312 Urban Wheat | Goose Island Beer Co.

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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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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried one of these on tap tonight in my hometown (Springfield, MO), at a local ball game.

This brew is fairly average in most ways, starting with the appearance, as it looks just like an average wheat ale with a decent amount of body. Smell is mostly wheat malts with just a touch of honey. Taste is very light and mild, even for the style. Up front, I got a very light wheat malt flavor with a touch of white grape skin and honey. Very little hop bitterness and almost no finish. Mouthfeel is actually more substantial than the taste, as it's fairly good, considering the style.

This brew, despite it being very light in taste, is actually very drinkable. What comes to mind for this beer is if a typical macro lager were to become an ale, this is kind of how I would imagine it tasting: very light on taste, easy to drink, low bitterness. This brew is good choice for the warm summer months as a refresher, but there just isn't enough to this brew to recommend it for year round enjoyment.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Ale pours out a finger
of loose foam over a cloudy yellow brew. Carbonation
is quite active and there is considerable suspended
particles evident. The nose is wheat, citrus, and yeast.
The flavor is also predominantly wheat, and a bit of citrus
in the mix, with a hint of a citrusy hop finish as well. It
didn't blow me away- however, it was quite nice and I
wouldn't hesitate to have another.

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

On tap at Harry's in Chicago (not a destination for beer, but fun, nonetheless)

Hazy, pale yellow in color. Medium sized, white head.

Mainly citrus in the aroma, to me, seemed mostly like lemons.

Taste was rather hoppy in flavor, similar to a good pale ale. Again, citrus primary component (sticking with lemon). A nice backbone that was slightly sweet supported the citrus.

Mouthfeel was light in body, with medium to medium + carbonation. Very refreshing.

Not an earthshaking beer, but definatley a great summer option. Very easy to drink and quite thirst quenching.

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Photo of BMoney575
2.14/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sampled on 5-3-07
Best before 9-24-07

Pours an extremely light yellow color, with lots of bubbles rising to the top and a million little floaters. Thin film head leaves decent lacing. It looks like pee. Honestly. A big, foamy, piss in a glass.

Smell is very light, almost nothing, with a little bit of corniness.

Taste is a little better than the smell, a hint of hops at the very start, nothing much in the middle, finishes very clean. Very bready on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very thin, less carbonation than you might think.

Drinkability is ok, it just doesn't offer that much.

Overall, kind of a waste. There aren't really any flavors to speak of, super thin, and not very enjoyable.

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Photo of becktone
2.38/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Eye: First thing I notice is the poor head formation, retention, and lacing. Other than that it is a cloudy lemon yellow in color. From a craft brew I expect more than an algae type thin head. I'm actually really pissed about the head on this brew, I mean its a wheat beer, malted wheat naturally leads to better head retention. What the hell?!

Nose: Heavy wheat aromas in this brew, also some hop aromas-citrus. Very clean otherwise no fruit aromas present. Nothing to brag about, nothing special, nothing that makes it stand apart from others, its just average.

Tongue: Wow, even more disappointed with the flavor of this brew than with the appearance. This brew tastes like one ounce of wheat beer was mixed with eleven ounces of water and thrown in a bottle. This is way to watered down for me. There is a little wheat flavor in there, not much more than that and a fresh spring water taste.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Finishes somewhat dry. This brew also has a super light body with higher levels of carbonation-okay, these are appropriate for the style. Very easy to drink, goes down like cold water in a hot desert. I will not be buying this brew again. There are much better out there....one word-Oberon.

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Photo of dren
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pours a piss yellow, the kind after a long night of drinking. Smells sweet and grainy, closer to a pilsner than a wheat beer. An inch head that faded away quickly. Tastes of the hops initially for a second and then sweet grains/wheat, slight citrus hoppy finish. Almost tasted like a very weak pale ale at first. Light bodied, goes down like water. I picked it up at Kroger for $5.95 so it certainly would be worth it over some other beers for mass consumption on a hot summers day. I wouldn't seek this beer out if I wanted to enjoy just a few.

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Photo of michfan23
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer that is very easy to drink. Good flavor and a good feel in the mouth. I recommend it because it is much better than most beer in it's class. I also thought the taste was crisp and refreshing without any bitterness that would have damaged the overall taste. Relatively low alcohol content.

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Photo of peabody
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out mostly clear straw yellow with two fingers of white suds.
No lacing.
Wheat and yeast with a little clove hit the nose first. Some alcohol lingers in the back.
Taste is sweet and watery. Some wheat here but mostly some sugar and some weak hops.
Could have a better flavor but the mouthfeel is clean and there is plenty of carbonation.
You could drink this by the case and it's not the worst beer in the world, just not the best choice.

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Photo of bort11
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. A quick white head that goes down to a thin lace. Color is a pale lemon yellow. Moderate carbonation activity.
Smell initially a sour wheat but then mellows into a lemon citrus. Taste is sweet and lemony, almost a lemonade. No hops presence noted.
Mouthfeel is light. Somewhat refreshing beer, but a tad bit sugary for my taste

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Photo of montageman
2.65/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pale yellow color that has a tiny amount of head with some fairly decent lacing - some visibly strong carbonation. Smell is dominated by lemon with a faint bread-like sweetness in the background. The taste is nice at first with some strong lemon character, but then there is an awful artificial sweetener taste on the back end. I'm not quite sure what it is, but man, it's rough. Mouthfeel is fine - carbonation is refreshing, but I've had better version of this style. This would be drinkable if that odd sweet flavor wasn't there. Recommendation to try if you like the style.

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Photo of jar2574
4.48/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is highly carbonated, lots of bubbles and a decent amount of head, which likes to stick to the sides after each drink. I like the appearance!

Smells crisp and a little fruity.

Great taste. Very little aftertaste, but the aftertaste that is there is pleasant.

You can feel the carbonation, but it's a very light, drinkable beer. It would make a great session beer outdoors on a summer day. It is as easy to drink and as refreshing as water, but at the same time it's not so light that you forget you're drinking beer.

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Photo of HochFliegen
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy pale yellow with a small bright white head. This beer was poured way too cold. So at first there was little flavor and I was dissapointed, until it warmed some. The scent was very much earthy and slightly spicy. Taste was a lemon zing and slightly grassy. Was a good beer overall.

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Photo of rattech
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Straw yellow with a head that dissipates fairly fast. It looks like an average light colored beer with a slight touch of opaqueness.

Smell: Grassy and slightly sweet. It certainly doesn’t smell horrible though like the appearance, it is unimpressive.

Taste: Wheat and grains. Slightly sweet, I expected a bit more from this… though I am not sure why. It isn’t a horrible beer, but the taste doesn’t make me inspired to buy it again.

Mouthfeel: One word, Average.

Drinkability: It isn’t as easy to drink as one would expect. It is good, but not amazing.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy light yellow color with a small head of white foam. Medium to medium low levels of carbonation, with scattered lacing in the glass.

S: Lemony wheat aroma. Light. Some grain and malty husk notes. Fresh. Makes me think of summertime, and how much I miss it.

T: Light flavors of buttery malt and grain mix over a nutty sweet flavor of husk and corn. Mild hop presence. Not overly complex, but still quite enjoyable.

M: Light. Simple. Zesty across the palate. I like it.

D: Pretty good. Hope I can find this come the warmer months of July and August.

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Photo of kajerm
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

312, you've been a friend to me. when all the other girls in the room smell adjuncty and metallic, you're all citrus and wheat. you have a nice white head on you if the bartender knows how to pull your cool-looking tap handle just right. when I'm in a dive in chicago, and it looks like a BMC night, you rush in to save the day.

I wish you weren't filtered. I wish you were wheatier and yeastier, more hefeweizen and less "urban."

but you go just perfect with a slice of lou malnati's stuffed pizza, so I just can't hate you.

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Photo of AltBock
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a sun yellow label with a drawing of the Chicago skyline in the background. In the middle of the label is a lemon yellow rectangle with the name of the beer in it, "312." I'm guessing that this beer is named after Chicago's area code. On the back is a black label with the Government warning, proper serving glass, and a clearly marked best when consumed by date of February 21st, 2007. It says that the proper serving glass is a tall glass. A tall glass could be anything, but I'm guessing they mean some kind of Weizen glass. Done and Done. There is a neck label that is striped with yellow, black, and white stripes and the Goose Island symbol. The Goose Island symbol is that of a smiling white goose giving his happy or sometimes mad "HONK" call. I know nobody cares, but this would make my first Goose Island beer. It's about time!

Appearance: When poured into what Goose Island calls a tall glass (Weizen glass), the beer was a hazy light lemon yellow with a goose feather white head of foam that had to be half an inch or smaller in height. I would have thought the head of foam would have been a bit bigger, but not this one. It dissipated away in a matter of 3 seconds and only left a touch of white rings and white lace around the glass. You could also see that this beer had a ton of carbonation bubbles just racing to the top of your tall glass.

Smell: Not much was there and the only things I could get out of it was malted wheat, burnt wheat, cereal, hint of cloves, and a small tart lemon in the background. I know this is what it's supposed to smell like, but I just couldn't pull myself on giving more than an average 3 score for the smell.

Taste: I had the same dilemma with the taste. I just couldn't see myself giving this beer more than an average 3 score because it's really light in flavor. The initial taste was the same as the initial aroma, malted wheat and then burnt wheat. After that it was bit different from the aroma. After the wheat I could taste cloves, a few spices, a dabble of juicy fruits, and a small tart lemon in the end. The lemon clearly stands out from the other fruits in the taste. You'll notice it.

Mouthfeel: It was light, had plenty of carbonation, and was actually quite refreshing. It was so light that it goes down smooth with a small aftertaste of malted wheat. The aftertaste reminded me of the aftertaste you get after eating the cereal "Wheaties."

Drinkability: I had to give it a 4 because it disappeared way too quick. Did the Goose Island goose drink it down while I wasn't looking? Nope, it was all me. It was so light with some flavor in it that it was hard to put down. Even though I was drinking this in the middle of winter, it was still quite refreshing. If it's this refreshing in the winter time, I would like to see what it's like in the summer time.

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Photo of chadspivey
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into an oversized pint glass.

A: pours a golden yellow with a small one finger head. kinda cloudy, looks like theres bits of "pulp" in it.

S: can smell grains, hints of citrus fruits, maybe lemon

T: tastes grainy, like cereal. slight hints of lemon. A decent wheat beer, definitely drinkable, kinda sweet, but not as much flavor as I would expect from goose island.,

M: kinda thin, like a macro lager.

D: Very drinkable beer. Theres something missing here though, theres a lot more wheats out there that I would drink before this one.

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Photo of neonbrown82
2.6/5  rDev -24.2%
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%
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 -2.3%
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 -22.7%
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 -19.5%
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 -21.6%
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 -12.2%
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 terrabyte
2.28/5  rDev -33.5%
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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312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
78 out of 100 based on 883 ratings.