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:
3,502
Reviews:
807
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
13.97%
 
 
Wants:
277
Gots:
1,001
For Trade:
26
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of granger10
3.02/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one at a pub last weekend while I was in Milwaukee. It came to me with a hazy orangish-yellow color and had no head to speak of. That kind of scared me. As I drank it I noticed that this one seemed rather light in body. I gave a sip to one of my buddies who hardly ever drinks beer, and it's Michelob Light when he does, and he said it was light. My other buddy had a Sam Adams. I tried his and realized that the Sam Adams was much thicker and tastier than the Spotted Cow. The Spotted Cow had an estery aroma to it. Taste was predominately wheat malts but I did notice corn adjuncts in the flavor. No hops to speak of which might have been nice. The finish is quite good with a bready yeasty kick in it. For what it's worth this beer did go down really easy and I could easily drink another one and more after that. It wasn't bad, but not really my style.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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

Photo of edthehead
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was up at Lake Delavan for a wedding when I happened by a crappy looking little gas station on Geneva Road that had an outstanding selection of beer (at least for a tiny little gas station)! I picked up some New Glarus stuff. When in Rome..., right?

A - A hazy honey-gold brew looks like nectar from the honeycomb, and is topped with a one finger head that leaves a good deal of lace on the glass. If the glass is left alone, the head recedes to a collar but even gentle agitation results in a fat finger of foam! This looks refreshing...actually, it sort of looks like a witbier.

S - Light honey notes on top of saltine cracker malts. Hold on....I can't smell it anymore because I just let the nastiest fart. Ohweee! Ok I think all of the ass-blast is gone. Smells a bit Belgian in it's sweet yeastiness, and there is a bit of lemony twang. Corriander also? Almost smells like a wit, but much more sweet and honeyed.

T - Sweet confectioner's candy and honey at first, and then tart citric flavors next. Really crakery, sugary, and sweet. This has a very light hint of wheaty twang behind a powdered sugar sweetness. Big yeast flavors too. Pineapple juice from the can....Dole's.

M - A bit dull to be honest. The syrupy sugar levels and lack of hop bitterness, alcohol warmth, or sparkling carbonation results in a less than stellar mouthfeel. It's sort of heavy and dumb. Not vibrant like a beer like this should be. It's moderately carbonated but feels like it needs more tingly bubbles.

D - This isn't all bad, but it is a very awkward beer. It's sort of wit-like but it's too syrupy sweet and heavy. It needs to make up it's mind and be a vibrant summer quencher or a yeasty Belgian brew. It's not really either, but it did hit the spot on a hot summers day so it's not terrible.

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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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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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

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3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to nflmvp for the opportunity to try this one. Poured this undated, 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass and received a hazy golden yellow body with a bright white head. The head faded quickly but lazy, random bubbles percolated upward.

Smell was vegetal. Cooked corn and a slight sourness.

Taste was pleasantly sweet and sour. There was a light bitterness that lingered. Creamy yet refreshing. Seemed to be true to the style.

Mouthfeel was medium to thin in the body, medium to light in carbonation.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Went over to 'Sconnie for a beer run and came back with this. Pours a nice cloudy straw color. Not much of a smell - light malty character. This tastes too close to mass produced beers - mostly malty flavor with a bit of corn bite and light hops. If I want craft, I want something more intense. This would be a good craft to throw at a mass beer drinker to get them into craft. I'd much rather have this than a Bud or something - so don't get me wrong - it's not bad just nothing really exciting. Maybe it's just the nature of Cream Ales but this just is lacking much in terms of depth. It does have a nice creamy body that I though was the best part of the beer.

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Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 3,502 ratings.
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