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Weihenstephaner Korbinian

Rating: 3.95

This one is a beer that I am very excited about, a beer from Weihenstephan that I’ve yet to try which is a pretty big deal for me as the brewery is one of my all time favourites thanks to their outstanding wheat beers. This one will be the second from the brewery that I will have tried that doesn’t fall under the wheat beer banner, the only other being their fairly disappointing Oktoberfestbier offering Festbier that I reviewed here some time ago. Hopefully that beer isn’t a sign of things to come and the brewery isn’t just all about the wheat beers but that remains to be seen. This particular beer takes its name from Saint Korbinian, founder of the St. Stephen church in Freising in 720 which the Weihenstephan Abbey proper followed on from some time later. As I’ve mentioned, this is a beer that I am very much looking forward to and hopefully it won’t disappoint and that I’ll be able to pick up further Weihenstephan offerings over the coming year.

Weihenstephaner Korbinian

Appearance (4/5): This one sits a dark mahogany colour in the glass, there is a very big, light tan coloured head on top of the beer that is pretty much standard for Weihenstephaner beers and the retention is pretty good as well with a very gradual reduction for the initial three and a half to four centimetre tall head, eventually subsiding to leave a head about half its original size.
Aroma (9/10): Quite unusual given all the other beers from the brewery I’ve tried have been wheat based ones, this one is very malty to start with a lot of roasted malts and nutty notes coming through that was unexpected for the brewery although not so much for the style. Some darker fruits such as prunes start coming through with some raisins and a little caramel with some further malts. There is some caramel in there with a little burnt sugar and touches of chocolate, perhaps even a bit of banana too. A very nice smelling doppelbock with plenty going on to keep you interested and quite a good balance too.
Taste (7/10): Starting with some nice roasted malts and a slightly nutty flavour, there is a touch of sweetness to it but certainly not as much as the nose indicated there might be. I got some of the darker fruits I was expecting, some plums and raisins but nothing was particularly strong. A little chocolate made itself known with some earthy flavours accompanying them with some prunes in there too and caramel malts with some sugar rounding things off nicely.
Palate (4/5): A smooth medium body with an almost chewy feel to it and plenty of sweetness and a pleasant balance. Carbonation levels were light-medium and the finish was a nutty one.

Overall (15/20): Weihenstephan is definitely one of my favourite brewery’s and personally I don’t think anyone makes a better wheat beer so I was very much looking forward to this one. The beer was a nice one with plenty of malt sweetness and dark fruits coming through, sure it didn’t quite match the brewery’s flagship hefeweizen but it was still a very nice doppelbock with enough going for it to make things interesting. A decent beer well worth picking up but it’s not one of the brewery’s best offerings, mainly because they have already set the bar so high.

Brewed In: Freising, Germany
Brewery: Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
First Brewed: Brewery since 1040
Type: Doppelbock
Abv: 7.4%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: BeerOfEurope.co.uk
Price: £2.99

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  1. February 25, 2016 at 08:10

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