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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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2,915 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,915
Reviews: 737
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 212
Gots: 513 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 2,915 | Reviews: 737
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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy and golden; bubbles shoot up the side of the glass vigorously; a white, solid head with great retention; lacing is gorgeous

S: Wet hay and grassy earthiness from the malt profile dominate; a slight floral hop quality; some sour funkiness; doesn't seem too balanced with such a heavy grain presence

T: Again, very grainy--not in a bad way but a very one dimensional malt presence--nothing much else going on--though maybe a touch of lemon rind at the end

F: Quite creamy with good mouth feel

D: A drinkable, simple, and one dimensional beer--yet it's quite drinkable and would be a nice go to session ale if it were available here.

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3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw-gold body, somewhat hazy. Medium white head tops it off. Sweet malt nose, hints of citrus. Sweet malt dominates the flavor, hints of hops, touch of citrus. Could use a bit more malt to bring out the flavor. Medium bodied, somewhat creamy. Not horrible but not my favorite.

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3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured intoa mug. pours a golden yellow color with three fingers of loose white head that dissipates quickly.

aroma is light, with notes of pale malts and a touch of fruity yeast. a slight floral character stays in the background, while a grainy base sits below the yeast.

taste is lightly fruity, with a creamy character and a grainy base. sweet overall, with a finish of grain and residual yeast.

mouthfeel is light bodied with a creamy texture and a smooth finish.

drinkability is good. this is not a strong or rich brew, and it does well at showing the cream character while still showcasing malts and yeast. an easy drinking summer brew. cheers!

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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.

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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.

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3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light straw color that almost has a greenish tint to it when put to the light. There is a fingers worth of white head that has long retention.

The nose is grain forward with a bit of sweetness to it.

The taste is also quite grainy and has sweet backbone to it. A bit of malt lies within the sweetness.

The mouthfeel is smooth and a bit creamy surprisingly. Ample carbonation.

Overall, this brew is quite drinkable and has some decent qualities but i dont see what all the hooplah is about. This is a classy macro-esqe brew, that's all.

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3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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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

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Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
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