Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company
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Reviews by Josievan:
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
More User Reviews:
3.5/5 rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
(on tap at Über Tap Room and Cheese Bar - served in a pilsner glass)
A: poured to the very top, so without much foam... the color is a light khaki, liquid a good bit hazy, with what appears to be a some sediment floating about
S: bit of a nutty, toasted oat bouquet... no fruitiness, no hops of note... clean, woodsy note from the yeast
T: oat cookie... not oatmeal cookie, with the raisins and spices and all - just a simple, lightly toasty, slightly doughy malt flavor - kinda like chewing on a basic, cereal-like American 2-row - or maybe even low-sweetened Life cereal... it's good! the flavors are very mellow and clean... I can't be certain, but I might've got some of the corn in the finish - a mild sort of cornmeal... any hop flavor, if present, is merely in the background, providing a spec of balance
M: very light and clean, kind of like an adjunct lager with a mild grainy grittiness... a body bordering on watery... mellow carbonation, no sizzle
O: BA calls this a "cream ale", NG calls this a "Naturally Cloudy Farmhouse Ale" - I can see both points of view - the closest thing I could compare this to would be a zwickelbier, but without the lemony and grassy flavors and rounder, fuller body I often get with those... drink this like your ordinary, everyman lager - I like it for what it is, it stands out
Serving type: on-tap
07-28-2014 21:08:49 | More by Bouleboubier
Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,335 ratings.