Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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2,810 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,810
Reviews: 715
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.94%
Wants: 189
Gots: 431 | FT: 10
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 Durfkludge
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Keeping it simple, keeping it real, this beer pours a yellow body with a small white head.

Smell: Aroma of pale malts, yeast, flowers. Why, there's even a few kernels of white corn in the nose.

Taste: Lightly sweet pale maltiness with a touch of corn. One drop of honey. A few flower petals. Very mild hop bitterness. Hint of yeast. Finishes watery and abrupt, but let's use the word "clean" instead, shall we.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A very easy drinking beer that's probably better suited to summertime temperatures in excess of ninety degrees. It's not often you see a cow-themed beer that doesn't turn out to be just another milk stout.

Photo of DerekQXQX
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Pfister Hotel. The hotel itself was pretty good. It was for sure haunted but this beer was not. Am I a ghost. Maybe. A ghost that enjoyed this beer. Wooo it was very balanced. The jazz that accompanied it was too. Good use of hops, barley, trombone and drums.

Good job!

Photo of WankelEngine
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a very lightly hazy straw color. There is a white head of about one finger of foam which fades quickly (~30 seconds) to a few spots of bubbles resting atop the beer.

S: Smells like a macro with a little more to it. Lager yeast and toasted malt make up the entirety of the aroma.

T: Similar to the aroma. Light noble hops on the attack provide some contrast to the fairly sweet, toasted, bready malt. I detect very slight banana here as well (although I may just be reminiscing of the Hefeweizen I just had) which adds a little depth. The finish is fairly quickly, featuring some caramel flavor and some crisp, grassy hop flavor.

M: Relatively thin but still manages to be creamy, as per the style. Moderate-high carbonation is notably foamy.

O: Nothing to write home about. Actually very similar to a macro, but with slightly more body and flavor. Would be a good substitute to serve non-craft drinking friends.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden yellow pour with a small bubbly white head that quickly falls to leave a ring around the glass. Sweet grains and corn waft up into my nose along with a light citric undertone. Some herbal spiciness is evident as well as some yeast. Nothing grabs my attention here.

First sip brings a crisp pale maltiness that exhibits sweet grain and corn flavors. As the brew makes its way down there's a light citric fruitiness along with just a touch of herbal hoppiness and hints of yeast. Nothing mindblowing..but a solid cream ale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat creamy with a nice smoothness after each sip. An easy drinking cream ale that would go nice on a hot day. Worth a shot.

Photo of Redrover
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown longneck with no freshness dating.

The beer pours a hazy darkish yellow. Nice initial head the completely disappears and does not even leave a skimming. No lacing either.

The smell reminds me of a souped-up lager more than an ale. Lots of grainy aroma (corn) and not much else. Still it smells fresh and clean.

The taste is slightly sweet and a bit fruity. Nothing bad, just nothing that leaps out either. The fruit reminds me of plum and bit of mango. Stays sweet as you work through the glass.

Low levels of carbonation, I think they could elevate this a bit and improve the beer. Still a very easy drinking beer that is easy to pair with anything except spicy food.

If I’m going to have a Cream Ale from Southern Wisconsin, I would seek out the offering from City Brewery before this one. However, I will not pass this one up if offered.

Photo of Jayli
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from Dunt via Support Your Team BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy golden yellow with a one finger of white sudsy head. Head recedes immediately leaving slight wisps of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of earthy hops, grain, and light fruit notes.

T: Taste starts with an earthy notes, mild hop presence lending to a grain mingled with a lemony flavoring. Finish is of sweet fruits mild pineapple, and banana.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat creamy body.

D: Goes down easily, slightly taste, not much of a kick, ok representation of style. I'd opt for others of the style.

Photo of brentk56
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy light honey color with a rocky head that hangs around and leaves some lace

Smell: Vegetal; the touch of corn pays its dividend

Taste: Bready, almost like shortbread in its sweetness, with little flavor progression from start to finish; I will say this - it tastes as "creamy" as any cream ale I have ever tasted

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Sure, it's easy to drink and it is one of those crossover beers that develops regional popularity and lets a few more people experience craft brewing techniques

I cannot remember who sent this my way, but thanks, unknown BA

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a slightly hazy dark yellow color with a cotton-white cap of foam. The bread in the nose mixes with a little corn. Malt on the palate moves into a tinge of metallic adjunct through the center. Just a touch of bitterness at the end. The beer goes down smooth and creamy. A drinkable brew.

Photo of proc
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a cloudy, golden color in the glass with a slight head, with some suspended particles floating in there. It does look appetizing in the glass, almost sunshine-like. Aroma is somewhat yeasty and musty. The taste is quite good. There is alot of malt here which lends itself to a slight sweetness. I detected some lemon in here as well. This is an easy to drink refreshing thirst quencher.

Photo of Homebrew
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tylerbrowe
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of UBrew1984
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of fitrock2112
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured Spotted Cow into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours a clear golden with one finger of creamy puffy head.

S - Some candied qualities, mixed with light fruit and malt. Just a little faint in this department.

T - Smooth creamy fruity beer here. Some lemon peel, light malt. Wish there was more flavor, but not bad.

M - Light mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Yeah, you can drink a few of these.

O - A nice change of pace beer. Smooth creamy, just not a lot going on. I like it for what it is. Cheers!

Photo of MickeyBeer
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a beer that I have had dozens of times, but decided to finally write a review on it.

A- Pours a slightly cloudy, golden color. Head was rather minimal, leaving only about a half a finger of white head that dissipates rather quickly. No real lacing to speak of.

S- Smell is sweet and malty with a little bit of a wheat aroma. Doesn't exactly hit you in the nose, but some nice aromas are present.

T- This beer has a good deal of flavor, but in many ways is hard to describe. It has an almost fruity flavor similar to that of a cider. Also has a spiced presence to it. Hops are not very prominent in the flavor, and mostly the sweetness of the beer comes forward.

M- This beer is smooth and drinkable. Makes for a great summer session drinking beer in my opinion.

O- A unique brew that is widely available in Wisconsin. It is tasty and reasonably priced. Not the most complex beer that I have ever had, but I will certainly continue to purchase it.

Photo of wingman14
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw yellow, with a frothy white head. Smell is weak, a little malt, a little grain. Taste is malty and light, with a hint of bitterness. A very light beer, nice carbonation. A good beer for what flavor is there, nothing spectacular, but a solid beer nonetheless.

Photo of wiseguy142
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light orange... head is gone almost immediately. Moderate lacing as the time passes and the beer disappears.

Aroma is very light and somewhat tart... almost like green apples but with a little more fresh citrus in there. From the yeast mostly, not an IPA here.

Taste is different than I expected... this beer really could be about anything you name it. A light Oktoberfest, Farmhouse Ale, American Lager, American Wheat beer. Flavor profile is a little fruity.. but I've seen that exact flavor from a S-23 and I highly doubt they used that. Flavor is very dry and muted around the edges with very little residual sweetness. Some nice noble hop character.

Mouthfeel has nice carbonation and perceptibly good water quality but the "middle of the road"-ness of this beer's flavor sort of drops the drinkability of it. It could be PBR or it could be a unique farmhouse ale. I have no idea.

Photo of Rhettbuck
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light amber color to the beer, it had been stored on lay-a-way for a while before I got a hold of it, so it might not be the best example. Nice Lacing, but it dissipated quickly

S- Has a sweet tinge to it, typical of an ale

T- tastes like a normal ale, but a little lackluster compared to others, still better than a generic ale you might find, however this brewery produces better beers

M- Lots of carbonation.

D- This beer is definitely designed to be consumed in large quantities, which is a good thing, its not too filling and the taste stays crisp.

Photo of beertunes
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to levifunk for this one. Poured into 10oz glass. poured a semi-hazy yellow with about 1 finger of white head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma was on the subdued side, with mostly sweetness coming through. There was a bit of graininess and a touch of hops at the back of scent. Those descriptors also cover the taste, with the addition of a bit of a sharp tanginess at the back of the tongue.

The body was typical for the style, perhaps a touch on the thin side. Drinkability was pretty good, I could see having this as regular "lawnmower" beer. Overall, a decent brew that's worth a shot if you can get it.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: straw yellow hazing body, very little head.

S: sweet slight malt, hint of citrus and hops...very faint.

T: slight sweet, malt, and hops. goes down smooth.

M: decent carbonation, light-to-med body, slight bitter aftertaste.

D: Great summer beer and session beer. Not the best offering at New Glarus, but I have started many new beer drinkers with this solid brew.

Photo of soulgrowl
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A ruddy orange color, similar to dried apricots. Head is white and fizzy; retention is poor to mediocre.

Smell: Yeasty, like rising bread, with a smooth, sweet malt aroma. Corn is also detectable. Subtle marzipan/amaretto tones match beautifully with an orange-pineapple citric quality. A quiet but complex nose.

Taste: Not as appealing as the smell. There is a prominent acidic spiciness that I don't care for, similar to a white onion. Other than that, though, the beer is pretty good. Smooth malts, a touch of corn flakes, and of course, that unfiltered yeast round out the flavor, with a corny sweet finish that gradually turns dry and sour.

Mouthfeel: Mostly rough and prickly on the palate, but there is a crispness to it that helps offset the beer's sweetness.

Drinkability: This beer is really popular in Wisconsin, and it's good, but not as good as everyone hyped it up to be. I'm a little disappointed but I still think this is a fine beer, and I look forward to trying more from New Glarus.

Photo of mbatley
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris and Marcie for this one!

Pour true to the labeling with a cloudy, yellowy tint. Small head that lasted for only a little bit. Nice aroma of faint lemon, hops and a slight sweetness on the back end--faint but there.

Taste was good but I kept wanting more from it. Good flavors but only three/quarters of what I wanted. Glad it was a gift because I wouldn't buy again.

Photo of prototypic
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This one pours a very light golden color. It's slightly hazy. The head is white, foamy, and about a finger and a half deep after a forceful pour. It dissipated quickly and left a very light, spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: The nose is underwhelming in terms of strength. There's just not a whole lot going on there. It is very earthy and grainy up front. It has an interesting vegetal scent that might be corn. There's a very light lemon scent that bumps it up a little above average. No hops are noted. Not surprisingly, alcohol is not noted either. Pretty ho-hum all around.

Taste: It's a little sweet on the first sip. It doesn't take long for a very strong grassy/grainy flavor to emerge. It's not a bad flavor, but isn't particularly good either. There is a relatively strong corn flavor present. Are we sure this isn't a lager? A very light citrus lemon is present. It's a very welcome flavor and tastes nice in this sea of averageness. That's perhaps its saving grace. Actually there's a toasted malt flavor that pops up afterward that saves it. No hop flavor is apparent. Alcohol is nowhere in the neighborhood. Finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and has a decently smooth feel. Carbonation is active, yet it retains a smooth feel. Drinkability is okay, but not exactly good. The flavor just isn't quite good enough to draw you back for more.

New Glarus really didn't impress me with this one. It's extremely reminiscent of a lager. I haven't had many cream ales, but I don't recall my prior experiences being similar to this. It's above averaage, but not by much. Suffice it to say it could use a lot of work in all areas. I wouldn't say it's worth seeking out.

Photo of dbossman
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy and golden; bubbles shoot up the side of the glass vigorously; a white, solid head with great retention; lacing is gorgeous

S: Wet hay and grassy earthiness from the malt profile dominate; a slight floral hop quality; some sour funkiness; doesn't seem too balanced with such a heavy grain presence

T: Again, very grainy--not in a bad way but a very one dimensional malt presence--nothing much else going on--though maybe a touch of lemon rind at the end

F: Quite creamy with good mouth feel

D: A drinkable, simple, and one dimensional beer--yet it's quite drinkable and would be a nice go to session ale if it were available here.

Photo of dubhlain
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - It's golden, not much seemed to disappear pretty quick with no real lacing.

S - Sweet, Banana, slight grain

T - Little Disappointment the smell is sweet taste is...grainy. I can taste the cream leaves a faint cream soda taste.

M - Medium and carbonated

D - Very Drinkable over all it is pretty non-offending my mom shared with me the other night she drank 4!

Not bad but when I visit wisconsin I'm looking for a diffrent NG brew.

Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,810 ratings.