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Southern Pecan - Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

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Southern PecanSouthern Pecan

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1,362 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,362
Reviews: 510
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 73
Gots: 154 | 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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Photo of Travisnin
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of shuajw
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of smibroncos
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured a clear copper with a short white dimminshing head some lacing on the glass.

S. Nutty, bready,pecasn, leaves

T.expaecting a sweet maltier brew from the nose suprisingly bitter.

M. Medium bodied medium carbonation good duration

O. A well balanced brew and a good flavor I would have this brew again if given another oppurtunity.

Photo of dubinsky
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter.

Got this as part of a beer of the month club package.

A - Pours an amazingly clear, reddish, rusty copper with a one finger off white head which quickly recedes leaving a thin ring at the edges of the glass with absolutely zero lacing. After the lacing dies down, i would swear that looking at this beer and not knowing it was a beer, i would think its a brandy or cognac. Thats how clear it is.

S – Fairly sweet smelling. Some hints of caramel and bread. I don’t pick up any hop characters in this beer. Fairly nutty smelling.

T – ats' a bit nu-tee. Nice malty sweetness up front gives way to a healthy, nutty finish. The finish leaves your mouth feeling like you some nuts.

M - Light body with medium-light carbonation. Very light and crisp drinking.

O – Overall this was a good beer. Brown ales are one of my least favorite styles if you can call it a style. It seems like when someone doesn’t know what to call a beer it gets grouped into the Brown Ale category. This beer however really obviously deserves to be in this category. Its very simple and yet refined and tasty.

Photo of hoplover82
2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear deep amber color, no brown in sight, but it has a nice thick, creamy off white head that has good retention and lacing.
S-The aroma is kind of weird for a brown ale, it's very fruity, like a good english amber. No nuts, or coffee, typical for a good brown ale. Hmmm... don't know what else to say.
T-Same as aroma, no nuts or coffee notes, lots of fruity esters and sweet watery caramel. MAYBE the slightest hint of nuts in the flavor.
M-It's a crisp light slightly dry mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Not very fitting for the style indeed.
O-It's hard for me to give a negative review, so I will say this beer is not "bad" perse, just not a brown ale... Very off from the style imo.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to leschkie for this bottle.

A: Pours a murky redish brown. There is a really thin, tan head of tiny bubbles on this beer. Absolutely no lacing as it drinks.

S: Smells sweet and fruity. The malt presence is immediately known, but I'm also picking up cherries, raspberries, and grape aromas. There is a tartness in the nose as well.

T: Starts off a bit tart, but the sweetness comes through right after the initial hit. Again, I'm picking up tons of fruits (cherries, raspberries, and grapes). The finish is nice and smooth with the sweetness fading and giving way to cashew and pecan.

M: Medium bodied beer, there is a bit of heft but it's easy drinking. No lingering flavor on the palate.

O: This is a pretty solid brew. The sweetness could become a bit overwhelming after having a few of these beers. It's not bad by any means, but I don't see myself going after another bottle or two.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 10/11/11

Deep, sun-faded amber hues. More clear than not; slight haze. Poured an ample three finger head that dropped to a finger's worth after a few minutes. Skim retention and droopy lace.

The aroma is agreeable enough. Sweet pecan notes are matched nicely with toasted bread, grains and floral overtones. Perhaps a hint of brown sugar. Notions of dusty yeast emerge over time.

Earthy hops quickly give way to grainy and nutty flavors. Toasted dark bread in strength and tangy pecan, albeit a lesser degree. I don't find that the namesake ingredient translates here quite as well as in the aroma. Ah, well. Seems to have a nip of spice, too.

The feel is watery; too thin for the style, I think. Carbonation is of the mild-mannered lot, the downside being if doesn't help focus the feel. Gritty finish with residual lingerings of grain and nuts; subtle bitterness, too. A bit coating, too.

Overall impression - not much to complain about aside from the feel. It's solid and well-constructed. I'm in no rush for another bottle, but I certainly wouldn't mind having it again.

Photo of secondtooth
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber, with a rich head of tan bubbles that quickly dissipate. No lace here.

Nose seems malty and earthy, even. Doesn't seem fresh somehow, though the date says 12/12 (a couple of months from now). Hmm.

Tastes like roasty malts and some nutty bitterness. I don't get much pecan, though. I do get that this one's pretty faithful to the English brown ale template, so scores well here.

Nonetheless, this was a disappointment. I expected more pecan character to be integrated with the brown ale, but didn't happen.

Photo of n2185
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, copper-brown with two fingers of off-white head which quickly recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Some sweet caramel-like notes up front along with a floral citrus aroma as well. There are some bubblegum aromas too. Sweet nutty aromas bring up the finish.

T: Lots of nice, nutty flavors here. Reminds me of pecans, and I love pecans. There are also some floral and bubblegum flavors mixed in there, making it lightly sweet with a clean finish.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is fairly light and clean.

O: Overall, a fairly simple but tasty beer. At only 4.25%, this would be a nice session beer. Too bad it doesn't make it to my market.

Photo of TheIronHammer
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a beer glass.
A: Pours a medium, translucent brown. The head was about finger's width high when first poured, then quickly retreated down and to the sides. It has a very light tan color to it. The lacing slides back to the drink quickly and uniformly.

S: This beer has a rich caramel aroma to it. The roasted pecan leaves a wonderful aroma. There is also a honey sweetness in the background.

T: The hops impart a very nice bitterness to the beer. The roasted nut tastes come after the initial bitterness, then a slightly sweet honey taste comes in and under that. The finish starts off sweet, and then it turns to bitterness, and lingers for a decent bit.

Mf: It has a light-medium body to it, which is fine considering the ABV. The carbonation is a little on the lighter side, which also works fine for this beer. It is a bit astringent.

Overall: This is a pretty good brown ale. The aromas and tastes of it are very enjoyable; definitely it's high points. The appearance and mouthfeel are pretty usual for a brown ale. I had to let mine stand for a while before I could really separate the scents and taste it was giving off. The only thing that I could detect when it was cold were the caramel on the nose and the hops in the taste. It took a while for it to open up, but it was worth it. I will buy this one again.

Photo of GbVDave
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz glass into a pint glass. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist. Extra special thanks to jayli for the hook-up!

Label dated 10 07 2011

A: Pours a deep chestnut brown. A short lived yet creamy off white head spread itself out on top and left a suprising amount of lace in the glass.

S: Molassas, raisins, and brown sugar. Right out of the fridge the pecan was non-existant. However, as it warmed we could definitely smell the toasted nut.

T: See above.

M: Sweet and quite slick. The pecan added a welcome hint of dryness that actually saved from becoming syrup-y.

O: We were a little disappointed that we had to look so hard for the advertised pecans. They're in there, but temperature is key to bringing them out. Let this one warm up.

Photo of Jayli
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a murky lighter brown color with a one finger khaki, sudsy head. Head recedes immediately and leaves minor spots of lacing.

S: Nose is sweet - caramel, molasses, brown sugar and a touch of nuttiness.

T: Taste start with brown sugar notes quickly followed by a hearty caramel malt presence. Pecan nuttiness creeps in - not overpowering but apparent. Candied sugar and molasses are light but fill out the finish on this beer.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, light, somewhat watery body to it.

O: Goes down easily, tasty, not filling, not much of a kick, ok representation of style. The sweetness to this beer sticks a bit in the finish, which makes this a 1 or 2 pint and done for me.

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

#2 in my one stop Southern tour.

Dark red/light brown body, with highlights that somehow have a golden glow. Light beige, just this side of white, head, fluffy and rises above the rim.

Taste starts with classic English malts. Light sweetness. Nuts follow. Earthy English hop bite balances at the swallow but does not overwhelm. Nice sweet and nutty afterglow.

Light and smooth mouthfeel.

An above average brown ale well worth seeking out.

Photo of gatordawg40
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice brown color when poured, smooth to taste.

Very good used in Beer Can Chicken with John Henry Southern Pecan Rub on outside of chicken as well.

Found the flavor of the beer to go great with the nuttiness, smokiness of food taken off of the grill.

A very pleasant summer find.

Photo of brewskifan55
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

Photo of emmasdad
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tolann and her friends for sharing beers a month or so back at her basement party. This one poured a dark brown color with a thick light brown head. Aromas of smoke, nuts and chocolate. On the palate, this one was medium bodied with flavors of smoke, chocolate and pecans.

Photo of readbaron
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While digging through my cellar I discovered a second bottle of this. Since the first one was infected, I'm thrilled to find that this one is a-okay.

Pours a crisp, clear amber with hints of white foam.

Initially there's quite a bit of sweetness in the nose - candied sugar, a bit of cinnamon, nutmeg, and nuttiness. Underneath there's a lot of bready, grainy malt. Not overwhelmingly sweet and spicy, just pleasantly so.

Taste echoes the nose - With a lot more emphasis on the malts and grains. There's some nuttiness, sweetness and a hint of spice mid palate, but it starts off and finishes malty/grain rich.

Mouthfeel is a bit flat, and not as creamy as I expected.

Overall - a solid beer.

Photo of fsvan
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my new spiffy Goose Island Clybourne imperial pint glass.

A- Copperish brown. 3/4 finger of quickly dissipating white head.

S- Nice nutty, cracker malt smell. A bit of sweetness. No real hop presence.

T- Taste really follows the smell. Nutiness. Some toasted, cracker malt flavors. Bit of sweetness on the finish. Just a tiny hop presence.

M- Light, easy drinking, but pleasant for the style.

O- I like this beer. A very nice addition to the Nashville market a couple of years ago. It is a very nice sessionable brown.

Photo of AgentZero
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mississippi tick, thanks to spycow aka Chris.

A - Brown beer that gets a little red on the edes with a small head that didn't stick around for very long.

S - Malts with some nuts, brown sugar. Pretty sure that is a pecan thing going on there, and it's decent enough.

T - Caramel, toffee, some pecans, little bit of dark fruit. It's malt forward, but there's a little bit of hops there on the end. Has a decent amount of flavor for 4.25%.

M - Fairly light, smooth, decent carbonation.

O - Not a bad beer, better than what I was expecting coming out of Mississippi. Easy drinker.

Photo of SuperSpy
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A reddish brown with a slightly yellowed, off-white head. Little head retention , but the color and clarity is very attractive.

A sweet and nutty aroma. A slight hint of caramel. The aroma is very much what you would expect from the name of this beer.

Toast, nuts, caramel. Very smooth flavor. Toasted nuts upfront. A quick transition to the caramel and then a hint of hops that doesn't let the sweetness become overpowering.

It's a brown ale so of course it's meant to be well balanced. Not big and malty, and not a hop bomb. It does this very well. A really great session beer. Delicious and refreshing. I suggest picking this up anytime you're in an area it's available.

Photo of nlmartin
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was purchased during a recent trip to New Orleans. The beer was chilled and served in a pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer looks like a slightly bubblely ice tea. The head was a thin white coloration and quickly resolved.

Smell: A nutty aroma of nuts dipped in caramel pretty well describes this beer. Very nice.

Taste: A very clean toasted caramel and nutty combination drives the beers flavor. Minimal bitterness from hops checks the sweetness.

Mouthfeel / Overall: The beer is medium bodied with adequate carbonation. A very nice malt driven beer. I really wish this beer came to Cincinnati. This beer and Hopitolous from Nola was a very frequently ordered beer while I was in New Orleans. Very well done.

Photo of fragilehearted
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought this back when I went to Tampa last month. Let's check it out. Bottle into a pint glass.

A - Light to medium brown, little head that goes down quickly. No lacing. Pretty average for a brown.

S - Very tasty. The nuttiness comes out right away, and it does definitely smell like candied pecans. There's also some butter in the aroma. Then the norms for a good brown, the malts, some caramel.

T - Right off the bat it tastes pretty average, kind of malty and sweet, like the aroma but not as good, kind of disappointing. It's nutty, but the pecan flavor doesn't come out as much as it did in the aroma. There's a little weirdness to the aftertaste that I can't quite put my finger on.

M - a little too light. Carbonation is okay, but I expect a brown to have a bit fuller of a body.

D/O - pretty easy to drink if it's readily available (it'd definitely be pretty easy to throw a few back at a bar), but I won't make a special effort to get it again. Sorry, but Abita does it better with their Pecan Harvest, and I can get that in Texas.

Photo of alleykatking
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to betsona for bringing this one over. Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a hazy brownish orange color. Half finger white head shows poor retention. No real lacing left on the glass as it all falls back into the beer.

S- A little muted although I thought it showed a nice roasted/sweet quality to it. The front of the aroma shows off some light roasted malts that are covered quickly by a caramel malt. This sweetness lasts through the entire aroma accented at times with light nutty aromas. Hints of sweet alcohol toward the end. Overall it was what I expected in this beer.

T- Caramel malts right off the get go in this beer. Hints of a light roast under this but it only comes out for a split second. The pecans or whatever nut they use really shines in the middle for me. The ending is more of the caramel malt base with maybe a hint of nut here and there. Alcohol is sweet on the ending a little medicinal.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation was nice for the style but almost a little lacking at times. Caramel malts and hints of nuts are left on the palate. Aftertaste is light alcohol, hints of nuts and a nice sticky sweet caramel malt base. Flavors were a little underbalanced but overall still good. No off flavors were present in the beer when I drank it. Light alcohol drying on the palate with each sip.

O- I thought this was a nice beer but I expected a little bit more nut flavor to it. If you call it Southern Pecan I expect a little more nut flavor. Other than that I thought this was a good tasting brown ale.

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2.63/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a dark amber color and has a thin fizzy head.

S: Smells of heavy fruits like bananas and peaches and lingers with just a bit of sourness. A little perplexing and not what I expected from something labeled “pecan.”

T/M: Tastes a bit sweet with honey and some of that heavy fruit but there’s not much nuttiness. Honestly, it’s a lot like a traditional American amber ale. In that regard, it’s a disappointment.

Whole roasted pecans are, allegedly, included during the brewing process but you’d never know. At least offer a bag of nuts or something so I don’t feel like I’ve been taken advantage of. Or some Planters trail mix. Mmm, trail mix.

Photo of jcartamdg
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my ccb pint glass. No head at all, very little lacing. Aroma of malts and pecans, slightly sweet in the nose. Aroma of pecan pie but very feint. Mouthfeel is ok, nothing special. Taste follows the nose, average brown ale with a little bit of a twist. Not bad but nothing to write home about.

Southern Pecan from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,362 ratings.