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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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757 Reviews
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Reviews: 757
Hads: 3,209
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 28.77%
Wants: 243
Gots: 751 | 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: 3,209
Photo of Beric
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into footed pilsner
Served: 4 July 2014

Appearance: Pours a pale, slightly hazy yellow with a huge two finger creamy white head. Huge carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass. Looks wonderful.

Smell: Doesn't smell like much. Sweet, sweet malts and a harsher earthy edge. Easily the least inspiring part of this beer.

Taste: Marvelous flavor for a beer that is supposed to be easy-drinking and not complicated. The beer has a sweet malt backbone, lightened by the use of corn but you can tell the corn is actually adding some reasonable amount of flavoring too, in a very good way. The beer has light hopping levels which adds just a pinch of flavor and bitterness on the back end. A very easy drinking beer that makes it wonderful to drink.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation with a light body.

Overall: If I needed a go-to summer beer, lawnmower beer, or party beer and lived in Wisconsin, I would buy nothing else. This beer is perfect for drinking in quantity when you want something lighter for yourself (and guests) and still be craft with decent flavor. A perfect beer for summer. Marvelous.

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Photo of Svyturys30
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a great example of how a farmhouse ale should taste. I've had this beer probably a hundred times and enjoy it everytime. Has a color similar to shiner bock. As a nice foamy head that sticks to the sides of the glass and kelt recedes to the beer. When you smell it, it almost smells like a farm (corn stalks, hay, wheat)! When you have your first taste, I pick up hints of corn and a bit of hops to finish. Has a nice even texture when sliding off the back of your palate down your throat. Doesn't have any twist at the end, but a beer I like to drink on the back porch on an evening, while looking out at the lake. Would recommend this to anyone who likes farmhouse style beers. Cheers!

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Photo of larryarms847
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is light yellow with slight golden hues.

Smells like fresh wheat and the slightest hint of orange.

Taste is rather meh, but slight hints of wheat, malts, and cereal dominate this brew.

Mouthfeel is the only thing above average here. I can see why they call it a cream ale, very silky smooth, lightly carbonated but constantly fizzing head.

Overall an alright brew, would buy again but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clean yellow, with a beautiful virgin white head. Wispy, frilly lace. Lovely.

Nose is yeasty and malty.

Taste is sweet, malty and grainy. Hint of fruit is there, but it's subtle. This is well-done malt-forward cream ale, for sure. Very drinkable. Not a game changer, but a solid cream ale and better than many others I've had.

Fine session ale, here, yes.

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Photo of wnesseth01
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a growler
light yellow color, pretty clear, small head when first poured, very little retention with a very small amount of lacing

very light smell, dissipates quickly, grainy and slightly sweet, a little grassy

grain forward but not overly sweet, small amount of bitterness with no hop character, clean but still slightly fruity

a bit over carbonated, heavy mouth feel, nicely coats the tongue but not slick, finishes semi dry

overall this is a good beer, fits style nicely. I could drink a lot of this on a hot day but there really was nothing special that will keep me coming back

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Photo of BurdockBoy
3.02/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a pint glass. Not going to say a lot on this, except a little disappointed. Normally I love this brewery's beers, but this was just a little too bland and over carbonated for me. If you're used to more complex brews, please don't judge these guys on this one.

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Photo of kj8525
2.38/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

A: gold with white head like a macro lager.

S: grassy not getting much else. Maybe a little grainy.

T: very average in the taste. A little bit of of sweetness up front. Otherwise grassy and watery taste. IMO pretty bland.

M: well carbonated but again watery

O: very average beer nothing too exciting here. If you like the macro stuff there isn't much deviation in this beer from those.

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Photo of AmyfaceNYC
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer is apparently only available in Wisconsin and seems to be beloved in the Great Lakes states. I really enjoyed it. It had a smooth, simple taste of farmhouse grains--easy drinking, not too fancy. I didn't really pick up any of the fruitiness the label mentioned. It was full-bodied with a well-balanced flavor. Somehow exactly how I would want a beer from a brewery in a tiny town in Wisconsin to taste.

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Photo of Cozuma
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light hazy golden color with a decent amount of soft foam for a moment that fades to a ring and small patches. Aroma is a very light biscuit like smell, it feels soft and easily drinkable. Flavor is light and malty and ever so slightly fruity they way you'd expect a cask ale to be. Overall a nice easy to drink light malty beer.

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Photo of ginsbus
1.44/5  rDev -60.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

This is a Wisconsin "classic" that brings shame to its state.

A - Yellowish, with a white head. This was the best part

S - Reminiscent of cleaning up after a party three days later. Stale malts.

T - Ever drink Budweiser? There ya go.

M - Clean, watery finish.

O - One of my least favorite beers. What's the hype about? I feel like it must be people who don't know beer that really just want to drink Milwaukee's best, but would like to feel classy at the same time. It's perfect for that.

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Photo of elmore
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, but have had this from the tap multiple times in the past.

Pours a light straw color. Just a shade darker than a lager macrobrew. Creamy 2 finger head with good retention. Medium lacing. Smell is subdued - yeast ,some bready malts, very little hops. Smells similar to a good lager. Smooth, well balanced taste. A great session beer. No hints of alcohol. Light and effervescent dances off of the tongue. Not an overly exciting or extreme beer. A very solid tasty refreshing beer made with quality ingredients and a staple here in the dairy state.

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Photo of DerekQXQX
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Pfister Hotel. The hotel itself was pretty good. It was for sure haunted but this beer was not. Am I a ghost. Maybe. A ghost that enjoyed this beer. Wooo it was very balanced. The jazz that accompanied it was too. Good use of hops, barley, trombone and drums.

Good job!

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Photo of xmorgan
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this on draft, bottle and growler. It is a a very light, fruity and delightful session beer.

It is not as watery as a light lager, as it lingers in the mouth enough to establish a wetting or re-hydration effect that a beer of this body is meant to refresh and not overwhelm the senses.

After drinking aggressively hopped beers for a few days, I first sampled this beer and was underwhelmed. As a buddy from Wisconsin urged me to retry it, I was pleasantly surprised. The light fruitiness and mouthfeel are very nice and this illustrates the variability of the palate in beer tastes and overload.

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Photo of Copernicandream
2.43/5  rDev -33.4%
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.

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Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thick fluffy head sitting on a light gold body. Scent of sweet hay and grassy hops. Taste is sweet and fruity; apple, pear and grape with undertones of masa and corn husk. Close to no hop flavors detectable, and very appropriate for style. Thin bodied and fully carbonated, light yet completely satisfying. Definitely a session beer for all seasons, lucky to get my hands on some all the way here in Southern California. God bless bottle trading!

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: A nice golden hue that is a good amount transparent, leaves a tiny head at the top and a good amount of lacing as you drink this one.

S: Not to much on the nose, slight hints of citrus and corn/breadyness, a slight sweetness on the nose as well.

T: The taste is not bad at all its the after taste thats the problem, a good amount of citrus on the tongue and some sweetness as well.

M: Light bodied and not a great amount of carbonation, weird at first sip.

O: Not a bad beer from Wisconsin, I enjoyed it especially the whole six pack.

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Photo of Murphious
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A very nice brew. Very similar to a heffe but with simpler ingredients(?). Pours with a weak head (1/4in) and leaves a little lacing on the glass as drank. Has very pleasant citrus/tangy flavor for such a weak foam and feels wonderful at first sip.
Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Wisconsin_Max
4.37/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is perhaps the best, most enjoyable beer produced in the great state of Wisconsin. It's smooth, light flavor is an ideal beer to share among friends year round. It is arguably the most beloved beer in the state. As it is only available within state borders, I recommend you stock up next time you are driving through.

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Photo of iSip
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

New Glarus Spotted Cow: This was the beer of choice while visiting the folks back in Wisconsin.

This brew has a champagne color with a slight clowdy look to it. The head is well developed and has some mass to it, but does fade. Aroma is rather thin. Very little carbonation to be had.

The flavor is clean with a finish of champagne. Will pare well with food, but not a beer that stands alone. Worth a try....

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Photo of Jho3325
4.16/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a fantastic everyday beer. It pours light with a relatively thin head. It has a nice aroma which agrees with the fresh taste. Simply put this beer tastes like beer. It has a great finish and is the perfect beer to sit around with your friends any time of year. I always stock up with spotted cow when I am in Wisconsin.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours golden yellow with a small white head. Smells of sweet grain and corn, not like an adjunct but with a nice grain profile. Tastes of nice grain with just enough corn for sweetness. Beer is crisp and clear light bodied and perfectly carbonated. Overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of ryho
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer on tap at Tornado Steakhouse in Madison, Wisconsin. In my opinion this beer tastes like what you would get if you tried to make Bud light with all very high quality ingredients. It was good, but very bland. There isn't anything you can complain about in it. It's even very drinkable, and I could probably drink this all night if it was available. But I really like a bit more flavor in my beer.

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