ZiegenBock Amber - Anheuser-Busch
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2.18/5 rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
Ah, Anheuser-Busch's attempt to compete with Shiner Bock. Cute. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with twist-off pressure cap and nice label art acquired a few minutes ago at my local cornerstore and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are low given the brewery. Reviewed as an amber; it never commits to whether or not it's a bock or an amber on the label, but further research reveals it's an amber.
A Texas exclusive.
Actually, it's important to note the epithet is actually quite clever: "Ziegenbock" means "Billy Goat" in Deutsch. Anheuser-Busch gets to call the beer a name that would make the average Texan think it's like Shiner when really it's an amber. Very clever indeed. Hat tip to the marketing cats over at Anheuser-Busch.
Served cold, straight from the cornerstore's fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as I pour.
Pours a one finger wide head of light khaki colour. Average creaminess and thickness. No lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is below average - ~1-2 minutes.
Body colour is a textbook copper; clear, dark, and translucent. No yeast particles are visible. Vibrance is below average, but I wouldn't call it dull per se.
It looks a lot better than I anticipated, but is poor for an amber. It definitely looks like an amber lager-meets-bock.
Sm: Um. Clean barley. Grains, maybe? The aroma is so muted and light I don't get hardly anything from it. Very reticent and closed off. Wow, that's bland. Even Budweiser has adjunct and barley. This is unbelievably unevocative.
No hop character, yeast character, alcohol, or really any malt character is detectable.
Muted is better than off-putting.
T: Caramalt, grains, barley, maybe some adjunct. Plenty of malty sweetness. Boy, is this bland. There's just so little going on. Poorly built for an amber (lager). Okay balance; I mean there's generic cohesion of the few notes it has.
Zero hop presence, zero yeast presence, and nearly zero flavour. No complexity or subtlety here. As generic and uninspired a beer as one could brew in this style.
Low depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. A very neutral beer, but an inoffensive one.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated. Poor presence on the palate. Thick; lightly syrupy. Entirely too overbearing for the lack of flavour. Poor execution for the style, but I guess it kind of suits the flavour profile in that it matches its blandness.
Not oily, gushed, hot, or astringent.
Dr: Downable swill. Bland and boring. I won't be trifling with this again, but you could do worse than bland. I mean, it's not Chelada. In fairness, you could pound a pitcher of this on a night out with the lads without any issues, but the sweetness does get to you. Let's be glad this doesn't make it out of Texas. I can't see this luring Shiner devotees away, but maybe the clever marketing is working. I do love that aspect of the beer, but unfortunately everything else is subpar. Not recommended. I'd probably take an adjunct lager over this at the local bar; at least they have more flavour.
Serving type: bottle
09-26-2013 02:47:29 | More by kojevergas
3.45/5 rDev +23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Appearance: Pours a sub-one-finger head into a mug. Pleasing strong-black-tea colour, (though I worry about additives).
Nose: Yeast, bread.
Taste: Darkness, coffee, sweetness . . . (corn syrup?)
Food-pairing: Savory ranchero beans with oregano/sausage/jalapeño corn bread.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light-to-medium body. Carbonation level is adequate and not overly assertive. A bit watery near bottom of the glass.
Overall: Approachable and food-friendly if a bit one- or two-note and lacking in complexity.
Serving type: bottle
07-29-2013 17:48:44 | More by swellcat
ZiegenBock Amber from Anheuser-Busch
66 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.