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ZiegenBock Amber - Anheuser-Busch

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364 Ratings
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Ratings: 364
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 22.42%
Wants: 6
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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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.

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Photo of Redrover
2.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of aristeros
2.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Worthy of a Texan," eh?

I'm from Jersey, so I can't judge that. Pours a medium amber into my trusty Bodum pint. No head, just froth. Medium amber color, -very- active carbonation like a macro lager. Doesn't give a 'bock' vibe. Smells of light caramel and toasted malts.

Off to a bad start.

Malty, semi-sweet, with very strong carbonation. Slight metallic aftertaste, not much going on. That's familiar and reminiscent of some other nasties I've had--(checks the label)--ahh, Anheuser Busch. That'd explain it.

Anyhow, carbonation and mouthfeel are more of a lager-type. Placed conspicuously adjacent to Shiner Bock with a logo emphasizing Texas. It's bottled in Houston, but it just seems as if this is made for takin' out Shiner Bock.

It's inferior to Shiner in nearly every way. The label MAY be slightly cooler. Tough to tell. I'm sorry, now, for not getting my go-to cheap beer.

Photo of lawman834
2.48/5  rDev -11.7%
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!

Photo of RoyalT
2.88/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of tatoodkelt
3.05/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in trade from a buddy in Texas, thanks Jeremy!

Consumed 3/21/2010- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a shaker glass.

A- Very clear copper, minimal carbination topped off by a thin skim of tight white bubbles that barely covered the whole surface. Nothing really in the way of lacing.

S- Faintly sweet, not much there.

T- Caramel and malts, a little corny as well.

M- Light to medium, a little carbination tingle.

D- I was expecting a bock so I was thrown off a bit when I tasted it. Get here and see its an amber which makes more sense. I wont look for this one whenever I make it to Texas.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a glass, no freshness date on bottle.

A: Medium copper with a reddish hue under a pathetic off-white head that looked as substantial as the head from pouring Pepsi. No lacing.

S: Nondescript grain adjuncts and some caramel.

T: Some flat hops to start with followed by some sweet caramel, generic malts and roasted grain flavors. Nothing offensive, nothing to praise.

M: Watery but smooth, not too much carbonation (surprising for a macro).

D: Drinkable but not overly inviting.

Overall: The Texas version of Killian's? Not as good in my opinion, but then Killian's isn't outstanding either. I suppose it is AB's attempt to compete with Shiner Bock, which itself isn't very memorable. Overall in the macro-trying-to-look-like-micro world, I would take an Amber Bock or a Killian's over this beer, but it is alright. I wouldn't spend my own money on it.

Photo of EagleTalon
2.84/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.2/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of skylab
4.13/5  rDev +47%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.68/5  rDev +31%
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

Photo of vdread
2.53/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Ziegenbock Amber
bottle to glass

appearance- dark amber color with a thick foamy head that disappeared quickly. it looks much tastier than it actually is.

smell- sweet grass. maybe some corn and graininess.

taste- there is actually a slight floral hop note here, but the mat is grainy and harsh. a little buttery in the finish.

mouthfeel- light, watery, some creaminess. slight bitter at the end

drinkability- one is pretty easy to drink, but its is very unsatisfying. i couldn't drink more than one in a sitting.

this brew is one of the best beer i've ever had from A-B. that isn't saying much, though, because it's still a pretty average (but leaning towards bad) beer.

Photo of ILikeGoodCider
2.03/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

Photo of drunkboxer1
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of CampusCrew
2.15/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

Photo of Rayek
2.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The label says "Brewed Exclusively for Texas," but I have a feeling that this is simply a relabeling of Michelob Amber Bock.

A: Caramel colored brew, with semi-active carbonation. Cream tinted head starts out OK, but quickly recedes. Surprisingly, the beer leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Toffee, apple and straw aromas are pretty much it in the nose.

T: Tastes a lot like Michelob with some caramel malt thrown in. Starts out with a bittersweet toffee flavor that's followed by apple and straw. Finishes somewhat clean, with a lingering toffee-apple flavor.

M: Very light body has tingling carbonation.

D: Not that great. And certainly not a Bock by any stretch of the imagination. Really a sweet take on Michelob, for all intents and purposes. Not worth a revisit.

Photo of lonestar1836
3.33/5  rDev +18.5%
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

Photo of jpaltan
2.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours cystal clear amber - brownish. a finger worth of head foams up then is gone just as fast as it is poured. Has to be a record for the fastest i've ever seen a beer lose its top. malty sweetness in the smell. very little smell. taste is a bit sweet up front and then rounds out with a minor bitterness in the finish. overall, a bit cloying. mouthfeel is a bit thin, but has a nice level of carbonation to it. mouthfeel is probably about the best this beer has to offer. certainly not worth the 7.50 a sixer i paid.

Photo of Kromes
3.05/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber. Practically no head, but there was a little bit of lacing down the glass. There was some malt smells, but that was about it. There was a sweet toasted malt flavor and again that was it. A watery mouthfeel and lots of carbonation. Not that impressed, but it was drinkable, could have used more flavor though.

Photo of 1fastz28
2.53/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

well here i am in texas, hoping to find some texas only beers, i found ziegen bock ( AB) and lone star (h, Heileman, i think) oh well here goes nothing.

unfortunately in my hotel room im stuck to a 5 once dixie cup, so i can't really comment on the color, it looks like a redish amber color, so i'll give it an average, just to be fair. smell, or lack there of is weak, not much of anything going on, some light hops and roasted barley malt. taste is pretty boring, not much alcohol, not much hops, not much of anything. not gonna really waste anymore time on this, i'll drink the 6er, but hopefully i can find a brewpub or something here in san antonio.

Photo of champ103
2.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear amber brown color. An extremely minimal beige head forms and recedes to nothing. No lace.
S: Grainy, and cereal malt in the nose. A light toasted aroma. Metallic and chemical.
T: A bit more toasted and caramel malt flavor than in the nose. Other than that, the same grainy, cereal, and metallic taste that was in the nose.
M/D: A light body that is thin and watery. Over carbonated as well. Not hard to drink, but no reason for me to want to.

A blah attempt by Anheuser-Bush to put another Amber Bock or Shiner Bock product into the Texas market. Both, by the way, are much better than this.

Photo of HalfFull
2.83/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap in Houston's Hobby Airport. Interesting to see a beer I've never heard of sold at every restaurant in the building. Interesting powers are at work here. Beer pours a reddish amber with an inch of slightly off white head. Pours extremely clear and the head peters out quickly.

Bit of caramel malt on the nose but otherwise rather still and metallic though served quite chilled. As the beer warms, a bit of smokiness presents itself.

Flavor was a bit syrupy at first when really chilled, and gave me an impression of a modified base beer. This too improved a bit with some warming but never amounted to much, becoming a bit drier and chalkier. At this point I sensed that the ABV was rather light and the 4.0% number noted doesn't surprise me.

Decent feel and drink, light bodied without a whole lotta oomph. Could have confused this with an ale.

'Available only in Texas' says the neon sign. I sense this to be a local brew picked up by AB vs. a true AB product, though I'll let someone else research it further...

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.18/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Off the tap at the Dallas Ft. Worth airport this beer was a dark copper color with one finger of khaki-colored head. The retention was moderate, the lacing only so-so. The aroma was light, toasted malt, some floral hops and a touch of sourness. The flavors were good but bleached out, toasted malt up front balanced by a nice hop presence. Hints of nuts and caramel. Slightly macro-tasting. The body was medium, the mouthfeel watery and rough, the carbonation medium/high. Clean and sessionable but weak.

Photo of Bagman007
3.73/5  rDev +32.7%
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.

Photo of Reagan1984
1.88/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

ZiegenBock Amber from Anheuser-Busch
66 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.