New Glarus Spotted Cow

New Glarus Spotted Cow

Rated 3.446 by BeerPals
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Brewed by New Glarus Brewing Company

New Glarus, WI, United States

Style:  Cream Ale

5.1% Alcohol by Volume

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Cask conditioned ale has been the popular choice among brews since long before prohibition. We continue this pioneer spirit with our Wisconsin farmhouse ale. Brewed with flaked barley and the finest Wisconsin malts. We even give a nod to our farmers with a little hint of corn. Naturally cloudy we allow the yeast to remain in the bottle to enhance fullness of flavors, which can not be duplicated otherwise. Expect this Ale to be fun, fruity and satisfying. You know you’re in Wisconsin when you see the Spotted Cow.

ID: 5510 Last updated 13 years ago Added to database 22 years ago

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Overall Rank4310
Overall Percentile91.9
Style Rank4 of 241
Style Percentile98.3
Lowest Score2.7
Highest Score4.6
Average Score3.473
Weighted Score3.446
Standard Deviation0.461

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  • STANG 237 reviews
    rated 3.5 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours cloudy gold with small, lasting head. Sweet, grainy aroma. Sweet fruity flavor with generous maltiness. Medium bodied anbd gently carbonated. Label says Farmhouse Ale (which sure sounds better tasting than a Cream Ale)

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 2.9 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 6

    My initial sample from heybeerman's recent shipment.....a very good cream ale that I could throw back any day of the year. Straw and corn with a calm fruitiness. Fairly neutral aroma and flavor. Half inch white head, sparkling golden yellow body. Light, soft with a malty creaminess. Simple, easy and light.

  • FUNK 898 reviews
    rated 3.1 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Pour is hazy gold with an ample white head. Some bready malts and yeast in the aroma. Taste is slightly sweet with a touch of banana, clove and citrus. I've always thought this is closer to a "light" saison than a cream ale. Refreshing enough, better than most macros you'll find and on tap nearly everywhere in WI.

  • AIRFORCE1 681 reviews
    rated 3.3 11 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours almost a Mountain Dew yellow with a sub one finger head that goes away very fast. Good amount of carbonation. Aroma is lemony and thick. Taste is light to medium bodied with hints of malts and fruity sweetness. Finishes off surprisingly sweet. Although a fairly light beer it is somewhat creamy. Easily sessionable.

  • HONKEYMOFO 1000 reviews
    rated 3.5 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    It pours a light golden with a thin white head and substantial lacing. An aroma of caramel malts, light hops, orange and citrus, bread and biscuits, and light spiciness. The mouthfeel is smooth, thick, and rich. Flavors of caramel malts, hops, orange and citrus, bread and biscuits, and mild spices. Excellent!

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.3 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Always wanted to try the cow and finding out it was actually a cream ale, bonus! .. Pours a hazy yellow gold, great foam .. . tart wheat, and cereal- very smooth and perfect for summer .. . i heck of a nice cream ale! .. . . Mrs. Krabappel and Principal Skinner were in the closet making babies and I saw one of the babies and then the baby looked at me.

  • FARGINGBASTIGE6 1476 reviews
    rated 3.5 12 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Very nice cream ale - New Glarus probably deserves a bit more national recognition as the 2 or 3 beers that I've had from them are great. Deep opaque golden straw color with a thin rapidly disappearing head. Clean crisp flavor and finish for a cream ale - not too heavy from the warm weather here now. Rich texture. Excellent.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 3.8 13 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    This is another fine beer from the New Glarus people. I've always said that this brewery was one of the gems of the American craft brewing scene. A lot of brewers mess up the cream ale style, but New Glarus has provided an easy drinking version. Cloudy golden pour with a medium-sized white head. Aroma is dominated by the grains, although the 'hint' of corn is more than detectable. Flavour is well balanced with an upfront malty sweetness giving way to a hoppy finish. Highly recommended if you're in Wisconsin.

  • THOMASSOVA4 1037 reviews
    rated 3.4 13 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    I had this beer in Milwaukee at the Metro Hotel. This was my first New Glarus beer and I enjoyed it. It was creamy and slightly funky - a nice take on an American Farmhouse ale.

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 2.8 13 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Very pale straw color with a sligth haze, not visually stimulating. Grassy and sour aroma with a malt background. Very thin mouthfeel, maybe a touch of cream but barely there at all. Flavor is quite mild but easy drinking. Not remarkable, some more grass on the tongue than I would like, but overall there are a lot worse beers out there.

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