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ZiegenBock AmberZiegenBock Amber

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Missouri, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

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 allengarvin
3.33/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Snagged at a party so I could get an extra review. Pours a pretty mahogany color with a small head and lots of streaming bubbles. Aroma is pretty much grainy malt, with a hint of caramel. Clean sweet caramel malt flavor, that fades pretty quickly. Actually oddly tasteless except the initial malt. Neutral texture.

This is the first ZiegenBock I've ever had as far as I know. It might be a tad better than Shiner Bock. That's no reason to ever have another, though.

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Photo of BeerSox
2.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Crystal clear deep amber color that edges on ruby. Light tan fizzy head that slowly settles to a thin cap. Spotty lacing along the glass.

Toasty malt aromas with not much else.

There is nothing "bock" about this bock. It has some grainy malt, but it is very bland. The alcohol weighs in at 4%ABV, which is nothing like a bock. It's just a dark lager. Watery, light bodied, and fizzy.

This is probably AB's attempt to brew a beer to compete with Texas' Shiner Bock. Neither are great examples, but this one is just a watery lager that had a longer boil. Compared to Budweiser this is dark and heavy, however. Drink at your own risk.

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Photo of crwills
2.21/5  rDev -21.4%
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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Photo of Derek
2.8/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark amber with a tan head; very little retention/lace.

S: Slight aroma of floral & spicy hops with a hints of sweetness.

T: Light bready malt flavour is overtaken by sweet corn. Hints of spicy & floral hops.

M: Light to moderate body (not bad for its weight), has some residual sugar; moderate carbonation.

D: It's a lightweight, but it's just not enticing.

Certainly more "American Amber" than "German Bock".

Thanks for sample Grub!

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Photo of Sammy
2.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Macro brewery, however this is underrated in that it is more than a passable brew. Light colour, creamy in mouth, light mouthfeel. Aroma a bit cheesy negative. Drinkable. Some bitterness in finish. Not really a bock. Thanks Grub for something new and different.

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Photo of grub
2.66/5  rDev -5.3%
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 AChamberlain
3.37/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served ontap at the Houston Airport on 11/22/06. Apparently you can only get this in TX. Big deal. It was good, but not special.

A: Ewww. Looks like dirty water (brown). 1/2" head.

S: Slight malt aroma

T: Tasted a little like the tap was dirty, but it may be the actual flavor. Malts.

MF: Thin and fizzzy.

D: Pretty good, easy to drink. Not that I'd have more than one.

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Photo of BigRedN
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes. Had in Ft. Worth, TX. I was shocked to see this, although I'm not sure why. Scores try to reflect that this is not to be compared to a true bock beer.

Appearance: Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A clear (aren't all AB products?), dark amber, almost brown, color. Thin short lived head. No lace.

Smell: Weak roasted malt (maybe a little caramelly) with no hop associated aromas. Not expecting much, I was not let down.

Taste: I know this is geared to Shiner Bock, but comes up a little short. Minimal maltiness, nothing bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light, clean, crisp, good carbonation. A dark macro lager.

Drinkability: Easy to put down a 6 pack. I assume this is a Texas only beer as I have not sen it before (only heard about it here on BA). Obviously aimed at Shiner Bock, but I'd take a Shiner anyday (as would most Texans, I suspect).

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Photo of jhammerly
2.21/5  rDev -21.4%
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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Photo of HoustonTX
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Ahh, the good ole Ziegen. Pours a deep brown, with a good sized frothy head, the retention was lacking however. Picking up just small traces of malt, and maybe even a bit of faint caramel. Taste is quite bready and a tad sweet. Malty all the way through. With no hops making themselves known. Mouthfeel is thin for the style, and drinkability is average.

These are a step below Shiner Bock in my opinion.

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Photo of escapements
2.45/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Not a bad dark copper/brown color. Head didn't last very long.

Smell - Slight malt odor. Not much smell at all.

Taste - Watery, not nearly enough flavor on all levels.

Mouthfeel - Less than standard. High carbonation.

Drinkability - Smooth and is drinkable, but there is so much mo' betta' out there.

Comments - Go get a Shiner Bock. Or even better, since it's classified as an American Amber/Red Ale, go get a Rogue All American Ale or a Fat Tire.

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Photo of spaceranger
2.33/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've had this brew before but forgot how much I disliked it. If I had known in advance it was an Anheuser-Busch product I never would have picked it up anyway. Yuk and double yuk. No balance, no real flavor. The usual AB corn-rice filler is ever present. Carbonation is about right. Not a bock at all. Just amber colored. I guess it's kinda like that new Ultra Amber junk. I can't imagine how brewers put out product like this and expect people to buy it. Of course, it's like a buddy of mine said once: "You can just mix any crap up, slap some sort of label on it and somebody will buy it." Guess that's right.

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Photo of Brent
2.43/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The sign in the airport bar announced "Only Texans Get It." On sampling the beer, I had to wonder why they would particularly want it. Pretty easy to peg in the amber lager category, so I was let down that I wasn't getting a bock beer (they should at least be honest enough to call it "Ziegenamber"). Some middle-of-the-road malt flavor, a bit grainy with adjunct notes. A chocolate note in the malt faltered and faded before making any impression.

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Photo of acrawf6
2.94/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a clear dark brown amber with a small white head.

Smell. Is sweet like light brown sugar. small banana aroma.

Taste. sweet but the adjunct flavor is quite present it has a familiar taste to it (which is not all that good). It's not a bad flavor, but nothing good. Very bland, bud drinker's idea of a drinkable dark beer. Aftertaste is sweet and a small amount of metallic.

Mouthfeel is ok for what it's going for. Slightly light body, lots of carbonation.

Overall, A-B did a good job making a beer that i dont think is good, quite drinkable (if that makes much sense). Bottle says, "Brewed Exclusively For Texas." That's fine with me.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.3/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Likely the best AB product i've had. Pours out to an odd caramel brown color with some dark gold notes. A big head of white foam quickly calms to about 1/4 of an inch. Medium to medium high carbonation and little lacing. Aromas of buttery yeast and malt are suprisingly enjoyable, as a sweet grain element rears it's head in there as well. Taste is medium-light bodied, but still fair; caramel malts and roasted notes make way for some sweet and mild hops, followed by the ever-present AB wash out. The flavors die a quick death on the tongue. Mouthfeel is a step above others, as there is some density and crispness to the beer. Drinkability is north of average. AB should seriously consider marketing this outside of Texas, becase for what it is, it isn't bad. Worth a try. Special thanks goes out to assurbanipaul for the sample.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
2.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I can definetly tell this is an AB beer, because it tastes watered down. It's not bad, and it tastes smooth. I'm surprised that this has so much praise if Bud Light is an avoid. AB beers a lot of the time taste watered down. This beer is smooth for a bock, but that's not a good thinkg IMO. It doesn't have that bitter bite that I expect from a bock beer. It's a bock beer for the non beer drinker.

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

Pours amber-brown, supremely crystal clear. The nose offers... nothing. Seriously, I tried and tried and really could not get anything out of this beer aroma-wise. How do they manage that? Similarly, there ain't much going on in the flavor department. This beers color belies its light, average flavor profile. There is a hint of faint caramel, but not much else. ZiegenBock is drinkable in that it's not not-drinkable. This beer strikes me as more of a marketing ploy for AB to offer something "different" and "bold" while not offending the tastes of their incredibly large target audience.

See also, Shiner Bock.

This beer was purchased for me at the bar by an Anheuser-Busch representative. I asked about Redhook, but no dice.

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Photo of cheers2beers
3.45/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass:

Appearance: The color was a deep red/amber with an off-white head that disapated very quickly.No laceing and a small amount of beading can be found.

Smell: A strong wood and brazilnut combo make up the aroma in full.A sweet caramel and toffee odor is also assumed.Not bad at all.

Taste: Strong woody and nutty exist in the taste as well.A light tea flavored, with a nice semi-sweet caramel malt backbone.A mild smoke accent in the finish.Meduim carbonation.

Mouthfeel: A meduim to thin body,clean,smooth easy drinking.

Drinkability: This seems like the perfect beer to drink while doing yard work and crafty hobbies.Cheap and easy drinking.


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Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.61/5  rDev -7.1%
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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Photo of Suds
3.17/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap, in an Texas airport. It’s a light, transparent amber color with a respectable white head. The nose is of lightly roasted, toasted malt. It’s not a strong smell, but it’s attractive and is vaguely reminiscent of bread-crust. There’s a little caramel in the taste, which is teasingly malty. Finish has a touch of hop bitterness. I certainly wouldn’t use the word Bock on this beer. It’s a fairly thin and uninspiring brew. Still, there’s nothing particularly wrong with it. Satisfying but average.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.73/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber color with a small head that dissipates rather quickly in to nothing. No lacing either. Not too much stands out in the smell. I was hoping for something slightly hoppy but to no avail. The mouthfeel is one of the redeeming qualities of the beer but otherwise I would choose something different in the future. Enjoyed at DFW airport.

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Photo of theozag
3.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Please pardon the brevity of this review, I am attempting to catch up (between work assignments) from weeks of tasting based on notes...

Muddy deep-brown color; 80% opaque body without solids; milky white head that fades almost instantly.

Smells of coffee and freshly basked bread

Starts even, smooth, and slightly bitter; Settles full-bodied and semi-sweet with caramel, cashew, and wheat flavors; Finishes smooth but heavy and very strong; Leaves a lasting wheat-like aftertase with sweetened edges.

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Photo of ElGordo
2.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber color with a flourish of an off-white head that quickly dissipates into just a whisp on top. Sweet, almost cloying aroma of adjunct malt and the faintest hint of cheap hops, accented by a touch of caramel on the finish. Mouthfeel is a little thin. I guess you could drink a lot of this, but I don't see why you would want to.

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Photo of karst
2.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured bottle dark brown from a 12 oz bottle with soft white head and retention. (Soda like carbonation) The aroma was malt. Persistant bready malt taste and sweet malt. No hops. MF was a very thin.

A Texas only brew, very similar to national - Amber-bock.

Not a bad beer to pour on the roasting pig (ZiegenPig!) but not a session beer even for a pig over hot Mesquite coals.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.42/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When I purchased this today in Orange, Texas, I though this was a Shiner Bock Amber version. I know realize it said ZeigenBock. Not bad for an amber. The label says it's brewed and available only in Texas but it's a Anheuser Busch beer. Oh well. Nothing too exciting for an Amber but I'm glad I had the chance to try it.

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