1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

ZiegenBock Amber - Anheuser-Busch

ZiegenBock AmberZiegenBock Amber

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
66
poor

292 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 292
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 21.22%


Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed in Houston, ZiegenBock is a beer of the South. Only available in Texas, this American-style amber lager, offers notes of roasted grains in the aroma and a sweet, smooth taste with a hop finish. The select imported hops and specialty malts create a taste worthy of a 2006 Great American Beer Festival Bronze Medal.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 04-24-2002)
View: Beers (76) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 292 | Reviews: 124 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of Boca-X
Boca-X

Missouri

2.35/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle in to a snifter. White thin head, disappeared extremely fast after a very aggressive pour? Little to no lacing. Dark amber almost to the point of brown.

Slight bready hops mix with a sweet caramel aroma on the nose...something metallic.

Medium to heavy carbonation up front followed by dirty steel, taste as if it was out of a can. Very thin and watery. The finish is slightly sweet and more dirty metal. Smelled much better before I took a sip...the smell is now lost on me. As I sit here and write this review a carrot flavor appears and lingers on my tongue?

Honestly this isn't very good. Taste like any regular BMC with just the most minimal of carmal sweetness. Very metallic and thin...my tastes have obviously changed since I started this journey.

One last thing as I pour what's left in my glass down the drain...when I'm out of town I like to pick up a new beer or two that I haven't seen locally. That would be the reason for this purchase. When I returned to my home in Missouri I looked up ZiegenBock on the web. It apparently has had a very colorful life, one point I thought interesting was that it is only sold in Texas... I bought my sixer on a fishing trip in Arkansas? and must say that regardless of where it's sold...I won't be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 23:10:27 | More by Boca-X
Photo of kojevergas
kojevergas

Texas

2.18/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Ah, Anheuser-Busch's attempt to compete with Shiner Bock. Cute. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with twist-off pressure cap and nice label art acquired a few minutes ago at my local cornerstore and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are low given the brewery. Reviewed as an amber; it never commits to whether or not it's a bock or an amber on the label, but further research reveals it's an amber.

A Texas exclusive.

Actually, it's important to note the epithet is actually quite clever: "Ziegenbock" means "Billy Goat" in Deutsch. Anheuser-Busch gets to call the beer a name that would make the average Texan think it's like Shiner when really it's an amber. Very clever indeed. Hat tip to the marketing cats over at Anheuser-Busch.

Served cold, straight from the cornerstore's fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head of light khaki colour. Average creaminess and thickness. No lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is below average - ~1-2 minutes.

Body colour is a textbook copper; clear, dark, and translucent. No yeast particles are visible. Vibrance is below average, but I wouldn't call it dull per se.

It looks a lot better than I anticipated, but is poor for an amber. It definitely looks like an amber lager-meets-bock.

Sm: Um. Clean barley. Grains, maybe? The aroma is so muted and light I don't get hardly anything from it. Very reticent and closed off. Wow, that's bland. Even Budweiser has adjunct and barley. This is unbelievably unevocative.

No hop character, yeast character, alcohol, or really any malt character is detectable.

Muted is better than off-putting.

T: Caramalt, grains, barley, maybe some adjunct. Plenty of malty sweetness. Boy, is this bland. There's just so little going on. Poorly built for an amber (lager). Okay balance; I mean there's generic cohesion of the few notes it has.

Zero hop presence, zero yeast presence, and nearly zero flavour. No complexity or subtlety here. As generic and uninspired a beer as one could brew in this style.

Low depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. A very neutral beer, but an inoffensive one.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated. Poor presence on the palate. Thick; lightly syrupy. Entirely too overbearing for the lack of flavour. Poor execution for the style, but I guess it kind of suits the flavour profile in that it matches its blandness.

Not oily, gushed, hot, or astringent.

Dr: Downable swill. Bland and boring. I won't be trifling with this again, but you could do worse than bland. I mean, it's not Chelada. In fairness, you could pound a pitcher of this on a night out with the lads without any issues, but the sweetness does get to you. Let's be glad this doesn't make it out of Texas. I can't see this luring Shiner devotees away, but maybe the clever marketing is working. I do love that aspect of the beer, but unfortunately everything else is subpar. Not recommended. I'd probably take an adjunct lager over this at the local bar; at least they have more flavour.

D

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 02:47:29 | More by kojevergas
Photo of swellcat
swellcat

Texas

3.45/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a sub-one-finger head into a mug. Pleasing strong-black-tea colour, (though I worry about additives).

Nose: Yeast, bread.

Taste: Darkness, coffee, sweetness . . . (corn syrup?)

Food-pairing: Savory ranchero beans with oregano/sausage/jalapeño corn bread.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light-to-medium body. Carbonation level is adequate and not overly assertive. A bit watery near bottom of the glass.

Overall: Approachable and food-friendly if a bit one- or two-note and lacking in complexity.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 17:48:44 | More by swellcat
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
AlCaponeJunior

Texas

2.03/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Brown with notes of amber, head was about two fingers and dissipated quickly into a lightly tan sheen, leaving some lace.

Aroma is caramel malts, somewhat sweet, and a little grainy.

Taste is primarily caramel malt and lightly grainy malts, with a touch of (perhaps) brown sugar, with some quantity of balancing hops that I would deem "not enough."

Feel is pretty watery with a slightly cardboard-ish caramel malt lingering aftertaste. Carbonation is pretty low and allows the thin body to have a slightly slick quality, probably from the over-abundance of caramel malt.

It's a typical inbev pseudo-craft beer, in that it looks like craft beer when it's on the shelf, and is priced like craft beer, and you might think you're getting craft beer when you buy it, but that's about it. This beer does not stand out in any way, but manages to shine in the "meh" department. It's nothing like the finely crafted artisan ales that real craft breweries make. This beer lacks flavor, aroma, and body, but it excels in blandness.

I don't know where this "hop finish" mentioned in the commercial description comes from, but I can't taste it. And where the "roasted malts" are, I'm not sure of that either, unless they just added barely enough roasted malts to get the color change they wanted. Caramel malt, now that I can taste in abundance; it's the main flavor.

I know this beer has been around for a while, but don't know if it's changed over the years. However, it needs to change if it wants to reach the "good" category in my book. Perhaps they wanted to impress bud light drinkers, and if so, more power to ya. But a craft beer this is not. It's a mass produced watery alcoholic beverage with just enough beer-like ingredients where it can still be classified as beer.

BTW, I'm not just hating on inbev for the sake of it. If they were to make a good beer, I would rate it well. This just isn't a good beer tho.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 01:21:54 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of GarthDanielson
GarthDanielson

North Carolina

2.03/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A friend of mine brought me back a little mix-pack from Texas. He doesn't know a lot about craft beers, but the sentiment was nice. Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a muddled, clear, light brown coloring with a thin ring of off-white film around the surface. Aromas are subtle, with a blending of roast and sugary caramel sweetness. Flavors are watery at best, with a touch of sweet on the mid-tongue and really nothing else. I mean, there's a dose of carbonation to sharpen up the nothingness. Wow, this is like carbonated water. There's really no aftertaste because there is no taste taste. Maybe a touch of caramel, but that is really reaching. Carbonated and watery in mouth. The finish is light and clean, because there really isn't anything to linger behind. Jesus, this was a stretch to get much of anything out of this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 02:47:59 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of FosterJM
FosterJM

California

2.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1686Th Review on BA
Draft to Goblet

@Embassay Suites, Plano, TX
This beer was free thank god!

App- This was more like a strong ale in color. Huge ruby notes and a good dense center with a small fast receding 3/4" head. No cling either.

Smell- Its coming down hill fast. A bit grainy, a bit sweet, a bit malty. Not sure what to make of this. I smelled and didnt want to taste.

Taste- WTH? I am confused. If you are going to make a red ale, dont make it taste like Bud Light mixed with more malts and some red food coloring. Just not a very good beer.

Mouth- A thicker light body and a lighter medium carbonation. More like a BL in terms of the residual flavors. Corn, malts and some sweetness.

Drink- Meh. At least it was free. Never again though.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2013 00:17:54 | More by FosterJM
Photo of matjack85
matjack85

Illinois

2.58/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I read that this Anhauser-Bush product was only available in Texas, so on my last trip to Dallas I made a special effort to look for it. I found it at Sonny Bryan's BBQ in downtown Dallas. $2.75 for a 12oz brown bottle. A freshness date is located on the front label.

The beer poured a clear chestnut brown color with a 2-finger light tan head that lasted a few minutes with decent lacing.

Not much smell to this - just some roasted grain and a touch of caramel.

The flavor isn't strong either. All I really get is some sweet caramel and not much else, unless you count carbonation as an ingredient. Man is this stuff carbonated!

Light to mediuin bodied with off the chart carbonation.

Very drinkable but not memorable. Luckily I found several other good Texas beers when I was there.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 04:23:28 | More by matjack85
Photo of mooseisloose
mooseisloose

Florida

2.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Popping the top on this brew I get a sweet adjunct smell. Pours to a light root beer color with a beige head that fades quickly. Taste is rather bland, a sweet and sour balance that is overpowered by a soda like carbonation. Taste is consistent throughout and then the finish is clean with no aftertaste. Mouthfeel is overly carbonated and when the fizz goes it is rather watery. Almost more lika a soda than a beer. No thanks.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 03:57:50 | More by mooseisloose
Photo of BeardedBoffin
BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

2.68/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a combination of dark yellow mixed with an color. The aroma is strange. It has cooked sour vegetables with a mixture of grainy malt and generic sweetness. The flavor has a large starchy adjunct component. I am not sure what the adjunct is here, but it is definitely present in a big way. There is a dash of bitterness at then end.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 02:49:49 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of dbrauneis
dbrauneis

North Carolina

2.58/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap at Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)

A: Pours a clear very dark amber in color with light amounts of garnet red and brown highlights when held up to the light and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that quickly reduces to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The overall smell is quite sweet for this beer and malty with some hints of caramel, toffee, and molasses.

T: Very similar to the smell with moderate sweet malty flavors including hints of caramel, toffee, and molasses. Very light amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Overall there was nothing really special about this beer and it is not one I would recommend - if you want a pseudo-bock beer and are in TX, I would recommend Shiner over this.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2012 02:30:38 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of ThePaleRider
ThePaleRider

California

2.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap in the Houston Airport. Thought I was getting something fun that I had never heard of. What a disappointment this was.

A - Dark copper, close to the color of a strong tea with a one finger head that doesn't last long. No lacing to tell of.

S - Smells like sour malts. Yuck. Period.

T - Light nutty taste that finishes dry. Leaves a sour after taste that isn't really appreciated.

M - Light bodied, mildy carbonated.

O - Would never seek this beer again. Rather drink Shiner Bock or PBR.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2012 05:48:06 | More by ThePaleRider
Photo of depechemode1983
depechemode1983

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a clear deep copper color. Head is thin and fizzy and fade quickly but leaves a bit of lacing. Seems to be heavily carbonated.

S - Not much in the nose. Corn, some grains, and faint caramel and molasses.

T - Even lighter than the nose. Mostly corn and grass mixed with a metal tinge and some distant caramel sweetness. Kinda like how it smells but not quite.

M - Medium bodied with rough carbonation. Not very smooth.

O - This is a poor example of a bock. Taste like your typical American adjunct lager with some light artificial bock flavorings.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 21:36:22 | More by depechemode1983
Photo of hopfacebrew
hopfacebrew

Colorado

2.85/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Repost of review from hacked account "jmkratt" :(

look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap to pint glass. I was told by my buddy in Dallas it was a Texas brew that rivaled Shiner. Turns out neither were true.

A: Pours a deep translucent burgundy amber color. Small 1/2 finger white/tan head. Little retention or lacing.

S - Malty sweetness. No hops or alcohol detected. Very little aroma.

T - Just like the nose, malty sweetness throughout and not much else. Mild bitterness. Not a lot to report, rather disappointing.

M - Light bodied with adequate carbonation. Finishes crisp and clean.

O - Disappointing and very average. Lacks any worthy aroma, flavor, and body. Not a Texas craft beer. I wouldn't bother with it again.

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 06-29-2011 16:32:53

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2012 19:38:22 | More by hopfacebrew
Photo of FanofHefe
FanofHefe

Illinois

2.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on-tap in a pint glass. Small tan head over a light brown body. No retention or lacing.

Very little aroma. Slight note of toasted malt and a bit of lager yeast.

The flavor only improves over the aroma in a very small way. A little more malt flavor comes through. Not much flavor at all, really.

Light mouthfeel. Not as good as Shiner Bock in my opinion. I will not have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2012 01:44:41 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of BigBarley
BigBarley

Texas

3.55/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

easily the best of all the Anheuser adjunct beers. Anyone else from Texas who thinks of Shiner as the best Amber needs to give about twelve of these a try.

A- Pours like most adjuncts, quick and fizzy with an immediately receding thin head and never-ending bubbles of carbonation. Medium-brown, with that amber glow when light is shined through.

S - Smells an awful lot like Budweiser, which is to say it smells an awful lot like grain and rice. Dunno if rice is involved in ZiegenBock, but whatever they use in this one, it's killing any real beer aroma.

T - NOW we're gettin somewhere! You can taste the malts, which are semi-biscuit in nature, with a big wollop of that starchy flavor that most macro drinkers consider to be the BEER flavor. However, it doesn't deflect from the enjoyment. In fact it mingles just perfectly with the malty flavor and the active carbonation and leaves you with a mild but enjoyable aftertaste. Virtually no hops detected.

M - Goes down like soda. Feels a little thicker than a lager, and bubbles hell to breakfast all over your tongue, but it's just right for the subtle flavor.

O - If there's a brew out there that's made for when craft beer drinkers want to sit around in lush mode and polish off a twelve pack alone, this one's it. Usually the same price and availability as budweiser, but with a thicker feel and a much more interesting flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 13:59:31 | More by BigBarley
Photo of LXIXME
LXIXME

New Mexico

2.88/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When poured from an inch or so above the glass yo get a big white head that fades into a small lacing above a clear brown amber colored beer.

A light almost caramel malt aroma, not really enough to encourage a person but there is a little bit there.

A light caramel malt taste pretty much the same thing a Amber Bock by these guys, it really didn't have much aftertaste at all either.

Not really a beer to brag about other than it's from AB and i's one of their better beers, kinda sad.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 03:57:46 | More by LXIXME
Photo of gtermi
gtermi

Texas

3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The appearance is suprising to me, it was a brown with a kind of bubbly head.

S: I get a decent amount of malt and thats really it.

T: A product that is from AB, I wasnt expecting something this drinkable. It is a decent beer to have with your BBQ and has enough malt taste to be enjoyable.

M: This beer has a lot of carbonation, but it isnt overwhelming.

Overall this is a decent beer to drink if there is nothing else around.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2011 06:06:49 | More by gtermi
Photo of Mora2000
Mora2000

Texas

2.58/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Medium to dark, clear brown with a tan head. The aroma is grain and lightly toasted malt with not too much else going on. The flavor is a little bit of dark fruit with a lot of grain, toasted malt and some grass notes. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not offensive, but a relatively flavorless beer with no real exciting qualities.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 02:10:28 | More by Mora2000
Photo of mjurney
mjurney

Texas

3.28/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Copper color, clear. Good amount of carbonation. Head is small.

Aroma:
Aroma is light. Very sweet grainy, a little caramel.

Taste:
Sweet malts up front along with crisp finish. Malt is sweet, but clean. I’m getting slight hint of caramel. Very light bitterness at the end. Body is very crisp. Well carbonated.

Finish:
Crisp finish, clean aftertaste. Highly drinkable.

Overall:
It lacks in flavor, but its highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 16:37:32 | More by mjurney
Photo of JMad
JMad

Texas

3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I drank this from a pint sized mug.
Brownish copper with a fluffy tan colored head. The smell consists of sweet, corny, metallic, with just a hint of caramel. Tastes of sweet malt with a hint of butter and toffee. It has a light medium body with low but soft carbonation. Better than other macro lagers but still nothing to brag about.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 00:44:12 | More by JMad
Photo of Rootdog316
Rootdog316

Virginia

3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ZiegenBock pours a deep mahogany color with a light head formation and a slightly malty nose. The beer is a little sweet at first. There is a nutty taste shortly thereafter with hints of caramel. The beer seems to have a sweet finish as well. This would not be one of my regular go to's, but its not bad either. Worth a shot if you see it on tap at a bar, but I don't think I'd ever buy a six pack.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2011 18:24:17 | More by Rootdog316
Photo of gmfessen
gmfessen

Michigan

2.85/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Ziegenbock is amber-brown in color with a white, fizzy head. The nose is sweet maltiness, nothing more, nothing less. The taste is just as remarkable as the smell, slightly sweet caramel maltiness but that's about it. Mouthfeel is a light medium body with minimal carbonation. Overall, not a bad beer but nothing remarkable either. Like most, I thought this was a genuine Texas beer but was duped by A.B. I would definitely go with Shiner over this but it is a better alternative to the standard light beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 21:48:29 | More by gmfessen
Photo of dali27
dali27

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap into frosted?! pint glass.

A: Burgundy in color. Clear. Slight light tan head.

S: Mostly sweet malts. I am having a hard time smelling much. Maybe because it's so cold, maybe because there's not much to smell.

T: More of the same as the scent. Malt flavor is there, but flavor is very low-key.

M: Mouthfeel works with the environment I'm drinking this in. Light, watery and cold. Perfect for the 90 degree weather.

O: I was fooled into believing that this was a local Texas beer. Only now when I went to write this review did I learn that it was brewed by AB. That being said, I wasn't very impressed with it while drinking it. It really lacked body and character. While drinkable, it was nothing special.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2011 05:18:19 | More by dali27
Photo of RonaldTheriot
RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.1/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

ZiegenBock Amber has a very thick, creamy, beige head and a clear, amber appearance, with some bubbles and not too much lacing left behind. The aroma is almost neutral, but some metallic smell is detected. Taste is sweet and mild; a little malt can be tasted, and hop bitterness is relatively low. Mouthfeel is light and very watery, and ZiegenBock Amber finishes crisp, refreshing, and dry. Overall, a rather dull beer. I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't seek it out.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 02:36:00 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of DoktorZee
DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

2.1/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at an airport. The didn't have Shiner, sadly.

A - light amber brown with no head and no lacing. Slightly cloudy.

S - just the slightest hint of malt on the nose.

T - initial light tap of grassy hops shifting to watered down malt, and then nothing. Unfortunately very little to this beer.

M - very light with sharp carbonation.

D - Really drinkable, but no good reason to do so.

Until I got ready to review this I didn't realize it was a Anheuser-Busch flanker against Shiner. Sad. And unfortunately not a very good beer!

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2011 00:40:34 | More by DoktorZee
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
ZiegenBock Amber from Anheuser-Busch
66 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.