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ZiegenBock Amber - Anheuser-Busch

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ZiegenBock AmberZiegenBock Amber

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132 Reviews
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Reviews: 132
Hads: 414
Avg: 2.8
pDev: 38.93%
Wants: 11
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 04-24-2002

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.
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Reviews by Bagman007:
Photo of Bagman007
3.7/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Brownish amber coloring with a decent bit of head.

S- Smells a tad sweet with a noticeable, but not overpowering, smell of hops.

T- You can taste the slight hint of caramel malts. It has a hint of hops as well.

M- Goes down very smoothly with a slightly hoppy aftertaste.

D- Something you can drink regularly and frequently over the course of a night.

Overall this beer does taste a lot like Shiner Bock, but not quite as good. If I'm in a bar that sells both Shiner and this, I'm taking Shiner. Though for the very few places that do not sell Shiner in Texas, this is a good substitute.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This poured a thin-looking amber brown in color with a small off-white head.

Smell - This was a mixed bag. On the one hand I could pick up some decent-smelling malts, nicely toasted with hints of sugar, but then also there was a stale kind of grain aroma.

Taste - The beer had the same contradiction at the taste. There was a smooth malt flavor that would have been terrific had it been a bit bigger and flying solo, but along comes this kind of stale cornish thing that made this beer difficult to drink.

Mouthfeel - This really felt like a well-lagered beer in the mouth. It was light-bodied for sure but had a nice sense of creaminess. The carbonation was mild from the tap which made for a smooth drink.

Drinkability - The mouthfeel really saved this beer for me and I actually ordered another one. I guess AB is selling this in TX only to compete against Shiner and if that is the case then Zeigenbock is a better drink IMO.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.33/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank one of these at the Salt Lick, a BYOB BBQ joint near Driftwood, TX.

This beer reminded me a lot of Bud or MGD. It's light in body and flavor containing just a touch of pale and perhaps caramel malts and barely a touch of hops. Unlike the aforementioned beers, however, this beer didn't have any obnoxious metallic, chemical, rice, or corn syrup qualities and even finished with a nice honey-nut flavor. I actual liked it for what it was, a light, easy drinking macro. It went just fine with some BBQ although I did prefer the local crafts we brought with us to this one. One of the dryer and better AB products I've had.

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Photo of tectactoe
2.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of JohnLee
4.25/5  rDev +51.8%

I liked it. It was cold, fresh and tasted great. No problems with it whatsoever. As a matter of fact, I thought it was great!

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Photo of Mac19872
2/5  rDev -28.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
The beer was a dark amber color with a medium-sized tan head that disappeared within seconds.
Faint caramel malt aroma.
While the aroma was barely there, the taste was even more underwhelming. It tasted sweet, and that's about all you can say.
I felt like I was drinking sugar water.
Drink this if you must.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Mora2000
2.58/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of waprimrose
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of AEbeer54
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Dello
2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of valkyre65
2/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of mabolin
4.39/5  rDev +56.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I look for this beer every year I'm in Texas.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.86/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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2.6/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of brewQ
3.1/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Special" for Texas, only made at their Houston brewery.

Is this their reply to Shiner Bock?

Pours dark red-brown with a fair to middlin white head.
Nothing much for me in the aroma. Perhaps a bit of grain.
Just enough body here to be a decent alternative to all the low calorie brews they suck up in the Lone Star State.

Yeah- it's "drinkable, but I'd give the edge to the Shiner.

[Note- unless Texas dictates otherwise I have to believe the ABV on this is beter than 4% and in line with the Michelob products).

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Photo of Bladezone
1.75/5  rDev -37.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of JamesStreet
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Sammy
2.9/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Macro brewery, however this is underrated in that it is more than a passable brew. Light colour, creamy in mouth, light mouthfeel. Aroma a bit cheesy negative. Drinkable. Some bitterness in finish. Not really a bock. Thanks Grub for something new and different.

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Photo of pabney
2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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ZiegenBock Amber from Anheuser-Busch
67 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.