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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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84
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2,539 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,539
Reviews: 698
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 176
Gots: 315 | 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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Photo of JackieTH
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy yellow-gold with a half inch of off-white foam that recedes in an average way leaving some clinging lace. Smell is virtually absent. I think it has some macro lager notes maybe corn and just a hint of malt but that's a stretch. Taste is not far from a macro lager either saved from the category by some hint of fruit possibly lemon that is detectable amidst notes of corn and barley and a light yeast nuttiness. Mouthfeel is decent, a bit creamy and holds together and let's you know this is a craft beer. Overall this one isn't great but it's drinkable and refreshing enough.

JackieTH, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eh, I'm not too impressed with this one. The nose is flat, a touch of lemon in there. It tastes like it's a cheap beer trying to look bigger than it really is. It has a pilsener taste but seems a bit chalky, with the overall flavor being, just muddled. The body is ok, and thankfully that flavor wears off eventually. Too bad I have more of these from the sample pack.

DesMoinesMike, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of lackenhauser
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy and golden color with somewhat of a head going on. Nothing aroma wise-it is simply there, perhaps the most neutral beer I have ever smelled! Decent crisp and very clean malty flavor. Just enough hop bite to notice. Touch of residual sweetness. Grassy and somewhat corn like flavors. Ok enough mouthfeel-the nice crispness really sets the tone here. A nice beer-I would not really call it a cream ale but still enjoyable. Wish I had a six pack for summer.

lackenhauser, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of Hojaminbag
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Spotted Cow is a beer I have always wanted to try, as I love all things New Glarus. I assumed I would get as an extra in a trade or just end up passing through Wisconsin and trying it. Instead, I surprisingly found it in my buddy's fridge in Boston.

Spotted cow has a lightly hazed, yellow body with a creamy white head. Pretty good retention and lacing.

The nose is very grainy and sweet; it smells quite a bit like a macro. Well, I would call it a “classy” macro, but it smells similar than a macro and better than a macro at the same time.

The taste follows the nose pretty closely. A big punch of sweetness is backed up by a grainy malt body. Pretty straightforward and simple.

Mouthfeel is a touch creamy with a lot of carbonation.

Spotted Cow is about what I expected: a step up from the macros, but similar enough to please macro drinkers.

Hojaminbag, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of Duff27
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled September 2011

A- Aggressive pours reveals a near two inch white head on an effervescence-filled pale golden body. Good head retention with average lacing.

S- Slight lemon zest...not really a lot going on with the smell.

T- Grainy/cereal characters. Pleasant lemony notes. Nothing offensive for sure.

M- Medium mouthfeel, very full though. Medium carbonation.

D/O- Nothing really sticks out about Spotted Cow and I think that's the point. An easy "every day" beer for the masses that most would agree is a half-step up on your common BMC-types. Gets an A/A+ for drinkability.

Duff27, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of lurpy1
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wife picked this up on a border run to Hudson - thank wife!

Poured into a pint glass. First off, I expected this to be a cream stout, not a cream ale, so imagine my surprise when a light pale headless gold brew came rippling out of the bottle. "Well, that's a new approach to the style", I said. My reading comprehension never was very good. After shaking off the shock and adjusting my expectations, I moved on. Not an unattractive brew, but not particularly compelling either.

GOod noseful of wheat, yeast, a little bit of fruit. Taste is definitely subtle packaging of the above, although it stops well short of being bland. Little bit zingy in terms of carbonation, probably what NG was going for, but a little bit fizzy for my liking.

All in all, an extremely easy drinking beer. This is not a beer that aims to be spectacular, and isn't spectacular, but it's a pretty good everyday brew.

lurpy1, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of Dustysnail
4.8/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a Wisconsinite, this is a beer that you see in many taverns and restaurants. I've had this in bottles, in a keg, and on tap at many different places.

I must say, while it isn't my favorite beer, it is up on the list.

The finish is one of a wheat style ale, but drinks like a lager. While you have the taste, the texture and density of a thicker beer, the beer itself is light, but with a full body.

I highly recommend picking one of these up if you stop in Wisconsin.

Dustysnail, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of amphion1065
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, one of many New Glarus beers sent to me by duffcalifornia. Reviewed from notes.

The body is a hazy shade of golden yellow. It actually looks pretty similar to a witbier. A fairly standard half-finger white head leaves fantastic lacing all around my glass.

It almost smells like a pilsner, with a bready, wheat-filled aroma. There's a slight citrus note, with a touch of lemon. Not a particularly aromatic beer.

The taste follows up pretty closely on the smell. Quite a bit of bread, with a biscuit-like flavor. Definitely some citrus zest, with plenty of lemon in the mix. A touch of malty sweetness in the back end, and no real bitterness to speak of.

Very pleasant mouthfeel, thin without feeling watery. An appropriately high level of carbonation adds to its drinkability.

The citrus fruit qualities add a layer of complexity to this easy-drinking cream ale. A beer I'd be proud to call a local favorite.

amphion1065, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of Nachojon
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy, corn yellow with frothy malt head.

S- Wheat and corn on nose, a touch of sweetness.

T- Starts sweet with passionfruit, apples, pineapple. Gets wheaty with corn and just the slightest bite of hops at the end.

M- Clean crisp, sweet and refreshing.

O- Good beer any time. Really just always a good experience. Loved it in college, love it now. A must have when in Wisconsin, wish I could have it more often.

Nachojon, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of mpcrump
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Hazy amber color. At least 1 inch of head that slowly disappeared leaving some lacing.

S: Malts and biscuit with a hint of light fruit - bananas, pears.

T: Light malts. Light citrus as well. Tastes very good but this beer will not overwhelm any taste bud.

M: Light and creamy. Light carbonation as well. Very drinkable.

O: A very well tasting and mild beer. If you are looking for something strong this isn't it. Nice and light.

mpcrump, Oct 16, 2011
Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,539 ratings.