ZiegenBock Amber
Anheuser-Busch

ZiegenBock AmberZiegenBock Amber
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Style:
American Amber / Red Lager
Ranked #178
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
68
Ranked #48,197
Avg:
2.86 | pDev: 22.03%
Reviews:
150
Ratings:
506
From:
Anheuser-Busch
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
68
Poor
ZiegenBock AmberZiegenBock Amber
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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2.76/5  rDev -3.5%

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Photo of matjack85
2.59/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I read that this Anhauser-Bush product was only available in Texas, so on my last trip to Dallas I made a special effort to look for it. I found it at Sonny Bryan's BBQ in downtown Dallas. $2.75 for a 12oz brown bottle. A freshness date is located on the front label.

The beer poured a clear chestnut brown color with a 2-finger light tan head that lasted a few minutes with decent lacing.

Not much smell to this - just some roasted grain and a touch of caramel.

The flavor isn't strong either. All I really get is some sweet caramel and not much else, unless you count carbonation as an ingredient. Man is this stuff carbonated!

Light to mediuin bodied with off the chart carbonation.

Very drinkable but not memorable. Luckily I found several other good Texas beers when I was there.

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2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of grub
2.66/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

quarterly tasting party feb 21/07 with northyorksammy, Derek, crwills, biegaman and me (grub). everyone threw in a few bottles and we had an interesting mix of beer. i contributed this bottle, which came to me via a trade with freberg. thanks michael!

12oz bottle

pours deep amber, crystal clear, with a big off-white head. bit of spotty lace.

aroma is not good. dms and corn. bit earty. macro lager.

taste is similar. fizzy corn water. very light bitterness and just a hint of malt.

mouthfeel is ok. moderate carbonation and thin body.

drinkability is ok. not as bad as the usual offerings from A-B, but not great either.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
2.97/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear dark amber color with a thick foamy head that quickly dissipates to mild. Lacing is good. Somewhat darker fruit aroma. Mildly sweet. Maybe some raisins. Somewhat watered down taste. Mildly sweet. Again, has some darker fruits. Raisins definitely. A bitter spice at the end. Mildly hoppy but doesn't last long. Not much to the aftertaste. Light bodied and somewhat fizzy with moderate to heavy carbonation.

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Photo of drunkboxer1
2.73/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +57.3%

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2.61/5  rDev -8.7%
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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3/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of breakingbland
3.1/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of jhammerly
2.21/5  rDev -22.7%
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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3/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of msubulldog25
3.01/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

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2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

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2/5  rDev -30.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of hiikeeba
3.2/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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3/5  rDev +4.9%

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2.81/5  rDev -1.7%
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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3.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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2.51/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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2.08/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of crwills
2.21/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Part of a tasting with northyorksammy, biegaman, grub, and derek. Thanks guys!

Decent deep, brown/gold colour with a small bubbly head. Aroma is strongly adjuncts with a little bit of unprocessed malt. Flavour is corn and very mild hops. Adjuncty aftertaste. Not a good one.

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2/5  rDev -30.1%

ZiegenBock Amber from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 68 out of 100 with 506 ratings