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312 Urban Wheat - Goose Island Beer Co.

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3,907 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,907
Reviews: 843
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 61
Gots: 632 | 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 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!)

Photo of clint1019
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Had a hazy straw color with a minimal head on it and very little lacing.

Smell- had a very light citrus/hoppy aroma, but not much else.

Taste- had a light wheaty flavor with a slight hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Was very light bodied, kinda watery.

Overall- Had a nice clean, crisp wheat taste. This would be a nice summertime hot wheather beer. Can't see myself drinking this one too often as there are other wheat beers I like better.

Photo of BEERME528
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A quality product of Goose Island. I purchase a case of 312 everytime I visit the Chicago area and I am never disappointed. I have had it on tap a few times as well and I am very excited every time I see it available when I'm out at the bars. Goes down smooth. Is a refreshing and tasty beverage for any time of the year. It pours a pretty light straw color with a decent head that slowly fades away.

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

Pours a bright yellow straw, cloudy with little visible carbonation. Had a 1/2 inch head that dissolved to a thin lace that leaves a bit of cling. Wheat cracker is at the fore in the bouquet, along with citrus peel, mild yeast, and grass notes. Overall, a bit of a sour nose. This one has a fairly nondescript taste signature. There's wheat cracker, a kind of honey sweetness that follows, and a bit of an herbal/grassy finish. A bit of orange peel in there, as well. Just a suggestion of hop bitterness around the sides and back of the tongue at the close. This beer has a light body with understated carbonation and a clean finish. Just a bit more watery than I'd like.

This is a pleasant American wheat, but it's not especially engaging on any level. It does have nice flavor, but it's not especially memorable. This is clearly very drinkable, and a good one to have around in the summer months.

Photo of Preismj
3.34/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: hazy yellow, a bit thin looking with a nice creamy white head. minimal lacing

s: hoppy with a touch of lemon and grass. Grainy presence in the nose.

t: hop forward, but trails into a watery mixture of barley and wheat. pleasant taste, but the wateryness of this is unapplealing. Surprised by the presence of the hops. Aftertaste is a bit acidic.

m: refreshing and crisp, a bit thinner than I'd like.

o: not terrible, but not what I expected. A nice flavor overall but could have used a bit more follow through on it. could enjoy this on a hot day, but I have others I prefer over it.

Photo of zeledonia
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2 April 2011. Believe this is the first Goose Island beer I've had that's not an imperial stout. Crazy.

Pours a lovely golden straw yellow, hazy and glowing a bit, with a big fluffy white head. Good retention, lots of maze-like lacing. Very pretty, as a wheat ale should be.

Smell is mostly light grassy hops, freshly-cut wheat, and a bit of lemony fruit. Some spice back there as well. Very pleasant.

Taste is not what I expected. Some weak wheat and pale malt flavors up front, but the dominant ones come next: wet grass hops and tingly peppery spice. A touch of lemon before the finish dries it all up.

Mouthfeel is thin, pretty watery. Carbonation feels really low; I only get a splash of it after the flavor's mostly gone. Finish is slightly dry, but mostly water - it's there, but it's thin, and there's not much flavor in it. The lowlight of the beer.

A decent wheat ale, but nothing special. Could use a stronger grain bill and better carbonation. Not particularly memorable, but not bad.

Photo of divineaudio
3.06/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bomber into a weizen glass. bottled on 5/18/11.

a- pours an extremely pale yellow color, certainly one of the lightest colors i have seen in a beer. gave me about a fingers worth of white, sudsy head that calmed quickly to a thin film. leaves a few legs of lace here and there.

s - toasted bread with some grassy hops and a bit of spice.

t - light malt sweetness followed by notes of apple and grape. mild hop character cuts the sweetness and finishes on the dry side.

m - light in body with lots of carbonation.

o - good summertime beer, but not one of the better examples of the style. seems light on everything, flavor, smell, feel and enjoyment.

Photo of 6993bc
4.12/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer in a bottle and on tap, I think tap is better if you can get it that way. It has a great color and a lot of flavor, it is on of my favorits on a hot day. It has a citrus flavor that I usually don't love in beer but it is done right by Goose Island.

312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
77 out of 100 based on 3,907 ratings.