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:
3,517
Reviews:
810
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
13.97%
 
 
Wants:
277
Gots:
1,010
For Trade:
26
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jpohl
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite beer of all. Goes down smooth but still has some body to it. Problem is that they only sell it in Wisconsin which is a problem since I live in AZ now. I had to bring about 6 cases out with me before I moved. The color is fine and the mouthfeel is smooth.

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, high carbonation, straw gold in color, clear

Smell: straw, light funkiness and maybe a touch of apple

Taste: grass, straw, adjunct, and sugar

Mouthfeel: super light body, sweet with a touch of funk, medium-high carbonation

Overall: A nice summer beer, almost adjunct lager in style. This one is smooth and ejoyable but not overly complex. A nice warmer weather beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of rlee1390
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Translucent cloudy yellow, not much carbonation, one finger head.

S-Bread, malt, some lemon and grass with slight spice.

T-Bread, very sweet, lemon, slight grass, bubblegum and no bitterness.

M-Light in body, good deal of carbonation and very crisp.

O-Thanks to a friend who brought back a 6pack for me, it was a solid brew. All my non-craft friends loved it.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +37%

Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
2.66/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My respectful parents were nice enough to bring back a menagerie of New Glarus beer when they crossed through Wisconsin. Always nice to know people who travel and know you like good beer. Had three bottles of Spotted Cow in a sampler pack.

Well, the pour was a pale gold. Nothing unusual or multispectral in colour. All I expect from a cream ale. Somewhat of a murk to it. Very gentle murk.

Smells very light of fresh straw, a tad citrusy, sweet corn... all pretty light.

Taste: Light sweet corn kind of a taste which is nice, not unpleasant, a tad muted lemon... tastes like... well... beer, for lack of better terms. Has a bit of a cream of wheat thing going on. All the flavors are pretty well evened out all the way through.

The mouthfeel certainly saves the day and makes it a very clean but not entirely crisp beer which is cool. It lives up to it's cream ale style. Mouthfeel is probably the best cream ale mouthfeel I have had in a beer to date.

Overall nothing out of this world but I can definitely see why this is one of Wisconsin's most popular craft beers. It appeals to many crowds and is utterly non offensive. A winner for those who enjoy good beer and those who may have no idea what good beer is.

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Photo of BigTuna
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spotted Cow pours a lovely golden-yellow with a finger and a half of head, and it laces nice as you sip.

The smell is yeast and bread with hints of banana and citrus fruits. I don't really get the corn or hop scents that others have noted. It's a delightful smell, not overbearing.

The beer tastes great. I get similar flavors to the nose, with a lingering sweetness that makes Spotted Cow sessionable as hell. Just a super-drinkable beer.

Mouthfeel is nice, but nothing special. The carbonation grabs your attention but seems to settle as you drink.

Overall, a fun, tasty beer. If you're looking for something to drink regularly, go for Spotted Cow. It does feel and taste a little thin toward the end, but the flavors stay intact for the most part. Cheers!

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3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a light yellow color with a good white head that really flows up the glass. Small light head stayed atop the brew throughout the session.
Smell: Rich notes of hops, barley, grains and malts combine to create a very balanced smell.
Taste: A very crisp, tasty brew that is very drinkable. More of a session beer everyone can enjoy.
Mouth feel: Very creamy rich mouth feel with plenty of carbonation for a nice zest. Medium to light body also attributing to the session beer feel.
Overall: One of my favorite session beers to sit down and enjoy with friends. A very crisp taste and not overpowering if you are looking to drink more than a couple.
Thanks

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Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 3,517 ratings.
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