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ZiegenBock Amber - Anheuser-Busch

ZiegenBock AmberZiegenBock Amber

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BA SCORE
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292 Ratings
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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 21.22%


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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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mdunman

Texas

3.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown pours a thick head with a good bit of linger

S: Not much here, just a little bit of malt and a little bit of hops.

T: Not much here either, just some light roasted malt with a semi-dry finish

M: Medium body with a good bit of carbonation

Good cheap beer to choose at a bar or club in Texas. On the whole though, not something I would pick up at a store to drink on my own.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2011 03:16:58 | More by mdunman
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thagr81us

South Carolina

2.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this during a 3-hour layover in the Dallas/Fort Worth airport on my way to Cali for the Bruery RS Party. Was told it was a local brew... Served from tap into a mug. Poured red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained very minimal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and nutmeg. The flavor was of sweet malt, nutmeg, and water. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall I was not a fan of this at all. Not much going on here as it was weak in all aspects and dare I say, watered down... After this mug full I started pounding double Jack & Cokes until my flight left. What should I have expected... I was in an airport afterall.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2011 14:29:49 | More by thagr81us
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midwestbrewers

Kansas

2.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Nice color with no real head. Pretty decent carbonation.

S: Very malty and bready. Slighty hoppy toward the end. Kind of a crispness in your nose.

T: The taste is very smooth. Lots of malts and very little hops.

Overall this is exactly what I would expect from Anheuser-Bush in a Red Lager. It's in competition to the Shiner bock, and marketed in Texas hence the reason they taste quite similar. This beer, however smooth it is, lacks a real flavor, as some other beers like it do. Pretty good but not one I would pick again on my trips to TX.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2011 03:48:26 | More by midwestbrewers
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mikeg67

New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at "TX Road House", Victoria TX. Pours dark red hue, lively carbonation. Sweet, fruity aroma. Medium, crisp body. Regular, flavorless, macro taste without any finish. I think Anheuser-Busch was trying to copy Schiner Bock here. I will avoid this one.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2010 22:51:56 | More by mikeg67
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Radome

Texas

2.95/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I saw this on tap next to Shiner Bock at a bar in San Antonio. I tried it since it was the only beer on tap I was unfamiliar with.

A - This was a clear amber with very little head. Visually it could have been an AmberBock or anything else along those lines.

S - Had some roasted and malt aromas along with some lager sulphur notes, but very muted.

T - Very bland and forgettable. Obviously a lager with some roasted and sweet highlights, but not much.

M - Watery and low carbonation.

D - Obviously designed as a competitor to Shiner, but not up to the task. I did not want more than one.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2010 03:50:37 | More by Radome
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Redrover

Illinois

2.63/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap at the Astros ballpark. My other choices were Miller or Bud Light....

Poured into a plastic cub the beer is a light brown with amber highlights. There is a skin of beige foam.

The nose is underpowered. If you strain you can pick-up a bit of grain and something metallic.

The taste is very mild. There is an initial taste of slightly roasted malts that fads and is backfilled by some standard crackers and a bit more of that metallic bite.

The mouth is thin with strong carbonation.

It was easy to drink and I had three of them due to the lack of anything better.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2010 14:49:53 | More by Redrover
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lawman834

Texas

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

It's color reminds me of a coke that was left sitting around long enough for thice to melt. And head, what head? I didn't smell much, just kinda metallic. It tastes about the same. Watery and weak. Metallic, a tad sweet with cheap caramel hops. Not particularly drinkable because it just doesn't have much going for it. ABs answer to Shiner Bock. It isn't as good to me and that aint sayin a whole lot!

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2010 22:52:16 | More by lawman834
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RoyalT

Ohio

2.88/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2010 09:47:55 | More by RoyalT
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.03/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Traveling back to Portland last night, tried ZiegenBock (described as 'like Shiner Bock' by the server...) at the FOX Sports Bar, Concourse E, Houston Int'l Airport (IAH). Delivered in a tall pilsner glass with dinner and NCAA Tournament viewing. Never had tasted this before and honestly thought I was trying a Texan craft beer when I ordered it, rather than an A-B product...

A: Garnet coloring beneath a finger-high tuft of white cream. Good clarity, but a lack of visible carbonation (a smattering rise lazily). Modest head retention, dwindling to a scant film. Lace breaks into rippling stripes.

S: Weaker nose - a light roast that hints at nuts and honey. Not off or displeasing, just really tame.

T: Malty and skewed (barely) to the sweet side.Toasted cereal grain with a fleeting char/bitterness that gives some balance. Occasionally I picked up a subtle raisin-y fruit, but 'Grape Nut' and honey was more the norm.

M: Creamy and smooth, medium-light body. Cleaner finish and rather refreshing, but a lack of complexity and an odd slickness at times.

D: Not a bad entry-level amber, an enjoyable alternative to some of the other menu options. Not something I'll rush out to get again, but a pretty good tasting brew with a low enough alcohol content to be sessionable. Could do worse.

Of note: paid $7.99 + tax for this...oh, for the pricing and selection we have at PDX!

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2010 15:13:11 | More by msubulldog25
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EagleTalon

Arkansas

2.84/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Tasting notes May 2009.
Pours to a compact white head and a bit of lacing. Dark amber/brown color. Aroma is sweet with crystal malt and buttery aromas. Low hop aroma. Flavor is sweet and malty/grainy with a caramel note. Mouthfeel is thin and bubbly. Some character but not enough to make it a true "craft beer" This is right up there with Shiner Bock and a notch below Amber Bock.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2009 16:19:09 | More by EagleTalon
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kimcgolf

Georgia

3.2/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2009 01:45:09 | More by kimcgolf
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skylab

Louisiana

4.13/5  rDev +48.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2009 17:06:36 | More by skylab
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dirtylou

Washington

3.68/5  rDev +32.4%
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

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2009 04:31:31 | More by dirtylou
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ILikeGoodCider

California

2.03/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Enjoyed on 06.02.09 at the Houston Airport. Served in a 14oz pint glass.

Didn't know it was a BMC macro. Thought it was a bock (until I tasted it). Next time I'll order Fat Tire.

A: Light-medium brown / amber, OK head. Lacing was little-to-none.

S: Barely hops. Not much at all. I smelled the clean glass more than the beer.

T: More like a Bus Select, than an amber

M: Very high carbs & thin

D: I could drink a few, but I was disappointed overall. If I didn't have to catch a plane, I would have ordered a different beer next.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2009 05:02:00 | More by ILikeGoodCider
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drunkboxer1

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2009 22:34:55 | More by drunkboxer1
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CampusCrew

Florida

2.15/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

stuck in Houton airport and this beer did not come to the rescue. I had no idea it was a BMC till now. Figures. bland, no taste.

appearance: amber, light brown, bubbly macro head

smell: slight hops to almost zero smell

taste: Little to none, clear refresher

mouthfeel: very high carbonation, thin

drinkability: very easy but horrible dirty aftertaste. beer than a bud light but not better than much other.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2009 01:35:28 | More by CampusCrew
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