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:
3,509
Reviews:
807
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
13.97%
 
 
Wants:
277
Gots:
1,003
For Trade:
26
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Ratings: 3,509 |  Reviews: 807
Photo of Krusader
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jdhlavka
4.92/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Roozer69
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of n2185
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmmbeer89
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer always pops up somewhere if your in wisconsin long enough. It's a good summer beer that always goes well with some food, maybe because that's how i've dranking it.

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Photo of akk14
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bdubz94
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As a Wisconsinite who has had this beer more times than I can remember, take my first review as you like...

Pours a nice cloudy straw/golden color. Definitely not a strong smell--slightly of wheat and corn-- definitely not bad, just not strong. Small head (>1 inch) that leaves a bit of lacing. Light and creamy feel and wheaty taste. By no means a bad beer, but also not very memorable. One that is easy to sip on while watching a game but not one to brag about.

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Photo of alck11
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of OKbrew89
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sappyjoker
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of realstuart
4.8/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kuges
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of outdoor7or24
3.39/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of egregor35
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pilsner-like look to it. Not much to the nose. Taste is very smooth, balanced and refreshing. There is also a unique crisp to it.
As a resident of Wisconsin, I think it's imperative to highlight this beer's place in the fabric of our state. This beer highlights the tremendous sense of place that Dan Carey always seem to brew with. A tremendous beer brewed by a tremendous brewery

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Photo of vrendleman
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DeutschesBier
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BWood
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice color brew. Not much in the nose. I guess this is a cream ale. Seems like a pilsner without the carbonation. Decent low abv drinker. Not something I would seek.

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Photo of geeves
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a local favorite with a very nice golden color. The little head fades away quickly. It tastes, smells, and easily drinks like an smooth ale. You can smell and taste the belgian fruity flavors.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty impressive that a lighter beer with some not so traditional yeast character can catch on the way this has

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Photo of Thy_Philosopher_King
2.89/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very creamy ale, with a pale golden haze color. The pour yielded little to no head at all, but again that could have been from my improper pour, I'll have to pour it again to taste the head. The first sip was very encouraging, flowed nicely and was not heavy at all. Although I'm more partial to the heavy beers this one was quite pleasant. The after taste rounds out the same as the mid drink, which is very unique and it doesn't cut out. It sits there.

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Photo of vikingpillager
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not sure why there's so much hype around this beer. The labeling is plain like a Belgian beer might be, but when I smell it I think of an ale, so I get excited again, but then it tastes like a confused mess between a lager and a hefeweizen, so I'm back to disappointed. Not worth going out of your way to sample.

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Photo of mbraverman123
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went to school in Wisconsin, and this was the go-to beer almost anywhere. From college bars, to religious functions, or just to offer your friends a six-pack, it seemed like a pretty universally liked beer.

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Photo of TravisMason
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 3,509 ratings.
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