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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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768 Reviews
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Reviews: 768
Hads: 3,262
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 28.77%
Wants: 251
Gots: 809 | FT: 23
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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

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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Reviews: 768 | Hads: 3,262
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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Photo of eaglescout
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden, clear

S: bready, corn, almost liked a pumped up miller lite (if we're being honest)

T: grain after taste, corn, light hoppy taste not fruity

M: crisp, light

O: very much a casual afternoon, graduation party kind of beer

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Photo of CraigP83
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Easy drinking beer for the masses. Says cream ale but comes across like a Lager, Seems to me more malt forward. Has a little bit of sweetness that coats your mouth. Fairly bland other than that

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very drinkable beer. I was surprised by the overall lightness. But despite the lightness, there was still plenty of flavor - a bit of hops and a bit of malt.

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Photo of Chiefy770
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 Fl Oz Bottle
Bottled on November 10th, 2014
Reviewed on January 12th, 2015
Served in a Nonic Pint Glass

Eyes
Hazy and pale straw-colored body. A modest head formed and left a small amount of soapy lacing.

Nose
Barley, grains, and corn dominated the nose. Refreshing notes of apple and lemon canceled out the initially heavy malts.

Mouth
Grains hit first… think corn and sweet grains. Light herbal hops gained steam throughout the session. Minor hints of lemon made this a refreshing brew. Medium/Light body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall
After throwing a few of these back it is easy to see why this brew is a staple in summer sessionables.

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Photo of hopley
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra in a trade - other than some excellent New Glarus' fruit beers - this is my first impression otherwise.

Can't say it does much for me - Genesee Cream Ale for me is the standard for cream ale - New Glarus' version is pretty much the same. Other than maybe a little head retention and possibly a slightly fuller taste than the Geney - there's nothing wrong with this beer - nothing amazing either. Just a good representation of a nice coiffing summer beer that I happen to be drinking on New Year's Day.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into chalice

Clear golden orange, no carbonation , one finger white cap, no lacings

Grassy aroma, hint of orange citrus, hint of spice

Sip of malt, grassiness, wisp of spice. Slight sweetness

No sudsing, smooth, pleasant

Nice beer for a hog summer day after cutting the grass

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

Bought in Milwaukee, brought home to CT. Cask conditioned ale, poured from a bottle. Had a slightly cloudy golden color, nice creamy head with good lacing. Sweet aroma. Mild taste, subtle flavors with a bit of malt sweetness. Overall, a nice cream ale with a low abv, perfect for a lunch when you need to keep working in the afternoon!

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Photo of larryi86
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- A clear golden color with two finger white head.

S- Hints of spicy hops, sweet malts, hints of fruits.

T- Sweet, some citrus, light fruits, faint hops.

M- Smooth, light body.

O- A very easy drinking beer and enjoyable, would be great for summer. Nothing overly special but still well made.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Crystal clear straw yellow, plenty of loose carbonation. Fine white head that actually has decent retention, although only as a veneer.

S: Faint. Light grain, lemon, even mango, although that may be wishful smelling.

T: Same as the nose. Luckily there was no detectable corn flavor that was mentioned on the bottle. There are no flaws, but nothing compelling either.

M: Light, lively body. Easy gulper.

O: Easy drinking, a good beer to drink and not think about. Right up there with Hamm's (I mean that as a compliment), but without any of the flaws.

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Photo of gibgink
3/5  rDev -17.8%

From label, "Cask conditioned ale has been the popular choice among brews since long before prohibition. We continue this pioneer spirit with our Wisconsin farmhouse ale. Brewed with flaked barley and the finest Wisconsin malts. We even give a nod to our farmers with a little hint of corn. Naturally cloudy we allow the yeast to remain in the bottle to enhance fullness of flavors, which cannot be duplicated otherwise. Expect this ale to be fun, fruity and satisfying. You know you're in Wisconsin when you see the Spotted Cow. "

This beer tasted no different than a standard AAL in my opinion. Did not smell or taste any fruitiness, creaminess, or corn for that matter.

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Photo of EvanSalibi
5/5  rDev +37%

This is my favorite cream ale. Centered carbonation. Smooth from start to finish, light fizz. Absolutely enjoyable. A front porch/football tailgate beer

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Photo of BrewUSA
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look 8/10
Smell 15/20
Taste 34/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 82/100

Very light and bland, not much stands out. It's really easy to drink and refreshing on a warm night. Can only draw small cream notes, honestly if I didn't know it was, I likely could not tell. I do pull orange notes. Taste more like a wheat. Very light and somewhat forgettable~

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

Appearance: pours a darker shade of yellow to a light orange. two plus fingers of a white foamy head with strong retention and leaving behind a big lacing. completely hazy and opaque.

Smell: corn sugar, wheat, slightly creamy. a little grassy. a very light and delicate sweetness.

Taste: opens up with corn sugar and a little bit of wheat. some grassy flavors, but not to the point of mustiness. a subtle fruitiness comes in form time to time and gives off a bit of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: light, sweet, some juiciness. very refreshing.

Overall: this is the perfect cream ale as far as I know. does a really well job of taking all the good flavors of everything and combining them into a nice light and flavorful beer. I can see why this beer is so popular among non-craft beer enthusiasts too.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.25/5  rDev -11%

It is too much like a lager for my tastes, but I did enjoy the creaminess. I picked up the malt with very little hop balance, though the malt was not overpowering by any means. Meh.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Beer pours brilliant and yellow with a white head. Carbonation level is good. Flavor profile is very clean, almost like a lager more than a farmhouse. Hops are subdued as are the grains. Everything in harmony. Beer is very refreshing, this is more of what I would imagine a farmhouse to have been like back in the day. More refreshing than funky.

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

Look: pours with a nice head and beautiful color; some variation on cloudiness but that is part of its charm. Smells like home. Taste: great mailtiness and slightly sweet without being cloying . absolutely love this beer and will grab it as a go to.

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Photo of Jnashed
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

12oz bottle poured into a Samual smith glass

A) light yellow, clean . Initial frothy head that quickly dissipates.

S) slight fruit and a slight sour smell

T) crisp, slightly fruity . Yeasty with lots of pleasing malt overtones. Like a good piece of sourdough bread. Except lighter and crisper

M) creamy wonderful feel. Moderate carbs. Really nice.

O) solid satisfying beer. If you want a crisp but complex beer on a summers day but are not into Gose or something like that, this is the way to go.

4.25

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Photo of sth550
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. $7.50/6 pack at Copp's grocery store.

Appearance: Big, white head when first poured gives way to a thin lacing and a translucent copper color. Looks like a typical American Lager only richer.

Aroma: Malty and a hint of citrus and hops. Very clean and refreshing smell.

Taste: Pretty light for a craft beer but the taste is similar to the smell: Malts, yeast, grain, and some citrus and hops. According to the label there's a touch of corn added to the mix as well, but it's hard to detect. This is probably the best-tasting beer I've had with this light of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy; after all, it is a cream ale. Light carbonation going down. The creaminess enhances the sweet malty flavors and it finishes clean and refreshing.

Overall: Definitely my go-to beer when in Wisconsin. It tastes great and is very easy to drink while being leaps and bounds above most American Lagers, including New Glarus' own Totally Naked. The relatively low ABV also allows you to have more than one without too much effect.

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Photo of higherbrow
4/5  rDev +9.6%

For a Wisconsite, Spotted Cow is the default craft beer. It is easy pleasing, and very accessible, with a very clean flavor. While this is rarely any beer enthusiast's favorite beer, as most beer enthusiasts lean towards a more robust style, this is my favorite beer to provide to a broad audience of beer enthusiasts, beer drinkers, and beer novices alike.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%

From notes on 12/5/13

I’ve always thought this was a nice gateway beer. I know many people in Wisconsin who would say this is there first full flavor beer. Overall, I think it is pretty good. Pours like a normal lager. Golden in color. Big white head. The aroma is kind of yeasty and citrus fruits. Fairly bitter tasting. Really has flavor all around the tongue. Would recommend anyone visiting the south west area of Wisconsin to not only visit the New Glarus Brewery, but also the town itself, as it is a charming Swiss like town.

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Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 768 ratings.