After having the Shiner Bock at lunch in the Houston Hobby Airport, we still had plenty of time to kill. The server mentioned the beers on draft, and the only one I didn’t recognize was Ziegen Bock. In all honesty, I had never even heard of it before, so I thought I’d give it a try. Only after I ordered it, was I able to check my iPhone to discover I had ordered an AB-InBev beer… but I guess it had to happen eventually, especially if I’m going to make it to 1000 beers.
It came as you see it, a very light brown/amber color and was as clear as it was cold (and it was very much). It had a small but stable head on it and there wasn’t much smell to it… only a tiny hint of a nutty/caramelly smell. Upon tasting it, it was very thin bodied, crisp, and refreshing. Only after finding out that it was an AB-InBev product did I think that it reminded me of their Amber Bock. Since their tagline is something along the lines of, “brewed for Texans, by Texans,” I started to wonder if it really was their Amber Bock with a different label on it to market it toward Texans. However, I think I remember their Amber Bock having more flavor than this. It could also simply be AB-InBev’s attempt to copy Shiner Bock, as the two did taste very similar.
Much like the Shiner Bock, it went well with my shrimp and oyster po-boy (I didn’t realize there was so much Cajun influence in Houston), and it would pretty much go well with just about any food. The only thing, in my mind, it had over Shiner Bock was that I can’t get this beer at home, only here in Texas.