Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

2,815 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 2,815
Reviews: 716
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.94%
Wants: 189
Gots: 433 | FT: 10
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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Photo of drdiesel9483
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of samie85
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Uncle Mike's Hwy. Pub in Kenosha; reviewed from notes, originally 6/6/10.

A-Pours a golden color with a white head. Leaves some light lacing.

S-Corn and grain with some very light citrus hops.

T-Follows the nose with corn and grain, finishes dry and a little bitter.

M-Thin bodied with med. carbonation, pretty smooth and coats the mouth.

D-This is a pretty decent beer, and miles better than Totally Naked, but it's ultimately one of New Glarus's weaker offerings. It's really easy drinking and I understand why they make it... it sells really well and allows them to make their better beers.

Photo of speedvagen
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of csustar001
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of jroberts8811
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of NilocRellim
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of carrollmel7
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Hallertau
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Jeffrey2310
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Winter
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite offerings from New Glarus. Spotted Cow is a bottle conditioned farmhouse ale. Pours an unfiltered bright golden color with a white head that disappeared in a matter of seconds. Carbontation seen in the body. Fruity aroma with hints of corn and malt. Thin, yet crisp mouthfeel. Flavors primarily coincide with the aroma-- that being of corn and malt. Finish is sweet with practically no hop bitterness present at all. This is a wonderful all-around, easy drinking beer to be enjoyed anytime.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a pale straw, slight haze, with two fingers of tight, lily-white head.

Smell -- Grainy: biscuit, bread, some corn.

Taste -- Pretty much follows the nose: biscuit, bread, corn, with a faint floral hop finish.

Mouthfeel -- Light-bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp.

Drinkability -- For good or worse, it's easy to see why they sell so much of this stuff! Ho-hum flavor, but its so easy to drink this all day long.

Photo of Rihup
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of korguy123
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz into SA Perfect Pint
Thanks to biglobo8971 for this!

A- Hazy straw colored, finger width white head that quickly settles to a thin white crown.

S- Slightly grassy, corn, faint peaches, pineapple, caramel.

T- Again faint grass, peaches, apricot, fully agree with the previous review about the "shortbread" to it. If I close my eyes this tastes like a watered down Festina Peche.

M- Surprisingly creamy, feels light but rewarding on the palate. Carbonation is mild which makes this an easy drink too.

Could definitely sit down to a 6er of this without hesitation.

Photo of Westyn
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of funkyaudio
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of schmidtmattsays
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Buebie
2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Thanks to HogwildLiquore for this extra.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.
Color is a bright somwhat hazy unfiltered yellow. 2 finger fizzy white head that quickly fades. Leaving some bubbles and not much of any retention. Lace is spotty and thin.

Grassy hops at the knose, corn, some crystal smelling grains, hay, and sawdust.
Pretty mellow and thin at the nose. Just a touch of alcahol on the nose.

Flavor is lacking on this. Sweet upfront. Some small grassy hops, thin watery mouthfeel, getting just a bit of creamy help from the abundance of carbonation.
No alcahol warming.
Finish is crisp and clean with a dry corn husk linger. Just a touch of dried hay hppieness.

Great for a lawnmower, but not my style. Not much from the flavor department.

Photo of alcstradamus
2.78/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A--Pale golden yellow with a finger of quickly receding head

S--Fresh, light malty scent with a splash of hops in the background

T--A little too tasteless to be enjoyable on its own, but I suppose this is meant more for refreshment. Nothing foul about it, which is good. But nothing noteworthy either.

M--Light bodied but not too watery

D--Very sessionable but I'm not sure why you would want to since this there really isn't much here.

Photo of polopaul20
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orangish straw gold with a half finger of head that lasts about 7 seconds, and little bubbles sticking to the glass which lend to the nice carbonated yet creamy mouth, but a little odd for looks. Not much aroma, grassy and malty with some corn, just enough to barely detect. Taste is a little odd, sweet malts are evident, but there is this wierd tart fruit in there, though I couldn't quite pin it down. Honestly, not really impressed by this beer, nor can I understand its populartiy. Oh well, more for you 'Sconnies.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle; the label shows a Holstein cow and the state of Wisconsin.

Appearance: A decent pour produces a good thick 1-finger head which quickly is reduced to a thin ring, which leaves no lace. The beer itself pours a dark golden hue, and there's a decent amount of fine-grained yeast sediment suspended in this beer.

Smell: The initial aromas are of fairly simple sweet malt. There's not much if anything in the hop aroma department. As the beer begins to warm, the malt notes become more intense, and I'm starting to get something very earthy, almost like baking potatoes, fresh out of the oven.

Taste: At first there's a taste of sweet malt, with just a bit of very light hopping in the background. The malt flavors are not complex, but they're not unpleasant either. Upon exiting the palate, you can definitely pick up on the corn adjunct, and the finish ends slightly dry and fairly crisp, with a slight metallic note.

Mouthfeel: The weight and mouthfeel of this beer is moderate, and appropriate for the style. It's not heavy by any means, but is definitely more substantial than a typical American lager.

Drinkability: High.

Conclusion: This is my first experience with an American Cream Ale, and I wasn't sure what to expect. It's not bad by any means, but there's not that much to it. I think it would do nicely washing down simple fare like burgers and fries, but might be even better for introducing your BMC friends to craft brews, as it's something like a richer, fuller, and more robustly flavored American macro-lager.

Photo of mscudder
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of beveritt
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. The label depicts a cow jumping over Wisconsin and mentions the use of flaked barley, malts, and corn. Described as "fruity and satisfying".

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, honey-colored yellow with no head whatsoever. Several streams of bubbles coming up.

Smell: Strong bubblegum and fruit smell.

Taste: Smooth and creamy, without the overpowering "cheap" flavor you often get with corn used as an adjunct. Almost no discernible bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average to above average carbonation level, as expected from the style. Good body.

Drinkability: Not one I thought I would like, based on the characteristics of the style, but this is, as usual, another quality beer from New Glarus.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,815 ratings.