Southern Pecan - Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,364
Reviews: 511
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 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.

Photo of domtronzero
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy orange-brown with a short, average lasting whitish head. Little lacing.

S - Sweet malts, caramel and a hint of nutty pecans? Maybe, but perhaps its just the power of suggestion.

F/M - Again, sweet caramelly malts, thin with not much else going on. Clean with a slightly nutty flavor. Slightly reminiscent of pecans. Medium bodied, dry finish and moderate carbonation.

O - Pretty one-dimensional. Clean and caramelly, with a hint of nuttiness that could be from the pecans, but then again it might not be. Not bad, but not worth going out of your way for.

Photo of Misfit138
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having had this beer several times finally reviewing.

A- Fairly typical brown ale. Deep orange or light brown, which is allows plenty of light. Small head that quickly vanished and left no lacing.

S- Nice sweet malts, caramel and nut in character

T- Much like the smell, sweet caramel malts, hints of mild hops and followed with pecans.

M- In between what I would say is light or medium in body with light carbonation

Overall- Easy drinking beer. Overall pretty good nut brown, can at times seem too sweet.

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

My first brew from this brewery in Brett Favre's hometown.

A - Pours a clear reddish brown in color, topped by a minimal off-white head. Not much at all in terms of lacing. A lot redder than you would expect from this style of brew.

S - Very malty and sweet aroma. Caramel malt is accented by the slightest hint of nut, not as nutty in the aroma as I would have expected. Smells good.

T & M - The sweet caramel malt provides the background for this beer, with a slightly bitter nuttiness providing a very nice accent flavor. In my opinion, it reminds me of almonds more than pecans....either way, the nuttiness lends a nice opposing character to the sweet malt. The brew is medium bodied and finishes rather dry and crisp.

D - A very good brew, I'm glad my friend was able to bring me some since I can't get it here. Worth a try indeed!

Photo of seeswo
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours like a somewhat flat Dr. Pepper with a limited tan ring of head. The smell is decadent and unfortunately, betrays a forthcoming over sweetness. It smells fantastic. Like really phenomenal. The flavor is really, actually like candied pecans, almonds. It kind of smells like those booths that sell the roasted nuts based entirely on smell that just draws you in. It's pretty decadent for the ABV. This is a good beer to order if you can't drink - just sit there and smell it for a while and you aren't missing anything. The flavor is way to sweet atop a thin body, it really doesn't pull together. Im really belaboring the point, but if youn plug your nose, it tastes like nothing at all and suddenly your tongue is coated in thin bodied lingering sweetness. Without being rude and plugging your nose, the flavor is like a super poor mans version of the nose. I don't see anyway I could drink more than one of these with how sweet it finishes without even rewarding you with that in the taste. That said, the nose is worth the price of admission - swirl it up and enjoy your night as DD.

Photo of Shinypoptart
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A pretty aggressive pour produced very little head which boiled down to none after a few seconds. The color is a very nice dark iced tea brown, slightly darker and more red-tinted than what you would find in a Newcastle. 3/5

Smell - The smell was very disappointing, definitely the weakest attribute of this beer. It has the classic generic "beer smell" with some sweet slightly roasted malts thrown in. 2/5

Taste - After smelling the beer I was not expecting much as far as taste goes. However, I was pleasantly surprised. During the sip you get very little taste, as you swallow you start to get some nutty overtones, then a mellow yet deep roasted maltiness. The aftertaste is all nuts. You get pecans but I found a strong almond character as well. 4/5

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is light yet works well for the style. Carbonation is there but not overpowering or fizzy. 4/5

Overall - This is a good beer. It is not great by any means and definitely has its faults. Overall it does live up to its name as the nutty character is definitely there. My only complaints are the beer's macro-y characteristics, without them this would be a great beer. 4/5

Photo of Radome
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A - Beer is medium brown and very clear. The head is tan and piles up about 3/4" initially before fading to a thin layer.

S - Smell is toasted malt and grain along with sweet caramel. Nuts are there in the background. No hops evident. Very clean.

T - The dominant flavor is harsh graininess that could be from roasted specialty grains or the pecans. I'm guessing it is a tannic sensation from the pecans. Caramel sweetness is a secondary flavor. No hops evident.

M - Medium body. Some mouthcoating sweetness in the finish. Hops bitterness is in the background.

D - Interesting beer with some flavor complexities. It is a little too far from the English Brown Ale I was expecting for my liking. The nuts come across with a tannic bite that dominates the flavor.

Photo of DearthVader
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Provided by LSUPT about a month and a half ago. Hopefully that didn't ruin my experience with it. Thanks for the Southern love Alex!

Wasn't very impressed with how this beer poured. Looked like a glass of iced tea. I poured extremely aggressively and it produced no head whatsoever. The beer just fizzed violently from the heavy carbonation.

Smells of sweet sweet caramel malts and nuts.

I actually enjoyed the taste quite a bit. Followed the aroma with the sweet characteristic. Very earthy beer with a nutty feel to it. Rather enjoyable and easy to drink.

What's not to like in the mouthfeel? Its like drinking a soda. Heavily carbonated and smooth as water.

Overall this was just OK. Its definitely drinkable, but I don't know if I could ever make this a habit of drinking. Nonetheless, I'm glad I got to try it.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium brown color, light tan head of manybe a finger, dissipates to nothing.

Some nutty, sweet caramel malts on the aroma, along with some roasted bits.

Roasted notes, some nuttiness, a hint of caramel.

Light, slightly crisp, ok carbonation.

Not a bad brown, though I actually find this to be a bit more complex straight from the bottle...preferably at a casino gambling in Mississippi. Can't be beat that way.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Dark orange. Slight off white head.Fairly thick lacing that recedes quickly.
smell: some sweetness and slight roastiness with a hint of vinegar. not getting any pecan.
taste: mellow and simple.
overall: tasty and simple. nothing special.

Photo of Schmidts
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light brown, with small head. Smells of malts and nuts. Taste is very nice a combo of malts and nuty sweetness with a little bitterness at the end.It is very smooth in your mouth and leaves a nice nut flavor. I rate it 4.5 overall a very nice and different beer.

Photo of chinchill
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle dated 3/11 served in pint glass. I couldn't get much of a head on this one and it was gone almost before I took my first sip.

A nice clear brown liquid but almost no head.

S - nutty aroma with toasted malt and hints of bourbon and hops.

T - Starts too sweet but nice sweet/bitter balance in the finish. Pecan nuts appear mainly in the finish.

O - a little bit different, otherwise not much to recommend.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Glass. When held up to the light it's more of a ruby amber color with light brown in it. Funny, when not in the light it has the ruby amber highlights and conveniently a pecan brown center. Sort of a beige colored head, the color is similar to that of a caramel latte head, but not the consistency, not much lacing on this one. Not exactly the traditional looking brown ale, but I like it.

Smell isn't overly strong, but good none the less. Toasted malts dominate the flavor, very malty. It does have the nuttiness that many nut brow ales have. Call it power of suggestion but I feel like I can smell the pecans. Slightly yeasty in the aroma as well.

Taste is good, not life changing, but a solid nut brown ale. Much like the smell, it's very well malted. Again very nutty. You can certainly taste the pecans in this, making it a little more bitter than most Nut Brown Ales and obviously not from the hops.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, I guess a little light for the style, but not bad. Carbonation level respectable. I feel it's a pretty diverse beer that could certainly be drank at any time of the year.

Picked this up on a road trip down south, might have gotten more if the abv was a bit higher, doesn't seem to have much shelf life. If it were more available to me I'd probably get it more. Oh well, enjoyable for now, certainly worth a try for any craft beer drinker.

Photo of sommersb
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle poured into a Geordie Schooner glass.

A: Clear, reddish brown, topped with 3 fingers of off-white head. Little lacing in the glass.

S: Big malt aromas, with roasted and caramel notes. Also get some of the nut aroma from the pecans.

T: Very nicely balanced with a slight malt sweetness coupled with a light amount of bitterness. The main flavors are of the roasted malts and nuts.

M: Smooth, medium bodied beer with a moderate level of carbonation. Aftertaste is a dry, roasty bitterness.

O: Overall a very enjoyable session beer. Well done, Lazy Magnolia!

Photo of BaxterStockman
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was given a bottle of Southern Pecan as a gift, and probably wouldn't have bought it myself, since I don't really like pecans. So I wasn't expecting to like it, but was extremely surprised-- this is wonderful!

Appearance- pours a silky reddish brown reminiscent of fox fur with a short-lived 1-finger head.

Smell- nothing overwhelming, but some nutty aromas come through. Something in there evoked memories of a cabin in the woods I used to visit.

Taste- warm maltiness with supporting pecan flavors- the nut flavor really wasn't as strong as I'd expected, but it balanced the flavors very well. Little evident hoppiness.

Mouthfeel- exceptionally smooth, round, with some bright carbonation at the end.

Overall- This one really surprised me. I can see this becoming a summer fling.

Photo of beagle75
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a half-pint tumbler.

A: Clear, dark amber color with a peripheral ring of off-white bubbles. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Earthy and nutty with a dry herbaceous element that together gives an impression of old and well-cured hardwood. Some hints of savory biscuit are also detected.

T: Begins sweet, with a combination of dark fruit and lightly roasted malt alongside moderate acidity. Deep and unctuous nuttiness--more like cashews than pecans in flavor--advances in the middle, occasionally with some rancidity detected, as dryness increases. The finish is earthy and fruity, somewhat tea-like. Bitterness exhibits little to no influence, although other flavors linger on the palate for quite some time.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, oily on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D: Pronounced nutty flavor is delivered by this brown ale, making it aptly named but also perhaps at some significant cost. A lack of intriguing qualities and the presence of rancid off-flavors are limiting factors here. Since the intensity of sensory qualities is respectable across the board considering the style, the sweetness and oily aspects are especially comfortable in the presence of a variety of foods.

Photo of harrymel
1.55/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: Pours a orange rudy ale with excellent clarity. Single finger peanut head sticks around and loosely creates a medium quilt. Little lacing.

S: Mostly smells like stainless steel and cranberry. Not very good.

T: Tastes sweet. not sure why they call this a nut brown ale. Sould have called it a malt liquor with sugar. Very sweet. I can taste the idea of pecans here. But this is far from appropriate for a beer. Lots of artificial flavor. I can drink this, but willl never drink again.

M: medium to light body with little carb.

O: poor, poor job. change the genre and I can raise abit, but this is waaay too sweet to be good.

Photo of zachary80
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Nice light brown head fades. Good lacing. Body is reddish-brown

Strong nutty aroma, pecan comes through well. Overly sweet aroma is off-putting. Some toffee

Taste is pretty nutty but overall light. Sweet but not as overwhelming as in the aroma. Finish is somewhat dry with the nuttiness lingering

Mouthfeel is too thin. Carbonation is about right

Overall this is a decent English brown. The added pecan doesn't do anything amazing, maybe a slight boost to an otherwise average brown

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

Clear, browned bronze with a fleeting skim of buttercreme suds. Lacing is minimal.
Pecans come through prominantly on the nose, but not in a forced or artificial manner. They meld with caramel and treacle, and bready malts.
Sweet and bready as it hits the tongue. Caramel glazes everything. Pecans arrive, adding a nutty component to the sweetness. There's also a fleshy gourd-like flavor, along with a phantom of nutmeg evoking a pumpkin beer. It seems to be from the yeast, which lingera a bit pasty afterwards. It resumes with more pecan and more caramel and more sweet breadiness. There's just a glint of peppery hops on the swallow.
The carbonation is fizzy up front, but largely settles out, giving a sweet-leaning beer the sense of mouthfeel it needs, though it still feel very thin and transparent. A bit more muscle and girth would help round this out.

Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from notes

A - clear amber body, small head

S - banana bread and pecans. smells real nice.

T - nondescript sweetness and quite dry. a bit disappointing after the nose

M - dryness here too, with a medium body. not bad, maybe a bit too dry

O (D) - reasonably drinkable, great smelling, not bad tasting. an ok beer for sure

Photo of birchstick
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours brown with hints of orange with a lot of carbonation on the head head that disappears quickly.

S - very sweet caramel malts with a bit of sweet nutiness

T - starts off with loads of caramel malts that moves to some oily pecan nuttiness. I got a bunch of toasted malts as well. A sweet malty nuttiness stays on the palate after the swallow.

M - I thought based on the pour this would have a little more carbonation burn, but it goes down really nicely.

D - pretty solid nut brown ale, the pecans added a new layer of complexity / take on the style that worked really well. I can see why this is so highly rated on this site...good stuff!

Photo of Urbancaver
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange with some slight reddish tints. A bit of white head. Vey crisp and clear. Looks very pretty. Smells very sweet and malty. Light roast and caramel on the nose. Tastes sweet and almost banana flavored. Nice pecan as well. Vry drinkable with a nice solid mouthfeel. Vry solid

Photo of zhanson88
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Southern Pecan pours a deep caramel color with ruby highlights. About 2 fingers of very fizzy head form that has pretty poor retention. Lacing is very minimal.

Smell: Quite a bit of caramel, toffee, nuttiness. Also some molasses and dark fruits. Fairly complex for such a low ABV beer.

Taste: Very similar to the smell. Caramel, toffee, nuttiness and molasses are most prevalent. Again, pretty good for a beer with such a low ABV.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is light, which is to be expected. The carbonation is very nicely done. Lower carbonation than I expected leads to a very smooth drinking beer. Overall, I like it quite a bit. Something that I would have again in all likelihood.

Southern Pecan from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,364 ratings.