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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:
#23,094
Reviews:
820
Ratings:
3,592
pDev:
13.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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279
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3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Spotted Cow is a classic Wisconsin beer so I thought I would give it a review.

Spotted Cow pours a cloudy golden hue with a thick head but the lacing dissipated pretty quickly.

The aroma is sweet and fruity with just a touch of hops.

The flavor follows the aroma. This drinks like a classic American Lager but there is no harshness and the fruit overtones are very nice.

This is a really solid beer. It is considered a Cream Ale but it drinks like a phenomenal American classic Lager. This is always recommended.

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3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.59/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

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4.68/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours with a hint of haze, golden yellow in color with a white, two-finger width head. Good retention results in a thin, consistent layer of suds across the surface. Fair lacing, with some broken lines and a a handful of small spots.

Smell - Sweet, malty aroma. Soft, fruity esters. Faint, faint hop character... maybe some grass or earth?

Taste - Follows the nose. Mild sweetness. Moderate fruit pokes through mid-taste, hinting at apple sweetness and pineapple acidity in character. Finish hints at some grain and earthy hop undertones.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium in body with soft, bubbly carbonation. Velvety smoothness with clean, easy finish.

Overall - Good session-type beer with just enough flavor while the body is smooth and quite quaffable. I could see why this would be a popular choice amongst the masses, but ultimately it's a bit tame for my tastes, so it's nothing I'd buy with any regularity. One of those beers that wouldn't stop me from buying a variety pack, for instance.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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4/5  rDev +7%
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3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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4/5  rDev +7%
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3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.12/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Described on the website as a "Naturally Cloudy Farmhouse Ale", on the bottle as a cask conditioned ale, brewed with flaked barley and "the finest wisconsin malts". No ingredients or specs otherwise per the bottle or website.
Pours out to a hazy pale golden, forming a tall mousse like bone white head with beautiful retention ahndf solid lacing. Carbonation is ~2.75-3.0 or so. The nose is rather non descript, vague, simple and beer like with a touch of DMS and some corn character. No hop character in the nose. Mouthfeel is lightly sparkling, crisp, light bodied. Taste is very pedestrian, but well brewed. Very mild malt character, a little DMS, minimal hop flavor or bitterness, ending crisp and clean. A little seltzer-like. No off flavors or aromas for the style of cream ale. Don't think this is a saison when you read farmhouse.

A very pedestrian but well brewed cream ale, meant for the enjoyment of the masses with minimal hop, malt or yeast character. Worth a try as part of their line up but I would never choose to buy it considering their other amazing sours.

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3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, thanks bro- Pours hazy straw golden with a medium white head with decent retention. The Aroma is lemon, yeast, grassy. The taste is lemony, yeasty, banana, clove, like a thinner German style hefe, a session hefe, good beer.

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Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 3,592 ratings
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