FastEddie (230) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 27, 2007
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Very weak aroma, hazy dark yellow with a very small head. The appearance is not cloudy enough for a wheat ale in my opinion, and the body and finish are weak.
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2007
2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Light golden clear color with no appreciable head. Aromas of very sweet malt, banana, and bubblegum??. The taste, as noted by others, is nearly nonexistent... There are flavors of citrus, light sweet malt, and perhaps a touch of hops. This is far too light on the palate - It is more like drinking carbonated water than beer. Not my favorite.
ebone1988 (230) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2013
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Aroma is light, wheat heavy. Appearance is a piss yellow, clear. Taste is what it is: light, wheat beer. The mouthfeel is meh; carbonated, but not so much. Overall, itís forgettable, but better than a Budweiser.
EyeAmBaldman (229) - Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A pale wheat ale. Hints of citrus. Drank cold and went down easy. A little hoppy on the back end but nothing that detracts from the taste. Would be refreshing on a hot summer day.
1guywith_aboat (227) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - SEP 15, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours clear yellow until the bottom of the bottle. Then a swirly haze hits the glass. Really neat looking. Aroma is wheat and spicy yeast. Flavor is tame. Nothing really there. Thin body. Easy drinking ale but lacks some of the qualities of a good wheat ale.
mixinnixon2000 (227) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2008
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. this is a decent wheat ale. good summer beer. I would drink this again
Overml01 (225) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle tasting at work.
Not a bad commercial wheat by Goose Island, while this (as their flagship) doesnít stand up to more finely crafted wheat beers produced for the craft conosuers, it is a wonderful introduction to the craft market for those just getting their feet wet.
Like New Belgium, Goose Island caters its flagship to the larger consumer market that is still caught up in the (*sigh*) light beer craze. However, delving into their line of products, you find a lot of great beers deserving of the craft cultureís attention.
unstablefable (225) - SCOTLAND - MAR 22, 2011
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2014 Pours very clear with only a slight tinge of yellow with a small White with visible high carbonation. Not much on the nose, smells a bit lager like with a grain of wheat. Very refreshing would like to see in my local curry house but, doesn‚Äôt really have any impressive tasting notes. In the palette, very inoffensive, note leaving of an impression, hard to believe this is from an American craft brewery. Very watery. Poor show from a useilly solid brewery
g_georgiou (225) - CYPRUS - OCT 7, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2013 Hazy, very light hue of yellow with a white head. Slight aroma of citrus. Very weak taste.
justabeergeek (225) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2013
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Goose Island brews some highly acclaimed and sought-after beers. That said, many people believe that theyíve taken a sharp decline in overall quality since being acquired by AB-InBev in 2011, and their mainstream beers are the ones thought of to have taken the largest hit. Honestly, I havenít had many Goose Island beers; Iím pretty sure Iíve had their IPA and their Honkers Ale, but thatís about it. Iím not sure what exactly makes their 312 an ďurbanĒ wheat ale, but Iím interested to see what itís all about.
The beer pours a slightly hazy light gold-to-straw with a bright white fizzy head and dissipates fairly quickly. The glass I used does not have a nucleation point, but there was still a steady stream of bubbles coming up from the bottom. (The glass shouldíve been clean, but who knows.)
312 has a faint sweet smell that has notes of grass, biscuit, and honey. There are some faint citrus notes, primarily lemon and orange, with absolutely no apparent bitterness. At the end there is a faint soapy note.
Goose Islandís Urban Wheat is definitely light. The taste is definitely that of an American style wheat beer, with bread and biscuit being accompanied by honey sweetness, some lemon citrus. In the finish there is a bit of astringency that comes off similar to a mild dish soap.
312 is slick, but drinkable. The carbonation dies down after a few minutes, and the mouthfeel is light-to-medium. It isnít remarkable, so I wonít waste too much time.
Goose Islandís 312 Urban Wheat beer is mild, drinkable, and ultimately forgettable. While Iíll admit that it does have some interesting qualities, especially the light honey notes that are presented throughout the nose and palate, it isnít a beer that jumps out as anything I would bend over backwards to buy.