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Tallgrass Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Tallgrass Halcyon Unfiltered WheatTallgrass Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat

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BA SCORE
86
very good

305 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 305
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 34
Gots: 54 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Tallgrass Brewing Company visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jaycount on 03-30-2011

We originally brewed Halcyon as our first summer seasonal, but since all the Halcyon fans (a.k.a: kiteheads) asked so nicely, we now brew this magical brew year around. Besides, who doesn't want a little taste of summer on a dark winter night?

We are proud of all our beers, but Halcyon is special. We are in “the wheat state” after all, so the pressure was on us to make a wheat beer, but we knew it had to be great. Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat is the result of that Midwestern angst, an all-American wheat with real Kansas-grown grain in the brew.

We start with raw Kansas white wheat in the mix to give it a nice edge, but what really makes it shine is the hops. We use “hop-bursting” late in the brewing process and this gives Halcyon its palate of tropical fruit flavors & aromas with a bright and refreshing taste like the best days of summer.

20 IBU
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Ratings: 305 | Reviews: 91
Photo of Jayhawknv
4.79/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very nice wheat beer; but then it better be since it's from my home state, the Wheat Capital. Was visiting from Nevada,my new found home of 28 years and decided I should try some Kansas wheat beer...nice color, nice white pillowy head, nice aroma--but wow-very very tasty--a keeper.

Photo of sohearn
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I am not a wheat fan.

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Radiant gold blond but with a slight haze
S:The lemon taste becomes readily apparent and bready wheat malt.
T: The lemon character establishes its self first and then the wheat character. It has a great balance between yeast and malt with a very slight hop presence. slightly dry and not sweet.
M: Crisp, slightly dry, and an ideal lawn mower beer.
Overall: A strong entry into the category, but some more malt and hop complexity to the taste profile would be welcome

Photo of gordonj
4.74/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A nice, crisp wheat beer. I love the subtle citrus taste.

Photo of Taybeh
3.6/5  rDev -6%

A: cloudy yellow-gold, and 3 fingers huge head
S: very faint banana, slightly more lemon, a bit of sourdough and grain, slight on the hops
T: first sip is like the nose, then the wheat becomes more pronounced mid and late taste. A little bit chalky, not too sweet, and then some zest and pepper with grain on the tongue at the end.
M: refreshing, fairly crisp, finishes a little dry.
Overall: well done; you've got to give some props to a committed focus on Kansas wheat. Probably would seem even better if it was a summer day instead of mid-October?

Photo of afinepilsner
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good wheat beer.

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

A - Pours a extremely pale yellow with a monstrous head that hands on for dear life. Nice chunks of unfiltered somethings floating near the bottom

S - Slightly yeasty aroma with hints of lemon and perhaps other citrus. Also has a very very slight peppery spiciness to it

T - Slight bitterness up font followed by lemon and yeast. Again very slightly peppery on the finish

M - pretty thin mouthfeel. Very slick. Refreshing in the mouth and dry on the finish

O - Nice summer wheat beer. Very drinkable but with more kick than most wheats. Not something I would crave all the time but can see myself picking it up from time to time.

Photo of MartzMimic
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light gold with a nice carbonated head. Hay, wheat and grain predominate the nose. There's nothing subtle about the taste of wheat on the tongue. Very bready also, with a bit of lemony citrus. Medium mouth that seems to me a bit chewy, but that may be from all the wheat this beer implants upon the brain. This is an unexpectedly nice beer.

Photo of ctxfenris
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a pint can into a pint glass.
Cloudy, golden color. Significant head.
Smells of wheat and citrus.
Much more citrus than other wheat beers I've tried. Tastes very refreshing.
Wheat, citrus, and a bit of hops. Very balanced.
I like it. Would have again.

Photo of CTbrew32
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Golden, hazy, with a slight amber hue in the center.

Aroma- Very subtle, but wheat, grain, and fruity sweetness comes through.

Taste- At first fruity flavors are present like orange, banana, and a little bit of lemon. At the first sip settles wheat and grain become present. Taste is balanced with mild hop flavors and wheaty malt balancing each other out.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, sips coat the tongue briefly. Smooth and easy drinking.

Overall- A very good wheat ale with nice flavors, balance, and not overly sweet. I think this works best as a beer paired with food (especially BBQ) rather than a everyday session beer, not that its even meant to be that. Overall another solid beer from Tallgrass, but there's plenty of superior wheats out there competing for my money. (82/100)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Moderately golden hued with plenty of haziness. Brussels lacing. A fingernail of off white head sits on top. Aroma of pale wheat with just a trace of banana. The pale wheat flavor is a bit of a sourdough bread note. The mouth is very light and this is highly quaffable.

Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: The liquid color is goldenstraw; slightly hazy but the head is what is expected for a wheat beer; nice retention and a webby pattern of lace

Smell: Crusty bread, malted milk balls and a hint of lemon

Taste: Bready with a malted milk ball flavor, up front; slightly herbal and lemony, in the middle, but the finish returns the sweeter malts with a vengeance

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; creamy

Overall: I imagine this is a crowd pleaser, particularly for those who like a sweeter style; a wheat beer with a difference, but I prefer mine hoppy

Photo of Lemke10
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Bernie's Taproom in Waukesha, WI. This pours a cloudy, golden amber color with a slight head. The taste is smooth, full of wheat and a hint of citrus. Overall pretty good and delicious. For being a lesser known wheat beer, this is pretty good.

Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Surly tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellowish golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of clingy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A wheat and grain forward aroma with nice hints of citrus fruit and earthy hops. Wheat and pale malt upfront with hints of grains, biscuit, cracker, straw, and yeast. Subtle hints of white pepper. Citrus hop hints of orange, pineapple, apricot, melon, and lemon. Earthy and floral hop hints as well. A pretty nice and zesty wheat beer aroma that is well balanced by the hops.

Taste: Like it smells, a zesty and bready wheat driven taste with nice notes of citrus fruit and earthy hops. Lots of wheat upfront along with malt notes of biscuit, grains, crackers, yeast, and straw. A little white pepper spice and honey like sweetness. Citrus hop notes of orange, apricot, pineapple, lemon, and melon. Earthy and floral hop presence with notes of grass. A pretty solid well balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp and smooth. Fairly drying.

Overall: A solid wheat ale. Hoppier than usual for the style but it lends a nice balance.

Photo of JamesMN
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by date on can of 7/31/13.

Appearance: Slightly hazy dirty yellow color with a frothy white three finger head. Looks at home in a weizen glass.

Aroma: Wheat, a little white pepper, and some earth from the hops. Very similar grain aroma to their 8-Bit Pale Ale.

Taste: Very close to the aroma with a nice hoppy brightness to the palate. Starts with a little hop bitterness mixed with a good wheat flavor that develops into an almost rye-like character from the malt. I've had many of Tallgrass's offerings and apart from their stout all the malt bills have this rye-like flavor to them. Finish is smooth with a little earthy hop flavor. A little disappointed because it's advertised as having 'tropical fruit' hop character but I'm really not getting any of that. Still a great wheat beer and sessionable at 5% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body and refreshing. Average carbonation. Really good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: While nothing about Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat really wows the palate, there is a great deal to be enjoyed in this beer. The refreshing and drinkable mix of flavors make it a perfect summer beer and one of the best Wheat Ales I've ever had. Would I drink it again? Yes.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a fluted pilsner glass.

Look: Hazy deep pale straw color. Fluffy white head, slow recession. Light airy lacing.

Aroma: Floral, sweet, and some fruits in the beginning. Faint malts and wheat later on.

Taste: Very fruity and sweet before the grainy, wheat body. Some orange notes to begin. Light hop finish, barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, clean finish.

Overall: A noticeable fruity presence with nice sweetness, not my favorite wheat beer but good for a summer evening.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tallgrass Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat Beer
12 oz. can, no apparent freshness dating but marked "13 056"

From the get-go you can tell that this is no standard wheat, you can smell the hops as you pour it. The appearance, however, is typical. It looks like a cross between a Belgian witbier and a Bavarian Hefeweizen, although the bright white head drops readily though, more like a wittier. Still, it leaves some nice lacing as it goes, even if only temporarily.

The aroma is hoppy. It smells more like a "beer" than a wheat beer, although there is a good deal of wheat present, and a bit of yeast. The hops are mainly citrusy, but also a bit grassy and perhaps spicy, although the spiciness might be from the yeast.

In the mouth it's light to light-medium in body, and fizzy-crisp.

The flavor displays the hops more fully than the aroma suggests, and there's some pine in there along with the citrusy notes. The wheat flavor remains solid, and the yeast adds a light touch of chalkiness and (seemingly) some light spiciness - in that sense it's more like a Belgian witbier than a Bavarian Hefeweizen. I'm quite sure they're using a Belgian strain; and, in fact, have intended a Belgian-style wit with a bit of citrusy American hops thrown in. And it works. It's still refreshing and balanced but the citrusy/piney hops give it an unexpected twist and an added component of complexity. Nicely done!

Photo of Fatehunter
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two fingers of head, great retention. Hazy, dark straw colored body with unfiltered sediment floating around.
Smells like honey and
Sparkling water taste with a nice dryness. Some lemon and sunshine. Refreshing and clean.
Smooth and crisp texture. Moderate carbonation.
Pretty good and unique flavor and great looking to boot.

Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can into a pint glass. Beer is yellow and hazy with a white head, small bubbles, low retention, looks good.

Aroma is mildly hoppy, a little yeast, smells fine.

Beer is drinkable, wet on the palate, mild aftertaste, a little grainy, a little sweet from the yeast, not a great beer but there is nothing wrong with it, I just don't think I'd have it again.

Photo of barnzy78
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First time trying something from this brewery; picked this can up as a part of a mix6 on a trip to St. Louis.

12oz can, very cloudy tangerine-orange colored ale, decent white head, leaves great lacing on the glass. Aromas are orange, wheat, not much else. Tastes are more orange- mandarin, tropical, sweet, wheat, lemongrass. Body is medium, creamy, a bit chalky, lower carbonation. Overall, the mandarin orange flavor is overpowering and too dominant. This wasn't bad, just not something I'd get again.

Photo of confer
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours pale yellow and hazy. Lots of sediment settle on the bottom of the glass.
Not a strong aroma only a light lemon smell.
This is a very good tasting American wheat beer. The dull bland flavor of most American wheat is missing and replaced with a refreshing citrus taste.
Overall this is one the better American Wheat that I have had. Bonus point for coming out of a can and being so reasonably priced.

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City. Served in a traditional weizen glass.

Appearance - Pours a body of golden amber color with just a bit of brownish shadow from the unfiltered haze. Atop the body sits a fluffy three-finger stark white head. Retention is moderate, and it begins to dissipate slightly, shrinking down by about a half finger to reveal a healthy curtain of Lorraine Swiss lacing along the side of the glass.

Smell - Bright citrus and rustic grain come to the forefront, and you can tell this is an American wheat beer (rather than a traditional hefeweizen) by the absence of any kind of fruity ester characteristics. Instead, the aroma is crisp and herbal, with aromatics coming through from the hopping rather than the yeast profile. That said, there is a bit of pepperiness that I can only assume is a result of the yeast used.

Taste - This is a bit hoppier in flavor than I remember, but I've typically had this beer right out of the can at outdoor summer events, rather than served in a glass. It's a nice flavorful beer for the lake or a ballgame, but out of the glass, the hop characteristics shine even more, with a wonderful blend of grassy herbal notes and generic citrus zest that seems to lean towards lemon, but with notes of orange as well. There is a white pepper component that originally came through in the aroma, but is a little more obvious here. And rounding it out is a substantial grain base that gives the impression of rustic wheat bread, with just a slight sweetness as you might get from fresh bread.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and moderate carbonation, with a creamy, almost round feel on the palate, which I tend to associate with the style.

Overall, this is a criminally underrated beer in my opinion. I don't know if I would have said that before I enjoyed it out of a glass, which really seemed to kick off the aromas in a way that enhanced the flavor as well. Tallgrass really has the makings of a solid portfolio of beers, and this is one of their best.

Photo of UnkleFester
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy golden color, about 2 fingers of foamy white head that doesn't stick around, decent lacing.

S: Wheat right away a hint of hops and lemon as well.

T: Sweet biscuit note up front followed by grassy herbal note and a hint of citrus notes.

M: Light body, fair amount of carbonation that finishes slightly dry.

O: A great sessionable beer and the can format makes it perfect to take tailgating, camping or the beach.

Photo of woodychandler
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One indication of The CANQuest's (TM) notoriety, notoriousness (?) came during the recent SAVOR 2012 fest in DC where I was pouring for Green Flash and Tallgrass was one of the other three brewers in our quad. I remarked on the fact that I really dig their CANs and that I had a CAN of Halcyon at home awaiting review. Their brewer replied that he already knew who I was and that they are awaiting Halcyon's inclusion in The CANQuest (TM)! Well, without further ado ...

From the CAN: "Our thanks to Bill Mai, the wheat farmer from Wallace County, Kansas that grows our wheat!"; For the previous reviewer, the date stamp is actually not all that cryptic - it is the Julian Date, that is, the last two digits of the Calendar Year followed by a three digit code corresponding to the day out of 365 or 366. Mine read "12 161", marking it as the 161st day of CY 2012. Born on or expires by? Unknown. Onward!

What is it with me and Kansas CANs today?!? I wonder if the lovely Kansas, wife of Appalachian BC's head brewer, is aware of all of this. Her name was originally to be "CANdace", but it got bastardized to its current form. If I ever have a daughter, her name will be Penelope CANdace, or little Penny Candy as its diminutive. CAN we have a review, please?!?

The Crack revealed yet another brimful craft CAN! Beautiful. The Glug was flawless and I had a finger-and-a-half of fizzing, bone-white head that popped, gurgled and fizzed its way out of existence. Color was a fizzy, hazy golden-yellow and I raised a toast as a wussy to Greg Koch. Nose was really clean, with a peppery spiciness up front accompanied by a slight fruitiness and a light mintiness. I do not know what I was expecting, but that was not it! Mouthfeel was fairly full, thanks to all of the carbonation and the taste was subtle, less intense than on the nose, but with all of the characteristics noted earlier. The peppery bite really came through on the finish, making it very dry, indeed. This definitely belongs in my summer beach cooler and is worthy of your CANsideration, also.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 12-ounce can. There is a cryptic batch code printed on the bottom but no discernable freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a 330 ml weizen glass. The color is pale orange and has a lot of lemonade tones. It is hazy but not cloudy. Two fingers of thick, white head dissipated to leave a thick ring around the edge.

Smell: Up front, it is pretty hoppy for a wheat beer; there is a lot of grapefruit citrus on top of orange and lemon. Smells a little like cantaloupe, too. It is a nice surprise. However, there is a solid scent of wheat and pale malts.

Taste: It has a wheaty and full mouthfeel that offers orange, lemon, and grapefruit citrus. The cantaloupe from the smell is there, too. There is subtle spice, but the citrus provides a nice zest on top of a solid foundation of wheat.

Drinkability: It’s decent. It is probably what I would expect from a wheat beer from Kansas.

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Tallgrass Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat from Tallgrass Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.