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Southern Pecan - Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

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81
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1,284 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,284
Reviews: 498
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 73
Gots: 126 | FT: 2
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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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

t0rin0, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Skuter for sharing this one at his tasting.

Best by 3/7/13.

Pours a clear brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt and toasted nut aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is fairly mild and drinkable.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

zestar, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +11.4%

spycow, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by spycow at the post-Christmas tasting in Chicago. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

Pours a fairly-light brownish color with a small off-white head and not too much lacing or retention after that. A few bubbles on top. The nose brings forward a bit of lightly-sweetened malt, caramel, and some nutty character. The taste was about the same, mostly just general sweetness and some bread with some lingering pecan flavor. Mouthfeel was thin and water though the carbonation was fairly adequate. Okay, but nothing too special.

Thorpe429, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -16.4%

nmann08, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Vineyard 55, Bluffton, SC

A: The beer is clear dark reddish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that died down and left a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of sweet nutty malts and caramel in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has sweet flavors of toasted nuts-pecans start to stand out as the beer warms up. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an easy to drink nut brown ale with a nice little twist of pecans. It might have been nicer if it wasn't as sweet and had more nutty flavors. This might be a better dessert type beer.

metter98, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Texasfan549, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an almost clear dark amber color with puffy beige head that persists well and attaches lots of lace

Smell: Slightly sweet brown bread; think of a loaf of bread baked with nuts; hard to identify the aroma as pecan, however

Taste: Brown bread flavor from the outset, with a bit of resinous nut flavor developing by mid-palate; after a while, the nuts are clearly identifiable as roasted pecans; more of the same, after the swallow, with the flavor remaining well-balanced between the nuts and the malt

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very easy to drink; I really enjoyed the blend between the sweet malt elements and the nutty flavors

Thanks, brianj555, for the opportunity

brentk56, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"as I walk along and stumble
trains rumble in my head
as I breeze along and grumble
think about you instead

and a piece of pecan pie
and you that's all I want
just a piece of pecan pie
and all I want is you

sometimes I get so hungry
think about pie all day
just a little whipped cream
honey, I'm on my way"

--'Pecan Pie' by Golden Smog

Beautiful cherry-bronze with a healthy infusion of orange that results in bright tangerine trim along the edges of the glass. I have to believe that the roasted pecans give the beer such a unique color; I've never seen another brown ale that looked quite like it. The pale caramel crown isn't very large and is a little too soft to result in much lace.

The aroma, while a little weak, is still pleasant. It's toasted brown malty and I'll be hanged if it isn't a little nutty. It's no more nutty than a few other browns that I could name, however, and there's no way that I could have identified the nuts as pecans.

Southern Pecan is a fairly simple, lighter end of the spectrum American brown ale. Ordinarily that would keep the flavor score down to at least one notch lower than the one I've granted. The reason that it's better than that is that I can actually taste roasted pecans, which are one of my favorite nuts. In case anyone is wondering, the malt bill consist of Maris Otter, caramel and wheat.

Granted, the pecan nuttiness isn't that prominent (Edit: it does become more noticeable with warming and the beer becomes more enjoyable as a result). With a more substantial malt load, this would be a killer, one of a kind offering that would be an instant classic. It's hard to imagine a better brown than a full-bodied, moderately sweet, roasted pecan ale. It's a shame that Lazy Magnolia doesn't brew that beer.

There doesn't need to be an abundance of hops (Magnum, Tettnang) to offset the somewhat flimsy malt backbone... and there isn't. I can appreciate a modest bitterness, especially on the back end, that balances the earthy caramel sweetness just enough without overtaking it. Sweet needs to win out over bitter in a brown ale as far as I'm concerned.

The mouthfeel, as already alluded to, is light. I'm becoming more tolerant of light browns though and will cut it some amount of slack. It's saved by the fact that the fine-bubbled carbonation is neither too much nor too little, but is juuust right.

I'm sitting here drinking my second glass from a growler of Southern Pecan, a Southern classic (or at least a Mississippi classic) out of my own gen-u-ine Lazy Magnolia B.C. pint glass and am having a grand old time. This is a wonderfully drinkable beer and should go well with whatever I decide to eat today. Thanks go out to barefootbrewer for making this possible.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 15, 2006
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3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somehow, I expected more pecan flavor. Regardless, this is a very nice Brown Ale that shares some similarities with Amber Ales and Vienna Lagers.

The pour brings a medium viscocity with deep amber, nearly brown colors, off-white foam that initially rises but quickly settles to a lacing across the glass. No real lacing. Maybe a bit light in color for a brown; more akin to a rich Amber.

A malty nose gives rich toasty scents with yeasty breads, nuttiness, caramels, and a hint of fruitiness.

Medium flavors of toasty and bready malts give a lot of richness and texture to the beer. Caramelized malts also deliver a bold sweetness and richness. Light fruity esters give a subtle complexity to the yeasty bread tastes. Nuttiness boarders on toffee notes with a light buttery/butterscotch flavor. Quite nice.

Mostly malty textures with some caramel sweetness lingering on the tongue. No slickness or stickiness to the mouth. A mild grainy texture persists into the finish.

A nice little Brown Ale that, with some hoppiness and a brighter malt character, could be an awsome Amber Ale. But the maltiness (aside from the caramel sweetness) could make for a great Vienna Lager.

Thanks Freethyhops!

BEERchitect, Aug 22, 2009
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with some light sweet toffee notes. Taste is dominated by quite rich caramel malt notes with a nice malt presence with no discernable hops presence. I can't say I really detected any pecans though kudos for trying something different.

Phyl21ca, Mar 20, 2009
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

GRG1313, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this one in a trade a long while back, and have had a couple since, but I am just getting around to reviewing it now. Decided to open another one up last night, just for the reason of the review, and for the fact that this is simply one outstanding session ale to say the least. A sure classic, I opened up the twelve ounce bottle straight out of the fridge and proceeded to pour it into a pint glass.

Appearance - The pour was very nice, with a deep, reddish tinted brown being poured out and into the glass. Quite impressed with the nice hazelnut tone of it, this was definitely going to be a keeper. Nice carbonation could be seen through the clear appearance of the liquid. A nice two inch high head of white lace then crept up over the top of it and settled down nicely into a thin crown that was draped across the top. Some decent side glass lacing as well, left me with the impression of a solid brown ale.

Smell - The aroma was very sweet, with lots of caramel malts leading the charge on this one. Hints of nuts, and a touch of molasses as well had me going right away. As it warmed we then were able to pick up some notes of bready malts, a slight biscuit like aroma and a hint of some fresh grass type of smell. Definitely much more complex then your normal brown ale.

Taste - The flavor was spectacular and this really started to exceed my expectations at this point. Started out with a nice rush of sweet caramel, and this was quickly coating the inside of the mouth, leaving everything with a nice sweet film to it. As it passed the aftertaste gave in to much of the nuttiness that I had been looking for. A very nice pecan or almond like flavor, with a nice vinous like bitter bite to it. Very interesting indeed. Some notes of bready malts, and grain in the back and a nice slightly hopped, and a touch dry finish to it.

Mouthfeel - Very nicely carbonated, this was an easy bet for a medium bodied brown ale. This was absolutely brilliantly done, with no slickness or thinness apparent to it, this was just a high quality ale if I had ever seen one. Nice smooth feel and a great finish.

Drinkability - One of the easiest drinking ales I have ever run across. With a nice smooth feel, and a delightfully surprising rich palate, this one was definitely a keeper. Very low ABV of around 4% only served to egg you on to have more of it. I could have continued on with this one for the rest of the day without much of an effort at all!

Overall I thought this one was outstanding, and one of the best session ales I have had in a long time. I would love to see brewers turn more to doing things like this as it really shows off what can be done without going to the extreme. If you can get a hold of this, I would and quickly!

mikesgroove, Jun 04, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

ygtbsm94, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head on a deep clear amber body. Some lacing.

S: Nutty of course but well done with sweet malts and a light burnt toast note.

T: Very sweet caramel malt flavor. Nice notes including nuts, cola, burnt toast, earthy and mild brown sugar.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: Very drinkable and refreshing. The nuttiness is appreciable and a nice difference maker for this beer.

kylehay2004, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This poured out as a much lighter color than I expected. It's a light brown, basically a deep orange. There is a decent looking tan head on top. The smell of the beer is roasted and has a subtle nuttiness. The taste of the beer is malty, very gentle bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, lighter bodied and drinkable. Overall not a bad brew.

Knapp85, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, brown body topped with a thin ring of whitish bubbles.

Smell: Aroma smelling of toasted nuts and caramel. Simple, but nice enough for a brown ale.

Taste: Nutty, caramel blend with a reasonable amount of malty sweetness. Generally drying throughout, even as a light bitterness sets in. Dry finish with a lingering nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Mostly pleasant, pretty smooth, and generally tasty -- it's an okay brown ale.

Update: Had a much better experience -- a bottle packed with a bit more flavor and, I dare say, more smiles. Score bump!

ChainGangGuy, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of largadeer
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle sent by Dyan recently. Thanks, I've been curious about this one for a while.

Chestnut-colored, perfectly clear and topped by a light tan head, this beer is nearly ideal in appearance. Its only fault is that the head settles too quickly; otherwise, awesome.

The aroma immediately makes me think of salted pecans. There's a substantial caramel malt foundation as well, along with a bit of toast.

The taste has a distinct pecan character, apparent up front but especially prominent in the finish. Sweet and toasted malt flavor supports the big pecan character, but it doesn't add much depth. I get a bit of caramel mid-palate, but this is all about the pecans, and that character is beautifully expressed. It finishes sweet and slightly buttery with a huge lingering nut flavor.

This beer surprised me. It's slightly one-dimensional, but I'm impressed at how well they balanced the pecan flavor with the base beer; it's prominent but not overwhelming to the point of detracting from the foundation. I'd drink this often if it were locally available.

largadeer, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of TMoney2591
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Thanks to pitasoup and the Donald in Mathmagicland BIF for this bottle!

Shiftless magnolias! This brew pours a clear red amber topped by at best a half-finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises biscuits, toffee, caramel, rye bread, a touch of sugar, and a decent mixture of flowers and greens. The taste holds notes of brown sugar, very light maple syrup, walnuts, caramel, hot cinnamon, and an undercurrent of citrus hops, leaning toward the orange-y side of that spectrum. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a very fluid feel. Overall, a solid brew, one that I could see chain-drinking on a nice Southern summer night.

TMoney2591, Aug 06, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

zeff80, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

possibly the first beer ive had from the state of mississippi. i wouldnt call it a brown ale either, maybe more of an english pale ale. it pours real light brown in color, but its more tan or bronze in color because of its radiance and the penetrating light. theres a nice slowly fading lace head on top. the nose is quite nutty, but also lighter on the malt roast than i expect in a brown ale. no yeast or hops to speak of at all, but i do smell what must be the pecans, and they are sweet and woody. the flavor is equally light, with the pecans really beign featured a lot more than the abita version (which is the only other pecan beer ive had). i like that this isnt spiced at all, just flavored with the nuts, which are tasted more on the back end of the trip. really light in body, id say too much so, but in the context of a steamy mississipps swamp or somethiing (sorry for the stereotype), i think its lightness would be a pro rather than a con, which it was in a denver january. smooth feel though, relaxed carbonation, and overall a beer and a brewery id really like to drink more of. who knew?

StonedTrippin, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Clear dark brassy color, ample lacing

SMELL: Nutty, dark honey, brown sugar, toasted grain, yeast, faint herbal hop

TASTE: Smooth, semi-creamy, medium body, sweet, caramel, nutty, toasted biscuits, faint spiciness, cocoa powder, brown sugar

Not half bad, a bit too sweet. Just because it has nuts in it does not mean the sweetness had to be amped up which I think actually takes away fromt he pecan flavor. Good to try once.

Jason, Jan 03, 2012
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Southern Pecan from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,284 ratings.