312 Urban Wheat - Goose Island Beer Co.

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4,093 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,093
Reviews: 903
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 66
Gots: 824 | 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 mwa423
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sweet wheat aroma, color is a hazy wheat color (imagine...in a wheat beer!) The flavor is only average, but it goes down exceptionally smooth. The smooth palate is really the only thing that stands out about this. This is pretty much an average wheat beer, there's nothing that would make me buy this over any other wheat beer I have tasted.

I would drink it but not buy it again, I could easily kill a six pack of it because of the smooth mouthfeel.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.32/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of wheat and lemon, along with light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with a bready wheat flavor as you would expect and then some lemony citrus sweetness comes in. The malt character is very thin and there's not much of a hops presence. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, very mild kick, decent representation of style, this is definitely one of your typical lawnmower/BBQ beers because it's light, kind of refreshing and very easy to pound down. However, it's not the first lawnmower/BBQ beer I would choose.

Photo of kinger
2.81/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not much doing with this beer, no bad aspects but nothing spectacular either. Aroma is a mellow wheat with an ever so slight citrus scent. Nice appearance, hazy golden yellow with a good white head, very crisp. Mouthfeel is full and clean. Flavor is basically standard for an American Wheat. It is enjoyable but I really wanted more out of this beer.

Photo of BeerTruth
3.27/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from number1bum, thanks Josh.

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Bottled On Date: 06/24/08 - 2312

Pours a hazy corn color with a two finger white head that dies down to absolutely nothing. Some stickiness here and there on the sides, but what is there doesn't last long. Smell consists of wheat, sugar, and corn. Some kettle corn popcorn and a touch of lemon citrus in the nose as well. I could use more hops in the aroma, please? Taste begins pretty pale and bland. Grains and some zesty lemon with a faint wheat backbone. The flavor seems to be pretty watered down overall with a very empty aftertaste. Fluffy and soft feel with a light body. Steady carbonation which makes this fairly refreshing. Once again, if this is an ale I could use more hops. I guess I enjoy Hop Sun and Gumballhead too much to really get into 312. With Hop Sun all over the place in CNY, this will be a one and done for me. Thanks for the opportunity Josh.

Photo of giblet
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this was a pretty good wheat ale. poured decent with about an inch of head. nice carbonation. pale straw color. some citrus and nice thirst quenching flava. Goose makes some damn fine beers and i recomend this one too. good wheat beer. good lace down the glass.

suckem up and movem out.


Photo of OWSLEY069
2.26/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy yellow/ gold color, with a white head. In the aroma, a light dry wheatiness. In the taste, clean, small wheat presence. Quite watery and bland. A smooth, light mouthfeel, and a small dry citrus in the aftertaste. Mostly bland and watery, felt like a watered down wheat.

Photo of cooncat
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving from a 12 oz. bottle from G.I.'s summertime variety pack. Decanted into my Sam Adams BL glass. Reviewed 8-2-08

On the pour you get a light lemony yellow colored brew, with a light turbity, which is expected for this style. The thin and foamy white head is not long lived, but I did have edges of head all the way to the bottom of the glass. Sadly, no lacing, which is not typical of the style.

The nose is very light. There's a lemony citrus element, but no real huge malt/wheat note. For the style, it's right on, but perhaps a bit on the light side.

Taste is a well balanced mix of lemony and citrus hops, with a breath of malt and wheat. As with the nose, it's light, but that's according to style. Mouthfeel isn't exactly thin, but a cut above. The adequate carbonation leaves a pleasant feel on the tongue, and it certainly is refreshing. Drinkability rates high, as this is one very refreshing brew. With the low ABV, its excellent for a Summertime session.

In conclusion, Goose Island hit the nail on the head for the style, and this is a good, very drinkable brew. Highly recommended for those hot Summer days, right after you've mowed the lawn.

Na Zdravje!

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

A-A light golden yellow with a slight cloudiness. Head had disappeared by the time I wrote this.

S-Decent smell of cloves and citrus.

T-Clove spices and a mild breadiness, not a whole lot going on.

M-Smooth mouth feel, medium body with a medium carbonation.

D-Obviously if you give me one I would drink it buy I doubt I would buy again. Once again can easily be used as a session beer due to its ease of consumption.

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

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Joseph's Beverage Center in Toledo, OH.

A: The ale is pale, a straw color with just a touch of haze throughout. Not much to speak of head-wise.

S: Aroma-wise, the ale is light, slightly tart with a citrusy lemon edge.

T: Wow. The first sip really caught me off guard with its solid flavor. The grains are the star of the show. The wheat is light, mildly tart, and supported by pale barley. A lemon-pepper zest appears midway through to freshen up the flavor.

M: Great lawnmower beer, malt and wheat and not a lot of booze. The lightness is a real treat.

D: I could sip on these all day long or pound them long into the night. A very approachable session ale.

Photo of cnally
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Whoa, very little floating particles for a wheat! How appetizing! Nice straw yellow color clouded a little bit. I am not impressed with the smell, as it reminds me of a wet morning in a cornfield. Acidic flavor, compounded by strong wheat flavor. Has a note of apple. The texture is light yet full, begging you to take another sip. I wouldn't like much more than a few more sips. There are more complex and appealing wheats out there.

Photo of number1bum
3.72/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed, pale straw yellow color, with about two fingers of fluffy white head. Keeps a thin but full lace.

Smell is fresh cut grass, lemon zest, some pale malt sweetness, and a bit of yeast and grain. Hops are definitely apparent which is a plus.

Taste is very light and crisp, with some husk and grain flavors, bit of citrus zest, a touch of sweetness and some grassy hops. A very modest hop bitterness is apparent through the finish along with some grain. It's entirely decent and has some good flavor, which is a positive for such a light, "lawnmower" sort of beer.

Mouthfeel is very light, a little thin, with a crisp carbonation.

Not a bad little summer session beer. I could easily knock back a bunch of these on a hot day. Good thirst quencher.

Photo of nrbw23
2.48/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a slightly hazy pale straw color with a little white head that quickly goes away.

S- Very light smell almost nothing really going on here. I could pick up some wheat/grainy smells, yeast and a tiny bit of citrus (maybe lemons).

T- Once again almost nothing going here as well. Tastes like a tiny bit of lemons and a lot of water.

M- Light in body and very bland.

D- I guess if you are really thirsty you could drink alot of these. I'll pass on this one.

Photo of MOShepp
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with a small frothy head that held longer than I thought it would with some lacing.

Aromas of wheat, lemon and a touch of apricot.

Tastes of lemon and mild spices with faint hops.

A crisp and refreshing beer, lacks on flavor but has a nice tingly carbonation on the tongue. Average outdoor summer brew and easy to drink.

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

A nice summertime brew....I prefer this to their "summertime" personally but both have their place.

This is what I like to call a "quenching" wheat ale. it is crisp and has a nice spicy wheaty base but brings in some nice lemony hop notes as well....Firm carbonation...

This has a a nice juicy/spicy flavor profile and a low abv...fits perfectly as a summer beer...

Photo of KBomb
3.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

312 is a bright gold beer that is near completely translucent as steady carbonation climbs from the bottom of the glass. The aroma is marked by a moderate wheat smell and not much else. The taste of 312 is a very clean wheat with a small bit of spice, but not much else. 312 has a medium light body, and dry mouthfeel.

I think the key to appreciating this beer is to pretend its not really a wheat ale, as the appearance and taste lack some of the distinctive characteristics of citrus, clove, and the nuances of unfiltered wheat. The strength of this brew is better understood as an alternative to American macrolagers-- clean, crisp, drinkable, and moderate flavor without the defects of macros. There isn't anything wrong with 312, its just not a noteworthy wheat ale. I think it would be a great gateway to craft beers for macro drinkers.

Photo of JamesS
3.72/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice dark straw/yellow color, with good head and nice lacing (for a wheat beer). The scent and taste were both extremely wheaty, with very little else. Most wheat beers have a citrus or clove flavor, but this one went all out on wheat. It's interesting, and very good as well.

Photo of Chugmonkey
4.08/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

312 Urban Wheat is a kick ass summer brew. Bottles are good, but a pitcher from a freshly tapped keg after walking 18 holes on a hot day is sublime. Goose Island nailed this one.

Hazy yellow, off white head, zinging carbonation. Light fruit zest, but not too much as to be annoying. The wheat shines through and is super clean and refreshing. Super drinkable. Looks really hazy like a Wit but it is really light and lacks any spiciness or overpowering fruitiness that can make some Wit's not very drinkable.

This is my ultimate lawnmower beer. Skip adding an orange slice, this baby has a beautiful delicate balance that should be enjoyed as is.

Photo of Gehrig
3.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Also grabbed this while celebrating with friends. Clear, dark golden body with little head; patches of white foam hide on the perimeter. Fairly decent grassy malt nose, sweetness that certainly comes through in the taste, but is moderately offset by more hops than I anticipated. Nice texture, surprisingly fresh when finishing considering the limp to start, making up for a lot. Pretty decent beer to session, but one that Goose Island should do much more with. More of a decent, straight-up macro than Goose Island typically offers. Not bad, though.

Photo of Domingo
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this as part of my Goose Island summer pack during my recent trip to the midwest.
Pours a pretty standard pale yellow color with a bit of foam on the top. It's been filtered, which for the style doesn't mean a ton.
Smells zesty and pretty mild.
Taste isn't very strong, but on a 90 degree day it hit the spot. Not as hoppy as their other wheat, but it's very quaffable. More citrus-based than most.
Reminds me a lot of the Breckenridge Summer, only without the lager-like characteristics.
Solid for what it is. If I live in the area, I think I'd keep this around for a lawnmower brew.

Photo of hiikeeba
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up cloudy pale yellow with a creamy head and lots of bubbles. Looks promising.

S - Faint smell of wheat malt. No hops detected. Almost no aroma.

T - Wheat huskiness at the finish, accented lightly by hops. Otherwise, not much flavor.

M - A little thin, despite the carbonation.

D - Nothing to offend. A very drinkable beer.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a light straw with a moderate cloud. Little head to speak of 1/4 head that dissipates quickly. Small amount of lace.

Nose is crystal malts with a bready smell with a small lemon aroma.

Taste is grassy hops with a lemony tang. The yeast is pretty weak and not huge. Lemongrass is the best way to describe the flavor. Dry and not hugely sweet, not a bad balance.

Mouth feel is of smooth carbonation with a seltzer like splash after the beer hits the tongue.

Not bad, but not that great either, nothing really jumps out at you with this beer.

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

Pours out a pale straw color and a little head, some sediment. Then I changed to a tall glass, as recommended on the bottle, and got two fingers of head and a cascade of bubbles. That was better. It smells of hay and hops. The taste is citrusy, specifically lemony, and somewhat bready. In the mouth it's crisp and fizzy, and overall was quite tasty and refreshing. I was happy with it.

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

Poured a cloudy apricot color with massive white puffy head. Good retention.

Smell is significant for citrus (lemon).

Taste shows more of the citrus, with a bit of a tang from the wheat. A touch of hops also noted.

Fuinsih is a bit thin with the taste rapidly disappearing.

Not a bad beer, but nothing great.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Goose Island bar in O'Hare.

Pours a slighty hazy light copper gold color with a big, fluffy white head that becomes a film with a bit of lacing. Mild citrus aroma. Light taste with wheat, citrus, and a slight bit of sweetness at the finish. Light- to medium-bodied and generally smooth with moderate carbonation. A decent beer worth trying, but it doesn't quite catch my attention.

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

It ours a surprisingly light gold with very little head. What foam there is fades quickly.

There's some fruit on the nose, but nothing too interesting. I was thoroughly underwhelmed by the taste. With a wheat beer, I'm expecting some notes of fruit, solid wheat flavor and maybe some clove. This beer had none of those. Frankly it tasted a lot like a slightly better version of Miller Lite. Just very very little going on. I guess I could drink several of these, but I wouldn't want to with all the other options out there.

312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
77 out of 100 based on 4,093 ratings.