Brewed by Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Style: Doppelbock
Freising, Germany


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RATINGS: 1432   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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A double bock beer that has what it takes. Not just for lovers of strong beer. With a malty aroma and great taste, our Korbinian is a true beer speciality. It goes well with smoked meat and fish as well as wild roasts and fowl.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Labeled a dunkels starkbier or "dark strong beer", this beer is a dopplebock, or double bock, by style. Dopplebocks are strong, warming, malty beers that were brewed by monks to sustain them during fasting. They have often been called "liquid bread" for their intense malt character. This beer quite possibly, could be the most impressive example of dopple bock ever brewed. It clearly was my favorite until I tried Andeches Dopplebock Dunkel on a trip to Germany last year. And while I did indeed find a dopple bock that I could honestly say is "better" than Korbinian, it is still one of the most impressive dopplebock biers being brewed today. I am stunned each and every time I drink this beer. If anyone ever had any questions as to what malt tastes like, one sip of beer will answer all those questions. Korbinian Dunkles Starbier pours to a beautiful, bright, deep chestnut color with thick and creamy tan head, and a moderate to soft amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is striking. Deep, deep sweet malty, toasty, and nutty aromas marry with slow and subtle waves of alcohol strength. Just smelling this beer is a better experience than drinking many beers. The palate is full and lush on the tongue with a slick and syrupy body. The malt flavors in this beer are amazingly complex, comforting, and delicious. Flavors of sweet malt, toast, nuts, slight hints of chocolate, and vanilla coat the tongue and fill the mouth. Korbinian finishes with more stunning complex malt flavors up front, then ends with a slightly cloying, warming finish that lingers. This beer is indeed strong, coming in at about 7.4% abv. I’m floored. Last night it was my pleasure to slowly sip and savor a half liter bottle of this Teutonic nectar. And at $2.85 a half liter, it is a steal. I would not dare match this beer with food. Korbinian makes the perfect after dinner drink, and is the perfect beer to slowly work on and enjoy as you relax reading the paper or a good book.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2007 Pours a dark brownish mahogany color w/ a tall, relentless, creamy froth that sits there forever. Reduces to a full canopy of thick lace. Intense aromas of honey, dark fruits, roasted coffee bean and cocoa. Nice! Medium nectar w/ very mellow effers that create a nice creamy texture. Flavors are fresh and complex in nature w/ a very defined overlying roasted honey character. Molases, honey, plum, red apple, raisins, cocoa, roasted coffee bean, spiced cakebread, and slightly earthy. Wow! This brew rocks. The creamy texture really sets this one apart from the usual suspects. The finish has a perfect bittering component consting of chocolate roasted coffee beans and a lasting presence of stewed dark fruits and buttery cocoa. Goes good w/ spicey chili con carne. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
shanoknowsfood (53) - Hawaii, USA - JUL 19, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2014 Bottle @ Whole Foods, Sarasota, FL. Just tried this amazing beer, for the first time, today (2013). WOW! Never thought i could find a beer as good as (or even better than), Spaten Optimator. Well, today i did. This beer is just plain delicious! Everything’s the same...just a little bit smoother ;) Chocolate, fruit cake, plums, nutty, malty, yummy... Like Christmas in a bottle! You won’t regret trying this.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Briera (12) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2012
This is one of the most flavorful Dunkels I have ever came on contact with. Smooth with a lovely aftertaste. I would highly recommend this brew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jbuskirk (478) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Korbinian boasts a whole lot of malty awesomeness. For a bock, it’s quite complex, too. Caramel sweetness makes the largest impression. The finish provides some nice variation. It’s mildly hoppy and even a touch sour from the yeast. Weihenstephaner’s winter bock is a treat that deserves to be savored.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
RichieMac3 (11) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Sweet. Nutty. Lingering body. Excellent beer for its high malt character. Overall very well balanced.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Davebarbs (1) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2014 does not count
Having tasted many beers in my time, this beer contains the complement of excellent qualities, full bodied with wholesome aroma. A meal in itself.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gilby (27) - Fort Riley, Kansas, USA - FEB 4, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2006 This dopplebock is probably has most well rounded flavor I have ever had. The first time I had it I was literally amazed by the taste, it is in fact a religious experience just to be able to buy this brew. Nice and heavy, It is sweet to the palate, and such a flavorful chocolate malty aftertaste. I instantly added this to my favorite all time wall of fame. outstanding, period.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (1938) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 5, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2012 Bottle 500ml from Parkhill cellars. Great beer, smooth like a fine wine, complex like the best beers. Aromas of burnt caramel, toffee, plum, alcohol, and hints of butter. Taste is sweet, with subtle bitter notes, and long lasting. Palate is syrupy and full-bodied. Dark brown, with a thin frothy head.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
iggynelix (74) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2011
Strong caramel and toasted malt aroma with a buttery undertone. dark amber in colour but not cloudy or hazy. contrary to some other tasters, i found a thin head when poured (weather may have been a factor here). The sweetness with lite bitters is exactly what was ordered for some beef stew. Medium to full body on the palate with a long caramel finish puts this beer in my highest rated category. Coming from the world’s oldest operating brewery and the 7.4% abv helps put the charisma in this delectable brew.

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