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:
#25,111
Reviews:
835
Ratings:
3,668
pDev:
13.33%
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0
 
 
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Ratings: 3,668 |  Reviews: 835
Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Here it is, my first beer of New WisCANsin Beer Sunday (Week 686)! I received three (3) new CANs in a trade with Bert00 & I have been awaiting this ocCANsion to break them out. Today is also Game 3 of the 2018 NHL playovs between the PGH Pens & the PHL Flyers & a Navy buddy of mine is from Wisco. My dream is to earn a Po.D from the U of WisCANsin & it does not take much to get me to visit.

From the CAN: "Employee Owned"; "Only In Wisconsin"; "Drink Indigenous"; "Cask conditioned ale has been the popular choice among brews since before prohibition. We continue this pioneer spirit with our Wisconsin farmhouse ale. Brewed with flaked barley and the finest Wisconsin malts. We even give a nod to our famers. Naturally cloudy, we allow the yeast to remain in the bottle [?] to enhance fullness of flavors which cannot be duplicated otherwise. Expect this ale to be fun, fruity and satisfying. You know you're in Wisconsin when you see the Spotted Cow. Vielen Dank! [undersigned] Daniel & Deborah Carey".

The Crack! was nice & loud & I just could not CANstrain myself from an inverted Glug! This led to the quickfast formation of two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with good retention. Color was a slightly hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose had an oddly surprising vanilla & corn sweetness to it, kind of like a vanilla milkshake, but the corn was also quite evident. Ah, sweet corn, especially in the summer. Mouthfeel was medium, but oh, so smooth! Miss MooCow is having an effect on me. The taste was quite sweet, more towards corn than vanilla, but still evocative of vanilla ice cream. It was sweeter & less sharp than Genny Cream Ale, which I CANsider to be the standard bearer of the style, but it was very pleasant. Easy drinking? Try crushable! This seemed to simply evaporate from my glass. Finish was sweet, but not sugary or cloying. This could easily be a lawnmower beer or the one to take to The Dells for an outing on the WI River. They have duck boats there! I CANnot wait to relocate to the Midwest.

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Photo of White
4.57/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of khargro2
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Brandizzleb2190
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Used to drink this a lot in college. Pick some up whenever I pass through Wisconsin. Straw-to-yellow color with lemon and floral scent. Crisp, light citrus, almost pilsnery flavor. Light-to-medium mouthfeel. A very tasty, drinkable, but not outstanding beer.

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Photo of 94rocker1
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Schro4
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beer is the only thing I love about Wisconsin. Like really.

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Photo of rpcarr17
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of akopczyk
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tguns42
5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Grinky
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Absolutely nothing objectionable about Spotted Cow. Light and easy-drinking. A great option when in Wisconsin!

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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

Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 3,668 ratings