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312 Urban Wheat - Goose Island Beer Co.

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4,023 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,023
Reviews: 886
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 63
Gots: 732 | 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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Ratings: 4,023 | Reviews: 886
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Photo of KF_MSU
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of Pingi523
3.91/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Photo of dikebrewery
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Photo of crob3888
2/5  rDev -41%
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.

Photo of founddrama
2.41/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

Photo of Antc2382
3.17/5  rDev -6.5%
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

Photo of austen_d
4.39/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, tart, and crisp. Refreshing wheat ale.

Photo of Robalypse
4.02/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Photo of Gajo74
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of redliner8
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty summer beer, really refreshing

Photo of Stevedore
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of Joe_Howard
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of Tripel_Threat
2.81/5  rDev -17.1%
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

Photo of Way2Fresh_Slim
4.14/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

nice taste...light, with lemon notes...slightly creamy as well!

Photo of chefhatt
3/5  rDev -11.5%
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

Photo of BigJace21
3.74/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tastes like a classy Budweiser.

Photo of RyanPoff
3.27/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of bmeGT
2/5  rDev -41%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Meh. Just another low abv bland wheat

Photo of Trombone69
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of sgoodship
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

A: Light hazy straw. Plenty of active carbonation some sticking to the glass and some rising in pillars. Nice frothy white two finger head. A little lacing - small spots. Good head retention.

S: Wheat of course. Quite fresh like cut straw. A hint of lemon. Very subtle nose in general.

T: Nice and clean as you would expect but I felt like the wheat taste was lacking. It should be light to drink on a warm summer day but at times it was watery. For me, the finish and aftertaste were the most lacking. The hop is very subtle and it is missing that nice thirst quenching wheat ending that brings you back for more. There is a touch of lemon and maybe a hint of coriander or some sweet spice but all in all, it's too weak.

M: Light body which is made to feel lighter because of the watery taste. Plenty of active carbonation as expected.

D: I like a Wheat beer once in a while but this would not be a go-to.

Photo of Engibeer
4.18/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Chicago skyline appears on the label and the name of the beer really make this American wheat feel like a regional offering. I like it.

The appearance was appropriate for the style, bright golden yellow color, with a solid white head and just a hint of cloudiness from the yeast. I swirled the last bit and dumped the sediment into the glass to get the full effect. It left a nice lace on the weizen glass.

The aroma was very pleasant, but the taste is where this beer shines. Bold lemon flavors abound. No trace of banana esters to me. Just a faint hint of hops.

This beer is very tasty and extremely drinkable. I will definitely pick up more of this during the summer.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, bright pale yellow pour with a nice bubbly white head on top. Nice rising carbonation in my tall glass. Good sweet grainy nose along with hints of lemon and orange. Just a hint of spiciness as well. Not too bad.

A clean, crisp wheat grain maltiness along with some citric flavors of lemon, orange and even some ripe melon. A slight hop bitterness follows down the back of the palate along with a hint of spice. A nice example of a normally uninspiring style.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice wave of small bubbly carbonation that fills the mouth. Refreshing and easy to drink...this would make a great summer session brew. I could see myself having quite a few of these on a sunny day working in the yard. Definetly worth a try.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

During a layover at Midway, stopped in a bar for a beer. It was either this on tap or Honker in a bottle. I chose this one.

Faint hazy orange color. Small white head with some lace.

Fresh, outdoorsy aroma. Faint citrus.

Wheat taste, a little bit of orange.

This was a pleasant enough beer that I imagine would be quite thirst quenching. Nothing overwhelming.

Photo of DamDweller
4.3/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat, 2010

I find this beer to be one of the better American wheats I have had so far. Often times many American wheats need lemon to add some semblance of flavor, but this has all the flavor you need right in the bottle. Pours a golden hugh with a nice lasting head. The carbonation is just right and adds to the refreshing side of the beer. Smells of cloves and citrus with a hint of banana. Initially the body seems to be very light, but thickens nicely as it goes down. Considering the well balanced nature of this beer it is very drinkable.

Photo of generallee
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Weizen glass. The label has a "Bottled On" date but no ABV%

Appearance: It has a very light hazy straw yellow color with some fine yeast sediment in suspension. There is a little visible carbonation as well that helps support it nice foamy white head. The head hangs on well and makes a few cool lace rings near the top of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is light and has a simple clean bready/yeast character.

Taste/Palate: There is a light clean bready/biscuit like malt base with a very light hop bitterness. The finish is snappy and the light body and texture are refreshing.

Notes: There not much to say. It hits its mark as a basic Pale Wheat Ale.

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312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
77 out of 100 based on 4,023 ratings.