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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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#22,467
Reviews:
818
Ratings:
3,582
pDev:
13.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
280
Gots:
1,049
Trade:
26
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Ratings: 3,582 |  Reviews: 818
Photo of takusan1000
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of porters4life
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mitchster
3.12/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Described on the website as a "Naturally Cloudy Farmhouse Ale", on the bottle as a cask conditioned ale, brewed with flaked barley and "the finest wisconsin malts". No ingredients or specs otherwise per the bottle or website.
Pours out to a hazy pale golden, forming a tall mousse like bone white head with beautiful retention ahndf solid lacing. Carbonation is ~2.75-3.0 or so. The nose is rather non descript, vague, simple and beer like with a touch of DMS and some corn character. No hop character in the nose. Mouthfeel is lightly sparkling, crisp, light bodied. Taste is very pedestrian, but well brewed. Very mild malt character, a little DMS, minimal hop flavor or bitterness, ending crisp and clean. A little seltzer-like. No off flavors or aromas for the style of cream ale. Don't think this is a saison when you read farmhouse.

A very pedestrian but well brewed cream ale, meant for the enjoyment of the masses with minimal hop, malt or yeast character. Worth a try as part of their line up but I would never choose to buy it considering their other amazing sours.

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Photo of brenn79
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, thanks bro- Pours hazy straw golden with a medium white head with decent retention. The Aroma is lemon, yeast, grassy. The taste is lemony, yeasty, banana, clove, like a thinner German style hefe, a session hefe, good beer.

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Photo of Verasong
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Everything a cream ale should be.

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Photo of Spacebrew
4.74/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is awesome. I love cream ale, and this one is my new favorite. They only sell this in Wisconsin (stupid) so my wife picks it up on her way home from work for me. I live in northeast Iowa so it's not to far, but would be nice if I could get it here. The taste is incredibly smooth, not to sweet and not to bitter.

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Photo of RAFH
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cmurphy7
2.17/5  rDev -42%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of tpeters
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Klister
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of County33
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DaneBramage
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A little bready and malty for my tastes, but overall a smooth cream ale on a summer day. Reminded me of a German wheat in some respects.

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Photo of Bad_Attitude_Brews
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OUJayhawk1799
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can purchased August 17 in Wisconsin, of course.

L: 2F+ head pretty good retention with cap and ring and some lacing. Beer is a semi hazy deep golden.

S: Lactose (shocking!) and bready, yeasty notes.

T: Very bready with dairy presence. Neutral finish. Lightly hopped.

F: Light to medium body and carbonation. Good construction and balance, even if final result is a little bit watery.

O: Decent cream ale.

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Photo of AppyWay
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of yancot
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LT630
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zopiac
2.42/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of OneTuffPony
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Qu1nt0n
4.34/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bicyclesandbeer
4.68/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of n2pux
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Paoloboston
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 3,582 ratings
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