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312 Urban Wheat - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 2824
Reviews: 775
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15%

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:
Hazy straw color, light orange hop aroma, fruity ale flavor, creamy body.

(Beer added by: DrunkMcDermott on 04-16-2004)
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Photo of AtrumAnimus


4.16/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours an mostly clear and pale gold. A bit more clear than I would expect for a Wheat ale. The head thick and white, very fluffy and long lived as well as leaving decent lacing down the glass.

The nose is sharp hops and malted that is coated with subtle undertones of bread, citrus and some floral notes.

The flavor is a nicely hopped wheat that has a nice semi-fruity malt that is nearly perfectly balanced. There are flavors of bread, lemon, that is finished by the blend of hops that have a nice clean finish.

The mouthfeel is adequate for a wheat ale, a bit watery but not bad.

Overall this one is very drinkable, tasty and not too heavy. I really like it and look forward to drinking more. I see this as a great companion beer to spicy foods like Super hot wings and real boiled crawfish that are not made for tourist.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 23:13:14 | More by AtrumAnimus
Photo of mactrail


3.79/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks inviting enough in the narrow Einbecker glass, with a hazy pale amber color and professional-looking white suds. A whiff of malt with a spicy hint. Pleasant prickly carbonation on the tongue. Very light bodied, though the sudsiness makes it seem thicker and there is some malty substance.

This is more of a cross between an American Wheat and a light Hefeweizen. There is not any actual spicy German esters, but it's more flavorful and warm. Some toasty and sugar cookie flavors with a lemony hint. Just the faintest bitter tinge.

Rating as an American Wheat it's well above average. From the 12 oz can purchased at Special Brews in Lynnwood, Washington.

Serving type: can

04-16-2014 04:10:38 | More by mactrail
Photo of AmyfaceNYC

New York

3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer was similar to the 312 Urban Ale I had the same night, but I slightly preferred the Urban Wheat, since at least this beer had ~some~ flavor. And that flavor is: wheat (no surprise there). Not an incredibly complex or challenging beer, but the wheat flavor is fairly strong here, which adds a nice sweetness to the beer and brings to mind sitting on lawns in the summer (in my mind at least). Moderate hops and carbonation. Because this beer has a fairly strong wheat flavor, its a little more of a slow-drinking beer than the Urban Ale, but you'll pay more attention to it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2014 22:57:57 | More by AmyfaceNYC
Photo of myelo


2.89/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale hazy yellow with small, quickly dissipating head. Tiny bubbles.

Aroma is light malt with a slight hint of citrus orange. And … that's about it.

Taste is light malt with a bit of lemon. Mild clean hop bitterness. Minimal ethanol.

Light body with a lot of carbonation.

Overall this is an easy drinking summer beer. I had this while cooking hamburgers and hotdogs on a grill which is the perfect role for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 22:23:41 | More by myelo
Photo of Bouleboubier


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

(on tap at Rogues Gallery, Philly - served in a shaker pint)

A: ultra-light beer yellow, appears to be filtered clean.... there was a good bit of cottony, white head on the pour - wanted to stick around for a minute, but, you know...

S: nothing to write home about... super mellow - hints of toasted malt, flowery (petals, sepals, and stem) hops - First Gold and Cascade are great, not over-the-top hops - they should've highlighted them more - more late hop additions?... I dare say the intensities of the aromas were more on par with an adjunct lager

T: tastes like a weak pale ale with perhaps a slight wheat edge, but not much... the hop bitterness is grassy and firm, the flavor is a mild lemon zest... very low on malt (bread) flavor, not much character (dough) from the yeast - should I even be anticipating that? this IS a pale ale... almost adjunct lager in its total package - a passing homage to a Bohemian Pils?... little aftertaste aside from the grassy hops

M: somewhat crisp, clean... lighter in body and more dry of a finish than I would have expected... nothing residual

O: a bit underwhelming... might be nicer in the summer... i'm not even sure this could be a gateway beer to the BMC crowd - i'm sure this has its audience either way

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2014 17:08:21 | More by Bouleboubier
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3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Have to give some respect to this beer from Goose Island... 312 was the first sixer I bought when I turned 21.

Just had it again on draft seven years later...

A: yellow color, no lacing, no head
S: normal wheat scent
T: light beer taste. Nothing special; I've moved on to bigger and better things
M: again, basic wheat flavor; nothing special
O: not bad, but there are other wheat beers out there that top this one

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2014 04:19:54 | More by Swettenham_Shire
Photo of Cory_Brown


3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered a torpedo keg of this for our kegerator. This was one of my transition beers into the craft world so I'm pretty high on it. Cloudy yellow appearance with a white head. Flavor is good, wheat, slight metallic flavor, and lingering yeast. It keeps me coming back for more though. The flavor is good enough and the drinkability is amazing, less calories than a Budweiser. Awesome go to light beer and one that anyone new to craft should try!

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2014 08:12:25 | More by Cory_Brown
Photo of FLima


3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Yellow color with a thin head with low retention.
Light aroma of sweet wheat malt, honey and oranges.
Clear flavor of wheat, fresh oranges and lemon and floral hops.
Watery body with low but lively carbonation with tiny bubbles. A bit acid.
Thirst quencher beer, difficult to get more refreshing. Below average complexity and a bit watery, though.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2014 00:36:12 | More by FLima
Photo of archyquaffer


3.64/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a long neck into a 10 ounce sampler. No fruit. An aggressive produces only about 1/4 of head that quickly dissipates into wispy, ephemeral lacing. Nevertheless, there is some very lively carbonation for a time, with a few noticeably large bubbles. The beer is an extra pale straw color with no haze.

I get very little aroma on the nose, but a bit more in the burps and aftertaste. I detect a good bit of grassy and lemony tones, with some tingling on the tongue and lingering mild herbal bitterness. The beer is very light in body but with a decent mouth feel nonetheless.

The beer is quite refreshing, easy drinking, and would make a great session beer during warm weather or simply as a nice break from heavier beers. The subtle lemon flavor, light body, and low ABV is reminiscent of a shandy. While I'm sure there are higher quality examples of this particular style, this is very drinkable and worth the price I paid for the sixer (I think it was about 6.99).

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 05:52:37 | More by archyquaffer
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

3.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a hazy golden hue, with a two finger off white head at the top that does not leave a lot of lacing.

S: Little bit of wheat and lemon and honey, but nothing very out there, pretty bland in smell.

T: Same as the nose, pretty bland, the lemon and sweetness comes through, slight hint of malts as well.

M: Medium Bodied, slight carbonation, a tiny bit sticky.

O: Not one of the best beers I have had but an easy drinker, nothing spectular on this one from Goose Island.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 19:48:45 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of A-Ham


3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

312 has a lot of flavor for a lighter beer. This is one of my go-to beers, especially if I need to entertain and have beer that I know most will like. In my experience it goes well with chicken and fish, or after a long day of work. If you haven't tried it I strongly recommend that you do.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 18:36:19 | More by A-Ham
Photo of bmwats


3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a hand glass.

A: Light hay colored hue. Pours a 2 finger, dry, frothy, white head. Craters slowly, and unevenly. Continually rising effervescence. Blanket of foam maintains. Fair amounts of lacing.

S: Hay and lemon citrus.

T: Light wheaty flavor with hints of lemon.

M: Light and crisp. Shallow depth. Very little aftertaste.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Frothy head, maintaining effervescence and fair lacing. Nose is light and citrusy. Light and wheaty flavor accentuated with a bit of lemon citrus. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 00:11:41 | More by bmwats
Photo of TastyAdventure


3.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Swirled the last of it score pouring to get the yeast in. This kind of comes across as a American Adjunct Lager with Ale yeast, a little wheat added. The mouthfeel and flavor does have some qualities of a wheat beer, but tastes like a cheaply made highly "drinkable" beer made for high profitability.
Better than all the BMC products but still disappointing. There's a mild orange flavor that is pleasant. Mouthfeel is a little chalky and unpleasant.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 20:42:42 | More by TastyAdventure
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3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes. Served as part of a GI tasting at Whole Foods Venice.

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow with a half-inch thick white head which leaves spotty lace.

N: Wheaty grains and some light lemony notes.

T: Wheat, corn, slight clove spice, banana esters, lemony citrus.

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Thin and somewhat watery.

O: First part of the GI tasting and you've got to start someplace. Not something I'd revisit.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 05:38:23 | More by wethorseblanket
Photo of Beerfull


3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a wheat ale for people who like light beers. It is very clear compared to other wheat ales, and it also feels light in your mouth. This beer tastes smooth with a little after taste, but I feel this beer is missing some flavor like fruits, spices, or anything other than light beer flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 04:20:29 | More by Beerfull
Photo of propel692000


2.81/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I bought this beer knowing i love Belgian wheat ales. The "Urban Wheat Ale" interested me, however overall it was generic and not worth the price.

A- Very light colored, almost Pilsner looking, Fine bubbles, looking highly carbonated. very fine head lasting 30 seconds.

S- Smells of wheat, corn, and maybe a hint of something citrus, maybe lemon grass.

T- Tastes of wheat, corn and seltzer water, a little sour. Almost tastes like a wheaty Budweiser.

M- Overly carbonated, watery, and light.

O- Overall Its an overpriced generic beer that claims to be craft. I don't deny that its quite drinkable, almost enjoyable. Its just not worth $8.50 a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 04:02:35 | More by propel692000
Photo of tom_cusack

United Kingdom (England)

3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Light blond in colour, thick white head that didn't last.

S- Very delicate yeasts and hopps with notes of grapefruit.

T- The beer packs much more flavour than the smell leads you to believe. Very fruity to start which then rolls around to a spicy creamy finish that lasts.

M- quite a light body that is slightly carbonated.

O- A very refreshing beer that would be perfect on a summers day. A much more interesting alternative to a traditional Belgium style wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 20:41:30 | More by tom_cusack
Photo of Siegenthaler


2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed: Dec 3, 2013
Beer Advent - Day 3

Poured 12 oz bottle into pint glass. According to the bottle the beer was brewed in Baldwinsville, NY (not too far from where I grew up) rather than Illinois as I expected. Bright clear yellow color from the instant it hits the glass with a nice but short-lived fizzy head.

Not too much on the nose. Hints of yeasty white bread and malts. As the beer warmed up the hops made their presence known much to my delight. Taste matches the smell. Clean. Simple. Easy drinker for a hot summer afternoon. I am not usually a big wheat beer fan but this is one I would be happy to have handed to me as a refresher after mowing the lawn.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 00:07:26 | More by Siegenthaler
Photo of dhannes


2.86/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint...was part of a mixed six-pack I received as a gift, so no idea of how fresh it may or may not be.

A=Greenish yellow...unappealing to me. Slight murkiness, but decent two finger head.

S=Sour lemons and lemon zest...maybe grapefruit.

T=Rather sour...much more than I anticipated. Lemon, hint of grapefruit, hint of wheat. Finish was like flat 7UP,

M=Rather light in body...reminded me of a flat soda with low carbonation.

O=Enjoyable at times, and I could see it being rather refreshing in the summer, but not enjoyable. I may try this beer again in the summer if I find it on tap, but I would not buy a six-pack based on this sample.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 00:24:23 | More by dhannes
Photo of ghostdog

New York

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crisp refreshing nothing special but they go down
easy & fast :) Very slight hops at 1st but not discernible after drinking a few of then. would go great with shellfish like raw oysters and clams. Most goose island beers are drinkable but not outstanding or particularly memorable but most are enjoyable. Most of my local deli's mcarry a good variety of Goose Island beer so when I can't get to my regular supply of great craft beer these do the trick.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 07:26:17 | More by ghostdog
Photo of Jadjunk


3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Goose Island's 312 Urban Wheat Ale is brewed in the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. It's currently a year round offering, available in 6 packs and draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 54º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a fizzy soft white head over a medium hazy body with moderate specks of sediment and light, relaxed carbonation. Retention is average at best, quite underwhelming for a wheat ale. No lacing or legs to speak of in the appearance. 2.75

(Smell) Pale, grassy malts, some floral hop notes, a touch of very thin fluffy wheat malt, a very light aromatic background of musty lemon acidity. Potency is light. I'm not very satisfied by the aroma of this beer, I find it too mundane in aroma, lacking in traditional wheat aromas, and the lemon profile leads most of the aroma, but comes off too harsh, reminiscent of vinegar or sea salt. 3

(Taste) The flavor is a marked improvement over the aroma, with some enjoyable fluffy wheat malt settling in, a clean pale malt aroma behind and a more reserved, yet ultimately complimentary hint of orange and lemon, not too acidic nor harsh and far more appropriate for the flavor. Balance is slightly sweet over bitter and acidic, with a very mild floral hop note adding some trace bitterness to give this beer a noticeable "American"-edge over traditional German wheat styles. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is soft, fluffy, clean, mildly acidic. Carbonation keeps the beer very smooth, adding some very mellow accenting crispness to the finish. Body is light/medium for the style, light+ overall. Alcohol presence is low to none. I enjoy the relaxed carbonation of this beer in light of a sharper more fizzy wheat ale, it is pleasingly a more relaxed alternative. 3.75

(Overall) 312 starts off a potentially scary-bad American Wheat Ale, but quickly turns it around in both taste and texture, which is where the big impressions count most. There's nothing to write home about with this beer, it's a predictable, lightly accentuated wheat beer with hints of potential, but ultimately plays it safe. A fair alternative to Pale Ales, I could find myself enjoying this fondly in the summer months at the right price. Highly drinkable and a good session option. 3.5

Goose Island Beer Company's
312 Urban Wheat Ale

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 23:39:37 | More by Jadjunk
Photo of elNopalero


3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I’ve seen this beer around since before they were sold off, but I never got around to it until this year.
Can’t say I have a sense of what’s changed, if anything.

Pours a golden color with thin foaming. I get a light wheaten aroma, with a hint of coriander and some citrus. It’s smooth and easy drinking, without anything that stands out. Struck me as pretty run of the mill.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 08:32:19 | More by elNopalero
Photo of hopsputin


3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

a: hazy golden orange, with some real bright yellow notes towards the bottom of the glass. large 3-4 finger frothy white head that has some fizz at the top

s: yep. theres some wheat in here for sure. having trouble picking up much else. there is some lemon zest, cardboardy yeast, something slightly herbal in here

t: very light in the flavor. i know this is an ale, but this is very much reminding me of an adjunct lager. some pale sweet citrus, grainy, some faint herbal flavors, a very mellow pepper spice.

m: fizzy and light mouthfeel. a lot of carbonation that you can feel

o: well. its refreshing if you don't have any water on hand i guess. but, there is not much going on in the flavor here at all. what i did pick up i struggled to taste. probably not worth your money

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 05:01:23 | More by hopsputin
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2.99/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Brilliant straw yellow with a strong white head that is somewhat sticky.

Aroma is of wheat, a little bit of fruit. Not a whole lot going on in the nose.

Crisp and refreashing, slight tang in the finish. No hops detectable.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side for the style.

Overall an ok beer. Refreashing but not really great for the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 01:24:44 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
Photo of OscarPark


4.34/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance : light straw
Smell : lemon yeast
Taste : Citrus Hoppy Yeast
Mouthfeel: slightly thicker, lingering
Overall : If you like blue moon or shocktop, you won't like this beer. Don't think of this as a wheat beer, think of it as the smoothest IPA you will ever drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 05:05:03 | More by OscarPark
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312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
78 out of 100 based on 2,824 ratings.