312 Urban Wheat - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by ngandhi:
3.7/5 rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
It doesn't take much to make a decent wheat beer--most are insipid. And you can't really blame the brewers; wheat ferments out so quick, you'll be lucky if you ever get anything more out of it than a fluffy white head. A blonde, airhead beer.
Which means it takes a lot to make a great one.
With the 312, Goose Island has only one challenger in the U.S.: Allagash. And Allagash belongs in Germany.
This is one of the best classic wheat beers--lightly spiced with flavors of clove and coriander from the yeast, citrusy, and incredibly refreshing. The finish is grainy, which goes nicely alongside the toasty aromas.
It's not a terribly complex beer, which is exactly the point--it's not *terribly* complex. Some wheats can so overwhelm you with their spices that you don't know whether it's a beer you're drinking or a fruitcake. I hate fruitcake. And I hate having to spritz my beer with an orange slice just to put it back in line.
Hold your fruit. Drink your beer.
Serving type: bottle
10-23-2007 02:04:00 | More by ngandhi
More User Reviews:
3.49/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Tried this on tap at Turner Field. If I am going to spend $$ for beer, hats off to Turner Field for at least bringing some craft beers along.
Poured a nice one finger head, which held up well on a humid night, in a plastic tumbler. good creamy head, can't wait to see this in a real weissen glass.
Good clean wheat aroma, not the easiest place to try and develop a smell, but it was definitely fresh,
I thought the taste was a good American wheat beer, not as floral, and citrus as the German brews, which I think is a good idea, let the American flavor stand alone. I can always get the true German imports, but I give great thumbs up when the American Craft brews do this type decent.
Mouthfeel was refreshing, but actually had some chew, I liked it very much, and if I was in a regular bar, would have ordered this one for a second go.
Overall, my first Goose Island, and I was very pleased. I will look for it in bottles now, especially when I need to get a decent American Wheat that isn't from a Macro brewery. Give this one a try.
Serving type: on-tap
07-27-2014 01:37:12 | More by JLSIV
312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
77 out of 100 based on 3,251 ratings.