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312 Urban Wheat - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 849
Hads: 4,160
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%
Wants: 72
Gots: 899 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DrunkMcDermott on 04-16-2004

Hazy straw color, light orange hop aroma, fruity ale flavor, creamy body.
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Reviews: 849 | Hads: 4,160
Photo of Suttbagseazy
5/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I may be biased being from Chicago, but I love this beer. I think it is the most refreshing beer you can have on a summer day outside. I love the yellow label and logo with the skyline. Even the after taste is pleasant. 312 feels like home when I drink it now that I'm away from my city. Holds a special place in my heart. (322 characters)

Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A light yellowish golden color. Lemony tartness. Very bready. The wheat definitely comes thru. A little yeasty/funky. Light bodied. Crushable. Not the worst wheat beer I've had, certainly not the best. Nothing really pops on the taste buds. Taste better on draft to me. (269 characters)

Photo of fishyakLA
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Boring. No real character. I paired this with spicy Chinese food, which worked out OK. It looks the part of an unfiltered wheat ale. But the good news ends there. I share the opinions of many others. Tasted a little watered down. I concur with the "It's OK, but I won't buy another" reviews. (298 characters)

Photo of Zet
3.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Light golden yellow colour with a head of foam that quickly disappears. Nice fresh smell of cloves and flowers. The taste is a bit weak however. Mostly citric and pretty malty, with some fruity esters somewhere in the back. It is very refreshing though, probably due to its low abv. (282 characters)

Photo of GrizzlyRogers
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A brew on tap at the local bar, sipped numerous and keep coming back for more. Golden look but clear with a thin head, smelt the wheat right off the bat, tasted bitter and somewhat hoppy but crisp and refreshing. I enjoy this beer anytime I get it. (249 characters)

Photo of The_Snow_Bird
2.6/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Has a nice pale golden look along with a thick white head to go with it. It has a strong wheat smell. Has a little bit of a wheat taste to it, seems a little watered down. (171 characters)

Photo of UKBeerman
2.7/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have had a few of these on draft as well as purchased a 6 pack of bottles. It does not taste or smell bad...and it does not taste or smell good. I would say there is very little aroma or flavor....period. it is not a Hefeweizen so it should not smell fruit like I suppose...but there is no hop. Aroma either. Not a BAD beer, just a little lifeless for my taste. Close to soda water...and I can get that from much less expensive brews (439 characters)

Photo of Rstark112211
4.16/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Really good wheat beer. It looks and smells great. Tastes like a wheat beer should. I'm not sure what some of the bad reviewers were expecting. Balanced with great mouth feel and easy drinking. Nice summer beer. (215 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It gets the job done and is a run of the mill wheat ale. Not blowing anyone away here though. Just think of a blue moon minus the orange.

Will not purchase again. (163 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy; medium gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: bread; citrus; grainy;

T: grainy; a little bread; a little yeasty at the finish; bitterness is barely perceptible;

M: light bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: easy to drink, but not very interesting; (298 characters)

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is bright orange, light amber, cloudy.
Head of poor, white
The aroma is very delicate, a little apricot, a little honey, slightly metallic, something like mineral water with lots of iron ions.
Taste, aroma as incredibly weak, although it can be traced apricot, honey, and as previously metallicity.
Gentian and how alcohol is not noticeable.
Saturation is a medium toward high. 312 Goose Island brewery although mute strong aroma or taste is incredibly refreshing beer, maybe even slightly watery, although in this case it is rather an asset. Perfect for heat (569 characters)

Photo of BayernMunchen3113
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent wheat beer. Wanted to try it but probably wouldn't purchase again if I had the choice. However, this beats the crap out of Summer Shandy for a summer beer so if those are your two options pick this one up. Much cleaner and more refreshing. (246 characters)

Photo of TopherBreski
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slight gold color with decent carbonation with a clean wheat smell. Light yet crisp wheat taste - very good compared to extremely heavy wheats. Well above average beer. (169 characters)

Photo of MadCat
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look: Golden yellow with a slight haze, but this is the clearest "hazy" beer I've seen. Short white head with little impact

Smell: Wheat, lemon, some phenols

Taste: Grainy, wheat, yeast, lemon

Feel: Light body, good carbonation

Overall: Not a stellar brew by any means. Not bad, but there are other regular GI offerings I'd rather have. (342 characters)

Photo of ZBowden
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear straw gold with fluffy white head, smells of wheat and slight yeast, tastes of spicy bitter hops with wheat on the finish, smooth mouthfeel with clean finish (169 characters)

Photo of Kelsey_M
4.79/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Excellent beer. I love wheat beers but hate the full feeling after drinking a heavy wheat beer such as blue moon. 312 Urban Wheat is extremely light and yet still embodies all of the things I love about a wheat beer. (216 characters)

Photo of KatieS5643
2.49/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I was surprised at this beer, it was orange and bubbly, very bubble. It had a citrus scent and you could smell the hops. The taste was tart and fruits. (151 characters)

Photo of Kirsten_Ann92
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has an orange/ yellow look to it. And when you smell it, it has a great citrus aroma with a hint of wheat. When tasted it has a great hops flavor giving off some of the citrus notes. It's really easy to drink and probably a great summer beer. (252 characters)

Photo of Sydney10
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visual: Pours a golden color.
Smell: Fruity smells of lemon, pear and apple. Yeasty and grassy notes as well.
Taste: Nice balance between fruit and wheat tastes. The fruit taste is banana and pear.
Overall: A lighter beer that would be wonderful during a bbq. Very easy drinking. (282 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy, semi-transparent golden with a fairly thick white head. Aroma is crisp and wheaty with a fruity hint. Flavor fills the mouth with wheaty, grassy and subtle fruity notes. Smooth texture has good body, a fair amount of fizz, and some grassy, straw-like scratchiness. Did they brew this with straw, or hay? Tastes like that - and I mean it positively. Texture has average body and fizz, leaving a grassy and hay-ish finish. Get urban with this one! (459 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 12/1/2014. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, light banana/clove, wheat, biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and bready malt notes; with decent strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, light banana/clove, wheat, biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, light banana/clove. wheat, biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice robustness and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and bready malt notes; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly bready/creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a nice pale wheat ale. All around good robustness and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering. (1,427 characters)

Photo of ARoman
3.29/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

*transferred from old notes - 12/28/2013*
12 oz bottle poured into a shaker. The aroma nothing special. It’s not offense, but it’s fairly faint. It has some light citrus sweet notes to it (mostly lemon), accompanied by some floral notes and a light grassy hop accent . It pours straw yellow with a thin, white head that, pours strong, but recedes quickly. There’s nothing too dramatic in the taste either; having a mild sweetness throughout, and a light, pleasantly sour note at the finish. Initially tastes lightly of lemon zest with some bread-like flavor to it as well as a hint of woody, clean, clove-like spice in there too. It finishes closer to apple juice with some orange in it. The initial sips are highly carbonated, and the fizziness keeps some presence throughout, but by the end, it’s a bit more malty and syrupy, but generally finishes clean. (865 characters)

Photo of Michelleluw
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am a huge Goose Island fan...still struggling with their sell-out. 312 is their classic brew that I love recommending to new beer drinkers. Smooth and balanced with citrus nodes, I love this beer. (198 characters)

Photo of ravisingh
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L: The color is about a 3 on the SRM. I would describe it as a pretty golden straw color, a little hazy. An inch of a head that's white and fizzy and dissipates quickly. A tartness to the finish.

S: There is a definite sweetness as far as esters with the first whiff, maybe banana. After that a definite hops wood like aroma like cut cedar. Also a bready quality. There was also a spiciness like cinnamon or nutmeg, but real subtle.

T: The flavor was nice with that slightly muskiness of wheat beers. Subtle and refreshing. A mild roasted quality on the malt end and some earthy cedar notes for the hops balance.

F: Medium-light body and medium-light carbonation.

O: Overall this is a pleasant wheat beer with a pretty straw color and smooth wheat beer taste. (773 characters)

Photo of founddrama
2.41/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Grassy aroma. And the flavor is dominated by "grassy" as well. Crisp finish. Almost no hop profile. Very light-bodied.

It'd be fair to compare it to a Kölsch except that a Kölsch is refreshing. And the grassy flavors here just make this… meh.

Also: hella foamy. (268 characters)

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312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
78 out of 100 based on 849 ratings.