Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company
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Ratings: 2,462 | Reviews: 695 | Display Reviews Only:
3.5/5 rDev -5.9%
12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. The brew appears a clear pale yellow color with a white cap leaving spotty lace.
The smell is quite muted but very faint citrus emerges along with some bready grain across the back.
The flavor is somewhat sweet and bready with an alcohol fruity ester to break up the monotone character.
This is light bodied and boasts moderate levels of carbonation. An easy drinking brew and just ok per style. No thrills, forgetable beer but serves a purpose for the flavor challenged drinker.
08-26-2014 13:29:05 | More by stakem
4.41/5 rDev +18.5%
Appearance: Pours with a bold yellow color with some light accents of orange. Half a finger of very rich head on the pour which was regenerated while drinking. Active carbonation is spot on for the style. Rich rings of lacing left behind with each drink.
Smell: Sweet malts with accents of biscuit and dough jump out right away. Touches of orange peel and lime dance ever so lightly on the edges of the aroma. Refreshing barley and grains liven up the back end. Butter, cream, and light toffee pull this beer full circle.
Taste: That flaked barley is really what sets this beer off on the right foot. Creamy, decadent grains pack a rounded flavor on the front of the palate. Light fruity hops greet the drinker mid body then are washed away by continuous waves of sweet malts. Some grassy hops clean off the palate and balanced malt on the back end just keep you coming back for more.
Mouthfeel: Easily one of the most drinkable beers out there. Sweet malts and bright buttery texture are balanced out by some crisp hop notes. Carbonation is everything it should be.
Overall: This used to be a beer I mocked due to its folklore-ish type popularity. But now approaching it with an open mind, it is easy to see why this is such a popular beer by the masses, and should be equally popular with geeks. A perfectly executed cream ale should be highly drinkable with creamy decadent malts and a splash of hops, which is exactly what the cow brings. No longer will I discredit this beer because everyone loves it, which was a ridiculous thing to do in the first place, but instead enjoy it often for its truly wonderful characteristics.
08-24-2014 19:10:58 | More by KFBR392
Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,462 ratings.