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 JDV
2.86/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a sickly pale, cloudy yellow in a Weizen. Smell is obvious of wheat and big on a light citrusy lemon smell as well and is overall quite nice. Taste is wheaty, somewhat tart and lemony, and I can swear I taste the alcohol in this 4.2% beer though... Very thin, watery, and somehow tastes a bit boozy. I actually like wheats, but this wasn't worth revisiting.

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Photo of mangledorf
4.35/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Goose Island was the only beer available at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago 2006. There was the 312 here and the Summertime. This was definitely the better of the two and a perfect beer on a day that was so hot I was dripping with sweat.

Drinkability is a key factor in environments like this and the smooth feel and full taste made it easy to enjoy this cold beer.

Appearance were hard to judge through a plastic cup, but a fluffy white head and semi-cloudy body were definitely apparent.

Retired? Shame.

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Photo of daledeee
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a single bottle to try. This pours a slightly cloudy light yellow with a white 1" head. Nose is bread and biscuits and maybe some pepper.

The taste is a tad strange. I will have to think about this to be completely objective. There is an interesting hop blend in this beer. It is refreshing to drink. Not real strong or rich tasting; rather watered down. Overall easy to drink; geared toward summer.

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Photo of MTNboy
2.76/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- This is a good looking beer. I got a couple of fingers of thick frothy head. The lace was very nice and formed a beautiful pattern. The color was a nice and cloudy straw yellow.

Smell- It smells super yeasty. It is somewhat grassy with a slightly floral aroma.

Taste- It was very bread like and there was something in the taste I was not to keen on. I don't know it just tasted like there wasn't that much wheat.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation.

Drinkability- It was alright. I would not go out of my way to get it again.

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Photo of MiguelMandingo
2.81/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this as an extra from a trade with JDV. Thanks man.

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance - It looks pretty good. It made a solid two finger rocky head that slowly dissipated to a thin crown across the surface of the brew. It is a hazy straw color. The appearance is easily the best part of this beer, it quickly goes downhill from here.

Smell - It smells like cracker malt, grass, hay, wheat, lemon and floral hops. If someone put a Budweiser in front of me, next to this, I probably wouldn't be able to tell them apart from the scent.

Taste - Wheat, cracker, biscuit, almost pilsener-like malt dominates the flavor. The wheat is very faint, and the hops are even more faint. Ugh..

Mouthfeel - Light/medium bodied with virtually no carbonation. This beer is devoid of any prickly sensation. It makes it harder to drink down.

Drinkability - Ugh. This is the third GI beer I have sampled, and I expected a lot more than what this beer delivers. It drinks down okay, but the flavor and scent aren't very good.

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Photo of KI9A
2.51/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap, poured into a iced glass, with 2 large lemons by a goofy blonde barmaid. Drank the 1st down, then asked for one in a non-chilled glass, no fruit.

2 finger head, fades fast.

Aroma: not much.

Taste: Disappoining. VERY light, some corn, some light citrus. Not much going on there.

Easy to drink, I may try it again as the weather gets warm. Actually would rather have a Budweiser, than this.

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Photo of tpd975
2.68/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a light somewhat murky yellow color with a nice big foamy head. The head dies down but a half finger remained for the duration. The lacing was moderate, actually above average for the style.

S: Very light aromas. Kind of a hay corn type aroma but nothing too really speak of.

T: Wow disappointment. Very light flavors and what is there is not great. Tiny bit of malt with a touch of wet hay or wheat. Very watery. No thanks.

M: Very light and very thin.

D: Average I guess if you liked it. No be honest it's nil for me as I will not be having another.

Overall: Pretty disappointing. Glad I drank it as it was taking up valuable space in my beer fridge. It is not one of the better Goose Island offerings, though that is to be expected because those come in the black and white bottles.

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Photo of udubdawg
2.89/5  rDev -15.5%
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 -7.9%
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 +6.7%
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 +24.9%
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 +46.2%
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 -48.5%
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 -12.3%
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 -10.8%
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 +17.5%
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 -39.8%
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 -2.6%
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 +8.2%
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 +6.7%
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 +8.5%
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 -20.2%
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 -0.6%
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%
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 +15.5%
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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312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.42 out of 5 based on 4,471 ratings.
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