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ZiegenBock Amber | Anheuser-Busch

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Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

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.

Added by kbub6f on 04-24-2002

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Photo of BigRedN
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes. Had in Ft. Worth, TX. I was shocked to see this, although I'm not sure why. Scores try to reflect that this is not to be compared to a true bock beer.

Appearance: Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A clear (aren't all AB products?), dark amber, almost brown, color. Thin short lived head. No lace.

Smell: Weak roasted malt (maybe a little caramelly) with no hop associated aromas. Not expecting much, I was not let down.

Taste: I know this is geared to Shiner Bock, but comes up a little short. Minimal maltiness, nothing bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light, clean, crisp, good carbonation. A dark macro lager.

Drinkability: Easy to put down a 6 pack. I assume this is a Texas only beer as I have not sen it before (only heard about it here on BA). Obviously aimed at Shiner Bock, but I'd take a Shiner anyday (as would most Texans, I suspect).

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Photo of jhammerly
2.21/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I got this from a buddy of mine who picked this up while on vacation. Since he didn't find very much, he figured he'd get this since he knows that it's only available in Texas and probably won't ever come across it again.

Brewed by A-B, the packaging looks like something from Michelobe, so I'm not expecting much. The best thing about this beer is the appearance right after the pour - an amber, caramel colored body with a thick, whitish head. A faint smell of caramel sweetness barely reaches the nose. The body is very thin (I'd hate to taste the light version) and tastes watered down. Sort of like a Bud with some caramel flavoring. I wouldn't want anymore of this, even if it was available in my state. It could be very drinkable, if only I liked it. It's one of those beers that you could drink a lot of due to its light body and carbonation. Their web site states: "Only Texans Get It." Well, they can have it.

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Photo of HoustonTX
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Ahh, the good ole Ziegen. Pours a deep brown, with a good sized frothy head, the retention was lacking however. Picking up just small traces of malt, and maybe even a bit of faint caramel. Taste is quite bready and a tad sweet. Malty all the way through. With no hops making themselves known. Mouthfeel is thin for the style, and drinkability is average.

These are a step below Shiner Bock in my opinion.

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Photo of escapements
2.45/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Not a bad dark copper/brown color. Head didn't last very long.

Smell - Slight malt odor. Not much smell at all.

Taste - Watery, not nearly enough flavor on all levels.

Mouthfeel - Less than standard. High carbonation.

Drinkability - Smooth and is drinkable, but there is so much mo' betta' out there.

Comments - Go get a Shiner Bock. Or even better, since it's classified as an American Amber/Red Ale, go get a Rogue All American Ale or a Fat Tire.

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Photo of spaceranger
2.33/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've had this brew before but forgot how much I disliked it. If I had known in advance it was an Anheuser-Busch product I never would have picked it up anyway. Yuk and double yuk. No balance, no real flavor. The usual AB corn-rice filler is ever present. Carbonation is about right. Not a bock at all. Just amber colored. I guess it's kinda like that new Ultra Amber junk. I can't imagine how brewers put out product like this and expect people to buy it. Of course, it's like a buddy of mine said once: "You can just mix any crap up, slap some sort of label on it and somebody will buy it." Guess that's right.

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Photo of Brent
2.43/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The sign in the airport bar announced "Only Texans Get It." On sampling the beer, I had to wonder why they would particularly want it. Pretty easy to peg in the amber lager category, so I was let down that I wasn't getting a bock beer (they should at least be honest enough to call it "Ziegenamber"). Some middle-of-the-road malt flavor, a bit grainy with adjunct notes. A chocolate note in the malt faltered and faded before making any impression.

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Photo of acrawf6
2.94/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a clear dark brown amber with a small white head.

Smell. Is sweet like light brown sugar. small banana aroma.

Taste. sweet but the adjunct flavor is quite present it has a familiar taste to it (which is not all that good). It's not a bad flavor, but nothing good. Very bland, bud drinker's idea of a drinkable dark beer. Aftertaste is sweet and a small amount of metallic.

Mouthfeel is ok for what it's going for. Slightly light body, lots of carbonation.

Overall, A-B did a good job making a beer that i dont think is good, quite drinkable (if that makes much sense). Bottle says, "Brewed Exclusively For Texas." That's fine with me.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.3/5  rDev +17.4%
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 jasonjlewis
2.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I can definetly tell this is an AB beer, because it tastes watered down. It's not bad, and it tastes smooth. I'm surprised that this has so much praise if Bud Light is an avoid. AB beers a lot of the time taste watered down. This beer is smooth for a bock, but that's not a good thinkg IMO. It doesn't have that bitter bite that I expect from a bock beer. It's a bock beer for the non beer drinker.

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Photo of VoodooBrew
3.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber-brown, supremely crystal clear. The nose offers... nothing. Seriously, I tried and tried and really could not get anything out of this beer aroma-wise. How do they manage that? Similarly, there ain't much going on in the flavor department. This beers color belies its light, average flavor profile. There is a hint of faint caramel, but not much else. ZiegenBock is drinkable in that it's not not-drinkable. This beer strikes me as more of a marketing ploy for AB to offer something "different" and "bold" while not offending the tastes of their incredibly large target audience.

See also, Shiner Bock.

This beer was purchased for me at the bar by an Anheuser-Busch representative. I asked about Redhook, but no dice.

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Photo of cheers2beers
3.45/5  rDev +22.8%
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 SkeeterHawk
2.61/5  rDev -7.1%
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!

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Photo of Suds
3.17/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.73/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of theozag
3.47/5  rDev +23.5%
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 ElGordo
2.6/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of karst
2.3/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.42/5  rDev +21.7%
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 woodychandler
2.57/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of brewQ
3.1/5  rDev +10.3%
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).

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Photo of mgdeth
2.03/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

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Photo of BrewMaster
2.92/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.05/5  rDev +8.5%
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).

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.13/5  rDev +11.4%
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!

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.53/5  rDev +25.6%
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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ZiegenBock Amber from Anheuser-Busch
67 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.