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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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2,462 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,462
Reviews: 695
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 171
Gots: 289 | 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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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-23-2012 00:21:06 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -19.4%

01-09-2012 20:50:33 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours yellow with a slight white head. The nose is pretty plain with some really light malt and some slight fruits. Very mild hops. The taste is just a tad bit of lightly-sweetened malt and really not much else. Body is light and somewhat creamy with good carbonation. Drinks quite well and I can see how it sells so much.

10-29-2010 02:49:07 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +7.5%

12-19-2011 15:40:02 | More by nmann08
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.18/5  rDev -14.5%

Brightly foggy lemon-gold with ethereal swirls of liquid smoke. The soft, yet dense, head of bone white foam displays a rumpled, hummocked surface interspersed with divots as the larger bubbles burst. A small amount of wispy white lace finds its way to the glass.

Spotted Cow smells distressingly like a macro lager with sweetish grain as the focal point. It must be that 'little hint of corn' as noted proudly on the label. The nose isn't offensive, not even a little, but neither does it thrill me or make me excited about tipping the glass up. Let's hope the flavor picks up the ball and takes off running.

The flavor has indeed picked up the ball... and sets off at a slow limp. This is interesting beer to say the least. It tastes like a much more flavorful, sweeter version of a BMC lager in ale form. I've had a few other cream ales and none of them tasted like this; not that I can recall at least. It is nicely malted in a untoasted pale malt kind of way.

Again, sweet grain is dominant and is coupled with a mild fruitiness, although I may be reaching on the fruit. There's very little hop presence, either in terms of flavor or bitterness, just as the style demands. The finish is short and sweet and the mouthfeel is characterized by under-the-radar carbonation. Might this be a malt liquor in low-ABV disguise?

Spotted Cow is a rather unique brew. I imagine that New Glarus sells a lot of it, but as we all know, there's no correlation between popularity and quality (except, in many instances, an inverse correlation). I don't hate The Cow, but I don't really like it either. Thanks all the same to Skidz for the bottle.

11-23-2004 22:15:39 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -7.8%

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

04-29-2008 02:02:46 | More by brentk56
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

05-05-2014 08:33:43 | More by zestar
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -19.4%

01-10-2012 13:38:54 | More by acurtis
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Bottle courtesy of Monger: Poured a bright golden color ale with a big pure white head with good retention. Aroma of corn with light diacetyl is not extremely pleasant. Taste is dominated by too much corn with a light buttery note which is again unpleasant. Body is pretty full for the style with some great carbonation. This is probably the worst beer that I had from this otherwise fine brewery.

07-19-2007 13:22:10 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.13/5  rDev -15.9%

An easy drinking, pleasant enough light ale (quite lager tasting) with an underlying character of corn throughout.

The appearance starts with a medium froathy pour, releasing a light but dense white head with good retention and light lacing. The beer carries a modest haze.

Aromas of light crackers, wetted grains, wheat-like malt, and creamed corn. Herbal and grassy hops play lightly in the background. Lightly sulfury.

Flavors of corn, raw barley, and grain husk round out in a lager-like way. A bit more rich, the beer has a briney, yeasty taste that keeps the grassy hops in check. Finishes with that unmistakable corn taste.

Creamy and almost rich, the beer holds onto its weight until the very last second when the hop bitterness ushers in a mild crisp and dry finish.

Because Cream Ales are supposed to have a corn-like character, this beer fares reasonably well. But it's one of those mystery beers that have a cult following by swill drinkers who think they have the best beer in the world.

10-14-2010 04:12:34 | More by BEERchitect
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.5%

Had the pleasure of getting a whole bunch of brews from New Glarus recently so I have been working my way down the line and this was the next one up. I am not normally a fan of cream ales, but I figured what the heck and decided to give this one a shot. It poured a very nice cloudy and very light yellow, almost a white color. A large three finger head of fizzy white lace formed on top and then it faded quickly leaving behind just minimal lace on the top, but adequate side glass lace. Lots of visible carbonation was apparent. The aroma was very light, and somewhat sweet. Not really too much to pick up, maybe some light malts and a touch of bread but that was it, the style is not really know to be very full. The taste was very light, and refreshing. A touch of yeast or light fruit graced the opening of a very carbonated and light bodied ale. This was more refreshing then anything and it served that purpose well. A somewhat muted taste, maybe a touch of sugar and almost a cola like flavor in the back. Overall this was not bad. As I mentioned I am not really a fan of the style, but this was the best I have had from it, with maybe the exception of the Terrapin Golden Ale. This was pretty good though, and I could see it used while mowing the lawn in July kind of thing. Not bad and give it a try if you get a chance.

11-07-2007 19:00:15 | More by mikesgroove
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

06-30-2012 15:35:06 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

06-12-2012 04:01:34 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.5%

03-10-2013 00:11:39 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

05-07-2013 21:45:33 | More by kylehay2004
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.4/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

03-19-2008 19:23:01 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

08-31-2013 04:27:32 | More by jaydoc
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%

This poured out as a really nice clear yellow color with a bone white head on top. The lacing on this beer was quite impressive. The smell of the beer had some very light hop aromas but were mostly covered by the sweet malt character this brew has. The taste of the beer screamed cream ale right off the first sip to me. It's slightly sweet with a grainy malt flavor with just the lightest amount of bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was light bodied, easy going, drinkable and nicely carbonated. Overall this beer is one that you could drink a lot of if you choose too. It's a refreshing brew and can be enjoyed just about anytime of the year.

04-26-2012 03:31:52 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%

Served in a shaker pint glass at Twelve Pines.

When in northern Wisconsin, drink as the locals do. Enter: New Glarus. This offering pours a clear pale straw topped by about a half-finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises green apple, peach, mandarin orange, corn, and a slight yeasty character. The taste holds notes of red apple, orange zest, lemonade, hard water, and corn syrup. Honestly, I didn't see so much fruit being involved here. The body is light, with an active carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Overall, a nice li'l brew, nothing all too special, but definitely a highly drinkable bit o' Wisconsin-y goodness.

09-20-2010 05:12:30 | More by TMoney2591
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-14-2011 23:42:02 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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emerge077

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%

On-tap at the Burlington. Ask for the "house beer" with the antler handpull.

Pale yellow tone, small thin head of foam. This settles to a ring soon enough. Slightly hazy due to the yeast content. Slight corn in the aroma, mixed with pale malt. Taste is light with malt and mild citrus, vaguely bready. Mild overall, not unpleasant. Slightly fuller feel than your average lager, not really "creamy" though. Easy to put back a couple pints. Having these drafts, it felt like being in a speakeasy...

10-15-2007 02:42:50 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev +3%

A - Poured out a fizzy, orange, golden/yellow color with a fizzy, small, white head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of yeast, clove, gains and wheat.

T - It tasted of light caramel malt, grains, clove and some yeast. It really tasted like an american pale wheat ale.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A light bodied beer.

D - This is a nice cream ale very sessionable and easy drinking.

11-30-2008 01:40:59 | More by zeff80
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-23-2011 04:47:37 | More by JAHMUR
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

05-04-2014 02:09:09 | More by SocalKicks
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

02-17-2013 17:50:47 | More by RblWthACoz
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Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
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