Spotted Cow
New Glarus Brewing Company

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From:
New Glarus Brewing Company
 
Wisconsin, United States
Style:
Saison
Ranked #756
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
85
Ranked #22,891
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 13.3%
Reviews:
920
Ratings:
3,052
Status:
Active
Rated:
Saturday at 05:26 AM
Added:
Feb 02, 2002
Wants:
  330
Gots:
  1,206
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Notes: 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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Ratings by specialkheese:
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Rated by specialkheese from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Feb 18, 2012
More User Ratings:
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Rated by NCSapiens from Indiana

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Proliferates all over Wisconsin but objectively tastes pretty bad. New Glarus makes good fruit beers but this one I could do without.
Aug 11, 2022
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Got this given to me by a guy who went to Wisconsin for family and brought home beer.
Poured amber with active carbonation and an off white head.
The aroma was faint for me, I think it had some malt or other cereal.
The taste was cereal and malts first and foremost. Nice enough, but a saison should have some funk or tart, right? Not sure if any are here. The taste is great, just not a saison flavor.
The feel was good, not viscous and not watered down, just nicely quaffable.
Glad I finally got to try this, cheers!
Aug 11, 2022
 
Rated: 1 by Ajc2936 from Texas

Aug 09, 2022
 
Rated: 4.18 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

Aug 05, 2022
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Rated by Weisenbeer from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
For the style, pretty darn good. Chris, refreshing and all you expect from a farmhouse style ale
Jul 29, 2022
 
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Reviewed by gjdgjdgjd

4.55/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Great beer brewed in my state. Classified by the brewery as a farmhouse ale, the flavors are not intense yet are tangy and refreshing. Tastes of grain, malt and yeast. Easy to see why it is absolutely everywhere in Wisconsin.
Jul 20, 2022
 
Rated: 3.55 by not2quick from Missouri

Jul 13, 2022
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Looks very good. Glassy yellow body with a generous white head. This maintains throughout, leaving scattered lacing.

Nice light belgiany aroma, a little yeast.

On tasting, light and clean, very easy drinking, has all the hallmarks of a saison, but very much subdued.

Mouth between medium and full, finish slightly grainy and a little yeasty.

Overall, a very nice light saison on a warm Pennsylvania evening.
Jul 10, 2022
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz can stamped I2221003 poured into a vintage footed bar glass at fridge temp, no ABV listed on label. The beer pours just clearer than hefe-hazy in a medium amber color. The head is off white and settles to a ring and island after a few minutes. The aroma is mild with fruity and farmhouse esters. The taste is semisweet pale malt with mild clove and relatively minimal bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, excellent everyday beer. I don't know that I'd stretch and call it a farmhouse ale, but I'd drink it anytime it was offered.
Jun 26, 2022
 
 
 
Rated: 4.26 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

May 05, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by vol4life88 from Tennessee

Apr 21, 2022
 
Rated: 3.84 by TakiMan42

Apr 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.1 by jhargs37

Mar 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by doctorgary from New York

Mar 07, 2022
 
Rated: 3.73 by icemanexit from Indiana

Mar 05, 2022
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Reviewed by MatthewJW from Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
(Enjoyed on tap in a pint glass. Rated within the style)

L: Golden straw appearance, decent lacing and a medium lasting milk white head

S: biscuty, malty and non offensive

T: smooth sweet and airy. Bread and biscut flavors with well rounded hoppy earth bitterness on the back end

F: light medium mouthfeel medium heavy carbonation and it doesn't taste like a very dry beer, which is nice

O: Very common where I live so its cheap but overall its an excellent local craft beer
Mar 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by illtexzona from Illinois

Feb 23, 2022
 
Rated: 4.3 by natbro11

Feb 20, 2022
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Rated by cloeper from Texas

4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This Ale is very easy to drink and has a wonderful malty-nutty flavor.
Feb 19, 2022
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Reviewed by BeerGeekExtraordinaire from Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I rated this 4 because I rated it a 4 on Untappd (so sue me,ok). It's a good, crushable beer. The description says they leave some yeast in it. The one I just had has more rustic/barnyard funk to it than the others of this I have had I suppose becsuse of the bottle conditioning. I never really have thought of this as a farmhouse ale, even though that's what Dan Carey calls it. It's a good beer, but certainly NOT the best beer New Glarus does. My overall issue with this beer is that with as many good beers as New Glarus does do, this one is the most ubiquitous. It's EVERYWHERE in Wisconsin. There are more beers I would rather have from them if Spotted Cow wasn't taking up so much shelf space.
Feb 17, 2022
 
Rated: 3.93 by BrScho2

Jan 19, 2022
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Reviewed by gvickery from Texas

2.66/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Looks slightly cloudy light gold, medium loose white head.
Has an average aroma of malt and mineral water, No funk or barnyard you expect from saisons.
Tastes like a kolsch, slightly malt forward, very average beer. They state on the can that they use German ale yeast, not sure how they can expect it to magically turn into a saison.
It’s not bad tasting, just not anything resembling a farm house style ale.
Dec 30, 2021
 
Rated: 4.07 by NYR-Zuuuuc from Connecticut

Dec 26, 2021
 
Rated: 4.52 by PCJLizard

Dec 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.2 by JayWoldt

Nov 29, 2021
 
Rated: 3 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts

Nov 25, 2021
 
Rated: 3.6 by IrishMatt

Nov 12, 2021
 
Rated: 3.48 by TP2MSU from Michigan

Oct 30, 2021
 
Rated: 3.74 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

Oct 30, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by whatsgoody from Vermont

Oct 16, 2021
 
Rated: 3.92 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

Sep 30, 2021
 
Rated: 3.86 by Ssquare89

Sep 29, 2021
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Reviewed by Pivopijak from Washington

3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
draught
Slightly murky, medium orange in the middle, to light yellow gold, at the edge of glass. Mild, malted yeast/grain aroma. Rather faint, very light toasted malt flavor, with only the slightest hint of floral hops. Quite thin and finishes like a mass produced domestic lager.
Sep 20, 2021
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