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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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2,460 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,460
Reviews: 695
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 170
Gots: 288 | FT: 8
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2002)
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geekrot

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-29-2014 15:43:27 | More by geekrot
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davemathews68

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-28-2014 23:31:40 | More by davemathews68
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JoshNLFTW

Minnesota

3.56/5  rDev -4.3%

08-28-2014 16:34:51 | More by JoshNLFTW
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MarkDeming

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -14%

08-28-2014 15:36:29 | More by MarkDeming
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basaywhat

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

08-28-2014 03:13:20 | More by basaywhat
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Shruber0


4.16/5  rDev +11.8%

08-28-2014 01:20:19 | More by Shruber0
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brungl

Georgia

5/5  rDev +34.4%

08-28-2014 00:26:51 | More by brungl
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spadgitt

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

08-27-2014 18:19:40 | More by spadgitt
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Bamwaterski

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

08-27-2014 01:36:01 | More by Bamwaterski
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madstoutmonkee

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +34.4%

This beer is smooth and creamy, light and delicious. A good anytime beer and classic Wisconsin. It is easy on the palate and has wide appeal.

08-26-2014 21:11:27 | More by madstoutmonkee
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CBucks12

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

08-26-2014 19:34:11 | More by CBucks12
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flynn1648

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

08-26-2014 19:26:19 | More by flynn1648
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. The brew appears a clear pale yellow color with a white cap leaving spotty lace.

The smell is quite muted but very faint citrus emerges along with some bready grain across the back.

The flavor is somewhat sweet and bready with an alcohol fruity ester to break up the monotone character.

This is light bodied and boasts moderate levels of carbonation. An easy drinking brew and just ok per style. No thrills, forgetable beer but serves a purpose for the flavor challenged drinker.

08-26-2014 13:29:05 | More by stakem
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MadHopMaster

Illinois

3.52/5  rDev -5.4%

08-26-2014 02:39:54 | More by MadHopMaster
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Olinnelson


4.56/5  rDev +22.6%

08-26-2014 00:58:08 | More by Olinnelson
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Faroveryonder

Missouri

3.76/5  rDev +1.1%

08-25-2014 22:23:25 | More by Faroveryonder
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MadScientist

New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-25-2014 22:22:17 | More by MadScientist
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tk342

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

08-25-2014 22:11:33 | More by tk342
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Ellery89

Taiwan

4.5/5  rDev +21%

One of my all-time favorite beers.

08-25-2014 12:38:10 | More by Ellery89
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DerekDudley

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

08-25-2014 00:37:55 | More by DerekDudley
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crob3888

California

4/5  rDev +7.5%

08-24-2014 22:09:28 | More by crob3888
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KFBR392

Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +18.5%

Appearance: Pours with a bold yellow color with some light accents of orange. Half a finger of very rich head on the pour which was regenerated while drinking. Active carbonation is spot on for the style. Rich rings of lacing left behind with each drink.

Smell: Sweet malts with accents of biscuit and dough jump out right away. Touches of orange peel and lime dance ever so lightly on the edges of the aroma. Refreshing barley and grains liven up the back end. Butter, cream, and light toffee pull this beer full circle.

Taste: That flaked barley is really what sets this beer off on the right foot. Creamy, decadent grains pack a rounded flavor on the front of the palate. Light fruity hops greet the drinker mid body then are washed away by continuous waves of sweet malts. Some grassy hops clean off the palate and balanced malt on the back end just keep you coming back for more.

Mouthfeel: Easily one of the most drinkable beers out there. Sweet malts and bright buttery texture are balanced out by some crisp hop notes. Carbonation is everything it should be.

Overall: This used to be a beer I mocked due to its folklore-ish type popularity. But now approaching it with an open mind, it is easy to see why this is such a popular beer by the masses, and should be equally popular with geeks. A perfectly executed cream ale should be highly drinkable with creamy decadent malts and a splash of hops, which is exactly what the cow brings. No longer will I discredit this beer because everyone loves it, which was a ridiculous thing to do in the first place, but instead enjoy it often for its truly wonderful characteristics.

08-24-2014 19:10:58 | More by KFBR392
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BeerMeBro720

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-23-2014 23:30:51 | More by BeerMeBro720
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GoHabsGo

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-23-2014 21:36:36 | More by GoHabsGo
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Danny1217

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

08-23-2014 17:06:44 | More by Danny1217
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Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,460 ratings.