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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Spotted CowSpotted Cow

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2,425 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,425
Reviews: 690
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 168
Gots: 275 | 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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Photo of fredmugs


2.3/5  rDev -38.2%

11-13-2012 23:21:44 | More by fredmugs
Photo of dhannes


2.38/5  rDev -36%

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.

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


2.4/5  rDev -35.5%

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.

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


2.4/5  rDev -35.5%

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.

04-12-2014 19:11:21 | More by kj8525
Photo of NBMLove


2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

07-06-2012 18:56:06 | More by NBMLove
Photo of Timpreza


2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

04-14-2013 21:07:03 | More by Timpreza
Photo of vizzionman


2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

03-09-2014 14:54:22 | More by vizzionman
Photo of MrEducation


2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

04-17-2014 06:11:55 | More by MrEducation
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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

11-26-2011 20:32:13 | More by smogfood
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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

04-26-2013 02:53:57 | More by tdj13
Photo of jophish17


2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

12-24-2011 11:39:33 | More by jophish17
Photo of Revenant


2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

02-06-2013 16:49:33 | More by Revenant
Photo of RMelyon


2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

06-22-2013 00:03:45 | More by RMelyon
Photo of 2beerdogs


2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

08-16-2012 05:35:54 | More by 2beerdogs
Photo of dragomni


2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

01-02-2012 22:40:05 | More by dragomni
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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

04-24-2013 23:08:29 | More by jkermitj
Photo of willseph


2.53/5  rDev -32%

Poured a very light, transparent, golden color with a healthy finger of head that only stuck around long enough for a couple sips. Lots of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Not much of a nose, just a faint smell of lemon, wet wood, and other unidentifiable grains.

First taste is medium spiciness and vanilla but fades to a sweet grain taste as you drink it. Quite unremarkable, just a boring beer to me. It's a bit fizzy, burns the throat a touch on the way down. Overall, a passable beer but nothing to go out of your way for.

12-14-2011 02:48:20 | More by willseph
Photo of coreyfmcdonald


2.53/5  rDev -32%

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with two fingers of fluffy white head. Retention is great. I haven't had too many cream ales, but this looks nice enough.

S: Pale and sweet malts up front, though light, with slight citrus and spiciness that reminds me of AALs.

T: Very mild sweet malt up front with a spiciness and citrus flavor very similar to the smell. I also get a good amount of corn flavor that does not go well with the beer. The corn flavor along with a bit of a metallic flavor in the aftertaste is unpleasant.

M: On the thick side of what I expected from a Cream Ale with nice mild carbonation.

O: Reminds me very much of a AAL. Mild flavor with corn and a vague spiciness and citrus flavor and a terrible aftertaste. Not very good. I think I just really don't like Cream Ales.

06-06-2012 00:06:17 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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2.55/5  rDev -31.5%

Graciously brought from Wisconsin by a non-BA friend.

12 oz. bottle.

This beer pours out a frightengly canary-neon yellow, with a tiny bit of yeast haze. The head is quite creamy, but only leaves a light notch of lacing. My friend took a whiff and proclaimed it smelled like "Grandma's bedsheets", then noted that if presented to him without identification, he wouldn't know if it was piss or pop. Hmm.

The only discernable odor on the nose is corn. I choose to use odor because if I wasn't rating every beer I got my hands on, I wouldn't have even tried it. I can't get over how bad this smells; I look for some malts, some sweetness, even a touch of hops - to no avail.

Actually, this one doesn't taste too bad at all. It sort of seems like a strange love-child between macro-swill and Guinness. It is quite nice on the mouthfeel, almost enough to disguise the heavy-handed corn influence. If you put this on Nitro, Macro lovers could do some serious damage. Still, just not enough going on here to interest me in another.

I've had worse. Maybe this beer is just an attempt at ramping-up swill drinkers. I'll try others by the brewery. I could also understand having a place in your heart for this - if I grew up on it, it might be a good fall back.

01-20-2004 17:50:24 | More by GreenWBush
Photo of beveragecaptain

New Jersey

2.55/5  rDev -31.5%

This beer has a hazy yellow color with no head at all. The aroma is slightly malty, but not at all interesting. The flavor is sweet, with no bitterness. There is some fruityness, like lemon and pineapple. Not at all creamy. Low carbonation. If there were some bubbles, at least it would have been easier to drink. I did not like this beer very much. It's available at almost every bar in Madison. Who drinks this?

05-14-2005 23:06:03 | More by beveragecaptain
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2.58/5  rDev -30.6%

Light yellow color with a foamy white head with average retention and spotty lacing. The aroma has grain, some sweet malt, a whiff of corn. Nothing too special here.

The flavor of this beer is pretty plain. Sweet malt, grain, some corn, and a bit of yeast.

Light to medium bodied, average carbonation, and underwhelming in almost every way. This is a pretty disappointing beer, from an otherwise good brewery.

09-05-2011 00:38:48 | More by hardy008
Photo of marcpal

New Jersey

2.6/5  rDev -30.1%

Thanks to maximum12 for sending this in a trade. Liking New Glarus so far.
12oz bottle poured into imperial pint glass
Bottle Graphics: 8/10. Like it.

A: Hazy dehydrated pee yellow. Very cloudy with a filmy head that left thin veil of lacing. Nothing too impressive.

S: Quiet in the aroma with something cornlike and grainy. I have to say, I expected much more to start this one out. I had some stronger things earlier in the night but this just fell to the wayside. I find it odd that the fruit is really the dominating aroma.

T: Still not anything that rocks your world but sugary flavors give this some character. It has a corn flavor that hits at first but as it finishes off, the cream finally comes on. It is unique but buttery flavors pop out.

The bottle claims it to be full of flavor. I have to beg to differ.

M: Carbonated but moderate through and through. Like the aroma, quite bland. The dryness of the fruity flavor is unpleasant.

D: This isn't the best New Glarus, nor the tops in terms of cream ales. Don't hate it, don't particularly like it. Bottom rung cream ale. Glad I had the chance, this is a terrific brewery- noone can bat a thousand.

12-24-2008 02:32:07 | More by marcpal
Photo of ElvisElges

2.6/5  rDev -30.1%

08-21-2014 01:09:00 | More by ElvisElges
Photo of Koolbreeze2


2.63/5  rDev -29.3%

Appearance: Cloudy-like an unfiltered beer should be.

Smell: Nice smell. I liked the smell better than anything.

Taste: Not my cup of beer. Right up there with Bud. Just did not work for me. Had my 38 yr. old stepson try half a bottle. He is on my side per taste.

Mouthfeel: Nothing special.

Drinkability: Not for me but on a hot day outside I could drink a few and probably feel refreshed (somewhat).

06-21-2006 20:57:07 | More by Koolbreeze2
Photo of Joeynocturnum

New Jersey

2.63/5  rDev -29.3%

Received as an extra in a trade for some Belgian Red and some Raspberry Tart.

A- Golden yellow and cloudy one finger head.

S- Nothing really stood out, smelled similiar to an American pilsner.

T- Bland I was expecting more from this beer, nothing stood out. Maybe a little bit of hops but mostly a taste of wheat.

M- Nothing great here, not overly carbonated.

D- This was not palatable, it ended up as a drain pour. This was not drinkable for me, at least not tonight.

During the week I usually only drink one beer per night. This was the beer I cracked... took two sips maybe three and realize it was not worthy of being the one. Cracked open a Sinebrechoff Porter which was excellent and all is right in the world.

02-16-2010 02:52:46 | More by Joeynocturnum
Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
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