Indian Summer | Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

Indian SummerIndian Summer
233 Ratings
Indian SummerIndian Summer

Brewed by:
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
Mississippi, United States

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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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of hoplover82
2.78/5  rDev -15.5%
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!

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Photo of BCereus
3.12/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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 nlmartin
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer was served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is clear yellow coloration. The white head quickly went away and no lacing noted.

Smell: A brief wiff of coriander peppers up a sweet bready malt aroma.

Taste: The flavor of the beer is sweetend malt. A bit of pepper and cloves help to spice this beer up. The flavors are very clean.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light. The carbonation is moderate and works well with the beer.

Overall: This is a throw back lawn mower beer. This would also work well for macro loving friends.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.01/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy golden glass doesn't hold much of a head, just a thin coat that doesn't lace. The thin head dropped off about half way through leaving a murky yellow glass.

Smell: Some coriander in a sweet wheat base. A bit of bread yeast, no hops noted.

Taste: A pretty generic profile, strikes me much like a macro lager, which is to say clean, with some wheat bread characters.

Mouthfeel: Rough wheat texture, almost gritty with high carbonation level that goes a bit fizzy in the mouth. A bit oily and stays on the palate a bit.

Overall: A clean, if somewhat bland American Wheat. Could use some more spices and more protein to help hold some head.

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Photo of heine1
3.04/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This claims to be a summer wheat, so I was expecting a Weizen style, and I expected some added spice as well. The best thing I can say about this is that it is inoffensive. Its sweetness is balanced by a slightly metallic zing. The orange flavor doesn't show as an orange-peel or essence--maybe it is folded into the sweetness. It has almost no wheat characteristics; it really looks like a lager in the glass, only faintly rusty; no conventional "native" wheat spiciness or fruitiness, and the added spice is nondescript. This beer reminds me of Shiner Bock--it shares that beer's somewhat papery overtone. It suggests a beer like Shiner also in that it comes from a nominally quirky brewery that is obviously trying not to startle people used to mainstream beers. These guys need to take the governor off their system and really make a Weizen-style with corriander and orange. It sounds good.

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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.

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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.

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2.78/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No date on this one.

A: Pours a light golden honey ale with excellent clarity. Less than single finger loose soap sud head dissipates nearly immediately and Faint sheen of the same is leftover. No lacing.

S: Cardboard, rose, clove, carapils nose. Fairly simple, not impressive, but not bad either.

T: Quite sweet. Almost a sweet tea flavor to this. Orange pekoe, stevia, honey, and hints of clove in the far reaches.

M: Medium light body with medium carbonation. Decent feel. No resonance. Good for the style I would argue.

O: Average kinda beer. Can see why I would drink this without end on a hot and humid southern day. Great for sessioning, but loses points for originality - fairly simple.

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Photo of RoboScreech
3.77/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-deepgolden, with creamy head quickly dissipating to thin but retaining head
s-appley, little lemony hops (or coriander?)
t-creamier than i expected, but also similar to a pale ale, a little wheat
m-creamy, little foamy
d-refreshing, would drink again, 2 or 3 probably preferable

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
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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2.83/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into great lakes sniffer

A-hazy orange yellow tint with white lacing around the edges
S-strong wheat smell. Little bit of lemon
T-a lighter version of the smell. Not a whole lot more than wheat tasting
M-light bodied and crisp
D-would be nice on a summer day.

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Photo of NODAK
4.35/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Aroma is more citric than anything...coriander is present in the background. Smells a bit tart.

But the taste, that's something else entirely. There's a good, sweet orange fruitiness to the body of this beer....with some coriander in the background. The label does specifically call out both orange peel and coriander in the making of this, and I'd say they weren't kidding. Both are definitely there and they run the show. The aftertaste shows a pretty good dose of grainy wheat in it too.

This would be one of the most drinkable beers I could think of on a hot day. Even though it isn't a hot day and I'm inside, I still enjoy this immensely. Probably one of the best sessionable beers around.

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Photo of woosterbill
2.95/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of injuredreserve into a Duvel tulip.

A: Appropriately hazy pale orange body with a finger of quickly-dissipating white foam that leaves only the lightest spots of lace. Not especially appealing, but fairly standard for the style.

S: The spices overwhelm everything else here, with coriander and almost-sour orange peel leading the way. Inoffensive, but no better than average.

T: The tart orange peel jumps out first, followed by sharp coriander and finally some grainy malt sweetness. No really distinctive wheat characteristics - it tastes almost like someone spiked a generic lager with witbier spices. The result isn't really bad, but it's rather incoherent and disappointing.

M: Light, almost watery body with moderate, spiky carbonation. Underwhelming.

D: Despite being unimpressed by this beer in general, I could definitely see how its emphasis on the tart citrus flavors (and omission of substantial wheat/malt/hops aspects) could add to its refreshment potential. I'm sure I'd be enjoying it far more if I were in Mississippi in October.

Notes: While not a particularly good beer, I could definitely imagine it being a popular (and justifiably so) thirst quencher in hot weather. Better than Blue Moon, but quite possibly less flavorful. While glad to have the chance to try it, I won't be seeking it out in the future.


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

Look - Light amber in color, slightly murky, with about 2 fingers of egg-white colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - Wheat malt smell. Maybe a hint of the orange peel is present, but the coriander is a bit more prevalent.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Orange peel is definitely more prevalent in the taste, but so is the Coriander. Crisp, slightly more malty taste. Texture is fairly well-balanced. Little to no aftertaste, and no bitterness throughout the tasting process.

Drinkability - Fairly decent brew. Might be fun to experiment with adding lemon or lime, but certainly best to first taste this one alone to get the full experience of the true beer.

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Photo of Brent
3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wonder if this is misclassified - not much wheat going on. Not much of anything going on, for that matter. Poured a slightly amber, light brown. None of the spices made much of an impression. Nondescript light malt flavor was the most noteworthy aspect.

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Indian Summer from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.29 out of 5 with 233 ratings
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