Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company
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Reviews by wiseguy142:
3.45/5 rDev -7.3%
Pours a hazy light orange... head is gone almost immediately. Moderate lacing as the time passes and the beer disappears.
Aroma is very light and somewhat tart... almost like green apples but with a little more fresh citrus in there. From the yeast mostly, not an IPA here.
Taste is different than I expected... this beer really could be about anything you name it. A light Oktoberfest, Farmhouse Ale, American Lager, American Wheat beer. Flavor profile is a little fruity.. but I've seen that exact flavor from a S-23 and I highly doubt they used that. Flavor is very dry and muted around the edges with very little residual sweetness. Some nice noble hop character.
Mouthfeel has nice carbonation and perceptibly good water quality but the "middle of the road"-ness of this beer's flavor sort of drops the drinkability of it. It could be PBR or it could be a unique farmhouse ale. I have no idea.
10-19-2009 02:13:43 | More by wiseguy142
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3.73/5 rDev +0.3%
This beer is not a cream ale nor is it a Saison. Its 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 its chill enough for my swill chugging friends to get into. Its 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 dont 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 dont go expecting something spectacular from it. Its really more of a micro for the masses then anything else.
11-06-2005 19:48:06 | More by DaPeculierDane
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
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
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
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
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
Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
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