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Southern Pecan | Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

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Southern PecanSouthern Pecan

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Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
Mississippi, United States | website

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

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

Added by Todd on 03-26-2005

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Photo of TheSSG
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours a soapy, tan head. Soft, nutty aroma with sweet, toasted malt notes. Translucent burnt sienna/copper color. Starts with a slight sweetness, floral hops, and lightly toasted malt. Malt wells up with a biscuit flavor with more lightly toasted malt, then a robust flavor of pecans. Finish is toasted malt and pecans.

Oh, this is excellent. The lightly toasted malt pairs perfectly against the pecans, and they meld into one another very gracefully. A nice complexity of flavors, and nothing is overbearing or overshadowed; excellent craftsmanship. Color me impressed (and I'm not a big fan of Brown Ales).

Though, as I keep drinking this, the sweetness becomes a bit over-pronounced. It's like a cumulative sweetness; it lingers in my mouth and every sip becomes a touch sweeter. That's disappointing. In a smaller quantity, this was excellent. My guess is the low hopping means there's nothing to counteract the sweetness of the malt.

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Photo of gopens44
2/5  rDev -45.1%

Had high hopes for this but began the let down spiral on pour. Not much head at all, even with a fairly aggressive pour. No lacing to speak of either. Nose was nearly nonexistent, save for a whiff of toasted malts but not much a whiff at that. Taste was at best, boring. Nothing pecan or intriguing about this at all. Even that which made it a brown ale was not really good. Body was thin. Just not something that I enjoyed, obviously....

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is nutty, bready. Taste is of pecans, malts, mild sweetness, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of ordybill
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Nice malt smell. Appearance- Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized tan head. Taste- Sweet malt flavor with a hint of pecans. Palate - A light bodied beer with moderate carbonation Overall- A really good beer, I really liked the flavor

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 10/16/14 at 40 degrees into shaker
Aroma weak malt
Head large (5 cm), light brown, frothy, diminishing to 3 mm layer
Lacing fair - partial rings and small islands of tiny bubbles
Body medium amber, clear
Flavor of malt, slightly sweet, possibly a hint of pecan; no hops, no alcohol, no diaceetyl
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.75

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Photo of MarkWalker6
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Dark Brown in appearance. A very small nose on this beer that has very few hops for scent. The flavor to me makes this beer special. You can really taste the pecans with a very nice malty flavor. Has some yeast and very little bitterness. Can almost taste a little buttery I think, which can be the oils from the pecans. Gives the beer a nice creaminess. Mouth feel is medium to light. One of the first beers from Mississippi I have ever had. Being from Mississippi, this is by far the most common local beers and very solid choice for any occasion. When I think of Mississippi, this is the beer I go to.

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Photo of everythingiszen
4/5  rDev +9.9%

A friend brought these to have round the campfire. Had it out the bottle. Mild, smooth and pecan-y. Usually I'm bored by Browns, so this is a nice alternative. Would have again.

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Photo of REGreenBTRB
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: 4 - A dark copper color with a thin head.

Smell: 3.25 - Some sweetness. It smells a lot like bread. Some sort of whole grain bread. Luck for this beer, I enjoy the smell of bread. It doesn't smell like pecan pie, not like I was expecting it to or anything...overall a pretty mild scent.

Taste: 3.75 - Nice! I wasn't really expecting any pecan flavor whatsoever, but I do! I really do! It's there! And quite nice I might add. The sweetness compliments the pecan flavor well, and I can taste some brown sugar as well. My hair isn't blown back or anything, but this has quite an enjoyable taste.

Feel: 3.75 - A little on the watery side, but I've certainly had worse. Like, there are some that are straight beer water. This one has a little more body than that. It's drinkable with some mild carbonation. For this style, this is about what I'd expect.

Overall: 3.68 - A decent beer, deserving of a C rating. There's a time and place for this beer, but I'd certainly have it again!

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Photo of smcolw
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Overly sweet aroma and taste. This beer is thinner than one would expect for the sugary content. Small head, but decent spots for lace. No notable hop, cloy aftertaste of white cane sugar.

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Photo of uvachief
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Not sure what to say about this beer. Has little flavor. Do taste and smell pecans. Dark brown. No head. Light. Drinkable but nothing memorable. No hoppyness or bitterness. Thought it was bland and unfulfilling. Just there. No bad, not great either.

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Photo of Roxie_B
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Serving: Bottle
Looks: Cola colored brown with amber highlights
Smell: Malt sweetness, biscuit yeast and pecans
Taste: Toffee and pecans with no perceptible hops. Malty and appropriate to style of an English Brown.
Mouthfeel: Light body but slightly gritty.

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Photo of kfawku123
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%

This a smooth lighter tasting brown ale. Taste is mildly bitter with a nutty finish. Pleasant after taste lingers and you really pick up the pecan on the finish. Overall not a bad beer, but I wouldn't call it great either.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a relatively clear deep copper color with an off-white head that peaks at about a finger's width. Sub-par retention leads to a mostly barren surface and a thin ring of suds around the edge. Nothing in terms of lacing.

Smell - Nutty aroma with some sugary sweetness. Hints of earth.

Taste - Light, but flavorful. Malty sweetness upfront with lesser notes of pecan. Pecan strengthens toward the finish, then a touch of earth in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with moderate carbonation. Goes down easy enough.

Overall - A solid all-around brew. The additions of pecan do well to add a distinct pecan flavor, so that's a plus. Overall it's a bit lighter than what I like in a brown, but as an English style it's to be expected. I'd likely buy it again if I ever saw it, but I'm not going out of my way or making a trade to get it again.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz, bottled on 07/02/14
A 3 - copper with a thin beige head
S 3 - mild aroma of nut, caramel, toffee, brown malts, spicy earthy hops
T 3.25 - sweet with nutty pecans, caramel, toffee, toasted grain, faint chocolate, spicy, and earthy
M 3 - thinner body, moderate carbonation, finishes sweet with minimal bitterness
O 3 - cloyingly sweet at times. It's not bad, but nothing I would get again.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%

12oz bottle (bottled on 07/18/14) poured into a Libby globe porter glass.

Appearance: Clear dark amber trending towards a mahogany color. Thin white ring at the edge. An occasional strand of lacing here and there.

Smell: Sweet – brown sugar, caramel, and it smells just barely of pecans. It smells a bit like a faint pecan pie, but maybe not as buttery. As it warms up there is a hint of clove, roasted dry pecans, and something leafy.

Taste: Sweet again, maybe a little too sweet. Brown sugar, caramel, but with some pecan nuttiness again, but it’s lost in the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation – not fizzy but higher than I’d like it to be. Gets a bit fizzier as it warms up. A bit watery.

Overall / Drinkability: Sounded like a very promising beer, but by the end I feel like it fell short. Like a pecan soda with alcohol in it. I don’t think I’ll have again. Not a bad beer, just not a good one, and I like pecans. Oh well.

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Photo of Hurricane_Harry
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Definitely something unique, one of my first forays into specialty brews and a mainstay at my household.

The first thing I noticed about this beer is the deep color when poured. Very dark mahogany, clear with almost no head. A nice, deep, nutty smell with hints of caramel and vanilla.

Comes clear onto the tongue and hits the back of the mouth with a sweet, nutty flavor. It feels smooth and creamy as it rolls over the tongue.

Aftertaste gives a lingering taste of the roasted pecans with a light sweetness in the mouth.

Overall a very pleasant drinking experience. It is quite good for the price it's sold at in NOLA. I almost always have a bottle somewhere in the house since its such a nice beer to sit back and relax with. It has depth and complexity, but not to the extent where drinking it is a task to focus on. Cheers Lazy Magnolia, on a very solid solid beer.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%

A: 4.0 - Dark walnut color with a slow-forming, but eventually dense, lasting head.
S: 3.75 - Pleasant malty aroma, slightly nutty. I can't pick out pecans per se. Light caramel.
T: 3.75 - Soft sweet malt, no black patent or roasted tastes to be found. Caramel with a hint of vanilla. Nuttiness is subtle but present, and is detectably pecan-y now.
M: 4.0 Creamy, soft mouthfeel.
O: 3.75 Nice brown ale, though not exciting.

Weighting (percentages): 20, 20, 40, 5, 15. Avg: 3.81

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Photo of flagmantho
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. My first Mississippi beer!

Appearance: medium amber-brown hue with a light haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of creamy tan foam. A nice-looking brown ale.

Smell: sweet malt with vanilla, caramel and a light toastiness. The nuttiness of the pecans really comes through as well. Pretty good, I'd say, if a little sweet.

Taste: very much like the aroma, with toasted malt, caramel sweetness and plenty of nuttiness. An interesting take on the style.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a pretty good creaminess. I like it well enough.

Overall: there's no doubt about it, you have to like a nutty flavor to like this beer. But I think it's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of ericclements
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good break from some standard beers. It has a sweet taste that makes it a very good dessert beer, or just a change of pace from some others. I'm typically a hoppy beer lover, but this one surprised me. I wouldn't make it a permanent fixture in my fridge, but it is a welcome visitor!

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Photo of Chalet_High_Brewery
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Nice overall beer, but lack the advertised pecan taste. Very similar to other nut brown ales but was looking for the pecan to be a difference. I served this beverage at 38 degrees and that may have been a little to cold, so I will try it later this week at 42 degrees to see if the pecan flavor stands out. The low IBU's at 19 makes this beer good for a social setting because their is not bitter hops.

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Photo of mjurney
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber-brown color, clear. Tons of carbonation rising. Thick creamy beige head.

Toasted malts, brown sugar, a little leafy hops.

Toasted malts, brown bread, nutty, caramel. Mild hop bitterness towards the end. Finish is dry. Body is light-medium, very smooth, dry.

It's a very good beer.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.75/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.84/5  rDev -22%
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.

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Photo of HuskerTornado
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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