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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
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2,022 Ratings
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Ratings: 2022
Reviews: 678
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.05%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2002)
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murrayswine

Arizona

3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What can I say about the number one beer in Wisconsin right now.... Well, It's my go to when all else isnt available, and all I have left is BMCs.
Pours a very light gold/yellow with a minimal head.
The nose is light and nutty with a little hop, and some butter.
The taste is loose and light. Tastes like good bread, but as a beer, it's a session horse, no more, no less.
Not bad if you wanna drink A LOT.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2006 06:46:06 | More by murrayswine
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abcsofbeer

Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with no freshness date. The color is a cloudy yellow-orange. There is a good amount of carbonation, giving it a sparkly, fizzy mouthfeel. Because it was poured slowly, there was no head and therefore, no lacing to speak of.

The aroma is faint, but, I detect some butter and tangy orange along with peaches and other fruits.

The taste is lemony with a light body. The hops are very light and there is little malt.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2006 00:33:22 | More by abcsofbeer
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aforbes10

Iowa

3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My wife and I stopped in New Glarus during their annual polkafest (which was extremely enjoyable) and the brewery had a couple of their beers on tap to try (and i course i hit up both). Spotted Cow poured (into a plastic cup) yellow to gold with an off-white head. Odor was kind of corny and vaguely malty, but overall not very strong at all. Taste was a thin mix of alcohol, corn juice, malt and extremely faint hops. Mostly it seems to just be a mildly refreshing, corn-based (which i verified with the guy manning the tap) hot weather beer. Nothing special IMO, but my wife thought it was darn good.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2006 12:53:37 | More by aforbes10
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Westsidethreat

California

3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looks like a hefe. Apricot yellow and very cloudy with scores of tiny bubbles making their way to the top. Chalk white head rapidly diminishes.

S: Very sublte. Touch of sourness on top of hay, lemon...sort of like a cream ale.

T: Organic tasting. Notes of cream, sweet corn, wheat and lemon twist. Small bitter aftertaste lingers long after the swallow

M: Very nice and smooth due to the low carbonation. Very quaffable

D: It is what it is. And for what it is, its not bad. Not anything I would ever hunt down but ok.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2006 03:07:26 | More by Westsidethreat
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- The appearance is a hazy golden lemon-yellow body with a creamy white head. The carbonation is a nice full carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- This beer has a light soft smell that gives a faint hint of yeast and maybe wheat.

T- This beer has notes of pale malt with a softness to it but it still taste crisp. There are some light wheat notes with a faint citrus punch in the finish. As it warms there is a light bubblegum flavor but is very smooth and soft.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizz texture at the finish.

D- This is a nice summer session beer and I had no idea what style it was until I read BA. I thought it was some kind of cream weizen beer but the flavors are soft but very pleasant.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2006 22:32:51 | More by rhoadsrage
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stouty1

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with a remainder of yeast floating around. Foamed nicely but it had little retention. Smell was nice witha flowery aroma.

All I can remember about the taste is that it really had a tangy feel to it that stuck on my tongue for a few minutes. Left me with a tingley tongue. Very Nice!

Very nicely done and a good drinking beer. Too bad the small restauraunt I enjoyed it in served it with a small pilsner glass.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2006 01:54:04 | More by stouty1
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is quite nice, the cloudy golden color reminds me of a wheat beer and the head is foamy with a lacing that sticks very nicely.

Smell is weak, but it's good. It has a nice malty smell to it with a light flowery aroma of hops surrounding it.

Taste is very malty and there is a little bit of hops that I can't put my finger on, very nice though.

Mouthfeel is very good, has carbonation and maltyness that's not quite smooth, but not far from it.

I can definetly see why New Glarus is pumping this stuff out so much.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2006 18:19:11 | More by Erdinger2003
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orangish straw gold with a half finger of head that lasts about 7 seconds, and little bubbles sticking to the glass which lend to the nice carbonated yet creamy mouth, but a little odd for looks. Not much aroma, grassy and malty with some corn, just enough to barely detect. Taste is a little odd, sweet malts are evident, but there is this wierd tart fruit in there, though I couldn't quite pin it down. Honestly, not really impressed by this beer, nor can I understand its populartiy. Oh well, more for you 'Sconnies.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2006 01:13:55 | More by objectivemonkey
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strattor

Idaho

3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Came to me a cloudy golden yellow with a thin, white head that disappeared quickly.

Sweet, somewhat fruity aroma. Contains hints of malt.

Taste is of yeast and corn, and a little sour, almost like a Belgian Witbier. The flavor isn't bad, but there isn't much of it.

Mouthful is moderately creamy, without much carbonation, and in all a little too watery for my tastes. I think this also contributes to the sense that the flavor isn't very present.

This would probably be a great beer for a hot day, when you want something cold and thrist-quenching. However, it's not high on my list of beers to return to, as it lacks that complexity and fullness of flavor that leaves me wanting more.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2006 08:08:06 | More by strattor
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is average in every sense. Pale cloudy gold color, thin almost non-existant white head. Smell is very mild malt, touch of spice. Taste is rather bland, grainy tasting. Cream ale style says highly carbonated, which this one isn't. It just sits on the palate, no moutfeel at all. Maybe it's the styles i've been drinking lately but this beer holds no draw for me. I'll pass on this one in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2006 01:08:15 | More by beermanbrian
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UncleFlip

Alabama

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very sparse off-white head tops this one. The liquid is a honey yellow, and quite hazy.

Smell is sweet and malty, with a grainy artificial banana overtone. Just a touch of clove there, as well.

Flavour has a slighty hefe quality. It's just a scant touch sour, with a fruity overtone, and a nice malty sweetness. Just a bit of pleasant bitterness hits at the end.

Liquid is just the thin side of medium. Carbonation is very tight, and builds as this one goes along.

I have to give it high marks on drinkability. It goes down very easily. Maybe not the best brew I've had, but definitely not the worst.

Be well
-UF

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2006 08:52:55 | More by UncleFlip
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Jredner

Florida

2.8/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mild grain and light alcohol in the aroma. Hazy yellow color. No head. Cool and refreshing with very little taste. Mild malty sweetness in the aftertaste. It is actually pretty dang thirst quenching though extremely un-flavorful. Not bad tasting just not much of anything tasting. It makes you take big gulping sips.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2006 08:01:58 | More by Jredner
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StAnthony

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The cloudiness of this Wisconsin staple brew took me off guard, but it matched up with the full, yeasty mouthfeel. It seemed more like a bitter hefeweiss to me than a cream ale. Not really sweet at all from what I remember, but definitely smooth. Esters were easy to pick out, but not overwhelming (I don't like 'em too fruity). Pretty refreshing overall, but I was enjoying it during January in Chicago...I think it would go much better with July/August. I usually pick up a sixer of a New Glarus brew whenever I'm driving through WI (they don't sell it in IL anymore), and will no doubt buy this again after I've tried a few more of their offerings.

Definitely unique and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2006 21:49:12 | More by StAnthony
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loren01

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very light straw color, almost like a bud/miller light. Very small head that dissipated very quickly. Minimal carboation observed.
S: Smell is pretty fruity, very strong citrus smell. Pretty complex smell to it.
T: Taste is pretty sweet. I can't really detect any hoppiness to speak of. There is also some slight tartness to the taste maybe like a sweet berry flavor.
M: Mouthfeel is pretty well balanced, goes down pretty easily.
D: I could see myself drinking quite a few of these on a hot summer day. It seems like its more of a light Belgian Wit or something rather than a Cream Ale though.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2006 08:17:42 | More by loren01
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shbobdb

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

When Wisconsin beer drinkers reach for a good beer, they reach for New Glarus Spotted cow . . . it is a holy grail of sorts. Only, it's a dumb, mass-produced holy grail.
It pours a murky pus-like yellow with delicate, tiny little bubbles that both nicely lace the beer and provide an excellent mouthfeel.
The taste . . . it's good. Sweet, corn adjunct, mixed with yeast and a lot of yeast esters, as is New Glarus's wont and no hop presence whatsoever.
I'm not gonna say this is a bad beer, but it is an awkward one. It exists in the nether region between BMC and complex craft brews. It appeals to the former with aspects of the latter and is priced accordingly. But, while sweet and very drinkable, if I wanted a beer like this, I'd grab a Miller. Oh, it's better than Miller to be sure, but not enough to really warrent the price.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 19:44:06 | More by shbobdb
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nortmand

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours straw yellow and cloudy with some white head.

Smell is grass and bready malt.

Sweet-tart flavor, with some noble hop balance and a bit of malt.

Refreshing and summery, a very drinkable beer, but would become world class with a bit of wheat or rye.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2005 05:26:49 | More by nortmand
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badbeer

Iowa

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | 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 undercarbonated. 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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2005 00:36:43 | More by badbeer
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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A ruddy orange color, similar to dried apricots. Head is white and fizzy; retention is poor to mediocre.

Smell: Yeasty, like rising bread, with a smooth, sweet malt aroma. Corn is also detectable. Subtle marzipan/amaretto tones match beautifully with an orange-pineapple citric quality. A quiet but complex nose.

Taste: Not as appealing as the smell. There is a prominent acidic spiciness that I don't care for, similar to a white onion. Other than that, though, the beer is pretty good. Smooth malts, a touch of corn flakes, and of course, that unfiltered yeast round out the flavor, with a corny sweet finish that gradually turns dry and sour.

Mouthfeel: Mostly rough and prickly on the palate, but there is a crispness to it that helps offset the beer's sweetness.

Drinkability: This beer is really popular in Wisconsin, and it's good, but not as good as everyone hyped it up to be. I'm a little disappointed but I still think this is a fine beer, and I look forward to trying more from New Glarus.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2005 09:30:53 | More by soulgrowl
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is not a cream ale nor is it a Saison. It’s a Wisconsin Farmhouse Ale. Can we get that added as a style on BA?

Spotted Cow is available everywhere in Wisconsin and I dig that because it’s chill enough for my swill chugging friends to get into. It’s also a brew that is just adored by beer drinking females who might otherwise be drinking miller lite or worse…alchipops.

About 5 years ago bars around here started serving the cow with a lemon as if it was a Heffeweis. I don’t get it. I think that lemon ruins this beer and shy away rom it when possible.

The cow is sweet, the corn is just barely noticeable, there is absolutely no bitterness. Slightly bready, grainy, and with just a touch of lemon and orange.

Generally a great session beer but nothing too special. This has become the quintessential Wisconsin micro but don’t go expecting something spectacular from it. It’s really more of a micro for the masses then anything else.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2005 19:48:06 | More by DaPeculierDane
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slyke

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A colleague and I were talking beer and Spotted Cow came up. I'd sampled it somewhere and remember it being pretty good.

Fast forward to the weekend and I head out on a sunny October Saturday to view the fall colors. I get to Wabasha, Minnesota and remember an off-sale place in the town just over the bridge in Wisconsin, cross the bridge and come home with a sixer of Spotted Cow.

It poured a bright, hazy yellow color, but with a minimal head - even though I was using a clean glass. The smell is a bit grainy/corny with some lemony notes.

The corn is less pronounced in the taste and the taste is a bit fruity. The beer is pretty balanced at first, malty in the middle and finishes dry.

Mouthfeel is nice. The maltiness makes this beer have a "substantial" feel in the mouth. Not the thin "barley pop" feel of a macrobrew.

This is a very drinkable beer. I could waste away an afternoon sipping these. This beer might not be worth the 100-mile round-trip to Wisconsin on a weekly basis, bit it is a great alternative to macrobrews when on Bucky's side of the Mississippi.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2005 16:52:16 | More by slyke
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aquatonex

New York

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A unique surprise...

Pours light amber with an orange tinge, not much head, slight lacing, and light carbonation. Smell is light with yeasts, hints of fruits. Taste is more pronounced than the nose, but still light and subdued. Mild yeasts, a lot of creaminess, light fruits. Very smooth mouthfeel. Creamy without being very heavy. A little overly light for my tastes. It's like cream soda without the fizziness or the sweetness. Or, a belgian without the oomph.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2005 02:04:04 | More by aquatonex
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ryantupy

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up on my way to the lake and enjoyed several of these fishin on the boat. It poured a very cloudy pale yellow color with little to no head. Smells milky and creamy and tastes very creamy and sweet with a nice mixture of hops. this one is a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2005 23:59:04 | More by ryantupy
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HopHeadKen

Iowa

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vacationing in Wisconsin, and this was available on-tap at a tavern across from a cheese factory (go figure) in Knowlton.

The pour was hazy yellow with thin lacing.
Smell was sweet and mildly spicy.
Taste follows the smell, sweet and mildly spicy; I cannot detect the hops and there is no lingering hop bitterness or aftertaste.

I am told that this is one of New Glarus' most popular beers; My wife loved it, so we found a 'sixer' to bring home.

It is a good hot weather summer beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2005 16:06:48 | More by HopHeadKen
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unklesyd

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a huge fan of the cream ale style. There isn't a whole lot there, if you take my meaning. Thus, I didn't have high expectations for this one.

However, this is a good beer for a warm day swinging on a hammock.

The most notable characteristic of this beer is its soft mouthfeel and its soft taste leant by the flaked barley. Extremely low bitterness. This was actually the first cream ale I've ever had that actually tastes "creamy".

It speaks well of a brewery when they can do well even with a style of such "subtle" substance.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2005 21:01:02 | More by unklesyd
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Dukeofearl

California

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought back by my ex-pat Wisconsin-Michigan buddy who went back "home" to spend a week "fishin' at da cabbin" with his Packer-lovin' family (thanks Jeff!).

Pours kind of slightly cloudy pale yellow, not much to look at. A small head went to nothing in no time- and I do mean nothing. OK, I count 10 bubbles on the side of the glass. Unimpressive.

Aroma, kind of sweet, and yes, milky. A faint beery-hoppiness that is very subtle, and somewhat pleasant. More than anything, the aroma reminds me of a warm, buttered English Muffin. That is pretty cool.

Flavor is malty, sweet, with a nice hop balance. This a nice round, but not full, mouthfeel, and has very very high drinkability, very refreshing. This is not a sipper, this is for gulping down a bunch. Good stuff. Too bad it just isn't nicer to look at! The real problem, though is my girlfriend stealing this from me while I'm trying to review it!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2005 01:47:11 | More by Dukeofearl
Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,022 ratings.