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Uff-da | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Schimms
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of jamphanatic
4.74/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

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Photo of dmgallag
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.28/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant amber brown under a 1” light tan foam collar.
S: Rich malt, a little roast leaning towards coffee
T: Rich malts, a little too much roast, malt sweetness medium, not really complex, the base malt is rich, a lot of flavors but the malt is not as complex as it could be. Low hops, lingering sweetness, caramel and roast.
F: medium to medium full body, moderate to moderately low carbonation

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Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date 2633. Poured into a snifter.

I loved how unique this beer was.

Great carbination, poured a deep maroon color with a finger of white head. Lots of lacing.

A very sweet bock with hints of cherry in the smell and taste. Slight chocolate notes as well.

I hope they bring this back for fall so I can try it fresh.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%

From notes on 1/11/14

Deep red in color. Malty aroma with a hint of cherry. I’m tasting some fruits in this brew too. Mild chocolate flavor. Its OK.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.78/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a New Glarus pilsner glass.
No date or info.

A - Heavy carbonation streams through this beautifully clear copper-colored brew, feeding it's lasting ivory head that shrouds the glass in heavy lace. Uff-da is picture perfect!

S - Hearty maltiness offers rich aromatics of baked bread and nuttiness followed by dry toast and a slathering of sweet caramel

T - Chewy caramel cubes offer sweetness through this densely malty brew that leaves heavenly baked bread and toasted wheat and nut bread lingering on the tongue despite it's otherwise clean lagered characteristic.

M - Even though the beer's heavy carbonation is seen streaming through the glass, Uff-da is ultra-smooth; almost creamy in texture, which goes perfectly with it's fuller body and clean finish that leaves light malt traces on the tongue.

O - New Glarus' Dan Carey is a brewing genius, especially when it comes to German style beer, which is no surprise considering his time spent across the pond. Uff-da is a pretty simple bock overall but it's lack of defect and flourishing bready and nutty malt profile make it damn delicious. This beer is one of the best examples of the style you can lay lips on.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Medium to light brown transparent. Medium lacing with thin layer of head, vanilla in color.

S- Nice roasty malt backbone, with nutty smell to it. Not overpowering, but def present.

T- Follows the nose with malt backbone forefront, and nutty tones in the back.

M- Kinda watery, but I wouldn't want too thick of a bock, this is about right.

O- I am not too familiar with the style, but here is my two cents.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with iconic green/gold branded pry-off pressure cap and generally appealing label design acquired in a trade with the very gracious Duff27 and served into a Spaten stangenglas in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. I'm really excited for this one; New Glarus is easily in my top 10 breweries (thanks in large part to Duff27's trades over the years). Reviewed live, as a bock (because the label clearly identifies it as such). No ABV is listed on the bottle.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a pretty standard bock head - one finger in width. It's white-khaki in colour and of decent thickness. Little creaminess. Not particularly frothy or healthy looking. Complexion and consistency could be better. Head retention is above average - about 3-4 minutes. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a rich transparent translucent auburn that has a nice glow to it when backlit, but isn't horribly vibrant. It's a clean appearance: no yeasty sediment or floating particles are visible.

Overall, it's not a great appearance for a bock (or a beer in general), but there are no egregious flaws and it's above average I suppose. Not a unique or special appearance by any means, but I'm optimistic.

Sm: Rich bock malts are abundant in the aroma. It's got a strong (and seemingly sweet) malty backbone. Brown bread crust/bready malts. A dash of caramel. Buried hints of dark fruit (plum I guess?), toffee, and chocolate. It's a plump appealing aroma of mild strength, but I do worry about the obvious sweetness - which may be too much.

There's no overt hop profile to speak of, no is there any detectable yeast character. While true to style, it doesn't have the general character of a German yeast.

The fruity notes develop as the beer comes to temperature. I haven't had many bocks with this fruity an aroma; I'm intrigued.

No alcohol or other off-notes are noticeable.

T: Has a prominent though well-rounded malty sweetness, with notes of bread crust, caramel, brown malts, and some amber malts. The hops offer no contest to the malts here, but as sweet as the beer is I don't find it too imbalanced. The fruitiness is just as powerful (for a bock) here as it was on the aroma; I pick up plum mainly, seconded by some fleeting cherry notes. There's also a light, subtle maple tone. The chocolate found in the aroma is nowhere to be had here, which may actually be a good thing.

It's got above average complexity for a bock, but isn't real subtle or intricate. The fruit lends it some nuance; it's not the same build as most other beers in the style. Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through in the taste. None of the coffee mentioned on the label is coming through for me.

Mf: Filling and medium-bodied, with an apt weight and presence on the palate given the style. It's smooth, wet, and very approachable. A bit overcarbonated, perhaps, but the texture complements the taste well - mostly by staying out of the way and sticking to simplicity. It isn't the meal-in-a-glass of many bocks.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, harsh, astringent, or rough.

Dr: Absolutely a downable drinkable bock if I've ever had one. But it's not as successful a take on a traditional style as New Glarus' many superior beers. It's an inspired take on a bock, but it just doesn't come together as well as most of New Glarus' lineup. Still, it's one of the better bocks I've tried in recent memory, and may well be amongst the best American bocks I've had. I'm glad I got to try it. If I was lucky enough to just come across it on the shelf at a bottle shop, I'd happily pick up a six pack of it to try again.

Likable but far from a stylistic paragon.


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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge four finger off white head that slowly settles into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A deep, toasty, and earthy malt forward aroma with good hints of toasty bread and chocolate. Upfront scent of toasted malts with hints of biscuit, toasted bread, caramel, toffee, chocolate, coffee, nuts, grains, and yeast. Sweet hints of brown sugar. Decent backing hints of earthy hops with some hints of grass. Also some subtle hints of dark fruit including cherry and dates. A pretty solid bock aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely toasty and earthy malt driven taste with good notes of toast, chocolate, and subtle fruit. Very bready upfront taste of toasted malts with notes of biscuit, toasted bread, chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, grains, nuts, cracker, and yeast. Some light sweet notes of brown sugar. Solid earthy backing presence of hops with some notes of grass. Undertones of dark fruit with some notes of dark cherry and dates. A really solid bock taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and slightly slick and chewy. Finishes dry.

Overall: A very solid take on a Bock. Good dark toasty malt notes with a decent hop backing.

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Photo of ChimRichels
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Hazy ruby body with a thick, dense head. Like really dense. About 2 fingers thick and I could probably balance a golf ball on top if I cared to. Lacing is thick all the way down.

S - Smell is sweet and very bready with some very faint piney hops.

T - A bit more fruity than the aroma, akin to sweetened dried tart cherries. Bread dough and toasted crackers provide a good backbone.

M - Really smooth and mild. Mild carbonation.

O - Solid brew, as expected from NG.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear ruby, slight carbonation and a one finger head that lingers.

S-Lots of caramel, very malty, some earthy notes, tad bit of dark fruits as well.

T-Starts off rather sweet, caramel and other malts, some dark fruit, not much bitterness, slight chocolate.

M-Lighter to medium in body, slight carbonation.

O-A run of the mill Bock. The malt could have been more complex but a decent beer.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear mahogany in color with a big 2 finger fluffy off white head that has great retention.

Smell has some good typical lager aromas to it. Note able lager yeast forward with some good cracker like grainy malt coming in bead the back and a light amount of what smells like Saaz hops.

Taste is has some roasted grainy malt forward before a clean lager yeast cuts through the midsection. The beer finishes with a very light herbal spicy hop presence. Not a whole lot of chocolate or coffee like the bottle claims but still a great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is good. Moderate carbonation and medium body leave this smooth soft and fluffy.

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Photo of jwc215
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at Panther's Pub in Greendale, WI:

Pours mahogany with ruby hues - a beautiful color - with a thin, lasting white head that leaves lacing down the glass.

The smell is of lightly roasted caramel with earthy/herbal/berry-like notes.

The that is of sweet caramel/toffee, with a chocolate undertone as it progresses. It has enough hops to give it a dry finish despite malty sweetness. Slight toast and berry-like fruitiness add to the complexity and flavor. Slight alcohol warmth shows as it progresses.

It has a smooth, rich, full body.

This is a wonderful bock that I would consider closer to a doppelbock than a bock. A malty delight!

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Photo of Flounder57
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is an amber mahogany color with some clarity when held up to a light and bubbles seen coming up through the glass.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, bready malts, and grassy hops.

Taste: Caramel, toffee, wheat, pilsner malt, and mild grassy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, bit chewy, full bodied, a little bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Bocks are tasting more delicious every time I try one. I enjoyed every sip down to the bottom of the glass.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: Woodman's, Kenosha, WI
Date: None on bottle, fall 2013 release
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Pours a 1cm tall mass of beige to tan colored foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, presenting a fairly frothy-looking head. Retention is good, the foam lasting a bit over one minute in gradual decline to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and an island atop the body of the beer. Lacing is excellent, with thick, heavy washes of complex patterns (made up of spots and lines) adorn the inner walls of the glass. Beer's body is an orange-amber color, with light bringing out bright orange-brown hues. Carbonation visible through the transparent body, low in number and activity.

Aroma is dominated by melanoidins, of dark, rich caramel and heavy brown sugar-like sweetness, toasted nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts), slight biscuit (malt), a touch of cocoa and cola in the background.

Overall flavors are of dark caramel-like sweetness, brown sugar, toasted nuts, herbal hops, slight biscuit and cocoa. Front of palate picks up dark, rich caramel and heavy brown sugar-like sweetness, with a bit of biscuit in the background. Mid-palate continues the dark melanoidin flavors, but adds in toasted nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts), slight cocoa, slightly herbal hop characters, and mild ethanol. Back of palate detects strong melanoidins: molasses, rich caramel, heavy brown sugar with slight herbal hop characters and cocoa. Aftertaste is of dark caramel and brown sugar sweetness, toasted nuts, and very faint herbal hop characters.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with medium-low levels of carbonation, resulting in a slightly foamy (1/4) and smooth (3/4) mouthfeel that feels right for the beer and the style in general. Closes dryly, with moderate to heavy stickiness clinging to the palate.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Uff-da pours a dark brownish color, with a small lacing head. There is a sweet bold caramel and doughy aroma. The taste has a nice rich maltyness, with hints of carmal, with a sour dough finish. Good full body, good flavors. Overall a rich and flaverfull bock.

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Photo of Benish
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into glass mug.

Appearance: reddish brown in color, like dark cherries. A tremendous head created rapidly when pouring. Licked some off before overfilling.

Smell: it's hard to pick up anything. Might be because of the glass I'm drinking from. What is most upfront is the sweet malt and a bit of a woodsy smell.

Taste: sweet and malty. Maybe a bit of burnt toffee and wood. There's also a tad hint of spice. Very balanced, some bock's I've tried have been overly sweet. This is sweet but it doesn't push over the top and seems to be cut down a bit with the hops with little bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel: a light bodied mouthfeel. Little thin and with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: this is a really decent bock. The sweetness is not over the top like other bock's can be. This one does not disappoint!

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Photo of Jparker37
3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a mug.

S - Light toasted malt and mild caramel tones. Molasses hanging out with a touch of hops. Mild bit of sweetness. Aromas sprout off in all directions but never excessive.

A - Large rocky off-white head falls to a small cap. Dark amber in color with great clarity. Leaves a bit of lacing.

T - Moderate toastiness right away, vienna malt. Syrupy sweetness is there early and hangs on tight. Later moves into some mild herbal/grassy hop flavors. Late bit of bitterness is shy of balancing.

M - Medium-full body, moderate carbonation, sweet.

O - Great look to this beer, tall head is mouthwatering. Aroma showed dimension and balance. Flavor lacked either of these. Leaned sweet and simple toasty. Hops joined while other flavors left. Feel is good, just sweet.

Recommendation - Pass

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Photo of KFBR392
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours with a medium bodied thickness. About half a finger of head on the pour which was present on the edges of the glass while drinking. Ruby red brownish color to this brew. Above average active carbonation in the glass while drinking.

Smell: the front is toffee, molasses, and caramel. There is a pleasant thick backbone with darker tones of burnt oak and coffee. Some earthy hop tones found as well.

Taste: the front is pretty faint oak and toffee. A really earthy hop and malt body opens up and warms up the palate. The back end is a return of the sweet tones and lingers for a very long time. There is also an espresso touch on the back end.

Mouthfeel: easy drinking, alcohol is well hidden but is a warming presence throughout.

Overall: a very easy drinking bock that has some great levels of complexity and depth. The sweetness is kept in balance well with the earthy tones.

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Photo of bound4er
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the first NG beer I tried back in late 1993. Reviewing 20 years later.

A. Dark amber to mahogany appearance with a nice faint tan head that laces like the dickens.

S. Caramel malt, hints of pitted fruit and a mild soapiness.

T. Very malty flavor profile with bread, caramel and a faint fruitiness. Hops barely make a presence. Easy drinking stuff that really improves as it warms.

M. Extremely creamy beer with an awesome mouthfeel. Mild but adequate carbonation.

O. This is a really good bock that I didn't appreciate and drink enough off when it was part of NG's regular line up. Glad they're bringing this back on a seasonal basis. Well made lager that is worth seeking out.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a HUGE, dense, off-white head that has great persistence and laces all over the edges of the glass. Soft, sweet toasted malt with floral hops. Deep burnt umber color. Starts with a nice, sweet malt with notes of toasted malt behind it. A flash of deep, rich biscuit then a flash of floral hops. Lingering floral hops on top of toasted malt on top of biscuit.

Holy hell...this is amazing. I'm not usually a big fan of bocks, but this is a bullseye. The blend of toasted and sweet malt, with so much biscuit delicious, and floral hops fluttering in the background....wow.

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