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 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.

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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 jsprain1
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy, just-darker-than-straw color. Head is one and a half fingers and stays firm. Some lacing.
S- Smell is nice and refreshing. Lightly sweet malt, with a wheat spicyness and tropical fruit aroma as well.
T- Wow. This is probably my favorite tasting American Pale Wheat. It is wheaty with a light spicy note, and even though the aroma was leaning toward tropical, it really comes through as a bursting citrus flavor here. It is a really refreshing tangerine flavor, and the finish is a nice clean, wheaty flavor. Well balanced.
M- Relatively crisp, light bodied, but decent for style. Finish is semi-dry.
O- A tremendous wheat beer. Wonderfully delicious. There are some wheat beers that use a lot of hops, but then it loses it's wheaty presence. This one doesn't too that. There is a delightlfully wheaty and also hoppy. Well balanced. Highly recommend.

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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 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.

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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 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 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 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 indiapaleale
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - the color of a very hazy, sunny summer day. Leaning towards golden orange with some straw-colored highlights and a very nice looking, fluffy, white head on top. Looks cool and refreshing which is certainly something to look forward to on a day like this - temps pushing 95 right now.

Aroma - some citrus, lemons and oranges along with some cut grass and an earthy aroma perhaps from the wheat or the yeast. Nothing too overpowering as far as aroma goes which is how I like my session beers.

Taste - first sip really hits the spot. Lots of solid malt flavor, almost reminiscent of a brown ale in some ways, a bit toasty and biscuity. That quickly thins out and a citrusy, hop finish develops. This is not your average American Pale Wheat Ale - which has become the staple style for summer beers, most of which lack a decent flavor profile. Halcyon has a very nice malt backbone and a crisp, citrus-esque flavor that quenches your thirst on a warm day. I really, really like this beer.

Overall - If you want the perfect beer to drink outside on a warm, sunny day you certainly couldn't do much better than this. Easy drinking with plenty of flavor and yet thirst quenching and refreshing to boot. Super summer session brew!

Would I buy more of it? - yes, definitely. I could go back and forth with this and Tallgrass' Oasis and be very happy all summer long.

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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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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 PrivateEquity
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very doughy. Cloudy golden color. Good la king.

S - Strong wheat aroma. Citrusy aroma.

T - Bready tastes controls and tastes awesome. Like bread in a can

M - pretty darn thick wheat, almost creamy.

O - Usually not a huge fan of wheats, but this wheat bomb is fantastic. Very drinkable beer for

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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 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 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 jmbranum
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oooo I liked this one. Bought at a liquor store somewhere on the Flint Hills Scenic byway, south of Manhattan, KS. Enjoyed at home in OKC.

Very good session beer. I had avoided this beer in the past (been disappointed too often by beers pitched as "light wheat beers") but I was wrong. This beer is damn good.

Pours a very pretty hazy gold liquid with a giant fluffy white head. (prettiest beer I've enjoyed in ages). Aroma is ok. Light citrus and wheat notes.

Flavor though is excellent. Very complex. Reminds me of a sweeter version of a Belgian white. Sweet but not too sweet. Fair amount of citrus. Crisper than a heffe. Some hops in the background, especially in the aftertaste.

Medium mouthfeel.

Overall, one of the best beers I've had of this style. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass. Full pour.

A: Very deeply cloudy with a ton of yeast sediment floating throughout. Pale straw yellow with orange tones. Pleasant fluffy white head.

S: Very wheaty but the yeast aroma is dominant. The aromas of a pastry shop/bakery come to mind. Slightly muddled citrus.

T: This is really good. Has the depth and wheat character you'd expect from a good hefe (yes, I know it's not) without the odd lingering bitter which sometimes accompanies. right up there with Oberon flavor wise for an American style wheat. Malty, lightly citrusy, good.

M: Full, rich, drying.

D: Another winner from Jeff and the folks in Manhattan, KS.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a pint glass. Sllightly hazy light yellow body with about a one-finger white head. The head dissipated quickly but leaves a little scattered lacing.

The aroma is fairly muted. Some light citrus, some light bready wheat. I also get just a faint note of hops.

Well, this has a much better flavor than I expected. Nice blend of the light wheat and citrus notes, including some lemon and orange. The light hop kick at the end makes for a solid taste profile that works.

Light mouthfeel and a good clean finish. Solid wheat that would be excellent all summer.

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Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy yellow-gold, big head.

Smell: Wheaty, then lemon.

Taste: Crisp and tangy. Lemon from the yeast along with other citrus from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Light, goes down smooth.

Picked up a sixer of this since it's finally getting warmer around here. Nice crisp wheat beer--it's not Gumballhead, but it is hoppy. Nice change of pace beer or summer drinker.

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Photo of StLThrash
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a sixer of this at The Wine & Cheese Place in Clayton, MO.

A - Hazy, yellowish-orange with nice frothy eggshell head. Typical of an unfiltered wheat.

S - I got lots of wheat, along with some nice citrus notes - lemon, orange, some sweet maltiness.

T & M - Lots of citrus. Reminded me of a nice hefeweizen that would have a slice of lemon / orange in it. Not too sweet though. Some maltiness and decent carbonation. Noticed carbonation dissipated as it sat, along with some of the sweetness. Thick, yet refreshing.

O - One of my new favorite spring/summer session beers. Very refreshing. Everyone who I've let try this beer really enjoys it. Tallgrass is becoming one of my new favorite breweries!

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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 Miketwolf21
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a New Belgium tulip, it produces a great two finger head even when pulled directly from the fridge.
A: The appearance is not quite as opaque as expected, hazy.

S: Well balanced aroma is sent from the momentary head. Aromas of edgy Wheat Thin like scent with plenty of plush wheat in the background that are made much more interesting by the citra hops. The citra hops provide a watermelon like aroma.

T: Follows the scent, but more focused, crisp wheat flavors. The Citra hops explore mainly in the fruity spectrum with flavors of watermelon, over ripe cantalope, and apples. Maybe a touch of lemon. The wheat thin like (multigrain) flavor comes through especially as it warms that doesn't quite go with the rest of the beer. Best enjoyed straight from the fridge.

M: If enjoyed rather quickly, the carbonation stays just right. The mouthfeel is rather thick. Tallgrass has an ability to make thick yet refreshing beers. Thats what I really like about the beer; thick body, yet crisp flavors. The bubbles formed after awhile are little large and make the beer feel less special as flavors gravitate towards an average wheat beer.

Overall, great wheat beer. I love the thickness of the beer but wish that there were actually more citra hops in it. When I had it two months ago, as fresh as can be, it was more of a standout (would have been an A-). I will make sure next year I grab a six pack right away.

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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 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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