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

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802
Ratings:
3,473
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
13.97%
 
 
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Photo of mikey711
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this an an extra in a trade with adamharbaugh.

A: I was a cloudy yellow with almost no head. some lacing, but only average.

S:A little butterscotch and some milkiness and a bit of earthiness.

T: Some lactose maybe with grassy herb notes. Mildly sweet but not much bittness.

M: It is creamy, but it is also acidic

D: Fairly easy to drink, could have another one but think I will go for something else

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Photo of myspoonistoobig
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade, though I've had this beer dozens of times back home in WI. 12oz bottle poured into my New Glarus pint glass.

Appearance: slight haze, golden straw.

Smell: pretty clean, hints of passion fruit or guava, but apart from that, nothing too special or memorable here.

Taste: light, perfectly drinkable, the malt comes through. I feel like I could drink this all night (and have on several occasions)

Mouthfeel: light, fizzy, slightly creamy. Just fine.

Overall: Don't get me wrong, I just love New Glarus beers, but my memory of this beer far exceeds what I'm experiencing now. This beer would be great for a barbeque with a bunch of people around who aren't too into beers or hops. I'll take it over a BMC any day, probably even Yuengling, but beyond that, I'll branch out.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap and cute label art served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery, which makes some beers I really adore. Cost was $3.99 at my favourite beer store.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 4 finger beige colour head of slight cream, nice thickness, and pretty good (4+ minute) retention. Body colour is a clear pale yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Not at all cloudy like the label description suggests. Fairly vibrant. It isn't much to look at, admittedly.

Sm: Crisp pilsner malt, clean barley, evocative corn adjunct (in the best possible sense), good floral hop aromatics, crisp apple, and straw. A soft, pleasing aroma of mild strength. I don't detect any yeast or alcohol. Quite a good aroma for the style; I'm really looking forward to trying this one.

T: Really clean and pleasant to drink. Clean crisp pilsner malt. Light floral hop character. A bit of malty sweetness up front gives way to a dryer cider-like crisp apple climax. Malt and hop balance is good. The corn adjunct is as well executed as it could possibly be. No yeast or alcohol comes through. It's quite simple, but it's very well done for what it is. Great balance, even if the complexity is wanting. Some interesting subtlety here to boot.

Mf: Soft, smooth, wet, and refreshing. Suits the flavour profile quite well. It dries a bit towards the finish. Lightly creamy; I want a bit more.

Dr: This'd be a hell of a summer beer. Incredibly drinkable - wow. I could murder a stange of this on a hot day. One of the most sessionable beers I've had in the last six months. A really light ale that is surprisingly refreshing. I'd definitely pick this one up again if I was in the mood for it. This would be an excellent stepping stone beer to ease macro lager drinkers into craft beer. Very well executed for the style. I quite like it, though the price (at least here in grey market L.A.) is a bit rough. Simple but tasty.

Low B-

***
12/22/16: 2nd impression from a can.

"Wisconsin farmhouse ale."

Pours a fluffy white soft cap over a clear pale copper body of average vibrance. Head retention is good - maybe 8 minutes.

Aroma brings notes of honeyed malts, pilsner malts, wheat, and 2 or 6-row barley. I'd guess lager yeast judging by its cleanliness, but I know I'm wrong.

Simple but not shallow. It's drinkable fare, but one can see why this is New Glarus' easiest beer to acquire; it's not their most distinctive or interesting work.

A brew I'd happily drink on any given night, but I wouldn't reach for a 6 pack on a regular basis.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of mothman
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bebop01 for this one.

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass.

Pours a 2 finger white head. Fizzles down. No lace. Color is a slightly hazy pale yellow.

Aroma: Cloves and bananas. It is like a dulled down hefeweizen. The bananas become more present as the beer warms.

Taste: I can definitely taste the cream. Kind of reminds me of an Italian Cream soda for some reason. Cloves are way more present here. No banana taste. Very bland.

Mouthfeel: Crisp. Overcarbonated. Medium bodied. Leaves a dry unwanting aftertaste.

Overall, this is not a very complex beer. Just doesn't seem to by my style. I won't be having any more of this. Not one of NG best offerings.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into Pint glass.

A. Big fizzy 3 finger head. Not much lacing at all. Light cloudy golden color.

S. Malt, yeast, some hops, kind of a sour musty smell.

T. Sweet malt, cream flavor, very little to no hop flavor, slight citurs hint.

M Light bodied. Lots of carbonation.

D. Drinkable. Fairly bland. I could put down a couple on a hot day.

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Photo of kingothewoods
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a little on the yellowish side with not much head and not much carbonation. Very sweet smells which are the malts - kinda like homemade bread. Slightly smooth and easy to drink with the aftertaste of a little hint of hops in there. This is a beer I would call a summer brew that you have at a neighbor's barbecue party.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap at the 2nd Steet Bistro in Ashland, WI into a standard pint glass.

Appearance - Slightly hazy golden color. Minimal head that didn't last long and left only a little lacing behind.

Smell - Sweet wheaty aroma. Slight hop scent. Very subtle nose.

Taste: Creamy, sweet and a little hops. Sort of like a watered down Hefe-Weizen without the phenols of the good Hefe yeasts. Very light. A little slice of lemon actually adds a nice addition to the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Crisply carbonated. Slightly creamy, but thin.

A decent wheat beer or "cream ale", and they go down easy. Tastes like a slightly watered down Hefe-Weizen. Not bad for the style.

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Photo of kristenrae8
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer during a holiday gathering. It complemented several dishes. It's drinkability is average - If I was in Wisconsin I'd pick up a six pack of this.

Appearance: Honey colored, creamy head. Fair lacing. Also, due to being at a friends place - was drinking this out of juice glass. Take that for what you will.

Smell: It was hard to get my nose in the juice glass - but faint sweetness, no dominant hops or malt smells.

Taste: It's better than other things - low on the complexity scale - but that's not a bad thing - if you was a clean slightly sweet simple beer - this is a great choice.

Mouthfeel: A little thin.

Overall: This is a great beer to get someone who hasn't had anything other than bud light or pabst blue ribbon. In fact I would call this a great stepping stone beer. But once you know better- I don't know that you would like this beer any more than your average run of the mill pale. It is what it is - and that is fine by me.

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Photo of zimm421
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a shaped pint glass. Appears a slightly hazy golden color with an average white head. The head is fluffy, has great retention and leaves small amounts of lacing.

Nose is full of the expected corn, as well as yeast. There are some hints of citrus. Aroma isn't overwhelming, but smells pretty decent. Taste is pretty plain. Corn, yeast and a little spiciness. This is refreshing, but don't expect a ton of flavor out of it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, below average carbonation and very drinkable. Goes down smoothly and easily. Overall, not bad, but not really impressed. Pretty average but it is definitely refreshing after a long day at work.

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Photo of TheCondor
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up from a relative in Nebraska, relatively low expectations. Side poured with medium vigor from a bottle into a Boulevard pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a pale golden yellow color with a dismally soapy tiny head that rapidly dissipates leaving no sign of lacing. Pretty pitiful in the appearance category.

Smell - Sweet corn, a bit of malts, a faint fruity essence. Very subdued smell, not that that is a bad thing, as long as the taste comes through strong.

Taste - A fairly rich creamy maltiness with a touch of grains, grassiness, and even a hint of fruits. A little more complex and quality than the nose or presentation. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, slightly Grainy finish, heavily carbonated.

Overall - worth trying one time. I wouldn't buy it again! I may or may not drink it again. I can't get it where I am, so not a big deal. It's not a bad beer, just not real great either. Spend your hard earned money elsewhere if you are looking for a thrill. If you get tthis free, drink it!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from ughsmash so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, grain and a touch of hops.

T: The taste likewise starts out bready with flavors of grain, light malts and a bit of corn. Then some malt sweetness comes in. The hops presence is very mild yet complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style, decent beer to pound down several of over a long period of time.

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Photo of
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle.

Cloudy, pale straw yellow body. Modest, just off-white head. Might be called creamy if there was more of it. No legs or lacing.

Aroma is sweet, reminds me just a bit of creamed corn. Some fruit. Very little bittering. Fairly mild, overall.

Taste has good balance, initially sweet, with a nice nip of bitterness at the end. Sweetness is honey and flowers, maybe a taste of orange. Bitterness at finish is hard to pin down. Herbal, perhaps? A little pepper in there also. Faithful to style in that the urge to overhop was resisted.

Light body. Fairly low carbonation, could be turned up a bit. Refreshing and thirst quenching.

OK, not something I am terribly interested in drinking more of. Too sweet for my taste.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with no freshness date. The color is a cloudy yellow-orange. There is a good amount of carbonation, giving it a sparkly, fizzy mouthfeel. Because it was poured slowly, there was no head and therefore, no lacing to speak of.

The aroma is faint, but, I detect some butter and tangy orange along with peaches and other fruits.

The taste is lemony with a light body. The hops are very light and there is little malt.

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Photo of beergod1
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow color with a white head that goes away pretty quick. Smell has some sweetness, grainy? And a touch of fruitiness. Taste is sweet and smooth, pretty drinkable. But once it started to warm up....Changed for the worse. I guess it is a Cream Ale.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with a very small white head and very low carbonation.

Scent of caramel, and a hint of hops. Decent, but not that much to it.

Taste of sweet malts and faint hops. Tastes more like a lager than an ale. Not that good, but not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and smooth with a good bite of carbonation.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%

From notes on 12/5/13

I’ve always thought this was a nice gateway beer. I know many people in Wisconsin who would say this is there first full flavor beer. Overall, I think it is pretty good. Pours like a normal lager. Golden in color. Big white head. The aroma is kind of yeasty and citrus fruits. Fairly bitter tasting. Really has flavor all around the tongue. Would recommend anyone visiting the south west area of Wisconsin to not only visit the New Glarus Brewery, but also the town itself, as it is a charming Swiss like town.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed light golden. Moderate amounts of carbonation surface throughout the body of the beer. Bubbly dirty white collar leaves sporadic amounts of lace. Aroma is sweet, grainy, and yes, I can even detect a little of that corn sweetness. Not much though. A little musty too. Decent aroma overall. Pretty even keeled flavor. Not too sweet, but it does have some grain sweetness. Body is pretty full. Medium-full I'd say. Some thirst-quenching qualities. Decent beer. But New Glarus has so much more to offer.

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Photo of DeeMented
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a glass beer mug.

In the glass, this beer was a cloudy, medium golden color with a thin white head. There was almost no lacing, just a couple of spots of soap suds.

There are a lot of reviews for this beer, and they all seem to describe the aroma as fruity, sweet, and light. I've tried, but to me, it smells just like Welch's white grape juice and a little yeast.

The mouthfeel is light, perhaps a little thin, but not overly so.

The taste is very light and sweet. Caramel malts with a little banana on the finish. There's almost no hops on the finish to check the sweetness, which leaves me feeling a bit unsatisfied, but that's just me.

This is one of the most popular brews from New Glarus, but it's not my favorite.

All-in-all, this is a very drinkable beer. Light and refreshing, this is one to go for on a hot summer day around the grill.

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Photo of Viggo
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from mixed pack grabbed in Hudson, WI.

Pours a lightly hazed golden yellow, thin white head forms and immediately fizzes away to nothing, no ring, no lace, nothing, doesn't look good in that respect. Smell is alright, lightly malty, some corn syrup and caramel, toast, a bit bready, touch of fruit and floral, not much going on. Taste is similar, bit of malt sweetness up front, corn syrup, caramel, very clean, some floral, nice biscuit, light fruits in the finish, but very plain. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Doesn't look very good, smells okay and tastes okay, but really lacks in almost very area. Drinkability is alright but still not too exciting.

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Photo of vikingpillager
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not sure why there's so much hype around this beer. The labeling is plain like a Belgian beer might be, but when I smell it I think of an ale, so I get excited again, but then it tastes like a confused mess between a lager and a hefeweizen, so I'm back to disappointed. Not worth going out of your way to sample.

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Photo of u2carew
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz longneck
A) Pours with a two finger head then settles quickly leaving a sticky lacing at the edge of the glass. The body is fairly clear, just a bit of chill haze. Bronze in color.
S) Some wheaty hefeweizen-esque notes. Dry grains. Just lingering below the surface hints of apple.
T) Very light malty taste up front, slowly moves across the palate has a nutty finish. With a lingering graininess in the aftertaste. Overall the flavor profile is a bit thin.
M) Fizzy. Light to body. A grainy tannin in the finish - not expected.
D) An alright brew. I could see downing a few of these on a hot summer day. A good transition beer for macro to micro converts.

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Photo of portia99
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received as a gift from a macro drinker who has no idea what this is but dutifully returned from a trip to Wisconsin with a mixed NG case for me. Thanks Jamie (even though you will never read this). Poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours a hazy, wheaty looking pale straw golden color. A finger of pillowy soft head rests on top for a minute and falls peacefully to a skim coat and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.

S - Very fruity aroma, lemon, oranges. Light with some spice and a noticeable bubble gummy aroma. The slightest hint of tartness and some cereal-like graininess also.

T - Light and crisp, cereal grain, wheat. Very fruity flavors with the bubble gum from the aroma continuing into the flavor. Hops are low in the flavor profile, not quite balancing out the sweet, malty and grainy flavors that are found from beginning thru the end.

M - Body is on the thin side, carbonation is also somewhat on the light side. Light and crisp...the fruitiness is simultaneously interesting and a bit distracting.

D - This seems to be made for an extremely hot summer day and a forced mowing of the lawn. This is a beer where you grab 3 or 4, find some shady place and relax for the afternoon. Very light and crisp. A bit "over-fruity" for my tastes, but I think if it hits the mid 90's I could finish a 6 pack in about 15 minutes. Even at only 5.1%, that might hurt eventually, but these would go down fast nonetheless.

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Photo of jasadewi
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Strong cloudy yellow color with small, quickly fading head.
S: Smells of barley malt and a general sweet smell.
T: A good amount of bluntly sweet malt tastes, that leaves almost no finish or aftertaste. Fairly sweet, with maybe a very slight note of lemon.
M: Very creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.
O: I was served this as THE Wisconsin beer to try at a wedding in Milwaukee. It was pretty decent, and my first real Cream Ale. It was a fine creamy, sweet beer. Yet, it didn't take me away, nor did I fully enjoy the texture. I prefer the other New Glarus brew I got try, but this is decent. It has a surprisingly similarity to some Witbiers.

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Photo of seh410
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Blake (kickinthechalice) for this beer!

Appearance: Pours a golden yellowish-orange color - almost like the Stone Soup beer (which I just drank and reviewed) except that it seems less dense and more translucent. The head is fizzy and maybe half a finger's worth... it dissipates quickly but the bubbles keep streaming up from the bottom

Aroma: Smells like malts and wheat, maybe a little fruitiness in the background. Between the pour and the aroma, this is shaping up to be a lot like Stone Soup, which I hope it isn't, because I didn't love that. This is a cream ale though, while Stone Soup is a Belgian Pale... not sure why they appear so similar so far

Taste/Mouthfeel: Feels creamy in the mouth. Thank God, unlike Stone Soup, I'm not getting any strong lingering after taste - that's totally not my thing. Spotted Cow feels very light and thin, which here isn't bad.... To be honest, the flavor isn't very full, so I'm having a difficult time rating it. I guess I mostly taste pale malts with a little hops.

Notes: This beer is light and crisp and the drinkability is high. It's nothing too special though, just a nice drinking beer, maybe best on a hot afternoon.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

taken from notes

Hazy golden color with a 1 inch slightly off white head. Little lacing is left behind on the sides of my glass

Smell is pretty much sweet with some malts

Taste is light and slightly sweet

Light bodied with high carbonation. Very easy drinking beer.

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Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
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