Tallgrass Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Tallgrass Halcyon Unfiltered WheatTallgrass Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat

Brewed by:
Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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

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Photo of zeledonia
2.72/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

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Photo of Nachojon
2.79/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

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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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
2.86/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

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Photo of Groenebeor
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.

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Photo of azdback
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.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.04/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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Photo of Alexrdvz
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of jkrich
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Undated 12 oz. can poured a slightly hazy, goldish yellow with a fluffy inch white-head that dissipated slowly leaving some nice lacing.

The aroma was rather sweet and refreshing with faint fruity odor.

The flavor has a pleasant lemony and mild fruit taste; some husky flavors and sourness in the aftertaste.

Thin bodied, which is appropriate for the style, and surprisingly low carbonation for a wheat ale.

This is a thirst quenching, above average american style wheat; a fine ale on a hot summer day or at the beach.

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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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tallgrass Brewing

Pours a cloudy, unfiltered straw color. Soapy head forms leaving alittle lace before leaving the picture. Aroma is full of wheat, grains, and some floral/citrus.

In the taste, more wheat, somewhat grainy and sweet. Mild citrus notes with suggestions of lemon peel. Little to no bitterness. Comes across somewhat juicy. Light bodied feel, though a touch thin.

Overall, a pretty decent pale wheat. Too much raw wheat to be a hefe or a wit, this fits the style nicely. At $1.79 a can, this quenching beer could be a summer staple.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz -> Marshall Pint

A ~ Hazy Gold, with what I like to call "Soda-pop Bubbles"
Tall airy head that's gone after a minute.

S ~ Lemons, Blueberries, Soft Wheat (less than expected)

T ~ Fruity Pebbles, Bubblegum, Caramel, Sugar, Citrus, faint hops, and (forreal) Hawaiian Sweet Rolls. Pretty sweet.

M ~ Goes down smooth, semi dry finish, but that sugared-orange cloy gets old.

D ~ Like it alot, but wouldn't session. I'd have to take breaks.


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Photo of birchstick
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a hazy yellow with an insignificant head on it

S - smells of Wheat grains with cuts of citrus and grassy hops

T - taste is nice. Starts off with with wheat malts and fades to some yeasty flavors. A bit of citrus shows up with hints of Orange and straw. Weird combo, but it works.

M - nice full body and goes down rather smoothly

D - pretty decent wheat beer. It is more flavorful than yOur run of the mill apwa's but not earth shattering....then again, is it supposed to be? I would buy this again.

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of jcartamdg
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy golden color into my DFH signature glass. Great one finger head retains with great lacing. Aroma of wheat and hops with hints of bready malts and yeast. Taste follows the nose, very fresh and crisp tasting. This is a great wheat beer that flys under the radar.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this one up today as part of a mixed six pack at Lukas Liquors, just south of Denver. Surprised that this can was a 12 ouncer, unlike the other Tallgrass beers. Oh well. Poured a hazy straw color with a rocky white head. Aromas of wheat and light lemony hops. On the palate, this one was light bodied, crisp and refreshing, with wheat and more citrus.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can - one of the sharper looking cans on the market.

Translucent golden yellow, with swirls of sediment settling to the bottom, like tails rotating out of a summer wall cloud. Lends some opaqueness, while a thin white head leaves slight rings behind.

A lightly-hopped wheat on the nose, with both being apparent, but relatively subtle. Allusions to lemon there as well.

Wheat, but with a green hoppy twist - very fresh, almost to the point of needing a little more time to mellow out. With a bit of citrus, tastes like a near harvest wheat field smells - grassy, bready, but still with hints of its previous greenery.

Good carbonation and more body than you might expect in the mouth, closing crisply. A good summertime wheat beer.

Good, but not great. Happy for the folks at Tallgrass, as they continue to produce quality beers.

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Photo of HaysAmerica
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a hefewissen glass. Pours w/ a very nice 3 fingers white head & the lacing is fantastic! Head retention is good throughout the drink. Burnt orange in color & almost yellowish @ the bottom & dark orange just below the head. I have to admit, this goes fantastic this time of year w/ grilling. Drank this in my backyard w/ kids playing outside around 6pm on a perfect Sunday evening.

The nose comes out very much of cloves & pepper. Has a faint banana smell but it's very much a supporting character in the beginning of the drink. The first gulp is yeasty & peppery. Pretty typical of a wheat beer but has more body than some others I've tried (Boulevard). Cloves come out of this beer throughout the drink. As it comes alive (warms up), more of the bubblegum notes come out.

This is a medium bodied beer that isn't quite like your traditional German wheat beer. Really good though. Overall, I'd say that drinkability is ok. Almost a session beer. I'd like to smell & taste more bubblegum in this & banana too. Pretty good American version of an unfiltered wheat beer. Prosit!

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a hazey pale golden color. A finger of eggshell colored head make an appearance but quickly recedes into nothing. No lacing.

S- the aroma is the highlight of the beer. Found out from the rep that they used citra in the hop bill... I love citra and it does great things. Starts out with a toasted wheat aroma. Balanced orange citrus hop note in the middle. Finish is ceral grain. Smells like liquid wheaties.

T- starts out with a huge toasted wheat flavor that permeates the entire brew. Mild orange hop note in the middle. Finishes a little watery but the agua characteristic blows off and leaves a delicious dry cracked wheat flavor that lasts quite a while. Great finish.

MF- Quenching spritzy mouthfeel with a light body and some bubbly carbonation.

D- very drinkable just not something that's going to bowl you over.

Overall a solid pale wheat.

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Photo of mothman
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at stubs.

Served with a finger of white head. Decent retention with some lace. Color is a hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Wheat, citrus, lemons, grassy and earthy hops.

Taste: Clean lemon citrus. Kind of zesty with a touch of spice. Wheat. Grassy, earthy hops. Much similar to the nose. It is much hoppier than the cask watermelon version I tried.

Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp. Light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends kind of bitter.

Overalll, this was a really easy drinking beer with some solid flavors. I really like the citrus. Definitely one to have around for the summer.

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Photo of ZAP
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

-A refreshing wheat ale.

-Nice wheaty aroma and a prominent citrus flavor (oranges, tangerines).

-Drinks like a wheat pale ale.

-Very hop forward on the flavor and definitely qualifies as a thirst quencher although probably not a beer I would drink over and over again.

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