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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

246 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 28
Gots: 17 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: jaycount on 03-30-2011)
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Miami66

Nebraska

1.5/5  rDev -60.9%

07-29-2013 20:24:24 | More by Miami66
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

01-26-2012 06:44:05 | More by Whiskeydeez
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ScorpyX

Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

12-27-2012 07:31:24 | More by ScorpyX
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zeledonia

Minnesota

2.63/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a one-finger white head. Head retention is meh, lacing is average.

Smells of nice citrus and floral hops, backed up by fresh wheat. Quite pleasant, and a good combination of fruity and earthy. The highlight of the beer.

Tastes like... wait a minute, where's the flavor? It tastes like nothing. If I try real hard, I can pick up some light malts, some wheat. The finish is as bland as the rest of it. I let it warm up to near room temp, tasting along the way, and I still got very little flavor. A bit more bitterness from the hops, and some grainy malt, but even at 60 degrees F it tasted weak. Disappointed.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, with solid carbonation. I think it holds in the mouth fairly well, but as there's so little flavor, I can't really tell.

This beer has almost no taste. Okay, it's innocuous, doesn't actually taste bad, and is slightly more refreshing than cold water. But I want flavor from my beer. And this is not a comment on the style - I've recently had several pale wheat ales that I found flavorful. Don't think it's a freshness issue, as I'm pretty sure this just hit our shelves in the last couple weeks. I do not plan to drink this again.

Serving type: can

05-31-2011 02:34:15 | More by zeledonia
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Catlin

Iowa

2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

10-04-2013 18:08:09 | More by Catlin
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Nachojon

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this in my NOOB Bif Box.

A- All hazy wheat colored with a fingers worth of head that dissipates quickly into a ring around the glass.

S- Like rancid aluminium. Some citrus.

T- Like rancid aluminium. I really dislike wheats. This one does have some redeeming citrus qualities. Even some complexity with the wheat, the tangy citrus and some mango. I wish it were drier.

M- I hate the fake sugar corn starch aftertaste.

O- If I am going to like a wheat beer, it needs to taste crisp and natural. This one doesn't.

Serving type: can

02-20-2012 07:35:08 | More by Nachojon
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a hazy golden yellow out of a 12 oz can (really? i thought they only did pints!). nice amounts of lacing came from the inch of bright white head. faint smells of hops and yeast, slight hint of lemon. the taste is pretty bland - very mellow sweetness and a tiny bit bready. light bodied, easy drinking beer. not impressed at all. this brewery was on a roll until i had this can, even for a wheat beer it seems too bland.

Serving type: can

04-04-2012 21:49:31 | More by facundoCNB
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.88/5  rDev -25%
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.

Serving type: can

08-13-2011 00:26:14 | More by Beaver13
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beerbrains

Nebraska

3/5  rDev -21.9%

04-11-2013 04:01:15 | More by beerbrains
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jheezee

Texas

3/5  rDev -21.9%

12-11-2012 22:42:31 | More by jheezee
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atlbravsrno1

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -21.9%

07-22-2014 20:04:39 | More by atlbravsrno1
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Beestin

Iowa

3/5  rDev -21.9%

04-20-2014 19:54:18 | More by Beestin
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brecklem


3/5  rDev -21.9%

07-15-2014 19:47:10 | More by brecklem
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acelin

Kansas

3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had this beer before, but the brewery was new so I'm giving them another chance.

This beer is strange. It's not quite like the pale wheat ales of Boulevard, Widmer, and others. It's more on the Pale Ale side of Wheat ale than the hefe side.

The appearance is very clear, which is odd for this style.

The smell is more floral, with no wheat malt or banana like smells coming off of the beer.

The taste is more floral as well. Hardly any wheat malt backbone, no wheat malt mouth-feel, and certainly no fruity wheat flavor. It's got some I suppose, but this beer is more like a Pale Ale that accidentally had some wheat malt spilled in it.

Serving type: can

06-10-2011 04:45:26 | More by acelin
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -21.9%

03-15-2012 02:14:00 | More by doucmehu
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ArmedsouthernEr

Mississippi

3/5  rDev -21.9%

01-04-2014 23:23:50 | More by ArmedsouthernEr
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jharris0624

Missouri

3/5  rDev -21.9%

05-31-2014 03:03:16 | More by jharris0624
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -21.9%

01-17-2014 04:32:33 | More by mattmarka1
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utah44

Louisiana

3/5  rDev -21.9%

10-08-2013 08:15:08 | More by utah44
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thufflife

Missouri

3/5  rDev -21.9%

06-19-2014 17:58:24 | More by thufflife
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Amp

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -21.9%

06-04-2013 03:12:24 | More by Amp
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azdback

Arizona

3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Spaten tumbler. Cloudy, yellow orange color, with medium carbonation bubbles but they lead to a huge straw colored, three finger head. Lace I think is gonna stick around and does in a spotted pattern.

Smell is very bready and musty. Hay comes to mind. Maybe even some over ripe oranges.

Taste is earthy or grassy. Some sweet malt flavors. Tons of musty yeast flavors.

Mouth is well balanced but for a wheat it is not that refreshing. I'm trying to scrape this off my tongue instead of enjoying what's going down.

Overall I don't think is a terrible representation of the style, just not my cup of tea (wheat?). Thanks to McNuts for this freebee.

Serving type: can

07-21-2011 05:26:24 | More by azdback
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zhanson88

California

3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours an extremely unfiltered straw color. Was expecting some haze, an extreme yeast presence. About 1/2" of eggshell white head forms that has poor lacing and retention.

Smell: I detect some wheaty malts as well as some citrus, mainly a hint of orange zest. That's about it. No hops to speak of.

Taste: Taste is similar to the smell. Wheat malts, and some citrus. The citrus is more pronounced on the palate than on the nose. Still average overall.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied with pleasant carbonation. Pretty smooth drinking and not overcarbonated. Overall, glad I got to try this, but it's about an average wheat beer. Good for a hot day though.

Serving type: can

08-28-2011 05:56:00 | More by zhanson88
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

Serving type: can

10-08-2012 04:12:46 | More by barnzy78
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: can

06-03-2012 15:51:21 | More by tone77
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Tallgrass Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat from Tallgrass Brewing Company
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