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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: 3,591 |  Reviews: 820
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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

Got this at Via in Milwaukee. Served in a pint.

A: is a clear light golden color with a short white head that dissipates quickly leaving little. lacing.

S:smells light, grassy, wheat, spices, malts

T: light, sweet, wheat, citrus, grass, spices, hint of hops

M: light body with good amounts of carbonation

O: overall this was my first cream ale and it was pretty good.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ah, the famous Spotted Cow.
Poured into becker pint glass; bright clear yellow with lively carbonation and a bright white fizzy thick head that doesn't leave much lacing. Smell is slightly vinous, light lager yeast and corn with a bit of grassy crisp hops. Taste is light and crisp, light grain and corn with a pinch of crisp hops to dry out the finish, which is lightly sweet and a bit sticky, but mostly clean. Mouthfeel is crisp, clean and carbonated.
While I'd prefer a steam beer or a kolsch when it comes to lighter, lager-influenced ales, this is a good beer. It'd be a great beer for introducing a BMC drinker to craft. It's nothing special, but I can see why it has such a fervent local following, spanning all spectrums of beer drinkers.

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4.75/5  rDev +27%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Golden colored ale with a pretty minimal head. Very good clarity on this beer. The aroma is pretty straight forward with the smell of light malt and corn. Very smooth mouthfeel. Just a quick splash of light malt and corn flavor. Aftertaste is non existent and watery. This is not my thing, but it isn't bad.

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of thinkinflicka
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First New Glarus poured into a pint glass

Pours a hazey yellow with a thin white head

Smeel is sight citrus, grassy with a tiny bit of funk

Taste is biscut malt, slighty floral with bit of fruit, clean and crisp with just a tiny farm house style funk to make it great.

Perfect mouthfeel for the style light and crisp.

This is the perfect hot summer day beer, i could drink a bath tub full of this. Its not quite a farmhouse not quite a cream ale, kind of a perfect mix of the two. This is a great beer that appeals to the masses i cant think of any one not likeing it.

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

Served: in a New Glarus glass straight from the tap at New Glarus Brewing!

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow color with a sudsy white cap. Carbonation cascades throughout the body.

Scent: yeasty with a touch of orange. A dash of sweet corn and some cloves. A nod towards "Belgian-like" in it's smell?

Taste: lots of colors for the palate: mild notes of citrus, orange peel, yeast, and a touch of grain. None of them overpower each other and everything seems to blend together very nicely.

Finish: the flavor is sweet-n-yeasty, zipping quickly to a short and quite fruity finish, snipped off by a sharp zip of carbonation.

Overall: this is a delight to have and will make it a regular for its smooth, easy, satisfying taste. Finely crafted and not an over the top beer.

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Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 3,591 ratings
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