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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
Ranking:
#42,444
Reviews:
927
Ratings:
4,568
pDev:
15.04%
Bros Score:
3.45
 
 
Wants:
90
Gots:
1,246
Trade:
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HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 4,568 |  Reviews: 927
Reviews by fallopia:
Photo of fallopia
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer from the bottle into a pint glass and the cloudy straw yellow color was immediately pleasing.

The aroma was somewhat yeasty, but had a crispness to it that made the beer ready to drink

The beer was maybe a little cold and the initial flavors seemed mixed and nothing stood out. Unfortunately, even as the beer warmed the taste seemed fairly plain for what I was expecting/hoping for

The beer was light and seemed refreshing especially for a warm day

Overall, I gave the drinkability a 3.5 but would've appreciated a stronger flavor profile. It came recommended and I would drink it again, but would be more likely to try something new.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of KF_MSU
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light, wheat smell with hints of lemon. Smooth taste with grapefruit flavors.

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Photo of Pingi523
3.91/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of my standards that I keep around. Just a good beer that doesn't disappoint. Pretty smooth with a nice aroma.

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Photo of MFMB
3.72/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this beer for Sunday lunch. On tap bar Louis in Denver. I enjoyed it. Refreshing and easy drinking.

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Photo of crob3888
2/5  rDev -41%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Well, it looks something like a beer. The color of urine. Huge bubbles, chunky sediment. Just not that appetizing.
Smell: What smell? There's a slight breadiness that comes across.
Taste: Most wheat ales I've had are tasty. There's hops, there's fruit flavors, there's wheat and bread and maybe even clove. There's complexity. This beer has none of those qualities. It's bland, with only slight breadiness and no discernible fruit or floral qualities that I'd normally look for. A huge disappointment. Poor example of the style.
Feel: It's supposed to be creamy, but it comes off as only partially creamy. At least the bubbles feel nice, but I could get that from many other beers.
Overall: If I was blind-tasting this, I'd be able to guess it's an AB product. It's probably mind-blowing for people used to drinking Bud Light, but I'll be honest, I almost would rather drink a Bud Light because it's easier to swallow. I had to drain pour this, and I hate drain pouring beers.

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Photo of founddrama
2.41/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Grassy aroma. And the flavor is dominated by "grassy" as well. Crisp finish. Almost no hop profile. Very light-bodied.

It'd be fair to compare it to a Kölsch except that a Kölsch is refreshing. And the grassy flavors here just make this… meh.

Also: hella foamy.

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Photo of Antc2382
3.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This wheat ale is not particularly memorable or remarkable in any way. It's actually the weakest of all of Goose Islands products that I have tried so far. Not to say it's bad, but their beers are usually very good. Ok, whatever beer here

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Photo of austen_d
4.39/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, tart, and crisp. Refreshing wheat ale.

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Photo of Buck89
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
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 Robalypse
4.02/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm a bit surprised at some of the earlier reviews for this beer. I don't know if it has been revised at some point but a lot of the descriptions don't seem to match the batch I'm drinking.

The appearance for starters, is a deep copper color. On the pour there's a full but fleeting head for this style. The smell is pleasant with strong notes of hops and citrus fruit.

The taste is excellent. Light as you would expect from a wheat beer, with greater depth from the malt, hops, and citrus. It comes just to the line of crossing over into being too "hoppy". I'm definitely a fan of this brewery now, having tried a few of their other offerings and this beer in particular. I know a beer is good when I'm surprised out how quickly I'm emptying a glass.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly dark straw color. Interesting aroma, a blend of earthy tones and some malt. Taste is wheaty, spicy and some elements of mineral water. An easy drinking light and crisp feel. Not a bad brew but a tad on the bland side.

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Photo of IronLover
3.56/5  rDev +5%
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 redliner8
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty summer beer, really refreshing

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Photo of Stevedore
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap on 312 Day. Served in a Goose Island nonic pint glass 3/12/2015.

A- Clear light yellow-slight orange body, one finger white head, a bit of white lacing. Average retention.

S- Wheat, a bit of citrus and not much else. Nothing super impressive, but it does smell of crisp mild lemon.

F- Wheat, mild lemon, a bit of citrus, sweet pale malt, not particularly bitter. Very easy to drink, not superbly flavourful but it would do in a pinch on a warm spring/summer evening.

M- Thinner-medium bodied, refreshing and crisp, nice carbonation and pep to it. Again, easy to drink.

O- Solid beer, not as flavourful as say, Gumball Head; for what it is, its a solid beer with a nice mouthfeel and decent flavour to it. And it's cheap to boot.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy straw color with a small white head. Smells like wheat malt with hints of lemon, but the scent is very faint. Very mild malt taste with some lemon flavor. Has a typical wheat beer mouth feel. Overall I feel like this beer left a bit to be desired in the taste department. I feel like a lemon wedge would have benefited this beer a great deal.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
2.81/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Pale color, pale flavor. Really, very easy to drink but not anything to call home about

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Photo of Way2Fresh_Slim
4.14/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

nice taste...light, with lemon notes...slightly creamy as well!

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Photo of chefhatt
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

kinda grassy, but smooth
good beer to drink while doing yard work
Had at smokey bones

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Photo of BigJace21
3.74/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tastes like a classy Budweiser.

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Photo of RyanPoff
3.27/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a six pack of this for a discounted $6.99. Poured into a 24 oz snifter.

A: Pours a hazy gold with light white head. About what you'd expect. Very good.

S: Lemongrass, hay, grains and malts. Not bad, but subdued.

T: Hints of lemon, wheat flavor up front and a malty backdrop. Okay, but there are much better examples of this in the region, like Upland and Bells.

M: Fuller than you'd expect - almost creamy. A little heavier than I'd like.

This is average in every sense of the word.

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Photo of bmeGT
2/5  rDev -41%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Meh. Just another low abv bland wheat

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Photo of AllisonH
2.57/5  rDev -24.2%
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 stevoj
2.96/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Initial appearance brought to mind a hefeweizen, but without the body and traditional weizen notes. Comes off as dry and chalky, with some residual bitterness. Hazy golden in appearance, with short-lived, creamy head. Musty, earthy aroma of hay and wheat. Dryness takes away form its thirst quenching ability. Don’t consume with food....

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Photo of Spike
2.13/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Murky. Dark yellow. No head to speak of. Light carbonation visible. This does not look like a wheat beer. First wheat beer I've poured that doesn't have a thick, soapy head.

Sweet malts. Bready.

Malt. A little citrus. Metallic aftertaste. Too sweet.

Thin to medium body. Saved a little by the carbonation up front but pretty watery after that.

This is a terrible beer. I understand an American Pale Wheat Beer is going to be a different style to a German Hefeweizen but I had no idea this would be so bland. Woeful. Maybe the 'urban' nature of this beer accounts for the appalling metallic aftertaste ...shudder... A wheat beer for people who don't like the taste of wheat beer.

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Photo of Trombone69
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Easy Drinking, light and pleasant enough, just not a lot of flavor. I think I could pound these all night, no problem. I would never choose this over a Hoegarden or an Allagash wheat, but it's one of the better options at the ball park.

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312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 4,568 ratings
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