Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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2,814 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,814
Reviews: 716
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.94%
Wants: 189
Gots: 433 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2002)
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Photo of Baraka
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of korguy123
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of herman77
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My girlfriend brought back a six pack of this when she visited a friend in Wisconsin. Can't get it in MN.

Sweeter taste that is not my kind of beer profile, but it goes down very smooth. I could drink this stuff all night long, but I would not choose to if that makes sense...Average mouthfeel, not to carbonated. Poured into a beer mug, not much head. The little it had disappeared very quickly.

This is my first review, not to informative, but I'm watching the Super Bowl as I review this.
3.5; 3; 3; 3; 4.5

*Second Review 8/14/10*

A: Cloudy pale yellow. Small off white head.

S: Sweet corn and grains. A hint of lemon.

T: Sweet grainy malt. Shortbread cookies. Next to nothing for hops or bitterness. Sweet corn flavor dominates. Very clean and smooth finish.

M: Lighter body. Higher carbonation. Average.

D: The sweet corn taste and super smooth finish make this pretty easy to drink, but I can't see myself having more than one or two. Would be a nice thirst quencher for lots of different meals, especially salty snacks.

Photo of GuldenBoy
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy yellow. A rich white head with little retention

S: A light smell of wheat with a touch of corn

T: A smooth light taste of malt and yeast with a lingering corn finish. Not a very complicated beer, which isn't necessarily a complaint.

M: Very smooth and creamy. Lightly carbonated yet more substantial and dense then I would have predicted.

D: Like I mentioned before not a very complicated beer, but perfect for when an easy drinking beer is desired. A great session beer as well.

Photo of yourefragile
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

I approached this beer with an open mind, knowing this is more or less their mass market breadwinner; Yuengling Lager seems like a decent reference point for my expectations (though obviously not the same style). Pours a clear, pale golden color, thick with smoky swirls of sediment and a generous fluffy bone white head. As the head fades it leaves very little lacing and settles as a thin ring with light webs of lacing. Aroma is very mild and non-descript. Mild sweetness and grain dominate what little presence the nose has; really this smells like any other non-offensive macro lager. Flavor is an interesting sweet and mildly fruity take on a typical lager. Sweet grains and malt dominate with a smooth, dry finish with non-existent hops or bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium full, creamy and thick in the finish with mild carbonation. Overall this beer is remarkably unremarkable, other than the intense creamy finish.

Photo of Beejay
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy yellow with a nice pure white head.

S: Very light citrus, creamy and malty. Smells very nice, gentle, and sweet.

T: Nice mellow malt flavor, with the slightest hint of cream in the back. Perhaps a little citrus in the finish as well. Ssimple and tasty.

M: Light, but on the border of medium bodied. Plenty of carbonation in this one.

D: Very drinkable. Pleasant all around, and very repeatable. While it may not be the most interesting beer, it is certainly well done.

Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

to start off the smell is pretty good.The taste is like of marshmallow with a creamy texture. Goes down real smooth. My first time having this was a cheese shop in Milwaukee. Very impress with this brewery. I wish they branch out to the East Coast So people Like me can buy it. Its a real good beer really nothing else I can say.

Photo of rhodeska
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Really dark and frohty yellow pour. Can't see the whole way through the glass. The head wasn't that much, and subsided fairly quickly.

Smell is good, definitely a solid banana, not overpowering, but strong.

Taste doesn't quite live up to the smell, not a ton of flavor to the beer, a hint of bananas and the usual wheat beer taste.

The beer doesn't really reside in your mouth at all, goes down fairly easily and is quite refreshing.

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.
A: Pours a white foamy head on a pale yellow/golden body. Good carbonation present.
S: Aromas of corn and wheat. A very farmhouse like aroma. Great bold flavors are displayed.
T/M: The present cream mouthfeel brings a nice malt body thought. The flavors are a bit dwarfed by the cream aspect of the beer. A nice subtle hop finish is a nice warming sensation.
D: The subtle flavors and easy drinking aspects to this ale scores high in this category.

Photo of kjyost
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at a BP in River Falls (IIRC). I had blown my beer budget, but could hide this one on a gas receipt :)

Poured into a beer glass and it quite a light cloudy beer, but with too much floaty stuff. Aromas are dominated by sweetness and apple with a bit of corn. The body is dominated by the fruity esters. Exceedingly enjoyable. A great brew on a hot day...

Photo of Ragingbull
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found that this beer drank very similar to a wheat beer. It was a rich gold color with no real head and some small prickle bubbles. The nose was grain and a touch fruity like a wheat beer. The attack was a little maltier and the malt was definitely "out front." There were some hints of banana and clove in the flavor. The finish was pretty dry. It was decent beer, but there is just so much beer out there to try.

Photo of Arbitrator
2.85/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks mattafett!

A: Pours a hazy honey-gold body with 2 fingers of off-white head. Retention is great, leaving sudsy lace down the sides as the head recedes. No lace during sips, though.

S: Toasted malt, light floral hops, some yeast, and maize (corn).

T: As the nose suggests: mostly a light-flavored beer dominated by toasted pale malt, a hint of hops. Some yeast, with a white corn aftertaste in the exhalation.

M: Light-bodied, crisp. Watery flavor.

D: A good macro lager substitute, and that's it. I'd have it again but I wouldn't trade for it.

Photo of CSAsylum
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-"Could be Bud Light" said the Special Lady Friend. It pours straw, a little darker than any Bud with a 1 3/4 finger head that disappears rapidly.

S-High crisp esters, a little grapey, a little cidery, a touch of honey. Special Lady Friend insists it smells like walnuts although I don't detect anything nutty. Hey! To each his own.

T- Very yeasty, even for those used to bottle conditioned beers. Corn is evident, not as off flavor but clearly deliberate as it's subtle but very much there. A hint of alcohol but definitely not off puttingl. Could use a little more malt...or hops to balance out.

Leave is a dry with a touch of yeast. Tasting essentially blind, I thought this was a rich lager: sweet, yeasty, and light.

M-light-med body. like honey what I thought mead was supposed to taste like before I had mead. A rich beverage but very drinkable. This is a thirst quencher after a hard day's yard work or an after dinner sipper before bed.

D-A total session beer, no doubt. An unassuming leave combined with a fairly light body and a light hint of alcohol. This is basicalyl The Beer you want to serve at your next barbecue...or the beer you want to introduce your Miller Lite friends into craft brew with.

Photo of TripT
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites, this is a real quencher on hot summer days. Like others, I get the corn thing and the bread thing, and I guess I detect a hint of grassiness. To me, the overall appeal of this brew is that it's smooth and refreshing. It's not complex and it doesn't need to be.

Photo of goblue3509
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellowish goldish color with a one finger head that is frothy and gives way to a little bit of lacing. The aroma is of grains, corn, and a little wheat. The taste is of a grainy malt backbone with slight hints of citrus and a small hop bite at the end. The mouthfeel is low to moderate carbonation and is slightly creamy. The drinkablitity is good, it is very smooth and a very easy drink. It is so easy to take down, there isn't a lot to keep you interested but for the style it is good.

Photo of mgbickel
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. A bone white head formed on top of the hazy, golden honey-straw colored body. The single finger of foam faded quickly, leaving very little lace behind.

The nose is farm-like...maybe the label is getting to me! Lots of grains, especially corn and malts up front. You can pick up some citrusy hop characters in the background.

The corn/grain character from the nose is fully present in the taste. It lasts all throughout the drink...starts off on the sweeter side and finishes with a little bitter kick (where some of the hops can be detected.

The mouth feel is pretty light and well carbonated.

Pretty drinkable, but not something I would reach for again. Everything is just average...

Photo of bsp77
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy honey-gold with thin white head.

Smell: Light sweet grainy malts. Barely detectable hops.

Taste: Semi-sweet grains with a little too much corn. Very light spicy hops at the end.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium-light creamy body.

Drinkability: Seems like an Adjunct Lager but more creamy than crisp. Easy to drink, but nothing overly special.

Photo of pweis909
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first encounter with this beer was on-tap and a real downer, but now I rather like it. It was at a pizza joint in WI, and I just thought it seemed like fizzy yellow beer. Maybe it was bad taps, or the order got mixed up, or it didn't go well with the food (least likely, in this case), or maybe I just have a renewed appreciation for clean beers.

A= transparent gold, no lasting head
S= grainy malt.
Taste, see aroma. Hopped to balance sweetness but no aroma/flavor hops
M = Subtle body, but not watery.

Don't let the label fool you into thinking of this beer as a farmhouse ale, as in the Belgian sense. It is perhaps most closely related to a cream ale, as BA suggests, and I'll suggest that it could be the best one out there.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a pale straw, slight haze, with two fingers of tight, lily-white head.

Smell -- Grainy: biscuit, bread, some corn.

Taste -- Pretty much follows the nose: biscuit, bread, corn, with a faint floral hop finish.

Mouthfeel -- Light-bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp.

Drinkability -- For good or worse, it's easy to see why they sell so much of this stuff! Ho-hum flavor, but its so easy to drink this all day long.

Photo of samie85
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Uncle Mike's Hwy. Pub in Kenosha; reviewed from notes, originally 6/6/10.

A-Pours a golden color with a white head. Leaves some light lacing.

S-Corn and grain with some very light citrus hops.

T-Follows the nose with corn and grain, finishes dry and a little bitter.

M-Thin bodied with med. carbonation, pretty smooth and coats the mouth.

D-This is a pretty decent beer, and miles better than Totally Naked, but it's ultimately one of New Glarus's weaker offerings. It's really easy drinking and I understand why they make it... it sells really well and allows them to make their better beers.

Photo of pwoody11
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my buddy Denton in River Falls for this one.

From notes:

Poured a hazy golden yellow with a pretty this, quickly dissapating head.

First smell was straight malt. Grainy. I pick up the corn as well, but think it detracts from the aroma.

Taste is grainy with a lemon zest to it. Pale malts. Not really detecting much hop action.

I received this with 4-5 New Glarus beers and I have to say this was toward the bottom of the pack. Not a bad beer by any means, just don't judge NG by this one alone.

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to oach for sending this bottle!
Appears a hazy light honey color. Off white head falls to small layer. Smells of grain, crisp hops, light citrus, light malt a bit of honey.
Tastes pretty much follows the nose. Body is medium, with nice carbonation. Drinks smooth.
Overall an easy drinker and good for the style.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Thorpe429 for the hook-up.

A - Nice appearance. Pale straw-yellow with a finger of white head, lil rings of lace.

S - I can't smell anything. At all. Not even basic beer aroma, nor hop, grain or yeast. I am not sure if that is a remarkable achievement in and of itself.

T - Not much to write about, certainly nothing to wax superlative. There is a little banana, a bit of grain, a vague lemon tinge, and it's kinda sweet and unremarkable; like most Cream Ales.

M - Lighter-bodied, very average feel.

D - This is a good beer, but it cannot achieve a high rating due to its intended banality. There is plenty average-good about it, but nothing to consider excellent.

Photo of seh410
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Blake (kickinthechalice) for this beer!

Appearance: Pours a golden yellowish-orange color - almost like the Stone Soup beer (which I just drank and reviewed) except that it seems less dense and more translucent. The head is fizzy and maybe half a finger's worth... it dissipates quickly but the bubbles keep streaming up from the bottom

Aroma: Smells like malts and wheat, maybe a little fruitiness in the background. Between the pour and the aroma, this is shaping up to be a lot like Stone Soup, which I hope it isn't, because I didn't love that. This is a cream ale though, while Stone Soup is a Belgian Pale... not sure why they appear so similar so far

Taste/Mouthfeel: Feels creamy in the mouth. Thank God, unlike Stone Soup, I'm not getting any strong lingering after taste - that's totally not my thing. Spotted Cow feels very light and thin, which here isn't bad.... To be honest, the flavor isn't very full, so I'm having a difficult time rating it. I guess I mostly taste pale malts with a little hops.

Notes: This beer is light and crisp and the drinkability is high. It's nothing too special though, just a nice drinking beer, maybe best on a hot afternoon.

Photo of Ottertude
2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This cream ale poured a hazy golden yellow into my pint glass. A this white head quickly faded only leaving a little lacing on my glass.

The smell was faintly of corn and fruit, perhaps an apple. The taste was of corn, malt and a hint of fruit. At least this went down pretty clean and didn't leave a nasty after taste. Yes, I know this is faint praise but this is all this ale deserves. It was just ok.

It was lager thin and did go down easily enough after an evening of yardwork. I can see having 1 or 2 of these and then switching to something else. New Glarus has better offerings than this.

Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,814 ratings.