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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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very good

2,797 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,797
Reviews: 714
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.94%
Wants: 187
Gots: 416 | FT: 11
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 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.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. The label depicts a cow jumping over Wisconsin and mentions the use of flaked barley, malts, and corn. Described as "fruity and satisfying".

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, honey-colored yellow with no head whatsoever. Several streams of bubbles coming up.

Smell: Strong bubblegum and fruit smell.

Taste: Smooth and creamy, without the overpowering "cheap" flavor you often get with corn used as an adjunct. Almost no discernible bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average to above average carbonation level, as expected from the style. Good body.

Drinkability: Not one I thought I would like, based on the characteristics of the style, but this is, as usual, another quality beer from New Glarus.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of therica
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reminds me a little of a real Koln Kolsch, nice summer drink.

A= light modest head, slightly cloudy pale-yellow hue more common to a Weissen.

S= light scent, some florals, citrus and hints of hops and corn.

T= nice combination, the corn addition is apparent, also nice mild citrus, malt and hints of hops.

M= clean, nice finish and aftertaste.

D= very drinkable, single or session.

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of JackieTH
2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy yellow-gold with a half inch of off-white foam that recedes in an average way leaving some clinging lace. Smell is virtually absent. I think it has some macro lager notes maybe corn and just a hint of malt but that's a stretch. Taste is not far from a macro lager either saved from the category by some hint of fruit possibly lemon that is detectable amidst notes of corn and barley and a light yeast nuttiness. Mouthfeel is decent, a bit creamy and holds together and let's you know this is a craft beer. Overall this one isn't great but it's drinkable and refreshing enough.

Photo of TheRuss9585
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of ericj551
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Spotted Cow pours a light gold with a nice head. The aroma is slightly grainy and malty with a night light fruitiness. The flavor is crisp with some light malt and just a hint of sweetness before a dry finish. The bitterness is very light, and there is really no hop flavor. The finish is fairly clean with just a bit of lingering fruitiness.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of udubdawg
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours clear, quite yellow, but only a small fizzy head forms and retention is brief at best.
Nose is stronger than some competitors, but distressingly high in sweet corn, even stronger than the pale malt aroma. I'm thinking I get a faint flowery hop aroma. No alcohol, DMS, fruitiness, or off aromas.
Flavor is underwhelming. Sweet corn is again even with pale malt. Not a lot of depth. After the swallow the beer's memory disappears from my palate, as there is no aftertaste, drying, residual bitterness, graininess, etc.
Body is medium for the style, carbonation perhaps a bit low. It's clean, without any noticeable flaws, and if it was hot (and it is) I could (and did) finish the bottle with little effort. I'll have it again, but don't have any desire to do so right now.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.83/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy, yeast-induced hazy apple juice in color. Precisely zero head at all. F-L-A-T. Aromas of fruits mixed with some sweet corn. Flavor is rather bland. There's some citric sweetness up front, followed by a soft caramel note, and ends with a sour note. Thin mouthfeel and the strangest thing at the very end: it was as if someone just flipped off the taste switch. Just like that...everything disappears on the palate. Odd. Not very drinkable as it really did nothing for me.

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this bottle.

Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 2,797 ratings.