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312 Urban Wheat - Goose Island Beer Co.

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3,872 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,872
Reviews: 836
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 61
Gots: 586 | 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 MikeyRx
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale-straw colored with a slight haze, white head formed initially but quickly receded.

Smell: Very slight aromas of grain, malt and lemon.

Taste: Grain and pale malt flavors predominate and a slight citrus note tugs into a gentle bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Very light body complimented nicely by light carbonation. Crisp and clean feel and finish.

Overall: A clean and light representation of the style. A very drinkable wheat ale but perhaps forgettable.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.12/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to TheLibrarianGirl's buddy, Laurie, for bringing this brew back from a road trip to Chicago. Bottled on: 05/16/11.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, pale straw-colored body with an airy, white head that collapses at a moderate pace.

Smell: Light malty notes, a light kiss of sweet lemon, and a faint, faint hint of underlying graininess.

Taste: Begins with a gentle maltiness of delicately malted barley and wheat. Lightly sweet with a hint of honey water. A noted fruity, faintly tart citrusy hop presence. Low bitterness. Small shred of yeastiness. Drying on the lively, wheat-flavored finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Fairly soft mouthfeel.

Overall: It's an APWA alright, though thankfully not as cheerless and lifeless as some, and, after going out rowing for the afternoon, it really provides for some substantial refreshment.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into tall weizen glass.
Bottled on 4/13/2011.

Aroma: Peach nectar, apricot, light spice, honeysuckle, and orange blossom. I'm also picking up a sweet cotton candy note.

Appearance: 2 fingers of off-white head slowly goes to one finger and remains theres.

Flavor: Honey gold straw body. Sweet pear nectar & apricot (similar to the aroma). A very light flavor profile in general.

Mouthfeel: Fuller-bodied, medium-high carbonation, and a very light/dry texture.

Overall: Some, who might demand bolder, maltier, and hoppier beers might be let down. But I think this beer is very well done, and has a subtle complexity and balance.

Photo of Jishguy
2.82/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Some relatives brought this for me when they came into town.

A- Poured a cloudy, yellow body with a half-finger head that dissipated rather quickly. Almost no lacing.

S- Wheat up front. Citrus, bread-like malts,grassy, grainy, lemony funk.

T- The bread-like malt character dominates the flavor, Bits of citrus, earthy hops, and a sour acidity poke through.

M- Very full and appealing. Great carbonation, goes down very smooth. Could put down a few with no problem.

Photo of gskitt
4.3/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was drank in the perfect environment. Warm, breezy, after yard work by the fire. Pours the palest of golds, white meringue head, shiny. Smells like a wheat field. Tastes of wheat, and some sweet malt, a bit of bitterness on the back, but refreshing and man, it is drinkable. Mouthfeel was smooth and clean. Overall, a very enjoyable brew.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared with the father-in-law over the holiday weekend. The first time I ever had this beer was with my brother after a rather putrid and hell-on-earth body draining ass whomp of a humid afternoon. I dug it then off tap.

Cloudy straw with oodles of suspended particulates

Smells of fruity esters and straw

Snappy mild tartness, cracker, mild hoppiness and wheat

It's fine

Photo of Northsider
4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the Goose Island "pub" at O'Hare airport. Poured from tap.

Appearance was pale yellow, clearish. White head

Taste and smell was, as the name suggests, very wheaty. A fruity/citusy aftertaste could be found as well.

Overall a decent beer, I'd definitely drink again. I don't care *that* much about the AB deal, this is still a solid drink in my opinion and widely available.

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

12oz bottle 1.5m after bottling...

Appearance: Golden hazy brew with plenty of rising carbonation.

Smell: Grain, lemony hop, and biscuity malt.

Taste: Light breaded malt and lemony hop notes to balance to a crisp and refreshing beer.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and well carbonated. An easy drink, especially at it's low alcohol content.

Overall: A good beer within it's category. Strongly recommend Montana Trout Slayer from Big Sky Brewing Co. if you like this style of a beer.

Photo of mocktm
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a hazy straw yellow with plenty of rising carbonation and a thick fluffy head that leaves behind plenty of decorative lacing. We're off to a good start.

Aromas mostly of bread like wheat and heavy lemon citrus. Pretty meh, I Can't pick out much more.

Tastes pretty fruity sweet with biscuit overtones from the malts. Appropriate, but not overpowering hop bitterness finishes it out nicely. Nothing phenomenal or mind boggling, but appropriately balanced for the style.

Medium bodied with solid carbonation. A easy drinking summer brew perfect for lounging outdoors.

Overall this beer is as advertised: crisp, clean and refreshing. Nothing more and nothing less. I'm not crazy about it, but I don't dislike it either. Now if only I could find some of that 3 Floyds Gumball I've been hearing so much about around here.

Photo of MattyG85
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Bright and pale golden yellow with a huge amount of rising bubbles. Big white foam head with great retention and good lacing.

Smell: Sweet malty aroma with lots of grains and lemon zest. Also some yeast and hints of citrus hops.

Taste: Sweet pale malts up front with grain and lemon. Hints of citrus hops and bready malts in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a medium to high carbonation. Very smooth and crisp.

Overall: A very solid summer ale. Light but very tasty.

Photo of avaccani
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy golden yellow with a tall bright white head.

S - Some grainy notes but a nice lemony aroma shines.

T - Very balanced. Light malt, with a citrusy finish. Nothing overpowering and nothing to hide.

M - Dry and crisp. Medium to medium high carbonation. Spot on.

O - I really enjoy this beer. It is a great session brew. Easy to drink, light, crisp, refreshing. One of my favorite American Wheats.

Photo of scootny
3.94/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cloudy straw colored brew the a decent head and a bit of lace sticking as I drink. Malty aromas with a healthy wheat component and lemony zing. Taste is dry gains, malt sweetness and lemon. mild wheat malt presence and bit of yeasty dough as well. Smooth soft crispness in the feel with a pleasurable amount of carbonation and quenching dryness. A great summer quencher and session A lawn mower beer with flavor and a bit of pizazz.

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

Enjoyed on-tap for $2.50 @ Fox n Hound Pub & Grille in Chesterfield, MO. Poured into a Pint Glass and finished very quickly with their Bavarian Pretzels.

Appearance- Received with a less than Half Finger of White Head that disappears instantly. The body is a clear, pale yellow color and looks like it would blind you if you were to look at it at mid day during the summer. Tons of carbonation bubbles and leaves a small ring of lacing on top but then none afterwards.

Smell- Has the average wheat smell, grain, and a hint of a mild citrus hop. Nothing special with the aroma.

Taste- Very sweet with its pale malts and a mild citrus once again. There isn't too much of a kick with the hop but there is a bitterness that is perfect here.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, Refreshing, and has a small Citrus taste after the drink.

Overall- Great beer during the summer! I hope people are going to still order and enjoy all of Goose Island's beer after this merge with A.B. I have had this many times and now I'm reviewing it, it feel like an average wheat beer to me. The drinkability was outstanding and the group I was with all ordered this beer as well. I'm always wanting to push people into a new direction with beer and at the Fox n Hound Pub, besides their adjuncts and usual domestics on-tap, this one is not too extreme but different for many non-craft beer drinkers. Cheers to Craft Beer!

Photo of danielplainview
2.25/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had a bottle of this 5-14-11

Appearance: Pale, mildly cloudy

Smell: wheaty, with a little bit of fruit showing through. Smells sweet

Taste: Run of the mill wheat beer. Needs a bit more bite for me.

Mouthfeel: light and crisp

Overall: Seems like a generic version of a Hefe. Better than most domestics but not great for the style. I can't wait to see how much worse this beer gets with A-B buying Goose Island. It already tastes like shocktop. . .

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

Pours a pale cloudy gold. The nose is primarily lemon zest, grass, and butter.

Very nice zippy and pungent taste. Fruit flavors are apparent (apples and lemons) plus a nice little hoppy bite (more like a nibble). Very smooth and refreshing, but not a lot of substance to it. I suppose this is indicative of pale wheat ales, but try some Three Floyds Gumballhead if you want to see what CAN be done with this style.

Photo of NekotoNikku
4.15/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice pale golden brown

S - Citrus and almost a flowery smell to it.

T - Citrus (lemon?) and banana, very light and refreshing. Normally I don't like the banana flavor in beers because it tastes chemically or heavy, but this was just very light and pleasant.

M - A little dry, but not in an unpleasant way.

O - This beer was overall fantastic to me, light and fresh, but full of flavor. I could have had these all night with no problem.

Photo of spitInTheOcean
3.76/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sweet finish. a little banana and a little clove just like it ought to.

a nice body, and a nice haze lets me now im drinking more than alcohol and water.

the head retention though is a little less than optimum.

not a strong wheat flavor or aroma though, but a good beer just the same.

Photo of thegodfather1076
4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served out of a 12oz. bottle dispensed into a glass....

Presentation - Classic Goose Island Label.

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a 1 finger white foam head that dissipates into a nice foam covering. Leaves a light lacing on the glass.

Smell - A floral wheat smell comes across very strong.

Taste - A def wheat taste with undertones of lemon and citrus. A little bit of bread like maltiness in the after taste. Very slight hoppyness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with an almost creamy mouthfeel. A nice amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - Very smooth and tasty. Very drinkable and refreshing.

A very good overal offering that is a nice representation of this style. I enjoy this every time I have it.

Photo of GoldenVIKE
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my favorite refreshing summer beer. This beer isn't overly sweet, sour, bitter, or hoppy. Imagine a generic American lager (Bud, Miller, whatever) if it was wheatier, more well-built, more opaque in appearance, and had a subtle but pleasant (rather than skunky) smell. This is every bit as easy to drink as those American lagers, which makes it the perfect drink-it-all-afternoon beer option for the summer.

Photo of vfgccp
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Golden yellow. Creamy white head. Great retention and lace.

S – Bright, juicy nose - orange and floral. Wheaty.

T – Soft wheat opening. Smack of acidity into orange peal and lemon in the middle. Wheat rolls back in on the finish along with sweet yellow raisin.

M – Soft, medium body. Nice carbonation. Sweet finish with a lingering carbonated tingle.

O – Refreshing and drinkable.

Photo of lawlerj
3.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a wheat glass.

A - pours a pale gold/yellow/straw color. Head recedes quickly, leaving a collar of foam, a bit of foam on the surface. Appears to be a decent amount of carbonation.

S - toasty biscuits, wheat, and a hint of lemon citrus comes through. Not overly complex, but definitely what is expected in the style.

T - wheat & biscuits up front, finishes with a hint of lemon and mixed citrus fruit. No cloves or banana here - just a straight forward wheat beer, which I enjoy. Not too strong on the hops, but still delicious and very refreshing.

M - definitely on the thin side of medium bodied. I found myself wanting a bit more body here.

O - overall, a great solid American style wheat beer. Stacks up very well next to others in the style. Great for a hot day sitting on the patio.

Photo of Seeker41184
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Date Drunk: 2/7/11

12oz into pint glass

I did not enjoy, tasted plain, but now I see why people drink this in the Midwest quit often. It is very light and may be a new session beer for me. Very wheaty with a hint of fruit trying to poke through. To make this a B it would need some lemon or orange zest, but then it wouldn't be as drinkable. This is very light, crisp, and drinkable, definitely a Blue Moon substitute.

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

Another treat I gave myself at half-time @ the village pourhouse in the LES in NYC.

And this urban brew was an absolute flashback to my days in Paris because of striking similarities to a beer I used to love and indulge in at least once a week.

Poured on tap in an american pint glass. not entirely opaque, hueing somewhat through straw and orange maybe even a slight bit greenish but then I'm colorblind. not an inmense head and the small one it had wasn't particularly long-lasting.

Smell is discretely astringent, blending a lime feel with some dry wheat and just a tad of hops. although not too strong, it is enough to lay out what the beer is all about in itself.

Taste wise, I love this kind of borderline wits. it gives a main stage for a citrus sour feel of green half sweet lemons amid a rather dry, unsweetened wheat very grainy feel. It is very thin and fizzy, not trying to go overboard but be rather refreshing- in part why alcohol is hardly- if at all- perceivable and why hops are not the frontrunners here, but rather just discretely laying low behind, just adding a valid but small bit to the whole beer.

In all, in case one wonders- this Froegaarden-like deal is very spring/summery and a delight to session.

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

A: Slightly hazy straw yellow color with and off white, soapy looking head. Some spotty lasing.

S: Touch of bread and wheat, not very yeasty. Also some lemon zest.

T: Ever so slight malt taste, with a lemony middle and end. Tastes like it smells.

M: Light and crisp with ample carbonation.

This is one of the first craft beers I've had and it really opened my eyes to how good beer can actually taste (compared to BMC). For this reason, I rate it a bit higher for nostalgic purposes. I really like this beer for what it is: an extremely refreshing and drinkable beer for those dog days of summer. It doesn't drink like a German hefe, not does it claim to be one.

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

Pours a straw yellow. Not much of a head, but nice carbonation streaming from the bottom. Smells of malt, bready notes, lemon zest, light floral. Light smell overall, but it's good. The taste follows the nose, rather bready with a nice lemon zing to it. It's a good wheat ale, I drink it quite often and it's a good beer to session. It's not my favorite wheat ale, but I would not pass one of these up. Solid B.

312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
77 out of 100 based on 3,872 ratings.