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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,576
Reviews: 701
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 176
Gots: 330 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2002)
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4.68/5  rDev +25.5%

missalyss, Today at 02:11 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

12oz bottle poured into a Samual smith glass

A) light yellow, clean . Initial frothy head that quickly dissipates.

S) slight fruit and a slight sour smell

T) crisp, slightly fruity . Yeasty with lots of pleasing malt overtones. Like a good piece of sourdough bread. Except lighter and crisper

M) creamy wonderful feel. Moderate carbs. Really nice.

O) solid satisfying beer. If you want a crisp but complex beer on a summers day but are not into Gose or something like that, this is the way to go.


Jnashed, Today at 01:10 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

joeseppy, Today at 01:05 AM
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4.12/5  rDev +10.5%

tbudv11, Yesterday at 02:12 AM
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3.44/5  rDev -7.8%

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3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

clausr, Monday at 05:01 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

stortore, Monday at 04:07 AM
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3.15/5  rDev -15.5%

BigAl18, Sunday at 05:09 PM
Photo of sth550
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. $7.50/6 pack at Copp's grocery store.

Appearance: Big, white head when first poured gives way to a thin lacing and a translucent copper color. Looks like a typical American Lager only richer.

Aroma: Malty and a hint of citrus and hops. Very clean and refreshing smell.

Taste: Pretty light for a craft beer but the taste is similar to the smell: Malts, yeast, grain, and some citrus and hops. According to the label there's a touch of corn added to the mix as well, but it's hard to detect. This is probably the best-tasting beer I've had with this light of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy; after all, it is a cream ale. Light carbonation going down. The creaminess enhances the sweet malty flavors and it finishes clean and refreshing.

Overall: Definitely my go-to beer when in Wisconsin. It tastes great and is very easy to drink while being leaps and bounds above most American Lagers, including New Glarus' own Totally Naked. The relatively low ABV also allows you to have more than one without too much effect.

sth550, Sunday at 12:31 AM
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.52/5  rDev -5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.72/5  rDev +26.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

For a Wisconsite, Spotted Cow is the default craft beer. It is easy pleasing, and very accessible, with a very clean flavor. While this is rarely any beer enthusiast's favorite beer, as most beer enthusiasts lean towards a more robust style, this is my favorite beer to provide to a broad audience of beer enthusiasts, beer drinkers, and beer novices alike.

higherbrow, Sep 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,576 ratings.