Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Goose Island Beer Company-312 Urban Wheat Ale

 Another Goose Island offering, the 312 Urban Wheat Ale was a pretty little brew.  Enjoyed on tap at Chicago's South Loop Club, our bartender Mike did me a solid and spared me the slice of lemon that seems to be traditionally served with the 312.  Lemon is fine once in a while, but it just won't do when reviewing.
According to the Goose Island website, the 312 has an alcohol content of 4.2% and 20 IBUs (quite bitter for a wheat). My pint was a very nice looking light yellow colour, slightly cloudy.  There was a thin head with a moderate amount of lace.  The aroma was decidedly wheaty, with some citrus tones.  The mouthfeel was a bit thin and the beer was slightly watery.  The flavour starts slow but builds to a surprisingly bitter citrus finish.

The 312 (a nod to a Chicago area code) was a fine beer.  Not outstanding, but definitely enjoyable.  It was a little thin, but definitely tasty.  This is a brew that could be downed in considerable quantities.  Give it a try if you're passing through the Second City.

Rating: 7.0 out of 10.

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