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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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768 Reviews
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Reviews: 768
Hads: 3,264
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 28.77%
Wants: 251
Gots: 808 | FT: 24
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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style | ABV
Cream Ale | 4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2002

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Reviews: 768 | Hads: 3,264
Photo of bsp77
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy honey-gold with thin white head.

Smell: Light sweet grainy malts. Barely detectable hops.

Taste: Semi-sweet grains with a little too much corn. Very light spicy hops at the end.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium-light creamy body.

Drinkability: Seems like an Adjunct Lager but more creamy than crisp. Easy to drink, but nothing overly special.

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Photo of BadBadger
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours, from the bottle, a slightly hazy golden color into the pint glass. The head is white and foamy to abut an inch in height. I does not stick around long, even though carbonation bubbles continual rise from the bottom. The smell is faintly fruity, though not at all convincing that there is any thing there for the palate to await in anticipation. The taste is like the smell, average at best. Being a HUGE fan of some of the New Glarus offerings, I was more than a bit disappointed in this beverage. Not an awful beer by anymeans, but not a brew I would go in search of.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Hazy dull lemon body, with thin faint rising carbonation. Head makes a real fluffy three fingers with lots of staying power. Kind of a creamy top. Looks like a foamy adjunct lager, with a hazy appearance.

Nose smells like corn, and some sweet like malts hiding in the back. The corn sense seems to dominate quite a bit, but some refreshing grist like quality manages to keep me interested and exploring. Unfortunately that lager like adjunct feeling permeates to much, it's a bit off putting.

Palate hits with a noticeably wet body. Light malts come forward, but a real thin flavor squeeks out. Controlled sweetness, a minor afterfinish of just a hint of bread. Some slight seltzery quality also but carbonation is fairly low.

Overall it's fairly easy drinking, but this really doesn't appeal to me at all. Tastes like a slightly better "adjunct" but not by much, don't feel inclined to try another either.

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-poured a slightly cloudy maize color with about a finger of head that faded to a small cap

S-not a lot of smell just a hint of some bready malt

T-banana is the first taste that comes to me but it is not really strong

M-starts out sort of creamy but after the head faded it was a little watery

O-not bad just a simple easy to drink beer maybe I was expecting more from this one though

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Photo of biggred1
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazed, pale yellow with a creamy off-white head. Sweet and corny, much like many old school macro lagers. Sweet butterscotch and sweet corn with untoasted grain and a touch of hop bittering in the finish. Pretty average fair here, not bad at all but not great at all. Somehow I remembered this beer being better than it is.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: One of the lowest SRM beers I've seen, and very low considering it's New Glarus. The Head is a creamy creamy white with variable sized bubbles. It's really pretty hazy though, almost unfiltered it looks. The head, a few fingers, has ok lasting abilities.

S: Mild, sweet. Fruity a little I guess. Oddly, the more I try to smell it, the more difficult it is to smell. No hops though, that's for sure, its all malt and maybe some corn or rice? not sure on that though.

T: A very solid taste. As in it pretty much is the same when it hits the tongue as when it goes down the hatch. A little BMC, I can see when this is so popular in Wisconsin. Sort of a grainy taste, no hops.

M: Smooth and creamy, especially for its color. But it's a cream ale, so it better be.

D: Well, it would be a great compromise for a BMCer and a Crafter, that's about all I can say.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a white head. In the aroma, light banana and a sparkling like aroma. In the taste, sugary and a light dry banana. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a light dry banana like aftertaste. Quite carbonated, light flavor, but more of a wheat compared to a cream ale.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Thorpe429 for the hook-up.

A - Nice appearance. Pale straw-yellow with a finger of white head, lil rings of lace.

S - I can't smell anything. At all. Not even basic beer aroma, nor hop, grain or yeast. I am not sure if that is a remarkable achievement in and of itself.

T - Not much to write about, certainly nothing to wax superlative. There is a little banana, a bit of grain, a vague lemon tinge, and it's kinda sweet and unremarkable; like most Cream Ales.

M - Lighter-bodied, very average feel.

D - This is a good beer, but it cannot achieve a high rating due to its intended banality. There is plenty average-good about it, but nothing to consider excellent.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Crystal clear straw yellow, plenty of loose carbonation. Fine white head that actually has decent retention, although only as a veneer.

S: Faint. Light grain, lemon, even mango, although that may be wishful smelling.

T: Same as the nose. Luckily there was no detectable corn flavor that was mentioned on the bottle. There are no flaws, but nothing compelling either.

M: Light, lively body. Easy gulper.

O: Easy drinking, a good beer to drink and not think about. Right up there with Hamm's (I mean that as a compliment), but without any of the flaws.

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Photo of loren01
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very light straw color, almost like a bud/miller light. Very small head that dissipated very quickly. Minimal carboation observed.
S: Smell is pretty fruity, very strong citrus smell. Pretty complex smell to it.
T: Taste is pretty sweet. I can't really detect any hoppiness to speak of. There is also some slight tartness to the taste maybe like a sweet berry flavor.
M: Mouthfeel is pretty well balanced, goes down pretty easily.
D: I could see myself drinking quite a few of these on a hot summer day. It seems like its more of a light Belgian Wit or something rather than a Cream Ale though.

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Photo of strattor
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Came to me a cloudy golden yellow with a thin, white head that disappeared quickly.

Sweet, somewhat fruity aroma. Contains hints of malt.

Taste is of yeast and corn, and a little sour, almost like a Belgian Witbier. The flavor isn't bad, but there isn't much of it.

Mouthful is moderately creamy, without much carbonation, and in all a little too watery for my tastes. I think this also contributes to the sense that the flavor isn't very present.

This would probably be a great beer for a hot day, when you want something cold and thrist-quenching. However, it's not high on my list of beers to return to, as it lacks that complexity and fullness of flavor that leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've had this before, but its been over a year. It pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a small ring of head. The nose is somewhat lemony, a little grainey. The flavor is pretty weak, with a slight zesty lemon and honey in there, but the flavors are really just weak. The feel is smooth and creamy, ith a slight carb. Not a bad beer by any means, but far inferior to anything else I have had from this brewery.

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Photo of NeutroMan
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a pale straw color with a half-finger whitish head that had surprisingly good retention. Mostly clear and sparkling due to high carbonation.

Some faint malt notes on the nose. Also getting some adjuncts (I think corn, but it's hard to tell, there's not much aroma here). Can't detect any hops at all.

Taste is a little bit of malty sweetness with a lot of cereal grain adjunct stuff. Not much going on here, although certainly better than others in the style.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, and the high carbonation along with the high attenuation gives this one that "thirst quenching" quality. Certainly drinkable, if not the most enjoyable beer out there.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from a friend. Pours clear light golden with a head that recedes quickly and fizzy. Aroma of corn and Bud Light. Taste is a very light and drinkable effervescent sweet honey corn and hay flavor, much like a light lager but without any dirtiness on the finish. Clean and crisp with big carbonation and very light mouthfeel. Good for summertime out on the lake.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found that this beer drank very similar to a wheat beer. It was a rich gold color with no real head and some small prickle bubbles. The nose was grain and a touch fruity like a wheat beer. The attack was a little maltier and the malt was definitely "out front." There were some hints of banana and clove in the flavor. The finish was pretty dry. It was decent beer, but there is just so much beer out there to try.

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Photo of LeRose
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Meh... Tap and bottle on numerous occasions because when in Rome and all. Lightly hazy, not much head, light body, a little tart, and little yeasty. Fares better on tap, but pretty much an average drinker. Very prevalent where I travel in WI - many times it is the best choice available. Not a bad beer, certainly drinkable and something about it is just enjoyable, but nothing truly outstanding either.

Review from notes

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Photo of gatornation
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a hazy straw yellow color with a cloud like head that dissipates to an ok ring the smell is grass and hay corn and malt..the taste is the same its creamy and grassy lemon malty a little spice and hop all faint though..this is their signature beer but i can think of others from NG that should replace this one again in earlier reviews ive stated NG is an outstanding brewery with many fine representations of styles.. this one is not recommended

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Photo of irrgalaxy
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Clear, very light golden color. Lots of head, rather thin.

S: Lots of grains

T: Carrots, hops, bit of a sharp finish.

M: Light, but finishes well.

O: Very good for a cream ale, but I don't think it's my favorite style. Not many strong flavors to distinguish this from similar kinds, although the balance (as usual from NG) is excellent.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light straw color that almost has a greenish tint to it when put to the light. There is a fingers worth of white head that has long retention.

The nose is grain forward with a bit of sweetness to it.

The taste is also quite grainy and has sweet backbone to it. A bit of malt lies within the sweetness.

The mouthfeel is smooth and a bit creamy surprisingly. Ample carbonation.

Overall, this brew is quite drinkable and has some decent qualities but i dont see what all the hooplah is about. This is a classy macro-esqe brew, that's all.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Smell is of cream, King's Hawaiian sweet bread, and White Rabbit milk candy. Taste is sweet bread - basically a creamy lager. Easy drinking, but did not live up to the hype.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.19/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer from a Wisconson native, she figured I'd like this beer...

Makes a deecetn two finger thick bright white head, and has a semi hazy white gold colored body.

The aroma is fruity, a hint of sour and no funk, but a hint of bubble gum/powdered sugar.

Taste shares much of the qualities of the aroma, but with a tinge of orange rind.

Feels light in body and refreshing to the palate.

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Photo of Moose90
3.19/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A — Pours a clear and bright pale yellow color into the glass, there is a bit of a creamy white head on top of the beer, but it doesn't leave much lacing behind it.

S — Smell is dominated by cereal grains and malts, and well, not much else, just a lot of sweaty light malts and grains, little bit of a grassy hop note.

T — Lots of light malt, light grain, barley, wheat, malt, not much else, little bit of a mild hop balance. Semi-sweet and creamy.

M — Light and easy going, could have a bunch of these.

O — OK overall, just very easy going, mild, and unassuming.

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Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spotted Cow is a nice beer, but I can't really say I'm impressed. It's about the same as Genessee Cream Ale. The flavor is sweet and bland. It's hard to make out the grains or any concrete flavor. You know, on a hot Wisconsin summer day, this would probably hit the spot, but that's about it.

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Photo of MadTown1000
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This one's significantly better on tap than in a bottle, and if you're in just about any bar or restaurant in Wisconsin, they'll have it on tap. Very cloudy, close-to-opaque medium amber that looks a lot like a wheat beer. Grainy flavor with just a bit of hoppiness to it. It's quite heavy and not a beer I'd want to spend a whole evening with. That said, if the choice is between this and an MGD (which it often is in the Madison area), this is the one to get in a heartbeat. Not one of New Glarus's finest, but a decent standby.

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Photo of jahred
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to incongruity for volunteering thos beer, which pours a cloudy, yellow-brown color with lots of floating yeast bits and a yeasty sludge remaining on the bottom of the glass. A frothy white head disappears rather quickly.

The scent is light - sweet wheat and veggies. The tasty is slightly more fruity, with corn notes and a creamy, fruity aftertaste. Not a bad beer - it went down easy, but still not something I want to drink often.

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Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 768 ratings.