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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

2,849 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 2,849
Reviews: 725
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 198
Gots: 455 | FT: 9
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2002

No notes at this time.
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Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of litheum94
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, bright, pale straw yellow body. Frothy and sticky, bone white head. Settles slowly, leaving creamy lacing on the side of the glass.

Aromas of cut grass, lemon and pepper. Fruity esters dance around, but the aromas are mostly earthy.

Tons of fruit flavors at first with pears and blueberries. Cream of wheat flavors and mouthfeel mid palate. Dry and earthy, with flavors of cut grass and rustic yeast. Slight, creamed corn sweetness on the finish, with an off-dry ending.

Very easy drinking and tasty. Not a whole lot of complexity, but very refreshing.

Photo of Knoxrb12
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of nygannon
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of dcloeren
2/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a hazy very light straw color with a finger of bright white fizzy head. The head didn't stick around for long and I'm getting no lacing

Smells very light with some subtle citrus notes.

The taste of this beer is of a miller lite in a different bottle. This is highly disappointing

Mouthfeel is overly carbonated and my only guess is to try to cover up the taste

Overall this beer is a joke. Its nothing but a BMC lite with a fancier bottle. Avoid it if you can

Photo of polopaul20
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of carrollmel7
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of funkyaudio
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of ttylicki
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of samie85
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Uncle Mike's Hwy. Pub in Kenosha; reviewed from notes, originally 6/6/10.

A-Pours a golden color with a white head. Leaves some light lacing.

S-Corn and grain with some very light citrus hops.

T-Follows the nose with corn and grain, finishes dry and a little bitter.

M-Thin bodied with med. carbonation, pretty smooth and coats the mouth.

D-This is a pretty decent beer, and miles better than Totally Naked, but it's ultimately one of New Glarus's weaker offerings. It's really easy drinking and I understand why they make it... it sells really well and allows them to make their better beers.

Photo of NilocRellim
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Winter
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite offerings from New Glarus. Spotted Cow is a bottle conditioned farmhouse ale. Pours an unfiltered bright golden color with a white head that disappeared in a matter of seconds. Carbontation seen in the body. Fruity aroma with hints of corn and malt. Thin, yet crisp mouthfeel. Flavors primarily coincide with the aroma-- that being of corn and malt. Finish is sweet with practically no hop bitterness present at all. This is a wonderful all-around, easy drinking beer to be enjoyed anytime.

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

Appearance -- Pours a pale straw, slight haze, with two fingers of tight, lily-white head.

Smell -- Grainy: biscuit, bread, some corn.

Taste -- Pretty much follows the nose: biscuit, bread, corn, with a faint floral hop finish.

Mouthfeel -- Light-bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp.

Drinkability -- For good or worse, it's easy to see why they sell so much of this stuff! Ho-hum flavor, but its so easy to drink this all day long.

Photo of korguy123
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz into SA Perfect Pint
Thanks to biglobo8971 for this!

A- Hazy straw colored, finger width white head that quickly settles to a thin white crown.

S- Slightly grassy, corn, faint peaches, pineapple, caramel.

T- Again faint grass, peaches, apricot, fully agree with the previous review about the "shortbread" to it. If I close my eyes this tastes like a watered down Festina Peche.

M- Surprisingly creamy, feels light but rewarding on the palate. Carbonation is mild which makes this an easy drink too.

Could definitely sit down to a 6er of this without hesitation.

Photo of swgwilt
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of schmidtmattsays
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Alextricity
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had at a Milwaukee Brewers game last Friday when I was in town. $6.25 for a 12oz bottle. My first from New Glarus. This wouldn't have been my first choice, but it was all they had from them.

This is a Cream Ale? I don't know what style I would have guessed this to be, but it doesn't taste like any Cream Ales I've had... then again, I haven't had a craft Cream Ale, I don't think. Uh. That probably makes a difference. This has that "beer" color -- sunset orange. There's about two or three fingers worth of a creamy looking head. Lacing is above average. Nice start... gotta love a good looking beer. The smell is initially what made me wonder what the damn style was. Mild grassy/earthy hops and Play-Doh/dough just about hit the aroma on the head for me, although seeing others mention banana and clove isn't a surprise... I can see that. Taking a sip, I get the same thing. How does a beer that has a pretty big "dough" profile taste good? Leave it to New Glarus. While I'm not a huge fan of this, it's memorable. I'm pretty confident that I won't taste another beer quite like this. A respectable beer.

Photo of SportsandJorts
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a darker shade of yellow to a light orange. two plus fingers of a white foamy head with strong retention and leaving behind a big lacing. completely hazy and opaque.

Smell: corn sugar, wheat, slightly creamy. a little grassy. a very light and delicate sweetness.

Taste: opens up with corn sugar and a little bit of wheat. some grassy flavors, but not to the point of mustiness. a subtle fruitiness comes in form time to time and gives off a bit of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: light, sweet, some juiciness. very refreshing.

Overall: this is the perfect cream ale as far as I know. does a really well job of taking all the good flavors of everything and combining them into a nice light and flavorful beer. I can see why this beer is so popular among non-craft beer enthusiasts too.

Photo of Buebie
2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Thanks to HogwildLiquore for this extra.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.
Color is a bright somwhat hazy unfiltered yellow. 2 finger fizzy white head that quickly fades. Leaving some bubbles and not much of any retention. Lace is spotty and thin.

Grassy hops at the knose, corn, some crystal smelling grains, hay, and sawdust.
Pretty mellow and thin at the nose. Just a touch of alcahol on the nose.

Flavor is lacking on this. Sweet upfront. Some small grassy hops, thin watery mouthfeel, getting just a bit of creamy help from the abundance of carbonation.
No alcahol warming.
Finish is crisp and clean with a dry corn husk linger. Just a touch of dried hay hppieness.

Great for a lawnmower, but not my style. Not much from the flavor department.

Photo of alcstradamus
2.78/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A--Pale golden yellow with a finger of quickly receding head

S--Fresh, light malty scent with a splash of hops in the background

T--A little too tasteless to be enjoyable on its own, but I suppose this is meant more for refreshment. Nothing foul about it, which is good. But nothing noteworthy either.

M--Light bodied but not too watery

D--Very sessionable but I'm not sure why you would want to since this there really isn't much here.

Photo of MaximumYuks
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of johnyb
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orangish straw gold with a half finger of head that lasts about 7 seconds, and little bubbles sticking to the glass which lend to the nice carbonated yet creamy mouth, but a little odd for looks. Not much aroma, grassy and malty with some corn, just enough to barely detect. Taste is a little odd, sweet malts are evident, but there is this wierd tart fruit in there, though I couldn't quite pin it down. Honestly, not really impressed by this beer, nor can I understand its populartiy. Oh well, more for you 'Sconnies.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle; the label shows a Holstein cow and the state of Wisconsin.

Appearance: A decent pour produces a good thick 1-finger head which quickly is reduced to a thin ring, which leaves no lace. The beer itself pours a dark golden hue, and there's a decent amount of fine-grained yeast sediment suspended in this beer.

Smell: The initial aromas are of fairly simple sweet malt. There's not much if anything in the hop aroma department. As the beer begins to warm, the malt notes become more intense, and I'm starting to get something very earthy, almost like baking potatoes, fresh out of the oven.

Taste: At first there's a taste of sweet malt, with just a bit of very light hopping in the background. The malt flavors are not complex, but they're not unpleasant either. Upon exiting the palate, you can definitely pick up on the corn adjunct, and the finish ends slightly dry and fairly crisp, with a slight metallic note.

Mouthfeel: The weight and mouthfeel of this beer is moderate, and appropriate for the style. It's not heavy by any means, but is definitely more substantial than a typical American lager.

Drinkability: High.

Conclusion: This is my first experience with an American Cream Ale, and I wasn't sure what to expect. It's not bad by any means, but there's not that much to it. I think it would do nicely washing down simple fare like burgers and fries, but might be even better for introducing your BMC friends to craft brews, as it's something like a richer, fuller, and more robustly flavored American macro-lager.

Photo of Kevinpitts
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%

Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,849 ratings.