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

Purchased a 6pack of this at Highland package in Birmingham AL

Pours a cloudy light orange, little bit of head
Smells like the average wheatbeer but with a hint of sweet orange.
I get that same grapefruity sweetness right up front, never had that in a wheat. Quite liked it! None of the odd wet straw some other wheats have, I'm still confused as to weather I want to call it a wheat.
Very easy going and refreshing beer, this would easily replace Hoegaarden in my fridge during the summer, were it not that I live in MS, where this beer is unavailable.

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden lemonade color from the can, some orange tinges. about an inch or so of head. very cloudy in the glass.

Smells of wheat and grains and I can pick up some hops. Earthy smell.

The taste is wonderful, it's very smooth and well balanced. it starts with a bit of sweetness balanced by some fruity hoppiness. I can taste some citrus like mandarin oranges towards the end.
Very refreshing.

Smooth and juicy feel, lighter bodied. moderate carbonation,

Overall this is a reallly well made wheat beer and probably one of my new favorites. I will definitely be revisiting this beer many times this summer.

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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 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 bsp77
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from can into Pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy, dull orange with stark white head and nice lacing.

Smell: Dry wheat and citrusy hops. Dry, hoppy and somewhat musty.

Taste: Pretty fruity and citrusy over a wheat backbone. Pretty hoppy, but not bitter at all and actually a little sweet.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation. Nice creamy body but the finish is oddly tingly and sweet.

Overall: Seems like they were aiming for something more akin to Oberon vs. the typical American Wheat. And it is a pretty good wheat beer, as the Citra hops make it unique, but the oddly sweet taste keeps this from being great.

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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 BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky pale yellow body with a white head.

The aroma starts grainy, but the fruit character builds as it warms.

Grainy wheat cracker and honey provide a little sweetness while fruit notes add complexity. As it warms, some really nice apricot and peach notes shine through.

Again, time really changes it. Spritzy and light first, then fuller and a little less sharp.

Halcyon has the least flavor of all the Tall Grass beers and yet, I think it might be their best. It is exactly what an American Unfiltered Wheat should be and the picture of a perfect canned beer for the summer. Perhaps the best example of tempreture turning a pedestrian beer in to someting truly interesting.

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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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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 AlCaponeJunior
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A lovely golden-tan color, somewhat cloudy, with a great two finger white fluffy head with considerable staying power, and pretty darn good lacing. Usually wheat beers don't look this nice.

Wheat, lemon, yeast and grassy aromas make up the somewhat subdued, but very pleasant smell.

Tastes pretty nice. A good wheaty base with ample lemon and a touch of grasses. There's a decent yeast flavor and a light blend of spices and clove to finish it off.

Feel is pretty darn rich and thick, lots of body for such an easy to drink beer. The carbonation, while ample, is pretty smooth and creamy.

Overall I'm quite impressed with this beer. It's in cans and it tastes great. A great fishin' at the lake summertime beer, and two thumbs up for Tallgrass brewery on this one!

edit 17Jul2011 bumped the overall to five because this stuff is just so damn perfect for summer that I can't get enough of it

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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 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 MooreHopps
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this on a spring day in anticipation of warmer weather. Pretty typical and true to style, although had very heifeweizen esque qualities. Unfiltered and cloudy, delicious and citrusy.

This could easily become one of my summers favorite beers. Great taste and easy to carry around in a can!

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Photo of bfields4
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy Belgian wit reminiscent pale yellow body. Nice large frothy head dissipates rather quickly, but some nice lace retention.

Nice hop aroma. There's the lemony zesty smells from the wheat, but very light when compared to the sharper citrus and slight pine from the hops.

Taste is a nice refreshing lemon (not as in your face as most American wheats) that mellows nicely into a well done floral and citrus hop flavor. Good wheat malt balance the beer out nicely.

I am really impressed with this offering from Tallgrass. I would like to do a side by side tasting with gumballhead.. it'd be very close. All the flavors are very well balanced. An amazing beer for hot days. Lots of flavor and creamy body that's still light and refreshing.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. can served into a tulip glass

Pours a typical, slightly hazy, sunshine golden summer yellow smiley face color. Two thick fingers of white head sit on top, on a gentle pour, and take their dear, sweet time going away. Excellent retention and lacing.

Aromas of fresh-baked bread and an unexpected bubblegum ester profile are the stars of Halcyon's nose. There's a slight touch of lemon, but this is nowhere near as zippy as most American Pale Wheats are. Instead, this is a creamy brew; it smells creamy, if that makes any sense (similar to the way that a California Chardonnay smells creamy and buttery, I suppose, only there's no oak involved in the making of Halcyon). There's a nice hop presence that lends some citrus zest and some essential oils of tropical fruits. The aroma profile is quite lovely, I just wish that it was more intense. This isn't a refined nose so much as it is just plain muted in ways. It's still plenty good, but some more concentration would help.

Wheat malt without the lemon is rare in American Pale Wheats. Halcyon manages to achieve it. It tastes so much like wheat bread and so little like the tangy lemony flavors that characterize such APWAs as Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat. In addition to the wheat bread abundance is a very strong, German-like ester flavor of bubblegum. There's a musted hop presence here that has a strong impact on the flavor profile. That doesn't make much sense does it? Well, the hop flavors aren't all that strong. But the distant tropical fruit notes are the essential glue that brightens up the whole package. Halcyon makes me mix metaphors like a mother.

For the style, Halcyon has a VERY thick body. This is easily the most creamy American Pale Wheat I've ever had. Despite this, the carbonation level is on-point. Impressive. Overall, this is a unique take on the style that is very worthy of competing with the big dogs of the style. An interesting session choice that is equally at home when enjoyed out of a glass or swigged out of the can at a cookout.

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Photo of gatornation
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 12 0z can stamped 11-262(prob BB date)

A- pours a cloudy hazy straw yellow with some gold highlights a very fresh 1 finger white head

S- is wheat,citrus hops and lemon grass

T- follows the nose..wheat and spices are met with hops and a touch of lemon.citrus..nice balace of flavors

M- crisp.and a little tart with some lemon.bubblegum/fruit smooth and creamy finish that leaves you wanting another

O- a great summer wheat ..that is easy drinking..has lots of flavor..ill be drinking this one alot

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Photo of JEdmund
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rich golden orange/yellow color with a thick cream cap.

I love the aroma on this so much. I don't know if it's the hops(s) they used or what, but it has this wonderful freshness about it. Hop notes are herbal, lemon, and bubble gum.

Taste is equally outstanding. Its so nicely balanced and a perfect texture. The wheat plays a light note flavor wise but adds a lovely softness. Otherwise the malts are just clean, smooth, and light, letting the perfect level of hops to cut through. It has a nice complex finish with a slight mineral bite coupled with lemon bitter hops and biscuit sweet malts. All this flavor yet it's so sessionable. It really doesn't come across as a wheat beer...more of a hop-forward ale with a touch of wheat.

I will be drinking this all spring and summer if it stays on the shelves. My first beer by Tallgrass and it really impressed me. Looking forward to trying more!

Update: Found out they use Citra hops, which I believe adds a lot of character to this beer. There's another hop also, but I will need to look that up as I can't recall off the top of my head. Got this info from an info card they gave out at the Kansas Sampler Festival.

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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 syrupjoe
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a fun little beer.

Appearance is a cloudy hay color - I did not notice any sediment.

The spicy, lemony nose was somewhat of a surprise - very enjoyable, but definitely not what I was expecting. A bit of spicyness came from the yeast as well.

The taste let on to the wheat presense a lot more than the nose. The lemony, tangy hops are very present as well, but are well balanced.

Not a ton of body with this beer, but definitely something I'd enjoy drinking a few of.

Overall, a very good beer, perhaps my favorite by Tallgrass. Will buy more of this.

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Photo of carl
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was disappointed that Tallgrass discontinued their last wheat offering, so I was happy to try this when a friend offered to let me "help" him sample some.

Appearance: The 12oz. can was poured into a pint glass. The color is a light gold - pretty close to the yellow on the can. Despite it being unfiltered, their was only minimal cloudiness even after I swirled the last part of the can. A good white head appeared initially but didn't last for long.

Smell: The overarching aroma is of the hops, with some mild fruitiness in the background. I didn't pick up on much of the wheat odor that I usually associate with the style.

Taste: This is a good beer. There is a pretty assertive hoppiness but it is balanced overall. What doesn't come out well is the yeast taste - it seems toned down to the point of fading behind the hops. The beer could almost pass as a pale ale.

Moutfeel: Generally light but with a little more body than some wheats.

Overall: Quite a pleasant beer but not one that I would grab if I was craving classic wheat flavor.

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Photo of bump8628
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clouded gold with an orange glow. White foam initially forms to an inch thick mat but drops down to small spots of bubbles after some time.

Mostly juicy citrus and tropical fruits abound with pineapple, lemon zest and juice, and mango. At times it seems pretty explosively hoppy (for the style), though a smooth bitterness keeps it pretty tame. A powdered chalk, crushed aspirin character rears its head as it warms closer to room temperature and the wheat malt backbone does little to hold it off.

An interesting take on the style and the two sixers I bought went pretty fast. The chalkiness is the biggest downfall and makes this one more pleasing at cooler/cold temperatures.

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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 h128
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just finishing my first six-pack of this stuff, so I figured it'd be a good time to write my first review. (I got another one before I could run out, so you know I like the stuff.)

A: Cloudy golden-brown with a finger and a half of white head. Usually leaves a lot of lace. In my first five cans, I noticed no visible yeast, but in this last one, I've got some sediment on the bottom. No complaints from me, though.

S: Smells a lot like bread dough with its yeasty character. Also has some hoppy citrus and bananas in the nose.

T: Dammit, I'm loving the taste of this beer. A little bit fruity (bananas and citrus) and a little bit hoppy, but not at all too much for a fledgling beer drinker like myself. Somewhat sweet. Reminds me of my mom's homemade bread with the yeast and wheat flavor. Might be the hometown bias, but this is just a great beer to me.

M: Smooth, a little creamy, but finishes clean. Really refreshing.

O: Wow, I'm only paying $6.56 for a six-pack of this stuff? Jesus, I'll pay that anyday. I'm gonna miss it in the fall.

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Photo of bort11
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a weissbier glass. Solid two fingers of dusty white head caps the surface. As the foam recedes, spots speckle the glass. Body color is a hazy golden orange. The glass is illuminated when held to the light, but I can't see through the glass.

Smell has a sweet banana and mango fruitiness. There is a fresh bread dough character, slightly yeasty. Taste has quite a lot of the banana esters, but it is not overpowering. There is a secondary lemon flavor that cleans up nicely. There is a faint peppery tingle that comes in at the very end.

Mouthfeel is a little heavier than most Pale Wheat Ales. This seems to fall some where in the middle between a Wheat Ale and a Hefeweizen. There is a mild creaminess in the texture, but is not filling like a lot of Hefeweizens can be. I'm liking this beer more and more.

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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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