Spotted Cow | New Glarus Brewing Company

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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: 779 | Ratings: 3,317
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 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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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

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

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

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.

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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Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 779 ratings.