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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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2,852 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,852
Reviews: 726
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 200
Gots: 463 | FT: 10
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2002

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a really nice clear yellow color with a bone white head on top. The lacing on this beer was quite impressive. The smell of the beer had some very light hop aromas but were mostly covered by the sweet malt character this brew has. The taste of the beer screamed cream ale right off the first sip to me. It's slightly sweet with a grainy malt flavor with just the lightest amount of bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was light bodied, easy going, drinkable and nicely carbonated. Overall this beer is one that you could drink a lot of if you choose too. It's a refreshing brew and can be enjoyed just about anytime of the year.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, bright, pale straw yellow body. Frothy and sticky, bone white head. Settles slowly, leaving creamy lacing on the side of the glass.

Aromas of cut grass, lemon and pepper. Fruity esters dance around, but the aromas are mostly earthy.

Tons of fruit flavors at first with pears and blueberries. Cream of wheat flavors and mouthfeel mid palate. Dry and earthy, with flavors of cut grass and rustic yeast. Slight, creamed corn sweetness on the finish, with an off-dry ending.

Very easy drinking and tasty. Not a whole lot of complexity, but very refreshing.

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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2/5  rDev -46.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with no date

Pours a semi-cloudy piss-yellow with a slight filmy head and a tiny bit of lacing. Good color. Smell is your typical grain and corn, but with added touches of fruit; apple, pear, orange, lemon. Taste is light corn and grain, hints of pepper and clove, bready malts, and a hint of bitter hops. Feels nice and creamy on the tongue.

This flagship beer from New Glarus is a fine one. If I lived in WI, this would be one of my go-to brews.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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2.81/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap poured into pint glass

A: When this was brought to my table there was almost no evidence of a head but I did see a very slight white ring. The color is of a nice light golden hue. The lacing is minimal to none.

S: I have nothing to say here. I smelled absolutely nothing! I couldn't believe it so I jammed my nose way down in the glass numerous times but came up empty each and every time! It was served ice cold so maybe this is the reason?

T: Bready, and somewhat sweet and malty. There is a definite corn taste to this one and slight hop presence on the back end. Very smooth and mellow taste.

M: Carbonation is present but not much and this adds to the creamy mouthfeel. This is very smooth and creamy.

O: A good interpretation of the style and very easy to drink. I could easily drink a few of these or more in a sitting. Not one that will have you thinking about it too much in terms of trying to pick out taste and aromas, but nothing wrong with it either. Just a nice easy drinking cream ale.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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5/5  rDev +34%

Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,852 ratings.