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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,479
Reviews: 695
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 171
Gots: 300 | 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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Photo of udubdawg


3/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

06-06-2010 00:27:10 | More by udubdawg
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

12-25-2013 00:33:58 | More by Ristaccia
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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -19.4%

06-26-2014 19:16:05 | More by huntermop
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3.9/5  rDev +4.8%

Pours a cloudy golden color with a white head that falls to just about nothing. Thin lacing.

Clean mildly sweet aroma. Slight fruits and citrus in the nose.

Mild sweet malts in the taste. Grains and corn present like a typical WI brew but with a slight fruit finish. Nice.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Nice easy drinking beer. Well done.

11-06-2008 13:50:34 | More by dstc
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-20-2012 12:31:04 | More by ajs4bd
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

02-24-2013 23:00:50 | More by speedvagen
Photo of stewart124


3.53/5  rDev -5.1%

Slightly hazy golden yellow. Just a bit of head.

A touch of sweet apple in the nose. Crisp malt and hay add something that reminds me of summer.

Light malt and just a touch of creamy goodness. Slight sweetness that could come from the corn. Hops are barely noticeable.

There is something comforting about this beer. So easy to drink. Obviously a staple for the brewery.

10-06-2012 00:38:57 | More by stewart124
Photo of seaoflament


4.1/5  rDev +10.2%

Acquired in a trade with Initiative.

Pours a pale and hazy yellow, similar to pineapple juice, with a quickly fading layer of foam.

The aroma is of subtle citrus peel, sweet corn, pale malt and a bit of grass. It smells really crisp too.

Upfront sweetness and corn flavors, with a bit of sweet orange and grapefruit in the finish. Slight hop presence with a little mint. A slight fruitiness in the finish/aftertaste. Very clean and crisp tasting.

Mouthfeel is average to slightly above average, for the style I say it is spot on, not too light but enough body to make this feel like a well crafted beer. I’m not too fond of lagers, and this one obviously has lager qualities but blending it with an ale gives it a nice body that I feel combines two great aspects from both types of beers: refreshing taste, and a malt body to back it up. I wouldn’t mind drinking this again.

11-21-2007 22:51:19 | More by seaoflament
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

05-31-2013 03:23:44 | More by GuttaMane138
Photo of BlackBelt5112203


3.88/5  rDev +4.3%

Special thanks to my buddy Taylor who brought a New Glarus variety pack straight from Wisconsin all the way down here to Charleston. Thanks, Taylor!

12 oz bottle poured into a mug at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Pale gold color with barely a finger of white fizzy bubbles that dissipate almost immediately. No lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles.

S – Some grainy malt but mostly corn. It smells an awful lot like a BMC adjunct lager minus some of the skunkiness that’s sometimes there.

T – Sweet all the way through with grainy and bready malt and a healthy dose of corn. While it smells a little like the big guys, it tastes a lot better.

F – Light-bodied with lots of carbonation, a smooth and creamy but crisp mouthfeel, and a sweet and slightly dry finish. The high amount of carbonation yields a perceived acidity at the finish, as well.

O – This is a solid cream ale. I’m not really a big fan of the style since it’s essentially an adjunct “ale,” but this is a great example of the style. For a cream ale, this is very tasty and definitely refreshing and drinkable. Great lawnmower beer. Nicely done, NG.

11-01-2012 02:21:26 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

07-31-2014 03:48:34 | More by ONovoMexicano
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

06-20-2014 18:37:51 | More by Ncpogs
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-21-2012 16:27:33 | More by johnyb
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

12-17-2013 16:41:51 | More by wyatt13
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3.48/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

12-29-2013 20:26:07 | More by brewskifan55
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

08-08-2014 21:45:55 | More by Wobbly
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

03-21-2012 03:34:59 | More by Agold
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

08-27-2013 20:05:43 | More by polopaul20
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

08-25-2013 21:23:49 | More by Kaveman
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

05-08-2013 02:34:05 | More by MNBeer1017
Photo of Kadonny


3.53/5  rDev -5.1%

I got a bunch of NG brews from MammothBrew. This is the first one I tried. Thanks Dustin.

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: A light gold color that is a bit hazy. A one half finger white head disappears quickly. Not much glass lacing.

S: Light fruit smells, grains, grass, bready sweetness and some slgiht yeastiness.

T: Nice mix of light fruit flavors with apple. pear, banana coupled with grains, straw/grass, yeast and a bready doughy flavor. Finish yields some hops flavors that are quickly smoothed out by the grainy finish. Nice and smooth.

M: Creamy, nice carbonation, no alcohol, very drinkable.

O: A real good drinker, just a a cream ale should be. Enjoyable, but not spectacular.

As I just said, I enjoyed this beer and I was really glad to try it. NG is a brewery we can't get here in PA so I am really excited to try these beers I got in the trade. A nice start to the NG experience.

06-28-2011 13:30:48 | More by Kadonny
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4.22/5  rDev +13.4%

New Glarus Spotted Cow: A wonderful “farm” ale, bottle conditioned, with yeast in the bottle. Appears to be a weiss beer, with a slight yeast/banana aroma. Very light tasting, with understated malts and hops creating a light citrus taste. Very easy to drink, very light and refreshing. This would be a wonderful beer in the summer, and very good all the time. Pick it up if you see it.

12-06-2002 20:17:07 | More by jackndan
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

06-23-2014 04:03:17 | More by Walkerjgt
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

09-18-2012 22:48:34 | More by swgwilt
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West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

06-29-2014 23:51:23 | More by WVUbrew
Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
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