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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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757 Reviews
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Reviews: 757
Hads: 3,211
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 28.77%
Wants: 243
Gots: 754 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2002

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Reviews: 757 | Hads: 3,211
Photo of jbschafer
2.23/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a slightly hazy light golden color. Looks like a standard American lager in color but a bit more cloudy. Produced very little head that disappeared immediately. Sides of the shaker pint were coated with a medium to small carbonation bead.

Smell "dusty" like hay or new mowed grass/wheat. No hint of hops at all. Also can smell the corn addition.

Tastes a bit dusty like the smell (I wish I had a better adjective for this sensation). Certainly can taste the corn. Has a wheat with a bit of a sour flavor in there that takes it away from a wheat beer flavor.

Fully carbonated. I felt a gassy feeling only half way through the beer.

I know that a lot of folks from the midwest like this beer and swear by New Glarus as a brewery. Having said that, this just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into new Sam Adams glass on 5/13/08. Thanks to Deuane for sharing!

A - Slightly hazy, pale straw/yellow body with whispy white head that fully diminished. Nice even carbonation bubbles.

S - Light fruity aroma reminiscent of white grapes and a dominant wheaty malt aroma with a hint of corn. No noticeable hop aroma.

T - Overall, this is sweet and fruity with a slight white wine aspect. Kind of like a Berliner Weiss but not as sour. Thre is a bit of subdued sourness, however. Malt flavor of wheat stalks and corn.

M - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Slightly chewy mouthfeel, but overall it's a little thin.

D - Definitely light and quaffable. This is an interesting and unique beer that is nice during the summer months.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this in a trade from thefatkid13 a few months back.

pours a hazy golden with a thin head the quickly drops into a very thin sheet.
the aroma is a little bland, not much to it, just a light hint of malt and some fruit.
the flavor is mellow, malty, some corn, little fruit, not much to this.
this sample could be old so i will try again, but, did not live up to the hype.

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Photo of cgstarry
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have been a brewer for years and love farmhouse style ales. That is exactly what this beer is to me.

I first had it in Wisconsin on business and have made a few trips back across the border to stock up since!

Color is a cloudy medium straw thanks to all the healthy yeast in the drink. Head starts out dense and creamy but quickly dissipates. Not much lacing noticed.

Flavor is light but complex. Starts out like a nice medium bodied ale, then some hop bitterness, then it finishes sweet with hints of fruity bubble gum-like esters dancing on the middle of my tongue.

It has a hidden strength that catches up with you. The beer is so drinkable it's pretty easy to have that extra one or two! And that's a good thing!

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Photo of jayrod20
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Spotted Cow pours a cloudy pale yellow with 1/2" of head that quickly dissipates. Smell is predominantly of yeast and corn. Taste is much of the same, the corn is noticeable as well as the unfiltered yeast, pretty well balanced. Full bodied, light on the tongue, perhaps a little under carbonated. Very drinkable, great session beer. This beer does no special tricks, it is what it is and what it is, is a great beer to spend an afternoon with.

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Photo of tmitch75
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vigorous pour provides two-finger creamy white head that drops to a thin dusting of white bubbles. Cloudy pale yellow color, a little like a hefe.

Creamy wheaty smell with a little corn. A slight floral hop aroma is there too.

Tastes creamy too with a lot of wheat. I can't really detect any hops.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. This is a very easy-drinking beer that is better than the sum of its parts. It's a shame this stuff is only available in WI (although I do like their thought process).

Tasted on 4/5/08.

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Photo of KBomb
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich cloudy gold, small creamy head. Aromas of fruit (citrus), grains, and a little yeast. Taste is a nice mild malt flavor with some sweetness of corn at the end of a sip. A little fruit note (grape) lingers in the mouth, but it does not out do the flavor of the grains. The only downside is the sweetness might turn slightly sour at the end of the sip. Still, very crisp and clean flavors. Crisp mouthfeel and fairly light body makes a very drinkable beer.

A great "go-to" beer, good "gateway" for macro-drinkers, and its one of my favorites for hot summer days. It strikes a balance of light body and well rounded flavor. Refreshing and pretty tasty.

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Photo of brentk56
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy light honey color with a rocky head that hangs around and leaves some lace

Smell: Vegetal; the touch of corn pays its dividend

Taste: Bready, almost like shortbread in its sweetness, with just a little grainy flavor in the middle; the finish returns to the sweeter side; I will say this - it tastes as "creamy" as any cream ale I have ever tasted

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Sure, it's easy to drink and it is one of those crossover beers that develops regional popularity and lets a few more people experience craft brewing techniques

Thanks, knapers03, for the opporunity

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Photo of botham
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured intoa mug. pours a golden yellow color with three fingers of loose white head that dissipates quickly.

aroma is light, with notes of pale malts and a touch of fruity yeast. a slight floral character stays in the background, while a grainy base sits below the yeast.

taste is lightly fruity, with a creamy character and a grainy base. sweet overall, with a finish of grain and residual yeast.

mouthfeel is light bodied with a creamy texture and a smooth finish.

drinkability is good. this is not a strong or rich brew, and it does well at showing the cream character while still showcasing malts and yeast. an easy drinking summer brew. cheers!

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Photo of Greggy
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Pours a light yellow color with a nice 2 finger head that recedes rather quickly into a transparent thin lace. Light clinging lace.

S- Some light toasty grains with a very nice hop balance. A light hint of lemon is also there.

T- A very light malt/hop structure that is in great balance. Some light toasted grains, like the nose is apparent and also the same lemon in the nose.

M- Medium carbonation that has a great body.

D- Drinkability scores excellent here as it is very light, lower alcohol and easily drinkable. I can see this being a great crossover beer for BMC drinkers and a great session brew for beer geeks.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Keeping it simple, keeping it real, this beer pours a yellow body with a small white head.

Smell: Aroma of pale malts, yeast, flowers. Why, there's even a few kernels of white corn in the nose.

Taste: Lightly sweet pale maltiness with a touch of corn. One drop of honey. A few flower petals. Very mild hop bitterness. Hint of yeast. Finishes watery and abrupt, but let's use the word "clean" instead, shall we.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A very easy drinking beer that's probably better suited to summertime temperatures in excess of ninety degrees. It's not often you see a cow-themed beer that doesn't turn out to be just another milk stout.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Poured (in oversized Riedel snifter) a hazy golden tangerine w/1-finger head that faded quickly. I thought it was leaving some tracing but that faded quickly too.

S-Slightly sweet malt, sweet corn, slight fruit.

T-Creamy grain, vegetation, and corn w/hints of malt, slightly sweet w/bright but faint fruit tones. Finishes clean w/some weak hops.

M-Clean and crisp with carbonation that borders on the edge of too weak, but just squeaks by.

D-An easy to drink brew. This is not my favorite offering from New Glarus, but it's worth sharing with friends that come visit, regardless of the level of discrimination in beer taste.

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Photo of bboven
2.74/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Butterscotch yellow cloudy body with absolutely no head or lacing. This beer should be very clear and have at least a minimal head, but it looks very flat and unattractive in the glass.

Base malt and green apple, a defect from yeast fermenting at too high of a temperature, is very apparent. It can be there to some degree, but not this much.

Again, very fruity with the green apple dominating. The hops are lost and the malt is barely there because of the off-flavors.

Moderately carbonated, but a little more CO2 would help lift some of the sweetness up.

It's not bad tasting, but it's got a big defect in it. You usually only see this in lagers, but cream ale is so light to begin with that every little thing will be accentuated. I can't really recommend it unless you like fruit beers. In that case, you might like this one.

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Photo of Mdog
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pale yellow with a slight haze, good sized head and lacing.

Smell: Dry yeast, some fruit notes.

Taste: Light fruitiness-grape, apple. A little grain and a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: Goes down really quick, easy to have several in a sitting.

Spotted Cow is probably New Glarus' most popular beer, it's a good intro to craft beers. A little more flavorful than the macros but not too intense to scare people. Easy drinking and tasty.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint

Appearance is a light straw with a good amount of cloud. No sediment noted in the glass or bottle. Head is a fluffy three finger that dissipates quickly and leaves a small lace.

Smell is weak malt, a little wheat and slight hops.

Taste is creamy and wheaty, like a weak hefeweiss. Not any banana or bubblegum, but I get the fruity sweetness of the weiss. Not much in the hop department, but I don't see a reason to complain on this style. Wheaty, malty, bready, soda crackers and fruity esters. I like.

Mouthfeel is full and crisp. Does not coat the tongue with an oil slick but feels good in the mouth, lots of natural carbonation.

Drinkability is awesome. Not too heavy but full of flavor.

Over all a good really tasty beer. If you like this beer you should REALLY try a full on Hefe Weissen.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow in appearance. Not much head and less than stellar retention.

Adjunct and pale malt smell; very faint. Slight cooked vegetable smell.

Adjuncts aren't overpowering or gross. Some pale malts with adjuncts Very unexciting and plain. A lawnmower beer at best.

Mouthfeel is nice and crisp. A refreshing mouthfeel.

A below average cream ale. Thanks to Deuane for the sample. I have been wanting to try this one for a while.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very pale slightly yellow half finger head faded fast.

S- Very delicate yet strong lemony aroma.

T- Great yeast character elevates the otherwise bland hop/malt balance to something very enjoyable.

M- Very smooth yet light.

D- Summertime, oh yeah!

A fantastic lawnmower beer or gateway beer. It's still tasty enough for the seasoned beer geek too.

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Photo of willjschmidt
2.97/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy yellowish gold with a very thin and quickly receding white head.

S: Some sweet grains, maybe some corn.

T: Quite a bit of grains and some light sweet malts. There is also a lot of lemon tartness and sweetness to it which is probably the best part about it. It tastes like a slightly sweeter version of a BMC lager.

M: Light bodied, quite a bit of carbonation.

D: It's drinkable, I'll give it that. It's very tame, light, and not a whole lot different than drinking water. I guess it would be a decent option on a hot summer day. Besides that, skip it.

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Photo of sfoley333
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Poured a hazy light golden color with a thin white head that fades quickly. Smell is ligth with corn and sweet malt. Taste is light malt flavor with a sweetness. Mouth feel is light body with a mild carbonation. This is a session beer for sure but not very complex.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz from the basement cooler.. brought home from coworkers who were in Minnesota earlier this year.. this is my last one.

Poured into my New Belgium goblet.. very pretty light gold.. good lacing and a 1" head.

Smell is clean.. low pale malts and an aroma that I can't put a finger on.

"Tastes like beer." Lingering maltiness with a very minimal sourness.. A slight corn flavor that is not offensive just present. Descent body and effervescent carbonation.. really pretty drinkable.

Spotted cow reminds me of a big-boned PBR... Nothing to Mooo about, but if it was available in Boise, I would probably still pick up a few every summer just to have around when I wanted something quaffable when working in the yard.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy straw color with a thin white head that quickly disappeared.

Aroma is of citrus and other light fruits. Taste is fruity and refreshing. Pear seems to doiminate. Not much else going on here, it's pretty light and mild.

Light to medium bodied, and interesting. I could hit this one pretty hard any time of year. A good session beer and recommended to anyone trying to get out of the BMC rut.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For some reason am surprised to see this labeled as a cream ale.
Poured a very light straw color with a pretty big haze and nice white head. Lacing is good.
Taste is of sweet malts and fairly minimal in the hop dept. Very yeasty almost reminded me of some type of Belgian yeast strain.

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Photo of rudylaw
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This light, easily-drinkable beer was purchased on a recent trip to Woodman's. This is my second NG beer and I have to say, I hope they start shipping to IL soon.

It tastes like cream soda on a hot day. I could easily finish off six of these over the course of the night. It goes down very, very smooth.

While not mind-blowing by any means, this is a solid chugger. Recommended.

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

Perhaps my favorite brew. Been drinking it for years, and it's every bit as good now as it was then. Pours a lovely cloudy gold, and smells slightly sweet. Has a "thick" flavor (and feel), perhaps hops, perhaps corn or a fine mixture of the two. Slight fruity follow. Goes down extremely easily...very, very smooth. Have yet to find a better brew. Works any day of the year, and with any food/snack. Truly the elixir of the gods.

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Photo of mnstorm99
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy light orange, with a small white head that leaves quickly.
Not much aroma going on here except a faint fruity malt smell on the nose. small but nice.
Taste is of malt, light carmel flavor with a touch of fruits (apricot?). Not much hops in here, but that is fine for the style. And a touch of corn comes through.
Nice, full body, probably helped by the wheat. This beer is an excellent summer session beer that we try to keep around as much as possible (my wife loves this stuff).

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Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 757 ratings.