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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Spotted CowSpotted Cow

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2,284 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,284
Reviews: 685
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 153
Gots: 221 | FT: 7
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2002)
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Photo of ChopperSmith


3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap at the 2nd Steet Bistro in Ashland, WI into a standard pint glass.

Appearance - Slightly hazy golden color. Minimal head that didn't last long and left only a little lacing behind.

Smell - Sweet wheaty aroma. Slight hop scent. Very subtle nose.

Taste: Creamy, sweet and a little hops. Sort of like a watered down Hefe-Weizen without the phenols of the good Hefe yeasts. Very light. A little slice of lemon actually adds a nice addition to the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Crisply carbonated. Slightly creamy, but thin.

A decent wheat beer or "cream ale", and they go down easy. Tastes like a slightly watered down Hefe-Weizen. Not bad for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2009 01:37:50 | More by ChopperSmith
Photo of BobbyBeerman


3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To my friends, the Schmit family, I am eternally grateful for bringing me back the New Glarus sampler.

A: Pours a golden honey color with a thin creamy head that dissipates quickly. No lacing. Obvious carbonation trails going up with sediment going down.

S: Apple fruit tones with a bit of maltiness and yeast.

T: The malt and hop flavors are light as is the fruitiness.

M: Creamy smooth (duh - it's a cream ale). Medium to light body.

D: This is very easy to drink. Low alcohol content so you could enjoy more than one easily. Flavors aren't over the top. Nothing harsh about this one. It drinks easy and tastes good.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 02:16:17 | More by BobbyBeerman
Photo of gatornation


3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a hazy straw yellow color with a cloud like head that dissipates to an ok ring the smell is grass and hay corn and malt..the taste is the same its creamy and grassy lemon malty a little spice and hop all faint though..this is their signature beer but i can think of others from NG that should replace this one again in earlier reviews ive stated NG is an outstanding brewery with many fine representations of styles.. this one is not recommended

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 22:33:59 | More by gatornation
Photo of MadTown1000


3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This one's significantly better on tap than in a bottle, and if you're in just about any bar or restaurant in Wisconsin, they'll have it on tap. Very cloudy, close-to-opaque medium amber that looks a lot like a wheat beer. Grainy flavor with just a bit of hoppiness to it. It's quite heavy and not a beer I'd want to spend a whole evening with. That said, if the choice is between this and an MGD (which it often is in the Madison area), this is the one to get in a heartbeat. Not one of New Glarus's finest, but a decent standby.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2009 02:46:18 | More by MadTown1000
Photo of littlekidlover


4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah, the true pride of Wisconsin. Poured this straw colored cloudy beer into my pint glass with a bit of fluffy head. There was not much to the nose, mostly Meyer lemon if anything. This beer is the king of subtlety. You can taste that belgiumy/ wiess bier bananna and yeast. There is some subtle spiciness. The mouthfeel is silky and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. I could probably drink 40 or 50 of these things. This is not a beer that will slam you taste buds with a one two punch, but for a pleasing warm weather sipper that your mom will like, you can't go wrong.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 23:35:36 | More by littlekidlover
Photo of aggiearcher13


3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy straw color, a little bit of white head hangs out on the surface after my pour.

S: Kind of a creamed corn aroma. A little bit of lemongrass to it. Pretty good.

T: Sweet, a little sourness in there. Fruity, kind of a banana-citrus sort of thing.

M: Light bodied, well carbonated.

D: It's quite light and easy drinking, but I've always found that the taste has worn on me after a couple.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 20:37:32 | More by aggiearcher13
Photo of oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy straw yellow with fluffy white head and soapy lacing. Nose- sweet corn, slightly grassy. Taste- creamy malt, some corn, lemon and hay. Crisp carbonation and medium bodied, finishes with a touch of hops. Very drinkable. Not a complex beer but hits the spot on a hot day. Only complain is a little too sweet for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 19:11:44 | More by oakbluff
Photo of dubhlain


3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - It's golden, not much seemed to disappear pretty quick with no real lacing.

S - Sweet, Banana, slight grain

T - Little Disappointment the smell is sweet taste is...grainy. I can taste the cream leaves a faint cream soda taste.

M - Medium and carbonated

D - Very Drinkable over all it is pretty non-offending my mom shared with me the other night she drank 4!

Not bad but when I visit wisconsin I'm looking for a diffrent NG brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 23:56:20 | More by dubhlain
Photo of Tone


3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, pale yellow color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast cleanliness, sweet malt, and banana. Fits the style of a Cream Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with a low carbonation level. Tastes of wheat/corn, sweet malt, toffee, slight yeast cleanliness, and some banana. Overall, a smooth, good blend, and easy drinkability. I did not get a great deal of cream flavor, but the addition of corn is not off-putting by any means.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 03:27:10 | More by Tone
Photo of jneiswender


4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 01:21:37 | More by jneiswender
Photo of siradmiralnelson


3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into Pint glass.

A. Big fizzy 3 finger head. Not much lacing at all. Light cloudy golden color.

S. Malt, yeast, some hops, kind of a sour musty smell.

T. Sweet malt, cream flavor, very little to no hop flavor, slight citurs hint.

M Light bodied. Lots of carbonation.

D. Drinkable. Fairly bland. I could put down a couple on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 19:04:27 | More by siradmiralnelson
Photo of BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at the Ramada Plaza hotel in Fond Du Lac, WI.

A: Straw yellow color with an small, creamy head that fades quickly and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

S: Faint sweet malts, kind of grainy, a slight hop aroma.

T&M: Smooth flavor. Sweet grainy malts, a snap of earthy hops mid palate. Clean finish. A decent cream ale, but could have more flavor. Body is light with a nice tingling carbonation.

D: Definitely an easy drinker. More flavor would help things along, but one could do much worse than Spotted Cow if choosing a hot-weather session ale.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2009 04:48:44 | More by BamaBeerBuff
Photo of Wheelinb


3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice medium yellow color when poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Nice thick head. It' very light beer. Not getting much aroma. Nicely carbonated and you can feel it bursting on the tongue. Has a nice smoothness to it as well, which may sound a little contradictory but you will understand once you try one. I am getting a bit of lemon from this. Nice for summer.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 21:58:44 | More by Wheelinb
Photo of Kemmerlin


3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: a golden red color with thin head and no lacing along with some particles floating throughout but might have been filtered poorly.
S: smells malty and almost a little sour like sourdough would be but not sourdough smelling at all.
T: has a hoppy and a sweet taste with the sweetness lingering for a while.
M/D: carbonated light bodied feel with a smooth drinkable finish easily drinkable could like this one more with more flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 20:47:28 | More by Kemmerlin
Photo of Bighuge


3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed light golden. Moderate amounts of carbonation surface throughout the body of the beer. Bubbly dirty white collar leaves sporadic amounts of lace. Aroma is sweet, grainy, and yes, I can even detect a little of that corn sweetness. Not much though. A little musty too. Decent aroma overall. Pretty even keeled flavor. Not too sweet, but it does have some grain sweetness. Body is pretty full. Medium-full I'd say. Some thirst-quenching qualities. Decent beer. But New Glarus has so much more to offer.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 04:33:03 | More by Bighuge
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bebop01 for this one.

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass.

Pours a 2 finger white head. Fizzles down. No lace. Color is a slightly hazy pale yellow.

Aroma: Cloves and bananas. It is like a dulled down hefeweizen. The bananas become more present as the beer warms.

Taste: I can definitely taste the cream. Kind of reminds me of an Italian Cream soda for some reason. Cloves are way more present here. No banana taste. Very bland.

Mouthfeel: Crisp. Overcarbonated. Medium bodied. Leaves a dry unwanting aftertaste.

Overall, this is not a very complex beer. Just doesn't seem to by my style. I won't be having any more of this. Not one of NG best offerings.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 23:28:47 | More by mothman
Photo of LordAdmNelson


3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A light straw-gold color (pils-like) with about an inch of white head with decent retention and lacing.

S- Light sweet malt, a little citrus, maybe even a hint of yeast.

T- Light malt again, a bit of citrus, a little yeast, little or no real hop flavor. A good light brew, but nothing fantastic.

M- Medium to light and well carbonated.

D- Highly drinkable. Great summer or spring beer. Sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 00:13:19 | More by LordAdmNelson
Photo of RedChrome


3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy bright yellow colored beer Half an inch of foamy white head took a few minutes to fade. Very few tiny rising carbonation bubbles. Minimal spotted lace.

Fruit aromas blend with a light grain scent. Apples and corn husk scents battle for dominance. Bitterness is very faint. Just a faint shade on the sweet side of balance.

Sweet flavors abound. A faint fruitiness to the very back behind the grains. White bread tastes are most of the flavor. A bit of corn to note. Almost no existent hops tastes.

Decent thickness. Carbonation is a bit low on the tongue. Tastes cling to the surfaces.

A decent brew. Would work well with almost any food item as a generic beverage. A style that I think is overlooked a bit. Nice treat, but nothing to strive to acquire.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 09:12:48 | More by RedChrome
Photo of kittywamp


3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle in to standard pint. Yellow in color champagne like carbonation dances up from base. Smells like sweet malty goodness not bad. Taste is a little on the light side of things but no complaints. Overly carbonated in the mouth almost like a sprite that has been in the hot truck allday (I know that's a bad comparison as the sprite would be flat as hell but it feels about the same on the tounge). Highly drinkable despite its poor mouthfeel. I must say far better than any BMC out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 03:52:50 | More by kittywamp
Photo of Vixie


2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a yellow color, with just a hint of orange. Forms a bit of a white head which slow dissipates into lacing.

Smell is sweet, quite a bit of citrus in there. Slightly flowery, reminds me a touch of a fresh mown lawn.

Tastes very fruity, seems to be like a carbonated orange juice. Has quite a bit of carbonation, and to me finishes a bit watery.

This was quite thin, not much going on outside of the carbonation.

While certainly not a bad beer, nothing really of note here. A good summer beer, one you'd want after working outside on a hot day and want to cool down with a beer that refreshes, but isn't too heavy.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 01:40:43 | More by Vixie
Photo of natasharai


3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured with a fizzy foamy white head that dissipated leaving almost no lacing. The beer is clear with a light yellowish golden color.

Smell: Sweet apple juice, very light flower aroma, not much going on in the smell.

Taste: Sweet apple and pear, small flowery hop character, sweet fruity malt, weird and unpleasant sour aftertaste that reminds me of the way mothballs smell.

Mouthfeel: light body, a lot/too much of carbonation, leaves mouth dry.

Overall: For the style the drinkability is okay. The flavors up front a great but fade to an unfavorable stale sour flavor. The mouthfeel is far too carbonated for me to enjoy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 04:24:16 | More by natasharai
Photo of Pmazz19

New York

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into some tiny hotel glass because I'm in a hotel in Oshkosh, WI and this is all I have.

A - Light golden, straw color. 1 finger head with decent lacing. Some noticable sediment

S - Beautiful smell, fresh apples light malty background

T - Light fruity sweetness. Hints of corn and yeast, very well balanced

M - Crisp and well carbonated but thicker than the apperance would lead you to believe

D - Great beer for a hot Long Island summer BBQ down on the beach (Too bad I'm stuck in a hotel in WI and its SNOWING!) refreshing and smooth. I love the hints of fruit. Maybe this beer tastes better because I spent the last 2hrs driving around the middle of nowhere looking for a place that sold beer after 9 but I don't think so, this is a very well crafted beer

Edit: I wrote this review after a very long day and an epic quest to find beer. After having a few more I don't love it as much as I did at first but still an enjoyable beer that would be very refreshing on a summer day.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 03:49:28 | More by Pmazz19
Photo of dakid618


4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Pours straw colored golden with a finger of white soapy head. Smell is banana clove-like similar to a hefe but not overpowering like a lot of hefeweizens are. The taste is like a light beer should be. Like a good tasting macro beer. Medium bodied mouthfeel much thicker than I thought it would be. Extremely drinkable. If I lived in Wisconsin this would be my go to beer for all mass consuming events(golf, beer pong, etc). My first beer from New Glarus and I'm not disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 22:15:49 | More by dakid618
Photo of BrewerB


4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to greenvilleguitar for the hookup on this beer!

A - Poured into my Old Rasputin nonic pint glass, this brew is a medium golden color with great clarity. Formed a two finger white head that thinned down but retained well. Little lacing left on the glass.

S - Moderate cracker-like graininess with hints of pilsner malt and a touch of corn. Light floral hoppiness. Modest ester profile.

T - Hints of corn along with an upfront ester character. A touch of grape with saltine crackers in the background. Slightly perfumy.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth.

D - An excellent warm-weather brew, light and refreshing but with enough complexity and flavor to entice you in for another sip.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 23:08:34 | More by BrewerB
Photo of degerbah


4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pub glass. Omg, this is an amazing beer. Ohio should invade Wisconsin just to get this beer. The smell and taste is vaguely fruity without being overpowering the way leinenkugels or Sam Adams tends to be. This might be the mostt drinkable beer I've ever had. I accidentally killed the bottle within about fifteen minutes and it was delicious. I have a friend in Wisconsin and I definitely just gave him some money to smuggle me back a case.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 01:49:06 | More by degerbah
Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,284 ratings.