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Southern Pecan - Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

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Southern PecanSouthern Pecan

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1,286 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,286
Reviews: 498
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 73
Gots: 129 | 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 tedpeer
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce poured into a pint.

A - Poured brownish red with a thin beige head that quickly became a ring around.

S - Nuts and lightly toasted malts. Sweet.

T - Sweet caramel, roasted malts and nutty flavors.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, medium to high carbonation.

D - Good drinking beer, even if it is a little on the sweet side.

tedpeer, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of augustgarage
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from JosephLondon (thanks!). Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Reddish brown liquid with excellent clarity and rust highlights topped by a thin beige head with poor retention and fast fizzy lacing.

Nuts (could almost be chestnuts rather than pecans), chocolate, and lightly toasted malt aromas compete for your attention in the nose. Simple but with an excellent sense of ingredient purity.

Malt and citrus on first sip (hops offset the sweetness nicely). Baked pecans (though not pecan pie), light roast coffee, and a rich bittersweet malty depth rounds out the palate. Slightly bitter finish which seems to come from a combination of the hops and the mild astringency from roasted malt (not from any "sour" flavor imparted by stale nuts).

Not quite medium bodied, with adequate carbonation.

Drying yet quenching at the same time - sort of like chilled mineral water. Lower ABV than I am used to in general - but this might make a nice session beer if you have ready access to it. Really happy to get a chance to try this beer.

augustgarage, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of Onenote81
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle received from cvfish in a recent trade. Thanks for the hookup, Christopher! Consumed on 9/24/09. Reviewed from notes.

Poured into my pint glass a rusty copper color with a good-sized ivory-colored head on top. Good retention, but little lacing sticking around. Smells very sweet, with whisps of maple syrup, warm bread, candied pecans, and brown sugar. This smells of dessert beer.

The mouth is a little thinner than I would like. Lacks carbonation play on the tongue. This is much more mellow in flavor than the scent would lead me to believe. This is sweet, but not cloying at all. Very well-balanced with a sweet start, and a nice warm bready finish. Hints of roasted pecans throughout, but nothing overpowering. I could have a few of these for sure, and thanks to the great trade with Christopher, I just may!

Onenote81, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of Gtreid
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Clear, light brown color. The pout produces a nickel size off white head, that receeds to a thin rim, and leaves minimal lace.

A: Aroma is of roasty malts, I'm assuming this is the pecan. I get some very faint chocolate and caramel. But there is a nice earthy scent as well.

T: Not to bad. I finaly get the pecan, along with some slight chocolate. Grassy hops balance the sweet and roasty malts nicely.

M: Light body, good amount of carbonation. Almonst a little to light on the palate.

D and overall impression: I could session this beer. I liked the flavors the pecans imparted, it wasn't over the top, just nice. Overall, I think this is a fine offering. Something that goes well with the changing of the season. Will being buying agian. Skal.

Gtreid, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of koopa
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5


Received as an extra in a trade....I believe with russpowell but it could have been funkydelic. Either way they are both good traders so thanks to both!

Appearance: Iced tea looking brown with red highlights and a 1 finger light brown head that exhibits nice retention and lacing.

Smell: Faint sugar toffee note but predominantly a faint pecan smell.

Taste: Just like the nose the taste is less than vibrant but it still is a fairly good session beer. The malt is far from roasty which allows the slight pecan sweetness to shine but some hops counterbalance the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Definitely thin and less than satisfying with a decent amount of carbonation. But this is also what contributes to the beer being so sessionable.

Drinkability: Thin mouthfeel, ample carbonation, and a really low abv makes this one a session brew to say the least. If the flavor was a bit more rewarding I would have given it a 5.0 in this department.

koopa, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of rudylaw
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to JosephLondon for tossing a few of these my way.

Pours a medium but clear brownish, tea-like color. A thin, whispy head that recedes immediately.

I smell caramel. Toffee, tea bag (lol) and nuttiness are also present.

I do taste pecans, albeit not as much as I would imagine. It really tastes like honey-nut Cheerios sans milk.

Light body with medium carbonation. This is incredible easy to drink and I would drink another if I didn't want to save it for another time.

I wanted more pecan, but it's still a fine beer... although I feel this is merely a good first attempt at trying to redefine a style that is somewhat boring and formulaic. For that, Lazy Magnolia deserves some recognition.

rudylaw, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up when I was down in Mississippi. Pours a reddish brown with good clarity and a half inch of bubbly light tan foam on top of the brew. Aromas start out with smooth roasted malts alongside big nutty tones. Mild graininess underneath along with a touch of hops. Malty, crisp and clean the nuttiness is a nice twist.

First sip brings smooth, slightly roasted malts with a hint of caramel sweetness. Nutty flavors move in along with a slight oily slickness that plays well against the malts. Some fruit and mellow hops on the way down. I enjoy how the nutty flavor is not overpowering and works in well with the malty brew. Tasty brown ale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and a bit creamy even. Good carbonation makes for high drinkability here. A winner for a session brew in my book, I found myself drinking a lot of this when I was on vacation down south. If available this is one I would have stocked in the fridge.

orbitalr0x, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of hackomal
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

received in a trade from PerzentRizen

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - medium brown color with a small head that disipates fairly quickly

S - Malty Smell with a hint of Pecans and mildly sweet smelling

T - Fairly sweet with a nice malty backbone. The pecans are there but not overpowering..A very nice nut brown ale

M - Nothing worth noting, but consistent with the style

D - extremely drinkable, easily one of the better brown ales I have had. Wish I could get some in Pennsylvania

hackomal, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of thryn
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice reddish brown color with great clarity. A rather lackluster head dissipates quickly. It looks a bit better than Newcastle ... decent.

the smell is nice, but quite sweet, like pecan pie with a hint of bitterness at the end. Caramel malts and pecan, go figure. Almost a maple syrup thing going on.

The taste isn't nearly so overwhelmingly sweet. There is caramel malt, a bit of a syrup sweetness and plenty of pecan, but also ample, if restrained, hop bitterness to balance it out. Nicely put together.

It has a medium to light body and moderate carbonation.

A good sessionable beer for the cooler months, I imagine.

thryn, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
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
Photo of kingcrowing
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured in an "off-center" DFH pint glass. Thanks to theghost3 for this!

Pours a nice brown color with hints of ruby when the light catches it. No head at all. Sweet nose, with lots of toasty pecans. Very pleasant for a brown ale. It's not very strong on the nose but it's very pleasant and I like it a lot.

Very tasty, got some sweet nuttiness to it with some sweet toasty notes. Very tasty and I really like this taste. Awesome beer for a new beer drinker. Again, an excellent surprise from Mississippi!

kingcrowing, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
2.7/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks for the extra Christian!

Pours a crystal clear dark amber/brown with a little over a finger of head using a hard pour into a pint glass. The smell is almost nonexistent. Traces of caramel malt and nuttiness, but even shoving my nose nearly into the beer I still come up with almost nothing. The taste does not follow suit luckily, as there is a decent amount of flavor for a brown ale. Lots of caramel malts and nuttiness, there is one off-putting flavor I am getting that I can't quite put my finger on...perhaps crayon wax? Mouthfeel is normal for the style but that one piece of the flavor is almost triggering my gag reflex, really destroying the drinkability.

I would probably try this again paired with a meal, but on its own it just didn't do it for me.

alcstradamus, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured the beer into a pint glass. The color was an amazing dark amber color with a wonderfully warm smell. The taste is well-rounded almost to a fault. There were times when I forgot the taste as soon as I swallowed. That could not take away from the wonderful finish and crips after taste.

This beer was great, but I wonder if I'm the only one wishing for a Pecan Pie Stout. Perhaps with a hint of cream. A man can dream.

RomaniIteDomum, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of nickfl
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of off-white head on a clear, amber-brown body. The foam recedes quickly and leaves little lace in its wake.

S - Rich malty aroma, lots of caramel and toffee with some sugary, nutty notes.

T - Sweet caramel malt up front with a subtle nuttiness that intensifies into a candied pecan flavor in the middle. Finishes with a rich, caramel note and a hint of lingering roast.

M - Medium, slightly oily body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - A very nice, malty brown ale. There is a very convincing roasted nut quality to this beer; a combination of candied pecans and peanuts. The sweetness is a bit much and sticks to the palate, but nonetheless it is a unique beer that is well worth trying.

nickfl, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of portia99
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received in trade with PerzentRisen. Poured into a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

A - A little bit of a gusher from the bottle when opened...actually a slow foamer. Pours a nice, clear deep amber brown with minimal off white head. Head immediately dissipates leaving patchy bubbles on the surface and a fine collar around the edge of the glass.

S - Aroma is largely of dark, caramel malts with a tinge of toasted breadiness. Some sugary sweetness and sweet nuttiness also. No trace of hops in the aroma.

T - Smooth and malty sweet. Caramelized sugar, toasted malt and subtle nutty and sweet pecan flavors. Just enough hops to balance - not overly bitter.

M - Mouthfeel is rich and thick. The malty sweetness coats the tongue and sides of the mouth. Medium carbonation tingles the tongue and adds body. Not overly heavy - just rich and chewy. Very nice.

D - This is a really smooth beer. Low, sessionable alcohol level and low/moderate bitterness make this go down really easy. This is a beer for the long haul. Could easily have several in a session.

portia99, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of aubuc1
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a clear light brown with an off white heat that is slowly receding.

Bready, nutty slightly sweet malt smell.

Taste is definitely nutty. Sort of an earthy taste with a pretty dry finish, but still nutty at the end.

Sort of a thin mouthfeel but a very drinkable beer.

I was very excited to see this beer and brewery make their way in to Florida.

aubuc1, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of brewcrew76
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BRoss242 for this one.

A - Deep brown, amber with a thin tan head that that changes to an oily skim that actually reminds me of slivers of nuts floating on top but is just an oil slick skim of foam.

S - Very nutty with toffee, fresh baked bread and a hint of caramel. The nutty aroma seems more complex than other nut browns.

T - Nutty with toffee, hints of brown sugar, light chocolate and fresh toasted baked bread.

M - Light and a little watery with light carbonation but it seems to work.

D - This one is tasty and goes down pretty quick.

brewcrew76, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of champ103
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark and clear brownish/orange color. No head and no lace.
S: At first some caramel sweetness. Cereal and grain. A slight toasted aroma.
T: Some caramel sweetness and cereal grain again. Much more toasty than the nose. Enjoyable and simple.
M/D: A light to medium body. A nice crsip and clean snap of carbonation. Easy to drink. I can quaff several with no problem.

Not bad, but nothing special either. An easy drinking beer at a pub. Nothing more.

champ103, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of aaronh
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Flying Saucer Memphis. Copper body served with a thin ring of off-white foam clinging to the edge of the glass. Aroma of brown sugar, molasses, and a slightly grassy note. Flavor starts lightly sweet and fades with a bit of bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of bakers chocolate. Bitterness gradually becomes more medicinal. Mouthfeel is middle of the road. Drinkability would be good if it weren't for the lingering aftertaste.

aaronh, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of DefenCorps
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thank you, Scott.

A: Clear deep amber with a thin, light brown head. OK retention, no/poor lacing.

S: Nice. Deep, nutty aroma with a rich caramel and toffee malt character. Mild bitterness that when coupled with the nut character reminds me of the skin of almonds/walnuts/pecans. Solid

T: Awesome. Nutty, mild chocolate, caramel, toffee in pretty good balance. Bitterness is reserved, appearing mainly on the finish. Mild brown sugar-like sweetness.

M: Light in body while retaining an excellent malt character, this beer is quite excellent. Crisp carbonation (maybe a bit much) is a slight detriment, but the finish is awesome, with it's nutty, malty goodness

D: This is one I'd buy a case of and drink. An excellent brown ale.

DefenCorps, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of NewGeneric
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First time I've given a beer uniform ratings. I found it to be just above average in every category. Poured a hazy, brownish red with caramel head that faded quick and left no lacing. Smelled nutty, with caramel malts and slight bit of hops. Tasted the same with a little bit more hops and a roasty finish. Pretty smooth, just ever so slightly oily. Overall a good session beer, great for having with a meal, too.

NewGeneric, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of wmthorne
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoying this brew with a burger at my favorite place in Memphis.

Pours a thin brown with maybe a finger of brownish head. Very little lacing in the glass

Lots of carbonation in the mouthfeel, I like that. Nice malty taste that hints of pecan in the gulp. It is much less pecan than the Abita version in my opinion. More of a brown flavor.

A good brew. Quite drinkable.

wmthorne, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to deepsouth for this one from MS!

Pours a nice dark amber with some reddish hues shining through and a really nice looking half inch of fluffy, thick white head. Darker than I expected for some reason.

Smells of toffee, caramel, coffee grounds and some brown bread toast with butter.

Taste is nice and malty, bready, caramel-sweet, a little nutty as well as having a little bit of a coffee aftertaste. Lots of great flavors in this brown ale and a nice sessionable one at that at 4%.

I am going to let this warm a bit and see if I can get any other flavors from it. Its very tasty stuff and I'm glad I got to give it a try.

indiapaleale, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clear reddish amber with a thin wispy beige head.

Aroma of pecans, honey, sweet malts, and caramel.

The taste is much like the aroma. Pecans, sweet malts, caramel, and a hint of vanilla rounds out the flavor.

Light-to-medium bodied, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

A very sessionable brew as expected with its 4% alcohol.

Monkeyknife, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of BZero007
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recieved in a trade from PerzentRizen!! Thanks!!

Pours a very light and clear ruby color with a bit of a struggle to get the head to form. Aroma is minimal but a nice and refreshing. Had a hopy and sweet malt aroma to it with a hint of pecan. The taste was very light and refreshing. Flavor was not sacrificed wich was a great thing for a low Alcohol level brew with such a light body. Flavor was great and not over whelming on any level. The Hops/malt balanced nice and the subtle flavors behind were nice. Drinkability is pretty high due to low Alcohol, light body, Would love to have this again and will pick it up when I am around the state.

BZero007, May 30, 2009
Southern Pecan from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,286 ratings.