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Spotted Cow | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2002

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Reviews: 788 | Ratings: 3,357
Photo of SaltofOH
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle, no date. Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy medium gold, leaves a frothy 3 finger cap that lingers. Very nice lacing, ample carbonation.

Aroma: Fruity, yeasty, clean Munich malt, a very clean graininess.

Taste: Sweet, clean, balanced, not much hop presence to speak of, sweet and slightly apple-fruity.

Mouthfeel: Light & fluffy. Pretty clean finishing. HEavier side of light; subtle carbonation given how bubbly it appears.

OVerall: Outrageously drinkable, though a little bland. If I lived in Wisconsin, this would be a regular 6-er; but even if it were available here, I'd probably pick Victory's Summer Action or MadTree's Lift first.

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Photo of Pocker
4.63/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite cream ale by far. New glarus in general makes so many great beers, but this one is so easy to drink regardless of weather or setting. Only bought in Wisconsin, I have to make the 15 minute drive across the border which I don't think twice about doing; even if it's just for this beer. Foggy honey in color, fresh--light hop scent and smooth yet full upon entering the hole in your face. The mozzarella cheese, sausage and mushrooms will go down so easy with this beer.

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Photo of beerchic
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A gift from a good friend coming home from Wisconsin. I never overanalyze flavors in a beer on a review, and I won't this time either. Very nice refreshing brew for the summer, quite tasty.

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Photo of CoryJones
5/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Why New Glarus Brewery is on the map, a very welcoming beer that is not too strong, and no matter the setting, delivers that farmhouse ale taste we have become accustomed to.

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Photo of Bill4515
4.99/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Damn good beer. Slight taste of citrus along with hops and malt. Overall, delicious beer. One of my favorites. And only made and sold in Wisconsin :)

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Photo of govlady
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: golden, light, a little bit of head
S: banana, fruity
T: malty, corn, light with a tiny bit of hop to it
F: medium carbonation, creamy, very smooth
O: solid beer. very refreshing. ive had a few after playing 9 holes in the heat of the summer in WI and it really hits the spot.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.31/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Tony!

A : A hazy honey glow, about 70% opaque. The head is exceptional, making a beautiful paper white crown reaching 3 fingers tall, and then receding to a fat ring leaving hilly lace on the sides.

S : Some light tropical/fruity aromas - banana, pineapple, mandarin orange. Light white bread crust, and a faint yeast aroma. A bit of cereal grain in there, too. The bouquet is pretty faint however.

T : First word? Delicious! Malty, rich, flavorful. Banana, clove, marshmallow, and light grains. Slight hop slap but keeps it minimal. A little white bread crust. It ends with a bit of burnt cinnamon and banana peel.

F : Creamy, creamy, creamy. I love it. It just devours your mouth into the beer. It has a spritzy carbonation that keeps it lively, and ends woody and semi-dry.

O : The best cream ale I've ever had. Not kidding here, guys. Would not change a thing. Love this representation. Do not pass this one up.

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Photo of onklsven75
4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Spotted Cow is one of my favorite beers. Very easy to drink. The only thing I don't like about it is it has a little bit of a metalic aftertaste, not sure if that is just me though.

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Photo of golf_sierra
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very clean, smooth mouthfeel, refreshing experience. Not much hoppyness or bitterness, but very tasty. Perfect carbonation. Definitely worth trying when in Wisconsin.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.16/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- pours a slightly hazy bright yellow color with a one-finger creamy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some short lasting lace behind

S- a little bit of cream soda sweetness up front, followed by some corn, yeast & grainy, a hint of green apple

T- light grains and corn add a little bit of sweetness up front, mild grassy hop bitterness, earthy yeast, clean finish that leaves you wanting more

M- medium body with moderate prickly carbonation leads to a thick and creamy mouthfeel that finishes silky and smooth, it almost has the mouthfeel of a nitro beer

O- the best cream ale I've had thus far. Creamy drinkability through the roof, would make a perfect summer beer. This would stay in my summer rotation is it were available, very well done

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Brilliant straw color, 1” foam collar, dissipates quickly, some light lace.
S: a little apple – a touch of esters, some other fruit but not real strong, very faint esters but the apple is fairly strong – also some corn.
T: Sweet, light, some malt, no hop, a touch of sour, sweet lingers, refreshing, crisp, no corn, moderate malt, delicate beer with a touch of DMS.
F: medium light body, thirst quenching, medium high carbonation, creamy.
O: pleasant lawnmower beer – drinkable, a little more malt and hop would have been nice

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Photo of GRPunk
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle (gifted by neighbor) into a nonic pint.

A- 1-1/2 finger, marshmallow- like head tops a clean, golden-straw body with light carbonation. The head drops to a light film. Nice rings left on the glass.

S- Slightly sweet. Husky grains, light lemon. Starts out faint, but really opens up with a little time.

T- Clean and refreshing. More lemon than the aroma initially let on. Grainy and sweet corn malts. A little gummy. Slightly grassy in the finish.

M- Medium-light body. Dry. Clean and crisp.

O- It's been a decade or more since my last one. I'm happy to get my hands on another. It doesn't do anything to stand out, though I don't think it's supposed to. A refreshing beer as we got back from the pool. A real crowd pleaser. I'd love to get a case for a cookout.

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Photo of sarient
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is highly regarded in the southern parts of Wisconsin. It's a great beer to get when your here. Taste isn't very sharp or flavorful, but smooth from start to finish, and has a nice color with a nice head consistency. Good show lad! 3.7/5.

How many?: Have this beer anywhere, anytime. 5 does the job nicely.

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Photo of vainosuomi
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear, pale yellow color. Smell is very grainy. Taste is grainy, with hints of corn, sweet, slight citrus hoppiness. Medium mouthfeel, fizzy. Clean finish. This beer is great, and one that anyone can enjoy. There's a reason it's so ubiquitous in WI.

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Photo of Emersonio
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: 12oz bottle into a nonic pint. Appearance: Light gold with some haze. Thin white head and lacing present. Aroma: Light floral and malty notes. Taste: Malty forward beer. Can detect some light hops. Aftertaste: Lingering malt profile through the back end. Overall: Consistent brew. A Wisconsin classic! Overall: Good-3 out of 5.

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Photo of primu
2.96/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at 40F~ from glass bottle into small mug

A: Straw-colored. A finger of white, bubbly head with modest retention and some lacing.

S: Mild, pleasantly yeasty smell. Some notes of grass.

T: Mild, almost watery flavor. Tastes of grains, with subtle notes of citrus and grass. Tasty, but left me wishing for more.

M: Very light mouth feel, gentle carbonation.

O: Completely inoffensive "cold beer after mowing the lawn on a hot day" brew. Bland and a bit watery but with no bad notes, it's a good alternative to domestic American Lagers. I'd happily drink it if offered to me, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On draft, served in the actual New Glarus Spotted Cow glassware. Yellow, crystal clear. Mild biscuit malt flavor, no hop flavor. Nice clean easy drinking blonde ale.

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Photo of Matthew_Phoenix
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Spotted Cow is one of a kind. Only found in Wisconsin. I live in Illinois and I go up to Wisconsin every once and a while when I can so that I can get a six pack. Real light and creamy. Almost rich in its taste. A little wet on the finish. All around solid. Get it if you can.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a straight sided, Spotted Cow pint glass.

A - 3.25 - Pours a slightly murky gold color. Forms about a finger of bright white head. Medium head potential, nice head retention. Good solid rings of lacing left on the walls of the glass.
S - 2 - Yeasty, slightly sour and alcoholic. Smells like your typical domestic beer.
T - 3.5 - Slightly sweet and sour tang, bready.
F - 4.75 - Nice creamy mouthfeel and oily texture. Goes down extremely smooth.
O - 4.5 - For what it is, its quite good. A good session beer to pound a few down and the perfect pizza brew.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

New Glarus Spotted Cow has a thick, foamy, white head, a somewhat hazy, golden, bubbly appearance, with some bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet corn, malt, and a touch of fruit. Taste is of mild, sweet bread, malt, mellow bitterness, and a ghost of smoke. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and New Glarus Spotted Cow finishes crisp, clean, and refreshing.


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Photo of spacecake9
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is one of my go-to beers when I'm spending time in Wisconsin. No surprises, just a consistently great tasting beer with an ABV that allows me to have a few.

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Photo of pjludolph
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very good and refreshing beer. It has notes of citrus and goes down very smoothly. It has little to no aftertaste and is one of the best Wisconsin made beers and that is ranking it among some fierce competition.

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Photo of snaxcat
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy pale straw color.
Smells of banana, bready malt, pineapple.
Tastes of straw, bread, banana, sweet fruits. Decent hop bitterness not overpowering.
Smooth, light, refreshing.

Overall: a solid, go to, easy drinking summer beer.

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Photo of aProtagonist
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been in Wisconsin long enough now to realize that if I tell a local to pick up a six-pack on their way over, this is what they're going to bring. While I usually prefer more flavorful beers, there's something about this brew's smooth palate and frothy mouthfeel that makes me forgive its lack of character. I'll probably never buy it myself, but I won't say no to one (or three, considering its low ABV) either. As far as comfort zone beers go, this is definitely in the top-tier.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle (also sampled on draft at the airport) poured into shaker pint. Yellow and slightly cloudy body with a rocky white head. Retention is good and there’s some lacing. Aroma is of crackers, grainy malt, corn, a little lager-y fruit, and a hint of grassy hops.Taste is sweet malt, corn, and fruit with a little grassy bitterness on the finish. Medium-light body, creamy texture, average-plus carbonation, abrupt sweet finish.

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Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
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