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Southern Pecan - Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

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Southern PecanSouthern Pecan

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Reviews: 534
Hads: 1,570
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 25.27%
Wants: 84
Gots: 283 | 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.

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Photo of leaddog
3.75/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
2.95/5  rDev -19%
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

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Photo of dwren89
3.13/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of icehawk
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Appearance: Redish brown Aroma: Some malt, very faint nut Taste: Slightly sweet Palate: Light body, somewhat flat. Has a slightly sweet finish Overall: I don't pick up the pecans at all, and it ends up being a fairly non-descript sweetish brown ale.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.04/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a Florida Beer Co. tapered glass. Bottleneck says Best By: 10/31/13

A- Pours a light brown color with a 1/4 inch head that didn't even last long enough for me to see what color it was since it immediately fizzled away to absolutely nothing. Obviously no lacing either. Pathetic.

S- Smells sweet and toasty with faint milk chocolate and a bit of nuttiness. Also has that malted milk ball aroma.

T- Some more of that nuttiness and faint chocolate that soon fades to a watery finish. One-dimensional, borderline bland. Easy to drink though since the alcohol's so low.

M- Thin and, once again, watery with low carbonation and a body that should be fuller.

O- While it's not necessarily an unpleasant beer, it's just not worth drinking when there are so many better options out there.

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Photo of CoachC
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from the Total Wine store in Pembroke Pines, FL. Pours a nice dark brown chestnut color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of sweet pecans and caramel and the taste is also of sugar coated pecans. A very malt forward brew here. Overall, not a bad offering from Lazy Magnolia.

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Photo of Chug-a-lug
2.12/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nice brown pecan color. Very clear. Can see my fingers on the backside of glass through the beer.

Off white head. Head and lace dissipate quickly.

No hops taste to speak of. Very little carbonation.

Bland smell and taste. Almost like a stale coke. Lite beer is better than this.

Can't see myself ever drinking this again.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

a: dark dark amber and caramel, almost to the point of being purple/ruby red. initially a large 3 finger rocky off white head - but it fades quickly and sounds like the carbonation you get on a soda

s: tons of malt and dough right away. caramel, plums, cherry, and raisins. there is a nice mellow nuttiness as well

t: sweet and nutty for sure. slightly metallic. tons of caramel with a hint of dark fruits. there is some pecan-like flavor here which lingers a bit. some cherry in here as well as. slightly grassy/grainy.

m: its a lighter mouthfeel, but there is a lot of carbonation, and feels silky behind the carbonation

o: to be honest, i think its good not great. this is a really sweet beer, so if you're not into sweet beers stay away. sweet malt and carbonation dominate this beer. i think i'd like it a little more if the mouthfeel was a little less carbonated. not bad though, an alright pub beer

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Photo of witster18
2.36/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Smells tanenish sour but not much of anything.

Taste is cloying malt with a honey sweet finish. This is what I suppose a killians mixed with a seriously stale Sam Adams would taste like.

For only 4.3abv it has some heat and a decent mouthfeel but that's about it. You'd be better served with a different choice for the Same or less in terms of price. Think I'd even prefer a shiner over this(that's how slightly above average this is).

Head leaves like a kid who soils his pants during first period.

Newcastle n shiner aren't great, but they taste better than this to me. Glad I didn't purchase this.

I know my score is low here, but this reminds me of the well-water at some of my friends houses in the country when I was younger, or what the Fratelli's were serving the "Goonies" at the abandoned restaurant. Dislike it to the point I might turn down another free one. Overrated here.

There's a degree of originality in the sweetness and oilyness, but it's a bit uneventful/flat for me, and I just don't care for the taste.

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

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a clean goblet and got the following

A. Light golden brown with tan foamy head

S. I can smell caramel toffee sugar and nuttiness.

T. Bright caramel flavor with nuts and sweet raisins with a nice nutty flavor

M. Light but bold and very appealing for another sip

I actually like this beer a lot and wish it wasn't 1500 miles between me and another one.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium reddish amber in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and faint orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy medium tan head that slowly reduces to a mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of nutty malts with just a touch of caramel sweetness.

T: Light to moderate flavors of nutty and caramel malts with some lighter notes of toasted pecan that become more pronounced as the beer warms up. Minimal amounts of bitterness are present that lingers for a very short amount of time.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Pretty easy to drink and an enjoyable nut brown ale. I like the addition of the pecans as it is slightly different than the other nut brown ales I have tried - I could easily drink a couple of these in a session.

Thanks to metter98 and his parents for bringing this one back to NY for me.

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Photo of rudzud
3.04/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Received this as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice deep dark crystal clear brown with a one finger head that fades to leave a thick creamy blanket. Considering the ABV, quite solid.

S - Ah, the aroma, not quite solid. No, average at best. Lots of malt sweetness, super super faint nuttiness, very slight metallic aroma.

T - Not getting any pecan notes, super malty, light caramel, brown sugar. Light tinny after taste.

M - Mouthfeel is thin and watery.

O - Overall, yah, get no pecans here, and that metallic tinge to it. Not a fan.

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Photo of kevinjosephlee
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A: Deep copper/light brown in color with a head that dissipates rapidly.

S: Malty sweetness in the nose.

T: Very malty as is characteristic of this style. The "pecan" of the name is absent.

M: Relatively low carbonation. A sweet lingering flavor.

Notes: In general, I am turned off by the extras added to beers that are touted by their brewers, especially when the actual flavors suggested are completely absent or nearly so. Brewing is a craft. Nutty flavors are crafted in the brewing process, not added by throwing in a few handfuls of nuts (or bacon). Drop the shtick and brew the flavor!
On another note, this beer is not bad, but is not session-able for me because of its high malty sweetness.
Lastly, like some beers I have tasted before, there is a distinct metallic taste to this beer another mark against it.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

P: Crystal clear brown copper body with a creamy taupe head that fizzles to a nice creamy layer.

S: Aroma is similar to candied roasted pecans with earthy aromatic hops to balance out the sweetness. Very balanced and clean nose.

T/M: Roasted pecans, bitter toffee apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, aromatic hops with syrup and coffee lurking in the background. Faint smoke in the mix. Medium body with crisp carbonation.

O: A fantastically balanced brown ale. There is nothing overpowering or understated it all works together. I've been waiting to try a Lazy Magnolia offering and I'm impressed. Cheers!

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Photo of mcellis
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Good beer. Not excellent, but good.

Pros: Yummy smell of caramel and toast with a beautiful copper reddish-brown color and good flavor - noting caramel and stone fruit (apricot maybe?). Some nuttiness as advertised, but I'll discuss that further in the cons. Okay carbonation.

Cons: Almost no head whatsoever. The 1/4" head I had fizzled out in less time than it took to pour the beer into a glass. While it did have some nuttiness as I mentioned, I only tasted pecan until after it had warmed up in the glass. Even then, it was more of an after-taste at best. Definitely not as strong as I would expect from a beer that pushes the pecan flavor so strongly as a selling point.

Overall: It was good and paired well with salty tortilla chips. It's a good casual snack beer, but not much else.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap ar Closed for Business.

Appearance - Clear deep copper. No head. Just a few wisps and a thin collar.

Smell - Also not much of an aroma. Slight nuttiness. Otherwise I think I smell the dish soap used to clean the glass more than the beer.

Taste - Vast improvement. Much more nutty with a hint of caramel. Some vanilla. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel - Light body. Minimal bitterness. Like none, really.

Overall - Nutty flavors are the highlight. So much that it's the only flavor, really.

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Photo of shanny1981
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful dark amber color with a thin head (dissipates in a matter of seconds), with a smell of wheat barley (minimal to no pecan smell). Flavor reminded me a lot of Sam Adams Boston Lager with a hint of nuttiness (but barely). I wouldn't exactly call this an ale because it tasted so much like a lager. An overall good and safe beer to have. However, I was expecting more than safe, but rather an unusual hint of pecan since I haven't had pecan-brewed beer before. Tasted like many other good lagers (not ales) I've had before.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a nice dark amber. The beer poured a small head that was gone pretty fast. The beer did have killer lacing though. A nice caramel smell oozed from the tumbler and when I took that first hit I was pleasantly surprised. Nice sweet hit but not overbearing, sorta like a handful of kracker jacks. I reall did not get much of a pecan taste, but that might be a good thing. I liked this one and would buy again.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle
Served in a conical pint glass

A - This beer is rust colored with amber highlights. It is topped with two inches of creamy beige head.

S - I get earthy, nutty aromas as well as some cocoa.

T - I get toast, toffee, nuts, and cocoa.

M - Moderate and creamy

O - This is a damn tasty nut brown ale. I'd put it right up there with Sam Smith's.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This poured out as a much lighter color than I expected. It's a light brown, basically a deep orange. There is a decent looking tan head on top. The smell of the beer is roasted and has a subtle nuttiness. The taste of the beer is malty, very gentle bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, lighter bodied and drinkable. Overall not a bad brew.

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Photo of leokbelo
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark cherry, reddish amber into a pint glass. 1 inch head fades quickly into a lacing that lingers.
Very sweet on the nose, caramel and pecans.
Smooth palate, with some caramel malts, medium hop bitterness and some butterscotch.
Very drinkable beer, very pleasant.
Would recommend for fans of the style!

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Photo of Lemke10
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear, medium brown color with a fizzy, beige head. Not really getting much for pecans in the aroma, just a mild scent of malts. The taste is mellow and slightly sweet. Not at all complex, this is a simple nut brown ale. Actually, if it wasn’t for the label I would have never guess there were pecans in the beer. It finishes very smooth and clean!

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, had before on tap once in Florida. Thank You to shan8454 for the trades!

Appearance: Good lighter brown color with a very thin off white head, no lacing.

Smell: Malts, Nutty, and pecans. Some hops in the background.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium to light bodied. Taste of malts, some grassy notes, but overall a good amout of pecans and some hops, well balanced.

Overall: On of my southern favorites! Very happy to have gotten this on a trade to enjoy again.

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Photo of craft_shannie
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours clear dark amber/light caramel with mimimal off-white head. nose is filled w. sweet caramel, vanilla, banana, clove, malts. it smells a bit too sweet for me. it ain't christmas afterall. surprised by the taste which is better than i would have expected: minimal bitterness, clean, crisp on the front which fades to caramel malts. fortunately all of that aroma isn't indicative of the taste. usually the English style is a bit too bitter & harsh for me, but this is very drinkable. carbonation & mouthfeel are on the mark.

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Photo of bditty187
2.34/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber-chestnut in hue; soapy beige head, small and the froth doesn’t last long. Good looking beer, the brightness of the color is attractive. It is unfortunate the head retention was poor. As I consumed no lace appeared.

Sweet, spent grain-like nose… kind of “wort-y” like; almost like Malta Goya and while I get a nice brown sugar/molasses nuttiness there is a disconcerting incompleteness to the aroma. No sense of hops. I am expecting this to be a very sweet beer.

The palate is not as sweet as I was expecting. Malty upfront, in the middle it turns unpleasantly metallic before ending with a nutty, buttery finish. The buttery characteristic doesn’t come across as diaceytl. No depth. No hop character. A really bland, simple and unpleasant tasting beer… it is a dud.

Medium-light in body, low carbonation but appropriate mouthfeel overall.

Not really what I was expecting in this beer and regardless it isn’t very good. I have no need to finish my bottle. Regardless of what I think about this beer I am very thankful to finally try it. Thanks Mindy for the bottle. I’ve now tried and reviewed a beer from Mississippi. 49 states sampled… I need to try a beer from North Dakota.

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Southern Pecan from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.