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 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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Photo of gpogo
3.37/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Hazy pale straw color with yeasty particles floating. Bright white medium sized head. I wish the head stuck around a bit longer, as it looked amazing when it was still present.

A- Slight hoppy aroma. Smells similar to other citrus wheat beers.

T- Enjoyable taste, seems to be on the sweet side. Pretty standard citrusy american wheat flavor. Though there is noticeably more hop flavor in this. Not much of an aftertaste.

M- Medium body with mdoerate-high carbonation.

D- Quite enjoyable. The increased hoppiness in an american wheat is interesting.

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Photo of botham
4.09/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap ooured into a weizen glass at the clybourn brewpub. pours a golden straw color with a light haze and two fingers of white, fluffy head that leaves moderate lacings and has good retention.

aroma is of light floral hops with a touch of bready malt that acts as a base. very fresh and curiously concentrated in the nose. a big improvement from the bottled version.

taste is of light floral hops up front, along with pale malts that balance the hops out. a faint note of citrus is present as well. nicely composed on the palate.

mouthfeel is light bodied with a light effervescent quality and a mildly crisp finish.

drinkability is good. this is a solid pale wheat ale, with a wonderfully fresh profile and a good composition. a huge improvement from the bottled version. there is no staleness or over-sweetening going on here, which tends to plague the lighter styles. a good starter brew at the brewpub. cheers!

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my tasting pilsner style glass. There is a BOD of 4/9/08.

A: A lot of carbonation can be seen in this clear golden color beer. The head is lively and almost pure white. Quick to fade lacing for the head, but a fairly thick film is left behind.

S: This has a dominant wheat scent with an underlined lemon citrus smell. Some malts can be detected, but no hops.

T: Has a bready/yeasty flavor to it. Slight hints of the lemon from the scent. Very clean.

M: Smooth, light bodied ale. The carbonation is detectable, but not as apparent in the feel as one would expect from the looks.

D: Since this beer isn't as bitter as most pale ales and has a very even taste with a smooth feel. Would be a very good hot afternoon beer to relax and have a few.

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Photo of dbtoe
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
Look cloudy yellow body with a very nice white head.

Smell fairly mild some spice and lemon.

Taste wheat spice and lemon all flavors are pretty mild and blend well.

Feel medium bodied with good carbonation very clean finish.

Drink goes down very easy. A very drinkable lighter beer.

Comment a fairly easy drinking beer with some mild flavors. Nothing I'd seek out myself, but I'm not a big wheat fan either.

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

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow with a thick 2-finger head that lasts quite a while, dissipating to a complete top layer that leaves decent lacing.

S: Metallic, wheat malt, pale malt, some yeastiness.

T: I am glad the metallic smell I immediately picked up did not show up in the flavor profile, maybe a tinge at the end. Nothing spectacular, but this is a smooth drinking, well balanced, mildl but flavorful beer.

M: Smooth, goes down easy. Carbonation prickles the ting, a little high. Light body, somewhat watery.

D: High. This would be great for an afternoon in the summer heat or out on a boat.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy light gold in color. About a half inch of head on the pour, but it's quickly gone. Smell is spicy, but off slightly. Taste is hoppy, but rather BMC'ish. Highly carbonated in the mouthfeel. Refreshing, but not good enough to warrant another purchase.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up out in Illinois during my travels over the summer. The few offerings that I've had from Goose Island were enjoyable, so I figured that this would be as well. While this wasn't a disappointment, there's something that's missing from this beer. Maybe it's just a bit too light for the summer!

The hue was great after I poured it out, but that was about it for the notable qualities. The head wasn't that frothy and disappeared quickly, while the lacing is practially nonexistent as well. The taste is bitter in the sense that straw, citrus, and grass dominate here. If ya like your beer to be a cross between a pils, a light saison and a pale wheat ale, this is for you. It's crisp, tart, and light...with a pretty clean finish to boot. While this is great for a warm day, it seems like something with this range of flavors and cloudiness to it should have a bit more. However, this is light and goes down just like a light beer would. Whether this is good or bad depends on what your preference is!

Thankfully, there's a very low ABV% in this and I haven't even noticed any as I've downed my pint of this. It leaves a very light, grassy aftertaste in my mouth with the lemon and grapefruit notes to back that up. It's not a bad choice for the summer but I wish that this went one step further. Something heavier like orange or banana would have balanced this out nicely but no matter, I'm glad I gave it a try.

Go Cubs!

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Photo of adamette
2.62/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Olde Harbor Inn at Portage Lakes, Ohio.

A Straw colored clear yellow body with minimal and quickly dissapearing head. Not impressed.

S Some hops, thin smell with maybe some hops. Smells like a Bud.

T Hoppy, moderate, better than Bud but really tastes much like it.

M Very light (but not the lightest). It really has a mouthfeel like the water which is a high percentage of it.

D Excellent, as I believe is the point. I did not give it full marks because I really do not believe that I would order a second one. I do believe that it is very "drinkable," just not by me.

Notes: A fair alternative to mass market beers but I will not likely order this again. It is just too forgettable to be ordered again. It tastes too much like mass market beers to justify the price of a craft beer.

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Photo of tedsox31
4.12/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The appearance is a light golden color, with a thin head of foam. As I drink the beer, it leaves a light lace down the side of the glass.

The smell to me is full of citrus. I also detect a faint aroma of floral hops.

Taste is very nice. It has a nice citrus flavor, the same as the smell, and as I swallow I notice the hops. There is no lingering taste to my palate after I have finished a sip. It makes me want more.

Mouthfeel is also good. It is light, it goes down smoothly, and there is nothing bad to note about it.

This is a very drinkable beer. I have had many sessions with this beer, and will have many more in the future. It stands well on its own or with a variety of foods.

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Photo of mwa423
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sweet wheat aroma, color is a hazy wheat color (imagine...in a wheat beer!) The flavor is only average, but it goes down exceptionally smooth. The smooth palate is really the only thing that stands out about this. This is pretty much an average wheat beer, there's nothing that would make me buy this over any other wheat beer I have tasted.

I would drink it but not buy it again, I could easily kill a six pack of it because of the smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of wheat and lemon, along with light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with a bready wheat flavor as you would expect and then some lemony citrus sweetness comes in. The malt character is very thin and there's not much of a hops presence. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, very mild kick, decent representation of style, this is definitely one of your typical lawnmower/BBQ beers because it's light, kind of refreshing and very easy to pound down. However, it's not the first lawnmower/BBQ beer I would choose.

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Photo of kinger
2.81/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not much doing with this beer, no bad aspects but nothing spectacular either. Aroma is a mellow wheat with an ever so slight citrus scent. Nice appearance, hazy golden yellow with a good white head, very crisp. Mouthfeel is full and clean. Flavor is basically standard for an American Wheat. It is enjoyable but I really wanted more out of this beer.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from number1bum, thanks Josh.

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Bottled On Date: 06/24/08 - 2312

Pours a hazy corn color with a two finger white head that dies down to absolutely nothing. Some stickiness here and there on the sides, but what is there doesn't last long. Smell consists of wheat, sugar, and corn. Some kettle corn popcorn and a touch of lemon citrus in the nose as well. I could use more hops in the aroma, please? Taste begins pretty pale and bland. Grains and some zesty lemon with a faint wheat backbone. The flavor seems to be pretty watered down overall with a very empty aftertaste. Fluffy and soft feel with a light body. Steady carbonation which makes this fairly refreshing. Once again, if this is an ale I could use more hops. I guess I enjoy Hop Sun and Gumballhead too much to really get into 312. With Hop Sun all over the place in CNY, this will be a one and done for me. Thanks for the opportunity Josh.

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Photo of giblet
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this was a pretty good wheat ale. poured decent with about an inch of head. nice carbonation. pale straw color. some citrus and nice thirst quenching flava. Goose makes some damn fine beers and i recomend this one too. good wheat beer. good lace down the glass.

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.26/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy yellow/ gold color, with a white head. In the aroma, a light dry wheatiness. In the taste, clean, small wheat presence. Quite watery and bland. A smooth, light mouthfeel, and a small dry citrus in the aftertaste. Mostly bland and watery, felt like a watered down wheat.

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Photo of cooncat
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving from a 12 oz. bottle from G.I.'s summertime variety pack. Decanted into my Sam Adams BL glass. Reviewed 8-2-08

On the pour you get a light lemony yellow colored brew, with a light turbity, which is expected for this style. The thin and foamy white head is not long lived, but I did have edges of head all the way to the bottom of the glass. Sadly, no lacing, which is not typical of the style.

The nose is very light. There's a lemony citrus element, but no real huge malt/wheat note. For the style, it's right on, but perhaps a bit on the light side.

Taste is a well balanced mix of lemony and citrus hops, with a breath of malt and wheat. As with the nose, it's light, but that's according to style. Mouthfeel isn't exactly thin, but a cut above. The adequate carbonation leaves a pleasant feel on the tongue, and it certainly is refreshing. Drinkability rates high, as this is one very refreshing brew. With the low ABV, its excellent for a Summertime session.

In conclusion, Goose Island hit the nail on the head for the style, and this is a good, very drinkable brew. Highly recommended for those hot Summer days, right after you've mowed the lawn.

Na Zdravje!

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Photo of Zadok
3.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-A light golden yellow with a slight cloudiness. Head had disappeared by the time I wrote this.

S-Decent smell of cloves and citrus.

T-Clove spices and a mild breadiness, not a whole lot going on.

M-Smooth mouth feel, medium body with a medium carbonation.

D-Obviously if you give me one I would drink it buy I doubt I would buy again. Once again can easily be used as a session beer due to its ease of consumption.

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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Joseph's Beverage Center in Toledo, OH.

A: The ale is pale, a straw color with just a touch of haze throughout. Not much to speak of head-wise.

S: Aroma-wise, the ale is light, slightly tart with a citrusy lemon edge.

T: Wow. The first sip really caught me off guard with its solid flavor. The grains are the star of the show. The wheat is light, mildly tart, and supported by pale barley. A lemon-pepper zest appears midway through to freshen up the flavor.

M: Great lawnmower beer, malt and wheat and not a lot of booze. The lightness is a real treat.

D: I could sip on these all day long or pound them long into the night. A very approachable session ale.

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Photo of cnally
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Whoa, very little floating particles for a wheat! How appetizing! Nice straw yellow color clouded a little bit. I am not impressed with the smell, as it reminds me of a wet morning in a cornfield. Acidic flavor, compounded by strong wheat flavor. Has a note of apple. The texture is light yet full, begging you to take another sip. I wouldn't like much more than a few more sips. There are more complex and appealing wheats out there.

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Photo of number1bum
3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed, pale straw yellow color, with about two fingers of fluffy white head. Keeps a thin but full lace.

Smell is fresh cut grass, lemon zest, some pale malt sweetness, and a bit of yeast and grain. Hops are definitely apparent which is a plus.

Taste is very light and crisp, with some husk and grain flavors, bit of citrus zest, a touch of sweetness and some grassy hops. A very modest hop bitterness is apparent through the finish along with some grain. It's entirely decent and has some good flavor, which is a positive for such a light, "lawnmower" sort of beer.

Mouthfeel is very light, a little thin, with a crisp carbonation.

Not a bad little summer session beer. I could easily knock back a bunch of these on a hot day. Good thirst quencher.

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Photo of nrbw23
2.48/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a slightly hazy pale straw color with a little white head that quickly goes away.

S- Very light smell almost nothing really going on here. I could pick up some wheat/grainy smells, yeast and a tiny bit of citrus (maybe lemons).

T- Once again almost nothing going here as well. Tastes like a tiny bit of lemons and a lot of water.

M- Light in body and very bland.

D- I guess if you are really thirsty you could drink alot of these. I'll pass on this one.

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Photo of MOShepp
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with a small frothy head that held longer than I thought it would with some lacing.

Aromas of wheat, lemon and a touch of apricot.

Tastes of lemon and mild spices with faint hops.

A crisp and refreshing beer, lacks on flavor but has a nice tingly carbonation on the tongue. Average outdoor summer brew and easy to drink.

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

A nice summertime brew....I prefer this to their "summertime" personally but both have their place.

This is what I like to call a "quenching" wheat ale. it is crisp and has a nice spicy wheaty base but brings in some nice lemony hop notes as well....Firm carbonation...

This has a a nice juicy/spicy flavor profile and a low abv...fits perfectly as a summer beer...

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Photo of KBomb
3.69/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

312 is a bright gold beer that is near completely translucent as steady carbonation climbs from the bottom of the glass. The aroma is marked by a moderate wheat smell and not much else. The taste of 312 is a very clean wheat with a small bit of spice, but not much else. 312 has a medium light body, and dry mouthfeel.

I think the key to appreciating this beer is to pretend its not really a wheat ale, as the appearance and taste lack some of the distinctive characteristics of citrus, clove, and the nuances of unfiltered wheat. The strength of this brew is better understood as an alternative to American macrolagers-- clean, crisp, drinkable, and moderate flavor without the defects of macros. There isn't anything wrong with 312, its just not a noteworthy wheat ale. I think it would be a great gateway to craft beers for macro drinkers.

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312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.42 out of 5 based on 4,493 ratings.
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