Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Wheat Beer - American Pale
3.86 | pDev: 12.18%
Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: 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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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is slightly hazy golden yellow colored body with a one finger white foamy head that dies within thirty seconds. The smell has sweet wheat, slightly earthy hops, and just a tad of pepper. The taste is sweet through the previously mentioned flavors and adding a nice little peppery kick in the back. There is no aftertaste, yet a dry finish. The mouthfeel is vey smooth as this rolls across the tongue and mouth is almost practically indescribable, other than that, its light, and very sessionable. Overall, I will definitely seek this beer out again as this is very good for the style and very good to me, there’s a nice refreshing aspect to it.

Jun 09, 2017
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Back_in_the_Saddle from Vermont

3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy burnt yellow color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Stringy lacing slides into the beer.
The smell had some sweet wheat riding over sweet lemon pulp and on into a light lemon rind bitterness.
The taste was moderately sweet with a nice back up by the wheat. Nice dry sweet finish.
The mouthfeel was mainly light on the body somewhat close to medium (due to the wheat, still good for the most part). Nice and sessionable.
Overall, wonderful APWA that if I could get it in my distro, I would have it all of the time in the Summer. Right now, not so much, but still grateful for my friend for sending it. Thank you, Kayley.

Nov 24, 2015
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KTCamm from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

10/29...pours bright gold, somewhat see through. Foam settles out leaving the top clean. Strong citrus wheat nose. Grains. Taste is a lemon backed wheat, smooth, chalky. Very smooth mouthfeel. Chewy. Solid.

Nov 12, 2015
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OKbrew89 from Oklahoma

3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a can to a beer mug. Pours a hazy straw color with a one finger head that recedes slowly but doesn't leave lacing. Smells like wheat and a sweet fruit. Taste has a surprising jolt of spicy hops interweaving with the expected grassy, wheat hues. It has a spicy finish from what I'm guessing is noble hops. Light body and medium body make it a pretty crisp drink.
A wheat beer from Kansas that was as heavy on wheat as can be expected. Nice hop profile that elevated it into something that exceeded expectations. A great football or grilling beer.

Oct 26, 2015
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance : A pretty transparent blonde color with just the right amount of haze to add density and depth. Opacity is 20%. The head pours tall and fluffy, stands at an initial 3 fingers, and gradually fades to a 1 finger, leaving lots of lace in flecks and spots on the sides of the tumbler. There's really not much I'd change on the appearance, it's right up to spec for style. Maybe streaks or webbing in the lace would earn it a straight 5, but I'm not going to be too picky.

Smell : Piney hop and rich baked malts balance perfectly in the nose. Just when I think the hop wins out, the malt aroma comes in and proves me wrong. This is an incredibly fair, even-handed, equitable, balanced aroma. Based on the style I have to give it a 5. I couldn't improve the perfect balance of this nose.

Taste : Once again, a great marriage of balance. A little watery on the front, but that's satisfied quickly with a parallel of hop and malt. The hop is of the piney variety, and the malt is baked and golden. The finish is both slightly wheaty and just barely wins out at the sparkling end with orange peel. This beer is not particularly interesting or unique, but if I had to judge a wheat beer based on its merits of style and origins, this is a prime example.

Feel : Carbonated, medium to light bodied, Slightly malty/pasty on the finish, semi-dry.

Overall : A flagship example of how a Pale Wheat Ale should be. It's not the most unique, but it's insanely by the book and has all of the right balances in the right places, and makes no mistakes or overreaches.

Perfectly, supremely balanced and standard. Should be used as the measure for all pale wheat ales.

Oct 02, 2015
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Jason from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy can, sample from the brewery.

Great head retention, some clarity but there is a swirl of haze. Aroma is of tea, lemon zest, bread, & nutty yeast. Mild spice on the palate from the wheat, fresh bread with a herbal hop bitterness to balance. Very crisp and drinkable. Semi-clean finish with a faint peppery tone.

So easy to knock back, that is the wow factor here.

Sep 15, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy gold under a persistent lacy 3” off-white foam collar. S: wheat nose, not much spice T: Spicy wheat flavors, some spiced fruit but not the level of fruit and spice found in a Wit. F: Very creamy with medium low carbonation and body. O: a very respectable American pale Wheat Ale.

Aug 12, 2015
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Suds from Missouri

3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew is a slightly dark gold color, 'wheat' is appropriate. The smell is slightly yeasty, with a grain scent and a little twang. The taste is semi-sweet with a wheat and malt undertone. Smooth and medium in body.

Aug 09, 2015
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garymuchow from Minnesota

4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Soft wheat aroma with a bit of tart and citrus, but not much. A bit grainy
Huge head if not stopping and pouring more carefully. Cloudy and darker moving towards a dirty yellow.
Nice malt mix with wheat and pale barley bare knuckling it out on my tongue. Then a very soft hop with a bit of earthy grassiness appears and moves towards a kinda' dry yet soft closing. Just a touch of tart and fruit.
Moderate fullness and very soft with a soft fullness from the carbonation.
Solid Am. wheat that is not in the vein of highly hopped. Appropriate for Kansas.

Jul 29, 2015
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thank you garymuchow for this
16 oz can poured into a weizen glass

A- A light amber/golden color with a four finger white head.

S- Wheat, faint fruitiness, biscuits, slightly spicy.

T- Wheat, bready sweetness, nice light fruitiness, mild yeast, floral notes, spicy/earthy finish with light bitterness.

M- Smooth, crisp, light body.

O- A nice easy drinking wheat. Doesn't blow me away but I feel I would pick this up in the summer if it was available around me.

Jul 25, 2015
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tempest from New York

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I only get a slight hint of tropical fruit, but there's a lovely wheat malt character. It's big and doughy with a hint of caramel and lemon, but the beer is very drinkable. It's nice, but I want more varied flavor — a few buckets of hops would probably do the trick.

Jul 10, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this is just a great midwestern wheat beer, incredibly fruity from the hops, almost surprising there isnt pineapple or something right in it. super fluffy feeling and full bodied, i like how big it is, seems a nice contrast to all of the wheat beers out there that are so similar. its decidedly not a wit or a hefe or an ipa type, it gets out there on its own trajectory, and i like its uniqueness. its well hoppy too, but fruity and punchy and fresh, not bitter and oily at all, but incredibly boldly flavored on the whole and yet extremely drinkable because its so light in alcohol and well carbonated. i have not had much beer from tall grass at all, but this is excellent stuff, and if its indicative of the rest of their portfolio, i need to get my hands on some more of it. one of the better straight up wheat beers i have had in awhile, and deserves the acclaim and loyal following it seems to have everywhere its distributed.

Jun 28, 2015
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Jun 14, 2015
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Alexrdvz from Oklahoma

3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

His is the kinda beer you can enjoy at the beach during summer, or at the pool. It is VERY fruity... A little too much for my taste and that is right where it looses me.

Jun 13, 2015
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Jayhawknv from Nevada

4.79/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

Apr 25, 2015
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ParnellJoseph1138 from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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

Apr 13, 2015
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Taybeh from Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%

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?

Oct 18, 2014
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Goosehunter75 from Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

Aug 27, 2014
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MartzMimic from Oklahoma

3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Jul 12, 2014
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ctxfenris from Arkansas

4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Jul 12, 2014
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CTbrew32 from Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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)

Jul 04, 2014
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Jun 29, 2014
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
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

May 22, 2014
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Lemke10 from Wisconsin

4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Apr 23, 2014
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Jul 25, 2013
Halcyon from Tallgrass Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 359 ratings