312 Urban Wheat
Goose Island Beer Co.

312 Urban Wheat312 Urban Wheat
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American Pale Wheat Ale
Ranked #548
Ranked #46,680
3.4 | pDev: 15%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
312 Urban Wheat312 Urban Wheat
Notes: 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
Reviews: 976 | Ratings: 4,766 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of HardCider
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is an amber/orange color, cloudy, very effervescent, and has a white head that dissipates very quickly. The aroma is fruity and pleasant, but subtle. I notice a sweet grapefruit aroma. There is a earthy, yeasty, dry taste; typical of a wheat beer, but not much else in terms of flavor. Overall, I consider it a mediocre wheat beer.

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Photo of biiru_ojisan
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(I wrote this review on a flight I took in February, but kept forgetting to post it, it's only been edited for spelling)

Reading Bourbon County Stout and Selling Out made me want to try out this brew. Happened to be sold on a United flight I was taking.

Pours creamy white head. The cup on the plane I tried this on was blue, so I cannot give an accurate description of the color.

The nose is has some light spicy phenols, orange peel, crackers, white bread. Crackery retro-nasal.

Taste is white bread, coriander, orange peel, lemon flesh without the acidity. Lightly sweet with a lightly dry and bitter finish. Twinge of alcohol in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and a touch chewy. Body is just north of medium. The carbonation is quite high. Alcohol warmth is uncharacteristically high for a 4.2% beer.

Overall, this is a full flavored, yet very drinkable beer. The only thing I feel is odd is how noticeable the alcohol is for the relatively small amount of alcohol in it.

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Photo of jamesroses
3.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden, lively carbonation, big head dissapeared rather quickly.

Aroma was a bit muted. Some wheaty note and not much else.

Taste was a bit of a let down. Felt like a lager with a wheaty note.

Soft mouthfeel

Wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of mngermanshepherd
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden colour, not unlike a lager. Smell reminds me of printing ink on paper - head still lingers into a respectable foam. Taste is a carbonated wheat, some grains but nothing special.

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Photo of good_to_sea
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very drinkable, bright, and refreshing. Simple, light flavors of wheat, lemon, hint of banana, and hop flavor.

Not bad by any means, but not particularly interesting. Just balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of Matty_lite
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: starts off nice and beery, finishes a bit tout

Feel: if this was a stoner it would be Cheech. Nice and chill

Again, who gives a fuck about look and smell.

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Photo of monkist
3.89/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wish all wheat beers were like this! Unfortunately when I hear “wheat”, the old European, German ones come to my mind - and unfortunately those aren’t my favorites, except for Weihenstephaner perhaps. But when it comes to wheat ans in a type close to sours, I start to become interested.
This one says it is an American Pale Wheat Ale and it is good! No wheat present in the taste though, more like something between an ale and a kölsch? The aroma has traces of lemon mentioned on the bottle and the body is very light, feels almost empty, even flat at some point. Nevertheless, I enjoyed drinking it, especially because it felt like a refresher on a summer night. Wouldn’t mind trying more of the same kind.

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Photo of akaizer
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pour had a nice off-white foam head that quickly fizzled down. Coloration looks like a lighter, paler apricot with a fairly clear body. Scent has a wiff of wheat/lemon, but nothing too strong. Taste has a fairly balanced yeasty lemon complexion, that comes across as a more interesting blue moon. Feel is pretty clean that moves on quickly, but a distinct weak lemon-ish aftertaste remains. Definitely something to drink while watching a sporting event on TV or at a picnic and you want something that is refreshing but not overbearing.

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Photo of jdurey
3.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours Golden but a little thin...not as cloudy as I’d like. A somewhat weak head poured thick but quickly dissipated to a thin ring after a minute. Smell is hoppy for a wheat beer. Very promising. Taste is very bready...almost like a lager. Nothing substantial here, although it does taste better than Budweiser and that ilk. Mouthfeel is light to medium. To be expected I guess from the relatively low ABV. Very dry and unremarkable. Overall this gets a solid “meh.” Bought it on sale. The IPA from Goose is pretty decent, but I’d give this a pass and go for something more substantial (like Paulaner) or something fresher (like a Hoegaarden). Try one to satisfy your curiosity if you must, but otherwise buy something else.

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

Decent yellow beer that works well with a burger in the summer. It’s pretty mild tasting but has some good hoppiness to it as well. Drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of Urtravel
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: clear, crisp yellow see through that seems a bit watery, head was nice but dissipated rather quickly
S: very mild subdued wheat with a hint of fruit
T: followed smell, very mild, could feel some foaminess from head
F: subduedly floated around and rested on tongue without much fanfare in terms of carbonation or taste
O: very mild but with a clean crisp feel

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Photo of brewerburgundy
2.53/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz can, plastic airline cup, appears best by 8/7/19. Put a canned on date on it, then we know exactly how fresh your beer is!

It’s a bit hazy, it’s happily yellow, and it’s got a rocky white head.

Smells very like a lager; saltines, clean lager yeast, nothing else.

It’s got that chalky wheatiness and a ghost of weizen yeast character.

A little matte, light body, not much of an impression.

Why is goose island still brewing this? I know why; it’s a light beer that people drink who want to think they have more taste than to drink Bud Light or Blue Moon. This is bland beer.

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Photo of defunksta
3.84/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a bright, hazy orange color with a fizzy, and bubbly, sparkling head.
Aroma: Aromas of citrus, orange & lemon. Little pineapple. Some grainy yeast spice
Taste: Very grainy. Flaked wheat bread, buttermilk & cream. Definitely grains and yeast all the way. A little artificial chemical or detergent type of flavor. Slightly toasted, but not roasty in any way. A little bit of orange, lemon sweetness on the backend. Lots of flavor packed for the ABV.
Feel: Clean, crisp, slightly sweet. The yeast provides a very pleasant, strong-bodied mouthfeel that isn't bitter nor spicy, but allows the beer to finish quite dry.

Overall: What a summertime beer. There's a reason wheat beers are the classic summertime style. It's clean, crisp, and refreshing. It's a loaf of toasted buttermilk, wheat bread topped with mildly sweet orange jam. Creamy and lives up to the Chicago style. A little lower marking due to the detergent flavor. I've never been a fan of the wheat beer style, but it's starting to grow on me. Well made for the style.

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Photo of chinchill
3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle with a 23 July 2019 BB date stamp.
Pours with a pale amber body and a semi-durable white head.
Aroma: Very mild. Wheat, yeasty and hops.
Flavor: follows the aroma and has low strength. Mild bitterness. Wheat notes throughout.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can into pint glass. Pours a hazy straw color with a modest off-white head. Initial impression is lemon, bready malt, and a touch of slightly bitter floral hops. Mouthfeel is clean and refershing. Finish is dry and slightly bitter.
I thought I was going to be drinking an IPA, so the wheat was a surprise (note to self: try to actually read what's on the can next time). So maybe my palate was primed for an IPA, but I honestly didn't find 312 Urban Wheat too enjoyable.

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Photo of German-Helles
3.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The look is a hazy yellow that has one finger of fluffy white foam, that after a minute settles to just a thin layer. It looks like plenty of small bubble carbonation. Most of it ascends from the middle of the pint glass.
The smell is light malt, very slight hops, with a bit of lemon.
The taste is simple, malt, wheat, and a bit of lemon, very tasty.
The feel is almost creamy, maybe because of the smaller bubbles, yet it has a nice crisp finish.
This one went down way to fast, it tastes good, very easy to drink(smooth). I may need to pick up a few for March Madness.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange that turns a light-bulb beyond into a dull hot circle, much like the sun on a lightly clouded dad. Head is a finger in height and stark-white in color. Aroma is wheat, barley, straw malts out front with herbal, floral, and leafy hops mingled between. There is a light citrus rind at the finish. Flavor profile is straw, barley, wheat, bready, earthy and nutty malts and floraly, leafy and citrusy hops. It's rich in full terms of the broadness of its notes, while still retaining balance and not overloading the palate. Mouth feel is a touch effervescent, but stills out on the palate. It has a medium thickness. Together, it forms a lightly crisp, but certainly refreshing, texture. Overall, big malts and fair hops keep this beer drinking smooth and balanced, especially considering the ABV.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of nbaker290
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wheat ale. 12 oz bottle poured into weizen glass. Looks cloudy, brownish orange. Medium head, short retention, almost no lacing, small film on top after head leaves. Looks like a basic wheat ale.
Smell: lemongrass, wheat, bready malt, small hop note at the end. Basic wheat beer. Strong lemon citrus smell (somewhat like Circus Boy by Magic Hat).
Taste: souring lemon, good bready malt, finishes light citus and hop. Not bad.
Feel: medium body, low-mid carbonation. Usual for the style I think they are going for.
Overall: not a bad beer. Does not quite warrant a $11 6 pack price, but I would buy again (and probably will). Not a bad sort of Hefeweizen “urban wheat” ale. I would definitely drink again. If you like Circus Boy by Magic Hat, you will like this better.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Hazy golden color with a finger of white head. Grass and citrus smell. Medium feel. Tastes of bready malt and lemon. Decent, if not terribly complex

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Photo of dave_ackbar
3.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at a Trader Joe’s in Chicago.
Look is just like the bottle says, hazy lemon and bright.
Smell is strong in the citrus aspect.
Taste is clean and crisp.
Feel is refreshing.
Overall I’m a fan, would drink again.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the can, it pours a lightly hazy golden amber color with a modest, quickly diminishing head. In the nose, it is light with some bread and citrus coming through. The mouth gets a lemony flavor as well as bread.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy dark straw color with strong activity. Foamy 2-3 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with average legs but good swirl reaction. Flavors of wheat, lemon, sweet barley, coriander, and floral hops. Slick and smooth full body with crispy carbonation. Light strength finish, mostly bready with not much spices, ends with balanced flowery hops. A bit faint though good drinkability and freshness. Overall good quality craft.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is this supposed to be the Chicago version of blue moon, because they have achieved that. Will this be as good as Oberon, no. Is it a great alternative to the lord of the fairies, yes. For a pale wheat ale this has to be one of the most popular styles, this also belongs in the category of most accessible beers. Another gateway craft beer and a good one to have on tap.

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Photo of EMH73
3.02/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy yellow with an inch and a half white head that dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lacing. Smells and tastes of lemon, bready malts, grass, wheat and floral notes. Light bodied, well carbonated, watery mouth feel, minimal bitterness and a slightly dry finish. Overall a pretty poorly executed beer.

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Photo of ChristopherOrev
2.58/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

It's not the worst beer I've ever had, but it's decidedly forgettable. If you're digging through a party cooler and are in the mood for a light wheat beer, it's passable, but I'd skip it otherwise.

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312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
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