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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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2,479 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,479
Reviews: 695
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 171
Gots: 300 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2002)
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Graff

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -19.4%

06-08-2014 02:47:39 | More by Graff
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%

This beer is not a cream ale nor is it a Saison. It’s a Wisconsin Farmhouse Ale. Can we get that added as a style on BA?

Spotted Cow is available everywhere in Wisconsin and I dig that because it’s chill enough for my swill chugging friends to get into. It’s also a brew that is just adored by beer drinking females who might otherwise be drinking miller lite or worse…alchipops.

About 5 years ago bars around here started serving the cow with a lemon as if it was a Heffeweis. I don’t get it. I think that lemon ruins this beer and shy away rom it when possible.

The cow is sweet, the corn is just barely noticeable, there is absolutely no bitterness. Slightly bready, grainy, and with just a touch of lemon and orange.

Generally a great session beer but nothing too special. This has become the quintessential Wisconsin micro but don’t go expecting something spectacular from it. It’s really more of a micro for the masses then anything else.

11-06-2005 19:48:06 | More by DaPeculierDane
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mull0263

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.5%

12-14-2011 17:55:45 | More by mull0263
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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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brownbeer

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a light straw color with a light head.

Aroma is similar to a lager with pale grain and grassy notes.

Taste is grainy and malty with a somewhat creamy mouthfeel, I think the difference is actually the mouthfeel being a little thicker than a lager.

I've heard people rave about this beer, i'm not sure why it's pretty middle of the road.

02-13-2010 01:12:44 | More by brownbeer
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JJH79

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-25-2013 16:38:07 | More by JJH79
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mykd

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +7.5%

07-19-2012 21:58:25 | More by mykd
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weatherdog

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +8.9%

12oz. bottle poured into a spotted cow pint glass

It pours a pale gold with a little haze. There is a rather unimpressive head that dies a little too quickly.

The smell is relatively absent. There seems to be some crisp cereal type grains (like 6-row) and a faint corn type smell. It is subtle and unoffensive.

Grainy malt dominated the taste but I also detect just a slight grassy hop flavor. It's full bodied and palatable to even the most inexperienced drinker.

The mouthfeel seems just a little slick and oily. The carbonation is mid range which is lower than I would expect coming from the nose and initial taste. The drinkability is phenomenal as I can and have pounded these as fast as BMC all through out college.

Growing up in Wisconsin I know first hand how popular this beer is among almost every resident of the state. This is the best designed gateway beer from BMC to craft that I have ever tasted. I have never met anyone who didn't like it and for this reason it can be found in pretty much every bar in WI, even the most grungiest of biker bars. This beer is practically a state symbol, and even though it isn't the most exciting of the NG offerings, I applaud it's ability to open up the palettes of Miller Lite swilling residents of Wisconsin one pint at a time.

02-14-2010 18:58:22 | More by weatherdog
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dmheinz57

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

03-01-2014 03:01:55 | More by dmheinz57
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ajkiser12

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

11-27-2012 20:33:25 | More by ajkiser12
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sgoodship

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%

Another one of the beers that I picked up in my "make a six" session at Steve's Liquors in Madison.

A: Poured a hazy straw color. Some carbonation on the bottom of the glass bubbling up as big single bubbles. Delivered a half finger, slightly off-white head which dissipated to a surface wisp and a ring. No lacing to speak of.

S: Fresh barley, malty goodness. Hint of fruit - maybe pear.

T: Much as you would expect from the smell but it finished with a more robust malt biscuity flavor which was exceptionally pleasing. The corn probably adds some of the clean, crispness to the brew. Don't detect much hop but that's not unexpected. My main complaint was the way the flavor just falls away at the finish, especially in the later stages of the drink and feels somewhat watery.

M: For a very light and crisp beer, it feels exceptionally fuller than you would expect. A nice balance. The carbonation adds to the crispness while the malts create creaminess.

D: I don't know the style that well but I like it. I could see myself knocking back a couple of these. Tastes like a fantastic brew to have on a hot summer day. A real nice, low ABV thirst quencher.

04-07-2009 04:01:55 | More by sgoodship
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BubalooBrewMaster

Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

05-29-2014 08:22:23 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -7.8%

Pale golden yellow pour with a small bubbly white head that quickly falls to leave a ring around the glass. Sweet grains and corn waft up into my nose along with a light citric undertone. Some herbal spiciness is evident as well as some yeast. Nothing grabs my attention here.

First sip brings a crisp pale maltiness that exhibits sweet grain and corn flavors. As the brew makes its way down there's a light citric fruitiness along with just a touch of herbal hoppiness and hints of yeast. Nothing mindblowing..but a solid cream ale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat creamy with a nice smoothness after each sip. An easy drinking cream ale that would go nice on a hot day. Worth a shot.

05-06-2005 02:31:52 | More by orbitalr0x
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loose5682

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.5%

04-18-2013 04:28:11 | More by loose5682
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kgeijer


3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

05-07-2012 03:30:06 | More by kgeijer
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ddodger41

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

02-26-2014 20:52:06 | More by ddodger41
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-15-2012 03:20:17 | More by danthehopslamman
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -19.4%

03-05-2014 04:08:49 | More by DaftPatrick
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csmartin6

New York

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

06-30-2013 20:58:09 | More by csmartin6
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equinox1

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

11-20-2013 00:40:02 | More by equinox1
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warnerry

Michigan

4/5  rDev +7.5%

10-28-2012 00:24:52 | More by warnerry
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sponberg

New York

4/5  rDev +7.5%

Pours cloudy yellow gold - bottle conditioned, oh yeah! Aroma of some faint citrus hops, malt, whiff of corn/DMS.

Nice take on the style - starts with a slightly grainy-sweet flavor, with faint citric hops and yeastiness, mild underlying bitterness - not a tremendous amount going on, but what's there is solidly quaffable. Creamy, slightly spritzy mouthfeel. Found the glass empty far quicker than I thought I would.

Would beat the snot out of Corona in the cooler in the summer.

02-01-2007 03:15:32 | More by sponberg
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chip26

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-04-2014 13:23:15 | More by chip26
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Jared14

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-07-2014 21:10:44 | More by Jared14
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hopstetrician

New York

2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

02-06-2013 19:01:47 | More by hopstetrician
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Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,479 ratings.