312 Urban Wheat - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 843
Hads: 4,126
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%
Wants: 69
Gots: 862 | 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:
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 HipCzech
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Serving Type: 355 mL can poured into a plastic United cup while at 27,000 feet.
Appearance: Slightly hazy, light golden yellow. Quickly dissipating frothy head off larger bubbles. Leaves good lace in a plastic airline cup.
Smell: Very mild yeast and citrus.
Taste: Lemony citrus against yeasty bread. Light and refreshing.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied not overly carbonated.
Overall: Innocuous and pleasant while airborne. Unlikely to seek out while on the ground, but happy to choose given limited options. (502 characters)

Photo of Robalypse
4.02/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm a bit surprised at some of the earlier reviews for this beer. I don't know if it has been revised at some point but a lot of the descriptions don't seem to match the batch I'm drinking.

The appearance for starters, is a deep copper color. On the pour there's a full but fleeting head for this style. The smell is pleasant with strong notes of hops and citrus fruit.

The taste is excellent. Light as you would expect from a wheat beer, with greater depth from the malt, hops, and citrus. It comes just to the line of crossing over into being too "hoppy". I'm definitely a fan of this brewery now, having tried a few of their other offerings and this beer in particular. I know a beer is good when I'm surprised out how quickly I'm emptying a glass. (753 characters)

Photo of seedyone
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

03-15-2013 & 03-15-2012 With an outside temperature of only about 36F this pleasant reminder of summer is a bit out of place.

Summer 2012 Right up my alley. Crisp w/body. Hoping they keep it on all summer.

06/27/11 Nice. Creamy rather than crisp. Hoping they keep it on all summer.

07-27-2011 Tried on tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Nice. Creamy & crisp w/some body. Sounds like a contradiction but isn't. (404 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I know I tried this a looong time ago, before GI was bought (twice, I think), and sold. It doesn't seem to be any different - maybe it's worse. I remember being unimpressed before, as I am now, but with a rebate making these $4.99 for 6, I had to get one.

It's very yellow with little head or lace. The aroma is sweet, weak, wheat, I guess. The taste is a pretty light, wimpy sweet, slightly interesting wheat beer taste. Pretty refreshing, with a clean aftertaste.

I now have a fridge full of this, the pale and the wimpy IPA from 312. Fortunately there is other stuff in there too, but these are pretty decent beers for the afternoon of yard work I am putting off to write this review. (690 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

312 Urban Wheat brewed by Goose Island Beer Co. This brew pours out a cloudy amber color with a small white head. This is an unfiltered brew like most wheat beers. Keep in mind, this brew has an abv of 4.2. The smell is citrus and beer. This brew has the smell of most wheat brews on the market. The taste is bitter at first but smooth at the end. I like how it is different from most wheat brews on the market. 312 Urban Wheat is a clean and fresh and smooth brew. The mouthfeel is is nice at the end. There is nothing bad about this brew. Overall I giving this brew a 4 out 5 I feel this is a good wheat brew to try out. I would get get this brew again. (655 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

BOD 11/23/13. Fairly clear light golden pour with a good head. Well formed lacing and moderate retention. Light nose of lemon with a hint of banana over a touch of clove against a light biscuit sweetness. Light medium body that is smooth. Normal carbonation level with good effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is laid back and a bit weak. Some light tart lemon flavor is predominant with only hints of clove. The finish is clean and somewhat crisp. (460 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at the local BWW. Pours a semi-cloudy golden yellow color with a slight bubbly white head. The aroma is weak with grains, wheat, and citrus. The taste is smooth, with a mild grassy grain taste. Not a bad lighter craft brew but really lacks depth in the taste. (266 characters)

Photo of Hergestridge
2.86/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

312 Urban Wheat was in a Craft 12 pack. It has a nice pale yellow colour.
A decent 2" foam head. Fluffy and light like Marshmallow Fluff!
The taste is sweet.. if you've ever shucked a few wheat kernels, the smell would be spot on for that memory from the past. This is a nice Wheat, not the best, but pleasant. As part of a variety pairing from a 12, it's ok.. I wouldn't order this in a restaurant, though. .. Maybe too many Hop intense beers have spoiled the more airy wheat offerings.. Tastes Change, though.. If you like wheat ale, you will enjoy this entry.
~Carry On Citizens!!!~
sMc (591 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.99/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Also sampled last night on 5/20/14, though I have had it on draught here locally a couple of months ago as well as from a bottle about 18 months ago. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a .3L 'Dinkel Acker' glass boot.

Pours a hazy straw-yellow with a 1-finger fizzy white head that has some spotty lacing when sipped. The aroma is of sweet malt and wheat. Very nice. Taste was very pleasant with just the right amount of carbonation and just like a good wheat ale should taste. Also has a hint of light lemon and orange . Very easy to drink! I would get this one again. (606 characters)

Photo of bgillespie
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A hazy golden yellow with a small white head.

Smell: Not strong, citrus like lemon and orange.

Taste: Follows the smell with some wheat, maybe some straw.

Mouthfeel: Light, well carbonated. Easy to drink.

Overall: A little light of the flavor. The taste just isn't there all the time. But still easy the drink and light, so I do not mind it. (384 characters)

Photo of Sam-VW
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served into long glass.

Light, typical unfiltered look with an amber colour. Some sediment. I've had this on tap and also from a bottle and it's much the same in appearance. It's an attractive look, and always reminds me of summer.

Smell: Very light citrus, would say more of a lemon and orange zest. This is where the spices shine.

Taste: As with all the other reviews, the initial taste is Lemon followed by a straw taste.

Carbonation first, but it's still a very light and summery beer.

Good beer for summer! I enjoy the occasional one in cold weather. (581 characters)

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light blonde, mildly hazy, in fact you can see some of the sediment floating around the ale dancing around with the carbonation floating to the top. Its covered with a thick white foamy head surrounded by a light layer of lacing.
Lemon zest, slight orange and some mild spices come through in the aroma.
The lemon is the first thing you taste, grass and straw follow. A slight start flavor hits you as you swallow.
Light and filled with carbonation.
A good beer over all, very smooth and relaxing although I wouldn’t call it refreshing. (585 characters)

Photo of Brew_42
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Clear golden pour with a white head

Smells like straw and citrus.

Tastes like the smell, straw with some lemon. Not very strong flavor.

Mf- light body with a lot of carbonation.

Overall- pretty meh. A decent summer beer at a good price but nothing earth shattering (269 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Hazy dirty straw color. White head recedes to a nice film, good splotches of lacing.

Aroma: Wheat malts, grains, citrus.

Taste: A mellow sweet malt beginning leads into a brighter, more citric middle and finish. There is a fine trace of banana in it too.

Mouthfeel: Light, but with a certain creaminess.

Overall: This is a nice wheat beer in my book. Plenty of taste, and easy to drink in the sun. (442 characters)

Photo of Augusta3
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: light blonde color, medium haze, small white head
Aroma: very light with citrus notes (grapefruit maybe) slight hop. The aroma is just okay.
Taste: definitely better than the aroma; very nice balance of sweetness and bitterness with light fruit notes
Overall: It is definitely a solid wheat beer; not too risky, just pretty standard. I would recommend it because it is enjoyable and not too expensive. (413 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - golden yellow with good carbonation and clarity. Foamy white head that shrinks to a wispy white cloud.

S - wheat, lemon peel, grass, grains, some fruit.

T - Follows the nose - wheat, yeast, bitter finish.

O - This is a sessionable pale wheat ale. Decent, but not great. (277 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up along with the 312 pale ale in a mixed six because I tend to like Goose Island beers. Not a great looking wheat, way to pretty and clean with little head. Decent smell but nothing that jumps up and grabs you. But very tasty, excellent wheat flavor that surprised. Clean and crisp with smooth finish. Had to ding it a little overall for low ABV. This is one I would definitely look to get again and considerably better than the 312 pale. (455 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.04/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Amber with a thin white head. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Grassy notes with citrus and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light to medium bodied. Wheat and light citrus taste.

Overall: Good brew. It would be nice on a hot summer day while grillin'. (295 characters)

Photo of hoffhin2
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy light yellow body. Small head on top that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Corn, lemon, grass smell. There is a wheat and grains smell as well. Very crisp and enjoyable aroma.

Taste: Wheat and citrus lemon taste. Nice balance with a light body. Crisp and well carbonated.

Overall: Goose Island does a great job with this beer. Very nice crisp and clean beer. Great beer at this time of the year. Enjoyable in every sense and I would recommend. (461 characters)

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.16/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours an mostly clear and pale gold. A bit more clear than I would expect for a Wheat ale. The head thick and white, very fluffy and long lived as well as leaving decent lacing down the glass.

The nose is sharp hops and malted that is coated with subtle undertones of bread, citrus and some floral notes.

The flavor is a nicely hopped wheat that has a nice semi-fruity malt that is nearly perfectly balanced. There are flavors of bread, lemon, that is finished by the blend of hops that have a nice clean finish.

The mouthfeel is adequate for a wheat ale, a bit watery but not bad.

Overall this one is very drinkable, tasty and not too heavy. I really like it and look forward to drinking more. I see this as a great companion beer to spicy foods like Super hot wings and real boiled crawfish that are not made for tourist. (836 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.79/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks inviting enough in the narrow Einbecker glass, with a hazy pale amber color and professional-looking white suds. A whiff of malt with a spicy hint. Pleasant prickly carbonation on the tongue. Very light bodied, though the sudsiness makes it seem thicker and there is some malty substance.

This is more of a cross between an American Wheat and a light Hefeweizen. There is not any actual spicy German esters, but it's more flavorful and warm. Some toasty and sugar cookie flavors with a lemony hint. Just the faintest bitter tinge.

Rating as an American Wheat it's well above average. From the 12 oz can purchased at Special Brews in Lynnwood, Washington. (662 characters)

Photo of AmyfaceNYC
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer was similar to the 312 Urban Ale I had the same night, but I slightly preferred the Urban Wheat, since at least this beer had ~some~ flavor. And that flavor is: wheat (no surprise there). Not an incredibly complex or challenging beer, but the wheat flavor is fairly strong here, which adds a nice sweetness to the beer and brings to mind sitting on lawns in the summer (in my mind at least). Moderate hops and carbonation. Because this beer has a fairly strong wheat flavor, its a little more of a slow-drinking beer than the Urban Ale, but you'll pay more attention to it. (583 characters)

Photo of myelo
2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale hazy yellow with small, quickly dissipating head. Tiny bubbles.

Aroma is light malt with a slight hint of citrus orange. And … that's about it.

Taste is light malt with a bit of lemon. Mild clean hop bitterness. Minimal ethanol.

Light body with a lot of carbonation.

Overall this is an easy drinking summer beer. I had this while cooking hamburgers and hotdogs on a grill which is the perfect role for this beer. (423 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

(on tap at Rogues Gallery, Philly - served in a shaker pint)

A: ultra-light beer yellow, appears to be filtered clean.... there was a good bit of cottony, white head on the pour - wanted to stick around for a minute, but, you know...

S: nothing to write home about... super mellow - hints of toasted malt, flowery (petals, sepals, and stem) hops - First Gold and Cascade are great, not over-the-top hops - they should've highlighted them more - more late hop additions?... I dare say the intensities of the aromas were more on par with an adjunct lager

T: tastes like a weak pale ale with perhaps a slight wheat edge, but not much... the hop bitterness is grassy and firm, the flavor is a mild lemon zest... very low on malt (bread) flavor, not much character (dough) from the yeast - should I even be anticipating that? this IS a pale ale... almost adjunct lager in its total package - a passing homage to a Bohemian Pils?... little aftertaste aside from the grassy hops

M: somewhat crisp, clean... lighter in body and more dry of a finish than I would have expected... nothing residual

O: a bit underwhelming... might be nicer in the summer... i'm not even sure this could be a gateway beer to the BMC crowd - i'm sure this has its audience either way (1,258 characters)

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
3.17/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Have to give some respect to this beer from Goose Island... 312 was the first sixer I bought when I turned 21.

Just had it again on draft seven years later...

A: yellow color, no lacing, no head
S: normal wheat scent
T: light beer taste. Nothing special; I've moved on to bigger and better things
M: again, basic wheat flavor; nothing special
O: not bad, but there are other wheat beers out there that top this one (416 characters)

312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
78 out of 100 based on 843 ratings.