New Glarus Brewing Company

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Bock - Traditional
Ranked #18
Ranked #24,486
3.84 | pDev: 10.94%
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 331 | Ratings: 642 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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damndirtyape from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a tulip stout glass. No date, but I was told by the friend who brought it from WI that it's pretty fresh.

Appearance: Clear/bright dark copper-amber, approaching a nice mahogany / ruby red. 1/8" thick off white persistent foam with lots of sheets of lacing. A great looking beer.

Smell: Roasted malt, a tiny bit of cocoa powder, a little bit of herbal/leafy noble hops.

Taste: Definitely on the sweet side for a bock. Roasted malt, a bit of chocolate that reminds me of a tootsie roll, bready/caramel malt sweetness, a bit of noble hops for counterbalance.

Mouthfeel: Good thickness, brisk carbonation, but not fizzy. A bit soft on the palate, dry finish.

Overall / Drinkability: A great looking beer, and an overall sound version of a German bock. Maybe a little too sweet for my taste - I would have preferred a bit more noble hop character, but this is a very good beer overall. I think I should have paired this with a meal and I would have had a different take on it, as all this malt character would go well with roasted meat - probably oven roasted chicken or turkey.

Jan 22, 2019
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent rendition of the style. I really don't love the style, that is the problem. A little sweet for my taste buds. Tastses like a true German sweet bock beer though.
I guess I'd have to say that they nailed it.

Nov 26, 2018
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, snifter glass. Pours a darker caramel brown body, one finger white head, fair retention and a little bit of lacing. Smell is clean chocolate, toffee, a bit of caramel, grainy sweetness, perhaps a bit of mild orange marmalade. Flavour follows; nice balanced caramel and chocolate, toffee, malt, a bit of toasted grain, light citrus. Medium lighter body, good carbonation, nice mildly earthy caramel and chocolate finish. Enjoyable, easy drinking, lots of flavour to it.

Oct 22, 2018
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superspak from North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 2/19/2017. Pours sightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red, light copper/brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, raisin, plum, fig, cherry, and apple; with lighter notes of nuttiness, roast, toffee, molasses, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roast malts and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, raisin, plum, fig, cherry, and apple; with lighter notes of nuttiness, roast, toffee, molasses, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. herbal/grassy hop and roast bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, dark fruit, nuttiness, toffee, molasses, light chocolate/coffee, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roast malts and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Minimal dryness. Nicely clean on lager flavors, not too fruity/yeasty. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and slightly slick/sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.7%. Overall this is a very nice traditional bock. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roast malts and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mildly bitter finish. Rich, clean, and complex Dark/Munich malt complexity, with some mild earthy hop balance; and complimenting dark fruity notes. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

Nov 11, 2017
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beerguy04 from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown color with a small tan head. Smell and taste is heavy with dark fruits and carmel. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall, another good one from Wisconsin.

Apr 21, 2017
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Schlitz74 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good beer, nice off white head and good lacing, too bad it is only a seasonal beer. Overall a very good bock and worth a trip Wisconsin to try.

Apr 14, 2017
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Detlef90 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer, with it's low abv and non-barrel characteristics, achieves what many of these BIG, MASSIVE, HIGH ABV beers do not. Subtlety. Only with patience can you taste the complexity that this beer has to offer. Dark fruits, caramel, coffee are amongst many other things going on in this beer. I just drank a 6 month old bottle and it tastes even better than the fresh ones. Drink it at room temperature and give it time. It certainly won't explode in your mouth (and if that's what you're looking for, this beer is not for you) but it will slowly massage your taste buds until your mouth is nice and relaxed...and happy.

Feb 24, 2017
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SD-Alefan from South Dakota

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish-brown with a tan head.
Aroma is toffee, dark fruit, a bit of grain and a touch of fig.
Taste is caramel and dark fruit with some biscuit and slight bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is light to medium and well carbonated with a very clean finish.

Feb 21, 2017
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- Pours a murky, reddish brown with a thin, tan head.
S- carmel and dark cherry and other dark fruit.
T- Dark fruit and malt with some coffee notes sneaking in. Finishes with some good Belgian yeast. Some chocolate notes drift from the light coffee. I like.
F- Very smooth.
O- Interesting bock with great fruit and roasty tastes.

Feb 01, 2017
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into a tulip. It has a muddy red/brown color with a 1.5 finger tan head and leaves some spotty lacing on my glass. The aroma offers up a nice bready malt with some caramel, toffee, chocolate and cola. The flavor leads with the soft caramel sweetness from the nose, as well as some chocolate nutty notes, sweet bread, and well as toffee and malted milk. The mouthfeel is silky and full, with very little carbonation. Overall this was a very nice beer, and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Jan 19, 2017
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Webzombie from Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

If this was about 15 years ago would have rated all 5's. My father was always big into New Glarus forever so this was one of my first "craft" beer experiences ever. Remember drinking it around a campfire and just tasting so dang good. Had not seen it for a long time till recently so naturally had to pick some up. Overall it is still a good solid beer, just not quite as good as i remember. Very malty flavor as would be expected just does not quite stand up to other German counterparts I have had. Regardless still a great nostalgia beer for me and still tastes way better than 99% of what I drank in high school and college.

Dec 30, 2016
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was a murky dark brown color with a light tan head.

Smell - The light malty booze sets the nose.

Taste - The initial taste is roasty malts. The roastiness is a step below coffee. There is a dark fruit presnce in the back. The taste is strong throughout.

Mouthfeel - The beer is smooth with muted carbonation.

Overall - This is a fantastic example of the style. It is almost bold enough to be a dopplebock.

Nov 20, 2016
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark mahogany brown with a 3 finger hazelnut colored head. 80% opaque.

Some real serious cheap lager smells going on here, with corn, carafe malts, dry grains, and coffee.

Deep, dark coffee flavors, with roast malts, molasses, syrup, and some spoiled bright fruity notes - perhaps old plum, moldy orange, perhaps some cottage cheese here. It's decent, but at the same time goosebump-inducing.

Feel is carbonated and semi-dry. Some tongue scraping action going on.

Overall, one of the shabbier beers I've had from NG. It's okay, but nothing extravagant.

Nov 19, 2016
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NickSMpls from Washington

3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very dark pour for a bock, almost brown ale territory. Definitely let this one warm up to release the smell and taste. Cold, it is subdued and just average. A nice roasted malt comes through and very light hops. An uncomplicated, but well crafted beer.

Nov 09, 2016
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mncoinman from Florida

4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours medium to dark brown with some reddishness. Reasonable head that dissipates quickly. Nice aroma with good malt overtones. Low carbonation visible but has a distinct bite upon taste. Some good malts come through. Low on hops (Hurray !!!). This is a much better bock that the old Back 40 from New Glarus. Although I tend to prefer the heartier flavor of doppelbocks, this is one of the best bocks I've tried in quite some time. Well done !

Nov 03, 2016
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, my first Oktoberfest of the year (can I call it that, or do I have to say bock?) As Hans Gruber once said, “Macht schnell!”

Pours like a deep amber ale, smell is light malts & caramel. Quiet; I have yet to encounter the bock that blew my nose .

Uff Da is a super-sized Fest beer that‘s begging for a Michael Moore expose. Sweet malts, tangy caramel, chocolate milk, light nuts, a bit of grain from around Mankato. Taste belies the bigger alcohol content, this could get you a DWI in a hurry. Bock lightly.

Good stuff.

Oct 30, 2016
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FBarber from Illinois

3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy brown color with a tun khaki head. Head dissipates down to a thin ring of foam along the outside of the beer and some tan slick on top of the beer.

Smell is incredibly bready - just straight up liquid bread. Rich roasted and nutty malts come through.

Taste has notes of nuts, bread and a nice roasted malt taste. Not much in the way of hops flavor coming through although the beer is balanced. Bit of sweetness, but not overwhelming. The flavor is very rustic and earthy.

Feel is a bit thin even for a bock. Medium tingly carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall a really nice bock. Nothing crazy, but its a well crafted beer.

Oct 27, 2016
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Schimms from Minnesota

4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: brown-orange with thin head

S: Expected malty with minimal hops

T: Sweet, slight roast. Decent aftertaste - not sour like some bocks.

F: Medium body.

O: A decent bock. Not great, not the worst.

Oct 25, 2016
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barczar from Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sweet, toasted, nutty caramel malt dominates the aroma, with hint of floral hops.

Flavor is similar, with a touch of acidity lingering in the aftertaste. Well crafted, albeit a bit sweet.

Oct 24, 2016
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jamphanatic from Illinois

4.74/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed at 48F as recommended by the brewery. It's roasty, malty, very mild (no ABV on the bottle, but tastes lower than 6.7%). A really good bock and great fall beer for Wisconsin.

Oct 16, 2016
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Rimbimhoot from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Toasty, bready, chocolate, lightly roasted malt, rich, plum, some date and fig character

Not a style I have too much experience with. Reminds me of a bigger richer ESB

Oct 12, 2016
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dmgallag from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, mild fall beer. Hints of chocolate and roast grain. More carbonated than most fall brews which adds to the relative mildness. This beer offends in no ways, but also there nothing really going on that is going to make you thirst for another one.

Oct 10, 2016
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a pleasing brown color. There isn't a lot of head, but what there is frothy. The nose has a pleasing smell to it - almost like a barrel smell to it to me. I also get a slight hint of chocolate in the nose. The first sip, I'm taking as it's still cold, has a faint hint of chocolate to it. The second sip , a few minutes later, has even more richness to it - more of the chocolate flavor to it. I have a feeling, as it warms up, the flavor will come out even more. A delicious offering from NG, and would gladly buy again.

Sep 21, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

One of those darker appearance bocks. This one is brown. Has a roasty nose.

Taste then comes across slightly sweet, brown malt, lager yeast. More bitter than average, could be the carbonation too though. Some caramel and toffee, the body is relatively easy going and carries a bit of flavor. Lots of dark breadiness going on.

Sep 12, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Having had 48 beers from New Glarus (20 more than my #2 favorite brewery), I will understate the case and say: I'm a big fan. This Bock is one big reason why.
Mahogany, sweet, balanced with a bittersweet finish. Big, but without alcohol stealing the show. Delicate and hefty at once. Masterful. And by the way, I am partial to sweet/malty beers that don't get syrupy. And Uff-da qualifies in spades.
The only way New Glarus can improve Uff-da is to make it every year.

Listed on the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die," Uff-da deserves it. Randy Mosher, famous Chicago-based beer author, teacher and entrepreneur, wrote an excellent review; maybe one of the book's Top Ten...and I've read/drank half.

"Uff-da" has many derivations and meanings in Scandinavian languages; but, basically, it is an expletive suitable for uttering after two feet of snow fell and, now, must be moved. It is unfortunately fitting that I Had this last Uff-da after the returns rolled in from Wisconsin on Election night 2016.

4/4/17 re-rating upward.... The nation is still in one piece and Uff-da is still in my cellar. But snow is forecast for the Cubs opening day after the 110 year drought ended. An Uff-da was handy and effective. A great beer.

Apr 24, 2016
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