Uff-da | New Glarus Brewing Company

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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.78/5  rDev +24.8%
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 jamphanatic
4.74/5  rDev +23.8%
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 IntriqKen
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very dark amber topped with a very sticky tan lacing.
Aromas are caramelly toasted malt.
Lots of flavor....rich, sweet toasted malt, caramel, vanilla....very light hops on the end to balance.
Aftertaste is surprisingly clean and fresh....no sticky cloying...no leftover sugars...just the memory of caramel candies.
I love it.
Once again...thank you so much Steve for this opportunity.
I think it is becoming obvious that i need to move eastward.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with red highlights, clear with a tan head, really nice. Good lacing as it goes down.

The nose has deep malt and chocolate, a bit of alcohol and a bit of sweetness.

Great malty taste with chocolate hints, finishes both dry and sweet, don't know how they do that. Some fruitiness, deep cherries, plums, lovely. No sign of any hops, just a nice malt bomb. One of my favorites. Sorry to see this is going away, storing some in my vault.

Slick and creamy mouthfeel, heavy but not too. Very smooth, very drinkable, with dinner or afterwords, your choice. Can't think of a Bock I like better, thanks New Glarus.

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Photo of ZAP
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Re-review (3-18-04)-opinion remains the same..almost borders on dopel territory...very sweet, bready..tasty...one of my favorites

(3-31-02)Reddish brown in color..creamy head that retains itself in a very small way throughout. This is a great one on the nose..chocolate and caramel aroma...Taste mimicks the aroma. Perhaps this beers top characteristic is its mouthfeel. It just feels like a good bock should feel like going down...It seems as more and more breweries add "bocks" to their lineup, more and more are tasting very watered down..Not this one. This a regular bock with character. For a regular ol bock this one doesn't have many peers in my opinion.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew in a trade with eyncognito, Thanks Ian!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - deep brown color with a tan head that settled to layer leaving a whole bunch of lacing.

S - sweet/roasted caramel malt aroma.

T - sweet caramel and roasted malty flavor is what this brew is all about. Higher abv can't be detected at all in the rich flavor.

F - medium/full bodied, smooth and creamy feel.

D - hell yeah, this is a delightful bock beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had to adjust my ratings because they were way too low. This beer is one of the best bocks around. Regal mahogany. Crystal clear. Rich, decadent malt tones. Very smooth and flavorful. Medium-full body and very easy to drink. Great session bock. More detailed notes to follow soon.

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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 slyke
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Uff-da pours a nice red-brown color with a finger of off-white head that settles to a cap and laces very well.

Smell has sweet malt with caramel and roasted notes.

Taste has that sweet malt with notes of dark fruit and tartness.

Mouthfeel is coating, but crisp at the beginning with a nice lingering finish.

Drinkability is great on this beer. You will not be disappointed by this bock.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cola color with beautiful garnet highlights and a firm head that leaves lots of splashy lace

Smell: Milk chocolate, burnt caramel and a hint of dates and coffee

Taste: With a nice malted chocolate opening, the beer lifts in a somewhat spicy, fig and date direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweetness fades and is replaced by an almost woody, mocha flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Nice flavor profile; like a dry doppelbock; first rate effort to push the bock style

Picked this up in a recent trade but cannot remember the source; thanks, unknown BA

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Photo of wschmit
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a Perfect Pint

A: A fine, sizable, cake-y tan head with some solid retention tops a clear, deep brown body. Just a bit of carbonation up through the body. Nice patches of lacing as the head gradually recedes. Dark cherry and ruby shades when held up to light.

S: Sweet, clean malt with a little toast and a little sherry. Then some alcohol, and a bit of hops thrown in. The nose is just right, for the style. Not as overwhelming as a doppelbock, much more subdued--and thus very good.

T: Starts off a touch sweet, with hints of raisin, rounding into a dark malt with some roast at the end. No hops up front, really, and just enough in the back to keep things manly. Just a little alcohol taste. Clean and straightforward, and to style.

M: Full, creamy, and mouth-coating. A bit of heat from the alcohol. Not sticky or cloying. Just right.

O: This beer is excellent. It's a really solid rendition of the style, it's not pricey, and it's fresher than most Germans available for purchase. Definitely trumps other American bocks I've had. I don't know how this isn't an A beer.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delicious bock. Poured into a small-ish mug this is almost a light brown-red in color with an ample rocky head. Nutty, caramel malt nose. Tasty caramel malt and toffee flavor are balanced by a neutral hop bitterness, but more importantly a slight hint of roasted coffee. Soft mouthfeel, fairly full body. The finish is just a bit dry which enhances drinkability. On a damp, cold evening without any dinner I could drink more of these than I should. Mmm...bock.

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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 mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is how you start off xmas morning! This is the beer that I wanted to sit down with this afternoon while we got everything ready and I am very glad that I did. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/25/2008.

The pour was wonderful looking. A rich dark brown, basically black in color with no light coming through this one at all. Smooth look to it with a nice half inch of creamy off white head that lasted on top for the entire glass, well it is still going!

The aroma was all caramel malts and hints of light nuts. Really just wonderful with a light roasted character to it as it warmed and a very nice and full profile. The flavor though was just top notch. Had to be the fullest, creamiest bock I have probably ever tasted, if not easily top three. Rich flavors of caramel and roasted nuts rolling in. Light herbal notes, clove maybe, touches of sweetness al over the place. Long drawn out finish of hops was the icing on the cake here. Really very rich, a definite sipper and a wonderful beer all around.

Overall I was thoroughly impressed as I usually am by everything from New Glarus, this one though was sublime and a wonderful beer for xmas.

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Photo of flyfisherfinn
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Noted the excellent color immediately, followed by the nice, creamy head that slowly dissipated.

Smell: Also immediately noted the wonderful aroma of chocolatey bread wafting out of the glass. A definite treat for the nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very smooth, subtle hoppiness. Extremely enjoyable brew, even went well with a small piece of chocolate (I had to try it) and is on the list of beers I would buy again.

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Photo of joerodiii
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to misterid for this one.

Pours a dark brown, darker than I would have expected...even darker than many dopplebocks.

Smells of bready malts, toffee, and caramel.

Pleasantly sweet, yet not cloying as it seems to be slightly acidic. Some coffee, some toffee, some caramel, a hint of chocolate...all the things I like in a bock. Any hop flavor this may have had is gone by now which totally works for me; I like my bocks tilted heavily toward the malt side. The alcohol is completely hidden.

It is a huge shame that this is retired. This is probably the most enjoyable bock I have ever drank.

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Photo of Wisconsin
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a thick black syrup. The head is about one and a half fingers with decent retention.

S - Chocolate and caramel welcome your nose when you take a whiff of this brew.

T - Chocolate, caramel and sweet grains hit your mouth.

M - The sweetness that comes from the chocolate and caramel really makes this beer outstanding. The beer is real smooth and creamy from beginning to end.

D - For as thick and as dark as this beer is it drinks very smoothly. Not to mention the 7.3% ABV is completely hidden. This is a great brew for the winter and those who appreciate dark beer.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
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 Metalmonk
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just coming out of the bottle, you can feel the weightiness of this brew, streaming out slowly and offering a large tan head (which sticks around a good while) and a deep mahogany that is almost completely opaque. Thick swaths of lace build up as the glass empties.

Aroma offers nutty coffee roast and an undercurrent of chocolate. Highly malty and I really can't wait to put this to the lips...

The depth of flavor here is awesome, especially as it warms (do take the advice on the label and serve no colder than 48 F). Dark bitter nuts; toffee; overripe cherry and plum; caramel sweetness; mild milk chocolate; general roasty goodness. Slightly puckery between sips. Nothing grossly spikes out, nothing lays back too much. Despite a tame 7.3%, there's a mild heat coming off the flavors, near the finish, helping give an undercurrent of oomph, increasing the depth. The mouthfeel is buoyant, smooth and creamy; full and rich, but not at all heavy and fortunately not overly carbonated.

Thankfully this isn't some watery U.S. approximation of a bock, which we see way too often. I love New Glarus's rawer approach...their beers are not overly refined and that makes them real.

Thanks to my bro mnwags for the hookup.

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Photo of beveritt
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz bron bottle into an Imperial pint glass. The label is the typical paper type of all New Glarus beers and depicts a wooden cask with Uff-da superimposed. Notching on the side probably indicates when this thing was made. This one is twist off, but I thought I have saved some New Glarus bottle s for homebrew? Hopefully they are not changing over.

Appearance: Pours with a 1 1/2 inch of creamy tan head. This settles to just a thin layer of foam with a nice big ring around the glass. Leaves rings after each drink. The beer itself is a deep, deep mahogany color, almost opaque.

Smell: Spicy, caramelized malts with strong roasted overtones.

Taste: Decent carboantion bite up front, followed by creamy, rich, caramalized and sweet malt. A huge mouthfilling flavor. Hints of chocolate and almost sugar like sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Average to slightly less than average carbonation level. Perfect for the style. Great body.

Drinkability: I have had several of these in the past and thankfully have a few more left. Why, oh, why can't New Glarus distribute outside of Wisconsin? Damn the three tier system.

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Photo of umustdrink
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured with a quarter inch head, fades to a film. Deep red color. Good lace.

S - Bitter caramel, creamy vanilla, butterscotch.

T - Very rich creamy caramel malts, powdered sugar sweetness, green hoppy bitternerss. Sweet and caramely finish.

M - Very smooth and with an unobtrusive amount of carbonation.

D - This beer tastes fantastic, and feels good going down.

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Photo of Soneast
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark amber color, with some barely perceptible reddish hues coming through. Hard to tell but this is crystal clear. Has a thick, fluffy, light brown colored head with some good retention, and creamy lace.

Has a decidedly toasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate and caramel poking through in the background. No alcohol or hops detected.

The initial flavor impression consists of a mild chocolate flavor that I can only describe as malted milk balls. A slight bitterness towards the end really help balance the front end, although the finish is somewhat chocolatey and slightly sweet.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. This beer is so smooth, it really goes down exceptionally well. The flavors are complex and yet not overpowering, lending to the drinkability. A really good beer, I'm sad to see it go.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of Ragingbull
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Extremely dark brown color and approaching black. The label described it as mahogany and it could be. The label also boasts being brewed in the reinheitsgebot tradition. There is a light foam head that is thicker around the edges. As I let it sit and made my initial notes the head actually "creamed up" where most beers the head will dissipate. There is a sweet and smooth malt attack. Faint traces of coffee are present in the finish. Very creamy mouthfeel. The finish leaves one with something of a warming sensation in the throat and belly. Very understated chocolate notes are striking the outside edges of my tongue. There is some chocolate in the aftertaste. The longer I let this beer sit the more pronounced the flavors became. I had to attend to a crying child, so that left some time. It is pretty sweet and malty compared to what I normally prefer, but I really enjoyed this.

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