Day 3 of American Craft Beer Week is in the books and I once again have another mildly entertaining, semi-informative beer review for you. If you’ve missed my previous ACBW posts, you can check them out here:
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I once again would like to remind everyone that I am by no means a beer expert. I enjoy a large variety of craft beers, and I can tell you pretty definitively what I like and what I don’t like, but don’t expect an in-depth analysis talking about IBUs and “mouth feel”. You may find yourself asking: “Whitty, if you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about, why are you doing beer reviews?” Because it’s fun for me, and if you’re being honest with yourself, it’s fun for you too. So sit back, relax and let me take you to the next stop on our craft beer journey.
Today I am reviewing an American wheat ale from Goose Island Brewing company. I admit that I am not too familiar with this Brewing company, but I have had their IPA offering, which I enjoyed, so I thought I’d give their wheat beer a try.
The Brewery: Goose Island
The Beer: 312 Urban Wheat Ale
I am actually a big fan of wheat beers and hefeweizens, so I was excited to try this one. Wheat was the first style of craft beer that I experienced, thanks in large part to more mainstream beers like Blue Moon. Wheat beers can be all over the place in terms of flavor. Some of them are very good, but there are a lot of bad wheat beers out there as well. They make good summertime beers, so wheat season is right around the corner.
Overall I would say that 312 is solid but not spectacular. It’s definitely a lighter beer but the taste is a little unassuming. That can be both a good thing and a bad thing. It lends itself to easy drinking and would make a good session beer, but it also doesn’t do a lot to distinguish itself from other similar beers of the same style. I would certainly give this beer another try, especially if I was in the mood for wheat beer, but it probably wouldn’t be my choice. Still, if you’re interested in trying a wheat beer but you’re unsure of whether you’ll like some of the more complex wheats, this may be a good one to start out with.
I would also like to add that I had a bad taste in my mouth while trying this beer, although that had nothing to do with the beer itself. It came from the fact that this is a Chicago beer and I spent the last two evenings watching the Cubs beat the Reds. Plus I’m still not ready to accept the fact that they won the World Series last year, so I’m not overly thrilled by anything Chicago-related at this point. But that’s just me being bitter (unlike this beer!). Join me again tomorrow for another review, and as always, if you like what you see, let us know. And feel free to share our posts on your social media site(s) of choice too!