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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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Added by Bierman9 on 01-16-2002

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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 tvv375ia
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
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 +4.7%
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 +4.7%
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 +13.4%
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 -10.7%
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 +5.5%
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 WastingFreetime
4.24/5  rDev +11%
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 -3.7%
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%
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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Photo of brc
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into pilsner glass. Clear brown liquid with a generous light tan head. It looks rather creamy and settles slowly, leaving nice lacing.

Rich aroma; earthy and a bit musty with hints of alcohol and some fruit notes.

Toasty and malty. It's definitely not overly sweet, and I don't detect a hop presence so it seems that they got the balance just right. Hints of plum and alcohol.

Thick, thick mouthfeel, with no apparent carbonation left in the liquid.

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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 gigaknight
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a black cherry red with an average tuft of light mocha head. This looks even darker than most doppelbocks I've seen, let alone bocks. The lacing isn't much to see.

S- Mostly chocolate malts in the nose, sweet but very fresh smelling. Maybe some toffee in there too, this is starting to feel a little more like a doppelbock.

T- A distinctly lager taste, but positively bursting with flavor. Bittersweet chocolate and a hint of coffee roll through the palate, supported by just enough hop and lager yeast to keep it thin and fresh. I think this brew is too big to be a bock, and even has a streak of porter personlity to it. All labels aside, this beer is VERY tasty, and mocha flavors become gradually more pronounced in the aftertaste.

M- It seems as though a lot of reviewers expected the mouthfeel to be heavier, but I thought it was just right. Granted, I drank it at room temperature (as I enjoy most beers), but considering that the flavors were much more ostentacious than your average bock, I thought the feel was maybe even on the shyer side of carbonation. Lagers are, after all, characteristically crisp and refreshing, and this selection more than meets both criteria.

O- At this point, I expect tastefully bold beers from New Glarus every time, and this one hasn't let me down. A testament to the potential for complexity and intrigue in lager beers, Uff-da continues my recent streak of experiencing inspired beers from Wisconsin.

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

A- A nice mahogany with a creamy khaki head that lasts just long enough for me to admire it without getting it on my nose whilst drinking. Good band of lacing around the top of the glass.

S- Grain and coffee with a sweetish undertone.

T- Caramel cappuccino and malty goodness. Slightly sweet chocolate taste at the end. Almost a grainy taste.

MF- More carbonation than I expected, which seems to be the consensus. Full-bodied but still a bit thinner than its appearance suggests. Feels noice.

O/D- I really like this one. A lot. Easy to drink but oh so satisfying. This one was picked up straight from the brewery, almost as good as it gets.

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

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a New Glarus pint glass.

A) A deep brown, with a very brief and bubbly 1/2 inch of tan head.

S) Roasted malt and coffee, slight sweetness.

T) Dark roasted coffee, hints of semi- bitter chocolate and some Caramel or toffee. Kind of a burnt finish.

M) A higher amount of carbonation than I was anticipating. When you let the beer settle in your mouth, it gets frothy like a cappuccino. It looks heavier, but it's on the light side of medium in my opinion.

O) Another solid offering from NG. One might wish to heed the advice on the label and let this warm up a little, as it does bring out flavor and showcase complexity.

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Photo of gatornation
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

from 12 oz bottle

A- pours a dark chocolate color with some garnet striations with a 2 finger slow to recede tan head..very nice lacing on glass

S- is plums and dark fruits with nuts a touch of toffee and sweet caramel malts

T- follows nose its alot of dark fruits with a very sweet malt profile..lots of nutty bready flavors

M- was too sweet for me it was a fruity and syrup sweetness that coated the tongue

O- tasted more like a dubbel to me..one is all i would drink too sweet

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Photo of emmasdad
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to friend schmittymack for sharing this one with me at our mini (and unintentional) New Glarus fest 2 weeks back. Poured a reddish color with less than a quarter inch of light brown foam on top. Aromas of chocolate, caramel and sweet malt. On the palate, this one is medium bodied, with flavors of chcolate, caramel and sweet malt.

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Photo of vespahulb
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely loved Uff-Da back in the day and I love it just as much now. Glad to see they brought it back.

Now, I don't want to be preachy about this beer/style, but with all of the "C" and below review, i'm wondering what temperature you're drinking this at. If you're drinking it at the bottle's recommended temp of 45 degrees or less than that, you're simply not doing it any justice. At 45 degrees it's got a malty nose, a whiff of grain, maybe a hint of chocolate and coffee. Now, once you let it warm, maybe towards 55 or 60 degrees, this beer explodes. Rich buttered rum, coffee, chocolate, bready grain.

In the mouth, much the same. At a cooler temp, it's a delicious bock, with a chocolatey tinge and a nice grainy, malty kick. Once warmed up, the grains give out a rich buttery mouthfeel, dark chocolate and coffee. Really outstanding. A filling beer...why they released it in Spring/Summer is beyond me, but i'll take it.

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Photo of iDrinknewglarus
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with ruby red poking through at the bottom of the glass. Light tan head that lasts.

S: Caramel, chocolate, coffee. Nutty as well. Its not a super big nose, but what is there is good. You can smell the crispness of the lager.

T: Smooth coffee and chocolate notes; not very bitter. Some caramel sweetness, but not too sweet. Once it warms and loses carbonation you start to get just the slightest bit of alcohol, which blends perfectly. This would be an excellent winter warmer; I'm not sure why they released it in the summer, but it is still good nevertheless.

M: Medium-light. Mild carbonation that leaves kinda quickly. Slightly creamy, but still pretty thin. Not as full as I would like, but it is a bock...

I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Like I said it would make for a very good winter warmer, and it pairs well with pretty much whatever you throw at it. Check it out if you can.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.96/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance -- Pours a dark chestnut hue witha slim creamy beige head. Head retention is decent, with wide bands of lace. No highlights as much as more perceptible clarity. Looks good.

Smell -- Dark fruits, cocoa, pecans and walnuts, mild earthy hops and some faint floral notes. Wish there was more roast character and less dark fruits.

Taste -- Very malty with dark fruit, lots of nutty flavor, and a little bit of roast. Hop flavor and bitterness are lacking, with the exception a little earthiness. Lingering flavor of dark fruit and walnuts.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with soft carbonation. Creamy?

OVerall - Not that impressive, honestly. Lacking balancing hop bitterness, the malt character leans to hard toward the dark fruit spectrum, and the mouthfeel lacks crispness.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is a deep brown with ruby tones around the edges. Two fingers of slightly tanned head dissipated to leave a spotted and bubbly lacing, trails along the glass, and a ring around the edge.

Smell: Lots of lightly toasted malts. There are scents of caramel, toffee, dark chocolate, and maybe just a hint of coffee.

Taste: Tasty stuff. The flavor is built on a backbone of dark chocolate and caramel. The toffee and hint of coffee from the smell are also present, and the coffee becomes more prominent as the beer warms. A very minor alcohol edge is detectable in each sip, but it does not distract from or obstruct the other flavors.

Drinkability: A very good winter beer — which I am drinking in the very late spring.

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Photo of Schmittymack
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Latest bottling of this one, shared with friends and my girlfriend last night. Poured a ruby red, nearly brown color with a small head that didn't hang around very long. Picked up roasted malt and fruit in the nose. Taste is where this one comes through in my opinion: caramel, toasted malt, some fruitiness, and just a touch of cocoa. This is the first time in about three years or better I've had this "fresh" and I wasn't disappointed. One of Mr. Carrey's better efforts: I could quaff a few of these.

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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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Photo of brewcrew76
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber, brown with a fizzy soda like head that leaves patches of foam on the side of the glass.

S - Very faint aroma. Sweet and malty. Some caramel, raisin and toasted bread appear after several hard swirls. I left it sit out for 30 minutes before drinking so I don't think temp is an issue.

T - More pronounced than the aroma. Caramel sweetness, toffee and toasted bread. I get a little burnt taste but am not finding the chocolate and coffee mentioned on the label.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D - A decent beer. I was expecting more flavor/aroma for 7+%.

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Photo of Chaz
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear red-tinged cola brown in color, topped with a billowy off-white head which leaves plenty of clingy lace around the rim and sides of the glass as the head falls.

Nose has notes of roasted malt along with a cleaner or more neutral base malt profile. Semi-sweet and semi-tangy, with a very light fruitiness going on.

Sweet and lightly-punchy/boozy on the first sip. Much fruitier on the first sip than the nose would suggest, and pretty close to what I recall from past batches overall. I might prefer just a bit more bitterness here, but hardly think it's something about which to complain.

Uff-Da is a good, easy-drinking beer with a lot of kick! Seems a little bit big for the standard bock style and could be seen as dangerously-drinkable, but altogether I consider it a perfect seasonal sipper.

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Uff-da from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.82 out of 5 based on 587 ratings.
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