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Southern Pecan - Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
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531 Reviews
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Reviews: 531
Hads: 1,553
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 83
Gots: 274 | 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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Reviews: 531 | Hads: 1,553
Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Along with this beer one must be in a particular mindset. Sitting on the balcony of a bar overlooking a town square encased by dirt roads with the smell of soft tobacco wafting close by. It's remarkable clear, dark amber syrup is served with zero head that won;t entrap the dust let off by the foot traffic on the streets below. The sweet smells of warm brown sugar and molasses, caramel malts, and a light nutty fruitiness. Mellow and soft on the palate, it's good for sipping or a walloping good night. It's very sweet on the palate at times with richer treacle and molasses being replaced by an all too prominent butterscotch flavor. A slight flavor of pecan thins the taste out on the palate accompanied by watery, dank tasting grains.
Overall, I don't think the sweetness is overpowering, but rather straightforwardly brash. The pecan flavor plays into the novelty, and so does the fact I think it a fitting beer for a Saturday match-up between Ole Miss and Auburn. (971 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
2.84/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a deep amber brownish color with nice clarity. A bit on the reddish side for a brown ale. No head at all present. The nose starts with some brown bread, oatmeal, and light nutty notes. Not sure that I would pick the nuttiness out as pecan, but there is definitely some influence from the adjuncts. Taste is watery with nutty notes and hints of grain. No hops noted in the flavor but some bitterness at the finish makes for an unpleasant finish. Mouthfeel is light and low carbonation. Overall, this beer is not well executed. It tastes like a really light watery beer with some adjunct flavors added. Would not return to this beer. (637 characters)

Photo of HuskerTornado
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz. bottle poured into sensory glass.

Clear reddish brown in appearance, medium white head that dissipates quickly.

In the nose, roasted malt, brown sugar, syrup, and nuts.

Thin bodied with a sweet, nutty pecan flavor up front, pronounced roasted malt throughout, and slight bitterness on the finish.

Overall, an easy drinking nut brown ale that is pretty average, nothing really outstanding, but a solid beer that is worth a try. (440 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A red-orange color, it's pretty clear but for the darkness. The head, just slightly off-white, is about half a finger tall with decent retention and small patches of lacing left in moderation on the glass.
Yeast is a little strong, and it's primarily earthy with a toffee note before some nut comes in. I'm surprised there's not more toast, but there is caramel malt and a little biscuit. More sweetness of brown sugar kicks into the middle. It ends with a little graininess and a note of tea leaf that's the strongest indication this beer leans English at all.
While following very closely to the aroma, the flavor is a little drier and offers some notes of cocoa. It doesn't lose depth or get a little thin in taste at the end as it winds up doing in the aroma. I can understand with the different sweet and nutty flavors in this beer why some judges would like it in the undoubtedly thin specialty category in 2006, but was its consideration as an English brown glossed over? It could easily be an American brown.
The dry and powdery aspects build up a little to ease off the strong sweetness in the middle of every sip and makes for a much more pleasurable finish than it seems destined to have in its medium body. (1,218 characters)

Photo of NeilTC
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I must say that you have to try the tap if you are going to rate this beer. I had bottled first, and was disappointed. It seemed like another lazy Porter at best. I was reluctant to try it at a Gulfport pizza joint but since it was on tap there, I went for it. It seems to be popular in the area and I wanted to give it proper test. And was I pleased! This beer is so good on tap. The pecan really shines in this nutty ale. Another party at the table said they had had it before and was un-impressed, so I told them my experience. They decided to try it on tap here and they agreed that it was decisively better. (624 characters)

Photo of deebo
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.
A-light brown with ruby highlights. Clear. No head.
S-nutty and slightly sweet.
T-lots of nutty taste with a bit of caramel.
M-fairly highly carbonated. Easy drinking with very mild bitterness and a quick crisp finish.
O-nice nutty brown ale. I'd gladly drink more of this one. (315 characters)

Photo of halo3one
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark brown, light tan froth, moderate lacing

S - bland, malty, hint of pecan

T - sweet pecan, malts, barley very pronounced

M - full bodied, slightly heavy with carbonation

O - not bad, but not my normal cup of tea either, probably will not attempt again, unless free (275 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light brown color with a white head. The aroma is a bit nutty, grainy and slightly sweet. In the taste, light nuttiness, sweet dough, light herbal hop. Finishes on the sweet side with pecan in the finish. Light bodied, a little watery, but easily drinkable and good flavor. This is a good ale and holds up nicely in the warm weather. (341 characters)

Photo of utfiero
1.5/5  rDev -59.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Color- clear light brown. Slight head.

Aroma- mildly roasted malt with hints of maple syrup.

Taste- A disappointing watery nut brown ale. Starts with a metallic mild sweetness like maple syrup stored in a slightly rusted old can then quickly finishes lackluster with a watery lager note.

Poured from 355 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted 9/2/2013 (415 characters)

Photo of Foyle
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: off white head of less than 1" recedes quickly. Decent amount of lacing. Lovely brown color with noticeable carbonation bubbles streaming.
Aroma: toasted bread, roasted barley malt, a hint of hops, and a bit of the odor from the pecans Mouthfeel: light to medium and just slightly sticky. Finish is warming.
Flavor: mirrors the aroma. There is a bit more bitterness than I anticipated (not a strong hop presence, so I am wondering if what I am tasting comes from the pecans). The dominate flavor is a caramel, toffee, roasty malt but it is very well balanced with the hops and pecans evening out the taste.
Overall: A very nice session ale, and delicious on a pleasantly cool Fall day. (700 characters)

Photo of Noxious26
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had one of these 2 nights ago at O'Henry's in Metairie (New Orleans).

Light brown with tinges of red. Big foamy head (might be due to the frosted glass it was served in).

Aroma is mostly malts with hints of caramel and nuts.

Pretty tame flavour. Chewy malts with hints of nuts and some caramel.

A little watery for a brown ale, but not bad (again, could be due to the frosted glass it was served in).

Pretty decent beer. Nothing special, but worth a try. (459 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant amber with a foamy khaki head that quickly dissipates to nothing.

A sharp, fruity/sour/metallic character dominates initially, giving way to toasted nuts and a hint of chocolate. Floral hops are subtle.

Flavor reveals more nutty dominance throughout. Underpinnings of floral hops and yeast esters add intrigue. There's a sharp bite that is somewhat offputting, but fades in the dry finish.

Never had a beer with a mouthfeel like this. It's fairly full, but it is creamy and rich, leaving an interesting and hard to describe sensation in the palate. The dry finish combines to be reminiscent of the experience after eating pecans.

The sharp/acidic bite is offputting, but great depth of nutty flavor. Truly a unique beer. A hint of diacetyl in the aftertaste drives the nutty presence home. (811 characters)

Photo of grammodesguapote
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tasting glass. Dark, reddish-brown, translucent with little head and no retention.

Smells of sweet english malt. Not much aroma however.

Taste is dominated by sweet english malt with a little metallic taste in the finish which may be from the pecan. But I certainly can not pick out the taste of pecan.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily with plenty of sticky from the sweetness.

Overall a reasonable brown ale, not my go-to style for sure, would like more (some) pecan in the taste. (496 characters)

Photo of carlborch
2.87/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliant mahogany brown with a 1-inch tan head, that dissipates rather quickly, settling in at 1/16th inch. Caramel with hints of roasted nuts and restrained malt in the nose with an ever-so-slight sour note. Medium-light body with suggestions of cocoa and toasted bread. Very little hops. Expecting more pecan on the palate. Slight, pleasant lingering, with restrained, but balanced malt and hop notes. No Belgian lace. Nice brown ale, unfortunately, it is not as moreish as would be expected of a Brown Ale. (518 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

With an aggressive pour this had a cap of dense brown foam that wafted slowly to a thin trace. The color was clean dark copper and missed the hearty brown.

The nose is a tinge stale with a roasted nut and grain.

This is funny because the nose seemed a bit stale but the taste is roasty, toasty, nutty and malty. The pecan flavor really comes through and the toasted grain easily accompanies it.

The feel is a bit thin, not overly pronounced, but suitable for the style.

I really enjoyed the flavor and I guess that's all that truly matters as the other parameters seemed weak. (580 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I let this get past the best by date by about 2 months, I will try to give slack for any papery notes.

Appearance: No head, deep amber glass glows hazy when back lit.

Smell: Rich malty backbone, a bit malt extract in intensity gives an earthy burnt sugar sweetness.

Taste: Malt driven taste, sweet but mellows out nicely in the middle finding balance without any hop bitter flavors. There is a nutty almost smoke flavor that slowly comes through.

Mouthfeel: Has some fizz despite the lack of a head, The body goes from light to medium balance, just enough heft to counter a fairly watery texture.

Overall: A nice beer. Malty, not over the top nutty, and what is there comes through more as the meat of the nut rather than the shell. Would be nice for cooking, chicken braising.

Thanks to Illudium for the sample (820 characters)

Photo of HowlingTurkey
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

LOOK: 2 fingers of fluffy off-white head, settled to a ring with minimal lacing. Clear brown almost iced tea color.

SMELL: light caramel malt, light roast, faint nuttiness, and faint wheat smell on the back end which I like, not a lot of discernable pecan to me

TASTE: light sweet nuttiness, light brown sugar, very faint hop, maybe a little hint of vanilla. Very pleasant and easy drinking.

FEEL: really the only thing holding it back for me is a thinnish mouthfeel. Carbonation is good, but I tend to prefer a bit more creaminess and viscosity in my brews.

OVERALL, I liked it, but not in my regular rotation. Wouldn't turn it down at all, great introduction beer. (670 characters)

Photo of KMBoswell
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I used to drink this when I lived in Jackson MS. and it was a very good beer, but now that I live in Houston and I've found that this beer does not travel well, it tastes a bit more on the bitter side.
This is a shame because I did really like this beer (253 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Brown and clear, ok head but it didn't last or leave much lace.

Aroma and taste are plenty nutty, and for a "nut brown" I rather like this one. A good malty base and plenty of nuts, plus a good bitterness that seems higher than the listed 19 IBUs, even with a sweet finish.

Body is light with a sweet, nutty finish and plenty of crisp carbonation. I find the beer rather enjoyable.

Also had on tap recently, so this review is sort of a review of both, although the final review is from a bottle. (500 characters)

Photo of stoutman
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I had this at the Atlanta airport. Pours light brown with white head. Taste is nutty, earthy. Nose has some brown sugar, root beer, bread crust, but artificially sweet. Flavor is the same, frankly. Artificially sweet, brown sugar, root beer, root veg. Sweet finish.. I was hoping for a nice nut brown type flavor, however, I thought this was not good. I would not drink this again. (381 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.14/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance - a lazy brown. Weak white head. Struggling to leave lace.
Smell - meh, pretty average, really.
Taste - sweet for a brown ale, but I'm not sure I detect any pecan.
Feel - light body, leaves a bit to be desired.
Overall - the style is a bit boring to me, and this one is about par for the course. (346 characters)

Photo of stormgasm7
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I don't like pecans, so initially, I was a bit hesitant but this beer is really good. It's almost dessert-like. Also, the couple that started the brewery are the perfect combination for this business: one is an electric engineer and the other is a chemical engineer! (266 characters)

Photo of leaddog
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle

Appearance- Pours a chestnut brown with a finger of creamy beige head.

Smell- Pecans, roasted malts, hint of dark fruits, caramel.

Taste- Roasted pecans and malts, touch of caramel sweetness and dark fruits. Definitely an English brown ale (sweeter and maltier).

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - For my first pecan infused beer, Lazy Magnolia delivers the right roasted nut and malt flavour. Very enjoyable beer with all the right elements. (489 characters)

Photo of Goosehunter75
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A - Pours a Dark copper color with a very nice 2 finger tan head. The head does disapate rather quickly and there is no lacing. This beer is crystal clear!

S - Not much aroma. Sweet malts with a slight nutiness too it.

T - Tastes caramel malts. Also, slight hint of pecan. Pretty one dimensional. Not much flavor

M - A very lighy beer. Almost watery. Not much body.

O - An ok beer. Its not bad, just nothing special. I was really looking foward to trying this beer but was dissappointed. On a positive note, one could definately put back seera lof these in one session (572 characters)

Photo of dwren89
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: reddish brown with thin tan head and good clarity

Aroma: smooth bready notes with pecan nuttiness and slight molasses like sweetness, overall not very aromatic

Taste: very similar to aroma with bready and nutty notes mixed with a slight molasses sweetness. Somewhat balanced finish with balance leaning towards malt.

Mouthfeel: medium body, medium-low carbonation, smooth and refreshing not cloying

Overall: a decent beer overall, not particularly flavorful or aromatic, but definitely smooth and easy drinking. It is refreshing to have a beer everyone once in a while that doesn't punish your palate or blow your mind. This one is just that. Nothing wrong with it, nice bready notes and pecan hints and a little residual sweetness. (750 characters)

Southern Pecan from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 531 ratings.