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312 Urban Wheat - Goose Island Beer Co.

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3,715 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,715
Reviews: 813
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 55
Gots: 471 | 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 hosehead83
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle onto a traditional pint glass
Cloudy gold in color with a moderate head of nice, white foam
Aroma-Wheat, subtle lemon zest
Taste-Wheat, subtle buttery biscuit and lemon zest
Overall, very easy drinking and refreshing if a bit "plain Jane" in the flavor department. A decent summer refresher.

hosehead83, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of TLJ
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a hazy gold colour, with visible carbonation and a little lacing. In the aroma, I detect a lot of the fermented wheat, a little grass, and a fair amount of citrus.

The hops character is delicate at first, which allows the lush wheat flavour to be extremely present. I also taste orange peel, clove and tarragon. The finish is reasonably clean and bright with a slightly spicy bite at the very end; for me, this lightens up a beer with such powerful grain notes and a very creamy mouthfeel.

I have a feeling this six-pack won't stick around my fridge that long.

TLJ, May 30, 2010
Photo of soju6
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy golden yellow with a foamy head that fades quickly. Some light lacing.

S: Has a light aroma of citrus and grain.

T: light fruit & citrus with touch of bitterness.

F: Light body that is clean & crisp- Refreshing

D: I'm not big on wheat beers but this is a nice summer beer and could have more that one. Very sessionable beer.

soju6, May 29, 2010
Photo of cbutova
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken last night.

A- Poured out a hazy golden yellow with a fizzy white head that builds up, I can already tell it will go away fast. It hits about one finger and dies down to a small cloud quickly. The suds are sticky but only pretty spotty lacing sticks around.

S- Faint nose. I get light malt, some bready wheat hints and a bit of citrus. Some slight hops but the aroma is almost non-existent.

T- Light malt and fairly bready wheat. Some citrus peel notes and earthy grassy hops. It is a pretty simple flavor but crisp and refreshing. At first it is balanced but eventually it fades a bit. A low amount of bitterness is employed from the hops.

MF- Best part of this one. A very creamy light body. The carbonation is high and crispy. A coat of citrus peel and wheat malts stay on the palate. Pretty much what I would want for this type of beer.

DB- Definitely sessionable. The lighter flavor and low price allow this. A subtle but balanced taste that is refreshing. Not a bad beer to drink on a hot summer day.

cbutova, May 28, 2010
Photo of ChadQuest
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I spent 5 hard hours on the mountain bike today, and this seemed the most refreshing beer i had laying around.

Very nice looking color and clarity wise, just the head seemed to have little protiens holding it together so it didn't last long before forming a very thin band. light estery aroma, yeasty and bready flavors, with a nice refreshing amount of lemony hops and carbination giving it a clean mouthfeel making me drink this pint in just mins, as if i'm dying of dehydration and this is the first thing i've drank in days. Nope, just rode 5 hours.

ChadQuest, May 20, 2010
Photo of michaelbutler
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Goose Island 312


Poured 12 oz bottle to pint glass

A: Cloudy, pale amber with a short foamy head, lighting lacing
S: Mild hops and fruit
T: Strong wheat with a citrusy-lemon finish
M: Light body, medium carbonation
D: Very easy drinking and refreshing, great summer beer

michaelbutler, May 15, 2010
Photo of billybob
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow about a one finger white head that did hold well with a powdery sheet like lace. strong citrus aromas. taste is light and dry with lemon and a touch of spice and a light wheat malt. carbonation is crisp would have been better with a little more body to it. if your looking for lemon taste this is the one or orange taste it would be blue moon.

billybob, May 11, 2010
Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale yellow with some bone white head that fades rapidly. Aroma is not too strong, lemons and some paler malt. Taste follows, pretty typical of the APWA, with a little more lemon to it than normal. A bit of yeast, wheat, and pale malt. MF is crisp and refreshing, light body with decent carbonation. Drinkability is good with the ABV, but the lack of strong flavors just makes this one not very interesting.

LordAdmNelson, May 11, 2010
Photo of m1ked
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler from Whole Foods Bowery beer room.

A- Pours a mostly clear light bright yellow with a slight haze to it. Gives off a brief 2 inch pure white head that quickly shrinks down. Minimal lacing. Couple of lone streamers. Wow when held up up the light, this beer is light.

S- Not alot here. Some light grain and subtle tart wheat.

T- This is alot better than the nose. I get a slightly citrus tartness with some light grains.. The tartness, fades to a subtle note but lingers in a good & refreshing way. ALmost a light green apple light drizzled with lemon.

M- Very light bodied but with a very prickly active carbonation.

D- This is not a stunner, but a very, very drinkable beer. I find it light and refreshing, I have found this style to be a good one for the summer sessioner.

m1ked, May 07, 2010
Photo of tykees88
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A- golden hazy yellow. Definitely the unfiltered part of making this beer affects the way it appears as the haziness is evident. Like the way this looks in a pint glass. Slight head good lacing.

S- Smells like an ale with lemons. Simple as that.

T- Tastes bitter, and the lemon really makes it more bitter.

M- Good crisp feel and a swirl through the mouth is nice

D- A good summer beer, but would opt for a different wheat beer in the winter if available.

tykees88, May 04, 2010
Photo of kkipple
2.68/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle thanks to Jlindros. Bottled on 2/01/2010. THANK YOU Goose Island for putting a legible bottled on date.

A. Pours a cloudy pale straw with minimal head (for a wheat beer) into my Sam Adams pint. Clearly unfiltered as advertised. I feel like there should be more head. No lace, but lots of bubbles.

S. Faint amounts of yeasty dough and grain with a stab of lemon. Very light, you have to strain to get much of anything.

T. Surprisingly nondescript, especially for Goose Island (a brewery I respect.) Very bland, rather grainy seltzer water with a hint of lemon. Just a wisp of actual wheat, a tad of bread dough and touch of honey. Extremely light - to be brutally honest, Bud Light Golden Wheat is better than this. I'm not sure what Goose Island was going for, but this is terribly underwhelming. No "off" flavors, really, just very little flavor to begin with.

M / D. Spritzy, light, thin. Easy to drink, but why would you want to? I'm disappointed - light American Wheat beers don't HAVE to be this characterless. See: Gumballhead, Oberon, heck, even Harpoon UFO.

The bottom line is, there is really little reason to reach for 312 Urban Wheat when so many superior wheat beers are out there. Maybe I got a weird bottle... maybe not. Tough to recommend unless you're craving the lightest of the light craft wheat beers.

kkipple, May 03, 2010
Photo of BearsOnAcid
1.88/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bought this for my girlfriend and now I have a bunch left over.

Pours out with a fluffy head and the color of lemonade. Smells a lot like Harpoon UFO. Slight hints of lemon and wheat.

Taste has a touch of hops in it and lemon way in the background. It's kind of bland and watery. The next few sips actually just taste like seltzer.
I guess this would be good if I wanted something really cold and refreshing after I had worked up a sweat. It's something good to have around for people who aren't into craft beer. But I can think of better local things that cost less.

BearsOnAcid, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of bum732
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pale yellow, nice creamy head, lots of rising bubbles. Smells of raw wheat, slight yeasty bread, doughy, faint citrus, some earthiness. Tastes of raw graininess with a touch of soft sweetness. Citrus bitterness if fairly moderate leading to a dry crisp finish with some more raw wheat. High carbonation perfect for the style.

A really nice wheat beer, not usually a fan of these beers, but this brought enough character to drink on a really hot day and enjoy.

bum732, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of mountdew1
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a hefeweizen glass. A nice golden amber color with a nice 2 finger white head. The head left a thin white head that clung to the sides. Consistent amounts of carbonation rose from the bottom with small amounts of sediment/yeast suspending mid beer. Aroma had a slight sweetness, and touches of white bread. Taste was clean, slightly sweet, with a small bit of citrus on the back end. Felt very good in the mouth. Nice and clean, slightly carbonated, coated well. Very easy to drink, definitely possible to session this beer.

mountdew1, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of PorterLambic
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow with not much head at all.
Smell is sweet malt, banana, light pepper note and some spice. Nicely balanced.
Taste is all of that plus some light citrus. Again, nicely balanced.
Light effervescence on the tip of the tongue, smoothish with a somewhat tangy finish, Malt, pepper and banana notes linger. Quite good, I think I'll have another.

PorterLambic, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of smcolw
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Properly cloudy with a greenish tinted gold color. Fluffy head that dies to a thin layer of fine bubbles. Moderate initial lace.

Mild aroma--notable wheat, light hop.

The taste is as expected, definitely a middle-of-the-road wheat ale. High level of carbonation leaves the beer feeling thinner than some wheats. No errors, but no complexity either. A good baseline wheat beer.

smcolw, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of BeerNinja007
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber was $3.49 at Hoosick Beverages in Troy, NY. Pretty good bargain if it's any good. Bottled on date: 10/16/09 0941. Served chilled in a standard pint glass.

Hazy pale lemon yellow brew could pass for lemonade, if not for the head. 3/4" white head settles slowly to a thick layer. Leaves nice lace webbing throughout the tasting. Nose is mild... lemon and light malts, not much else. Taste is also pretty light... a bit bready, yeast, lemon, touch of caramel sweetness. Finish is crisp and dry with lingering flavors of lemon and soap. Mouthfeel is very light and refreshing, would be great on a hot summer day. Chuggable. Good for what it is... a light, refreshing, chuggable ale, and doesn't try to be anything else. I would get this regularly in the summer if it was available locally in a sixer and was priced reasonably.

BeerNinja007, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of cosmicevan
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 32oz growler this afternoon from the Wholefoods downtown.

A - Pours a hazy yellow with a bubbly head. Almost Saison-like in appearance, but softer.

S - Hops mixed with citrus and clove like odors.

T - Very subtle pale ale without anything jumping out. Touch of hops, but nothing in your face at all.

M - Very vibrant feeling and refreshing. Smooth.

D - Very smooth and easy drinking. With the low ABV, this is a great session beer.

cosmicevan, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of MarkSCCOT
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Since I was visiting in the Mid-West for the first time I was on the look-out for beers I couldn't get in the Southeast. I found this beer at a Liquor store in Rapid City, SD . I did get to pick up some Bourban County Stout as well so I was excited.

A. Poured into a pint glass with a typical Hefeweizen pour. It appears as a golden pale with healthy 2 finger white head. You could definitely pick this out as an American Plae Wheat Ale due to the lack of hazy yeast and the appearance.

S. Some yeasty spiciness, but fairly muted.

T. Again, some spiciness and yeasty taste as expected. Definitely a solid example of an American Pale Wheat Ale but hardly the best of the choices.

D. Easily drinkable. This is a good beer to introduce the general public to craft beer. Tasty, but not really pushing any boundaries.

MarkSCCOT, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of bushbeer75
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with a bottled on date of 3/10/10

Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat poured a hazy yellow color with an almost 2-finger white mountainous head that faded rather quickly for its size. Limited lacing was left clinging to my glass. Smell is to the soft side, citric, lemon and a little spice. Flavor is similar to the aroma; soft, fruit and light spices with lemon and [light] banana dominating. Mouth feel is light medium with fine carbonation and a dry finish.

312 Urban Wheat is a good all around American Pale Wheat Ale. It is thirst quenching and an easy drinker while soft and tasty in the flavor category.

bushbeer75, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of bark
2.17/5  rDev -36%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The liquid is mid-hazy; the colour is yellow with a tint of orange. The high white head sinks slowly leaving some lacing and a thin lid on the beer.

The smell is fruity with notes of green and ripe apples, wood, French loaf, marzipan, dough, and a touch of American hops. The dough is a bit too dominant.

The taste is earthy and fruity with quite a lot of sweet apples. The body is very weak. Notes of dough, wheat flour and vegetables. The aftertaste is very short with hints of Müsli and dough.

The carbonation is light, the liquid is wishy-washy.

A beer that is too light in all aspects, with odd notes of dough and flour.

bark, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of tjsdomer2
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice, bright golden-yellow look. Ok on the foam and good on the lacing I guess. Seems to be on the light side regarding wheat beers (as evident by the fact that it's a pale wheat ale). Crisp-looking.

Smell: Lemony with a fair amount of grain as well. It's a pleasant and subtle smell. No malt and not many hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel: 312 tastes like an above average beer. It has a nice crisp bite to it, making it refreshing. Doesn't really have a distinct taste, but is delicious anyway. I guess some bitter/sour citrus.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for a wheat beer, considering the refreshing bite.

Overall: They actually served this stuff for after the Chicago Marathon to the runners the year I did it! It didn't make sense then. Since then, I've tried this and and was quite pleased. Very easy to drink.

tjsdomer2, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Moderately hazy pale golden color, with a small head that exhibits some retention and leaves lazy stick along the glass.

Smell: Mostly biscuity malt aroma; some floral and lemony citrus hops.

Taste: Clean, bready body with faint pervading yeast. Slight sweetness before lemon hops give it a little bite. Clean and smooth.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, but does not "pop" or have a particularly noteworthy feel.

Drinkability: Relaxing, easy to drink. Makes me think about sitting outside in a Chicago beer garden and having a few over the summer. Simple and easy to drink.

KickInTheChalice, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of rarbring
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden, hazy, a white head leaving little lacing.

Rather faint smell, lemonade, some spices, cardamom and yeast.

The taste is mostly in the lemon(ade) area, but well complemented with bitter aromas, lemon peel and a faint yeast residue.

A medium carbonation, refreshing and good bitter finish.

A nice wheat beer that has some bitterness.

rarbring, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of sixerofelixir
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours straw yellow, fine fluffy white head. Thousands of suspended particles show themselves as of the style. Smell is citrusy and a bit metallic. First taste is the same, unfolding into a wide malt base and a dagger-like hop finish. The taste is over before long. Feel is ok, a bit sour and drinkability ordinary. In the end, it actually tastes similar to straw.. An ordinary brew, but I'm not gaga for this kind of wheat ale.

sixerofelixir, Apr 08, 2010
312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
78 out of 100 based on 3,715 ratings.