ZiegenBock Amber - Anheuser-Busch
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1.53/5 rDev -45.4%
Had two of these while waiting for a flight at the Austin airport.
Appearance- Brownish-red. Looks somewhat like a bock, even if it's not.
Smell - Not a whole lot going on. Malty, but not overwhelmingly so. Mostly just smells like a macro-lager.
Taste - Again, the taste is more akin to a macro-lager like Budweiser than a true bock. A bit maltier than a Bud, though not terribly so. Slight hints of caramel. Hop presence is essentially non-existent.
Mouthfeel - This is where the crapiness of the ZB really shines through. Sickeningly watery.
Drinkability - Terrible mouthfeel + uninteresting taste = not good. At 4% ABV, this beer isn't even good for a quick buzz before a flight.
What the hell would it take to get some Real Ale or Live Oak at ABI? Or any decent Texas beer at the DFW airport?
11-27-2007 02:37:49 | More by OldTex29
United Kingdom (Wales)
1.88/5 rDev -32.9%
Pours a light off white fizzy head. No retention. Color is an amber brown. Clear.
Aroma: Caramel and bready malts. Very lager like. Grassy hops. Corn and grain.
Taste: More like an adjunct lager than a bock. Some caramel and bready malts with some earthy/grassy hops. Grains and corn again.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and bubbly. Light bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Ends dry and malty.
Overall, this wasn't a very good bock. Maybe it's an amber, but still it isn't too good. More like an adjunct lager. Not for me. Too much carbonation. Not very drinkable at all.
11-30-2010 02:36:12 | More by mothman
1.88/5 rDev -32.9%
O.K., this is listed as an Amber, so I get to rate it vs./ the style. And this is NO American Amber.
I was tricked into buying this on my last trip to Texas. I told the guy in the store I wanted something local... Totally my fault. I take the blame. But I will go into this with an open mind. Please no Shiner Bock, please.
Pours with a tiny off white head that fades immediately. The beer is a dark amber color with mostly brown highlights. Good clarity with lots of visible carbonation.
Aroma was really not that nice. Some malts but almost wet cardboard. Maybe a bit of cinnamon.
Man, I wish I did this blind... I think it's a Bud with food coloring. I don't know if this is all malt, but I doubt it from the flavor, lack of. Really light and slightly sweet. No hop presence and no finish. Joke is on me, it's not Shiner Bock.. It's Budweiser or Busch with a different color.
Watery mouth feel. It's drinkable in the summer, but not at any other times.
Wow, what a big disappointment.
12-29-2008 20:32:02 | More by Reagan1984
1.95/5 rDev -30.4%
Grabbed a bottle from a friend's party and thought I should review it, because there is no way I would ever buy this for my regular beer rotation.
Poured a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance - Transparent caramel brown/amber color. It produced a half finger rocky head that dissipated to nothing in about 30 seconds. There is no halo or crown. There is no lacing.
Smell - Not much going on here. Sweet malt and adjuncts. Maybe corn or grains. And there is a burnt smell as well..
Taste - Tastes like a cheap amber ale. It isn't the worst tasting beer I have ever had, but the flavor profile is extremely bland. I get hints of caramel and dark sugar and perhaps the slightest fruit note, but not all that much is going here. There is pretty much no hop flavor what-so-ever.
Mouthfeel - Thin. There is an okay level of carbonation, but it doesn't do enough to cut through the beer's extremely light body. It feels like it was made to be chugged.
Drinkability - I could see how it would be easy to drink a sixer and not even think about it. It has a low sessionable ABV, and the texture is thin enough to chug it with relative ease. On that level, it is extremely drinkable. On the desirability scale, it has next to none with me. I would never buy this beer, and typically avoid drinking it period. The only time I have it is at parties where the only other option is Miller Lite or Bud Light.
11-29-2007 06:03:10 | More by MiguelMandingo
ZiegenBock Amber from Anheuser-Busch
66 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.