Weihenstephaner Korbinian | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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 Naked_Batman
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- a deep reddish brown that is barely opaque when poured into a lager glass, has a chesnut colored head that soon forms to a simple ring around the glass after a vigorous pour

S-immediately malty, with hints of molasses, honey, and maybe just a bit of milk chocolate

T-sweet, but not cloying, alcohol is well hidden even at around 8%. notes of caramel, sweet corn, wheat, and molasses lead into a slight wheaty maltness. Might just be me, but I almost get the taste of toasted marshmallows in this brew.

M-carbonation is light but still refreshing, it's just a tad syrupy which is nice as it gives the beer a little more body

O-A solid, old fashioned brew. More of a fan of their hefe but still would drink this again, especially if paired with some traditional german sausages or schnitzel.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass while cross border shopping.

Appearance- Clear, very dark brown color with a decent finger of head that recedes fairly quickly. Leaves behind a cola looking beer with some carbonation.

Smell - cola, and plenty of dark fruit namely plum. Lots of mixed malts some treacle and molasses come to the front as it warms,

Taste - very delicious, rich and slightly sweet doppelbock. Some dark fruit, plenty of tasty and slightly sweetened grain, and just a suggestion of baked chocolate. Very yummy stuff. Reminds me of. A good chocolate wafer. Treacle and molasses come to the forefront as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - smooth and creamy deliciously light and the alcohol is masked incredibly.

Overall - a top notch doppelbock from a top notch brewery. What else can be said that hasn't already been said.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

By far my favorite beer at Biergarten Haus in DC, mainly because I prefer rich beers with a lot of character over a lot of more standard German offerings. That said, this could be a Belgian trippel, even a quad if the alcohol were stronger. It's black and opaque with a head that doesn't stick around too long and not a ton of fizz in the glass either. Texture is medium bodied and a bit sticky.

There's some roasted malts and a slight waft of smoke in there, but the more dominant flavors are molasses and burnt toffee, prunes and raisins (not a juicy enough flavor to be fresh stone fruit - this has a distinctly dried flavor to it). I amazed that this is a doppelbock (lager-style) considering it has the heft of an Abbey ale, so extra points for going above and beyond the style.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: dark black, not that much head, and not really good head retention.
Smell: Molasses and dark sugar smell
Taste: As the smell, a lot of molasses taste and sugar. Also some hint of dark fruit such as prune.
Feel: Not as good as the Ayinger Celebrator. Aftertaste does not linger around as well, and it is not as full body for such high alcohol percentage.
Impression: It is a really good and great tasting brew, but I would prefer a Celebrator more.

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

Pours a hazy amberish brown under a solid 1-inch thick cream colored head which lingers. Aromas of dark fruits and sweet malts with roast and caramel notes. Flavor follows nose with some faint bready yeast. Complex and somewhat sweet finish.

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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 Schoeni
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Damn good German Style Doppelbock:
Looks good in the glass, Color is a dark Brown, glimmers ruby against the light. Wonderful.
A very appetizing smell: Cocoa and roasted malts. Wow. The Cocoa is so present here.
Flavors of dark bread, dark fruits, wooooo. Sapralot!
Just imagine that the Bavarians are only allowed to use Hops,malts, yeast and water!
There is no Chocolate, lactose, or other aromas added, and it is so aromatic. Wow.
Tastes like liquid choclate, roasted malt, mild sweetness, and that typical taste of cereals.
Nice Dark German Style Doppelbock. Vom Feinsten! Outstanding. Prost!

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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 Andrewharemza
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown clear beer with tan head with lacing. Aroma has creamy toffeey and molassey sweetness with light roastiness and some nuts. Flavor is sweet with toffee, lightly roasted and nutty. Palate is medium full with quite heavy carbonation. Finish has mild bitterness.

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Photo of slusk
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark garnet with a dense, creamy tan head.

A: Big malt aroma with chocolate, raisin and dark fruits. Molasses and dark caramel come through with an earthy undertone. The tiniest hint of oak.

T: Sweet dark chocolate and coffee flavors dominate with raisin and fig. Clean distinct and complex flavors hide the alcohol well. Dark bread crust in a sweet finish.

M: Low carbonation, medium body.

O: I really like this beer. It's clean as a lager should be but the Malt complexity shines. A good warmer. One of my favorites although it takes a third place behind Celebrator and Andechser, but a VERY close third.

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Photo of 360logic
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Medium/Dark amber color. Head is pretty decently thick and creamy, with typical off-white color for the style.

S: Fruity. Dried figs and prunes. Yeasty, almost hefeweizen aroma. Toasted raisin bread.

T: Drier than I expected. Initial malty sweetness gives way to dried cranberries/cherries and finish that is both somehow both crisply dry with a lingering brown sugar sweetness.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. Pretty middle of the road for doppelbock. Expected more.

O: Super solid doppelbock. Not quite the coppery fruit ale the Salvator is or the whole wheat loaf in a bottle that the Celebrator is, this is rich without being overwhelming, and gives you equal measures of malt and fruitiness with a yeastiness that brightens it up a bit.

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Photo of DuffDaddy
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from Lake Wales ABC. Great malty, caramel flavors...easy, easy to drink. Enjoyed while watching Band of Brothers...is it wrong to drink a German beer while watching a WWII movie?

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle.

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a red tint. Head is tan and thick, it lingers for awhile and leaves some beautiful lacing.

S: Roasted malts, sweet bread, cocoa, plum and other dark fruits, caramel, cranberry raisin, allspice, and a subtle earthiness.

T: Sweet roasted malts, caramel, plum, raisin, cranberry, dark chocolate, and a subtle spice on the finish.

M: Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, smooth and creamy.

O: This is one of my personal (Big 3) Doppelbock's right there alongside Celebrator, and Salvator.

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Photo of mkh012
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look- very dark brown, nearly black. a touch of red in the right light
Smell- raisins, chocolate, plums, bread
Taste- delicious. dark fruits, bread, a touch of chocolate. very malt forward. almost no hop presence at all
Feel- creamy. I could drink a few of these despite the heavy maltiness.

Weihenstephaner never fails. This is probably my second favorite offering from them besides their hefe.

The complexity fades a bit the more you drink it, but that's more a testament to the balance of flavors than a complaint. Still, I could see some saying that this beer's almost too smooth and drinkable- perhaps a little thin.

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Photo of Johnor3
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really love the smell of this brew. One thing I noticed right off the first taste was the cocoa and nut flavor, kind of like chocolate and walnuts, but not sweet. It is very good and refreshing for a Doppelbock. I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: dark brown beer with light brown head a few fingers high, slimmed but persisted

S: dark fruits and wet malt beds, mild suggestions of something cocoa and nut...

T: warm and softly, sweetly roasty blend of dark fruit, chocolaty-brown bread, vague allusions to spice, dark wet wood

F: medium-light, soft glide of carbonation; smooth and gentle; warm, wet, aftertaste

O: an expectedly excellent lager from the masters... Deservedly, a Beer of Fame... (#107 as of this review)

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice medium brown color, pretty, fine head, good persistence.

Smells correct. Just a hint of lager-y malt.

Taste is malty, sweet on the attack. Downgraded a bit due to excess sweetness.

Feels quite nice in the mouth. Fine.

Overall a good beer. Not in the same quality class as Celebrator, but nice.

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

This was the creamiest Doppel that I've ever had. It could have been a little sweeter to match the feel a bit better, but it's still a very good beer overall.

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Photo of StoutHobbit
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I feel like I'm alone with this but here's my two bits. It's a really good beer.
Not my favorite which, yeah is subjective.

L: Gorgeous amber, light foam dances on top
S: Smell like a sweetish bread maybe a pump
T: Bready, Sweet. OVERLY SO! Like it was almost sugary. Maybe it was what I had/ or hadn't eaten lately, but I was a little sickened by the sweetness. It was malty and had that molassasy (sp?) taste you'd expect. It just was a scoche much for me.
F: Thick, not too think, goes down so easy.
O: Decent, or more like very good, easy drinker, just not my favorite for my palate. If you like sweeter beers, this is for you.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. No faults here. Perhaps it's too smooth? This miracle beverage pours very deep, pretty mahogany with thin off-white top. The aromas of plum, molasses, and malty goodness are about as good as it gets. Almost don't want to drink it. Yeah right...the same delightful notes carry through into the flavors. The mouthfeel is creamy and perfectly under-carbonated. I could drink this by the gallons. My only conceivable complaint? Could be a little stronger. But, that's silly.

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

From a single into a Great Divide cervoise

a: dark brown black (though tinged with ruby when held to the light), with a big 3 finger khaki head that subsides within a minute or two, leaving a little lacing
s: yum. toasted pumpernickel, a little plummy sweetness (but no tartness), some figs, roasted toffee maltiness, earthy awesomeness.
t: follows the nose, really bready on the front, and fairly sweet without being cloying on the back, with just a touch of mild bitterness and even peppery spiciness. Absolutely delicious, and fantastic integration.
m: as good as the nose and taste are, the mouthful may be the best part. low-medium carbonation, substantial chewy body without being too heavy or thick.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

-dunkel color, a thick wheat
- nice light bread scent warming
- right on deep caramel bread flavor dark taste light feel
- light not over carbonated for this style
-2nd best dopple

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Photo of Apellonious
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 fl oz bottle poured into a mug. 1154 bottle code, which appears to be close to a year old.

A - A dark brown/black cola like appearance. Little to no head.

S - Malts, toffee, toasted grains.

T - Follows the nose, with some vanilla bean and bread notes.

M - Carbonaton is medium low. Medium heft, finishes clean with a touch of bitterness.

O - A tasty doppelbock, very straightforward and true to style. Sometimes that's all you need.

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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 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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Weihenstephaner Korbinian from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
94 out of 100 based on 1,201 ratings.
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