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Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company

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2,241 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,241
Reviews: 685
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 151
Gots: 209 | 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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czfreeman

Michigan

4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brought yesterday in a new mixed pack.
Poured into my New Glarus glass, very light golden-straw tone.Mild haziness, head is very nice. Thick and creamy, good medium carbonation.
Smells of apples, pepper, light grain, pale wheat maybe, actually smells quite a bit like an american Hefe. Pears, and some biscuit serve to round it out.
Flavor-sweet biscuit malt, wheat, lemon, pepper, apple, pear, grassy. I will not go so far as others to say this is like BMC in the fact that there is no diacetyl, and it is well balanced.
If this were the first NG beer I had...I would have been slightly disappointed. After trying as many of Mr. Carey's creations over the last few months as I could, I appreciate it.
They make beer for Wisconsin. Full of college kids and older traditional drinkers.. I can't very well see either being open to Serendipity or the Unplugged series, or Coffee Stout...etc. I really like Oberon and and the occasional 312 in summer...both just got replaced? Yes.
A gateway beer that is also really friggin' good?Brewed by a master brewer who cut his teeth in Germany and knows a thing or two about session beer?...only in Wisconsin

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 02:04:14 | More by czfreeman
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Ri0

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

05-19-2013 21:53:41 | More by Ri0
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WVUbrew

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

06-29-2014 23:51:23 | More by WVUbrew
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is average in every sense. Pale cloudy gold color, thin almost non-existant white head. Smell is very mild malt, touch of spice. Taste is rather bland, grainy tasting. Cream ale style says highly carbonated, which this one isn't. It just sits on the palate, no moutfeel at all. Maybe it's the styles i've been drinking lately but this beer holds no draw for me. I'll pass on this one in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2006 01:08:15 | More by beermanbrian
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Knoxrb12

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.8%

03-01-2014 18:38:42 | More by Knoxrb12
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a picher at the Silver Dollar here in Madison. Spotted Cow is pretty much an institution here in SW Wisconsin, the kinda beer that you bring out when relatives or Busch Light drinkers are around to seem cultured. I remembered it being better than what I had last night, probably because I haven't tried it since becoming a BA and enjoying so many great beers.

Pours a golden straw color with minimal to no head. In the bottle it's much more cloudy and interesting to look at. Smells surprisingly macro and adjuncty - mostly wheat and corn. Taste is disappointingly the same, lots of corn and with a hint of cooked vegetables. Really not impressed by this stuff anymore. Maybe I've just been ruined by all the delicious complex dark beers I've been enjoying of late, but the ol' Cow just doesn't do it for me anymore. It's not BAD, but not something I would pick up a sixer of on my way to a party anymore.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2005 16:40:19 | More by Golden2wenty1
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EricCioe

Montana

3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a slightly opaque full gold with a one finger off white head fading down to something less than a sheet with no lace. On the nose there is a big note of wet grain, pretty pleasant. After that, the only thing I can think of is the cereal Apple Jacks. In the mouth the sweet grains hang out on the front of the tongue. Is this what corn tastes like when it's added for flavor and not economics? It's not bad. The problem is that there isn't a whole lot else going on. Maybe some really, really light fruit further back. The body is light, the finish medium with the fruit hanging out for a bit, and the carbonation is pleasant. I guess I associate brews with corn to brews with ridiculous carbonation that fills me up, and this isn't that.

Overall, this is a decent beer, proof that corn can be used in a positive way in a beer. I wish there were a little more going on but it's pretty good as is. I bet lots of cheese eaters drink this an awful lot in the summer. It'd doubtless be a nice change from wheat beers in the summer. Thanks to my old pal Agro for the assist.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 02:08:13 | More by EricCioe
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sendsilk

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, my first New Glarus beer ever, Yeah!! I guess I could have chosen a more interesting style but the friggin writing on the side explaining what the hell it was, was written too small so I really didn't know what this was.

A- Nice and crisp and clean. Looks just like a American Adjunct.

S- Smells a shitpile better than a Bud though! Quite a bit of citrus on the nose.

T- Pretty nice actually, fairly creamy and complex for something so clear and clean. Nice aftertaste.

M- Pretty well spot on. Never had a cream ale before so maybe expected a little thicker mouthfeel.

O- Good, solid beer, just nothing to jump up and down about.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 04:58:06 | More by sendsilk
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Pellinore1

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-15-2011 05:30:09 | More by Pellinore1
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GuttaMane138

Florida

4/5  rDev +7.8%

05-31-2013 03:23:44 | More by GuttaMane138
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deebo

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A review of New Glarus' flagship beer from a bottle.

A- Pours a pale yellow, which is slightly hazy from the yeast in the bottle. Has a weak white head with very few carbon dioxide bubbles rising to the surface.

S-Not much aroma here-slightly fruity, corny, with a slight spicy hop note.

T-Clean, light malt. A hint of sweet corn. Very light hop presence. Smooth and creamy.

M-Extremely soft with a very quick finish. Nice body with a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

D-Extremely high, an easy to drink beer with some character.

O-A beer that has transformed many a beer drinker in WI from always grabbing a lager to having this extremely drinkable ale on hand.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 20:55:53 | More by deebo
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SaxmanRick

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

07-29-2013 19:15:11 | More by SaxmanRick
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beersdmf17

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

05-30-2014 23:46:19 | More by beersdmf17
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a hazy orange color with just a slight off white ring around the edge of the glass, no real sustainable head. There was a slight citrus aroma to the beer. The taste of the beer was mainly of citrus, a touch of hops on the tongue and wheat. Overall Spotted Cow is an easy drinking, smooth beer but is not overly complex.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 00:18:18 | More by ggaughan
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Greggy

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Pours a light yellow color with a nice 2 finger head that recedes rather quickly into a transparent thin lace. Light clinging lace.

S- Some light toasty grains with a very nice hop balance. A light hint of lemon is also there.

T- A very light malt/hop structure that is in great balance. Some light toasted grains, like the nose is apparent and also the same lemon in the nose.

M- Medium carbonation that has a great body.

D- Drinkability scores excellent here as it is very light, lower alcohol and easily drinkable. I can see this being a great crossover beer for BMC drinkers and a great session brew for beer geeks.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 02:48:08 | More by Greggy
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krl2112

Illinois

3/5  rDev -19.1%

12-07-2012 20:11:30 | More by krl2112
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beergod1

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow color with a white head that goes away pretty quick. Smell has some sweetness, grainy? And a touch of fruitiness. Taste is sweet and smooth, pretty drinkable. But once it started to warm up....Changed for the worse. I guess it is a Cream Ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 23:00:40 | More by beergod1
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Hallertau

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

04-02-2013 01:31:04 | More by Hallertau
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zenwatts

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

01-19-2012 17:26:26 | More by zenwatts
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tmars13

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -46.1%

08-21-2012 03:43:19 | More by tmars13
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zimm421

Ohio

3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a shaped pint glass. Appears a slightly hazy golden color with an average white head. The head is fluffy, has great retention and leaves small amounts of lacing.

Nose is full of the expected corn, as well as yeast. There are some hints of citrus. Aroma isn't overwhelming, but smells pretty decent. Taste is pretty plain. Corn, yeast and a little spiciness. This is refreshing, but don't expect a ton of flavor out of it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, below average carbonation and very drinkable. Goes down smoothly and easily. Overall, not bad, but not really impressed. Pretty average but it is definitely refreshing after a long day at work.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 22:58:18 | More by zimm421
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ah, the famous Spotted Cow.
Poured into becker pint glass; bright clear yellow with lively carbonation and a bright white fizzy thick head that doesn't leave much lacing. Smell is slightly vinous, light lager yeast and corn with a bit of grassy crisp hops. Taste is light and crisp, light grain and corn with a pinch of crisp hops to dry out the finish, which is lightly sweet and a bit sticky, but mostly clean. Mouthfeel is crisp, clean and carbonated.
While I'd prefer a steam beer or a kolsch when it comes to lighter, lager-influenced ales, this is a good beer. It'd be a great beer for introducing a BMC drinker to craft. It's nothing special, but I can see why it has such a fervent local following, spanning all spectrums of beer drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 22:50:14 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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MNPikey

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

06-09-2013 03:43:59 | More by MNPikey
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-16-2011 05:42:18 | More by martyl1000
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Slynger

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spotted Cow pours a pale maize color with a dense fog to it, and a slim but creamy cap of white.

Sweet grains and light lemon in the smell. Not to much else.

Flavor mimics the nose. Light grain sweetness along with light creamy lemon. Light bodied but it does have a very creamy smoothness to it.

Not a lot going on, but it is a pleasant enough beer. I don't mind it as something light and a little different.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2008 02:48:16 | More by Slynger
Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,241 ratings.