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 lakeviewmike
1.34/5  rDev -64.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This is maybe the worst beer I have ever had. I have been getting into Bock beers recently and thought this might be really good. Recenlty I have enjoyed La Rossa, Big Butt Doppelbock, Amstel Bock and Huber Bock.

This beer smelled and tasted like Worcestershire sauce. My wife described the smell as sweet, like urine and after prompting, like Worcestershire sauce.

Prior to drinking this beer I had a Berghoff Pale Ale which was great, a Berghoff Octoberfest which was pretty good. After the Uff-da I had a Hacker Pschorr Weisse which was very good but somewhat ruined by the aftertaste of the Uff-da.

I have read other reviews of this beer and none of them describe my experience so maybe I got a glass from a bad barrel or something.

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Photo of jjanega08
2.26/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A= pours a very dark brownish amber color with dark amber highlights and a small thin head that is fluffy but too small and falls fast to just a ring. Really great stickyness though with nice lacing.
S= not a whole lot. Kinda underwhelming. There's just sweet malts in it I guess.
T= really sweet and wheat tasting. Sort of a buttery aftertaste. Maybe a little bubblegum too.
M= dry as hell for some reason. Not really too enjoyable.
D= I'm not liking this bock as much as some others I've had. New glarus is a pretty nice brewery but I just feel like they have a very average year round collection. This is no exception. Not a great bock and barely even a good one.

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Photo of bashiba
2.3/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a red brown with no head to speak of or carbonation.

Smell was dominated by a semi sweet maltyness.

Taste is a strange sour malt flavor with an ever so slight earthy hop at the end.

Mouthfeel is thin and nondescript.

Drinkability is pretty low on this one. I can finish it, but definitly won't be searching this one out again.

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Photo of shapudding
2.53/5  rDev -33.8%
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 JDV
2.54/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle from IowaHerkeye. Thanks!
Pours deep brown with reddish tint around the edged and a medium lived beige head. Smell is rich maltiness, metal, dark fruit and soy sauce. Taste is big on soy sauce right off the bat. Some figgy flavors, but mostly just getting that unpleasant soy flavor unfortunately and with some tart mollasses or maple. Just not for me.

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Photo of mentor
2.67/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bottle provided by Orbitalr0x, thanks for the opportunity. Pours a half finger tan head of tiny bubbles over a crystal clear dark caramel-rust liquid. Smells caramel and sour citrus grainy. Toffee and chocolate with searching. Taste is dominated by a sour malty. Not quite cherry-like and not really pleasing. Under the sour is caramel and rounded chalky munich malt flavor. The aftertaste is a rich sweet toffee and cocoa/chocolate. Md-light body with a smooth feel. Moderately carbonated, but the carb sting on my tongue augments the sour.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
2.7/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours dark brown, nearly black, with a two finger tan head that quickly fades. I don't expect the head on a bock to fade like it's a soda....weird

S- I'm getting a lot of chocolate malt in the smell, and not much else...maybe some dark fruits, some caramel? It's pretty boring

T- cola, chocolate, dark fruits....tastes like a very weak stout. The finish is an unpleasant sweetness

M- medium bodied. Whatever

O- this isn't too hot. It's just kind of there

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Photo of StarlightSeraph
2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to deliriumfest for this one. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Surprisingly dark - cola colored, but light definitely makes it through. Hints of reddish brown around the edges. A half-finger of white head that subsided almost immediately. Decent lacing.

Smell: Smells like a mix between a macro and cough medicine...its a really, really odd smell. Slightly fruity. Very odd.

Taste: A slight chocolate/bitter bite right away, and some fruit sweetness...and, well, not much else. It doesn't taste much like it smells, which I think is a good thing? But there's really not much too this at all. Quickly becomes overpowered by a fruit sweetness. I have no idea what is going on with this beer. Becomes a little more balanced and more coffee flavors come through as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, and nice and creamy. Feels good on the tongue.

Drinkability: Well...I'm not a fan. It just doesn't taste like much of...anything, and certainly not a beer. I'm not really sure what New Glarus was going for here...but I just didn't get it. Probably won't have again.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
2.85/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown with a small off-white head with okay retention and no lacing.

S: Sweet malts with caramel, chocolate and a hop background.

T: Pretty much the same as the smell, however not well balanced, flavors hit at different times but it doesn't quite work out.

Overall: Well carbonated with a medium body. Drinkability is fine on it, although I didn't like the taste I could drink a few.

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Photo of Todd
2.89/5  rDev -24.3%
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 KarlHungus
2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a semi-opaque dark brown color. The head is one inch in height and recedes quickly into this lacing. The aroma is of sweet roasted malt and very straight forward. The taste is like the aroma. It isn't bad but lacks any sort of complexity. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and a silky smoothness. Overall, I can tell that this beer is made well, but it lacks the depth I like to see in a beer,

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.96/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance -- Pours a dark chestnut hue witha slim creamy beige head. Head retention is decent, with wide bands of lace. No highlights as much as more perceptible clarity. Looks good.

Smell -- Dark fruits, cocoa, pecans and walnuts, mild earthy hops and some faint floral notes. Wish there was more roast character and less dark fruits.

Taste -- Very malty with dark fruit, lots of nutty flavor, and a little bit of roast. Hop flavor and bitterness are lacking, with the exception a little earthiness. Lingering flavor of dark fruit and walnuts.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with soft carbonation. Creamy?

OVerall - Not that impressive, honestly. Lacking balancing hop bitterness, the malt character leans to hard toward the dark fruit spectrum, and the mouthfeel lacks crispness.

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Photo of CH3CH2OH
3.01/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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Photo of Homerbag
3.01/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with thick two finger head that laces down the pint.
Smell is very boozy, hints of malt and some chocolate.
Taste is a subtle blend of roasted malt, bitter and sweet chocolate. Alcohol makes its presense known but is not offensive.
Mouthfeel is not what you'ld expect out of a bock, warming sensation from the alcohol.
I usually enjoy New Glarus products very much, but this was a let down. I am hopping that it was a less then stellar batch.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A mahagony pour, semi-glossy. A "dirty" white head foamed up to about 1 1/2 fingers. Lingered and laced fairly well.
Caramel, light chocolate, toffee and molasses come through in the nose. Some sweet malt as well. The aromas aren't very rich, but they're there.
Taste follows nose closely. Again not rich, but detectable. Carbonation livens things up a bit, but I'm glad to see it subtle. I"m not a bock fan, yet this one I can drink without making faces.

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Photo of Vixie
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown, to me it's the color of root beer, with just a hint of red. Light tan lacing which quickly dissipates.

Smelled a bit boozy, with a hint of malt. Also can detect a bit of dried fruit, mainly a raisin scent, with a touch of brown sugar.

Taste was really nothing exceptional, actually a bit on the bland side. Touch of sweetness, and a definite boozy character. The flavor tends to improve as the beer warms, bringing out a bit more sweetness, and just a hint of coffee.

The main characteristic of the feel was carbonation. That gives it a bit more of a feel, otherwise this would be very thin.

This is very much a beer to let warm a bit first before you drink it, and the label actually suggests this. What at first seemed a bland beer did improve with warming. While not a standout beer, not a bad one either.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark dark amber color that allows some light to transfer through. 2 fingers of light tan head sits briefly.

The nose is full of sweet malt with a tad bit of hops. Caramel comes to mind.

The taste has some subtle sweet malt that is not as bold as hooed for. The tad bit of hops are also hanging by a thread.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin and not very carbonated.

Overall, this beer isnt one of New Glarus's highlights in my opinion. An average bock.

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Photo of 3frog
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle hand-carried from Wisconsin

Appearance: quite dark, with small, ephemeral tan head. A little residual lace.

Smell: fairly roasty; not much to style, but not offensive.

Taste:whoa! a bock? About as much as shiner (not very). Lots of roasted grain made me think of a brown and came close to a mild. A little stone fruit in there, but not a bock.

Mouthfeel: nice moderately thick; low-carbonation.

Drinkability: despite the variance from the style, I liked it. It went down well, and I'm glad I have a few more.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a black color with a little ruby hue, thin tan head and a little lacing. Smells of burnt sugar, roasted malts, and a little chocolate. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and burnt brown sugar. Mouthfeel is average and a thin body with slight carbonation. Drinkability is okay.

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Photo of hero27
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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Photo of roblowther
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bock? This beer may be good, but its definitely pushing the boundaries of the bock definition. Pours almost black with a reasonably dense, slightly rocky tan head. Smells of chocolate and a hint of orange peel. Like one of those candies you get at Christmas. Tastes of chocolate, overroasted coffee beans, and finishes like you've just eaten a spoonful of cocoa powder. Mouthfeel is suprisingly thin for a beer with so much flavor. Doesn't satisfy the way many of its breatheren do. Drinkability is limited by that dry finish that makes you want a drink of something liquid as a chaser. An interesting brew, maybe worth a taste but not anything I will lament not being imported into my (admitedly Draconian/Machiavellian) state.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of dlloyd4114
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This tends to be a beer style I rather enjoy, it's not tops in the class but it is certainly drinkable. There weren't any off putting flavors or undertones and I really enjoyed the the nice roasted malt flavor. The carbonation is not an issue with this beer and seemed fitting to the style.The flavor improved nicely as it warmed.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.24/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.27/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Deep, dark nut-brown, w/traces of ruby. Thick beige head fades fast and leaves weak lacing.

S-I'm getting all the coffee and cocoa I'm expecting, but there's also a sort of bubble gum, fruit, raisin, and candied nuts.

T-Mocha and cocoa, sweet grape juice, cola, hint of corn nuts, and a coffee-bubble gum aftertaste. I can't say I'm a fan, but it's unique. It's fun to see what else I can find, but it's hard to take it seriously.

M-A bit light for all the flavors, and the strange blend of flavor makes for a jumbled subconscious set of expectations. The carbonation is stronger than what I would expect for this style.

D-I won't buy it again for awhile, but I had a good time.

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Uff-da from New Glarus Brewing Company
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