Indian Summer - Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 1
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company visit their website
Mississippi, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.68% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: weeare138 on 10-04-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Indian Summer is a light profile American-style wheat ale spiced with Orange Peel and Coriander. Our recipe uses a mix of wheat and pale barley. This beer is very lightly hopped to allow the spices to shine through. Clean fermenting yeast produce a very dry, crisp base to further accentuate the spices. The aroma has a distinct citrus note without being overly fruity.

16 IBU
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Reviews by rangerred:
Photo of rangerred
2.72/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy dark gold with no head or lacing whatsoever. Not a good start.

There are some hints of light orange peel and coriander in the aroma but light is the key word here. Not very exciting at all.

The flavor continues the trend of light flavors with a bit of caramel from the malt along with more orange and a bit of a bready yeasty note. Mouthfeel is extremely watery and light with just the least bit of bitterness.

Overall, I am disappointed with this one. Everything about it is light and a bit boring.

More User Reviews:
Photo of steelerguy
3.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Gold, very little carbonation, and very small head which faded to nothing very rapidly.

S - Sweet malt with some floral hops.

T - Clean malt, a little sweetness, with some of the floral hop flavor.

M - Could use something more in there, watery.

D - Easy drinking refreshing beer that is pretty forgettable.

Photo of merlin48
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle pours a clear golden body with a small white head that quickly vanishes. Only some minor spotty lace is left on the glass.

Aroma is muted. Some wheat, coriander, and a hint of orange rind.

Mouthfeel is light medium with an aggressive carbonation.

Tastes like your average pale wheat ale. Wheat malt, accented here with hints of coriander and orange peel. Some vague hop bittering.

I don't care for this style but Lazy Magnolia has produced a wheat ale that is as good as most. This would be enjoyable on a warm summer day.

Photo of tigg924
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: moderate carbonation, 1/4 inch head, orange-gold in color, clear

Smell: orange, coriander, cardamom

Taste: orange, coriander, cardamom, sugar, and wheat

Mouthfeel: sweet with a small spicy and bitter back, high carbonation, light body

Overall: This is good for the style, but the only Lazy Magnolia beer that did not blow me away. This one is not a bad beer, especially on a hot day, however it is the only LM I will not seek out again.

Photo of Mora2000
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to piginapen for sending this one to me.

Pours golden orange with a minimal white head. Not much aroma, but what is there is wheat and some unidentifiable fruit. The flavor is more pronounced with wheat, yeast and a citrus fruit, possibly apricot or orange. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nothing special, but this would be a great beer to drink on a hot summer day.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Thank you shan8454 for this in trade.

Appearance: Golden amber with about one finger of white head. No lacing on thr glass.

Smell: Mild hops and citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Light bitter hops with orange and other citrus notes with some grassy notes too.

Overall: Good brew! I would have this one again.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.41/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a nice golden wheat color with a small white head. Nose is spicy, sharp and a bit bready/yeasty.

Taste is a nice combination of wheaty and spicy. like a combo of an american wheat with a Belgian. It's quite drinkable and quite well done!

Photo of chinchill
2.43/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle served in pint glass. About 4 mo. past date on bottle.

A - hazy light golden with 1 finger of thick white head; exceptional retention
S - rather unpleasant sour smell
T - Pils malt with mix(?) of spices, including coriander; some citrus flavor. Medium/light flavor is much better than aroma indicates, but too sour and with unfortunate flavor mixture. Decent finish.
M - a bit crisp and a little astringent. Medium carbonation.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)
date code 00709
A- This beer pours a crystal clear light orange hued body with a lazy carbonation of tiny bubbles that support a thin perfectly smooth white head.

S- The soft smell of citrus zest has a slight juiciness to it and a faint dry spice hint in the finish.

T- The soft smooth malt flavor has just a hint of toast to it with a light dry spice hint in the background. There is a soft snappy hop finish with a slight citrus sweetness.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a clean fizzy finish and no alcohol heat.

D- This beer has a nice but soft flavor making it a good summer sipper. The spice flavors are subtle and don't get in the way of the malt or hops.

Photo of Zebus0
3.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another vacation beer I can't find back home.

A- Pretty good. Has some nice color to it, really foamy, thick head on it. A pretty good looking beer I think. Pretty gold color to it.

S- You can smell the spice in it, pretty refreshing. The only thing that takes away from it is that it does have a bit of a metallic hint to it, not really a fan of that.

T- I hardly, if ever drink something so light. However, being in the South during the summer and I can't get it back home figured I'd give it a try. That metallic quality, whatever it may be follows in the aftertaste a bit. Being used to stouts I rate the bitterness 1/10 so it's pretty easy going, pretty light. I like my beer full-flavored so to me it's kind of boring, not much taste there. You can pick up some of the spice it talks about on the bottle.

M- Average, pretty light. It's actually going good with the lightness, refreshing in a sense. Decent change of pace.

D- That's give and take. I don't have any, but I think this is one of those beers that could be helped by a bit of lemon, or even an orange slice. Whether you consider that blasphemy or not is up t you, I do for the most part unless I'm drinking Modelo.

Overall just interesting I guess. Not something I would go after again I don't think, but a pleasant experience overall I would say. Like I said, I'm just not an ale guy, even during the summer months.

Photo of RickS95
2.96/5  rDev -10%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not much to look at, kind of goldy-peach color with little to no head.

Has a nice smell to it, a combination of orange peel and cloves.

Tastes a lot like it and cloves.

Not really spicy in the mouth, just some notes of bitter from the orange and spices, but not bad for a hot weather drink.

I wasn't all that impressed, it was a little more bitter than I would have liked and lacked a punch of flavor that I expected.

Photo of russpowell
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Loads of information on the label, wish there was a freshness dating

Pours an effervescent gold/bronze with a pinky of pearl colored head. Stays effervescent throughout, zero head retention & lacing

S: Grassy, with cereal notes, coriander & white pepper

T: Follows the nose, pear & white grape notes & slight coriander notes up front. More pear, some wet cereal notes & grassiness, a little orange peel as well. Finishes grassy with thinned out cream of wheat, & orange peel

MF: Light bodied with crisp carbonation; body thickens up as this warm

I imagine this is fairly popular & would work when it is hot & humid, but only for two at the most for me. There are way better wheat beers out there. One & done

Photo of EagleTalon
4.07/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a thin white head and no lacing. Orange-gold color, brilliant clarity. Aroma is strong wheat grain, orange peel and coriander. Flavor is (see aroma). Mouthfeel is light and clean with strong carbonation. Overall, a tasty, easy drinking, in-your-face herb-spice signature and tasty, refreshing wheat base that has broad appeal.

Photo of rebel1771
3.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear golden color with a huge fluffy white head that dissipates nice and slow.

S: Lemon, orange and coriander dominate the aroma.

T: Orange and lemon come through plain as day with the coriander taking up the rear. A ton of carbonation gives this a very prickly mouthfeel.

D: All in all pretty good brew, gonna be great on a hot summer weekend.

Photo of philipquarles
2.9/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a perfectly clear, dark gold with a small white head that dissipates to nothing after just a few seconds--it's not the glass, either. Smells faintly of slightly tart wheat, some orange, and coriander. Not a whole lot there, really. The flavor is on the weak side as well. After an initially shock of wheat and citrus, it finishes like spiced water. Light feel. Its best quality is its drinkability; it's quite mild--it would certainly be nice on summer day on the gulf coast.

Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of wheat, oranges. Taste is crisp, wheat, spice, a bit of orange, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a thirst quenching and enjoyable beer.

Photo of theghost3
2.8/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had one of these poured at the Gov't Street Grocery in Ocean Springs, MS. Appearance is gold with orangy tints and has a thin white head. It smells of citrusy hops with a little spice. The taste was not too good--artificial orange flavor, some hops with a hint of berries. Mouthfeel was only average, fairly clean. Not a very drinkable beer because it's essentially a Blue Moon knockoff with overpowering orange flavor.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.62/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams Summer Ale Stange. 01/18/10 printed on label. No date.

Thanks to PerzentRizen for this new beer to try!

A - Indian summer pours lightly hazy and golden yellow with a big white head. Little retention leads way to a thin white layer with a tiny arch or lace.

S - Initially the aroma was bursting with orange peel but has since diminished in strength allowing for other nuances of wheat and a light graininess with the malts to pull through. A good coriander addition too.

T - W...t...f... I don't really know exactly whats going on here since I've never experienced this in a beer, but it isn't good. Light sweet malts in the rear with a heavy coriander spice up front. There is something going on I've never experienced in a beer that seems like possible over-spicing but I'm really not a fan of this one.

M - Really weird spices give a funky feel to it. Otherwise it's a little zesty and soft with a lower-medium body.

D - I can't get over this incredibly awkward flavor! I don't know what it is but I don't like it. It's really not...bad per se but it's not something I'd want again.

Photo of tfin07
3.37/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer was vey unique to me. Had a flavor but more bitterness than the flavor. Wasn't bad at all tho I went to a local brew store in my home town where they said its a big favorite so Ihad to give it a try and was honestly impressed. Taste a little like a light beer I guess you could say. Very hard to really explain cause it was so different to me. Go try it

Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this one out of the fridge for my first beer of the afternoon. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, I brought this one outside with me to do some yard work. Consumed on 04/04/2009.

Poured a nice medium amber with some good clarity and a nice amount of light carbonation bubbling up to the surface. Rich head of white graced the top for a few moments before settling back down into a nice light half inch of foam across the top. The aroma was light spice, cinnamon maybe, nice touches of light hops and a smooth mellow biscuit like tone. As I take my first sip a nice rush of tingly spice rolls over my tongue. Combing with a nice caramel flavor, smooth, genetle hops and a nice grain note this was a solid little ale. Nice carbonation kept the profile lively and not overdone, while an intresting but quick finish left a nice sweet flavor on the tongue for a good long while.

Overall a very nice, and very sessionable little ale. Lots of depth to the profile and a smooth, and very nice easy drinking to it. I would go here again for sure.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to piginapen for this 12-oz bottle. Poured into a pint glass.

A = Clear golden liquid, small white head, small amount of carbonation bubbling with medium sized bubbles.

S = Light citrus, mostly lemon, with toasted English muffins, nice and fresh, but a little simple.

T = Lemon zest, very faint cinnamon and nutmeg notes, floral highlights, good balance with some sweet bread tastes mixed well with light bitterness.

M = Light body, decent mouthcoating, light tingling level of carbonation.

D = This is a nice drinkable beer that would make a very good choice for a patio beer in good bar-b-que weather.

Photo of Immortale25
2.74/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a Florida Beer Co. tapered glass. Bottleneck says Best By: 10/25/13.

A- Pours a clean light amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that doesn't retain long before settling to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small sheer patch of surface foam. Soon, there's zero bubbles at all. Hate when that happens. Absolutely no lacing.

S- Sweet wheat aroma with a twinge of alcohol and not much else.

T- Very pedestrian wheat flavor with very little orange peel or coriander detected. Just some grainy wheat malt and some alcohol.

M- Watery and lame. Low carbonation and a medium body.

O- This is one of the worst wheat beers I've ever had. At least Canebreak has some flavor even if it's not that good.

Photo of daythree16
3.27/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark gold that starts out very hazy, but clears up soon enough. Has a one finger head that doesn't stay too long, but it does leave a thin film on top.

Smell is wheaty for sure, with some orange for good measure. Taste is mild, but I get the spices that are used. The orange peel is the dominating force here, with just hints of coriander. It also has a little bit of a bitter sharpness from the orange peel on the finish.

Mouthfeel, like most of the Lazy Magnolia offerings, is a bit thin. It does have really nice carbonation. Drinkability on a hot summer day would be outstanding. Otherwise, it's just okay. Overall, this is a pretty ho-hum beer that really doesn't stand up to my LM favorites: Southern Pecan and the Jefferson Stout.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.79/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Lazy Magnolia Indian Summer has an extremely thick, off-white head, a hazy, yellow-golden appearance, with bountiful tiny streaming bubbles, and a bit of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of faint malt, sweetness, and citrus. Taste is predominately tap water with a shade of lemon juice. There really isn’t much else with this, sadly. No off-flavors, though. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Lazy Magnolia Indian Summer finishes crisp and watery. Overall, this is dull, watery, and limpid. I rate low average. Blah.


Photo of BZero007
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recieved in trade from Aaron, Thanks!

Poured from a bottle in to a Guinness glass.
Beer is a golden color with a slight tint of amber to it. The head is about avg and needed some work to have it form well. The aroma is faint but pleasant of a orangy tang with a bit of zest in the background. Taste is a pleasant and relaxed experience for me. A wheat flavor pushes threw with a malt sweetness in the background with just hint of some kind of bite. The brew is a tasty and light brew and I would welcome it on any hot day. Drinkability is high mainly for me due to the refreashing light flavor and body.

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Indian Summer from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
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