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Uff-da | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

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

12 oz brown longneck with no freshness dating.

The beer pours a dark brown with a ½ inch tan head. The beer is very clear. No lacing.

The nose is of toasted malts and molasses/brown sugar. A bit of alcohol is present as well.

The taste is sweet. The molasses from the smell carries over.. The malts appear to be lightly roasted. You can clearly taste the alcohol in this one. Some caramel emerges about ½ way through.

The beer has nice low levels of carbonation. The mouth is a wee bit thin. Easy enough drinker. Would be better if they could dial down the alcohol taste a bit. Still an enjoyable beer from the folks in New Glarus.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer has a rich, mahogany color as suggested on the label. such a deep, vivid color with some bubbles and a thin ring of tan bubbles.. looks very appetizing. smells malty.. hints of brown sugar and maple sweat from the scent, some caramel as well. tasting this beer is a wicked smooth experience.. especially for one that exceeds 7%. slightly roasty but mostly smooth and buttery sweet like vanilla frosting. nutty with a slight tang from a light hopping.. sorry, but i just don't get chocolate out of this. maybe a bit of leather, some cedar even.. nothing too bitter at all as the malt sweetness is dominant. man is this a drinkable beer.. cool as all hell and quaffable. wish i had more of this one. one of the best new glarus beers ive had so far.

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

An attractive reddish-maple color, very little head, but pretty good lacing. Smells sweet, with cherries, a little chocolate and a bit of toasted malt. Tastes similar, and, like the bottle says, "the warmer Bock is, the sweeter it gets." However, though the label assures me that I "can expect...deep chocolate and coffee undertones," I detect little; a porter or stout Uff-da is not. With just a hint of bitterness at the end, this is definitely an unbalanced beer, but does have a tasty toasted malt flavor. Nice thick mouthfeel. Pretty easy-drinkin'.

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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 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 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 orbitalr0x
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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 UffDaBock
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This gem from the holy grail of all breweries,(New Glarus), has a dark brown color with hints of mahogany. The creamy earth-tone head is minimal yet it leaves an attractive bubbly lace on the side of the glass.

Aroma: An explosion of chocolate malts mixed with some hints of coffee and caramel. Very pleasing to the nasal cavity.

Taste: Bitter-sweet dark chocolate, coffee, burnt caramel, sweet grains, roasted malt. A mixture of woody and sweet flavors make a great combination that is a tasty after dinner treat.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and thick the way a bock should be. Letting it settle in a glass for a little while improves the smoothness.

Drinkability: Even with the 7% abv it is easy enough to pound down a few because you really don't notice the alchohol.

Afterthoughts: The Uff-da bock is just another example of how great New Glarus really is. If you happen to find this beer on tap do yourself a favor and order it immediately because the flavors multiply ten-fold.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Clear bubbly cola color with a very small tan layer of head, probably due to the higher ABV. Smell is very sweet with creamy caramel and roasted malts. Taste is very large and somewhat different. Woody and sweet tones are present, alcohol is percepatable. Comes off as slightly harsh at first, but is a good beer once you get into it. Mouthfeel is pretty watery for the style. A pretty good Bock.

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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 Dogbrick
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a dark brown color with splashes of crimson. Thin dark beige head and a thin wall of lacing. The aroma is roasty and malty along with some caramel. Medium-bodied and smooth with a pleasant blend of flavors such as roasted malt, nuts, caramel and dark cherry. The finish is long and sweet with chocolate and a slight hoppiness. Enjoyable Bock from New Glarus.

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Photo of Engibeer
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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 kmpitz2
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very beautiful brown color with brilliant ruby accents. An active carbonation keeps a very small head sitting over top of the beer. The nose is sweet and nutty, lacking a big lager character. I think I may like this one. I get a flavor consisting of caramel and slightly roasted malt, a bit nutty. Not a bad flavor at all. The feel is right at moderate, not too thick or too thin. As far as a bock beer goes, this is not a bad choice at all. New Glarus has been a very dependable selection so far.

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After trying to make a bock for the first time as a homebrewer, I know how difficult it can be. This beer, in that sense, is a technical accomplishment and has a remarkable flavor.

First of all, this beer is a double-decotion. Maybe that explains its wonderful caramel aroma and malty full-bodiedness?

The beer poured a deep red, almost starting to show hints of brown (I said almost). Just by pouring this one into the glass, I could SEE the full-bodied nature of this beer. It poured kind of thick - but not too syrupy.

Oh, it tasted so good. I did get some spicy hops up front... perhaps some Hallertauer? Just a pinch of flavor hops in the finish, but mostly, you get the lingering notes of malt from the double-decoction.

It's just a drinkable brew. It's an excellent winter beer, and being from wisconsin, I like to have this beer with some bread, and yes, (insert laugh), some cheese as well.

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Photo of redmosquito
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bock poured a nice reddish brown out of the bottle and was a beautiful ruby color in the light. Decent whitish head without too much lacing. The initial aroma I get is a cidery ester, but it went away quickly replaced by a chocolatey malt aroma. The flavor is excellent, clean malty flavor starting with chocolate and coffee and moving to a distinct nuttiness as it warms up, reminding me of pistachios. Nice body and the carbonation seems to linger even as the beer warms up. You can't even really notice the alcohol with this, I would have guessed around 6%. This is a great example of the style.

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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 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 zodiacv1
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I stumbled upon this small brewery in New Glarus WI while my wife and I were on one of our weekend camping trips. I picked up a 6 pack of there assorted brews that afternoon before heading back to the campsite. The fat squirrel was the first one I tried. Its red mahogany color looks like a cross between a red and a brown ale. It poured with almost no head though. It teneded to smell of fruit and chocalate but does not have a fruity taste. Overall it is a good beer that I will purchase more of when I am in Wisconsin. This small brewery brews good beers.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" tan head above the reddish brown brew. Head was somewhat fleeting, and lacing was okay. Aroma is light, but obviously malt is the dominant force here. Taste is storngly of caramel malts, with a slight fruity sweetness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are reasonably good, but a bit strong for a regular bock, and as such, it's sessionability is somewhat lower.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: A 12 ounce standard brown glass bottle that has a high quality cream colored cartridge type paper with dark red print. A neck label is the reverse of the main label colors and just states ‘BOCK’. The crown cap is gold and dark green and has the words ‘Drink Indigenous’ on it. No freshness or strength listed, but has a recommended serving temperature of 48°F (8.9°C).

Appearance: Darkish ruby brown with some polished chestnut hints. Like pouring a Coke, a fizzy tan brown fizzes and forms after the pour but soon completely disappears to reveal the merest hair-thin wisp of a halo ring around the edges of the beers circumferential interface with my straight-sided half pint glass. Minimal carbonation, but not quite completely flat, there is a semblance of life there when the glass is tipped, but not much. Looks strange I have to say.

Nose: Looks like Cola and I even get a whiff of it in the nose. Sweet malts, lightly roasted but dark malts. This has a very sweet nose mixed with a dark fruit after-smell.

Taste: Sweet breaded malts, burnt brown sugar, and a caramelized feel, is strong in the middle. Lots of malts, which move from roasted to chocolate with some delicate instant granular coffee feel in the end. A light chocolate finish coasts the cheeks after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: For a 7%+ beer, given that the carbonation is so low, and the malts so beefy, this is strangely “reasonably easy” when it comes to the mouthfeel. Has a decent enough creamy feel and texture which surprises in a nice way. Increases in feel as the temperature rises, but does tend to suffer from a cloying feel when this occurs, so I would recommend against letting this warm too much.

Drinkability: Not hard to drink, but not exactly a quaffer. One of those beers that I would try once in a while, but would much prefer to drink as a late night sampler maybe.

Overall: A nice enough offering, yet different to other Bocks I have had in so many ways. Makes you think though, you’ll ponder over this one for sure. I did.

An OOoo-Raaah ‘Uff-Da’ (whatever the f*k that means) to BigHuge for the chance to sample this strangely nice but weird brew!

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Photo of budgood1
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a dark brown colour...clean and clear with a small and short lived off white head. very little lace. aroma consists of the brown sugar and molasses maltiness associated with bocks and double bocks. roasty and toasty malts dominate the flavour profile...all subdued and nicely balanced. typical choco and caramel flavours...not so sugary...incredibly gentle and flavourful. body is light, but perfect for the regular bock style...mouthfeel is smooth and lagerish. finish seems sublime for the style....just enough lingering flavours without any heavy alcohol....no hint of the high ABV listed. just a nice, tasty, rewarding bock. an unappreciated style. reviewed under the bock style...this kicks ass. one might appreciate bocks a bit more with this offering!

a big thanks to to zap for parting with some of his precious bock beer...uff-da...thanks buddy!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark crimson color, smallish head.
Aroma, cocoa and cream, earth and bread, soft fruit and cola.
Taste: rich and malty, neat hop attack, giving way to smoothness all the way out. Touches of nuts, lightly fruity, cherries, and grape. Medium bodied, light, tasty, fruity finish.
A nice, easy-going, quite agreeable little bock. I could down a few without complaint, ya sure, you betcha...

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The nice deep brown color, the sweet nose, and the sugary first sip reminds me of a cola. I am not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing in the case of this brew. It is a fantastic taste-quencher on a nice hot spring day like today. The head was a light caramel color, but imediately disappeared. As I got towards the middle of the beer, I noticed that it was lacking a little of the beer taste, but nonetheless, a wonderful creation from New Glarus. As far as the abv goes, at 7.3%, this is one beer that could get away from you without ever seeing it coming.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Attractive cream colored head tops a deep mahogany brew. Big malty nose hints at some brown sugariness. The taste is lightly roasty maltiness, slightly dry with light to medium sweetness. Some background hop bitterness, very nice. Finishes claen and malty, well made and very quaffable!
Thanks to CRJM for this one.

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Photo of ZAP
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
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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Uff-da from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.82 out of 5 based on 600 ratings.
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