Spotted Cow
New Glarus Brewing Company

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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Ranked #635
Ranked #21,687
3.76 | pDev: 13.3%
Jan 23, 2024
Feb 02, 2002
Naturally Cloudy Farmhouse Ale

** Although many call this beer a cream ale, according to Dan Carey they refer to it as a farmhouse ale at the brewery. **

As for what makes up Spotted Cow, it’s a blend of Pilsner malt, white wheat, and caramel malt. The water comes from a well on the brewery property and has a hard character to it. Hops are the finest Saaz he can get during selection each year in Europe, and it’s fermented with a German ale yeast.

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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Rated: 3.91 by flgimp from Pennsylvania

Jan 23, 2024
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I was given a bottle of this beer by a dance friend who recently returned from Wisconsin.

Poured into a tulip glass. Slightly hazy bright yellow color with with a creamy white head and nice curtain lacing. Very subtle sweet fruit smell and taste. Vanilla and a bit of pepper spice. Orange and a bit apple. Nice smooth feel. This is a beer you drink a lot of!
Jan 19, 2024
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Reviewed by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Look: hazy golden with an inch thick white head

Aroma: toasted wheat bread, pear, orange

Flavor: I can taste toasted wheat bread, pear, orange, yeast

Body/Overall: it has a creamy mouthfeel, and it is complex and unique
Jan 16, 2024
Rated: 3.5 by JKENNEKE

Dec 23, 2023
Rated: 4.88 by Mulechops from Kentucky

Dec 17, 2023
Rated: 4.02 by pveilleux from Massachusetts

Nov 21, 2023
Rated: 3.74 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Nov 20, 2023
Rated: 3.79 by loch8534 from Illinois

Oct 22, 2023
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Rated by KellyLangan from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Great straightforward beer.
Oct 15, 2023
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Reviewed by Profundobaso from New York

3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Look - 12 oz can poured int o a standard pint glass. Light golden in color, cloudy, and large head that mostly dissipates, leaving behind moderate lacing.

Smell - grain mix, cloves, and some citrus. a subtle but unique yeast scent comes through as well.

Taste - a ton of complex malt flavor, ranging from lightly toasted to caramel notes. honey-like sweetness. low on hoppiness. finish is smooth and slightly creamy.

Feel - medium bodied but feels quite light. moderate carbonation. sessionable at 4.8% ABV.

Overall - a very tasty farmhouse ale with cream ale characteristics and moderate complexity.
Oct 14, 2023
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Reviewed by James_w from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
Poured out of a bottle into a tulip glass.

Look - (4) Poured cloudy-gold with a 1/2 inch head that dissipated to a small ring around a filmy top. A little lacing.

Smell - (3.5) Not overly strong. Tart, juicy grapefruit and straw with some honey coming in underneath.

Taste - (4.5) Taste followed smell. Really nice evolution. Started off tart and straw-y with a honey sweetness that gradually transitioned to juicy grapefruit juice. A bit of bitter allspice in the middle and a slightly bitter cherry-pit astringency at the end. Tannic aftertaste on the tongue.

I let it warm a bit and sipped some more. A bit sweeter and waterier. The honey notes were more prominent.

Feel - (3.75) Effervescent and juicy. A slightly syrup-y mouthfeel. As it warmed, it thinned out a bit.

Overall - (4.5) A wonderful treat! Picked up a 6-pack when I was across the Wisconsin border and am not disappointed! A very pleasant, tart beer. An excellent farmhouse ale.
Oct 13, 2023
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Reviewed by mpruden from Ohio

3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from an undated 12-oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Look: Pale and slightly cloudy yellow-gold, with a huge white fluffy head that lingered a little while and left nice lacing.

Nose: Fresh sweet grain — very pleasant and inviting.

Mouthfeel: Medium thin, sufficient carbonation.

Attack: Follows the nose but not quite as sweetly or fully.

Finish: Hop bitterness is just about right.

Overall: Not bad, but the balance would be better if the attack was as sweet and full as the nose.
Oct 03, 2023
Rated: 3.89 by _Adam_ from Maryland

Sep 09, 2023
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: slight haze; medium gold in color; 1 finger finely pored ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: funky lemon, orange, and clove;

T: yeast driven flavor that follows the nose; mild to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

o: very enjoyable; easy drinking; refreshing; would pair well with a wide variety of foods;
Sep 04, 2023
Rated: 4 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Sep 03, 2023
Rated: 3.48 by ausyj75 from Connecticut

Aug 23, 2023
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Reviewed by OldManBrodie from California

4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
A perennial favorite. This has a nice robust flavor while still maintaining a certain lightness to the beer. If you're not expecting the bottle conditioning, the yeast you find in the bottle might gross you out, but it makes for a delicious beer.
Aug 06, 2023
Rated: 3.75 by mountaincoffee from Kansas

Aug 05, 2023
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