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Southern Pecan - Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

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Southern PecanSouthern Pecan

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1,241 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,241
Reviews: 492
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.72%
Wants: 72
Gots: 110 | 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 jwc215
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for including this one.

Pours bright reddish copper with a thin tan head that becomes a slowly disappearing patch.

The smell is of darkish malt, nuts (pecans, of course). Pretty robust.

The maltiness of a nice English-style brown ale has an American, southern, flair of a pecan touch (making this an American Brown). Finishes with a balanced sweetness.

Medium-bodied and smooth, the pecan is integrated well into the balanced maltiness. A nicely crafted brew!

jwc215, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of Mudpuppet
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to trill for this one.

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a medium brown with no head.

S- Not a overpowering nose. But notes of nuts and roasted malts.

T- Brown ale then all pecans! You get a some hops but no overpowering but it is a really nice brown ale with a nice nutty aftertaste. Definitely roasted pecans for this flavor.

M- Good caronbonation. A somewhat thin brew but just right for this beer.

D- Oh yeah! I am think I should have gotten more from trill. This is a great session beer. I love brown ale so this fits the bill. Definite must have from the Deep South.

Mudpuppet, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of tpd975
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark nut brown with a medium head. The head dies and leaves little lacing.

S: Nice malt aromas with definite notes of nuts. Light brown sugar with hints of straw.

T: Nice tasting brew. The malt character on this one is balanced one perfect. Tons of rich malt with hints of molasses sweetness. Hints of pecan and a bit of bitter as well.

M: Since light and smooth. I like!

D: Very drinkable this is one brown ale I could drink by the bomber.

Overall: Been wanting to try this one for sometime and got it in a fantasy football prize package. I really enjoyed it. Quite possibly my favorite brown ale to date.

tpd975, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to barefootbrewer for this brew.

This most likely will be my last state brew since SD and ND are almost impossible to get brew's from.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, some sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, sweet, slight spice, nutty, and lots of caramel. The taste is sweet/malty, slightly spicy/nutty (pecans), and a good dose of caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty brown ale, one I would seek out again. Definitely recommmended. Thanks Ken.

Wasatch, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

It pours from 12oz bottle a clear deep amber with a nice 2 finger head of foam and lots of lacing.

The smell is malty, nutty, and has some citrus hops there as well.

The taste on first sip and I immediately notice the pecan influence. Nice. After another sip or 2, I get a good caramel malt backbone that works quite well with the nuttiness and I'm surprised at how good a mouthfeel this has...quite silky. It finishes with that citrus hop flavour that I noted in the smell. This is a very nice Brown Ale indeed and the foam does a pretty good job sticking around for the entire session.

Bottom line: This is a well crafted example of the style and I really like how the pecan interacts with the other flavours. A very good session beer to boot!

Thanks again, John!

Bitterbill, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice 2 finger head and good retention throughout.

Smell is of caramel malts and pecans. Hints of tofee and butterscotch. Slight chocolate and mild mild cofee notes come out as the beer warms.

Taste is sweet of caramel malts with a nice roundness from the pecans. A little chocolatey flavor comes through as the beer warms. The pecans really do something nice for this beer, but a bigger malt bill would help balance this out. There is a citrusy hop bitterness on the finish that is nicely balanced within the beer, but I want a little bit thicker malting.

The mouthfeel is a little bit thin, but not bad, comes across as a little watery, which is something I am not a fan of in brown ales.

Overall a nice brown ale to drink. I like the nuttiness that the pecans bring.

Thanks to barefootbrewer for the sample.

jasonjlewis, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of drewbage
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks Mississippi guys for finally getting a bottled beer to the world!

Poured into a slightly flared wit bier glass with a finely bubbled white head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is fruity with apples and some cherries pouring out behind lightly toasted biscuit and caramel.

Light brown and clear with no haze.

Flavor is slightly sharp with carbonation sting and a strong biscuit and toasted grain taste. Beer comes to a very dry and sharp finish that lingers for a long while.

drewbage, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Truly up to par with an English Brown. Pour is reddish brown with a pretty thin head. Crystal clear in color with relatively low carbonation.

Smell is comprised of sweet malts with a nice nutty scent along side.

Taste is exactly the same and great! Caramel malt, somewhat of a grainy flavor and maybe even a little wheat to it. I also pick up a very light chocolate in the background. A slightly crisp and a nutty finish that shows up more the closer to room temp. the beer gets.

Medium mouthfeel for such a low ABV beer, mainly due to the carbonation. Not much of a bitter finish, lower in hop character just like an English Brown should be.

I find this quite drinkable and a solid representation of the style. Glad I have a couple more to drink on because I think one of them will be opened tonight.

A great job from a Mississippi brewery that I'm thinking is the first to bottle a beer from that state? Solid!

Thanks to deepsouth for helping me out...

ncvbc, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired in a trade with deepsouth, thanks for the extras!

"Southern Pecan, the Original Pecan Nut Brown Ale, is the first beer in the world made with whole, roasted pecans."

I was told its the first bottled Mississippi beer since prohibition.
Wow, and I thought Kansas beer laws were backwards. Mississippi BAs, this beers for you!

Freshness info: "First Run"

a: Dark copper body with a white head. Head retention and lacing are average.

s: Sweet caramel malt, maple syrup, and pecans.

t: Caramel, molasses, light hop bitterness with sweet pecans in the finish. Interesting take on a brown ale, the typical generic nuttiness is instead replaced by the specific nuttiness of roasted pecans. The pecans don't dominate, but do provide a nice subtle addition that becomes more noticeable as it warms.

m: Medium body, above average carbonation, makes for a crisp beer. Leaves roasted pecans on the tongue.

d: A nice brown ale. I like the pecan addition.
Drinkability is good. An intriguing beer, doesn't blow me away, but if I had the opportunity to buy more, I would.

BradLikesBrew, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of woodychandler
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer came with a thin, medium-tan head with light retention. There was a definite malty sweetness on the nose. The color was a light-brown with ruby highlights, I experienced a good, malty sweetness in the mouth, but especially so on the finish. My server described it as "close to a Newcastle Brown". Close, OK, and a decent brown ale, but ... Quick, does Woody like malt-driven Browns? NO! And yet, for me, this was the best of the lot. Moving on ...

woodychandler, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of Deuane
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to FINALLY get a craft beer from Mississippi, state number 48. Many thanks to barefootbrewer and deepsouth for getting me some of this.

A-Deep reddish brown with a thin tan head.

S-Sweet malt with a hint of molasses, and of course the earthy aroma of pecans.

T-Sweetness from caramel malt with a nice nutty flavor. Hints of the roasted pecans come through nicely. An earthy bite of hops come through at the end.

M-Fairly chewy for such a light beer. The carbonation is moderate with a good fizz. Not a bad feel overall...maybe a bit thin for me.

D-For a sweet malty brew (which IS NOT my style) this is one easy drinking puppy. Couple that with the low 4% ABV and this is a beer I would take over a BMC anyday....and could drink quite a few of. A very nice job done by MS first craft brewery and first bottled beer since prohibition.

Deuane, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from deepsouth, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright brown color, with a thin but dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of nuts, honey, caramel and maple with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and sweet with flavors of caramel, nuts, maple and honey, but not overly sweet. There’s a mild hops presence that provides some balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is nice beer to drink when your in the mood to knock back a few in this style but you want something substantial that won’t get you hammered.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lazy Magnolia- Southern Pecan

Thanks to BarefootBrewer for this 1.

A- Deep reddish (burgandy) brown with a frothy head. Moderate lacing.
S- Grainy bread, light molasses, and nuts.
T- Bild mlasses malt with a sweet nutty flavor. Hints of walnut, peanut, pecan, and brazilnut come through. Earthy hops appear in the end.
M- Sweet and bready. Chewy malt dominates and a sweet slighty dry earthy finish.

Overall- A tasty brown ale. Would make a good session beer with an abv of 4%. Solid.

NJpadreFan, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of GPHarris
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a two-fingers thick tan and fluffy head into a tulip glass. it left nice sheeting and a thick lace throughout. the body was a clear and bright copper color.
s - pecans with a hint of caramel maltiness. there seem to be some faint notes of chocolate too.
t - nutty and bready with a crisp hop bite. nicely balanced.
m - slick and maybe a little too thin.
d - nicely done, this goes down smooth and leaves you wanting more. great session beer.

GPHarris, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of tayner
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to barefootbrewer for sending this 1st run bottle my direction..

I poured it into my pint glass.. a small head quickly went down to form no ring, lacing, or anything.. like brown water in my glass.

It smelled of roasted nuts, as expected. I grew up with a pecan tree in my yard as a kid, and this smelled like i remember fresh cracked pecans smelling.

This has sort of a sweet but bitter nut flavor, not rancid, but nuts that have gotten a little old... not a fresh nut flavor. There is a crisp hoppy finish that is sort of floral.

This is a thin beer with a not alot of carbonation. I think a little more carbonation would suit the mouthfeel a little more.

This is definitely a session type beer if you like the flavor. I am not sure at this point how much of the nut flavor i can take.. but i will certainly drink a few more to and see how it goes. Glad i was able to try it.

tayner, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of Beerbuddha
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my man Andrew(acrwf6) for bringing me a bottle! The beer poured a deep, mahogany color with small off white head which disipates quicly. Had descent lacing. The smell had a faint roasted smell to it and thats about it. The taste was a very malty taste with roasted coffee and a slight bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel was medium carbonation and a medium body. Overall this wasn't a bad beer. Very drinkable.

Beerbuddha, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of usmittymc
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pub glass. Nice labeling on the bottle, however there is no freshness dating.

A- Almost perfectly clear mahogany color. Poured a one finger head that disipates quickly to a very light lacing

S- Malt. Faint "nutty" presence. Not a whole lt going on with the nose here.

T- Malty on the front with a more pronounced flavor than is found in the party pig. Very slight hop bitterness at the finish.

M- For not pouring much of a head, there seems to be a lot of carbonation in the mouthfeel . Very crisp and bubbly. Refreshing.

D- The bottled version of this is much better than the party pig version. It seems more flavorful and lively. Not much of a pecan presence, but I personally do not think that pecans in and of themselves are that flavorful to begin with. Good choice if you can find it.

usmittymc, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of Vancer
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my man deepsouth for this newbie bottled beer from MS. Bottle label states "1st Run" - awesome! OH, this is a ENGLISH style brown ale - label says so!

Crisp and clear oaken brown, tan head pops up but quickly reseeds. Very nice aroma of nuts (pecan, duh) covered in chocolate. Both appear in the quaff, quite the smooth combination. Semi-sweet brew, finishes sharp and dry.

Not overpowering, just a great brew - as many have asked for on BA, this is a SESSION brew!

Vancer, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of IPAcraig
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer comes from a party pig. It was first tapped last night and this is the 5th beer poured from it. I suppose this is closest to a growler. I poured this into a guiness glass whilst watching Deadwood and trying to plan my trip to Orlando tomorrow.

This beer pours a dark red. It has more shades of ruby than brown. Fairly light colored for a brown ale, but still fine looking. It has a nice creamy head that looks similar to a guiness, just a touch darker.

Very light smell, good but faint. A bit of sweetness and caramel. A bit of nutty roast as well.

The taste is nice, especially for a beer as low in alcohol as this is. Another site lists it as only 3.7%. It packs more flavor than most British ales of similar strength. Most browns to me either fall into the sweet category or the nutty category. This beer is both sweet with a bit of nuttiness. A clean beer with seemingly little flavor contributed from the yeast.

This beer reminds of a real ale in carbonation and strength.

A very nice beer beer indeed. A fine representative of Mississippi.

IPAcraig, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of slatetupelo
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice brown color with a decent head. It smells and tastes pretty much as it's labeled on the bottle. Nice aroma of sweet nuts without being overpowering and malts. The taste is very well balanced, it's not too sweet like other brown ales and the hint of pecan tastes very authentic. It's pretty light bodied for a brown ale. I really love this beer and it is superior when compared to the Abita Pecan Harvest Ale. I could drink a sixer of these with no problem.

slatetupelo, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of deepsouth
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this is a local brew for me, so i have had the pleasure of drinking it from the tap on several occasions. i enjoyed this tasting more than those, since it's first time i actually avoided the dreaded frozen mug compliments of our fine establishments.

i drank the beer out of one of the new sam adams glasses.

now for the beer...

appearance is very nice. it poured a medium brown with about two inches of head that dissipated about a third the way down the glass. lacing was nice and there was plenty left to see by the time i finished this brew.

the smell was good. not necessarily knock you out good, but very nice for a brown ale. the pecan is definitely in there. the smell is much better as the beer warms and the pecans come through superbly.

the taste is very balanced throughout and it finishes quite nicely.

the mouthfeel was just average. it was a bit thin, but not even close to unacceptable. i noted that upon warming, this beer was delightful. i think it's better at a warmer temperature.

the drinkability is off the charts with this one. it really would be a great session beer. i'm glad these come in six packs now.

edit: i just drank a second one of these and allowed it to warm a good bit more and the pecan nutty taste came out even more.

this was my first review.

deepsouth, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.85/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. It is exactly what it should be. A lightly sweet, malty brown ale with a hint of pecan. It's original and perfectly executed IMO. Drinkability is off the charts.

This competes for title of "Quintessential Southern Session Beer." Beautiful.

Bonhoeffer, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of jettjon
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this regionally brewed ale at the 2006 Pensacola Brewfest, but didn’t find it again until I paid a visit to Pensacola’s O’Zone pizzeria and beer bar. From the tap into a pint glass, it’s a handsome dark, nearly opaque brown with notes of gold in the light. Tan cap quickly fades to a scattered cap and ring with minor lacing but good retention. Nose is nutty with a bit of semi-sweet malt, but not too much going on there. Tastes like a pecan ale, no lie. Good nutty character, lightly bitter, clean, and dry with a light bitter end. A touch of sweet malt balances it. A good, nutty brown ale, mellow and enjoyable. Mouth is low in carbonation with a gentle and smooth character, well matched to the mellow taste experience. Slightly viscous like thin milk. Drinkability is good; it’s a mellow, tasty, thirst-quenching brew.

Overall: A very good brown/nut ale, with fine sweet-nutty character. Recommended.

jettjon, Aug 21, 2007
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3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is light molasses color with a thin tan head and some lace. It has a wonderful aroma of spicy hop, brown sugar, light fruit. This is a deep, rich bouquet and it is very inviting.

Flavor is light and woody with good depth to the malt flavor. A light roasted flavor gently emerges toward the center and is boosted off the palate by a leathening malt sweetness mixed with a slight yeast bite. Herbal hops make a great finish, but leave a slightly soapy aftertaste.

I am unclear on weather pecan is actually an intended flavor element, ingredient, etc...I can't really taste any of that character and I am not too sorry really. Another well-known southern brewer has recently introduced a "pecan brown ale" that I find rather unpleasant, and I am thankful to be spared any artificial extract flavorings.

I wish I could rate this a little higher but there are definately some off-flavors here. Having said that, I like them, I think they play well together, and this makes for a very warm and homey take on the brown ale.

JudgeRoughneck, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of biggmike
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured an attractive copper-brown without much head or retention. Mostly balanced leaning towards sweet. This site states its ABV is 3.7%, but it is actually 4.02% (check Lazy Mag website). Very smooth and drinkable with thinner mouthfeel than you would expect(as with all Lazy Magnolia beers). Very good. (7/16/2007)

Had to come back and add that this is now available in bottles. They have also corrected the ABV on this site since my last rating. Tastes better than the draft or party pig. Very little carbonation to this beer, hard to generate good head with even the most aggressive of pours. Very drinkable. (12/15/2007)

biggmike, Jul 16, 2007
Southern Pecan from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,241 ratings.