Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 730
Hads: 3,077
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 235
Gots: 653 | FT: 17
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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: 730 | Hads: 3,077
Photo of CuBuffsaNut88
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It is really hard for me to admit this, being a Bears fan but you cheese eating weirdos pulled it off with this one. New Glarus has a number of good beers and the spotted cow is as good as just about any of them. It is a very well balanced and medium bodied brew with a mildly lingering citrus taste and aroma. It pours a nice yellow and sits well in a pint glass. All-in-all, it is a well crafted 'back to the basics' beer, simply, it is what beer is supposed to taste, look, and feel like. (491 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Spotted Cow pours a medium yellow color, sort of straw like and slightly hazy when held to the light. The head on this beer is nice and fluffy white. Nothing too spectacular to look at.

Aroma is sweet, grainy, some apples and pears as well. Not a whole lot going on in the smell. It does remind me a bit of some Belgian beers actually.

The taste of this beer is definitely where it shines. As far as "cream ales' go, this is by far the best I've ever had. The flavors that really stand out are the fruit esters, some cereal/grains, the corn sweetness and a nice dose of caramel.

Very drinkable and straight forward, the type of beer you could enjoy for a long time with friends. Great job New Glarus! Cheers! (711 characters)

Photo of seaoflament
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (881 characters)

Photo of Baraka
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super cloudy straw color with a mild head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells like peaches, apricot, oranges, ect. Very pleasing aroma. Taste adds a spicy yeast character and some bready malt. Solid carbonation gives it a crisp refreshing feel. While it may not be incredibly complex, it is a very drinkable, very tasty beer that I will definitely have again the next time i find myself in Wisconsin. (411 characters)

Photo of KBomb
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich cloudy gold, small creamy head. Aromas of fruit (citrus), grains, and a little yeast. Taste is a nice mild malt flavor with some sweetness of corn at the end of a sip. A little fruit note (grape) lingers in the mouth, but it does not out do the flavor of the grains. The only downside is the sweetness might turn slightly sour at the end of the sip. Still, very crisp and clean flavors. Crisp mouthfeel and fairly light body makes a very drinkable beer.

A great "go-to" beer, good "gateway" for macro-drinkers, and its one of my favorites for hot summer days. It strikes a balance of light body and well rounded flavor. Refreshing and pretty tasty. (663 characters)

Photo of ckeegan04
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Clear dark golden yellow color with thick wite head. Slowly recedes leaving a thin white layer of foam. Excellent lacing.

S - Sweet pale malt aroma, biscuity. Also a hint of some spicy hoppiness in the background.

T - Light, almost fruity sweetness up front. A biscuity flavor begins to sneak in before a quick spicy hop bite comes through. Nice hop presence for a cream ale. Finishes clean and sweet.

M/D - Light to medium bodied, very crisp and well carbonated. This would make a great session beer. (508 characters)

Photo of Matthew_Phoenix
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Spotted Cow is one of a kind. Only found in Wisconsin. I live in Illinois and I go up to Wisconsin every once and a while when I can so that I can get a six pack. Real light and creamy. Almost rich in its taste. A little wet on the finish. All around solid. Get it if you can. (283 characters)

Photo of deebo
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A review of New Glarus' flagship beer from a bottle.

A- Pours a pale yellow, which is slightly hazy from the yeast in the bottle. Has a weak white head with very few carbon dioxide bubbles rising to the surface.

S-Not much aroma here-slightly fruity, corny, with a slight spicy hop note.

T-Clean, light malt. A hint of sweet corn. Very light hop presence. Smooth and creamy.

M-Extremely soft with a very quick finish. Nice body with a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

D-Extremely high, an easy to drink beer with some character.

O-A beer that has transformed many a beer drinker in WI from always grabbing a lager to having this extremely drinkable ale on hand. (661 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
4.8% ABV, 0162 printed on the neck.

A - Spotted Cow pours a shimmering golden yellow color that's got minor floating particles through it; hazy due to it's unfiltered nature. A tall, dense white head is always found on this beer, sticking lace to the glass as you sip away.

S - Spotted Cow exudes an up-front lemony-citrus aroma turned mellow with a cream and honey-sweet follow-up that moves into dry straw and a pale malt graininess. There's a touch of creamed corn in the aroma, but it's fitting considering it's use, a nod to the farming community.

T - Flaked biscuits are drizzled with honey and a drop of heavy cream before the ever-present straw and husk dryness follows through. Lemon citrus peeks out with a quick spurt of white grape flavor on the finish.

M - Spotted Cow miraculously blends smooth creaminess with heavy carbonated for a crisp finish with an overall medium-light body and low, dry citrus dryness to balance the sweetness out. Keeping everything in check and harmonious here is a perfect feat for the style, I must admit.

O - I'll be honest; New Glarus' money-maker, what I consider two steps away from a light beer, is not for me. I appreciate the beer for how well-crafted it is, which reflects in the review, but I appreciate the business behind it much more so; if it allows them to do all the other terrific beers I'm in love with, then so be it! With that said, Spotted Cow appeals to the masses wonderfully with it's fuller-than-light-beer but not-intrusive flavor and creamy, easy drinking body. They call it a Wisconsin Farmhouse Ale which fits with their "drink indigenous" theme (which I'm all for!) but I certainly wouldn't liken Spotted Cow to what people typically understand as a Farmhouse Ale or, Belgian Saison. But hell, it sells outrageously and people come from out-of-state to buy it by the case-load, so what do I know? (1,913 characters)

Photo of ErinSpace
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Riley's Wines of the World in Madison, Wisconsin (dozens of times). This beer is a great session beer. It has great taste and great balance. Lighter than many New Glarus alternatives, but brewed with the same care and attention to detail. The beer very flavorful, without overpowering. The beer also has a subtle, yet warming creamy mouthfeel - especially noticeable if served slightly warmer the typical serving temperature. (438 characters)

Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed orange yellow with a thick white head and great lacing. Smells of oranges, vanilla, yeast bread, biscuit and grain. Tastes of orange, corn, yeast bread, and very dry aftertaste. Mouthfeel is just right for this beer. Drinkability is quite good. Almost sessionable. Great beer. (290 characters)

Photo of Thanby
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pour, golden honey color with cloudy yeast, two fingers of foamy white head, retention and a little lacing. Smells of wonderful sweet wheat, honey, orange, and a little of the trademark banana in every wheat ale. Obviously North American yeast, hardly any Belgian nose that you typically find in wheat ales, but then again New Glarus has always been good at breaking traditions. First taste is smooth wheat and mild yeast, not quite as sweet as it smells but certainly not dry either. The citrus and honey come out after a moment, and linger just a little bit after the finish. Somewhere between light and medium body, wonderfully smooth, full and balanced flavor, and just all-round delicious. This has to be my favorite wheat ale so far. (749 characters)

Photo of degerbah
4.14/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pub glass. Omg, this is an amazing beer. Ohio should invade Wisconsin just to get this beer. The smell and taste is vaguely fruity without being overpowering the way leinenkugels or Sam Adams tends to be. This might be the mostt drinkable beer I've ever had. I accidentally killed the bottle within about fifteen minutes and it was delicious. I have a friend in Wisconsin and I definitely just gave him some money to smuggle me back a case. (454 characters)

Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
4.14/5  rDev +14%
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. (685 characters)

Photo of Whiteweasel
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a pint glass, poured from a bottle.

Appearance: Beautiful cloudy golden colour. Hazy and bubbly on the sides. Nice head which slowly and audibly fizzles down leaving little lacing.

Smell: Very sweet and yeasty like a belgian beer

Taste: Sweet, yet very hoppy too. Fruity taste, with bannana/clove distinctness. On the paler side. Reminiscent of belgian tripels/pale ales. A tad of a adjuncty taste though.

Mouthfeel: Soooo incredibly smooth. I honestly doubt if I've ever had a smoother beer that I can remember

Drinkability: Great tasting, not too powerful. Satisfying and refreshing. Mild but still delicious and complex enough. A very solid beer (664 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with no date

Pours a semi-cloudy piss-yellow with a slight filmy head and a tiny bit of lacing. Good color. Smell is your typical grain and corn, but with added touches of fruit; apple, pear, orange, lemon. Taste is light corn and grain, hints of pepper and clove, bready malts, and a hint of bitter hops. Feels nice and creamy on the tongue.

This flagship beer from New Glarus is a fine one. If I lived in WI, this would be one of my go-to brews. (461 characters)

Photo of Lukafer
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy gold with a finger of white head.  Smells are slight yeast, maybe some fruit and some apple.  Tastes are yeasty goodness at the front, followed by some fruit.  Drinkability is very high, mouthfeel is kinda thin, but still either the best or one of the best cream ales I've had. (293 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer so many times, I'm surprised I've never reviewed it. I grew up in WI, and whenever I get back home, this is the beer that is consummed ALL the time.

Pours a hazy gold with about a 2-finger head on it. This goes away very quicky as it sounds like I just poured a cola, all fizzy and popping. Just leaves a ring around the edge, but absolutely NO lacing whatsoever. Weak. Smells like sweet corn and slight citrus. Nothing much there.

This isn't the most complex of brews, for sure, but man is this good! Maybe it's the sentimental value to me, but I love this beer. Just a perfect smooth, yet crisp, mouthfeel. Sweet and malty flavor, with just the faintest of bites at the end. Slight bready aftertaste. Drinkable? I submit that it is. I seriously could drink this daily for the rest of my life and be happy. This is the quinticential 'summer-hanging out-lawnmower-bbq-chillin' beer out there. Recommend. (926 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled this evening on 8/6/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner flute glass.

Pours a hazy golden in color with a thin white head that settles down to just along the sides of the glass. A good amount of lacing was seen that stuck to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of sweet bread for the most part with a hint of hops. More going on with the taste of white bread, with some malt and a hint of floral and corn. Perfect carbonation and medium bodied. Easy to drink and goes down easy with no harsh or bitter aftertaste. A good brew! (583 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- pours a slightly hazy bright yellow color with a one-finger creamy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some short lasting lace behind

S- a little bit of cream soda sweetness up front, followed by some corn, yeast & grainy, a hint of green apple

T- light grains and corn add a little bit of sweetness up front, mild grassy hop bitterness, earthy yeast, clean finish that leaves you wanting more

M- medium body with moderate prickly carbonation leads to a thick and creamy mouthfeel that finishes silky and smooth, it almost has the mouthfeel of a nitro beer

O- the best cream ale I've had thus far. Creamy drinkability through the roof, would make a perfect summer beer. This would stay in my summer rotation is it were available, very well done (809 characters)

Photo of Jho3325
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
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. (327 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear golden yellow hue with a nice one finger white head that faded to leave creamy side lacing and a nice quarter inch blanket.

S - Aromas of light, sweet malts, lightly earthy hops, grains. Its actually pretty straight forward.

T - Taste is nice and sweet, good malts and grain base. Creaminess, faint corn flavour which is good, really really light fruity/floral/earthy hops going on. Very pleasant taste and well executed.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated, lightly creamy, super easy drinking.

O - Overall this was a solid representation of a cream ale. Only knock would be how lack luster the nose is. (707 characters)

Photo of mwagner1018
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pale amber/reddish color, slightly foggy (showing its unfiltered characteristic), very quickly diminishing thin head from tap.
S- Very nice subtle, refreshing, sweet and tangy.
T- Instant great satisfying, flavor, reminded me of several tasty Belgians that I have had many times in the past....fruity, light spice, bold, yet airy.
M- Full, yet light and nicely carbonated but not overpowering...good refreshing style.
D- Very drinkable, perfectly fit the nice mild/cool spring evening while I was enjoying this one! (522 characters)

Photo of jackndan
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Glarus Spotted Cow: A wonderful “farm” ale, bottle conditioned, with yeast in the bottle. Appears to be a weiss beer, with a slight yeast/banana aroma. Very light tasting, with understated malts and hops creating a light citrus taste. Very easy to drink, very light and refreshing. This would be a wonderful beer in the summer, and very good all the time. Pick it up if you see it. (397 characters)

Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very drinkable beer. I was surprised by the overall lightness. But despite the lightness, there was still plenty of flavor - a bit of hops and a bit of malt. (161 characters)

Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
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