ZiegenBock Amber

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American Amber / Red Lager
Ranked #172
Ranked #48,661
2.87 | pDev: 21.95%
Missouri, United States
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Notes: 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 Darkmagus82
3.53/5  rDev +23%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear light brown color with a super fizzy white head. The head fades almost instantly leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is nice and roasty with a touch of a grain smell as well as a hint of caramel. Along with these smells comes a tiny bit of dark fruit and a hint of earthiness.
Taste – The taste begins with a slightly roasty and brown bread taste that has a touch of molasses and brown sugar upfront. As the taste advances the sweeter tastes fades a little bit with some light earthy and hay tastes taking their place. While the molasses and brown sugar initially fade, they surge back at the every end, and combined with a bit of caramel to leave one with a slightly sweeter and moderately roasty taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is slightly thinner and more watery with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the style a bit more thickness may have been better, but in light of its relatively low abv of only 4.9 % the feel was overall pretty nice.
Overall – A slightly sweeter amber at only 4.9 % with a nice flavor profile and a very easy approachable taste. I see this as a great tailgating brew on a slightly cooler day!!

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Photo of EmperorBatman
3.66/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured into a Willi Becher pint glass.

Pours a clear brownish-amber color with a fairly large head. Quite smooth with a little bit of malty sweetness then held back by a slight roast and hop bitterness. Finishes clean with little residual aftertaste.

Although it isn't a traditional Bock and conforms more with other American Bocks (Michelob Amber Bock, Shiner Bock, etc.), this is a nice , pleasant beer with the refreshingness of American Lager with a bit of flavor from the dark malt to keep it interesting.

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Photo of GreggFWTX
3.13/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A simple dark amber beer. Not really a "bock" but could pass as one by the look of it, which is why I gave it at a 4.25 for looks. Ziegenbock looks like you're drinking something really good. I poured the beer into a 16oz. pint glass and didn't detect a real smell to it; although when its poured at the bar i can pick up some smell to it? I rated the smell 2.5. I think this beer passes the taste test. It's not Shiner or other bock/ambers like Abita or Brooklyn Lager. Still, I think one could find this brew at least drinkable. Slightly malty taste to it. This beer checks off some boxes. Would recommend.

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Photo of 35mmdirector
2.77/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Both bottle and on tap are a decent taste and feel for a simple amber. It’s decent but nothing groundbreaking. Medium-light carbonation. Not bitter, not sweet, light honey color.

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Photo of ordybill
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the tap into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark Amber color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is all grain and malt. The taste follows the nose.

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Photo of Parmesan
1.98/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

L: Pours a brilliant amber gold color with a small white head and no lacing on the glass.

S: A bit of caramel and toasted grain, a small mineral note and maybe a slight hop. That's what I could smell but honestly, the aroma is nearly non-existent.

T: Some toasted grain a slight bit of caramel, no hop presence. Quite watery tasting too, honestly not much flavor here.

F: Light bodied, but also seems to taste a little flat.

O: Not recommended at all, there is almost no aroma or flavor to this.

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Photo of singletary
2.82/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I found this in a convenience store in Lousiana, have never seen it before and picked a few up to try. It poured a nice dark amber color with a white head that fades. The smell is of bread with a mild maltiness to it. The taste is of malts with some sweetness but rather plain. The feel is watery and light. Overall ok nothing to seek out.

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Photo of wattoclone
2.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Picked this up in a convenience store in Oklahoma on a road trip. Not what I expected from a beer named ZiegenBock, it was very smooth and drinkable with no offensive flavors. The color was dark amber with a substantial foamy head that lasted several minutes. Disappointed in the lack of any flavor, tasted like carbonated water with a hint of caramel.

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Photo of russpowell
2.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours an effervescent ambner with 3 fingers of an head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Applejuice

T: Pears, faint leafy hops, some dryness & faint caramel up front. Faint metallic notes, dryness & more apple juice sweetness as this warms, Finishes watery with applejuice, insipid

MF: Light body, firm carbonation

Dissapointing, I guess someone is buying this, why I am not sure

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Photo of Dave__4
3.53/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tastes a little watery but had a great flavor. With the 4.9% alcohol I wouldn't consider it a light beer but it tasted like one. Would recommend to friends who enjoy weaker tasting beers.

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Photo of Tucquan
2.83/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Had this on 2017-04-04 in Arlington, TX at the Texas Rangers baseball stadium from a 16 oz can.

Very little aroma. Just light grain. Flavor is lightly toasted white bread with some mild caramel. Watery. About what you'd expect from a ballpark macro. Good enough for an 81 degree evening while watching the game against the Cleveland Indians.

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Photo of Secret
1.82/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

There isn't a lot here that I can say, that hasn't been said already. I agree that it excels in being mediocre. How this won the bronze of any kind of contest is dumbfounding, even in a competition focused on commercial breweries.

Look is not that impressive. It's a dark amber with a small beige head that dissipates quickly. No real lacing to speak of. But I actually rate the look even more poorly than I would normally rate it, due to the fact that there's nothing amber about the flavor of this beer. I strongly suspect there's some caramel color going on here. It would be exceedingly difficult to brew a beer this dark, and have it genuinely be this color, and still have such a flat, nonexistent body, and such a deep lack of complexity.

Smell is SPOT ON like a loaf of french bread. The yeast and grain really comes through, but that is the extent of the flavor. It's bland... just like a loaf of french bread. Actually, I think I've had plain french bread that had far more flavor than this beer.

Taste and feel go hand in hand, so I'm just going to tackle those together. This beer is bland, bland, BLAND. Practically a sparkling water. No richness, no depth, very low acidity AND bitterness. Not dry enough to hit the "refreshing" button, not sweet enough to compensate for its complete lack of anything else. You could put a breadstick and a lemon wedge into a liter of club soda, and get the same flavor we've got going on here.

And like another reviewer said. I don't just hate on these Anheuser-Busch mock-craft beers just because they're sneaky bulls--t from a macrobrewery. I hate on them because they're genuinely not good. Why would I pay $8 for this when I could get Abita or Sierra Nevada or Left Hand for that kind of price range? Nobody should. These big breweries need to seriously up their game if they don't want people thrashing them for trying to horn in on the craft beer market. It's fine if they wanna actually step up and play ball, but it's clear they're just half-assing it.

Thanks, I'm out.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.46/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was aware of ZiegenBock being a Texas-only beer, but its exposure was remarkable; it seemed to be everywhere in the Metroplex. I'll give just about any beer a whirl, and that's what I chose to do with ZiegenBock. From a 12 ounce bottle, but consumed at home in California (I hope I'm not breaking any rules about that), on to the beer:

A half-inch of fuzzy-looking head sits above this dark amber nectar with visible bubbles running through it. A few splashes of lace and good head retention makes this beer something to look at. There's little to smell, as the aroma is very weak. I smells a splash of fruity esters and nothing else. ZiegenBock reminded me more of a light amber lager than a bock, as overall, the taste is very soft. Light fruity esters with a shade of grain, topped with a soft toasted accent. There's too much carbonation in the the light body, although it is a beer that is easy to drink.

My curiosity is cured and I ticked off this cult beer, but ZiegenBock on its own is nothing worth noting. Stick with Michelob Amber Bock if you want an Anheuser-Busch brewed bock.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
2.67/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks dark brown. Color and "bock" in the name are deceptive, though. Watery and not much flavor, allowing some "off" flavors to come through. Plenty of fizz though. Drying finish. Overall, meh.

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Photo of Caj1
2.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.75

I'll be honest here. I don't particularly like forking my money over to AB-InBev if I don't have to. This is not a beer that I seek out and buy, but, because of the people I've known and the places I've been, it's not hard to find Ziegen Bock and it's not hard to receive it for free. All that being said, this is an okay beer if you want something refreshing with a hint of character. It's decent on tap (myself and seven or eight other people spent a couple weeks killing a keg of the stuff back in the spring of 2014) and you can do a lot worse. I'm not going to go too far into appearance, smell, feel, that kind of stuff, because it's Shiner Bock without the soul. But it's pretty good if you lower your standards a bit. And hey! Who doesn't love a free beer or twelve?!

Too good health and okay beer.

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Photo of _drummer_
1.93/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not my favorite. Honestly, it's a knock-off Shiner Bock, but lacks the quality of a good Shiner. It seems to be missing a little bit of everything. For instance, the carbonation was there, but not quite the right amount. The taste leans a bit toward a light beer as opposed to a darker, traditional amber bock. It wasn't horrible, but wasn't all that impressive for me.

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Photo of biegaman
2.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

ZiegenBock (meaning "billy goat", a nod to the style's de facto mascot) has a clear, slick and polished toffee-amber complexion that gives it a visual classiness normally associated with things like cognac or brandy - how deceiving looks can be. Only available in Texas, it's painfully obvious that ZiegenBock is Anheuser-Busch's pathetic attempt at competing with the famous Shiner Bock.

Like that brand, this one takes gross liberties with the style, not the least of which is lowering the alcohol to 4.9% (as opposed to the 6-8% considered standard). Unsurprisingly, it also smells and tastes as though adjuncts were used; not only is this far too sweet on the palate but it has a flavour that strongly resembles the kind of low-grade "table" syrup found in greasy-spoon diners.

While that may work on pancakes, it really doesn't cut it as far as clean, complex German lagers go. Mind you, I'm OK if a beer doesn't conform exactly to style guidelines - I ask only that it's well made and tastes good. This one meets none of my criteria. The only category it exceeds in is marketing budget - it's the only Bock I know to have its own dedicated website.

Although what's with the slogan "kinda legendary"? Legendary for what? And only "kinda"? Isn't that a contradiction? Perhaps as a Canadian I'm missing something about a beer made "for Texans by Texans" (nevermind that none of the sales profits go to Texans). Either way, "kinda legendary" doesn't sell me on anything except the foolishness of A-B marketing.

I usually find big commercial breweries do a poor job emulating smaller ones, but in this case Anheuser-Busch landed pretty close to the mark. Both ZiegenBock and Shiner Bock are equally inaccurate representations of the Bock style and make pretty unremarkable, uninteresting beers in their own respective rights.

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Photo of TheSSG
2.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a frothy, off white head that loudly fizzles down to a wisp of a head. A metallic aroma (which is a first). A slightly floral hoppy, somewhat toasted malt flavor limps in at the front and dissipates quickly. There's a stronger showing as the malt tries to appear, but it's still pretty anemic. The finish is easily the best part; a touch of floral hops over hints of toasted malt.

For something made to compete with Shiner bock, it's a failure. It's thin in the mouth, and there just isn't enough flavor; I end up drinking this one about twice as fast as usual, because it just doesn't satisfy in the flavor department. It's not the worst thing I've ever had, but I definitely regret not just picking up another Shiner bock in lieu of this.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.65/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shiner Bock clone. Amber color. White head. Subtle nose of malt and yeast. Sweet flavor and very subtle, almost watery. Mild malt, mild hops. Definitely drinkable in a day at the beach kind of way . . . when you just want something cold and wet that won't weigh you down. Fine but nothing special.

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Photo of KatyBeerGuy
3.29/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Two finger head, dissipated quickly. Indiscript taste. Contains alcohol, and you won't die from it. Does its job after many other beers and you want to keep the buzz going but save your good beers for another day.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.08/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Brown with a red tint, thin khaki colored head that dissipates quickly leaving no head

S: Sweet bread malts, light hint of hops

T: Sweet bread, a bit of a toasted malt flavor with a small amount of hop bitterness on the end

M: Light, very drinkable

O: A dark lager that is easy to drink and has a sweet flavor. If I lived in Texas I would probably drink this pretty often.

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Photo of tone77
3.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Although it says this beer is only available in Texas, I purchased a bottle as part of a mixed six pack in Bastrop,LA.Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some corn. Taste is light malts, a bit of bread, bland and boring. Feels light in the mouth and overall, nothing offensive, but lacking in flavor and quality.

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Photo of jeranbrews
2.26/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Dark almost body, darker than maple syrup but not as dark as cola. Bone white head with some lacing. Minor continued carbonation. 3.25

S - Faint caramel and strong adjunt smells. Like corn flavored soda with a dash of honey and caramel apples. Meh. 2.75

T - Stale boring. Bland. Not much more flavorful that Bud or Miller. 2

M - A bit too fizzy and not enough body. The adjunct fermentables just make it too loose and watery and stingy not thick and malty and full. 2.

O - This was a free beer, but I would never buy it nor recommend it for another person I cared for. 2.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is obviously not a special beer in any way. It's alright and not a bad beer to drink at a tailgate or with some football style food. Pretty easy to drink, but very little flavor.

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Photo of Vashtar
2.25/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

This beer os overboard on the "amber." It's like they put in amber flavored high fructose corn syrup after they brewed it.

The aftertaste somewhat cardboard (familiar and bad).

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ZiegenBock Amber from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 68 out of 100 with 508 ratings