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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a beautiful four fingers of rich, bubbly white foam over a bright pale yellow body. Relatively clear despite the claim that it's bottle conditioned with yeast. Looks amazingly fresh and mouth-watering.

Smell: Bready/crackery malt, grain, corn, white pepper, and a light fruitiness from the yeast.

Taste: Follows the nose. Grain, crackery malt backbone, corn, a light lemony sweetness, and just a touch of a white pepper-like spice.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, dry, crisp, tingly, and refreshing.

Overall, New Glarus certainly makes more interesting and flavorful beer than Spotted Cow but it's easy to see why this is their flagship beer: anybody can drink it. Simple, clean, light, and refreshing. This is the kind of beer you want handed to you after mowing the lawn on a hot summer day. This is the kind of beer you want a whole cooler full of at a backyard BBQ. This is the kind of beer you want to drink outside with the sun shining behind it, illuminating its beauty. Understated, delicious, and utterly satisfying. One of life's simple pleasures.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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2.62/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a light golden color with a bright snow-white colored 1 fingers worth of head formation. thousands of tiny bubbles are seen rushing to the top to support head retention and a thin film remains.

S: cream of corn and grain dominate this brew. very watery smelling. quite unappealing

T: glad that there a bit more to this than in the nose. grain, corn, mild malt and a possible biscuit-like character with a light cream finish.

M: light bodied, quite watery. doesnt leave much on the palate.

O: this is a perfect brew for someone just starting out in the micro/craft beer world. its highly drinkable and is a step up from the mega domestics (al la Miller, Coors, Bud, etc)

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy, cloudy straw-yellow body, one finger white head with average retention time, no lacing.

S- Grainy malt, lemon, citrus. Very simple and straight-forward.

F- Straight-forward grainy sweetness, a bit of caramel and a bit of toffee, reasonably sweet. The corn seems to impart a sweeter flavour. Mild lemon & citrus is subtle but present and balances things out. Overall it's straight-forward, not particularly complex and mild in general.

M- Thinner-medium body, well carbonated. Very easy to drink.

O- Easy drinker, just enough flavour and balance that you can easily drink a bunch of it and not feel bad about it. Good staple to have in the household.

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3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy light golden with a frothy one inch white head that slowly dissipates, leaving thick lacing.

Corn, grain, floral hops, and cracker-like malt form the aroma. There's a hint of diacetyl, and banana esters surface as it warms.

There's a lightly sour note that underlies the flavor profile, which finishes with a crackery dryness. Floral hops are light and hit mid palate. The malt flavor is slightly sweet.

Body is on the light side with carbonation that's fairly high. It's a touch spritzy.

Decent brew, for the style. Carbonation may be a bit high, but fairly drinkable.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 3,655 ratings