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Beer culture is coming of age. At any store, restaurant, bar, or friend's house you can now find at least a few good brews. In fact, there seem to be so many new beers, breweries and bars it's difficult to separate the good, the bad, and the mediocre.

If you're going spend $10 on one beer, what should you buy? If you're going to drive 2 hours to check out a brewery, what's worth your time? If you're going to plan a Friday night, what has a good selection and friendly atmosphere? We're here to help you answer these questions.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Weihenstephaner Korbinian Dopplebock

Weihenstephaner Korbinian is a Dopplebock brewed by the Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephaner in the city of Freising. The brewery is actually a regulated business of the State of Bavaria, yes even the beer in Europe is socialist.

Weihenstephaner claims to be the oldest brewery in the world as it started out over 1,000 years ago as the brewery for benedictine monks. Weihenstephaner is also home to Technical University Munich, which is one of the best brewing schools in the world. The brewery's model is "class not mass", which is well demonstrated in its classy beers.

I bought this at Pangaea Bottle Shop for $3.49 for a 550ml. It has a ABV of 7.4%

The beer pours a dark brown color, like a porter, with a small, bubbly, tan head that leaves good lacings. The aroma is sweet with subtle notes of chocolate, dark fruits and malt. The taste is caramel and roasted malt up front followed  by the dark fruits, chocolate and hints of coffee. It's medium to thick body with moderate carbonation. It's almsot creamy, refreshing and well balanced flavors.

Overall this is a great beer and is a Must Have It. I tend not to like the American made Dopplebocks. There always seems to be a funk that I'm not a fan of. However, the funk is non-existant here. This is a great example of a dopplebock and why I believe German beers will be making a comeback over the Belgians. German beers are smoother with more drinkability. If you haven't had a dopplebock or have been turned off from them, try this one. It's a great price for an amazing beer.

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