Spotted Cow
New Glarus Brewing Company

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #1,714
Ranked #33,150
3.76 | pDev: 13.3%
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Cask conditioned ale has been the popular choice among brews since long before prohibition. We continue this pioneer spirit with our Wisconsin farmhouse ale. Brewed with flaked barley and the finest Wisconsin malts. We even give a nod to our farmers.

Naturally cloudy we allow the yeast to remain in the bottle to enhance fullness of flavors, which cannot be duplicated otherwise. Expect this ale to be fun, fruity and satisfying. You know you're in Wisconsin when you see the Spotted Cow.
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laquebrada from California

3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured hazy golden color, small white head with good retention, malty aroma. Mild farmhouse character in the flavor, very drinkable, would be a good choice for a hot day, when you still want some flavor in the beer.

Jan 27, 2021
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Evanlwiggins from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What is there even to say? Find me someone in Wisconsin who doesn't like this beer. Available at every bar, grocery store, gas station, restaurant, and fridge in the state (if it isn't, leave immediately). Approachable, delicious, refreshing, and a good price. Always the default and the best part about living in Wisconsin.

Jan 23, 2021
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Snakesolds from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid beer that you can drink all day! Well balanced and delicious. Bring this camping fishing or hunting. It does what beer should. Wish it was available everywhere.

Jan 01, 2021
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Truegent2004 from Minnesota

3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

When in Wisconsin one must try Spotted Cow as its only available there. This is nice marketing gimick but the beer is just ok. Tastes like a cream ale but sweeter, a little too sweet.

Dec 26, 2020
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damndirtyape from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can served in a nonic glass. Date stamp of A3111616 on the bottom of the can.

Appearance: Golden yellow with a bit of haze. Big thick white head that died back slowly to a persistent skin across the top. Plenty of thick sheets of lacing.

Smell: Clean, a tiny bit of corn, a little yeasty with some clove and banana notes, and wee bit of floral hops. It's quite subtle.

Taste: Malt, banana/yeast notes, fruity esters, a tiny bit of cooked grains and a very mild finish.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, nice thickness, dry finish.

Overall / Drinkability: Hits the style pretty well, and is a simple but well crafted beer. Easily drinkable and went well with Salisbury steak.

Nov 01, 2020
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CindyFromOmaha from Nebraska

4.59/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I visited my son in Wisconsin and he said I had to try Spotted Cow. I am very glad I did, so amazing. My husband asked me what is so great about this beer and I did not really know what to say, it is just really pleasing. It is smooth and light and I could drink a case in a sitting, but I don't, I want to savor what I have until my next trip to Wisconsin. It reminds of when you get a really great piece of apple pie, it is nothing fancy, just genuinely good and unpretentious. It just tastes like they were trying to just make a really good beer and they succeeded!

Oct 08, 2020
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Jaylt985 from Washington

4.96/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I have not been back to Wisconsin in years. August I went be with family. I was asked if I had ever tried Spotted Cow. I have enjoy many Hefeweizens which is my general go to beer. My tastes are more to the light side of the scale going with pilsners and American Lagers. New Glarus Brewing Company's Spotted Cow has now become my new go to if I can find it outside of Wisconsin. I really like the slightly cloudy look of a Hefe, the floral smell, the light citrus and coriander. The creamy mouth feel is lite but I feel like there is refreshing taste over my entire tongue.

Aug 23, 2020
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle reads 'K100'

Pours a lightly fogged lemon gold body topped with a finger and a half of rocky, soapy white foam; good head retention leaves a light veil of cap, a moderate, frothy collar, and an array of firm, spotty lacing around the glass.

Aroma begins rustic and grainy, with touches of malty/corny grit lightly contrasting waves of perfectly-balanced, grassy cream notes; banana and clove are further accentuated in a bouquet enmeshed in underlying creaminess, and peppery, bready malts spark a mild contrast over the middle; hints of baked apple and pear skins develop quietly on the back end and through the close.

Taste opens with semi-sweet cereal grain before picking up a more moderated creamy texture against some grassy, light lemon over the mid-palate; pear appears on the back end as more grassy, fleeting cream tones fade into the finish.

Mouthfeel features a light body alongside a robust, full carbonation; a delicate 'snap' over the mid-palate parallels an underlying creaminess across the palate, belying what becomes a crisp, perfectly dry conclusion.

A rustic cream ale, an outlier in the style as refreshing and unique as it is a pure sample of its greatest qualities; consistent, flavorful, quenching, comprehensive; a pinnacle in sessionable ale, a gold standard for the style.

Aug 09, 2020
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TedHead from Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic spotted cow. Smooth and creamy mouth feel, with a taste dominated by easy drinking malts. If you know someone in Wisconsin or driving through big them to grab it for you. This is an outstanding cream ale.

Aug 05, 2020
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doveks from Wisconsin

4.66/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look - hazy
Smell - smells good
Taste - exceptional
Feel - goes down real smooth
This is a great beer, too bad its not distributed nation wide. I live in Wisconsin so yee ha!

hope you can try this some day.

Jul 24, 2020
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RaulMondesi from California

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off: big ups to GreenBayBA for bringing me this from Wisconsin!

SoMe times simplicity can be a beautiful thing. Like, in this world of chaos, soMe times you just wanna jam some Erik Satie, and like, look at something non Dali. And this beer is exactly that! Boom and straight to the point like a cow eating her supper! Nice and smooth with a lil bit of lush sweetness in the end like when my lil soldierette tells dada that she lives him.


Jul 19, 2020
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laketang from Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm going with straw with a lasting white head on this beer.
Some funk, fruity smell, fragrant.
Spice, coriander, fruity notes.
Creamy feel, light.
Nice light drinking beer.

Jul 19, 2020
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Wolvmar from Michigan

3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jul 10 Review
12 Oz can from Ty. Poured into KBS tulip glass.

Pour: hazy golden color. Thick 1.5 finger head that leaves lots of lacing, clouds and a nice ring. 4.5

Nose: yeasty banana 3.5

Taste: banana, clove, orange, some black pepper. Bready malt backbone 3.75

Feel: high carbonation, dry, crisp 3.5

Overall: really good, maybe not great but easily a go to beer. 3.75

Jul 11, 2020
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of funky yeast, bready malt, lemon and piney hops. Body is full and crisp. Piney hops, funky yeast, wheat malt and citrus fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Nice brew.

Jun 15, 2020
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HopHippie from Wisconsin

4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer is by no means the best beer on the planet or even from New Glarus. The hype from it definitely doesn't work to its favor. However this is still a great overall ale that sticks to pure ingredients while still tasting incredibly smooth. This beer is something you cannot go wrong with for a classic Wisconsin hangout.

Jun 07, 2020
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BourbonForBeer from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For what it is it's very good generally speaking. It doesn't smell like much, but wow! Lots of flavor, good feel, looks great on a warm day. This would take over basic summer beers if this was everywhere. It's the equivalent goto for me that pliny the elder was for me in CA for easy breezy sipping, better I think personally. (I can't stand west coast pale ale stlye anymore I had enough of it for prob forever). For the style of beer Spotted Cow is it's a 9/10 imo on a warm day. Only reason to visit Wisconsin aside from the Cheese is New Glarus (imo)

GREAT BEER! WELL DONE! If you expect a this to blow your socks off your wrong, if you want a really well balanced tasty treat for a warm day this is it, perfect!

Jun 06, 2020
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1961 from Wisconsin

3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Welcome to Wisconsin Number 1 Craft Beer. This Beer put The New Glarus Brewing on the Map. I purchase a six pack of bottles from The Vineyard in Janesville,Wi during the Coronavirus Lockdown. This beer has a hazy and some foam when pouring it into my print glass. Very well balance malt taste with a crisp finish.

Apr 10, 2020
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German-Helles from Wisconsin

4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Spotted Cow, Maybe the most enjoyed WI craft beer! This 12oz. bottle pours a hazy straw yellow color. I started with two fingers of pure white thick foam that slowly gave way to a thin cap with heavy lacing left behind. There is a medium amount of carbonation visible.
The aroma is a nice but mild malty aroma.
The taste is mildly sweet, bread flavors, maybe a bump of lemon flavor at the finish to tone down the sweetness.
This ale has a nice creamy feel, typical with many of the New Glarus brews.
Very easy to drink, just a nice flavor. This beer is not watery, you will feel full after several bottles.

Apr 02, 2020
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MildlyDrunk from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Does this beer's reputation proceed it to a fault? maybe. Is it a incredible brew? you're damn right. Unfiltered "farmhouse ale" with a great hazy look. Light and fruity taste with a super delicate fluffy mouthfeel. Not to much hop presence but thats no matter. Super straightforward damn good beer, best enjoyed in Wisconsin's outdoors

Mar 30, 2020
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lwillitz from Wisconsin

3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - slightly hazy body of golden yellow under four fingers of white foam, moderate visible carbonation, nice web of lace

S - honey sweetness and refreshing citrus

T - bright citrus, wheat bread, honey sweetness

M - creamy medium body, medium/high carbonation

O - a smooth and refreshing brew; nothing too impressive, but quite pleasant at the end of a workday

Mar 03, 2020
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle of indeterminate age, it pours a hazy golden amber with a nice white head. In the nose, it is light and pleasant malt. In the mouth, it is smooth with a nice light citrus accent and smooth malt base. Nice!

Feb 28, 2020
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Birdman81 from North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. When I lived in Wisconsin and was taking a trip back home this was what I would grab a couple of twelve packs of to share with friends. It has a nice colour and plenty of carbination. Very pleasant smell. It has lot of flavor with a nice finish that doesn't become overwhelming after drinking a few bottles. Has a nice feel to it. Some ale's can be a bit like soda but this is smoother. Packs more flavor than the smell or colour let on. I give it my personal Best of Wisconsin designation. That is saying alot.

Dec 29, 2019
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SB2017 from Iowa

3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

It's got a light haze, and good lace. Clean nose on this beer, and mildly flavored. A little light on texture, leaving me expecting more. Just not enough going on here but all in all well balanced.

Aug 24, 2019
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at New Glarus Hotel Restaurant on draft into pint tumbler.

The local popularity of this Cream Ale is understandable. Hoppy enough to start, then creamy and sweet and a bit fruity, but then the hops return to clean it up for the next gulp.

Aug 18, 2019
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

As a saison or farmhouse, this is pretty forgetful. As a cream ale, it's right on point. Probably deserves 4+ scores if it was categorized as the latter. But categorized as the former, its look and feel is wonderful, but there simply isn't much to the nose or tongue. It drinks, to me, like a gorgeous, corn-heavy, well-made AAL that happens to have the best mouthfeel in the category. But that isn't something I would want to drink on a regular basis.

Aug 14, 2019
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