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ZiegenBock Amber | Anheuser-Busch

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States
anheuser-busch.com

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.

Added by kbub6f on 04-24-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,585
Reviews:
145
Ratings:
474
pDev:
21.68%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 474 |  Reviews: 145
Photo of stebbi7833
2.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of harpus
2.5/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of DoubleJ
2.46/5  rDev -14%
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 -6.6%
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 worleyjamers
2.35/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Caj1
2.66/5  rDev -7%
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 Dface
3.75/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of _drummer_
1.93/5  rDev -32.5%
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 BeerDrD
3.67/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MaddoJay
3.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Pens1967
3.2/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mollyellis
4.53/5  rDev +58.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tbone2131
2.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Squire123
3.35/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of biegaman
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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Photo of TheSSG
2.48/5  rDev -13.3%
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 powdersoldier
3.75/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MichialTanner1
3.19/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of markjarema11
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dvmin98
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of walterk
2.91/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of drahodo
2.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.31/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Nichols33
2.1/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of Dreynolds1808
1.98/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

ZiegenBock Amber from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 2.86 out of 5 with 474 ratings
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