Tallgrass Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Tallgrass Halcyon Unfiltered WheatTallgrass Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat

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320 Ratings

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Ratings: 320
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 35
Gots: 60 | 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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Reviews by brewerburgundy:
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beaver13
2.86/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of bsp77
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of deebo
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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 MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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 WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Brenden
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of carl
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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 plfahey
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Yellow golden in color, and pretty damn hazy. Medium white head fades to a thin layer of lace.

Aroma-Hay-like, grassy hops, with a slight noble/floral touch to them. Slight spritzy citrus note-perhaps orange or lemon-and then some nice bready wheat flavors, a distinct graininess, and a little bit of zestyness from the yeast.

Flavor-Soft, bready wheat and a lightly sweet cereal/grainy character dominates the opening. Malt flavors back off in the mid-palate to allow light hop flavors of hay, grass, and flowers to show through. Finishes dry and crisp, with a low hop bitterness and cereal grain malt carrying on.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate carbonation, and a silky, full sort of texture from the wheat. Crisp and snappy in the finish.

Refreshing, crisp, and delightful. American wheat as a style is rather bland, but this beer manages to bring some nice wheat/malt flavors along with some light hop notes to add complexity. An awesome example of the style.

Photo of dbossman
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy lemon-drop yellow with a thick and foamy head--but not the greatest retention; lacing is okay

S: Grainy, grassy up front followed by citrus, coriander, lemon rind, and a slight lemon-grass aroma--smells like a nice grainy wheat beer should; let's do this

T: Actually a decent hop bitterness up front which I was surprised by since I didn't detect much hops in the aroma; lots of nice citrus up front with some grassy and grainy qualities underneath

F: Medium to light body but just enough texture--not as watery as many of the style; really clings to the roof of the mouth and it even a bit sticky

O: A real nice, easy drinking beer; one of my favorites of the style

Photo of Fatehunter
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
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 russpowell
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed apricot with 3 fingers of ivory colored head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Bready, yeasty & peppery

T: Bready, faint green apple & apricot & slight grassy hop notes. Some flinty hop notes mix with breadyness & green apple juice as this warms, along with grainyness. Finishes grainy with juicy fruit notes & white pepper

MF: Medium bodied, somewhat creamy carbonation

Great drinkability, nice & refreshing, really grew on me as this warms

Photo of lawlerj
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a weizen glass.

A - pours a cloudy yellowish orange. Very hazy - you can almost see through one side of the glass to the other, but not quite. Appears to well carbonated. Eggshell colored frothy head; almost sudsy looking. Not much in the way of lacing.

S - very grassy and herbal w/ strong citrus undertones. Definitely lemony. The yeast gives off a citrusy sharpness that's very nice and aromatic.

T - there is a nice biscuit flavor followed by the sparkling lemon citrus flavors. Sweet, and then tart, and then a nice little pop of sourness on the finish. Delicious. As the beer warms a bit, the hops become much more aggressive and balance the maltiness in a nice way. Very different than the hop/malt balance in an IPA or pale, but very delicious.

M - medium bodied, feels nice and frothy. Not too heavy, not too light. Plenty of flavor in this brew and the body backs that up.

O - overall, this is a very delicious, unique wheat beer. Love that it comes in a can. Tallgrass is one of the regional leaders when it comes to using cans (I believe that is all they use; no bottles) and I hope to see more breweries in the Midwest move in that direction.

Photo of jaycount
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been excited for this beer since I heard it was coming. I'm relieved it finally made it to town!

A - Golden and cloudy. A little bit darker than similar wheat beers in the category. Good clean white head. Decent lacing.

S - Hops! Citrusy, orange, grapefruit, lemon meshed with hops! I don't think most wheat beers have enough hops, this one does.

T - Some lemon and orange notes. Alot of hop flavors here. Just the right amount of wheat malt at the end. I love this beer because it doesn't taste like they took tons of fruit zest and piled it in for the lemon/orange flavors, it tastes like it comes from the natural flavors of the hops.

M - Light and carbonated, just like the style demands

This beer is awesome. Light and refreshing, perfect for a Summer seasonal. Very excited for more of this!

Photo of ctxfenris
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
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 output01x
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can (No Date) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1-finger off-white head that quickly fades to a thin, even dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a hazy straw gold with a decent number of large carbonation bubbles. Some light lacing can be seen clinging to the glass here and there.

A light wheat aroma is, of course, the primary aroma. Grainy and sweet, the nose also carries notes of lemon oil and orange zest.

Light, tropical flavors start the taste with notes of lemon, orange, and pineapple. Soon after, a sweet, grainy wheat flavor accompanies the fruit flavors. As soon as the beer is swallowed, a floral hops flavor joins the party with a slight bitterness. This quickly fades to more sweet wheat and light tropical flavors.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this certainly is a great lawnmower beer. The body is light and refreshing. The carbonation is slightly fizzy but does not detract from the flavors. A little more carbonation might help to make this beer more crisp, but it is very drinkable as is.

Photo of morimech
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy golden color with two fingers of dense, white head. The head slowly settles to a thick cap. Heavy, spotty lacing is left on the glass. Looks as good as a hefeweizen.

Wheat aromas with a touch of lemon and grassy hops. Although not as exciting as the citris hopped wheat ales, this one is still pretty good.

The flavor does not quite live up to expectations. The hops are not adding much to the wheat flavor. Just a slight hint of grassiness.

A little lighter in body and not as nicely textured as hefes.

A good wheat ale that is not as exciting as offerings from Lagunitas and Three Floyds. Better than most others however.

Photo of EagleTalon
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours up to a nice thick head that lasts and a hazy yellow. Aroma is doughy, wheaty, biscuity with a bit of floral and tropical fruit, perhaps from the hops. Flavor is clean, balanced, "smooth" and thirst quenching-- everything to ask for in a summer wheat beer with a subtle hop character along the way. Clean grainy finish. Feels great in the mouth and on the tongue. Damn good wheat beer.

Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to woodychandler for yet another canned beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of wheat and lemons. Taste is the same, wheat and lemon, some bitterness, a bit mild. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall does not have the refreshing qualities of some wheat beers, mediocre.

Photo of emerge077
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 3 cans, review from written notes.

It pours a murky pale orange color, with a billowing head of white foam. Long lasting head retention, with a collar of spotty lace that accumulates over the course of the glass. Rapidly rising carbonation. Looks very classic.

Grassy and wheaty, light grainy sweetness, a touch of orange and some yeast esters. Fairly mild and straightforward, was hoping for more hop presence here.

Clean, crisp and zesty with a light hop bitterness in the finish. The bulk of the flavor is focused on the smooth wheaty sweetness, with minor floral and orange notes from the hops. Light carbonation, smooth mellow feel. Less hop character than anticipated from the reviews here, but there was a mild presence. Finishes somewhat dry, thankfully not overly sweet, relatively clean. Quenching and light bodied. Pouring in the yeast sediment seems to add a degree of smoothness to the feel.

Overall a simple quenching wheat beer... versatile with food, an everyday fridge staple, an all-around session candidate.

Photo of kkoz
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance & Aroma: It is golden-orange in color and fairly hazy with some chunks of yeast sediment floating about. There was a lot of carbonation with a big, bright white, creamy head which stuck around for a while. It had a yeasty, slightly bready aroma with hints of citrus.

Taste & Feel: The body was light and it had a smooth, somewhat watery mouthfeel with almost no carbonation bite. There was a good, yeasty, bready malt flavor in middle, followed by a lighter bready, airy, slightly citrusy finish.

Food Pairing: This was light enough that it would go with almost any food. However, I think it light airiness of it would help to wash down thicker, bready, or even fried, foods.

Overall Impression: I haven’t had a craft beer in a can for a while, so I was a bit skeptical of it. I found this to be extremely drinkable, and it went down very easily after being outside on this hot day. The flavors were mostly yeasty, but light – adding a bit of tastiness, but leaving it very drinkable. The finish was slightly citrusy, almost effervescent, making it a great summer beer.

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Tallgrass Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat from Tallgrass Brewing Company
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