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 MrMcGibblets
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
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 +10.2%
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 +12.3%
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 -17.5%
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 +13.2%
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 -9.9%
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%
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 +7.9%
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 -3.5%
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 -6.1%
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 +2.9%
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 -6.4%
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 -4.4%
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%
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 +16.1%
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 -12.3%
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 +19.6%
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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Photo of gmfessen
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a slightly cloudy, light straw color with a sudsy white head. Smell is clean and is of wheat and citrusy hops. Taste has a bit of wheat and lemon, a decently refreshing beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a minimal carbonation. Overall, this beer is fairly quaffable. I always enjoy GI's offerings, this one is no exception.

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

Pours a clear light golden with a decent head and pretty good lacing. The smell is somewhat light, but what's there is mostly light yeast and bananas. The taste is also quite light, with some grainy wheat, light banana, and a little lemon on the finish. Mouthfeel is light, but not as crisp as it could be, veering toward the slick instead. A decent summer brew, if a little forgettable.

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Photo of nullforge
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, golden yellow color. Has a warm sunlight quality to it. The head starts out large and airy, then quickly collapses to a spotty sheet the beer struggles to maintain. Little lacing to speak of. The nose starts with a very noticeable lemon bread aroma. Also detectable are grapefruit and malt. Overall, the nose is mild but pleasing. Taste has a lemon zing up front, followed by slightly bready malt and wheat sweetness. A dash of grapefruit is thrown in for good measure. Lemon is a bit too prominent on the palate. Finish is citrusy and dry. Body is medium light, with a good carbonation that gives the beer a smooth feel. Carbonation doesn't seem quite as crisp as it should be. Thirst quenching and drinkable.

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Photo of Dalem
2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

What ya get here is a lightly carbonated and very clean (almost too clean) tasting beer with hot day summertime drinking in mind. A slight hint of citrus in on the tastebuds with a slight bready aftertaste. Not much when it comes to tasting the hops. Yeast seems to take the lead. Not even close to be an exciting beer or something I imagine I would recommend to anything but a novice wanting to try "one of them fancy beers" (312 has enough character to show the drinker of average domestics a bit of zing but still gateway/bland enough not to make them run back to their watery security blanket that comes in can) and a big let down compared to other Goose Island things I have tried.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a hazy and very light yellow with a white foamy head that faded to about a quarter-inch. Moderate lacing followed.

Smell is sweet and citrusy with some biscuit notes as well.

Some citrus, some light biscuit, and some wheat. A bit of a metallic tinge to it at the finish.

Very thin mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Definitely a beer for the summer. A bit to watery in my opinion to rank with my favorite summer wheats. But a good beer as it is.

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

Hazy light gold yellow color thin head with some large bubbles.

Some sweet fruity nose a bit of wheat smell

A very citrusy lemony initial field very light body beer but full of flavor a lot of lemon taste and despite hazy look very much clean taste some hop character with the nose and also initially.

Light clean mouth feel great beer for summer days very drinkable

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into pint glass

Appearance: Cloudly and pale yellow with an off white and creamy one inch head the eventually dissipates into a ring around the glass minimal lacing.

Smell: Not much to be said here, mild yeast aroma with a hint of skunkiness, not very impressive.

Taste: Again not very impressive. Faint taste of biscut and very faint orange and creamy citrus, mostly bready yeast with little flavor to speak of.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and subdued, medium to light bodied and pleasing carbonation.

Drinkability: Very smooth and easy to drink, especially on hot days, but nothing here really excites me like most offerings from Goose Island.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried one of these on tap tonight in my hometown (Springfield, MO), at a local ball game.

This brew is fairly average in most ways, starting with the appearance, as it looks just like an average wheat ale with a decent amount of body. Smell is mostly wheat malts with just a touch of honey. Taste is very light and mild, even for the style. Up front, I got a very light wheat malt flavor with a touch of white grape skin and honey. Very little hop bitterness and almost no finish. Mouthfeel is actually more substantial than the taste, as it's fairly good, considering the style.

This brew, despite it being very light in taste, is actually very drinkable. What comes to mind for this beer is if a typical macro lager were to become an ale, this is kind of how I would imagine it tasting: very light on taste, easy to drink, low bitterness. This brew is good choice for the warm summer months as a refresher, but there just isn't enough to this brew to recommend it for year round enjoyment.

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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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