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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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2,537 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,537
Reviews: 698
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 176
Gots: 314 | 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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4/5  rDev +7.5%

WaywardSeaman, Nov 23, 2012
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t0rin0, Nov 23, 2012
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keckr, Nov 22, 2012
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kirbmeist, Nov 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

Cyberhoptic, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale golden yellow with lots of rising bubbles. Big four finger white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing sticking to the glass.

Smell: A fairly sweet and light aroma. Pale malts along with wheat and cereal grains. Hints of cracker and biscuit. A little corn and flakes. Also some hints of straw and a little lemon. Laid back but a decent smell.

Taste: Like the smell gives off, a light and sweet grainy tasting beer. Sweet pale malts and wheat cereal grains . Taste of straw, crackers, biscuit, corn, and cream. Also a little taste of citrus lemon. Has an adjunct like taste but one of the better tasting light tastes.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, crisp, and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty decent light beer. Light with a corny taste but its far better than a typical BMC lager. Would make a great gateway into craft beer.

MattyG85, Nov 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Rmatuszak2, Nov 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

stogirelli, Nov 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

simi46, Nov 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

wapavz, Nov 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Pacioli1445, Nov 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

menacho1, Nov 17, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bertram for sending this one along as an extra.

Beer pours a hazy light yellow/gold with a thin white head. Smell is a little on the sweet side with hints of maybe apple or even a little grape. Flavor follows the nose, this is essentially a better version of an adjunct lager that brings a slight hint of apple and sweetness to go along with the usual corn of the adjuncts. It's far from spectacular tasting, but it's a good representation of what it is. Mouthfeel is thin-medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is essentially the high end version of your average light lager. It's pretty decent, and I can see why the Wisconsin-ites swear by it in the summer, but it's far from great, just above average.

starrdogg, Nov 16, 2012
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Lionhawk, Nov 14, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden color with a very little head

S- Very sweet at first. Maybe a slight vanilla apple smell and a little bit funky

T- Sweet with virtually no bitterness. A little bit of cream. Very plain beer taste. But delicious

M- Great. Pretty carbonated and very smooth.

O- Very good beer but kind of plain. Loved by all my friends who don't drink craft beer but still enjoyed by those that do. Very easy to drink all night.

dhbiker0889, Nov 13, 2012
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Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,537 ratings.