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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,637
Reviews: 701
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 177
Gots: 356 | FT: 9
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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5/5  rDev +34%

Beertracker, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

trevorjk, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of xpdrinker
2.9/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass - hazy golden with thin white head, decent lace.

Smells of cream, banana, like a wit with no clove or other spice. Slight citrus, no real hop presence.

Super light bodied, very carbonated. Banana flavors, mildly tart. Very refreshing and crisp. Soda mouthfeel. Faint notes of sweet corn. 

I'd probably like a few of these here in Florida on a hot day. Easily the lightest body out of all the cream ales I've had. Not sure why the bottle says farmhouse but BA categorizes it a cream ale. Definitely a lawnmower beer, but more drinkable than standard yellow swill.

xpdrinker, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of Crundy
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: kind of a golden straw color, very clear, foamy white head and minimal lacing

S: citrus hops, some malt as well, sweet smell

T: grainy, bready, very mild flavors, virtually no aftertaste to speak of

M: creamy and smooth with somewhat of a bite. The beer has a decent crispness to it. Light medium bodied.

O: Not my favorite of all the New Glarus Beers i've tasted. this one had kind of subdued and boring flavors. It didn't taste bad but it didn't make me want to keep drinking it.

Crundy, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

mull0263, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Shango42, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of willseph
2.53/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a very light, transparent, golden color with a healthy finger of head that only stuck around long enough for a couple sips. Lots of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Not much of a nose, just a faint smell of lemon, wet wood, and other unidentifiable grains.

First taste is medium spiciness and vanilla but fades to a sweet grain taste as you drink it. Quite unremarkable, just a boring beer to me. It's a bit fizzy, burns the throat a touch on the way down. Overall, a passable beer but nothing to go out of your way for.

willseph, Dec 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Yourneighborsdog, Dec 13, 2011
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5/5  rDev +34%

southhousebrew, Dec 13, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

mentaltraveller, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of Keeton
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A close friend brought me this one from a friend of a friend out of Wisconsin with some pretty high expectations. I had heard of the spotted cow but this was my first sip.

I'm not sure about calling this beer a cream ale but I think I might of called it a pale but that's not my job.

I thought the nose and flavor worked perfect and matched the appearances well. light and refreshing but full flavor.

by the end of this delight I had several notes and all I was thinking was , how can I reproduce this beer. I will be spending some great time trying down the ingredients in this beer

Keeton, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

jak, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

benjbrunner, Dec 11, 2011
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

mhaugo, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

sgoro, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of kristenrae8
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer during a holiday gathering. It complemented several dishes. It's drinkability is average - If I was in Wisconsin I'd pick up a six pack of this.

Appearance: Honey colored, creamy head. Fair lacing. Also, due to being at a friends place - was drinking this out of juice glass. Take that for what you will.

Smell: It was hard to get my nose in the juice glass - but faint sweetness, no dominant hops or malt smells.

Taste: It's better than other things - low on the complexity scale - but that's not a bad thing - if you was a clean slightly sweet simple beer - this is a great choice.

Mouthfeel: A little thin.

Overall: This is a great beer to get someone who hasn't had anything other than bud light or pabst blue ribbon. In fact I would call this a great stepping stone beer. But once you know better- I don't know that you would like this beer any more than your average run of the mill pale. It is what it is - and that is fine by me.

kristenrae8, Dec 11, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

bezakjon, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

pirmannt1, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Jhiser, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of steveh
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

All my years as a BA and drinking NG beers, I've never reviewed the Spotted Cow.

A -- Hazy, pale straw in color -- nearly as light as a macro lager, but don't let that fool you, dense white head that settles quickly, but revives well.

S -- Mild grain, light lemon-citrus character, some mild DMS. Good to style.

T -- Here's where the macros get left behind. Some mild grainy malt up front that carries some nice sweetness (probably from corn), but doesn't become harsh or sharp as some macros taste -- probably because of a good balance of barley malt. Finishes with a lemon citrus character that balances the grain nicely and makes the beer very refreshing. There's a good bitterness in the aftertaste that finishes off the balance of flavors nicely.

M -- Mouthfeel is creamy to crisply dry in the finish with a medium light body.

O -- I'd forgotten how good this beer is. It's the beer you want to have a few of without worrying over missing some complex character, yet it's not so bland that you forget you're treating yourself to something good.

steveh, Dec 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +34%

sneefcity, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

plasma, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

mychalg9, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

tbeq00, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Cottzilla, Dec 07, 2011
Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,637 ratings.