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
Ranking:
#23,939
Reviews:
825
Ratings:
3,618
pDev:
13.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
282
Gots:
1,076
Trade:
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Photo of Cprunick75
4.49/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BuckyNBeer
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One of the perks of living in Wisconsin is easy access to beer from the New Glarus Brewing Company which is my personal favorite brewery. Spotted Cow is their flagship beer and it can be found even in small little rural bars and gas stations pretty much in the middle of nowhere. It was first brewed back in 1997 and even though it is considered a Cream Ale it bares many similarities to a classic American Lager which I believe has helped its following.

It pours a cloudy golden hue with a decent head but as time passes there is just a tiny sliver of a lacing left.

The aroma is subtle but sweet. There is a definite fruity quality initially but there does seem to be a very small hint of corn also.

The flavor is very nice. There is a nice bit of carbonation present and it is fruity and somewhat sweet with just a touch of bitterness at the very end. Again much like the aroma I can detect a possible hint of corn in the finish as well. I believe this used to have corn added to it but I am not sure if it still does.

Overall this is a very good beer but I have had even better offerings than this from New Glarus. That said this is a pretty reliable go to for me and is a definite winner anytime.

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Photo of dnmyrick
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Being a Minnesotan, and living only about 90 miles from WI (the ONLY state in which this beer is available, by the choice of the brewery to NEVER have any of their products licensed for sale outside of WI!), I was expecting more from this beer. Around these parts, this beer has an almost legendary to the point of worship word-of-mouth reputation. It stands up as a pretty good cream ale. Nothing more, nothing less. There is nothing particularly outstanding about it other than the fact that it doesn't exhibit that harsh "feed corn" taste that some of the cream ales I have had do. All in all, a solidly good cream ale, nothing more.

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Photo of UncleVarg
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bum4ever
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Volstead
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not exceptional or world class but worth trying. The Spotted Cow is a humorous and fun session beer with a mild taste, moderate lacing and faint esters of bready and a hazy coloration.

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3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clouded golden color with a small, stable white head.

Smells of wet grass and a note of wet basement among rich straw. The beer remains a little subdued on the nose.

Has a very lively carbonation with a stony mineralic presence, together with a light body.

Tastes truly refreshing from the very beginning with white bread dough, a note of lemon zest, corn and soft, spicy yeast. Turns a little spicier during mid palate with a more pronounced mineralic presence and rich wheat. Finishes creamier with a mellow breadiness and slightly sweet toffee.

Has a simple, rustic character, like a saison dupont light version plus a nice, light note of lime. It does have a nice, smooth mouthfeel, but lacks a little in flavor intensity.

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3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

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4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 3,618 ratings
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