Indian Summer
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

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Style:
Wheat Beer - American Pale
Ranked #594
ABV:
4.68%
Score:
76
Ranked #48,282
Avg:
3.3 | pDev: 13.64%
Reviews:
122
Ratings:
235
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Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
 
Mississippi, United States
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Year-round
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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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wiseguywood from Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Dec 20, 2013
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CityBoy1986 from Mississippi

3.16/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was surprised to find this at the Hardy St. Corner Market in Hattiesburg on 3 January 2008. 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

The appearance is a golden yellow. A foamy off-white head recedes to nothing with a lack of lacing.

The nose is mostly wheat with some fruity undertones. The taste is a bit better; the orange really stands out.

Mouthfeel is medium with little carbonation. The drinkability is good, but I think I would tire of the orange taste after a few.

It's not a bad beer and is worth a try, but I don't think I'll revisit it.

Jan 09, 2009
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abrand from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle brought back by my mother from a recent trip to FL. Poured into a pint glass.

The Indian Summer wheat pours a clear golden orange color with a minimal white frothy head and lots of carbonation. Not much retention on the glass. Also no haze to the color. Smells of musky grains and some citrus fruits. Not overpowering but pretty pleasant. Taste has much more citrus fruits than the nose. Lots of grapefruit with some bitterness to the finish. Some spiciness as well. Mouthfeel is crisp and fairly thin. Drinkability is solid. I really enjoy this beer, not overpowering but a nice flavor profile. Simple and and enjoyable.

May 05, 2010
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mjl21 from California

3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Date of 10/29/09 is stamped on the bottle. No abv info is given.

A-Pours a clear straw yellow with a one finger off white head that breaks apart very fast. It looks like an American lager. Lots of bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom and make a nice crackling noise as they hit the surface.

S-The corriander spice used is very upfront. I get a tad bit of wheat and some orange in there. It reminds me in a lot of ways of chamomile tea.

T-The spices jump out very quickly, especially the corriander. In the middle and end I pick up on a lot of orange peel flavor. It is fairly sweet tasting, something not really present in the nose. I get a little bit of wheat in the back of my mouth. The aftertaste is of sweet lemon and orange.

M-Lighter bodied and extremely crisp from the active carbonatio.

D-It is a light, easy drinking beer that is perfect for a hot and muggy day. I found it to be overly spiced, but it would be a good gateway beer.

This was my first offering from this brewery. While I probably wouldn't order it again, I would recommend it to those that want a light beer that is not an American adjunct lager.

Oct 06, 2009
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coldmeat23 from Oklahoma

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

GLASS: Franziskaner Weissbier Glass (0.5L)
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees
BOTTLING DATE: 01/19/10

Since the glass is appropriately sized, I did an 'inverted' pour. (Bottle upside down into the bottle and slowly pull it up and out.) This gave me an almost four-finger head of off-white colored, craggy looking foam. It's sitting on top of a golden orange colored liquid which contains some serious yellow tinting. It has a very mild haze to it.The retention is okay and the lacing is spotty, but nicely sticky.

The nose is full of wheat. Along with a big helping of orange presence. Mild spice notes. A light yeastiness.
Somewhat mild, but I find that alot of wheat beers can be.

An earthy/grainy wheat presence dominates. (Big shock.) Some very nice citrus presence. Mostly oranges, but some lemons are also shining out. I'm getting the coriander, bit it's pleasantly mild. Decently bready yeast notes.

Light-to-medium body on this one. The carbonation level is fairly high. This helps it feel active and alive, but I think it distracts the drinker from the 'lightness' of the beer. (Maybe that's a good thing, I don't know.)

This is a beer that you could pound down all night long. Unfortunately, that's not what I really look for in a beer. It usually means that there just isn't alot going on with the beer, flavorwise. I can think of a few other beers that I'd reach for first the next time that I want a wheat beer.

Mar 22, 2010
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BamaBeerBuff from North Carolina

3.64/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A deep golden color with a very thin head that falls quickly, leaving no lace and hardly any retention over the top.

S: Aromatic profile is very light. A pleasant twinge of spice and sweetness, along with a slightly floral component with a dry malt undercurrent. Nuanced and enjoyable.

T&M: Flavor is very nice, with a light, crisp fruit flavor with some latent spice and zippy hop flavor. Gets light on the finish, but still with a reprise of fruity flavor. The yeast strain and spices seem to be the saving grace of the flavor. Body is light with a zesty carbonation level, though the bubbly could stand to be a touch more intense given the spiced flavors.

D: Very drinkable, a solid little wheat ale. Glad Lazy Mag has started bottling more than just the Southern Pecan.

Jun 15, 2010
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theghost3 from Louisiana

2.8/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Aug 17, 2008
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everetends from Alabama

3.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the J. Clyde in Birmingham this weekend. Poured into a standard pint.

A: Poured a nice golden color with just a touch of haze to it. Had a decent head, but had little retention. The head went dow to a couple frothy rings that still created some really stick lacing on the glass. Good looking brew.

S: The smell of wheat really comes out here. There is also a backbone of good floral and citrus hops. If you go searching, you find notes of honey as well.

T: Taste is, like the smell, up front with some wheat that is a bit sweet and bready. The floral and citrus hops translate well. There are caramel notes from the malt, along with a touch of honey on the back of the tongue.

M: This is a light to medium bodied brew. The carbonation was a little lacking for my taste but was still present and refreshing. This brew finishes rather clean, leaving only a note of honey on the tongue.

D: This is a great summer beer. It is cool and crisp, but still has the citrus and sweetness you are looking for is such a brew. Really enjoyable and a good follow up to the Southern Pecan.

Jul 13, 2008
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Apr 11, 2011
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yesferro from Mississippi

3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally got curious enough to buy a cask of this at Kroger. Poors a dark yellow, not really clear, but not really hazy either.

I was not impressed by the smell. kinda wheaty, not really all that good. The first glass I pored had a nice head, the rest of them didn't. This beer is better then it smells though, pretty interesting, like a spicy wheat beer. Not strong tasting at all though, I might buy a cask of this again next summer on a cook out, but other then that I am going to hold out for the bottled version which should be coming this way pretty soon.

Nov 13, 2008
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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.

RJT

Sep 17, 2012
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unclejimbay from Florida

3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Indian Summer
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

A 2.5 - Golden honey color, lighter than expected, almost no head or lace.
S 4.5 - Smell is the leading category on this brew. Boldy malt & spiced aroma, smells like my kitchen on a good brew day!
T 2.5 - Weak version of the smell, amaizingly weird the taste is given the bold aroma.
MF 2.5 - thin body, high carbo.
D 3.5 - not bad, just not great. I would take and Oberon or most other wheat offering over this one. I would not say I disliked it, just would not pursue it. Smell rocks. Weak every other catergory.

Jul 31, 2009
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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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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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cvfish from Louisiana

3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer poured an orange color that produced a foamy white head that had no retention and left no lacing along the side of the glass

S - The aromas produced were lots of wheat with some orange notes

T - Along the lines of the nose, wheat and orange, however there is a spicy colander taste that is not meshing with my palate on this beer

M - The mouth of this beer was light, crisp, and refreshing, with just enough carbonation to make it a good sessionable mouthfeel

D - This beer could be a very refreshing and sessionable beer, but the spiciness on the tongue is really ruining it for me, but it might be your thing, so give the latest offering from Lazy Magnolia a shot

Feb 24, 2009
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bamadog from Ohio

2.97/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle to a pint glass. Review is from notes taken on 2/22/2010.

Appearance: Pour is a pale straw color and starts with a mammoth head, literally takes like 5 attempts to finish pouring this one; body is quite clear and shows tons of carbonation; head is very fluffy and white and leaves billowy portions of lacing down the sides.

Smell: Lightly bitter hops that are slightly citric (orange) and grassy; light spice presence as well; a little clove and coriander and it comes across as a little peppery; slighlty wheaty and yeasty.

Taste: Not much to this at all -- very light citric hops (but they don't come across bitter at all); you pick up a little bit of the spices mentioned in the smell, but beyond that, this drinks like water. Utterly forgettable.

Mouthfeel: Strong carbonation makes for a very bubbly body; it's very light and crisp and finishes very clean - easily one of the highlights of this beer.

Drinkability: No weight to it and it tastes like water with an orange slice, so while you could drink a ton of it, but there's really no flavor or substance to it so why would you?

Feb 26, 2010
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle received as an extra in a recent trade with piginapen. Thanks again man!

Pours a clear very pale golden orange color with pale, light golden yellow hues when held to a light source and a one finger foamy white head that quickly fades into a thin lasting ring.

Sweet spicy citrus aroma with some bready yeast and toasty malt presence. Hints of orange peel, peppery zest, corriander, bread and toasty graham cracker malt.

Light up front with a heavier medium body towards the end of the palate with a nice amount of bready yeast, light sweet citrus fruit, subtle malt backbone and a prominent peppery/spicy character. Nice biscuit and graham crackery malt backbone with subtle bread flavor along with sweet citrus orange peel and a strong spicy corriander presence. The corriander flavor is the most prominent but there is also a good amount of the orange peel citrus. Well balanced and a refreshing session beer for the warmer months.

Dec 05, 2009
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portia99 from Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle shared by nonstick...poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours a pale and hazy golden color with orange highlights. A finger of fluffy white head that dies fairly quickly down to a medium collar and some sparse lacing.

S - Lemony up front with a large portion of wheat, coriander and malty sweetness.

T - Big hits of lemon with some spicy coriander. Very wheaty and grainy at the base with a mildly noticeable hop bitterness...gives this a light and refreshing taste.

M - Light and crisp with an aggressive carbonation. Very tingly on the tongue. Spices, citrus and a subtle tartness fill the mouth in the aftertaste.

D - Goes down really quickly and easily. I could easily have a large quantity of this. Definitely for those warm weather days...

Nov 24, 2010
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Gyle41386 from South Carolina

3.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to PerzentRizen for the bottle. Poured into a pint glass.

Golden-orange pour. Very small white head disappears quickly. Halo of thin foam. No lacing.

Chalky, tart wheat and citrus/spice. This seems like a pretty standard witbier to me.

Flavor, again, seems to be pretty standard for a wit. Chalky wheat and spice in the finish. Not really a whole lot of lasting flavor.

Light bodied, with somewhat tingly carbonation. Not a bad summer beer. Not great, but a fairly easy drinker.

Jun 13, 2010
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mrosscole from Arkansas

2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Jun 27, 2014
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soupermirl from Mississippi

3.98/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drinks with ease. Indian Summer is a great tasting local brew. I described it once as like the feeling you get early in the morning after you drink a glass of the best orange juice. One of my favorites. If you get the chance, at least try it. It's a good session beer for hot days.

Jan 08, 2009
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atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Jul 09, 2014
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CHickman from New York

2.89/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Came with the Beer of the Month Club. Pours clear gold orange in color with a 1 finger white head that dissipates quickly; basically no lacing.

Smells good, like yeast, coriander, light spices, wheat, burnt grains and orange peel; pretty potent nose that's dominated by the wheat and grain.

Tastes spicy up front, with roasted grains, yeast, lemon, some malt, orange peel, hops, wheat, coriander, light caramel and spices, like pepper and floral hops. The roasted grains and citrus flavors trail at the end with a zesty metallic finish that's kind of like licking a penny.

Mouthfeel is very light and crisp with a fizzy feel on the tongue; this has very high/light carbonation and a light to medium body.

It would be highly drinkable and refreshing were it not for the grainy metallic finish, which i did not care for. A decent beer, but not one that I would seek out again

May 10, 2010
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KrisPaulk77 from Mississippi

3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Indian Summer pours a bright and clear golden straw color, with a moderate white foam head. The head fades to a minimal cap and minimal lacing noted.
The aroma was light sweet malt, a little sweet wheat, and a pretty big citrus nose from the orange peel and coriander.
The taste jumps out with the coriander leading, the sweet wheat and malt following, and a crisp, fairly sweet finish. A nice hop bite balances it out.
The feel is crisp, with good carbonation.
This is an easy summer drinker, and a good offering from Lazy Mag.

Nov 02, 2009
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cdizinno from South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Light golden orange. Medium white head and minimal lacing.

S: Floral, spicey and wheaty.

T&M: Nice spice that I can't quite place. Nutmeg or something. Crisp, smooth with a great refreshing taste and mouthfeel. Well-balanced with hops and malt all there.

Great drinkable beer. I'm surprised at the low ratings. It's a 'summer beer' folks!!

Aug 05, 2010
Indian Summer from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 235 ratings