312 Urban Wheat | Goose Island Beer Co.

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
312 Urban Wheat312 Urban Wheat
4,657 Ratings
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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,657 |  Reviews: 946
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.

 772 characters

Photo of Winter
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow in color with a soapy white head that flattens to a thin surface covering. Wheat malt, spicy hops with a touch of baked pretzels on the nose. Sharp crispness upfront, followed by a rich smooth mouthfeel. Wheat malt flavor combine with a mild lemony bitterness. Some fruitiness midway. Taste turns spicy toward the finish. Overall, a very drinkable summer brew. Easily drinkable, yet at the same time, forgettable.

In some aspects, 312 Urban Wheat seems to have been created for the masses. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it seems to lack any real flavor characteristics. It reminds me a lot, although the style is different, to beers such as New Glarus Spotted Cow and Lakefront's Cattail Ale. The later being a more recent example of a beer catered to appeal to those who normally drink bland American lagers. Again, this doesn't take anything away from the beer, I just seem to get the sense that Goose Island was trying to create a summer entry or lawnmower beer for someone who typically would enjoy a BMC product. And if that's what turns a person like that on to better beer, than so be it. I'm sure that wasn't their intention when crafting this, but they may have hit that market in the process.

 1,249 characters

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So strange to see this beer "retired", as I'd just bought it, and never heard of it. Our local distributor doesn't like adding the number of beers they carry from a brewery like Goose Island, so I could only get it in the pub pack.

And, I've put away the pint glass I was going to use, as the box urged to employ correct glassware, and I always obey the box. Into a Weihenstephaner weiss glass you go!

Hazed, straw yellow look, big, booming head, commands the top of the glass, but assuredly simmers down.

Aroma: soft, spicy, citric. Banana and lemon on top, creamy underneath...nice.

Nice in the taste, too. Soft and mellow, fruit and light spices. Delightfully flavorful, and terrifically quenching. Very downable, light and easy, delicate in flavor, but tasty as heck.
Reminds me a bit of Oberon, without the funky yeast.
If that silly distributor would have let me pick this up in a 6-pack, I surely would have gone through plenty over the summer.

 968 characters

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

Sun-weathered maize with a summer blizzard of fine yeasties. The head, which resembles vanilla cotton candy, displays a remarkable amount of persistence given its apparent airiness. Unfortunately, a lack of tackiness means almost no lace makes its way to the glass.

It's hard for beer of this style to stand out, especially where the nose is concerned. The way to do it, as Three Floyds has proven, is to add a significant amount of distinctive hops (that is, ones I like) to the brew kettle. In Gumballhead's case that means Amarillo and in 312's case that means Cascade. This beer is much less enthusiastically hopped. Still though, the clean, bright grapefruitiness of the Cascade is noticeable over the malted barley and the wheat.

On the palate it's a different story. The citrusy hoppiness is now more prominent and puts 312 up there with the small handful of truly good APWAs that I've tasted. It's still recognizable as a wheat beer, and is exquisitely balanced, but the zing of lemon and grapefruit peel gives it that something extra that allows the word bland to be discarded without a second thought. Sometimes I think 'American wheat' and 'bland' are synonyms.

The amount of flavor, while never monstrous, doesn't decline precipitously on the finish, but lingers for a while. Nor does the quality of the flavor degrade on the finish or as the beer warms. 312 Urban Wheat is light and airy in the mouth, suiting its purposes as a quenching summer beer exceptionally well.

In case anyone is interested, 312 refers to the telephone area code for the Goose Island brewery. It seems to me the folks at GI have achieved what they set out to achieve with this beer. That is, to give an often lackluster style a kick in the ass with Cascade hops and to give the lawnmower beer category a quality newcomer. Mission accomplished on both counts.

 1,858 characters

Photo of Xadoor
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours the usual yellow colour of a wheat which almost matches the label. Only a slight haziness in the glass. Definitly a strong wheat flavour and aroma with a slight lemony finish. Fairly thin mouthfeel and relatively low carbonation. A decent wheat but rather bland. Refreshing on a hot day, perhaps as the first beer after coming in from the heat before moving on.

 367 characters

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

Straw yellow with a slight haziness and a rocky, bright white head. Lemon citrus and wheat dominate the aroma and flavour, along with a bit of hop character. Subdued bitterness with some malty sweetness as well. Short, balanced finish with some dryness. Creamy texture with moderate carbonation and a lightish body. Nice flavour, light and drinkable. Great for the heat of summer. Thanks Viggo.

 394 characters

Photo of karengarys
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours the typical hazy light amberish-strawish color of summer brews. A little head appeared, and dissipated into a foamy island with a ring around it. The foam ring hardly sticks to the glass at all.

Smell is light - lemony, but faint.

Taste is a bit bland with a snap of lemon. A bit watery.

Mouthfeel is typical macro fizzy beer with slightly more retention - not a microbrew mouthfeel..

Finish is clean, but not too characteristic either. There is a bit of wetness on the back of the throat as it completes. No bad aftertaste.

This is worth experiencing if it is available, but I would not go out of my way for it, nor would I pay a premium price for it.

 678 characters

Photo of Dithyramb
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a mix summer 12 pack. Best by 083105 clearly ink-jet labeled.
Pours a cloudy lemon yellow. Big fluffy egg shell head that has some medium retention, but nice lacing.
Lemon and citrus on the nose
Dry lemon wheat bread flavor, a bit light but very refreshing

 273 characters

Photo of livin4jc
4.31/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Archer Liquors, Chicago, Illinois
Rich golden color. Very impressed on the color. It is transparent but cloudy. You can tell clearly that it is unfiltered. The beer is quite carbonated and you can see a lot of bubbles even after letting it sit.
The 312 Urban Wheat has a distinct aroma. While it is not strong and overpowering, it is quite rich in wheat flavors with some citrus smells.
It is very tasteful and I feel has a rich wheat taste with a hint of citrus - almost like a hint of lemon....mmmm good. It is more pronounced than other wheat beers I've had such as Boulevard and Bell's Oberon.
Smooth, and clear. The carbination perks my taste buds up and feels like it is leaving my mouth clean and refreshed!
Very refreshing. A good wheat beer and not overpowering. With the carbination, which I feel it has just the right amount, it almost goes down like a light beer (easy and refreshing) but has the richness of a medium bodied beer.

 1,019 characters

Photo of Bierguy5
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden/straw color. Slightly hazy. Thick white foamr head shrinks quickly, but a decent rocky head remains for a fair period of time. Slight citrusy nose, other pale smells like that of a lager, or adjunct. Slightly tart and acidic, grainy finish. Not much hop bitterness or flavor here. Light body, good amount of carbonation. Refreshing, but not very exciting. More hop character might do this some good.

 411 characters

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

Pours a hazy yellow/amber, a pretty interesting colour. Big white head that goes away relatively quickly, little bit of lace. Has a malty smell with some lemon and maybe orange peel, not bad. Has a fruity taste up front with some hops and a little bitterness. Kind of a lemony zest there too without being sour. Very pleasant beer, low carbonation and very refreshing in the summer, good for sessioning.

 403 characters

Photo of Dogbrick
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Darkover for the trade. Apparently wheat doesn’t grow too well in urban areas. Hazy yellow-gold color with a thin white head and scant lacing. The aroma is faintly wheaty with a touch of malt. Light-bodied with a slick mouthfeel. Tastes like a cross between a Wheat and an Adjunct Lager. Mild wheat, hops and corn are the prevalent flavors. The finish is crisp and lightly hoppy and fruity. Not bad really, it just doesn’t need to be this bland.

 457 characters

Photo of Ricochet
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

App: Little cloudy, but less so that other wheats, avg carb bubbles and filtered clean A little less than average for a wheat.
Smell: Didn't really make an opinion of this from the smell. Only a faint fruity smell and a little on the sweet side.
Mouth: A little better than average. Creamier than most. With this and smell/app , I would compare this to a cream ale more than a wheat.
Taste: Disappointing. I don't know if the other wheat beers I've had are a different style of wheat , but this was bland. It had a slight fruit flavor, and it wasn't raw like lagers, but otherwise, I didn't find anything that would make me get this again.
Drinkability: I drank it with no problem and it wasn't intolerable, so average, but there are other/better wheats out there.

 772 characters

Photo of bditty187
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Insipid clear gold-yellow in hue until I swirled the yeast into the glass, the liquid become cloudy and this improved the appearance of the liquid greatly. The head is white in color; at its highest point the foam was a tad over a finger in height. Head retention was solid; it faded to a fizzy cap of respectable size in a few moments. Lacing was spotty but widespread enough to be notable. Overall, this beer looks featureless in regards to color but above-average head retention and lacing leave a favorable impression.

Simplicity speaking the nose is both hoppy and wheaty. Specifically speaking the bouquet is citrusy with lemon bread/cake, yeasty (raw), with a modest jelly-like fruitiness on lightly toasted bread. The nose is not complex but it is not boring like many American Wheat beers (for example, Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat). Reserved potency, at best. I really respect the nose; it is inviting but it is still nothing extraordinary.

The palate is blessed with firm bitterness, this stops it from being too soft and mushy, this seems to happen with yeasty American Wheats. There is moderate tartness in the middle. Citrusy hops. Lemon bread. Wheaty. This is a classy, friendly American Wheat. Uncomplicated but this is a damn good beer for a hot summer day. Obviously that was GI’s objective… mission accomplished (and I don’t think I’m speaking too soon).

Medium/medium-light in body, the carbonation is moderate and fitting for the flavor profile. I find the mouthfeel to be a tickle too thin but it is workable. I feel this beer is best to fly solo but if needed, I could drink this with pancakes at brunch.

Tasty. Simple. Drinkable. I like this beer, I wouldn’t seek it out but the three (and then six) bottles I acquired, as part of the Summer Sampler(s), will find a good home, first in the DBF and then my belly. Purchased in Omaha. Decent. Need not avoid.

 1,896 characters

Photo of maxpower
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, hazy yellow color, with a huge white frothy and sticky head that stays around for awhile. This has citrus and wheat aromas, light wheaty, and some lemon flavor, medium in body, nice soft and creamy mouthfeel, has a nice clean and refreshing finish, a bit on the bland side.

 281 characters

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American size weizen glass)

A- This beer pours a slight hazy golden yellow with a thin head of big bubbles and a strong carbonation.

S- light pale malt aroma with a faint yeasty bread smell.

T- nice spicy hop flavor almost pine flavor with a mild wheat flavor to follow. No clove or banana or spice flavors at all. Pretty clean flavor with an almost sweet honey malt note. It has some of the carbonic acid notes from strong cabonation.

M- Medium mouthfeel with no astringency or alcohol.

D-This is an average beer. None of the flavors really tell you its a wheat beer but they hops and grain are balanced flavors. It’s nice for someone who wants to switch from American adjunct lagers but I'm rather bored after drinking it. I had it on cask a few years ago and really liked it but in the bottle it’s dead.

 841 characters

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

On tap at The Empty Bottle. I saw the cool phone tap handle and saw that it was a wheat, so, why not. Poured a very light yellow body with a small head. Smell of floral hops, some wheat acidity and that's about it. Taste was light, almost sparse. Some tartness, more floral hops than anything else, slight fruit.
Not impressed with you at all, watery beer.

 358 characters

Photo of Tballz420
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a somewhat hazy lighter gold/straw color, small white head at the crown. Light wheat brew smell, not much going on (i got a cold, take the grain of salt). Light malt front, fairly sweet. Light floral hop presence. Wheaty characteristics, not as intense as a hefe, quite refreshing and quaffable. While i would prefer a hefe to this, this is one of those beers that you could drink by the pool by the case. Excellent refreshing summer brew.

 452 characters

Photo of Brent
2.66/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is the first bottled Goose Island to let me down. Poured a beautiful hazy gold. Initial flavor is a lemony, citric tartness. Nothing of much consequence follows up on the citric front, sort of a case of waiting for the other shoe to drop, and it never does. Finish is a neutral astringency. Yeast appears to contribute nothing much but cloudyness. Normally, I'd assign a tart, reserved wheat such as this to the "good on a hot summer day" category, but this falls short of delivering that sort of refreshment. Just too shallow in the flavor profile to make me want another.

 578 characters

Photo of merlin48
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from the brewery's summer sampler box. Served into a tall weizen glass, the body is a hazed, lemonade yellow with a one finger white head that retains well and leaves good patchy lace. Aroma is subdued, with citrusy lemon, grainy wheat, and a hint of noble hops. Mouthfeel is light medium bodied with spritzy carbonation. Taste is lemon zest, grainy wheat, mild coriander and white pepper spices, and some restrained grassy and herbal hopping. Clean and crisp. This is a laid back, easy going, beer that is user friendly. Excellent drinkability.

 558 characters

Photo of granger10
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this at Charlie's Ale House in Munster, Indiana for $2.50/pint. Nice deal and a good starter imo. This beer has a golden glow to it with a nice fluffy white head that holds well. Lacing is moderate. A few bubbles show themselves in the transparent bronze body. Aroma is a bit weak to me as most wheats have a weak aroma but I notice a clean pale malt flavor and some bready notes, but not much. Flavor is just a nice clean wheat backed by a solid hop bitterness to even out the sweetness. Yeast flavor is a bit on the low side but it provides a drying effect. Good lively body really helps this beer in drinkability and the finish is nice and crisp. Nothing spectacular but definitely a nice drinker and a beer that one could have quite a few of no prob.

 760 characters

Photo of Star80
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap last night at Jet on Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. Served in a tall 312 glass and had a cloudy gold appearance, looked like a German HefeWeizen. Smell was fruity, with banana esters. Quite nice. Tasted vanilla, banana, and some American hop bitterness. Don't recall much clove or spiciness but overall very quaffable. Mouthfeel was about right; sorta thin like most Goose Island brews. I will definitely be drinking more!

 433 characters

Photo of Engibeer
4.18/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Chicago skyline appears on the label and the name of the beer really make this American wheat feel like a regional offering. I like it.

The appearance was appropriate for the style, bright golden yellow color, with a solid white head and just a hint of cloudiness from the yeast. I swirled the last bit and dumped the sediment into the glass to get the full effect. It left a nice lace on the weizen glass.

The aroma was very pleasant, but the taste is where this beer shines. Bold lemon flavors abound. No trace of banana esters to me. Just a faint hint of hops.

This beer is very tasty and extremely drinkable. I will definitely pick up more of this during the summer.

 683 characters

Photo of clvand0
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to orbitalr0x for bringing this one down to me. Pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is very subdued for an American Wheat. Slight hops, slight spices, but very subdued. The flavor doesn't have as much of the US hops as I expected it to, which I like. It still has a slight hoppiness which differentiates it from the standard wheat beers. This is one of the better examples of this style that I've had, actually.

 505 characters

Photo of kmpitz2
4.27/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to orbitalr0x for bringing this to me. It pours a slightly hazy straw color with a 2 finger head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is nice, with a slight citrusy lemon and sweet honey hiding behind the minimally harsh wheat and moderately aggressive noble hop. I like it. The flavor is full on the spicey noble hop, followed by a slight lemoney burst, finishing true to its roots as an American wheat, with a wheaty graineyness. The feel is moderate to thick, with a full carbnation. Outside of the Gumballhead, this is one of the best American wheat beers I have had. Very good show.

 595 characters

312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 4,657 ratings