Chad9976 (1269) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iíd always heard New Glarus Spotted Cow was supposed to be one of the best cream ales in the country, but Iíve never been able to try it since I live in New York and they donít distribute here. Thankfully, a friend was traveling through the area and brought me back a bottle. And while Iíd say itís one of the better cream ales Iíve had, itís not quite the best of the best.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a mug. It was bottled on 8/13/14 and was given to me by a friend (thanks, Jordan!).
Appearance: Bright yellow hue, though slight hazy. Light carbonation visible. Pours to an average sized, bright white, frothy head which retains and laces fairly well.
Smell: Mild nose with hints of lemon and light grain. No lager quality.
Taste: Cream ales tend to be rather lager-like, though the better ones tend to remind me of a kolsch (which is also a lager-like ale style). This has the lighter malt base often found in a lager, but with the more refined palette of an ale. Thereís subtle fruit notes of lemon and banana in the front, with a sweet cereal taste lurking in the background throughout. Thatís the corn, which also creates for a slight metallic or astringent character on the finish, though itís clean (unlike so many macro lagers). This is a fine, satisfying palette and probably to-spec as far as style goes. Itís not amazingly delicious, but itís definitely satisfying.
Drinkability: A beer like this is what youíd want in warmer weather or when you just want something easy to drink. The mouthfeel is thin, but calm, with a smooth, creamy texture and clean aftertaste. At only 5.1% ABV, New Glarus Spotted Cow is maybe a tad higher than it needs to be, but still light enough in body that no oneís going to have trouble putting back a few of these.
slowrunner77 (6160) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
"pretty mild lactose & corn aroma. itís got a smooth body and flavor but par for the style-nothing that really jumps out at you. probably the weakest in the NG line, but i bet itís a hit with recent macro converts. Very good for a cream ale, pretty good overall."
decaturstevo (5260) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gold pour with white head and lace. Aroma is sweet corn and light touch o malt. Light sweet corn with a touch of earthy hops. A touch o spice from the hops too. Medium body with ok carbonation. Ok ca
Concealer (851) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Thanks Katherine! Cloudy yellow gold with a creamy white head that lasts on the sides and laces. Aromas of straw, light lemon notes, sweet grain, and yeast. Flavor is sweet grain, yeast, light lemon and straw. Light bodied, crisp.
andrewje41 (787) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pour. Thanks Frank. Pours super light with a faint pale malt aroma to it. Very light fruity flavor throughout with some apple for sure. Light body and a bit creamy. A very plain tasting beer for me, but the flavor that is there is decent. Never had too many good things to say about cream ales, but this was definitely on the better half of them. Overall, Iíd call this a decent light beer.
LKay (118) - Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Lighter color than I am interested in with a light cream taste that just doesn't hit my palate.
jahshuwuh (441) - USA - SEP 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color is light hazy golden with smattering of white head. Smells of banana, caramel, wheat, corn, a little spice. Taste is fruity up front, banana, caramel malt, ends with a slight bit of clove, pepper, wheat, corn, a very slight hop flavor. A good sweet enjoyable session beer, well done.
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Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Serving: bottle. Slightly hazy yellow pour. Light grain with a little pale malt sweetness in the nose. Flavor follows suit with a touch of grassiness and a slightly sweet finish. Light body. Easy drinking.
jeremyh70 (795) - Missouri, USA - AUG 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy pale straw with a nice white head and good lacing. Aroma of grain and light fruit as well as a hint of corn, some bread and a lager smell. Taste is mild but fruitier than I anticipated with apples, and has a sweetness like pears in light syrup. Also some grainy bread flavors. Finishes with a bit of sweetness and has little to no hop flavor or bitterness. Mouthfeel is semi creamy with a light/medium body and high carbonation. Easy drinking and enough flavor to satisfy.
JonnyMadison (53) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Various. This is a standard beer you can find anywhere in Wisconsin and it is well-loved. The cloudiness may be off-putting to some, but the palate is smooth. The flavor is mild yet pleasant, which makes it popular for a wide demographic who want an accessible beer. New Glarus has better beers than Spotted Cow, but none as popular or flexible.