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312 Urban Wheat | Goose Island Beer Co.

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312 Urban Wheat312 Urban Wheat
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
gooseisland.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
901
Ratings:
4,449
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
33.24%
 
 
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Reviews: 901 | Ratings: 4,449
Photo of basaywhat
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle. Poured a clear straw yellow with little head. Aroma was almost non-existent with mild fruit notes. Flavor was peach, straw, and wheat. Light body, thin texture, bubbly carbonation, smooth finish.

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Photo of singletary
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It pours a light yellow color with a grainy malt smell with a hint of lemon. A nice amount of carbonation but a bit watery on mouthful. Overall a nice drinking wheat very easy to enjoy.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bought a 6-pack $7.77 Don Quijte
Hazy golden color
Slight lemon scent
Light mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Wheat, citrus taste, light sourness
Overall not for me. It is what it says it is, which is a wheat ale, but this is my least favorite of Goose Island beers. It just does not seem like well executed brew. Would not buy again.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: clear yellow with a finger of white foam that fades fast
S: not much at all...haha
T: lemon, sweetness....it reminds me of watery lemonade. Some bready malt mixed in too
F: very thin and watery feel. Clearly easy drinking
O: a hot weather/summer beer

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Photo of kitch
2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

A 12 fl oz bottle with a best before date of 26th July 2017, poured into a Spiegelau American wheat beer glass.

Appearance: It poured a hazy golden straw yellow colour with a one finger white head that dissipated quite quickly and left pretty much no lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malt, grainy, cereal and a touch of lemon.

Taste: Bready, light sweet apple, corn, grain and lemon.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: I understand when people say that it’s a refreshing summer beer, but even so, there’s nothing interesting in its aroma or taste. Unfortunately, this one is not for me.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

$ 6.00 + $ 0.54 tax ($ 0.545/oz) at B Restaurant, Oak Brook, Il
Undated bottle at bar reefer temp into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – weak, Lemon Pledge
Head – small (Maximum

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Photo of Holderness
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L -- Hazy orange with a bubbly, quickly dissipating white head. No lacing
S -- Not much going on here. Grains, lemon
T -- Mild flavors of lavender, lemon peel, wheat, and hops
F -- Watery
O -- At only 4.2% ABV, I see this as distinct in style from traditional wheat ales.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Here comes the bright haze and yellow with ample InBev like carbonation. Certainly professional looking. Smells like lemongrass wheat smoothie.

Taste hits with a respectable hop and wheat combo, 1-2, carbonation behind it and a light mouthfeel and body. Tad bit of lemon citrus to it. More bitter than a hefe but probably appropriate for this higher hopped style of a wheat beer. I can see why Inbev went after this one.

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Photo of vinicole
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy straw colour. Thin head. Very effervescent.
Citrus hop and sweet malt aroma reminiscent of over ripe apples. Harvested cereal.
Lager like taste. Mild version of the smell.
Low to medium body. Heavily carbonated and quite refreshing.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Goose Island has some really good beers and this one is no exception. It tastes good for being on the light side of beer which can be too watery sometimes. This one is still flavorful enough to not get sick of it after one or two beers.

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Photo of YoungMtn52
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I usually like the Goose Island beers but this one is disappointing with a boring watery taste and very light carbonation...I know it's a summer beer but there's nothing to this one....I won't be buying another six....much prefer the Harpoon Sweet Spot!

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with a foamy head. Smells like citrus, taste is very clean and dry, light citrus and straw notes with a refreshing feel, very clean and easy drinking. Excellent light summer beer with a lot of flavor and smooth drinking all around.

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Photo of AllisonH
2.57/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked this up at my local shop; seem to have been a bit of a new arrival, so I wanted to give it a shot.

Look: Unfiltered, as it claims. Medium amber color with a bit of haze, but not close to what I've seen from other "unfiltered" beers.

Smell: Citrus aromas predominate. A subtle light scent of sweet malt can be found with much effort, but the majority of the nose is a smooth orange-grapefruit aroma.

Taste: Much less impressive than the nose would lead you to believe. It has a barely sour aftertaste which shows the lack of malt or yeast character in the beer. The citrus aroma is almost nonexistent in the taste of the beer, sadly.

Feel: Quite well carbonated with a light, fizzy feel on the tongue. Quite easy drinking, no real lingering texture.

Overall: Disappointingly one-dimensional; lacks the true character of a wheat beer while covering up its weak malts with an interesting, while unexpected, aroma hop profile. Probably will not buy again, but I can see this being popular during a summer party.

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Photo of Buck89
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden straw color. Thick white foamy head with good retention and lacing. Lemony and orange aroma with a hint of white bread. Light, snappy citrusy taste - lemony with some sweeter citrus elements and a clean, dry finish. Refreshing and flavorful for a relatively light wheat ale.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16 oz can. Born on date of June 2015--so may be a little long in the tooth, but we will see.

Look--Pours like one would expect from the style--hazy, golden with ample head and decent lacing. The print on the label makes it clear this Goose Island offering intends to sell the "hazy" and "unfiltered" to a fault, and this wheat ale has a significant amount of sediment compared with other commercial offerings. The sediment particulates are prounounced, and visible throughout the drink--a swirl reveals more than just cloudiness--there are particles that are at least 1-2 mm floating in the beer! Maybe a little too heavy-handed on the "unfiltered" aspect here.

Smell--Rather unremarkable. Definite citrus aroma--trending more toward lemon as opposed to the omnipresent "ORANGE" that has taken hold in most of the commercial segment of this style. Pleasant additional herbal aromas, though the expected banana aroma normally featured in this style is muted if present at all. Not off-putting in that regard, just different.

Taste--Again--not offensive but not all that remarkable. Somewhat similar to a Hoegaarden, but with a bit more citrus, hoppiness, and bite.

Feel--At risk of sounding like a broken record--again nothing to write home about. Very smooth, light, and drinkable--but that is the bare minimum expected of the style. Good, but not attention grabbing.

Overall--A solid American commercial take on the style, but I would have been pleased if the creators had focused more on the flavor and less on trying to make something visually very different. I would drink again, and prefer it over other commercial offerings of the style like Blue Moon, but it isn't really a step up from that--it's just a more "lemony" and less "orange" version.

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Photo of FBarber
3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a crisp gold with a thin white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell has a sweet fruity wheat aroma. Slightly rotting apples come through.

Taste is a slightly sweet overly ripe apple flavor with wheats undertones. Very sweet.

Feel has medium carbonation, smooth, drinkable.

Overall - maybe I had a bad bottle - but this is just a poor pale wheat ale.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A gift from a friend who visited Vegas. Pours a cloudy yellow colour with a small white head. Aromas of yeast & wheat and faintly of apples & honey. Tastes of apples, honey, grains, bread & wheat. Aftertaste is a very mild wheat bitter finish.

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Photo of hennin55
4.53/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: light in color, small head, good lacing
Aroma: hops aroma, spicy notes, floral
Palate: smooth creamy body, good level of carbonation
Flavor: crisp fruity flavor

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Photo of lic217
4.08/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: hazy yellow, small head with some lacing
Smell: bread/malt, floral hop aroma
Taste: starts bready and sweet, ends slightly bitter and citrus/spices hop flavor
Feel:prickly carbonation, extremely drinkable
Overall: a nice drinkable beer with some nice flavor. I like the balance of flavors

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Photo of daweidavid
4.54/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like this one because it doesn't have a very strong flavor, very light with a little bit lemony taste. The body is golden light and I think it goes well with any food.

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Photo of Sparty21
4.51/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Very good wheat beer. The beer has a lighter color with a strong wheaty taste. Overall, it is crisp and something that full flavored and will pair well with almost anything at any time of the day.

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Photo of Edith0703
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Really normal beer. Light wheat flavor with lemon aroma. It's a really good summer beer with fresh crispy texture and decent amount of bubbles. Really easy to drink.

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Photo of e_creed
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Gold, hazy
Smell: very mild, herbal, some citrus notes
Taste: also mild, does not linger long. Crisp, clean. Refreshing.
Feel: smooth, well balanced

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Photo of Squire123
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very surprising for someone who generally thinks of German or Belgian styles when it comes to wheat brews. 312 Urban presents with a light color not so hazy as the descriptions I've read. Some of the American wheat beers I've tried were a bit thin, or tart, or both. This is full flavored with body and richness more close to a Helles lager than the wheat beer I was expecting. Aroma doesn't give away much but ah, the flavor, rich is the word that comes to mind. Well balanced, not over hoppy, clean, crisp finish. A genuine pleasure to drink.

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Photo of jasadewi
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

American pale wheat ales are my favorite style of beer for their great taste and inter-style diversity. That being said, this beer is a great example of a middle-ground in that pale wheat ale diversity. It's not as hoppy as some (see the Lagunitas Lil Sumpin Sumpin) and not as sweet as others (see the Bell's Oberon). Great size fizzy white head above a yellow and hazy body. It smells mostly of wheat. Like I said, neither too sweet or too hoppy. It has a crisp finish. Mostly sweet though, in comparison to other beer styles. Lemon notes in the palate are present. It is a light, watery feel with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall, not a bad beer at all. Would recommend for people who want a middle of the road (between hops and sweetness) pale wheat ale.

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312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
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