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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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2,889 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,889
Reviews: 733
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 208
Gots: 498 | FT: 13
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 zimm421
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a shaped pint glass. Appears a slightly hazy golden color with an average white head. The head is fluffy, has great retention and leaves small amounts of lacing.

Nose is full of the expected corn, as well as yeast. There are some hints of citrus. Aroma isn't overwhelming, but smells pretty decent. Taste is pretty plain. Corn, yeast and a little spiciness. This is refreshing, but don't expect a ton of flavor out of it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, below average carbonation and very drinkable. Goes down smoothly and easily. Overall, not bad, but not really impressed. Pretty average but it is definitely refreshing after a long day at work.

Photo of biggred1
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazed, pale yellow with a creamy off-white head. Sweet and corny, much like many old school macro lagers. Sweet butterscotch and sweet corn with untoasted grain and a touch of hop bittering in the finish. Pretty average fair here, not bad at all but not great at all. Somehow I remembered this beer being better than it is.

Photo of Corbet
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-looks like your typical cloudy microbrew.

S-tastes like beer

T-tastes like your typical major brand beer but a bit more flavorful and less watered down

M-a more full bodied major brand beer

O-Very easy drinking beer, flavored enough to enjoy while on the couch but nothing special. I must admit, I was expecting more from New Glarus, especially after hearing from friends how popular New Glarus is in WI.

Photo of tvv375ia
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-poured a slightly cloudy maize color with about a finger of head that faded to a small cap

S-not a lot of smell just a hint of some bready malt

T-banana is the first taste that comes to me but it is not really strong

M-starts out sort of creamy but after the head faded it was a little watery

O-not bad just a simple easy to drink beer maybe I was expecting more from this one though

Photo of HugePlume
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle.

A- Pours a bright bubbly corn-yellow color. This was first cause for alarm of this hyped-up beer that I grew more and more dissappointed and leery of.

S- Smells like sweet mash, bread and musty hops.

T- This isn't good beer. More musty sweet mash. Finish is dry, which imparts a crude bitterness.

M- Mouthfeel is decent, carbonation good for a lighter brew, body is spot on but cant overcome the flavor shortfalls.

O- Don't believe the hype, this is not good. Go for the other new glarus brews, this is intended to appeal to Budweiser and Miller light drinkers. Overrated!

Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy, yellow, pine straw color with a 1" froth sponge head. A nice thick ring is left behind.

S - Very nice malt scents with some fruits in there that are pearlike and some hints of corn.

T - A nice creamy malty tone to it. Very interesting and quite delicious. Some banana taste with a little citrus zest in there too.

M - Very mild and exceptionally smooth and creamy. Very easy to drink.

O - A very nice refreshing type of cream ale. One I enjoyed very much and wouldn't mind getting more.

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

Bottle courtesy of Zenadasman, thanks! 12 oz bottle to a tulip.

Pours out a lovely light honey orange color with a little over one finger head. Retention is OK and lacing is not good, but it's pretty.

Smells like bready malt and some biscuit. A good bit of yeast is present, a slight sour banana scent.

Tastes very mild with a small amount of hops and good malt profile. Orange and banana are subdued. Pretty tasty for a mild cream ale.

Mouthfeel is great. Very creamy with just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall a nice beer that I would love to have again.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw color with a nice soft bone white head.

Not much to the smell but corn and a light touch of white fruits.

The smell is also corn grain, some white fruits (pear, but that may be stretching it,) and a light hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light bodied.

Overall, this is not a complex beer but always comes through in a pinch if I'm in WI for whatever reason. Anywhere that carries beer up there usually has this and it's a very respectable alternative to macros.

Photo of flyfisherfinn
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was the first New Glarus brew I encountered, many moons ago. Finally able to review this.

The color is a nice, cloudy yellow. Minimal head on the pour.

I noticed a slight lemon taste and odor to the beer, which gave it a wonderful summery taste.

The beer is very smooth and easy drinking as well.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.17/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, Bruery tulip, no freshness dating, and a thoughtful extra from Shango42.

Quite yellow in color, this beer looks bright and crisp. A head almost failed to form, though clean white bubbles ended up covering the top as the pour finished, quickly receding to a ring of large diameter bubbles.

The nose is rife with sweet corn and Pils malt like an all malt lager with just a little ale fruitiness, but also a lager-like cracker.

Flavor is right on the aroma's heels; sweet corn and elusive leafy hop. All is clean and unblemished other than I know New Glarus can do more.

The mouthfeel does find a sweet spot between tight, active bubbles and fizzing, light and substance.

While obviously executed excellently, Spotted Cow seems like a dumbed down craft beer. It reminds me very much of Simpler Times Pilsner from Minhas that can be had for $2.99/6 at Trader Joe's.

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

A light golden with fairly persistent white head and pretty fine lacing.

Smells lightly creamy and sweet.

Taste is more complex. Besides a hint of creaminess and malt sweetness, there's a slight fruity undercurrent and a pleasantly lip-smacking sourness.

Mouth feel is medium and a little sticky on the lips.

This is New Glarus's most popular beer, most probably because it's more sessionable than their more distinctive tasting brews. I would use it for that purpose if I lived in Wisconsin.

Photo of hardy008
2.58/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light yellow color with a foamy white head with average retention and spotty lacing. The aroma has grain, some sweet malt, a whiff of corn. Nothing too special here.

The flavor of this beer is pretty plain. Sweet malt, grain, some corn, and a bit of yeast.

Light to medium bodied, average carbonation, and underwhelming in almost every way. This is a pretty disappointing beer, from an otherwise good brewery.

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

From bottle, thanks to Birchstick for this one.

Cloudy and a light gold hue, sticky white head with lasting retention. Looks mildly thick, and a bit creamy off the pour.

Nose is rather benign, some grain with a emphasis on lemon citrus; its rather clean, but at the same time carries a sweeter quality.

Tasty, creamy with a citric tang and coaxing hop presence. Bready and delicate, very well balanced on the palate.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, creamy, and effortless to drink; a reliable session beer that boasts splendid carbonation.

Worthy brew, something I would definitely buy to enjoy a few of in a night if it were in my distribution area, cheers!

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with a fluffy 1 finger white head that followed me down the glass as a subtle little pillow of film. Some splotchy lace.

S: I'm picking up notes of the expected corn-based malt but there is a nice light citrus note in there that makes it pretty pleasant.

T: Follows the nose pretty well. Corned malts with a little lemon and lime peel. Blends well together.

M: This is clean and crisp with a light body, but has a palate coating quality to it. Leaves a nice light fruit taste over the palate. Refreshing with high drinkability.

O: I thought this was a very refreshing brew and I don't understand all the hate. Definitely a huge step above an adjunct lager and I thought it was a nicely crafted brew.

Photo of Northsider
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in bottle.

My father was really pushing this one on me so I finally tried it. Actually, this is really decent beer for the summer. Light and crisp. Low bitterness. It's borderline Macro Adjunct but it walks the line finely and does it well.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yellow and hazy with a fairly short, half finger head, but it lasted nicely and left great thick sheets of lace on every sip.

Grains and just a touch of light fruits, some corn and floral components, along with a smidge of lemon peel rounds out the aroma.

Taste follows the smell pretty close. There's a nice grainy flavor and a touch of crisp hops, along with a nice floral component and some fresh lemon peel.

The body is pretty amazing, great smooth and creamy, yet plentiful carbonation, light and satisfying, thirst quenching body, with a slightly slick finish.

It's a rather nice brew, tasty and easy to drink, something I would certainly like to have again.

Photo of pb9613
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - A hazy golden straw color with a touch of sunlight and a nice white head and good lacing.

Smell - Light and crisp with some fruity notes and a hint of hops on top of a sweet light grain smell.

Taste - Smooth in a great balance with the lively carbonation. There is just a touch of bitterness and a touch of corn. It leaves you wanting more and disappointed when the bottle is empty.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation and malt base really play well together making this light ale feel a little heavier and not like a light beer.

Overall - I loved it. There is not anotherlight ale that can match the balance of bitterness, malt background with the excellent carbonation. I feel the need to head to Wisconsin and smell their "Dairy Air" and have another Spotted Cow.

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

I poured this 12 oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. No best by date apparent.

A: cloudy golden color, the head is tiny and quickly falls into a scant but persistent wispy cap and good lacing.

S: corn, light, cracker-like grain, a hint of floral/herbal hops.

T: fresh sweet corn, lightly sweet cracker-like grain, a faint citrus (lemon) note in the background, and that hint of floral/herbal hops on the finish.

M: light-bodied, lightly silky to watery texture, abundant carbonation with a good crisp body.

O: This is a good, easy-drinking lawnmower beer. Millions of cheddar heads can't be wrong about this one, can they?

Photo of brew3crew
2.71/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at uncle mikes for my first venture into wisconsin.

A-hazy yellow with a little bit of head that sticks around

s-pale malt and grain is all I get

t- follows the nose. Not really a whole lot here. Kind of upset I ordered it

m- light bodied and smooth. Only thing that's nice

o-decent lawnmower beer. That's about it

Photo of Westywood
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Looks like straw. Golden. Sunlight. Nice white head bubbles up about 2 fingers width then settles into a nice white ring around the glass. Good lacing good carbonation.

Smell - Light and crisp. Some fruity notes but mainly sweet light grains.

Taste - Smoothness in great balance with lively carbonation. Not a touch of bitterness but enough hop presence at the end to establish a great finish and leave you wanting another drink.

Mouthfeel - Nice presence to this beer. Carbonation and textures really play well together. This is a great thirst quencher/session beer.

Overall - I loved it. I drank it with several other guys and they all loved it. It's a great "go to" beer from New Glarus.

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

Notes from 7/27/11. On tap in Milwaukee

A - Poured a cloudy yellow colour. Hazy. One finger of white head.

S - Light citrus notes with bready malts.

T - Bready malts with a slight sweetness. Light citrus notes in the background.

M - Light body; light carbonation.

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

I am not overly enamoured with the Spotted Cow like others. Pours a slightly hazy pale straw color with a white head that faded quickly. In the aroma included grains with scents of citrus. Taste is grain, malt, and citus undertones with slight yeast character. Mouthfeel is medium body with a medium high carbonation. It ok overall, decent drink for the summer.

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

Ok, my first New Glarus beer ever, Yeah!! I guess I could have chosen a more interesting style but the friggin writing on the side explaining what the hell it was, was written too small so I really didn't know what this was.

A- Nice and crisp and clean. Looks just like a American Adjunct.

S- Smells a shitpile better than a Bud though! Quite a bit of citrus on the nose.

T- Pretty nice actually, fairly creamy and complex for something so clear and clean. Nice aftertaste.

M- Pretty well spot on. Never had a cream ale before so maybe expected a little thicker mouthfeel.

O- Good, solid beer, just nothing to jump up and down about.

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

12oz bottle (code 1171 14:57) poured into a tulip - thanks MammothBrew!

Pale straw color with a thin white head. Looks and smells like a standard American lager.

Taste is mild fruit, hops, and clean water. Mouthfeel is very smooth. Nice crisp finish. The water is a main ingredient here.

Label says this is a farmhouse ale - but this is no saison. Yeast profile is totally different. If anything, this reminds me more of a Kölsch.

Photo of xerotime
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought back a few when I was in WI just recently. Pours a slightly hazy pale straw color with a white 1 finger head that faded quickly. In the aroma I'm picking up a graininess balanced with citrus. Taste is more of the same with a slight yeast character. Mouthfeel is medium body with a medium high carbonation. Overall a great summer drinker. Well done NG!

Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,889 ratings.