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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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2,536 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,536
Reviews: 698
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 176
Gots: 314 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

csmartin6, Jun 30, 2013
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3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had at a Milwaukee Brewers game last Friday when I was in town. $6.25 for a 12oz bottle. My first from New Glarus. This wouldn't have been my first choice, but it was all they had from them.

This is a Cream Ale? I don't know what style I would have guessed this to be, but it doesn't taste like any Cream Ales I've had... then again, I haven't had a craft Cream Ale, I don't think. Uh. That probably makes a difference. This has that "beer" color -- sunset orange. There's about two or three fingers worth of a creamy looking head. Lacing is above average. Nice start... gotta love a good looking beer. The smell is initially what made me wonder what the damn style was. Mild grassy/earthy hops and Play-Doh/dough just about hit the aroma on the head for me, although seeing others mention banana and clove isn't a surprise... I can see that. Taking a sip, I get the same thing. How does a beer that has a pretty big "dough" profile taste good? Leave it to New Glarus. While I'm not a huge fan of this, it's memorable. I'm pretty confident that I won't taste another beer quite like this. A respectable beer.

Alextricity, Jul 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

psmith161, Jan 13, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When i poured this one into a pint glass, it has a nice golden body with a nice 2' white creamy head. The smell has a citrus aroma but also a sweet one too. The taste is of a little lemon with some bubble gum hints. The mouthfeel is very nice, smooth, well carbonated. This beer is very drinkable and if i lived closer to wisconsin, i would use this as my go to beer.

chefhatt, Dec 05, 2011
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3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours clear, quite yellow, but only a small fizzy head forms and retention is brief at best.
Nose is stronger than some competitors, but distressingly high in sweet corn, even stronger than the pale malt aroma. I'm thinking I get a faint flowery hop aroma. No alcohol, DMS, fruitiness, or off aromas.
Flavor is underwhelming. Sweet corn is again even with pale malt. Not a lot of depth. After the swallow the beer's memory disappears from my palate, as there is no aftertaste, drying, residual bitterness, graininess, etc.
Body is medium for the style, carbonation perhaps a bit low. It's clean, without any noticeable flaws, and if it was hot (and it is) I could (and did) finish the bottle with little effort. I'll have it again, but don't have any desire to do so right now.

udubdawg, Jun 06, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a sample glass.

A-golden, yellow body, some haze. Thick, white sponge head.

S-metallic, mineral like, some earth.

T-SOOO creamy! like liquid donuts, a nice hop touch makes it not too sweet.

M-very light, well carbonated, far from dry

D-great session. really really tasty. I could drink this all night.

jneiswender, Jun 18, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Spotted Cow pours a bright straw color, lots of gold notes, fairly clear, lots of bubbles rising to the top of the glass, with a nice big fluffy head on top. It does look reminiscent of many macro lagers, however for a 4.8% farmhouse ale, I wouldn’t expect it to deviate too much from them. The aroma is interesting, lots of grains, hints of malty sweetness and noble hops round out a very simple aroma. The flavors are pretty straightforward, grains are dominant, some of the added corn is present as well with a dash of creaminess and faint hop oils. It has a nice crisp pilsner-like body and smooth finish.

Verdict: Nothing special, just a really well done low ABV ale. The flavors are simple but not boring, it’s crisp but not harsh and more importantly, it goes down so easily. Great to drink on a warm day or with a nice meal, and a great beer to convert a macro lager drinker.

kevanb, Jan 04, 2012
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Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,536 ratings.