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Goose Island 312

March 11, 2013 at 1:53 PM

GooseIsland-312_saveMor.jpgI've gotta say, I'd be lying if I wasn't excited to try this. 312 is one of the most popular crafts in the Northeast (in my mind), and I haven't had a chance to try it yet. There's gotta be some reason it's popular! 

Poured this American Pale Wheat Ale from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured a hazy yellow color, produced an average white head, average retention and it left some lacing on the glass. The aroma is a citrus and wheat infusion, with a light touch of citrus hoppiness. The taste is very nice, it manages to do a smooth wheat and citrus thing, but minus the graininess that often accompanies a wheaty profile. I like grainy flavors, don't get me wrong, but this is a nice switch-up that really makes the beer seem delicate. There's also a nice subtle hop character that adds just a touch of spiciness. The mouthfeel is perfect, this beer goes down way too easy. 

I really love trying a region's "gateway crafts," they're almost always very well-made if not especially to the average beer snobs taste.

312 is a solid and extremely drinkable wheat. I think we'll become best friends this summer.



Tags: goose island 312 urban wheat wheat beer citrus profile summer beer
Category: Beer Review