Spotted Cow | New Glarus Brewing Company

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3.75/5
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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
Ranking:
#24,521
Reviews:
833
Ratings:
3,656
pDev:
13.33%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
283
Gots:
1,094
Trade:
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Ratings: 3,656 |  Reviews: 833
Photo of leantom
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Dangerously drinkable. First New Glarus beer and it's shocking how crisp and refreshing it is. Here goes:

A: Nothing to marvel at. Pours a straw-colored, hazy yellow (not so hazy, however). Head and lacing are light.

S: Getting better. Lots of straw and lemongrass. Also a faint hint of lime. Besides the hops and malt, one can also detect the presence of biscuit from the baker's yeast. Practically pilsner-scented.

T: Good. Very much like a German pilsner. Flavors of straw, lemon, wheat, and bready yeast. I like it. However, there is somewhat of a corn aftertaste that's reminiscent of Bud Light.

F: Most wonderful thing about the beer. Smooth and crisp. Dangerously drinkable.

O: A good beer. Will have again. However, I wonder if it's worth the drive up to Wisconsin to obtain.

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Photo of venkraja33
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scott_qua_scott
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I met up with an old friend from Madison, WI, and he brought me a six pack of this. Apparently you can only get it in Wisconsin--and apparently it's their state's staple beer.

Look: Pours a pale, hazy yellow with a lush head. It's not a great-looking beer, in my humble opinion, but it's by no means unappetizing.

Smell: Fruit! It's very sweet on the nose. There's something tropical going on here. Pineapple, maybe, or guava, or lime. The sweetness dominates, but it is inviting.

Taste: Up front, it's a sweet cream ale with a hint of fruit. Compares favorably with (and inspires fond memories of) a local beer, Bond Brothers' "Cary Gold" Prohibition Ale. There's a little bit of citrus or something mid-palate, almost like someone's squeezed a little lime into the bottle. The finish is mellow and biscuity, and beckons a second sip.

Feel: The cream ale aspect really shines through here; it's smooth and a bit viscous, with moderate carbonation. A real sweetheart in this department.

Overall: I know this is a famous beer in WI, and as an outsider, it strikes me as a great choice for a session ale with some local character. It's odd to me that something with this sort of fruity, refreshing character came out of a place known for near-perpetual dark winters. This would make a great beach beer! But, then, it would also go great with a variety of cheeses, so maybe Wisconsinites have New Glarus covered in any case.

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Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JVasky
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jwyrwa2421
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gripdaddy
5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hands down the best ale I've ever had

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Photo of Foxman27
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of CrowbiWanKenobi
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of labisch
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of themayorkoch
4.63/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bryan12345
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dmeyer73
5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Cprunick75
4.49/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dnmyrick
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Being a Minnesotan, and living only about 90 miles from WI (the ONLY state in which this beer is available, by the choice of the brewery to NEVER have any of their products licensed for sale outside of WI!), I was expecting more from this beer. Around these parts, this beer has an almost legendary to the point of worship word-of-mouth reputation. It stands up as a pretty good cream ale. Nothing more, nothing less. There is nothing particularly outstanding about it other than the fact that it doesn't exhibit that harsh "feed corn" taste that some of the cream ales I have had do. All in all, a solidly good cream ale, nothing more.

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Photo of UncleVarg
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bum4ever
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SlightlyGrey
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Volstead
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not exceptional or world class but worth trying. The Spotted Cow is a humorous and fun session beer with a mild taste, moderate lacing and faint esters of bready and a hazy coloration.

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Photo of LloydDobler
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of aleigator
3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clouded golden color with a small, stable white head.

Smells of wet grass and a note of wet basement among rich straw. The beer remains a little subdued on the nose.

Has a very lively carbonation with a stony mineralic presence, together with a light body.

Tastes truly refreshing from the very beginning with white bread dough, a note of lemon zest, corn and soft, spicy yeast. Turns a little spicier during mid palate with a more pronounced mineralic presence and rich wheat. Finishes creamier with a mellow breadiness and slightly sweet toffee.

Has a simple, rustic character, like a saison dupont light version plus a nice, light note of lime. It does have a nice, smooth mouthfeel, but lacks a little in flavor intensity.

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Photo of NorthernLightsMN
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jim67
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 3,656 ratings