Tallgrass Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Tallgrass Halcyon Unfiltered WheatTallgrass Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat

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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 StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
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

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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.

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Photo of zeff80
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden orange color with a three-finger, off-white head of thick long-lasting, foam. It left sudsy sheets of lace.

S - This smelled amazing. Pine and citrus from the hops with a strong wheat aroma. There was a touch of yeasty notes, too.

T - It tasted of pine, grasses and wheat malt. Not as good as the aroma but still good.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really good wheat beer. Aroma was fantastic and it tasted good, too.

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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 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!

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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

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One indication of The CANQuest's (TM) notoriety, notoriousness (?) came during the recent SAVOR 2012 fest in DC where I was pouring for Green Flash and Tallgrass was one of the other three brewers in our quad. I remarked on the fact that I really dig their CANs and that I had a CAN of Halcyon at home awaiting review. Their brewer replied that he already knew who I was and that they are awaiting Halcyon's inclusion in The CANQuest (TM)! Well, without further ado ...

From the CAN: "Our thanks to Bill Mai, the wheat farmer from Wallace County, Kansas that grows our wheat!"; For the previous reviewer, the date stamp is actually not all that cryptic - it is the Julian Date, that is, the last two digits of the Calendar Year followed by a three digit code corresponding to the day out of 365 or 366. Mine read "12 161", marking it as the 161st day of CY 2012. Born on or expires by? Unknown. Onward!

What is it with me and Kansas CANs today?!? I wonder if the lovely Kansas, wife of Appalachian BC's head brewer, is aware of all of this. Her name was originally to be "CANdace", but it got bastardized to its current form. If I ever have a daughter, her name will be Penelope CANdace, or little Penny Candy as its diminutive. CAN we have a review, please?!?

The Crack revealed yet another brimful craft CAN! Beautiful. The Glug was flawless and I had a finger-and-a-half of fizzing, bone-white head that popped, gurgled and fizzed its way out of existence. Color was a fizzy, hazy golden-yellow and I raised a toast as a wussy to Greg Koch. Nose was really clean, with a peppery spiciness up front accompanied by a slight fruitiness and a light mintiness. I do not know what I was expecting, but that was not it! Mouthfeel was fairly full, thanks to all of the carbonation and the taste was subtle, less intense than on the nose, but with all of the characteristics noted earlier. The peppery bite really came through on the finish, making it very dry, indeed. This definitely belongs in my summer beach cooler and is worthy of your CANsideration, also.

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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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hal·cy·on   [hal-see-uhn] Show IPA
adjective Also, hal·cy·o·ni·an  [hal-see-oh-nee-uhn] Show IPA, hal·cy·on·ic  [hal-see-on-ik] Show IPA.
calm; peaceful; tranquil: halcyon weather.
rich; wealthy; prosperous: halcyon times of peace.
happy; joyful; carefree: halcyon days of youth.
of or pertaining to the halcyon or kingfisher.
a mythical bird, usually identified with the kingfisher, said to breed about the time of the winter solstice in a nest floating on the sea, and to have the power of charming winds and waves into calmness.
any of various kingfishers, especially of the genus Halcyon.

And this beer, a summer-y wheat by Tallgrass Brewing, of Manhattan, Kansas. My first time tapping them, after Rob has giving samples for so long. About time I got around to it. Here are my thoughts on the beer of wind and wave (and kingfishers).

Clouded, pale apricot/orange color, good white head, long-lasting, sturdy and staying. Appealing and inviting.

Aroma: Bright citrus, yeast, wheat-y, orange and lemon, light, yet fresh and zesty. Sweet and slightly sour, at once.

Taste: Sweetness again, lush in the mouth, smooth and delicious. Tasty stuff, definitely downable, uncommonly refreshing. Wheat texture comes right out, sweetness matches a small amount of sour, and the combination is an utter delight. And now, bitterness rises up, hops come screaming out.

I'm going to pause now, and quote the brewery...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.

This is really yummy. That's all I've got to say. Been turning the heads of some "I don't like wheat beer" types around here. A bit bolder, hoppier, brighter, and more complex than Oberon. Sweet, bitter, a touch sour, and crazily thirst quenching. Like this one lots. Good work, Tallgrass, I remain a fan of your work!

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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 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 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 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 pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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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 Suds
3.84/5  rDev 0%
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.

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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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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JeepCop for this can...

A: Poured into an imperial pint glass, this beer is a nice cloudy lemony yellow with a whispy pure white head. There is some nice lacing going on as this beer drinks.

S: It smells of grains, some lemon, and a touch or orange peel. There is a little spice to it, but it's subtle and could be attributed to the zesty citrus notes.

T: This beer starts off with a nice sweetness followed immediately but a citrusy zip. There is definitely a minor spice to this beer. Again, it;s really subtle, but it's there. The flavors mix well on the palate and it finishes with more citrus and spice.

M: Light bodied beer. The flavors are great, but the carbonation seems a bit stingy. It finishes a bit dry.

O: This beer is decent. It's not on the level of some other wheat beers I've had, but I'd drink it again if I had the chance.

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Photo of jera1350
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky and cloudy dark gold color with a thin creamy white head that produces some fair lacing.

Wheaty, but it takes a backseat to the citrus notes. Not real strong, but nice smelling.

Mostly just wheat in the taste. Just a tiny hint of citrus in the background. Pretty one dimensional to me. Some bitterness in the aftertaste.

Awesome chewy and smooth mouthfeel. This is the highlight of this beer for me. Medium bodied.

A very drinkable and sessionable summer beer. Not the most interesting, but it goes down easy and is in a can, which are two huge plusses for a summer brew.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is two inches of billowy eggshell white colored foam that recedes at a glacial pace into a fluffy cap of lacing. The aroma is of lemon, tangerines, and some tangy wheat. It is a very vibrant aroma. The taste is full of citrus fruit with a hint of tang. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a chewy texture, and lively carbonation. Overall, this is a very impressive American Pale Wheat Ale. It has far more flavor that nearly every other beer I've had of this style. I am a much bigger fan of Hefes, and would almost always choose one over a Pale Wheat Ale. However, I this beer is good enough that I could see myself drinking it again.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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