Spotted Cow | New Glarus Brewing Company

BA SCORE
83
good
3,553 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Spotted CowSpotted Cow
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 3,553 |  Reviews: 815
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An easy drinking, pleasant enough light ale (quite lager tasting) with an underlying character of corn throughout.

The appearance starts with a medium froathy pour, releasing a light but dense white head with good retention and light lacing. The beer carries a modest haze.

Aromas of light crackers, wetted grains, wheat-like malt, and creamed corn. Herbal and grassy hops play lightly in the background. Lightly sulfury.

Flavors of corn, raw barley, and grain husk round out in a lager-like way. A bit more rich, the beer has a briney, yeasty taste that keeps the grassy hops in check. Finishes with that unmistakable corn taste.

Creamy and almost rich, the beer holds onto its weight until the very last second when the hop bitterness ushers in a mild crisp and dry finish.

Because Cream Ales are supposed to have a corn-like character, this beer fares reasonably well. But it's one of those mystery beers that have a cult following by swill drinkers who think they have the best beer in the world.

 1,006 characters

Photo of kojevergas
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap and cute label art served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery, which makes some beers I really adore. Cost was $3.99 at my favourite beer store.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 4 finger beige colour head of slight cream, nice thickness, and pretty good (4+ minute) retention. Body colour is a clear pale yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Not at all cloudy like the label description suggests. Fairly vibrant. It isn't much to look at, admittedly.

Sm: Crisp pilsner malt, clean barley, evocative corn adjunct (in the best possible sense), good floral hop aromatics, crisp apple, and straw. A soft, pleasing aroma of mild strength. I don't detect any yeast or alcohol. Quite a good aroma for the style; I'm really looking forward to trying this one.

T: Really clean and pleasant to drink. Clean crisp pilsner malt. Light floral hop character. A bit of malty sweetness up front gives way to a dryer cider-like crisp apple climax. Malt and hop balance is good. The corn adjunct is as well executed as it could possibly be. No yeast or alcohol comes through. It's quite simple, but it's very well done for what it is. Great balance, even if the complexity is wanting. Some interesting subtlety here to boot.

Mf: Soft, smooth, wet, and refreshing. Suits the flavour profile quite well. It dries a bit towards the finish. Lightly creamy; I want a bit more.

Dr: This'd be a hell of a summer beer. Incredibly drinkable - wow. I could murder a stange of this on a hot day. One of the most sessionable beers I've had in the last six months. A really light ale that is surprisingly refreshing. I'd definitely pick this one up again if I was in the mood for it. This would be an excellent stepping stone beer to ease macro lager drinkers into craft beer. Very well executed for the style. I quite like it, though the price (at least here in grey market L.A.) is a bit rough. Simple but tasty.

Low B-

***
12/22/16: 2nd impression from a can.

"Wisconsin farmhouse ale."

Pours a fluffy white soft cap over a clear pale copper body of average vibrance. Head retention is good - maybe 8 minutes.

Aroma brings notes of honeyed malts, pilsner malts, wheat, and 2 or 6-row barley. I'd guess lager yeast judging by its cleanliness, but I know I'm wrong.

Simple but not shallow. It's drinkable fare, but one can see why this is New Glarus' easiest beer to acquire; it's not their most distinctive or interesting work.

A brew I'd happily drink on any given night, but I wouldn't reach for a 6 pack on a regular basis.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

 2,813 characters

Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Burlington. Ask for the "house beer" with the antler handpull.

Pale yellow tone, small thin head of foam. This settles to a ring soon enough. Slightly hazy due to the yeast content. Slight corn in the aroma, mixed with pale malt. Taste is light with malt and mild citrus, vaguely bready. Mild overall, not unpleasant. Slightly fuller feel than your average lager, not really "creamy" though. Easy to put back a couple pints. Having these drafts, it felt like being in a speakeasy...

 498 characters

Photo of brentk56
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy light honey color with a rocky head that hangs around and leaves some lace

Smell: Vegetal; the touch of corn pays its dividend

Taste: Bready, almost like shortbread in its sweetness, with just a little grainy flavor in the middle; the finish returns to the sweeter side; I will say this - it tastes as "creamy" as any cream ale I have ever tasted

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Sure, it's easy to drink and it is one of those crossover beers that develops regional popularity and lets a few more people experience craft brewing techniques

Thanks, knapers03, for the opporunity

 647 characters

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a fizzy, orange, golden/yellow color with a fizzy, small, white head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of yeast, clove, gains and wheat.

T - It tasted of light caramel malt, grains, clove and some yeast. It really tasted like an american pale wheat ale.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A light bodied beer.

D - This is a nice cream ale very sessionable and easy drinking.

 390 characters

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.79/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Monger: Poured a bright golden color ale with a big pure white head with good retention. Aroma of corn with light diacetyl is not extremely pleasant. Taste is dominated by too much corn with a light buttery note which is again unpleasant. Body is pretty full for the style with some great carbonation. This is probably the worst beer that I had from this otherwise fine brewery.

 397 characters

Photo of LXIXME
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of superspak
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 7/10/2015. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy bright golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, cracker, corn, white bread, pear, apple, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and restrained fruity yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, cracker, corn, white bread, pear, apple, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, cracker, corn, white bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and restrained fruity yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness. Very clean flavors after the finish with the restrained yeast fruitiness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy/bready/grainy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a fantastic cream ale style. All around awesome balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and restrained fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

 1,529 characters

Photo of mothman
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bebop01 for this one.

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass.

Pours a 2 finger white head. Fizzles down. No lace. Color is a slightly hazy pale yellow.

Aroma: Cloves and bananas. It is like a dulled down hefeweizen. The bananas become more present as the beer warms.

Taste: I can definitely taste the cream. Kind of reminds me of an Italian Cream soda for some reason. Cloves are way more present here. No banana taste. Very bland.

Mouthfeel: Crisp. Overcarbonated. Medium bodied. Leaves a dry unwanting aftertaste.

Overall, this is not a very complex beer. Just doesn't seem to by my style. I won't be having any more of this. Not one of NG best offerings.

 670 characters

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours yellow with a slight white head. The nose is pretty plain with some really light malt and some slight fruits. Very mild hops. The taste is just a tad bit of lightly-sweetened malt and really not much else. Body is light and somewhat creamy with good carbonation. Drinks quite well and I can see how it sells so much.

 345 characters

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from ughsmash so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, grain and a touch of hops.

T: The taste likewise starts out bready with flavors of grain, light malts and a bit of corn. Then some malt sweetness comes in. The hops presence is very mild yet complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style, decent beer to pound down several of over a long period of time.

 809 characters

Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy gold, with a 1/2 finger of eggshell white head. Retains around the edges, with a light spotty cascade of lacing. The aroma has a light smelling tasty corn bread type character going on it with it from a combo of oats and citrus. Some floral hops float along the back. This isn't overly complex but still pleasant.

The taste is sweet toasted oats, with a bit of citrus, and that same corny taste coming out towards the backend. Solid tingle of hop bitterness gives this some good balance, added firmness to the profile, and a dry feel in the finish. The mouthfeel lighter-medium bodied, with a bit more presence than I thought it would have, relative to a sharpness in the carbonation that I did not expect. There is a bit of a thicker underbelly to the feel (where the sweetness dwells) that is holding the drinkibility of this back some for me.

Light but refreshing for the most part, this was a decent Cream Ale. I was glad that I was actually able to pick a bit of corn out in this (especially in the aroma) as I really enjoy the flavors it puts off when mixed with the maltier components of these.

 1,151 characters

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of smithj4
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.