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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,456
Reviews: 695
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 170
Gots: 287 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-20-2012 12:31:04 | More by ajs4bd
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

02-24-2013 23:00:50 | More by speedvagen
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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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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -19.4%

06-26-2014 19:16:05 | More by huntermop
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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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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

06-20-2014 18:37:51 | More by Ncpogs
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

11-11-2012 22:53:29 | More by craft_shannie
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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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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-21-2012 16:27:33 | More by johnyb
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

12-17-2013 16:41:51 | More by wyatt13
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3.48/5  rDev -6.5%

Poured into a tulip glass

A: a cloudy golden with a white one finger head that dissipates fast. Light lacing.

S: Picking up grains, corn and barley. Also some light hoppiness.

T: Citrus featuring lemons. A corny graininess. Light, refreshing ,with a dry finish.

M: light to medium with low carbonation.

O: Didn't really blow me away. A nice lawn mowing beer. Smooth but kinda boring. Sort of like a cow standing out in a field.

12-29-2013 20:26:07 | More by brewskifan55
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

03-21-2012 03:34:59 | More by Agold
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

08-25-2013 21:23:49 | More by Kaveman
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

05-31-2013 03:23:44 | More by GuttaMane138
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

08-27-2013 20:05:43 | More by polopaul20
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3.53/5  rDev -5.1%

I got a bunch of NG brews from MammothBrew. This is the first one I tried. Thanks Dustin.

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: A light gold color that is a bit hazy. A one half finger white head disappears quickly. Not much glass lacing.

S: Light fruit smells, grains, grass, bready sweetness and some slgiht yeastiness.

T: Nice mix of light fruit flavors with apple. pear, banana coupled with grains, straw/grass, yeast and a bready doughy flavor. Finish yields some hops flavors that are quickly smoothed out by the grainy finish. Nice and smooth.

M: Creamy, nice carbonation, no alcohol, very drinkable.

O: A real good drinker, just a a cream ale should be. Enjoyable, but not spectacular.

As I just said, I enjoyed this beer and I was really glad to try it. NG is a brewery we can't get here in PA so I am really excited to try these beers I got in the trade. A nice start to the NG experience.

06-28-2011 13:30:48 | More by Kadonny
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

05-08-2013 02:34:05 | More by MNBeer1017
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4.22/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

12-06-2002 20:17:07 | More by jackndan
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

06-23-2014 04:03:17 | More by Walkerjgt
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

09-18-2012 22:48:34 | More by swgwilt
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

05-30-2014 23:46:19 | More by beersdmf17
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3.43/5  rDev -7.8%

Pours out to a cloudy, golden color in the glass with a slight head, with some suspended particles floating in there. It does look appetizing in the glass, almost sunshine-like. Aroma is somewhat yeasty and musty. The taste is quite good. There is alot of malt here which lends itself to a slight sweetness. I detected some lemon in here as well. This is an easy to drink refreshing thirst quencher.

05-23-2003 18:00:59 | More by proc
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3.65/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a light straw color with a light head.

Aroma is similar to a lager with pale grain and grassy notes.

Taste is grainy and malty with a somewhat creamy mouthfeel, I think the difference is actually the mouthfeel being a little thicker than a lager.

I've heard people rave about this beer, i'm not sure why it's pretty middle of the road.

02-13-2010 01:12:44 | More by brownbeer
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-25-2014 22:22:17 | More by MadScientist
Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
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