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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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very good

2,735 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,735
Reviews: 709
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.94%
Wants: 182
Gots: 384 | FT: 9
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 +0.5%

PappyVans, May 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

ahbithwabm, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of udubdawg
3/5  rDev -19.6%
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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4/5  rDev +7.2%

schmidtmattsays, Jun 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

djre4orm, Jun 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

csustar001, Mar 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

polopaul20, Aug 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

weonfire, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.83/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy, yeast-induced hazy apple juice in color. Precisely zero head at all. F-L-A-T. Aromas of fruits mixed with some sweet corn. Flavor is rather bland. There's some citric sweetness up front, followed by a soft caramel note, and ends with a sour note. Thin mouthfeel and the strangest thing at the very end: it was as if someone just flipped off the taste switch. Just like that...everything disappears on the palate. Odd. Not very drinkable as it really did nothing for me.

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this bottle.

OldFrothingSlosh, Nov 12, 2004
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a slightly hazy dark yellow color with a cotton-white cap of foam. The bread in the nose mixes with a little corn. Malt on the palate moves into a tinge of metallic adjunct through the center. Just a touch of bitterness at the end. The beer goes down smooth and creamy. A drinkable brew.

BeardedBoffin, Jan 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

swgwilt, Sep 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

ccozzi, Dec 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

BigGingDrinker, Nov 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Hallertau, Apr 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

drdiesel9483, Feb 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

gpawned, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of NODAK
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a grain and corn aroma to it. They do state they use corn to sweeten this beer and it's evident.

Taste basically gives me the impression that this beer is a bridge of sorts between macro beers and the beers most craft geeks drink. Has a fruitiness about it that I'd liken perhaps to apple that opens the beer up. There's also a creaminess in it and a sweetness from the corn. There really aren't any hops to be found in this beer. Carbonation seems to be pretty high. Finishes easy.

When I read that this was found everywhere in Wisconsin, I was impressed that the people there were seemingly drinking tons of craft beer but the fact is that this isn't really anything most craft beer nuts would seek out too actively if they had other options. Despite that, it's very enjoyable and a great quaffer. It's still much better than macros and fits the bill when you want something that isn't too complex or heavy.

NODAK, May 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

amishbooze, May 12, 2013
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2.8/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mild grain and light alcohol in the aroma. Hazy yellow color. No head. Cool and refreshing with very little taste. Mild malty sweetness in the aftertaste. It is actually pretty dang thirst quenching though extremely un-flavorful. Not bad tasting just not much of anything tasting. It makes you take big gulping sips.

Jredner, Feb 10, 2006
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

mscudder, Dec 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

MattSharpless, Aug 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

510a, Jun 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

mgr78704, Sep 19, 2014
Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 2,735 ratings.