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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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2,233 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,233
Reviews: 684
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 149
Gots: 200 | 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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Ratings: 2,233 | Reviews: 684 | Display Reviews Only:
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" white head over the slightly cloudy, light golden brew. Head,fades to an uneven layer of bubbles, and lacing is minimal. Aroma is light pale malt with a tinge of citrus. Taste starts with smooth pale malts, and closes somewhat crisply with a bit of citrus character. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good, but without easy access of this one, it falls into the "why bother" category for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2005 20:54:45 | More by ppoitras
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duceswild

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

03-21-2013 01:13:27 | More by duceswild
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bebop01 for this one.

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass.

Pours a 2 finger white head. Fizzles down. No lace. Color is a slightly hazy pale yellow.

Aroma: Cloves and bananas. It is like a dulled down hefeweizen. The bananas become more present as the beer warms.

Taste: I can definitely taste the cream. Kind of reminds me of an Italian Cream soda for some reason. Cloves are way more present here. No banana taste. Very bland.

Mouthfeel: Crisp. Overcarbonated. Medium bodied. Leaves a dry unwanting aftertaste.

Overall, this is not a very complex beer. Just doesn't seem to by my style. I won't be having any more of this. Not one of NG best offerings.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 23:28:47 | More by mothman
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.1%

07-20-2013 05:30:08 | More by ejimhof
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

11-30-2011 03:19:32 | More by brandoman63
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rab53

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

06-22-2013 07:25:26 | More by rab53
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from mixed pack grabbed in Hudson, WI.

Pours a lightly hazed golden yellow, thin white head forms and immediately fizzes away to nothing, no ring, no lace, nothing, doesn't look good in that respect. Smell is alright, lightly malty, some corn syrup and caramel, toast, a bit bready, touch of fruit and floral, not much going on. Taste is similar, bit of malt sweetness up front, corn syrup, caramel, very clean, some floral, nice biscuit, light fruits in the finish, but very plain. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Doesn't look very good, smells okay and tastes okay, but really lacks in almost very area. Drinkability is alright but still not too exciting.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 03:26:43 | More by Viggo
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to forgetfu for sending me this one!

A: Poured a hazy golden yellow with a one finger head. Decent head retention leaving behind some spotty lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles.

S: Has a light grassy aroma. A little bit of wheat and some bready malt.

T: Some light fruits, grassy again, a little grainy with some wheat. Very crisp.

M: Pretty light, nice crispness. Could drink this easily in the summer months.

O: It was fine, nothing spectacular, but I could knock a few of these back on a hot day, no problem. A good alternative to BMC drinkers I would think.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 01:57:22 | More by mdaschaf
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed light golden. Moderate amounts of carbonation surface throughout the body of the beer. Bubbly dirty white collar leaves sporadic amounts of lace. Aroma is sweet, grainy, and yes, I can even detect a little of that corn sweetness. Not much though. A little musty too. Decent aroma overall. Pretty even keeled flavor. Not too sweet, but it does have some grain sweetness. Body is pretty full. Medium-full I'd say. Some thirst-quenching qualities. Decent beer. But New Glarus has so much more to offer.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 04:33:03 | More by Bighuge
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A strangely cloudy yellow beer. Makes good head and retains though. Interesting funkiness to the beer, maybe its the rural Wisconsin thing, but it smells farmish.

Taste, unique as well, went from mild and easy to drink to having a recognizable presence of lemon and bitterness that migrated into minimal sweetness. At no time does it get challenging to drink but is appreciable for what it is. A suitable entry level beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 19:12:34 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Hazy dull lemon body, with thin faint rising carbonation. Head makes a real fluffy three fingers with lots of staying power. Kind of a creamy top. Looks like a foamy adjunct lager, with a hazy appearance.

Nose smells like corn, and some sweet like malts hiding in the back. The corn sense seems to dominate quite a bit, but some refreshing grist like quality manages to keep me interested and exploring. Unfortunately that lager like adjunct feeling permeates to much, it's a bit off putting.

Palate hits with a noticeably wet body. Light malts come forward, but a real thin flavor squeeks out. Controlled sweetness, a minor afterfinish of just a hint of bread. Some slight seltzery quality also but carbonation is fairly low.

Overall it's fairly easy drinking, but this really doesn't appeal to me at all. Tastes like a slightly better "adjunct" but not by much, don't feel inclined to try another either.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 23:39:06 | More by smakawhat
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.8%

05-22-2014 00:03:07 | More by Latarnik
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dunn for bringing this back from his travels.

A - bright yellow with a thin lacing of white head

S - cereal grains

T - lemon, cereal grains, a bit grassy

M - light, smooth, crisp

This is a smooth, easy drinking, light, refreshing offering that is perfect for sipping on a hot day. If I could regularly get my hands on this, it would be a good go to session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 15:44:23 | More by tdm168
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 08:25:49 | More by JohnGalt1
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Gusler

Arizona

3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A slightly hazy light lemon yellow color as it sets in the glass; head is modest in size, frothy in texture and as it evanesces, leaves behind a silky sheet of lace. Sweet malt dominates the nose, fresh and clean to the senses with the start sweet and loaded with malt. Top is medium in mouth feel, finish has a light carbonation and the hops apropos to the style, nicely dry and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2003 13:50:19 | More by Gusler
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beertunes

Washington

3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to levifunk for this one. Poured into 10oz glass. poured a semi-hazy yellow with about 1 finger of white head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma was on the subdued side, with mostly sweetness coming through. There was a bit of graininess and a touch of hops at the back of scent. Those descriptors also cover the taste, with the addition of a bit of a sharp tanginess at the back of the tongue.

The body was typical for the style, perhaps a touch on the thin side. Drinkability was pretty good, I could see having this as regular "lawnmower" beer. Overall, a decent brew that's worth a shot if you can get it.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 23:28:01 | More by beertunes
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Tone

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, pale yellow color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast cleanliness, sweet malt, and banana. Fits the style of a Cream Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with a low carbonation level. Tastes of wheat/corn, sweet malt, toffee, slight yeast cleanliness, and some banana. Overall, a smooth, good blend, and easy drinkability. I did not get a great deal of cream flavor, but the addition of corn is not off-putting by any means.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 03:27:10 | More by Tone
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.8%

04-20-2013 18:42:40 | More by PEIhop
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: hazy golden yellow with 1 finger head

smell: bread, wheat, grass

taste: bread, wheat, grass

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin to medium body,

overall: very nice summer beer. would definitely drink if given the chance. I need more new Glarus in Delaware.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 16:33:00 | More by THECPJ
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy straw, white head, very little retention, some lace.

S: Fruit-bread (with candied tropical fruit).

T: Tropical fruit (mango, pineapple), slight spicy-grass hop flavour, hint of breadyness in the background. Very fruity. Certainly different.

M: Light to moderate body is smooth; moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2007 03:02:20 | More by Derek
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

05-05-2014 08:33:43 | More by zestar
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, courtesy of RuchKrull (thanks Rich!). I don't know why but I expected this to be a brown ale, maybe a milk stout. I guess it's the cow name. No, this is pale golden colored, hazy, with a wet looking layer of foam. It smells mainly of malts, grainy and not too far from a lager aroma. Biscuit and toast in the flavor, a little sweet, no bitterness, very approachable flavor. Approachable but maybe a tad dull. Gentle mouthfeel, creamy, goes down easily. This would be a great summer beer on the deck.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 00:28:49 | More by TurdFurgison
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

01-27-2013 18:45:15 | More by dmorgan310
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billab914

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a slightly cloudy light golden color with a fizzy half inch white head on top. The head stuck around pretty well but didn't leave much lacing on the glass.

The aroma has some sweet graininess along with some fruity, banana yeast flavors. The taste displays a lot of the banana fruitiness from the yeast along with a moderate sweet malty and grainyness to it. The yeast give it a flavor similar to a lot of hefeweizens.

Mouthfeel is light with high carbonation. It's very drinkable for sure, it's light and has a pretty good flavor. It's a pretty good beer but the yeast gives it a little too fruity flavor for a true cream ale for me. Overall however, it's a very good tasting beer. It's both light and refreshing and I would gladly drink this frequently.

I can't however say it's a great representation if the style due to the fruitiness, but who cares. If someone wanted to really get a feel for the cream ale style I'd suggest they go elsewhere, but if someone wanted a light easy drinking refreshing beer I'd gladly recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 00:15:04 | More by billab914
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afsdan

Colorado

4/5  rDev +7.8%

05-22-2014 19:45:42 | More by afsdan
Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
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