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312 Urban Wheat - Goose Island Beer Co.

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2,810 Ratings

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Ratings: 2810
Reviews: 774
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 JohnnyJam


3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle with the date code clearly printed on the band on the neck of the bottle (3/25/13) into a Weizen glass and I get 1 finger of head that dissipates at a moderate rate.

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow color with one finger of head that dissipates at a moderate rate to leave a good amount of suds on the top of the glass until the end. Little to no lacing.

S: Bread, lemon, yeast, and some herbs.

T: White bread, lemon, and some hop bitterness.

M: Light and very drinkable and crisp. There is just the right amount of carbonation which makes the bubbles linger on my tongue. This beer is smooth and goes down good.

O: I like this beer an find it refreshing and easy to drink. It finishes slightly bitter and with a little too much lemon aftertaste. That lemon taste really makes it hard to enjoy the second one. The first one is very good and then hard to finish the second.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 20:29:05 | More by JohnnyJam
Photo of beergoot


3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottling date: 10/22/12 and brewed in Baldwinsville, NY.

Bottle pour resulted in a pale yellow beer in my glass, replete with a thin, big bubble foam head. Sweet, grainy aroma; caramel notes. Faint grain flavors with a dollop of bitterness. Light, big bubble fizziness on the tongue; crisp, clean, dry.

A weak, unassuming beer. Taste-wise, it comes across more like a decent (yet unexciting) American adjunct lager. Despite some decent carbonation, the head wouldn't stick around, but otherwise an okay looking beer. Not really a good example of a wheat-based beer; it lacks some of the smooth graininess I would look for. Nope, nothing to get wrapped around the axle with here. Drinkable yet wholly forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 22:05:49 | More by beergoot
Photo of Lukewarring


2.48/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

doey, yeasty smell. pleasant appearance with a nice head, crisp clear body. Thicker mouth feel for a wheat beer. Full tongue heavy taste for wheat beer with a slightly dry finish. Reminds me of dough going down, not all that pleasant. sort. of a wash of yeast flavor for me. Not very many other deep or well rounded flavors. disclaimer not much of a yeast flavor fan. I hate vegamite. Not a poor drink, but less than OK.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 00:42:09 | More by Lukewarring
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

[Suggested Glassware: Weizen Glass]

The pour was a hazy golden yellow with an average (1-2 finger) white creamy head that steadily receded, down to a thin wispy film with a small collar and possessed fair streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a light grain malt, floral hops and a sweaty yeast with a note of citrus (lemon) and just a bit of spice (coriander I believe).

The taste was lightly sweet and citrusy throughout, progressing with a mild yeast presence and a lightly bitter spicy ending. The flavor however was short lived, fading from the taste buds in a matter of a minute or so, leaving behind mildly spicy bitterness which did not last much longer.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a creamy, dry texture and a carbonation that just surpassed medium in intensity.

Overall this was a decent Wheat Ale, tasty and refreshing with a lightly bitter aftertaste. Although I feel it could have had a stronger yeast presence to round it out…


Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 14:28:50 | More by KajII
Photo of KYGunner


3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very clear pale yellow with marangue like frothy white head.

The aromas were weak but slightly hoppy. Some light summer wheat scent was present but not much else.

The taste was crisp and clean with a wheat bread maltiness and a bit of piney hops. Very easy and sessionable but not substantial, this beer nicely pairs with spicy foods, as a quencher but not built for craft beer enthusiasts.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2013 01:58:58 | More by KYGunner
Photo of rob119


3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Just too light of a beer. Well carbonated, decent head and lacing, murky yellow against the light, and the taste is a little lemony, tastes like a light lager. Definitely not one of those overspiced american wheats you see all the time. Nothing special, wouldnt seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 00:27:45 | More by rob119
Photo of Icewarped


4.19/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent wheat beer, goes down smooth and tastes light. I'm not a fan of heavy wheat beers. This beer is a great drink a few beers.

No strong aroma to speak of. The color is perfect golden yellow.

It's a great beer with food as it doesn't weigh you down.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2013 00:18:32 | More by Icewarped
Photo of Mojo


3.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle -> World Market wheat beer glass

A - pours up a very pale hazy gold with a nice white head eventually receding into a thin retention ring and bits of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - very weak on the nose, but what there is there is a pleasant change from the usual banana smell from most wheat beers. The nose is kind of grassy.

T - sort of orange lemon and honey with a dry yeasty finish.

M - fairly smooth and fairly nice. Close to what AALs are like.

O - not bad, not great.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 02:25:56 | More by Mojo
Photo of adamhimself


3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Straight from the bottle. Yes, I know. I didn't feel like dirtying a glass.

A. Light golden brown with a haziness.

S. There is a very distinctive smell here. It almost smells like cactus.

T. Not like other wheat beers. A little more hoppy than normal. There is definitely some interesting yeast factors on this beer.

M. Light to medium mouthfeel/body

Its OK, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 21:29:24 | More by adamhimself
Photo of bourbonbock

New York

3.04/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a clean kitchen glass and recieved the following.

A. Hazy straw colored body with a finger or two of white thin head that reduced to a cap after a few minutes but doesn't seem to be disappearing.

S. I smell esters yeastiness, cascade or citrus hops and a slightly mustiness to the body.

T. This doesn't taste like it fermented very clean as the flavor profile seems kind of muddled but its still pretty refreshing.

M. Medium body with a very cool character to it.

I would buy this on a few occasions but not in regular rotation.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 03:30:25 | More by bourbonbock
Photo of Pegasus


3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy, light golden in color with a moderate, sticky white head, which retains well. Thick, fine-beaded lacing coats the glass walls. The carbonation is slight.

Aroma: Classic American Pale Wheat aroma, very bread-like, with some grassy and citric hops. In all, the hop aroma seems quite mild.

Taste: Opens with a sturdy wheat malt presence, as well as lemony and grapefruit hops. In all, the hops have the upper hand throughout the taste, but not by much. Finishes with a mild wave of lemony hops, which finish cleanly.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Very drinkable, perfect for summer.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 15:56:39 | More by Pegasus
Photo of MarkQ617


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

I'm a big wheat beer guy in the summer, but this one didn't do it for me. The were citrus notes, but it was largely watery and a bit boring. R color was hazy, but not too hazy and belied the mild flavor. The smell was wheat, not a ton of the citrus or malt. Couldn't get there.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 23:18:55 | More by MarkQ617
Photo of DeFaz


3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This a simple beer, one without a bold or complex flavor profile but one that seems to work better than your average wheat ale. On the nose I only pick up wheat and grass, but when drinking I taste a relatively significant hop presence for a wheat ale, grass, and light citrus flavors. The beer is fairly thin but has enough substance to avoid tasting like a Bud Light, and the carbonation is just active enough. Overall, I can't say I'll be looking for this again, as it's not that interesting. However, this would make a good session beer and is overall pretty solid as a summer ale as its fresh, easy to drink, and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 00:27:32 | More by DeFaz
Photo of Nhbeer603

New Hampshire

3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- I would say very light gold with a def cloudyness

S- all day wheat with a lil orange

T- much better than I was thinking almost an orange cracker much better than blue moons Belgian white

M- pretty bubbly but not too sharp for me medium carb.

O- I really enjoyed This beer light and crisp not intense by any means

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 18:39:18 | More by Nhbeer603
Photo of Spikester


3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours cloudy gold with a large white head and plentiful lacing.
Smell is plenty of grainy malt and a nice earthy hop.
Taste is minor wheat ale and some average hops.
Mouthfeel is light wih a good amount of carbonation. Medium bitter finish.
Overall a very fine small wheat ale. Not much out there at this abv that is as enjoyable.
Brewed in Colorado.
Tastes like regular Bud with some wheat aspects. Easy drinking low abv summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 07:39:00 | More by Spikester
Photo of BWED


3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into a tumbler

A- Body is a dark straw color, with lots of haze, and noticeable sediment floating throughout. Pillow of a mostly white head retains at a 1/2".

S- Pale malt, straw, and some orange/lemon citrus.

T- The malt and hops balance evenly in this one. Simultaneously, you taste the straw malt with a bit of a citrus peel hop character. The finish brings more of the citrus juice flavor.

M- Light, clean body. Carbonation is just a tickle. A very easy drink and the finish is very mild.

O- This is a solid wheat beer. They weren't trying to do anything fancy with it. There aren't any frills. But it's a good, easy drinking summer beer, and one I have been having as long as I have been drinking beer. The can makes it even better for summer.

Serving type: can

08-04-2013 22:29:48 | More by BWED
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

yellow can, affordable 12 pack 17.99 in 07716. Great summer buy.

I've been trying and liking summer beers (Harpoon is probably the best so far, Brooklyn, Uinta, and now this) Not called a summer ale, it's still a perfect thirst quencher, low alcohol 4.2%, lemony beer in cans for summer. Try it.

Appearance: Poured a cloudy, typical golden color with a fine and deep, but short-lived head that leaves no lacing and has no stickiness.

Smell: Yeast, bread, dough, lemon, with a touch of banana. Nice but very laid back. Small.

Taste: Starts with the sweet, bread dough/ cracker flavor then follows with lemon; the finish favors the sweeter flavors a bit of clove, flowers, banana and vanilla; Also wheat graininess, malt, very soft, and a tiny bit of hop bitters. All in all - very refreshing, very inviting, very sessionable flavor arc.

Mouthfeel: Beautiful, light to medium bodied with creamy finish; and moderate carbonation. Great summer feel.

Serving type: can

08-04-2013 01:06:37 | More by Act25
Photo of Slatetank


3.86/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at Giant Beer Garden & Eatery, part of a mix-a-six, enjoyed chilled from a mason jar.

The color is golden straw with light haziness and thick white cap of 2 fingers that settles rapidly to a ring of small beads. The smell is sweet and lightly fruity with a subtle malt aroma and light floral hop scent. The feel is good with lighter body than most, but crisp moderate carbonation and semi-dry finish ultimately delivers a gentle sweetness on the palate with thin body.

The flavor is as light as the feel with some mild maltiness which comes off as slightly wheat in the sweet quality of grain with some mild pilsner toastiness perhaps with some mild hop flavor which adds to the low spice accent in the back, very clean in general with mild yeast fruitiness. Overall this is a refreshing beer and a good wheat for summer refreshment, it is not bad in any way. I can see how some may be turned off by its simplicity or low abv, but to me that is what a pale wheat is designed for -this is a good example of that style.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 16:46:29 | More by Slatetank
Photo of beertunes


3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a medium cloudy pale yellow color with over 1/4 inch of white head that had low retention and light-to-moderate lacing.

Other than a pleasant mild wheat scent, the aroma was benign and neutral. The taste was the same, some wheat, but no yeast, hops, or other notable accents. There was a mild sourness at the back, that wasn't totally pleasant.

The body was a bit thinner than I would have liked, but was clean and had a medium dry finish. Drinkability was good, the beer went down quickly and easily. Overall, not a terrible beer by any means, but not one really worth the time, even for for a hot weather quaff. Try it or don't, whatevs.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 22:40:35 | More by beertunes
Photo of HereWithTheBeer


3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When it comes to styles of beers, I'm a fan of wheat beers more than most other styles because they often use the most crafty blends of fruits, citruses, and spices. So when I heard about this "urban" wheat beer made by Goose Island, I was intrigued. So, let's see how this stacks up! Bottoms up!
Poured into a Standard US Pint.
A- A thick golden yellow, garnished by a couple of floaties. The head dissipated, but there's a lot of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Interesting. 3/5
S- Clear pungent smell of earth, lemon, spices, and wheat. I can kinda tell they're not kidding about the "urban" part. 3.25/5
T- Not too shabby! Reminiscent of a Belgian White beer like Blue Moon. You can taste the orange, citrus, coriander, and wheat go down clean. 3.75/5
M- A tad bitter, calm, and clean. There's no incredibly icky after-taste, which I like. Nothing much else after that. 3.5/5
O- Not bad, but pales in comparison to that of the likes of its' competition. Worth a one-timer, though. 3.5/5
Well, it's good. But I probably wouldn't drink any more than two in one sitting unlike other wheat ales that I've had in the past. It definitely has an appeal, but it's just not quite my cup of tea...er--beer. Yeah, that's what I meant to say. Anyway, it's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 18:17:47 | More by HereWithTheBeer
Photo of TownDunkel


3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This is the summer wheat beer for the ipa lover.

Apperance is cloudy and a medium yellow. Think cloudly bud light. Still neat

Smell is the hoppy goodness maybe cascade? Nice smell for lawn work

Taste is hoppy upfront but sweet wheaty middle and hoppy mild end

Mouthfeel is normalbut nothing wonderful

Overall nice beer but I would perfer a less hoppy wheat beer

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 03:15:06 | More by TownDunkel
Photo of JWearda


4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served: in a pint glass from bar tap.

Appearence: light, clear with a very slight cloudiness, and golden. Two fingers of foam. Easily see the carbonation rising to the top.

Scent: a fresh and sweet aroma on its approach.

Taste: there is a sweetness from the first scent that lingers through the first taste, then it gives you a wonderful taste of hops. I then added a slice of lemon, which actually cut the yeast flavor with its sweet citrus. I think 312 has eliminated the need for the lemon with its nice balance of wheat and hops. I prefer the 312 without the lemon.

Overall: This is an extremely refreshing beer that misses nothing in the flavor department. This makes it perfect for hot summer days!

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2013 18:25:14 | More by JWearda
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat has a thick, rumply head and a very bubbly, hazy, yellow-golden appearance, with thick lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of stinging white bread, a touch of lemon, and a lot of tap water. Flavor is of the same, with a subdued bitterness, underneath. Mouthfeel is soft and medium, and Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat finishes dry, refreshing, and very drinkable. Overall, this is a good beer. RJT

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 12:47:47 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of BryanCarey


3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat pours to a yellow/straw color with a faint nose that features grains and some fruity notes, mainly lemon. It body is a little cloudy and its white head of foam is slight in spite of the steady flow of bubbles from bottom to top.

This beer tastes about the way I expected, with a few surprises. It offers flavors of wheat malt, fruit, and some honey. The fruit is mainly citrus, but there is a certain banana- like character as well. The beer is crisp and refreshing, thanks in no small part to its steady carbonation.

Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat is a pretty good wheat beer overall and it seems like a great option during the hotter months of the year. The body of the beer is, admittedly, a little lighter than I usually prefer, but the lightness, crispness, and refreshing nature seem just right for a hot July afternoon.

This beer is certainly no classic and is not a perfect example of its style, but I like what it does offer and it is more than good enough to recommend. It’s a nice way to cool off and its lighter body and lower alcohol level make it a safer beer for everyday consumption.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 03:12:35 | More by BryanCarey
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 09/25/2012, so definitely not the freshest beer around, but I didn't buy it so that doesn't bother me. I haven't had a bottle of Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat in quite some time now, so let's see what's going on.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy lemon colored body with about one finger of foamy white head on top, fizzing away quickly. A little bit of sediment floating around, and some bubble action happening.

S - Smell is of clean wheat, earthy grains, some corn, slight yeasty funk & lemongrass. Doesn't smell like much, but a pleasant enough aroma.

T - Taste follows the nose: earthy grains, clean wheat, some citric lemongrass qualities, and just a hint of funky yeast. Crisp carbonation, and light-bodied.

M - Feel is crisp and clean, with a wet grainy finish.

Overall, some seriously easy drinking from Goose Island, nice and light-bodied, crisp and clean, with a low 4.20% abv. An excellent summer sipping beer, it's just a shame it wasn't fresher. I'll definitely be on the lookout for a fresher bottle sometime soon.

Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 01:48:18 | More by mfnmbvp
312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
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