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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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2,550 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,550
Reviews: 698
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 176
Gots: 319 | FT: 8
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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Pens1967, Jan 11, 2014
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2.4/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - Pale yellow with adequate foamy head.

S- Not much...

T- I literally picked up the bottle and looked to make sure this was beer. This is an incredibly bland ale. Almost devoid of flavor with a dry finish. Very subtle malts.

M- Light with low carbonation, just slightly thicker than a lager.

O- This beer is like a cow among the herd. One of many, nothing makes this better or standout from any of the other cows. Surprised to see the high ratings, maybe more representative of the rest of the brewery's line? Really falls short in terms of taste and substance for me.

Copernicandream, Jan 10, 2014
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Skillz, Jan 07, 2014
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gsmit, Jan 05, 2014
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Irishmafia, Jan 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

dtomes, Jan 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

kschm628, Jan 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

SteveJeremy, Jan 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Docrock, Jan 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

ArmedsouthernEr, Jan 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

vbiliyar, Jan 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

BiomedHawk, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my Samuel Smith's pint glass. Pours a clear straw color with a decent amount of carbonation visible. There is a foamy white head that dissipates into a cap and leaves a good amount of lacing. Had aromas of sweet, grainy cereals and strawberries. Taste is grainy and sweet with a bit of earthy bitterness making an appearance. Very light and drinkable with a decent amount of carbonation. There is a lightly sweet aftertaste that lingers for a short while.

Overall: I'll admit that I haven't had many cream ales, but this is the best that I can remember. This is an awesome, drinkable beer. If I lived in Wisconsin, I would get a pitcher of this every time I went to a bar.

offthelevel_bytheplumb, Jan 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

epim00, Jan 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

hoosier222002, Jan 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

RuebenRox, Dec 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

ThurstonHowell3, Dec 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

ChopsMeister, Dec 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

awizzle, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of brewskifan55
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass

A: a cloudy golden with a white one finger head that dissipates fast. Light lacing.

S: Picking up grains, corn and barley. Also some light hoppiness.

T: Citrus featuring lemons. A corny graininess. Light, refreshing ,with a dry finish.

M: light to medium with low carbonation.

O: Didn't really blow me away. A nice lawn mowing beer. Smooth but kinda boring. Sort of like a cow standing out in a field.

brewskifan55, Dec 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

KindaFondaGoozah, Dec 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

CoolEthan, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a creamy white two finger head with good retention and lacing. Mild aroma of biscuit malt, grains, hints of citrus. Flavor is very pleasant semi-sweet bready malt, slight grassy hops, lightly buttery wheat, faint citrus. Finishes with mellow sweet malt and wheat. Unexpectedly moderate creamy body with a great mouth feel. I see why locals are so happy about this ale. This is the beer that I think the mass producers *think* they are brewing, simple, mellow and pleasantly drinkable. When I'm this satisfied with a style that I'm not that excited about, the brewers have really excelled. Easily the best cream ale I've ever had. Nicely done. Thanks to Vikki for bringing this back from Wisconsin.

LiquidAmber, Dec 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Satan70, Dec 27, 2013
Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,550 ratings.