Spotted Cow | New Glarus Brewing Company

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3.75/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
newglarusbrewing.com

Style: American Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#25,680
Reviews:
855
Ratings:
3,739
pDev:
13.33%
 
 
Wants:
289
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Photo of omahawk
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a great crisp drinking beer. Slight twinge of nice adjunct flavor. Very well made beer for what it is.

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Photo of Seattlebierman
2.9/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Honestly don’t see what all the hype is. Tastes like you if you’ve been drinking Coors Light all night then had a Corona and burped. The burp would taste like spotted cow.

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Photo of BlueTomorrow
2.23/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of LennyBound
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Parmesan
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a slightly clouded yellow orange with a large white creamy head that dissipated quickly and leaves thick sheets of lacing all around the glass.

S: Notes of wheat, grain, and maybe a little corn, slightly floral and piney hop. Pretty inviting for a cream ale.

T: Creamy wheat and grain, a slight bit of banana, slight hop presence, don't like the taste quite as much as the smell but still nice.

F: Creamy mouthfeel, but still light and easy to crush.

O: This is a really nice cream ale.

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Photo of beardedbeered
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good beer overall. It's easy to drink, but it's not really my style. It looks pretty and smells nice. As far as cream ales go, its a solid beer. I suggest it. It won't blow you away, but it's good.

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Photo of AdamK66
4.94/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BEST CREATION OUT THERE

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Photo of JOSEPHthayer
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

in the top 3 for cream ales
smooth wheat flavor and they go down quick

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Photo of Jlswen2945
2.69/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of GreenBadger
2.35/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at *****. Pours hazy gold color. Faint whiff of pine needles. Decent retention and lacing. A little more bitter than what I am used too but not bad at all. Feel was a little heavy but not at all watery. Over all a good beer and only available in Wisconsin. I do think New Glarus has a hit on their hands. Green County might very well see more tourists lol.

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Photo of JAMN4U
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vidblain
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

When in Wisconsin, lacking Central Waters taps, Spotted Cow is my go-to beer. I have drank about sixteen liters of this stuff at various weddings and get-togethers across the border. It's clean and light and sweet and drink so, so easily.

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Photo of HaakonC
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of crash8per
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AllOfTheCats
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Ajaxx550
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of staubot
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bluejacket74
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle, no dating that I noticed on it but I do see L288 stamped on the bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing left on the glass. The brew smells like grainy malt and some banana. The brew tastes like sweet and grainy malt, sweet apples, banana and a bit of lemon peel and melon. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's smooth and a bit creamy. It's pretty easy to drink with a moderate amount of carbonation. For what it is, it's not a bad beer at all, I wouldn't turn one down! Thanks to my friend Mary Kae for this, one of her sons picked this up from Wisconsin recently. Guess he likes it too!

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Photo of mpipe
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I don't see the appeal with this one. It pours a hazy gold with a large foamy white head. The aroma much like any run of the mill macro; sweet malts and bready yeast. The taste follows the aroma, malts, biscuit, yeast with light floral undertones. The mouthfeel is again like any run of the mill macro with decent carbonation. Overall this is good but far from great. Even within the style, there are better offerings out there.

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Photo of Buannaich
3.12/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BeerBobber
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice golden color with tons of visible carbonation. One and a half finger of head that crackled off and settled into the beer. Appearence is only slightly cloudy.

The smell is slightly sweet. Smells likebubble gum and bananas.

The taste is slightly sweet as well. Taste is very clean seems to be a bit of that bubble gum like flavor.

Mouth feel is a bit heavier on the light end of the scale. Finish is just a bit wet.

Only in Wisconson and not in Las Vegas. Unless you got good friends. We had a friend give us a twelve pack when some of his family brought a bunch of this out. This is a very good beer and I really have to thank that friend for sharing. My wife even likes the beer as well and she does not drink a whole lot of beer. This is a tasty beer that is so easy to drink it is crazy. Very refreshing with a nice clean flavor of beer to it. Not a lot of complexity but it seems like the folks at New Glarus focused on the right thing. Making good beer that is! Cheers to New Glarus from Las Vegas!

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Photo of NodakEric
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kreg02
2.91/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Micheal_McCann
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BuckyNBeer
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spotted Cow is the beer that opened my eyes to craft beer. It was originally introduced I believe back in 1997 and I initially tried it shortly after turning 21 back in 2008. I was wowed back then and even to this day it is still one of my favorite beers.

I bought an individual bottle of this from a local grocery store and used the official New Glarus glassware straight from the brewery.

It pours a cloudy golden hue due to the yeast with a one fingered head that leaves behind a small lacing.

The aroma initially reminds me of a classic American lager with a bit of sweetness and some initial grains. However right after that the sweetness becomes much more fruit like.

The flavor starts out pretty carbonated with a bit of a sweet fruit like note and then finishes with a slight grain bitterness. It is very refreshing.

Overall this is a great example of a cream ale and a great beer in general. Here in Wisconsin it is available pretty much everywhere and it is definitely a huge step above the classic American lagers.

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Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 3,739 ratings