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:
3,553
Reviews:
815
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
13.97%
 
 
Wants:
277
Gots:
1,034
For Trade:
26
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Photo of Joshuafzylatra
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Surrender2theFlow
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of JohnParadee
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tbudv11
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%

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

Photo of lotgod
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Matthew_Phoenix
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Spotted Cow is one of a kind. Only found in Wisconsin. I live in Illinois and I go up to Wisconsin every once and a while when I can so that I can get a six pack. Real light and creamy. Almost rich in its taste. A little wet on the finish. All around solid. Get it if you can.

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Photo of jstigen
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of firkingroovin
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Yellolab2010
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of ckeegan04
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Clear dark golden yellow color with thick wite head. Slowly recedes leaving a thin white layer of foam. Excellent lacing.

S - Sweet pale malt aroma, biscuity. Also a hint of some spicy hoppiness in the background.

T - Light, almost fruity sweetness up front. A biscuity flavor begins to sneak in before a quick spicy hop bite comes through. Nice hop presence for a cream ale. Finishes clean and sweet.

M/D - Light to medium bodied, very crisp and well carbonated. This would make a great session beer.

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Photo of TheDaveman77
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rugaber
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 101stJay
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GypsySon
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hiikeeba
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have heard good things about New Glarus, and when a friend returned with a couple of bottles, I was excited.

A - Pours up cloudy yellow with a white head that disspates quickly.

S - A sweet malty beer with a hint of hops.

T & M - Malt sweetness dominates the flavor, with a bit of hop bitterness. Lighlty carbonated, but still full bodied.

D - Extremely drinkable beer.

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Photo of JimNeedsBrew
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bbtkd
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Glarus Spotted Cow. This is my last one, so note to self, self, pick up some sixes of this next time you go back home. This is an real excellent cream ale, and the label has a flying cow. Who doesn't love flying cows? When they eventually crash land, then you get to eat them. Flying cows are delicious.

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Photo of brakspear
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A simple ale that is both an original craft beer and easy-drinking beerfor the masses. This is a great cross-over beer.

The beer pours a hazy orange-gold with decent head formation. The aroma is sweet and malty with a slight fruitness in the background, pleasant and unassuming. The taste is likewise sweet and malty, with a floral hop balance. Overall a very enjoyable ale that is also a very good session beer.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bitterbeerguy for the bottle.

Appearance: Slightly hazed straw gold. Head is bright-white and quickly dwindles to a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Wisps of lace. Lively carbonation pulls throughout.

Smell: Apples, corn, grass, and pale malts. Nice fruity profile over a husky grassiness. Almost smells like a cider at the get-go. Slight tang of something that smells like wheat, but I know isn't. Very clean and crisp.

Taste: Pale malts ahoy! Loads of crisp delicious apple rounded out by some corn sweetness. Oh yeah, you can taste the corn. Touch of skunk lingers in the back giving it an extra edge. Sweetness is on point and adds a nice depth to the otherwise mellow flavor profile. Apples and corn chips.

Mouthfeel: On the thinner side of medium. Carbonation is high, but on point. Drinks on the smooth side with a nice dryness rounding out the back.

Overall: I would kill to have this as an every day drinking beer. It's at home with a day of mowing the lawn and football games or just sitting around and enjoying. A nice level of flavor and just enough of it to keep things interesting.

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Photo of steveh
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

All my years as a BA and drinking NG beers, I've never reviewed the Spotted Cow.

A -- Hazy, pale straw in color -- nearly as light as a macro lager, but don't let that fool you, dense white head that settles quickly, but revives well.

S -- Mild grain, light lemon-citrus character, some mild DMS. Good to style.

T -- Here's where the macros get left behind. Some mild grainy malt up front that carries some nice sweetness (probably from corn), but doesn't become harsh or sharp as some macros taste -- probably because of a good balance of barley malt. Finishes with a lemon citrus character that balances the grain nicely and makes the beer very refreshing. There's a good bitterness in the aftertaste that finishes off the balance of flavors nicely.

M -- Mouthfeel is creamy to crisply dry in the finish with a medium light body.

O -- I'd forgotten how good this beer is. It's the beer you want to have a few of without worrying over missing some complex character, yet it's not so bland that you forget you're treating yourself to something good.

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Photo of ericj551
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Spotted Cow pours a light gold with a nice head. The aroma is slightly grainy and malty with a night light fruitiness. The flavor is crisp with some light malt and just a hint of sweetness before a dry finish. The bitterness is very light, and there is really no hop flavor. The finish is fairly clean with just a bit of lingering fruitiness.

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Photo of npendres
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jayrod20
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Spotted Cow pours a cloudy pale yellow with 1/2" of head that quickly dissipates. Smell is predominantly of yeast and corn. Taste is much of the same, the corn is noticeable as well as the unfiltered yeast, pretty well balanced. Full bodied, light on the tongue, perhaps a little under carbonated. Very drinkable, great session beer. This beer does no special tricks, it is what it is and what it is, is a great beer to spend an afternoon with.

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Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 3,553 ratings.
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