This is about as "classic" a craft brew as you can get. It was also (outside of Sam Adams) probably the first beer I ever had that could be called a craft beer.
I've never actually broken it down though so this should be a treat.
Look-muddy river brown (how's that for a description?)
Smell-Bready, malty, hearty.
Taste-Oh that's good. There's a few different things going on in the mouth but the first sip is chock full of malty flavor.
Mouth-More malts, something sweet (dark fruits? it's just a hint), some caramel and a bready finish. Medium bodied.
Overall-Is this a great bock? Absolutely not. The malty flavor isn't pronounced enough. But get past the swing and miss on the genre. This is a delicious dark session beer. It goes down real easy and has good (but not great) flavor. The beer snobs will tell you to pass on this but if you are looking for something dark to drink while watching the game, this is your best bet.
About Shiner Bock:
Bock reflects the tradition of genuine Bavarian beers as a brew only a craftsman like Kosmos Spoetzl, trained in the "Old Country," could bring to life. With its deep amber color, distinctive rich flavor and full body, Shiner Bock demonstrates the care of a handcrafted brewing process to bring forth a mellow taste free of the bitter aftertaste found in many micro, specialty and imported beers. Just think of it as Shiner smooth.