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312 Urban Wheat - Goose Island Beer Co.

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3,864 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,864
Reviews: 835
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 59
Gots: 579 | 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 orangesol
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Pickle's pub in Ocean City, MD.

A - Pours pale yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving light streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Fairly dull with hints of sweet bready malt, light citric fruit, pepper, and some faded hops. Fairly simple really.

T - Starts off with a big dose of spicy yeast that quickly gives way to a mix of chewy wheat, dulled earthy hops, light citric fruit, and some light peppery spice. The finish is pretty chewy with a tiny bit of hop bitterness, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium-Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Chewy feel, lingering through the finish.

O - Not really my cup of tea but I still enjoyed this one. It was a perfect beer for the beach with just enough flavor to keep me coming back for more.

Photo of wl0307
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Coming in a slim 355ml brown bottle, BB 06/06/2012, served chilled in a pilsner glass. Note: it's 4.4%abv. for this bottle.

A: pours a hazy dark yellow (honey-drink like) hue, coming with a short-lived off-white foam and fairly subdued carbonation.
S: pleasant, hinting at wheat malts and lager malts plus a touch of honey, sweet lemon, sweet guava and floral scent of German hops. Fairly light.
T: the effervescent foretaste is lightly sour in terms of maltiness/wheatiness, pairing with subtle hints of lemon cake, with a fairly clean palate in the end yet some random notes of hop bitterness do not go unnoticed.
M&D: overall the palate is light and refreshing, never too fizzy, against a medium body with a decent amount of sediments to add to the body; this is one of very few examples of “American Wheat Ale” I’ve tried, and by far the most balanced one, although I wouldn’t have the interest to try another bottle to be perfectly honest.

Photo of FosterJM
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

908th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint

Bottled: 9/12/11
Purchased from: On the Rocks, Lawrence, KS

App- A very light and very clear yellow with only a 1/2 finger of head to it. No cling down the glass.

Smell- Again very light but to be expected with a wheat beer such as this. Has a nice intro of lemon, wheat and only a touch of bitter.

Taste- This was a light beer across the board but I was expecting that. Has a good touch of lemon, wheat and a little bit of some white grape juice/skins to it.

Mouth- Light bodied and light carbonation. A touch of residual wheat and lemon.

Drink- It's a good intro in the style and is meant to be a little less of a blast of flavor. Pretty good balance and nice flavors. When in a bind I would have again but not something or style I will go out of way for.

Photo of ruck304
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light yellow, orangish tint. Citrus zest hits my nose upon first smell. Not much head on this beer. Very smooth tasting beer; almost like a Hoegaarden.

One of the better wheat beers I have tasted. Hoegaarden has been one of my favorite wheats before I had tasted this beer but I think that spot has been taken by 312. This beer is not available where I am from but I think it is a great addition to the AB-InBev portfolio.

Really enjoyed this beer. Looking forward to another!

Photo of scratch69
4.38/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a bottle into a weizen glass.

Apearance- Clear, pale yellow with a 1/2 fingers worth of head and thin lacing.

Smell- A light aroma of grain.

Taste- Mild wheat taste. A little on the sweet side with a touch of lemon.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied. Well carbonated. Very drinkable and thirst quenching.

Overall- I really enjoyed this beer. I think it is one of the better wheat beers out there.

Photo of keethrax
3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a very light straw yellow. Clear with a nice head that was just a shade off of being pure white.

Smell: Very mild. Grainy with wheat. Some citrus.

Taste: Opens citrusy and tart, fades into some herbal hops, and finishes with some lingering malt. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Quite fizzy, perhaps a bit too much so.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.74/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling a cold bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a very light gold color with barely any bleached white head. Aroma is some grainy malt and husky notes. I also get a bit of spicy hops and some white wine. The nose is mild overall.
First sip reveals a lightbody with fine tingly carbonation.

Flavor is mild with some wheaty twang and a bit of white grape again. Also a bit of champagne flavor/sweetness and a little sulphur.
This beer is super easy to drink and the flavor and nose were both more complex than I anticipated upon selecting the bottle.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an Ommegang glass. Bottled on 04 May 2011. From notes. Reviewed 25 June 2011.

A: Some brief white head. Very pale in colour, almost white. Hazy but clear.

S: Very neutral; almost none. Pleasant wheat.

T: Quite nice. Light and enjoyable, which is exactly what I wanted. The maintaste is full of wheat (duh) with some spices as well.

M: Spritely and quenching. Eminently drinkable.

O: A generic sort of wheat beer, but it's still good. Probably not excellent enough to recommend, partially because its appeal fades with time.

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

Catching up. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance – Given to me in a plastic cup at a bar. Swanky. Hazy golden color, slight white head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing.

Smell – Wheat, citrus, lemon zest, pale malts.

Taste – Starts with a malty flavor that fades to lemon, a hint of floral hops, and finishes with bready sweet caramel malts.

Mouthfeel – Lighter bodied, plenty of carbonation.

Overall – A good beer to quaff. Nothing special and there are better wheat beers out there. However, since I’m back in Chicago this is on tap everywhere and it’s better than nothing.

Photo of smbslt
3.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

312 Nobody home.

I remember first having this at the Hideout's block party a few years ago and thinking it was alright although in retrospect it was probably seeing a bunch good bands topped off by the Frames.

Very nice looking. Crystal clear, sun shiny golden and with a white creamy head supported by ample carbonation - very inviting.

Smell and taste were one dimensional - some wheat, some hops. Both lacked any depth or complexity. The after taste was too clean.

Feel was consistent with the rest of the character - crisp but a little watery.

Overall too neat and tidy.

Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap in the pub at O'Hare.

This beer appears a slightly hazy pale yellow colour, with one finger of pillow-like white head, which leaves some draped lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of mild wheat grain, citrus, spice, and earthy yeast. The taste is nice semi-sweet wheat malt, white pepper, mild citrus, and more subtle yeast. The carbonation is on the low side of average, the body medium weight and smooth. It finishes clean, yet with a decent heft - grain and spice fleshing things out.

For a style that normally leaves me looking to the next one, this is actually quite good - refreshing, enjoyable, and easy to drink.

Photo of MasterSki
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle dated September 8th, 2011. Served in a weizen glass.

A - Finger-plus of white foam settles to a thick cap, leaving some nice splotches of lace. Lightly hazed golden straw body, with tons of visible carbonation.

S - Wheat and other toasted grains, a bit of sugary sweetness, perhaps a touch of orange and lemon citrus. There's a bit of generic "beer" aroma - yeast and such.

T - Taste has more orange peel, some malted wheat sweetness, a touch of banana and vanilla.

M - Zesty active carbonation, with a medium-light watery body. A bit gritty, with some obvious grain character. Nothing unexpected for a 4.2% wheat beer, but a bit flaccid and wimpy.

D - It's kind of boring, but it's pretty easy to drink. As far as this style goes, this is one of the better examples, but it's a far cry from Gumballhead.

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

Decent clarity in a pale bright yellow beer with lots of visible carbonation. Shock white head on top of a decent size on a medium pour with defined lacing. Lemon grass and wheat malts softly touch the nose, but nothing overly aromatic. Sharp albeit small bite that is remiscent of a sourness in the nose.

Fuller in body than I expected for a low ABV beer, but still on the medium side. Wheat is the main character of this beer, with light twinges of other, more complex flavors that compliment it. Lemon adds the smallest hint of a tang and a sweet flavor that goes well for the style. No off flavors at all here, but the overall experience is a somewhat bland one all things considered. The mouthfeel is a finely carbonated one, with a dry and lingering finish. It's a fine example of the style at the very least, a decent brew at the best, but probably not something I would seek out much of. Easy to drink after nice summer day though.

Photo of stercomm
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Holy Grail in Cincy

A - Hazy yellow straw with very little head.

S - Not a lot going on here, slight lemony smell with some wheat.

T - Is a balanced brew, crisp, some citrus, very slight malt and grain.

M - Mild with mild carbonation.

D - A straightforward beer, good brew for the summer

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.16/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours pale yellow with very little head. Brew retains a slight ring and left a trace amount of lace.

Hardly any aroma at all. Some light malt, maybe something grainy, hint of citrus.

Light bitterness up front, then some sweet malt and grainy notes. Some light wheat and slight white bread element. My big problem is strength, which is moderate at best -- just seems a little thin in flavor.

Light bodied, appropriate carbonation. A slight tingle.

Eh. Glad summer is over. Beer like this is boredom in a bottle. Consumable but nothing special.

Photo of NeutroMan
3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure what happened to my earlier review, but it was probably due for an update anyway.

Pale straw color with a yeasty cloudiness that we all love in wheat beers. Light and fluffy head was a respectable size on the initial pour but disappointingly vanished soon thereafter.

Not sure if GI tweaked the formula at all, but it smells slightly different. Yeast, grainy malts, and hint of lemon are still there, but there are some mild citrus hops on the back end that adds new dimension to this wheat ale.

Taste is very similar to other American wheats: a lot of graininess with some lemon zest to give it a little tartness. Hops are a little more grassy than citrusy. Mouthfeel is light and just a little watery. A refreshing, if imperfect, summer brew.

Photo of JohnPPutz
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-light yellow straw color, nothing impressive, typical of a wheat beer.

S-Wheat, maybe a bit of citrus and hops. Again, not too much going on.

T-Wheat and some malt. A hint of lemon as well, pleasant, easy drinking.a little watery but a very refreshing brew.

M-very light, Great for summer. Where this beer shines is it's drinkability.

O- a good summertime brew, light and refreshing and void of any dominating flavors. Solid but nothing great.

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 outlawstar102
2.05/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I tried this beer because being from Chicago i was the guy people laughed at for not having tried GI 312 and by stroke of luck when i went to restaurant one day since they were out of what i had ordered, they offered me a free glass of this for free. I was not impressed at all, It was OK, but a lot of my friends made it out to be like one of the best beers out there and it is not, It is OK, but too expensive, but that is just my opinion i can respect the opinion of others who do really like this, but if I had to drink something from the GI company, i would wait for the time they release Matilda.

Photo of cosmo4u
3.92/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served on tap at winking lizard independence ohio

appearance was a hazy yellowish golden color with a small, foamy, white head. The foam settles quickly to a thin film. The aroma is fairly mundane, with notes of fresh wheat, light cereal grains, and pale malt showing strongest. There is a wisp of floral hop character, along with a drop of honey sweetness. Flavors follow suit, light and clean but boring overall. Basically just wheat and honeyed pale malt. The palate falls somewhere between thin and medium bodied, with balanced carbonation and a lightly prickly, semi-dry finish. Sessionable on a hot summer’s day,

Photo of BucannonXC5
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a white cup from a hotel in Sioux Falls, S.D. I know, pretty ideal conditions. (Note: later had it out of the bottle and am adjusted the ratings (not the reviews)). Color was a cloudy yellow gold. Plenty of head, probably because of the cup. The lacing lasted throughout the cup portion.

Smell was predominately wheat and grainy. Some hops, but a bit weak all the way around.

Initial taste was wheat, second was pumpkin seeds. Some grass, wheat and citrus round it out, but nothing too special.

Surprisingly refreshing, but really just okay on the feel. Mid-to-high carbonation.

Just an okay beer overall. I wouldn’t try it again unless I was in the Chicago area. I’ve heard the IPA is better, so I’ll have to take a look.

Photo of sendsilk
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this as an extra in a recent trade. Bottled is marked 6/24/11.

I'm not usually a fan of wheat beers and when I saw this light yellow, Bud Light looking color pour out I was less than impressed. Very highly carbonated. small head.

Then the taste was surprisingly good! Light and flavorful, nice honey wheat combo. I can almost taste either an orange blossom flavor or some genuine honey. I'd gladly try this beer again!

Photo of SkitzIrish3
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, light straw color with a finger of creamy head and good carbonation. Smells of wheat and some citrus. Tastes of wheat and mild citrus, finishing with a fruity and very minute bitterness. Smooth and refreshing mouthfeel. This is a pretty reliable beer and will be seen in my fridge again in the near future.

Photo of axeman9182
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 16oz shaped Dogfish Head pint glass at the Rattle n Hum.

312 Urban Wheat arrives a fairly hazy sunshine yellow. There's about a finger max of white foam that displays nondescript lacing and head retention. The nose is disappointingly dull, but a small amount of lemon aroma does manage to pop. The flavor has a bit more character to it though. There's an almost tart bit of wheat twang that announces each sip to my palate.The bitterness that pops up halfway through is pronounced for a wheat beer, but doesn't become too much and dominate the flavor. The close is a nice citrusy lemon note that makes me think of a blend of Cascade and Sorachi Ace hops (though Sorachi Ace isn't listed on Goose Island's info page for 312). The body is surpemely light, and is paired with a fairly spritzy level of carbonation. The balance is just right though, the carbonation doesn't become overbearing, and the beer comes across as very quaffable. This is one that I could definitely see myself enjoying again, especially in the warm weather.

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Pours a pale yellow cloudy colour with a good frothy head.

Smells of fresh wheat and hops.

Tastes very refreshing, watery to an extent but not in a bad way when combined with a medium thick, wholesome mouthfeel. This combined with a small amount of hops makes a very nice refreshing beer.

Very good for the summer, i'll have this again. (good thing I bought 5 bottles!)

312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
77 out of 100 based on 3,864 ratings.