Uff-da - New Glarus Brewing Company

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557 Ratings

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Ratings: 557
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 47
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-16-2002

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Reviews by Skidz:
Photo of Skidz
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out bright amber brown and sits deep ruby-brown in the glass with a good sized tan head, fading to a faint skim, holding to the edges, few lacings.

Smells of lightly roasted malts, with specks of coffee here and there. Hints of cocoa and a mild nuttiness.

Tastes mildly sweet up front. Malts dominate, tossing out caramel, cocoa and deeply toasted bready crackery malts. Mild hops bitterness lends some grassy tones and supports the smooth, bready finish.

Nice, clean feeling beer with mild-moderate carbonation and a medium-full body.

Solid bock baby. Made for session drinking, perfect for savoring. Another reason why New Glarus kicks so much tail.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the brewery.

Appearance: Dark ruby brown with a thin white-brown head that disappears on the quick.

Smell: a bit of coffee and burnt malt. Some chocolate.

Taste: similar to the smell but a bit on the light side for a bock.

Mouthfeel: Light, slightly under carbonated

Drinkability: quite good. Very easy to drink. In a way this is a downfall because for a bock this one is a bit too light and smooth.

This is a good bock for lite beer drinkers.

Cellaring Update: I cellared a couple of Uff-das for 6 months, 1 year, and 18 months. They cellared well and in fact I would say that I enjoyed them most after 18 months. The Uff-da had better developed dark fruit flavors and a richer body. I'm upping the score a touch.

Photo of weatherdog
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a standard snifter. Bottle dating has this beer bottled in early April 2011.

It pours a very deep, rich brown and capped with a tiny off white head. Minimal lacing coats the sides.

The aroma is rich, filled with some deep breast distinct malt. Ithas the aroma of a fresh mash tun with using a good portion of dark malts. Towards the end some plum or dark stone fruit aromas are there.

The flavor us pleasent in it's simplicity. Dark but not roasted malt forward with a the same dark fruit flavors as the aroma. A fair amount of sweetness is in the finish.

Mouthfeel is on the fuller side but its not chewy or tough to drink a full glass. This has always been one of my favorite Bocks and I'm happy to see it back in rotation.

Photo of sgoodship
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Madison when I had a "make your own 6" fest at Steve's Liquors. Great people.

A: Very dark brown almost black. Has some clarity, even though it is very dark. Golden mahogany coming through the darkness at the edges against the light. Delivered a nice creamy finger head. Head dissipated but a fine lacing started adhering to the glass immediately.

S: Deep hearty bock maltiness. Yeasty, grainy and slight spice. Hint of alcohol. Ah! Just the smell of a good bock will put hair on your chest.

T: There is strong toasty character - almost chocolatey but not bitter. It's nice and smooth. Definitely a caramel sweetness there. Slight hop but just enough to off- balance the malts. Toward the end, it did have a hint of cloying sweetness but that is an absolute nit pick.

M: Low carbonation. Very smooth and on the light side of medium bodied.

D: This one is easy to drink. I am not a huge lager drinker but this beer reminds me that I need to explore German lagers more than I have in the past. Very enjoyable. New Glarus tends to deliver, so not surprises there. A quality brew.

Photo of Engibeer
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in New Glarus but not at the brewery, which was closed for the day. I used to be able to buy New Glarus products nearby, but they have reduced their distribution area. I will miss not being able to get any more for a while.

The appearance is a deep reddish brown and very clear. There is a small, creamy, tan head when poured vigorously. It makes for a very attractive beer. The smell is all malt. Very rich. A mixture of brown sugar and dark semi-sweet chocolate. Tastes like burnt caramel, whole grain bread, with a dark chocolate bitterness in the finish. Very little hops to balance the malt, but that isn't missing. A good, substantial mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish brown with a small off white head that leaves some spotty lacing in its wake. A nice caramel nuttiness greets me from the start with hints of some dark fruit and cocoa. There's a sweet underlying graininess as well. Rather nice.

First sip brings a rich, fruity caramel maltiness. Hints of roasted nuts, cocoa and a smidge of coffee come through on the way down. A subtle sweet grain flavor rolls along with each sip. A tasty mix of flavors with a chewy malty core.

Mouthfeel is smooth and has a good body to it. Rich and velvety...it coats the mouth. Overall this is a nice bock that I wouldn't mind having again.

Photo of Todd
2.89/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A hazy dark ruby hued beer, topped with a slightly off-white head that snapped down to a very thin lace, and eventually became completely still.

Some alcohol in the nose and rich malted characters, grain and light floral.

Carbonation is a bit lackluster, with a faint sharp-ish burn and crispness. There’s everything from sweet bread to nuts to ripe red grapes to some malted goodness of powdered chocolate, milky sweet coffee and burnt edges. Bitterness seems to mingle with the grape-ish flavors, becoming a bit floral tea-like in character, but it’s weak and watery at times. Overall, the bitterness is subdued. Finishes somewhat dry and bland, with notes of grain and mineral.

Started off interesting, but turned out to be a disappointment.

Photo of shapudding
2.53/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No dating. Chestnut, cloudy, no head really -just a teensy creamy khaki dusting and ring of small bubbles. Not much aroma at all, really can’t get anything. Bit of malt maybe, just amazingly clean scented. Mouthfeel is strange, it feels very light, yet full at the same time. Very dry, you do not taste much, just malty. Reminds me of a brown. The whole thing is just so clean, it is not really there. Good drinkability, could down a bunch in a sitting since it is not heavy, but I would probably head towards a bit more intensity of flavor.

Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Color: Dark, nearly black chestnut. Impressive lacing on top.

Smell: Thick stodgy dark bread, faint herbal hop and caramel.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy medium body. Bready, toasted bread, dried grass, some sweetness and mild suggestion of mocha. Modest hopping still stands tall enough to help balance. Clean palate throughout, 6.7% is barely noticeable.

Overall: Extremely drinkable, closed my eyes and I was in Munich on the first sip.

Photo of warriorsoul
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of dirtylou...thanks.
Dark brown in color...very little can pass thru, but on the edges...takes on a mahogany shade with the assistance of artificial light.
Pleasant in the nose...sweetness comes thru with a long whiff, some chocolate and even some fruitiness.
The taste is quite good...alcohol is totally hidden and a nice roasty malt flavor shines thru. Chocolate, a hint of smoke, and raisins balance out this one.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is sublime.
A sipper, but could easily enjoy a few of these on a winter evening...either way, I am real happy with this one.

Photo of badbeer
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a very deep brown, almost black with a slowly dissipating head with good lacing. The aromas of this beer are of coffee, chocolate, and a hint of caramel. Upfront taste is of caramel, chocolate, and toffee, finishing with a coffee taste. Beer is medium bodied. One or two of these and this beer is very drinkable, but after that it becomes a bit cloying. Still a nice beer to enjoy, tastes better as it warms a bit.

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge four finger off white head that slowly settles into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A deep, toasty, and earthy malt forward aroma with good hints of toasty bread and chocolate. Upfront scent of toasted malts with hints of biscuit, toasted bread, caramel, toffee, chocolate, coffee, nuts, grains, and yeast. Sweet hints of brown sugar. Decent backing hints of earthy hops with some hints of grass. Also some subtle hints of dark fruit including cherry and dates. A pretty solid bock aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely toasty and earthy malt driven taste with good notes of toast, chocolate, and subtle fruit. Very bready upfront taste of toasted malts with notes of biscuit, toasted bread, chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, grains, nuts, cracker, and yeast. Some light sweet notes of brown sugar. Solid earthy backing presence of hops with some notes of grass. Undertones of dark fruit with some notes of dark cherry and dates. A really solid bock taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and slightly slick and chewy. Finishes dry.

Overall: A very solid take on a Bock. Good dark toasty malt notes with a decent hop backing.

Photo of yankeeheel
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an absolutely clear garnet with a smallish red hued head. No lacing or retention at all.

Smells nicely of ripened red cherry and plum.

The taste is very sweet. Lots of malty waves of fruit come up to greet you. Again, cherry and plum dominate with a hint of cafe in the background. Finishes with a bit of a whimper and then you get a little alcohol tingle.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin and maybe just a bit too bubbly, but not horrid by any means.

Despite my critcisms this is an easy drinking brew. I could have a few and be real happy. I'd really like to get my hands on some more beers by New Glarus.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Looks like a free flowing bock, nice, dark, but not that English style dark, nor the ugly German bocks. Smells like a little sweet bit of mildly roasted chooclate, as if a stout.

Taste, sweet, strong, malty, even a dash of zest from maybe a little more hop presence than I was expecting. Mouthfeel hangs around, doesn't grow, or contract, somewhat drinkable for a bock.

Photo of ADR
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear dark reddish brown with a marginal 1/8 inch head that's off white in shade. Laces in rings. Aroma is lighlty malty, slighlty papery and not straying from caramel. Nice mouthfeel, full with moderate carbonation, the beer's best feature. The flavor is subdued though, light brown sugar and little else other than a slight peach brandy mid mouth. Hops are average but balance the malts well. This is easy drinking, doesn't seem 7% ABV and well crafted, but like many ordinary Bocks, the mouthfeel takes the day over flavor.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a black body with a slight mahogany hue to it at the base. There is a thin tan head that is smooth and creamy but fades a bit in the middle. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubble gliding up the sides of the glass.

S- This beer has notes of dark raisins, prunes a smooth dark malt aroma and some softer caramel malt notes. There is a creamy nougat note that I actually don't mind in this beer but it is pretty soft.

T- The taste of dark caramel malt notes have a soft sweetness to them with notes of dark malt, and cola in there. There is a dark rum flavor that doesn't have the alcohol bite to it and a soft peanut brittle taste in the finish that comes through when it warms.

M- this beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a creaminess in the texture and no alcohol heat to it.

D- This beer has a very nice complexity and although in my description it sounds very sweet it is really a very subtle sweetness. There is no pot caramel flavor that seems to dominate most bad bock and this one really caught me by surprise.

Photo of richkrull
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown with a reddish tint to it. About an inch of beige head on it. Decent lacing going down the glass as well.

Smell is full of sweet malt.

Taste is a lot of sweet malt as well. Little bit of spice in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is on the full side. It's not chewable but it is a full bodied beer.

Overall a pretty solid beer. I don't have a lot of experience with bocks but this is a good one.

Photo of ggaughan
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to get a six pack or maybe it was a four pack of this wonderful beer from my wife's cousin in Wisconsin. I poured the beer into my trustly Duvel tulip glass. What a great deep brown color this bock poured with a nice tan head that disapated rather quickly. The aroma is is of toasted malts, a bit of sweetness. The taste is a nice bouquet of chocolate and toasted malt. What an enjoyable taste and with a medium body, this is a very drinkable beer. Another winner from New Glarus.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very dark amber topped with a very sticky tan lacing.
Aromas are caramelly toasted malt.
Lots of flavor....rich, sweet toasted malt, caramel, vanilla....very light hops on the end to balance.
Aftertaste is surprisingly clean and fresh....no sticky cloying...no leftover sugars...just the memory of caramel candies.
I love it.
Once again...thank you so much Steve for this opportunity.
I think it is becoming obvious that i need to move eastward.

Photo of SMark
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured into an Imperial pint glass from a 12 ounce brown bottle at 47º. A light tan 3 fingers worth of big foamy head resulted with a nice lacing effect as the head dissipated. The beer was a clear dark mahogany and the bottle included date information.

Brown malts were detected with the first smell. Some hops and then the darkened malts were detected later on.

The taste was full bodied with nice malt sweetness. Hints of chocolate and cocoa were there to a slight extent. There might have been a little coffee but I think my taste buds are weary.

Tastes feel good all throughout the mouth. This lingers long enough to invite additional sips and pondering as to I’m not quite sure what that is but I like it.

This is a very good beer for being from the ‘bottom of the barrel’. But with the levity out of the way this does present a quite acceptable brewing and drinking effort. I think this is getting better as it warms.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just coming out of the bottle, you can feel the weightiness of this brew, streaming out slowly and offering a large tan head (which sticks around a good while) and a deep mahogany that is almost completely opaque. Thick swaths of lace build up as the glass empties.

Aroma offers nutty coffee roast and an undercurrent of chocolate. Highly malty and I really can't wait to put this to the lips...

The depth of flavor here is awesome, especially as it warms (do take the advice on the label and serve no colder than 48 F). Dark bitter nuts; toffee; overripe cherry and plum; caramel sweetness; mild milk chocolate; general roasty goodness. Slightly puckery between sips. Nothing grossly spikes out, nothing lays back too much. Despite a tame 7.3%, there's a mild heat coming off the flavors, near the finish, helping give an undercurrent of oomph, increasing the depth. The mouthfeel is buoyant, smooth and creamy; full and rich, but not at all heavy and fortunately not overly carbonated.

Thankfully this isn't some watery U.S. approximation of a bock, which we see way too often. I love New Glarus's rawer approach...their beers are not overly refined and that makes them real.

Thanks to my bro mnwags for the hookup.

Photo of BillyB
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sweet malty aromas. Caramel, toffee. Alcohol.

Dark brown with a thin tan head.

No hop bitterness. Sweet malt. Nutty, alcohol, caramel, toffee.

Smooth and kind of creamy for a bock.

For a 7.3% abv this one is pretty drinkable.

Photo of cokes
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice and tasty bock. One of my favorite restaurants in the Madison area has a rather limited beer selection, so this fits the bill nicely. Up until recently, most of my Uff-Da consumption occured in said restaurant, but lately, I have "rediscovered" and have been enjoying it more and more..
Pours a nice looking leather color, the head dissapears somewhat quickly. Sweet malts hit the nose.
Malts and more malts on the tongue. Some carmel, a little burnt. Nice mix. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel, which seems par for the course for New Glarus brews. Robust in all aspects (7.2% ABV). Great to have around.

(p.s. Wish they didn't call it Uff-Da. Being a non-native (well I have lived here since I was a little one) Wisconsinite, I try to shake the sterotypical Norweigan stuff...a step backwards in that regard. The ever-present cat calls of "Uff-Da...Ya, hey, der!" seem to accompany this beer. Makes me cringe

Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from Reilly's in Madison. Way too sweet. Above average mouthfeel, drinkable as dessert at the end of a big meal, but not something I was able to finish or would seek out again. Maybe that's why the label recommends drinking cold if you don't enjoy the sweetness. A little colour, yes mahogoney, and a little head.

Photo of dancinwillie
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pretty dark, brown, with red highlights. Thick creamy topping, colored light khaki.

Roasted malt, some chocolate aroma.

Caramel, and unsweetened chocolate are my first impressions. Not picking up much coffee, but we'll see as it warms. Hopping is noticeable, but barely. A creamy goodness, somewhat reminds me of coffee, maybe a cafe au lait. This is surely a decadent beer, and I'm kicking myself for not taking the time to enjoy it, until after they take it out of the lineup. Better late than never, but perhaps it will cycle through again. Tasty.

Full bodied, big carbonation, chewy, and a long finish.

Overall, I would drink a few of these bad boys, but I may have missed the boat here. At least I had the chance to review it. A fine beer, and I just now looked at the ABV, and alcohol is hidden really well, for being in the 7% range. Not a trace.

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Uff-da from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 557 ratings.