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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,539
Reviews: 698
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 176
Gots: 315 | FT: 8
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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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

craft_shannie, Nov 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

510a, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of chefhatt
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When i poured this one into a pint glass, it has a nice golden body with a nice 2' white creamy head. The smell has a citrus aroma but also a sweet one too. The taste is of a little lemon with some bubble gum hints. The mouthfeel is very nice, smooth, well carbonated. This beer is very drinkable and if i lived closer to wisconsin, i would use this as my go to beer.

chefhatt, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Walkerjgt
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Walkerjgt, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of jneiswender
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a sample glass.

A-golden, yellow body, some haze. Thick, white sponge head.

S-metallic, mineral like, some earth.

T-SOOO creamy! like liquid donuts, a nice hop touch makes it not too sweet.

M-very light, well carbonated, far from dry

D-great session. really really tasty. I could drink this all night.

jneiswender, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of johnyb
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

johnyb, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of dsauter
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

dsauter, May 06, 2014
Photo of JellyJacket
3/5  rDev -19.4%

JellyJacket, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of Inglewood
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Inglewood, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of kevanb
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Spotted Cow pours a bright straw color, lots of gold notes, fairly clear, lots of bubbles rising to the top of the glass, with a nice big fluffy head on top. It does look reminiscent of many macro lagers, however for a 4.8% farmhouse ale, I wouldn’t expect it to deviate too much from them. The aroma is interesting, lots of grains, hints of malty sweetness and noble hops round out a very simple aroma. The flavors are pretty straightforward, grains are dominant, some of the added corn is present as well with a dash of creaminess and faint hop oils. It has a nice crisp pilsner-like body and smooth finish.

Verdict: Nothing special, just a really well done low ABV ale. The flavors are simple but not boring, it’s crisp but not harsh and more importantly, it goes down so easily. Great to drink on a warm day or with a nice meal, and a great beer to convert a macro lager drinker.

kevanb, Jan 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

OldhouseRecs, Aug 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

schmidtmattsays, Jun 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Beeradelphia, Nov 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

JimmytheSaintPSU, Aug 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

huntermop, Jun 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

polopaul20, Aug 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

zbooks, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of nomad
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Like the previous review of this beer says, within the style of Cream Ale the Spotted Cow is very good. Drinking Gennessee Cream in college back east, its hard for me to think of a Cream Ale that could be made with care and artistry. Proof that any style is tasty if done well...

Pours a lightly hazy but glowing soft gold, quite alluring in fact, with a billowing head. Soft, fluffy, bilious - truly cloud-like. Looks like a summer thirst quencher.

Smells fairly moderate in general, but compared to most cream ales it does shine with artisanal touches. Scents of mashed corn, wheat, and pale malts swirl together to form a cornucopia of farm smells. This beer does come from Wisconsin, so...

Tastes of all the grainy aspects of corn and wheat with a great pale malt base. Barely sweet, and incredibly soft and easy on the palate without being bland. Little to no hop bite and possesses a small dash of creaminess toward the finish.

This beer goes down like a report on the various grains possible to a Midwestern brewer. A tasty drinker and a good choice for a flagship brew.

nomad, Sep 03, 2004
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

MNBeer1017, May 08, 2013
Photo of beveragecaptain
2.55/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a hazy yellow color with no head at all. The aroma is slightly malty, but not at all interesting. The flavor is sweet, with no bitterness. There is some fruityness, like lemon and pineapple. Not at all creamy. Low carbonation. If there were some bubbles, at least it would have been easier to drink. I did not like this beer very much. It's available at almost every bar in Madison. Who drinks this?

beveragecaptain, May 15, 2005
Photo of Gtreid
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at BW3 in Milwaukee. Poured into a shaker pint.

A: Cloudy, straw yellow color. There was about one and a half fingers of slightly off white head that receded to a thin rim and left no lace.

A: Not much going on here. I get a touch of lemon and definitely some pale malt. But the nose is rather subdued.

T: Pale malt, adjuncts, and lemon. There might be a touch of wheat in this brew as well. Just a touch of bitterness in the finish from the low amount of hops.

M: Thin, but good amount of carbonation. Very crisp finish.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is quite high, I could have a few of these. Overall, it is what it is with this brew. This is a good example of a cream ale, the style just doesn't lend it's self to a complex flavor profile. I won't go out of my way to get this beer, but I won't pass it up either. Skal.

Gtreid, Dec 20, 2009
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

speedvagen, Feb 24, 2013
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3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass

A: a cloudy golden with a white one finger head that dissipates fast. Light lacing.

S: Picking up grains, corn and barley. Also some light hoppiness.

T: Citrus featuring lemons. A corny graininess. Light, refreshing ,with a dry finish.

M: light to medium with low carbonation.

O: Didn't really blow me away. A nice lawn mowing beer. Smooth but kinda boring. Sort of like a cow standing out in a field.

brewskifan55, Dec 29, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass, no freshness date.

A: Pours a nearly clear staw and golden color with a one inch bubbly bubbly pure white head. Not much carbonation to be seen for an arguably carbonated style. Little to no lacing.

S: Not really that impressive or mind blowing, subdued semi sweet malt with more of a pronouned corn scent.

T/MF: Light hop bitterness hits the tongue at first with a sort of appley grassy lemon taste which then is taken over by a sweeter and maltier presence. Each is equally represented with the hops maybe getting the best of the deal, Light to medium bodied this beer finishes with a slight hop twinge.

D: I can't really speak for cream ales but this beer is not bad but not good either, it has nice parts to it but as a whole leaves me wanting more from it, pretty refreshing in a sense but I wouldn't go out of my way to get my hands on this beer.

bluemoonswoon, Dec 24, 2007
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Kenai4, May 01, 2012
Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,539 ratings.