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312 Urban Wheat - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 848
Hads: 4,158
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%
Wants: 72
Gots: 894 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 BigRedN
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (1,060 characters)

Photo of weasbri
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (295 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of maddamish
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (282 characters)

Photo of beerphilosopher
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of strattor
2.33/5  rDev -32.3%
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. (463 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler. The appearance was light and hazy yellow with a wispy head. The aroma was really faint wheat, nothing stood out very strong. Same with the flavor really, a little taste of wheat base and a tought of hops bitterness. Not bad but kind of bland. (284 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
1.93/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This brew pours a clear pale yellowish-orange color. The head is large enough, but fades rather quickly. The aroma is of bubble gum with a mild wheat tanginess if you look really hard for it. The taste is even more faint than the aroma, with nothing really to speak of. The mouthfeel is probably the thinnest of any wheat beer I have ever had. Overall, like so many other American wheat beers, is a drain pour. (410 characters)

Photo of marcobrau
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

There's another heat wave coming so I figured I'd pick up some of the ubiquitous 312 Urban Wheat. This is a great "no-shakes" hot weather beer. There's little here to right home about good or bad; unless lacking complexity and flavor is bad (sarcasm intended.)

312 is a beer that pours with a medium amount of carbonation. The bread-like aroma of wheat is fairly obvious, while the flavor of this slightly hazy, yelllow ale is inoffensively like a liquid low salt whean thin. A very slight tart finish adds just a little bit of compexity. Overall, this is a very drinkable beer and definitely fits into the category of "lawnmower" beer in that respect. (655 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, $1.39, Steve's - University, best by 9/16/06

312 represent, well I was a 708/847 guy myself, but i have love for the 312

First enjoyed this one on draft at the Pitchfork Intonation Music Festival in Jackson Park last summer, and it was a nice thirst quencher in the 95 degree summer heat

appearance: pours into a tall hefe glass a very pale golden yellow, almost *gasp* urine-esque, 1/2" white cap with adequate lacing, cloudy and bubbly...however, the chicago skyline counts for .5 style points in my book

smell: lemon zest punches me in the nose, some light grassy aromas underneath, a little soapy, not very attractive

taste: I love goose island (undoubtedly some chicago bias mixed in with the love) but this beer is pretty marginal...light and grassy, lemon flavour not as pungent as the nose, a little watered down, some other light citrus...quite clearly trying to hit that cross-over market (wisco people, read: island wheat, spotted cow)

mouthfeel: watery, thin

drinkability: i will admit, its quite quaffable, and i seem to recall knocking back 4 dollar glasses all day long in the summer sun, so at least it has a purpose (1,166 characters)

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy straw with the yeast pour. Fizzy three finger head shows poor retention but good lacing. Powdery yeast and wheat nose, pretty clean. First sip is sweet flaked wheat malt, and a spicy clove flavor in the aftertaste along with a healthy yeast bite. Low carbonation in a thin body results in a very quaffable mouthfeel, but the drinkability suffers due to mild astringent charcter that comes on in the finish. (421 characters)

Photo of rabsten
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the Goose Island Summer sample pack, poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Cloudy yellow with no head at all. No lacing, either.

Smells slightly citrusy; mild, mild malt backing.

Tastes like a typical wheat beer. Nothing special. Hints of vanilla and citrus.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are its strengths. Feels light on the palate with a mild finish. Thirst-slaking quality is high.

Again, I admit my bias: It's not a style I really like all that much. It's a pretty good representative of its type, though. If you like Wheats, it's worth trying; If you don't, go for another of Goose Island's fine products. I really liked the Kolsch, the IPA was very good, and the Honker's Ale spectacular. :)

EDIT 07-20-10

Much better head, good lacing. Lemony notes throughout. Clean finishing. A bit thin. S'okay, but not what Pres should'a sent the EPM. (864 characters)

Photo of scoobybrew
2.41/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured this into a standard weiss glass. The color is a very pale gold. It has a small head with decent retention. The aroma subtly yeasty with mild phenolics, somewhat clovey, but relatively unremarkable. The flavor has a subtle yeast cloviness, but the wheat malt comes through more. It has a subtle hop finish, somewhat astringent. The body is light and has low carbonation.

Not bad, but the beer is pretty mild and lacks anything mentionable. It's unoffending, but not spectacular. Might be used as a 'gateway' beer for someone used to typical mass-produced/mass-marketed "American beer". (597 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
2.47/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Cloudy sun yellow body with particulates suspended in the media. Aroma is very tangy and citrusy and lemony. This beer is lifeless. And I thought the Island Wheat from Capital I just had was bland. Carbonation is slightly prickly. Body is barely medium. And the flavor in indescribable. Not a lot to talk about. A little of that lemon and citrus tang. Not a lot else. Watery. A disappointment. (393 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$1.50/single at Jacks. 4.2% ABV, 15 IBU, 4 SRM, unfiltered. Hopped with Cascade and brewed with torrified wheat.

Pours out to a beautifully milky bright yellow, forming a creamy bone white head with very good retention and adequate lacing. A very good looking beer. The aroma has the crispness of a pale american style wheat mixed with a slight weizen character of burnt rubber. When swirled, the delicate floral hops pop out with that trademark Cascade character. The mouthfeel is spritzy and zippy with a light-medium body. The taste begins with some doughy yeast, followed by bready wheat and Cascade in the middle, and some cereal finish complementing the mild bitterness. The finish is clean but still somewhat doughy. Plenty of hop flavor in the aftertaste. No bananas or cloves, but this is still pretty good as far as American Wheats go. This reminds me of Bell's Wheat 4 mixed 30:70 with New Belgium Sunshine Wheat.

I liked this one. It's not a great beer, but it's enjoyable as far as american wheats go. Goose Island are consistently very good and this doesn't disappoint, even though the style generally does. I'd drink it again. (1,147 characters)

Photo of murphysbleachers
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a Widmer Bros. weiss glass...

Appearance: Creamy white head on a cloudy yellow beer.

Smell: Sweet malt with a hint of lemon.

Taste: Slight grapefruit citrus and malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy. Refreshes the palate and not much else.

Drinkability: Not a lot to this, but I think that's the point. Its just supposed to be very refreshing and easy to drink. I plan to revisit it when the weather turns hot.

(review found in old notes...not sure what date reviewed, but sometime this last winter) (531 characters)

Photo of ultralarry2006
2.61/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was poured from a 12 oz. bottle. It left a head of about an inch that quickly dissipated. Cloudy, pale yellow straw color with tight columns of fat bubbles streaming to the top.

Smell - a small hint of bready malt, barely hint of citrus. Aroma is faint overall.

Taste - like nose suggests, barely there malt and even less so of hops. Not a big taste, not even really a small taste. Just a slight taste.

Mouthfeel - light, slightly chewy, a good deal of carbonation, smooth, clean finish.

Drinkablity - This goes down easy. Is very light, so would be good in warm weather for those with less bold tastes, - but not so much for me. (646 characters)

Photo of erkaneva
2.77/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The first thing that hit me was the nose. Something smelled off but the taste was good. As in this style the mouth feel is important. Effervescent should be important but this brew was a little flat on the tongue. Dryness or a bit too much bittering hops may be the result. Chalky feel due to the dry tongue.
I am sure this would taste great on draugh but in the bottle is lacking. (382 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a hazy straw yellow coloration. There was a one finger head with no retention. There was a constant bubbling carbonation in tight streams.

Smell: The beer has a very heavy malted wheat smell. There is a nice amount of citrus grapefruit supporting the beer.

Taste: The beer has an intial taste of malty wheat. The cascade hops come in and deliver a brief burst of citrus. The beer has a nice yeasty twang.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This is a light bodied beer. The carbonation gives the beer a big lift in the mouthfeel. A very nice well balanced beer. This beer is highly quaffable and very sessionable. (681 characters)

Photo of skizziks
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a nonic. Pours a hazy straw-gold with a disappointing head. White, coarse, maybe an inch high, immediately dies to a few patches on the surface.

Smells like a wheat, but just barely. Faint aroma with banana, butterscotch, maybe just a little phenolic. Hard to really pick out much of anything.

Hits the tongue with fizz, sweet, a little banana, and some grain. Goose Island says they use Cascade hops, but it seems too herbal. There is a little citric sharpness of the cascade, but it seems like something else is in there too. Finish is dry, with some lingering grain.

Medium bodied, but pretty fizzy so it drinks lighter than it feels. Easy to put back, refreshing, but not particularly satisfying or interesting.

I am a big fan of Goose Island. I can always count on them to give me something that is better than most of the competition for a great price and they are always dead on the style. The 312 may be in a relatively broad category, but it neither pins it down or pushes the boundaries. It just sort of sits there limply. They, and you, can do better. (1,092 characters)

Photo of frazbri
3.09/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat poured clear, straw yellow in color topped by a fluffy white head. The aroma contained lemon zest with a little floral note. Flavor started with a slight citrus flavor, followed by wheat tanginess and a mildly bitter finish. Body was light with fairly high carbonation.

312 is a great looking beer. (330 characters)

Photo of fightingwords
2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle in to a 16oz. American pint glass. A clearly marked drink by date which I was well before.

A--An unfiltered hazy flat golden color. The color was very attractive for a wheat, but it just didnt have the shine that I was expecting. Very little head that faded to a film, and the lacing was good on the pull but didnt hang around.

S--Really weak, what I could smell was sweet but not distinguishable. There was a faint grainy note.

T--Bland start to finish in my opinion. A pretty standard wheat flavor with nothing special. It just tasted limp. Just a light sugary sweetness to a bitter hop finish.

M--Very thin, hardly any carbonation but it was refreshing to my palate. Possibly the only saving grace for this beer in my book.

D--Quite drinkable, hot summer evening on the porch would suit a beer like this much better than a rainy cold March day. All tough I would be tempted to select another wheat from the cellar.

O--Ugh, What does "Urban" mean? I'll give it another shot, but I'm not impressed yet. (1,044 characters)

Photo of hanco005
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since Spring is approaching, I thought I would pick up a 6 of this to review. I like most wheat beers and have a lot of respect for Goose Island, so here goes….

Best consumed by 071706 on the 12oz bottle, poured into a pilsner glass

A—pours a foggy pale yellow with 1 inch fizzy white head, slips away immediately and only the thin sheet of fizz remains, very little lacing

S—wheat is strong, of course, but also getting some vanilla and cake batter smells, a little medicine tone…this reminds me of vanilla Chapstick.

T—not like vanilla Chapstick. Strong wheat that fades quickly, very tasty, but not sure what the other flavors are…it’s so light and smooth and mellow and good.

M—smooth and mellow, light bodied and carbonated well.

D—Glad I tried this one. A solid wheat ale that will be great for the summer months. Another good selection for after yard work. (890 characters)

Photo of jamesdergen
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a moderately cloudy pale straw color with a small fizzy white head that sticks around.

Smell: Very sweet malty wheat aromas with a mild hop background.

Taste: Huge sweet wheat flavors with a mild hop bite. Very smooth. Nothing outstanding, but very solid.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth and not overly carbonated.

Drinkability: Some wheat beers are a little too dense, but this one is almost perfectly balanced between flavor and drinkability.

I'm revisiting this one after not having one for probably a year or so. Goes great with Mexican food and would make a great session beer. Great balance of flavor and drinkability. If this is available in your area, I highly recommend it. (707 characters)

Photo of shbobdb
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Leave it to Goose Island to produce a highly drinkable (and likable) version of a style that is pretty tough to work with. It basically tastes like a Krystal Weizen, minus the yeast esters. The inherent spiciness of the wheat is able to shine through, with no distractions, to create a pleasant, simple drinking experience.

I think many BA's will find this be a rather pedestrian brew, but, it does a fine job for what it is. A great session brew and a wonderful crossover brew. There is simply nothing NOT to like about this beer. That doesn't mean that there is anything to really like about this beer either . . . but it's a pleasant, simple drink.
Rock on man, rock on. (677 characters)

312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
78 out of 100 based on 848 ratings.