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Uff-da - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

536 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 536
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 Westsidethreat
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

Appearance:
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.

Taste:
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.

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

Drinkability:
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.

Westsidethreat, May 13, 2006
Photo of Skidz
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Skidz, May 12, 2006
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.

klewis, Apr 03, 2006
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.

ggaughan, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of deejaydan
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

deejaydan, Mar 13, 2006
Photo of Jredner
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Jredner, Feb 19, 2006
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.

Winter, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of walleye
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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

walleye, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of Erdinger2003
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Erdinger2003, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of badbeer
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

badbeer, Jan 04, 2006
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

beveragecaptain, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of Dithyramb
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Dithyramb, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

dirtylou, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of joedon
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

joedon, Dec 08, 2005
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

DaPeculierDane, Nov 01, 2005
Photo of BarrelBrother
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

BarrelBrother, Sep 23, 2005
Photo of Realale
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Realale, Sep 03, 2005
Photo of jimbotrost
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

jimbotrost, Aug 31, 2005
Photo of Redrover
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Redrover, Aug 18, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

goodbyeohio, Aug 17, 2005
Photo of battlekow
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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'.

battlekow, Aug 16, 2005
Photo of mentor
2.65/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

mentor, Aug 15, 2005
Photo of bashiba
2.25/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

bashiba, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

NeroFiddled, May 31, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

orbitalr0x, May 12, 2005
Uff-da from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 536 ratings.