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ZiegenBock Amber - Anheuser-Busch

ZiegenBock AmberZiegenBock Amber

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

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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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Photo of cheers2beers


3.45/5  rDev +24.1%
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.


Serving type: bottle

02-17-2006 02:02:10 | More by cheers2beers
Photo of SkeeterHawk


2.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I tried this beer alongside of a Shiner Bock at Hooters this evening, and I thought I would take a minute to talk about it.

This beer didn't impress me from the beginning. I drank a sip or two of this one before I ordered a Shiner to try with it. The Hooters girl thought I was strange for ordering another beer so close to my other one...but that's what beer snobs do!

The beer had a very hollow aroma right off the bat. There was a bit of Sulfur as well as some roast and that was about it. There was a little flavor of burnt grains like it was kettle caramelization, but this wasn't apparent in the aroma. There was a little more caramel noticeable as the beer warmed up a bit, but I had to make myself finish it. The mouthfeel (if any) was wet and clean. There was no real bittering contributed from hops, but more from the roast.

When you go to Hooters, you don't go for the beer. I like their sandwiches and the hospitality, but this beer is an abomination. I will just hope that there is some Shiner for me to suffer through. If only Hooters believed in Optimator!

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2006 02:00:18 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of Suds


3.15/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap, in an Texas airport. It’s a light, transparent amber color with a respectable white head. The nose is of lightly roasted, toasted malt. It’s not a strong smell, but it’s attractive and is vaguely reminiscent of bread-crust. There’s a little caramel in the taste, which is teasingly malty. Finish has a touch of hop bitterness. I certainly wouldn’t use the word Bock on this beer. It’s a fairly thin and uninspiring brew. Still, there’s nothing particularly wrong with it. Satisfying but average.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2005 19:03:26 | More by Suds
Photo of SaCkErZ9


2.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber color with a small head that dissipates rather quickly in to nothing. No lacing either. Not too much stands out in the smell. I was hoping for something slightly hoppy but to no avail. The mouthfeel is one of the redeeming qualities of the beer but otherwise I would choose something different in the future. Enjoyed at DFW airport.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2005 19:35:51 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of theozag


3.53/5  rDev +27%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2005 23:34:19 | More by theozag
Photo of ElGordo


2.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2005 03:55:45 | More by ElGordo
Photo of karst


2.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured bottle dark brown from a 12 oz bottle with soft white head and retention. (Soda like carbonation) The aroma was malt. Persistant bready malt taste and sweet malt. No hops. MF was a very thin.

A Texas only brew, very similar to national - Amber-bock.

Not a bad beer to pour on the roasting pig (ZiegenPig!) but not a session beer even for a pig over hot Mesquite coals.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2005 21:48:12 | More by karst
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2005 04:07:39 | More by Backer2004
Photo of woodychandler


2.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This arrives with a nice, thick, off-white head above a deep mahogany color. There was not much evident on the nose, maybe a light maltiness, but nothing to really speak of. It has a rich, creamy mouthfeel, but not a lot of taste. The finish is light and sweet, but again, there is just not a whole lot of flavor evident. This was all very disappointing for something that they are calling a bock, regardless of style. Even as a lager, I would expect to taste SOMETHING! Oh, well.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2004 20:15:10 | More by woodychandler
Photo of brewQ


3.1/5  rDev +11.5%
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).

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2004 23:21:16 | More by brewQ
Photo of mgdeth


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

Appearance - To be fair, my beer was served in a plastic cup at Wurstfest, in New Braunfels, Texas. Light brown in color. Maintained a light head through the entire drinking time.

Smell - Slightly malty. Not much to speak of.

Taste - Substandard; weak. I pick up a malty flavor, and no hops, which is good. However, the words "sweet," "fresh," and "delicious" do not come to mind.

Mouthfeel - Watery. I expected something heftier from a "bock." I'm guessing that rice might make up part of the grain bill.

Drinkability - Not very good. The taste is un-exciting, so drinking this beer is not difficult. However, nothing about this beer makes me want to take another sip.

Comments - "Brewed and Available Only in Texas." Thank goodness. At least maybe the rest of the world will not be subject to this beer. When seeking a Texas-made bock, grab a Shiner.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2004 04:11:18 | More by mgdeth
Photo of BrewMaster


2.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a born on date of 5/4/04. It poured with a fizzy head that had absolutely no retention. It thinned out literally like the head on soda. The color is a clear brown with carbonation looking much like soda. The aroma was a salty malt smell that was less than attractive.

Overall the taste is unimpressive. It has a bready malt taste that lasts all the way through to the aftertaste. No hops to speak of. In the mouth it feels way too carbonated and has a very thin body. The closest thing I can compare it to is soda without the syrupy texture. This seems to be a darker colored version of Bud with a bit more taste than Bud, though not much.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2004 17:15:18 | More by BrewMaster
Photo of assurbanipaul


3.05/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a medium-thin head that disappears quickly. Aroma is caramel malt and faint hops.

Taste is mild caramelized malt, very little bitterness. Faint spice, nice malty backbone but not a lot of depth. Mouthfeel is light, well-carbonated, a little thin for my tastes. Nothing really offensive about this one, but nothing really outstanding either.

As the label states, "Brewed and Available Only in Texas" (I believe it goes by Michelob Amber elsewhere; if not, they taste about the same). A large brewery's attempt at competing with a smaller, local favorite (Shiner).

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2004 03:34:53 | More by assurbanipaul
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.18/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a pale burnt orange color, high clarity. Off white, sandy head forms and evaporates to a thin covering. No lace, but not a bad start.

Aroma - grainy, faintly yeasty, pretty plain.

Taste - grain and average but clean malt base. Doesn't develop much before the carbonation and soda water saltiness take over. Some decent flavor, better than many other A-B products.

Mouthfeel - thin but clean. Average carbonation, a little lighter than average body for the style.

Drinkability - an easy session beer with a bit of character. Why is it only available in Texas though? This would sell well farther north, bring it up!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2004 01:30:27 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of Gagnonsux


3.55/5  rDev +27.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2004 02:20:45 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of Dogbrick


2.85/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a light amber color with a medium thin off-white head that disappeared quickly. Thin and quick lacing. The aroma is faint sweet malt. Kind of thin with a light hops and honey-nutty flavor. The finish is lightly sweet with a hint of hops bitterness. This isn't a terrible beer, it just doesn't pack much punch.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2003 14:36:03 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of HardTarget


2.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Aroma: Faint. Actually, what I noted was pretty good, malt/hop mix in good balance, toasted characteristics, mild sweet, some alcohol.
Appearance: Flat, thin brown. No head, minimal carbonation that faded to just plain flat quickly.
Flavor: Maybe. To be fair, what you can taste is enjoyable. Toasted malt, hops in fair balance, with a finish that is, well, it tastes like Budweiser. They must use some of the same ingredients, possibly the yeast and hops.
Mouthfeel: Watered down water.
Overall Impression: This is an excellent, well-rounded bock that someone has poured into a gallon of water. What is there is good, but far too watered down to be enjoyable. The “bock” name must be from the same Texas Alcohol Laws that make Shiner call itself “bock”, but neither of these beers are a true Bock. Drinkability is equivalent to water, you can drink a lot of that, but not going to scratch any beer itch you may have. I guess I could recommend this beer if you are very thirsty, but don’t want a beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2003 01:40:37 | More by HardTarget
Photo of LarryKemp


3.48/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2003 21:22:11 | More by LarryKemp
Photo of chilidog


3.53/5  rDev +27%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2003 16:10:16 | More by chilidog
Photo of Morris729


3.18/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown in color with a foamy off-white head that dissipates into a nice lace. Nose is fresh malts and grains. Taste is rather bland. This beer is similar to Shiner Bock but is a step down in my opinion. Still, if you find yourself in Texas, it’s worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2003 12:13:42 | More by Morris729
Photo of StevieW


3.05/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap on a recent layover in Dallas. Deep dark brown color. Minimal tight beige head. Not alot of aromas to note. Mostly sour faint beerlike smells. Taste was decent. Lots of sweet malt flavors. Then finish lacked any hop kick. A touch thin and slimy finish. It paired well with lunch. I had no idea it was an AB product. It's got to be an amberbock with a different name.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2002 15:48:35 | More by StevieW
Photo of TAMU99


3.63/5  rDev +30.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2002 03:53:35 | More by TAMU99
Photo of BeerAngel


2.5/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown "tea" color. Has a better head than most macros but fades rather quickly. The smell is rather bland as is the taste. It is hard to describe due to not much character. There is nearly no bitterness at all. It is quite smooth despite it's negative qualities and yes, I could consume quite a few of these, although it is WAY down on the list. Probably won't drink it again unless the menu forces it.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2002 18:53:59 | More by BeerAngel
Photo of Pegasus


3.45/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2002 19:51:56 | More by Pegasus
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