Uff-da | New Glarus Brewing Company

619 Ratings

Brewed by:
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 MiguelMandingo
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I received this as a gift from my parents several months ago, and I am now getting around to drinking it. It is pretty good - better than I expected.

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a stange.

Appearance - It pours a very deep brown color, transparent but moving to that translucent stage. It produced a solid 1 1/2 finger head that slowly dissipated. It leaves behind a little lacing as the head lowered.

Scent - Pretty tasty smelling. I get notes of dark fruits - raisin and fig. I also get notes of chocolate, and the slightest hint of coffee - although without the typical coffee roastiness. Lots of caramel in the scent. I can detect herbal hops at the far end of the scent. This is one of the best smelling bocks I have come across in my beer drinking career thus far.

Taste - The flavor tastes much like it smells, but more subdued. It is shocking to me that this is 7.3% ABV, it is completely hidden. That is mark of a great brewer. I get notes of biscuit, sweet caramel, roasty chocolate, and dark fruit, but it tastes more watered down than the scent would lead you to believe it would be.

Mouthfeel - Light/medium bodied. The carbonation is in the low to moderate range. I would have liked more carbonation to cut through the light body - it feels a little watery. That said it is very creamy and smooth going down.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. I can't believe that this is 7.30% ABV. This could be a dangerous brew, I can see how easy it would be to polish off 4 or 5 in a sitting, and not feel them until you stand up. I haven't had many bocks yet, but this has been my favorite thus far. Very tasty.

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Photo of grandq
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Once again, lovely simple bottle art from New Glarus. Pours a deep dark mahogany brown with a proper fluffy two finger head atop. Smells nutty, with plenty of caramel. That's about it that I'm picking up. Taste is heavy on the malts, with caramel and toasted bread upfront, backed up with coating grape juice, finishing with a tad of smoke and faint chocolate. Hops are just right for the style, appropriately a background note. A touch of cola creeps in, which is kind of antithetical to the apparently light carbonation. Mouthfeel's a little creamy and could use a bit more effervescence. Overall, a fairly solid bock in spite of the lingering cola flavor. Thanks robbyc1 for this one.

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Photo of botham
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner. pours a clear chocolate brown with garnet highlights and four fingers of tan head that takes a minute to settle and lasts for a few minutes.

aroma is lightly roasted, with a creamy quality among a nutty caramel base. malty in the nose, with a rich profile. reminiscent of a nut brown ale.

taste is roasted up front, with the same nutty caramel base and a note of cream. finishes thin with residual roasted malt. a bock this might be, the flavors suggest more of a schwarzbier or a roasted nut brown. regardless, the flavors here create a solid brew.

mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a thin finish and a smooth texture. a creamy quality gives a bit moe body, but the richness of texture does not match the richness of flavor.

drinkability is good. this is a manageable bock, with a notable portion of roasted malt and a solid profile. a bit more body and this one would be great. cheers!

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Photo of Atron67
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- poured a pretty dark copper with a light offwhite head on top that faded pretty quickly and never built up that high, has a red hue through the light, but isn't otherwise that clear, looks like it might be cloudy, but isnt that obvious

S- slight maltiness, light biscuit charachter, light on the hops, not sweet but balanced.

T- surprized that its 7.3 %, its pretty delicious, very session-able, the malt biscuity character is still there. there is a slight chocolate taste that might be outta place if your trying to stick to the style, but i think is really tastey.

M- pretty highly carbonated, almsot creamy body.

D- i like it, its a good standby beer

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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 akorsak
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of DarkerTheBetter.

A: The bock is a caramel cola-colored drink, dark enough to prevent translucence. A tan head rests atop the beer and looks to lace nicely around the glass.

S: Chocolate and caramel malts provide a sweet nose that is very enticing. The aroma is never overdoes things.

T: Sweetness is matched is a pleasing hop bite. The sweetness of the malts, caramel and chocolate, have a touch of coffee flavor to liven things up. Mid-sip a touch of hop bitterness and the carbonation give the palate a 'reset', allowing the malt flavors to come across as new again for the first time. A caramel flavor lingers in the mouth long after the sip is gone.

M: The sweetness of the malts is pleasant, soft on the palate. I'm not a big fan of the bock style but I wouldn't say 'no' to this one.

D: Moderate abv and strong flavor profile, there isn't much more that I need.

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Photo of Mdog
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown with a good head.

Smell: Sweet, fruity, apple, grape notes.

Taste: Sweet with fruit notes, a little bit of chocolate but not too much.

Drinkability: Seems a little heavy to have more than one.

Continuing through the sampler, Uff-da is another good beer from New Glarus. A nice mix of malty flavors, good for sipping on a cool spring evening.

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Photo of bboven
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown body with dark amber highlights, clear. Long lasting head that leaves lots of lacing.

A nutty, pruny aroma, no alcohol. Very nice.

Caramel and dark fruit in the flavor, a bit of astringency, but nothing horrible.

Mouthfeel is where the beer suffers. There is next to no carbonation in spite of the head and lacing. It just feels wrong.

A very tasty and aromatic beer, and if you can get past or prefer the super-low carbonation level.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
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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Photo of Slynger
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, clear, mahogany color with fiery edges. A tan head slips quickly but leaves nice lacing. The aroma brings dark, but not heavy, fruits cherries and prunes. Toffee and roasted chocolate malts balance out a very nice bock nose. The taste is dark fruits and tea lightly creamed, roasted chocolate and light coffee bitterness. Medium-full and creamy mouthfeel. This is a very nice bock; it's tasty but not too heavy, and the alcohol is dastardly deceptive. New Glarus has another winner in this one.

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Photo of sfoley333
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle my friend chris brought back from his trip to Madison( along with several others). Poured into delirium Tremens snifter a dark mahogany color with a kakia colored thick head. Smells a sweet malt mixed with chocolate and dark fruit. Taste is chocolate and hints of coffee. Mouthfeel is smooth and feels lighter than the color would suggest. This is a easy drinking bock with the alcohol not present for being 7.3% but the flavors are well balanced making it a dangerous session bock.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz from a trade (I am sorry I don't remember who exactly sent me these as extras... I am keeping better notes now).

Poured into my goblet 1" head drops fairly quickly but some pretty lacing is left behind... deep brown with chesnut highlites and more red as I finish the glass.

Aroma is predominantly dark malts with a touch of chocolate and caramel.. only a whiff of hops and fruitiness.

Flavor is pretty much the same as the aroma but more pronounced... more chocolate and restrained cold coffee.. body is better than expected.. light medium but sticks around for a while.

This is the 5-6th time I've had this one, and I maintain, bocks normally aren't my thing, but Uff-da is pretty good for my understanding of the style.. Probably better than most Stateside bocks I've enjoyed.

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Photo of Strix
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany with a thick head that trails down the side of the glass.

Smell is malty and a bit floral with a dark chocolate finish.

The taste is deliciously malty, a bit roasted, with both dark and milk chocolate present. I didn't really pick up a coffee flavor, per se, but there was the slightest hint of alcohol in the lingering chocolatey finish. As it warms, tones of carmel add to the mix.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, felt a bit light at times, but just about right.

Very drinkable, I enjoyed this.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber/ mohogany color with a tan head. In the aroma, sweet cocoa and coffee. In the taste, a sweet roasty lager malt. A small bitter mouthfeel and a dry to sweet roasty lager aftertaste. Light in the body, yet decently big. Nice roastiness, yet lager notes.

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Photo of WJVII
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew has a deep brown coffee color with almost no head. The smell is of caramel and coffee with mild floral undertones. My first sip was lighter than I expected and I did not get as strong of a roasted malt flavor as I have come to know with bocks. This was more complex with less over the top taste. There was almost a floral after taste that was noticed in the smell of the beer. After a few more drinks the complexity came through with the more traditional caramel and chocolate flavors carrying weight, but in softer tones. This is a great beer to be enjoyed slowly and not just swallowed bottle for bottle. Real Nice!

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass, no freshness date but the bottle has some pretty interesting infomation printed on the side of it.

A: Pours a deep dark brown, almost black that turns a honey carmel near the edges f the glass, the inch and half head is sandy and quite rocky with some good early signs of lacing

S: Very sweet and very rich like toasted fresh bread, and a light fruit (perhaps apple and orange?) and spice but not much else.

T/MF: Quite a bit like the Sam Adams winter lager with a good deal of herbs and spices to even out the malt sweetness, there is even a bit of hop bitterness in there too that clings to the center of the tongue while all the while a nice warm alcohol heat warms everything over, there also happens to bit hints of chocolate and dark fruit, maybe raisins or prunes, but only the slightest bit, this beer really concentrats on balances the spices and sweets together and does a very nice job of it.

D: Not a bad offering at all, a bit better than the Sam offering in my opinion and a solid offering from the brewers at New Glarus.

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Photo of Dotcubed
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the first Wisconsin brewries I've tried so far. They seem to do a decent job. I had to ask the grils working at the store what exactly Uff-da means. I forgot. Which means I get to stop by on my way back to MN and buy more beer.

The attractive carmel or coco colored foam vaporizes to leave a nice ring of lace. A dark mahogony beer beckonds. Sweet malty smell, dark chocolate.

Potent, strong flavors of burnt sugar. Kinda heavy style. A little syrupy on my pallet. Smooth with a chocolaty middle and an old coffee finish. The lingering bitterness is plesant, but lasts a few minutes.

I let it warm up a bit after taking it out of my fridge, but I'm not geeky enough to temp it today.

Don't miss this one, it's good!

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

This beer was poured into an Imperial pint glass from a 12 ounce brown bottle at 47º. A light tan 3 fingers worth of big foamy head resulted with a nice lacing effect as the head dissipated. The beer was a clear dark mahogany and the bottle included date information.

Brown malts were detected with the first smell. Some hops and then the darkened malts were detected later on.

The taste was full bodied with nice malt sweetness. Hints of chocolate and cocoa were there to a slight extent. There might have been a little coffee but I think my taste buds are weary.

Tastes feel good all throughout the mouth. This lingers long enough to invite additional sips and pondering as to I’m not quite sure what that is but I like it.

This is a very good beer for being from the ‘bottom of the barrel’. But with the levity out of the way this does present a quite acceptable brewing and drinking effort. I think this is getting better as it warms.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to thefatkid13 for this beer, the mbc-new glarus swap, has to be the one of the best trades.

pours a very deep mahogany with a light tan head the slowly drops into a thin sheet that is mostly a ring around the rim.
the aroma is deep and dark, with malt in the forefront, the smell of raisins is faint, with a whiff of alcohol.
this beer is rich with a thick malty backbone, deep malty and a little thick, the raisin is very faint, smooth clean slightly herbal after taste.

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Photo of charlesw
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of the haul on the powerbeer BIF. Woo hoo!

Pours dark with a low head. Smells dark and malty. Tastes malty. Thick and sweet in the mouth - like a doppel bock. Drinks great. Is that enough?

In the mouth... It's got a strong raisin background flavor going on... In the nose... Maybe you smell a bit more caramel than you get in the mouth, but it's rich and sweet and malty to be sure. Good stuff.

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Photo of Homerbag
3.01/5  rDev -21.4%
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 Imstillthegman
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of Darkerthebetter. Thanks, Ed.

Pours a deep brownish garnet color with good clarity. Thin tan head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is of dark chocolate, light smoke, caramel, and some dark sour cherries.

The flavor comes through as slightly sour and slightly smokey, dark fruit and dark chocolate, and there's a touch of alcohol present. Very interesting.

The mouthfeel could be a little heavier, as I feel this is just a tad on the thin side. Aftertaste is sweet, with some drying qualities. Another solid brew from New Glarus. Thanks again, Ed.

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Photo of morimech
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark, brown color with a one finger head. Activity dies down quit quickly. The smell is of chocolat and roasted malt that changes to caramel when it warms. It has a bit of a bittersweet chocolat/toffee taste with slightly roasted maltiness. Very nice set of balanced flavors. It is medium body and is not very well carbonated. Seems to be a pattern with New Glarus. A good beer on a cool evening. My favorite of New Glarus beers I have sampled.

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
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 beergynt
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gift from my brother who visted Door County... First of all, I just love the straight up Norwegian-ness of this bottle. I come from a long line of 'Wegians and my Grandma always used to spout out the "uff-da's"! Dark brown, "burnt sienna" color with a slippery tan head; not much lacing at all... Lightly roasted caramelly malt with hints of chocolate and toffee. No hop profile in the nose to speak of... Tastes wonderful; malty goodness spreads throughout the mouth and lingers until the slightest hint of herby, Noble hop character helps to balance and release the palate. I would never have guessed at the abv over 7% Very good example of the style and enjoyable to sip on a brisk night.

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Uff-da from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 619 ratings
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