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

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#46,657
Reviews:
147
Ratings:
488
pDev:
22.03%
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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 Squire
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

Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.65/5  rDev +27.6%
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 +15%
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 Treycotton
3.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Easy drinker but not a ton of flavor.

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Photo of Bryan12345
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of thatche2
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Mtn
2.94/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Salinesnake
2.22/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of StArnoldFan
3.02/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of pjspelce
4.29/5  rDev +50%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of monk2021
2.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ZiegenBock Amber from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 2.86 out of 5 with 488 ratings