Spotted Cow | New Glarus Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,518
Reviews:
811
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
13.97%
 
 
Wants:
277
Gots:
1,011
For Trade:
26
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Photo of B-rett
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Hazy golden color. Thick, sudsy head that quickly dissipates.
S-Not much smell at all. Light yeast notes if anything.
T-Wheat, yeast, and malt. Very simple but refreshing.
M-It's called a cream ale for a reason! Cream and carbonation are blended well for a hearty yet easily drinkable beer.
O-From the name, to the style, to the overall taste, this is a Wisconsin beer through and through.
*WI native tip*
Spotted cow is 100x better on tap and is the best beer to pair with any spicy food (especially buffalo wings).

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Photo of foundersasap
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Hazy golden. Smells yeasty and phenolic. Some bready malts. Taste is doughy, lightly sweet, banana and clove. Grainy and yeasty finish. Medium body. It’s ok, but unremarkable.

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Photo of MeIquiades
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThomasTheTank88
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Richter525
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mwvman
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CreightonSM
2.63/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Wolffy
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice beer for a hot summer day at a ABV 4.5 it wont knock you over My local tavern has it on tap $2.25 for a happy hour pint. $3.50 for a moon man bottle. depends what you want. a bar in the twin cities lost their liqour license over this beer. seems the regulars kept asking for this beer but it is not distributed in Minnesota bar owner went over the border bought a few cases and sold it in his bar. the beer police busted him! thats minnesota the state where nothing is allowed!.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from a friend, this was poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance was a soft golden yellow color with a thin white foamy head that fell off at a moderate pace. Light stringy lace.
The aroma had some crisp sweet soft corn, touch of biscuits, and a hint of flour/soft dough.
The flavor was moderately sweet through the blend of the prior noted aromas. Pretty smooth doughy to corn sweet aftertaste.
The palate was between light and medium bodied with a clear sessionability about it. Finishes fairly smooth, sweet and clean. Carbonation felt great with a spot on ABV.
Overall, nice Americanized "Wisconsin farmhouse cream ale" well worthy of coming back to.

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Photo of rbrandt22
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kdivers
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PurduePete
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jack77
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Cristoph
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SkiBum22
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Uconnelmo
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vabeerguy
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of V1per41
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 12ozfan
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.56/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ah, the legendary Spotted Cow finally makes its way into my glass. Thanks K-bess! 12 oz bottle pours a hazed, light orange color with a fine-bubbled white head. Nice retention and lace!

Nose is sweet, cereal maltiness, fruity yeast and a homespun earthiness to it. If only all cream ales could smell this nice!

Taste is wonderful creamy malt - with the yeast really doing some heavy lifting with an applesauce fruitiness that compliments so well. It starts sweet, but the carbonation and a little bitter hop zip at the end clean things up perfectly and invite you for another gulp. Just a delicious, refreshing beer that Im not sure I could ever get tired of if it was sold here. The mouthfeel is outstanding - the uber-fine carbonation gives it a really tingly, full bodied feel. Im pretty confident in saying this is the best cream ale I have ever had.

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Photo of Cheezus
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mben111
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Slarson7
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 3,518 ratings.
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