Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Ale (4.4%)

I was surprised to see this on the shelves of my local Tesco and had to grab a bottle.
In actual fact I kind of wish I hadn’t as this is a singularly uninspiring beer.
There’s barely any aroma other than the smallest hint of something spicy and yeasty, and in your mouth there’s next to nothing to go at.
Tiny flecks of All Spice, the thinnest sliver of banana and the softest, most out of focus floral ambience that it’s more of a rumour of something missing.
312 is like a beer that’s had its innards removed and I’m more than a little disappointed.

About Simon Williams

Founder of CAMRGB. Member of The British Guild Of Beer Writers. Leftist bigmouth. Old and grumpy.
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7 Responses to Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Ale (4.4%)

  1. Beerguy says:

    Goose Island is owned by AB-InBev. Perhaps that explains the low quality.

  2. Nik Cockshott says:

    What do expect from Barack Obama’s favourite beer…

  3. Doug Bumpby says:

    I find that I have a similar problem with Sierra Nevada at my local supermarket of choice, always dull, oxidised and lightstruck.
    The problem might be not the beer but how long it’s taken to get to the shelf, and where has it been in the meantime, for how long and in what conditions. It’s all very well finding the occasional gem when I’ve popped in for spring onions but disappointment often results. That said, 312 is a only a few notches up from its adopted cousin Hoegaarden and tends not to be the ester bomb, you get from a decent Hefeweizen. Goes well with Chinese food though.

  4. Beer doctor says:

    agree with Simon terrible beer , tried it this weekend also. their IPA is good as is Honkers

    It’s actually owned ny Molson Coors however they fiercessly try to remain independent of any corporate interference …..I also agree with the supermarket shelf life comment

  5. arn says:

    I agree this one is quite disappointing, almost watered down

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