312 Urban Wheat - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 856
Hads: 4,186
Avg: 3.43
pDev: 33.24%
Wants: 74
Gots: 923 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy, semi-transparent golden with a fairly thick white head. Aroma is crisp and wheaty with a fruity hint. Flavor fills the mouth with wheaty, grassy and subtle fruity notes. Smooth texture has good body, a fair amount of fizz, and some grassy, straw-like scratchiness. Did they brew this with straw, or hay? Tastes like that - and I mean it positively. Texture has average body and fizz, leaving a grassy and hay-ish finish. Get urban with this one!

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 12/1/2014. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, light banana/clove, wheat, biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and bready malt notes; with decent strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, light banana/clove, wheat, biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, light banana/clove. wheat, biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice robustness and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and bready malt notes; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly bready/creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a nice pale wheat ale. All around good robustness and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ARoman
3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

*transferred from old notes - 12/28/2013*
12 oz bottle poured into a shaker. The aroma nothing special. It’s not offense, but it’s fairly faint. It has some light citrus sweet notes to it (mostly lemon), accompanied by some floral notes and a light grassy hop accent . It pours straw yellow with a thin, white head that, pours strong, but recedes quickly. There’s nothing too dramatic in the taste either; having a mild sweetness throughout, and a light, pleasantly sour note at the finish. Initially tastes lightly of lemon zest with some bread-like flavor to it as well as a hint of woody, clean, clove-like spice in there too. It finishes closer to apple juice with some orange in it. The initial sips are highly carbonated, and the fizziness keeps some presence throughout, but by the end, it’s a bit more malty and syrupy, but generally finishes clean.

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Photo of Michelleluw
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am a huge Goose Island fan...still struggling with their sell-out. 312 is their classic brew that I love recommending to new beer drinkers. Smooth and balanced with citrus nodes, I love this beer.

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Photo of ravisingh
3.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L: The color is about a 3 on the SRM. I would describe it as a pretty golden straw color, a little hazy. An inch of a head that's white and fizzy and dissipates quickly. A tartness to the finish.

S: There is a definite sweetness as far as esters with the first whiff, maybe banana. After that a definite hops wood like aroma like cut cedar. Also a bready quality. There was also a spiciness like cinnamon or nutmeg, but real subtle.

T: The flavor was nice with that slightly muskiness of wheat beers. Subtle and refreshing. A mild roasted quality on the malt end and some earthy cedar notes for the hops balance.

F: Medium-light body and medium-light carbonation.

O: Overall this is a pleasant wheat beer with a pretty straw color and smooth wheat beer taste.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. I would never choose this over a Hoegarden or an Allagash wheat, but it's one of the better options at the ball park.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was served on tap at Proprietor’s Lounge in Farmington, Connecticut. It arrived in a Goose Island silkscreened nonic, showing a dusty pale orange coloring. It held a one finger head of wet, khaki foam which left dripping islands of lacing around the glass. A light haze permeated clarity, and thick flakes of sediment were found throughout. Carbonation appeared to be active. The aroma gave notes of watery pale graininess, penicillin chemical bite, marble dust, white flour, corny adjuncts, aluminum, white sugar, mild plastic phenols, soured lemon rind, lightly smoked wheatiness, burlap, and toasty light amber grain. The flavor included mildly zesty ale yeastiness, sour citric rind and juice, thick wheat, silky oats, plastic phenols, fresh linens, under ripe green strawberries, filthy glass, Elmer’s glue, cornmeal, dry cement mix, chlorine water, gold, dried honeycomb, heavily adjuncty malts, and toasty pale graininess. The body was lightly medium, and carbonation was higher than average, with large bubbles to prickle across the anterior tongue. Each sip gave okay slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop, with the mouth left intensely powdered, tannic, and dried. The abv was easy, and the beer drank back like most of your light American beers.

Overall, and to be honest, this is their “lowest common denominator” offering. This is not meant to be a jab, but rather just to explain how this is clearly their beer to sway craft fringers, in recognition of the fact that many, many beer drinkers still reach for BMC. The thing drinks light enough like one, and the flavor profile is crisp and equally as comparable. You get just a little more sweetness, and a bit more of that savory metallic quality from the wheat. Actually, as the beer warms, you get this curious zesty lemon flavoring that is part yeast and part citric inclusion. Otherwise, you shouldn’t expect much else different from your typical American adjunct lager, despite the differently labeled style on the side of the bottle.

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Photo of JWU
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a curved pint glass.

A- a slightly hazy goldenrod, with a thin white head that laces slightly.

S- some lemon, and slightly herbal hop notes. Crackery and wheat based malt are there.

T- Crisp. The crackery/wheat malt mixes well with the mild sweetness, and feint lemony, herbal hop finish, which is very restrained. Drinks pretty nicely actually.

M- Dryer than what I would think, light to medium body, medium carbonation.

O- not the best american wheat I've had, but certainly not the worst. Another "Gateway beer" offering from Goose Island. My friends who are not into craft beer would certainly drink this.

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Photo of TominGermany
2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

After living in Germany for four years and drinking a lot of wheat beers I was slightly disappointed in this one. I guess they call it a "pale" American Wheat beer for a reason. It just didn't have the strong wheat taste I've come to expect in a wheat beer.

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Photo of sempifi99
3.79/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

It is a decent beer for the price and goes well with many different meals. I always keep a few in my fridge for after class. I consider this my Bud Light replacement as my taste buds matured.

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Photo of Fuzzgun91
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Almost like a less in your face witbier. Doesn't have the orangyness like a bluemoon, but definitely a nice smooth easy to drink wheat beer. Would love to try again.

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Photo of mjurney
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light golden color, hazy. Tons of fine bubbles rising. Thick bright white head.

Clean, crisp, some sweetness, herbal, a little lemony.

Clean malts, some grass, a little sweet bread. Slight lemony, peppery, herbals from the hops. Finish is very clean and dry. Body is very refreshing, crisp, clean, dry, super smooth.

It's a very good American Wheat Ale.

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Photo of sloggettstrength
4.12/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

Look: pours a nice orange straw like color, with about a half inch of white head that diminishes to about 1cm. Can see that it is unfiltered.

Smell:Earthy and herbal hops with a citrus like aroma, mild yeast and wheat make it's way to the nose.

Taste: Malty up front, herbal hops take over towards the end but citrus is along for the entire ride.

Feel: Nice carbonation on the tongue, very crisp and refreshing but ends dry.

Overall: Honestly, it's better than I expected after reading the other reviews. When it comes to wheat I've only had this and Blue Moon and prefer this over Blue Moon.

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Photo of Suds
3.01/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a hazy golden beer. The head is slim and soapy. Smell of mild wheat, a hint of twang and some yeast. Grain and some citrus. This is an everyday, average wheat...nothing special.

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Photo of thunderconstipation
2.54/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3

I absolutely despise Chicago. And now, I despise it even more.

You see, this "craft" beer is supposedly all crafty and original, and therefore is unfiltered and does it's hardest to not be a larger.
The result is a taste I would only accept if I were a sixteen year old desperate to get drunk. The taste is bold, enormous and overwhelming, just like "city lights on beer Michigan", and has a bitter, long lasting aftertaste. It makes me want to stop drinking beer. Avoid at all costs.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.87/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

December 27, 2014

12 oz bottle, pint glass

A - Light gold, appears to be filtered and has very good clarity. Little haze, if any it is from the chill. White foam about a centimeter tall, with medium-low retention.

S – Very light citrus, mostly lemon with a hint of orange. Hops are herbal and earthy but very mild. Very clean profile. Not much really here.

T – A malty, biscuity front with a backbone of herbal hops. Again, lemony-citrus flavors make up the flavor profile. Very refreshing.

M – Moderate carbonation with some nice backing bitterness. Finishes fairly dry.

O – This is THE first Goose Island beer I tried after moving to Chicago in 2004. I even called it “three-twelve” instead of the correct colloquial version of “three-one-two” (after the Chicago area code). But I digress. It had been a few years since I’d tried it, and I was pleasantly reminded of what a great everyday, sessionable beer this really is. Very pleased to try it again and enjoy it so much.

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Photo of bmeehan
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good wheat beer that doesn't stand out from the crowd, but doesn't suck, either. Goose Island makes a lot better stuff than this, so it's not indicative of a bad company at work, but it's a very middle-of-the-road beer overall.

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Photo of interzen
4.42/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle poured into a Troubadour tulip glass

Look: Pours a straw yellow - one finger of white head, little retention and next to no lacing.

Smell: Hops and citrus, primarily orange, backed up by a fairly wheaty/yeasty, almost bread-like, aroma.

Taste: Quite fruity, but not in the Belgian witbier sense. Quite difficult to describe. Quite yeasty, too. Surprisingly good with a surprisingly amount of depth to it.

Feel: This doesn't drink like a typical witbier/weissbier, no sirree. Has quite a 'thick' yeasty feel which I've not (knowingly) encountered in the German and Belgian beers that I normally prefer. Whatever, it works beautifully.

Overall: Goose Island has been a bit hit and miss for me, but this is an absolute bullseye. Don't try and compare it to a Belgian or German wheat beer because this is a totally different animal - an American spin on weissbier? Who cares - it's pretty damned good and I could quite imagine myself revisiting this again. And again. Two thumbs up.

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312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
78 out of 100 based on 856 ratings.