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Spotted Cow | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2002

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Ratings: 3,599 |  Reviews: 821
Photo of Czequershuus
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Finally got a chance to try this legendary brew from a neighboring state. This beer pours a very hazy straw with a large head. The aroma offers up dry hay and leaves, clove, vanilla, orange peel, low notes of burnt sugar, and that smell of the woods after a rain. The flavor is mild, with clove and orange peel up front, as well as nutmeg, black tea, roast corn, and crisp, biscuity malt. Overall this is a clean and easy beer, with an unusual complexity for a mass market beer of its sort - I see why there is such hype about this one.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of MaximumYuks
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TastyIsBeer
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of CBrodbeck
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is described as a farmhouse ale on the label. Im not sure how this description applies, being that it wasnt brewed in a farmhouse and shares none of the characteristics of Belgium farmhouse ales.

It pours a light gold color with slight haze. The creamy bone white head dissapears too quickly and leaves meager lacing behind. The aroma is crisply malty with some herbal notes and a bit of sweet citrus. The taste is light and balanced. The malt profile is spicy and not very bready or biscuity. I can taste the corn, sort of a cream corn feel. Some light floral hops dance in the background. The finish is off dry and light, with a spicy feel. The mouthfeel is thin to medium with prickly carbonation.

This is a decent cream ale, light on all front but not offensive. Its spicy for a cream ale, but not in a traditional spicy hop way.

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Photo of rbrefbeerman
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of tdmccarthy
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of kdivers
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gonzo000
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of MaseFace
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of kodt
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of ajzy
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of BeersAndBears
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Stillyman11
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of adamette
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that my friend Wally gave me. Thank you so much Wally. I would not likely have had the chance to enjoy this beer if you had not given it to me. Poured into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. No observed "best by" date.

A Straw yellow, translucent body under a meringue like white head that dissipated to a single layer on the top of the beer after about 2 minutes. 3.0

S First impressions of the smell was of an SNPA but then I realized that SNPA has more smell to it. There is some light malt but the smell is very distant. 2.5

T Taste is just like the smell suggests, a very light cream ale. There is mostly a water taste with a bit of sweet malt and a bit of hops. 3.0

M Some carbonation makes it dance across my tongue but otherwise this is a very light beer. That is not really a quality that impresses me but it is true to the style. 2.0

D Well very good but unfortunately the drinkability is good in a way that Bud Light's drinkability is good. It is good but I would probably not attempt to test that theory again. 4.0

Notes: I really wanted to like this beer. I love the whole "Spotted Cow" image and it being from Wisconsin and all but this beer was boring.

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Photo of mattycasey
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rick778
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Abbbp
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of tim007007
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zachtheporter
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of jroberts8811
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of jfstilling
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 3,599 ratings
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