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Southern Pecan - Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

Southern PecanSouthern Pecan

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1,025 Ratings

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Ratings: 1025
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.4%

Brewed by:
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company visit their website
Mississippi, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale is the first beer in the world, to our knowledge, made with whole roasted pecans. The pecans are used just like grain and provide a nutty characteristic and a delightful depth to the flavor profile. This beer is very lightly hopped to allow the malty, caramel, and nutty flavors shine through. The color is dark mahogany. Southern Pecan won a Bronze Medal in the 2006 World Beer Cup in the Specialty Beer category.

19 IBU

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-26-2005)
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Photo of stormgasm7


4.21/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I don't like pecans, so initially, I was a bit hesitant but this beer is really good. It's almost dessert-like. Also, the couple that started the brewery are the perfect combination for this business: one is an electric engineer and the other is a chemical engineer!

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2013 05:13:46 | More by stormgasm7
Photo of Alieniloquium


2.91/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap ar Closed for Business.

Appearance - Clear deep copper. No head. Just a few wisps and a thin collar.

Smell - Also not much of an aroma. Slight nuttiness. Otherwise I think I smell the dish soap used to clean the glass more than the beer.

Taste - Vast improvement. Much more nutty with a hint of caramel. Some vanilla. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel - Light body. Minimal bitterness. Like none, really.

Overall - Nutty flavors are the highlight. So much that it's the only flavor, really.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2013 18:45:03 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of element75

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this one on tap at Lynch's Irish Pub while visiting Jacksonville.

A: Deep amber to brown with a light tan head that fades relatively quickly

S: Malty, maybe some caramel aromas coming through also

T: Nutty tones, especially pecan and almond, right away, very malty with little bitterness until the finish, goes down easy

M: light-to-medium bodied, medium carbonation

O: This was a very enjoyable beer to relax with on a warm Florida afternoon. I could have two or three of this beer without getting tired of it- it has just enough of a twist to make it different from your typical brown ale.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2013 16:25:37 | More by element75
Photo of Rifugium


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

First had: on tap at Datz Deli, Tampa, FL

Brownish/dark amber pour, small off-white head sank to a ringlet, leaving just a few spots behind on the glass. Malty nose, toasty, bready, nutty. Simple but non-offensive. Taste was similar, bready malts hinting towards caramel, toasted nuttiness, light notes of yeast and fruit rinds. Body was about medium, kind of lagerish, not great, but pretty easily drinkable overall.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2013 02:06:48 | More by Rifugium
Photo of KickbacksSteve


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

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter for reviewing purposes. Off-white head, low to moderate retention on a mahogany body. Looks almost like an amber more than a brown. Lacing is soapy and slides down the glass. Aroma includes caramel malts, some nuttiness I suppose, and a slight roast. Taste is caramel maltiness, slightly sweet, again with a slight nuttiness and roast. Mouthfeel is a bit thin as expected after viewing the beer. Not jam packed with flavor but nothing off-putting and very agreeable to the average person.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2012 05:30:30 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of VelvetExtract


2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Dark roasted chestnut with crimson undertones. Mild head leaves moderate lacing. Body is mostly clear.

S-Tons of sweetness. Not a ton of complexity. Just a bunch of sweet sugars and light nuttiness. A light flick of cocoa powder.

T-Had it twice, both times on tap. I found the first tap to be much tastier. On the second go around, there was a form of sweetness that was almost cheesy and cloying. Really unattractive. But during the first experience, I got some nice nuttiness and vanilla and cocoa powder. Either way, I was never really happy with it.

M-Quite light and bubbly. Body goes down fairly clean. Carbonation was one of the brightest points of the beer.

O/D-Liked it once, HATED it the second time. Maybe the second keg was screwy? Either way, I was happy to try it but would probably avoid it if I ever saw it again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2012 01:09:58 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of BMMillsy


3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was excited to try this one, and it turned out a bit flat. On draft at Vello's in Gainesville. Pours a light brown color with a creamy off white head. Aroma is slight nut, maybe a little grain, and some skunkiness unfortunately. Thin mouthfeel, a little watery, with low to medium carbonation. Flavor is lacking, with watered down grains, no sweetness, and a finish that is a bit unpleasant. I wouldn't go after this again. Maybe worth a try once for the Mississippi tick.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2012 18:23:51 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of jmdrpi


3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served on draft in a tall pilsner glass. Oh well, I guess then only have one type of glass. They need to get some nonic english pint glasses.

appears dark brown, with red ruby highlights. Taste is rich sweet caramel taste. the nuttiness is there too. Aroma is not quite as sweet at the taste. Medium body and carbonation

overall - nice for a pint or too, but could get cloying after a few.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2012 04:30:56 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Bulldog's in New Orleans.

A- pours dark ruby-brown and clear with a light tan frothy head that lingers long after the pour.

S- faint sweet pecan pie, a bit of malt, brown sugar, pretty subdued overall.

T- nutty, biscuity, swey brown sugar, nearly no hops, finishes very sweet.

M- light carbonation, medium body, goes down smooth and creamy

O- an interesting concept, I would prefer it to be a bit stronger, everything seems a bit contained. This would serve as a pretty good dessert beer as it is very sweet, it overpowers the nuttiness a bit.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2012 03:37:35 | More by Treyliff
Photo of PorterLambic


2.78/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Arrives lighter than expected, a very dark amber - light brown color. Light tan head dissipates fairly quickly. Clear with tons of light getting through.
Smell is weak, just some malt and cider notes with a little vanilla and maybe some nut.
Taste is unusual with some malt, some apple, some nut and all quite weak.
Body is weak, almost watery with a decent carbonation load. Some, albeit slight, warming. This is their first recipe and should be revisited, revamped or recycled.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2012 21:43:54 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of soju6


3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Served a brown color with a moderate head and some lacing.

S: Aroma of nuts, roasted malt with some sweetness and grain.

T: Flavor is a mixture of nuts and malt. A bit on the sweet side. There is a mild bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Fairly light body, smooth but has a lingering stickiness.

O: Interesting and unique beer from a regional brewer. A bit sweet for more that one.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2012 23:03:10 | More by soju6
Photo of rinhaak


3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Cooter Brown's in Jacksonville, Alabama.

A rather unremarkable beer, it pours a dark copper, moderate head. A grainy nose with bits of brown sugar and hops, the beer is pretty sweet and one dimensional in the mouth. Flavors of brown sugar, sweet potato, and hops, the beer is similar to a mild Pale Ale. I don't know if they actually use pecans in the brewing process, but I could not detect any of them on the palate.

Not a bad beer at all, just a bit sweet and ordinary.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 19:53:31 | More by rinhaak
Photo of TheCondor


2.15/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this brew on-tap at Outback Steakhouse in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Poured into a standard mug, I won't get into the pour skills. I wanted to try this once just becuase I had never seen it before....

Appearance - Poured a medium brown color with a quickly disappearing one finger head. No signs of lacing.

Smell - Smells of nuts, maple, brown sugar, kind of smells like syrup. Not much of a beer smell to it, I seriously thought it smelled like maple syrup.

Taste - This was the part where this beer lost me. The maple and brown sugar taste was overwhelming in this brew. The sweetness was intense, with a mild nutty undertone to go with all the maple and brown sugar. I couldn't detect much sign at all of anything but the aforementioned.

Mouthfeel - The sweetness was overwhelming in the taste, and the stickiness of the sugar in the beer lingered in the mouthfeel. Mouthfeel was fairly consistent with the style, but the sticky aftertaste was not good.

Overall - This beer is good to try once, but I would never drink it again. It's not very often I find a beer that I wouldn't drink even if it was free, but this is one of them. Way too sweet. If you are expecting a mildly sweeter version of Newcastle, this is way off the mark. Not recommended

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2012 15:40:45 | More by TheCondor
Photo of Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From tap to shaker pint glass on 1/20/12
at the Beale St. Taproom in Memphis, TN
*From notes

-- This was one of the first beers I ever logged on my want list. After years of patience, I'm so glad to finally tick it. --

A: Pretty clean reddish-amber. In fact it looks more like a standard amber then a brown. As the bartender sits down the glass of ice cold beer, I get a one finger head that fades a bit too quickly. Minor collar, no lacing.

S: So for those who don't know, cigarette smoking is still legal in Memphis bars. Having said that, it's a bit tough to get a really solid bouquet on the beer. It comes off rather mild, like an old school nut brown.

T: The fore is a bit creamy and oddly boozy, with a nutty touch to it. There's a decent malt spine to the brew which washes over the mid. The finish showcases a more pronounced nutty quality, and ends quite dry.

M: Actually feels pretty good. For a low ABV beer, I figured this to be a thin, watery brown. Luckily it's not, and the bigger body really helps to sell the nutty gimmick.

O: I can dig. Lazy Magnolia's Southern Pecan is a nice little beer, something I'd drink fairly often if in it's Southern distro network. It didn't rock my face, but certainly makes for a flavorful session brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2012 18:30:29 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of Jerone


3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A clear reddish brown color with a quickly fading head that leaves no lacing, some bubbles coming up from the bottom.

S - Can't get a lot out of the smell, but there is a bit of lightly toasted malt, caramel and pecan.

T - Similar to the smell, you get some toasted malt flavor and a bit of toffee/caramel up from and then it slowly transitions to a nice pecan flavor. I just wish there was more flavor though.

M - Light body with medium carbonation, kinda watery.

O - It just needs a bit more umph to it to be a great beer, but what is there is very good, it just needs more of what is there.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2011 15:30:07 | More by Jerone
Photo of ChuckMartel

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap with dinner in Tupelo, Mississippi. This is good stuff. It has the taste of pecans without being a praline/desert beer. I'm really glad the brewer didn't decide to get cute with it. It went well with the crab cakes. I would gladly have a couple more again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2011 01:06:06 | More by ChuckMartel
Photo of brewskifan55


4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hal and Mal's, downtown Jackson, MS.

Appearance: rich brown with copper hues; half finger head that quickly dissipates

Smell: malts pop up, then the pecans start to meld in, followed by hints of chocolate and brown sugar

Taste: Robust! What a brown ale should be. The nutty/malt textures with slight chocolate and sugar/cinnamon really round out the flavoring.

Mouthfeel: medium; lingers on the tongue

Overall: One of my favorite go-to beers. Southern Pecan is great from bottle to glass, but even smoother on tap. Definately Lazy Magnolia's best brew.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2011 13:50:49 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of tigg924


3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap served into a pint glass.

Appearance: caramel color, medium carbonation, 1/3 inch head, clear

Smell: pecans and toasted malt

Taste: pecans, toasted malt, some leather, and slight hops

Mouthfeel: sweet, especially at the end and a bitter backbone, medium carbonation, light bodied

Overall: Very English tasting. This one is good not great. I was actually hoping for a bit more nut here. I could have a couple but my third favorite of the Lazy Magnolia offerings I was able to try.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2011 14:02:01 | More by tigg924
Photo of SHODriver


3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer on tap at Shady's in Biloxi. This is my first beer from Lazy Magnolia since I moved here a little under a month ago from a place with a vastly superior availability of beer.

The beer arrived in your standard pint glass with the remnants of a head on the top. I'm not sure how they can call this beer a brown ale because I've had Pale Ales that were darker. I'll blame it on the alcohol cap for now.

After a good long time smelling this beer nothing really stood out to me. There were some alcohol smells that I picked up but aside from that it didn't seem to have much going on that you can't pick up from any other beer.

Upon first taste it wasn't too bad. It has a fairly light flavor and isn't off putting at all. The flavors were fairly sweet maple syrup with a hint of nuts and no bitterness to speak of at all. After a couple sips I couldn't help but feel that I had tried a beer that tasted quite similar to this. After a couple minutes it hit me that this beer tastes like a watered down version of Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown. I didn't particularly like Fireside Nut Brown because it was far too sweet for my liking, so to me Southern Pecan would win if I had to choose between the two.

Overall the taste was decent but it seems to be a little too subtle all the way around instead of having a full flavor.

This beer was thin in the mouth and didn't seem to have a lot of carbonation going on.

Drinkability is decent. this beer lacks a significant punch in both the alcohol and flavor department but the sweetness was enough for me to only want one of these.

This beer hasn't put me off of Lazy Magnolia and I'm interested to see what their other offerings can bring to the table.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2010 19:49:35 | More by SHODriver
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At the Flying Saucer in Memphis, TN. Poured a reddish-brown with one finger of white, decent retention, and good lacing. Modest visible carbonation. Smell consisted of sweet maple syrup, caramel, brown sugar, and almond/amoretto. The taste was sweet blend of nuttiness (hazelnut, pecan?) and caramel/maltiness, with a sweet finish, and a nutty aftertaste. Again, the key word here is balanced. Unique flavor profile, and very pleasant. Smooth, not overly-carbonated, medium body. A little too sweet to session, but a great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2010 21:30:48 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of mjw06


4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A beautiful clear brown brew with a hint of dark ruby when the light hits right. One inch tan full head that lasted a good bit and left nice lacing.

The taste was of a light hopped carnation based on a not too sweet caramel canvas leaving a nutty taste sprinkled on the platter. Whether or not it was pecan, I'm not sure, but it was good nonetheless. The bartender told me this beer was well-balanced, and a lot of times ppl just describe beers that way when they have nothing else to say, but she was right - amazingly balanced.

Loved this beer, and I'm saddened that I saw it for the first time in Nashville it probably won't see it anytime soon in DC. Whether for session, taste, refreshment, whatever... this beer will give you what you need.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2010 00:10:17 | More by mjw06
Photo of drpimento


2.15/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Think we got one from a bad line: Served with a small, off white head and some lace. Color was a clear, amber brown. Aroma ( my snooter don't work so well, so I think I'm able to give this beer a better, but inconsistant score compared to other qualities) is decent with bananas, brown fruit, caramel, toffee, and malt. Flavor is absolutely DOMINATED by bleach, + the traditional nut brown flavors. It was hard to focus on the other aspects of the beer because of the bleach. My friend couldn't drink it either.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2010 19:24:19 | More by drpimento
Photo of boss302


3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lazy Magnolia Pecan, draft

A Amber to brown in color and clear/no haze, very little head. Head didn't last much past the first couple of sips.  

S Only aroma was malt.  Hardly any CO2 bubbles to lift the aroma.  

T This beer was served too cold.  Flavor improved as it warmed.  Malty sweetness is the predominant flavor. I really expected something of a pecan nature, but couldn't detect anything that reminded me of pecans. You can taste chocolate and caramel flavors as it warms.  I would have liked more hops.  But this beer is more of a brown ale than anything else, so is hopped more appropriate for that style.  Still it would benefit from more hops to balance. A lack of carbonation doesn't help this beer.  

M Heavy to medium. Not really much to comment on. 

O A good drinking brown ale, Definiyely worth trying, especially if you like brown ales. Needed more carbonation! 

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2010 21:09:11 | More by boss302
Photo of reeverbythespeak


4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This flag ship beer marks new territory in Mississippi. The obvious nutty aspects pair with the light body, and easy drinkability to create an afternoon brown ale. With decent head retention, the nose never escapes a sip. Very clear in it's light brown color, a pint can be gone in an instant. Flavors outside of the nutty malts are vague, but present.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2010 06:02:19 | More by reeverbythespeak
Photo of JamesS


4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours brown, with nice head and excellent lacing. Has a very nice scent, deep and malty with a wonderful nutty undertone. Excellent taste; it has a wonderful thick deep maltiness that goes with brown ales, with a wonderful sweet pecan flavor; tastes merge nicely. It goes down great, as well.

The taste was a lot like a very nice brown ale that had disolved some maple nut goodies candies into it. I love brown ales and I love maple nut candies. If you don't like either, don't get this.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2010 02:46:22 | More by JamesS
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