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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

2,944 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 2,944
Reviews: 739
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 221
Gots: 541 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2002

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,944 | Reviews: 739
Photo of pjludolph
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very good and refreshing beer. It has notes of citrus and goes down very smoothly. It has little to no aftertaste and is one of the best Wisconsin made beers and that is ranking it among some fierce competition.

Photo of Spence26
4.59/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers smooth great taste and drinkable all night

Photo of Frankler
2.1/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very light, minimal taste, good carbonation

Photo of G_Z_a
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really nothing better on a hot summer day.

Photo of snaxcat
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy pale straw color.
Smells of banana, bready malt, pineapple.
Tastes of straw, bread, banana, sweet fruits. Decent hop bitterness not overpowering.
Smooth, light, refreshing.

Overall: a solid, go to, easy drinking summer beer.

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really enjoyed this flagship from the Wisconsin brewery.

Photo of y0tommyb
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unlike any beer I've had before, very refreshing and delicious. I can't wait to try this again in the middle of summer!

Photo of SierraFlight
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle (also sampled on draft at the airport) poured into shaker pint. Yellow and slightly cloudy body with a rocky white head. Retention is good and there’s some lacing. Aroma is of crackers, grainy malt, corn, a little lager-y fruit, and a hint of grassy hops.Taste is sweet malt, corn, and fruit with a little grassy bitterness on the finish. Medium-light body, creamy texture, average-plus carbonation, abrupt sweet finish.

Photo of eaglescout
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden, clear

S: bready, corn, almost liked a pumped up miller lite (if we're being honest)

T: grain after taste, corn, light hoppy taste not fruity

M: crisp, light

O: very much a casual afternoon, graduation party kind of beer

Photo of PhillyBrewPhan
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth. An above average tailgate beer. Wish it was sold outside Wisconsin.

Photo of CraigP83
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Easy drinking beer for the masses. Says cream ale but comes across like a Lager, Seems to me more malt forward. Has a little bit of sweetness that coats your mouth. Fairly bland other than that

Photo of richwhite420
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Over all, not bad. Light and smooth. You do get a nice IPA taste. No bitter after taste.

Photo of TapDat
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wish it was available outside of Wisconsin. This beer is 100 times better on tap.

Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very drinkable beer. I was surprised by the overall lightness. But despite the lightness, there was still plenty of flavor - a bit of hops and a bit of malt.

Photo of Torreon10
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought I was drinking Miller Lite

Photo of AndrewGoria
2.64/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Smooth beer with no bad flavors.

Photo of Testosterownd
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic beer! Hard to find but well worth it if you are in Wisconsin.

Photo of Djohnson300
4.49/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great "regular" beer, I'm always in good spirits as I open one of these bottles. Good for mass consumption, even better at a bowling alley!

Photo of Chiefy770
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 Fl Oz Bottle
Bottled on November 10th, 2014
Reviewed on January 12th, 2015
Served in a Nonic Pint Glass

Eyes
Hazy and pale straw-colored body. A modest head formed and left a small amount of soapy lacing.

Nose
Barley, grains, and corn dominated the nose. Refreshing notes of apple and lemon canceled out the initially heavy malts.

Mouth
Grains hit first… think corn and sweet grains. Light herbal hops gained steam throughout the session. Minor hints of lemon made this a refreshing brew. Medium/Light body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall
After throwing a few of these back it is easy to see why this brew is a staple in summer sessionables.

Photo of Stephen_Woods
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Refreshing ale that tastes very similar to a lager.

Photo of rooskey379
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of the most pleasant beers I've smelled, lacking in anticipated fruit flavor though. Overall B-

Photo of hopley
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra in a trade - other than some excellent New Glarus' fruit beers - this is my first impression otherwise.

Can't say it does much for me - Genesee Cream Ale for me is the standard for cream ale - New Glarus' version is pretty much the same. Other than maybe a little head retention and possibly a slightly fuller taste than the Geney - there's nothing wrong with this beer - nothing amazing either. Just a good representation of a nice coiffing summer beer that I happen to be drinking on New Year's Day.

Photo of Trooper92292
4.83/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my to go summer beer. Always a great choice.

Photo of WunderLlama
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into chalice

Clear golden orange, no carbonation , one finger white cap, no lacings

Grassy aroma, hint of orange citrus, hint of spice

Sip of malt, grassiness, wisp of spice. Slight sweetness

No sudsing, smooth, pleasant

Nice beer for a hog summer day after cutting the grass

Photo of Alex_Sutherland
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

If I lived in WI, this would be my daily. It's smooth, goes down easy, and doesn't fill you up right away. Solid beer.

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Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,944 ratings.