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312 Urban Wheat - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 867
Hads: 4,277
Avg: 3.42
pDev: 33.33%
Wants: 81
Gots: 1,018 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

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 tmitch75
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale yellow into my 312 wheat glass (god I'm a nerd). Thick head. I noticed some sediment in the bottle so I didn't pour the whole beer. Bottled on 1/16/08, so it should still be fresh enough, but I've had this beer many times and never remember any sediment.

Grainy watery smell. A little lemon too.

Tastes grainy as well with some lemon and a slight grassiness from the hops.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Carbonation is strong.

A good summer picnic beer right here. Watery, but serviceable. An easy beer that non-beer people will like, I can keep this on hand instead of Bud Light for my dad and brother.

Tasted on 3/15/08.

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Photo of champ103
2.29/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy yellow with a 1 finger head, and leaves a touch of lace down the glass.
S: Grainy and citrus aromas. Some bannana and coriander. Not very impressed so far.
T: Follows the nose, grainy and citrus flavors. A bit spicey with typical bannana and coriander.
M/D: Very light in the mouth, and too carbonated for me. Very crisp, and harsh. Drinkability is all right I guess. I can see this being a decent summer session if nothing else was around.

I am dissapointed with this beer. As far as aroma and taste go, there is no depth, and it is light and fizzy in the mouth. Goose Island has so many better beers than this.

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Photo of bwmc
2.7/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I've tried the 312 a couple of previous times but have recently started reviewing. Poured a cloudy straw color finger width of straight white head. Some lacing as it dissapated. Still learning as far as describing aromas and flavors but regardless I'm just not impressed. Huge fan of Goose Island and a fan of quite a few American wheat ales but this just isn't doing it for me.

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Photo of riboflavin88
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, pale yellow with a thin white head. It had some descent lacing, thinly covering the sides of the glass. Its nose had up front notes of wheat, and in the back hints of banana and lemon. Taste is light and refreshing, definitely not bold. Notes of light hops with grassy undertones. Mouthfeel is nice, perfect for early spring! High carbonation and refreshing as stated before. Good beer from a great Chicago brewery.

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Photo of chsanders
4.27/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can't hardly wait for the hot days of summer to try this beer, it isn't the best wheat beer that I've had but it's right up there. The appearance was a little disappointing, being a bottle conditioned beer I was expecting it to be a little more cloudy. But the flavor and aroma made up for it, both being slightly sweet and citrusy. It feels very good on the tongue, with nothing being very over powering, this is definitely a fine session beer for a hot day anywhere.

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Photo of letsgopens
2.65/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This APWA pours a very pale and cloudy, almost pastel, yellow with a soapy, bright white 1/4 inch of foam. The tight, rising carbonation is visible and a thin ring of lace remains on the glass. An odd color but still a decent looking brew I suppose.

Spicy grain and buttery citrus come out initially in the aroma. Coriander and a bit of banana. Sweet clover honey and a touch of mellow vanilla. Lots of starchy wheat character. Well pronounced and appetizing.

Bright but thin with lemon and a mild buttery flavor. Starchy and mildly sweet with a husky grain note. Rather lacking actually. Some spice and a faint, corny/cereal flavor. It's actually very mild and rather bland. Wow, judging from the nose, this was not what I expected. A rare miss in the flavor department from Goose Island. They often serve up some mild to moderate flavored brews with nice balance; but this one just tastes incomplete.

Not terribly bubbly or bright despite its mild, watery nature. Kind of just matted and dull throughout with a starchy, dry finish. Nothing too special at all actually. I guess it would be a somewhat refreshing beer for summer time but I was just plain unimpressed.

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Photo of Slynger
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale, hazy, light lemon color with a nice and finely bubbled snow white cap.

The aroma is sweet lemon and bananas with light wheaty grains and earthy grassy hops.

Light and smooth with fine carbonation slickly slides over the tongue. Sweet lemon and pale malts, with light wheat and yeast flavor. A bit of grassy hops leaves a tinge of bitterness.

Very light while retaining a nice, though far from complex, flavor. Pretty good.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears hazy pale golden with a large foaming bright white head, leaves behind speckled lacing. Aroma sharp wheat notes mild grassy wheat note definitely an American Pale wheat I don't get why the bottle states it's so important to pour into a tall glass. Flavor is pretty bland yeast gives bread notes wheat gives a mild acidity, and there's really no citrus just a smooth flow of malt and wheat sweetness with that tartness to balance it out. Mouthfeel is smooth with some spritzy carbonation noted on the palate, light bodied refreshing overall. Drinkability is easy going definitely a summer time beer one for hot balmy days.

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Photo of MattCox
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

While not the best wheat beer out there, there is something to be said for a drinkable wheat ale that doesn't taste like Trix or Fruity Pebbles. I'm a big fan of wheat beers, but it seems that in my neck of the woods that the more popular they become they more fruity and non-beer flavored they are.

It has an average color and smell, but an above average taste. I understand if you wouldn't want to bring some home, but in the majority of restaurants and bars out there you can't go to wrong by choosing this one.

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Photo of JDV
2.86/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a sickly pale, cloudy yellow in a Weizen. Smell is obvious of wheat and big on a light citrusy lemon smell as well and is overall quite nice. Taste is wheaty, somewhat tart and lemony, and I can swear I taste the alcohol in this 4.2% beer though... Very thin, watery, and somehow tastes a bit boozy. I actually like wheats, but this wasn't worth revisiting.

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Photo of mangledorf
4.35/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Goose Island was the only beer available at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago 2006. There was the 312 here and the Summertime. This was definitely the better of the two and a perfect beer on a day that was so hot I was dripping with sweat.

Drinkability is a key factor in environments like this and the smooth feel and full taste made it easy to enjoy this cold beer.

Appearance were hard to judge through a plastic cup, but a fluffy white head and semi-cloudy body were definitely apparent.

Retired? Shame.

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Photo of daledeee
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a single bottle to try. This pours a slightly cloudy light yellow with a white 1" head. Nose is bread and biscuits and maybe some pepper.

The taste is a tad strange. I will have to think about this to be completely objective. There is an interesting hop blend in this beer. It is refreshing to drink. Not real strong or rich tasting; rather watered down. Overall easy to drink; geared toward summer.

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Photo of MTNboy
2.76/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- This is a good looking beer. I got a couple of fingers of thick frothy head. The lace was very nice and formed a beautiful pattern. The color was a nice and cloudy straw yellow.

Smell- It smells super yeasty. It is somewhat grassy with a slightly floral aroma.

Taste- It was very bread like and there was something in the taste I was not to keen on. I don't know it just tasted like there wasn't that much wheat.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation.

Drinkability- It was alright. I would not go out of my way to get it again.

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Photo of MiguelMandingo
2.81/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this as an extra from a trade with JDV. Thanks man.

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance - It looks pretty good. It made a solid two finger rocky head that slowly dissipated to a thin crown across the surface of the brew. It is a hazy straw color. The appearance is easily the best part of this beer, it quickly goes downhill from here.

Smell - It smells like cracker malt, grass, hay, wheat, lemon and floral hops. If someone put a Budweiser in front of me, next to this, I probably wouldn't be able to tell them apart from the scent.

Taste - Wheat, cracker, biscuit, almost pilsener-like malt dominates the flavor. The wheat is very faint, and the hops are even more faint. Ugh..

Mouthfeel - Light/medium bodied with virtually no carbonation. This beer is devoid of any prickly sensation. It makes it harder to drink down.

Drinkability - Ugh. This is the third GI beer I have sampled, and I expected a lot more than what this beer delivers. It drinks down okay, but the flavor and scent aren't very good.

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Photo of KI9A
2.51/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap, poured into a iced glass, with 2 large lemons by a goofy blonde barmaid. Drank the 1st down, then asked for one in a non-chilled glass, no fruit.

2 finger head, fades fast.

Aroma: not much.

Taste: Disappoining. VERY light, some corn, some light citrus. Not much going on there.

Easy to drink, I may try it again as the weather gets warm. Actually would rather have a Budweiser, than this.

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Photo of tpd975
2.68/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a light somewhat murky yellow color with a nice big foamy head. The head dies down but a half finger remained for the duration. The lacing was moderate, actually above average for the style.

S: Very light aromas. Kind of a hay corn type aroma but nothing too really speak of.

T: Wow disappointment. Very light flavors and what is there is not great. Tiny bit of malt with a touch of wet hay or wheat. Very watery. No thanks.

M: Very light and very thin.

D: Average I guess if you liked it. No be honest it's nil for me as I will not be having another.

Overall: Pretty disappointing. Glad I drank it as it was taking up valuable space in my beer fridge. It is not one of the better Goose Island offerings, though that is to be expected because those come in the black and white bottles.

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Photo of udubdawg
2.89/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

I keep giving this one another shot since some friends really like it, and now it has a GABF medal to back them up. Fooled again - this time, shame on me. (The drink-by date is more than two months away.)

Pours decent enough, cloudy yellow color, sizeable white head. Spotty lacing at best.

Really don't get this aroma. I've even ignored the bit of skunk in the nose although I've experienced it a few times. The remainder just doesn't impress me. Sort of tart, no real specific hop aromas.
Meh - tastes better than it smells, but isn't great. Sort of grassy with a watery lemony tartness. Wheat? - oh, I guess I can convince myself that I taste it. Nothing remarkable, and nothing to really hate...let's just call it bland, a good baby step for many moving from macros I suppose.
Carbonation is prickly, the body just a bit too thin. Not terrible, and with no other alternatives I'd have no trouble downing a few, but I think I'd turn to water first as a thirst quencher.
Once again I don't understand why this won a GABF medal, but much of the rest of their lineup is quality and even awesome in nature.

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Photo of johanvond
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tall pilsner-like glass resulting in a storng frothy two fingured head sitting upon a clear golden body with a slight chill haze. There's signifigant yeasty biscuty aroma eminating from my glass. Aross your tounge you get a clean wheaty flavor mixed in hints of spice and lemon. 312 end up being simple subitle and easy drinking. This is a good crossover beer and a great way to highlight wheat and yeast in beer. With all of the wheat ales out there this just dosent quite add up for me.

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Photo of birchstick
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours well, pale yellow with a nice head that stays around for a while. It smelled very wheaty and citrusy. 312 tastes citrusy and a bit watery, with a lot of wheat after-tone heavy wheat...can't really detect the hops very well. Overall, it is refreshing and very easy to drink.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.27/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, best before 02/24/08. Single bottle purchased at Blacklick Wine and Spirits for $1.29. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy straw gold color with a half inch white head. Head retention is low, lacing is OK. Aroma is very wheaty with a little bit of lemon. Taste is the same as the aroma, it's mostly wheat with a little bit of lemon. It does taste pretty good, it's sweet but not too sweet. It's also the "wheatiest" wheat beer by taste that I've had. Mouthfeel/body is light, with a little above average carbonation. It's also crisp and smooth. Drinkability is pretty good, I could drink this all night long. It would be very sessionable on a nice summer day, especially with the low ABV. Overall I think this is a pretty decent, sessionable wheat beer. Not bad at all!

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Photo of Hollenbeck2
5/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

one of the best wheat beers I have ever had, tops many with a ultimate smoothness, cool logo glass and the great atmosphere.

very smooth wheat, exceptional color, smooth after taste

the mouthfeel was splendid, crisp and to the point.

had about two of these and moved on but will return.

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Photo of ibashmuck
1.76/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Big fan of the "wheat's", but this was very disappointing. Looks like a standard APWA, and the smell is fairly uninspiring. But the taste, from first drink to last, is poor. Citrus, tart, bitter...all come through far more than the wheat. No thanks.

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Photo of CamuMahubah
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden when poured into the mug...

Very clean...almost as if the pectin...that white stuff on the flesh of an orange...was scraped off condensed and brewed into a beer...

Slightly citrusy...not much of anything as far as taste goes...clean...


One can drink these with buddies who have never had a wheat beer and they'd be none the wiser...a session beer perhaps...good for card games...light easy-going...This reminds me of a blonde...not alot going on upstairs...but beautiful to look at nonetheless...

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Photo of SMark
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this before lunch at BW3 in Savoy. The beer appeared to be clearer than most wheat beers even though it is unfiltered. There was a nice head to start which the barkeep poured off and then 'filled er up'. What head there was when the beer arrived disappearead rather quickly but it did leave behind a little lacing.
I did not get a definite fruit sense but was able to detect citrus.
The taste was also citrusy and went down smoothly.
This was a light beer and enjoyable to drink. Probably better in the hot days of summer when it is cool and you are warm.

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Photo of crazybrody06
4.02/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap, minimal head, clear, straw color. Smell is wheaty with some lemon. Taste is the same, very lemony, some spicyness as well. The mouthfell was pretty light almost watery, but not horrible. I really cant beleive how fast and easy this went down. Overall its a good tasting beer nothing special, a little light in body, but would make a good session beer.

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312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
78 out of 100 based on 867 ratings.