Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Weihenstephaner Korbinian Doppelbock

Brewery: Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Location: Freising, Germany
Style: Doppelbock
Brewery Website
Rating: B+

Today we are tasting the Korbinian doppelbock from Weihenstephan. The beer pours up a dark cola/mahogany in color with a hint of ruby. The head is frothy and dark tan in color. The nose finds wine, fresh baked whole wheat bread, a faint banana note, herbal hops and a hint of dark chocolate.

The Korbinian is off-dry with a fleeting malt syrup sweet note that disappears quickly. The malt has a dark rye bread character. There is a touch of acidity. Hops are just barely perceptible. There is a notable mineral water/metallic note. The Korbinian is medium-heavy bodied with a touch of astringency. The finish is a long fade on the bready malt note.

The Korbinian is a solidly crafted doppelbock, especially if you are a fan of the low-hops, "liquid bread" interpretation. This is a fairly dry doppel; the residual sweetness many doppels seem to have is not here. My only complaint is the metallic note seems a bit out of place. But that's a small quarrel, as the Korbinian is a very nice beer.

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