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Dixie Jazz - Dixie Brewing Co.

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Dixie JazzDixie Jazz

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65 Reviews
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Reviews: 65
Hads: 105
Avg: 2.65
pDev: 30.57%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dixie Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.13% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Dogbrick on 11-05-2002

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Reviews: 65 | Hads: 105
Photo of metter98
2.58/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly died down but left a bit of lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of bready malts and corn in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell with light flavors of bready malts and corn. A bit of malty sweetness is present in the initial taste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn’t bad for the style and has some body from the malts but the taste isn’t very interesting, especially with the flavors of corn adjuncts.

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Photo of biboergosum
1.66/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

12oz bottle, another re-jiggered, re-labeled offering from the Dixie Brewing Company, via the Minhas outfit in Monroe, WI, and for you Yankee and Confederate locals alike, hopefully only until the Louisiana operation gets back up and running - take my way-too-experienced word for it.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden straw colour, with one plump finger of foamy, bubble white head, which leaves a low sharply rocky vista of shoreline lace around the glass as it quickly fades away.

It smells of bready cereal malt, corn and rice well represented in a true overslept breakfast experience, stale apple cores, and overripe, browned pear flesh, with some hovering herbal, leafy hop-like essences, and that, yes, here it comes, that sickly fruit melded with plastic astringency so endemic in this brewer's wares, contract or not. The taste is rather over-sweetened adjunct malt - you can really get the corn grist and rice cakes in this one, but barely before a sickly plastic, petrochemical gag-fest chokes you to your very core, with some distracting, but not not at all improved, incoherent nail polish notes tacked on for good measure.

The bubbles are damned near non-existent, the body an actual medium weight, but not through any sane or normal brewing method sense of the word, and smooth with a signed deed from dear ol' Satan himself. It finishes damned-near saccharine sweet, the overwrought adjunct malt, diacetyl, and simmering veggies all making a pledge to further ruin my day.

Erp. I don't know what this particular offering was like when originally brewed in Cajun country, but I can't imagine that it would have been worse than this dreck. A sugary mess, one for which I lack the cajones to recommend to annny-one.

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Photo of zeff80
2.75/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

First, I don't think this beer is the correct style. To me its an American Amber Lager. It even says "Amber" on the label.

A - Poured out a copper/burgundy color with a small, off-white head of bubbly foam. No lace.

S - It smelled of caramel and malt. Not much else.

T - There is a lot of caramel maltiness with an odd metallic taste. No hop presence.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light bodied beer.

D - This is an okay amber lager. I've certainly had better.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.66/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"Jazz music is an intensified feeling of nonchalance."

--Francoise Sagan

Perfectly ripe apricot, an odd color for a 'light amber' lager. Maybe that means it has more than the usual amount of flavor. The eggshell colored cap is one of the best you'll see on a beer of this style. It's whipped frothy, melts in appealing fashion, and deposits quite a bit of patchy lace.

The nose is slightly better than the light lager style average because the malt is slightly toasted (which is obvious from the color). However, there's also a sourness that keeps the score from reaching average. This one could go either way on the palate.

Unlike the music for which it is named, Jazz (the beer) is simple and accessible. It's as if it was brewed to be as unchallenging as possible. Of course, I'm sure that's true of all light lagers. The faint toastiness of the barley gives it the edge it needs to stand out from the pack of BMC light lagers.

There's also a green apple fruitiness that is, thankfully, not as sour as it smells. Mildly sweet is balanced (more like negated) by mildly bitter, leaving a beer that threatens to edge over into blandness, especially as it warms. My recommendation is to drink it cold when you're hot, for maximum enjoyment.

The mouthfeel is light without being too thin. More carbonation would be good, as long as the bubbles remain on the soft side as opposed to sharp or harsh. If you aren't expecting much, this is pretty user-friendly beer.

The new labels are definitely an improvement on the old labels (seen above). It's too bad that Dixie beer is still being brewed in Minnesota. It will be nice when the brewery is able to resume full operations down in the Crescent City where they belong. Bottom line: a great name but an average to slightly below-average beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.21/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just picked up this bottle at total wine to give it a shot. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/06/2009.

The pour was more then decent. Crystal clear amber in color with a nice white head that faded back leaving a touch of lacing up and down the sides of the glass. Light grain aroma, hints of bread and a touch of what can almost be described as rice like aroma. Smooth, crisp, clean taste, nothing to write home about, but not terrible by any stretch. Nice light body and smooth, even carbonation.

Overall for a lite beer, I have to admit it was not terrible. I could do this one again in a pinch.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Brilliant, albeit very light amber body with a thin, scant, white head.

Smell: Near vacant nose with just faint, fleeting wisps of grains. Cue the jazz flute!

Taste: Faint malts with the merest, most merciful touches of simple grains. Lightly sweet. Mild bitterness. Dryish, altogether weak finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation. Watery mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I believe it was Louis Armstrong that once said: "If you have to ask what an instantly forgettable, bland light lager is, you'll never know." Something like that.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts, honey and a faint touch hops.

T: The taste is sweet up front with flavors of honey, caramel and nuts that are followed by a hearty but light malt character. There's a very faint hops balance that brings a little bit of balance but not much. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, kind of different representation of style, it's listed as an "Amber Light Beer" on the label and while it's not like a typical fizzy yellow light beer, it's still not very good.

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Photo of russpowell
2.75/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Doom on me for forgetting how this beer tastes. Not all impulse buys are good. At 92 calories I believe this is a light beer, but not gonna loose sleep over this one's classification & oh by the way it's made in Wisconsin, ugh (thought I was helping the Crescent City, wrong!

Pours a an effervescent bronze/apricot with 3+ fingers of pillowy pearl colored head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Corny, honey malt & some apricots & lemons in the background

T: Lemons, appleskins & some crackery notes up front. More cornyness & a bit of metallic taste as this warms. Finishes with some honey malt, caro-corn syrup sweetness & a bit more metallic hops. Just typical of the style, Upon further review (2nd bottle) way too cloying

MF: Thinnish with lively carbonation

Drinks a bit slow, too much cornyness. Very run of the mill, If you find it cheap & during summer you may like this better than I did

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.11/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly fogged orange amber. A crème head forms and falls. Nose seems not that clean. Flavor matches with a not so smooth ride. Just seems to lack balance or a smooth flavor. Feel is nice, but who cares. This is one that you wouldn’t miss much if you passed on it.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Picked this up in Wisconsin after a random dude in the aisle suggested it for my mixed sixer. He was buying Devil Made Me Do It, so I trusted him, but now I see it is an Adjunct Light Lager. Perhaps this was his idea of a practical joke... In any case, served in my RedHook pint glass.

A - Doesn't look to bad. Two fingers of egg-white foam with solid retention but minimal lacing. Transparent amber with tons of tiny bubbles racing upwards.

S - Sweet caramel malt, lager twang, minimal adjunct smell. It's not bad, but not particularly interesting or deep. Reminds me more of a bock than an adjunct lager.

T - Taste is worse - with loads of corny flavor and aftertaste mixed with some mild caramel malt. There's also so metal in the finish. Not good...

M - Mouthfeel isn't all that bad - smooth, with a moderately dry finish. Carbonation is active, but not tingly.

D - I got about a third of the way through the bottle before I gave up. The taste was just too bad for me to keep drinking. Perhaps if it was really cold I could have half a bottle.

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Photo of jwc215
2.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours golden with a one-finger head that descends to a thin head.

The smell is of some light grain. Clean.

The taste is of some light grain with a touch of non-descript hops in the middle. Something akin to club soda comes through too powerfully. It has a fizzy, abrupt finish.

Rather like carbonated water, there is hardly any "beer" going on here. "Only 92 calories..." Whatever...They might as well add - and hardly any flavor. They need to "jazz" it up a bit...

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with significant amounts of visible carbonation and faint hints of golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall cloud-like foamy bright white head that slowly reduces to

S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts with corn adjuncts and very light hints of grassy hops. When I first opened the bottle there was an initial aroma of skunk but it faded fairly quickly.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of bready malts with a moderate flavor of corn adjunct sweetness. Very light hints of grassy hops and minimal amounts of bitterness. Overall, I would say this Light Lager is slightly sweet.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth.

O: Tastes more like a AAL than a Light Lager which is can be read as a positive in my opinion since the majority of Light Lagers have minimal amounts of taste and a watery body. Not overly interesting but I was not really expecting that for the style, I could have more than one of these and it light be good for a summer outdoor event.

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Photo of WesWes
2.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer pours a nice amber color with a 1/2" offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a weak malty scent that boasts of pale malts, adjuncts, and light crystal malts. It has a sweet aroma with a musty character; not very appealing. The taste is awful. It is like drinking a glass of water with half a Killians dumped into it. It has little beer flavor. It goes down like water and finishes dry and metallic. The mouthfeel is terrible. It is an extremely low bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer was made for easy drinking. The problem is, it's too weak to be enjoyable. It doesn't even taste like beer. Two thumbs down.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to swalden28 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a very clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is strong buttery popcorn. The flavor is very thin with some corn, honey and butter. Light body and medium carbonation. There is not much going on in this beer. This is one to avoid.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Dixie Jazz is a smooth easy drinking beer. It poured a clear yellow color with thin white head that is not leaving a lacing. I am not sure why they call this an light amber when it is yellow in color. The scent is more malty. The taste is evenly balanced....nothing spectacular. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this is ok.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed by Joseph Huber. Labeled as a American macro light lager.

A: The beer pours a very clear, bright orange hue with moderate-heavy carbonation and a very slight head that diminished rapidly.

S: The nose is very fruity with sweet caramel, apple cider, and oranges.

T: The flavor is very sweet overall, honey, melons, applesauce and cinnamon that combines with the sweet caramel to produce a spicy and fruity apple cider like spicing for a finish. The flavor ends very quickly off the tongue and clean and the heavy carbonation is detected in the swallow.

M: The mouthful is moderate, somewhat creamy with a nice caramel backing.

D: Overall a very sweet, fruity beer with some citrus and lots of carbonatation. a tweener or micro with training wheels.

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Photo of beertunes
2.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into 9oz Pilsener glass. Poured a semi-hazy medium yellow color with just a thin cap of white head that had no retention or lacing. Why this was called "Light Amber" on the label, I don't know, because there was nothing Amber about this beer.

The aroma was just a slightly sweet basic "beer" scent, no notable aspects reached the nose. There was a slight skunk taste that didn't show up in the nose. There was also a slightly odd funk (and not the good kind), but generally this tasted like "beer".

The body was thin, as it should be for the style, but I dinged it a bit for having a sticky finish that was mildly unpleasant. Drinkability was kind of blandly meh. Overall, this would probably make an OK lawnmower beer, but that's about it. Even at that, you could make a better choice.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.69/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12oz twist-off bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a light orangish amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is sweet bready malt and a hint of caramel. There is not much flavor going on in the taste, but it certainly is a thirst quencher that could be consumed in large quantities. The mouthfeel is very thin and highly carbonated, very reminiscent of your typical macro lager. Overall, Dixie Jazz is what it is, a pretty flavorless lager that does not offend the masses, but will not satisfy most beer geeks.

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Photo of Brad007
1.7/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Color: Golden amber color with a one-finger head and ample carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet and malty with a brown sugar essence to it.

Taste: Syrupy sweet upfront with some malt essence to it. Caramel in the middle. However, it fades to an unpleasant flavor in the middle that I can't quite describe, with the exception that it's like candy or something. Watery in the middle too.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy sweet, caramelish and watery.

Verdict: Starts out ok but then goes downhill in taste and mouthfeel. Would give it points for not being a typical light lager but it's not enough to pull it up.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. No date. 4.13% ABV. 92 Calories.

A - Slightly hazy pale amber honey color. A rough pour brought out a large, puffy egg-shell colored head. Moderate retention with a layer left and a collar of lacing.

S - Pale and amber malts on the back end with an upfront hop aroma that consists of a herbal and spicy body. A light crystal-light white grape iced tea aroma. It also has a mineral water hint to it. Nothing out of the ordinary but not bad.

T - A yeasty flavor that's low but pronounced combines with the amber and pale malts to create something very uninspired. A touch of hops mixes it up a bit but it's really plain overall. There is also a white grape skin with a light astringency to it.Watered down feel to it.

M - Watery with mild carbonation (not to be confused with under carbonated). A light spice on the finish but it's just a light lager. Nothing special about it.

D - It's an easy to drink beer because it isn't offensive unless you're easily offended by a superbly plain beer. Watery flavor and a passive aroma just add to this. Easy sessioner but you could find better to fill your gut with.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.07/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear medium yellow color with a fizzy white head that dissapears in the blink of an eye. Label says Amber Light Beer, this sure as hell aint amber colored.

Has an oxidized cardboard and stale malt smell to it. Has a touch of honey and mild hop presence, not a great sniffer, but smells better than Dixie lager.

Tastes pretty oxidized, but still drinkable. It most definitely tastes better than the Dixie lager. This is a pretty mild mannered beer that might be halfway decent if it was'nt like biting into some cardboard. Carbonation is high and there is a little bit of detectable hop bitterness. Fairly forgettable beer, but at 96 calories, I would give this a leg up on Michalob Ultra and the like.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +50.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: minimal head, tan/amber in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: caramel malt and grass

Taste: honey and caramel. Nothing overly strong, nothing bad either.

Mouthfeel: smoot, moderate carbonation, very sweet, light bodied, a bit watery

Drinkability: I have graded for the style and as a American Adjunct Lager, I would take this over most. It is nice and light and sweet and has good flavoring. I could have six. A very decent beer. Outside of the style, I think this is a B-.

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Photo of Brenden
2.47/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This one is a clear yellow-gold. It develops no more than a patchy island of head, though that stays up for a good while. It even, somehow, manages a decent amount of spotting as it goes.
This is an odd one. Something was done to try to jazz this one up (ha) in order to make it interesting since it's a light beer. What it is instead is strangely dusty and very oddly sweet, grainy and sugary and just weird all around. There's a toasted quality to the malts and some breads, but there's also a cereal grains note. The sweetness is difficult to describe but heavily linked to those grains, maybe some yeast acting strangely and some interesting esters. There's something like overripe pale fruit flesh and artificial sweetener, though a bit of leaf peeks through and a little dryness even comes out.
It's light in body, sure, but crisp and decently clean considering. It bites, even going almost bubbly, but it isn't all that far off from smooth.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.48/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This was a much prettier beer than I expected it to be. Copper/amber colored with a medium head that disappeared fast. It also blew the regular Dixie Beer to Hell, man that stuff was horrid. On to the negatives: It was not as good as the Crimson or Blackened Voodoo. While more flavorful and fuller bodied than most light beers, it was still a light beer and you can only squeeze so much out of that. Faint malt flavor and aroma was about all it had going for it.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.15/5  rDev +56.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dixie Jazz Amber Light has a thin, off-white head and a semi-clear, golden appearance, with some bubbles and essentially no lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, sour, and roasted grain, and the flavor is of those elements, with an added toffee note, and a back sip bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Dixie Jazz finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and drinkable. Overall, this is an excellent and unusual light beer and is most certainly worth a try.


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Dixie Jazz from Dixie Brewing Co.
65 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.