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: 4,681 |  Reviews: 951
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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Photo of frazbri
3.09/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat poured clear, straw yellow in color topped by a fluffy white head. The aroma contained lemon zest with a little floral note. Flavor started with a slight citrus flavor, followed by wheat tanginess and a mildly bitter finish. Body was light with fairly high carbonation.

312 is a great looking beer.

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Photo of fightingwords
2.93/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle in to a 16oz. American pint glass. A clearly marked drink by date which I was well before.

A--An unfiltered hazy flat golden color. The color was very attractive for a wheat, but it just didnt have the shine that I was expecting. Very little head that faded to a film, and the lacing was good on the pull but didnt hang around.

S--Really weak, what I could smell was sweet but not distinguishable. There was a faint grainy note.

T--Bland start to finish in my opinion. A pretty standard wheat flavor with nothing special. It just tasted limp. Just a light sugary sweetness to a bitter hop finish.

M--Very thin, hardly any carbonation but it was refreshing to my palate. Possibly the only saving grace for this beer in my book.

D--Quite drinkable, hot summer evening on the porch would suit a beer like this much better than a rainy cold March day. All tough I would be tempted to select another wheat from the cellar.

O--Ugh, What does "Urban" mean? I'll give it another shot, but I'm not impressed yet.

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Photo of hanco005
4.15/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since Spring is approaching, I thought I would pick up a 6 of this to review. I like most wheat beers and have a lot of respect for Goose Island, so here goes….

Best consumed by 071706 on the 12oz bottle, poured into a pilsner glass

A—pours a foggy pale yellow with 1 inch fizzy white head, slips away immediately and only the thin sheet of fizz remains, very little lacing

S—wheat is strong, of course, but also getting some vanilla and cake batter smells, a little medicine tone…this reminds me of vanilla Chapstick.

T—not like vanilla Chapstick. Strong wheat that fades quickly, very tasty, but not sure what the other flavors are…it’s so light and smooth and mellow and good.

M—smooth and mellow, light bodied and carbonated well.

D—Glad I tried this one. A solid wheat ale that will be great for the summer months. Another good selection for after yard work.

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Photo of jamesdergen
4.12/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a moderately cloudy pale straw color with a small fizzy white head that sticks around.

Smell: Very sweet malty wheat aromas with a mild hop background.

Taste: Huge sweet wheat flavors with a mild hop bite. Very smooth. Nothing outstanding, but very solid.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth and not overly carbonated.

Drinkability: Some wheat beers are a little too dense, but this one is almost perfectly balanced between flavor and drinkability.

I'm revisiting this one after not having one for probably a year or so. Goes great with Mexican food and would make a great session beer. Great balance of flavor and drinkability. If this is available in your area, I highly recommend it.

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Photo of shbobdb
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Leave it to Goose Island to produce a highly drinkable (and likable) version of a style that is pretty tough to work with. It basically tastes like a Krystal Weizen, minus the yeast esters. The inherent spiciness of the wheat is able to shine through, with no distractions, to create a pleasant, simple drinking experience.

I think many BA's will find this be a rather pedestrian brew, but, it does a fine job for what it is. A great session brew and a wonderful crossover brew. There is simply nothing NOT to like about this beer. That doesn't mean that there is anything to really like about this beer either . . . but it's a pleasant, simple drink.
Rock on man, rock on.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.04/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Faded whitish lemon yellow with a waffer thin cap of white foam slipping right off to a skinny collar. Some broken up, uneven sheets of lace stick across the glass closer to the liquid.

Aroma is of pale wheat dough, lightly fruit sided with a starchy banana-like cookie mixed with lemon bread poking through.

Taste is fine, wheaty, slippery, a little light in a couple areas, but never weak really. It ghostly stays to the back of the palate with a wheat stamp of lightly snappy texture and buzz while a soft, very light banana/lemon bread dough kinda floats in and out around the corners giving it just enough extra interest helping it from being completely boring or average.

Feel is smooth and malty with a pale wheat backed texture that fits well with what it's offering. The carbonation is medium and well rounded with a bold snappy front and middle. Finish is a little drab and empty but tends to soften out and build with a light drying wheaty, grassy, doughy malt coating the palate late.

A decent pale wheat brew that can be enjoyed by many a glass full.

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

Consumed at The Empty Bottle in Chicago...

This stuff is available everywhere in Chicago nowadays and, as a result, I have had dozens of opportunities to try this brew recently...

Serving Type: standard american tumbler

Appearance: pale, hazy yellow with a very thin head that seemed to disappear in under a minute's time

Smell: Very little noticeable smell..maybe some adjuncts?!?

Taste: like a true hefeweizen's baby brother, as one might imagine. wheat malts were clearly present, but the brew is weak on the whole, with no discernable alcohol or perceivable distinctive flavor

Mouthfeel: thin, and with less carbonation than one might expect

Drinkability: Beats a Macro any day, but I would generally choose to wait for a real german wheat beer if i knew that the opportunity to drink one would soon present itself

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Photo of dfuller
3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence - Pale yellow with the characteristic wheat cloudiness. Little head to speak of (perhaps I should have poured it harder).

Smell - Very light citrus, very grainy as well.

Taste - Fairly clean, and dry. Lemon tartness present throughout. Hop tinges keep this beer light and sweet, maybe a bit too sweet. A very slight aftertaste of hoppy citrus.

Mouthfeel - Light and less gritty than most unfiltered wheats.

Drinkability - Very drinkable due to the light body and clean taste. This would make a refreshing lawnmower beer in a hot summer.

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Photo of Vancer
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

“Serve in a tall glass” (picture of a wheat glass). Best by 4/22/06 – nice. But what is a “urban” wheat ale?

Hazy lemon yellow, fast dying small white head. Citrusy barley aroma. Sharp, dry and medium bodied quaff – tasty wheat brew – although a little on the hoppy side. These will make for nice drinkin’ starter brews before the championship football games today.

Need some cheddar cheese & crackers to go with them. Final self note: not worth the $8 for a sixer price.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.27/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass. Pours out a turgid, cloudy gold, with poor head retention. Unusually strong aroma of wheat malt, with some underlying leafy hoppiness. Strongly grainy wheat flavors abound, with citrusy hop flavor but medium-low bitterness, leaving a pleasant yet tangy sweetness. Lightly fruity, but there's no doubt it's not a German-style wheat. Tart but clean finish. Good cartbonation levels, medium-low to moderate body.

An excellent American wheat. Not complex, but a good, refreshing beer.

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

Appearance: Cloudy yellow with thick white foam that lingered the entire time.

Nose: Grassy/wheat. Earthy. Slight hops.

Taste: Mild spicy hops. Citrusy, especially on the finish. Hoppy finish. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body, though perhaps closer to moderate for a wheat ale.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable. Could be a session beer. Nothing complex, but nothing bad.

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Photo of ChiSox05
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed, worn yellow, random bubbles rise to fill in the empty spots of a thin, fizzy head that dissipated fast. Much sediment lowering itself to the bottom of White Sox pilsner glass. Clears itself somewhat after a minute.

Wheat that smells wet was first impression. An earthy aroma in there along with a thin line of spicy smelling hops. Aroma is way down in there, set on low, as much grainy as wheaty.
Taste is just as much hop spice as it is wheat. From start to finish they blend into a mild spiced wheat /w some citrus rind on the side. Taste bready afterwards, very end on the dryer side.
Moderate carbonation with a body between moderate and light. Consistently moves over the palate with latent carbonation, slightly coarse which complemented the finish.
Even for the style, 312 could use a little more kick. Yet, by the light of its balanced taste and the approachability of the next sip/bottle, it stands as an easy pour, a lock as an intro beer for a macro drinker. Very approachable in July.

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Photo of beerceller99
2.23/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap at the Clyborne brew pub. Pale, clear yellow color with a wispy, thin head. Watery mouthfeel. Has a weak grainy, slightly tart malt taste. Fizzy carbonation. Weak stale bread smell. A little better than your average macro is the best I can say here

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

What does "Urban" wheat ale mean?
This pour a nice yellow with a thick head, a very good looking beer.
The smell was soft and wheaty as advertised.
The taste is again wheaty with a hint of citrus, but is a little weak in my opinion.
The mouthfeel is fine and it hardly has an after taste at all.
All in all this is a easy beer to drink and isnt that bad, I could see me buying this again if I wanted a very light summer brew.

price: $1.00 12oz bottle

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

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Poured a straw yellow with a nice head that dissipated slowly.

Smell: The two smells that really come through are hops and wheat. There is also a slight aroma of bread.

Taste: The first thing that hits my tongue is hops and then wheat. Finishes with a slight hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Also hints of citrus and a slight bread flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth Mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Could be a session beer.

My first beer from the Goose Island Brewery. Look forward to trying their other selections.

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Photo of Quaffer
2.91/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer was a pale yellow that wasn't cloudy, but it was hazy due to a fine sediment that was suspended in the liquid. A white, two-finger head rose up with some effort and dissipated quickly. A few thin tendrils of lace were left behind on the side of the glass.

Smell: Very subdued aroma. At first, it only smelled like water with lemon. Luckily, it got a little better. Light hints of grains rose up with the lemon, along with some warm vanilla. That was it.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied but not watery. It had a nice feel to it. Smooth with some light carbonation forming in the throat.

Taste: The flavor was just as weak as the aroma. Vanilla and light lemon made up the bulk of the flavor, though bulk might incorrectly suggest that there was a lot of it. Some grainy wheat and grass showed up on the finish to keep this beer from being a complete waste of time.

There was nothing bad about this beer, it was just bland and boring. It was drinkable, but so is water.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Built for the hot and hazy days of summer, 312 Urban Wheat delivers high refreshment with mild zesty fruit taste, crisp and clean and just enough character to keep the most hardened beer enthusiast coming back for more.

Pouring with a mild, milky haze the bright yellow ale builds a fluffy cottony head that endures the session with medium lace and retention. The beer simply has an appetizing appearance.

Aromatic with the light must and tartness of wheat, an overall estery quality of green apples, lemon zest, and juicy oranges meets soft clove, white pepper, and lemongrass herbs for a refreshing and balanced scent. But when compared to traditional German wheat ales, this American wheat has muted aromas and tilt ever so slightly to the acidic side.

Flavor do much the same as the taste of wheat malt, protien, and starch give a semi-rich taste that's backed with the sweetness of Juicy Fruit bubblegum and yeasty dough. Lemony acidity, citrus, and sulfur gives a briskness to the flavor that ensures a snappy and clean finish. The light lactic-like quality of fermentation gives a platform to the tartness that informs the fruit esters and together, provides wholesome and togetherness.

Medium bodied, at least until the carbonation subsides at mid palate; but the finish is quick, clean, and pleasantly acidic. Allowing a mild linger of zesty fruit and dry wheat malt, the finish is backed by the mild warmth of mint and herbs.

Where I generally enjoy the fuller flavor of authentic Hefeweizens, I can see this crisper, cleaner, and more simplified palate finding way into my glass while enjoying a game at Wrigley Field.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.82/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Pours out a hazy yellow color with suspended particles and a white head. The aroma is tangy wheat, lemon, honey, and cereal grain. Grain flavor with lemons. Wheat flavor, but not at all hefe weizen like. Maybe it could use some more hop flavor, but it's fine the way it is. Medium mouthfeel. Great drinkability. This is a simple beer, but it is tasty and quaffable.

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Photo of hero27
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap @ Mulligan's in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

"312" is the area code of Goose Island's brewery, and I noticed the tap handle was a phone receiver..pretty cool.. everywhere else I've seen it, it's just been a yellow handle with 312 on it.

Hazy yellow color with a small, foamy head..actually leaves nice patterns of lacing on the pint glass. Citrusy aroma and lingering hops. Soft, dry mouthfeel with typical wheat qualities. The wheat character gives this a nice mouthfeel and, while having a fairly light body, it is a solid offering from Goose Island. Very easy to drink and a great fallback, as it's served on-tap at many places in my area.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.63/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pale yellow color, hazy, with lots of visible carbonation. Head is large after an aggresive pour.

Smell: Light lemony citrus, a mild maltiness, that is about it.

Taste: Light and malty, citursy, and slightly grassy, but the hop finish is good.

Mouthfeel: Fairly flat for a wheat ale, not very good, needs more carbonation.

Drinkability: I'd say skip it, there are many more better, crisper, and refreshing Pale Wheat Ales out there.

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Photo of karst
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the tap @ Clybourn St. Brewpub Goose Island Chicago

Pours an unfiltered bright straw yellow with 2-3 fingered head and strong beading.

Aroma of grain and floral hops similar to Bell's Oberon. Flavors are fruity ale yeast - lightly citrus maybe some melon flavors. Light spicing helps the finish stay clean. Pale barley malt (Beriss?) and torrified Am. wheat yeild a light medium body and thin mouthfeel helped by higher CO2 level.

I am finding this much more enjoyable that my first try. Still prefer Gumballhead's premium malt body and more extreme hopping.

I owed it to the brewers to give this a second review.

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Photo of cokes
3.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Smudged chartreuse topped with 2" of fresh-fallen snow, and given motion with the frantic, larged bubbles of tornadic carbonation.
Blandly scented of oatmeal, crusty breads, and summer sidewalks, and about 10,000 other American Wheats.
Begins with a curt saltine dryness, that evaporates into a sloggy doughiness of wheat. Then it rides out just straddling that line, too fucking complacent and lazy to move one way or another. Lighty crispy, lighty doughy. Fully bland. And entirely unmotivated.
For extra-crossover appeal, it's even given that scab-scratching meth-head franticness and general emaciation of body that is prominent in most macros.
This is certainly drinkable, and largely inoffensive, just so long as you shut your brain off prior to the first sip.

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312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 4,681 ratings