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Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

1,199 Reviews
Weihenstephaner KorbinianWeihenstephaner Korbinian

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | website

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.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ah, here we go! Finally getting around to giving this one a real review.

A - Pours a deep, dark brown hue, almost as dark as a porter, with a moderate off-white head, and fairly creamy lacing.

S - Wow. A lot is going on here. Apple, pear, cherries, grape, molasses, caramel, and nutty vibes all going on here. It's a very complex, but inviting aroma.

T - Taste is of molasses, caramel, and cherries, with some nutty, and even chocolate notes in there too. A superb, complex taste. You can easily forget that you're technically drinking a lager here :)

M - Medium-full bodied. Minimal carbonation and velvety smooth. Creamy. Very good.

D - Not exactly a session beer at 7.4%, but a pint or two of this is perfecto.

Overall - This has officially become my favorite Dopplebock. A must try if you love dark, rich, malty, flavorful beers.

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Photo of generallee
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 0.9oz bottle into my big Spaten Oktoberfest Stange glass. There is no freshness date on the label but it has a bottle number of 3438 printed on the back.

Appearance: The body has a dark brown color with lighter brownish red highlights. On top sits a nice light tan head which was about two fingers thick right after it was poured. This head slowly fades but hangs on till the last sip, (not that it took me long it get there lol). There was some nice slick lacing, as well, which slid right down the glass as I drank.

Smell: The aroma is pleasing and sweet with notes of dark sweet bread, cooked or burnt sugar, as well as some mellow notes of over ripe fruit and classic German hops.

Taste/Palate: It has a firm, slick, full bodied palate with a flavor profile that matches its aroma. The flavor is full dark sweet bready malty goodness. There are some hints of nuts and fruit mixed into the mostly sweet malt along with some decent leafy/spicy, almost earthy hops for balance. The hops also add a nice balance to the finish making it quite drinkable.

Notes: This is a very enjoyable and drinkable big beer. Just look out for the solid 7.4% abv. that will sneak up on you.

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Photo of ryanocerus
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was quite a bit more taken with this bier than my drinking companion, BigE. Amber with a thick head that left excellent lacing. The aroma was big time MALT, with some spices and evident alcohol. The malt couldn't hang with the big dogs in the taste department, as the spices and alcohol came through. It was smooth with a slight sting of alcohol (what I expected from a starkbier). Very drinkable. Excellent.

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Photo of ncredible1
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep reddish-brown color with some garnet highlights. The tall, densely foamy head has a tan/khaki color and good retention. lacing is present.

S: Some dark malt up front - a bit of cocoa and brown sugar/toffee. Nutty and slightly leathery. just the right balance.

T: Firm, sweet maltiness up front, with cocoa, brown sugar, and toffee all having firm flavors. Quite nutty - perhaps walnut/pecan. Lightly earthy/leathery, which complements the fruitiness very well. A balancing bite of herbal hop bitterness balances everythingthe right way.

M: Medium-full body. Carbonation is lush and smooth. A sticky, somewhat coating mouthfeel with a big, riding aftertaste and slight finishing dryness.

D: This is an amazing, highly complex doppelbock from Weihenstephaner. Bursting with flavor and character on several levels. Excellent and heartily recommended. A must try if you haven't already.

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Photo of MarkBlackout
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Das Korbinian! I loved this beer at one time, then I stopped drinking for awhile. Then I got the wheels greased again back about a 1.5 years or so, and never gravitated towards a doppelbock. it's not my favorite style.. i tend towards american ales of extreme flavors these days, and the occasional lambic or belgian pale or tripel crosses my lips. I remember liking it, but earlier in the evening i took a sip right after opening and was horrified! Having gotten home after a night out with friends, this tastes great. Not due to my intoxication level, but rather the pleasant subtlety of this beer. Good brown brew. Not a damn thing wrong with it, really. I could see the style being pushed a bit further (as is in the case of celebrator!) but this is an easy drinking, foamsizzling, malty, not overly complex brown beer that has a sturdy abv and a noble lable. Das Koribinian!

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Photo of bultrey
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm... liquid banana bread is the only way one can describe this luscious beer, although it actually doesn't possess the cloying and sticky sweetness of the aforementioned quickbread. This is a beautiful murky brown color, with a smell reminiscent of banana, clove, cocoa powder, and a little roasted, burnt grain. The taste is much of the same, rum, bittersweet cocoa, toffee, banana, with an ever so bitter finish, just the tiniest bit of hops profile peeking out to say hello, then jumping back in this vat of banana pudding. The mouthfeel is so creamy and thick, and the alcohol is so well-hidden, I could probably drink several of these easily in one sitting, out of liter steins, but I'd pay the price. Not quite a dessert beer though, but a sweet session beer for sure. Dopplebockalicious.

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Photo of pghhead
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I ordered a pint of this on draft at Stuff Yer Face eatery in Brunswick, NJ near Rutgers campus. Double bock, nice and dark. Good flavor. It sneaks up on you. I felt the buzz and guessed the abv to be around 7.5%. It went well with the chicken stromboli I ate. I'll definitely seek this out again.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a bottle of Weihenstephaner Korbinian for $2.99 at The Lager Mill. I have been on a doppelbock bender lately and this is the last one of the bunch so i'll finish my bender with a traditional German Doppelbock. No visible freshness date. Poured from a 500ml brown bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- I like the label on this beer, it's pretty colorful and exotic looking. It poured a deep dark brown color with some ruby highlights. It had three and a half fingers worth of thick and creamy off white head that died down to a thick ring that left some spotty lacing.

S- The aroma is malty and sweet. The malts impart a brown bread aroma followed by some molasses. There was also a pretty prominent dark dried fruit aroma that leaned more towards prunes and figs.

T- The taste is pretty similar to the aroma. The malts are bready and sweet but not as sweet as they were in the aroma, the sweetness leans more toward caramel then molasses. The dark fruits are represented nicely, I really can't pick out one specific fruit, it's a mixture of all of them and it adds some complexity to this brew. The finish wasn't bitter and it had some nice yeasty spices at the end.

M- Smooth and medium bodied with perfect carbonation.

Overall this was a pretty good Doppelbock, it was one of the better ones I have encountered during my Doppelbock binge, and the best German one I have had yet. Everything about this style was on point and about where it should be. It may not be as flavorful as some of the American ones but it makes up for that by being smooth as hell and having some great drinkability. I will be buying this again and will be on the look out for any other beers by Weihenstephaner. If you like Doppelbocks give this one a try, it's a great traditional German Doppelbock and it gives you a good feel for what this style is all about.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a 2 finger head with an amber color and excellent retention.

This beer smells like sticking my nose into a can of amber malt extract.

Taste is wonderfully balanced with a HUGE whiff and taste of toffee. Toffee dominates this beer and the caramel malts are insanely good and well balanced.

The mouthfeel is insanely good. It has a nice creaminess to it. The carbonation levels are perfect.

This is one of the best doppelbocks I've ever had.

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Photo of Nesued
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in my newly received SA glass. Thought I'd break it in with something unique.

Appearance - Deep burgandy color with a refined/clear transparency. Ample three-finger head forms upon initial pour and retains for a good long time. Lacing remains as the head retracts. Slight carbonation, not very much at all to feed the head.

Smell - Strong sweet malt aroma. Almost a candy sweet in fact. A bit of a caramel presence as well. Fresh aroma.

Taste - Very deep woody malt taste. Reminded me of a very, very mild Rauchbier I've had in the past, but much more appealing. So very smooth. This is a meal, so very dense and a lot of caramel and chocolate flavor. The smokey/woody flavor balances well with the malty presence.

Mouthfeel - For not having much of a carbonation body, this brew is very dense and coats your mouth with a lasting flavor that you enjoyed when you took that first sip. Wonderful lasting mouthfeel.

Drinkability - This is a sipper. One to finish the night while watching the latter part of a baseball game is a fine environment for this beer. Very enjoyable and very much worth it's salt. I would place this above my other Doppel favorate (Celebrator).

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Photo of Sleestak
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My 50th review woo-hoo! Deep dark burgundy with a smallish head. Dark fruits like raisins, plums etc on the smell. Similar on the taste, sweet but not over the top, with some caramel. Very pleasing to the palate. Mmm this is a most tasty brew well worth a buy again. Much better than the Salvator doppelbock IMO.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautifully clear darkest shade of black cherry with a huge creamy/frothy head that slowly dissipates to a cap but leaves incredible lacing all the way down. Smells of caramel, brown bread, figs, prunes, dark fruit. Lots of sweet malty aromas ticket the nose. Taste is sweet with malts. Dark fruits, prunes, figs, burnt brown sugar, a touch of alcohol about midway and a long lingering molasses and dark fruit finish. Sweet sticky mouthfeel, light to medium carbonation, thick body. This is a great dopplebock. A malt heads dream with great complexity and an abv that is well hidden.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big ol' healthy yeasty stink off that plump head of this killer dopplebock.

I poured this into my tall hefe glass hoping for salvation, and it delivered.

Dark and lovely. Held to the light, a grapeity red-purple glow.

The absence of an alcohol on the tongue in cahoots with a sultry smooth malt backbone with a fresh-baked bready yeast injection creates an irresistible truth serum. It's a creeper.

Ridiculously enjoyable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the better Dopplebocks out there. A delicious beer...if you love malt, because this beer is full of it. Complex nutty (pecans, walnuts), fruity (over-ripe peaches, dates, figs), maple syrup, and brown sugar flavors swirl over the palate with a heavy coating. Light hop bittering offers a light balance, but not flavor or aroma. The beer remains toasty and lightly roasted from sip to swallow. Very mellow and smooth as it goes down with a bold roasty, syrup aftertaste. A joy to drink.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle into goblet. Not surprised that this was a good beer, but not expecting it to be this good!

Dark brown, but deep mahogany with ruby highlights when held to light. Clear, modest mocha head fades quickly to film and ring.

Grainy, mellow roasted malt and slightly sweet malts detectable from a distance! Strong German character. Chacolaty, caramel. Wow.

Caramel and chacolaty sweetness, slightly roasted, German grainy, wicked smooth.

Modest carbonation, smooth, rich, a bit creamy. Solidly medium body, clean finish.

Did not notice the moderately high abv. Very easy drinking. Sessionable. The more Weihenstephaner beers I try, the more I respect, appreciate and admire this brewery. This, to me, was one of those beers you discover every so often that is like an epiphany. How did I not find you sooner?

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Photo of diamondc
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark ruby, tan one-finger head. Some nice lacing.

S: Fruity & bready. Raisins, gingerbread, a subtle coffee roast, banana.

T: Heavy on the molasses, toffee, coffee, hot nuts, rum, sugary dried purple fruits. Wonderful.

M: Good carbonation, though a bit on the low side. Makes this much more of a sipper.

O: Very Belgian-esque for a German lager, I buy this a lot, never disappoints.

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Photo of sommersb
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ML brown bottle, poured in a pilsner glass. Has a code on the back label, but I don't know if that corresponds to a date.

A: Large, frothy light brown head sits on top of the dark brown/red color of this beer. Clarity is murky

S: The overwhelming smell for me is of a dark bread. A heavy roasted malt aroma, with hints of caramel and chocolate perhaps. The smells are fantastic

T: Sweet malts are well balanced with a little bit of hop bitterness. The bread and grain character is there with toasted flavors. Some alcohol evident with the 7.4% ABV, especially towards the end.

M: Full-bodied and creamy, with a slightly sweet aftertaste.

D: Excellent; this is a great lager that I would highly recommend

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Photo of giblet
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

being so inexperienced i had not heard of this brewery before. the world's oldest...cool. poured nice and smooth with about one inch of head. carbonation was steady yet light. color was amber brown yet you can still see light through it. smell is of roasted nut and caramel yet light. taste was quite smooth. a lighter beer than i expected but that is what makes it so drinkable for me. very good choice.

suckem up and movem out


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Photo of kmpitz2
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There was one of these left over from my beer tasting last week. The beer pours a nice dark brown, showing only some reddish tinges when held up to the light. The tan head is about two fingers high that falls to a quarter inch. The nose is full of carmel and malty goodness. Oh this is good. There are sweet caramel malts and a hint of the alcohol coming through. This is thick in my mouth with a moderate carbonation of small bubbles...a good combination. This beer is highly drinkable. This is a beer to sit down to on a nice fall night. Its not too filling, but sits nicely in my somach after a meal.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip, um, because it was there.

Appearance: Clear brown beer, ruby in the light. Light brown head is rocky and foamy, with good retention. Lots of leggy and sticky lacing.

Smell: Big and malty. Bready. Caramel and dark fruit. Light toast. Rich and inviting.

Taste: Raisins and prunes. Sweet chocolate. Toasty, but not roasty. A little hops in the middle, then a caramel and chocolatey finish with just a hint of alcohol. Its pretty hard to put down.

Mouthfeel: Medium fullness. Carbonation is soft, but adds a slight creaminess.

Drinkability: I love it when I find a regularly available beer that's not hyped, but is just fantastic. Also reasonably priced. A great beer from a great brewery.


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Photo of LeeinVA
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first time i cracked a bottle i emptied the contents into a stemless wine glass thinking the large opening of the vessel will enable me to get a better smell, and possibly catch the more subtle undertones.. It worked and i truly love the color.. To me it is a Plum brown color, with a hint of prune and a nice layering that does not come off as sharp in taste. Nice and rounded. The head was a light tan about a knuckle in height that did dissipate after a few minutes. This beer is great with Pecan Pie, or any other heavy, rich dessert.. Enjoy y'all!!

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Photo of nomad
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep chestnut brown color. Had tons of bubbles collecting on the sides of the glass, a big frothy head of a thick consistency that was slow to fade and left tons of stain.

Smell was strongly of grapes and plums, also dark spices, and a musty medium-dark roast scent. Just short of other bock’s darker scents, it was a nice combination to make a roasty and fruity quaff. Taste was spicy, of nicely roasted wheat, and bits of dark chocolate mixed with a quiet hops bittering. Had some fruity flavors rolling around there, but was creamy toward the end with a dry and bready finish.

Resplendent for a beer that sits in the bottle without yeast. A beautifully designed label and a very solid beer.

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Photo of Offa
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a characterful, balanced, very drinkable doppelbock.

Deep reddish brown, it has a very long-lasting creamy tan head that slowly shrinks to a thin 1/4" foamy top and leaving some lace.

The aroma is whole wheat toast, scorched raisiny syrup, hints of wood, grain, and hay.

The taste is flavourful yet smooth and very pleasant with prunes, woody raisins, whole wheat toast, a little spice. It has solid sweetness with a toasty, peppery-spicey bitterness to balance it and which takes over at the finish.

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Photo of Jaysauras
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured into a tulip glass. Very dark, opaque, color. Nice thick tan/cream colored head to it. Very soft and delicate looking head as well. Very creamy and frothy. Plenty of lace to it as well. Good carbonation action as well and lace lasted almost the entirety of the drink.

S: Smells heavy of raisin with a hint of maple and brown sugar. Good malt scent as well mixed with a bit of vanilla and pecan.

T: This got a as close to a five to me as possible without getting one. Amazing flavor. Absolutely amazing. If you drink this at the optimal cellar temperature the complex explosion of dark fruit is incredibly enjoyable. Tastes of raisin, fig, brown sugar, and a holiday pecan pie. Settles into a lovely roasted malt and toffee/mocha flavor that lingers. Only thing keeping it from a five is the somewhat bitter alcohol taste that can hang on the palate.

F: Thick, heavy, and chewy. This boy has a kick to it also. You can feel the 7.4 for sure. Not exactly a sessionable beer given the feel.

O: What a beer. Tremendous flavors and mixture of all the layers of complexity. That is what I personally love about the style. It's not necessarily the flavors themselves but how they blend. The sweet, to bold, to bitter, progression of the drink is amazingly executed. This one is certainly going in my top 5 beers I've tasted. It's a heavy drinking beer but damn if it isn't enjoyable all the way through.

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Photo of Cheshire_Crew_Al
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle

Caramel-toffee like, with a nice bready finish, light carbonation with the mouthfeel

Lighter (by a touch) than Wolfgang, which I had just tried, I prefer this one by a bit, just an exceptional beer

The just-a-touch of bitterness accompanies the creamy goodness of the beer with the initial taste, as stated, the last touch is bready and has minimal aftertaste, not overly sweet nor dry

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 1,199 ratings.
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