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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 768
Hads: 3,265
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2002

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Reviews: 768 | Hads: 3,265
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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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass, no freshness date.

A: Pours a nearly clear staw and golden color with a one inch bubbly bubbly pure white head. Not much carbonation to be seen for an arguably carbonated style. Little to no lacing.

S: Not really that impressive or mind blowing, subdued semi sweet malt with more of a pronouned corn scent.

T/MF: Light hop bitterness hits the tongue at first with a sort of appley grassy lemon taste which then is taken over by a sweeter and maltier presence. Each is equally represented with the hops maybe getting the best of the deal, Light to medium bodied this beer finishes with a slight hop twinge.

D: I can't really speak for cream ales but this beer is not bad but not good either, it has nice parts to it but as a whole leaves me wanting more from it, pretty refreshing in a sense but I wouldn't go out of my way to get my hands on this beer.

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Photo of Chaz
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In the glass this is a clear pale straw in color which is somewhat hazy in the manner of a keller bier. It's topped by a thin off-white head with a touch of slick lace around the edge.

On the nose the aroma of semi-sweet corn (sour mash-like) blends with pale malts and sweet crystal malts, affecting a rather vegetal quality overall. There are hops in here, but the variety is not apparent on the nose and overall the hopping strikes me comes across as indistinct.

On the tongue the semi-sweet cooked corn mash and mild malt flavors merge, affecting a very bland, industrial lager-like flavor. This taste improves slightly through the mid-palate and it takes on more of a classic pale ale character as the vegetal corn quality subsides and the lightly bitter hop quality takes over. Somewhat fruity, the corn notes also tend to take on an oat-like quality. Finish is fairly clean, being neither sweet nor truly dry, and the bitterness is not overly pronounced. Altogether it's slightly more fruity than a macro lager.

Mouthfeel is quite average for the style, and again strikes me as very much in the vein of an industrial lager. And with regards to the cream ale style there are certainly more full-bodied examples that have less drinkability, but these (e.g. Little Kings) seem to benefit from that punchy alcohol . . .

Overall it's a fairly average cream ale and not one of my favorites (for what it's worth I prefer a regional lager like Point when I'm in the area.) Spotted Cow benefits from a cute name and an established cult following, but it's far from the most impressive offering from New Glarus.

Served on-tap (and quite warm) at Dick's Bar and Grill, Hudson WI.

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

Pours hazy pale yellow with a modest creamy head.

Aroma is grainy citrus, bubblegum, and mild yeasty spice.

Taste is similar to the nose. Grainy pale malt, lemon zest, honey and light fruit. Definitely sweet. Finish is tart and holds some peppery spice and a slight hop crispness.

Mouthfeel is light bodied. smooth.

Overall a decent session brew. Nothing outstanding, but all the flavors are pleasant. Label says that it is a 'farmhouse ale' but this isn't a saison. It's similar to a wheat beer but that doesn't fit either.

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

Acquired in a trade with Initiative.

Pours a pale and hazy yellow, similar to pineapple juice, with a quickly fading layer of foam.

The aroma is of subtle citrus peel, sweet corn, pale malt and a bit of grass. It smells really crisp too.

Upfront sweetness and corn flavors, with a bit of sweet orange and grapefruit in the finish. Slight hop presence with a little mint. A slight fruitiness in the finish/aftertaste. Very clean and crisp tasting.

Mouthfeel is average to slightly above average, for the style I say it is spot on, not too light but enough body to make this feel like a well crafted beer. I’m not too fond of lagers, and this one obviously has lager qualities but blending it with an ale gives it a nice body that I feel combines two great aspects from both types of beers: refreshing taste, and a malt body to back it up. I wouldn’t mind drinking this again.

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Photo of SafeAtFirst
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Light golden haze with a white head that settles into some faint lacing. The aroma is a light fruit-like sweetness with a hint of white bread. The smell is not strong, very subtle and inviting.

The subtleness continues in the flavor, fruit, corn and bread all make brief appearances. Hops are non-existent. Body is light with good carbonation. A very refreshing drink.

I haven't had a lot of cream ales but this is the most interesting one I have ever tasted. There's a nice subtle complexity to it that I find interesting, I wish more brewers would try this overlooked style. I'm drinking this after an evening jog and I'm definitely enjoying it. It would also make a great crossover beer due to its lack of any aggressive flavors.

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Photo of Billolick
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce brown bottle, without freshness dating. Pours cloudy, apricot amber, light tan head, with a musty nose. Mildly fruity creation, notes of some Belgian type yeast and some peppery spice. This is a crisp, dry offering with a hoppy finish. Worthy, everyday, easy drinking ale.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the pleasure of getting a whole bunch of brews from New Glarus recently so I have been working my way down the line and this was the next one up. I am not normally a fan of cream ales, but I figured what the heck and decided to give this one a shot. It poured a very nice cloudy and very light yellow, almost a white color. A large three finger head of fizzy white lace formed on top and then it faded quickly leaving behind just minimal lace on the top, but adequate side glass lace. Lots of visible carbonation was apparent. The aroma was very light, and somewhat sweet. Not really too much to pick up, maybe some light malts and a touch of bread but that was it, the style is not really know to be very full. The taste was very light, and refreshing. A touch of yeast or light fruit graced the opening of a very carbonated and light bodied ale. This was more refreshing then anything and it served that purpose well. A somewhat muted taste, maybe a touch of sugar and almost a cola like flavor in the back. Overall this was not bad. As I mentioned I am not really a fan of the style, but this was the best I have had from it, with maybe the exception of the Terrapin Golden Ale. This was pretty good though, and I could see it used while mowing the lawn in July kind of thing. Not bad and give it a try if you get a chance.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy straw color with no visible head after an aggressive pour and left virtually no lacing on the glass. There really isn't much of a scent to this beer. I pick up on some slight citrus scent and almost a slight corn, but a very weak malt scent. The taste is very crisp and clean. No real hop flavoring to speak of, but I can pick up on the grain and lemony sweetness going down. The mouthfeel is actually quite nice and smooth and very easy drinking. It is refreshing and quite drinkable. The drinkability is good on this, and I think this would be a good cookout and "just mowed the lawn" type of beer.

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Photo of twbrewer
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a hazy yellow color very little head that disappears fast leaving nothing.

S-Mild fruit smell but more sourdough/yeast.

T-Similar to the smell,fruit and yeast with a tart or sour finish.it reminds me more of a Belgian beer,which I love!

M-Light bodied low carbonation.Smooth on the palate but I wouldn't say creamey.

D-Very drinkable beer.Love the taste and smell,Belgian/France inspired?I might have to stock this one in the fridge.

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Photo of athensbeermaster
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This very cloudy ale poured a nice champane like head. The color was a tangerine and cream hue. Fresh baked baked bread on the nose. The taste had a good yeasty quality that fades into a tropical
fruit mid-palate. A small hint of floral herbs that ends with a dry orange rhine finish. This beer went well with some soft cheese and a mix fruit plate of apricots, peaches, and apples.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw-gold body, somewhat hazy. Medium white head tops it off. Sweet malt nose, hints of citrus. Sweet malt dominates the flavor, hints of hops, touch of citrus. Could use a bit more malt to bring out the flavor. Medium bodied, somewhat creamy. Not horrible but not my favorite.

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Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Burlington. Ask for the "house beer" with the antler handpull.

Pale yellow tone, small thin head of foam. This settles to a ring soon enough. Slightly hazy due to the yeast content. Slight corn in the aroma, mixed with pale malt. Taste is light with malt and mild citrus, vaguely bready. Mild overall, not unpleasant. Slightly fuller feel than your average lager, not really "creamy" though. Easy to put back a couple pints. Having these drafts, it felt like being in a speakeasy...

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Photo of sauron681
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium hazy-yellowish color. A nice light creamy head that starts nice, but thins rather quickly. Faint lacing that really sticks around the whole glass. Aroma of citrus with a buttered croissant smell. Very inviting and intriguing. Medium mouthfeel that is refreshing also. Possibly a little lemon zest as well. For a cream ale this is towards the top of the list.

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

This has become one of my favorites. Think its part Wisconsin pride, part taste, and just good times drinking it. I took a mild hiatus from beer (yes I am a sinner) and this brought me back. I like the detail that this brewery puts into beer. They are not trying to be the biggest, just the best.This always has a place in my fridge.

A re-review from having this on tap while out to eat a nicer establishment. Maybe my tounge is getting better or maybe the formula changed, but this is not as good as it used to be. The corn was over bearing, the taste did not blend well with my food. On it's own it is still a good beer, but with simple food that should blend with it, it is a no go

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