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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Ratings: 4,703 |  Reviews: 953
Photo of mynie
2.86/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wooo, finally found my notes for this one. Drank at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago at the end of July 2005. It was cool of GI to sponsor the fest, and even cooler to charge such reasonable prices.

Pours decent. I asked for a head, and they gave it to me, but it went away real quick like. Dark gold besides with no haze, no floaty bits.

Smells like very like wheat grain. That's it. Almost nothing there.

Tastes the same as it smells. Very, very light wheat. No spice, no complexity. Just a blank canvas.

I've had non-beer friends recommend this to me. To them, it's a flavorful change of pace. To me, it's pretty crappy. Still, it's a good hot day slammin' brew with a thick body that makes it go down smooth as silk.

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Photo of box299
1.3/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I have to say that I have been a long lover of the Goose Island beers but this summer I think they have "Jumped the Shark".

312 is mass produced junk that the beer distributors are now forcing on all the Chicago Street Fests... In some places it is the only beer made available... I would actually prefer a Bud to this stuff...

After reading the other review I wonder if there is a possibility that the bad taste really comes from the Giant beer truck used to pump keg after keg this summer...

The taste is sour and stale and it leaves a nasty aftertaste. I am pretty much of the belief that If I have beer and a brat I should be able to taste both of them... Not if the beer is 312...

It is safe to say that this beer doesn't really compare to either a German style or a Belgian style wheat... The color is pale cloudy yellow as you would expect. It's really the taste and the after taste that just make this a very poor choice for Goose Island to major marketing push.

So if you are going to a Chicago Street fest.... sneak something in a baby stroller

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Photo of semihobo
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Case from CostCo for $20, fresh dated through December.

Big frothy head, settles fast to a nice cap of bubbles. Straw yellow. Neat bottle.

Wheat and lemongrass on the smell ... maybe that's just lemon and grass. Some straw, a little tang and sour from the lemon scent. Slight breadiness from the malt.

Very wheaty on the taste, slight hops, lots of lemon. Not sweet, more like the grains of paradise spicy side ala Sam's Summer Ale. Simple but tasty.

Big mouthfeel at first with big carbonation but settles midway through the gulp into a refreshing thinness that goes down easy, neat.

Low ABV is nice for the style, not simple in a boring way just in a pleasant and "I get it, it's good" way. Normally pricey but under a buck a bottle I can drink these all day on a sunny afternoon.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a Goose Island sampler 12-pack down in Hampshire, IL while visiting some family.

Pour:light golden yellow, slight haze under a finger of snow white head that melts quickly

Nose: lemon-pepper, sour malted wheat, vanilla cream and biscuit.

Taste: very understated - sour wheat, grassy, lemon-lime mineral water finish.

Feel: harshly crisp carbonation with a medium slick body.

Drinkability/Overall: A fairly standard APWA. Sour wheat and lemon...been there. Inoffensive yet entirely unremarkable.

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from a July 21, 2006 visit to Lonie Walker's Underground Wonder Bar, the Gold Coast, Chicago, 60611.

In the glass it was a slightly hazed pale golden color with a creamy white frothy head. Lace was impressively thick and sticky.

Smell was light citrus and sharp wheat.

Taste was lemony citrus, mild spice and a sharp sourness from the wheat and grains.

Creamy, crisp mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Light to medium body. Refreshing.

Not my favorite of the style, but it does have a certain drinkability.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a weizen glass. The beer is a slightly hazy, bright golden. A nice inch and a half head sits on the beer. Head takes a long time to dissapate to a solid cover on the liquid. Good lacing as the beer is consumed.

Smell: I get little bready or yeasty aromas, no wheatiness (is that a word?) either. What this does have is a decent lemony citrousy aroma. I'm glad this is calling itself an "Urban Wheat" rather than a Hefeweizen as some wheat beers do. This way I will not have to downgrade this beer due to a lack of Hefe aromas and flavors.

Taste: Minimal malty or wheaty flavors. It is pretty light in flavor, but with a nice citrousy zing to it, some tartness as well. I can't really explain it, it's almost like a fruity light beer.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light, well carbonated. Nearing fizzy. Citrousy dryness on the finish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, highly consumable beer. With its crisp refreshing qualities and low alcohol content this is a good summer beer. Just don't expect anything to wow you with this one though.

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

Light straw color, a litle hazy. I'm no good at aromas, and this was no different. The flavor was very mild wheat.
Light and refreshing, not complex at all, very simple. Nothing special, frankly. I was hoping for more, but I was disappointed in the basic, almost macro-brew nature of the beer.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty standard sour wheat aroma. Slightly fruity, but nothing special.
Bright white one inch farily dense head. Cloudy gold yellow. Steady and persistent with lacing.
Flavor matches aroma with a straightforward wheat flavor start to finish. A bit sour and an ever increasing bitterness middle to finish leands a drying quality and medium length.
Very fine prickly carbonation. Not that smooth or fluffy, especially in the beginning. Smooths out some in time.
Nothing wrong here, just nothing over whelmingly attractive either. Good standard Am. style wheat to beat the heat.

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Photo of maddamish
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smell: Orange peel, Orange peeled. :)

Ap: Cloudy Gold. Minimal head when poured but the lacing was thick and consistent.

Taste: Orange, Slight watermelon note in the background.

Notes: perfect summer beer. Pairs well with fruit salad, pasta prima vera or a light marinara sauce.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap whilst in Chicago ... presents itself as a mirky yellow color with a super huge white head. Nose is of citrus and floral notes. Slight spiciness as well. Palate is lively, somewhat dry and only a subtle wheat taste upfront. The citrus and floral notes play well in the mouth. Where's the wheat though? Mouthfeel is on the light side. Decnt carbonation, but tends to flatten quickly as it warms. This does wake up the wheat in this beer, however. Okay for an American Wheat beer. Readily available and user-friendly.

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Photo of strattor
2.33/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served to me in a pint glass with a tall, frothy white head and golden yellow hazy body.

Very light aroma is slightly sweet and tart.

The flavor is much the same. Slightly sweet wheat flavor with a tart finish. The flavor is so light, though, that I could just as well mistake this for a macro like Bud Lite.

Mouthfeel is a little dull, but not terrible.

Drinking more than one of these would be a waste of time and energy. Don't bother with this one.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler. The appearance was light and hazy yellow with a wispy head. The aroma was really faint wheat, nothing stood out very strong. Same with the flavor really, a little taste of wheat base and a tought of hops bitterness. Not bad but kind of bland.

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Photo of KarlHungus
1.93/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This brew pours a clear pale yellowish-orange color. The head is large enough, but fades rather quickly. The aroma is of bubble gum with a mild wheat tanginess if you look really hard for it. The taste is even more faint than the aroma, with nothing really to speak of. The mouthfeel is probably the thinnest of any wheat beer I have ever had. Overall, like so many other American wheat beers, is a drain pour.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

There's another heat wave coming so I figured I'd pick up some of the ubiquitous 312 Urban Wheat. This is a great "no-shakes" hot weather beer. There's little here to right home about good or bad; unless lacking complexity and flavor is bad (sarcasm intended.)

312 is a beer that pours with a medium amount of carbonation. The bread-like aroma of wheat is fairly obvious, while the flavor of this slightly hazy, yelllow ale is inoffensively like a liquid low salt whean thin. A very slight tart finish adds just a little bit of compexity. Overall, this is a very drinkable beer and definitely fits into the category of "lawnmower" beer in that respect.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, $1.39, Steve's - University, best by 9/16/06

312 represent, well I was a 708/847 guy myself, but i have love for the 312

First enjoyed this one on draft at the Pitchfork Intonation Music Festival in Jackson Park last summer, and it was a nice thirst quencher in the 95 degree summer heat

appearance: pours into a tall hefe glass a very pale golden yellow, almost *gasp* urine-esque, 1/2" white cap with adequate lacing, cloudy and bubbly...however, the chicago skyline counts for .5 style points in my book

smell: lemon zest punches me in the nose, some light grassy aromas underneath, a little soapy, not very attractive

taste: I love goose island (undoubtedly some chicago bias mixed in with the love) but this beer is pretty marginal...light and grassy, lemon flavour not as pungent as the nose, a little watered down, some other light citrus...quite clearly trying to hit that cross-over market (wisco people, read: island wheat, spotted cow)

mouthfeel: watery, thin

drinkability: i will admit, its quite quaffable, and i seem to recall knocking back 4 dollar glasses all day long in the summer sun, so at least it has a purpose

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy straw with the yeast pour. Fizzy three finger head shows poor retention but good lacing. Powdery yeast and wheat nose, pretty clean. First sip is sweet flaked wheat malt, and a spicy clove flavor in the aftertaste along with a healthy yeast bite. Low carbonation in a thin body results in a very quaffable mouthfeel, but the drinkability suffers due to mild astringent charcter that comes on in the finish.

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Photo of rabsten
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the Goose Island Summer sample pack, poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Cloudy yellow with no head at all. No lacing, either.

Smells slightly citrusy; mild, mild malt backing.

Tastes like a typical wheat beer. Nothing special. Hints of vanilla and citrus.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are its strengths. Feels light on the palate with a mild finish. Thirst-slaking quality is high.

Again, I admit my bias: It's not a style I really like all that much. It's a pretty good representative of its type, though. If you like Wheats, it's worth trying; If you don't, go for another of Goose Island's fine products. I really liked the Kolsch, the IPA was very good, and the Honker's Ale spectacular. :)

EDIT 07-20-10

Much better head, good lacing. Lemony notes throughout. Clean finishing. A bit thin. S'okay, but not what Pres should'a sent the EPM.

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

I poured this into a standard weiss glass. The color is a very pale gold. It has a small head with decent retention. The aroma subtly yeasty with mild phenolics, somewhat clovey, but relatively unremarkable. The flavor has a subtle yeast cloviness, but the wheat malt comes through more. It has a subtle hop finish, somewhat astringent. The body is light and has low carbonation.

Not bad, but the beer is pretty mild and lacks anything mentionable. It's unoffending, but not spectacular. Might be used as a 'gateway' beer for someone used to typical mass-produced/mass-marketed "American beer".

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Photo of Bighuge
2.47/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Cloudy sun yellow body with particulates suspended in the media. Aroma is very tangy and citrusy and lemony. This beer is lifeless. And I thought the Island Wheat from Capital I just had was bland. Carbonation is slightly prickly. Body is barely medium. And the flavor in indescribable. Not a lot to talk about. A little of that lemon and citrus tang. Not a lot else. Watery. A disappointment.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.13/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$1.50/single at Jacks. 4.2% ABV, 15 IBU, 4 SRM, unfiltered. Hopped with Cascade and brewed with torrified wheat.

Pours out to a beautifully milky bright yellow, forming a creamy bone white head with very good retention and adequate lacing. A very good looking beer. The aroma has the crispness of a pale american style wheat mixed with a slight weizen character of burnt rubber. When swirled, the delicate floral hops pop out with that trademark Cascade character. The mouthfeel is spritzy and zippy with a light-medium body. The taste begins with some doughy yeast, followed by bready wheat and Cascade in the middle, and some cereal finish complementing the mild bitterness. The finish is clean but still somewhat doughy. Plenty of hop flavor in the aftertaste. No bananas or cloves, but this is still pretty good as far as American Wheats go. This reminds me of Bell's Wheat 4 mixed 30:70 with New Belgium Sunshine Wheat.

I liked this one. It's not a great beer, but it's enjoyable as far as american wheats go. Goose Island are consistently very good and this doesn't disappoint, even though the style generally does. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of murphysbleachers
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a Widmer Bros. weiss glass...

Appearance: Creamy white head on a cloudy yellow beer.

Smell: Sweet malt with a hint of lemon.

Taste: Slight grapefruit citrus and malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy. Refreshes the palate and not much else.

Drinkability: Not a lot to this, but I think that's the point. Its just supposed to be very refreshing and easy to drink. I plan to revisit it when the weather turns hot.

(review found in old notes...not sure what date reviewed, but sometime this last winter)

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Photo of ultralarry2006
2.61/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was poured from a 12 oz. bottle. It left a head of about an inch that quickly dissipated. Cloudy, pale yellow straw color with tight columns of fat bubbles streaming to the top.

Smell - a small hint of bready malt, barely hint of citrus. Aroma is faint overall.

Taste - like nose suggests, barely there malt and even less so of hops. Not a big taste, not even really a small taste. Just a slight taste.

Mouthfeel - light, slightly chewy, a good deal of carbonation, smooth, clean finish.

Drinkablity - This goes down easy. Is very light, so would be good in warm weather for those with less bold tastes, - but not so much for me.

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Photo of erkaneva
2.77/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The first thing that hit me was the nose. Something smelled off but the taste was good. As in this style the mouth feel is important. Effervescent should be important but this brew was a little flat on the tongue. Dryness or a bit too much bittering hops may be the result. Chalky feel due to the dry tongue.
I am sure this would taste great on draugh but in the bottle is lacking.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a hazy straw yellow coloration. There was a one finger head with no retention. There was a constant bubbling carbonation in tight streams.

Smell: The beer has a very heavy malted wheat smell. There is a nice amount of citrus grapefruit supporting the beer.

Taste: The beer has an intial taste of malty wheat. The cascade hops come in and deliver a brief burst of citrus. The beer has a nice yeasty twang.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This is a light bodied beer. The carbonation gives the beer a big lift in the mouthfeel. A very nice well balanced beer. This beer is highly quaffable and very sessionable.

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Photo of skizziks
3.06/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a nonic. Pours a hazy straw-gold with a disappointing head. White, coarse, maybe an inch high, immediately dies to a few patches on the surface.

Smells like a wheat, but just barely. Faint aroma with banana, butterscotch, maybe just a little phenolic. Hard to really pick out much of anything.

Hits the tongue with fizz, sweet, a little banana, and some grain. Goose Island says they use Cascade hops, but it seems too herbal. There is a little citric sharpness of the cascade, but it seems like something else is in there too. Finish is dry, with some lingering grain.

Medium bodied, but pretty fizzy so it drinks lighter than it feels. Easy to put back, refreshing, but not particularly satisfying or interesting.

I am a big fan of Goose Island. I can always count on them to give me something that is better than most of the competition for a great price and they are always dead on the style. The 312 may be in a relatively broad category, but it neither pins it down or pushes the boundaries. It just sort of sits there limply. They, and you, can do better.

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312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 4,703 ratings