Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
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3,036 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 3,036
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 229
Gots: 621 | FT: 15
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

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Ratings: 3,036 | Reviews: 761
Photo of primu
2.96/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at 40F~ from glass bottle into small mug

A: Straw-colored. A finger of white, bubbly head with modest retention and some lacing.

S: Mild, pleasantly yeasty smell. Some notes of grass.

T: Mild, almost watery flavor. Tastes of grains, with subtle notes of citrus and grass. Tasty, but left me wishing for more.

M: Very light mouth feel, gentle carbonation.

O: Completely inoffensive "cold beer after mowing the lawn on a hot day" brew. Bland and a bit watery but with no bad notes, it's a good alternative to domestic American Lagers. I'd happily drink it if offered to me, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

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

On draft. Nice clean easy drinking blonde ale.

Photo of Sconnie25
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In my opinion this is hands down one of the best beers from the United States. Thankfully I live in Wisconsin so I can enjoy this anytime.

Photo of Matthew_Phoenix
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Spotted Cow is one of a kind. Only found in Wisconsin. I live in Illinois and I go up to Wisconsin every once and a while when I can so that I can get a six pack. Real light and creamy. Almost rich in its taste. A little wet on the finish. All around solid. Get it if you can.

Photo of BIll_Currie
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

shouldnt have had the raspberry and red right in front of it.

Photo of ZachDow7
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very refreshing, glad I got a chamce to try

Photo of Downster
4.71/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Love Spotted Cow and consider it the nectar of the gods, especially on tap. Don't really like the other New Glarus offerings.

Photo of Awfire
2.84/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Nothing special In this one, but as far as cream ales go it was better than most!

Photo of SconnieBrewski33
4.92/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers to kick back with. I wish I still lived in the State to enjoy it freely. I took it for granted.

Photo of MA_Nole
2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Funky flavor with undesirable aftertaste

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a straight sided, Spotted Cow pint glass.

A - 3.25 - Pours a slightly murky gold color. Forms about a finger of bright white head. Medium head potential, nice head retention. Good solid rings of lacing left on the walls of the glass.
S - 2 - Yeasty, slightly sour and alcoholic. Smells like your typical domestic beer.
T - 3.5 - Slightly sweet and sour tang, bready.
F - 4.75 - Nice creamy mouthfeel and oily texture. Goes down extremely smooth.
O - 4.5 - For what it is, its quite good. A good session beer to pound a few down and the perfect pizza brew.

Photo of hwy395
4.74/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Justin( beer-wheezy ) for setting me up with this one.
I don't like this kind of beer and it was amazing.
Interpret that anyway you like.

Photo of tlema1
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best cream ale ever...nice mouthfeel, some sweetness, damn good

Photo of TBlok_
4.87/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent taste. A very enjoyable beer from top to bottom. This is Wisconsin in a bottle.

Photo of StinkyFishBoys
2/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It's craft beer's miller lite.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

New Glarus Spotted Cow has a thick, foamy, white head, a somewhat hazy, golden, bubbly appearance, with some bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet corn, malt, and a touch of fruit. Taste is of mild, sweet bread, malt, mellow bitterness, and a ghost of smoke. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and New Glarus Spotted Cow finishes crisp, clean, and refreshing.

RJT

Photo of Spaul23
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect beer. Great taste. Wish it was available where I live.

Photo of Vondy08
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light beer winner in my book

Photo of ngraabe
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Yum, refreshing, and always goes well with everything!

Photo of spacecake9
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is one of my go-to beers when I'm spending time in Wisconsin. No surprises, just a consistently great tasting beer with an ABV that allows me to have a few.

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.

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Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
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