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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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2,320 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,320
Reviews: 686
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 159
Gots: 228 | FT: 7
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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Texas

4/5  rDev +7.8%

07-28-2013 17:35:05 | More by OgreSanchez
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ahbithwabm

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

04-30-2013 16:46:33 | More by ahbithwabm
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ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy straw color with a thin white head that quickly disappeared.

Aroma is of citrus and other light fruits. Taste is fruity and refreshing. Pear seems to doiminate. Not much else going on here, it's pretty light and mild.

Light to medium bodied, and interesting. I could hit this one pretty hard any time of year. A good session beer and recommended to anyone trying to get out of the BMC rut.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2008 02:02:51 | More by ZimZamZoom
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MNBeer1017

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

05-08-2013 02:34:05 | More by MNBeer1017
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Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.8%

03-01-2014 18:38:42 | More by Knoxrb12
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slimntubbs

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

01-30-2012 04:11:53 | More by slimntubbs
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loren01

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very light straw color, almost like a bud/miller light. Very small head that dissipated very quickly. Minimal carboation observed.
S: Smell is pretty fruity, very strong citrus smell. Pretty complex smell to it.
T: Taste is pretty sweet. I can't really detect any hoppiness to speak of. There is also some slight tartness to the taste maybe like a sweet berry flavor.
M: Mouthfeel is pretty well balanced, goes down pretty easily.
D: I could see myself drinking quite a few of these on a hot summer day. It seems like its more of a light Belgian Wit or something rather than a Cream Ale though.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2006 08:17:42 | More by loren01
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craft_shannie

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

11-11-2012 22:53:29 | More by craft_shannie
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psmith161

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

01-13-2013 00:29:49 | More by psmith161
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leschkie

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

01-12-2013 08:14:27 | More by leschkie
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KC9LDB

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-21-2011 22:40:50 | More by KC9LDB
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Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

12-27-2011 11:50:19 | More by Grebdioz
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mmcnaughton

Michigan

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-21-2011 18:15:39 | More by mmcnaughton
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mwilbur

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into cervoise.
A: Pours a clear golden yellow with slight fizz...very similar to apple juice in color.
S: Honey, faint hops, not much honestly.
T: Cream, honey, faint hops and malt.
M: Smooth and creamy.
D: Quite drinkable. A nice beer, but fairly bland. I swear this tasted better the last time I had this. Perhaps I'll come back to this review and amend in the future if future quaffs are different. Thanks to my wife for bringing this one back from Madison for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 03:41:51 | More by mwilbur
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Beezee

Illinois

5/5  rDev +34.8%

02-17-2012 04:13:42 | More by Beezee
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dmamiano

West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For some reason am surprised to see this labeled as a cream ale.
Poured a very light straw color with a pretty big haze and nice white head. Lacing is good.
Taste is of sweet malts and fairly minimal in the hop dept. Very yeasty almost reminded me of some type of Belgian yeast strain.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 13:36:19 | More by dmamiano
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WVUbrew

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

06-29-2014 23:51:23 | More by WVUbrew
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shadow1961

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Glarus Spotted Cow pours a finger of foam over a slightly cloudy
yellow brew. Carbonation is steady, and the nose is ale yeast and barley
malt. The flavor is crisp, slightly sweet barley malt with notes of citrus and
corn, with the smallest hint of herbal hop and grain in the finish. It's smooth,
crisp, and quenching- all you really want out of a cream ale. Good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 07:41:10 | More by shadow1961
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Took the family out for dinner the other weekend and jotted these notes down on the kiddie placemat. My options were mostly mass produced swill so New Glarus was a no brainer. Spotted Cow on tap. I could go 16 oz or 23 oz per the waitress, once again a no brainer.

A) Looks tasty, kind of thick looking. A hazy yellow, with a good inch of white head that faded pretty quick, nice lacing in the pilsner style glass.

S) No wow factor here. I'd say fresh bread, little bit of fruit scent.

T) Very creamy... Made me think of Sleeman's Cream Ale. I haven't had one of those Canadian beers in way too long. Good after taste is a plus.

M) I like it. This stuff just sticks right to my grill.

O) I really enjoy this brew, but how this is New Glarus's best seller is a mystery to me. They have many offerings that I routinely purchase in favor of it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2011 02:28:28 | More by RoamingGnome
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Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

05-19-2013 21:53:41 | More by Ri0
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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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Florida

4/5  rDev +7.8%

05-31-2013 03:23:44 | More by GuttaMane138
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Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

06-03-2012 23:36:06 | More by cfh64
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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

05-30-2014 23:46:19 | More by beersdmf17
Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,320 ratings.