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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Added by Bierman9 on 01-16-2002

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Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from Reilly's in Madison. Way too sweet. Above average mouthfeel, drinkable as dessert at the end of a big meal, but not something I was able to finish or would seek out again. Maybe that's why the label recommends drinking cold if you don't enjoy the sweetness. A little colour, yes mahogoney, and a little head.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TATURBO for this one in a trade! This beer poured out as a dark brown color with some red highlights. The head disappeared within a few seconds, not much lacing really. The smell of the beer has a lot of sweet malts and a light earthy aroma. The taste of the beer gives off a bit of a dark fruity flavor with a little brown sugar and prune flavors. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Overall it wasn't too bad of a beer. But not the best Bock I've had.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just when you thought that the Bock style was fading into mediocrity, out comes this full flavors, bold, younger brother to the beloved Dopplebock. A lot of the same characteristics shine in this beer that I am accustomed to seeing in a Dopple: a firm, hearty malt bill, with rich breadiness, savory caramelization, and an unwaivering mouthfeel. Lower on esters than Dopples, but strong on the barley malt flavors. Mild alcohols make it easy on the head and the stomach. Finishes with a rich, rounded, attenuated malt flavor. No astringency or graininess to be found. Certainly among the best of the bocks. Thanks Nathan.

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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.


12/24/16 2nd impression:

Chocolatey and caramel-forward. Great malt backbone. Clean lager yeast. Well-balanced and built.

A competent bock.


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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of emerge077
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank two of these at a rehearsal dinner over the weekend. It's been about 5 years since last having an Uff-Da, but it was among the first few New Glarus beers I tried.

Dark coppery brown, reddish highlights, feeble skim of tan foam that settles quickly, with splotchy areas on the surface. Texture is smooth and the foam is slightly sticky on the lips. Sweet and malty aroma, toasted grains and an indistinct nuttiness. Flavors are similar, malt heavy with some maple sweetness, bitter tobacco, and nutty richness. Toasty grain, minor dried fruit notes, dates, caramel. Body is medium, and it feels somewhat full. Allow to warm as the label advises, and it opens up a bit more. Best served cool and not cold.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 2/19/2017. Pours sightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red, light copper/brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, raisin, plum, fig, cherry, and apple; with lighter notes of nuttiness, roast, toffee, molasses, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roast malts and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, raisin, plum, fig, cherry, and apple; with lighter notes of nuttiness, roast, toffee, molasses, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. herbal/grassy hop and roast bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, dark fruit, nuttiness, toffee, molasses, light chocolate/coffee, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roast malts and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Minimal dryness. Nicely clean on lager flavors, not too fruity/yeasty. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and slightly slick/sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.7%. Overall this is a very nice traditional bock. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roast malts and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mildly bitter finish. Rich, clean, and complex Dark/Munich malt complexity, with some mild earthy hop balance; and complimenting dark fruity notes. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a bubbly, tan one-finger head that left thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of cherries, malt and sweet chocolate.

T - It tasted a little like a belgian strong dark ale. It had a great roasted malt flavor with notes of chocolate. Also, a subtle bitter kick.

M - It was warming and crisp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good bock. My fifth New Glarus product and I've loved them all.

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Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep burgundy color bock with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of loads of caramel malt with a nice mix of toffee and molasses. Taste is also quite rich with some nice touch of caramel and a sweet finish including notes of toffee and molasses. I thought this was still easily drinkable while maintaining quite a malt bill along the way. I very much enjoyed this one and wouldn't mind having regular access to this.

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Photo of mothman
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams sensory glass. Pours a nice tan/brown head. The lacing on this beer is incredible. Probably the best I have seen to this day. The lines it leaves after I take a drink are so well defined. It was really cool to see after I was done with this beer, but that was also a sad moment in time. The color is a very appealing robust red/brown.

Smell is very similar to a porter. Very nice roasted malts and caramel. Taste is quite similar and you can definitely taste the 7.3% alcohol. The flavor of caramel is very present in the taste.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and the carbonation level is very great. Full bodied.

Wow is probably one of the best words to describe this beer. It is absolutely amazing and well exceeded my expectations. I really recommend this beer to anyone, so if you go to Wisconsin, do yourself a favor and buy a sixer or more!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Uff-da's beautiful, clear chestnut body has a crimson cast to it and displays exceptionally fine bubbles rising slowly towards the surface. The creamy tan head holds fairly well before dropping to a thin but complete surface covering, and it leaves some nice splotches of lace about the glass. Caramel, light cocoa, and an unusual cherry-like fruitiness greet you in the nose and beckon you to partake of the richness within. It's medium bodied and superbly smooth across the palate with a very fine, restrained carbonation that just lightly caresses the tongue. The flavor is not as sweet or malty and the nose suggests it might be, however, and its firm bitterness and thin threads of grassy hops balance it beautifully. The alcohol is never apparent until the finish where a wash of sweet, alcohol-infused, and lightly toasty caramelish maltiness fades, leaving a spritz of sweet cherry and a light dusting of cocoa behind.

Wow! What an interesting and superbly drinkable beer! It's not what I'd think of as a bock, and its cherry character is somewhat different (as in it's confusing withing the style... but still interesting and somewhat complex), and I like it! It's almost like a toned-down doppelbock that turned into a caramelish-toasty-nutty-cherry liquid candy bar! Impressive!

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate brown color. Light head and a small amount of lacing. The nose brings some nice caramel characteristics plus some light fruit, hints of chocolate, and a bit of bread. The taste is similar but a bit subdued with some light caramel and toffee plus some doughy bread. Good feel with nice carbonation. A bit plain, but drinks fairly well in the end.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep ruddy brown in the glass (although some ruby does show down along the bottom), with a finger of rich mocha colored head. This retains with a thin foaminess, yet this yields a thick cascade of lacing that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of cocoa, toffee, and burnt toast, with a ripe citric component to this, while a touch of a leafy feel hangs on the edges of the nose. A bit of stiff heat seems to emerge about every other whiff of this.

The taste is fairly dense on the palate, with a mix of caramel sweetness and fruit up front, before a flood of burnt malt and cocoa powder linger across the back. There is a moderately bitter hop profile here that is leafy feeling (and a little spicy), which lends this some gritty balance. Earth and roast hang in the finish with a steady dryness. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a big firm crispness to the carbonation that expands out into the mouth. This is still very smooth though as you swallow and I must say that the alcohol here is well hid.

I rather enjoyed this New Glarus effort, as this was quite flavorful and complex for a Bock beer, while also retaining a pretty good drinkability for the size. This would definitely be a good one to chew on during those cooler months.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured with a huge head that quickly subsided. It settled into a really deep brown color that the brewers describe on the label as "mahogany." Fair enough and I'm not going to argue that point. It had a very malty nose with an underlying hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel was okay, but a light alcohol bite presented itself at the finish.

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Photo of russpowell
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another Wisconsin beauty from PackerFan!

Pours Chestnut/caramel with 3+ of sand-colored head. A little lacing & no head retention

S: Slight roasted malt, caramel & iron

T: Rich breadyness, with roasted malts & caramel up front. Some toffee in the middle along with a little hint of mocha. Finishes dry with nice breadyness, a little maple syrup

MF: Rich & chewy with low carbonation, but not quite enough depth

Drinks very easy for the abv, but just needs a little more guts

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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

Dull reddish brown unless backlit. With bright sunshine behind the glass, Uff-Da is bloody crimson with orange peel edges. I've seen doppelbocks that weren't this dark. Maybe the label is right, maybe this is a 'Big bier'. The cork colored cap is tight-bubbled and, as a result, has barely fallen in the several minutes since the pour. This is one serious looking bock.

I'm still thinking doppel after giving it a good sniff. One doesn't usually smell chocolate and coffee with cream in a simple bock. No hops reach my nose, but then they'd be out of place anyway. I won't criticize the aroma for being straightforward since this style (whichever one it is) is fairly straightforward in most respects.

The best bocks are the biggest bocks as far as I'm concerned. Uff-Da is a very good one because it bumps up against the style guidelines and probably even blows right through them. Forget toasted malt, roasted malt is large and in charge. Dark chocolate and darkest caramel, not so much coffee, are the main components of the flavor profile.

Sweetness is used to great effect. The beer is sweeter and maltier than most bocks, without being the least bit cloying or sticky. Flavor linger is maximized with only a modest amount of mouthcoating. Such an incredibly smooth, incredibly clean mouthfeel could only have come from a lager. It's amazing to me how different big ales and big lagers feel in the mouth.

Uff-Da is a wonderful version of a style that I sometimes find difficult to enjoy. As is so often the case, making a hoppy style more hoppy and making a malty style more malty (as New Glarus has done here) is the key to a successful beer. This one might be well-known for its name, but it deserves to be well-known for its quality and its deliciousness.

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Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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 Hopheadjeffery
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted on many occasions from draft and bottles. First reviewed on August 15, 2013. Most recently tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 12 oz bottle on December 19, 2016. Look is mahogany. Smell and taste is rich, with coffee and chocolate aromas and flavors. Feel is hearty and full in body. Recommended.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
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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Uff-da from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 621 ratings