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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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A generous co-worker bestowed me with a 12-pack after her recent Thanksgiving jaunt back to Wisconsin...

A - A finger's worth of slightly dense slightly lush pure virgin white froth... Decent retention gives way to a full thick collar and a thin veil of lacing... The color is an even lighter than expected pale golden straw... Filled with carbonation that starts with a moderate pace and picks up some serious pace as it climbs... A little bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - An array of sweet pale malts... Cereal grains... Some very faint apple notes as well...

T - The nose was a perfect approximation for what to expect on the palate... Cereal grains... Pale malts... Perhaps a hint of wheat... Some very light apple notes...

M - On the fuller side of light bodied... Uber clean and quite crisp... Brisk carbonation...

D - Simple, straight-forward and quite quaffable... Not bursting with flavor and doesn't wow you in any particular category, but this is a solid enjoyable brew none the less... You don't always need an imperial this or a double that, sometimes a simple refreshing understated brew is needed and this is an ideal beer for such occasions...

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Meh... Tap and bottle on numerous occasions because when in Rome and all. Lightly hazy, not much head, light body, a little tart, and little yeasty. Fares better on tap, but pretty much an average drinker. Very prevalent where I travel in WI - many times it is the best choice available. Not a bad beer, certainly drinkable and something about it is just enjoyable, but nothing truly outstanding either.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale golden yellow with lots of rising bubbles. Big four finger white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing sticking to the glass.

Smell: A fairly sweet and light aroma. Pale malts along with wheat and cereal grains. Hints of cracker and biscuit. A little corn and flakes. Also some hints of straw and a little lemon. Laid back but a decent smell.

Taste: Like the smell gives off, a light and sweet grainy tasting beer. Sweet pale malts and wheat cereal grains . Taste of straw, crackers, biscuit, corn, and cream. Also a little taste of citrus lemon. Has an adjunct like taste but one of the better tasting light tastes.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, crisp, and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty decent light beer. Light with a corny taste but its far better than a typical BMC lager. Would make a great gateway into craft beer.

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