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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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2,331 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,331
Reviews: 687
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 161
Gots: 234 | FT: 7
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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CaptainIPA

Wisconsin

2.7/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy, pale gold color with active carbonation and a frothy, one-finger head that fades quickly.

S: Sweet grain and yeast. Traces of malt. A faint hint of citrus.

T: Harsh and grainy taste profile that's somewhat reminiscent of Rolling Rock. Must be the "hint of corn." Notes of vegetal matter, biscuit and lemon citrus. Finish is bitter and astringently dry.

M: Medium-bodied and well-carbonated.

D: Honestly, I've never understood why this beer is so popular in Wisconsin. Never been a fan. After mulitple sessions, it's time to put this cow out to pasture.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 22:20:47 | More by CaptainIPA
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brew3crew

Ohio

2.7/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at uncle mikes for my first venture into wisconsin.

A-hazy yellow with a little bit of head that sticks around

s-pale malt and grain is all I get

t- follows the nose. Not really a whole lot here. Kind of upset I ordered it

m- light bodied and smooth. Only thing that's nice

o-decent lawnmower beer. That's about it

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2011 00:02:22 | More by brew3crew
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OakedCanuck

Washington

2.7/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into tulip

A - Straw yellow, 1 finger fluffy white head, chill haze, slippery lacing

S - Grainy malts, wheat, some lemon and caramel

T - Confusing, tastes like a musty adjunct lager. Mostly just a grainy wheaty body with no supporting cast. Some sweet malts are barely distinguished in the background. There is a funkiness to it.

M - Decently crisp and light, but a little too effervescent.

O - This is classified as a cream ale and I really don't see how this even comes close to resembling one. Confusing. If anything, this seems to be closer to a farmhouse or even some variation of lager.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 16:48:06 | More by OakedCanuck
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HugePlume

Washington

2.73/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle.

A- Pours a bright bubbly corn-yellow color. This was first cause for alarm of this hyped-up beer that I grew more and more dissappointed and leery of.

S- Smells like sweet mash, bread and musty hops.

T- This isn't good beer. More musty sweet mash. Finish is dry, which imparts a crude bitterness.

M- Mouthfeel is decent, carbonation good for a lighter brew, body is spot on but cant overcome the flavor shortfalls.

O- Don't believe the hype, this is not good. Go for the other new glarus brews, this is intended to appeal to Budweiser and Miller light drinkers. Overrated!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 04:16:41 | More by HugePlume
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Oxymoron

Colorado

2.73/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Are you saying you spotted a cow or hey there is a spotted cow? Pours a light sunny yellow color with ok clarity. A good head but limited retention which is ok per style. Limited lacing throughout.

The nose is off. There is a more sweet corn nose, which is ok, but no malt presence at all. Some noticeable sour smells which makes me think infection. Some hoppy notes that balance well. Clean as far as yeast notes but some minor vegi/cabbage notes on the back end.

The taste is a bit off as well. The malts come out more with a more 2 row flavor but plays second to more of a corn essence. Would have like more malt but ok. Some grainy and husky notes helps the accent the malt flavors. There is a light bitterness that comes out but a more noticeable floral finishing hop. On the backend there is a metallic almost copper taste that is more perceivable as it warms. Fairly clean yeast finish but some minor fruity notes that is boardline acetaldehyde.

The body is light which is spot on (pun intended). Decent carbonation helps accents the corny and hop notes. Overall this is limited with some noticeable off flavors with a beer that is hard to high them.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 22:42:20 | More by Oxymoron
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bboven

Texas

2.73/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 22:48:23 | More by bboven
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hopstetrician

New York

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

02-06-2013 19:01:47 | More by hopstetrician
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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

02-05-2013 19:38:23 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Monger: Poured a bright golden color ale with a big pure white head with good retention. Aroma of corn with light diacetyl is not extremely pleasant. Taste is dominated by too much corn with a light buttery note which is again unpleasant. Body is pretty full for the style with some great carbonation. This is probably the worst beer that I had from this otherwise fine brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2007 13:22:10 | More by Phyl21ca
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tmbgnicu

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

07-07-2014 01:28:32 | More by tmbgnicu
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eyemustard

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

01-15-2013 15:42:59 | More by eyemustard
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Chrisfarleywine

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

03-28-2012 02:46:18 | More by Chrisfarleywine
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UffDaBock

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

07-26-2013 20:00:43 | More by UffDaBock
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chippo33

Vermont

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

09-09-2013 01:13:18 | More by chippo33
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krh

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

04-28-2013 03:50:11 | More by krh
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Gotti311

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

06-23-2014 13:05:25 | More by Gotti311
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Willi_BW

California

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

12-08-2013 22:58:18 | More by Willi_BW
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BMos

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

03-22-2014 23:17:35 | More by BMos
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nheinzie57

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

08-12-2012 00:04:18 | More by nheinzie57
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Tconder


2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

07-13-2014 13:32:10 | More by Tconder
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NicholasOfMKE

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

02-17-2014 05:13:46 | More by NicholasOfMKE
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nineworldseries

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

06-02-2013 23:15:13 | More by nineworldseries
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MaximalC

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours pale straw in color, slightly hazy, with bountiful carbonation bubbles. The aroma is mild, mostly grainy, with a hint of fruitiness and some hops. The flavor pretty much matches the smell, with no specific element really carrying the load. I fail to see how this manages to be the flagship brew of a very respectable brewery with many superior offerings in the stable. Maybe because it most resembles light beer? Regardless of the reason, this just doesn't resonate with me.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 01:01:19 | More by MaximalC
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myuncle

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

07-21-2013 11:23:22 | More by myuncle
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Missy82

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

04-28-2014 23:20:29 | More by Missy82
Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
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