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ZiegenBock Amber - Anheuser-Busch

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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.

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Photo of Rayek


2.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 00:44:21 | More by Rayek
Photo of lonestar1836


3.33/5  rDev +19.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 20:45:24 | More by lonestar1836
Photo of jpaltan


2.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 06:06:16 | More by jpaltan
Photo of Kromes


3.05/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2009 02:15:05 | More by Kromes
Photo of 1fastz28


2.53/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 00:30:04 | More by 1fastz28
Photo of champ103


2.4/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2009 04:54:57 | More by champ103
Photo of HalfFull


2.83/5  rDev +1.8%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2009 05:44:58 | More by HalfFull
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.18/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2009 22:11:21 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of Bagman007


3.73/5  rDev +34.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 05:53:59 | More by Bagman007
Photo of Reagan1984


1.88/5  rDev -32.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 20:32:02 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of KeefD


2.42/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at Houston George Bush International Airport. Review from notes: I'm assuming this is the Texas version of AmberBock. Pours a dark amber color bordering on brown. Sour aroma with some dark fruit lingering in the background. Flavor of some roasted malts, dark fruits, and the hint of sourness again. Slightly crisp mouthfeel, low carbonation. I'm not impressed with this brew and picture it as a weak answer/competition to Shiner Bock, which comes up drastically short. Would not have again.

On a side note, while it's an AB product, this beer is listed as being made in St. Louis, MO, but it's actually brewed in Texas.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2008 01:17:38 | More by KeefD
Photo of jujubeast6000


2.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 12/4/2005 (12oz bottle from 24 variety pack):

Ah, a Texas rivalry - ABs attempt to compete with Shiner Bock, from what I hear. Small off-white head, quickly diminishing. Dark brown color body. Has a dark malty aroma. Taste of malty flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth, not much else to the palate.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 00:34:51 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of ccrida


3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Cousin's BBQ in the Dallas Airport, poured into a plastic cup, ZiegenBock ("only Texan's get it") is a chill hazed brown with a creamy, egg-shell head.

Smell is very faint, a soft maltiness with a slight hint of caramel. Served cold.

Taste is also very bland, just a bit of toasted malt really, clean with a hint of roast on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light and spritzy, with a seltzer like feel.

Drinkability is fine in that this is so neutral tasting, but so damn boring, I'd have to be drinking to get drunk with no other options to have more then one of these.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2008 21:48:30 | More by ccrida
Photo of hiikeeba


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

A - Pours up a brownish amber with red highlights and a thin white head tat dissipates quickly.

S - Caramel malt aroma with some hop bitterness

T - Starts off with a carmely malt flavor. Hops are subdued.

M - Feels thin and watery

D - It's fairly drinkable, since there's nothing offensive in the flavor, and it's not too heavy. But it is a little bland.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 23:52:43 | More by hiikeeba
Photo of angelmonster


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

Ordered a pitcher at local bowling alley , poured a very dark brown color , very little head with even less lacing as minutes passed

Smelled of faint roast nut with skunky overtones, aroma was something you wouldnt expect from a dark beer, very hard to pickup any of the smells

Taste was somewhat watered down for a beer claiming to be a bock style. There was some roasted toffee taste to it , not quite sweet, decent but not flavorfull as expected from a dark beer

Mouthfeel was light, not as rich as hoped, beer is cheap ranging from 5.50 to 7.00 a pitcher so really you get what you pay for.
This beer doesnt really taste much like a bock but i suppose its drinkable for one of those nights when you're low on cash but arent in the mood for a light beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2008 04:40:48 | More by angelmonster
Photo of kcillini77


2.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A friend brought some of this back from Texas and gave me one to try.

Decent head up front, with quick dissipation and no lacing.

Tastes sweet, with caramel notes. But the swallow brings a very watery taste. No hops to balance. Carbonation is pretty low and the mouthfeel is good. The drinkability is okay but I really wouldn't choose to drink many of these.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 02:48:06 | More by kcillini77
Photo of MSchae1017


2.98/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Amber Brown with an off white head that leaves a ring and laces.

Sweet caramel in the aroma with a bit of chocolate.

More of the same in the taste. A bit astringent with maybe a bit of rice.

Very carbonated. Light mouthfeel

Overall, a bit off in taste, but not too bad

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 02:09:11 | More by MSchae1017
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


3.4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Although this beer is produced by Anheuser-Busch, I wouldn't expect it to be by the characteristics of this beer. It really surprised me.

A- The bottle is a nice dark amber with a decent looking label, clearly an A-B production when you look close. When poured, gave a small bone white head that left a decent ring and a bit of lace that went away quickly. Beer is dark walnut / dark amber and is semi-transparent

S- Couldn't really get a smell off this one, but what I got was basic beer, yeast and sweet wheat malts

T- The taste of this brew surprised me, but was nothing exceptional. Sweet caramel malts are the bulk of the flavor, with some other sweet wheaty malt in the background.

M- Feels all right, but maybe too much carbonation

D- Drinks fine for me, like a light beer with character

Notes- Does not remind me of the other three Amber Lagers I've had before. Also has 4.00ABV so you can drink like a Light

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 02:38:50 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of weissbierdrinker


2.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle, the head is a tanish color but is small and leaves very little lacing around the glass.

The color is very nice and looks like it is going to be a tasty amber beer.

smell is not very strong.

Taste is smooth at first then some slightly burnt caramel flavors come in and the finish is smooth but very watery. It's a bit of a dissapointment, it dosen't have any of the characteristics that you'd look for in an amber beer. I'd drink it again but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 17:33:02 | More by weissbierdrinker
Photo of Durge


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

Ordered this at the Grey Rock 19th hole when visiting my buddy in Austin, Texas. I had never heard of it and expected some local bock beer. Didn't have a clue it was another AB marketing ploy until now. It had a golden brown color with a modest off-white head and lace. The aroma brings mild caramel and wheat. Quite aqueous, very well carbonated, refreshing and very easy drinking. Wheat and toffee, mild malt. OK when poured cold on a hot day.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2008 17:29:24 | More by Durge
Photo of mhewes


2.13/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tried this one at a friend's party. Drank this one out of the bottle so I can't vouch for the appearance and I'm not going to try to get the smell out of the bottle. To be honest, there was not much to this beer. It has a pretty bland taste with some malt flavors. It was thin and watery. It wasn't offensive or anything, it was just a boring beer. Not something I would drink again but if it's the only thing around, I may pick it up.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 19:03:53 | More by mhewes
Photo of DaPeculierDane


3.33/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank one of these at the Salt Lick, a BYOB BBQ joint near Driftwood, TX.

This beer reminded me a lot of Bud or MGD. It's light in body and flavor containing just a touch of pale and perhaps caramel malts and barely a touch of hops. Unlike the aforementioned beers, however, this beer didn't have any obnoxious metallic, chemical, rice, or corn syrup qualities and even finished with a nice honey-nut flavor. I actual liked it for what it was, a light, easy drinking macro. It went just fine with some BBQ although I did prefer the local crafts we brought with us to this one. One of the dryer and better AB products I've had.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 14:09:23 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of Domingo


2.58/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this at the Houston airport. I saw the logo on the wall and their slogans that only Texans know about it...so I figured it must be along the lines of Shiner.
Arrived a pretty nice looking dark amber color. Certainly looks the part. A creamy foam head sits on top, too. Looks good!
The smell is...almost of nothing. It's got a pretty standard light lager sourness with a tiny hint of malt. No hops, and really nothing going on.
Flavor is also pretty much dead on arrival. Reminds me of Michelob Ultra Amber, and I'm not exaggerating. It's a little more bready, but there's just no substance. If you took a Bud Light, darkened it, and dropped in a couple of roasted nuts you'd probably get a flavor just like this.
I ordered a pint-cup of this and I finished about 1/2 of it before I got bored.
There's nothing inherently wrong going on, but there's nothing right either.
This is the most boring beer I've had in a long time just because it's trying to be something it's not. Shiner Bock isn't great, but it at least has some substance and some maltiness to it. This "bock" isn't even as potent or flavorful as normal Budweiser.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2008 15:36:44 | More by Domingo
Photo of armock

New York

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

A - Poured a dark amber color with a tan head

S - Fairly light sweet malt

T - Is of sweet malt and a touch of caramel

M - A little thin with lighter carbonation

D - This is a seession beer with some flavor it was the best thing on tap at the Toyota center so I drank three durring the Rockets game not a bad beer will drink it again durring the next game I go to

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 21:02:14 | More by armock
Photo of ElGeordie


2.08/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I've tried Shiner Bock a few times and remained VERY unimpressed. A few Texans told me that I should try ZiegenBock - so I did.
The born-on date stamped on the label gave away this one's parentage. But I try to be open minded, so in the name of science I drank a few anyway.
Visually the Ziegenbock is darker than Shiner's version, the head seems to be better too, it was creamier and lasted much longer.
Tastewise, although nowhere near what a bock should be it did at least have a trace of malt - more than can be said for Shiner Bock.
At the end of the day I wouldn't drink this by choice but it is (as many Texans had told me) better than Shiner Bock. Although they're both just dark macro lagers.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 21:12:02 | More by ElGeordie
ZiegenBock Amber from Anheuser-Busch
66 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.