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Southern Pecan - Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

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1,395 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,395
Reviews: 522
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 74
Gots: 173 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-26-2005

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
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Photo of fsvan
3.97/5  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 -2.5%
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
3.92/5  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
3.47/5  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
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
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
3.47/5  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
2.65/5  rDev -25.8%
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
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
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 -1.1%
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
3.92/5  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
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
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
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
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
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
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
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
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
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
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 -6.2%
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
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
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
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
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
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
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
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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 +12%
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
4.11/5  rDev +15.1%
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
3.54/5  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
1.57/5  rDev -56%
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
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
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

Southern Pecan from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,395 ratings.