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 majorbase2
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, nearly black color with a huge, brown foam head that recedes over a few minutes. Leaves virtually no lacing.

Aroma is dominated by dark fruit. Prune, cherry and licorice. Some lightly roasted malts on the back end.

Taste follows eh nose, and it is remarkable. Explodes with dark fruits, with amazing flavors of candied molasses and pure caramel to follow. Sweet, but not overly, with just a pinch of bitterness. Has a very candy like flavor to it. Would make a great after dinner beer. Just crazy delicious.

Medium bodied, a bit syrupy, sweet, but goes down crazily smooth given those characteristics. Illegally drinkable, with no alcohol evident.

Overall, this beer is worthy of its reputation and then some! Incredible flavor and drink ability make this beer excellent for any occasion. This beer vaults towards the top of my list.

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Photo of jeffdr123
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark caramel in look and in taste. Same great balance you expect from a dobbelbock but more intense flavors. More toasty, more plum, more malt. Starts to get a porter feel as it warms.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very solid doppelbock. Tons of dark fruit aromas and flavors, very toasty, warm, and inviting. Sweet as well, but balanced out by a nice chocolate bitterness. Body is a bit heavy, carbonation is high.

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Photo of Guppy314
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle, pours opaque black with a one finger tan head. Aroma of a bready malt, molasses, and banana-like fruitiness. Taste is similar with also some toffee and caramel flavors. With fairly little carbonation, It is decently full bodied, but it doesn't have the "sustain" relative to better Stouts.

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Photo of stortore
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle into a pilsner glass.

Pours a dark caramel color- ruby when held to the light, mostly opaque, with a one and a half finger head on a conservative pour, lots of tight foamy lacing. Boy this smells great. Malt, caramel, bread, yeast, some chocolate. The taste is malt forward, then caramel, more chocolate than the nose, yeast, a little vanilla. Smooth, creamy, great body, great level of carbonation, the taste lingers.

A true classic, one that everyone should try. Bursting with aroma and flavor, so enjoyable to drink. Terrific price point for such a great beer, too.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This dopplebock pours a dark brown color with a slight red tint and a medium, foamy, tan head. It has a slight molasses scent with a significant apple scent as well. The flavor is quite complex. It has very full bodied malts which impart strong flavors of molasses, caramel, and brown sugar that mix with more subtle flavors of date and prune. There is significant alcohol presence as well, which isn’t surprising at 7.4%. This is a really interesting beer and dopplebocks in general are one of my favorite German styles. This is a very robust beer, which is my thing. I think it might be too intense for a lot of people though and even to me it is one of the more potent dopplebocks that I’ve had. Weihenstephaner is definitely one of my most favorite breweries and this beer tows the mark that they’ve set. I don’t think it is quite as polished as some of their hefes, however, but that isn’t meant to be much of a denouncement as their hefes are without a doubt some of the best in the world.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick, dark brown to black beer with a creamy, beige head.

Nose: Caramel malt, hazelnut, brown sugar, toffee, hops, raisin and prunes.
Taste: Molasses, brown sugar, caramel in the taste to, rye bread, chocolate and hazelnut.
Mouth: Full body. Thick and creamy. Sweet but bittersweet ending.

This is sucha a good beer! I just love it!

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Photo of teromous
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the back of the label: "5515"

Appearance: The body is very transparent with a dark reddish brown mahogany color. The head is this very thick and creamy textured flat-topped cap with a light tan color. Great retention and lacing.

Aroma: Light caramel smell with some brown sugar.

Taste: It has a great sweet caramel flavor with a touch of toasted oat flavor. No bitterness or harshness accompanies the gentle toasted flavor. It is a very elegant beer.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and medium bodied. Smooth but not thick. The finish is very light and airy.

Overall: A fantastic beer that has held up through the import process. I wasn't picking up any oxidation in the bottle at all. This is one beer that I would buy as an import again. It really highlights the sweet malty character of Dopplebocks without being heavy handed in texture or overpowering with roasted bitterness. It's just a very well made beer. I enjoyed it and I would drink it again.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9 bottle poured into snifter no bottle date

A: lively head but short lived. Nice brown deep caramel body hard to see through.

S: lots of raisins and plums some deep caramel

T: nice soft carbonation big raisins, pluns, figs, dates caramel this beer is amazing

M: a lot more carbonation then you would expect from a double bock.

O: Great beer soft caramel great malts lots of carbonation though

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - dark Amber with a thin white head

S - Caramel, herbal hops

T - folllow the taste. Caramel delight

F - Thick, great carbonation

O - One of the best doppelbock I've had!

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Photo of erk0607
4.99/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! Is the first word I said when I tried this. I think I have a new go-to favorite when I'm not up for experimenting.

Look: Nearly opaque dark brown with beige lacing. Head forms nicely mellowing out to a nice, thick lacing.

Smell: Caramel, dark fruit, malt. I can't stress the caramel enough. It's awesome.

Taste: Outstanding. Malt hits the tongue first, followed by a sweet, caramel, maybe some roasty chocolate, a bit of zing to it probably from the alcohol (7.40%).

Feel: Heavy. Thick. One of those "motor oil beers". Minuscule carbonation lends to creamy, liquidy mouthfeel.

Overall: I'm going to get more of this and stockpile it.

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

One of their better efforts and they've got this one down pat. Beautiful brown color, aroma of toffee and roasted nuts. Medium to full flavor with texture befitting the style. The real deal and a nice experience which I repeat whenever I get the chance.

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Photo of puck1225
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful dark brown into a tall glass, light brown foam and lacing. Toasted malt smell. Chocolate notes and bready taste. Sweet and malty, with a pleasant floral aftertaste. Nice beer!

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Delicious, malty, nutty, darkly chocolatey, lightly roasted, toffee, bready, deliciousness.

A: Taupe with ruby highlights. Cream colored head, creamy and decadent.

A: Crusty, day old bread, beer nuts, toffee. Touch of raisins. Overall, a toasted sensation.

M: Well attenuated, hefty body, velvety feel. A touch sticky.

T: Toast and grape jelly. Nutty and toffee...Nutella but less chocolatey.

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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 jzeilinger
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark chestnut brown color, clear with an incredibly thick and frothy toffee colored head, beautiful carbonation cascade.

S - Nutty, wheat, toasted caramel, bready/yeasty, toffee.

T - Nutty, toasted caramel, fig, yeasty.

M - Chewy with silky carbonation, a little creamy, heavy body.

O - Just an all around fantastic beer, I need to buy more of these.

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Photo of Chris_Mills92
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Very very dark but not black, almost a red brown.

Aroma: Malts and spices with what seems like a touch of the yeast

Taste: A taste of charred oak, reminds me of bourbon aged beer. Pretty strong but not overbearing.

Feel: Thick and creamy, which is great for the stronger flavor.

Overall: If the charred oak flavor was any stronger I couldn't handle it, so considering it's balanced enough to not be too strong of flavor, I like this beer though I would wait before picking it up again.

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Photo of dmgallag
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice doppel here. Great balance between the malt and the hops. Pours dark with not much to the nose. Little carb, silky smooth in the mouth. Not too sweet and not bitter, just a perfect malt bomb of a drink. Cheers!

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Photo of bnes09
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark bronze, chocolate color. Light, patchy lacing. Bready, malty, burnt caramel, mild roasted aroma, hint of maple. Rich and sweet malty character. Maple and molasses, sweet prunes and dates. Slightest hint of earthy hop. Full bodied. Sticky feel. Complex and delicious dopplebock. One of the best I've had.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. Body is a dark brown. Head is minimal.

S: Dark fruits, sweet caramel, some spiciness, and molasses.

T: Same as the nose. It reminds me of a scotch ale.

F: Medium bodied and smooth. There is a slight warmth from the alcohol.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear dark brown with reddish hues. Head of foam is off white and shrinks to a ring around the glass.

Caramel and roasted malt in the nose. Deep whiffs reveal a fruity and perhaps a nutty character.

Caramel, chocolate, toffee, a slightly tart fruitiness comes to my taste buds. Working in unison to make for a smooth and delicious beer. I have no idea how fresh the bottle is but the taste and smoothness of the body has me hooked. Excellent.

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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 stlfatguy
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very Nice. Like this doppelbock a lot. Pours a Rich dark brown/black with brown/khaki head. Highly carbonated on initial pour, with thick head. Looks looks a cola. Head didn't last long and dwindled to a thin Ring. Smell was dark fruit, not too strong. Taste was initially fine, dark chocolate. Later some plum, molasses, a little malty sweet biscuit. mouthful is nice, full, thick. It stays with you. I'm impressed by everything from this brewery, and am happy how easily available it is. If you want a good example if a particular style, start here. There's a reason it's been around Hundreds of years.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml Bottle dated 4165; I think that's October 6, 2015. DFH Snifter.

A: Pours a deep brown with very little head. I thought I saw a chunk of sediment roll out as I poured. Virtually no head. Light brown around the edges. Second pour yielded just under 1 finger of light khaki head that dissipated quickly. Some carbonation visible when held to the light, along with glinting red highlights.

S: I have a cold, so I know I should have waited to review this, but I couldn't wait. Even with an impaired nose, I can smell A deep, rick, fruity maltiness. Figs, Prunes, Raisins, Caramel, Really smells like Trader Joe's fig spread.

T: Arrives sweet, naturally, though not as sweet as one might expect from the smell. Taste of figs, crème brulee, and deeply toasted rye bread, maybe even sprouted rye, come across mid-palate, followed by a little black tea and a very clean bittering at the end. Almost has a ruby port like character.

M: Definitely full bodied, and hefty. Lighter side of heavy, though. Moderate carbonation helps to prevent it from feeling heavy. Also, it is not terribly slick, despite the hefty weight.

O: This is a work of art. The other doppelbocks I've had come off as cloying; this is boldly sweet on the palate, but cleans up remarkably. It is lighter than one would expect it to be in feel, while potent in character in every respect. That said, it is really sweet, and I like sweeter beers. So far, as doppelbocks go, if I am going to have one, it will be this one over Salvator or Doppelrock (have not had Celebrator or Troegenator yet), but I don't know that I will be seeking out doppelbocks.

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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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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,634 ratings.
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