Spotted Cow | New Glarus Brewing Company

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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 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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Photo of ldhughes3
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Eman17
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 polopaul20
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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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%

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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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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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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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3/5  rDev -20%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 3,674 ratings