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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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2,474 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,474
Reviews: 695
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 171
Gots: 297 | 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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NIURicky

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

09-17-2012 21:23:38 | More by NIURicky
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drewface

Illinois

5/5  rDev +34.4%

09-16-2012 16:18:21 | More by drewface
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Misanthropy_Sipping

Nebraska

2.68/5  rDev -28%

My respectful parents were nice enough to bring back a menagerie of New Glarus beer when they crossed through Wisconsin. Always nice to know people who travel and know you like good beer. Had three bottles of Spotted Cow in a sampler pack.

Well, the pour was a pale gold. Nothing unusual or multispectral in colour. All I expect from a cream ale. Somewhat of a murk to it. Very gentle murk.

Smells very light of fresh straw, a tad citrusy, sweet corn... all pretty light.

Taste: Light sweet corn kind of a taste which is nice, not unpleasant, a tad muted lemon... tastes like... well... beer, for lack of better terms. Has a bit of a cream of wheat thing going on. All the flavors are pretty well evened out all the way through.

The mouthfeel certainly saves the day and makes it a very clean but not entirely crisp beer which is cool. It lives up to it's cream ale style. Mouthfeel is probably the best cream ale mouthfeel I have had in a beer to date.

Overall nothing out of this world but I can definitely see why this is one of Wisconsin's most popular craft beers. It appeals to many crowds and is utterly non offensive. A winner for those who enjoy good beer and those who may have no idea what good beer is.

09-16-2012 02:42:46 | More by Misanthropy_Sipping
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BigTuna


3.7/5  rDev -0.5%

Spotted Cow pours a lovely golden-yellow with a finger and a half of head, and it laces nice as you sip.

The smell is yeast and bread with hints of banana and citrus fruits. I don't really get the corn or hop scents that others have noted. It's a delightful smell, not overbearing.

The beer tastes great. I get similar flavors to the nose, with a lingering sweetness that makes Spotted Cow sessionable as hell. Just a super-drinkable beer.

Mouthfeel is nice, but nothing special. The carbonation grabs your attention but seems to settle as you drink.

Overall, a fun, tasty beer. If you're looking for something to drink regularly, go for Spotted Cow. It does feel and taste a little thin toward the end, but the flavors stay intact for the most part. Cheers!

09-16-2012 01:57:30 | More by BigTuna
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CurtisPeacock


3.78/5  rDev +1.6%

Appearance: Pours a light yellow color with a good white head that really flows up the glass. Small light head stayed atop the brew throughout the session.
Smell: Rich notes of hops, barley, grains and malts combine to create a very balanced smell.
Taste: A very crisp, tasty brew that is very drinkable. More of a session beer everyone can enjoy.
Mouth feel: Very creamy rich mouth feel with plenty of carbonation for a nice zest. Medium to light body also attributing to the session beer feel.
Overall: One of my favorite session beers to sit down and enjoy with friends. A very crisp taste and not overpowering if you are looking to drink more than a couple.
Thanks

09-14-2012 21:53:06 | More by CurtisPeacock
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

09-14-2012 19:43:13 | More by Litrecola
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KevBearcat529

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.5%

09-13-2012 23:31:49 | More by KevBearcat529
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Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +7.5%

09-13-2012 04:25:55 | More by sami
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Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

09-12-2012 04:57:53 | More by RobinLee
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Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

09-08-2012 04:03:39 | More by pioneer13
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graz34


3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

09-08-2012 02:28:53 | More by graz34
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ryanpj

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

09-07-2012 19:31:09 | More by ryanpj
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Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.5%

09-07-2012 19:05:01 | More by djbulbasaur
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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

09-07-2012 04:08:25 | More by SCZ
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MrTana

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

09-07-2012 03:53:24 | More by MrTana
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Kentucky

4/5  rDev +7.5%

09-06-2012 14:02:32 | More by bradfordjohnson
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Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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Illinois

3/5  rDev -19.4%

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Illinois

3/5  rDev -19.4%

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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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Samjuan12

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,474 ratings.