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312 Urban Wheat - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 867
Hads: 4,280
Avg: 3.42
pDev: 33.33%
Wants: 81
Gots: 1,019 | 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 neonbrown82
2.6/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I just realized that I hadn't reviewed this beer before, though I have had it several times in the past. One of my friends left a single bottle in the fridge, so I thought I would take advantage of it, since it's not a beer that I would ever want to buy for myself, yet it is not so bad that I would refuse to drink it outright.

The beer pours to a bright yellow color, quite hazy from suspended sediment. I always pour the sediment into my wheat beers, but rarely does it look so unappealing. Is this supposed to be bottle conditioned or is it just chunks of protein that develop in shitty, old out-of-date beer. The thing is, according to the freshness code on the back of the bottle, this beer is supposed to be good for another four months (and wheat beer doesn't typically have a long shelf life, as you surely know). Aside from the light carbonation, the sediment makes the beer appear completely stale. Other than that, everything appears alright. Nice tall white head and good retention, as one would expect from a wheat.

The nose is not pleasant. A hint of banana and lemon spruce things up, but not enough to cover up the negative aspects. Mostly just cheap hay-like wheat malt, however. Bleh.

The taste is similar. Not quite as dirty. The best part of this beer, but still not particularly good. I am even a huge fan of wheat beer, but this is frickin' horrible. Given how much I have enjoyed other Goose Island beers, I am surprised at how cheap and shitty this beer appears to taste. If I wasn't sure of the freshness, I would think this beer was crazy old. Could be lightstruck, but this seems to be a different beast.

I take back what I said earlier... this beer IS horrible enough that I will refuse to drink it again, but only if there is not a better option. The chances of that is zero, however, as any bar that would stock this would definitely have something better. Honker's for instance.

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Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a cloudy, golden-yellow color with a fluffy one-finger head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of fruits, wheat and yeast. There was a sweet aroma, as well.

T - A great blend of fruits and wheat. Also, a sweet kick.

M - It was crisp and light-bodied.

D - A very good Am. Pale Wheat Ale. A great combo of wheat and fruit tastes.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A trade from jhammerly. Pours a cloudy yellowish color, nice carbonation, head quickly disappates, basically no lacing afterwards. Scents of malts, hops, wheat, yeast, and some citrus. The taste is grassy like with a dry finish. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew at all, would make an excellent summer time session brew.

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Photo of GregBrewski
2.65/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a hazy yellow color with little head. Smells fruity, orange and lemon mostly come through. It has a very light taste, some spice is noticeable. Is also high in carbonation. Not impressed with this one from Goose Island. They definitely have better offerings.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.76/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was on-tap at the last hotel I stayed at when visiting Chicago.

Appearance was an odd semi-transparent appearance. It was only a bit cloudy and still transparent. Usually, it seems beer commits to either being cloudy or clear and sparkling. This one seems to straddle that line, which is not extremely endearing.

The beer came with an orange garnish, which seemed to dissipate the head.

Odor was mild and slightly sweet, possibly due to the orange slice.

I discarded the orange garnish, but the beer still tasted sweet with an artificial citrus sweetness reminsicent of Blue Moon Belgian White Ale. It seemed almost like the orange slice was meant to explain this chemical artificiality, although my orange slice never got close to my beer. Other than this unpleasant citrus astringency, the beer was OK.

I don't plan on having this again. Honker's Ale and the Christmas beer from Goose Island are much, much better.

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Photo of SuperSpy
2.69/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pouring this into a pint glass, the beer is golden and hazy, with plenty of little bubbles working their way to the top. The head takes up nearly 2 inches of the glass and is pure white, but leaving behind lots of lace as it slowly dies down.

The aroma is grassy with some lemon, but not very strong. The beer has little taste but is light and prickly on the tounge.

Overall I would say this is a pretty boring beer, but I would drink it in a world of macros. I would expect more from Goose Island.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.01/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Dull apricot color with some haze going on. Head is snow white and thick.

S: Curacao, lemon grass and wet hay.

T: Limestone, subtle lemon, mellow young grains. Finishes grassy and somewhat dry.

M: Thin with a hard texture.

D: Boring beer, but this is an American wheat after all. Probably would be better with a lemon wedge.

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Photo of Jimbo07
3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy yellow, hard to get a decent head but I won't hold that against it so much. The taste is a smooth at first, and then it is followed by a burst of hops (at least I think I know what hops is now). In the end I would love to drink again. Cheers!

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Photo of terrabyte
2.28/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This pours a cloudy, bright yellow color. The white head was short and foamy.

Smells airy and grassy. A floral smell with a hint of lemon. Not as strong smelling as some wheat beers.

The first thing I noticed about the flavor is the lack of it. The taste upfront is quite muted compared to others of its style. During the swallow there is some of that telltale lemon-wheat flavor. The aftertaste has quite the sour citrus twang.

Feels very thick in the mouth, especially at the beginning where there isn't much flavor. It sticks out and makes you think of liquid biscuits. Can seem too creamy at times. Follows through smoother and almost crisp & refreshing, except the aftertaste distracts.

This is a bit too bland and heavy for my personal drinkability.

Overall, this is a mellow beer. Not too harsh or extravagant in any direction. I can see people liking this if they're taking a break from their macro beers (As was I long ago with Spotted Cow) I think more experienced palettes can find better Wheat Brews out there.

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Photo of SchaefMan
2.72/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a decent beer, but I was not overly impressed. I compare this wheat beer to my favorite, Hacker Pschorr Weiss. By comparison, the taste was weak. There was a citrus taste to it, which was refreshing, but I like a stronger beer. On it's own, it was alright, but I would not buy it again.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found this on tap at Mowie's Cue in Springfield, and it was served in it's own slender 312 weizen glass. This one is lemon yellow and hazy with a small cap of fizzy bubbles.

The scent is very weak, but I smell mainly lemon hop notes.

Refreshing and light bodied, this one is lemony and quite highly hopped. This is an interesting blend of a wheat beer and a pale ale that is worth trying. I would like to pick up a sixer of this next summer for sessioning.

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Photo of nortmand
4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very light yellow with a big fluffy head and some lace. A bit light colored and not cloudy enough for my wheat tastes.

Smell is dominated by grassy graininess. Smells a bit like a cheap lager were it not for the citrus notes.

Some citrus and hops midtongue. Leaves a tartness on the tip of the tongue that is an interesting counter balance to the touch of bitterness on the back of the tongue.

Medium bodied, very drinkable, but not outstanding overall.

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Photo of thaichile
2.35/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light yellow with a large head that quickly disapates leaving decent lacing. Nose is light, bready with a very thin fruity component. Flavor is watered down, somewhat skunky, apple juice. It's not undrinkable, just not something to be seeking out. Thanks to JeffKrenner for the bottle.

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Photo of supercolter
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent appearance but nothing special. Had some decent lacing but not very much head.
Not a real discernable smell. There is some sweet malt but not too much else going on.
Taste is rather good. Nice fruity flavor with a bit of malt backbone.
Mouthfeel and drinkability are decent as well. Not too carbonated but not a lot of body.

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Photo of mynie
2.86/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wooo, finally found my notes for this one. Drank at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago at the end of July 2005. It was cool of GI to sponsor the fest, and even cooler to charge such reasonable prices.

Pours decent. I asked for a head, and they gave it to me, but it went away real quick like. Dark gold besides with no haze, no floaty bits.

Smells like very like wheat grain. That's it. Almost nothing there.

Tastes the same as it smells. Very, very light wheat. No spice, no complexity. Just a blank canvas.

I've had non-beer friends recommend this to me. To them, it's a flavorful change of pace. To me, it's pretty crappy. Still, it's a good hot day slammin' brew with a thick body that makes it go down smooth as silk.

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Photo of box299
1.3/5  rDev -62%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I have to say that I have been a long lover of the Goose Island beers but this summer I think they have "Jumped the Shark".

312 is mass produced junk that the beer distributors are now forcing on all the Chicago Street Fests... In some places it is the only beer made available... I would actually prefer a Bud to this stuff...

After reading the other review I wonder if there is a possibility that the bad taste really comes from the Giant beer truck used to pump keg after keg this summer...

The taste is sour and stale and it leaves a nasty aftertaste. I am pretty much of the belief that If I have beer and a brat I should be able to taste both of them... Not if the beer is 312...

It is safe to say that this beer doesn't really compare to either a German style or a Belgian style wheat... The color is pale cloudy yellow as you would expect. It's really the taste and the after taste that just make this a very poor choice for Goose Island to major marketing push.

So if you are going to a Chicago Street fest.... sneak something in a baby stroller

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Photo of semihobo
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Case from CostCo for $20, fresh dated through December.

Big frothy head, settles fast to a nice cap of bubbles. Straw yellow. Neat bottle.

Wheat and lemongrass on the smell ... maybe that's just lemon and grass. Some straw, a little tang and sour from the lemon scent. Slight breadiness from the malt.

Very wheaty on the taste, slight hops, lots of lemon. Not sweet, more like the grains of paradise spicy side ala Sam's Summer Ale. Simple but tasty.

Big mouthfeel at first with big carbonation but settles midway through the gulp into a refreshing thinness that goes down easy, neat.

Low ABV is nice for the style, not simple in a boring way just in a pleasant and "I get it, it's good" way. Normally pricey but under a buck a bottle I can drink these all day on a sunny afternoon.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a Goose Island sampler 12-pack down in Hampshire, IL while visiting some family.

Pour:light golden yellow, slight haze under a finger of snow white head that melts quickly

Nose: lemon-pepper, sour malted wheat, vanilla cream and biscuit.

Taste: very understated - sour wheat, grassy, lemon-lime mineral water finish.

Feel: harshly crisp carbonation with a medium slick body.

Drinkability/Overall: A fairly standard APWA. Sour wheat and lemon...been there. Inoffensive yet entirely unremarkable.

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from a July 21, 2006 visit to Lonie Walker's Underground Wonder Bar, the Gold Coast, Chicago, 60611.

In the glass it was a slightly hazed pale golden color with a creamy white frothy head. Lace was impressively thick and sticky.

Smell was light citrus and sharp wheat.

Taste was lemony citrus, mild spice and a sharp sourness from the wheat and grains.

Creamy, crisp mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Light to medium body. Refreshing.

Not my favorite of the style, but it does have a certain drinkability.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a weizen glass. The beer is a slightly hazy, bright golden. A nice inch and a half head sits on the beer. Head takes a long time to dissapate to a solid cover on the liquid. Good lacing as the beer is consumed.

Smell: I get little bready or yeasty aromas, no wheatiness (is that a word?) either. What this does have is a decent lemony citrousy aroma. I'm glad this is calling itself an "Urban Wheat" rather than a Hefeweizen as some wheat beers do. This way I will not have to downgrade this beer due to a lack of Hefe aromas and flavors.

Taste: Minimal malty or wheaty flavors. It is pretty light in flavor, but with a nice citrousy zing to it, some tartness as well. I can't really explain it, it's almost like a fruity light beer.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light, well carbonated. Nearing fizzy. Citrousy dryness on the finish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, highly consumable beer. With its crisp refreshing qualities and low alcohol content this is a good summer beer. Just don't expect anything to wow you with this one though.

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Photo of weasbri
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light straw color, a litle hazy. I'm no good at aromas, and this was no different. The flavor was very mild wheat.
Light and refreshing, not complex at all, very simple. Nothing special, frankly. I was hoping for more, but I was disappointed in the basic, almost macro-brew nature of the beer.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty standard sour wheat aroma. Slightly fruity, but nothing special.
Bright white one inch farily dense head. Cloudy gold yellow. Steady and persistent with lacing.
Flavor matches aroma with a straightforward wheat flavor start to finish. A bit sour and an ever increasing bitterness middle to finish leands a drying quality and medium length.
Very fine prickly carbonation. Not that smooth or fluffy, especially in the beginning. Smooths out some in time.
Nothing wrong here, just nothing over whelmingly attractive either. Good standard Am. style wheat to beat the heat.

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Photo of maddamish
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smell: Orange peel, Orange peeled. :)

Ap: Cloudy Gold. Minimal head when poured but the lacing was thick and consistent.

Taste: Orange, Slight watermelon note in the background.

Notes: perfect summer beer. Pairs well with fruit salad, pasta prima vera or a light marinara sauce.

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

Had this one on tap whilst in Chicago ... presents itself as a mirky yellow color with a super huge white head. Nose is of citrus and floral notes. Slight spiciness as well. Palate is lively, somewhat dry and only a subtle wheat taste upfront. The citrus and floral notes play well in the mouth. Where's the wheat though? Mouthfeel is on the light side. Decnt carbonation, but tends to flatten quickly as it warms. This does wake up the wheat in this beer, however. Okay for an American Wheat beer. Readily available and user-friendly.

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Photo of strattor
2.33/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served to me in a pint glass with a tall, frothy white head and golden yellow hazy body.

Very light aroma is slightly sweet and tart.

The flavor is much the same. Slightly sweet wheat flavor with a tart finish. The flavor is so light, though, that I could just as well mistake this for a macro like Bud Lite.

Mouthfeel is a little dull, but not terrible.

Drinking more than one of these would be a waste of time and energy. Don't bother with this one.

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