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Uff-da - New Glarus Brewing Company

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very good

545 Ratings

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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 40
Gots: 20 | 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 Blakaeris
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Blakaeris, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of beckje01
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

beckje01, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of objectivemonkey
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

objectivemonkey, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of mynie
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

mynie, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of hoppymeal
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

hoppymeal, Jul 16, 2006
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.

warriorsoul, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of CH3CH2OH
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

CH3CH2OH, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of BillyB
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

BillyB, Jun 17, 2006
Photo of hero27
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

hero27, May 17, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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
Uff-da from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.