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Uff-da | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: German Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Ratings: 638 |  Reviews: 331
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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Photo of beerguy04
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of Detlef90
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of weatherdog
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a standard snifter. Bottle dating has this beer bottled in early April 2011.

It pours a very deep, rich brown and capped with a tiny off white head. Minimal lacing coats the sides.

The aroma is rich, filled with some deep breast distinct malt. Ithas the aroma of a fresh mash tun with using a good portion of dark malts. Towards the end some plum or dark stone fruit aromas are there.

The flavor us pleasent in it's simplicity. Dark but not roasted malt forward with a the same dark fruit flavors as the aroma. A fair amount of sweetness is in the finish.

Mouthfeel is on the fuller side but its not chewy or tough to drink a full glass. This has always been one of my favorite Bocks and I'm happy to see it back in rotation.

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Photo of sgoodship
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Madison when I had a "make your own 6" fest at Steve's Liquors. Great people.

A: Very dark brown almost black. Has some clarity, even though it is very dark. Golden mahogany coming through the darkness at the edges against the light. Delivered a nice creamy finger head. Head dissipated but a fine lacing started adhering to the glass immediately.

S: Deep hearty bock maltiness. Yeasty, grainy and slight spice. Hint of alcohol. Ah! Just the smell of a good bock will put hair on your chest.

T: There is strong toasty character - almost chocolatey but not bitter. It's nice and smooth. Definitely a caramel sweetness there. Slight hop but just enough to off- balance the malts. Toward the end, it did have a hint of cloying sweetness but that is an absolute nit pick.

M: Low carbonation. Very smooth and on the light side of medium bodied.

D: This one is easy to drink. I am not a huge lager drinker but this beer reminds me that I need to explore German lagers more than I have in the past. Very enjoyable. New Glarus tends to deliver, so not surprises there. A quality brew.

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Photo of bicyclesandbeer
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Engibeer
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in New Glarus but not at the brewery, which was closed for the day. I used to be able to buy New Glarus products nearby, but they have reduced their distribution area. I will miss not being able to get any more for a while.

The appearance is a deep reddish brown and very clear. There is a small, creamy, tan head when poured vigorously. It makes for a very attractive beer. The smell is all malt. Very rich. A mixture of brown sugar and dark semi-sweet chocolate. Tastes like burnt caramel, whole grain bread, with a dark chocolate bitterness in the finish. Very little hops to balance the malt, but that isn't missing. A good, substantial mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.77/5  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.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of equinox1
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Todd
2.89/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A hazy dark ruby hued beer, topped with a slightly off-white head that snapped down to a very thin lace, and eventually became completely still.

Some alcohol in the nose and rich malted characters, grain and light floral.

Carbonation is a bit lackluster, with a faint sharp-ish burn and crispness. There’s everything from sweet bread to nuts to ripe red grapes to some malted goodness of powdered chocolate, milky sweet coffee and burnt edges. Bitterness seems to mingle with the grape-ish flavors, becoming a bit floral tea-like in character, but it’s weak and watery at times. Overall, the bitterness is subdued. Finishes somewhat dry and bland, with notes of grain and mineral.

Started off interesting, but turned out to be a disappointment.

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Photo of shapudding
2.53/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No dating. Chestnut, cloudy, no head really -just a teensy creamy khaki dusting and ring of small bubbles. Not much aroma at all, really can’t get anything. Bit of malt maybe, just amazingly clean scented. Mouthfeel is strange, it feels very light, yet full at the same time. Very dry, you do not taste much, just malty. Reminds me of a brown. The whole thing is just so clean, it is not really there. Good drinkability, could down a bunch in a sitting since it is not heavy, but I would probably head towards a bit more intensity of flavor.

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Photo of Twifiter
4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Color: Dark, nearly black chestnut. Impressive lacing on top.

Smell: Thick stodgy dark bread, faint herbal hop and caramel.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy medium body. Bready, toasted bread, dried grass, some sweetness and mild suggestion of mocha. Modest hopping still stands tall enough to help balance. Clean palate throughout, 6.7% is barely noticeable.

Overall: Extremely drinkable, closed my eyes and I was in Munich on the first sip.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of badbeer
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
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 DrKarl
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of yankeeheel
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an absolutely clear garnet with a smallish red hued head. No lacing or retention at all.

Smells nicely of ripened red cherry and plum.

The taste is very sweet. Lots of malty waves of fruit come up to greet you. Again, cherry and plum dominate with a hint of cafe in the background. Finishes with a bit of a whimper and then you get a little alcohol tingle.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin and maybe just a bit too bubbly, but not horrid by any means.

Despite my critcisms this is an easy drinking brew. I could have a few and be real happy. I'd really like to get my hands on some more beers by New Glarus.

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Uff-da from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 638 ratings