Spotted Cow | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American 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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Ratings: 3,718 |  Reviews: 847
Photo of Mdog
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pale yellow with a slight haze, good sized head and lacing.

Smell: Dry yeast, some fruit notes.

Taste: Light fruitiness-grape, apple. A little grain and a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: Goes down really quick, easy to have several in a sitting.

Spotted Cow is probably New Glarus' most popular beer, it's a good intro to craft beers. A little more flavorful than the macros but not too intense to scare people. Easy drinking and tasty.

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Photo of Tyecko
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Shafaegalo
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CCutch
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CampusCrew
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Jayli
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from Dunt via Support Your Team BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy golden yellow with a one finger of white sudsy head. Head recedes immediately leaving slight wisps of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of earthy hops, grain, and light fruit notes.

T: Taste starts with an earthy notes, mild hop presence lending to a grain mingled with a lemony flavoring. Finish is of sweet fruits mild pineapple, and banana.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat creamy body.

D: Goes down easily, slightly taste, not much of a kick, ok representation of style. I'd opt for others of the style.

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Photo of YalovaIA
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jplopez21
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of eldoctorador
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy straw yellow with a thick white head that lingers. Decent lacing. Aroma is yeasty bread and corn. Light citrus. Flavor is sweet corn and citrusy hops. Feel is light bodied and well carbonated. Overall a decent low ABV beer.

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Photo of spointon
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a hazy yellow gold with a 1/2" white head. The head sank to a 1/8" cap and left spotty lace down my glass.

S= Not a very pronounced aroma profile, but what I got was malty sweetness, raw bakery dough, and maybe some faint lemon.

T= Started sweet and pretty much stayed that way. Not much depth or character here, just a basic sweet malty brew with very little hop presence and no alcohol bite.

MF= Medium bodied (which was heavier than it looked and/or than I expected). Soft carbonation and lower alcohol gave this a smooth easy drinkability.

D= The smoothness and lower alcohol make this beer drinkable and ideal to session. I personally was not too enamoured of the flavor though, so I will not likely have this one again.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of 98green
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Made a trip up from Chicago road trip to grab some New Glarus. I'm not too familiar with the cream ale style, but for my palate this is a nice upscale version of a BMC macro. Smell is slightly sweet and either adjuncts or esters. Taste is similar, with some corn reminders. Some interesting yeast flavor to with a light floral flavor. Feel is pleasant. Probably not worth a special trip just for this one, but you gotta try the local favorite when you get the chance

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Photo of mcrawford
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dataylor21
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of CrellMoset
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spotted Cow, bottle courtesy of a friend. Split, with my portion poured into a brandy snifter.

Appearance: An incredibly hazy, pale amber body with a good one-finger of foamy, white, soft-looking head, cloud-like almost, that has good to above-average retention and leaves sticky wisps of lacing after it fades.

Aroma: Relatively sweet, but crisp and very fruity. There are also flourishes of light spice, nondescript, but almost cinnamony in places.

Taste: Sweet, mildly roasty, but always soft malts, with a definite sweet corny note (though it's not unwanted) and a handful of pleasant, well-balanced spices. Other stray light fruity notes (both tart and sweet) and a handful of earthy yeast notes become prominent as it warms. There's also, somehow, a creamy note here, though I don't know if that's just the name getting to me.

Mouthfeel: Soft and pillowy, relatively thin, but with a hefty amount of effervescence. Still somehow manages to be relatively even and - dare I say it - creamy.

Drinkability: Low in alcohol and reasonably tasty/aromatic. This one's an interesting beast, and is sort of hard to fit into any sort of style (making it hard to therefore, you know, rate to style). I enjoyed, it however, and wouldn't mind living in an area where this was the idea of a session beer.

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Photo of emptyglassagain
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of polopaul20
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Docrock
3/5  rDev -20%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of DrStiffington
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kramerwtmf
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 3,718 ratings