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Southern Pecan - Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

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Southern PecanSouthern Pecan

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1,155 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,155
Reviews: 480
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 66
Gots: 82 | 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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3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to PerzentRizen for the hookup on this beer!

Though the bottle clearly states this is an "English-Style Brown Ale", BA has classified it as an American Brown Ale. I'm unclear why there's a discrepancy and will review as an American Brown.

A - Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass. Medium copper color with some reddish highlights. Thin off-white head with ok retention.

S - Appropriately named this beer packs a very present nutty aroma. Toasty malt and a slightly sweet caramel aroma accompany. Slight citrus hop aroma should be stronger if this is actually an American Brown Ale.

T - Pleasing malt sweetness combines a light hint of toffee with a distinct nuttiness and a lightly toasty malt flavor. Bitterness is low/medium-low and should be higher for the style. Hop flavor is hard to detect and low for an American Brown Ale. Excellent medium finish with a lingering focus on the malts.

M - Medium bodied with a moderate to moderate-low level of carbonation. Could use a touch more CO2. Smooth.

D - If this is indeed an American Brown Ale (I'm not convinced after tasting it), it's lacking some hop character and a bit more malt to be a good example of the style. Though styles aside, this is a very tasty brown and I could easily enjoy a couple more. Cheers to PerzentRizen for the generous trade!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 04:12:41 | More by BrewerB
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4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown amber color that produces a thin 1 finger light tan head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring and leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell contains a pronounced nutty character with a touch of caramel. Aroma indicates this should be a refreshing brew.

Taste reveals lots of caramel and some brown sugar. Some definite sweetness comes through. Faint nuttiness (pecans or otherwise) shows up in the background. Be sure to let this one warm a few degrees above the recommended serving temperature to bring out the full flavor of the pecans.

Medium body and medium carbonation.

A solid, refreshing offering that goes down easy. Low ABV and smooth feel make this an ideal session beer. Being from Louisiana, I'm somewhat obligated to have some Abita offerings throughout the year, but sorry guys...Lazy Magnolia has you beat when it comes to pecan brown ales. Definitely worth a try when you're down south.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 03:55:53 | More by Vengeance526
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3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm glad to see this in the BR market these days!

Poured a brownish red color, with a finger or so worth of creamy head. There is a little lacing after the head recedes.

The smell is what you would expect, but not as strong as I'd like. Just not much aroma there.

The taste is quite pleasant, the pecan comes through and mixes well with the malt flavors... a bit of a metallic aftertaste hurts the mouthfeel, but still good.

Very drinkable, I could drink these all night long if I didn't want to save a few for later!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 04:54:58 | More by theboozecruise
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4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a mexican tulip - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours a copper color with a towering 4" light tan/yellow head. It shows great retention and some bubbles slowly stream to the surface.

Smell: Malty brown ale aroma and brown sugar jump out at me. There is a subtle nuttiness but it's not discernible. Faint cherry in the far background. As the beer warms, you really do start to smell the pecan addition.

Taste: Base malt is roasty but smooth. A delicate nuttiness from the pecan is noticeable. A bitter, coffee-like flavor makes the finish mediocre. There are some hops that add to the bitterness as well. Slight pine in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth at first, then a progression into bitter finishing flavors. A dry finish. Alcohol isn't noticeable.

Drinkability: This is a great brown ale. For not being a BIG beer, there is a lot of aroma and flavor. I picked up more nuttiness as the beer warmed, especially in the nose. Smooth and satisfying. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 16:20:42 | More by Risser09
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4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Mellow Mushroom in Montgomery Al.
I had no clue there were any serious brewers in MS. Good for them!
Arrived a relatively dark brown color with ample head. For a draft offering, that's tough to argue with.
Smells malty and nutty.
The taste is nice and smooth. A good balance of nuttiness, maltiness, mild chocolate, and a hint of hops to keep it honest. It actually does have a little bit of pecan flavor, too. Had I not known the name of the beer, I think I'd have picked that out anyway.
Goes down easy, certainly isn't too strong and would be a great session brew.
In the southeast - this is a definite go-to.

EDIT: In subsequent years I've found a weird sourness to the finish from the bottled version. Granted I've occasionally bought it at a grocery store that may not have the freshest supply, but it has been reoccurring for the last 2 six-packs I've had.
Having had some other beers brewed by LM, I'm starting to think that they might be a bit inconsistent or maybe they need to investigate their distribution/freshness.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2008 15:48:27 | More by Domingo
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District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at George Street Grocery in Jackson, MS. I tried a bottle the night before.

Appearance: Looks just like a nut-brown ale, actually the color of roasted pecans. Not much in the way of head or lacing.

Smell: Aroma is a sweet nutty malt, hint of caramel.

Taste: Similar to the smell, nutty brown ale, caramel. Can't say for certain it is pecans, but enjoyable. A better, nuttier Newcastle.

Mouthfeel: I wish they would dial it up a notch, needs a better backbone.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, it is exciting that many MS bars have this on tap, great session beer. Stopped after one because it needed more body.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2008 15:24:56 | More by craytonic
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4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear coppery brown with a tan fizzy one finger head which fades quickly with only a little oily lacing.

Smell is of sweet nutty caramel malt with a bit of fruit character. Taste is similar to the smell, malty, sweet caramel and a nice nutty pecan flavor. The pecan is quite pronounced and quite tasty. Hop character is low and bitterness is low but there is enough to balance the sweetness of the malt profile.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smoth and a bit oily and a bit on the fizzy side with carbonation but not unpleasantly so. All in all a very nice brown ale, very drinkable. Being from the South I've been wanting to try more Southern breweries and Lazy Magnolia did not disappoint me with their Southern Pecan which seems to be a peculiarly Southern style of beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 23:09:19 | More by BlackBearForge
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3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of edelweiss - thanks! Split three ways w/ dkachur and proteus93. My portion poured into a 4 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a transparent, filtered mahogany brown with a fast-fading but even and fine-bubbled tan head. The carbonation on this one is pretty active, with concentrated streams of bubbles streaking upwards towards the ring of tan lace left after the head has faded. Nice start.

Aroma: Mmmm, like sweet Georgia pecan pie. Brown sugar and that distinctive pecan nuttiness. It's walnut-esque in places, as well, and a few other malt overtones - caramel, faint toffee. Decent.

Taste: Relatively sweet and toasty, not overly complex but pleasant and well-balanced. You get a solid maltiness, heavily caramelized, graham cracker, brown sugar, molasses. Faint fruity notes shine through occasionally. And, of course, there's a pleasant nuttiness throughout which - though it doesn't taste overwhelmingly pecanish - definitely has pecan overtones and adds a nice element. Overall, very nice.

Mouthfeel: Well-carbonated and big-bubbled, but still even enough. The body is medium, nice given all the residual sugars, and only leaves a slight bit of a "cloy" feel.

Drinkability: A very solid beer, and as a Georgia boy originally I'm enjoyin' it a whole bunch. It's nutty without being over the top, is well balanced, and is very low in alcohol - very sessionable. And it's from Mississippi! Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 02:36:53 | More by CrellMoset
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4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of trade with everetends...thanks dude! 12 oz. of Southern goodness into Duvel tulip...

Buttery, nutty-colored 1-finger bready head tops body of deep bourbon-brown color. Head dissipates in relatively short order; body is quite still. Very clean-looking.

Caramel malt is frontin' with toasty smell of pecans. Slight hop grass and a little earth in background but the excellent nuttiness and malt star in this movie.

This has a good brown ale character to it - calm and smooth...and then the pecan huskiness and nutty character kick in with added caramelized sweetness...slight tones of molasses and brown sugar to provide almost a maple or praline feel to this deal. A little English hop grass evens this out so that sugar is not overpowering by any means.

Goes very well on the palate...a slight oaky bourbon feel along with the raw, organic sweet characteristics. A little lighter weight than expected...not on the flavor profile by any means but in body. Finish does retain sweetness but more of a nice roasted/broiled grain component.

This has a subtle strength to it but drinks quite easily and with cleanliness and huskiness. Doesn't need to be a dessert beer at all...this is solid and sessionable. Good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 15:50:39 | More by IBUnit63
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4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Lazy Magnolia pint glass. Appearance is an amber-brown colour with a tan head that leaves some lacing. The smell is mainly of pecans, as expected.

The taste is very similar to the smell, with pecans dominating. Mouthfeel is medium body with some carbonation.

This is highly drinkable, and as the only "local" brew, it remains a staple in my home.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 23:25:38 | More by CityBoy1986
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New York

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a clear brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing

S - Is of sweet malt and for the first time I actually smell the nuttiness

T - Much like the smell sweet malt stands out

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a very good session beer all the way it has a good taste thats easy to drink worth trying if you can get it

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 00:53:43 | More by armock
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3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Joe, my first beer from Mississippi. Pours a very pleasant amber red/brown/color with a medium off white head. I really love the aroma; pecan pie, very sweet, loads of toasted malts, and caramel, but very strong pecan notes What an aroma, pure goodness The flavor is pretty sweet; loads of rich caramel, toasted malts, a light hop bitterness that is refreshing, and light vestiges of pecans. More of a roasted nut flavor. A medium and smooth mouthfeel. Very nice. Leaves your palate clean and with a bit of sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 03:43:50 | More by Douglas88
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3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Kroger in Tupelo Mississippi. First off, it's good to see this little company growing. Not too long ago, you could only find it in specialty stores and it was seldom in stock.
This is the first pecan flavored nut brown that I have ever had and I have to say that it's pretty decent. The aroma is slightly sweet and the pecan flavor which I expected to be bitter was actually a little sweet as well. As was stated before me, this is a particularly southern beer, something that I would like to see more of. My friends back in Tennessee are going to be excited when I bring this home with me.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 23:40:25 | More by Likeburning
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4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a medium brown, with a light tan head than spans half of the beer.

S - the smell reminds me of my grandmother's fresh pecan pralines, with a slight hoppy after effect. as a southerner, it excites the hell out of me

T - the taste does not disappoint, with the richness of a pecan praline with and the balance of a burst of hops, again, gets my southern bells ringing

M - moderate bodied beer with slight carbonation

D - I really enjoyed this one, only regret is that La can't make a pecan brew like this one! will have much more of this in the future

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 04:41:26 | More by cvfish
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3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass. I had heard of this beer from Mississippi's only brewery and grabbed a 6 pack for the hotel while in Florida for business. Label describes it as "the original pecan nut brown ale" and an " ale brewed with pecans." Date printed on the side of 11-06-08.

Appearance: Pours with 1 1/2 fingers of tan head. This settles to a thin coating of foam, predominantly as a ring around the glass. The beer itself is the color of tarnished copper and perfectly clear.

Smell: Roasted toffee with a definite nutty aroma.

Taste: Toffee with hints of coffee-like bitterness. Finishes with a slightly sweet, nutty taste. Slight, almost plastic-like off flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel: Average level of carbonation. Body is good.

Drinkability: An interesting take on a brown ale. The nuttiness of the pecans is a nice addition to the already present nut flavor from the malt.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 02:29:55 | More by beveritt
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3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to brianj555 for this bottle!

Poured into my Sam Adams Sensory with a single finger frothy head. The head recedes to a ring leaving a fair amount of chunky lace on the glass but not so much lace when drinking. Color is a clear deep brown with red traces. Man this smells like pecans. Sweet and nutty with just a touch of molasses. Taste is still dominated by the pecans but not nearly as sweet as I expected. This is really an interesting twist on the nut brown ale. Malts obviously are the star here (behind the pecan) but there is an unexpected puckering bitter finish before it returns to the sweet pecan. Moderately creamy mouthfeel sticks to the sides of the mouth and coats the tongue. At 4% and with a nice balance I could go for another if I like pecans more.

All in all a really nice twist on a classic style.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 01:32:32 | More by Med
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3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chestnut brown color that is mostly hazy. A good soft white head with decent retention and lacing. Mostly hides to the edge of the glass but does remain for the full tasting.

The nose is mostly malty with some minor nutty and toffee aromas. Noticeable chocolate and some kettle caramel notes. A hint of diacetyl. Some minor hop notes and a light yeasty aroma as well. Not really distinctively pecan's though.

The taste is very similar to the nose. The malt come out more but more of a sweetness malty flavor and limited chocolate and toffee taste. The pecan is limited and next to no nutty flavors. Diacetyl is a bit more as well. The yeast is a bit cleaner as well.

The body is moderate with a light carbonation. A good sweetness that isn't over attenuated. Overall a good base but would like more of a pecan flavor/aroma.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 19:59:33 | More by Oxymoron
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4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle into my nugget nectar pint glass

A - pours a dark nut brown color with very little foam that immediately disappeared into just a few bubbles

S - earthy malt aroma, nutty

T - strong pecan/nut flavor along with a mild brown ale sweetness

M/D - very drinkable in my book, the only problem is the nutty sweetness can become overpowering after a few. very nice beer though.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 19:31:22 | More by mikereaser
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New York

3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appreciate this one from autumnaldave.

Pours a slightly hazy dark ice tea color with a shallow wispy off white head that fades quickly, leaving spotty lacing patterns. The smell is nice; very unique. The nose is sweet and malty and the pecans are quite apparent. The flavor reminds me of those little hand-sized gooey pecan pies. The mouth feel is a sturdy medium body that finishes with a smooth rich caramel after taste that lingers appropriately. A really fine nut brown ale that's quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 21:38:48 | More by jjayjaye
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3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear dark brown with some red and gold hues. A fairly light head crowns the beer. First sip is very light on the body with a nutty bitterness dominating. No doubt about the low alcohol as I can’t help but think how good this would as an Imperial Nut Brown Ale. It would pair well with some 5 or 6 year old gouda. For the style it is quite good. For me, I need a bigger bang.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 21:55:00 | More by ATLbeerDog
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New York

3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Came in a trade from Gratefulstu.. thanks stu, I am... well... grateful!

Head fills up the glass... not sure why, but no beer shows up as i gently pour it into the pint... only light khaki colored head. I suppose the head is falling slowly, but when the entire glass is filled with foam... the slow crawl back to the liquid is not as satisfying. It has a nice color, a deep dark, almost leather belt brown... but the "root beer float" head was kind of a pain.

Smell is nutty with day old bread mixed in... not my favorite smell, but not a bad one.

As I sip, like the label says, I taste nuts... pecan nuts. I may be way off, but I also get some dark fruits... maybe cherries. Its bready as well, lots of carbonation. Interesting beer, having trouble getting my thoughts straight on it... I do know that it is different than any brown I have had prior

Light and carbonated... very drinkable.

Not sure if I found myself a bottle that was a bit off... from the pour it acted up, wanted to do its own thing, etc. As it settled down, like a young black lab, it became more approachable. A good beer, would like to try it again

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 03:35:49 | More by calise1122
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4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try this for a while, and I finally got one from ShrLSU - much obliged!

Pours a clear brown color with one-finger of tan head. The head dissipates into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells of pecans, plain and simple. Nutty and sweet at the same time.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet and nutty flavors hit at the same time, and the nuttiness sticks around after the sip is done. There's a mild bitterness, but the nuttiness is what really ends the sip. There's also a very light fruity hop flavor after the beer warms up a bit.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness and the carbonation is light but enough to bring out the flavors.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem downing one, but I'm not sure how many more I could drink.

Overall this is a very distinct beer and I'm glad I finally got to try it. Definitely worth a try, and thanks again to ShrLSU.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 01:54:32 | More by glid02
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3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 120z brown bottle into a snifter.
1 finger fizzy white head. No retention or lace.

Aroma does not leave much other then some nuttyness and mild caramell.

Flavor is roasted nuts, backround maple flavor, toffee, roasted grains, hint of chocolate. Some buttery sweetness. Thin mouthfeel with a moderate dose of carbonation. Some grassy hop linger with the roasted grain.

Decent nut brown, this time with real nuts.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 01:01:48 | More by Buebie
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New York

3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Muddy light brown, kinda the color of pecan pie. Faint scent, caramel and roasty. Caramel malt and nutty flavor, pecans only contributing a slight sweetness particular to the nut. Pretty subdued with a gentle bitterness tickling the tongue as the dry finish arrives. Medium body and lightly carbonated, a tiny bit slick at the end. Decent, easy drinking brown right on par with Abita's similar offering, perhaps a little better in the mouthfeel. Cheers to RblWthACoz for the bottle

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 20:49:29 | More by grandq
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North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poures a thin redish brown color with a three finger yellowish head on it that slowley disapers. the smell is hops and caned corn. the taste is a tuch to bitter for me, the pecan gets lost for me. the flavor is hops some rich malt and cerail grans, this is smoth like a cream ale and some earthey tones come in at the end. this is far better as it warms. this is a beer that i am glad to have tryed but not in a real hury to get more

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 15:27:28 | More by orcasteve
Southern Pecan from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,155 ratings.