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Uff-da - New Glarus Brewing Company

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very good

535 Ratings

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Ratings: 535
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 39
Gots: 17 | 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 robbyc1
4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with red highlights, clear with a tan head, really nice. Good lacing as it goes down.

The nose has deep malt and chocolate, a bit of alcohol and a bit of sweetness.

Great malty taste with chocolate hints, finishes both dry and sweet, don't know how they do that. Some fruitiness, deep cherries, plums, lovely. No sign of any hops, just a nice malt bomb. One of my favorites. Sorry to see this is going away, storing some in my vault.

Slick and creamy mouthfeel, heavy but not too. Very smooth, very drinkable, with dinner or afterwords, your choice. Can't think of a Bock I like better, thanks New Glarus.

robbyc1, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of Soneast
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark amber color, with some barely perceptible reddish hues coming through. Hard to tell but this is crystal clear. Has a thick, fluffy, light brown colored head with some good retention, and creamy lace.

Has a decidedly toasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate and caramel poking through in the background. No alcohol or hops detected.

The initial flavor impression consists of a mild chocolate flavor that I can only describe as malted milk balls. A slight bitterness towards the end really help balance the front end, although the finish is somewhat chocolatey and slightly sweet.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. This beer is so smooth, it really goes down exceptionally well. The flavors are complex and yet not overpowering, lending to the drinkability. A really good beer, I'm sad to see it go.

Soneast, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of dancinwillie
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

dancinwillie, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of spointon
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer from a 12oz brown bottle into my Sam Adams lager glass.

A= This bock poured a clear dark cola-brown color with a 1/2" cream colored head. The head stayed around about 10 minutes before dropping to a skim and left a few spots of lace.

S= The smell of this one was rich and sweet with aromas of caramel malt, roasted chestnuts, and a faint carob scent.

T= Much like the aroma, the flavor of this beer was dominated by sweet and caramelly malt, with a nice roasted grain and the faintest hint of distant, watery chocolate.

MF= Medium bodied with a very creamy and silky feel, despite a solid carbonation level and continuous release.

D= Incredibly drinkable! This is an outstanding beer and easily my favorite bock-style beer.

spointon, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is how you start off xmas morning! This is the beer that I wanted to sit down with this afternoon while we got everything ready and I am very glad that I did. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/25/2008.

The pour was wonderful looking. A rich dark brown, basically black in color with no light coming through this one at all. Smooth look to it with a nice half inch of creamy off white head that lasted on top for the entire glass, well it is still going!

The aroma was all caramel malts and hints of light nuts. Really just wonderful with a light roasted character to it as it warmed and a very nice and full profile. The flavor though was just top notch. Had to be the fullest, creamiest bock I have probably ever tasted, if not easily top three. Rich flavors of caramel and roasted nuts rolling in. Light herbal notes, clove maybe, touches of sweetness al over the place. Long drawn out finish of hops was the icing on the cake here. Really very rich, a definite sipper and a wonderful beer all around.

Overall I was thoroughly impressed as I usually am by everything from New Glarus, this one though was sublime and a wonderful beer for xmas.

mikesgroove, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of Wisconsin
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a thick black syrup. The head is about one and a half fingers with decent retention.

S - Chocolate and caramel welcome your nose when you take a whiff of this brew.

T - Chocolate, caramel and sweet grains hit your mouth.

M - The sweetness that comes from the chocolate and caramel really makes this beer outstanding. The beer is real smooth and creamy from beginning to end.

D - For as thick and as dark as this beer is it drinks very smoothly. Not to mention the 7.3% ABV is completely hidden. This is a great brew for the winter and those who appreciate dark beer.

Wisconsin, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of marcobrau
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delicious bock. Poured into a small-ish mug this is almost a light brown-red in color with an ample rocky head. Nutty, caramel malt nose. Tasty caramel malt and toffee flavor are balanced by a neutral hop bitterness, but more importantly a slight hint of roasted coffee. Soft mouthfeel, fairly full body. The finish is just a bit dry which enhances drinkability. On a damp, cold evening without any dinner I could drink more of these than I should. Mmm...bock.

marcobrau, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of mikereaser
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown with ruby hints with a small layer of foam that dissipates into a fine layer of bubles that covers the top that left lacing throughout the glass

S - Chocolate and caramel notes with a bit of roasted malt

T - Malty sweetness with hints of chocolate

M/D - Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, very drinkable. Definitely something that I could have multiple of.

mikereaser, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of Schwarz04
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass, nice overall appearance with good lacing and medium head. Warm nutty aroma, with similar taste. Mouthfeel is a great flavor a first,however it leaves a bit of a dry feeling in your mouth afterward. All in all a good porter that's defialty worth a try.

Schwarz04, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of younger35
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of these from Woodmans in Kenosha. I actually snagged these on another BA's recommendation. Drank from my Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale pint glass.

Appearance- Pours an ultra dark maroonish brown with a nice one finger dirty white head that recedes very slowly. A thin cap is left along with a thick collar and loads of thread like lacing.
Smell- Lightly malty and lightly sweet in the nose with plenty of brown sugar and raw cocoa. Hints of coffee and a rather misplaced raw woody cherry pit like fruitiness. Maybe a bit of lightly citric hops add a earthy light freshness, although not in any abundance.
Taste- Loads of dark roasted coffee and rich, sweet chocolate. Very malty and roasted it's full of caramel and toffee and brown sugar like sweetness. Some plumbs and overly ripened raisins add a bit of depth and dark fruitiness. Finishes with a very light bitterness and a bit of soft cocoa goodness.
Mouthfeel- Nice full body with a heavy creaminess and light vibrant carbonation.
Drinkability- Not what I was expecting but it is very good. Surprisingly sweet and fruity with a fairly nice chocolaty aspect. The style police seem to be all over this one for the strong chocolate notes but I think it's great. Totally recommended!

younger35, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

color is dark black with brown head.

Smells is alcoholic when it is colder than recommended serving temperature. When beer warms up to proper tempeature beer smells very chocolatly and has coffee smell too.

Taste is great! This is the best bock style beer i have ever tasted! Smooth malty and everthing you would expect from a "big bier".

It would be a shame if you have not tried this beir when you are a fan of bock style biers!

4DAloveofSTOUT, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a thick off white head. Nice retention and then tons of lacing. This all sits atop of a very dark brown beer with ruby highlights. Too dark to determine if there is any visible carbonation...

Aroma is very roasted and almost a deep dark caramel & chocolate bar... Both together.

Starts with a chocolate note... then gets a bit sweet and comes into a caramel zone. Some fruit notes in the background. Tastes a bit creamy and also a dark toasted flavor. Ends with a creamy nature again and them a bitter ending.... More roasted than hops... but there is certainly some hops there.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and very silk smooth and creamy.

Very, very drinkable. I really enjoy this beer.

I will always remember my first one in Madison and it was awesome.

I've had several since and continue to enjoy it.

I only have one left of the six pack that my friend sent me from WI....

I'll get more.

Uff....Da dis is good.

Reagan1984, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep burgundy color bock with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of loads of caramel malt with a nice mix of toffee and molasses. Taste is also quite rich with some nice touch of caramel and a sweet finish including notes of toffee and molasses. I thought this was still easily drinkable while maintaining quite a malt bill along the way. I very much enjoyed this one and wouldn't mind having regular access to this.

Phyl21ca, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of Pauly2X
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Nearly black ruby tint, one finger head.

S- Chocolate and caramel with a touch roasted malt dominate.

T- Sweet caramel hits first followed by a much more chocolatly presence at about mid point. Very little roasted character rears its head towards the end before a barely discernable hop finsh precludes a fairly sweet finish.

M- Ridiculously smooth.

D- Goes down fantastic, even at 7.3% I'd prolly try to session it.

This is one of those Bocks that kinda borders on a Dopplebock. There isn't much complexity, but it's just straight forward good and damn drinkable to boot.

Pauly2X, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of barefootbrewer
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer poured a dark brown color with a tan head.

S: The aroma of this one is mostly of deep caramel mixed with a fig/raisin/fruit smell.

T: The taste is heavy of malt and malt sweetness. The alcohol is well hidden.

M: The body is full and seems quite well suited.

D: This is an excellent drinking bock.

barefootbrewer, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of jwinship83
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- dark brown body with a ruby tint on the sides of the glass. very little beige colored head with little lacing.

S- lots of sweet malt and toffee in this one.

T- heavy on caramel and toffee. a hint of booze at the end. almost nothing in the way of hops. something tangy in here as well

M- medium bodied and creamy. sufficient carbonation.

D- certainly not my favorite new glarus, but one im glad to try for sure. one, maybe two, is plenty for an evening. this one isnt something id look for often if it was available in my area.

jwinship83, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of Zadok
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep amber with no head or lacing.

Smells of dark fruit, grandma's fruitcake at Christmas maybe?

Has a dark fruity flavor as well along with a smudge of coffee and chocolate. Has a nice malty flavor.

Smooth mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Overall a quite tasty brew. Nice elegant flavor and a sweet but not too sweet taste.

Zadok, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of katan
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz undated bottle into a pint

A - Dark amber, almost copper colored. The head has the mocha hue of a stout to it. Although, the head dissipated quickly to a very light film. Little lacing.

S - A combination of roasted malt and chocolate. Not strong whatsoever.

T - Early flavors are sweet and strong. Again the roasted speciality malts dominate. Hops or overall bitterness is not present. Finishes with that dark chocolate flavor. Almost reminds me of a stout in that regard. Have to say I think I detect some small amount of oxidation here.

M - Thick and creamy. As the label says, it is a "big" beer. Loads of unferemtables. Coats the mouth completely.

D - Not a beer you can drink quickly, nor is this a beer that would be sessionable over a long term. However, it is a nice change of pace in the same way I would use a porter or a stout.

Good beer, but not the best I've had from NG. I'd probably go w/ this one in the winter months as a warmer type beer.

katan, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of mothman
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams sensory glass. Pours a nice tan/brown head. The lacing on this beer is incredible. Probably the best I have seen to this day. The lines it leaves after I take a drink are so well defined. It was really cool to see after I was done with this beer, but that was also a sad moment in time. The color is a very appealing robust red/brown.

Smell is very similar to a porter. Very nice roasted malts and caramel. Taste is quite similar and you can definitely taste the 7.3% alcohol. The flavor of caramel is very present in the taste.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and the carbonation level is very great. Full bodied.

Wow is probably one of the best words to describe this beer. It is absolutely amazing and well exceeded my expectations. I really recommend this beer to anyone, so if you go to Wisconsin, do yourself a favor and buy a sixer or more!

mothman, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of slyke
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Uff-da pours a nice red-brown color with a finger of off-white head that settles to a cap and laces very well.

Smell has sweet malt with caramel and roasted notes.

Taste has that sweet malt with notes of dark fruit and tartness.

Mouthfeel is coating, but crisp at the beginning with a nice lingering finish.

Drinkability is great on this beer. You will not be disappointed by this bock.

slyke, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew in a trade with eyncognito, Thanks Ian!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - deep brown color with a tan head that settled to layer leaving a whole bunch of lacing.

S - sweet/roasted caramel malt aroma.

T - sweet caramel and roasted malty flavor is what this brew is all about. Higher abv can't be detected at all in the rich flavor.

F - medium/full bodied, smooth and creamy feel.

D - hell yeah, this is a delightful bock beer.

JoeyBeerBelly, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of kenito799
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poure into a pint glass.

Very dark chocolate brown, tan head that recedes to a ring.

The aroma is all dark roasted malt, nice and warm, hints of chocolate.

The flavor is rich and malty also, with a light mouthfeel. Complexity from good balance of bitterness from roasted malt and an understated sweetness. Very drinkable session beer (although alcohol pretty high to drink too many!).

kenito799, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of Rennpferd
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It poured a deep dark copper color that was slightly clear towards the edge of the glass. It had a slightly off white two finger head that quickly retreated down to less than a finger in height.

It had a nice mild balanced scent of malt and hops.

It had a very robust roasted malt taste that was smooth and finished with a lite hint of hops and alcohol tang. It was medium bodied and slightly foamy across the tongue.

It is a bit more robust than the other Bocks that I have had recently. The more traditional and not watered down characteristics make it very enjoyable. The foaminess sort of filled my stomach. I couldn't drink this all night but I could probably have two of these back to back and enjoy them.

Rennpferd, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: snifter. pours a rich dark mahogany almost impenetrable to any light, except the edges. medium tan head with a low retention rate and mild amount of lacing.

S: smells like a bock. rich caramel notes, some fruits in there, apples and plums.

T: now this is a great drinking bock. good flavors keep the interest, apples, plums, some fig, and some spices, like clove. Great malts in there providing a ton of caramel flavors.

M: medium bodied for the style. very smooth for the ABV. crisp as well.

D: very drinkable brew as with nearly every New Glarus offering. I enjoy the style and enjoyed this take on it. Highly recommended.

paulthebeerguru, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of tpd975
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to unclejedi for this sweet extra.

A: Pours a nice dark brown hue with a half finger cream colored head. Okay retention and lots of spotty lace all the way down the glass.

S: Nice bold sweet malt aromas with hints of chocolate, coffee, sweet nougat, and nuts.

T: Wow wonderful rich malt flavors right up front. Hints of chocolate and light coffee. Dark black sugar and hints of nuts and cream. A touch of hops in the finish with a touch of dark fruit. As complex as a bock can be.

M: Medium to full bodied. Smooth, almost creamy.

D: Very. Wonderful tasting brew that leaves you wanting more. No matter the style New Glarus does it right. Style after style Dan and the boys create world class brews. To that I tip my hat. New Glarus takes another one of my less than favorite styles and knocks it out of the park. I could drink these any day.

tpd975, Sep 28, 2008
Uff-da from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.