Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

3,033 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 3,033
Reviews: 760
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 228
Gots: 617 | FT: 15
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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Photo of Fuller
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another Wisconsin beer shipped to me by thefatkid13 :thumbup:

poured a hazy yellow with almost no head even with an aggressive pour. A slight ring of foam does stay on top of the brew most of the way throughout drinking though. Smells great for a hot day - light and fruity with a touch of grain. Hop bitterness is nonexistant, taste is of a hint of citrus and grain with a noticeable dry finish. Definitely see why its a cream ale in the mouthfeel area. Goes down smooth and creamy.

Nothing about this beer screams out "hey, look at me!", but that's part of what makes it so damn drinkable.

Photo of mynie
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Try this one again, now that my pallete has aged.

A lifesaver at Miller Park.

Pours dark dark gold with a decent head, in spite of the best efforts of the young pourer to remove all vestiges of head.

Smells like dark malt, cream, and cinnamon. An excellent, crisp combination.

The smell doesn't entirely come through in the taste, as the cinnamon and malt are both subdued by the beer's intense creaminess. It feels nice, yes--it feels great, actually--but it drowns out the beer's flavor.

A great example of a mediocre style.

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

This is described as a farmhouse ale on the label. Im not sure how this description applies, being that it wasnt brewed in a farmhouse and shares none of the characteristics of Belgium farmhouse ales.

It pours a light gold color with slight haze. The creamy bone white head dissapears too quickly and leaves meager lacing behind. The aroma is crisply malty with some herbal notes and a bit of sweet citrus. The taste is light and balanced. The malt profile is spicy and not very bready or biscuity. I can taste the corn, sort of a cream corn feel. Some light floral hops dance in the background. The finish is off dry and light, with a spicy feel. The mouthfeel is thin to medium with prickly carbonation.

This is a decent cream ale, light on all front but not offensive. Its spicy for a cream ale, but not in a traditional spicy hop way.

Photo of Generik420
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on a pub crawl in Milwaukee last weekend and was very impressed. In fact, one bar was supposed to serve us Stella Artois, but had ran out and substituted with Spotted Cow and I was actually happy to miss out on the Stella.

Appearance: Pale and clear. Clean white head that didn't last long.

Smell: Sweet aroma and not hoppy. Very pleasant.

Taste/mouthfeel: This beer is on the sweeter side, and that may be a turn off to some. Very light on the hops. There is a bit of a twang to the backend of this, almost a hint of citrus. It is a little thin regarding mouthfeel.

This beer is a fantastic choice for a session beer or as a pallete cleanser between high hop beers. Great for summer as well. Wish I could get it where I live.

Photo of palliko
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a typical pale fizzy beer, not much foam. Aroma is citrusy, tart but mild. Initial taste has minimal hops and malt, some fruit, in the middle, but the finish is crisp and clean. No great shakes, but a decent beer for a hot afternoon. This was a gift shipped from Wisconsin to Colorado, and I am grateful for a chance to taste the products from another state.

Photo of Koolbreeze2
2.65/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Cloudy-like an unfiltered beer should be.

Smell: Nice smell. I liked the smell better than anything.

Taste: Not my cup of beer. Right up there with Bud. Just did not work for me. Had my 38 yr. old stepson try half a bottle. He is on my side per taste.

Mouthfeel: Nothing special.

Drinkability: Not for me but on a hot day outside I could drink a few and probably feel refreshed (somewhat).

Photo of dfried
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

You have to take this beer for what it is, a very good mircobrewery's beer that they can sell a lot of to people who usually only drink American Macro's. Atleast it's not a crappy pilsner.

It is a slightly hazy yellow-golden color, with a head that foams up well, but dies quickly. The smell has a slight hoppy aroma, and is a bit spicy, but mainly a bit grainy. The flavor is initially a tangy, almost wheaty zest that is fairly sweet. They do use some corn in brewing this, but it's not so much an adjunct as it is a salute to Wisconson farmers, but it does affect the flavor and add to the general grain backdrop of the beer. The finish almost had an spicy apricot flavor to is, which is what impressed me the most about this beer, except the drinkabiliy. This is a very sessionable beer (fitting for my initial disclaimer, see above.)

Photo of murrayswine
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What can I say about the number one beer in Wisconsin right now.... Well, It's my go to when all else isnt available, and all I have left is BMCs.
Pours a very light gold/yellow with a minimal head.
The nose is light and nutty with a little hop, and some butter.
The taste is loose and light. Tastes like good bread, but as a beer, it's a session horse, no more, no less.
Not bad if you wanna drink A LOT.

Photo of abcsofbeer
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with no freshness date. The color is a cloudy yellow-orange. There is a good amount of carbonation, giving it a sparkly, fizzy mouthfeel. Because it was poured slowly, there was no head and therefore, no lacing to speak of.

The aroma is faint, but, I detect some butter and tangy orange along with peaches and other fruits.

The taste is lemony with a light body. The hops are very light and there is little malt.

Photo of aforbes10
2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My wife and I stopped in New Glarus during their annual polkafest (which was extremely enjoyable) and the brewery had a couple of their beers on tap to try (and i course i hit up both). Spotted Cow poured (into a plastic cup) yellow to gold with an off-white head. Odor was kind of corny and vaguely malty, but overall not very strong at all. Taste was a thin mix of alcohol, corn juice, malt and extremely faint hops. Mostly it seems to just be a mildly refreshing, corn-based (which i verified with the guy manning the tap) hot weather beer. Nothing special IMO, but my wife thought it was darn good.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looks like a hefe. Apricot yellow and very cloudy with scores of tiny bubbles making their way to the top. Chalk white head rapidly diminishes.

S: Very sublte. Touch of sourness on top of hay, lemon...sort of like a cream ale.

T: Organic tasting. Notes of cream, sweet corn, wheat and lemon twist. Small bitter aftertaste lingers long after the swallow

M: Very nice and smooth due to the low carbonation. Very quaffable

D: It is what it is. And for what it is, its not bad. Not anything I would ever hunt down but ok.

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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- The appearance is a hazy golden lemon-yellow body with a creamy white head. The carbonation is a nice full carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- This beer has a light soft smell that gives a faint hint of yeast and maybe wheat.

T- This beer has notes of pale malt with a softness to it but it still taste crisp. There are some light wheat notes with a faint citrus punch in the finish. As it warms there is a light bubblegum flavor but is very smooth and soft.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizz texture at the finish.

D- This is a nice summer session beer and I had no idea what style it was until I read BA. I thought it was some kind of cream weizen beer but the flavors are soft but very pleasant.

Photo of stouty1
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with a remainder of yeast floating around. Foamed nicely but it had little retention. Smell was nice witha flowery aroma.

All I can remember about the taste is that it really had a tangy feel to it that stuck on my tongue for a few minutes. Left me with a tingley tongue. Very Nice!

Very nicely done and a good drinking beer. Too bad the small restauraunt I enjoyed it in served it with a small pilsner glass.

Photo of Erdinger2003
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is quite nice, the cloudy golden color reminds me of a wheat beer and the head is foamy with a lacing that sticks very nicely.

Smell is weak, but it's good. It has a nice malty smell to it with a light flowery aroma of hops surrounding it.

Taste is very malty and there is a little bit of hops that I can't put my finger on, very nice though.

Mouthfeel is very good, has carbonation and maltyness that's not quite smooth, but not far from it.

I can definetly see why New Glarus is pumping this stuff out so much.

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orangish straw gold with a half finger of head that lasts about 7 seconds, and little bubbles sticking to the glass which lend to the nice carbonated yet creamy mouth, but a little odd for looks. Not much aroma, grassy and malty with some corn, just enough to barely detect. Taste is a little odd, sweet malts are evident, but there is this wierd tart fruit in there, though I couldn't quite pin it down. Honestly, not really impressed by this beer, nor can I understand its populartiy. Oh well, more for you 'Sconnies.

Photo of strattor
3.22/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Came to me a cloudy golden yellow with a thin, white head that disappeared quickly.

Sweet, somewhat fruity aroma. Contains hints of malt.

Taste is of yeast and corn, and a little sour, almost like a Belgian Witbier. The flavor isn't bad, but there isn't much of it.

Mouthful is moderately creamy, without much carbonation, and in all a little too watery for my tastes. I think this also contributes to the sense that the flavor isn't very present.

This would probably be a great beer for a hot day, when you want something cold and thrist-quenching. However, it's not high on my list of beers to return to, as it lacks that complexity and fullness of flavor that leaves me wanting more.

Photo of beermanbrian
2.82/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is average in every sense. Pale cloudy gold color, thin almost non-existant white head. Smell is very mild malt, touch of spice. Taste is rather bland, grainy tasting. Cream ale style says highly carbonated, which this one isn't. It just sits on the palate, no moutfeel at all. Maybe it's the styles i've been drinking lately but this beer holds no draw for me. I'll pass on this one in the future.

Photo of UncleFlip
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very sparse off-white head tops this one. The liquid is a honey yellow, and quite hazy.

Smell is sweet and malty, with a grainy artificial banana overtone. Just a touch of clove there, as well.

Flavour has a slighty hefe quality. It's just a scant touch sour, with a fruity overtone, and a nice malty sweetness. Just a bit of pleasant bitterness hits at the end.

Liquid is just the thin side of medium. Carbonation is very tight, and builds as this one goes along.

I have to give it high marks on drinkability. It goes down very easily. Maybe not the best brew I've had, but definitely not the worst.

Be well
-UF

Photo of Jredner
2.8/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mild grain and light alcohol in the aroma. Hazy yellow color. No head. Cool and refreshing with very little taste. Mild malty sweetness in the aftertaste. It is actually pretty dang thirst quenching though extremely un-flavorful. Not bad tasting just not much of anything tasting. It makes you take big gulping sips.

Photo of StAnthony
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The cloudiness of this Wisconsin staple brew took me off guard, but it matched up with the full, yeasty mouthfeel. It seemed more like a bitter hefeweiss to me than a cream ale. Not really sweet at all from what I remember, but definitely smooth. Esters were easy to pick out, but not overwhelming (I don't like 'em too fruity). Pretty refreshing overall, but I was enjoying it during January in Chicago...I think it would go much better with July/August. I usually pick up a sixer of a New Glarus brew whenever I'm driving through WI (they don't sell it in IL anymore), and will no doubt buy this again after I've tried a few more of their offerings.

Definitely unique and worth a try.

Photo of loren01
3.22/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very light straw color, almost like a bud/miller light. Very small head that dissipated very quickly. Minimal carboation observed.
S: Smell is pretty fruity, very strong citrus smell. Pretty complex smell to it.
T: Taste is pretty sweet. I can't really detect any hoppiness to speak of. There is also some slight tartness to the taste maybe like a sweet berry flavor.
M: Mouthfeel is pretty well balanced, goes down pretty easily.
D: I could see myself drinking quite a few of these on a hot summer day. It seems like its more of a light Belgian Wit or something rather than a Cream Ale though.

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

When Wisconsin beer drinkers reach for a good beer, they reach for New Glarus Spotted cow . . . it is a holy grail of sorts. Only, it's a dumb, mass-produced holy grail.
It pours a murky pus-like yellow with delicate, tiny little bubbles that both nicely lace the beer and provide an excellent mouthfeel.
The taste . . . it's good. Sweet, corn adjunct, mixed with yeast and a lot of yeast esters, as is New Glarus's wont and no hop presence whatsoever.
I'm not gonna say this is a bad beer, but it is an awkward one. It exists in the nether region between BMC and complex craft brews. It appeals to the former with aspects of the latter and is priced accordingly. But, while sweet and very drinkable, if I wanted a beer like this, I'd grab a Miller. Oh, it's better than Miller to be sure, but not enough to really warrent the price.

Photo of nortmand
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours straw yellow and cloudy with some white head.

Smell is grass and bready malt.

Sweet-tart flavor, with some noble hop balance and a bit of malt.

Refreshing and summery, a very drinkable beer, but would become world class with a bit of wheat or rye.

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

Spotted Cow pours a cloudy pale yellow with 1/2" of head that quickly dissipates. Smell is predominantly of yeast and corn. Taste is much of the same, the corn is noticeable as well as the unfiltered yeast, pretty well balanced. Full bodied, light on the tongue, perhaps a little undercarbonated. Very drinkable, great session beer. This beer does no special tricks, it is what it is and what it is, is a great beer to spend an afternoon with.

Photo of soulgrowl
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A ruddy orange color, similar to dried apricots. Head is white and fizzy; retention is poor to mediocre.

Smell: Yeasty, like rising bread, with a smooth, sweet malt aroma. Corn is also detectable. Subtle marzipan/amaretto tones match beautifully with an orange-pineapple citric quality. A quiet but complex nose.

Taste: Not as appealing as the smell. There is a prominent acidic spiciness that I don't care for, similar to a white onion. Other than that, though, the beer is pretty good. Smooth malts, a touch of corn flakes, and of course, that unfiltered yeast round out the flavor, with a corny sweet finish that gradually turns dry and sour.

Mouthfeel: Mostly rough and prickly on the palate, but there is a crispness to it that helps offset the beer's sweetness.

Drinkability: This beer is really popular in Wisconsin, and it's good, but not as good as everyone hyped it up to be. I'm a little disappointed but I still think this is a fine beer, and I look forward to trying more from New Glarus.

Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
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