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312 Urban Wheat - Goose Island Beer Co.

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3,914 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,914
Reviews: 846
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 61
Gots: 643 | 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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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is easy to drink.

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2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

G: Poured into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a pale yellow with a hint a lemony brightness. Slightly cloudy with a good amount of carbonation bubbles. Two-finger white head.

S: Sweet with some citrus spice.

T: Sweet with pale malt and a definite citrus glaze. An ever-so-slight amount of bitterness.

M: A little bit heavy on the carbonation. Also, a tiny bit too much citrus on the swallow.

D: Clean, light, refreshing. Good summer beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy yellow in color and poured with a large bright white head that slowly faced into a thin layer of bubbles coating the surface. A high amount of carbonation is visible.
S: Aromas of lemons really stand out in the nose; there are also some notes of biscuity malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but is slightly stronger and has more balance between the citrus and malt flavors.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and is very smooth and creamy.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and quite refreshing. I would definitely consider having this again on a hot summer day if I was looking for something sessionable.

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: very thin head on a hazy straw colored body.

S: wheat, grains and hint of slightly sour lemon.

T: grains and wheats. lemon provides more of zest and peppery note, differing from the aroma.

M: light body and high carbonation.

Overall: obviously very drinkable. Nice flavor for a usually bland genre. one of the better for the style.

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2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

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3.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a modest head that leaves a nice patch or two of lacing

Smell: Yeasty and bready with a touch of banana

Taste: Starts out with a somewhat sweet graham cracker flavor that brings a bit of a lemony aspect in the middle; after the swallow the sweeter flavors intensify and bring in a touch of banana and vanilla; there is a bit of graininess in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A nice summer quaffer

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Built for the hot and hazy days of summer, 312 Urban Wheat delivers high refreshment with mild zesty fruit taste, crisp and clean and just enough character to keep the most hardened beer enthusiast coming back for more.

Pouring with a mild, milky haze the bright yellow ale builds a fluffy cottony head that endures the session with medium lace and retention. The beer simply has an appetizing appearance.

Aromatic with the light must and tartness of wheat, an overall estery quality of green apples, lemon zest, and juicy oranges meets soft clove, white pepper, and lemongrass herbs for a refreshing and balanced scent. But when compared to traditional German wheat ales, this American wheat has muted aromas and tilt ever so slightly to the acidic side.

Flavor do much the same as the taste of wheat malt, protien, and starch give a semi-rich taste that's backed with the sweetness of Juicy Fruit bubblegum and yeasty dough. Lemony acidity, citrus, and sulfur gives a briskness to the flavor that ensures a snappy and clean finish. The light lactic-like quality of fermentation gives a platform to the tartness that informs the fruit esters and together, provides wholesome and togetherness.

Medium bodied, at least until the carbonation subsides at mid palate; but the finish is quick, clean, and pleasantly acidic. Allowing a mild linger of zesty fruit and dry wheat malt, the finish is backed by the mild warmth of mint and herbs.

Where I generally enjoy the fuller flavor of authentic Hefeweizens, I can see this crisper, cleaner, and more simplified palate finding way into my glass while enjoying a game at Wrigley Field.

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3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tap: Poured a light bright yellow color ale with a small foamy head with limited retention. Aroma consists of wheat malt with semi-sweet notes. Taste is also dominated by wheat malt with light sugary notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not much more then a middle of the road wheat ale.

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sun-weathered maize with a summer blizzard of fine yeasties. The head, which resembles vanilla cotton candy, displays a remarkable amount of persistence given its apparent airiness. Unfortunately, a lack of tackiness means almost no lace makes its way to the glass.

It's hard for beer of this style to stand out, especially where the nose is concerned. The way to do it, as Three Floyds has proven, is to add a significant amount of distinctive hops (that is, ones I like) to the brew kettle. In Gumballhead's case that means Amarillo and in 312's case that means Cascade. This beer is much less enthusiastically hopped. Still though, the clean, bright grapefruitiness of the Cascade is noticeable over the malted barley and the wheat.

On the palate it's a different story. The citrusy hoppiness is now more prominent and puts 312 up there with the small handful of truly good APWAs that I've tasted. It's still recognizable as a wheat beer, and is exquisitely balanced, but the zing of lemon and grapefruit peel gives it that something extra that allows the word bland to be discarded without a second thought. Sometimes I think 'American wheat' and 'bland' are synonyms.

The amount of flavor, while never monstrous, doesn't decline precipitously on the finish, but lingers for a while. Nor does the quality of the flavor degrade on the finish or as the beer warms. 312 Urban Wheat is light and airy in the mouth, suiting its purposes as a quenching summer beer exceptionally well.

In case anyone is interested, 312 refers to the telephone area code for the Goose Island brewery. It seems to me the folks at GI have achieved what they set out to achieve with this beer. That is, to give an often lackluster style a kick in the ass with Cascade hops and to give the lawnmower beer category a quality newcomer. Mission accomplished on both counts.

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3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a surprisingly clear looking brew, the color was golden and the head was white. The smell of the beer gives off some sweet wheat aromas, perhaps some other sweet grains as well. The nose of this beer is very light, nothing too pronounced here really. The taste of the beer is soft, quite refreshing, not fruity just light and enjoyable without much of a hop bitterness. The mouthfeel of the beer is light with a moderate carbonation. Overall it's a good drinking beer, isn't something I'd want all the time but it was nice to try.

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2.25/5  rDev -33.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very bright golden yellow, huge white billowing head, decent retention. Nice side glass lace, good cloudy appearence, lots of carbonation. Very light, lots of yeast with a touch of some lemon maybe, light in aromas, not in overall strength of smell. Very very nice, light palate with a bigtime yeast presence. Lots of grain with a hint of lemon or some other kind of bitter hops, great flavors. One of the best haefe flavor profiles I have tasted. Crisp, clean. very nice carbonation. Great overall feel. Superb, could drink this all night long. Was great when first cold, even better as it warmed up. Just a phenomal Hefe.

Overall I was really quite impressed Just a downright tasty hefe.

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3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Matt for sending me a bottle of this.

A: The beer pours a slightly hazed bright yellow color with a short lived white head.

S: Fairly light on the nose but some definite citrus notes of lemon peel and orange. A decent enough floral hop character is present as well. Sweet bread and wheat in terms of the malt content.

T: Much more yeasty than I had expected. Wheat bread is there, but the flavor is quite light as well. Lemon zest and a mild to moderate tartness. Not as much hop flavor as I had anticipated, given the nose.

M: Light in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: As far as the Pale Wheat style of beer goes, this isn't bad, but it's still not something I'd care to drink again.

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312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
77 out of 100 based on 3,914 ratings.