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 Docrock
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Davit
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of Czequershuus
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Finally got a chance to try this legendary brew from a neighboring state. This beer pours a very hazy straw with a large head. The aroma offers up dry hay and leaves, clove, vanilla, orange peel, low notes of burnt sugar, and that smell of the woods after a rain. The flavor is mild, with clove and orange peel up front, as well as nutmeg, black tea, roast corn, and crisp, biscuity malt. Overall this is a clean and easy beer, with an unusual complexity for a mass market beer of its sort - I see why there is such hype about this one.

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Photo of HumanParaquat
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
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 -6.4%
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 +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of meanmutt
3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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

Photo of garuda
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of peabody
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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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3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of CBrodbeck
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is described as a farmhouse ale on the label. Im not sure how this description applies, being that it wasnt brewed in a farmhouse and shares none of the characteristics of Belgium farmhouse ales.

It pours a light gold color with slight haze. The creamy bone white head dissapears too quickly and leaves meager lacing behind. The aroma is crisply malty with some herbal notes and a bit of sweet citrus. The taste is light and balanced. The malt profile is spicy and not very bready or biscuity. I can taste the corn, sort of a cream corn feel. Some light floral hops dance in the background. The finish is off dry and light, with a spicy feel. The mouthfeel is thin to medium with prickly carbonation.

This is a decent cream ale, light on all front but not offensive. Its spicy for a cream ale, but not in a traditional spicy hop way.

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2.63/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of kevanb
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Spotted Cow pours a bright straw color, lots of gold notes, fairly clear, lots of bubbles rising to the top of the glass, with a nice big fluffy head on top. It does look reminiscent of many macro lagers, however for a 4.8% farmhouse ale, I wouldn’t expect it to deviate too much from them. The aroma is interesting, lots of grains, hints of malty sweetness and noble hops round out a very simple aroma. The flavors are pretty straightforward, grains are dominant, some of the added corn is present as well with a dash of creaminess and faint hop oils. It has a nice crisp pilsner-like body and smooth finish.

Verdict: Nothing special, just a really well done low ABV ale. The flavors are simple but not boring, it’s crisp but not harsh and more importantly, it goes down so easily. Great to drink on a warm day or with a nice meal, and a great beer to convert a macro lager drinker.

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Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 3,617 ratings
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