Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A brown body that is fairly translucent around the edges. Small off white head that doesn't last long, not a lot of lacing.

Lots of chocolate and some roasted character in the nose and a somewhat metallic odor.

Taste is dominated by chocolate and roasted malts. Very sweet in the finish.

A pretty thin, light mouthfeel.

Fairly drinkable beer.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Thin creamy tan head on a dark brown body with some lighter brown hues.
S- Hints of alcohol, dark fruits, sweet caramel, hints of metallic, sweet grass hops.
T- Really sweet caramel, light warming of alcohol, light bitterness on tongue from few grassy hops, kind of a big metallic flavor to it, light toffee in the aftertaste, and hints here and there of dark fruits.
M- Medium body with low to medium carbonation.
D- I think this one may be off. I can't tell how old it is and it just seems the metallic is way to strong for this brew. Also seems like some of the flavors are lacking and may have a few off tastes to them. I am going to try and try this another time when I am out of town (so I can get some fresher stuff) and see how it is then.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep maghogany. One finger head looked like it would stay forever but did not.

Brown sugar on the nose, some caramel. True to Doppelbock style tho, quite complex

Taste is really malty and sweet. First-up thought is that it is just sensational, as the complexity unwinds on your taste-buds. That however does not last long.... there are some caramels on offer, and some toffee, but in the end just sweet, too sweet. On the verge of cloying.

Mouthfeel borders on Blackcurrant cordial sadly.

Overall, a tad dissapointing, given other scores/reviews...

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Photo of choyhosoi
3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

A-Pours a dark brown color with a thin lace head.

S-Nice sugary tones that also have some grape/raisin scents.

T/M/D- It has a different taste that has a little bite. A taste of bitterness mixed with alcohol but at the same time it is somewhat smooth. It leaves a lingering taste on your palate and that is the only thing I dont like. All in all a good brew I would try another.

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Photo of WhiteOak
3.41/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Bright, clear cola red-brown. Dark tan foam settles down quickly to a minimal head.

S- Burnt sweet milk, saddle blanket, wet toasted grains, stewed dark fruits.

T- Sweet caramel malt, brown bread, stewed dark fruits, honey puffed taosted wheat, yeast.

M, D- Sweet malt is integrated into a toasty, somewhat creamy presentation.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
3.41/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Rheinland Restaurant in Independence Missouri.
Served in a Pilsner glass.

A- Pours a dark chestnut brown with 1 1/2 fingers width of very frothy light brown head that took its time leaving.

S- Sweet Malts. Not much else.

T- Malty. Dark fruits are there, but hard to pull out individually.

M- Thick, it coats your mouth and the throat going down.

O- Good. Would not label it great, but good.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.42/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A burgundy brown beer with a small, bubbly head leaving rings on the surface.

Smell was full of 'dark' fumes, caramel cigar tobacco and molasses. A big malty smell and some roasted, burned notes. Nice and complex.

Taste was a bit of a letdown, there was the sweet maltiness combined with the caramel, roast and mild molasses taste. However the body was rather thin and carbonation was lacking. This was unlike any other doppelbock I have had, which were all very full-bodied and more pronounced in malt and caramel flavors.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A - Pours a nice brown color with some strong reddish and ruby hints on the ends. There is a nice brown head that is one inch tall with some medium and active bubbles.

S - Earthy and grassy malt aroma. Toasted malt character as well with some slight sweet notes. Smells like wort.

T & M - There is some toasty grassy hints and some grassy notes. There are some sweet malt notes in the taste as well. There are some slight noble hop notes and bitterness.

D - It is good but not near my favorite beer. ABV is a bit higher but not crazy.

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3.46/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sweet toffee, vanilla and taro root plays well on the news. Body is the deepest brown. Head only reaches a skim of light tan. Taste is very sweet without being cloing. Some vanilla taffy and candied malts play on the palate. This is a solid beer but not incredibly complex brew from a brewer who makes one of the best wheat beers in the world.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
3.46/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pint glass; No freshness date to be found

P: Has a deep golden color to it as it pours from the bottle. It sits dark copper with a deep maroon hue, complimented by some slight orangish highlights. The light tan head stood 2 fingers tall, and was comprised of small, tightly packed bubbles. It showed good retention, and left some nice lacework on the glass as it receded to form a sheet of creamy foam on top.

A: Smells mostly of biscuity malts, with little hops, raisin, and a dash of cinnamon. Not nearly as pronounced as I would have expected, though. That scares me a bit.

T: Starts malty & sweet, while biscuity flavors are definitely the star of the show. I am a bit disappointed though, as it seems that the hops have died somewhere along the line. While I do get a bit of a leafy hop presence, they seem to be just skeletons of their former greatness. As a result, the sweet maltiness is way out of balance as there is no hop bitterness to level the playing field. Hops issue aside, there is also some dark fruit flavors that remind me of plums, prunes, and raisins. The finish is adequately dry, but there is a detectable astringent flavor that is a bit unpleasant. With all that being said, this is still a pretty good tasting beer. I can imagine how good this could be if the hops were still alive!

M: The mouthfeel is really good. It's silky smooth, a bit airy, and is gently carbonated with no "bite".

D: This is still pretty easy to drink, but considering that the taste is suffering a bit, I wouldn't want to drink another one at this time.

Notes: I was really excited to try the Korbinian, and while it wasn't awful by any stretch of the imagination, I was a bit disappointed. I will definitely have to give it another try sometime, as I think this one may be a bit elderly (why no freshness date?) Still, I can tell just by the flavors that are there that this could be a really good doppelbock. Stay tuned for an update...

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Photo of wcudwight
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark brown with some red hues. Massive 3 finger head that recedes to 1/4". Smells of sweets malts and some dark fruits...raisins. Taste is heavy on the malts. Very sweet and caramel with a mild honey and fruit finish. Cherries maybe. Feels creamy in the mouth, but a bit too much so. Drinkable for the right occasion, but not for any and every occasion. Dessert beer.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big foamy and sticky off-white head over a clear ruby brown body. The aroma consists of sweet maple, toffee, roasted and smoky malt, dark and red fruits with prominent character(cherries, plums) and an enticing earthiness. It’s very fruity and almost smoky, but actually not that spectacular after a few sips, earthy grape bubble gum if such a thing exists. Body could be a little thicker, but carbonation is moderate and appropriate. Basically, the palate doesn’t seem to reveal the promised secrets from the sniffing, but this is still a very good beer if not great.

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Photo of aracauna
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Foamer! Luckily I didn't spill a drop. Dark brown, not the black I was expecting. Nice small-bubbled off-white head. Aroma is fruit past it's prime. Flavor is light caramelly malts, no real hop presence but some odd funky spice. A bit sweet and syrupy. Mouthfeel is lively with constant steaming bubbles.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby-brown with substantial head of tan bubbles. Not much lace to speak of, but my Viking Iceland glassware may not have been clean enough, either.

Nose is definitely malt-forward, with toasty grains and some dried fruit (raisin) in there somewhere. Not bad, but not landmark, either.

Taste is certainly bold -- even sweet up front, with an underbelly of fruit below the thick and chewy maltiness of the toasty grains. And although this is probably a premier doppelbock in itself, I wasn't very impressed here. I'd say, stick to Weihenstephaner's hefeweizens as they are likely the best you'll ever taste.

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Photo of mlockman
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Certainly good in its own right, and granted I am biased, I just feel there are many better expressions available, particularly from lesser-known American craft breweries.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz

Poured a dark brown with a beige head that left a bit lacing behind. Toasty bread aroma, malts, and hints of cocoa and dried fruit. Crisp and toasty taste, sweet malts, cocoa and nuts keeping it from being too sweet, hints of raisins in the finish. A bit light in flavor and body for the style I thought, but still a fine quaff.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark chestnut body with a small head

Aroma: Malty and very sweet; molasses-like

Taste: Slightly bitter, but the bitter overpowers other flavors; dry, hoppy finish; good, but not great

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of oelergud
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tall greyish brown 1 pint .9oz glass bottle. pry-off cap. The label shows a bishop or similar character.
Almost opaque ruby and mahogany body. Dimpled creamy light tan head with great retention and a little lace.
Sweet dark bread with maple syrup scent. Clear and complex.
Lagerish bread flavor. Molasses and mild pine hop notes. Complex and interesting. The aftertaste is fairly hoppy and keeps with it some of the malt from the initial taste.
Medium to full body with residual sugars. Dry finish and maybe abit grainy.
Good drinkability, not the best doppelbock I've had but a good lager nonetheless.


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Photo of aaronh
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark caramel color topped by a tan, lasting head. Sweet malt aromas immediately greet me upon pouring the beer. Slight hint of noble hops. Dark roasted notes in the flavor, coupled with decent bitterness. Mild sweetness is coupled with a grainy finish. Feels a bit thin on the palate, and the carbonation is much milder than expected. Decent drinkability, but this one still lasted me a while. More of a dark lager or bock than a dopple. Glad I tried it, but over-rated as far as dopples go.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.51/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a beautiful, dark, deep ruby amber with a tan, 3 finger head, good retention. The resulting lace is decent and somewhat sticky.

Smell - Faint aromas of brown sugar, toffee, caramel and coffee.

Taste - Overtly sweet. Lots of toffee and sugar flavor. Coffee is pushed to the background. Fairly one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. moderate carbonation.

Overall - My 2nd foray into european double bocks, and this one's a bit disappointing. While I greatly enjoyed Ayinger Celebrator, this one is similar, but scaled back by comparison. Very sweet. Not much balance. I've found Weihensthephaner a powerhouse with their wheat beers, but this double bock doesn't quite make the grade. Not a bad beer overall, but I think the Ayinger has spoiled me in the Double Bock department. If I had to describe this one in two words, it'd be 'Sugar Beer'.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.51/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type bottle poured into a 0.5L Weissen Glass

appearance- a very dark, deep brown. nice tan head, not to much, but good lacing.

smell- hopps, caramel, and toasted wheat

taste/mouthfeel- lovely mid of sweet and spicy. somewhat crispy while slight more bitter. a full body with smooth finish. felt excellent

drinkability- a delicious beer that i enjoyed. a bit too bitter with a strong after taste that faded quickly

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Photo of beerguy101
3.52/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color, large foamy head. Aroma is very malty. Big malts, slightly sweet. Caramel and toffee then hop spicy. Nice balance. Big malty beer. Warming. Robust flavors. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry. Aftertaste is malty, with a lingering malty sweetness. Nice beer.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brown/ dark red color pour. Off white head rose and retreated to a ring and left behind spotty lacing. Aroma was of molasses, honey, malts, and roast. Taste was of molasses, burnt sugar, roast, and a caramel sweetness. Mild carbonation with a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Overall, a very good beer, but, the dopplebock style never really works for me.

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Photo of ikantspel
3.54/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml into a stein mug

Pours a dark roasted coffee brown with a full khaki color head

Heavy yeasty malts, coffee bean, and a stout like roasted aroma hits as soon as you pour

Malt flavor is abundant along with dark fruit.

Pretty light mouthfeel and the 7.4 abv is well hidden. Great value

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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 0.5 liter bottle into a Franzsikaner Weisbeer glass.

Comes out looking like cola with a lively two finger head. tons of carbonation visible.

On the nose tons of dark fruits and a bit of booze.

Full flavors of dark fruits, winter spices, caramel, a hint of coffee, some sweetness and a bunch of malt.

Full flavors but a medium body and a neutral finish. A lot fuller and bigger than the 7.4% suggests

It took me a little to get into this. Gets better as it warms up but one a night is enough for me.

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,633 ratings.
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