of dark bread, molasses, and plum.

T - Thick, dark malt up front with some red apple. Plum, molasses and brown sugar that fades to a finish if dark bread and red apple.

M - A thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Complex and extremely smooth, the malt profile is really nice.

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

Photo of charlesw
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown, very clear, nice head with great lacing. Light in the nose - wet leaves and earth. I should probably let it warm up a bit more. Anyway, tastes... Like a nut brown ale. HUGELY nutty, big and malty. A bit sweet. Easy going down with nice body.

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Photo of kaydeKat
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance ~ dark chesenut brown, reddish tint in light... cascades down glass, light head with no lacing

smell ~ smells like old books and coffee ... sweet candy

taste ~ light on tongue, but rich, bright flavors ... dry fruit and nuts ... sweet, but not sticky sweet ...

mouthfeel ~ drinks extremelly smooth, scared to think of it's ABV% ... dry on the middle of tongue, sweetness does not linger

drinkability ~ very drinkable ... this would be wise to consume at home if you want more than one!

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Photo of smwesson500
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown with 1/4 inch head

S: malted barley, coffee.

T: mild bitterness associated with the coffee smells, dark chocolate

M: Exceptionally smooth for a doppel-bock

O: A great beer, extraordinary taste and mouthfeel. Glad I found this at my local liquor store.

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,654 ratings.
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