312 Urban Wheat | Goose Island Beer Co.

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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:
912
Ratings:
4,493
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
14.91%
 
 
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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Since Goose Island was bought up by Ab Inbev, I'll compare this to other similar mass market wheat beers. Most, especially big name ones ones like Shock Top and Blue Moon rely too much on sweet orange flavoring and in my opinion go overboard on the spices they use.

312 Urban wheat is more delicate and subtle.

Taste: The flavor is rather faint, but what you do get is a gentle, refreshing, creamy wheat flavor that isn't unctuous or slimy to the palate, followed by moderate notions of tangy, fruity orange and lemon with just the slightest hint of clove and cilantro on the finish.

Feel: The mouthfeel is light and effervescent. Juicy, spicy and slightly dry.

Aroma: Moderate gingerbread, lemon and creamy oats.

Look: Bright yellow with a satin white two finger head. Crystal clear. Leaves good lacing

Overall: Light, tangy and slightly spicy. Very refreshing as I said. For a beer that's inexpensive and pretty easy to find, I actually really like this despite the fact that this beer gets a bad rap around here. A great alternative in my opinion, to the overtly sweet and spicy mass marketed Wheat Ales out there - and one that's sold almost everywhere.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Well as far as the bottle is concerned, this is " a hazy straw color". Too me it looked more clear. Scent... I'm getting almost nothing, slight wheat malt and an indistinct very slight citrus note. Maybe a little wet dog in there somewhere. Nothing offensive with the flavor, it's mild wheat with a slight hop something. It's Fizzy and crisp.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I had this on draught in a hotel bar. It was served in a pilsener glass. It pours a hazy, golden-straw color with a small, egg shell colored head and minimal lacing. The smell was very subdued, with whiffs of biscuit malt, wheat, and some nondescript citrus. The taste featured crackery malt, lemon peel, and a touch of hops. None of the tastes stood out. This ale is light and dry and the 4.2% ABV is not noticeable. Overall, this ale doesn't offer much in the way of flavor or feel. It might be an acceptable lawnmower beer but I cannot see myself seeking it out again.

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Photo of q33jeff
1.89/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

**
08/03/2012

On tap at Dubh Linn Square.

AROMA: Fruity aroma, but weak.
LOOK: Yellow Color. Small head. Boring.
TASTE: Stale, non decscript fruit.
FEEL: weak carbonation.

Not impressed;
**

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orange yellow with nice looking head and lacing. Nice malt flavor and traditional citrus backed wheat flavor with mellow hops in there somewhere. Great smell of wheat and citrus. Mouthfeel is thick and nice. Overall a pretty decent offering from Goose Island.

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Photo of erk0607
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Golden yellow, light white head leading to minimal lacing. Smell: Light lemon and malt but not overly strong. Taste: Similar... very light, refreshing, lemony and minimally hoppy. Feel: Crisp and refreshing. Overall: Nothing special, easy to put back... 10x better than any other macro though.

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Photo of mshanecrowe
3.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Light bodied and crisp. A hint of lemon and light hops. More filling than a light beer, but not a heavy-feeling beer. Drinks more like a lager with a little bit of wheat & hops. 4.2%. Would be a decent choice for a summer beer.

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Photo of beerguy04
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L- very pale, with no head or lacing. S- a typical wheat and hop smell. T- refreshing and crisp wheat taste. F and D- light and easy to handle. Overall, it's a good summer beer as well as, a beer I pick when I can't decide what I want.

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Photo of kitschiguy
1.75/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Poured a dark lager-like yellow with no head and no lacing. Looks horrible.

Nose has nothing of note.

Palate has nothing of note.

The only thing I can say about this is that it's better than VB, carlton cold and stella. But not much.

Terrible.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Served on-tap @ Bistecca Restaurant & Bar in Parsippany, NJ.

Had this at the bar after my company's annual holiday party.

Pours a cloudy pale gold with a fluffy white head on it. Nice looking wheat beer, but it was all downhill from there. Very mild grainy wheat aroma with light citrus mixed in. Flavor continues the light trend and doesn't really add anything. For such a light beer, this wasn't easy to drink. Nothing to pique your interest or keep you coming back. Very boring and lacking character. One of the least enjoyable beers I've had in a while. I didn't even feel like finishing my pint.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.25/5  rDev -5%
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 -4.4%
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%
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 -4.7%
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 -18.1%
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 -0.3%
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
3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | 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%
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
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | 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 +12.3%
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 -12.3%
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 +0.6%
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 -24.9%
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 +14.9%
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 -4.1%
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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312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.42 out of 5 based on 4,493 ratings.
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