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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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Reviews: 894 | Ratings: 4,434
Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
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 -6.7%
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 +8.5%
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 -27.7%
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 -0.9%
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 +6.4%
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 +7.6%
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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Photo of JamesS
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice dark straw/yellow color, with good head and nice lacing (for a wheat beer). The scent and taste were both extremely wheaty, with very little else. Most wheat beers have a citrus or clove flavor, but this one went all out on wheat. It's interesting, and very good as well.

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Photo of Chugmonkey
4.08/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

312 Urban Wheat is a kick ass summer brew. Bottles are good, but a pitcher from a freshly tapped keg after walking 18 holes on a hot day is sublime. Goose Island nailed this one.

Hazy yellow, off white head, zinging carbonation. Light fruit zest, but not too much as to be annoying. The wheat shines through and is super clean and refreshing. Super drinkable. Looks really hazy like a Wit but it is really light and lacks any spiciness or overpowering fruitiness that can make some Wit's not very drinkable.

This is my ultimate lawnmower beer. Skip adding an orange slice, this baby has a beautiful delicate balance that should be enjoyed as is.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Also grabbed this while celebrating with friends. Clear, dark golden body with little head; patches of white foam hide on the perimeter. Fairly decent grassy malt nose, sweetness that certainly comes through in the taste, but is moderately offset by more hops than I anticipated. Nice texture, surprisingly fresh when finishing considering the limp to start, making up for a lot. Pretty decent beer to session, but one that Goose Island should do much more with. More of a decent, straight-up macro than Goose Island typically offers. Not bad, though.

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Photo of Domingo
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this as part of my Goose Island summer pack during my recent trip to the midwest.
Pours a pretty standard pale yellow color with a bit of foam on the top. It's been filtered, which for the style doesn't mean a ton.
Smells zesty and pretty mild.
Taste isn't very strong, but on a 90 degree day it hit the spot. Not as hoppy as their other wheat, but it's very quaffable. More citrus-based than most.
Reminds me a lot of the Breckenridge Summer, only without the lager-like characteristics.
Solid for what it is. If I live in the area, I think I'd keep this around for a lawnmower brew.

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up cloudy pale yellow with a creamy head and lots of bubbles. Looks promising.

S - Faint smell of wheat malt. No hops detected. Almost no aroma.

T - Wheat huskiness at the finish, accented lightly by hops. Otherwise, not much flavor.

M - A little thin, despite the carbonation.

D - Nothing to offend. A very drinkable beer.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a light straw with a moderate cloud. Little head to speak of 1/4 head that dissipates quickly. Small amount of lace.

Nose is crystal malts with a bready smell with a small lemon aroma.

Taste is grassy hops with a lemony tang. The yeast is pretty weak and not huge. Lemongrass is the best way to describe the flavor. Dry and not hugely sweet, not a bad balance.

Mouth feel is of smooth carbonation with a seltzer like splash after the beer hits the tongue.

Not bad, but not that great either, nothing really jumps out at you with this beer.

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Photo of MDekker
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a pale straw color and a little head, some sediment. Then I changed to a tall glass, as recommended on the bottle, and got two fingers of head and a cascade of bubbles. That was better. It smells of hay and hops. The taste is citrusy, specifically lemony, and somewhat bready. In the mouth it's crisp and fizzy, and overall was quite tasty and refreshing. I was happy with it.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy apricot color with massive white puffy head. Good retention.

Smell is significant for citrus (lemon).

Taste shows more of the citrus, with a bit of a tang from the wheat. A touch of hops also noted.

Fuinsih is a bit thin with the taste rapidly disappearing.

Not a bad beer, but nothing great.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Goose Island bar in O'Hare.

Pours a slighty hazy light copper gold color with a big, fluffy white head that becomes a film with a bit of lacing. Mild citrus aroma. Light taste with wheat, citrus, and a slight bit of sweetness at the finish. Light- to medium-bodied and generally smooth with moderate carbonation. A decent beer worth trying, but it doesn't quite catch my attention.

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Photo of Larrytown
3.22/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It ours a surprisingly light gold with very little head. What foam there is fades quickly.

There's some fruit on the nose, but nothing too interesting. I was thoroughly underwhelmed by the taste. With a wheat beer, I'm expecting some notes of fruit, solid wheat flavor and maybe some clove. This beer had none of those. Frankly it tasted a lot like a slightly better version of Miller Lite. Just very very little going on. I guess I could drink several of these, but I wouldn't want to with all the other options out there.

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Photo of ajmoody76
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

can get this pretty much anywhere in town. 12 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint. straw color. hazy. one finger white head with bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. a little lace.

citrus fruit smell. no off odors.

fruity taste. clean aftertaste. nice balance.

good carbonation. smooth light body. good beer. i would drink this again. i will try it on tap the next time i am out.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden yellow color. A good amount of sediment floating in the beer. Also good retention on a medium-sized white head.
Nice smell to this beer. A good amount of biscuity smell and malts. Also notes of banana and citrus at the end.
Not as strong of a taste as smell. There is a very nice wheat taste, with a slight bit of a hop and banana taste at the end.
Mouthfeel is very nice. Good thickness, but smooth at the same time.
Drinkability is nice. Very smooth wheat beer with a nice feel. Nothing incredibly about this beer, but very solid pale wheat ale that is a great standard for its category.

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Photo of Zorro
3.37/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled through Monsone and Brews N Tunes 3 BIF.

Poured to minimize yeast in the glass. Hazy yellow colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smell is sweet and bready with a herbal hop aroma and a lesser citrus and pine aroma. Citrus aroma intensifies as it warms mostly lemon.

The taste starts out malty with a distinct cracker flavor and a lesser citrus aftertaste. Adding yeast just makes the beer a little more grainy.

Mouthfeel is OK.

OK beer but not a great one. Think I will be reaching for any good lager before this one again.

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Photo of jayrod20
4.45/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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 lemony burst, finishing true to its roots as an American wheat, with a wheaty graininess. The feel is moderate to thick, with a full carbonation.

This beer is too easy to drink and enjoy with as many friends, beer appreciative or not, or by yourself.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
2.73/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, pale straw color with moderate carbonation and minimal head.

Subtle scents of citrus fruit and wheat. Nothing else going on.

Pale Wheat Ale Lite. Tart and astringent with virtually no character or complexity to speak of. Thin, watery mouthfeel. Extremely bland flavor profile makes 312 Urban Wheat ultra-poundable. Uhhh...but why would you?

Coming from Goose Island, I had expected more.

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Photo of danielocean03
3.17/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is a clear straw yellow with a finger of puffy bone-white foam that quickly dissipates to a light ring of lacing. Scent is weak and watery, light wheaty spiciness present, grain and malt notes lingering. Taste is also light and watery, more of the same light wheat and graininess, light malty undertones. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate levels of carbonation, washes down easily. Drinkability is superb, lack of character and complexity make this an ideal summer thirst-quenching beer. Fair representation of the style, lesser breweries have managed to create far better examples for equal or lesser price to the consumer. Wouldn't necessarily seek out again, but by no means a bad beer.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a hazy pale sunrise-lemon yellow with a massive fluffy white head that sounds like rice krispies. seriously loud. settles down pretty fast though, with nice pits and chunks and plenty of sticky lacing. i thought the body would look heartier somehow, maybe thicker, but it's attractive nonetheless, as an endless stream of bubbles rise up the middle.

S- tangerine and lemon citrus, maybe some white grapefruit, i also anticipated more pronounced cascade character, but all these expectations were from reading the bottom of the 6-pack. wheat and pale barley are also present in the aroma, and with each consecutive sniff the cascades become more apparent leading into an overall tropical fruit and herbal aroma. nice.

T- hops come through in the taste, although it seems diluted and watery. pleasant white grape, guava, pear, and citrus. some wheat flour taste and not much detectable barley, this beer is not packed with flavor, but it's also not intrusive and would be a good choice to break someone in to the taste of quality american hops. a little saaz taste in the finish, the tropical fruit becomes lemon grassy and herbal, and what some may call rather bland. i desired slightly more from the goose.

MF- thin and crisp, borderline watery. for any summertime outdoor fun though, i could crush like 100 of these. ok maybe 12. on a good day. carbonation is a little below medium, which may or may not effect the viscosity. near the end of the glass, possibly due to a higher particle concentration, the body seems to thicken slightly, a feeling i wish would have been there all along.

D- despite its shortcomings, lightness of body, mild flavor, and low abv skyrocket the D score as far as i'm concerned, and from the 330, this 312 is A-OK.

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Photo of BeerCheese
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw yellow with a big white head. Fairly clear for an unfiltered wheat. Just a little sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Usual citrus smell that you expect with a wheat, with a little banana. Nothing special about the flavor. Well balanced, but kind of bland. Not bad, just boring. Medium carbonation with light body. Drinkable because it doesn't taste bad, but nothing I look forward to when thinking about having another.

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312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.43 out of 5 based on 4,434 ratings.
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