For some reason, declaring a loyalty to an area code (in this case 312) is just sad. I lived in the same house in NJ for 20+ years and had 3 different area codes. Between my work, my home, my cell phone and my wife's cell phone, we have 3 area codes just under one roof. So naming this beer after one of Chicago's area codes is just ridiculous. And, coincidentally, so is this beer. GI's website says "like the area code, it's densely populated with flavor and character." It had neither flavor nor character. It "looked" like the perfect wheat beer. Its taste was devoid of hops, or any of that citrus zest that you should get from a wheat. In other words, it just fell flat. Not even the Chicago Cubs wanted to be associated with 312, they jumped to 773.
Reviewed: January 12, 2008