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ZiegenBock Amber - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
66
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338 Ratings
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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 22.5%
Wants: 5
Gots: 19 | 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:
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)
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Ratings: 338 | Reviews: 125 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by drunkboxer1:
Photo of drunkboxer1
2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours dark copper, almost brown. Essentially no head. Smells like straw and corn and not much else. Its highly carbonated, and has a faint corny finish. It's very dry with kind of a metallic taste in there. As it gets warmer theres a hint of caramel-like flavor. Drinks easy though.

P.S. This beer is sorta a shit-heel move by AB to move in on Shiner's market in Texas.

drunkboxer1, May 03, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.88/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

RoyalT, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.33/5  rDev +18.9%

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.

DaPeculierDane, Apr 28, 2008
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2.25/5  rDev -19.6%

tectactoe, Jun 17, 2014
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2/5  rDev -28.6%

Mac19872, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of tbryan5
2.25/5  rDev -19.6%

tbryan5, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
2.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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.

lordofthewiens, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3/5  rDev +7.1%

SmellsofMahagony, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
2.58/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

Mora2000, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of waprimrose
3/5  rDev +7.1%

waprimrose, Feb 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev +7.1%

AEbeer54, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of Dello
2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Dello, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of valkyre65
2/5  rDev -28.6%

valkyre65, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of LXIXME
2.88/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

LXIXME, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of RobertH50
2.6/5  rDev -7.1%

RobertH50, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of brewQ
3.1/5  rDev +10.7%

"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).

brewQ, Nov 19, 2004
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1.75/5  rDev -37.5%

Bladezone, Mar 22, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -19.6%

InfernoBoss, May 16, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

JamesStreet, May 12, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

lcdawg, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of Sammy
2.93/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

Sammy, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of pabney
2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

pabney, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +39.3%

As I understand it, ZiegenBock Amber is only sold in Texas; and is probably intended to compete with Shiner Bock. Neither beer is particularly exciting (nor a bock), and to be honest I didn't see alot of either one during my recent trip to Austin (of course, Austin's weird!) but...

ZiegenBock is a dark, crimson-accented copper in the glass. The head is just slightly darker than bone-white, and holds well. It even leaves some nice lacing behind.

The aroma is lightly malty with a touch of sweet dark caramel and a hint of chocolate in the background. The limited hops can barely make their way through, but they're seeming grassy and floral.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, but fuller. The malt is softly sweet with a supple dark caramel character that's just enough to keep you coming back for more, and the spicy and floral hops balance it nicely. A firm bitterness keeps it centered from the start, and ushers in a refreshing, dry finish the lingers gently with a sweetish drop of darkened sugar.

Nicely done! Very drinkable in flavor, balance, and body. You could easily have quite a few of these during a night out with the boys if you were just interested in throwin' 'em back.

NeroFiddled, May 20, 2007
Photo of ElGordo
2.6/5  rDev -7.1%

Pours a dark amber color with a flourish of an off-white head that quickly dissipates into just a whisp on top. Sweet, almost cloying aroma of adjunct malt and the faintest hint of cheap hops, accented by a touch of caramel on the finish. Mouthfeel is a little thin. I guess you could drink a lot of this, but I don't see why you would want to.

ElGordo, May 17, 2005
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ZiegenBock Amber from Anheuser-Busch
66 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.