Spotted Cow | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: 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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Photo of VonZipper
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%

Photo of Kuges
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a nice pale straw color with a slight white head that is thin. Quite typical beer colors.

S - Straight forward grain aromas with some slight grassy character. Bready notes as well.

T - Flavors are tons of malt grain and slight bready toast. Much like a typical American lager. Nice grain. Such an easy beer to drink. Very nice.

M & D - Crisp and clean flavors. Overall very drinkable and good offering.

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Photo of jacewg
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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

Photo of SaxmanRick
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of wtkphoto
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very slightly hazy pale yellow straw colored with a one finger head that fizzles down to nothing.
I can smell pears, sweet malts, faint banana, and mildly yeasty dinner rolls. Taste includes the same and also some vague hints of sweet corn. The finish is the holder of all the hops, which are all of the mild earthy variety to my taste. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky, medium thick just like a cream ale ought to be. If only there was a better head on this brew....

I can tell why this is NG's cash cow, it is easily accessible to just about anybody, beer snob or joe blow. It hits the balance point between being simple enough to be accessible to the BMC drinkers on the college campus and flavorful enough with sufficient complexity to intrigue craft beer drinkers. Does a lot of things really well enough to be mainstream popular, but neither does it do any one particular thing spectacularly well either. For that sort of specialization, one needs only look to NG's other offerings to be easily satisfied.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Docrock
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Norseman
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of HumanParaquat
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden yellow pour with a small bubbly white head that quickly falls to leave a ring around the glass. Sweet grains and corn waft up into my nose along with a light citric undertone. Some herbal spiciness is evident as well as some yeast. Nothing grabs my attention here.

First sip brings a crisp pale maltiness that exhibits sweet grain and corn flavors. As the brew makes its way down there's a light citric fruitiness along with just a touch of herbal hoppiness and hints of yeast. Nothing mindblowing..but a solid cream ale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat creamy with a nice smoothness after each sip. An easy drinking cream ale that would go nice on a hot day. Worth a shot.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellowish goldish color with a one finger head that is frothy and gives way to a little bit of lacing. The aroma is of grains, corn, and a little wheat. The taste is of a grainy malt backbone with slight hints of citrus and a small hop bite at the end. The mouthfeel is low to moderate carbonation and is slightly creamy. The drinkablitity is good, it is very smooth and a very easy drink. It is so easy to take down, there isn't a lot to keep you interested but for the style it is good.

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Photo of Chris-1911
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of peabody
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out crystal clear with a yellow tint. 1/2 finger of white small suds and slight lacing.
Smell is lemony and creamy with some yeast coming through. Slight hop and creamy malts are the star here.
Taste is sweet at first then a tinge of bitterness. There is wheat and grass with a creamy texture. Almost too sweet.
Mouthfeel is a bit sticky but this one finishes very well.
Overall this is pretty darn good. Just not what I would like in a creme ale.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Shawner
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of bschmidt_37
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of garuda
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 3,644 ratings