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312 Urban Wheat - Goose Island Beer Co.

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847 Reviews
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Reviews: 847
Hads: 4,156
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.58%
Wants: 71
Gots: 891 | 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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews by ngandhi:
Photo of ngandhi
3.71/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It doesn't take much to make a decent wheat beer--most are insipid. And you can't really blame the brewers; wheat ferments out so quick, you'll be lucky if you ever get anything more out of it than a fluffy white head. A blonde, airhead beer.

Which means it takes a lot to make a great one.

With the 312, Goose Island has only one challenger in the U.S.: Allagash. And Allagash belongs in Germany.

This is one of the best classic wheat beers--lightly spiced with flavors of clove and coriander from the yeast, citrusy, and incredibly refreshing. The finish is grainy, which goes nicely alongside the toasty aromas.

It's not a terribly complex beer, which is exactly the point--it's not *terribly* complex. Some wheats can so overwhelm you with their spices that you don't know whether it's a beer you're drinking or a fruitcake. I hate fruitcake. And I hate having to spritz my beer with an orange slice just to put it back in line.

Hold your fruit. Drink your beer.

Relax, relaxx,
ng (992 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of KF_MSU
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light, wheat smell with hints of lemon. Smooth taste with grapefruit flavors. (78 characters)

Photo of Pingi523
3.91/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of my standards that I keep around. Just a good beer that doesn't disappoint. Pretty smooth with a nice aroma. (114 characters)

Photo of dikebrewery
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer for Sunday lunch. On tap bar Louis in Denver. I enjoyed it. Refreshing and easy drinking. (104 characters)

Photo of crob3888
2/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Well, it looks something like a beer. The color of urine. Huge bubbles, chunky sediment. Just not that appetizing.
Smell: What smell? There's a slight breadiness that comes across.
Taste: Most wheat ales I've had are tasty. There's hops, there's fruit flavors, there's wheat and bread and maybe even clove. There's complexity. This beer has none of those qualities. It's bland, with only slight breadiness and no discernible fruit or floral qualities that I'd normally look for. A huge disappointment. Poor example of the style.
Feel: It's supposed to be creamy, but it comes off as only partially creamy. At least the bubbles feel nice, but I could get that from many other beers.
Overall: If I was blind-tasting this, I'd be able to guess it's an AB product. It's probably mind-blowing for people used to drinking Bud Light, but I'll be honest, I almost would rather drink a Bud Light because it's easier to swallow. I had to drain pour this, and I hate drain pouring beers. (991 characters)

Photo of founddrama
2.41/5  rDev -29.7%
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)

Photo of Antc2382
3.17/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This wheat ale is not particularly memorable or remarkable in any way. It's actually the weakest of all of Goose Islands products that I have tried so far. Not to say it's bad, but their beers are usually very good. Ok, whatever beer here (238 characters)

Photo of austen_d
4.39/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, tart, and crisp. Refreshing wheat ale. (44 characters)

Photo of Robalypse
4.02/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm a bit surprised at some of the earlier reviews for this beer. I don't know if it has been revised at some point but a lot of the descriptions don't seem to match the batch I'm drinking.

The appearance for starters, is a deep copper color. On the pour there's a full but fleeting head for this style. The smell is pleasant with strong notes of hops and citrus fruit.

The taste is excellent. Light as you would expect from a wheat beer, with greater depth from the malt, hops, and citrus. It comes just to the line of crossing over into being too "hoppy". I'm definitely a fan of this brewery now, having tried a few of their other offerings and this beer in particular. I know a beer is good when I'm surprised out how quickly I'm emptying a glass. (753 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly dark straw color. Interesting aroma, a blend of earthy tones and some malt. Taste is wheaty, spicy and some elements of mineral water. An easy drinking light and crisp feel. Not a bad brew but a tad on the bland side. (234 characters)

Photo of redliner8
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty summer beer, really refreshing (36 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap on 312 Day. Served in a Goose Island nonic pint glass 3/12/2015.

A- Clear light yellow-slight orange body, one finger white head, a bit of white lacing. Average retention.

S- Wheat, a bit of citrus and not much else. Nothing super impressive, but it does smell of crisp mild lemon.

F- Wheat, mild lemon, a bit of citrus, sweet pale malt, not particularly bitter. Very easy to drink, not superbly flavourful but it would do in a pinch on a warm spring/summer evening.

M- Thinner-medium bodied, refreshing and crisp, nice carbonation and pep to it. Again, easy to drink.

O- Solid beer, not as flavourful as say, Gumball Head; for what it is, its a solid beer with a nice mouthfeel and decent flavour to it. And it's cheap to boot. (741 characters)

Photo of Joe_Howard
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy straw color with a small white head. Smells like wheat malt with hints of lemon, but the scent is very faint. Very mild malt taste with some lemon flavor. Has a typical wheat beer mouth feel. Overall I feel like this beer left a bit to be desired in the taste department. I feel like a lemon wedge would have benefited this beer a great deal. (347 characters)

Photo of Tripel_Threat
2.81/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Pale color, pale flavor. Really, very easy to drink but not anything to call home about (87 characters)

Photo of Way2Fresh_Slim
4.14/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

nice taste...light, with lemon notes...slightly creamy as well! (63 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

kinda grassy, but smooth
good beer to drink while doing yard work
Had at smokey bones (85 characters)

Photo of BigJace21
3.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tastes like a classy Budweiser. (31 characters)

Photo of RyanPoff
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a six pack of this for a discounted $6.99. Poured into a 24 oz snifter.

A: Pours a hazy gold with light white head. About what you'd expect. Very good.

S: Lemongrass, hay, grains and malts. Not bad, but subdued.

T: Hints of lemon, wheat flavor up front and a malty backdrop. Okay, but there are much better examples of this in the region, like Upland and Bells.

M: Fuller than you'd expect - almost creamy. A little heavier than I'd like.

This is average in every sense of the word. (497 characters)

Photo of bmeGT
2/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Meh. Just another low abv bland wheat (37 characters)

Photo of Trombone69
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Easy Drinking, light and pleasant enough, just not a lot of flavor. I think I could pound these all night, no problem. (118 characters)

Photo of davemarc87
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of mojohawk21
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of tectactoe
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jono0101
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
78 out of 100 based on 847 ratings.