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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

2,022 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2022
Reviews: 678
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.05%


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.

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kojevergas

Texas

3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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-

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 03:48:22 | More by kojevergas
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of nflmvp.

A: The ale is a pale straw yellow, much hazier than I expected (it looks like a saison). The head was not large on pour and remained only as a small white pool of foam.

S: The nose is soft graininess with an evident pale fruit flavor (some dry pear, apple) and a hint of lemongrass.

T: The soft flavors of the nose continue into the taste. The grainy biscuit flavors and softer fruits, including a subtly sweet lemongrass flavor, make for a very easy drink. The finish of the ale brings back the grainy dryness and puts a nice exclamation on the beer.

M: The ale is very restrained, full of strong flavors that never overdo it, tastewise. Another please!

D: This is a real sessioner, light on alcohol without skimping on taste. The beer is going right back on my 'wants' list.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2007 21:43:05 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce brown bottle, without freshness dating. Pours cloudy, apricot amber, light tan head, with a musty nose. Mildly fruity creation, notes of some Belgian type yeast and some peppery spice. This is a crisp, dry offering with a hoppy finish. Worthy, everyday, easy drinking ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2007 03:14:56 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- The appearance is a hazy golden lemon-yellow body with a creamy white head. The carbonation is a nice full carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- This beer has a light soft smell that gives a faint hint of yeast and maybe wheat.

T- This beer has notes of pale malt with a softness to it but it still taste crisp. There are some light wheat notes with a faint citrus punch in the finish. As it warms there is a light bubblegum flavor but is very smooth and soft.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizz texture at the finish.

D- This is a nice summer session beer and I had no idea what style it was until I read BA. I thought it was some kind of cream weizen beer but the flavors are soft but very pleasant.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2006 22:32:51 | More by rhoadsrage
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first impression was that this beer is a wheat - the nose hints of wheat, it has a light, cloudy amber color and it tastes like a wheat. Not as intense as a true wheat, carbonation is light, starts as a mix of malt and hops and finishes fairly smooth and sweet. Moderate head that leaves little lace. The brewer has barley and corn in it so I don't know where the wheat overtones come from.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2003 22:32:41 | More by jdhilt
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Zorro

California

3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled through Monsone and Brews N Tunes 3 BIF.

Mildly chill hazed gold colored ale with a small white head.

The smell quite sweet and fruity and reminds me a bit of malt liquor. Not much hop aroma here but there is a vanilla and candy aroma.

This starts out a bit sweet with a slight vanilla aftertaste. Very mild flavor and not near as sweet as it smells.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Inoffensive but kind of boring too. A mild ale for those who want a very mild ale, personally I need more flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 03:08:27 | More by Zorro
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Wasatch

Utah

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ThomasHardy for this brew.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden pale yellow color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy white head, some islands and sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, sweet, yeasty, cloves, and a light touch of spices. The taste is sweet, malty, and yeasty. Medium body. Drinkable, a good session brew for a hot day, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 21:05:09 | More by Wasatch
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" white head over the slightly cloudy, light golden brew. Head,fades to an uneven layer of bubbles, and lacing is minimal. Aroma is light pale malt with a tinge of citrus. Taste starts with smooth pale malts, and closes somewhat crisply with a bit of citrus character. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good, but without easy access of this one, it falls into the "why bother" category for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2005 20:54:45 | More by ppoitras
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 17:10:13 | More by Kegatron
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2005 13:28:15 | More by weeare138
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from mixed pack grabbed in Hudson, WI.

Pours a lightly hazed golden yellow, thin white head forms and immediately fizzes away to nothing, no ring, no lace, nothing, doesn't look good in that respect. Smell is alright, lightly malty, some corn syrup and caramel, toast, a bit bready, touch of fruit and floral, not much going on. Taste is similar, bit of malt sweetness up front, corn syrup, caramel, very clean, some floral, nice biscuit, light fruits in the finish, but very plain. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Doesn't look very good, smells okay and tastes okay, but really lacks in almost very area. Drinkability is alright but still not too exciting.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 03:26:43 | More by Viggo
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A strangely cloudy yellow beer. Makes good head and retains though. Interesting funkiness to the beer, maybe its the rural Wisconsin thing, but it smells farmish.

Taste, unique as well, went from mild and easy to drink to having a recognizable presence of lemon and bitterness that migrated into minimal sweetness. At no time does it get challenging to drink but is appreciable for what it is. A suitable entry level beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 19:12:34 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed light golden. Moderate amounts of carbonation surface throughout the body of the beer. Bubbly dirty white collar leaves sporadic amounts of lace. Aroma is sweet, grainy, and yes, I can even detect a little of that corn sweetness. Not much though. A little musty too. Decent aroma overall. Pretty even keeled flavor. Not too sweet, but it does have some grain sweetness. Body is pretty full. Medium-full I'd say. Some thirst-quenching qualities. Decent beer. But New Glarus has so much more to offer.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 04:33:03 | More by Bighuge
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Gusler

Arizona

3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A slightly hazy light lemon yellow color as it sets in the glass; head is modest in size, frothy in texture and as it evanesces, leaves behind a silky sheet of lace. Sweet malt dominates the nose, fresh and clean to the senses with the start sweet and loaded with malt. Top is medium in mouth feel, finish has a light carbonation and the hops apropos to the style, nicely dry and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2003 13:50:19 | More by Gusler
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz from the basement cooler.. brought home from coworkers who were in Minnesota earlier this year.. this is my last one.

Poured into my New Belgium goblet.. very pretty light gold.. good lacing and a 1" head.

Smell is clean.. low pale malts and an aroma that I can't put a finger on.

"Tastes like beer." Lingering maltiness with a very minimal sourness.. A slight corn flavor that is not offensive just present. Descent body and effervescent carbonation.. really pretty drinkable.

Spotted cow reminds me of a big-boned PBR... Nothing to Mooo about, but if it was available in Boise, I would probably still pick up a few every summer just to have around when I wanted something quaffable when working in the yard.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 08:25:49 | More by JohnGalt1
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Hazy dull lemon body, with thin faint rising carbonation. Head makes a real fluffy three fingers with lots of staying power. Kind of a creamy top. Looks like a foamy adjunct lager, with a hazy appearance.

Nose smells like corn, and some sweet like malts hiding in the back. The corn sense seems to dominate quite a bit, but some refreshing grist like quality manages to keep me interested and exploring. Unfortunately that lager like adjunct feeling permeates to much, it's a bit off putting.

Palate hits with a noticeably wet body. Light malts come forward, but a real thin flavor squeeks out. Controlled sweetness, a minor afterfinish of just a hint of bread. Some slight seltzery quality also but carbonation is fairly low.

Overall it's fairly easy drinking, but this really doesn't appeal to me at all. Tastes like a slightly better "adjunct" but not by much, don't feel inclined to try another either.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 23:39:06 | More by smakawhat
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bebop01 for this one.

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass.

Pours a 2 finger white head. Fizzles down. No lace. Color is a slightly hazy pale yellow.

Aroma: Cloves and bananas. It is like a dulled down hefeweizen. The bananas become more present as the beer warms.

Taste: I can definitely taste the cream. Kind of reminds me of an Italian Cream soda for some reason. Cloves are way more present here. No banana taste. Very bland.

Mouthfeel: Crisp. Overcarbonated. Medium bodied. Leaves a dry unwanting aftertaste.

Overall, this is not a very complex beer. Just doesn't seem to by my style. I won't be having any more of this. Not one of NG best offerings.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 23:28:47 | More by mothman
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy straw, white head, very little retention, some lace.

S: Fruit-bread (with candied tropical fruit).

T: Tropical fruit (mango, pineapple), slight spicy-grass hop flavour, hint of breadyness in the background. Very fruity. Certainly different.

M: Light to moderate body is smooth; moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2007 03:02:20 | More by Derek
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Tone

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, pale yellow color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast cleanliness, sweet malt, and banana. Fits the style of a Cream Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with a low carbonation level. Tastes of wheat/corn, sweet malt, toffee, slight yeast cleanliness, and some banana. Overall, a smooth, good blend, and easy drinkability. I did not get a great deal of cream flavor, but the addition of corn is not off-putting by any means.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 03:27:10 | More by Tone
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beertunes

Washington

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 23:28:01 | More by beertunes
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a lightly hazy pale golden color with a very thin white head. No real lacing. Aroma of hops, fruit and grain. Light-bodied and crisp, with some corn taste. There are also hops and malt flavors. The finish is clean and lightly fruity. Not a bad Cream Ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2005 18:25:53 | More by Dogbrick
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a white head. In the aroma, light banana and a sparkling like aroma. In the taste, sugary and a light dry banana. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a light dry banana like aftertaste. Quite carbonated, light flavor, but more of a wheat compared to a cream ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 16:32:29 | More by OWSLEY069
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is a brighter yellow of partial cloudyness, thin, loose, white crown that faded fast and leaves minimal whispy spots of lace.
Smell is light, clean, and soft malts of sweetness, with a dulling floralness of hops dotted through each wiff. Taste is clean and creamy sweetness of softly done malts, kinda frothy grainyness, like intensely whipped cream malts or something, quite a appetizing feel, but it doesn't last I'm afraid, but the creamyness stays til the end where it cleans up with a touch of floral hops and goes dry; nice and easy, clean and creamy little drinker.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2003 10:47:28 | More by tavernjef
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with russpowell. Thanks Russ!

This pours a hazy yellow/pale gold with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell is both sweet and hoppy. The malt shows up mostly as bread. I like this nose.

The taste is mostly bready malt with light lemon citrus bringing a touch of bitterness and I can taste a touch of spice and yeast. Interesting.

The mouthfeel is just below medium and the carbonation is also medium.

Drinkability? It sure is easy enough to drink so I think it's a good one to session on. Btw, head retention is very good and there's lots of nice lacing.

Bottom line: A good brew here. 'nuff said.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 17:01:38 | More by Bitterbill
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
4.8% ABV, 0162 printed on the neck.

A - Spotted Cow pours a shimmering golden yellow color that's got minor floating particles through it; hazy due to it's unfiltered nature. A tall, dense white head is always found on this beer, sticking lace to the glass as you sip away.

S - Spotted Cow exudes an up-front lemony-citrus aroma turned mellow with a cream and honey-sweet follow-up that moves into dry straw and a pale malt graininess. There's a touch of creamed corn in the aroma, but it's fitting considering it's use, a nod to the farming community.

T - Flaked biscuits are drizzled with honey and a drop of heavy cream before the ever-present straw and husk dryness follows through. Lemon citrus peeks out with a quick spurt of white grape flavor on the finish.

M - Spotted Cow miraculously blends smooth creaminess with heavy carbonated for a crisp finish with an overall medium-light body and low, dry citrus dryness to balance the sweetness out. Keeping everything in check and harmonious here is a perfect feat for the style, I must admit.

O - I'll be honest; New Glarus' money-maker, what I consider two steps away from a light beer, is not for me. I appreciate the beer for how well-crafted it is, which reflects in the review, but I appreciate the business behind it much more so; if it allows them to do all the other terrific beers I'm in love with, then so be it! With that said, Spotted Cow appeals to the masses wonderfully with it's fuller-than-light-beer but not-intrusive flavor and creamy, easy drinking body. They call it a Wisconsin Farmhouse Ale which fits with their "drink indigenous" theme (which I'm all for!) but I certainly wouldn't liken Spotted Cow to what people typically understand as a Farmhouse Ale or, Belgian Saison. But hell, it sells outrageously and people come from out-of-state to buy it by the case-load, so what do I know?

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 22:41:23 | More by BeerFMAndy
Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,022 ratings.