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ZiegenBock Amber - Anheuser-Busch

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Reviews: 131
Hads: 413
Avg: 2.8
pDev: 38.93%
Wants: 11
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of locotonyf
4.46/5  rDev +59.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For me, this is one of the most drinkable and enjoyable beers I have ever had. It is not over-carbonated like most common American beers. I like the mouthfeel of ZiegenBock. To me, over-carbonated beers all have bite that I do not like. ZiegenBock does not have this bite but is quite pleasurable on the palate. It is also lightly sweet, not bitter.

I call ZiegenBock my favorite "dinner beer" or "table beer", which is mostly the only way I drink beer. I have one almost every night with my dinner for 2+ years now. I don't understand all the low rating reviews it gets on BA. I love it, it is my first choice preferred beer. My local convenience store carries it just for me.

It is owned by AB but is brewed here in the Houston area.

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Photo of skylab
4.06/5  rDev +45%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drinking it at a Chili's in Houston International. I find it very good with the boneless wings. I could pound a few of these down with no problem. Surprised to read that it is an A Busch product. Must have been an aquisition because this is too good to be their recipe.

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Photo of DocSpoon
3.89/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It appeared to be a dark Amber beer but the flavor was very fruity and enjoyable. It is a great summer beer that doesn't leave a bitter aftertaste and does give that refreshing Amber spice.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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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 dirtylou
3.68/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh Ziegenbock - the house beer at the resort i'm working at this week and a welcomed alternative at Ranger's stadium

maybe the expectations were really low coming to texas, or maybe i just dont mind this beer, but i find the reviews to be ridiculously low

on-tap, numerous samplings. cell phone notes

appearance: dark amber body, bordering on brown, with a creamy beige head and light retention

smell: nutty, caramel malts, grainy and artificially sweet

taste: more than adequate - the best anheuser busch beer i have ever had by far and only available in texas. A smooth caramel-apple flavor profile, nutty and grainy - an amber that exceeds that of many micro efforts

mouthfeel: medium - quaffable

drinkability: just fine

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Photo of TAMU99
3.62/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't believe I'm saying this about an AB product, but when I'm in Texas at a ball-game and Shiner isn't available, then I'll reach for one of these. Not great, but not too bad.

Definately a very drinkable dark beer. Yes, the head fades quickly, but ZB is a very smooth, easy beer. There is no lingering bitterness that is so common with other dark beers. It has a malty flavor that compliments any meat dish quite well. Drink VERY cold.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.53/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ziegenbock has always been a nice AB standby in clubs that supply only brews from the big companies.

Appearance- Nice deep copper color, with nice head

Smell- Faint sweetness, nothing special, but not bad

Taste- Slightly sweet upon arrival and upon exiting the mouth. Tastes good, not exceptional.

Mouthfeel- Goes down really easy

Drinkability- Definently something I could drink a lot of, a nice session beer.

Parting thoughts: A good beer from Busch, while not exceptional its easy to find and enjoyable.

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Photo of chilidog
3.51/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I sought out this brew after seeing it on the AB web-site and many Thanks to fellow BA TXHops for allowing an Ohio'n to aquire this Texas only brew. I have to say, its like it national sister, Amber-bock in ways. Although alittle darker, it pours a dark brown with a foam soft white head. Lace was hard to come by. Taste is more malt, very little hop. The mouth starts out carbonated ( fizz-like ) but the mouth is left dry. A very drinkable, smooth brew that goes well with burgers & cookout type fair. Even if this is a once in a lifetime for me, Im very pleased I tried it.

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Photo of BigBarley
3.48/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

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Photo of LarryKemp
3.48/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I found this bottle in the back of my fridge with a born on date of 10 Sept 2002. This beer poured a medium brown with very bright clarity. The head was white and in good contrast to the dark brown liquid. Too bad it went away so fast. The aroma maybe had a hint of roasted. The taste was of malt with a little sweetness. The hops were not present in either the taste or the aroma. Or maybe this beer is so well balanced I could not detect them The mouthfeel was very light and had no creaminess. Not a bad beer to sip at a bar or in the backyard over a burger or a dog. The label says it is brewed and available only in Texas.

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Photo of theozag
3.47/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Please pardon the brevity of this review, I am attempting to catch up (between work assignments) from weeks of tasting based on notes...

Muddy deep-brown color; 80% opaque body without solids; milky white head that fades almost instantly.

Smells of coffee and freshly basked bread

Starts even, smooth, and slightly bitter; Settles full-bodied and semi-sweet with caramel, cashew, and wheat flavors; Finishes smooth but heavy and very strong; Leaves a lasting wheat-like aftertase with sweetened edges.

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Photo of swellcat
3.46/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

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Photo of cheers2beers
3.45/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass:

Appearance: The color was a deep red/amber with an off-white head that disapated very quickly.No laceing and a small amount of beading can be found.

Smell: A strong wood and brazilnut combo make up the aroma in full.A sweet caramel and toffee odor is also assumed.Not bad at all.

Taste: Strong woody and nutty exist in the taste as well.A light tea flavored, with a nice semi-sweet caramel malt backbone.A mild smoke accent in the finish.Meduim carbonation.

Mouthfeel: A meduim to thin body,clean,smooth easy drinking.

Drinkability: This seems like the perfect beer to drink while doing yard work and crafty hobbies.Cheap and easy drinking.


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Photo of Pegasus
3.45/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Quite dark in color, a clear deep reddish brown, with a thin white head which retains quite well, with thick, scattered lacing.

Aroma: Decent aroma of toasted malts, and a slightly sweet note, and a mild herbal hop character.

Taste: A wave of toasted malt at the beginning of the taste, this carries through to the finish. The close of the taste is dry, with a restrained bitterness. Pleasant, although not particularly complex.

Mouth feel: Soft on the palate, a touch thin, with slight, zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: I suspect that this beer was created to capture some part of the Shiner Bock market in Texas. It is certainly better than Shiner Bock, in my opinion, and is a suitable candidate for a fall back beer. This is certainly among the better Anheuser-Busch products.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When I purchased this today in Orange, Texas, I though this was a Shiner Bock Amber version. I know realize it said ZeigenBock. Not bad for an amber. The label says it's brewed and available only in Texas but it's a Anheuser Busch beer. Oh well. Nothing too exciting for an Amber but I'm glad I had the chance to try it.

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Photo of AChamberlain
3.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served ontap at the Houston Airport on 11/22/06. Apparently you can only get this in TX. Big deal. It was good, but not special.

A: Ewww. Looks like dirty water (brown). 1/2" head.

S: Slight malt aroma

T: Tasted a little like the tap was dirty, but it may be the actual flavor. Malts.

MF: Thin and fizzzy.

D: Pretty good, easy to drink. Not that I'd have more than one.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.36/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Although this beer is produced by Anheuser-Busch, I wouldn't expect it to be by the characteristics of this beer. It really surprised me.

A- The bottle is a nice dark amber with a decent looking label, clearly an A-B production when you look close. When poured, gave a small bone white head that left a decent ring and a bit of lace that went away quickly. Beer is dark walnut / dark amber and is semi-transparent

S- Couldn't really get a smell off this one, but what I got was basic beer, yeast and sweet wheat malts

T- The taste of this brew surprised me, but was nothing exceptional. Sweet caramel malts are the bulk of the flavor, with some other sweet wheaty malt in the background.

M- Feels all right, but maybe too much carbonation

D- Drinks fine for me, like a light beer with character

Notes- Does not remind me of the other three Amber Lagers I've had before. Also has 4.00ABV so you can drink like a Light

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.34/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

apparently this is a rather common thing in texas, and being an AB product, gets hated on the the level of something like an michelob amber bock, but its not that, its so much better. the bock part is a little suss, ill grant that, i mean, there is no real appreciable lager profile on this, it finishes sweet and you cant taste yeast at all, but as an amber ale type, i think its pretty good. rich red color, nice head but it doesnt last. the nose and taste are of one multidimensional malt and even a taste of hops as it winds down. not overly complex, but as close to craft as it is to macro, which you cant say about many AB products i dont think.a balanced brew and a fine accompaniment to airport nachos. its also not bad on a hangover, but it probably responsible for far more than it cures. glad to have tried this one with a native texan to get some context. its better than others, thats all i can say.

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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 allengarvin
3.33/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Snagged at a party so I could get an extra review. Pours a pretty mahogany color with a small head and lots of streaming bubbles. Aroma is pretty much grainy malt, with a hint of caramel. Clean sweet caramel malt flavor, that fades pretty quickly. Actually oddly tasteless except the initial malt. Neutral texture.

This is the first ZiegenBock I've ever had as far as I know. It might be a tad better than Shiner Bock. That's no reason to ever have another, though.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.3/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Likely the best AB product i've had. Pours out to an odd caramel brown color with some dark gold notes. A big head of white foam quickly calms to about 1/4 of an inch. Medium to medium high carbonation and little lacing. Aromas of buttery yeast and malt are suprisingly enjoyable, as a sweet grain element rears it's head in there as well. Taste is medium-light bodied, but still fair; caramel malts and roasted notes make way for some sweet and mild hops, followed by the ever-present AB wash out. The flavors die a quick death on the tongue. Mouthfeel is a step above others, as there is some density and crispness to the beer. Drinkability is north of average. AB should seriously consider marketing this outside of Texas, becase for what it is, it isn't bad. Worth a try. Special thanks goes out to assurbanipaul for the sample.

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Photo of lonestar1836
3.3/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: clear amber brown with light foamy white head

S: not much smell to it

T: sweet and toasty malts with enough hoppiness to balance out the sweet, but overall kind of watery

M: thin and a little watery with a moderate amount of carbonation

D: easy to drink and not disgusting

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Photo of mjurney
3.28/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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.

Crisp finish, clean aftertaste. Highly drinkable.

It lacks in flavor, but its highly drinkable.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap (into a larger schooner) to a medium amber brown with thin tan head that dissipated fairly quickly and left slight lacing. Nose was fairly hard to find, but hinted of malty dark fruit and caramel, which were a little more noticeable in the taste. Mouthfeel a little on the thin side, but at least the intense graininess found in many AB products was not present.

Not bad for a macro-beer distributed regionally.

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ZiegenBock Amber from Anheuser-Busch
67 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.