Indian Summer
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

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Wheat Beer - American Pale
Ranked #604
Ranked #49,122
3.3 | pDev: 13.64%
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
Mississippi, United States
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Notes: 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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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From notes 5/5/13: Pours a clear gold producing 3 fingers of white, finely bubbled, short-lived head that leaves only a few motes and streaks of lace. Aroma is yeasty wheat with notes of lemon and orange in the background that reminds me of some brand of furniture polish; some faint malt and additional hop character. Taste is thin, mildly wheat bready, lemon, orange and coriander with a peppery, citrus bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied, thin and watery with a moderately heavy carbonation bite.

Oct 23, 2019
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.49/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, it pours a clear golden color with a modest white head being replenished from some yeast sediment on the bottom of the glass. Light citrus scent in the nose, along with a lightly malty and a touch of citrus in the mouth.

Feb 09, 2019
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Lahoi from Kentucky

3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I liked this beer. I hate that hey retired it. I thought it was a good summer beer. A good beer for its style. Citrusy, but not too citrusy. A pale wheat that still packed a little punch. Come on, Lazy Magnolia, bring it back!!!

Jun 24, 2015
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Dec 08, 2014
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donkeyrunner from Massachusetts

2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear gold with a thin, lager-like small bubble head. Smells like golden wheat, mild caramel and clover. Extremely effervescent, there are constant plumes of bubbles scurry to the top of my glass. Leads to a tingly, slightly medicinal fizzy finish. Flavor profile is crisp wheat and honey sweet.

Due to the wheat, coriander and orange peel I was expecting a wit influence. Doesn't looks, smell or taste like a wit at all, it's pure American style wheat. Which is just dandy after a 6 mile train run.

Aug 11, 2014
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rangerred from Tennessee

2.72/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

May 15, 2014
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Cavanaghty from Maine

3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Dec 30, 2013
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tfin07 from Mississippi

3.37/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Dec 03, 2013
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.4/5  rDev +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

Oct 30, 2013
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bmwats from Louisiana

2.89/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a hand glass.

A: Deep gold. Tiny bubbles of rising effervescence. No real head. No lacing.

S: White bread... not much else.

T: Light indistinct grain, with just a slight hint of sweetness, and an even slighter hint of bitter spice.

M: Light body. Kind of synthetically sweetened finish.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is okay. No head and no lacing. Nose is light and bready. Light grainy flavor accentuated with a little hint of sweet. Overall, this is an okay quaff.

Aug 17, 2013
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

2.59/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Brad for sending this out my way. Tick. The beer is golden hued with a thin, fleeting white head. the aroma offers sweet malt, grain, ripe fruit. Sweet and cloying with fairly low carbonation. Not something I would try more than once. Lacking wheat and hop character. Bland. No fun.

Jul 28, 2013
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

2.74/5  rDev -17%
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.

Jul 21, 2013
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Mojo from Alabama

3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle -> World Market Wheat Beer Glass

This beer pours up a hazy pale gold with a small head, no retention, and no lacing. Smell is citrus, not bad, and maybe the strongest feature of this offering. Taste is very weak with notes of tangy orange and spicy coriander. A little aspiriny taste is there too. Mouthfeel is thin. This one is okay, but nowhere near being my favorite. But it beats the hell out of the Shocktop equivalent.

Jan 23, 2013
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The second of two Lazy Magnolia beers I procured while visiting family in Meridian, Mississippi over the long holiday weekend. I still don't love it, but the Southern Pecan has grown on me. this one pours a light golden color with little head or lace but isn't sickly pale like some wheat beers. Nose is heavy on the citrus and wheat and coriander, but is pleasant enough.

This beer is, like most deep southern beers, a slightly simplified version of the style. I like the yeast and wheat melange with a touch of citrus at first but eventually it bores me. I do imagine it would be refreshing in warmer weather. The texture is okay at first but finishes dry and a touch chalky. A little sourness in the aftertaste isn't too encouraging either. Not worth driving eleven hours for.

Nov 27, 2012
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FosterJM from California

3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1522nd Review on BA
Bottle to Pint

No date
Thanks to EgadBananas for this one

App- Very light yellows mixed with goldenrod. Beer is slightly hazed and only had a small 1/4" white fast receding head. Little bit of bubble coming up. No cling or lace.

Smell- A bit overdone on the coriander. A bit heavy but still works in relation to the wheat and citrus notes. A bit lite and crisp on the nose with touches of grass.

Taste- The nose gives way a little to a crisp beer with very limited wow factor but goes for refeshing and brite. A good balance of citrus zest, peppery malts and coriander spice. A bit buttery creamy but hits the spot in 90 degree heat.

Mouth- Its a semi light body with a medium carbonation and what I would say is a flavor similar to a thicker flat 7up.

Drink- It was semi tasty. A little heavy handed at times, but then with 90+ degree heat was fine.

Sep 19, 2012
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

2.79/5  rDev -15.5%
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.


Sep 17, 2012
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

2.57/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. There's a bottle date code, but it's nearly an inch off, smudged, and illegible. Lazy Lazy Magnolia.

Appearance: Pours a not quite clear, yellow body with a white head that dissipates in mere seconds.

Smell: The spicing of coriander and the citrus peel come through clearly over the bland, light, lackluster maltiness.

Taste: Light pale malted barley and wheat with mild sweetness adhered to it. With little character or flavor to the malts, the spicing just rides on through with a clear taste of both coriander and orange peel. Dry, moderately spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body, but not quite watery. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Unfortunately, it's one of those beers that's instantly forgetta--wait, what were we talking about??

Aug 18, 2012
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acevenom from Louisiana

3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours clear yellow with a tall, fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. Plenty of tiny bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. It looks super carbonated. There are aromas of bready malt, orange, and spices. The flavor is bready from the barley and wheat malts. There are mild contributions from the orange peel and the coriander. The hop presence is there, but not strong. The body is light with plentiful carbonation. It is crisp and refreshing. It's the sort of beer that would be very drinkable after being outside on a summer day. This is a good beer, if only a bit standard.

Jun 15, 2012
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Cyberkedi from Georgia

3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the tap a pretty, bubbly golden yellow; head is thin but this is apparently an artifact of the pour. Rich aroma is wheaty with firm tones of apple, lemon and banana. Satisfying flavor has a wheaty core and fruity notes plus a hint of butterscotch and a touch of hops. Lively texture has average body but plenty of tingle and sass. A truly satisfying summer brew, certain to cool you off on a hot day. (And it’s hot as all-get-out in Atlanta right now - in May!)

May 27, 2012
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DrinkSlurm from New York

3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from tap into pint at Magnolia in Natchez, MS. Pours a golden crisp hay color. No head. Smells of lager style and malts. A bit of orange aroma.
Taste is just above average with a slight wheaty orange lager flavor. Nothing crazy here but crisp and refreshing. I could drink several of these with no trouble. While not amazing, this is a decent session summer brew.

May 03, 2012
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Jadjunk from Georgia

2.25/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The very last of a six pack that I bought sometime over the holiday season on a bargain deal. It's still $6 for a six pack in Athens. Date code on the bottle is 11 06, which translates (I hope) to June 2011. That may explain why I have been having such a hard time choking down this batch.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Lazy Magnolia pint glass at room temperature. Served at 45º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a half finger white head on top of a golden yellow base, nearly clear in appearance. Retention is poor, much of the head fades within a minute, leaving some spotty surface cover on the top of the glass. No lacing. Carbonation is moderate. This beer has some flaws in the appearance, mostly due to the head quality which fades rapidly, doesn't make a good first impression. 2

(Smell) The good news is that this beer is potent, but the bad news is that potency isn't really what I want with the way time has handled this beer. Spice and hops have completely faded from the nose by this point, leaving what can only be described as a sour wheat malt impression. Very musty wheat forms the base of the aroma, with some faded orange peel in the back. Beyond that, there's not much else to describe. While the smell is not blatantly offensive, it is far from pleasant. I hope fresher dates produce a much more appealing aroma than the one I have in my glass today. 2

(Taste) More thin musty wheat, funky yeast and a touch of old orange. It's not pleasant and there's little to commend. Fortunately the complexity is limited to making the flavor closer to water than wheat, so the flavor is light and therefore bearable in small sips. Hop flavor is limited, but there is a tiny hint of grassy flavors on the end. Coriander seed is largely a shadow of what I expected to find in this beer but can the characteristic peppery spiciness still be found in subtle doses on the tongue and in the finish. Believe it or not, this beer is still quite drinkable, but "pleasant" is a word I would use cautiously. Time doesn't treat Pale Wheat Ales well, and this is certainly no exception to the rule. 2

(Mouthfeel) There's little that time could do to impact the texture and the carbonation in this beer, which is still spritely enough to get by. It's actually not a bad level for a Pale Wheat, smooth with a touch of air on the tongue. The carbonation could become somewhat more energized and do some good for the beer overall, but at its current state it passes. Body is a light. Alcohol is a light as well. One of the best parts of this beer without a doubt would be the mouthfeel. 3.5

(Overall) I feel so bad for coming down hard on this beer, but we sometimes learn the hard way what constitutes a good deal versus a bad one regardless of the price. I'll go on record stating that it is very important to check the date of this specific beer. Age has taken any pleasant wheat and orange flavors and added some must and funk to the whole mix. For $1 a beer, this may be the casual drinker's run-of-the-mill beverage. I, however will have a hard time getting this again, thinking of the potential that a fresh batch MAY taste just as similar. In that case, buyer beware. I could point out quite a few better Pale wheats, so just check my ratings. If there is one thing to take away from the review, it's to check the date on every bottle you can find. 2.5

Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company's
Indian Summer Spiced Ale

Apr 27, 2012
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htomsirveaux from Texas

3.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 31 Oct 2011. Served in the ~0.4 L (512) Third Anniversary snifter.

Smallish white head. Well carbonated. Color of clear bright cider. Aroma is spicy, coriander, white pepper and clove. Starts a little mineraly with a bit of clove. Medium to light body, light ethanol. Slight touch of orange peel. Peppery in finish, sweetness lingers.

Aroma is nice, otherwise pretty average.

Mar 13, 2012
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hoplover82 from Texas

2.78/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Pours a crystal clear gold with a small white head that fades quickly leaving no lacing.
S-Smells faint and bland with some mild fruity esthers and some mild spices as well but nothing well defined.
T-Much like the aroma, kinda bland on all levels. I suppose it would be good during a hot summer day...
M-This is the best part of the beer. Very crisp and refreshing with a medium/mild body. Slightly dry in the finish. Very nice mouthfeel.
O-Imo, it's descent and very drinkable, but not impressive in the least. Glad my friend picked some up for me to try. Thanks Julie!

Oct 29, 2011
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BCereus from Texas

3.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has a medium amber color and is very transparent. The head is small and disappears quickly. The beer smells bready and sweet with a hint of citrus. The taste is malty, sweet, with very subtle hops and spice at the end. It's light bodied and refreshing. Overall, the beer is light, sweet, and very easy to drink.

Oct 12, 2011
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SWMeyer4141 from Texas

2.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Coco Cola Tumbler

Appearance-Slightly darker then other Wheat Ale's i've had. It's a pretty dark orange with less then a finger off off white head. Dissipates almost immediately.

Smell-Sweet malts, orange and spice. No Wheat.

Taste-Sweet malts all the way. Really no orange or any citrus or wheat in the taste. If so it's very subtle. Finish has some apple. Carbonation and sweetness kind of overshadows most the beer though.

Mouthfeel-Light bodied, High carbonation. Pretty refreshing.

Overall-I think this may be it. I do NOT like Wheat Beers. I don't think I've had a good experience yet. When drinking summer beers I'm better off with Pale Ales, Wits and Hefes.

Aug 07, 2011
Indian Summer from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 235 ratings