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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#22,989
Reviews:
820
Ratings:
3,591
pDev:
13.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
279
Gots:
1,058
Trade:
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of BEER88
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am not overly enamoured with the Spotted Cow like others. Pours a slightly hazy pale straw color with a white head that faded quickly. In the aroma included grains with scents of citrus. Taste is grain, malt, and citus undertones with slight yeast character. Mouthfeel is medium body with a medium high carbonation. It ok overall, decent drink for the summer.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at Twelve Pines.

When in northern Wisconsin, drink as the locals do. Enter: New Glarus. This offering pours a clear pale straw topped by about a half-finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises green apple, peach, mandarin orange, corn, and a slight yeasty character. The taste holds notes of red apple, orange zest, lemonade, hard water, and corn syrup. Honestly, I didn't see so much fruit being involved here. The body is light, with an active carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Overall, a nice li'l brew, nothing all too special, but definitely a highly drinkable bit o' Wisconsin-y goodness.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of stakem
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. The brew appears a clear pale yellow color with a white cap leaving spotty lace.

The smell is quite muted but very faint citrus emerges along with some bready grain across the back.

The flavor is somewhat sweet and bready with an alcohol fruity ester to break up the monotone character.

This is light bodied and boasts moderate levels of carbonation. An easy drinking brew and just ok per style. No thrills, forgetable beer but serves a purpose for the flavor challenged drinker.

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Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dunn for bringing this back from his travels.

A - bright yellow with a thin lacing of white head

S - cereal grains

T - lemon, cereal grains, a bit grassy

M - light, smooth, crisp

This is a smooth, easy drinking, light, refreshing offering that is perfect for sipping on a hot day. If I could regularly get my hands on this, it would be a good go to session beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from a friend, this was poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance was a soft golden yellow color with a thin white foamy head that fell off at a moderate pace. Light stringy lace.
The aroma had some crisp sweet soft corn, touch of biscuits, and a hint of flour/soft dough.
The flavor was moderately sweet through the blend of the prior noted aromas. Pretty smooth doughy to corn sweet aftertaste.
The palate was between light and medium bodied with a clear sessionability about it. Finishes fairly smooth, sweet and clean. Carbonation felt great with a spot on ABV.
Overall, nice Americanized "Wisconsin farmhouse cream ale" well worthy of coming back to.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of SadMachine
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of imbibehour
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Hazy dull lemon body, with thin faint rising carbonation. Head makes a real fluffy three fingers with lots of staying power. Kind of a creamy top. Looks like a foamy adjunct lager, with a hazy appearance.

Nose smells like corn, and some sweet like malts hiding in the back. The corn sense seems to dominate quite a bit, but some refreshing grist like quality manages to keep me interested and exploring. Unfortunately that lager like adjunct feeling permeates to much, it's a bit off putting.

Palate hits with a noticeably wet body. Light malts come forward, but a real thin flavor squeeks out. Controlled sweetness, a minor afterfinish of just a hint of bread. Some slight seltzery quality also but carbonation is fairly low.

Overall it's fairly easy drinking, but this really doesn't appeal to me at all. Tastes like a slightly better "adjunct" but not by much, don't feel inclined to try another either.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Billolick
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce brown bottle, without freshness dating. Pours cloudy, apricot amber, light tan head, with a musty nose. Mildly fruity creation, notes of some Belgian type yeast and some peppery spice. This is a crisp, dry offering with a hoppy finish. Worthy, everyday, easy drinking ale.

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Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 3,591 ratings
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