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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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2,889 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,889
Reviews: 733
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 207
Gots: 497 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2002

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3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Pours a nice golden straw color with almost no head, even after a slight shake in an attempt to rouse carbonation. The aroma is malty, bready and creamy, then yeasty, fruit and spice. The flavor is sweet malt, wheatlike in nature, and the yeast has some really nice character. I don’t think I would classify this as a cream ale. The beer is very bitter at all which may result from the additional sweetness provided by the undercarbonation. Overall this is a good easy drinking summer beer, that I would like to re-rate when I have one that is fully carbonated.

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3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: A nice golden/yellow pour. A decent head, nothing special. Carbonation looks good. The head sticks around for awhile, and leaves a nice lace on the glass (once again, nothing special).

S: You can definitely pick up the citrus. Hints of the malt/corn. There isn't a huge aroma, but what you get definitely makes you want to take a sip.

T: Here's where we get to the downside of the beer. The taste in your mouth is quality. The citrus and malt make their way through, and the slight hops is a good balance. The aftertaste? Well, lets just say it makes you want to take another drink.

MF: Left a bit to be desired. The carbonation that I saw after pouring was absent after the first couple of sips. Thicker than I would expect by the pour, but still extremely light overall.

O: Split it down the middle. 3.5/5.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another New Glarus beer I've been curious to try, sent my way by Ian. Thanks, man!

Mildly hazy (the label suggests the addition of the yeast to the glass), this beer is light orange with a thin white head. Retention is solid, but there isn't much lace, though.

The nose is actually quite raw and complex with a blend of a bread and sweetness. The corn is noticeable on the nose, making me think of an improved BMC. Hop aroma is low in the mix, there's just a little lemony, earthy character.

The palate is rather simple, opening with a little sweetness and little else. I'm really having a hard time picking out flavors here, there really isn't much. While not offensive (like I find BMC to be), there's nothing particularly interesting - no delicate nuance, no hop character (bitterness is low, as is flavor) and all-round, just a little boring. Drying and a little watery on the finish with a light, grainy bitterness, this is OK. Light in body with a crisp carbonation, this is rather refreshing, but not really something I'd seek out a lot of.

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3.4/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of thain709
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden body with a creamy white head...the head was two fingers tall and showed decent retention...some lacing clung to the glass

S - A saison type nose going on...lots of herbal and grassy notes...some lemon and other citrus...bready and pale malts

T - You can pick up on everything from the aroma...the beer overall has a grassy/earthy flavor to it...the middle of the beer shows a buttered bread and pale flavor...the hops are subtle but they finish the beer with a little zip

M - Light bodied...refreshing with good carbonation

D - This is a little step up from the Totally Naked I tried...not sure if I've ever had a cream ale but aspects of this beer reminded me of drinking a saison...good enough for one or two but that's enough

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3.4/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Jayli
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
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
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
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

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3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
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 Rennpferd
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It poured slightly hazy and golden in color. It had a two finger head that shrank down to a lacing. There was a high level of carbonation.

It had an adjunct like scent. There was a lite scent of hops.

It was slightly astringent. The adjuncts that were used to lighten this beer came through and overpowered any malt that may have been used to brew it. There was a slight hop bitterness. It had a medium body that was smooth and creamy.

It is a really drinkable ale. It is very neutral yet not a watered down excuse for beer. I recommend this beer if you are buying for a large group and unsure of their tastes.

Photo of hopley
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra in a trade - other than some excellent New Glarus' fruit beers - this is my first impression otherwise.

Can't say it does much for me - Genesee Cream Ale for me is the standard for cream ale - New Glarus' version is pretty much the same. Other than maybe a little head retention and possibly a slightly fuller taste than the Geney - there's nothing wrong with this beer - nothing amazing either. Just a good representation of a nice coiffing summer beer that I happen to be drinking on New Year's Day.

Photo of eaglescout
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden, clear

S: bready, corn, almost liked a pumped up miller lite (if we're being honest)

T: grain after taste, corn, light hoppy taste not fruity

M: crisp, light

O: very much a casual afternoon, graduation party kind of beer

Photo of Redrover
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
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 drabmuh
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a DFH snifter. Beer is yellow and hazy with a big white head that falls away quickly leaving some lacing on the glass. Looks good.

Sweet, creamy aroma with a little hops.

Beer is light in body and in flavor. There is a minimal sweetness at the lead off and it caves in to reveal....nothing. There is not a lot of anything going on in this beer. Interesting. The finish is bland and easy. Its like drinking sweetened water.

Photo of Homebrew
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DerekQXQX
3.43/5  rDev -8%
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 YodersBeerEmporium
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wingman14
3.43/5  rDev -8%
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
3.43/5  rDev -8%
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.

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3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pale yellow/ gold with a creamy looking white head, about half a finger thick, good retention

S: some cereal grains, some green grape sweetness, and some ever so faint hops somewhere beneath the malt profile

T: bigger presence of the cereal grains followed by a weird sweetness that I can only describe as watered down lemonade, the finish is bready, no hops noticeable on the palate

MF: this has a very smooth and creamy texture with a light to medium body and somewhat low carbonation

D: Well this is a very unique flagship beer, it has an interesting flavor profile that isn't the most enjoyable but is somewhat refreshing, the mouthfeel of this beer redeems some of its lesser qualities

Photo of MickeyBeer
3.43/5  rDev -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.

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3.43/5  rDev -8%
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.

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3.44/5  rDev -7.8%

Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,889 ratings.