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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Spotted CowSpotted Cow

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2,462 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,462
Reviews: 695
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 171
Gots: 289 | 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 SpeedwayJim

New York

3.08/5  rDev -17.2%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Pours a 1 finger foamy white head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear corn yellow. Lacing is patchy with little cling.

S: Nose is subtle but exceedingly sweet. Lemon, lychee, and cane sugar. Very style appropriate but not really much of anything going on here. Also not the most aromatic.

T: Opens displaying a big malt backbone. Spicy notes from the beginning to middle. Lemon. Beer sours just a tad towards the end and fades sweet and with hints of corn.

M: Light bodied, highly carbonated, lively and quite abrasive going down. Slightly watery in the mouth. Finish is clean and aftertaste is slightly oily but doesn't linger.

D: I can't remember the last beer I was this indifferent to. Very plain with an appropriate mouthfeel but there's nothing exciting or out of the ordinary about this one. Just a peg above the macros. Nothing to complain about but there's no real reason to come back to this one.

10-25-2010 23:30:42 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of confer


4.1/5  rDev +10.2%

A- Pale yellow and cloudy. Head fluffs up and then fade to a layer of froth.S- Smells like a trippel candy-like.T- The taste is also sweet. Again it reminds me of a toned down trippel.MD- The feel is very creamy and smooth. This beer is unbelievably easy drinking. Wisconsinites are very lucky people.
Thanks to Bill for sharing this bottle.

10-23-2010 00:10:05 | More by confer
Photo of nickd717


3.65/5  rDev -1.9%

Bottle via trade as an extra thanks to oach.

Pours a mostly clear golden-yellow color with a one-finger white head.

Aroma is a lot like a pale lager, with corn and grain along with pale malt.

Flavor is slightly sweet with pale malt and quite a bit of corn. Some nice fruity notes differentiate it from crappy BMC beers and the like.

Clean and crisp on the palate with a smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel that works really well.

Highly drinkable. This isn't by any means an amazing beer, but it does what it sets out to and matches up well against other cream ales. This is your quintessential lawnmower beer, a good choice for a hot day when you might otherwise consider resorting to BMC.

10-22-2010 00:16:59 | More by nickd717
Photo of TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +11%

Pours a hazed orange yellow with a thick white head and great lacing. Smells of oranges, vanilla, yeast bread, biscuit and grain. Tastes of orange, corn, yeast bread, and very dry aftertaste. Mouthfeel is just right for this beer. Drinkability is quite good. Almost sessionable. Great beer.

10-20-2010 16:34:13 | More by TheKingofWichita
Photo of NorthwoodsPro


4.5/5  rDev +21%

I chose this beer after tasting 3 different on-tap brews at Piggy's restaurant in La Crosse, Wisconsin. It was so refreshing and went well with a Norwegian salmon dinner. The next night, at a different restaurant, had it with a chicken dinner.

Excellent straw color with a crisp and clean finish.

Not much of a head. But I definitely want more of this beer!

10-20-2010 07:50:49 | More by NorthwoodsPro
Photo of plumcrazyfx


3.18/5  rDev -14.5%

Went over to 'Sconnie for a beer run and came back with this. Pours a nice cloudy straw color. Not much of a smell - light malty character. This tastes too close to mass produced beers - mostly malty flavor with a bit of corn bite and light hops. If I want craft, I want something more intense. This would be a good craft to throw at a mass beer drinker to get them into craft. I'd much rather have this than a Bud or something - so don't get me wrong - it's not bad just nothing really exciting. Maybe it's just the nature of Cream Ales but this just is lacking much in terms of depth. It does have a nice creamy body that I though was the best part of the beer.

10-17-2010 12:21:10 | More by plumcrazyfx
Photo of JoEBoBpr


3.4/5  rDev -8.6%

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a nice pale straw color with a slight white head that is thin. Quite typical beer colors.

S - Straight forward grain aromas with some slight grassy character. Bready notes as well.

T - Flavors are tons of malt grain and slight bready toast. Much like a typical American lager. Nice grain. Such an easy beer to drink. Very nice.

M & D - Crisp and clean flavors. Overall very drinkable and good offering.

10-16-2010 19:57:39 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of Lukafer


4.15/5  rDev +11.6%

Pours a hazy gold with a finger of white head.  Smells are slight yeast, maybe some fruit and some apple.  Tastes are yeasty goodness at the front, followed by some fruit.  Drinkability is very high, mouthfeel is kinda thin, but still either the best or one of the best cream ales I've had.

10-14-2010 04:13:40 | More by Lukafer
Photo of BEERchitect


3.13/5  rDev -15.9%

An easy drinking, pleasant enough light ale (quite lager tasting) with an underlying character of corn throughout.

The appearance starts with a medium froathy pour, releasing a light but dense white head with good retention and light lacing. The beer carries a modest haze.

Aromas of light crackers, wetted grains, wheat-like malt, and creamed corn. Herbal and grassy hops play lightly in the background. Lightly sulfury.

Flavors of corn, raw barley, and grain husk round out in a lager-like way. A bit more rich, the beer has a briney, yeasty taste that keeps the grassy hops in check. Finishes with that unmistakable corn taste.

Creamy and almost rich, the beer holds onto its weight until the very last second when the hop bitterness ushers in a mild crisp and dry finish.

Because Cream Ales are supposed to have a corn-like character, this beer fares reasonably well. But it's one of those mystery beers that have a cult following by swill drinkers who think they have the best beer in the world.

10-14-2010 04:12:34 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.16/5  rDev -15.1%

A strangely cloudy yellow beer. Makes good head and retains though. Interesting funkiness to the beer, maybe its the rural Wisconsin thing, but it smells farmish.

Taste, unique as well, went from mild and easy to drink to having a recognizable presence of lemon and bitterness that migrated into minimal sweetness. At no time does it get challenging to drink but is appreciable for what it is. A suitable entry level beer.

10-13-2010 19:12:34 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of brewdub17


3.65/5  rDev -1.9%

Appearance: Golden colored body with hues of light amber. A thin and quickly disappearing head sits atop the cloudy body.

Smell: The fresh smells from the light use of hops come forward and are complimented well with the dry malty scent.

Taste: A dry malty flavor that is noticeable when smelt comes out strong and is carried throughout. The fresh citrus notes from the hops compliment the dry flavor. A slight amount of sweetness is intertwined amongst all of the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: Again, the freshness and dryness make a crisp, clean mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The beer feels pretty "light" and not too flavor intensive. Though I may not want to spend more money for one, they still go down easy.

10-13-2010 18:53:29 | More by brewdub17
Photo of Rhettbuck


3.45/5  rDev -7.3%

A- Light amber color to the beer, it had been stored on lay-a-way for a while before I got a hold of it, so it might not be the best example. Nice Lacing, but it dissipated quickly

S- Has a sweet tinge to it, typical of an ale

T- tastes like a normal ale, but a little lackluster compared to others, still better than a generic ale you might find, however this brewery produces better beers

M- Lots of carbonation.

D- This beer is definitely designed to be consumed in large quantities, which is a good thing, its not too filling and the taste stays crisp.

10-12-2010 16:15:28 | More by Rhettbuck
Photo of kbeals

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.5%

JimboHD2005 sent me this one a LONG time ago, finally reviewing from notes.

A- Hazy yellow appearance in my pint glass. A finger of sticky white head leaves behind decent lacing. Good head retention.

S- Essences of citrus and grain come through. Not really much else. Warming up makes the grain stick out more and more, corn plays a role as well.

T- Good amounts of citrusy goodness. Corn and grain once again comes through as it warms up. Pretty good overall.

M- Light bodied with plenty of carbonation.

D- Very drinkable. Light body, low ABV and pretty good flavors makes this one an easy quaffer. It would seem to make a good summer beer. Thanks again for this one Jim!

10-10-2010 15:37:57 | More by kbeals
Photo of irishgurl4


3.58/5  rDev -3.8%

Thanks to oreo for this. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

Pours a beautiful hazy gold with a minimal head that quickly retreats to the sides of the glass and loafs lazily on the surfaces.

Smells grainy and fruity. Just gave it a little swirl and it kinda reminded be of a dry white wine in a way.

Taste is fruity but nicely balanced by malt and hops (they're totally hidden but I know the little buggers are in there!). I definitely get the touch of corn in the finish/aftertaste.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It's nicely carbonated but maybe a little on the thin side in terms of body.

Very drinkable beer. This is definitely a warm summer day beer or a pizza beer. Today is warm and I'm eating pizza. Win!

Overall this beer is pretty good and I have to give it a noms up.

10-10-2010 01:13:04 | More by irishgurl4
Photo of Jayli


3.43/5  rDev -7.8%

Acquired from Dunt via Support Your Team BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy golden yellow with a one finger of white sudsy head. Head recedes immediately leaving slight wisps of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of earthy hops, grain, and light fruit notes.

T: Taste starts with an earthy notes, mild hop presence lending to a grain mingled with a lemony flavoring. Finish is of sweet fruits mild pineapple, and banana.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat creamy body.

D: Goes down easily, slightly taste, not much of a kick, ok representation of style. I'd opt for others of the style.

09-29-2010 23:49:31 | More by Jayli
Photo of PSUDREW


3.58/5  rDev -3.8%

Thanks to LeviFunk for this bit of niceness!
A: pours a nice light golden straw color, not a lot of head or carbonation
S: Floral and light. hints of hops
T: Not a flavor explosion, but a nice solid dose of it, more then I expected for a cream ale. Mild malt, maybe a little grainy, with some lemon at the end. There is a slightly off after-taste, but I am not sure if that is due to style or bottle
m: lightly carbonated, maybe a little syrupy, but this is nice over all
D: low-part of the high end

09-25-2010 00:58:33 | More by PSUDREW
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.73/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured into a pint glass.

2.5 A: Hazed medium yellow color. One finger of short lived frothy white head.

3.0 S: Sweet grainy malts. Corn is for sure noticeable. No really impressive.

4.0 T: For a cream ale, it is surprisingly good. It's not flavor packed like just about any other style, but given the constraints it's not bad at all. Malts are somewhat sweet and grainy again, but there's a depth of maltiness underneath. Somewhat herbally with a mild hop bitterness and a touch of herbal hop flavor. Overall very clean. The malts are just strong enough to make this one tasty.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Surprisingly creamy and super smooth.

4.0 D: I was expecting this to be a tedious 12 oz, but it's been nothing of the sort. Is it simple? Yes. Is it flavorful? Not really. Is it well crafted, easy going down, and flavorful enough? Definitely.

09-21-2010 20:15:38 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of TMoney2591


3.63/5  rDev -2.4%

Served in a shaker pint glass at Twelve Pines.

When in northern Wisconsin, drink as the locals do. Enter: New Glarus. This offering pours a clear pale straw topped by about a half-finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises green apple, peach, mandarin orange, corn, and a slight yeasty character. The taste holds notes of red apple, orange zest, lemonade, hard water, and corn syrup. Honestly, I didn't see so much fruit being involved here. The body is light, with an active carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Overall, a nice li'l brew, nothing all too special, but definitely a highly drinkable bit o' Wisconsin-y goodness.

09-20-2010 05:12:30 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Vdubb86


3.73/5  rDev +0.3%

Served in a pint glass

Got this on tap at Twelve Pines in Eagle River, WI
This was part of Northwoods Man Weekend.

This brew pours a nice light golden color with a little head, but not much at all. The smell is a bit corn syrupy, but after that is through there is a nice orange zest with the malts as well as what we best described as an apricot aroma to finish off the nose. The taste is much richer than the color would let you on to believe. There is no bitterness and the beer is epically smooth. A rather solid and highly drinkable beer to enjoy in Wisconsin.

09-20-2010 03:06:14 | More by Vdubb86
Photo of dbossman


3.48/5  rDev -6.5%

A: Slightly hazy and golden; bubbles shoot up the side of the glass vigorously; a white, solid head with great retention; lacing is gorgeous

S: Wet hay and grassy earthiness from the malt profile dominate; a slight floral hop quality; some sour funkiness; doesn't seem too balanced with such a heavy grain presence

T: Again, very grainy--not in a bad way but a very one dimensional malt presence--nothing much else going on--though maybe a touch of lemon rind at the end

F: Quite creamy with good mouth feel

D: A drinkable, simple, and one dimensional beer--yet it's quite drinkable and would be a nice go to session ale if it were available here.

09-09-2010 00:34:45 | More by dbossman
Photo of kylehayworth


3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

A: Pours a light and crisp golden hue, forms an equally similar head.

S: A little earthy, but very mild...same goes for a touch of hops.

T: A very light kiss of hops, maybe lemon-lime, but mostly a mild malt profile.

M/D: Simple, soft, smooth...easy to drink. This would be a good beer to bring just about anywhere, and wouldn't offend the masses. I felt this description was short, but it is just an easy-going beer...

09-07-2010 13:48:04 | More by kylehayworth
Photo of robwestcott


4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

poured from the bottle a hazy sunshine yellow to a sun king shaped pint glass with a wisp of a short lasting head.

aroma of oranges and lemon rind and perhaps a bit of yeast.

fairly substantial for a cream ale, various citrus tastes melded together with a hint of earthy hops hiding in the wayback.

nice mouthfeel, thick and creamy, smooth with light carbonation.

very drinkable.

09-06-2010 22:22:38 | More by robwestcott
Photo of ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%

Spotted Cow pours a light gold with a nice head. The aroma is slightly grainy and malty with a night light fruitiness. The flavor is crisp with some light malt and just a hint of sweetness before a dry finish. The bitterness is very light, and there is really no hop flavor. The finish is fairly clean with just a bit of lingering fruitiness.

09-05-2010 03:55:19 | More by ericj551
Photo of Baraka


4.1/5  rDev +10.2%

Pours a super cloudy straw color with a mild head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells like peaches, apricot, oranges, ect. Very pleasing aroma. Taste adds a spicy yeast character and some bready malt. Solid carbonation gives it a crisp refreshing feel. While it may not be incredibly complex, it is a very drinkable, very tasty beer that I will definitely have again the next time i find myself in Wisconsin.

08-29-2010 04:44:35 | More by Baraka
Photo of korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +7%

12oz into SA Perfect Pint
Thanks to biglobo8971 for this!

A- Hazy straw colored, finger width white head that quickly settles to a thin white crown.

S- Slightly grassy, corn, faint peaches, pineapple, caramel.

T- Again faint grass, peaches, apricot, fully agree with the previous review about the "shortbread" to it. If I close my eyes this tastes like a watered down Festina Peche.

M- Surprisingly creamy, feels light but rewarding on the palate. Carbonation is mild which makes this an easy drink too.

Could definitely sit down to a 6er of this without hesitation.

08-26-2010 03:05:46 | More by korguy123
Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
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