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Uff-da - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 553
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 45
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 pweis909
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dunkel-colored. This beer had no head. Dark coloring, slight raosted chocolate makes me think more of a brown ale than a dunkel. Not much of a smell going. The munich malts become more evident as it warms up. It's tasty and drinkable. Great name.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very dark amber topped with a very sticky tan lacing.
Aromas are caramelly toasted malt.
Lots of flavor....rich, sweet toasted malt, caramel, vanilla....very light hops on the end to balance.
Aftertaste is surprisingly clean and fresh....no sticky cloying...no leftover sugars...just the memory of caramel candies.
I love it.
Once again...thank you so much Steve for this opportunity.
I think it is becoming obvious that i need to move eastward.

Photo of lakeviewmike
1.34/5  rDev -64.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This is maybe the worst beer I have ever had. I have been getting into Bock beers recently and thought this might be really good. Recenlty I have enjoyed La Rossa, Big Butt Doppelbock, Amstel Bock and Huber Bock.

This beer smelled and tasted like Worcestershire sauce. My wife described the smell as sweet, like urine and after prompting, like Worcestershire sauce.

Prior to drinking this beer I had a Berghoff Pale Ale which was great, a Berghoff Octoberfest which was pretty good. After the Uff-da I had a Hacker Pschorr Weisse which was very good but somewhat ruined by the aftertaste of the Uff-da.

I have read other reviews of this beer and none of them describe my experience so maybe I got a glass from a bad barrel or something.

Photo of jglazer75
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I live very close to New Glarus, so I drink quite a bit of their beers. Having said that, some of their brews can be a little tough to track down. Oddly, this, the Uff-da Bock, is one of them. I see it in local retailers only very occassionally. So, when I was at the brewery to pick up a few four-packs of their "Unplugged" Enigma, I grabbed a six of the bock (it was a cold, early-fall afternoon and a bock seemed like a good choice).

It is jet black, though if you hold it up to the light a faint ruby red coloring shows that implies, what I assume will become a caramel-like sweetness when it is consumed. There is little head, but what does accumulate is foamy and off-white. There is very little smell to this beer at all. What smell can be gathered implies roasted flavors of chocolate or coffee and a faint breadiness. The taste is restrained and entirely up front; there is not a lot of body in this beer. A hit of cherry/chocolate-like sweetness, the taste is really all about the malt. Unfortunately, the slight carbonation keeps it from really coating the mouth and developing, but it does keep the beer fairly light and drinkable (a quality that Wisconsites seem to prefer since they rarely take the time to actually pour a beer out of a bottle).

All-in-all it's a solid beer. Somewhat light for a bock, but the maltiness is good while you have it. I suspect that if this weren't so light, it would cross from a bock into a pretty solid porter. It needs more of a nose though, and needs to assert itself more. The label calls itself "big" but it's really sort of just "medium sized."

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Though it is really dark, you can tell when you tilt it to the light that the beer is really a pretty dark garnet color. There was 1/4" of tan foam on the beer at first, but that disappeared into the beer within about 30 seconds. After the head falls, there is a lasting tan film across the top of the beer that I assume is maintained by bubbles rising though I can't see them through the beer. There is quite a bit of tan lace left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: My first impression was that it was really chocolaty for a Bock. As I get deeper into the aroma, the chocolate is still the dominating factor with a good bit of toasty Munich malt in there to give a bit of diversity. I get a very subtle floral hop contribution, but that is about it for the aroma.

Taste: Wow! The flavor is much sweeter and more syrupy than I would have EVER guessed from the aroma. The chocolate is still the dominating aroma and stands strong well into the finish. There is quite a rich toasty malt profile that I would guess is from Dark Munich malt. I am guessing that this is about it for the color and flavor. The caramel sweetness I would guess is also a healthy dose of Munich and/or CaraMunich. The finish is sweet, and the only dryness you get is from the attenuation. This beer is somewhat dry in the finish, and the dark malts accentuate this aspect.

Opinion: This is a pretty tasty beer. I wouldn't really classify it as a bock as it has too much chocolate and the malt character is a bit off. Don't get me wrong, this isn't as out of the Bock style as Shiner and the likes are here in Texas, but it is still pretty far from what you would expect in Bavaria. Regardless this is a tasty beer with plenty of flavor to soak up and the balance doesn't make it annoying in any way. I would drink this beer again.

Photo of joe1510
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle

Uff-Da pours a deep dark mahogany. I got a 1 finger tan head with an aggressive pour. It faded quickly to a light coating. This beer looks really good.The head did fade faster than I would've liked though.

There's a lot of scents going on with this one. Dark fruits and a sweetness. Mild chocolate and roasted malts.

Taste is good. Starts out with some cherry, coffee and roasted malts and gets sweet from there. I would like a little stronger flavor but it's still good.

As I drink it coats the mouth. I can feel it on my teeth. It's medium bodied but I think just a little light for the style.

The drinkability is good. Smooth and easy drinking especially for a bock.

Good fall weather beer for when it just starts getting cooler. I don't have access to this all the time since I dont live in Wisconsin but I go up there a few times a year and will by it again.


Photo of ccs
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

What a full-flavored, fruity bock! It's very good. Pitch black, no head to speak of, smels fruity and roasted. The taste is dark, dried fruit--raisin, prune, date, fig along with a roasted grain and chocolate malt. Very nice, full mouthfeel. I like this a lot. I'd love to kick these back on a cool fall evening.

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

Dug this one out to enjoy this cool evening.

Poured a deep brown, reddish hues evident when examined. Nice two finger tan coloured head formed on the pour. Nicely carbonated, but scantly laced.

Caramel, dark fruits, and a hint of bitter chocolate and earthy spice rose from the glass to greet my nose.

Very similar to the aroma profile. Caramel and dark fruity flavours of raisin and dates predominate, and are complemented by chocolately undertones and a hint of earthy hop spice.

This is an almost rich medium bodied beer. The rich maltiness is nicely balanced by the alcohol which is slightly warming. Some earthy hops present, just enough to ground the malty richness without distracting from it.

This is a very drinkable and tasty brew. Not the richest or most decadent bock I've had, or the most refined. But this is a tasty and well balanced treat. This would make a great session brew in the upcoming cooler weather, or also be good crossover fare for someone interested in exploring what can be done with dark malts. Ill be enjoying this beer again sometime.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown, almost black with ruby highlights. Head is a slight thin ring.

Smell is smokey charred grain with hints of chocolate. Hints of a mild underlying sweetness that is reminiscent of an oatmeal stout.

Taste is massive roasted caramel maltynesss. As in the nose, mild chocolate and dark fruit notes make an appearance. Some warming alcohol presence. There is a hop bitterness in the finish along with a lingering pleasant smokiness .

Mouthfeel is quite smooth, thick and chewy. Carbonation seems non-existent.

A decent enjoyable brew. At times it seemed to have some characteristics of stout, however it is far too sweet to make the impression really stick. Worth a try. Paired well with grilled fish. I would drink this again.

Thanks to Bashiba for sharing this brew.

Photo of beckje01
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint

A- Dark almost the color of chocolet, no hea.

S- A bitter smell, with tones of chocolet malts, a nice smell reall

T- Comples full of malts and very rich and creamy

M- Smooth no activity

D- Easy for a bock, I will probably have another not something I would hunt down but if I ran across it I would defenatly grab a 6pack.

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass, pours a dark ruby, not much head, not much lacing, not much going on. Aroma is decent for a bock, chocolate and earthy, almost smells a little like dirt, some caramel maltiness underneath. Mouth is decent. Taste is nicely malty, slightly fruity, nutty, and overall a pretty decent bock, though not my favorite bock ever, i'd have it again, and probably will.

Photo of mynie
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours PERFECT for a bock, dark dark red with a gigantic browntan head and great lacing.

Smells of crisp chocolate and tasty bock malt. Simple, just strong enough. Not too sweet, especially considering its elevated alcohol.

Taste is a perfect translation of the smell. Very smooth, sweet chocolate up front, moving into a lightly sour malt and gets cane sugar sweet at its end. The whole shebang ends with a light node of dark, slightly bitter chocolate.

Packs a lot of complexity into an incredibly smooth flavor. Kudos to New Glarus.

Photo of hoppymeal
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown to black with ruby red hues, a cgood size creamy tan head. Aroma is nice with some rich smoky tobacco, some bourbony alcohol, roasted malts and a little chocolatey malt. Taste is kind of like a cola and coffe mix with some sweet sugary malts mixing with a roasted malt finish. A little milky tang in the finish from the roastiness. Alcohol was only evident in the aroma, but is hidden in the taste. No real bitterness to speak of, quite sweet and roasty. Mouthfeel is light to medium in body, creamy with a little spice in the finish.

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

Courtesy of dirtylou...thanks.
Dark brown in color...very little can pass thru, but on the edges...takes on a mahogany shade with the assistance of artificial light.
Pleasant in the nose...sweetness comes thru with a long whiff, some chocolate and even some fruitiness.
The taste is quite good...alcohol is totally hidden and a nice roasty malt flavor shines thru. Chocolate, a hint of smoke, and raisins balance out this one.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is sublime.
A sipper, but could easily enjoy a few of these on a winter evening...either way, I am real happy with this one.

Photo of CH3CH2OH
3.01/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The biggest thing this beer lacks is the malty aroma of a bock; it starts the whole drinking experience on a down note. Color is an exellent, dark caramel. Hops are almost complete missing from flavor, even more subdued than what it should be. It has a nice, creamy mouthfeel which also makes it very drinkable. For a bock with a 7.3% ABV, it drinks almost like a session beer. Better than Leinie's Big Butt, but not by much.

Photo of BillyB
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sweet malty aromas. Caramel, toffee. Alcohol.

Dark brown with a thin tan head.

No hop bitterness. Sweet malt. Nutty, alcohol, caramel, toffee.

Smooth and kind of creamy for a bock.

For a 7.3% abv this one is pretty drinkable.

Photo of hero27
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.

Golden mahogany color, creamy tan head that leaves a pretty solid sheet of lacing.
The rich, roasted malts are initially pretty tasty, but they fade almost immediately after every sip, and lack in the complexity department. No fruit, chocolate, or coffee flavors that I can detect (as stated on the bottle). If this is really 7.3%, it hides it really well..the light malt sweetness is the only real dimension here, and I can't taste much for alcohol at all.
Overall, this one is ok, but lacks staying power...a little too light in body for a bock and lacking the carbonation to carry the flavors well, imho. Thicken up the mix a bit and this could be a treat.

Props to badbeer for the bottle.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Slightly roasted maltiness...little bit of cinnamon and raisin. Nothing special, pretty bock like.

Great label. Sometimes less is more. Gorgeous mahogany reddish brown but very dark. Nice creamy yellowish latte head that looks like it will go the distance. Clean and filtered with lots of tiny bubbles racing to the surface. The Brussels Lace is textbook, bravo.

Overall maltiness sweetness with a lot of different undertones.
Little bit of cherry. Slight coffee and mocha notes on the way out.
Gets chocolatier as it warms up. This beer is going thru a lot of different taste transformations as it warms. I'd recommend all first time drinkers like my self to not rush thru this one...not that you could, its fairly rich. Intense raisin aftertaste.

Interesting mouthfeel. Almost becomes more spirited and carbonated as it lingers across the tongue. Less stringent or prickly and more fluffy like.

Good beer. Some would find it too rich but I've been permanently damaged by imperial stouts so its ok with me. The Brussels Lace held strong from beginning to end. The glass is toast, I'll need another for my next beer. I've been sitting here for a few minutes and all I can taste is raisins. Enjoyable beer for sure.

Photo of Skidz
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out bright amber brown and sits deep ruby-brown in the glass with a good sized tan head, fading to a faint skim, holding to the edges, few lacings.

Smells of lightly roasted malts, with specks of coffee here and there. Hints of cocoa and a mild nuttiness.

Tastes mildly sweet up front. Malts dominate, tossing out caramel, cocoa and deeply toasted bready crackery malts. Mild hops bitterness lends some grassy tones and supports the smooth, bready finish.

Nice, clean feeling beer with mild-moderate carbonation and a medium-full body.

Solid bock baby. Made for session drinking, perfect for savoring. Another reason why New Glarus kicks so much tail.

Photo of klewis
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer review #100. Woo hoo.

A: Pours a nice reddish brown color with a small head. Moderate amounts of lacing are left on my pilsener.

S: Aromas of bready malt, toffee, and chocolate

T: Good malt backbone, followed by flavors of chocolate and coffee - just like the label advertises. Moderately sweet.

M: Oily and smooth with very little carbonation and a medium-light body.

D: This is a nice bock - nothing special, but it is easy and pleasing to drink.

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

I was lucky enough to get a six pack or maybe it was a four pack of this wonderful beer from my wife's cousin in Wisconsin. I poured the beer into my trustly Duvel tulip glass. What a great deep brown color this bock poured with a nice tan head that disapated rather quickly. The aroma is is of toasted malts, a bit of sweetness. The taste is a nice bouquet of chocolate and toasted malt. What an enjoyable taste and with a medium body, this is a very drinkable beer. Another winner from New Glarus.

Photo of deejaydan
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Good looking beer, deep tawny amber. I am dissapointed in the head and head rentention however. Those are both rather lackluster.

Aroma is clean, pleasant, and a slight hint of chocolate is noted.

Taste is quite nice. Rich carmel coated chocolate. Some toasted grain flavors are peeking through as well, but those are mostly in the background.

Mouthfeel is really quite nice, the carbonation is spot on for this beer IMHO. The viscosity of this beer is also nice.

Dangerously drinkable for 7.30% ABV. I think this beer is the high end of the "Bock" Category and is really close to a nice dopplebock.

Photo of Jredner
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma holds brown sugar, raisin, bread pudding, pumpernickel and spice. Deep garnet color. Pinky thin tan head that is both creamy and bubbly. Mmmm nice fore...lots of dark roasty pumpernickel/raisin notes. Sweet malt, brown sugar molasses notes toward the back. The flavor is a bit watery and tinny at first, but I personally started too cold..it goes away as it warms. Chocolate notes pop out as it warms. Aftertaste is damn tasty like dark fruit sweetened pumpernickel. Damn fine brew.

Photo of Winter
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crimson mahogany in color with a light brown head that didn't waste its time sticking around. Rich caramel malty nose combined with candied raisins and a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied. Smooth deep, malty flavor. Caramel, molasses, and raisins abound. The finish has a nice lingering sweetness to it. Almost like brown sugar.

However "big" this bock is, it can pack punch. Great offering from New Glarus.

Photo of walleye
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from the bottle as soon as I popped the cap got a big wiff of sweetness like brown sugar and a strong alcohol. poured mahogany with a light tan head that left some lacing. aroma the sweetness and alcohol went away out came a sour cherry smell, than chocolate, malts, and spices. flavor a lot better than tha aroma, creamy chocolate dark fruits, molasses, with a nice touch of coffee and a slight bitterness in the finish. that flavor brought the rating up on this beergood beer

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