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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,479
Reviews: 695
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 171
Gots: 300 | FT: 8
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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3/5  rDev -19.4%

12-05-2012 01:31:41 | More by JellyJacket
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4.05/5  rDev +8.9%

Like the previous review of this beer says, within the style of Cream Ale the Spotted Cow is very good. Drinking Gennessee Cream in college back east, its hard for me to think of a Cream Ale that could be made with care and artistry. Proof that any style is tasty if done well...

Pours a lightly hazy but glowing soft gold, quite alluring in fact, with a billowing head. Soft, fluffy, bilious - truly cloud-like. Looks like a summer thirst quencher.

Smells fairly moderate in general, but compared to most cream ales it does shine with artisanal touches. Scents of mashed corn, wheat, and pale malts swirl together to form a cornucopia of farm smells. This beer does come from Wisconsin, so...

Tastes of all the grainy aspects of corn and wheat with a great pale malt base. Barely sweet, and incredibly soft and easy on the palate without being bland. Little to no hop bite and possesses a small dash of creaminess toward the finish.

This beer goes down like a report on the various grains possible to a Midwestern brewer. A tasty drinker and a good choice for a flagship brew.

09-03-2004 13:40:13 | More by nomad
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-03-2012 22:53:28 | More by OldhouseRecs
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New Jersey

2.55/5  rDev -31.5%

This beer has a hazy yellow color with no head at all. The aroma is slightly malty, but not at all interesting. The flavor is sweet, with no bitterness. There is some fruityness, like lemon and pineapple. Not at all creamy. Low carbonation. If there were some bubbles, at least it would have been easier to drink. I did not like this beer very much. It's available at almost every bar in Madison. Who drinks this?

05-14-2005 23:06:03 | More by beveragecaptain
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

On tap at BW3 in Milwaukee. Poured into a shaker pint.

A: Cloudy, straw yellow color. There was about one and a half fingers of slightly off white head that receded to a thin rim and left no lace.

A: Not much going on here. I get a touch of lemon and definitely some pale malt. But the nose is rather subdued.

T: Pale malt, adjuncts, and lemon. There might be a touch of wheat in this brew as well. Just a touch of bitterness in the finish from the low amount of hops.

M: Thin, but good amount of carbonation. Very crisp finish.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is quite high, I could have a few of these. Overall, it is what it is with this brew. This is a good example of a cream ale, the style just doesn't lend it's self to a complex flavor profile. I won't go out of my way to get this beer, but I won't pass it up either. Skal.

12-20-2009 14:23:30 | More by Gtreid
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3.88/5  rDev +4.3%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass, no freshness date.

A: Pours a nearly clear staw and golden color with a one inch bubbly bubbly pure white head. Not much carbonation to be seen for an arguably carbonated style. Little to no lacing.

S: Not really that impressive or mind blowing, subdued semi sweet malt with more of a pronouned corn scent.

T/MF: Light hop bitterness hits the tongue at first with a sort of appley grassy lemon taste which then is taken over by a sweeter and maltier presence. Each is equally represented with the hops maybe getting the best of the deal, Light to medium bodied this beer finishes with a slight hop twinge.

D: I can't really speak for cream ales but this beer is not bad but not good either, it has nice parts to it but as a whole leaves me wanting more from it, pretty refreshing in a sense but I wouldn't go out of my way to get my hands on this beer.

12-24-2007 08:04:31 | More by bluemoonswoon
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

05-01-2012 00:53:00 | More by Kenai4
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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -19.4%

06-26-2014 19:16:05 | More by huntermop
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

10-27-2012 18:12:46 | More by zbooks
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

09-09-2012 01:14:19 | More by illini4x4
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

06-17-2013 06:18:16 | More by schmidtmattsays
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

06-06-2010 00:27:10 | More by udubdawg
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

12-25-2013 00:33:58 | More by Ristaccia
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

02-24-2013 23:00:50 | More by speedvagen
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

06-20-2014 18:37:51 | More by Ncpogs
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3.9/5  rDev +4.8%

Pours a cloudy golden color with a white head that falls to just about nothing. Thin lacing.

Clean mildly sweet aroma. Slight fruits and citrus in the nose.

Mild sweet malts in the taste. Grains and corn present like a typical WI brew but with a slight fruit finish. Nice.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Nice easy drinking beer. Well done.

11-06-2008 13:50:34 | More by dstc
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-20-2012 12:31:04 | More by ajs4bd
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3.53/5  rDev -5.1%

Slightly hazy golden yellow. Just a bit of head.

A touch of sweet apple in the nose. Crisp malt and hay add something that reminds me of summer.

Light malt and just a touch of creamy goodness. Slight sweetness that could come from the corn. Hops are barely noticeable.

There is something comforting about this beer. So easy to drink. Obviously a staple for the brewery.

10-06-2012 00:38:57 | More by stewart124
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4.1/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

11-21-2007 22:51:19 | More by seaoflament
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

05-31-2013 03:23:44 | More by GuttaMane138
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3.88/5  rDev +4.3%

Special thanks to my buddy Taylor who brought a New Glarus variety pack straight from Wisconsin all the way down here to Charleston. Thanks, Taylor!

12 oz bottle poured into a mug at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Pale gold color with barely a finger of white fizzy bubbles that dissipate almost immediately. No lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles.

S – Some grainy malt but mostly corn. It smells an awful lot like a BMC adjunct lager minus some of the skunkiness that’s sometimes there.

T – Sweet all the way through with grainy and bready malt and a healthy dose of corn. While it smells a little like the big guys, it tastes a lot better.

F – Light-bodied with lots of carbonation, a smooth and creamy but crisp mouthfeel, and a sweet and slightly dry finish. The high amount of carbonation yields a perceived acidity at the finish, as well.

O – This is a solid cream ale. I’m not really a big fan of the style since it’s essentially an adjunct “ale,” but this is a great example of the style. For a cream ale, this is very tasty and definitely refreshing and drinkable. Great lawnmower beer. Nicely done, NG.

11-01-2012 02:21:26 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

07-31-2014 03:48:34 | More by ONovoMexicano
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

08-08-2014 21:45:55 | More by Wobbly
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

05-08-2013 02:34:05 | More by MNBeer1017
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-21-2012 16:27:33 | More by johnyb
Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
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