Tallgrass Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat - Tallgrass Brewing Company
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.26/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
08-29-2012 05:16:51 | More by LambicPentameter
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4.22/5 rDev +10.5%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #54 (July 2011):
Nice crowning of white lace; dull, cloudy golden-beige hue. Smells of lemon tea, bread crust and nutty yeast. Deep smoothness leads to a lean crispness, which really opens this beer up. A wheat malt bomb in a way. Bready, yet semidry with a mild nuttiness in the middle. Modest showing of balancing hops. Lemongrass, earthy yeast, doughy biscuit and a very faint saltiness display some complexities. Finishes clean and grainy. Halcyon ends up being a nearly perfect snapshot of what an American Pale Wheat Ale should be, especially for a style that perhaps doesn’t get enough love. No bells or whistles, just a great wheat beer.
12-15-2011 02:40:24 | More by BeerAdvocate
2.88/5 rDev -24.6%
12oz can. Pours a very hazy dark yellow with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is sweet wheat malts with a touch of fruit.
The flavor is wheat malts and a splash of lemoney fruits and yeast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with spritzy carbonation.
Overall, it's a simple but enjoyable and drinkable wheat.
08-13-2011 00:26:14 | More by Beaver13
3.81/5 rDev -0.3%
Serving glass: Poured from can into Pint glass.
Appearance: Cloudy, dull orange with stark white head and nice lacing.
Smell: Dry wheat and citrusy hops. Dry, hoppy and somewhat musty.
Taste: Pretty fruity and citrusy over a wheat backbone. Pretty hoppy, but not bitter at all and actually a little sweet.
Feel: Moderately high carbonation. Nice creamy body but the finish is oddly tingly and sweet.
Overall: Seems like they were aiming for something more akin to Oberon vs. the typical American Wheat. And it is a pretty good wheat beer, as the Citra hops make it unique, but the oddly sweet taste keeps this from being great.
05-26-2011 00:06:16 | More by bsp77
4.25/5 rDev +11.3%
A-Pours a ton of frothy dense white foam that is there til the last drop. Murky golden tan color with white particulates.
S-Unusual in a wheat that the hops (NW US floral citra hops) burst through with delicious aromas inviting that first drink. There might be some wheat and yeast in there but hard to tell.
T-Hoppiest wheat I've ever had but I like it and I'm not normally a hop head-great thing about this beer is the hops do not leave a lingering resiny bitter aftertaste. I guess my only complaint is the fresh hop flavor dominates what might be delicious wheat and yeast.
M-Full bodied and smooth
D-Damn high, this is a solid great tasting beer.
O-This is not what I expected but a very drinkable great tasting smooth wheat-what else could you ask for, oh yeah I picked this up for $4 for a 6 pack. I better stock up on this one. Fantastic. My new favorite wheat.
11-07-2011 02:42:36 | More by deebo
3.7/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
06-29-2014 03:17:50 | More by Franziskaner
4.05/5 rDev +6%
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.
07-25-2013 06:46:53 | More by MattyG85
4/5 rDev +4.7%
Big foaming bright white head, atop a clouded golden orange body with fine intricate lacing going down the sides of the glass. Aroma has sharp wheat notes with hints of citrus, mild herbal hops in the nose. Straight forward good tasting American pale wheat, sharp wheat hints of acidity with chalky powdered yeast cakes in the finish. Extremely drinkable light hop character, but the zesty lemon character really makes this a refreshing beer, I'm glad to hear that it went year round. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied but the yeast character gives it some added girth...healthy carbonation level finishes evenly balanced between sweet malts/wheat and dry yeast with herbal citrus character. Ovrall very tasty American wheat out of the can, I love seeing canned offerings out there that taste this good, the first 12 ounce offering I've seen from Tallgrass most of their other beers come in pounder 16 ounce cans.
03-12-2012 20:54:27 | More by WVbeergeek
4.08/5 rDev +6.8%
A huge pillowy off-white head rests on a dark yellow beer that's not quite amber. This large, fluffy head looks soft but has some amazing strength. Lacing is good, but not as impressive as the head and not what I'd expect from it.
The aroma is wheat and lemon for the most past with a touch of sweetness. The lemon is soft and without the typical zing.
The flavor is likewise wheaty and a hint sweet with a big yeasty note and a touch of rind that isn't harsh.
A medium body leans towrd light but with some thickness. It's crisp without the overly spritzy feel and goes creamy while remaining crisp.
A very nice wheat beer and a great play what can be an unfortunately bland style.
09-07-2011 14:49:27 | More by Brenden
3.68/5 rDev -3.7%
I was disappointed that Tallgrass discontinued their last wheat offering, so I was happy to try this when a friend offered to let me "help" him sample some.
Appearance: The 12oz. can was poured into a pint glass. The color is a light gold - pretty close to the yellow on the can. Despite it being unfiltered, their was only minimal cloudiness even after I swirled the last part of the can. A good white head appeared initially but didn't last for long.
Smell: The overarching aroma is of the hops, with some mild fruitiness in the background. I didn't pick up on much of the wheat odor that I usually associate with the style.
Taste: This is a good beer. There is a pretty assertive hoppiness but it is balanced overall. What doesn't come out well is the yeast taste - it seems toned down to the point of fading behind the hops. The beer could almost pass as a pale ale.
Moutfeel: Generally light but with a little more body than some wheats.
Overall: Quite a pleasant beer but not one that I would grab if I was craving classic wheat flavor.
04-19-2011 21:55:09 | More by carl
3.38/5 rDev -11.5%
Poured from a 12 oz. can into a standard clear pint glass.
Appearance: Hazy pale golden with a foamy two-finger white head that settled to a nice frothy cap.
Smell: Subtle sweet and wheaty smelling, maybe a hint of citrus.
Taste: Like it smells, sweet, wheaty and a hint of citrus. Not bad for a good light summer brew from a can.
Mouthfeel: Sweet, crisp and medium-bodied
Drinkability: Very drinkable, a great beer for the cooler in the summer. Taste great right out of the can for sporting events or concert tailgating. I did a session at the tailgate party with several of these and they hit the spot. Would grab them again for a similar event.
07-25-2011 00:54:14 | More by ChopperSmith
3.33/5 rDev -12.8%
12oz can, Bruery tulip, "12 193" on the can's bottom edge, which means best by July 12, 2012.
The color is a light spectrum gold that deepens and clouds as the pour finishes, this is unfiltered after all. Halcyon has a respectable head; I had to halt the pour about two thirds of the way through and it retains two fingers of surprisingly pure white easily.
Aromas are faint and evasive. Delicate lemon zest, a clean and direct wheat note. I think my palate and nose have lost some of their ability since I stopped regularly reviewing.
This is a very quenching beer. The flavors are delicate, with no attempt to weight any aspect. It's straw and wheat kernels, green grass, lemon, and Cascade hops. It would be lager-like, but for a yeast background that is more bread than cracker and ever so slightly fruity.
As its other parts are not overbearing, the body is thin. I said before its quenching, which it achieves by combining a slight tartness or acid with a clean mineral finish.
I'm a bit disappointed that it isn't hoppier. I did the date calculation at the store and was pretty sure that it was fresh enough, but if Tallgrass dates six months out, this is as good as four months old. Halcyon is an affordable craft can summer refresher and if I pick up another six I will re-review.
04-28-2012 23:49:18 | More by brewerburgundy
4.23/5 rDev +10.7%
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!
12-27-2012 16:45:35 | More by NeroFiddled
Tallgrass Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat from Tallgrass Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.