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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Reviews: 907 | Ratings: 4,471
Photo of daweidavid
4.54/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like this one because it doesn't have a very strong flavor, very light with a little bit lemony taste. The body is golden light and I think it goes well with any food.

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Photo of Sparty21
4.51/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Very good wheat beer. The beer has a lighter color with a strong wheaty taste. Overall, it is crisp and something that full flavored and will pair well with almost anything at any time of the day.

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Photo of Edith0703
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Really normal beer. Light wheat flavor with lemon aroma. It's a really good summer beer with fresh crispy texture and decent amount of bubbles. Really easy to drink.

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Photo of e_creed
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Gold, hazy
Smell: very mild, herbal, some citrus notes
Taste: also mild, does not linger long. Crisp, clean. Refreshing.
Feel: smooth, well balanced

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Photo of Squire123
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very surprising for someone who generally thinks of German or Belgian styles when it comes to wheat brews. 312 Urban presents with a light color not so hazy as the descriptions I've read. Some of the American wheat beers I've tried were a bit thin, or tart, or both. This is full flavored with body and richness more close to a Helles lager than the wheat beer I was expecting. Aroma doesn't give away much but ah, the flavor, rich is the word that comes to mind. Well balanced, not over hoppy, clean, crisp finish. A genuine pleasure to drink.

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Photo of jasadewi
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

American pale wheat ales are my favorite style of beer for their great taste and inter-style diversity. That being said, this beer is a great example of a middle-ground in that pale wheat ale diversity. It's not as hoppy as some (see the Lagunitas Lil Sumpin Sumpin) and not as sweet as others (see the Bell's Oberon). Great size fizzy white head above a yellow and hazy body. It smells mostly of wheat. Like I said, neither too sweet or too hoppy. It has a crisp finish. Mostly sweet though, in comparison to other beer styles. Lemon notes in the palate are present. It is a light, watery feel with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall, not a bad beer at all. Would recommend for people who want a middle of the road (between hops and sweetness) pale wheat ale.

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Photo of Eric_Booga_Boyles
4.64/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Great wheat ale. This was my first wheat ale and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the beer. I had it on the tap and really enjoyed it. This beer could pair with almost any food and hold up. This is a great beer to start you craft beer journey with! !

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.09/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Bert's
Slightly hazy light golden color with a smallish off white head. Spicy earthy lemony with some bits of sweet bready and grainy malt. Not horrible, but not something I'd likely grab again .

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Photo of lwcreasy
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Finger of white head. Gone in a minute. Beer is a pale gold, hazy, and has lively carbonation.

Has a moderate to mild aroma of spice and crackers. Slightly toasty, herbal, and vegetal. Little bit of corn. Small amount of citrus (lemon...?) from the hops (less pronounced than their spice and herbal quality), and a dull sweetness from the malt. Graininess- that umbrella wheat smell- is what comes to dominate.

Taste is bready, with very mild spice. That corny/broccoli taste is there, along with the overarching graininess. Bitterness is relatively sharp when combined with the sleepy wheat flavor, punches at the back of the mouth, and leaves a one-note aftertaste. The intensity of this beer's taste drops off fairly early with each sip. Crackery and vegetal remain in the background.

Feel is fine. Carbonation is there, and fairly zippy. Medium-light body. Moderate bitterness, dryness, and slight stickiness characterizes your mouth in-between sips. Nice, but not striking.

A perfectly fine beer to pound. Decent all around, but admittedly a bit lackluster when you're sipping it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Goose Island Beer Co. "312 Urban Wheat Ale"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON DATE: 29JAN2016"

The first time I saw 312 Wheat it was on tap at some place in Omaha, NE. It had a telephone as a tap handle, and it caught my eye. When I asked the bartender what it was he responded that it was "a local beer, a pale ale". Neither of his answers were correct, and perhaps the "pale ale" part is why Goose Island/Budweiser is discontinuing this beer now - he might have confused it with the 312 pale ale (although I think this was before that was even created).

It's not a bad beer though. It's got a pleasant, slightly sweet and yeasty nose to it. I get subtle clove, sugar, and chalk. The flavor is similar, but with more wheat in the malt, and more fruitiness (apple, banana, lemon rind). It's a little spicy with hops, and a touch grassy and herbal as well. It's moderately bitter, and very well balanced.

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Photo of Spike
2.13/5  rDev -37.7%
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 DJChaseTheBase
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is my favorite beer to scoop up a 12 pack if I'm planning to have a good night. Great wheat beer with great flavors and hops. It's a great beer to keep downing for a party kind of night.

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Photo of adamhdg
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Hazy gold
S: Notes of apples and bananas with a hint of vanilla
T: Yeast bread, mild citrus, a slight taste of hops in the finish
F: Smooth but quite carbonated
I: A delicious wheat beer that I will likely return to

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Photo of Smk54
3.94/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Hazy golden yellow with thick white head thadissipated to fine lacing quickly. Strong pleasant yeast notes. Clean citrus juicy flavor. I got strong citrus tart flavor but none of the bitterness that some other tasters noted.
I am a huge fan of wheat beers and this will be added to my list of go to beers!

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Photo of jw4free
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Weizen glass. Bottle date July 23, 2015. L: clear pale straw with plenty of carbonation. S: n/a. T: fruity yeasts. F: dry crispness. O: just ok. Might have been too old.

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Photo of davidperez
2.86/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Served in a nonic pint, it pours a transparent yet hazy yellow, with two fingers of frothy head that dissipates fast.
Smells of wheat maltiness. Flat, really.
Crisp and sweet from the malts. Wheat and caramely, a bit citric. Light body, very watery.
Refreshing, but nothing special.

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Photo of stevoj
2.96/5  rDev -13.5%
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 dukeandduke
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
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 -14.3%
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 -23.1%
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 -5.3%
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 -27.2%
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 Raime
3.24/5  rDev -5.3%
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 +17.3%
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 +14%
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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312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.42 out of 5 based on 4,471 ratings.
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