Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner KorbinianWeihenstephaner Korbinian

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

Pours a clear ruby read with an off white head that recedes quickly. No lacing on the flute glass. Smell is mildly malty with a little alcohol. Taste is strongly malts with some dark fruit. There is a little alcohol kick at the end.

Mouthfeel is rich. Drinkability is ok. I'm not a great fan of real malty beers. Some of the Dopplebocks I have tried have additional strong flavors that make the beer more interesting.

This one is good, but there are a few better ones out there.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

While watching the SF Giants pitter away their season, we find this gem....Clearn deep, dark mahogany. Not much of a head, decent carbonation and little to no lacing. Extremely robust aroma of heavy raosted malt, some mettalic notes, some molasses...Maybe even maple syrup. Pretty great smelling and quite spot on to style. Great flavor upfront. Very rich and full in the mouth. Great roasty punch in the gut, like watching Zito walk in two runs in the first inning of a title clinching game. Beautiful, but loses it near the end - unlike Zito who apparently never has it to begin with. Thin finish, and the unpleasant metallic notes show up more. Nice long, toasty finish - kind of like what the Padres will apparently receive after tomorrow night's game after the Giants choke and lose three straight to get the boot. If not for the thin finish, this would be great. As it is, it's merely good. decently priced at $2.99/half-liter so that brings the drinkability up some, and we're gonna need it after today's game...

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Photo of clvand0
3.57/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a medium head and almost no lacing. The aroma was slightly malty with hints of fruit. The taste was very smooth and sweet with a thick roasted taste to it. The drinkability is just a medium because it is very sweet and very thick. It is quite enjoyable, but I don't think I could drink several in a row.

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Photo of travolta
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown, but a beautiful ruby red when held to the light! Nice retention and lacing.

Nose: Prunes, malt, carmel. Toasted grain at the end.

Taste: Soft and pleasant carbonation. Carmel and prunes with a touch of chocolate.

Notes: A great quality beer, but very particular in taste and mouthfeel.

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Photo of pants678
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've poured this beer into an English pint. There's a single finger head that's on the bubbly side. Light gets through on the edges and highlights the red tinges in the thick, deep brown. Color is close to leaning toward a porter, but not quite. Maybe too dark?

The nose gives off a distinct sweet malt, there's something about it that almost comes off creamy, while definitely nutty. I don't get the charred or roasted notes that I get from the Celebrator or even Shiner's Bock. Taste matches the smell only in the lighter ways, like a smoothed out English Brown. I'm a fan of sharper notes. I do get oak and wood, ties in well with the caramel overtones.

It's carbonated loosely, creamy texture. There's a nice light tingle that dissolves away. Not much of an aftertaste, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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Photo of shivtim
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly translucent beer, reddish brown, with a thin tan head. Looks pretty good. Nose is alcohol, brown sugar, and malts. Taste is Euro hops, raw sugar, and slight alcohol. A bit of a wild flavor. More alcohol on warming. Mouthfeel is foamy and yet full.

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Photo of DelMontiac
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Korbinian was poured from a 500ml bottle into a New Belgium globe.

Very nice color - root beer brown with mahogany highlights around the edges of the glass. A gentle pour yeilded a 2 finger beige head that headed for the stratusphere after about 3 minutes. Inviting.

I get the same nose from every doppelbock - prune juice, red table wine, sweet toasted malt, and straw. Yes...straw.

The big flavor is sweet malt backed up by plums or prunes and dark bread crusts. Alcohol makes its way through at the finish. No hopiness to speak of.

The feel is fairly thick and the carbonation is just right. Even better warmed up. I would call drinkability above average as I do all doppelbocks. A half liter will hold me for some time. Good for not being one of my preferred styles.

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Photo of PapaEugene
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The only german bock beer of the beer tasting evening with rvdoorn. It was in the MITRA shop amongst a huge selection of Dutch bock beers.

A: Dark-brown/ruby color with a bubbly light brown head.

S: Roasted malts, caramel, yeast and... cabbage and a hint of soy sauce.

T: Roasted malts, caramel and dark fruits. Again that soy sauce association. Slightly bitter and herbal.

M: Medium body, Low carbonation and creamy mouthfeel.

D: A good beer that would have been much better without the soy sauce flavor.

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Photo of BierReise
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one is cloudy brown with lots of floaties and a significant head that dwindles to a thin layer of film. Aroma is sweet with a huge malt profile. Full bodied with a creamy feeling mouthfeel. Flavor is super strong and malty with a definite alcohol presence. There's a ton of malt in this brew and not much else.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.61/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle (code but no date on back label) into a dimpled mug. It was a reddish brown color. It had a huge 3 finger beige head that quickly dissipated into a broken foam. A little carb and some lacing. Expected more based on other reviews so was surprised by the lack thereof.

The aroma was malty with dark fruit overtones (prune or raisin). Not a big fan of the dark fruit smell which hurt the aroma and taste scores. The taste was good but again the dark fruit taste was enough to throw it off for me. I've had other DB's that I really liked so disappointed with this one. If you like the style and dark fruit, I could see this one being a hit but not for me. Mouthfeel was nice and creamy.

Overall, a one and done beer for me. I love their other beers but this one just didn't do it for me. Oh well, guess I'll just have to buy more of their world class hefe.

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Photo of whiplash3825
3.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish-mahogany with at most a one-finger head which lasts at most five minutes. No lacing.

Smell of dark fruits... figs, plum, raisin, along with a VERY noticable degree of alcohol.

Taste is much the same, but with an unpleasant metallic bitterness which I can't imagine where it comes from. Also, this beer hides the alcohol worse than any higher-gravity beer I've had to date. Close to overpowering.

Mouthfeel seems thin for such a substantial beer, and carbonation is short-lived.

One is about all I can stomach. This goes down about as easy as Nyquil!

I know this is heresy, but I don't get the great reviews of this brew. The only other doppelbock I've had is Optimator, which I LOVE and have had on many occasions. I also love Weihenstephaner Hefe, and get into high-ABV Belgians also. But this beer is so alcoholic it seems like it should be medicine. I guess I'm just not man enough!

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Photo of billysj
3.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a dark brown with a creamy tan head.

Smells sweet with hints of malt and caramel. Taste is good with a mix of malt, coffee, and some chocolate.

Mouthfeel is smooth with nice carbaonation. Overall, this is one of the better Doppelbock I have had.

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Photo of djmichaelk
3.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml bottle into a perfect pint.

A - Slightly hazy dark brown, with with a small finger or so of head that lacks retention. Wispy fingers on the glass are all that it leaves.

S - Strange mix on this one. A cola-like sweetness, plenty of roasted malt, and almost a smoky aroma.

T - That sweetness is still there, again reminding me of Coke. I've never been that much of a fan of the sweeter doppelbocks, but this has more to it that most. Roastiness, caramel, shoe leather (?), and smoke are all layered in there. Good but not great.

M - Carbonation is maybe a little on the harsh side, but otherwise it's a very nice-feeling beer, like its brethren.

D - On the strong side, I could drink maybe another but that's probably it before I'd look for something else.

O - This is another on my swing through the Weihenstephan roster. They have better offerings in other styles but this is still solid.

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Photo of elricorico
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes: Fairly dark brown/mohagany, thin moch head. Not much for lacing.

Smells of caramel and some nuttiness, a little lacking.

Very sweet to taste, caramel and nuttiness again. Toasty malt flavour with a bit of herbal hops to finish.

Thick bodied with enough carbonation just to cut through.

Not bad, but a little too sweet for me to have much at once.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep Burgundy color bock with large dirty brown color head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of banana ester with some dry fruits notes. Taste is also dominated by some dark fruit taste with ester of banana and some sweet malt. Body is about average with some creamy notes and good carbonation with no distinguishable alcohol. Well done but it would have been even better to get a fresher bottle.

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Photo of speter
3.64/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep clear amber, with a fluffy off-white head that faded to lace.

S: Sweet caramel malt, prunes, with just the slightest hint of ethanol.

T: Prunes, plums, raisins, and perhaps figs, along with sweet malt and booze.

M: Full-bodied and nicely warming. The carbonation is present, but subdued.

D: As close to the classic examples of the style as you get. This is not a session beer, but stands out as a great Lenten drink.

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Photo of joecast
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

extremely dark without being black. deep reddish brown when the glass is held to light. forms a large tan head initially which fades down to a thin lace and leaves traces down the sides of the glass.

strong sweet malt aroma bordering on candy like. a bit of prune/raisin comes through as it warms.

hard to describe this taste. not as heavy as i expected but still a considerable malt presence. some dark fruit sweetness. strange but i get a bit of yeast character and a bit of a slick feel at the end.

hmm, not a bad beer, but not my thing. i had high hopes for this one bit it just doesnt make it happen for me. a heavy malt oriented beer can go in a few directions. chocolate/coffee or dark fruit (and probably a few other directions). i find the choc/coffee much more appealing.

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Photo of djura
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got it in Hungary. 0,5l bottle.

A - Ruby dark,lots of bubbles at the beginning,one finger brown foam.
S - Dark fruits,plum,sweetness.
T/M - Sweet,drinkable,lots of fruits. Taste like plum jam. Medium carbonation,low bitterness. Too sweet aftertaste.

O - Maybe it is best to drink it with some cake or something similar. Personally,i don't feel it tasty,but good beer for the style.

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Photo of BarrelO
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I finally decided to pop my reviewing cherry, and I'm doing it with a beer I never managed to get around to trying before. 500ml bottle poured into a pint glass in two installments. I'm a fan of medieval-type artwork, so I dig the label art even if the bishop looks like he's wearing dishwashing gloves.

A: Reddish-brown with a minimal head that quickly dissipates. Some lacing, mainly toward the bottom of the glass.

S: A heavy onslaught of roasty maltiness.

T: Like the nose indicates, a strong roastiness that lingers in the aftertaste. A closer examination reveals raisins and other dark fruits. A certain breadiness shows up after the other flavors have dissipated and remains long after the last sip.

M: Rather thin, almost watery, but not excessively so. Has a drying effect on the palate.

D: Astonishingly easy to pound back, especially considering the ABV. Overall, a quality example of German brewing. It can't quite go toe-to-toe with Celebrator as far as doppelbocks go, but I certainly wouldn't turn one down. I don't think I'd want to have it by itself, though. I'd rather follow the Weihenstephan web page's suggestion and try it with some smoked meat or fish.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When poured it was a reddish brown in color with very little foam. The smell was of roasted malts and spicies with a hint of hop's. The taste of roasted malts and spicies with a hint of caramel had a pleasant feel on the palate. The only set back was it had a sour feel on the palate along with a little bitterness. But, the sour taste is what kind of turn me off. Not a whole lot of flavor that I was expecting from this beer either!

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Photo of drewbage
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Sampled from a free bottle provided me courtesy of some very fine folks)

Deep hide brown beer topped with a substantial tan head with loose spattered bubbles.

Aroma is big toasty malt mixing with bubblegum. The end of the nose includes a fair number of metallic notes.

Body continues the toasted malt tone of the aroma slowly morphing in a flavor of bread and caramel sauce.

A hop bite starts the finish but is quickly overcome by a sour finish.

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Photo of ajs4bd
3.66/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled 2-18-09 in a snifter

A - Poured a slightly hazy dark brown with an average head. Beautiful color. Lacing was very good, and carbonation appears very small.

S - Heavy malts, including molasses, hay and toasted nuts. A sweet smell overall. Hops come through a bit, but not much.

T - I noticed all the sweet malts in the taste, but the mouthfeel was too thin in comparison to other Doppels. The carbonation was rather fizzy, and didn't provide a smooth finish, and there was also a bit of a slight metallic aftertaste.

Overall, an OK doppelbock, but the mouthfeel was just too thin for me to want more. No comparison to Ettaler or Samichlaus.

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Photo of bditty187
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery-brown hue with a bloody influence, when I held it up to the light I noticed loads of animation racing towards the light beige head. Speaking of head, it reached an apex of a finger and a half in height; it then faded quickly to half a finger, then to a soapy cap that lingered throughout consumption. The subsequent lacing was very modest but discernible. The nose had its moments of impressiveness, sticky toffee, a hint of dark fruits, alcohol, and a strong dose of good ol’ maltiness. Behind these smells are notes of toasty-bready-caramel. I did find the bouquet to be a little airy. As a whole the aromas are pleasant, the potency is a tad lacking, nevertheless it is inviting. It took a few sips before the flavors really sparked any interest. Upfront on the palate I detected a malty, plumy, toffee combination, in the middle an average caramel noted emerged, also some chocolate pudding was added to the mix, in the finish the alcohol becomes noticeable, this was a lovely addition! The sweetness is really restrained; it is even a little dry. Without question the palate is tasty but it doesn’t really standout like Urbock 23° or Samichlaus Bier, nor is it as yummy as SA Double Bock or Celebrator. This is no way a knock against Korbinian… the competition is tough! The tummy warming affects are noticeable. Medium-full in body, the carbonation is low, the mouthfeel is quite soft and maybe even a little unexciting. I am impressed at the “easy of consumption” considering the abv, in other words it is very drinkable. I do wish this beer were available locally as it would be something I’d quaff again. I purchased my bottle in Iowa City. This is a top ten Doppelbock but it doesn’t standout enough for me.

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Photo of daythree16
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark brown with a two-finger tan head.

Smell is very sweet. Dates, candied fruit and caramel. Taste is sweet and bready with with an earthy finish that contains just a bit of butterscotch.

Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy. Super malty sweetness keeps the drinkability from being very high.

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Photo of Winter
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown in color with auburn highlights and a tan head. Vinous aroma of plum with a bready maltiness to it. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied. Malty front with dark fruit that soon follows. Chocolate, rum and feint caramel toward the middle. The hop bitterness is relatively low. Vinous toward the back with some alcohol to comprise a dry finish. Very easy drinking doppelbock. Flavors all meld so well that none in particular really stand out, rather they assemble a nice balance all-together. Definitely worth trying, but still not my favorite doppelbock.

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