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 logmacschlog15
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a dark, deep brown, almost black. Two fingers of creamy toffee colored head. Leaves good lacing. Good carbonation.

S: Hints of roasty grain, caramel malts, a tiny bit of tobacco. Some spicier hop aromas and a hint of booze.

T: Tastes of dark fruits, roasty caramel, some coffee and tobacco notes as well. A good amount of alcohol in flavor. Good balancing hop bitterness. Delicious example of a straight forward bock.

M: Medium bodied being a little lighter bodied than I would have otherwise liked, but the carbonation is just right.

O: This is a good offer from New Glarus. A solid, straight forward bock.

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Photo of chicano4craft
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich, deep, and dark brown. Fingers worth of white head. At second look the head is slightly tan.

Nose is very sweet. Some caramel and chocolate. Hints of dark fruit.

Sweetness is in your face at first sip. Chocolate, caramel, cherry, and some coffee undertones. Reminds me of a cherry coke.

Decent mouthfeel. Somewhat sticky with good carbonation.

Overall a good bock. Not my favorite style or New Glarus offering.

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

Gotten via trade from Mammothbrew, thanks Dustin. Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: A darker brown color with a one finger off white head. Almost no glass lacing.

S: Sweet dark fruits with a heavy malt caramel sweetness, some cocoa and nuttiness.

T: Sweet malt and dark fruits jump in first to create a really nice sweetness that is nice an bold. The caramel sweetness starts to turn with some nuttiness, cocoa and earthy flavors. There is a real nice hop bite on the end that balances out the sweetness and just leaves a real nice mellow flavor in your mouth. Nice, nice beer.

M: Medium and very balanced. No alcohol is tasted and carbonation is a bit low IMO. Other than that, it feels real nice in the mouth and leaves lingering flavors.

O: A real nice bock, in fact it's probably one of the better ones I have ever had. This was a terrific beer.

I'll tell you that NG is doing great, great things with their beers and even more so with their specialty beers. This and the IIPA Thumbprint are total favorites of mine and I wish I could get them on a regular basis. Excellent work NG.

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

Poured a deep brown with a reddish tint to it. About an inch of beige head on it. Decent lacing going down the glass as well.

Smell is full of sweet malt.

Taste is a lot of sweet malt as well. Little bit of spice in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is on the full side. It's not chewable but it is a full bodied beer.

Overall a pretty solid beer. I don't have a lot of experience with bocks but this is a good one.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
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 Duff27
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dated "3448"...December 2008 bottle

A- Very thin fizzy tan head on a brown beer. Head retention and lacing aren't so good. A close look reveals a few streams of effervescence rising to the top.

S- Smell is of cola and of dark fruits.

T- More dark fruits with a sweet malt backbone that dominates the hop profile. A slight oxidation tinge that somehow makes the taste even better. Comes across slightly boozier than stated ABV.

M- Low end of carbonation. Medium mouthfeel.

D/O- I've done a side by side comparison of this batch and the newest (2011) batch and preferred this one...a lot more flavorful at the expense of a not-so-pretty appearance. In conclusion, aging Uff-Da for 3 years is a worthwhile experiment. Thanks for the try/tick TATURBO.

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Photo of weatherdog
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a standard snifter. Bottle dating has this beer bottled in early April 2011.

It pours a very deep, rich brown and capped with a tiny off white head. Minimal lacing coats the sides.

The aroma is rich, filled with some deep breast distinct malt. Ithas the aroma of a fresh mash tun with using a good portion of dark malts. Towards the end some plum or dark stone fruit aromas are there.

The flavor us pleasent in it's simplicity. Dark but not roasted malt forward with a the same dark fruit flavors as the aroma. A fair amount of sweetness is in the finish.

Mouthfeel is on the fuller side but its not chewy or tough to drink a full glass. This has always been one of my favorite Bocks and I'm happy to see it back in rotation.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
2.7/5  rDev -29.5%
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 matjack85
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this single 12oz brown bottle as part of a build your own 6 pack of New Glarus beers for $10 (so $1.67 per bottle). No freshness date. Unfortunately, New Glarus does not distribute their beers outside the state, so you'll have to go up to Wisconsin to get these.

The beer poured a reddish/brown color with 1½ fingers of off-white head. Retention was good and so was the lacing.

Rich, roasted malt smell with a bit of chocolate underneath the malt.

Nice roasted malt flavor without being overly sweet. The label suggests you let the beer warm a bit and if you do you'll get some mild chocolate flavor as well as some nice lager yeast taste. Not a lot of hops, but enough to balance. It's a pretty tasty beer.

Medium bodied with lively carbonation. The alcohol is hidden well.

Another winner from New Glarus.

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with just a bit of light showing through. Impressive dirty white head with good retention.

S:Lager yeast, sweet caramel malt and a bit of chocolate. Smell suggests plenty of depth.

T: On the sweeter side, but not overly so. Malt is a great balance between brown (Munich?) and roasted and finishes with a nice hit of toffee and chocolate. Lots of flavor but still pretty easy-going.

M: On the thicker side with full carbonation.

"Uff da" was a common expression in my grandparents household and consequently, the beer had long been on my "to try" list. New Glarus rarely disappoints, but really enjoyed this one.

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3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint.

A: Bold brown body, with a very frothy tan head. Lacing is light and sticky. Head retention is good and head sinks into a thin layer.

S: Aroma is medium to low in intensity. Notes of Vienna malt and slight roast. A bit lacking compared to overall flavor intensity.

TM: Body is light, while still being chewy, with great malt forward flavors. The rich caramel influence is well balanced with subtle warmth. Carbonation is primed to a well suited low level and adds a great sensation to the nutty aspect of the beer.

O: This is a great brew, with a very well rounded balance. Good from start to finish, but lacks with the aroma, even when warmed. Smooth and drinkable with solid flavors that well represent the style.

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Photo of keethrax
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous dark brown with a thick creamy head with a nice malty smell with just a hint of hops and coffee peeking out from behind it.

Malty with some maple and vanilla hints, followed by chocolate and coffee and a nice but not overly heavy mouthfeel with the hops trailing along afterwards and only really apparent on the tail end.

Maybe I've been drinking too many doppelbocks of late, but this one seemed a bit on the weak side for a bock. This isnt really a knock, just an observation.

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Photo of flyfisherfinn
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Noted the excellent color immediately, followed by the nice, creamy head that slowly dissipated.

Smell: Also immediately noted the wonderful aroma of chocolatey bread wafting out of the glass. A definite treat for the nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very smooth, subtle hoppiness. Extremely enjoyable brew, even went well with a small piece of chocolate (I had to try it) and is on the list of beers I would buy again.

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Photo of Retail1LO
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. I don't have a lot of experience with bock-style beers in general, so I really didn't know what to expect. Poured a dark brown with nary a head to speak of. Smell is on the malty, caramel side of things. The taste is real sweet. Hints of cherries, vanilla, and even a little toffee. Did I mention this was sweet? Overall, this was a very pleasant surprise. I'd definitely like to try this particular beer again so I could have more time getting familiar with the subtle nuances present. Definitely recommend this.

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Photo of wschmit
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a Perfect Pint

A: A fine, sizable, cake-y tan head with some solid retention tops a clear, deep brown body. Just a bit of carbonation up through the body. Nice patches of lacing as the head gradually recedes. Dark cherry and ruby shades when held up to light.

S: Sweet, clean malt with a little toast and a little sherry. Then some alcohol, and a bit of hops thrown in. The nose is just right, for the style. Not as overwhelming as a doppelbock, much more subdued--and thus very good.

T: Starts off a touch sweet, with hints of raisin, rounding into a dark malt with some roast at the end. No hops up front, really, and just enough in the back to keep things manly. Just a little alcohol taste. Clean and straightforward, and to style.

M: Full, creamy, and mouth-coating. A bit of heat from the alcohol. Not sticky or cloying. Just right.

O: This beer is excellent. It's a really solid rendition of the style, it's not pricey, and it's fresher than most Germans available for purchase. Definitely trumps other American bocks I've had. I don't know how this isn't an A beer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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 tvv375ia
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A-dark ruby brown when i is held to the light, had about a 2 finger tan head that faded away slowly leaving lacing down the glass as the head receeded

S-some sweet malt and roasted coffee

T-malt and roasted coffee up front on this one and in the finish there is a little nutty smokiness maybe something like smoked almonds

M-nice creamy texture

O-I picked up some New Glarus beers when I was in Milwaukee a few weeks ago, I wasn't impressed with the Unplugged one that I got but this one is great, I can't wait to try some others

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info but Ummagum picked up at the brewery last month so it's fresh. It was a dark brown with mahogny highlights. Some surface carb visible. It had a finger of light brown head that slowly settled into a collar and partial film. Good sheeting that all slides back into the glass.

The aroma is roasted malt, caramel malt and sweet fruit in front with a little chocolate and coffee in the back. Really good for a bock. The taste was also good and starts off with the sweet malt quickly followed up with the chocolate and coffee undertones to cut the sweetness. Again, very good for the style but just a little sweet for me. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation and a slightly too sweet aftertaste.

Overall, a good bock that I enjoyed even on this blistering summer day. Recommend. I don't often go for bocks these days but this one would be the exception. Not avail here in TX - good in goody shipment from ummagum. If avail near me, I'd get the occasional single. [O;O]

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Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a big head that slowly settles. Clear, dark mahogany body. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Caramel malt. Roasted grains. Toasty. Very pleasant aroma.
T) Sweet caramel malt with roasted and some subtle smoky notes.
M) Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation.
O) A pleasant brew. A nice malt bomb. I'd definitely have another.

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Photo of scaliasux
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark ruby brown. A little hard to tell, but appears clear. Tall persistent tan head.

Smell - Roasted malts, caramel. Not catch much in the way of hops.

Taste - Quite sweet dark malts. Toasted bread and brown sugar. Finishes with a little coffee and chocolate. A hint of alcohol. Enough hops to avoid being cloying.

Mouthfeel - Medium. Smooth and creamy.

Overall - Very rich and flavorful. Somewhat unusual choice for a summer seasonal, but typically well done.

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Photo of crossovert
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

It pours a dark brown with red highlights. A dunkles for sure. The gravity suggests this should pretty much have the characteristics of a doppelbock.

It smells like an American doppelbock, there is just something in every American brewed German styled beer that seperates the two. It falls between the malt bill and the execution and brewing equipment/process. There is a hint of cocoa and rootbeer.

The flavor is more of that of a traditional bock. It is sweet but roasty with just a touch of hops that is barely noticeable but key in providing a tiny smitten of balance. Some notable flavors are sweet dark fruits and caramel.

This is a decently nicely executed doppelbock/dukler bock, but it is nowhere near some German examples.

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Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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 WastingFreetime
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a densely opaque dark dark dark dark brown that almost fools you into thinking it is black. One finger of tan head that fizzles out and leaves mild weak lacing behind. Medium-heavy viscous body is somewhat sludgy in the mouth but supports good carbonation and avoids feeling oily. Claims to be a Bock but behaves much more like a really good DoppelBock.
Has tons of bready, earthy, roasty malt character in each sip without leaning too heavy on the roastiness. Semi-sweetness is entirely coming across as from the malts. There are also some heavy dark fruit esters present in the nose, complementing the denseness of this brew quite nicely. And also the ABV is well hidden, I can't find the hotness of the alcohol anywhere. A solid hearty brew all around.

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

Haven't sampled this in a while and never reviewed. Having a renaissance, of sorts, with New Glarus, so I thought I'd give some more of their beers a go.

NG web site shows this as 6.7 ABV -- update has been reported. Going to review as a Traditional Bock (via BJCP)

A -- Clear, deep chestnut brown with ruby highlights and a nicely dense tan to dark tan head.

S -- Smooth and rich earthy malt notes with the vaguest DMS and coffee/chocolate notes back. The roasted character not being what I expect in a Bock, but they're very light.

T -- Hmm, roasty, coffee-ish malts up front with some earthy, slightly caramel flavor characters back. Has a very Porter/Stout character with a lager smoothness. There's even some mild dark fruit character as the beer warms.

M -- Smooth and soft mouthfeel with a medium body.

O -- Now I recall why I don't like NG calling this a bock, it has too much roasted malt going on to fit the character expected. It's definitely a good, well-crafted and delicious beer -- I just wish there was more bready, toasted malt character -- say, as in the Two Women lager!

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Photo of woosterbill
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Enjoyed as the final beer in a New Glarus Bock tasting including Cabin Fever and Back Forty.

A: Fully black body with over 2" of creamy, frothy light-brown foam. Strong, rocky retention and lots of lace. A little too dark for the style, I suppose, but still quite beautiful.

S: It smells like I just stuck my nose into a bag of freshly-ground chocolate malt: very husky, malty, and sweet. Some dark fruits and coffee join the chocolate and caramel sweetness, making this a very rich, very sweet aroma. Almost Doppelbockish (which I guess makes sense if the 7.3% listed on here is correct; the bottle has no such indication). Pretty good.

T: Lots of chocolate, coffee, grainy husk, spicy hops, and dry lager yeast. Long, semi-sweet finish - reminds me somewhat of a chocolate chip cookie that's a bit too heavy on the chips. Pretty good, but a bit unbalanced.

M: Very lively medium body. Tons of soft carbonation. Ok.

O: I originally wrote down a 3.5 for this score, but given the fact that this has significantly more alcohol than I thought I can't complain quite as much about it being a bit too big and sweet for the style. It's certainly not my idea of a summer refresher, and it was probably my least favorite of the three, but it's a solid beer all the same. Good stuff, and I love the name - it takes me right back to my childhood in northern WI.


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Uff-da from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 617 ratings.
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