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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 | website

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 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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Photo of RixBeer
3.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - very light golden-yellow in color. Very light carbonation. Next to no head. Nothing to stick to the sides just a very light ring.

Smell - Wheaty smell with very light hops. Citurs aroma just seems to fit a nice hot day.

Taste - Tastes wheaty but watery. Not quiet what I expected. Almost like it's missing something. The citrus and wheat satisfies but still a bit thin for my taste. Very clean and lightly carbonated which is very refreshing but still to thin.

Mouthfeel - Very watery and thin. Not enough to make it a regular purchase. But this beer sure does satisfy on a hot day! Very clean and lightly carbonated which is very refreshing but still to thin.

Drinkability - This is an easy drinking beer for a nice hot summer day. Easily drink these with your friends at a barbecue or at the beach. Good flavors, Good aromas and just light enough. You can drink these but I still think it needs more body.

Just had this beer again....Just wanted to say this beer is great on a hot day!

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Photo of malty
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a faintly cloudy straw yellow with visible tiny suspended matter in the liquid. A bright white head forms and quickly fades away to a whitish film. Minimal visible carbonation.

The scents are very attenuated, but I do pick up on the lagerish bready notes along with a lemon citrus rind smell. A few swirls of my std. pint glass bring forth an earthy-yeasty sent.

The flavors are pretty much exact to what I described in the scent department. A little yeasty and bready along with a clean citrus backdrop. Very clean and refreshing (like a lager).

Mouthfeel is interestingly more finely carbonated from what I surveyed upon pouring. Lighter bodied than most American wheat ales I've tried. Clean, dry finish.

Drinkability is nice due to the unintrusive, passive nature of this beer. I'm sure it would go down well sitting on a terrace wherever this ale might be served.

Overall a good, but there's nothing special about this beer happening. A good utility beer for the summer months where refreshment is as high of a priority as enjoyment. I did enjoy the fine carbonation to this beer though.

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Photo of kguyty
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hazy golden color with a decent head that dissipates quickly into lacing. Nice smell of wheat and citrus. The taste, mostly wheat and citrus, is pleasing. Decent mouthfeel, not crisp, not watery. A good beer that is a little light, but a good fit for warmer weather.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz. bottle, boldly proclaiming '312' vertically, with a "Best When Consumed By" date of 090507. Emptied the bottle to a tall pint glass, thanks to jpm 30 for sending.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, straw-color with a little under 1-finger of fizzy white head. As the head settles it becomes creamier and thickens to ring, with thinner & bubblier gauziness towards the middle. Decent rising carbonation.

S: Mmm...love that zesty, spicy aroma coming from a good wheat ale. Grapefruit citrus cuts through the maltiness, evidence of the NW Cascade hops.

T: Like the aroma, also good and full of both malty wheat and lots of spice, lemon and a good amount of bittering and citrusy hops.

M: It's unusual that I rank a 'mouthfeel' a full point differently than a 'taste', but in this case I have to call out GI for the relative weakness/wateriness of the mouthfeel. Oh, how it tries to be fuller, richer and zestier than it really is, but the efforts are futile. Too bad, because I was really beginning to like this one... Light body, hardly any aftertaste (so 'clean') and moderate to light carbonation.

D: Yes, this is drinkable - like a chilled lemonade is drinkable. Low alcohol, good flavors and aroma...just wish it had a little more 'oomph' to it, so it wasn't so weak/lackluster in the mouth. A good summer beer, a 'thirst quencher' (if there's such a thing with beers), but ultimately not one I'd want to have more than one, maybe two, of before either shutting it down or moving on.

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Photo of TheBierBand
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Mitchell's Fish Market in WestChester on the north side of Cincinnati.

I like a good wheat beer so I thought that I would give this one a try. I compare my wheat beers with Weihenstephaner Hefeweissebier. That is the standard by which all other wheat beers are judged... for me...as of this moment...untill I find one that beats it.

So, that being said, Goose Island 312 does't quite match up to standard. It's just a plain wheat beer with no real distinguishing characteristics to set it apart.

Cloudy yellow with a 1/2" pure white foamy head.

Smell was a bit of spice... nutmeg?.... a bit of citrus.

The taste was like a watered down Weihenstephaner without the banana complexity. a little citrusy with lemon in the background.

Mouthfeel... a bit watered down for my taste.... but still refreshing.

Drinkability: no problems .... but nothing to knock your socks off either. Sure, give it a try.... it's a nice safe summer-time wheat beer... But, I've had better... both Franziskaner and Weihenstephaner are much preferred over this one.

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Photo of enfield249
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy light yellow, one fingers worth of head that dissipates after a minute or so.

S - Coriander, straw

T - Lots of wheat, some wet straw, and a little coriander.

M - Thin, but not overly so, in fact pretty good for the style

D - With pizza in the summer, this would be pretty good I think. Overall a nice example of the style.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle

312 Urban Wheat Ale was a hazy pale yellow color with a white head. The head didn't last long, but did leave a little lacing behind. The aroma was light malt with a little lemon. The taste was citric with some wheat malt and a dry finish. It was light bodied and a little watery. Drinkability was good. Overall It's just another boring wheat beer.

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Photo of Gavage
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden yellow in color with a 1" head that falls apart quickly. Some spots of lace develop during the session.

Smell: banana, a nice spiciness, and wheat and grass tones are easy to detect.

Taste: wheat and grass tones are a bit grainy. There is some soft banana and other spices detectable. A mild bitterness rounds it out. Refreshing flavors IMHO.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Almost a clean aftertaste. Lighter in body.

Drinkability: a nice summertime beer that quenches your thirst even thought there is a bit of graininess in the body. Nice beer to have on tap minus the lemon.

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Photo of renren13
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this bottled beer into a pint glass. A decent white froth formed with some lacing on the side of the pint glass, but did not last very long. The beer has a yellow color, and unexciting smell. Overall this is a pretty average beer, but a good buy for the price.

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Photo of crayphish
4.09/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Weizen glass the ale look a brilliant hazy yellow. Definitely some particulate. Moderate carbonation drifts up to a nice thick cap. Not much retention and little lace. Scent is grains and some citrus hops. Taste is a great balance of the wheat and citrus. Mostly lemon and orange. The hops are noted as well. A very dry crisp finish rounds this beer off nicely. Goose Island scores again.

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312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
78 out of 100 based on 890 ratings.
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