GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 26, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught. Hazy golden color with thin white head. Smells of hay and spicy hops. Yeasty flavor with a bit of hop flavor and bitterness. Aftertaste is reminiscent of breakfast cereal.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 11, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12z bottle. Hazy golden head. Straw and bananas, citrus, bubblegum and fruity. Smooth.
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hoppy and citrus aroma with a slight hint of corn.
Smooth beer with a decent flavor. I agree with the other posts in that it’s very suitable for everyday drinking and it does taste the best on tap.
Brigadier (3475) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2006 12 oz bottle
This is a revisit after almost a year of rating. Now that I have some perspective, it is easier to tell that I was being a little generous with my earlier rating (3.4). Despite being an above average cream ale, this is at best an average beer overall. It is a nice gateway beer to other New Glarus products and the world of craft beer as a whole so if you can, have some on hand for people who think beer equals Budweiser.
Aroma / Appearance - A huge billowing feathery head settled after a few minutes to leave behind no trace. The liquid was a murky bronze when held up to the light. I could see some carbonation but it was not very lively. The nose was very simple - wheat, a light grain aroma and butterscotch. That was all despite trying to pick up more.
Flavor / Palate - When you take the first sip, you will pick up everything there is. For a cream ale, that is predictable - in my experience none of them have had that much complexity. It has an initial impression of wheat, toasted malts, buttered scones and peanuts which soon transforms on the back of the tongue to just a trace of hops. After that, it all fades away leaving nothing in the throat. This is a short lived taste that does not linger for more than 30 seconds before it has moved on. Overall it turned out to be close to what I remembered - a decent but not outstanding session beer for those times when you just want something simple.
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A staple up here in WI now! One of the finest craft brews i have enjoyed. Tastes great off tap especially, and have had some super cloudy ones that are extra tasty!
ewesner (2) - Evanston, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2005 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
An easy drinking everyday beer. One of the things I make sure I "import" on my way back to Chicago every time!
Smooth flavor that doesn’t linger with a cloudy appearance. A good thirst quencher.
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - NOV 24, 2005
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma of grain, corn, light hops, some citrus. Appears a hazy yellow little effervescence and no head. Flavor is flat, crisp, corny. Palate is thin, watery, flat. Overall, this beer is reminscent of Sapporo and it is equal to the sum of its parts. Not their best brew by any means, but if the goal was to brew something that non-beer geeks can drink, then this is a success for the brewery. My thanks to joeybgood for this interesting brew.
karl1707 (1) - Johnsburg, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2005 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Spotted Cow just seems to go with everything, it goes down smooth and crisp.
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - NOV 20, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting little brew. Adjunct-y aroma with some fruity tones pleasant sour-grass as well. Hazy appearance with thin head that almost nearly vanishes within seconds. Some adjunct in the flavor but mostly a pleasant grassy sour flavor like a farmhouse ale with a thinner body; also a touch of sour apple. Light hop bitterness. Slightly thin but not quite watery palate. Not a particularly inspiring or complex beer but it makes an excellent off-the-beaten-path summer thirst quencher. Mow the lawn, wash the car, have a Spotted Cow -- sounds like the perfect Saturday afternoon in July. <P>[ LATER: I now notice that at least 2 other reviewers made the "mow the lawn" connection -- looks like we’re on to something. ]
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - NOV 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was totally impressed with this beer. I had it at a restaurant in Wisconsin. It is very clean and crisp with a smooth finish. I really like this beer and am looking forward to trying more New Glarus brews.