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Uff-da - New Glarus Brewing Company

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553 Ratings

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Ratings: 553
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 44
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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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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Ratings: 553 | Reviews: 303
Photo of Vixie
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown, to me it's the color of root beer, with just a hint of red. Light tan lacing which quickly dissipates.

Smelled a bit boozy, with a hint of malt. Also can detect a bit of dried fruit, mainly a raisin scent, with a touch of brown sugar.

Taste was really nothing exceptional, actually a bit on the bland side. Touch of sweetness, and a definite boozy character. The flavor tends to improve as the beer warms, bringing out a bit more sweetness, and just a hint of coffee.

The main characteristic of the feel was carbonation. That gives it a bit more of a feel, otherwise this would be very thin.

This is very much a beer to let warm a bit first before you drink it, and the label actually suggests this. What at first seemed a bland beer did improve with warming. While not a standout beer, not a bad one either.

Photo of natasharai
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with a big light tan foamy head that dissipated leaving some lacing on the top of my glass. The beer is a dark brown with some orangish-red hits

Smell: Some fruity citrus and cherry, sweet toasted malt. Really light smell even as it warms up.

Taste: Fruity plum, raisin, grape, toasted sweet malt, roasted bitter flavor that turns into a roasted marshmallow, and small citrus and plum at the end.

Mouthfeel: Thick body, good amount of carbonation, and roasty dry feel.

Overall: Really good drinkability, really nice fruity flavors but not too sweet. Roasted malt helps balance out the sweet flavors to give a well balanced bock!

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

Trying another NG beer here thanks to some great extras from brian23456. Seems like I've had 3-4 beers from this brewery now and they all tend to be traditionally non-American style brews. Interesting. This bock pours a very dark red, ruby highlights and not much head. Pretty color. Nose is malt heavy, fruity, with notes of cherry. Nice roasty flavor, nutty and lots of fruity notes, mainly cherry, malty. Excellent full body on the palate. Nice complexity and a really flavorful brew. A unique take on the style.

Photo of Ragingbull
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Extremely dark brown color and approaching black. The label described it as mahogany and it could be. The label also boasts being brewed in the reinheitsgebot tradition. There is a light foam head that is thicker around the edges. As I let it sit and made my initial notes the head actually "creamed up" where most beers the head will dissipate. There is a sweet and smooth malt attack. Faint traces of coffee are present in the finish. Very creamy mouthfeel. The finish leaves one with something of a warming sensation in the throat and belly. Very understated chocolate notes are striking the outside edges of my tongue. There is some chocolate in the aftertaste. The longer I let this beer sit the more pronounced the flavors became. I had to attend to a crying child, so that left some time. It is pretty sweet and malty compared to what I normally prefer, but I really enjoyed this.

Photo of Mistofminn
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown that shows ruby highlights when held into the light. Thin off-white head that has decent retention and shows minimal lacing. Extremely clear.

The nose is very sweet and very malty. Roasted malts take over the nose at first, but chocolate and coffee notes battle it out. Not overly complex nose, but a solid one nonetheless.

Taste is exactly what you would expect from the nose, no surprises here. Roasted malts dominate, coffee and chocolate come into play, but don't compete with the roasted malts dominance. There is a slight spicey character that was not noticed in the nose, but now that I taste it I can definitely see it being in the nose as well. 7.3% ABV is nowhere to be found.

Medium body, very smooth and rich. Light carbonation. I find this very drinkable, and the 7.3% ABV is not noticeable at all. If this were available in my area, I would be getting this all the time.

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

Thanks TATURBO for this one.
Pours dark brown with ruby tones in colour with light tan one finger head. Smell - roasted malts and dark chocolate. Very nice aroma. Taste - roast malts once again, some chocolate and caramel, bitternes coming from alcohol. Interesting and complex taste. Mouthfeel - rich, pretty smooth. Alcohol is slightly noticable, so drinkability is not as high as it could have been. Overall - very interesting solid brew.

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

Poured into my Duvel tulip for consistency.

One finger tan head on aggressive pour, black body. Not much head retention on this one. Very light smells, malts, just slightly on the nose. Nice and slightly sweet on the tongue, more as it warms. Almost perfect mouthfeel for a bock, I really like this one. Its a good, relatively light style, tasty enough, good mouthfeel and drinkability. Thanks to Taturbo for the NG's!

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

12oz. bottle into half pint on 4/1/09. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Poured a nut brown body with a slight reddish tint and one-finger creamy tan head that settled into a quarter inch of retention and left a bit of lace on the glass. Each swirl of the glass produced a nice cascade of carbonation.

S - Malty nose blends bready notes and sweet caramel with more subtle hints of chocolate, coffee and a touch of earthy hops.

T - Uff-Da is a malty but extremely flavorful bock with a sweet caramel malt base underneath plenty of chocolate goodness, a dash of coffee and a slight nutty character. Finishes with a tinge of earthy hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a somewhat thick, syrupy texture, although quite softly carbonated, resulting in a smooth mouthfeel. Sweet on the palate with a smidgen of bitterness on the palate.

D - This is simply a fantastic and flavorful bock from New Glarus. Very nicely done and certainly on par with their excellent fruit beers.

Photo of drseamus
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark ruby body with a thin off white head. Great clarity despite the darkness.

S: Pungent sweet malt erupts from the glass.

T: Good rich malt right up front but it is very short lasting. The flavor dissapears leaving no real aftertaste at all. It is very weird.

M: Rich at first but short lasting.

D: Its pretty good which is why I find the short duration of flavor to be upsetting.

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

Many thanks to EinWeizenbitte for this fine extra.

Appearance: It pours a dark mahogany color with really nice garnet highlights. There is a pretty good bit of light slicing through. It's capped with a beige head that reaches about two fingers deep. It was pretty quick to dissipate and left a sticky coat of lace on the glass.

Smell: It smells very malty and sweet on a first whiff. Roasted malts seem to dominate the nose. There's a healthy amount of chocolate malts present, but they don't quite compete with the roasted variety. A little coffee and light spices wrap it up. The spices are faint. Perhaps it's a little cinnamon. Overall, it's not deep, but it accomplishes much given its small arsenal.

Taste: The flavor profile is a near carbon copy of the nose. Roasted malts are the primary feature and give it a damn fine flavor. Chocolate malts follow and add a sweet touch to an already very sweet beer. Coffee is noted, but is a complementary feature. It fits the bill nicely. It's slightly spicy and I am thinking it's cinnamon more and more. Alcohol is not at all noted. Finishes sweet. Nothing too complex or complicated, but very well put together.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's smooth and has a medium body. Carbonation is light and really works to smooth it out well. Drinkability is very high. I'm really enjoying this beer a lot. It's not too strong at 7.3%. Really nice, easy drinking.

New Glarus makes killer beer. Uff-da is no exception. It's not complex and it really doesn't need to be. It is a very nice Bock that's all-around well done. For the style, it'd be tough to do much better. I'm not crazy in love with the style, but did enjoy this one quite a bit. Easily recommended.

Photo of errantnight
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

An extra in a recent trade w/ LJArsenal... thanks, dude!

Pours a deep, deep ruby amber well towards brown. Seems very clear where one can tell, but barely any light gets through. This looks more like a dark doppelbock than a bock... but it's got a great thick, creamy head with fantastic lacing.

Aroma is again delicious, but a bit off for style. Big milk chocolate notes and light coffee roast jump to the fore, with a bit of caramel sweetness and breadiness.

The taste is a bit powdery on the back, but is generally strong, just more like a doppelbock by way of a porter than a bock. Flavors of chocolate predominate early, a medium-full roundness carrying into a back palate that gives a hint of bock: big malt notes, round and sweet with a clean finish, notes of toffee and toast.

I feel bad knocking this down, but it's not quite roasty enough or silky enough for a good porter or stout, and not as refined as I'd like in a bock, with a focus more towards dark malts as opposed to the breadier, toastier, maltier ones I associate with a bock. This is a GOOD BEER, and I'm not a stickler for style, but not what I was looking for here, and a bit deceiving.

Photo of Rainne
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I always stop to get beer when I travel. Found this in a small town in WI.

A- Color is almost black. Head is okay but there's only a very little lacing.

S- Nice. Malt and sweetness right away with some coffee and even some fruits if you make an effort. Hops pick up in the back.

T- Malt again followed by coffee and chocolate and earthy. Some toastyness too and hops bitterness come up. Finish is pretty dry.

M- High carbonation and smooth but a little slick. Not sticky at least. Creamy.

D- It's a pretty good bock. You could enjoy more than one in a setting.

Photo of gonzo46and2
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Brandon for scoring this one for me.

Pours a dark brown but not completely black with a decent sized head.

Aroma is carmelized malts, maple syrup, brown sugar, maybe a hint of chocolate.

Taste is a bit of dry roasted malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is smooth and well rounded.

Definitely something I would drink a lot of if it were available in FLA.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
2.85/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown with a small off-white head with okay retention and no lacing.

S: Sweet malts with caramel, chocolate and a hop background.

T: Pretty much the same as the smell, however not well balanced, flavors hit at different times but it doesn't quite work out.

Overall: Well carbonated with a medium body. Drinkability is fine on it, although I didn't like the taste I could drink a few.

Photo of supercolter
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I can't say enough about this brewery.
Appearance is fantastic. Huge head that sticks around all the way though. Nice lacing as well.
Smell is pretty good, some caramel (but not enough in my opinion), a bit spicy and some dry malt.
Again on the taste, I think more caramel is in order by the dry malt does finish it very nicely.
Mouthfeel is great, creamy and delicious.
Drinkability is good but some of the alcohol seems to seep in and inhibit this.

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

Pours a dark brown with brown transparency when help up to the light. Minimal head that reduces to nothing.

Smell is sweet malts-some roasted malt and some chocolate.

Taste is of dark chocolate, and roasted malt. Smooth, and not all that complex--but smooth. Finishes with a nice balance between sweetness and roasted malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation, fits the taste pretty well-nothing that intriguing.

Drinkability- Very easy to drink--not all that special or unique, but fairly sessionble.

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

Bottle as an extra from natasharai - thanks!! Poured into a 12 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark, deep brown, fairly thick but not overly so, gurgling out of the bottle, evoking one-plus fingers of bubbly, foamy, cola-esque head. It fades quickly, leaving only a thin, off-white, dull necklace of bubbles.

Aroma: Earthy, full-roast coffee is the dominant note initially, though it's accompanied by a slew of lighter fruity notes, pears, apple skins. A faint chocolate overtone emerges eventually, as do slight chemically undertones. Not bad, but not this beer's best aspect.

Taste: Dark, a little more heavily roasted than other bocks I've had, with a heavy earth contingent. Hints of lightly roasted coffee, toast, lots of lighter fruit esters, and the tell-tale bock light sugar/marshmallow-esque note that I can never really figure out what it reminds me of, particularly in darker brews. There's plenty of residual sweetness, but it's cut well by the slight toasted astringencies and the esters.

Mouthfeel: Very well carbonated, and that, in conjunction with the already not too thick body makes for a big, fluffy, almost even mouthfeel. It's a little slick, too, but overall pretty solid.

Drinkability: Nothing wrong with this one, but - though I haven't had too many bocks before, and though this is one of the better ones - it's still only a little better than average in my book. I actually typed "bock" the first time I typed "book" back there, hm. Anyway. Definitely not my favorite from New Glarus, which was (and still is) fast becoming one of my favorite breweries along with Founders, Tyranena, and Bell's. Forget California - the midwest is where it's AT.

Photo of robbyc1
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Photo of Soneast
4.38/5  rDev +15%
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.

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.

Photo of spointon
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of Wisconsin
4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of marcobrau
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Uff-da from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 553 ratings.