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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 | website

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 dukeandduke
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

1/20/16 District of Columbia (12 oz bottle multiple pours into small tall glass). Pale, yellow cloudy pour. Light dissipating head, mild carbonation. Mild wheat and orange aroma. Lemon, wheat and orange taste, mild hops. Very clean and smooth drinking, easy going down. Overall good beer.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
2.93/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Having this beer in a regular lager glass at a bar in New Mexico. Faint golden clear hue, not typical for wheat ale. Not much on the nose. Taste is slight lemon, slight wheat, not much hoppiness, too watery. However, I could see it being a quick drink thirst quencher when it's hot.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.63/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this from a bottle into a lager mug. Pours a pale yellow color with little to no foam head.
The smell is kind of weak in my opinion, but when I can smell it it has a citrus aroma to it, but I have to really dig my nose down into the glass to get it.
Initial taste is a moderate bitter IPA taste, but it fades away almost instantly like it wasn't there. no flavors or tastes linger in the mouth for very long.
Feels and almost tastes more like an American Adjunct Lager to me, but with a hoppy beginning.
Overall, it's not bad, easy to drink, goes down smooth. Could see myself drinking this again.

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Photo of predikit
3.24/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow. Head fizzled away almost immediately, left no lacing on the glass.

Smells slightly sweet, lemon notes, malt takes on an odd tone I'm assuming is the wheat base.

Taste is very middle of the road, sweet, minor lemon flavor, light, barely any toasted notes, no bitterness what so ever. Feels like beer to appeal to the masses.

Watery, light bodied, crisp, and drinkable.

Not a bad beer, but certainly not exceptional.

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Photo of ajilllau
2.49/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I see goose island products advertised EVERYWHERE, and I don't really understand the hype. This is a classic example of a million dollar ad campaign without regards to quality product. This beer was just okay. It was carbonated with no depth or heavy taste. I would not put this on at my bar.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.24/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Goose Island 312 Wheat.

Picked this up at the gas station I mentioned earlier purely as a palate washer. Goose Island makes some fine beers...if you can get ahold of them * wink wink * but otherwise they are solid without going too far into the realm of amazing. Fukkit, let's give it a shot.

Look - Poured from a pint can into a pilsener glass. Pours a deeply murky yellow with a large, very frothy and highly bubbly white head that once again received the spoony cleansing so that I may drink it sometime tonight and not in 2098. Carbontion is tough to read due to the murk though it appears to be moderate in nature. Head eventually dies down to a thick cao amongst the top of the swill.

Smell - Lots of wheat for sure. Frosted flakes and...well that's about the whole show in this department. None of that usuall lemon zestyness you may have come to expect, no orange peel either. Hmm...smells like an upped adjunct.

Taste - Pretty much follows the nose. I am really, REALLLYYYYY trying to pick up something else here. Mostly wheaty and corn flake like in nature. For Goose Island, I was hoping for more.

Feel - Body is actually fuller than you would expect give the past two categories. Carbonation is on about medium and even more wheat develops as you let the beer sit.

Overall - If Goose Island takes themselves seriously, this beer should be an embarassment to them. Yes, if this were an ADJUNCT and I were rating it for that, it would be exceptional for the style. BUT, It isn't in that category so it shall go a touch lower. Not a bad beer by any means, just nothing worth grabbing. Drink one and come to your own judgement is my only recommendation..Wait.. was this brew InBev'd? Tastes like it could have been.

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Photo of Jamie_Newman
4.01/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Color is a pale copper with a white head, lots of carbonation. Smells of mostly malts, almost no hops. The taste is not like other wheat beers I've had (not many). I feel like this one isn't as sweet and has a drier finish. I could drink this out in the Louisiana sun all day.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep golden with a very nice white foam head, medium retention. Smell is very mild, wheat and malt notes are there, almost no hops. Taste is very nice for the style, wheat malt is dominant, very low bitterness. Refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [3.75] Small 1/4 finger white cap of medium bubbles. The head is white and does not have much staying power. The beer is a hazy yellow/apricot color. The bottle lists the ABV (4.2%) and the born on date (07/04/15).

S: [3.50] The nose is not very powerful. I am getting just hints of bread and malt. Not much else.

T: [3.75] Slight lemon rind up front. Overall there is a citrus motif but not like IPA citrus. More of the rinds and less of the bitter sweetness. Midpalate there is some sweetness and caramel.

M: [3.75] Zippy carbonation on the tongue. No issues with the body. No lingering flavors on the finish.

O: [3.75] I really expected to dislike this beer. Other than the really weak nose I have nothing negative to say. It is a flavorful beer that I would like at a party or after mowing a lawn. It is really sessionable at 4.2%. I would drink this in the future.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed from the can in a pint glass. This wheat ale pours a lightly hazy pale yellow with a decent head of white foam that settles to a thick layer and ring with nice lacing. Nose of sweet wheat breads, a touch of citrus, and a touch of honey. Flavors follow the nose with honey touched wheat grains on all sides and a light dose of lemon zest mingling with some light herbal notes from the hops. Mouth feel is light and finishes somewhat watery. Personally like the pale ale version a lot more, but this is solid for a hot day of mowing the lawn.


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Photo of Roguer
3.22/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Decent enough appearance: cloudy golden-orange with a decent off-white head with good retention.

Aroma was flat and neutral; nothing really fired up the imagination or portended what was to come.

Flavor was quite a letdown; I can only really describe it as a "Macro Wheat" ale. It had an off sweetness to it that fits in line more with a macro lager than a craft wheat ale. Lacking in depth, complexity, and flavor.

Mouthfeel fared no better, as it was slightly slick and oily in a barely palatable fashion. I wouldn't say it was unpleasant to drink, but it wasn't anywhere near the drinkability I expect from a wheat brew.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up from the local liquor store.

Looks gorgeous, with a 1cm foam which quickly dissipates, The beer has a foggy look while remaining light and relatively transparent.

You definitely feel the wheat in this beer. My friend claimed that it was one of the most 'beery' wheat ales she'd tried. Which I would translate into meaning that it was a very bready beer, which is undoubtedly true. You also feel the taste of the yeast which is still lingering.

Carbonation is weak, yet lingers. Otherwise the feel is pretty typical to the style.

Overall a solid, yet uninteresting, beer.

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Photo of JiuJitsuJustin
2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was okay. By okay, I mean it was nothing special or nothing to be "wowed" at. It's certainly better than drinking something like Bud Light, but compared to a lot of the other beer that Goose Island brews, it's nothing special. Definitely not bad, but nothing to be raving about.

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Photo of Suttbagseazy
5/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I may be biased being from Chicago, but I love this beer. I think it is the most refreshing beer you can have on a summer day outside. I love the yellow label and logo with the skyline. Even the after taste is pleasant. 312 feels like home when I drink it now that I'm away from my city. Holds a special place in my heart.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A light yellowish golden color. Lemony tartness. Very bready. The wheat definitely comes thru. A little yeasty/funky. Light bodied. Crushable. Not the worst wheat beer I've had, certainly not the best. Nothing really pops on the taste buds. Taste better on draft to me.

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Photo of fishyakLA
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Boring. No real character. I paired this with spicy Chinese food, which worked out OK. It looks the part of an unfiltered wheat ale. But the good news ends there. I share the opinions of many others. Tasted a little watered down. I concur with the "It's OK, but I won't buy another" reviews.

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Photo of Zet
3.37/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Light golden yellow colour with a head of foam that quickly disappears. Nice fresh smell of cloves and flowers. The taste is a bit weak however. Mostly citric and pretty malty, with some fruity esters somewhere in the back. It is very refreshing though, probably due to its low abv.

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Photo of GrizzlyRogers
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A brew on tap at the local bar, sipped numerous and keep coming back for more. Golden look but clear with a thin head, smelt the wheat right off the bat, tasted bitter and somewhat hoppy but crisp and refreshing. I enjoy this beer anytime I get it.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
2.6/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Has a nice pale golden look along with a thick white head to go with it. It has a strong wheat smell. Has a little bit of a wheat taste to it, seems a little watered down.

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Photo of UKBeerman
2.7/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have had a few of these on draft as well as purchased a 6 pack of bottles. It does not taste or smell bad...and it does not taste or smell good. I would say there is very little aroma or flavor....period. it is not a Hefeweizen so it should not smell fruit like I suppose...but there is no hop. Aroma either. Not a BAD beer, just a little lifeless for my taste. Close to soda water...and I can get that from much less expensive brews

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Photo of Rstark112211
4.16/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Really good wheat beer. It looks and smells great. Tastes like a wheat beer should. I'm not sure what some of the bad reviewers were expecting. Balanced with great mouth feel and easy drinking. Nice summer beer.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It gets the job done and is a run of the mill wheat ale. Not blowing anyone away here though. Just think of a blue moon minus the orange.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy; medium gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: bread; citrus; grainy;

T: grainy; a little bread; a little yeasty at the finish; bitterness is barely perceptible;

M: light bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: easy to drink, but not very interesting;

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is bright orange, light amber, cloudy.
Head of poor, white
The aroma is very delicate, a little apricot, a little honey, slightly metallic, something like mineral water with lots of iron ions.
Taste, aroma as incredibly weak, although it can be traced apricot, honey, and as previously metallicity.
Gentian and how alcohol is not noticeable.
Saturation is a medium toward high. 312 Goose Island brewery although mute strong aroma or taste is incredibly refreshing beer, maybe even slightly watery, although in this case it is rather an asset. Perfect for heat

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Photo of BayernMunchen3113
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent wheat beer. Wanted to try it but probably wouldn't purchase again if I had the choice. However, this beats the crap out of Summer Shandy for a summer beer so if those are your two options pick this one up. Much cleaner and more refreshing.

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312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
78 out of 100 based on 890 ratings.
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