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Uff-da - New Glarus Brewing Company

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528 Ratings

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Ratings: 528
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 39
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 Erdinger2003


3.58/5  rDev -6%

Pours a nice finger width head with a fairly strong lacing. Smells fairly sweet with a strong coffee flavor and smell of fresh barley like you would smell if you were in the New Glarus Brewery. A very dark beer with a slight dark amber color when held up to the light. Taste is like coffee with a mouthfeel that is fizzy and smooth. It's a slightly sweet beer such as you would expect from a bock bier.

01-20-2006 18:15:11 | More by Erdinger2003
Photo of badbeer


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

01-04-2006 10:19:00 | More by badbeer
Photo of beveragecaptain

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -16.5%

12 ounce bottle. New Glarus Uff-da Bock pours out a dark brown color with a dense head. The aroma is vanilla, nuts, and whiffs of alcohol. The flavor is malty and nutty, with a little bit of fruitiness. Some chocolate flavor too. Tastes good at first, but the finish is very metallic and tastes a little like blood. Medium mouthfeel. Drinkability is not especially good. One of these is plenty for me. New Glarus makes several very good beers and several mediocre beers. This is one of the latter.

12-25-2005 00:43:13 | More by beveragecaptain
Photo of Dithyramb


4.53/5  rDev +18.9%

Procured via a BIF. Pours a pretty dark, woody brown with red highlights and a light tan head. Hard to get the head up, some retention and pretty lacing. No carbonation feed it at all and looks slightly out of it.
Aroma of a nice (tart&sour) apple cider, but with a good caramel malt dancing in the background.

Oh, man, this one is very interesting. Loads of tingles on the tongue, despite the slow start. Waves of flavors come through with the great complexity of the brew. You have a load of maple syrup/brown sugar, and caramel, but it isn't cloying and sweet. A slight sour tang in the middle that was very cherry like. Very lightly hopped. Heavy medium body overall (though the first 2/3 goes down smooth and creamy)
Very nice. This one could get you into trouble.

12-23-2005 03:09:45 | More by Dithyramb
Photo of dirtylou


4/5  rDev +5%

12oz single, Woodman's

appearance: chestnut brown body, rich amber highlights, foamy cola-like head, somewhat clear if it were not for the dark body

smell: caramel, cocoa powder, quite earthy, roasted malts, slight cola aroma, sweet and dark fruit

taste: sweet roasted malts, slightly bready and quite earthy, cocoa powder, burnt coffee beans, sweet caramel, a slight touch of alcohol, mild grassy and herbal hops. This one turned out a lot better than I figured it would. Quite enjoyable

mouthfeel: slightly thick and chewy, slightly creamy

drinkability: quite

solid unheralded new glarus brew

12-14-2005 01:55:12 | More by dirtylou
Photo of joedon


4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

Rocky tan head that lasts a long time as well as heavy lace. Very dark brown-garnet color.

Not very much aroma; only the slightest bit of malt.

Big, bock flavor.. Lots of malt with chocolate, toffee, raisins, and a little burnt sugar. Lightly hopped and not much bitterness.

Light on the tongue, could use a bit more body. Finish with a slightly sour aftertaste but still very drinkable.

12-08-2005 22:34:32 | More by joedon
Photo of DaPeculierDane


3.35/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

11-01-2005 01:46:49 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of BarrelBrother


3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

While travelling by motorcycle in southern Wisconsin, we happened to stay in New Glarus one evening. We visited the New Glarus brewery and had the chance to sample some of their offerings. Our interest peaked, we purchased a couple of six packs to enjoy at a later date. One of them was the Uff-da Bock.

This is a "nice" beer, but hardly a "Big Beer" as the label proclaims. The beer pours nice with a deep garnet color, but the head disappears too quickly with minimal lacing for my liking. The aroma does have a chocolate hint with some spicy aromatics, so it did seem to offer the promise of an interesting flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth, even a little silky and there is a solid chocolate-carmel flavor with sweetness that lingers. Drinkability was good, but again this one won't knock your socks off like other offerings to appease the "winter" gods (their label verbage). Worth a try if you can find it (only sold in Wisconsin). Nice, but not memorable.

09-23-2005 03:00:41 | More by BarrelBrother
Photo of Realale


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

Deep mahogany, bordering on black. Very fine light brown head settles to a thin, incomplete cap.

Dark treacle, over Irish brown bread and spicy German hops. Very well-balanced, attractive nose.

Medium full in the mouth with a rush of complex maltiness. The dark bread is there, as is a slight roastiness, and a hint of treacle. Rich malt abounds, but it is well-checked by the acidity of the beer.

Nice mouthfeel, but nothing exceptional. Very easy to drink a lot of this, especially on a crisp fall evening. Another welcome treat upon visiting Wisconsin.

Beer 3 of a six pack purchased at the brewery.

09-03-2005 04:47:19 | More by Realale
Photo of jimbotrost


3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

Purchased 12 ounce bottle at Flanagan's in Appleton, WI. Deep brown/reddish color, mahogany. Small and tight off white head that exudes creaminess. Caramel nose, no hop detected. Sweet malty caramel flavor, still no hop to help balance it, I know it is a bock. Complex and buttery in the mouthfeel with a caramel and toasted flavor. May have gained some sweetness with age but still a nice beer.

08-31-2005 11:43:31 | More by jimbotrost
Photo of Redrover


3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

12 oz brown longneck with no freshness dating.

The beer pours a dark brown with a ½ inch tan head. The beer is very clear. No lacing.

The nose is of toasted malts and molasses/brown sugar. A bit of alcohol is present as well.

The taste is sweet. The molasses from the smell carries over.. The malts appear to be lightly roasted. You can clearly taste the alcohol in this one. Some caramel emerges about ½ way through.

The beer has nice low levels of carbonation. The mouth is a wee bit thin. Easy enough drinker. Would be better if they could dial down the alcohol taste a bit. Still an enjoyable beer from the folks in New Glarus.

08-18-2005 00:04:54 | More by Redrover
Photo of goodbyeohio


4.35/5  rDev +14.2%

this beer has a rich, mahogany color as suggested on the label. such a deep, vivid color with some bubbles and a thin ring of tan bubbles.. looks very appetizing. smells malty.. hints of brown sugar and maple sweat from the scent, some caramel as well. tasting this beer is a wicked smooth experience.. especially for one that exceeds 7%. slightly roasty but mostly smooth and buttery sweet like vanilla frosting. nutty with a slight tang from a light hopping.. sorry, but i just don't get chocolate out of this. maybe a bit of leather, some cedar even.. nothing too bitter at all as the malt sweetness is dominant. man is this a drinkable beer.. cool as all hell and quaffable. wish i had more of this one. one of the best new glarus beers ive had so far.

08-17-2005 15:13:08 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of battlekow


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

An attractive reddish-maple color, very little head, but pretty good lacing. Smells sweet, with cherries, a little chocolate and a bit of toasted malt. Tastes similar, and, like the bottle says, "the warmer Bock is, the sweeter it gets." However, though the label assures me that I "can expect...deep chocolate and coffee undertones," I detect little; a porter or stout Uff-da is not. With just a hint of bitterness at the end, this is definitely an unbalanced beer, but does have a tasty toasted malt flavor. Nice thick mouthfeel. Pretty easy-drinkin'.

08-16-2005 01:13:09 | More by battlekow
Photo of mentor


2.65/5  rDev -30.4%

Bottle provided by Orbitalr0x, thanks for the opportunity. Pours a half finger tan head of tiny bubbles over a crystal clear dark caramel-rust liquid. Smells caramel and sour citrus grainy. Toffee and chocolate with searching. Taste is dominated by a sour malty. Not quite cherry-like and not really pleasing. Under the sour is caramel and rounded chalky munich malt flavor. The aftertaste is a rich sweet toffee and cocoa/chocolate. Md-light body with a smooth feel. Moderately carbonated, but the carb sting on my tongue augments the sour.

08-15-2005 04:17:55 | More by mentor
Photo of bashiba


2.25/5  rDev -40.9%

Poured a red brown with no head to speak of or carbonation.

Smell was dominated by a semi sweet maltyness.

Taste is a strange sour malt flavor with an ever so slight earthy hop at the end.

Mouthfeel is thin and nondescript.

Drinkability is pretty low on this one. I can finish it, but definitly won't be searching this one out again.

07-26-2005 23:37:07 | More by bashiba
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

Uff-da's beautiful, clear chestnut body has a crimson cast to it and displays exceptionally fine bubbles rising slowly towards the surface. The creamy tan head holds fairly well before dropping to a thin but complete surface covering, and it leaves some nice splotches of lace about the glass. Caramel, light cocoa, and an unusual cherry-like fruitiness greet you in the nose and beckon you to partake of the richness within. It's medium bodied and superbly smooth across the palate with a very fine, restrained carbonation that just lightly caresses the tongue. The flavor is not as sweet or malty and the nose suggests it might be, however, and its firm bitterness and thin threads of grassy hops balance it beautifully. The alcohol is never apparent until the finish where a wash of sweet, alcohol-infused, and lightly toasty caramelish maltiness fades, leaving a spritz of sweet cherry and a light dusting of cocoa behind.

Wow! What an interesting and superbly drinkable beer! It's not what I'd think of as a bock, and its cherry character is somewhat different (as in it's confusing withing the style... but still interesting and somewhat complex), and I like it! It's almost like a toned-down doppelbock that turned into a caramelish-toasty-nutty-cherry liquid candy bar! Impressive!

05-31-2005 21:32:28 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of orbitalr0x


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

05-12-2005 03:43:32 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of UffDaBock


4/5  rDev +5%

Appearance: This gem from the holy grail of all breweries,(New Glarus), has a dark brown color with hints of mahogany. The creamy earth-tone head is minimal yet it leaves an attractive bubbly lace on the side of the glass.

Aroma: An explosion of chocolate malts mixed with some hints of coffee and caramel. Very pleasing to the nasal cavity.

Taste: Bitter-sweet dark chocolate, coffee, burnt caramel, sweet grains, roasted malt. A mixture of woody and sweet flavors make a great combination that is a tasty after dinner treat.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and thick the way a bock should be. Letting it settle in a glass for a little while improves the smoothness.

Drinkability: Even with the 7% abv it is easy enough to pound down a few because you really don't notice the alchohol.

Afterthoughts: The Uff-da bock is just another example of how great New Glarus really is. If you happen to find this beer on tap do yourself a favor and order it immediately because the flavors multiply ten-fold.

04-27-2005 18:48:49 | More by UffDaBock
Photo of TastyTaste


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Clear bubbly cola color with a very small tan layer of head, probably due to the higher ABV. Smell is very sweet with creamy caramel and roasted malts. Taste is very large and somewhat different. Woody and sweet tones are present, alcohol is percepatable. Comes off as slightly harsh at first, but is a good beer once you get into it. Mouthfeel is pretty watery for the style. A pretty good Bock.

04-20-2005 20:26:35 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of shapudding


2.55/5  rDev -33.1%

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.

03-21-2005 02:53:20 | More by shapudding
Photo of Dogbrick


4/5  rDev +5%

This beer is a dark brown color with splashes of crimson. Thin dark beige head and a thin wall of lacing. The aroma is roasty and malty along with some caramel. Medium-bodied and smooth with a pleasant blend of flavors such as roasted malt, nuts, caramel and dark cherry. The finish is long and sweet with chocolate and a slight hoppiness. Enjoyable Bock from New Glarus.

02-02-2005 21:31:57 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of Engibeer


4/5  rDev +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.

02-01-2005 18:40:19 | More by Engibeer
Photo of kmpitz2


3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

This beer pours a very beautiful brown color with brilliant ruby accents. An active carbonation keeps a very small head sitting over top of the beer. The nose is sweet and nutty, lacking a big lager character. I think I may like this one. I get a flavor consisting of caramel and slightly roasted malt, a bit nutty. Not a bad flavor at all. The feel is right at moderate, not too thick or too thin. As far as a bock beer goes, this is not a bad choice at all. New Glarus has been a very dependable selection so far.

01-02-2005 02:59:34 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of Sixpoint

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

12-11-2004 13:31:55 | More by Sixpoint
Photo of redmosquito


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

11-01-2004 17:25:50 | More by redmosquito
Uff-da from New Glarus Brewing Company
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