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ZiegenBock Amber | Anheuser-Busch

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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 BeardedBoffin
2.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a combination of dark yellow mixed with an color. The aroma is strange. It has cooked sour vegetables with a mixture of grainy malt and generic sweetness. The flavor has a large starchy adjunct component. I am not sure what the adjunct is here, but it is definitely present in a big way. There is a dash of bitterness at then end.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap at Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)

A: Pours a clear very dark amber in color with light amounts of garnet red and brown highlights when held up to the light and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that quickly reduces to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The overall smell is quite sweet for this beer and malty with some hints of caramel, toffee, and molasses.

T: Very similar to the smell with moderate sweet malty flavors including hints of caramel, toffee, and molasses. Very light amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Overall there was nothing really special about this beer and it is not one I would recommend - if you want a pseudo-bock beer and are in TX, I would recommend Shiner over this.

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Photo of ThePaleRider
2.46/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap in the Houston Airport. Thought I was getting something fun that I had never heard of. What a disappointment this was.

A - Dark copper, close to the color of a strong tea with a one finger head that doesn't last long. No lacing to tell of.

S - Smells like sour malts. Yuck. Period.

T - Light nutty taste that finishes dry. Leaves a sour after taste that isn't really appreciated.

M - Light bodied, mildy carbonated.

O - Would never seek this beer again. Rather drink Shiner Bock or PBR.

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Photo of depechemode1983
2.5/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a clear deep copper color. Head is thin and fizzy and fade quickly but leaves a bit of lacing. Seems to be heavily carbonated.

S - Not much in the nose. Corn, some grains, and faint caramel and molasses.

T - Even lighter than the nose. Mostly corn and grass mixed with a metal tinge and some distant caramel sweetness. Kinda like how it smells but not quite.

M - Medium bodied with rough carbonation. Not very smooth.

O - This is a poor example of a bock. Taste like your typical American adjunct lager with some light artificial bock flavorings.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
2.83/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Repost of review from hacked account "jmkratt" :(

look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap to pint glass. I was told by my buddy in Dallas it was a Texas brew that rivaled Shiner. Turns out neither were true.

A: Pours a deep translucent burgundy amber color. Small 1/2 finger white/tan head. Little retention or lacing.

S - Malty sweetness. No hops or alcohol detected. Very little aroma.

T - Just like the nose, malty sweetness throughout and not much else. Mild bitterness. Not a lot to report, rather disappointing.

M - Light bodied with adequate carbonation. Finishes crisp and clean.

O - Disappointing and very average. Lacks any worthy aroma, flavor, and body. Not a Texas craft beer. I wouldn't bother with it again.

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 06-29-2011 16:32:53

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Photo of FanofHefe
2.46/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on-tap in a pint glass. Small tan head over a light brown body. No retention or lacing.

Very little aroma. Slight note of toasted malt and a bit of lager yeast.

The flavor only improves over the aroma in a very small way. A little more malt flavor comes through. Not much flavor at all, really.

Light mouthfeel. Not as good as Shiner Bock in my opinion. I will not have it again.

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Photo of BigBarley
3.48/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

easily the best of all the Anheuser adjunct beers. Anyone else from Texas who thinks of Shiner as the best Amber needs to give about twelve of these a try.

A- Pours like most adjuncts, quick and fizzy with an immediately receding thin head and never-ending bubbles of carbonation. Medium-brown, with that amber glow when light is shined through.

S - Smells an awful lot like Budweiser, which is to say it smells an awful lot like grain and rice. Dunno if rice is involved in ZiegenBock, but whatever they use in this one, it's killing any real beer aroma.

T - NOW we're gettin somewhere! You can taste the malts, which are semi-biscuit in nature, with a big wollop of that starchy flavor that most macro drinkers consider to be the BEER flavor. However, it doesn't deflect from the enjoyment. In fact it mingles just perfectly with the malty flavor and the active carbonation and leaves you with a mild but enjoyable aftertaste. Virtually no hops detected.

M - Goes down like soda. Feels a little thicker than a lager, and bubbles hell to breakfast all over your tongue, but it's just right for the subtle flavor.

O - If there's a brew out there that's made for when craft beer drinkers want to sit around in lush mode and polish off a twelve pack alone, this one's it. Usually the same price and availability as budweiser, but with a thicker feel and a much more interesting flavor.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When poured from an inch or so above the glass yo get a big white head that fades into a small lacing above a clear brown amber colored beer.

A light almost caramel malt aroma, not really enough to encourage a person but there is a little bit there.

A light caramel malt taste pretty much the same thing a Amber Bock by these guys, it really didn't have much aftertaste at all either.

Not really a beer to brag about other than it's from AB and i's one of their better beers, kinda sad.

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

A: The appearance is suprising to me, it was a brown with a kind of bubbly head.

S: I get a decent amount of malt and thats really it.

T: A product that is from AB, I wasnt expecting something this drinkable. It is a decent beer to have with your BBQ and has enough malt taste to be enjoyable.

M: This beer has a lot of carbonation, but it isnt overwhelming.

Overall this is a decent beer to drink if there is nothing else around.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Medium to dark, clear brown with a tan head. The aroma is grain and lightly toasted malt with not too much else going on. The flavor is a little bit of dark fruit with a lot of grain, toasted malt and some grass notes. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not offensive, but a relatively flavorless beer with no real exciting qualities.

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Photo of mjurney
3.28/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper color, clear. Good amount of carbonation. Head is small.

Aroma is light. Very sweet grainy, a little caramel.

Sweet malts up front along with crisp finish. Malt is sweet, but clean. I’m getting slight hint of caramel. Very light bitterness at the end. Body is very crisp. Well carbonated.

Crisp finish, clean aftertaste. Highly drinkable.

It lacks in flavor, but its highly drinkable.

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Photo of JMad
2.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I drank this from a pint sized mug.
Brownish copper with a fluffy tan colored head. The smell consists of sweet, corny, metallic, with just a hint of caramel. Tastes of sweet malt with a hint of butter and toffee. It has a light medium body with low but soft carbonation. Better than other macro lagers but still nothing to brag about.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ZiegenBock pours a deep mahogany color with a light head formation and a slightly malty nose. The beer is a little sweet at first. There is a nutty taste shortly thereafter with hints of caramel. The beer seems to have a sweet finish as well. This would not be one of my regular go to's, but its not bad either. Worth a shot if you see it on tap at a bar, but I don't think I'd ever buy a six pack.

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Photo of gmfessen
2.83/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Ziegenbock is amber-brown in color with a white, fizzy head. The nose is sweet maltiness, nothing more, nothing less. The taste is just as remarkable as the smell, slightly sweet caramel maltiness but that's about it. Mouthfeel is a light medium body with minimal carbonation. Overall, not a bad beer but nothing remarkable either. Like most, I thought this was a genuine Texas beer but was duped by A.B. I would definitely go with Shiner over this but it is a better alternative to the standard light beer.

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Photo of dali27
2.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap into frosted?! pint glass.

A: Burgundy in color. Clear. Slight light tan head.

S: Mostly sweet malts. I am having a hard time smelling much. Maybe because it's so cold, maybe because there's not much to smell.

T: More of the same as the scent. Malt flavor is there, but flavor is very low-key.

M: Mouthfeel works with the environment I'm drinking this in. Light, watery and cold. Perfect for the 90 degree weather.

O: I was fooled into believing that this was a local Texas beer. Only now when I went to write this review did I learn that it was brewed by AB. That being said, I wasn't very impressed with it while drinking it. It really lacked body and character. While drinkable, it was nothing special.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.11/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

ZiegenBock Amber has a very thick, creamy, beige head and a clear, amber appearance, with some bubbles and not too much lacing left behind. The aroma is almost neutral, but some metallic smell is detected. Taste is sweet and mild; a little malt can be tasted, and hop bitterness is relatively low. Mouthfeel is light and very watery, and ZiegenBock Amber finishes crisp, refreshing, and dry. Overall, a rather dull beer. I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't seek it out.


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Photo of DoktorZee
2.11/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at an airport. The didn't have Shiner, sadly.

A - light amber brown with no head and no lacing. Slightly cloudy.

S - just the slightest hint of malt on the nose.

T - initial light tap of grassy hops shifting to watered down malt, and then nothing. Unfortunately very little to this beer.

M - very light with sharp carbonation.

D - Really drinkable, but no good reason to do so.

Until I got ready to review this I didn't realize it was a Anheuser-Busch flanker against Shiner. Sad. And unfortunately not a very good beer!

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Photo of ElCommodoro
2.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a rich-looking transparent dark brown. It was a beautiful looking pour for an amber beer. The perfect colour. With a nice creamy head on it. Unfortunately, I had to put it in my mouth, at which point it stopped being a bock beer. There must be a colouring agent in this. At a dollar a bottle, I suppose there must be. This is not a bock beer. There is no malt complexity to it, so don't expect any. However, it is similar in price to a lot of "water beers" out there and in comparison to them, this is really quite a good beer. Put it in the freezer for a while as you should with any water beer and it comes out very refreshing. It's got enough hops in it to make it go down real good and real smooth when it's ice cold. It leaves sort of a thick feeling in your mouth afterwards as if you just drank something sugary or a malty beer. But it doesn't taste sweet or malty at all. So, I don't know what that's about. This is a GREAT water beer. You just have to know better than to expect a bock. Once you're over the fact that it's not, it's really quite refreshing.

Compared To The Standard (Shiner Bock):
Ziegenbock is Anheuser-Busch's answer to Shiner Bock, I assume. It's only available in Texas and they've undercut the price on Shiner. However, if you're looking for a bock, this is much further from the real thing than a shiner. If you're looking for a refreshing water beer, this is better than Shiner AND most water beers. But other than just enough hops to make it nice and crisp, there is NO FLAVOUR aside from a weird annoying aftertaste. The best point about this beer is its keg price. It competes with the bottom of the barrel in keg prices. I don't know how. Keystone might be the only keg cheaper than this. If you're throwing a party and wondering whether to get Bud Light, High Life, Ziegenbock or anything else that costs under $90, it's an easy choice. Get this! It may not be impressive, but it totally beats piss water and is the same price! Sadly, this beer is only made in Houston and therefore anything outside of AB's Houston distribution area doesn't have this choice.

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Photo of locotonyf
4.46/5  rDev +58.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For me, this is one of the most drinkable and enjoyable beers I have ever had. It is not over-carbonated like most common American beers. I like the mouthfeel of ZiegenBock. To me, over-carbonated beers all have bite that I do not like. ZiegenBock does not have this bite but is quite pleasurable on the palate. It is also lightly sweet, not bitter.

I call ZiegenBock my favorite "dinner beer" or "table beer", which is mostly the only way I drink beer. I have one almost every night with my dinner for 2+ years now. I don't understand all the low rating reviews it gets on BA. I love it, it is my first choice preferred beer. My local convenience store carries it just for me.

It is owned by AB but is brewed here in the Houston area.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had seen this on shelves for a couple years, but had never gotten around to trying it, so I decided to give it a shot last night and see what it was about. I served the 12o bottle straight out of the fridge and poured it into a Pint glass. The pour was decent, with a bright, honey colored amber with amazing clarity and lots of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the glass. A good sized two finger head of white froth jumped up right after the pour, however it settled down rather quickly and I did not see much of it after that. Really did not leave behind much of anything.

The aroma was non existent, mostly just dull grain and wheat and a touch of rice. Nothing really much going on here, the flavor was more of the same. Unfortunately it was just dull and boring, and that was quite a shame. Hints of rice and cereal grains, and a sickly sweet ginger soda like flavor were all that I could really make it from this one. A good bit of carbonation in it and as for a beer you could chug down in quantity, in that regards it was not half bad.

Overall It was just too bland for me, nothing really going on with it. Could be worse though, and still better then ,most of the macro stuff you see.

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Photo of mdunman
3.19/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown pours a thick head with a good bit of linger

S: Not much here, just a little bit of malt and a little bit of hops.

T: Not much here either, just some light roasted malt with a semi-dry finish

M: Medium body with a good bit of carbonation

Good cheap beer to choose at a bar or club in Texas. On the whole though, not something I would pick up at a store to drink on my own.

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Photo of thagr81us
2.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this during a 3-hour layover in the Dallas/Fort Worth airport on my way to Cali for the Bruery RS Party. Was told it was a local brew... Served from tap into a mug. Poured red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained very minimal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and nutmeg. The flavor was of sweet malt, nutmeg, and water. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall I was not a fan of this at all. Not much going on here as it was weak in all aspects and dare I say, watered down... After this mug full I started pounding double Jack & Cokes until my flight left. What should I have expected... I was in an airport afterall.

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Photo of midwestbrewers
2.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Nice color with no real head. Pretty decent carbonation.

S: Very malty and bready. Slighty hoppy toward the end. Kind of a crispness in your nose.

T: The taste is very smooth. Lots of malts and very little hops.

Overall this is exactly what I would expect from Anheuser-Bush in a Red Lager. It's in competition to the Shiner bock, and marketed in Texas hence the reason they taste quite similar. This beer, however smooth it is, lacks a real flavor, as some other beers like it do. Pretty good but not one I would pick again on my trips to TX.

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Photo of mothman
1.88/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a light off white fizzy head. No retention. Color is an amber brown. Clear.

Aroma: Caramel and bready malts. Very lager like. Grassy hops. Corn and grain.

Taste: More like an adjunct lager than a bock. Some caramel and bready malts with some earthy/grassy hops. Grains and corn again.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and bubbly. Light bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Ends dry and malty.

Overall, this wasn't a very good bock. Maybe it's an amber, but still it isn't too good. More like an adjunct lager. Not for me. Too much carbonation. Not very drinkable at all.

? -2-2-1.5-1.5

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Photo of mikeg67
2.28/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at "TX Road House", Victoria TX. Pours dark red hue, lively carbonation. Sweet, fruity aroma. Medium, crisp body. Regular, flavorless, macro taste without any finish. I think Anheuser-Busch was trying to copy Schiner Bock here. I will avoid this one.

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ZiegenBock Amber from Anheuser-Busch
2.81 out of 5 based on 447 ratings.
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