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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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very good

2,737 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,737
Reviews: 709
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.94%
Wants: 183
Gots: 387 | FT: 9
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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Photo of Brew33
2/5  rDev -46.4%

Brew33, Dec 05, 2011
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2/5  rDev -46.4%

tmars13, Aug 21, 2012
2.04/5  rDev -45.3%

MINKENATION, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of brewmudgeon
2.15/5  rDev -42.4%
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.

brewmudgeon, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of jbschafer
2.2/5  rDev -41%
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.

jbschafer, May 14, 2008
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2.2/5  rDev -41%

Danstaddon, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of Hoploaf
2.21/5  rDev -40.8%
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.

Hoploaf, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of TechMyst
2.23/5  rDev -40.2%
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.

TechMyst, Dec 31, 2006
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2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

crowsnest, Dec 01, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

Kasie, Dec 23, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

Hopstout, Jun 17, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

ndamstra00, Apr 22, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

jreindl, Apr 20, 2013
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2.3/5  rDev -38.3%

fredmugs, Nov 13, 2012
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2.36/5  rDev -36.7%

Ivan52, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of dhannes
2.38/5  rDev -36.2%
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.

dhannes, May 31, 2011
Photo of Copernicandream
2.4/5  rDev -35.7%
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.

Copernicandream, Jan 10, 2014
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2.4/5  rDev -35.7%
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.

kj8525, Apr 12, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -33%

NBMLove, Jul 06, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33%

Timpreza, Apr 14, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -33%

vizzionman, Mar 09, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -33%

MrEducation, Apr 17, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -33%

smogfood, Nov 26, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -33%

treznor, Nov 02, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -33%

ElGordito, Oct 26, 2014
Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 2,737 ratings.