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Southern Pecan - Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

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Southern PecanSouthern Pecan

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1,361 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,361
Reviews: 509
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 paco1029384756
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy ruby brown color with a short light tan head.

Scent of brown sugar, nuts, and tobacco. Pretty weak, not much substance to it.

Taste of grass, brown sugar, and nuts. A bit watery with little flavor to offer, I didn't care much for this.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and flat.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - This one is root beer brown and slightly hazy with a small and short lived dark-beige head. Swirling brings up a centimeter or two of head, and leaves a tiny bit of wet foam on the glass. Honestly, the color is the best thing this one's got going for it. Its a pleasantly rustic rust-russet reddish brown. Hows that for alliteration?

S - Count Chocula marshmallows, peanut butter, and Worther's Original caramels. There is also a nice vanilla candle aroma that isn't at all out of place, but the aromas presented here are direly mellow and understated. This could stand to be "kicked up a notch" in the aroma department.

T - Butterscotch, caramel, liquid hazelnut coffee creamer, butter, and heavy whipping cream. You want you diacetyls? You got 'em. I can pick up the pecan flavors, but I don't know if I would have pegged them as such if I hadn't been clued in by the moniker of this brew.

M - Medium bodied, but almost feels much fuller due to a ridiculously smooth and buttery flavor. This can start to feel foamy in the mouth at times, but it's actually pretty mild and easy going with a good deal of carbonation (less would be better IMHO) and a sweet, buttery, and creamy finish.

D - If you don't like butterscotch and cow's butter diacetyl flavors then you probably wont care for this. I, however, have been known to shoot little tubs of coffee creamer whilst waiting for breakfast at any given diner, and used to eat sticks of butter like candy bars as soon as my three year old hands were able to open the 'fridge door. This is probably a love it or hate it sort of brew and I love it!

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

Thanks to evertends for the centerpiece in our trade. Wanting to try this beer for a while now.

Pours a beautiful James Brown with dark amber highlights. A half finger head that quickly disappears into nothing.

Smells of some malts and nuttiness. Not like Reverend Jim "Iggy" Ignatowski nuts, but Cosmo Kramer Nuts.

Great smooth taste. Some bitter hops. Some times you feel like a nut, sometimes you dont. Southern Pecan's got nuts, Pliny dont.

Sweet pecan nutty aftertaste leaving a very smooth undercurrent of nutty malty goodness in your mouth. It tastes like someone took a big spoonful of pecan butter and smeared it on the roof of your mouth. Excellent session beer.

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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear but slightly dense amber brown body with a warm glow to it. There is a good carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide up to a thick creamy light tan head, that last for much of the beer.

S- This beer has a soft aluminum aroma that changes into a pale malt smell with some brown malt qualities. The finish is some biscuit malt and a faint pecan nut hint with some nougat aromas growing as the beer warms.

T- The soft taste of lightly toasted brown malt has a soft carbonic acid taste to it with a finish of soft brown malt and nutty note and a soft herbal bitterness. As the beer warms the finish takes on more of a nougat flavor but it is not to strong.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight little fizz finish at the end.

D- This beer is a nice built nut brown ale with some subtle complexity and a soft hop support but I don't know if I would get pecans out of it if it wasn't printed on the label.

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

Acquired as an extra in a trade with theghost3.

Served in a pint glass, poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - A very clear dark amber with a thin yet strong head. Lacing falls quick.

S - Nuts, coffee and yeast on the nose with a slight alcohol bite.

T - A decent bit of nutty flavor, slightly sweet, with minimal hoppiness, good malt, and a clean finish.

M - smooth, light on the tongue, subtle carbonation. Not bad.

D - Low ABV and clean taste make this a greatly sessionable brew.

overall - There's not a lot of pecan, but there's just enough to compliment this well done brown ale. Good for casually drinking after a long day, when you just want something simple and slightly dessert-like.

Photo of KeefD
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nice deep amber brown color with a small white head that fell quickly with no lacing. Lightly sweet aroma with a hint of caramel and nuttiness. Flavor is right on with the nose, light caramel, a hint of nuts, light bitterness, dry on the finish. Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation. This is a good, very drinkable beer, but I'm not getting very much pecan flavor. Tasty, though and glad I had the chance to try it. Thanks go out to deepsouth for the extra!

Photo of wspscott
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in pint glass (from JC)

From the bottle: "Smooth and sweet, English-style brown ale" No date

A: Lighter than expected, looks like a dark amber ale. Almost no head or lace.
S: A little sweetness, can't tell if it is malt or pecans. Good.
T: Sweet, crisp, tastes like an English Brown ale with a slight twist, would not say pecan in flavor. A little bit of hops help cut the sweetness. No apparent yeast characteristics, i.e. english fruitiness.
M: High carbonation for the style, but it works. Well attenuated, crisp mouthfeel, not cloying which is good given the sweetness on the tongue.
D: This is a very good brown ale, goes down very easy and given the alcohol, you can reach for another without a problem, an ideal session beer. Very recommended. I wish I could get this in KY.

Photo of benmiliron
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gift from my sister in law on her return from Mississippi. Thanks Mel!

Pours a brilliantly clear light brown. Bubbles almost fizzy - very large. Head drops quickly (maybe cause there's pecans in there?) Smells malty, but right now that's all I got probably due to the bottle being so cold. Taste is very nice - have to search for the pecans and there is a slight burnt taste upfront but overall a sweet, good tasting beer. Mouthfeel is not as fizzy as I expected from the pour.

Photo of johnd513
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A big thanks goes to theghost3 for this one.
This beer pours a reddish brown with a small almost nonexistant head that quickly disapears. The smell is sweet with roasted malts and some nuttyness. The mouthfeel is light to medium body and a little chewyness. The taste is a tad to sweet for me with carmalized sugar and a nutty finish. Drinkability is decent. I enjoyed this beer, and am glad I tried it. it. Im just not a fan of beers this sweet.

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

Big thanks to CrazyNelson for trading this.

Wow. This beer rocks. No, it doesn't have the depth of a Belgian quad or ripping double imperial stout or IPA, but it's a fantastic session ale at 4%. The aroma has the roasted pecan with a mix of mellow chocolate malts and caramel candy. The flavor mixes a deeper roasted nut taste into the same cocoa and caramel with a hint of toffee and chocolate-orange (like Terry'd Chocolate Orange with the slices).

I'm very grateful for Nelson including a second bottle of this. I highly recommed this to brown ale and session beer lovers.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light brown color with a thin off-white head that dissipates rapidly to a light covering. Zero lacing, nada.

The nose on this beer would probably be nutty without the roasted pecans. With them, it is double the nutty goodness. Very nice aroma with some hints of roasty and toasty malts.

Taste leans heavily towards smoked nuts...pretty amazing pecan flavor that makes it worth trying just for that. 5.0 on the novelty scale. A bit one dimensional and definitely under carbonated, but this is a one of a kind beer that is easily enjoyable. Did not take me long to roll through a 6-pack.

Photo of akokandy
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to theghost3 for the bottle.

A- This beer pours red-brown with a small head and poor retention. Leaves no lacing.

S- Caramel dominates with some nuttiness. No hop presence in the nose.

T- Pecan flavor up front which is pretty good. A good amount of sweetness and caramel flavor following up. Pretty nice, but nothing spectacular. Crisp finish, but I wouldn't call it hoppy.

M- Very thin with medium carbonation. Almost light-lager thin.

D- I could drink a couple of these in a row. This would be a good beer on a hot day. I wouldn't drink this after having drank another beer. I feel like the flavor would be lost on a dirty palate.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with some light sweet toffee notes. Taste is dominated by quite rich caramel malt notes with a nice malt presence with no discernable hops presence. I can't say I really detected any pecans though kudos for trying something different.

Photo of mullenite
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a crystal clear dark brown with a very thin off-white cap for a head that went away pretty quickly. Kind of looks like iced tea when it settled.

Dark nut flavor, definitely some pecan in there. Not too much in the way of aroma but it does smell nice. No hop or malt aroma is really prevalent.

Very strong pecan and coffee flavor, roasted malts are strong but well balanced. A little sweet, sugary taste on the tip of my tongue.

Medium body with mild carbonation and a long finish.

This was a great beer, it honestly tastes amazing and is very easy to drink.

Photo of Proteus93
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I could have sworn I had reviewed this before... but lo and behold, it said I had not! Thanks to Josh for sharing this one with me.

A: A pleasant reddish brown pour into a Sam Adams glass of all things. Head is rather short lived, leaving only a tiny trim around the edges.

S: A part of me expected the pecan scent to be over-done. It's not the case, with a moderate scent blending in nicely with toasted malts and a more 'general nuttiness.'

T + M + D: Pecan, certainly, along with a nice and soft malt profile. Both offer a subtle sweetness that doesn't overpower, but makes for a nice experience. A quick little sting of carbonation lasts for just moments before smoothing out for the finish. With the low alcohol content, it would make for a good session choice.

Photo of colts9016
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from PerzentRizen.

Poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A dark copper color with dark orangish hues. There is a one finger tan head that has some retention to it. There is some effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear.

Nose: A nice toasty malt aroma with caramel, nut, and some citrus.

Taste: A nice toasty malt with caramel and pecan. There is some hops which are a hint of floral and citrus.

Overall: The mouth feel is carbonated and slightly creamy. The body of the beer is medium. The finish is bitter and wonderful. This beer is a descent beer that I would have like to seen.

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

Yes, the days of tween-age when I was living in the town of Orangeburg. My best friend had pecan trees in his yard, and a huge field next to them. His mother used to pay us to pick them up for her, as she would make far more money at the farmer's market. The days lasted a lot longer then. Before I knew of beer, or of heartbreaks, or of long work-weeks. This one takes me back. Pours lazily into the glass, a glowing dark amber with a finger of froth that only lasts a few moments, like the dust kicked up behind the tractors, or the dust floating down from the crop-duster we used to chase in my dad's car.
There's a sweet, almost maple-syrup note to the nose, those early mornings after staying out all night in the woods, that we would come home to warm pancakes on the griddle. His mother used to make pecan waffles, too... I'm reminded as I take another whiff. The hint of bitter in the back isn't at all reminiscent of hops, but rather of the bitter lining inside the pecan's shell.
The flavor is not quite as good, sadly. The malt is very "newcastle-esque," though sweeter. The hops come in in the back, with an almost carboard-note. Lightly sweet but largely bland, and only a hint of nuttiness, unlike the rich pecan aroma that hinted at much more.
Smooth, medium-full bodied with a pleasant lingering dryness in the back of the throat. Carbonation is fairly high, almost too high, as this beer would be perfect for those slow days by a lolling river, or paired with a wheat-stalk that one could chew contemplatively between sips, on a thick, fly-biting summer day as only South Carolina has.

This beer is not excellent. It's just above average, almost good. But it takes me back such that it just reminds me of home... The home I'll never return to, the state of mind that I had on those warm days under the pecan trees in my childhood. Life is too fast. Drink one of these, and try to slow down. Remember what it was like when you were young... and long for the country in the summer.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours a dark brown color. Two-finger head of tan foam. Retention is okay and lacing is minimal.

Roasted pecans and toasted malts. Light caramel notes. Mostly, it just smells lightly sweet.

Good, solid brown ale, with a nice level of nuttiness. Some hints of pecan flavor and acidity. Light caramel maltiness. Biscuity.

Light body. Nice and smooth.

This would be a great session beer. Low ABV, which is undetectable, when drinking. Good, smooth and easy to drink.

Photo of lsuman
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I stumbled on this beer at my neighborhood Albertson's in Baton Rouge and, boy, what a pleasant surprise! I had tasted one other beer made with pecan oil (Abita Pecan Harvest), and it soon became one of my favorites. As with most Abita beers, P.H. had quite a bite. This beer does not. It goes down smooth and has plenty of flavor, with a hint of nuttiness.

After about month of enjoying this beer, I have moved it into my mythical "top five". Ok, maybe I'm a little prejudiced since this beer is made in the hometown of Brett Favre and right down the road from Baton Rouge. Nonetheless, it doesn't take being a southern boy to appreciate a great beer when we drink one. Here's to all you Yanks who don't mind crossing the Mason-Dixon line to try this one out!

Photo of TPINC3
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Has a darker amber colored appearance with a small head that quickly disappears. Very little to almost no lacing.

S- Sweet with a nutty hint. Not a very strong smell. Had to swirl the beer in a glass to get a decent amount of the aroma.

T- Very thin. Doesn't have a very strong flavor but isn't completley lacking in taste. There is a soft hint of pecans, but its very vague...to the point you almost have to be looking for it.

M- Its thin, there's just no way around that. Medium body with a light carbonated feel.

D- I tried one a few days prior to this review on an unseasonably warm Alabama day and found it absolutley delightful. However, a few days later it was freezing outside (like it does in N. Alabama) and it lacked the same flair it had from the first time. The warmer it is outside the better I found this beer to be. It's also great with a steak.

Overall, the beer was slightly abover average. I would probably drink it again, but maybe not until it gets a little warmer in the summer.

Photo of Pamola
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Mississippi beer! Thanks to PerzentRizen for this great taste of the south.

A: Poured into a simple pint glass. Weak head on it, not unusual for a brown I suppose but the color is very nice. Rich auburn color with a hint of ruby.

S: Overtly sweet caramel with biscuit and crystal malts. Not particularly nutty or deep. Straining to smell pecan, but can't.

T: First off, this is a solid brown. One of the better I have tasted. Very accessible and delicious beer. Sweetness and nuttiness is upfront but yields to the distinct hoppiness in this brew. Biscuity and complex, I want more.

M: Once again, nice for a brown. wonderfully balanced, slightly chewy, while retaining that awesome, drinkable pub quality.

D: How do I go on? Simply put, I'd rather see this on every shelf that now holds newcastle.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this 12 oz bottle from Tommy777 as a bonus on a trade.

A: Poured a razor thin head that was gone before I could even study it. Nice rusty reddish brown, but not many qualities other than that. Only a little lacing, not active carb.

S: Some sweet malt, nutty when agitated. Only a slight floral hoppiness.

T: Kind of thin, a little nutty flavor, but I'm not a fan of pecans and can usually pick them out. This is not very strong. Lacks the caramel found in many other nut browns, but isn't bad. Really not much to describe about the flavor.

M: Again, not much. Thin, a little watery even. But I could see where this would be great on a hot humid day as you might find in Mississippi.

D: Very easy going down. A summer beer for sure.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of deepsouth, thanks man! Nice brown-red color, good head and lacing. Smells sweet and tastes nutty and sweet at the same time. This was far too easy to drink on a lazy Saturday afternoon. This was an interesting brown ale and I believe my first beer from Mississippi.

Photo of srandycarter
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Medium brown, nice .5 inch head, lots of sticky lacing.

S - Small malt profile laced with some nuttiness.

T - Malty, tea like and nutty in the finish. Nice balance. The nut tones really come out at the very end.

M - Medium to light body, good carb and nice coating.

D - Very low abv, very unoffensive. Easy session if ever there was.

Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- The color is a red brown then a solid brown. I held it up to a Deschutes Buzz Saw Brown and this one definitely had a redder hue to it. There is no head.

S- The smell is sweet, very nutty, with some maple and caramel. It almost reminds me of some French Toast with maple syrup. That nutty breadyness that the toast brings and then the sweetness of the syrup.

T- This reminds me of the taste of a sun tea. You know that herbal yet nutty taste that sun tea has. I bet if I added some lemon to this it would be the same thing. I haven't had much experience with pecans, so I can't pick out that taste. But this would be excellent tasting on a hot sunny day.

M- There is no carbination, but it still works well.

D- Easy to drink, but kinda strange how it is so much like a tea.

Southern Pecan from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,361 ratings.