Spotted Cow | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2002

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793
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3,402
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
28.77%
 
 
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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 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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Photo of flexabull
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted blind courtesy of KimR, thanks again!

Pours a bright and hazy gold color with a faint white head.

Aromas are bready, grassy, and with some lemon hop notes.

Taste is lightly citus, some lemon zest, and bready creaminess. Taste is pretty mild and muted. Finish has really faint crisp and mineral hops. Not a bad tasting beer, but not much going on here.

Mouthfeel is decent, pretty good fullness and carbonation.

Drinkability is also decent. Kind of a boring tasting beer, but it is easy to drink and pretty refreshing.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a lightly hazy pale golden color with a very thin white head. No real lacing. Aroma of hops, fruit and grain. Light-bodied and crisp, with some corn taste. There are also hops and malt flavors. The finish is clean and lightly fruity. Not a bad Cream Ale.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a Becker glass. The color is a solid gold that has a hint of caramel tan in it. A chill haze developed after the pour. Two fingers of off-white head dissipated to leave a spotted lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: Lots of musty adjunct grain. It smells a little fruity with hints of apple and strawberry, and it also has a lemon zest. As it warms, the apple predominates.

Taste: The mouthfeel is light and refreshing, and the flavor offers the maltiness and fruit from the smell. Adjunct grains, apple, strawberry, and lemon citrus. Oddly, I also tasted a little cotton candy. Go figure. There is also a hint of caramel, but it is very muted. Each sip offers a nice bitter bite.

Drinkability: It is a nice, light (and not in the derogatory sense) beer that is easy drinking, but it does not offer much in regards to complexity. Then again, it is not supposed to.

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Photo of Opethsprite
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was recently at a bar here in Wisconsin and asked what "this Spotted Cow business" was all about... "You've never had the Spotted Cow?!" the bartender asked, incredulous. "I'm not from around here..." He quickly poured a sample for me, saying very few people don't like this beer.

Pours a vivid but cloudy pale golden orange with a fluffy white head. Yeast, orange, and hops are present on the nose, as well as a hint of something floral. Creamy indeed! The citrus is mellowed significantly by the sweetness of the grains (barley flakes and a hint of corn, according to the bottle). Though I enjoyed the initial burst of sweetness from the cream, the sweetness from the grain is a bit much for my palate. Playful carbonation.

Edit: After having a couple more, I've decided that I'm not as keen on this as I initially judged. It's that grainy over-sweetness. Narsty. I have thus dropped the smell and taste by half a point from my original review.

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Photo of Bounty628
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With an ABV of 5.10%, Spotted Cow is a very smooth ale that is well rounded in almost all aspects of the beer. The 5.10% ABV allows this beer to be enjoyed without being inundated with a powerful alcohol content.

Spotted Cow pours a golden straw color that maintains a cloudy haze upon the pour. There is a very fine white head when poured that dissipates quickly after hitting the glass. Minimal lacing is present during the tasting.

The smell is very faint with this beer and the nose is perhaps the only real weakness with this offering. Nothing really jumps out of the pint glass with the Spotted Cow; rather, a distant citrus presence is noticed along with a mild nose of hops and malts.

The taste of this cream ale is very pleasant with a smooth and subtle nature to it. Cream ales traditionally are not heavy on flavor and this beer is really no different. There is just the right balance to the taste to ensure that the beer has enough of a flavor to it to keep this beer away from being just a bland mouthful. The taste is a light wheat and citrus/fruit combination that easily glides across the palate. A hint of a biscuit nature works its way into the taste and serves this beer well. Thankfully for there is not a giant hop presence or this cream ale would fall outside of its category.

A very easy mouthfell is at play with Spotted Cow as there is just the right amount of carbonation to help work the beer across the palate. Because of the mild taste of the beer, there is no aftertaste left with after drinking the offering and the beer truly does serve as a very nice session beer.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours golden in color with a very slight haze to it. Smells of grains, creamed corn, and green banana peel. It's flavor is mild and easy-drinking. No hop bitterness, just a subtle flavor from the barley grain. The beer is good, but the style just isn't my thing.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Beer pours brilliant and yellow with a white head. Carbonation level is good. Flavor profile is very clean, almost like a lager more than a farmhouse. Hops are subdued as are the grains. Everything in harmony. Beer is very refreshing, this is more of what I would imagine a farmhouse to have been like back in the day. More refreshing than funky.

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Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 3,402 ratings.
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