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312 Urban Wheat | Goose Island Beer Co.

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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
Ranking:
#43,076
Reviews:
930
Ratings:
4,579
pDev:
15.04%
Bros Score:
3.45
 
 
Wants:
92
Gots:
1,249
Trade:
0
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Photo of Winston3737
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SortaAmbivalent
2.82/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of RyanPoff
3.27/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a six pack of this for a discounted $6.99. Poured into a 24 oz snifter.

A: Pours a hazy gold with light white head. About what you'd expect. Very good.

S: Lemongrass, hay, grains and malts. Not bad, but subdued.

T: Hints of lemon, wheat flavor up front and a malty backdrop. Okay, but there are much better examples of this in the region, like Upland and Bells.

M: Fuller than you'd expect - almost creamy. A little heavier than I'd like.

This is average in every sense of the word.

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

Photo of mickmanhattan
3.31/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hunteraw
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of crob3888
2/5  rDev -41%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Well, it looks something like a beer. The color of urine. Huge bubbles, chunky sediment. Just not that appetizing.
Smell: What smell? There's a slight breadiness that comes across.
Taste: Most wheat ales I've had are tasty. There's hops, there's fruit flavors, there's wheat and bread and maybe even clove. There's complexity. This beer has none of those qualities. It's bland, with only slight breadiness and no discernible fruit or floral qualities that I'd normally look for. A huge disappointment. Poor example of the style.
Feel: It's supposed to be creamy, but it comes off as only partially creamy. At least the bubbles feel nice, but I could get that from many other beers.
Overall: If I was blind-tasting this, I'd be able to guess it's an AB product. It's probably mind-blowing for people used to drinking Bud Light, but I'll be honest, I almost would rather drink a Bud Light because it's easier to swallow. I had to drain pour this, and I hate drain pouring beers.

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Photo of bmeGT
2/5  rDev -41%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Meh. Just another low abv bland wheat

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Photo of Hop_God
3.07/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ALC82
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of GregoriousMaximus34
3.34/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Clarahope
3.16/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of matt2307
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Damian74
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of david_b
3.44/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pnelting
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of maxson924
2.84/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of MeganandDana
3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EdmundBlackadder
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jmdavisson
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NateF90
2.89/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of derekgw123
2.82/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of TheBrewo
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was served on tap at Proprietor’s Lounge in Farmington, Connecticut. It arrived in a Goose Island silkscreened nonic, showing a dusty pale orange coloring. It held a one finger head of wet, khaki foam which left dripping islands of lacing around the glass. A light haze permeated clarity, and thick flakes of sediment were found throughout. Carbonation appeared to be active. The aroma gave notes of watery pale graininess, penicillin chemical bite, marble dust, white flour, corny adjuncts, aluminum, white sugar, mild plastic phenols, soured lemon rind, lightly smoked wheatiness, burlap, and toasty light amber grain. The flavor included mildly zesty ale yeastiness, sour citric rind and juice, thick wheat, silky oats, plastic phenols, fresh linens, under ripe green strawberries, filthy glass, Elmer’s glue, cornmeal, dry cement mix, chlorine water, gold, dried honeycomb, heavily adjuncty malts, and toasty pale graininess. The body was lightly medium, and carbonation was higher than average, with large bubbles to prickle across the anterior tongue. Each sip gave okay slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop, with the mouth left intensely powdered, tannic, and dried. The abv was easy, and the beer drank back like most of your light American beers.

Overall, and to be honest, this is their “lowest common denominator” offering. This is not meant to be a jab, but rather just to explain how this is clearly their beer to sway craft fringers, in recognition of the fact that many, many beer drinkers still reach for BMC. The thing drinks light enough like one, and the flavor profile is crisp and equally as comparable. You get just a little more sweetness, and a bit more of that savory metallic quality from the wheat. Actually, as the beer warms, you get this curious zesty lemon flavoring that is part yeast and part citric inclusion. Otherwise, you shouldn’t expect much else different from your typical American adjunct lager, despite the differently labeled style on the side of the bottle.

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312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 4,579 ratings
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