312 Urban Wheat | Goose Island Beer Co.

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78
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4,537 Ratings
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312 Urban Wheat312 Urban Wheat
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
Ratings:
4,537
Reviews:
923
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
14.91%
 
 
Wants:
89
Gots:
1,223
For Trade:
0
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Photo of ThomasB4
4.29/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chriswjr
3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rizzy17
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of AlexFreudenberg
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brewnme
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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 gregu2
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RBorsato
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 Stignacious
3.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 pajfuwen
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hackattack
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For the cost involved here, this was a big let down. It is better than a lot of okays out there..but that's not saying much for my money.

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Photo of moundbz
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MooseBoose
3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dms844
3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Botulizard
3.04/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of dar482
2.84/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Macamah
1.79/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

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 SaxmanRick
2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 rsuarez1982
2.87/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.42 out of 5 based on 4,537 ratings.
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