Indian Summer | Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

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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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Photo of HardTarget
3.01/5  rDev -8.8%
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 -7.9%
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 +12.1%
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 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 harrymel
2.78/5  rDev -15.8%
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 +14.2%
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 +1.5%
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 brew3crew
2.83/5  rDev -14.2%
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 +31.8%
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 -10.6%
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 +12.1%
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 -8.2%
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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Photo of portia99
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 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...

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Photo of LiquidBread219
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A= It poured Golden and color and left no head.

S= To me smelled like spices and wheat can't pick out a certain spice though.

T= Taste is decent the spices come out but can't pick out any particular spice a little bit of wheat.

M= Light in body nice clean and crisp finish.

D= Decent beer for a summertime beer to have in the fridge, but it's really nothing to special...

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Photo of Naugros
2.65/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Butterscotch in color with no head to speak of. The smell carries some herbs (cilantro, parsley, sage), but I'm not picking up any spice. The smell is of a saison that was brewed with a poor choice of spices and the taste is even worse. This beer is vegetal and it shouldn't be if it were done correctly. If someone had asked me what this beer had been brewed with I would have been tempted to answer "celery". Any sweetness or bitterness from any traditional ingredients is loss in the effort to block the vegetal taste from your tongue, but it's not easy. Still, there is a mild sweetness from the light malts, but no bitterness from the hops. I rarely pour a beer, but this one had to go and I also left behind 5 bottles form the six-pack for the next person to get the hotel room. I hope they have the good sense to pour it too.

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

A: Golden Orange with minimal head. I had two and I had to give it a pretty vigorous pour to get a finger of head out of it. It looks like your standard filtered wheat ale, so nothing new or out of the ordinary.

S: Spices, Wheat, and citrus. It smells good but it isn't something that I wanted to smell all day.

T: Starts with some nice spice notes and transitions to some citrus flavors and finishes with a very clean sweet malt flavor. I bought a six pack for a cookout where I two and didn't take any home with me. Everyone else liked it as well if that gives you an indication of the quality of flavor. The spices are by no means overpowering which is very nice. This beer shows very good balance and complexity for what it is.

M: This is a pretty good summer beer. Good carbonation and a moderate mouthfeel makes this something that you want to reach for if you have it in the fridge and need some refreshment.

D: This beer is very drinkable. I could definitely see myself using this as a session beer.

Final Notes: This is a tasty summer beer that I might have to grab another sixxer of due to the lack of selection around here. As far as flavors this beer reminds me of different things I like about some other summer beers and it rolled those qualities into a bottle of Indian Summer. This beer gives me hope in the rest of the line from Lazy Magnolia.

EDIT: had this beer on tap a couple weeks ago and was not impressed. I don't know what the deal was but it was very lackluster. I'm not going to edit the numbers but just leave a note in here. Could have been the keg, the glassware, or inconsistency in brewing. Without knowing more I can't take this beer down a peg or two based on one bad experience after having a better than average review of it before. If it happens again I'll play with the numbers and make note of it. otherwise I'll leave it where it sits.

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Photo of cdizinno
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!!

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass.

Pours clear gold, with loads of effervescence and a thin off-white head that disappears almost instantly into a few bubbles around the edges, those no retention and pretty much no lacing at all.

Orange peel is the thing to come out in the nose, strong and clear; clean wheat sits underneath, with just a wee bit of floral hops mixing with a very light bit of coriander to give this one some nice character.

Taste is straightforward and to-the-point. The spices take the forefront - orange zest and coriander are both big players in the taste, with a light body underneath that allows a wheaty, clean, lightly sweet body to come through just a bit. Clean-ness (cleanliness?) to the finish that is about all you're going to get in terms of hops. Spices are the star in this one, to the point that I'd put this in the spiced beer category, but it's really a pretty tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is light in body, crisp in carbonation, with a finish that's bigger and fuller than expected because of the spices.

Drinkability isn't good, though I imagine the big spiced character could potentially et out of hand. Certainly not bad though.

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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 Zebus0
3.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another vacation beer I can't find back home.

A- Pretty good. Has some nice color to it, really foamy, thick head on it. A pretty good looking beer I think. Pretty gold color to it.

S- You can smell the spice in it, pretty refreshing. The only thing that takes away from it is that it does have a bit of a metallic hint to it, not really a fan of that.

T- I hardly, if ever drink something so light. However, being in the South during the summer and I can't get it back home figured I'd give it a try. That metallic quality, whatever it may be follows in the aftertaste a bit. Being used to stouts I rate the bitterness 1/10 so it's pretty easy going, pretty light. I like my beer full-flavored so to me it's kind of boring, not much taste there. You can pick up some of the spice it talks about on the bottle.

M- Average, pretty light. It's actually going good with the lightness, refreshing in a sense. Decent change of pace.

D- That's give and take. I don't have any, but I think this is one of those beers that could be helped by a bit of lemon, or even an orange slice. Whether you consider that blasphemy or not is up t you, I do for the most part unless I'm drinking Modelo.

Overall just interesting I guess. Not something I would go after again I don't think, but a pleasant experience overall I would say. Like I said, I'm just not an ale guy, even during the summer months.

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Photo of DmanGTR
2.19/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a decently clear (slight haze) tangerine with little specks of sediment on the bottom of the glass. Short lived 1.5" white head that left a scant ring. A small patch of lacing. Looks somewhat disappointing... And yes, it is quite so. Aroma of metallic orange sherbet with a tangy wheat touch. And tastes exactly as it smells as well. This is lacking in orange and has a weird metallic off flavor that is definitely getting in the way of my enjoyment. Slight caramel in the finish. Bubbly and lots of carbonation. I'm not a fan, hope I can finish this...

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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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Photo of steelerguy
3.42/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Gold, very little carbonation, and very small head which faded to nothing very rapidly.

S - Sweet malt with some floral hops.

T - Clean malt, a little sweetness, with some of the floral hop flavor.

M - Could use something more in there, watery.

D - Easy drinking refreshing beer that is pretty forgettable.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
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.

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Photo of Gyle41386
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.

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Indian Summer from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
3.3 out of 5 based on 233 ratings.
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