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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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2,530 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,530
Reviews: 697
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 176
Gots: 312 | FT: 7
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 TMoney2591
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.

TMoney2591, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of emerge077
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...

emerge077, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of zeff80
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.

zeff80, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +7.5%

JAHMUR, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

SocalKicks, May 04, 2014
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%

Acquired via trade from ughsmash so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, grain and a touch of hops.

T: The taste likewise starts out bready with flavors of grain, light malts and a bit of corn. Then some malt sweetness comes in. The hops presence is very mild yet complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style, decent beer to pound down several of over a long period of time.

TheManiacalOne, May 25, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

RblWthACoz, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy gold, with a 1/2 finger of eggshell white head. Retains around the edges, with a light spotty cascade of lacing. The aroma has a light smelling tasty corn bread type character going on it with it from a combo of oats and citrus. Some floral hops float along the back. This isn't overly complex but still pleasant.

The taste is sweet toasted oats, with a bit of citrus, and that same corny taste coming out towards the backend. Solid tingle of hop bitterness gives this some good balance, added firmness to the profile, and a dry feel in the finish. The mouthfeel lighter-medium bodied, with a bit more presence than I thought it would have, relative to a sharpness in the carbonation that I did not expect. There is a bit of a thicker underbelly to the feel (where the sweetness dwells) that is holding the drinkibility of this back some for me.

Light but refreshing for the most part, this was a decent Cream Ale. I was glad that I was actually able to pick a bit of corn out in this (especially in the aroma) as I really enjoy the flavors it puts off when mixed with the maltier components of these.

Kegatron, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%

Someonce once urged me to try one, and declared it "the best". So now I have, but that claim speaks more about them then it does aobut this.
Appearance: a clear pale yella hue, with a slight, soon vanishing white head.
Nose is mee, softly citric, a tiny bit sour.
Smooth on the palate, though not entirely without flavor. Practically no hops no speak of, just adequate enough malt, vestigal fruit notes whisper briefly.
Finish is brief, non-descript. Body is light to the point of invisibility. A very fragile, meek little beer.
Would be a decent choice for a "lawnmower" brew, maybe, when complexity and challenge are not in the order.
Not a bad beer, but not much, either.
Thanks to cokes for helping me try it out!

feloniousmonk, Oct 02, 2003
Photo of drabmuh
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

drabmuh, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev +3%

nice cream ale, a style id like to have more of available. this one pours nice and clear, flatish looking, sort of matted blonde in color, orange hues, two inch head. the nose is sort of bland malt on the light side, some sweetness, and a grassy hop complex that seems unfamiliar. the flavor too features that unique hopping. its not hoppy per se, but the hops used impart a new flavor to me, and combined with the light malt and unidentified sugar, makes for a really unique and drinkable light beer. to me, like the moon man, this is an all day beer. everythings in balance, nothing is too bold or brutal, and its not a boring drink at all. civilized might be a good way to describe this one. bright carbonation and a smooth textured light body lend to superior sessionability. maybe not as adventurous as some other new glarus brews, but certainly as skillfully crafted. beer me another!

StonedTrippin, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

Thanks to slasher007 for this bottle.

Pours a hazy straw color with a small white head. Aroma is malty sweetness with a little citrus and floral mixed in. The beer has a malty flavor with a slight corn flavor. There is also some hop flavor. This is a very tasty beer with a creamy mouthfeel that is easy to drink. Recommended.

Mora2000, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of mdfb79
3.83/5  rDev +3%

From 12/18/11 notes.

a - Pours a pale yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts, grains, spices, light fruit. Not bad, but a bit bland in the nose.

t - Tastes of bready malts, cream, light toasted malts, grain, light fruit and floral notes. Cream is definitely here in the taste and much better than the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Super smooth and creamy, and very very easy to drink. Best part of the beer.

o - Overall an interesting beer. The nose is a bit bland, but than the taste is very bready and creamy, which is pretty nice. The mouthfeel is near perfect, and it would be very easy to have a few of these. Something I'd like to try again sometime.

mdfb79, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

mendvicdog, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of jwc215
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%

Pours hazed golden with a thin white head that fades to a wispy thin cover. Broken rings of lacing stick.

The smell is of a mild banana-like fruitiness with grain. Soft, but pleasant enough.

The taste is rather bland, but inoffensive - some sweet grain, mild hint of buttered corn and a touch of yeast. There is a mild hop touch in the finish to balance sweetness, but it doesn't add much to the flavor department.

It is smooth and creamy.

This is a basic, easy-drinking cream ale. Nothing special other than having a refreshing quality to it.

jwc215, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

MarkyMOD, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of Gavage
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%

Appearance: pours a clear golden yellow color with a 2" fluffy head that lasts a while. Some spotty lace develops.

Smell: light malt sweetness and bits of grass are tough to pull from the glass.

Taste: mild grainy malt base with some grass, hint of lemon zest, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with a relatively clean aftertaste.

Drinkability: this beer is very easy to quaff and has a decent flavor profile. For the style, this one hits the spot.

Gavage, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of kojevergas
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap and cute label art served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery, which makes some beers I really adore. Cost was $3.99 at my favourite beer store.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 4 finger beige colour head of slight cream, nice thickness, and pretty good (4+ minute) retention. Body colour is a clear pale yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Not at all cloudy like the label description suggests. Fairly vibrant. It isn't much to look at, admittedly.

Sm: Crisp pilsner malt, clean barley, evocative corn adjunct (in the best possible sense), good floral hop aromatics, crisp apple, and straw. A soft, pleasing aroma of mild strength. I don't detect any yeast or alcohol. Quite a good aroma for the style; I'm really looking forward to trying this one.

T: Really clean and pleasant to drink. Clean crisp pilsner malt. Light floral hop character. A bit of malty sweetness up front gives way to a dryer cider-like crisp apple climax. Malt and hop balance is good. The corn adjunct is as well executed as it could possibly be. No yeast or alcohol comes through. It's quite simple, but it's very well done for what it is. Great balance, even if the complexity is wanting. Some interesting subtlety here to boot.

Mf: Soft, smooth, wet, and refreshing. Suits the flavour profile quite well. It dries a bit towards the finish. Lightly creamy; I want a bit more.

Dr: This'd be a hell of a summer beer. Incredibly drinkable - wow. I could murder a stange of this on a hot day. One of the most sessionable beers I've had in the last six months. A really light ale that is surprisingly refreshing. I'd definitely pick this one up again if I was in the mood for it. This would be an excellent stepping stone beer to ease macro lager drinkers into craft beer. Very well executed for the style. I quite like it, though the price (at least here in grey market L.A.) is a bit rough. Simple but tasty.

Low B-

kojevergas, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of GClarkage
3/5  rDev -19.4%

GClarkage, Jul 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

oriolesfan4, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +7.5%

imperialking, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of weeare138
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%

Thanks to GV for this one! Shared w/ sckressler.

Appears nice and cloudy pale yellow as the last remnants of yeast pound into the glass. Pretty decent carbonation and a small white head.
Smells zesty with a hint of corn. Looks and smells almost like a wheat beer.
Tastes pretty good. Not a whole lot of hop definition going on in this one but I wasn't expecting that. Not really too sweet, or malty. Seems right for what they were aiming for. Definitely grabbed my attention with the lemony light taste that seemed just right after the sip. I could surely put back a sixer of these in the summer.

Finger licking good!

weeare138, Apr 09, 2005
Photo of yourefragile
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

I approached this beer with an open mind, knowing this is more or less their mass market breadwinner; Yuengling Lager seems like a decent reference point for my expectations (though obviously not the same style). Pours a clear, pale golden color, thick with smoky swirls of sediment and a generous fluffy bone white head. As the head fades it leaves very little lacing and settles as a thin ring with light webs of lacing. Aroma is very mild and non-descript. Mild sweetness and grain dominate what little presence the nose has; really this smells like any other non-offensive macro lager. Flavor is an interesting sweet and mildly fruity take on a typical lager. Sweet grains and malt dominate with a smooth, dry finish with non-existent hops or bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium full, creamy and thick in the finish with mild carbonation. Overall this beer is remarkably unremarkable, other than the intense creamy finish.

yourefragile, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

orangesol, Nov 15, 2011
Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,530 ratings.