312 Urban Wheat - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,798
Reviews: 818
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 55
Gots: 520 | 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:
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 StJamesGate
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale hazy bronze with thin white film. Nose is lemon and fresh white batch loaf. Table water cracker and lemon curd malts with vague citrus and grass hops. Spicy finish, dry linger. Light, thin, fizzy, smooth and slightly clingy.

A wheat with even less character than the average weiss? The Cascade is there, but just about outweighed by wheaty sourness and that ain't good. If GI are bringing their range into the mainstream, this will sub nicely for an adjunct lager.

Disappointingly plain.

Photo of alleykatking
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a pale pale yellow. Half finger white head shows medium retention. Streaky lacing on the sides of the glass. This really doesn't look like a wheat beer to me at all.

S- Toasted malts with a bready caramel malt base. Some light citrus hops in the ending. Nothing really else. There is a light wheat tone through some of the beer but not all of it. Such a weird beer for the style.

T- Light lemon like hops flavor in the front of the beer. Toasted wheat flavors in the middle of the beer show a nice taste for a while. Ending of the beer is mostly sweet malts with some light hop bitterness. Simple yet effective taste wise.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer. Lemony flavors with light wheat notes left on the palate. Aftetaste is wheat, light alcohol, and light faded bitter hops. Clean and crisp making it well balanced for what it was going for. No off flavors at all which seems to be Goose Island's good QC team. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer has an amazing low ABV which makes it drink rather great. Not my favorite of wheats but it is far from the worst as well. A nice stepping stone beer for people looking to get into craft beer.

Photo of Hoser77
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pale straw in color. Fairly clear for a wheat ale. Low, white head. Fairly small for a wheat ale as well, but persists throughout with excellent lacing. Effervescent in appearance.

S-Malty, bready, slight biscuit and toast notes. No crystal malts noted. Slight spicy hop aroma with slight hints of citrus.

T-Very bready, with slight malty sweetness towards the end balance the overall tartness of the beer. Low hop bitterness with moderate spicy hop flavor lingers on the palate.

M-Finish is crisp and dry. Slightly acidic and tart. Very effervescent. Feels a little thin.

D-A very good lawnmower beer to drink on a hot summer's day. A little thin and underwhelming, but a good alternative to the BMC that is available at your local drinking establishment. Very easy to drink several pints in one sitting.

Photo of adammacmillan
4.47/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my Second favorite wheat beer, i have lived in Chicago for 3 years and just recently had it. it came in a 312 Pint glass its gold in color with a lemon smell to it, with a cloudy look to it, i like this beer all year round but it is a great summer beer. if you like Wheat beers like Blue Moon or Shock Top i would try it

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

22 oz. bottle tried 24 Jul 2010. Bottled 5/21/10. Served in the Shiner hefe glass.

Medium sized white head. Well carbonated. Hazy golde yellow. Aroma is somewhat light, lemony, wheaty. Flavor is a bit light too, citrus, lemony tang, lots of mineral. Some astringency in the middle. Finish and aftertaste are sweet/tart. Medium body. Light alcohol.

Overall light and refreshing.

Photo of GbVDave
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint. Thanks to pops for bringing this over!

Bottled On Date: 10/22/10

A: A handsome looking pour. A light straw colored body with lots of fine sediment. Capping this is a bright white pillow that stuck around for ages before ending up as a thick unbroken ring.

S: Biscuity with a bit of sourdough bread. Loads of toasted grains and some caramel malt but not enough yeast or hop aromas to make it very interesting.

T: A little more complex than the smell due to a pinch of lemon-y hops and sourdough tang. Toasty wheat comes on strong during the middle and suprisingly long finish.

M: Dry, toasty, and with a hint of spice. Suprisingly full considering its' low abv and easy drinking nature.

D: It's easy to see why GI sells a shit ton of this stuff. Refreshing, very easy to drink, and a little unchallenging (not that that's a bad thing). Great for when the merecury begins its' summer climb.

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

12 ounce bottle dated 12/07/10. Poured into a pint glass. Two fingers of foamy off-white head form atop a hazy golden brew. Head retention is decent and lacing is moderate. Carbonation is active.

Aromas of Belgian yeast give off sweet tropical odors. Wheat is noted in the scent. It smells light but a deep whiff tickles the nose hairs.

The taste is amber waves of grain. The wheat is very present in the malt profile. The yeastiness is noticeable. There is a mild soapiness on the back end. The finish is mildly bitter. Alcohol is completely hidden. Despite its wheat-forward flavor this brew remains pretty light.

In the mouth 312 doesn't impress. The beer is fairly light bodied and the carbonation is bit overdone. The slight maltiness is nice but I could wish that it were heavier.

The light flavor and body make this beer pretty easy to drink and fairly refreshing. The low 4.2% alcohol makes it near-sessionable. It's not a great example of a wheat ale but it doesn't offend either.


The Two-Schlitz Scale™: (see my profile for an explanation)
I give a Schlitz about 312 Urban Wheat Ale. It's a one-trick pony but I wouldn't hesitate to offer it up to one of my BMC-drinking friends.

Photo of DannyDan
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours a golden body with a thick white head that has very good retention, nice lacing and lots of carbonation.
S. Wheat is very strong in the smell along with some grass, and lemon.
T. The taste is wheat along with some hay and grass followed by a slight hop bitterness that is very mild and than finishes off with a dry lemony taste.
M. It is a light watery feel.
D. A nice light bodied feel to this beer makes it easy to drink.

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a large pilsner glass

A: pours a hazy light yellow color with a nice amount of white foamy head that lingers decently, leaves a nice amount of lacing

S: strong wheat scent, slight lemon scent

T: smooth taste, nice wheat notes

D/M: smooth drinking, goes down very easy, slight carbonation, very thin

Photo of mpcrump
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Light golden straw color. Hazy look with light carbonation.

S: Lemony fruit with wheat. Light smell.

T: Light tasting beers can be great but they run the risk of tasting watered down. Light hops and wheat up front with some malts at the end.

M: Very light feel.

D: Low abv, light taste make this an easy beer to drink.

Photo of meatmallet
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light golden color with a huge foamy white head. Lots of suspended sediment can be seen as well as light carbonation bubbles. Head leaves a nice lace.

Smell: Grass and wheat are dominant on the nose. I also get a little bit of lemon but not much else.

Taste: Wheat and grain are again the dominant flavor with a heavy lemon finish. Not too much else going on in it though but its not bad.

Mouthfeel/drinkablility: Light bodied and medium to high carbonation. Very crisp.

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

Light golden color, with decent cragginess and stick in the head - pretty good look for this style. Little lacing but tiny pockets of bubbles tacked to the side of the glass. Nose is pretty light, similarly fluffy to the foam, with notes of grapefruit wafting up.

Light flavor overall, but the impact of the hops is pretty significant for a wheat beer. More of the citric notes, with the grapefruit and some lemongrass leading. Finishes quick and dry, befitting its summer beer nature.

I had 312 in the middle of an Iowa winter, probably left over from a long-ago Iowa summer. It's still as good a beer as I remember, and in its proper context would be even more quenching. Goose Island makes some damn fine beers and 312 is another hit.

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

Bottled on date 11/12/10. Was sure I reviewed this but whatever...

Pours a slightly hazed straw color with a pinky of ivory colored head. Above average head retention & some lacing

S: Bready & lemony notes, plus grassyness.

T: Follows the nose, lemongrass & white pepper there as well & a touch of dryness up front. Grassyness & lemony notes dominate as this warms along with some flinty dryness. Dry finish with slight mineral hoppyness & slight grassyness

MF: Light bodied, firm carbonation, fairly well balanced

Fairly drinkable, nothing mind blowing here, but a nice clean tasting thirst quencher. I will say this is better than any bottle or draft 312 I've had in the past, but this NOW my official baseline. Based on previous experinces with this one I venture to say you best be drinking it fresh...

Photo of TheKtulu7
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pale, very bubbly, and with a thin white head.

S: Even after resetting my nose, I can't get much from this beer. A clean wheat smell, but very weak.

T: Clean, dry wheat taste. Nothing too complex but it's good at what it does do, which leads me to...

D: Way too easy.

Photo of mikereaser
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind beer #4 courtesy of Khazadum

Pulled out my Evolution Brewing Co. Weizen glass for this on.

Pours a very light straw yellow with a few inches of foam that quickly faded to just a layer of bubbles. Guessing a wheat beer. Nice wheat/grassy aroma with hints of lemon. The taste is wheat along with a nice mix of lemon and orange rind. Its very light bodied with a nice crisp carbonation. Very easy to drink and would be a great summertime beer. I could drink alot of this one.

and a tear of the paper cover reveals...
Goose Island 312. I had no clue this came in a bomber. Very enjoyable.

Photo of midwestbrewers
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decided to try this instead of one of my other staple wheat beers.

A: The beer pours a light, golden, straw color. Pretty nice tow finger head that left quite a bit of lacing on my pint glass.

S: The smell is very much like a normal wheat beer. Citrus at the forefront followed by malty. More citrus than malt smell, and the overall smell just seems amped up vs. some other wheat brews.

T: The taste was exceptional. More flavor than some of the other wheat beers I have tasted recently. It had a very nice hoppy bite at the begening but mellowd out with a nice malty finish.

Overall this is one of my favorite new beers. I found it by goofing around of this site and checking reviews, and I'm glad I tried it. Very balenced taste. Great session beer for my crew and me. GREAT BEER GOOSE ISLAND BEER CO.!!

Photo of abrand
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap on a recent trip to chicago

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a small pillowy pure white head that leaves some lacing on the pint glass. Smell is slightly skunky with some grains and little malts. Not that great smelling. Taste is slightly watery but some hops and grains. Goes down easily and taste much better than it smells. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Drinkability is mediocre. Low abv makes is sessionable for a night out on the town.

Photo of etn3000
4.22/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of Wheat beers. I am kind of new in the beer culture, so I haven't had a lot of opportunity to drink a whole lot of wheats. I've had Blue Moon and Shock Top, and I thought those were really good. But this blows them out of the water. I would highly suggest this beer if you like American Pale Wheat Ales.

Photo of smakawhat
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tall glass just as suggested poured from the bottle.

Lots of bubble action going on a literally neon yellow color body. This looks like a giant glowing lemon drop with 50/50 opaqueness quality. Cloudy with some see-through capability. The beer has a glow to it, good carb elevator music, and also decent lacing. Some sediment in the bottle.

Bouquet consists of store brought grocery bread upon opening up the package. Not baked, not toasty, just grocery bread from the isle. There is also strangely a distinct "funk" smell which I kind of don't mind but it may be off putting for others.

Taste of big wheat, with great smooth aromatic wheat finish... lingering... slight carbonation... clean.. solidly even some crispness.. very VERY faint lemon in the aftertaste.

Drinkablilty with the low ABV is a piece of cake makes you want to have another!

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought back from Chicago for by my parents, what a lucky kid I am.

Into my Schneider Weisse glass this goes. Once within it reveals a crystal clear pale gold body with a massive bone white head akin to soap lather that just lasts and lasts. A few yeast particles settle on the bottom.

Aromas of citrus prevail mixed with hints of sulphur. Green banana and wet grass notes also come through.

The taste is of mild citrus with sour notes, reminds me of lemon peel. A light peppery spice flavour comes through intermittently. Light hopping pops up in the end along with a mild sweet note. Strong wheat notes dominate the beer giving a nice full bodied sensation in the mouth. Couple with the high carbonation this makes for a very refreshing beer.

A bit lacking on the flavour and aroma fronts but overall enjoyable.

Photo of masey222
4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a milky straw with a frothy head that was very white and very rocky...
The smell was wheaty and full of lemon citrus as well as some nutmeg and maybe a few other scuttle spices...
Crisp taste equatable to Oberon in many ways as far as style and execution but the flavor is less explicit and more complex and what really comes out is a lemon tart that comes across as very natural and real because of the very strong wheat flavor beyond that though it is well spiced with some very nice sweeter spices, over all it was a very refreshing beer to drink...
light on the palate especially in comparison to Oberon or theres of a similar style the carbonation makes it super crisp and refreshing and quenching....
It is a nice beer to just drink in the middle of the day, with lunch, or with a decent blonde cigar.

Photo of Foxxypants
4.85/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite wheat beers of all time.

A: Nice light straw color, and light head that is decently quick to recede.

S: Very aromatic. Citrus and wheat dominate the nose.

T: Beautiful. Like a wheat beer should taste. Nice citrus overtones, good wheat flavor, and some other spice notes that round it all together.

M: Nice and bubbly. Feels light and dry.

D: So, so easy to drink. I could drink this like soda. Great thirst quencher.

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

A - Hazed, pale gold color with an average sized, whispy, creamy, frothy, tight, pearl white head. Decent retention with a thin layer of lace.

S - Nice tart lemony aroma with some grassy and banana hints as well. Good amount of malted wheat aroma gives it a base. Pretty well spiced but nothing too strong. Pretty typical for the style.

T - Pretty nice, refreshing taste. Wheat and grainy base are nice and provide a lot of the flavor. A good level of lemon rind, grass/lemongrass, spice and just a hint of banana. Pretty zesty/tart for the style, but balanced out by the wheat flavor.

M - Light body with very nice carbonation. Quite creamy and goes down very smooth.

D - Very easy to drink, smooth, refreshing beer. Has enough zest and spice to keep it interesting and have me coming back for more.

Notes: Very nice pale wheat beer that is quite refreshing. Good summertime, thirst quencher. Also has a good amount of spice, zest, and hints of hops to kick up the wheat a bit.

Photo of jlandis
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very light straw golden color (so very light that it almost seems clear!) The fluffy white head billows to the top of my weizen glass. The aroma is a simple lemon and spice. The flavor follows suit with lemon, clove and other spices. There is also an interesting funk floating around that adds some interest. The body is light and thin with subtle carbonation. I actually would have enjoyed a boost in carbonation.

Overall this is a pretty solid "Urban Wheat". The lemon and spice is excellent and the funk adds a nice edge. The only downside is that it feels very watery (especially with the subdued carbonation). This would be a nice beer for a warm summer afternoon.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beautiful golden with a thick white head 4

The aroma is of wheat and yeast with a slight citrus and malt a better then average

Taste is that of a wheat beer it starts with a slight malttyness it finishes with a wheat taste and finishes quickly a typical wheat beer taste nothing special

312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
77 out of 100 based on 3,798 ratings.