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Uff-da - New Glarus Brewing Company

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very good

305 Reviews

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Reviews: 305
Hads: 561
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 15.22%
Wants: 50
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-16-2002

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Reviews: 305 | Hads: 561
Photo of Sixpoint
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After trying to make a bock for the first time as a homebrewer, I know how difficult it can be. This beer, in that sense, is a technical accomplishment and has a remarkable flavor.

First of all, this beer is a double-decotion. Maybe that explains its wonderful caramel aroma and malty full-bodiedness?

The beer poured a deep red, almost starting to show hints of brown (I said almost). Just by pouring this one into the glass, I could SEE the full-bodied nature of this beer. It poured kind of thick - but not too syrupy.

Oh, it tasted so good. I did get some spicy hops up front... perhaps some Hallertauer? Just a pinch of flavor hops in the finish, but mostly, you get the lingering notes of malt from the double-decoction.

It's just a drinkable brew. It's an excellent winter beer, and being from wisconsin, I like to have this beer with some bread, and yes, (insert laugh), some cheese as well.

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Photo of redmosquito
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bock poured a nice reddish brown out of the bottle and was a beautiful ruby color in the light. Decent whitish head without too much lacing. The initial aroma I get is a cidery ester, but it went away quickly replaced by a chocolatey malt aroma. The flavor is excellent, clean malty flavor starting with chocolate and coffee and moving to a distinct nuttiness as it warms up, reminding me of pistachios. Nice body and the carbonation seems to linger even as the beer warms up. You can't even really notice the alcohol with this, I would have guessed around 6%. This is a great example of the style.

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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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured with a huge head that quickly subsided. It settled into a really deep brown color that the brewers describe on the label as "mahogany." Fair enough and I'm not going to argue that point. It had a very malty nose with an underlying hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel was okay, but a light alcohol bite presented itself at the finish.

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Photo of zodiacv1
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I stumbled upon this small brewery in New Glarus WI while my wife and I were on one of our weekend camping trips. I picked up a 6 pack of there assorted brews that afternoon before heading back to the campsite. The fat squirrel was the first one I tried. Its red mahogany color looks like a cross between a red and a brown ale. It poured with almost no head though. It teneded to smell of fruit and chocalate but does not have a fruity taste. Overall it is a good beer that I will purchase more of when I am in Wisconsin. This small brewery brews good beers.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" tan head above the reddish brown brew. Head was somewhat fleeting, and lacing was okay. Aroma is light, but obviously malt is the dominant force here. Taste is storngly of caramel malts, with a slight fruity sweetness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are reasonably good, but a bit strong for a regular bock, and as such, it's sessionability is somewhat lower.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: A 12 ounce standard brown glass bottle that has a high quality cream colored cartridge type paper with dark red print. A neck label is the reverse of the main label colors and just states ‘BOCK’. The crown cap is gold and dark green and has the words ‘Drink Indigenous’ on it. No freshness or strength listed, but has a recommended serving temperature of 48°F (8.9°C).

Appearance: Darkish ruby brown with some polished chestnut hints. Like pouring a Coke, a fizzy tan brown fizzes and forms after the pour but soon completely disappears to reveal the merest hair-thin wisp of a halo ring around the edges of the beers circumferential interface with my straight-sided half pint glass. Minimal carbonation, but not quite completely flat, there is a semblance of life there when the glass is tipped, but not much. Looks strange I have to say.

Nose: Looks like Cola and I even get a whiff of it in the nose. Sweet malts, lightly roasted but dark malts. This has a very sweet nose mixed with a dark fruit after-smell.

Taste: Sweet breaded malts, burnt brown sugar, and a caramelized feel, is strong in the middle. Lots of malts, which move from roasted to chocolate with some delicate instant granular coffee feel in the end. A light chocolate finish coasts the cheeks after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: For a 7%+ beer, given that the carbonation is so low, and the malts so beefy, this is strangely “reasonably easy” when it comes to the mouthfeel. Has a decent enough creamy feel and texture which surprises in a nice way. Increases in feel as the temperature rises, but does tend to suffer from a cloying feel when this occurs, so I would recommend against letting this warm too much.

Drinkability: Not hard to drink, but not exactly a quaffer. One of those beers that I would try once in a while, but would much prefer to drink as a late night sampler maybe.

Overall: A nice enough offering, yet different to other Bocks I have had in so many ways. Makes you think though, you’ll ponder over this one for sure. I did.

An OOoo-Raaah ‘Uff-Da’ (whatever the f*k that means) to BigHuge for the chance to sample this strangely nice but weird brew!

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Photo of budgood1
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a dark brown colour...clean and clear with a small and short lived off white head. very little lace. aroma consists of the brown sugar and molasses maltiness associated with bocks and double bocks. roasty and toasty malts dominate the flavour profile...all subdued and nicely balanced. typical choco and caramel flavours...not so sugary...incredibly gentle and flavourful. body is light, but perfect for the regular bock style...mouthfeel is smooth and lagerish. finish seems sublime for the style....just enough lingering flavours without any heavy alcohol....no hint of the high ABV listed. just a nice, tasty, rewarding bock. an unappreciated style. reviewed under the bock style...this kicks ass. one might appreciate bocks a bit more with this offering!

a big thanks to to zap for parting with some of his precious bock beer...uff-da...thanks buddy!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark crimson color, smallish head.
Aroma, cocoa and cream, earth and bread, soft fruit and cola.
Taste: rich and malty, neat hop attack, giving way to smoothness all the way out. Touches of nuts, lightly fruity, cherries, and grape. Medium bodied, light, tasty, fruity finish.
A nice, easy-going, quite agreeable little bock. I could down a few without complaint, ya sure, you betcha...

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The nice deep brown color, the sweet nose, and the sugary first sip reminds me of a cola. I am not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing in the case of this brew. It is a fantastic taste-quencher on a nice hot spring day like today. The head was a light caramel color, but imediately disappeared. As I got towards the middle of the beer, I noticed that it was lacking a little of the beer taste, but nonetheless, a wonderful creation from New Glarus. As far as the abv goes, at 7.3%, this is one beer that could get away from you without ever seeing it coming.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Attractive cream colored head tops a deep mahogany brew. Big malty nose hints at some brown sugariness. The taste is lightly roasty maltiness, slightly dry with light to medium sweetness. Some background hop bitterness, very nice. Finishes claen and malty, well made and very quaffable!
Thanks to CRJM for this one.

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Photo of ZAP
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Re-review (3-18-04)-opinion remains the same..almost borders on dopel territory...very sweet, bready..tasty...one of my favorites

(3-31-02)Reddish brown in color..creamy head that retains itself in a very small way throughout. This is a great one on the nose..chocolate and caramel aroma...Taste mimicks the aroma. Perhaps this beers top characteristic is its mouthfeel. It just feels like a good bock should feel like going down...It seems as more and more breweries add "bocks" to their lineup, more and more are tasting very watered down..Not this one. This a regular bock with character. For a regular ol bock this one doesn't have many peers in my opinion.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper with maroon highlights. No head and no lace to speak of.
Aroma is anise, toffee, licorice and some brown sugar.
Flavor is heavy caramel malt with lighter nutty toffee tones and and some resiny hop notes in the background.
Mouthfeel is somewhat light for style IMHO, nice beer just not enough complexity.
Drinkability is solid but relative blandness (that's kind of harsh, it's a solid beer !) doesn't make me want to seek another.

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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.

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Photo of Sixpack595
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really nice bock, its a shame more brewers don't try the style. Clear garnet with a fair head that rapidly dissipates, no surprise due to the good ABV. Taste is caramel sweetness and chocolate, with a balancing hop bite. Mouthfeel is spot on without encroaching into Doppel territory.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This completes my bock-trifecta courtesy of ZAP. Uff-da (where'd that name originate?) is a dark, mahogany colored bier. It is clear, and topped by a rocky, light tan hued head of about 1/2". The topping very slowly dissipates to a decent layer of fine bubbles, and laces the glass a bit as well. Malty sweetness, though a bit mild, combines with some smidges of caramel in the nose. The body is nearly medium, but I'd really like more to be present in this style. Passes nicely over the tongue without raising any eyebrows.... still wish it were fuller. Flavor is medium malty, not too light, nor syrupy either. Has some caramel to it, and a hint of toffee, yet finishes with a light smattering of bitterness, though not enough to distract in any way. Fairly good for a bock. Prosit, and thnx again to ZAP!

overall: 3.8
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Uff-da" indeed! This is the first ”big” bock that was worthy of the name. There's a slightly hazy beer-bottle-brown body under a transient ochre head. Funny, I can't taste anything that says “coffee,” but instead a fruity alelike nose and tastes of raisins, rum and maple syrup. Also a warming alcohol presence and a slighty winey finish. Maybe the difference is that my bottle had been cellared a few years, but this tastes more like a microbrewed porter or a young barleywine. So try holding on to this for a while, and see if it doesn't do the same for you!

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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.

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Photo of putnam
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is what brown looks like. Not particularly retentive of its mocha-cream colored foam.
Even, classy caramel notes emerge from the glass along with vanilla, stirred cream, slate and black grape aromas. Reminiscent of Old Tadcaster products.
Simple, easy, balanced flavors include tangy fruits and roasted, glazed nuts. Not heavy or sweet, it finishes fairly quickly with a pleasantly, bitter/tart snap.
Not ponderous...emminently drinkable.

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

Pours with a light tan, three-finger head that goes quickly and leaves some lace. Clear amber color, starts malty, finishes smooth and malty. Nose is sweet and malty. good carbonation. Light to medium bodied. You don't notice the high ABV. This is a very good bock.

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Photo of marburg
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Body is clearer than a blue sky and darker than midnight. Well, not quite. But it's got a nice deep woody color to it. A very deep, settled beer -- not much liveliness to it -- that seems content to just be there.

Aroma is moderately strong for the style with a clear grainy quality. Very bready. Flavor is pretty mild -- kind of a lemon bread thing going on. There's some sort of fruit flavor to it, though it seems subtle and not at all misplaced. A little on the fuller side of medium bodied.

Finish is pretty crisp. Not a bad brew, but it's nothing to get too excited about. Washed down my pizza pretty well last night.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out wonderfully with a growing tall head of very tight frothyness of light tannish color sitting atop a glowing deep mahagony, rubyish copper highlighted gem of a bottom. Head did fade pretty fast though to a skim always present and a fairly thick ring. Smell is faint malts and light roastyness, no tang or sweetness to be found, will that carry over to the taste? Yep, kinda, its a whole lotta empty malts that renders some roastyness and seems to be quite solid and smooth but no other characteristics can be found. Hops are there in very small amount lending a bit of a grab with some roasted grains and thank goodness for that, other wise I might fall asleep drinkin this bock. Has no real finishing qualities either. Kinda bland and one dimensional. Feel is medium bodied smoothness with a small pickup near the middle. Its a decent drinkable tastin bock, a bit lack luster but do-able over many others of this style.

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

Clear ruby in color with a tan head. The aroma is malty, bready, and somewhat grainy with a touch of roastiness. The flavor is toasty and malty. This is a medium bodied brew that is pretty smooth and easy drinking. Not as full as I hoped, but still a decent offering.

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Photo of kunzbrew
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks once again to Jeffboo for this oferring.

This beer pours a clean crisp copper color with a monster tan head that last for a little while, leaving a nice little lace behind as the head dwindles.

A dull toastiness malt fills the nose along with a light hop aroma. The smell of metal also fills the nose.

Medium body with a nice sweet malt flavor, but a copper flavor also exists which hurst the taste. The caramel is not strong which I wish it did.


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Photo of francisweizen
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first single bock beer(I have had a few dopples/doubles but never a single before)and it was pretty good. This beer poured a nice dark mahogany, copper-ish colour with a good fluffy head. It smelled like roasted malts, barley, and a T.I.N.Y. hint of hops. This tasted like more of the same. Pretty one-dimensional and not as good as say a Celebrator, but smooth as hell. This had a very thick, nice mouthfeel. A good drinkability and a nice alcohol kick.
cheers to JeffBoo for the fresh sample...

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Uff-da from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.