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Uff-da - New Glarus Brewing Company

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very good

516 Ratings

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Ratings: 516
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 38
Gots: 15 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-16-2002)
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Photo of Schmittymack


3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Latest bottling of this one, shared with friends and my girlfriend last night. Poured a ruby red, nearly brown color with a small head that didn't hang around very long. Picked up roasted malt and fruit in the nose. Taste is where this one comes through in my opinion: caramel, toasted malt, some fruitiness, and just a touch of cocoa. This is the first time in about three years or better I've had this "fresh" and I wasn't disappointed. One of Mr. Carrey's better efforts: I could quaff a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 03:28:42 | More by Schmittymack
Photo of Kegatron


4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep ruddy brown in the glass (although some ruby does show down along the bottom), with a finger of rich mocha colored head. This retains with a thin foaminess, yet this yields a thick cascade of lacing that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of cocoa, toffee, and burnt toast, with a ripe citric component to this, while a touch of a leafy feel hangs on the edges of the nose. A bit of stiff heat seems to emerge about every other whiff of this.

The taste is fairly dense on the palate, with a mix of caramel sweetness and fruit up front, before a flood of burnt malt and cocoa powder linger across the back. There is a moderately bitter hop profile here that is leafy feeling (and a little spicy), which lends this some gritty balance. Earth and roast hang in the finish with a steady dryness. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a big firm crispness to the carbonation that expands out into the mouth. This is still very smooth though as you swallow and I must say that the alcohol here is well hid.

I rather enjoyed this New Glarus effort, as this was quite flavorful and complex for a Bock beer, while also retaining a pretty good drinkability for the size. This would definitely be a good one to chew on during those cooler months.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 19:18:05 | More by Kegatron
Photo of brewcrew76


3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber, brown with a fizzy soda like head that leaves patches of foam on the side of the glass.

S - Very faint aroma. Sweet and malty. Some caramel, raisin and toasted bread appear after several hard swirls. I left it sit out for 30 minutes before drinking so I don't think temp is an issue.

T - More pronounced than the aroma. Caramel sweetness, toffee and toasted bread. I get a little burnt taste but am not finding the chocolate and coffee mentioned on the label.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D - A decent beer. I was expecting more flavor/aroma for 7+%.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 00:28:21 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of Chaz


3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear red-tinged cola brown in color, topped with a billowy off-white head which leaves plenty of clingy lace around the rim and sides of the glass as the head falls.

Nose has notes of roasted malt along with a cleaner or more neutral base malt profile. Semi-sweet and semi-tangy, with a very light fruitiness going on.

Sweet and lightly-punchy/boozy on the first sip. Much fruitier on the first sip than the nose would suggest, and pretty close to what I recall from past batches overall. I might prefer just a bit more bitterness here, but hardly think it's something about which to complain.

Uff-Da is a good, easy-drinking beer with a lot of kick! Seems a little bit big for the standard bock style and could be seen as dangerously-drinkable, but altogether I consider it a perfect seasonal sipper.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 03:38:43 | More by Chaz
Photo of dbtoe


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into a pint
I really liked Back 40 and this one is heavyer and bolder than B40. Still is easy to drink in fact I had two down before I knew it.
Look has a brown body and a small head even with a strong pour.
Smell is mainly sweet malt.
Taste I get a lot of coffee with carmel and toffee. Finishes sweet.
Feel I’d say medium with a slight sticky finish.
Overall a nice easy beer to drink, maybe just a little too sweet for my taste. The over 7 abv can sneek up on you as this goes down so quick.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 10:28:51 | More by dbtoe
Photo of BeerLover99


3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep brown/amber shimmers, 1 finger head, quality lacing

S: big malt aroma, mild bitter cocoa, hint of plum, perhaps coffee

T: sweet mild plum, big malt middle, smooth mild coffee finish

M: medium body, smooth

O: WELL DONE, New Glarus! This is a mighty damn good bock. The alcohol is so well hidden, keep forgetting it has over 7% ABV. The flavors could be slightly more bold, but still rather good.


Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 23:03:40 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of mariposafan


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Beautiful dark ruby with a fluffy beige head, and lots of it. The only problem is that the head dies down a bit too quickly.

The aroma is sweet and malty. Some yeastiness. A little more subdued than I'd really like, though.

Some sweetness and maltiness with some background bitterness. Pleasant but tastes a little too burnt, almost like overcooked coffee.

Pleasant viscosity and very nice carbonation.

Overall very pleasant with just a little more bitterness and maybe a little too little sweetness. Good richness.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 20:33:29 | More by mariposafan
Photo of Brunite


4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark mahogany with an ecru colored head.

S: Sweet malt, some hops noted, and some twangy notes.

T: Nice balance. Sweet malt with a bit of molasses and some chocolate notes....a toned down doppelbock for sure! Very, very good tasting.

M: Medium....good carbonation.

O: A delicious beer. A doppelbock in training. Very nice job again by New Glarus! This will be a standard in my fridge while available.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 04:02:52 | More by Brunite
Photo of adman08


3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Very deep, rich mohogany with thick head that leaves better lacing than some belgians I've had.
S-Faint aromas of toffee and vanilla with a bit of light chocolate.
T-Flavors of vanilla and toffee with a hint of chocolate. Good sweetness without being too sweet.
M-Slightly light for a stronger bock. Good carbonation.
Overall, this is the first time I've had this beer and I love it. I think it's very good for the style. Extremely smooth and drinkable. Could be a bit thicker/more malty but still very good.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 02:49:12 | More by adman08
Photo of Thorpe429


3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate brown color. Light head and a small amount of lacing. The nose brings some nice caramel characteristics plus some light fruit, hints of chocolate, and a bit of bread. The taste is similar but a bit subdued with some light caramel and toffee plus some doughy bread. Good feel with nice carbonation. A bit plain, but drinks fairly well in the end.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 03:19:35 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a black color with a little ruby hue, thin tan head and a little lacing. Smells of burnt sugar, roasted malts, and a little chocolate. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and burnt brown sugar. Mouthfeel is average and a thin body with slight carbonation. Drinkability is okay.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 13:54:37 | More by TheKingofWichita
Photo of levifunk


3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

just found a sixer on the shelves.

a - dark brown like root beer. cream head.

s - dark fruit, malts, and molasses.

t - smooth flavor. prunes, malts, some sweet caramel. bottle says there is suppose to be chocolate and coffee, but i'm not picking it up.

m - very smooth, thick body with medium carbonation.

overall - very tasty beer. I'm new to bocks, but this is a great introduction. It reminds me a lot of some of the scotch ales i've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 01:38:56 | More by levifunk
Photo of eddocron


4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark, pouring bock, small head.

Great taste when cold, strong malty and molasses. Sweeter then the ones I like, and as the bottle itself warns, when it warms up, it gets sweeter, and in my opinion, must less desirable.

Being a dark beer fan, I found it enjoyable when cold. Good after taste, doesn't sour.

BA states retired - too bad, I enjoyed it and always like supporting locals.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 03:11:33 | More by eddocron
Photo of joerodiii

New York

4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to misterid for this one.

Pours a dark brown, darker than I would have expected...even darker than many dopplebocks.

Smells of bready malts, toffee, and caramel.

Pleasantly sweet, yet not cloying as it seems to be slightly acidic. Some coffee, some toffee, some caramel, a hint of chocolate...all the things I like in a bock. Any hop flavor this may have had is gone by now which totally works for me; I like my bocks tilted heavily toward the malt side. The alcohol is completely hidden.

It is a huge shame that this is retired. This is probably the most enjoyable bock I have ever drank.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 21:12:57 | More by joerodiii
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 01:36:25 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Pours an opaque dark reddish brown, some dark orange highlights, thick light tan head forms, settles down to very thick ring, nice lace chunks stick, looks good.

Smell is nice, very caramelized, lots of biscuit and bread character, honey, some light fruitiness, lots of raisin, very malty, treacle, big sweetness but not overly, just a big malty bock.

Taste is similar, very sweet and malty, really heavy caramel/toffee character for a bock, lots of biscuit, alcohol is very well hidden, treacle and raisin, a bit of fruit, but mostly a very clean and malty bock character.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, a bit of warmth going down. Very clean malty character, I dig this one a lot. Can;t remember where I got this, but thanks to whomever!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 22:25:30 | More by Viggo
Photo of samie85


4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a very dark brown when held up to light. Pretty nice head that dissipates slowly leaving great lacing.

S- Smells mostly of caramel, biscuity malt, a bit of chocolate, some roastiness, and a bit of spice.

T- Very rich but in a good way. More of the same from the aroma: caramel and biscuity malt, chocolate, and some roastiness, finishing with a slight hop bitterness/dryness.

M- Very creamy and smooth. Carbonation is definetely there but not overwhelming

D-I really like this beer, but feel that it's not holding up consistently with age. I had a couple a week ago and they were much better than this one I'm reviewing. However, the alcohol is hidden very well in this beer, and I hope they put it Uff-Da back into their 2010 beer schedule.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 20:21:18 | More by samie85
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South Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, a deep beautiful dark brown, with a nice 2cm head, but the bubbles are loose and falls down, leaving only a little bit of lacing. The beer is fairly clear, if you can see through the darkness. The smell is incredibly sweet and nutty, like toffee, raisins, thick heavy caramellized syrup - reminds me a bit more of like an english barleywine, or a more cleanly fermented dark belgian. I wish it was maybe a bit less on the toffee, almost buttery taste, a bit cleaner, with some real graininess - I expected more graininess, a little bit of toastiness, but I'd say that the sweetness is ok. I don't know if the grains are right in this, or maybe by experience with bocks has just been a bit confused. The taste is good. Very bready, and quite grainy, very sticky, some of the nice qualities of a bock, but still too raisiny and toffee-y for a bock, it's like a delicious blend of belgian, german, and british, to be honest, but it says right there on the bottle "Uff-Da" (which I recently learned from someone is Norwegian, so out goes the German implications there - thanks weatyweiss) with a neck label that says "Bock", should be fully german, and I don't know if it is. Maybe if some of the caramel malt was replaced with chocolate malt (and maybe some pale malt to balance out the color) this would be a bit better, though honestly I don't dislike it. The body is good, nice and thick, very sticky, with a nice light carbonation, nothing sharp, very good there. This is definitely a slow drinkier. If I step back and drink this, without knowing what style it's supposed to be, I woudl actually like it. It's like a cold-fermented belgian style to me (just think of it without quite the same yeast profile). The ABV is a little high, but I expected it. I'm going to give this a kind of higher drinkability (and some higher things because it's pretty good, it's just that it doesn't seem exactly right for a bock).

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 01:19:22 | More by taylorhamrick
Photo of corby112


3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark chestnut brown, almost black with slight mahogany edges when held to a light source. Frothy one finger light tan head with decent retention

Slightly roasted sweet malt aroma with hints of caramel, chocolate, toffee and roasted coffee. Slight burnt toast is evident as well with some hazelnut and subtle hops.

Slightly watered down medium body with some silky chocolate malt notes and some roasted coffee notes. Sweet caramel flavor with hints of toffee, coffee bean, bitter dark chocolate, burnt toast and slight hazelnut. Hops are very subtle but there is a nice bitterness in the finish from the dark chocolate. ABV is well masked.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 07:24:30 | More by corby112
Photo of beerwolf77


3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass the beer is dark brown red color. A decent amount of beige head dissipates rather quickly leaving no lace at all. The aroma is sweet malt with hints of chocolate, dried fruits and fresh baked pretzles. The flavor is sweet right out of the gate. I taste raisins and dates. some light chocolate and a heavy alcohol esther. It slowly fades to a bready maltiness. That goes bone dry on the tongue. Medium to light body. It seems a tad thin to me. Plenty of carbonation. Overall a decent beer from New Glarus. I'm not sure I would rush out for a sixer but, a worthy beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 23:45:39 | More by beerwolf77
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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into red wine glass - big thanks once again to another NG goody from Jeff (mnjeff)!

Pours very dark ruby-brown, with a thin light-khaki head that drops quickly down to a wispy layer of suds. Nice stickage though, as the ring around the outside edge refuses to let go of the glass even after the head is long gone.

Nose is big and pretty bold - red grapes up front, lightly vinous, with a big dose of bready, spicy malt underneath that hints at brown sugar and fresh baked date bread. Very fruity, very rich.

Taste is just a bit of a let down comparatively. Spicy, bready, a bit drier than expected. Prickly esters, grape skins, and just a bit of raisin rounds things out. Not bad at all, really, but this is the first beer I've had from New Glarus that really can't hold up to the authentic German style it's based on.

Mouthfeel is too crisp, actually - medium body should be fuller, and the carbonation should be a bit lighter and creamier. What exists isn't particularly bad, but it doesn't hold up to scrutiny.

Drinkability isn't bad, but it isn't great either. I don't crave another, and I don't really think this is one that would stand up to the increased scrutiny of repeated consecutive drinking.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 00:33:44 | More by JohnQVegas
Photo of dstc


4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a ruby hint to it. Has a big, foamy tan head. Head has decent retention and nice sticky lace.

Rather clean smell with mild malts present.

Sweet roasted malt taste, rather nice.

Medium to full bodied in the mouth with moderate carbonation.

Nice, easy drinking beer by another great WI brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 14:29:08 | More by dstc
Photo of alcstradamus


3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown pour with 3 finger head that leaves some lacing behind. Smell is light biscuity malts with some caramel sweetness mixed in. Taste is rye bread with faint grassy hop notes. Body is medium to full for the style. This was a nice little beer. Not memorable, but worth drinking if the opportunity presents itself.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 17:08:09 | More by alcstradamus
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3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top with nice NG label with some good info about the beer; no freshness date to be seen

Appearance: Very attractive dark walnut beer with a fairly creamy tan cap which soon fades to a thick film

Smell: Red licorice up front (this is one of only a couple of beers I've gotten this in), along some generic red fruit and a bit of grainy sweetness...not really what I was expecting here

Taste: The red licorice is clearly present here as well; supporting this flavor are some fairly prevalent alcohol esters and a fairly big grainy sweetness; not a lot of hop flavor, but a medium punchy bitterness comes through on the finish...this is a little out of balance and just a bit odd, actually.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full

Drinkability: Medium

Conclusion: I love NG brews, but I have to say, I was a bit dissappointed in this one; it was a bit unsorted and lacks the wonderful toasty rich flavors typical of German-style bocks

Note: This beer does change fairly remarkably as it warms; maltier aromas and flavors emerge the closer to cellar temperature it gets, but it still just doesn't quite shine

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 02:45:07 | More by BedetheVenerable
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North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my heavy seas pint glass..bottle thanks to mnjeff in recent trade

a-see through brown with a garnet hue when held up to light...thick and fluffy one and half inch head that lived a short life....decent lacing..nothing to right home about

s-lackluster...smells sweet and almost like paper...weird...

t-sweet malty goodness with some sweet fruits and nice banana in there from somewhere....finishes thick and sweet

m-thick and creamy like i like my bocks...nothing over the top ..just average

d-one and done..while its a good beer ill stick with my korbinian

overall a nicely done bock...im not sure how old this bottle is or of its the age that has deteriorated this bottle....one i would have liked to tried this one fresh..

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 00:52:50 | More by stoutfiend27
Uff-da from New Glarus Brewing Company
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