312 Urban Wheat
Goose Island Beer Co.

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Style:
Wheat Beer - American Pale
Ranked #570
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
78
Ranked #48,675
Avg:
3.4 | pDev: 15%
Reviews:
991
Ratings:
4,824
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Goose Island Beer Co.
 
Illinois, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
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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: 991 | Ratings: 4,824 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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mike_sergey from Illinois

3.07/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straight up good beer. It’s one of totally watch a game and drink, as it’s nice wheat profile is unobtrusive but pleasant. Nice golden color and decent foam head to it. Definitely have had better but it’s not the worst.

Apr 05, 2021
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Hazy, bright golden color. Nice white head with good retention and nice lacing. A good looking beer.

S---Strong wheat and grain with lemon backing those notes.

T---Wheat, grains, and then some honey and lemon. Tasty.

F---Medium bodied, which is fairly heavy for the style and ABV. Well carbonated.

O---I guess I like this one a lot more than everyone else. This is a pretty good beer to me.

Mar 04, 2021
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TomQBigBeerGuy from Michigan

3.02/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can, cool marketing. Hazy straw yellow color. lemongrass aroma with subdued wheat. Crisp taste that showed smooth fruit with hops near the end. Overall, non-eventful.

Feb 23, 2021
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Danzifer from Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw yellow, semi haze, 1cm head. Definitely smells like a wheat. Tastes like beer. Nothing stand out, nothing bad about it. Just straight up beer.

Feb 12, 2021
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Hazy, golden color in appearance. Decent retention and lacing.

Notes of wheat, lemongrass, citrus and citrus peels (particularly lemon), cloves, banana, coriander, and pepper.

Tastes like a standard wheat beer, but that's pretty much it. Has a nice lemon twang to it, and tastes refreshing. Body is medium-light.

Feb 06, 2021
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

URBAN wheat. What does that even imply? The description states 'bright, lemony, a bit hazy' sounds like what I should expect out of any top-fermented wheat ale, so what makes this urban?

First, my inspection of the pour results in a nearly barely unfiltered body with a solid bit of suspended yeast matter. The smell features notes of hop a forward ale - citrus notes - alongside mild wet wheat husk in the rounded portion. So the description checks out, but not so much in the taste.

A large carbonated body in the first taste that is both bland and mildly spicy on the back end. At 18 IBU's and 4.2% ABV I know this is not an Earth-shattering take on the style, but I expect a bit of something when I have a sip rather than a pedestrian take on the American wheat style.

As mentioned, most of the flavors are a bit neutralized and the hoppiness in the backend appears to be the only noticeable thing standing out to me. Yeast strain seems a bit dull, and to be honest, this was not full-flavored; watery. Second tasting and again more hop flavor than wheat, very muted wheat notes in the malt it is as if they're hiding the wheat flavor behind other elements. Finishing off the pint I get a bit of the wheat notes in the back end, a mild sweetness you'd find in a german hefe yeast strain, but I am assuming this is from the hops.

My lasting opinion is this is average, not bad warmed up, but not outstanding.

Jan 30, 2021
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bigmike513 from Ohio

3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Reliable refreshing beer with a lower ABV. Nice for a day long drinking session. Nice lemongrass taste and great mouthfeel. Hazy pour. Decent beer.

Jan 27, 2021
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RedbirdRona from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not sure why this beer gets so much hate (probably because it’s owned by AB) for what it is. I find 312 to be refreshing, sessionable, and crushable. What more of you need? 312 is not trying to break the newest boundary but to be a consistent and reliable option wherever you are in the US.

Tastes of wheat, lemon, honey and grass. Has a slight haze to the body. Overall, the taste profile is balanced and keeps you coming back with just enough bitterness to balance things out. Again, this beer is not a world beater but it stands up to most macro options. Give me a 312 every day of the year over any Bud, Coors, or Miller

Nov 22, 2020
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Ducklow from Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Taste quite a bit like a lemon/honey cough drop. For many this brings back memories of cold/flu. Perhaps some people will feel this taste is refreshing though

Nov 12, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy, pale gold appearance with an average size head and little lacing. Subdued, wheaty, lemongrass aroma. Thin on the palate with a weak, wheatish, slightly fruity/citric taste. Light to medium bodied, decently carbonated mouthfeel with a short lived finish. Not a drainpour, but little to recommend.

Oct 27, 2020
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VashonGuy from Washington

3.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is a bubbly yellow, with a head that is minimal, and is gone in less than half a second. I mean gone, it just disappears. The smell is nearly not there at all. The taste is wheat and a little bit of citrus. The mouthfeel is better, with a good kick of carbonation. Overall, this is pretty much the definition of a mediocre beer.

Jun 25, 2020
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just1cho from California

3.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

*Poured into a Teku glass from a 12oz bottle*

This poured a pale straw yellow, was clear, and had a good looking finger thick head. It had a good retention to it and left a lacing around my cup when the head dissipated.

The aroma on this was pretty sweet on the nose from the malted wheat, but there was also a noticeable amount of DMS present in the aroma. There was a lot of aromas of sweet corn and steamed vegetables. This wasn't particularly unpleasant smelling, but I wished the notes of the wheat weren't so muddied by the DMS.

The taste follows the nose for the most part, presenting notes of the malted wheat, DMS, but this time also had a decent amount of presence of citrus notes from the hops. In the end of the palate, I was able to pick up on more of the bread/biscuit character from the malted wheat which also had a slight grapefruit bitterness at the end.

This was a very drinkable/"crushable" beer. With very low bitterness and ABV, it also had a light body and a medium carbonation which contributed to its overall drink-ability and crispness.

May 22, 2020
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VoxRationis from New York

3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a muffin top pint glass; best by 11 Sep 2020.
A: Pours a hazy, yellow color with a one to two finger, white head, rim retention and very limited lacing.
S: Aromas of cloves, unripened banana, coriander, and pepper.
T: More semisweet than semidry. Palate follows the nose, but wheat character element. Very light bitterness creates balance.
M: Light bodied with modest effervescence. A touch watery.
O: Drinkable and enjoyable. Not a standout, though. Would certainly do well on a hot beach day.

May 09, 2020
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mothman from Minnesota

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

I had this beer after the Chicago marathon in 2015. Like Immediately after crossing the finish line they gave me a plastic cup filled with this beer. I drank some of it, but couldn't drink the full thing.

Wheat, coriander, clove, light citrus. Very simple and normally drinkable, but not after running a sub 3 marathon. I had more of this later on that day and it was a bit more enjoyable. Light, smooth, crisp, simple.

May 08, 2020
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HardCider from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | 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.

Feb 09, 2020
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biiru_ojisan from Japan

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.

Dec 26, 2019
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jamesroses from Argentina

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.

Nov 22, 2019
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mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

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.

Nov 02, 2019
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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

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.

Sep 20, 2019
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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.

Sep 16, 2019
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monkist from Hungary

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.

Aug 24, 2019
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akaizer from Virginia

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.

Aug 15, 2019
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jdurey from Korea (South)

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.

Jul 21, 2019
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npolachek from New York

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.

Jun 19, 2019
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Urtravel from Pennsylvania

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

Jun 15, 2019
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