312 Urban Wheat | Goose Island Beer Co.

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312 Urban Wheat312 Urban Wheat

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

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 bwood06
3.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a Goose Island variety pack recently and this one was included. I'm generally not a wheat beer drinker, but I thought this was a good opportunity to give a different wheat a shot and see how it goes. I'm always up for trying something new and different so why not?

This beer pours a hazy straw/golden hue that shows off light carbonation and an ultra-white, foamy head that dissipates somewhat quickly. For a wheat, this is a bit surprising in terms of dissipation rate. 3.5/5 The aroma leans more towards sweet instead of sharp and is moderate in strength with malt notes of cereal grains, white bread, and a bit of toast (although not much) and hop aromas of lemon, grass, and a herbal quality. The aroma weakens quite quickly. 3.25/5 Flavor intensity is faint to moderate with the malt providing a good sweetness to the beer with the same grainy and bready notes from the aroma and just a bit of caramel, although not much. Hop notes of lemon (fruit, not really the peel), grass, and just a slight spiciness come through with the lemon being the strongest. Bitterness is very light and does not build at all, rather weakening with time. Bitterness does not linger and the flavor really doesn't linger. 3.25/5 This is a light bodied wheat beer that is a bit creamy and wetting but not really mouthcoating which tends to come with creaminess. The finish is quite wet and thirst quenching with minimal carbonation. 3.5/5 I don't dislike this beer, but I don't necessarily like it either. I'm perfectly ambivalent towards this beer which lands it in a bit of purgatory in terms of my reviews. It has the qualities that a wheat beer should possess, while also being a bit boring and weak. It's not a beer that I would buy a 6 pack of, but am perfectly happy with it being in a 12 bottle variety pack where 3 of the bottles are this beer. 3.25/5

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
4.15/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lightly hazy yellow gold color with a 1 finger head. Aroma- grassy hops with just a hint of citrus lemon and orange. Taste- orange,lemon, biscuit, thoroughly refreshing. No real bitterness, a bit of a lingering sweet citrus. Mouthfeel- semi-high carbonation, tingling. Again, refreshing. Overall- it is what it is and it does it pretty well. This is an extremely approachable beer. Its very easy drinking. It is very refreshing. It makes me want to go to B dubs and watch football, grab like 20 boneless honey BBQ wings and order 3 or 4 of these.

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Photo of IronLover
3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow in color with a light haze. Poured with a short, soapy, bright white foam with moderate retention. Medium light bready wheat malt aroma. No hop aroma. Medium bodied with a light creamy feel through the middle and soft, medium carbonation. Medium light bready malt flavors with medium light hop bitterness through the middle. No hop flavor. Light bready malt from the middle to the end. Finished cleanly with light bready notes. Pretty simple. No offensive characteristics which makes it easy drinking, but generally lacks character.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Color was straw yellow.,aroma was citrus and wheat. I thought it was well balanced and a step up from some other brands attempt at this type. Taste had a nice balance of citrus,hops and wheat.did have a lingering after taste of wheat but otherwise it was refreshing

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Photo of henry_lansing
2.66/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I like this beer, I don't love it. I feel at times the wheat is way over powering and you feel you are just drinking liquified wheat instead of an actual beer.

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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


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.


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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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312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
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