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

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#25,080
Reviews:
848
Ratings:
3,719
pDev:
13.33%
 
 
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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

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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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Photo of Berknerj
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TylerJ
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Categart
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RJLarse
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle brought from Wisconsin. A good tasting cream ale with a light clean feel and mild bitterness. Typical of the style which is usually a blend of a lager and an ale.

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

Unfiltered, pale gold beer with a bright white head. Smells a little like apples and yeast with some bright lemon. Pleasantly sweet, light, fizzy and tastes like apples and yeast with a nice little bitterness to finish. Very tasty.

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

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

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3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jem1121
5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of HopliteMpls612
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy gold with a large foamy white head. Good amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is sweet malts, bready yeast and pear.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Sweet malts, toasted biscuit, yeast, pear, apple and light floral hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft finish.

O - A super solid cream ale. Nice clean flavors with a velvety smooth body.

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3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lubu42
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of MTucker519
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EdFed
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbu0126
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy

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4.84/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of GarrettB
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

June 14th, 2015 - I've heard rumors about the Spotted Cow long before I finally had the chance to try it. And once I did, it was like having a celebrity from the Midwest in the house, as friends sipped it with "oohs" and "ahhs." I start with a slow draw on the nose, which is rich with esters expressing bubble gum, strawberries and mangoes. I note also the body is foamy, with a large head to pierce and another swelling bubble of foam in the mouth. Horchata and cinnamon lead the taste which is light and fresh, with other fruits and berries on the edges. In many ways it reminds me of Magic Hat, with a fruity whimsy and a light body, perfect for Summer or Spring or the beer after a day at work.

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Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 3,719 ratings