Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 731
Hads: 3,078
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 235
Gots: 657 | FT: 17
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New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2002

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Reviews: 731 | Hads: 3,078
Photo of Fuller
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another Wisconsin beer shipped to me by thefatkid13 :thumbup:

poured a hazy yellow with almost no head even with an aggressive pour. A slight ring of foam does stay on top of the brew most of the way throughout drinking though. Smells great for a hot day - light and fruity with a touch of grain. Hop bitterness is nonexistant, taste is of a hint of citrus and grain with a noticeable dry finish. Definitely see why its a cream ale in the mouthfeel area. Goes down smooth and creamy.

Nothing about this beer screams out "hey, look at me!", but that's part of what makes it so damn drinkable. (597 characters)

Photo of kingothewoods
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a little on the yellowish side with not much head and not much carbonation. Very sweet smells which are the malts - kinda like homemade bread. Slightly smooth and easy to drink with the aftertaste of a little hint of hops in there. This is a beer I would call a summer brew that you have at a neighbor's barbecue party. (326 characters)

Photo of bjohn84
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale yellow with a slight haze. The little head that was present dissipates quickly

S - Fresh straw and yeast. Sweet bread coming through a bit

T - Clean and bready with sweet malts. Corn. mellow hop along with banana comes in on back side.

M - Extremely drinkable with a slightly higher creaminess and mouthfeel than expected. Great sharp carbonation of tiny bubbles throughout

O - Great refreshing beer. I really enjoy the carbonation balance and just enough flavor to keep it interesting with the low ABV (516 characters)

Photo of leakyfaucet12
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle given to me by my brother, drank after my first long day at work

a- golden color with a good lasting head looks a little light.

S-bread, wheat, classic beer smell

t- full and flavorful, but tastes like a light beer

m- Classic carbonaion and some thickness

d-very high with this one. I would enjoy this beer for my drinkable get drunk beer (355 characters)

Photo of littlekidlover
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah, the true pride of Wisconsin. Poured this straw colored cloudy beer into my pint glass with a bit of fluffy head. There was not much to the nose, mostly Meyer lemon if anything. This beer is the king of subtlety. You can taste that belgiumy/ wiess bier bananna and yeast. There is some subtle spiciness. The mouthfeel is silky and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. I could probably drink 40 or 50 of these things. This is not a beer that will slam you taste buds with a one two punch, but for a pleasing warm weather sipper that your mom will like, you can't go wrong. (587 characters)

Photo of TriGuy20
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip style wine glass.

A: Golden yellow (A little hazy) with moderate white head and a decent amount of lace clings to side of glass.

S: Toasted grain/ Malt/ Lemon/ Wheat/ Vanilla notes

T: The grain hits you up front with a little butter cream which is followed by some nice lemon flavors on the mid palate and a wheat and lemon zest finish.

MF: This beer feels solid on the palate; I would like it to be a little more velvety.

D: This would be a fine beer to session with; however, some might find the butter cream taste to get a little cloying after a while.

Well done New Glarus, a fine brew to enjoy with friends. (657 characters)

Photo of snaxcat
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy pale straw color.
Smells of banana, bready malt, pineapple.
Tastes of straw, bread, banana, sweet fruits. Decent hop bitterness not overpowering.
Smooth, light, refreshing.

Overall: a solid, go to, easy drinking summer beer. (253 characters)

Photo of BobbyBeerman
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To my friends, the Schmit family, I am eternally grateful for bringing me back the New Glarus sampler.

A: Pours a golden honey color with a thin creamy head that dissipates quickly. No lacing. Obvious carbonation trails going up with sediment going down.

S: Apple fruit tones with a bit of maltiness and yeast.

T: The malt and hop flavors are light as is the fruitiness.

M: Creamy smooth (duh - it's a cream ale). Medium to light body.

D: This is very easy to drink. Low alcohol content so you could enjoy more than one easily. Flavors aren't over the top. Nothing harsh about this one. It drinks easy and tastes good. (623 characters)

Photo of Baraka
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super cloudy straw color with a mild head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells like peaches, apricot, oranges, ect. Very pleasing aroma. Taste adds a spicy yeast character and some bready malt. Solid carbonation gives it a crisp refreshing feel. While it may not be incredibly complex, it is a very drinkable, very tasty beer that I will definitely have again the next time i find myself in Wisconsin. (411 characters)

Photo of billyzoom666
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It pours golden yellow with some carbonation and a bit of lacing. It has a very fresh fruit smell. It's sweet with just a hint of grain. Nice! Not much here in the way of taste. It has a bit of grain flavor up front. It's just sort of bland. I've always thought of Spotted Cow as the microbrew for people who only drink Miller Lite. It's a gateway micro I guess, which isn't a bad thing. This is a light beer. It has a little bit of tingle across the tongue when ingested. It has a high drinkability. It's totally a beer to kick back with when you don't want to get bloated. (620 characters)

Photo of Arno
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I was on holiday in the US and visited Wisconsin. In the first bar they already tipped me this beer. So ofcourse i had a taste.

And my first tasting impression was wow!

Light yellow, gold like. Bright and refreshing looking.

Sweet malts, fruits, wheat, corn, citrus.

A subtle, almost creamy, balance of fruit, malt, citrus and corn. Very light and easy going, nearly no bitter and yet very refreshing without getting boring at all.

Light, thin and refreshing. Medium carbonation.

Usually beers like these get a bit annoying after a while because they lack depth and are too easy going. But this one, i can drink any day, and all day :) It somehow manages to give all sorts of easy flavors and yet manages to keep it interesting. It's refreshing, easy going and has a nice balance of sweetness and acidity. It's the perfect summer drink.
One of my favorites in the "easy going and fresh" category beers.

Too bad it's pretty much impossible to get this beer over here (Netherlands). Maybe it need to import and distribute it :) (1,088 characters)

Photo of rkinsella
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light hazy straw color. Poured into a "beer clean" glass with a proper pour...very little head, and gone in just a couple minutes.
Almost no lacing.

Smell had a little grain, a little malt sweetness, bit of fruit, but very little of anything else.

Taste was slightly better than average. Way on the light side. Subtle sweetness, minimal hops. The part I liked the least was the seltzer water like finish.

Mouthfeel was decent, medium carbonation.

Very drinkable, and on the right day, it could be very refreshing. I've just had much better beers from New Galrus. I'm a little surprised this is their flagship. I really wanted to like it. But just average to me. (666 characters)

Photo of Bounty628
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With an ABV of 5.10%, Spotted Cow is a very smooth ale that is well rounded in almost all aspects of the beer. The 5.10% ABV allows this beer to be enjoyed without being inundated with a powerful alcohol content.

Spotted Cow pours a golden straw color that maintains a cloudy haze upon the pour. There is a very fine white head when poured that dissipates quickly after hitting the glass. Minimal lacing is present during the tasting.

The smell is very faint with this beer and the nose is perhaps the only real weakness with this offering. Nothing really jumps out of the pint glass with the Spotted Cow; rather, a distant citrus presence is noticed along with a mild nose of hops and malts.

The taste of this cream ale is very pleasant with a smooth and subtle nature to it. Cream ales traditionally are not heavy on flavor and this beer is really no different. There is just the right balance to the taste to ensure that the beer has enough of a flavor to it to keep this beer away from being just a bland mouthful. The taste is a light wheat and citrus/fruit combination that easily glides across the palate. A hint of a biscuit nature works its way into the taste and serves this beer well. Thankfully for there is not a giant hop presence or this cream ale would fall outside of its category.

A very easy mouthfell is at play with Spotted Cow as there is just the right amount of carbonation to help work the beer across the palate. Because of the mild taste of the beer, there is no aftertaste left with after drinking the offering and the beer truly does serve as a very nice session beer. (1,601 characters)

Photo of Newglarusguy
5/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This ale is by far one of the very best I've had to date. It's pours a silky cloudy color of caramelish yellow, it's smell hints of grains and corn and a bit of a fruit side to it. It goes down very easy and it's taste is by far the best for ale's that arn't 10$ or cheaper for a six pack. I strongly recommend this one to anyone who's in the greater WI area and wants to try a exceptional beer!

Man Up! (406 characters)

Photo of seh410
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Blake (kickinthechalice) for this beer!

Appearance: Pours a golden yellowish-orange color - almost like the Stone Soup beer (which I just drank and reviewed) except that it seems less dense and more translucent. The head is fizzy and maybe half a finger's worth... it dissipates quickly but the bubbles keep streaming up from the bottom

Aroma: Smells like malts and wheat, maybe a little fruitiness in the background. Between the pour and the aroma, this is shaping up to be a lot like Stone Soup, which I hope it isn't, because I didn't love that. This is a cream ale though, while Stone Soup is a Belgian Pale... not sure why they appear so similar so far

Taste/Mouthfeel: Feels creamy in the mouth. Thank God, unlike Stone Soup, I'm not getting any strong lingering after taste - that's totally not my thing. Spotted Cow feels very light and thin, which here isn't bad.... To be honest, the flavor isn't very full, so I'm having a difficult time rating it. I guess I mostly taste pale malts with a little hops.

Notes: This beer is light and crisp and the drinkability is high. It's nothing too special though, just a nice drinking beer, maybe best on a hot afternoon. (1,185 characters)

Photo of Mario61Aler
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one was a gift from chewytheman.

poured a very bright light amber color with 1 1/2" of head on an aggressive pour, that was almost white.
I splashed about 3" of this into the bottom of a tulip and stuck my nose in the glass to be greated by the wonderful aroma of sweetness.
I sipped this one and smiled and offered a sip to my wife, she sniffed, sipped and smiled too. Yummy is a good discription of this one. A very good example of a cream ale. Soft but tart.
I may have to make a trip to a distribution area to pick this up, overall a good example of the style, that leaves a clean feeling in the mouth. Like Little kings on Steroids! It would be easy to drink this one in multiples.

Thanks Chris! I owe you a couple for this one. (743 characters)

Photo of Generik420
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on a pub crawl in Milwaukee last weekend and was very impressed. In fact, one bar was supposed to serve us Stella Artois, but had ran out and substituted with Spotted Cow and I was actually happy to miss out on the Stella.

Appearance: Pale and clear. Clean white head that didn't last long.

Smell: Sweet aroma and not hoppy. Very pleasant.

Taste/mouthfeel: This beer is on the sweeter side, and that may be a turn off to some. Very light on the hops. There is a bit of a twang to the backend of this, almost a hint of citrus. It is a little thin regarding mouthfeel.

This beer is a fantastic choice for a session beer or as a pallete cleanser between high hop beers. Great for summer as well. Wish I could get it where I live. (748 characters)

Photo of bevenson
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Sweet, bready malt with hint of corn. Light yeast fruitiness. Very pleasing, inviting aroma.

S - Golden and mostly clear; slight cloudiness from being bottled conditioned. Rocky, white head with fair retention.

T - Bready, toasty malt with a mild hop bitterness. Light corn in background. Mild herbal hop flavor. Sweet malt flavor. Enjoyable, but I'd prefer a little more hop flavor.

M - Medium to light body with a nice dry finish. Very refreshing.

D - A simple yet refreshing beer. An easy drinking beer that is what most of the American style lagers should be. (571 characters)

Photo of Ottertude
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This cream ale poured a hazy golden yellow into my pint glass. A this white head quickly faded only leaving a little lacing on my glass.

The smell was faintly of corn and fruit, perhaps an apple. The taste was of corn, malt and a hint of fruit. At least this went down pretty clean and didn't leave a nasty after taste. Yes, I know this is faint praise but this is all this ale deserves. It was just ok.

It was lager thin and did go down easily enough after an evening of yardwork. I can see having 1 or 2 of these and then switching to something else. New Glarus has better offerings than this. (597 characters)

Photo of Matthew_Phoenix
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Spotted Cow is one of a kind. Only found in Wisconsin. I live in Illinois and I go up to Wisconsin every once and a while when I can so that I can get a six pack. Real light and creamy. Almost rich in its taste. A little wet on the finish. All around solid. Get it if you can. (283 characters)

Photo of AmyfaceNYC
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer is apparently only available in Wisconsin and seems to be beloved in the Great Lakes states. I really enjoyed it. It had a smooth, simple taste of farmhouse grains--easy drinking, not too fancy. I didn't really pick up any of the fruitiness the label mentioned. It was full-bodied with a well-balanced flavor. Somehow exactly how I would want a beer from a brewery in a tiny town in Wisconsin to taste. (412 characters)

Photo of jdaelhousen
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour produces a creamy, white head. Thin lacing. Color is cloudy orange. Some sediment noticeable. Few carbonation bubbling throughout. Aroma contains notes of sweet honey, and very mild citris in the trailing nose. Flavor of the contains a sweet center. Wheat malts make up a biscuity first flavor, while the mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied. Citric orange peel and lemon zest come into play towards the finish and linger on the palate into the aftertaste. A hit of carbonation makes it's way into the finish as well. Overall, a very drinkable beer and flavorful with the citris dancing on the palate and the adding of the honey makeup. Would definitely buy this in multiple 6 packs if it was around Massachusetts. (720 characters)

Photo of Hachiman
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A light golden with fairly persistent white head and pretty fine lacing.

Smells lightly creamy and sweet.

Taste is more complex. Besides a hint of creaminess and malt sweetness, there's a slight fruity undercurrent and a pleasantly lip-smacking sourness.

Mouth feel is medium and a little sticky on the lips.

This is New Glarus's most popular beer, most probably because it's more sessionable than their more distinctive tasting brews. I would use it for that purpose if I lived in Wisconsin. (496 characters)

Photo of rhodeska
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Really dark and frohty yellow pour. Can't see the whole way through the glass. The head wasn't that much, and subsided fairly quickly.

Smell is good, definitely a solid banana, not overpowering, but strong.

Taste doesn't quite live up to the smell, not a ton of flavor to the beer, a hint of bananas and the usual wheat beer taste.

The beer doesn't really reside in your mouth at all, goes down fairly easily and is quite refreshing. (437 characters)

Photo of kj8525
2.38/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

A: gold with white head like a macro lager.

S: grassy not getting much else. Maybe a little grainy.

T: very average in the taste. A little bit of of sweetness up front. Otherwise grassy and watery taste. IMO pretty bland.

M: well carbonated but again watery

O: very average beer nothing too exciting here. If you like the macro stuff there isn't much deviation in this beer from those. (391 characters)

Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
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