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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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2,338 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,338
Reviews: 687
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 161
Gots: 237 | 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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cliffjeckel

South Dakota

1.25/5  rDev -66.3%

12-10-2013 22:15:57 | More by cliffjeckel
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ginsbus

Wisconsin

1.45/5  rDev -60.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

This is a Wisconsin "classic" that brings shame to its state.

A - Yellowish, with a white head. This was the best part

S - Reminiscent of cleaning up after a party three days later. Stale malts.

T - Ever drink Budweiser? There ya go.

M - Clean, watery finish.

O - One of my least favorite beers. What's the hype about? I feel like it must be people who don't know beer that really just want to drink Milwaukee's best, but would like to feel classy at the same time. It's perfect for that.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 05:00:53 | More by ginsbus
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melissab318

Michigan

1.5/5  rDev -59.6%

12-27-2011 00:39:11 | More by melissab318
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KISSFR33K

Michigan

1.5/5  rDev -59.6%

05-31-2013 23:54:45 | More by KISSFR33K
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ArchaeoFiero_TheDelorean

Wisconsin

1.75/5  rDev -52.8%

06-19-2014 05:13:27 | More by ArchaeoFiero_TheDelorean
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SteveJeremy

Connecticut

1.75/5  rDev -52.8%

01-04-2014 05:59:31 | More by SteveJeremy
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fredmugs

Indiana

1.75/5  rDev -52.8%

11-13-2012 23:21:44 | More by fredmugs
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markcp

Iowa

2/5  rDev -46.1%

05-07-2013 21:12:53 | More by markcp
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Devilman

Illinois

2/5  rDev -46.1%

04-27-2013 22:41:27 | More by Devilman
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dcloeren

Texas

2/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a hazy very light straw color with a finger of bright white fizzy head. The head didn't stick around for long and I'm getting no lacing

Smells very light with some subtle citrus notes.

The taste of this beer is of a miller lite in a different bottle. This is highly disappointing

Mouthfeel is overly carbonated and my only guess is to try to cover up the taste

Overall this beer is a joke. Its nothing but a BMC lite with a fancier bottle. Avoid it if you can

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 17:22:33 | More by dcloeren
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BadgerBrewer16

Wisconsin

2/5  rDev -46.1%

04-19-2012 19:35:26 | More by BadgerBrewer16
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Brew33

Ohio

2/5  rDev -46.1%

12-05-2011 14:03:11 | More by Brew33
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tmars13

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -46.1%

08-21-2012 03:43:19 | More by tmars13
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brewmudgeon

Wisconsin

2.15/5  rDev -42%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

spotted cow

a 3-3.5 clear golden with a slight amber cast, ginger ale like. the bubbles are fairly coarse, the short head drops quickly leaving only a quarter-sized island of a cap.

s 2.5-3 mostly lager-like aroma with a vague fruitiness that I also find in lagers. kind of malt liquorish.

t 2 yikes. if someone said this was a watered down ml bull, i'd have believed it. on tap i enjoyed this beer much more (but then 8 years ago i also recall enjoying it in the bottles). some corn syrup sweetness in an expanse of water with a touch of baking soda. dash of drying hops fails to clean it up. a little chalkiness (from yeast?) lingers with the corn syrup in the finish.

m 2 watery but for the diluted corn syrup, coarsley bubbled and chalky.

d not nearly as good as i remembered it. the pizza atmosphere helped when on tap, but clearly this bottled specimen is inferior. in a head to head with schlitz gusto, spotted cow got badly milked.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 03:08:25 | More by brewmudgeon
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jbschafer

Iowa

2.2/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a slightly hazy light golden color. Looks like a standard American lager in color but a bit more cloudy. Produced very little head that disappeared immediately. Sides of the shaker pint were coated with a medium to small carbonation bead.

Smell "dusty" like hay or new mowed grass/wheat. No hint of hops at all. Also can smell the corn addition.

Tastes a bit dusty like the smell (I wish I had a better adjective for this sensation). Certainly can taste the corn. Has a wheat with a bit of a sour flavor in there that takes it away from a wheat beer flavor.

Fully carbonated. I felt a gassy feeling only half way through the beer.

I know that a lot of folks from the midwest like this beer and swear by New Glarus as a brewery. Having said that, this just doesn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 22:29:49 | More by jbschafer
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Hoploaf

Wisconsin

2.21/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I have been drinking spotted cow on and off for about 15 years and every time I have tried it I scratch my head. I just don't get why this beer is so popular... I find it overly sour and astringent. Sadly, it reminds me of beers gone bad. New glarus, has some amazing beers, and IMO ALL of them are better than Spotted Cow.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 21:03:29 | More by Hoploaf
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TechMyst

Illinois

2.23/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at Diamond Dave's. Smelled like a lager actually, very faint aroma anyway. Hazy green-yellow color. Actually tasted like a lager also. I could not detect fruit-y-ness, vanilla, or 'fun'. There was some corn hints. It is a beer with a full character, not a character I care for, but it had a full character for what it was. no lacing.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2006 03:15:33 | More by TechMyst
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crowsnest

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -39.4%

12-01-2013 02:52:03 | More by crowsnest
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Kasie


2.25/5  rDev -39.4%

12-23-2012 19:45:37 | More by Kasie
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Hopstout

Minnesota

2.25/5  rDev -39.4%

06-17-2012 22:26:42 | More by Hopstout
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ndamstra00

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -39.4%

04-22-2012 00:53:16 | More by ndamstra00
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jreindl

Wisconsin

2.25/5  rDev -39.4%

04-20-2013 06:30:06 | More by jreindl
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dhannes

Wisconsin

2.38/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I haven't had one of these in awhile, as my memory of these wasn't pleasant. Tried again the other evening.

A, M=looked and felt like a decent beer.

T=Not pleasant. Skunky, and not nearly as good as other cream ales I've tried.

I, for the life of me, do not understand why this beer is as popular as it is. Other than the Snowshoe, New Glarus beers just do not stack up to others that are available around here.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 13:10:37 | More by dhannes
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Copernicandream

Michigan

2.4/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - Pale yellow with adequate foamy head.

S- Not much...

T- I literally picked up the bottle and looked to make sure this was beer. This is an incredibly bland ale. Almost devoid of flavor with a dry finish. Very subtle malts.

M- Light with low carbonation, just slightly thicker than a lager.

O- This beer is like a cow among the herd. One of many, nothing makes this better or standout from any of the other cows. Surprised to see the high ratings, maybe more representative of the rest of the brewery's line? Really falls short in terms of taste and substance for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 17:57:21 | More by Copernicandream
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kj8525

Colorado

2.4/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

A: gold with white head like a macro lager.

S: grassy not getting much else. Maybe a little grainy.

T: very average in the taste. A little bit of of sweetness up front. Otherwise grassy and watery taste. IMO pretty bland.

M: well carbonated but again watery

O: very average beer nothing too exciting here. If you like the macro stuff there isn't much deviation in this beer from those.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 19:11:21 | More by kj8525
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Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,338 ratings.