Song Of The South - Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

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Song Of The SouthSong Of The South

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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 10.06%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company visit their website
Mississippi, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BigGold on 04-06-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by chinchill:
Photo of chinchill
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Brookhaven GA.

Flavor: This is very tart but with but with virtually no funk. The aroma, while sour, only hints at the level of tartness in the flavor.

Light body seems a tad undercarbonated.

O: very tart; more like a Gose; lacks the complexity and subtlety of the best Berliner Weissbierr's.

More User Reviews:
Photo of russpowell
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent honey color with a sliver of beige head. Nice viscosity, negligible head retention & lacing

S: Faint sourness, pears & wet hay

T: Pears with some twang &a bit of Golden Delicious apple up front. Dryness & tartness as this warms, some grassiness. Finishes with pears, white grapes & tartness & dryness

MF: Light bodied, lively carbonation

So easy to drink, more sourness would me & the style happier. I like this better than most of their stuff

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.37/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Lazy Magnolia Song of the South has a thin-to-medium, white head, a clear, bubbly, gold appearance, and no lacing left behind. The aroma is of sourdough bread, some faint spice, and and even a hint of nut. Taste is of sour hard candy, sour milk, cream of wheat (minus the salt), a hint of bitterness, and some background spice of some sort. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Lazy Magnolia Song of the South finishes mostly dry, easy drinking, and odd. RJT

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold pour with white head; looks like apple juice. Sour apple nose. Slightly sour apple start, pale malt idle and a slightly tart finish. Light mouthfeel and very effervescent. Tasty tingly beer.

Photo of Mikecap
3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw color with two fingers of foamy white head that fades quickly, not much noticeable lacing.

S: Wheat malt, lemon, orange, and citrus fruit. Some sweetness in there as well.

T: Wheaty, but a bit of lip-puckering tartness comes through as well. Oranges, lemon, and lime all come to mind. Not extremely tart - definitely a wheat first and sour second, but the tartness is noticeable.

M: Light-bodied and quite refreshing. Goes down easily and the tartness begs for another sip.

O: I dig this, a nice berliner weiss, with a solid flavor and a beer that won't kick your butt. I would, and will try this one again.

Photo of bareju
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big bubbles. Would've liked much more flavor, this was far too light and subdued for what I wanted/expected. Everything was there - it just needs more of that everything.

This would be a decent summer sour beer if you don't want anything too potent, but at $4 for a 12 oz bottle isn't worth it.

Photo of schoolboy
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If I rated this based on price, I would be very harsh, but I don't do that. Jeez, it must cost a fortune to drive this up an interstate what with the prices of fuel and all.

I've had a few other brews from these guys, and this one is the most distinctive. I wonder what possessed them to do this style.

It looks correct except it is a bit flat. The aroma is great - it reveals that yeasty, wheaty sourness that is to follow.

The taste is a wonderful experience. A different take on the style, emphasizing the sourness, but not at all going over the top. The mouthfeel does not back up the flat appearance - it has the right amount of bubble. It leaves a refreshing bite. Surprisingly, it works with food.

I have a problem with the price. $4 for a 12 oz single. Was I overcharged? It feels that way.

Photo of Floydster
2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle

Appearance is a light golden yellow color, small white head, bad lacing, and no retention

Smell is sour mash, granny smith apples, wheat, straw, touch of yeast, and grainy cereal

Taste starts off tart and finishes dry, flavor is too acidic, gets to a sour cereal taste as it warms, was not a big fan once this happens, luckily carbonation was strong and kept it crisp, not much sweetness and no hop presence

Mouthfeel is thin and light, tartiness works well with carbonation, just flavor was off, so hard to drink in that sense

Overall this was not a refreshing Berliner Weiss like most of the others I have tasted in the past, would steer clear

Photo of Mississipping
2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I was very excited to see this style from a brewery in Mississippi and I poured the bottle with great enthusiasm. After all, berliner weisse is one of my favorite styles. The presentation was nice … I don't put much stock in it, but it was a little hazier than expected. It's a wheat beer, sure, but BW's are usually extremely clean and crisp. The aroma was muted, lacking the citrus and acidity/tartness that I've grown accustomed to and expect with this style. The taste was refreshing, but the wheat base took center stage, only allowing the citrus and tartness to play a supporting role, although it didn't support it all that well. Again, muted, slightly sweet, and underwhelming. Even the mouthfeel was a little sub-par, lacking the spritziness that often makes berliners stand out. However, I found it to be extremely drying, which came as a surprise, considering the sweetness and low acidity. The execution was there, but it missed the mark for me.

Photo of nophunk
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It's a tad heavy on the wheat/malt side while not having quite enough tartness. It's a solid effort, but if they could add a little more pucker it would be a much better berliner weisse. I hope to see Lazy Magnolia experiment with this style and other sours in the future.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

"Song of the south is a crisp and refreshing German Style Sour Wheat Ale, pouring a pale straw color under a bright and fluffy white head. Lightly tart, with a delicate blend of sweet wheat and malt flavors that balance this historic and celebratory ale." Brewed in the style of a German Berliner Weissbier. This was the premiere release in the Debutante series, available in single 12 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter glass. Served above 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp fizzy head of a pale straw white color over a very mildly hazy golden yellow body with very light very sparse carbonation. Retention is below average and lacing is thin and specked. 2.75

(Smell) Soured cereal wheat mash with a moderate acidity and a medium tartness. Subtle notes of pale cracker malt and crisp cider. Strikingly clean aromatically. Potency is medium. 3.25

(Taste) Very tart, moderately acidic up front with low sweetness and no sourness. Very simple flavor altogether, unsweetened wheat and pale malt body with very little accenting malt or yeast character, some moderate to high tartness, chalky dry. It finishes very clean with a hint of cereal wheat sweetness easing out from under the wave of tart acidity. Altogether it lacks in flavor and swings closer to a Gose for me than a Berliner Weiss but isn't particularly impressive posing for either style. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) The texture is lightly chewy, silky slick, and quite dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a mild crispness. Body is shy of medium for the style, light+ overall. Balance is slightly tart over sweet throughout. Alcohol presence is very low and there are no off characters. Much more lively carbonation than the appearance gave off, it could have been even more lively, however. 3.75

(Overall) At first glance Song of the South doesn't have promising value. Nearly $5 for a 12 oz. single bottle of a low gravity Berliner Weiss from a brewery who hasn't commonly ventured into soured ales is a risky gamble on your money. Overall, it turned out to be a disappointment for me, as the beer was incredibly shallow on flavor and balance, which the Berliner Weiss should have in addition to an emphasis on striking tartness, funky sourness and high acidity levels. Alarmingly dry, very dull flavors and not even a respectable value for a style that should be packaged in far more generous portions than single 12 oz. bottles. This beer looks to exploit a niche in uncommon traditional styles, and inevitably falls flat of mastering the style itself. I recommend a pass on this beer. 3.25

Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company's
Song of the South German Style Sour Ale

Photo of brewskifan55
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

A: Opaque golden with a white half finger head that turns to foam and a bubble ring. Thick lacing.

S: Funky, Brett, hay, barnyard, lemons, pears, sour apples.

T: Lightly sour, smooth, tart. Apples and lemons dominate with a saison funkiness.

M: Medium with heavy carbonation.

O: A great summer brew. Would be great on tap. Light, smooth. Should have a wide appeal.

Song Of The South from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.