312 Dry-Hopped
Goose Island Beer Co.

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Style:
American Pale Wheat Ale
Ranked #412
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
81
Ranked #42,012
Avg:
3.52 | pDev: 13.35%
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
51
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Goose Island Beer Co.
 
Illinois, United States
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81
Good
Notes: During the most recent hop harvest, our Brewmaster, Jared, got the notion to put some fresh hops into his pint of 312. He liked it so much that we decided to introduce it to Chicago.

312 Dry-Hopped has all of the lemony, doughy notes we love in 312 with extra brightness from the dry-hopping. Drink it fresh. Hope you like it.

Hops: Millennium, Hallertau, Cascade, Dry-Hop: Saaz & Saphir
Malts: 2-Row, White Wheat

20 IBU
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 51 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The pours a clear golden amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is of a light wheat bread aroma mixed with a rather decent showing of some
Taste – The taste begins with wheat bready taste mixed with some nice hop flavors of a herbal and earthy nature. The brew has a bit of a caramel sweetness and a touch of lemon upfront with the later lemon flavor fading as the taste advances. Toward the end of the taste the earthy hop gets even more potent and is joined by a touch of pine to leave one with a wheaty and decently, more dankly hopped taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is average in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average as well. For the mix of wheat and hop the feel is good and makes for a nice drinker.
Overall – While 312 is just alright, this brew is a big step up. It is much less citrus heavy and more balanced overall.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

312 Dry Hopped pours a hazy golden color, with a very small, but long lasting head. Lemon aroma, filled with hops. Flavor is watery, creamy, hints of lemon, sweetness, then bittern, then sweet, then bitter, earthy finish. Flat, sticks to the palate. Overall, strange flavor come and go, on the earthy side, flavors, that don't really mix stick to the palate.

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Photo of defunksta
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, pale golden color with a moderate, yeasty & sticky white head. SRM of 7. (3.75)

Aroma: Notes of lemon, peach, a touch of pineapple and mango. Definitely some Mosaic and black tea as the beer sits. Fresh baked bread and a touch of vanilla and cream behind it. (4.00)

Flavor: Lots of dry yeast upfront. Not bitter, just yeast. Then come lemon and grains with a hint of peach. The some very light berry and black tea Mosaic qualities. Much less fruit than on the nose. Also not appreciating any of the German hops, Saaz and Saphir used. Flavor is all American so far. Then comes some grains, wheat, and and a touch of grassy dryness to finish it off. Very mild on flavor. (3.50)

Feel: Lighter-bodied. Good carbonation and yeast makes it full on the palate. Finishes dry and smooth. (4.00)

Overall: Not sure exactly how well to rate this beer. It was about 6 months old, which definitely reduces the hop quality. Nice tropical and stonefruit aromas, but I suppose the age of the beer makes it lose on the flavor. Still, better than most pale wheat beers with the nice fruit additions. I would like to try this more fresh. (Final Rating: 3.79)

Edit: On my second try I got a much more simpler flavors of lemon, peach, and wheat. Not much dank mosaic. Still, very light, clean, and mostly dry.

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Photo of zeff80
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of pine, citrus and wheat. Nice piney bitterness with toasted caramel and wheat taste.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Goose Island Beer Co. "312 Dry-Hopped"
12 fl. oz. can coded "26MAY19 14:00" and sampled on 10JUN19

Notes via stream of consciousness: Nice packaging design, it's really an upgrade for the 312. It's poured a very hazy golden body beneath a finger-thick head of white that seem to be holding well. The aroma shows some hops but not a lot, and the sweet wheaty malt comes through clearly. I'm not sure how to really describe the hops so I'll just go with "spicy noble". I wish they were a little stronger but what should I expect? OK, on to the flavor... it's sweetish, doughy, wheaty, lemony, floral, and just lightly spicy and grassy from the hops in the finish. Very nice. It's pleasantly balanced and remarkably easy to drink. Medium bodied and gently effervescent and crisp. This is one of those beers where simplicity works as you're not really looking for much more. Again, I think the hops could be brighter but without actually tasting THAT maybe I'm wrong. If I was smart I'd have bought a standard 312 to taste side by side but I didn't think of it. Conclusion: not a bad summer beer, but also good for any time of the year. This is a beer that I'll have one or two of after I've sampled whatever's new or interesting on tap.

Review #6,598

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Photo of ovaltine
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice hazy yellow color with a foamy white head, there are lemon notes galore on the nose, and some spicy wheat notes as well.

The lemon translates well to the taste, as does the spicy wheat flavor that reminds me of coriander. The dry hopping amps up the fruit flavors a bit, which is nice. This is a great summer quencher, IMHO.

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Photo of SB2017
3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've always appreciated 312 for its easy drinkability and as a perfect pairing for both pizza and burgers. This takes it a step further. Sure, dry hopping is a little played out by now though it is still very "hip" for big breweries to start including dry hopped beers, but this particular blend suits it perfects. It jacks up the lemon and pine flavors, even leaving a slight menthol taste on the finish. Very pleasing, and will buy again.

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Photo of BeersinBuffalo
3.94/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice slightly fogged golden color wheat ale, with a lemon and malt aromas. Tasting it I immediately noticed citrus and hops with a dry finish. Very satisfying.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent beer. Golden yellow color with a small white head. Taste a little fruity and and a little wheaty. Irresistable taste and goes down smooth as well

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Photo of Sabtos
3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This slightly foggy golden beer is a lightly dank and spicy, citrusy wheat ale with a soft froth and paper dry finish bringing out a bit of light resin. Definitely an improvement.

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Photo of superspak
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, best before 5/21/019. Pours lightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lemon, lime, orange, red grapefruit, peach, pear, melon, red apple, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, dill, peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, lime, orange, red grapefruit, peach, pear, melon, red apple, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, dill, peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, woody, floral, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, lime, orange, red grapefruit, peach, pear, melon, red apple, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, dill, peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, and lightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is an excellent hoppy American pale wheat ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the moderately bitter/drying finish, not aggressive. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Great mix of hop complexity from Millennium, Hallertau, Cascade, Saaz, & Saphir. Extremely vibrant, dank, and earthy balanced hop complexity; with a great clean pale/wheat malt backbone. Minimal residual sweetness from crisp dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and impressive style example.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.04/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I always found regular 312 to be basic and light for the style, but not bad. This is worse. The dry hopping added to the lemon, but took away any of the texture and wheat that the original had. Tastes like gourmet miller at this point. Hops are not even starring, instead lemon and some earthy spice, which is disappointing, fits the theme of the beer.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.31/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

7/3/18: $5 16 ounce draft pour into nonic glass at GI Clybourn. Clear blond pour, heavy carbonation, thin white lacing . Light lemongrass wheat aroma. Very light dry taste, wheat and lemon. Light thin texture, carbonation holds well, easy drinking. Overall good pour.

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Photo of FBarber
2.25/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy straw yellow color. Thin white head dissipates leaving just a partial thin layer of foam on top of the beer. Some minimal lacing is left behind. Pretty unremarkable in appearance.

Aroma is an astringent lemon scent - like the kind you get in a cleaner. Lemongrass, green hops, and another aroma I can't quite place, but its not pleasant.

The taste is incredibly similar to green tea with an astringent lemon flavor. Very watery with a bitter lemon and herbal hop flavor coming through. Its like water steeped with hops.

Feel is medium bodied with a mouth coating dryness. Moderately carbonated.

Overall this was a very unpleasant beer. Watery with an odd tea like flavor that is not at all what one would expect for the style. I'm quite disappointed in Goose for this - I expect more of them.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 2/23/18; drank 3/15/18 @ the Yarchives. See-through yellow appearance. A violent pour yielded a nice, noisy bright white head; frothy lace. Lemon & wheat notes in the nose. Medium mouthfeel. Lemon & dry wheat flavors; not mindblowing, but above average for a pale wheat ale. I'd have another...

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312 Dry-Hopped from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 51 ratings