Pailhead (6248) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: Smells like a Budweiser with just a hint of some extra malt. Pours a hazy gold with an insignificant white head. This seems like a creamy/maltier version of a pale lager. Even though it’s sweeter and maltier, it’s still has too many similarities in the taste for me to give this a good score.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2004
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
My roomates always told me horror stories about Wisconsin and how New Glarus was the "wierd" beer that would get them dirty looks when they ordered it. The Spotted Cow however was supposedly more widely accepted than most. I suppose it is due mostly to its exceedingly mellow flavor, despite the impressive ingredient list (my roomate’s father can’t drink Budweiser because there is" too much flavor"). It wouldn’t be fair at all to label this as flavorless, there is actually some sweet malty undertones that peaked my interest as well as some funktified yeasty hop combination, but nothing too great actually. Maybe this fits a crowd somewhere in Wisco, but not me.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2005 Rerate from a recent bottle sample. I think I was initially too hard on this one because it’s the most popular New Glarus beer in Wisconsin, but we all know that New Glarus can – and does – make many better beers. Nevertheless, here’s a tweaked review: Cloudy, dull yellow with an aroma of cornbread, wheat, peas and bananas. Vanilla sugar cane sweetness with a decent malt backbone. Creamy like a smoothie and very palatable. Finishes a bit sour and wheaty. Decent.
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap in Madison, A great session beer, but not tremendously interesting. Drank many pitchers of this one evening. Very light flavor and aroma, that could not hide any flaws and thus did not have any flaws. Very easy to drink. Pours cloudy wheaty color with a thick white head. Flavors and aroma very neutral, (some light florally hops)but due to the tremendously large amount of wheat used, has a big mouthfeel and texture. Could drink this all night long. Perfect for the fatigued soul
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2011 way too much of a bite for a beer....hazy yellow pour...very citrusy aroma...smells like a strong budweiser; flavor is overbearing (a lot of carbonation...)....didnt finish half of it; stay away from this beer
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strange to find a New Glarus product in Michigan, but unfortunately it isn’t one of the better offerings. Hazy golden straw body, thin off-white head. Wet hay aroma, tangy and biscuity with light bitterness. The flavor is grassy and tangy, carrying over the wet hay from the aroma, mingling with apple and biscuit. Reminds me a bit of the lagers brewed by Old Hat. Decidedly average.
badgerben (4762) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2011 Original Rating, 10/31/2004: Yellow coloring with little head. Smells like rotten hops, if that’s possible. Malty taste, but that rotten, moldy taste just takes over what better points there may be. It’s not repulsive, but definitely the swill of New Glarus. 4/3/6/3/10
Re-rating, 5/17/2011: Finally re-rating the New Glarus classic. Clear gold color with a medium head. Fairly corny aroma with a floral, Noble hop hit. Sweet grain flavor. Light bitterness, still some corn showing up. Not nearly as bad as I had originally rated. I think I was in a bit of a "pale lager = always crap" state of mind.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2004
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Honey/Gold Coloring. White Transparent HEad. Hoppy Aroma and Flavor..Grainy...and Somewhat Stale...Beer for the Swills...
GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2004
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not a real great beer. It tastes like they used more than just a little hint of corn. drinkable but not one to be searched for.
jde123 (773) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2006 I was extremely surprised by this beer, although I was expecting something more from New Glarus. Very light bodied, heavily corbonated, heavy malts. Pretty decent in a pinch.