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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,573
Reviews: 700
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 176
Gots: 328 | 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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3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had at a Milwaukee Brewers game last Friday when I was in town. $6.25 for a 12oz bottle. My first from New Glarus. This wouldn't have been my first choice, but it was all they had from them.

This is a Cream Ale? I don't know what style I would have guessed this to be, but it doesn't taste like any Cream Ales I've had... then again, I haven't had a craft Cream Ale, I don't think. Uh. That probably makes a difference. This has that "beer" color -- sunset orange. There's about two or three fingers worth of a creamy looking head. Lacing is above average. Nice start... gotta love a good looking beer. The smell is initially what made me wonder what the damn style was. Mild grassy/earthy hops and Play-Doh/dough just about hit the aroma on the head for me, although seeing others mention banana and clove isn't a surprise... I can see that. Taking a sip, I get the same thing. How does a beer that has a pretty big "dough" profile taste good? Leave it to New Glarus. While I'm not a huge fan of this, it's memorable. I'm pretty confident that I won't taste another beer quite like this. A respectable beer.

Alextricity, Jul 08, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
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
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
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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3.48/5  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.

brewskifan55, Dec 29, 2013
Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,573 ratings.