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Uff-da | New Glarus Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
newglarusbrewing.com

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bierman9 on 01-16-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
318
Ratings:
600
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
15.18%
 
 
Wants:
52
Gots:
32
For Trade:
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Reviews: 318 | Ratings: 600
Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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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 NickSMpls
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of mncoinman
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
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 !

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Photo of maximum12
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of FBarber
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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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 Beginner2
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Having had 20 more beers from New Glarus 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 lots of alcohol. Delicate and hefty at once. Masterful.
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 the 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.

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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.

B-

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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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