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Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
Mississippi, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.68%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by weeare138 on 10-04-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of nickfl
3.92/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Half a finger of white foam on a clear, golden body. The head settles quickly and leaves very little lace.

S - Strong pilsner malt aroma with some spicy yeast and a hint of earthy hops.

T - Sweet malt and a hint of spicy wheat up front. Some sweet spice notes, definite coriander and a bit of banana from the yeast. Finishes crisp and slightly sweet with a hint of herbal hops.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - I wasn't expecting a lot, especially after smelling it and seeing the weak head, but this is very pleasant and drinkable. The spice character is distinct, but restrained enough that it doesn't overwhelm the palate. A nice, drinkable summer beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
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??

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Photo of chinchill
2.43/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

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

Acquired via trade from barefootbrewer, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, citrus, light caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus, bananas and some caramel. Then some mildly bready flavors come in from wheat and a thin malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, there are better beers in the style but this is a decent lighter beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
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

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Photo of Huhzubendah
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.

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

I really did not know what to make of this beer. I see that it is listed as a "Pale Wheat Ale", but even at that, it was still lacking. The head was white but rapidly dissipating as it arrived. The color was a deep gold with NE-quality clarity. The nose was pretty light with a faint, sweet fruitiness. The mouthfeel was medium with a faint bitterness on the tongue. The finish also had a faint bitterness, but not enough to satisfy.

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Photo of jwc215
3.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to deepsouth for including this in a trade!

Pours hazed/clouded golden amber with a large head that descends to a disappearing patch. Lace trails but doesn't stick.

The smell is of coriander, orange peel, tangy zest with slight bready notes.

The taste is of tangy orange peel with tart fruitiness and sweet grain. A touch of hop bitterness in the finish.

It has effervescent, spritzy carbonation in a light body.

The spicing is just enough to make it stand out a bit from a typical American Pale Wheat. A nice warm-weather refresher!

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Photo of MasterSki
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to NewGeneric for this extra - knocking off another tough state in Mississippi. Served in a Half Acre pint glass. Best before May 6th, 2010.

A - Pours with three fingers of soapy white foam that quickly sizzles to a cap and leaves no lacing. Transparent golden body with a few tiny bubbles. I expect a bit of haze in a wheat beer - not sure why you'd filter this style.

S - Sharp tangy wheat that verges on metallic, earthy grains, a bit of coriander. As it warms a bit of caramel malt joins the party. Pretty average - like it a bit more than macros, but that's not saying a ton.

T - Taste is pretty bland and understated. Some light malted wheat and caramel sweetness, and some toasted grain character. This may the definition of average.

M - Zesty, tingly carbonation that is borderline harsh. Body is light and a bit grainy. Finish is light stickiness and not much else.

D - The harshness of the carbonation is the only real inhibitor here. This might be nice on a hot day down in the delta, but I can't see any other reason to re-visit this one.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of tone77
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.

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Photo of weeare138
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for breaking open the party pig of this rarity from the great state of Mississippi...
Appears a hazy light gold with a small white head that fades into a mild film and collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is bready, yeasty, citrusy, light banana, orange zest, and mild traces of coriander.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with citrus and tart wheat standing out with some doughy bread coming through in the flavor.
Mouthfeel is fizzy, and citrusy with a dry finish.

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Photo of corby112
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
1.71/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. 1-18-10 printed on the label. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the trade.

(A)- Pours a clear orange hue that produced a minimal head that dissipated immediately.

(S)- Some orange peel and loads of coriander I believe. Smells almost like that orange flavored cough syrup you had when you were a kid.

(T)- It does practically taste like that same super sugary sweet orange flavored cough syrup! The only difference is with some sweet honey malts & corn husk.

(M)- A good carbonation level but there isnt anything else I like about this. Its really sugary sweet.

(D)- This is very nostalgic of my childhood when I would get sick and have to drink that orange flavored medicine; not the fondest memories considering they all surround me being sick or ill. Sorry, but this one doesnt sit well with me.

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Photo of tigg924
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.

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Photo of champ103
3.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear yellow color. No head and no lace.
S: A sweet pale malt aroma. Some very light citrus and coriander that gives this a light spice in the nose. Cereal and grain.
T: Husky pale malts that are sweet and lightly toasted. Cereal and grain again. Light citrus and spice as well. Not very complex, but enjoyable.
M/D: A medium body that has a good creaminess. Easy and smooth to drink. A good session beer.

Yep, a good summer beer. Not much complexities, but still enjoyable and subtle. This is would be good for a BBQ or summer party.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.01/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: A clear wheat colour with obscene amounts of bubbles. Honestly, these bubbles obscure my view through the glass and rise ceaselessly. A half-finger of head.

S: This beer doesn't smell like much. The label promises orange peel, hops, and coriander. I can detect a hint of coriander and not much else.

T: Meh. It's alright. The main taste is mostly neutral, vaguely sour, grainy beer. The endtaste and aftertaste carry all the spices in this "spiced ale." Here, there are traces of orange peel and carbonated coriander. The hops are absent, at least to my tongue, and the only bitterness in this beer comes from tang of the citrus peel. Overall, it's watery and dull, with a bit of excitement near the end.

M: There's a little carbonation and spice that tingles the tongue, but only briefly. Otherwise the beer just washes straight through to the gullet.

D: Pretty drinkable. The label compliments itself on its superb drinkable in Southeastern summers, but having reviewed this beer outside in Alabama in July, I can say with authority this claim is overrated. Drinkable? Sure. Sublimely so? Nope.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.62/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

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

12oz bottle thanks to deepsouth. Nice golden color, effervescent, bubbly but the head doesn't last for shit. Smells like spices, almost Belgian but not quite. It tasted odd and I honestly couldn't tell if they were shooting for a Belgian witbier or an American wheat. It was easy enough to drink but it was still confused.

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

Pours pale yellow with a ring of white foam. Grass and grain nose. Honey and granola malts with muddled herbs, then some lemony noble hops. Wheaty roundness. Clingy, medium light and not especially crisp.

Don't know why they're adding the coriander and orange peel if it's with such a light hand. Kinda like an upmarket Blue Moon, which is not a compliment. Too stick to be the summer drinker they want it to be.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
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!)

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a freshness date of 08/07/10. Pours a surprisingly clear, medium-dark gold color with an average white head that fades too quickly for a wheat beer. Does not leave much lacing either.

Nose has plenty of coriander and orange flesh aromas. A little sweet, like orange sorbet. Some wheat tang is there along with a clean floral aroma. Unfortunately not much in the way of yeast esters are present in the smell.

Tastes like a witbier without the soft and mildly fruity wit yeast profile. Strong spicing and plenty of wheat flavors. Some pithy orange peel flavors dont quite meld with the coriander...was hoping for something a bit softer. Still fairly enjoyable though, crisp and refreshing, tart even. Not bad, worth a go in the summertime.

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Indian Summer from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
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