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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: 900 | Ratings: 4,447
Photo of udubdawg
2.89/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

I keep giving this one another shot since some friends really like it, and now it has a GABF medal to back them up. Fooled again - this time, shame on me. (The drink-by date is more than two months away.)

Pours decent enough, cloudy yellow color, sizeable white head. Spotty lacing at best.

Really don't get this aroma. I've even ignored the bit of skunk in the nose although I've experienced it a few times. The remainder just doesn't impress me. Sort of tart, no real specific hop aromas.
Meh - tastes better than it smells, but isn't great. Sort of grassy with a watery lemony tartness. Wheat? - oh, I guess I can convince myself that I taste it. Nothing remarkable, and nothing to really hate...let's just call it bland, a good baby step for many moving from macros I suppose.
Carbonation is prickly, the body just a bit too thin. Not terrible, and with no other alternatives I'd have no trouble downing a few, but I think I'd turn to water first as a thirst quencher.
Once again I don't understand why this won a GABF medal, but much of the rest of their lineup is quality and even awesome in nature.

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Photo of johanvond
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tall pilsner-like glass resulting in a storng frothy two fingured head sitting upon a clear golden body with a slight chill haze. There's signifigant yeasty biscuty aroma eminating from my glass. Aross your tounge you get a clean wheaty flavor mixed in hints of spice and lemon. 312 end up being simple subitle and easy drinking. This is a good crossover beer and a great way to highlight wheat and yeast in beer. With all of the wheat ales out there this just dosent quite add up for me.

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

This beer pours well, pale yellow with a nice head that stays around for a while. It smelled very wheaty and citrusy. 312 tastes citrusy and a bit watery, with a lot of wheat after-tone heavy wheat...can't really detect the hops very well. Overall, it is refreshing and very easy to drink.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.27/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, best before 02/24/08. Single bottle purchased at Blacklick Wine and Spirits for $1.29. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy straw gold color with a half inch white head. Head retention is low, lacing is OK. Aroma is very wheaty with a little bit of lemon. Taste is the same as the aroma, it's mostly wheat with a little bit of lemon. It does taste pretty good, it's sweet but not too sweet. It's also the "wheatiest" wheat beer by taste that I've had. Mouthfeel/body is light, with a little above average carbonation. It's also crisp and smooth. Drinkability is pretty good, I could drink this all night long. It would be very sessionable on a nice summer day, especially with the low ABV. Overall I think this is a pretty decent, sessionable wheat beer. Not bad at all!

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Photo of Hollenbeck2
5/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

one of the best wheat beers I have ever had, tops many with a ultimate smoothness, cool logo glass and the great atmosphere.

very smooth wheat, exceptional color, smooth after taste

the mouthfeel was splendid, crisp and to the point.

had about two of these and moved on but will return.

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Photo of ibashmuck
1.76/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Big fan of the "wheat's", but this was very disappointing. Looks like a standard APWA, and the smell is fairly uninspiring. But the taste, from first drink to last, is poor. Citrus, tart, bitter...all come through far more than the wheat. No thanks.

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Photo of CamuMahubah
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden when poured into the mug...

Very clean...almost as if the pectin...that white stuff on the flesh of an orange...was scraped off condensed and brewed into a beer...

Slightly citrusy...not much of anything as far as taste goes...clean...


One can drink these with buddies who have never had a wheat beer and they'd be none the wiser...a session beer perhaps...good for card games...light easy-going...This reminds me of a blonde...not alot going on upstairs...but beautiful to look at nonetheless...

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

Had this before lunch at BW3 in Savoy. The beer appeared to be clearer than most wheat beers even though it is unfiltered. There was a nice head to start which the barkeep poured off and then 'filled er up'. What head there was when the beer arrived disappearead rather quickly but it did leave behind a little lacing.
I did not get a definite fruit sense but was able to detect citrus.
The taste was also citrusy and went down smoothly.
This was a light beer and enjoyable to drink. Probably better in the hot days of summer when it is cool and you are warm.

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Photo of crazybrody06
4.02/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap, minimal head, clear, straw color. Smell is wheaty with some lemon. Taste is the same, very lemony, some spicyness as well. The mouthfell was pretty light almost watery, but not horrible. I really cant beleive how fast and easy this went down. Overall its a good tasting beer nothing special, a little light in body, but would make a good session beer.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.06/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

GI- 312 Wheat

Thanks to Pimpp for this 1.

A- Bright/ hazy yellow with a small soapy head.
S- Barely anything there, light hay and lemon.
T- Again there just isn't anything there! Very faint straw/ hay wheat with a touch of lemon.
M- Very watery, slight yeast and wheat in the end.

Overall- Just too watery.

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Photo of HuberFan
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy, plenty of carbonation for the time it takes to drink a bottle, light yellow in color.

Smell: Slightly fruity, lemon and orange hints.

Taste: Clean, dry, fruit after the Weisse taste goes away. Not much lingering taste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, citrus is not overpowering and rounds out the beer taste.

Drinkability: I wouldn't rate it as a great Weisse beer nor would I say that it's a bad one. I just wouldn't go out of my way to purchase any, but if someone would give me more I wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of brewdoc75
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this one a lot this summer.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy, bright yellow w/ smooth white head about 1/8 inch high.

Smell: Dry, citrusy aroma. Hint of lemon (of course w/o adding one)

Taste: Nice Weizen bite. But overall is dry, fruity w/ a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Light, smooth and creamy while having a significant bite. Finishes off dry, making you want to down some more.

Drinkability: As far as wheat beers go, this is a very drinkable one. I drank this a lot this summer. I guess you could call it a nice summer session beer. I don't think I'll crave it in the colder months as it is a little too light for the Minnesota winter.

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

Appears too clear. Yellow and urine colored, but a decent, asparagus caused urine (sorry, but its the truth. What can I do?) Would appreciate some unfiltering here. head is foamy, large and white, which is to be expected. Better than average.

Complex in the way that it smells like they used some decent wheat to make this one, but not necessarily the right one. Kind of woody-ness in the nose with some sweet, sunflower smelling esters in there.

A savory wheat ale, like a homebaked white bread. Its still kinda bland as white bread can be, but since its homemade, its better than any other white bread ever made, you dig? Hops are bready, or non-existent, its hard to tell with this wheat.

Light an unfiltered feeling. Still, on a hot summer day these do pretty good, but maybe I'm just used to them since everybody has them when its hot outside. But still again, they must be doing something right if everybody is buying these over Bud and MGD. Yippee!

Refreshing, has some substance for a mass produced beer, and is turning BMC drinkers into almost craft drinkers. That ain't bad. Beer is mass produced and cheap, but for your buck you can't do much better at the local big chain supermarket.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.71/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It doesn't take much to make a decent wheat beer--most are insipid. And you can't really blame the brewers; wheat ferments out so quick, you'll be lucky if you ever get anything more out of it than a fluffy white head. A blonde, airhead beer.

Which means it takes a lot to make a great one.

With the 312, Goose Island has only one challenger in the U.S.: Allagash. And Allagash belongs in Germany.

This is one of the best classic wheat beers--lightly spiced with flavors of clove and coriander from the yeast, citrusy, and incredibly refreshing. The finish is grainy, which goes nicely alongside the toasty aromas.

It's not a terribly complex beer, which is exactly the point--it's not *terribly* complex. Some wheats can so overwhelm you with their spices that you don't know whether it's a beer you're drinking or a fruitcake. I hate fruitcake. And I hate having to spritz my beer with an orange slice just to put it back in line.

Hold your fruit. Drink your beer.

Relax, relaxx,

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Photo of balconybrew
2.73/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy yellow liquid with a white head that slowly fell leaving a little lacing. The aroma was fruity (lemon and banana, maybe?) and slightly grassy. The taste was similar with a little wheat in there. Mouthfeel was fine but carbonation was light. Sessionable on a warm afternoon.

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Photo of genog
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a foamy white head that lingers around on top of the glass. Smell is lemony and wheat smells. Some spice, but very little in the nose. Taste is wheat and a little grains, some light spice flavors too. Mostly a light nice wheat beer.

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Photo of kimcgolf
2.94/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle to a copper color with thin off-white head that lingers well and leaves good lacing ont he glass. Aroma is a mixture of grassy-floral hops, and the flavor follows suit. Mouthfeel is non-exciting, probably due to the low carbonation. This leads to a finish that is at first satisfying, but that quickly fades to stale grass. Not a bad beer, but not nearly as good as a couple others I’ve had from this little start-up brewery.

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Photo of Applesauce1
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the Pit Stop in Nelsonville, OH.

Appearance: gold, transparent, with about a 3/4" head on the pour
Smell: strong citrus scent and some hops
Taste: good flavor; citrus, unmalted wheat, hops
Mouthfeel: light body
Drinkability: could do two or three in a night

One of the more impressive summer-wheat beers I've had so far.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served on-tap, this was a golden, mostly clear straw in color. i really could not pick up too much aroma-wise, maybe some lemony and bready notes. taste is mostly of lemony tartness with a hint of sweet wheaty malt. mouthfeel is actually pretty good, i almost expected this to be watery for a 4.2% beer but it wasn't. drinkability is good considering the tart crispness and light body of this beer. definitely a summer beer as the name suggests.

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Photo of budgood1
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

pours out a hazy lemon yellow sun colour....thinnish eggshell white head and thin wisps of lace. lemony, citric aroma with a pronounced cascade hop aroma. lemony flavour in the taste profile...some grain and grassiness and a slight citric hop note in the end. the definite cascade hop notes melds well together with the citrus and lemon overtones. just a hint of bitterness to let you know that this is a hopped up american wheat ale. mouthfeel is thin and a touch watery; hence the light body, too. finishes sort of dry and hoppy and citrusy. quite delicious for the style...a nice twist on the rather uninspired usual american wheat ale selections available to me.

312 is meant to be light and refreshing with maximum flavour, and that's what it is. the low ABV makes it a perfect summer quencher which allows it to be sessionable and a nice match for summer grilling grub. i liked it and hopefully it will be a summertime staple in future years.

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Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a modest head that leaves a nice patch or two of lacing

Smell: Yeasty and bready with a touch of banana

Taste: Starts out with a somewhat sweet graham cracker flavor that brings a bit of a lemony aspect in the middle; after the swallow the sweeter flavors intensify and bring in a touch of banana and vanilla; there is a bit of graininess in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A nice summer quaffer

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Photo of ohoove
2.82/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy first morning piss look with minimal head and lacing. Smell was a bit cellarish at first then pledge(lemon). Small floaters that stayed in a nice tight pattern. mouthfeel was medium to light which is pretty typical for this style. Taste was citrus with a bit of wonderbread and kisses of spice. This is a good summer beer but I prefer a little more personality. Forgettable but not regrettable.

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Photo of WaveRebel51
3.87/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nicely done wheat beer. The paleish yellow color was just average and there was very little lacing in the glass. This was spiced just right to produce a zesty, wheaty and citrusy aroma and taste that was very refreshing. The flavors were very well-balanced. This is an ideal summer beer.

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Photo of Durge
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A cloudy pale yellow, almost pissy, with lots of tiny suspended particles. The head is a finger or so and the lacing is minor. I pick up a distinct honey aroma mixed with some lemon and dank well water. The taste is tart , wheaty with some biscuit. It is pretty thin, drinkable enough, probably a refreshing choice in general. Some cracker & citrus noted in the front. Trying this right after an iipa was probably not the most fair condition so I will be happy to sample again, but generally this isn't my favorite variety and seems a bit too tart to rate highly on my list.

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Photo of diego
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Goose Island 312: 12oz bottle

A small amount of white head that breaks up fast sits on a light straw colored beer. It is slightly over carbonated. 312 does not have the cloudiness of other wheat beers.
It has a clean smell of yeast and citrus.
It drinks like a more flavorful American lager. Good hops. Light on the malt.
This is an easy dinking beer. Something I can give to everyone to enjoy.

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312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.43 out of 5 based on 4,447 ratings.
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