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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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2,919 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,919
Reviews: 737
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 210
Gots: 514 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2002

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Ratings: 2,919 | Reviews: 737
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The bottle yielded a full glass of a hazy deep yellow body. The head of the beer looks more like an adjunct cap of wispy white foam. The nose is full of yeasty bread and a bit of corn. There isn't a lot of malt in the nose or the taste. Perhaps the best part of this beer is its mouthfeel. The body is really smooth and lightly carbonated. A really enjoyable brew.

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Purchased at Riley's Wines of the World in Madison, Wisconsin (dozens of times). This beer is a great session beer. It has great taste and great balance. Lighter than many New Glarus alternatives, but brewed with the same care and attention to detail. The beer very flavorful, without overpowering. The beer also has a subtle, yet warming creamy mouthfeel - especially noticeable if served slightly warmer the typical serving temperature.

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Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Thanks to jefeld for the hookup!

A: Hazy, straw to light yellow color. Aggressive pour leads to a one finger head that dissipates pretty quickly. Little lacing to speak of.

S: Nice smelling cream ale. Lots of sweet malts with a slight but present hop profile sneaking in later. Big biscuit notes and slight grain make up a pretty good smelling beer.

T: Follows the nose almost to a tee. Brings the malts but it's not as sweet probably as the nose as the bitterness of the hops probably stands out more here.

M: Mmmm...cream ale. Definite cream ale mouthfeel. Coats the mouth with creamy goodness. Perfectly carbonated.

O: A really nice cream ale. Doesn't quite stand up to my Genny Cream Ale but it's mostly due to nostalgia :). Regardless, this is a good beer. Easy drinker.

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Poured from 12oz into fancy NG pint

A- Pours a straw yellow with a big fluffy white head that leaves some nice lacing

S- Nice fruit esters with banana and orange dominating

T- MMM just like the smell it comes through strong with banana and citrus. This is the perfect summer day beer

M- Light but what did you expect?

O- I wish I lived in WI just to drink spotted cow while doing lawn work. Excellent job NG

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Pours like a lager -- although with a slighty cloudy appearance. Golden yellow with a bright white head. Nice clean smell with a nice hint of hops. Wonderful taste. Light, bright and clean -- not overly hopped -- with a nice citrus edge to it. Terrific creamy mouth feel. A wonderful product.

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Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
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