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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Photo of BenJames1984
4.84/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Let me just say I really appreciate this beer. I am not necessarily a wheat lover, per say, but Goose Island did a great job with this one.
I don't believe that they were attempting to emulate a "hefe" or any other style of wheat beer. This one was created with individuality.
The best part of this beer is the drinkability, hands down. It has a very distinct sweetness, sort of like honey. In addition to its flavor traits, the wheat is bold; this is a great beer for such a low ABV.
Although I respect other peoples' opinions and reviews, I'm surprised this one did not get better ratings.

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Photo of sgoodship
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

A: Light hazy straw. Plenty of active carbonation some sticking to the glass and some rising in pillars. Nice frothy white two finger head. A little lacing - small spots. Good head retention.

S: Wheat of course. Quite fresh like cut straw. A hint of lemon. Very subtle nose in general.

T: Nice and clean as you would expect but I felt like the wheat taste was lacking. It should be light to drink on a warm summer day but at times it was watery. For me, the finish and aftertaste were the most lacking. The hop is very subtle and it is missing that nice thirst quenching wheat ending that brings you back for more. There is a touch of lemon and maybe a hint of coriander or some sweet spice but all in all, it's too weak.

M: Light body which is made to feel lighter because of the watery taste. Plenty of active carbonation as expected.

D: I like a Wheat beer once in a while but this would not be a go-to.

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Photo of pumarocks
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I dont see what the big deal is with this beer. I picked up a bomber at my local Kroger thinking this was going be a game changer. I was wrong. It is refreshing, dont get me wrong. It is very clear, akin to a bud or miller. The wheat profile is weak and unpronounced. No hops to speak of. I could drink a number of these on a hot summer day I think. So what is all the fuss about? Maybe this is the "gateway" beer my high school teachers were warning me about..

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Photo of nasty15108
3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A - Poured a slightly cloudy straw color. The pour produced a thin head of white foam that quickly subsided into a thin bubly film.

S - Nothing over powering. Slightly fruity and floral with definite hints of citrus.

T - Slightly malty with a slight fruitiness. Finishes off crisp and dry.

MF&D - Light and refreshing. Not too big in the taste department, but I could see this one as a decent summer session brew.

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Photo of BigJim5021
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours pale straw with a white head that disappears pretty quickly. More lacing than your usual wheat ale. It's also less cloudy than I tend to like my wheat beers.

The smell is on the weak side. Mild near-hefe aroma, but not a whole lot there.

The flavor has a little more punch than the smell, but not by a longshot. It's definitely got a lemony aspect to it. A little touch of hop bitterness too. Nothing great, though.

Mouthfeel is too thin and definitely too fizzy as far as a wheat beer is concerned.

Easily my least favorite GI beer, 312 is so middle-of-the-road that it makes me a little sad. It's just sorta there, which could lead to downing multiples with no problem. Doesn't mean that I want to, though.

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Photo of MillySox
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great summer beer named for the are code in and around downtown Chicago. Definately geared for a broader audience, and done very well.

Light and easy drinking with maintaining a true wheat character.

Pours very light and clear, especially for an ale. And not as cloudy as most wheats. Excellent wheat taste with a hint of lemony sourness.

Makes winter a little harder to take. I'll definately be putting back more of these come July.

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Photo of spurr
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is an easy to drink ale, but there's nothing really to write home about. Be careful not to drink this right out of the refrigerator, as it is really surprisingly bad when cold with a terrible mouthfeel. Once it has warmed is it worth drinking.

Still, I'm impressed that Goose Island has so many beers to I find very drinkable, and they are able to do it in large quantities.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.23/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I bought this beer a couple of months back while traveling in the upper midwest. According to the date, this bottle iis out of date, but it tastes fresh to me.

Pretty golden wheat straw colored brew. Slight head. Tiny bit of sediment but mostly clear. Pleasant sweetish aroma.

The flavor is nice. Crisp. I can pick up some lemony citrus notes (unexpected as I'm drinking it sans lemon wedge). Fairly sweet with some spices and more hops than I would expect from this style.

Very drinkable. Would make an excellent session beer.

Normally I don't like wheat beers that are this light in color, but this one is ok. It almost leans in the direction of a Belgian White beer, but not quite. Definitely sweeter than that.

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Photo of Ohiovania
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at the brew pub in Chicago. A well crafted wheat ale that has a great citrus essence with a good wheat body. Someone else said it's a great beer to have around in the summer and I couldn't agree more.

It's a very refreshing beer that looks as good as it tastes.

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Photo of dakid618
4.23/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a 312 pilsner glass I picked up on my last trip to the brewery. Pours a cloudy but bright gold color with a half finger of head. Light lacing on the glass. Smells very lemony and citrusy. Taste is also very citrusy, lemon and orange under a wheat body. Very light mouthfeel, very refreshing. Very drinkable, my favorite summer beer. Hard for a beer to be more drinkable than this one IMO.

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Photo of LordFinley
4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Bright Cloudy Gold (Unfiltered) with a quickly dissipating head.

Smell: Typical wheat ale aroma with a citris hint.

Taste: Bright/Crisp citrus taste with a sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A Little thick due to its unfiltered texture. Bubbly but not too carbonated.

Drinkability: An Easy drinking beer. This is the beer I will usually buy a 6 pack of and drink it before I hit the cheap stuff during a long night ;) I'm a wheat ale feind and this one is my favorites.

(If you like this beer, try Magic Hat's Circus Boy)

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.46/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Pale and unfiltered with a soapy head. Lace.

S. Smells of wheat. Slight citric hops in the background.

T. A nice complex beer here featuring malt, wheat and hops. The malt has a slight roasted edge and is pretty light. The wheat adds a bit of graininess and some sweetness. The spicy hops add a hint of lemon and round off this excellent beer.

M. Medium bording on full bodied. Fairly smooth, semi dry finish with a lingering citrus ntoe.

D. This is an solid, flavorful beer with a lot of body given the style. This is the standard by which all american pale wheats should respect.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 6/22/08. On tap at the Ginger Man. Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a small white head. This was served with a lemon, which obscured the aroma somewhat, I just got some light fruits and faint spices. Flavor predominantly of wheat, light fruits, flour, pizza dough. I found this quite tasty. Perhaps this must be had super super fresh to be enjoyable. Contrary to what the ratings of this beer suggest, I really liked this wheat ale.
6/4/7/4/14 (3.5/5)

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Photo of Tone
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with short head (1/5 inch) and poor retention. Only very slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, wheat, and a bit similar to light lager. Fits the style pretty well. Tastes of sweet wheat malts and is very smooth. Relatively sweet and easy to drink. A hint of fruit (lemon probably). Overall, a little weaker body than I would have liked, but very smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of NoahSYGG
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was another great beer from goose island. The color was a light copper color with a little haze. the aroma was nice and yeasty but with a hop backbone. The flavor was hoppy with a great taste of yeast. I could put back a bakers dozen of these on a hot summer day. great effort.

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Photo of colts9016
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour: Cloudy pale yellow with a thin white head.
Nose: wheat orange lemon malt grass
Taste: Slightly hoppy hints of wheat and lemon.
Finish: Hoppy on the front a bit coarse through the end.
Overall: it is an okay beer Goose Island has made better beer than this. It has a nice flavor that is thin and unrefined.

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Photo of makdeco
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have had this beer both on tap at Goose and at home bottled. Always have had pour into a tall glass.

A good example of the style. A little carbonated, light in color very drinkable. Citrus notes slightly with a little head that fades quickly.

Nice summer beer for outside gatherings, as most wheat ales are..

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Photo of inhoc00
4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

312 - the ultimate session.
Drink this stuff all the time in Chi town, why not review.

A- Slightly cloudy pale yellow.

S- Not much there, didn't really expect it to be.

T- Very well balanced, tasty wheat. Alot of people dog wheats and while there is not much there, it is indeed refreshing. Minimal, but present hops. Bit of of pears, bread, very smooth.

M- Bubbly but not over carbonation.

D- What can I say. Not only is this a crazy drinkable beer but it is also a crazy drinkable wheat ale. Not all wheats are the same. Some are very bad. 312 is a simple delicious drink.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Fiddler's Hearth in South Bend, served in a weizen glass

Appears a cloudy, golden straw color with a fluffy, two finger bone white head. Good retention and lacing.

A floral bouquet of hops with bready, earthy, malts that do a nice job to balance out the hops. Clean, no off aromas.

Floral hops and pale malts in good balance. Solid citrus undertones, but definitely not the primary flavor. Good balance of sweet and bitter.

Medium-light bodied with adequate carbonation. Not as creamy and polished as I would like. However, I give it bonus points for how clean and fresh it is.

This guy is pretty damn drinkable. A great session beer.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of those wheat beers that just tastes like a generic wheat beer to me. Right up the lines of what I'm looking for, but still (and in keeping with the style), a little bland. Appearance and head were a little weak, but otherwise, it's just as you'd expect - lots of wheat, a hint of yeast, and a good amount of citrus flavors as well. A highly sweet beer, with a slightly thin body. Overall, not bad, but not particularly memorable either.

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Photo of rye726
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a cloudy golden color with a nice beige head. The nose has a good amount of wheat malts, citrus fruits and some unique herbs. The taste is also strong of the interesting herb and hop profile and well balanced by sweet yet tart citrus and wheat. Crisp body goes down easy. A tasty wheat.

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.12/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one out of a bottle at Flattop Grill on Southport? I think.

Hard to say much about the appearance... typical brown 12 oz. bottle. Definite hints of citrus in the aroma, very wheaty. A taste typical of the style, VERY easy to drink.

I wish I had tried this one on tap at the Goose Island brewpub as well to compare, but there was just too much other beer to choose from.

Overall I'd say it's a solid but not spectacular example of a wheat ale.

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Photo of Rhynes2
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer in Chicago while visiting Lollapalooza last summer. In my opinion, it had a little bit of a metallic taste. Other than that it was enjoyable. I also tasted a few fruity notes as well. (the good kind, i liked that.) The first time I had Goose Island and not my last.

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Photo of katan
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated 7/15/2008

A - Pours a bright golden color. Lots of bubbling and haze. THe film is quick and pronounced, which dissipates to a light film.

S - Mostly a yeast dominated nose - perhaps some wheat malt flavor background. Overall, muted.

T - The same yeast from the smell is the dominating flavor for about 75% of this beer. It starts off light and easy, mid-finish is more of the same, and does finish with a small amount of a combination of malt and wheat astringency.

M - No lack of body on this beer, which is unusual for a wheat beer. Overall, the carbonation is the most noticeable characteristic of the mouthfeel.

D - Very easy to drink - the generally subdued flavor with the low abv and light profile of the stomach feel make this an easy drinking beer.

Solid GI offering. Their mass produced offerings continue to not overly impress, but never underdeliver.

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Photo of SchlaflyFan
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my favorite wheat ale. A pleasant citrus smell is the first thing you notice when opening it. It pours a nice golden color with acceptable head but that quickly dissipates. The taste is citrus and hops with a perfect clean finish with no after taste. Quite nice during hot months of the year. This beer is perfect for a summer BBQ. Any fan of mass market beers should give this a shot as it could be the bridge to craft beers with its good but not heavy taste.

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312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.42 out of 5 based on 4,482 ratings.
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