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312 Urban Wheat | Goose Island Beer Co.

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312 Urban Wheat312 Urban Wheat

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Crisp, bright flavor shines like city lights on Lake Michigan. Hazy and unfiltered, our award-winning Urban Wheat Ale's flavor flows from start to finish.

18 IBU

Added by DrunkMcDermott on 04-16-2004

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Reviews: 886 | Ratings: 4,383
Photo of Chugmonkey
4.08/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Domingo
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of MDekker
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of Larrytown
3.22/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of ajmoody76
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

can get this pretty much anywhere in town. 12 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint. straw color. hazy. one finger white head with bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. a little lace.

citrus fruit smell. no off odors.

fruity taste. clean aftertaste. nice balance.

good carbonation. smooth light body. good beer. i would drink this again. i will try it on tap the next time i am out.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden yellow color. A good amount of sediment floating in the beer. Also good retention on a medium-sized white head.
Nice smell to this beer. A good amount of biscuity smell and malts. Also notes of banana and citrus at the end.
Not as strong of a taste as smell. There is a very nice wheat taste, with a slight bit of a hop and banana taste at the end.
Mouthfeel is very nice. Good thickness, but smooth at the same time.
Drinkability is nice. Very smooth wheat beer with a nice feel. Nothing incredibly about this beer, but very solid pale wheat ale that is a great standard for its category.

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Photo of Zorro
3.37/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled through Monsone and Brews N Tunes 3 BIF.

Poured to minimize yeast in the glass. Hazy yellow colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smell is sweet and bready with a herbal hop aroma and a lesser citrus and pine aroma. Citrus aroma intensifies as it warms mostly lemon.

The taste starts out malty with a distinct cracker flavor and a lesser citrus aftertaste. Adding yeast just makes the beer a little more grainy.

Mouthfeel is OK.

OK beer but not a great one. Think I will be reaching for any good lager before this one again.

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Photo of jayrod20
4.45/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It pours a slightly hazy straw color with a 2 finger head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is nice, with a slight citrusy lemon and sweet honey hiding behind the minimally harsh wheat and moderately aggressive noble hop. I like it. The flavor is full on the spicey noble hop, followed by a slight lemony burst, finishing true to its roots as an American wheat, with a wheaty graininess. The feel is moderate to thick, with a full carbonation.

This beer is too easy to drink and enjoy with as many friends, beer appreciative or not, or by yourself.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
2.73/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, pale straw color with moderate carbonation and minimal head.

Subtle scents of citrus fruit and wheat. Nothing else going on.

Pale Wheat Ale Lite. Tart and astringent with virtually no character or complexity to speak of. Thin, watery mouthfeel. Extremely bland flavor profile makes 312 Urban Wheat ultra-poundable. Uhhh...but why would you?

Coming from Goose Island, I had expected more.

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Photo of danielocean03
3.17/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is a clear straw yellow with a finger of puffy bone-white foam that quickly dissipates to a light ring of lacing. Scent is weak and watery, light wheaty spiciness present, grain and malt notes lingering. Taste is also light and watery, more of the same light wheat and graininess, light malty undertones. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate levels of carbonation, washes down easily. Drinkability is superb, lack of character and complexity make this an ideal summer thirst-quenching beer. Fair representation of the style, lesser breweries have managed to create far better examples for equal or lesser price to the consumer. Wouldn't necessarily seek out again, but by no means a bad beer.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a hazy pale sunrise-lemon yellow with a massive fluffy white head that sounds like rice krispies. seriously loud. settles down pretty fast though, with nice pits and chunks and plenty of sticky lacing. i thought the body would look heartier somehow, maybe thicker, but it's attractive nonetheless, as an endless stream of bubbles rise up the middle.

S- tangerine and lemon citrus, maybe some white grapefruit, i also anticipated more pronounced cascade character, but all these expectations were from reading the bottom of the 6-pack. wheat and pale barley are also present in the aroma, and with each consecutive sniff the cascades become more apparent leading into an overall tropical fruit and herbal aroma. nice.

T- hops come through in the taste, although it seems diluted and watery. pleasant white grape, guava, pear, and citrus. some wheat flour taste and not much detectable barley, this beer is not packed with flavor, but it's also not intrusive and would be a good choice to break someone in to the taste of quality american hops. a little saaz taste in the finish, the tropical fruit becomes lemon grassy and herbal, and what some may call rather bland. i desired slightly more from the goose.

MF- thin and crisp, borderline watery. for any summertime outdoor fun though, i could crush like 100 of these. ok maybe 12. on a good day. carbonation is a little below medium, which may or may not effect the viscosity. near the end of the glass, possibly due to a higher particle concentration, the body seems to thicken slightly, a feeling i wish would have been there all along.

D- despite its shortcomings, lightness of body, mild flavor, and low abv skyrocket the D score as far as i'm concerned, and from the 330, this 312 is A-OK.

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Photo of BeerCheese
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw yellow with a big white head. Fairly clear for an unfiltered wheat. Just a little sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Usual citrus smell that you expect with a wheat, with a little banana. Nothing special about the flavor. Well balanced, but kind of bland. Not bad, just boring. Medium carbonation with light body. Drinkable because it doesn't taste bad, but nothing I look forward to when thinking about having another.

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Photo of nmyers
2.72/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There is not much to this beer. The appearance of this beer is about the best part. It has a really nice golden yellow color, with a thin white head on it not much retention. There really is no smell to this beer and the taste is very light. It does go down very smooth and I could drink a lot of this beer on a warm summer day. Other than that I can't really see any reason to keep this beer in my collection.

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Photo of timmlimestone
2.93/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I have to tell you I am not impressed.

Got the beer at a local watering hole/ eatery an it was not good.

Appearance - Light Fizzy

Smell - Not much there.

Taste - Light Fizzy

Mouthfeel - Light Fizzy

Drinkability - Gave me a little gas not too drinkable.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle in a weizen glass.

A - Golden yellow color with millions of tiny little bubbles on the side of the glass. Thick white head that disappears quickly.

S - Very light smell.

T - Very light taste. Very depressing after such a great appearance.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Not impressed. Won't be buying this again.

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Photo of tmitch75
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
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 -33.2%
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 -21.3%
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 +12.2%
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 +24.5%
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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312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
78 out of 100 based on 886 ratings.