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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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2,335 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,335
Reviews: 687
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 161
Gots: 236 | FT: 7
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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Josievan

Iowa

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Soft pillowy head adorns a pale straw-colored body. The beer is as cloudy as a hefeweizen.

Smell: Light grains, likely wheat.

Taste: Cereal type of wheatiness. A little sweetness from the corn. Overall, not a lot of flavor. A little bland.

Mouthfeel: Amazingly smooth and creamy. Cream ale indeed! Body is suprisingly thick.

Drinkability: Whenever I drink this, I want to drink lots of it. Naturally then, it would make a great session beer.

Notes: At first, I considered Spotted Cow to be inferior to New Glarus's amazing line-up of light wheat beers (Dancing Man, Crack'd Wheat, and I'd also put Stone Soup in this category). However, this beer grows on me the more times I drink it. It's kind of an anomoly among beers in that it's taste is it's weakest characteristic. On the other hand, the mouthfeel and drinkability are suberb! You can't ask for much more from a brewery's flagship beer. I still see it as inferior to the likes of Dancing Man and Crack'd Wheat, but only slightly, which mainly attests to how excellent those seasonal beers are. Spotted Cow may be the weakest of the New Glarus line-up, but I still love it! I guess that means New Glarus is a great brewery!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 22:52:31 | More by Josievan
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Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,335 ratings.