Staatsbraurei Weihenstephan ‘Korbinian’ Doppelbock


16106076_631312643719551_5850021349647399380_n“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.”

Served in a Stein glass. This doppelbock flaunts a lovely mahogany complexion with a bubbling two finger head forming on top. It maintains its height pretty well but eventually reduces to a wispy film with moderate lace on the way down.
Quite rich, syrupy and nutty. Very traditional doppelbock aroma…as expected. We find these to be very similar to Belgian Quad’s with their moreish dark fruit, toffee and toasty malts. We also get a fair amount of spice, chocolate, fruit cake and apple pie that adds layer after layer of complex malty goodness. Intermittent wafts of booze come in and out as well. Sensational aroma.
Nice and dense in the mouth, really putting forward a good consistency. Super smooth in texture, mildly carbonated and effortless in the swallow. The 7.4% ABV is completely hidden. Amazing.
Upfront the palate is treated to a dark fruity sweetness that makes way for a lightly toasted malt to pick up a trace of bitterness as it passes over the mid. The malt turns doughy and sweet before it finishes on a mild roasted note that draws out hints of coffee, cocoa and nuts in the tail. Excellent length.
Geez that’s a superb drop! In this day and age it’s all too easy to forget about breweries like this who’ve been pumping out quality beers for almost a thousand years. It’s not only humbling but an honour to sit here and enjoy the same kind of beer that the Monarchs of Germany would have been drinking back in the 11th century. Mind blowing. Top shelf stuff.