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312 Urban Wheat - Goose Island Beer Co.

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3,712 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,712
Reviews: 813
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 55
Gots: 470 | 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:
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 BuckeyeSlim
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pour into a pint glass produces a 1-finger cloud-white head that dissipates within a minute. Color is a foggy straw yellow.

S - Distinctive hops on the initial nose that pushes aside anything else. A slight citrus eventually makes it way thru.

T - Clean, crisp, hoppy, with undertones of sour lemon and wheat.

M - Good carbonation, surprisingly creamy to start, which is quickly cleaned off the palate. Nice structure.

D - A lighter craft beer that has body. Features crisp, refreshing hops. Not so much a pale as an over-hopped wheat without the banana/clove, which is probably why GI calls is an "urban wheat". A tasty summer afternoon session beer.

BuckeyeSlim, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of fallopia
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer from the bottle into a pint glass and the cloudy straw yellow color was immediately pleasing.

The aroma was somewhat yeasty, but had a crispness to it that made the beer ready to drink

The beer was maybe a little cold and the initial flavors seemed mixed and nothing stood out. Unfortunately, even as the beer warmed the taste seemed fairly plain for what I was expecting/hoping for

The beer was light and seemed refreshing especially for a warm day

Overall, I gave the drinkability a 3.5 but would've appreciated a stronger flavor profile. It came recommended and I would drink it again, but would be more likely to try something new.

fallopia, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of jacobseyb
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Midway Airport. Relatively clear with a golden yellow color. One finger white head that left healthy lacing. Some pepperiness but primarily graininess and grassiness. Good feel with ample crispness and carbonation. Overall a good wheat beer.

jacobseyb, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of allergictomacros
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear light yellow with an inch of sticky foam.

S - Nose is lemon-citrus, some tart fruitiness, wheaty twang.

T - Dry wheatiness and a husky grain. A bit of lemon and citrus flavour and a mild bitterness in the finish.

M - Smooth, light body.

D - Very clean, drinkable wheat beer.

allergictomacros, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of taigor
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into mug.

A - Poured slightly haze golden color with small head that slowly settled leaving average lacing around the glass.

S - Slight smell of wheat with a hint of citrus.

T - Wheat grains upfront with slight citrus tartness towards finish.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Very pleasant beer to enjoy especially in the summer. Also, would make a great session beer.

taigor, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of EricCioe
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours an opaque burnt orange with a one finger white head that fades to a ring and an island without lacing. On the nose it's a sourish, wet wheat base with some slight orange notes. On the tongue the slightly sour note is a center with some citrus notes and a decent amount of hop bitterness on the periphery. In the mouth there is a good deal of prickliness, but the body is quite light and pretty refreshing. This is certainly sessionable as it isn't overwhelming to any of the senses or to the skull. A decent beer to have around especially when it's hot.

EricCioe, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of jwhawkins81
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - Herbal funky with a light citrus note to the nose

Appearance - Cloudy light yellow with a thin white head, no visible carbonation

Taste - Clean sweet and a slight dry finish. Not a lot of flavor but enough to keep me interested

Notes - Just an easy drinking beer that doesn't have a lot of alcohol. I bought a keg of this for the 4th of July and it went down pretty well.

jwhawkins81, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of Mdog
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Yellow gold, some particles, small fading head.

Smell: Wheaty, touch of lemon.

Taste: Lots of lemon flavor, a little tartness, touch of breadiness.

Drinkability: I can see why this is popular, very quaffable.

Off in South Dakota there was little in the way of interesting beers so it's time to have a session beer. Lots of lemon, not quite to the point of alcopop but getting in the same area code. The tartness was a little surprising. Very easy to drink.

Mdog, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of DamDweller
4.33/5  rDev +27.7%
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.

DamDweller, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of IPAescotch
2.93/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S: Beety. Like what the hell? is their seriously wheat in this? is it not just mislabeled. Confusion

T: Okay theirs the wheat, but still a very potent beet flavor. this reminds me of only two beers i've had before in my life: wacko (magic hat,) and raison d'etre: both beet beers. Out of all the wheats I've had, this tastes like none of them.. I don't entirely hate the taste, but for the style, c'mon...good if you're not looking for a crazy head/tastebud rush.

M: Light & wheaty. The mouth follows the style

D: Not quite tasty, but flavorful. Moderate

IPAescotch, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of dogfishandi
4.22/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pulled from the fridge poured into a hefe glass. bottled on 8-23-10.

pours a light lemonade yellow color with a big fluffy, creamy pure white head. very good head retention, lots of lace. cloudy with a little sediment. lots of rushing bubbles.

the aroma is filled mostly with wheat and citrusy slightly dank hops. the aroma displays a generous use of hops for the style which is a little surprising but much welcomed.

a very nice tasting beer, really what a pale wheat ale should taste like. no bannana or clove which tells you no hefe yeast was used, but a perfect balance of citrusy, piney hops to slightly spicy wheat. some grains within as well. finishs very crisp with a little lemon zest. slight lingering hop flavor and bitterness.

crisp, light and refreshing. very nice carbonation for the style.

very nice drinkability, a great beer for the summer. one of the better american wheat ales out there. ill come back to this beer in the future.

dogfishandi, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of nukem5
4.28/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Last of the case was sitting in the refridgerator(all dark and cozy) for almost a year dated 1/21/10

A: Cloudy and yeasty as to be expected.Great color of golden straw.

S: not as stong as fresher but still a bit of hop some grain and a light breadness about it.

T: Nice wheat and bready tastewith a hint of citrus in the end.

M: Medium body very little lacing.

D: Could be one of my very favorites todrink from GI they master what a wheat beer should be. Very Drinkable.

nukem5, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of Naugros
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale in color and obviously unfiltered. There's a thin head, but it's dense and has some staying power, lasting beyond the first few sips.

It's light and wheaty, but not in the sense of a German wheat beer. The absence of any banana esters tells you that they did not use German wheat yeast, but something more neutral in flavor to let the wheat come through. If that was their intent, it worked. I would have scored it higher if the scent wasn't so weak.

The taste is also pretty light. There's a slight lemon presence amongst the earthiness supplied by the wheat and even a bit of spice, but there's a sulfuric taste that ruins it all. What a shame and uncharacteristic of Goose Island. Maybe the tap lines needed to be cleaned, but it ruined this beer.

I can't get past that sulfur taste which presents itself as a tinge on the inside of the mouth. If not for that the mouthfeel would have been higher. There's a gritty feel and the beer clings to the inside of the mouth.

Putting that aside, the drinkability is still pretty good. It's still sort of light even though it's heavier than most wheats. It was not too hard to finish.

Naugros, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of generallee
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

generallee, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at BW3 into a 16oz plastic cup, way to keep it classy...A light hazy gold with a decent white head, good retention...The aroma is light wheat, slightly skunky. The taste is boring as heck, skunky bite to it, light sweet wheat. Not sure why people think this is a good, a small step above a macro.

jrallen34, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of Mebuzzard
2.4/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've had serveral GI beers and loved them. This one started out well, then went down hill from there.
Hazy golden, bright in color. Fluffy white head provides promise and nice lacing.

Aroma is faint citrus and chaff. Kind of like soft, wet wood. Since it's not that strong, it's not that bad.

Taste starts fine; light citrus and floral. Then the stale malt comes in. I'm not sure what this is, but I get it from BMC stuff a lot, but not this intense. It makes the aftertaste unbearable to me. Didn't finish this bottle.

Mebuzzard, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of LairdChisholm
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden color. Has a small, off-white head that has average retention. Minimal lacing here and hardly any carbonation value.

S - Hardly any nose but some wheat and grains.

T - Sweet wheat and yeast up front. Slight lemon grass notes. A little bread after taste that is a nice finish.

M - Nice and smooth. Perfect amount of carbonation.

D - A session beer for sure. Nothing stopping me from having one after the another.

LairdChisholm, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.3/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appears a pale almost golden orange, with a white frothy head.

In the nose is orange and cereal - sweet grain.

Up front is a full toasted oat flavor that hits in the back of the mouth with a slight citrus sting accenting on the sides of the mouth. An excellent taste and very good mouth feel. A very drinkable and tasty brew.

Would go well with chicken.

Chickenhawk9932, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - cloudy yellow color with a white head that left some lacing as it settled.
S - the lemon zest aroma stands out with any wheat in the distant background.
T - taste is mostly lemon at first but as I got used to it I found other flavors of a wheat beer in there.
F - lighter bodied with mild carbonation.
D - easy to drink and for the most part fairly refreshing.

JoeyBeerBelly, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of billab914
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Surly shaped pint glass. Poured a hazy, pale yellow/gold color with a very thin white lacing scattered across the top of the beer. Little head retention to it and no lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a slightly sweet, wheaty malt flavor along with a bit of lemony citrus. The taste also shows the sweet, wheat, malt flavor along with some citrus coming through. Not overly complex of flavorful, but not bad.

The mouthfeel is light and carbonation is moderate to above average. Drinkability is decent, it would be a good choice to drink a few in hot weather. It definitely went down easy, but just wasn't anything special overall. Decent beer overall, but not one of my favorite wheat beers.

billab914, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of NODAK
2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is of citrus and a little spice. Not very powerful, but present.

I found the taste to be a little disappointing, to be honest. There's a good dose of lemony citrus upfront with some pepper-like spice as well...and the carbonation seems to be pretty high in this beer. As it finishes, there's tart citrus and a dash of wheat noticeable at the end if I try to percept it.

All in all, I wish it was a little more balanced. It seems to be very citrus-balanced, but it would have been nice to get more wheat out of this beer or at least something else other than just citrus. Oh well.

NODAK, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of mlazzaro
2.78/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very clear for wheat beer, especially since it is unpasteurized or filtered. Good carbonation, good head. A nice light golden color.

Smells likely of hops and wheat yeast.

Taste has a tinge of sulfur that isn't so appealing. Almost tastes like an industrial lager. Not the greatest mouthfeel either.

Good brewing company, not so good of a wheat beer. My least favorite of the Goose island line.This just doesn't taste exciting, or anything like a traditional wheat beer.

mlazzaro, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of RDHerm
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with pale yellow highlights. Has a thin white head that slowly fades throughout.

Has a faint, sweet aroma with predominant notes of lemon and wheat. There are also hints of honey and yeast.

Taste is pretty much what the aroma indicates - strong flavors of malted wheat and lemon, with hints of honey. However, there was also a slight bitterness that balanced things out nicely.

Light in body. There is a great level of carbonation here, giving it nice crispness.

Light, crisp, refreshing, and a decent taste. On a hot summer day, you could drink this all afternoon long.

RDHerm, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of jdhilt
2.7/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a one finger white head that vanishes, leaving no lace. Very pale, hazy yellow/green color. Light carbonation and very light bodied. Lemon nose. Flavor is more lemon than wheat some sweetness. Good session beer but needs more backbone. $1.95 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of rlg5150
2.13/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - Pours a cloudy, pale yellow with a slightly frothy decent head.

Smell - Honey and citrus up front but there's a hint of beer-y smell, like an adjunct..

Taste - Watered down taste with a slightly bitter aftertaste.. Not very pleasant.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel feels like a light beer. Moderate carbonation and watery.

Drinkability - Mouthfeel and low ABV makes it easy to drink but the taste makes it hard to finish even one. I really didn't enjoy this one.

rlg5150, Jul 26, 2010
312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
78 out of 100 based on 3,712 ratings.