Southern Pecan
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

Southern PecanSouthern Pecan
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Style:
Brown Ale - English
Ranked #265
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
81
Ranked #44,271
Avg:
3.59 | pDev: 14.48%
Reviews:
627
Ratings:
1,894
From:
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
 
Mississippi, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  98
Gots
  434
SCORE
81
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Southern PecanSouthern Pecan
Notes: 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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aBosslyElephant from Florida

3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- Mahogany color, very small amount of foam
S- Exactly like a normal porter. Nothing particularly special
T-Traditional Porter taste in the front, but a sweet and enjoyable aftertaste
M- Very carbonated and light
O- Very nice and enjoyable to sip on, easy to finish quickly if you're not careful though

Sep 04, 2020
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superspak from Michigan

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

19.2 ounce can into pint glass, no can dating. Pours deep ruby red/brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas and flavors of big caramel, brown sugar, nutty roasted pecans, toasted biscuit, and brown bread/crusts; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, fig, apple, herbal, wood, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Aromas and flavors of big caramel, brown sugar, nutty roasted pecans, toasted biscuit, and brown bread/crusts; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, apple, herbal, wood, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, nutty roasted pecans, toasted biscuit, brown bread/crust, dark fruit, chocolate, cocoa, herbal, wood, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity and balance of aromas and flavors of dark/light roasted malts, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with good strength. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/roast bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/grainy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is an excellent English brown ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/light roasted malts, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mild bitterness. Nicely clean rich malts for the ABV, with restrained fruity English yeast and balancing hops. Light residual sweetness with lingering dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and impressive style example. This was traditional as hell for the English style brown all around. No complaints.

Aug 30, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a light brown color with a one finger head of cream colored foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading to leave a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is heavy of a lightly roasted malt smell mixed with lots of caramel and some dark fruit smells of cherry and plum. Along with these aromas comes some notes of a very light nutty smell as well as a bit of grain.
Taste – The taste begins with a caramel and brown sugar sweet, lightly roasted brown bread flavor. While the nut is light in nose and in the taste upfront, the flavor becomes more and more pronounced as the taste advances. At the same time the roastiness seems to lessen all while the sweet caramel and brown sugar get stronger. A touch of a cocoa flavor comes at the end and with the other flavor transitions, leaves one with a sweet, but rather pleasant pecan pie like taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is medium, but slightly thicker for a brew of only 4.5 % abv. and has a moderate carbonation level. For the light abv mixed with the style the feel is great for complimenting the drinkability but still allowing upholding the dessert like taste properties of the brew.
Overall – A sweeter, sorta sugary, but still rather tasty brew with a nice lighter abv. This is the type of brew to throw into the mix every once in a while, especially when sessioning over a football game during the cooler weather.

Jun 16, 2020
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hefe300 from Oklahoma

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Beige head lingers moderately, leaving some lacing. Deep ruby color when held up to sunlight.
Smells of grass, hints of copper and a little spice. Nuts.
Mouthfeel is good. Moderate carbonation, very drinkable.
Taste is of caramel, some light bread flavor. Pecan comes on at the finish. The nuttiness is pleasant, not overpowering. Not much hop character. The hops that are here are to provide balance to the matiness, true to style.
The malt characteristics paired with the pecans are obviously reminiscent of granny's pecan pie, making this beer taste like fall though I believe it's available year round.
This beer would pair well with beef or would probably be best enjoyed after a dessert.
I like this and would drink it again, though not in regular rotation. I will definitely recommend this to others as a "try this" beer. Better than the current version of Newcastle.

May 30, 2020
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JohnDee from Texas

3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium reddish brown with an off-white head. Flavor is good if a bit thin. Not much pecan to speak of, but it's nice and malty and not too bitter. Light bodied. Overall a decent nut brown ale. If I were downing a few at the pub, this would be a safe choice.

Mar 11, 2020
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scootny from New York

4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautifully clear mahogany, thin head and minimal lacing.

Lots of caramel malt and sweet brown bread. Mild nuttiness. Light earthy hops.

Taste really shines. Toasted malt and pecan nuttiness. Caramel and the brown bread tinged molasses notes make for an wonderfully malty ale. Just the right amount of earth to give balance. A bit of soap and tea leaf as well. Dry clean finish.

Feel is crisp and quenching. Medium light body. Nice amount of carbonation adds to the refreshment.

A superb season ale. Low abv and high flavor in each sip. Simple and delicious. More please!

Jan 23, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very nice tasting brown ale from a brewery that’s new to me. 8/6/19 date printed on can. Pours a slightly honeyed light amber color with just a little white head and minimal scant lingering lacing. Smells of lightly toasted nuts, malt, caramel, vanilla, bread and malt. Taste follows the nose - surprisingly faint nuttiness and I certainly couldn’t discern any pecans, specifically. Tasty and easy to drink nonetheless. Smooth, mild, slightly thin mouthfeel and decent carbonation. Quite nice.

Jan 11, 2020
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I had this at a rooftop restaurant in Vicksburg, Mississippi two days ago. I had it with fairly spicy food, which I think is a good pairing for this beer.

Look: amber to light brown with a finger thick white head

Aroma: caramel, pecan

Taste: The flavor is sweet, caramel, syrup, it is nutty, pecan

Body/Overall: light to medium body, a bit watery but refreshing and easy drinking

Jan 06, 2020
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WilliamGustin from Nevada

2.76/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Sort of a session brown ale, light and non-threatening. I think it tastes better once it warms up a bit, cold has almost no flavor, but it is a bit more lively (nutty) once it sits for a minute. Nice amber. Slight smell - again let it defrost a bit. From draft pour has no head and a little lace. Not a top choice for me, but a comfortable beer to have with dinner and still be able to walk home!

Oct 26, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 9/23/14; drank 11/22/14 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque purple/brown hue.

HUGE off-white head (careful pouring!); nice lace.

Acorns & brown sugar nose.

Thin mouthfeel.

Acorns, fall leaves, mild brown sugar & mild maple syrup flavors; hints of plum emerge as this warms.

An enjoyable session ale; flavor is present but this could be easily quaffed.

Oct 04, 2019
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jeffdr123 from Florida

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In a flight at Snook Haven. This is a harmless, mellow beer. Not much of a head. Sweet but not as roasted or nutty as I was expecting. More praline than pecan.

Aug 08, 2019
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GunNut37086 from Tennessee

2.79/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

I expected to smell pecans when I opened the bottle, but I was disappointed. I expected to at least taste pecans when I took a sip, but was also disappointed. It did taste good (malty and smooth), but was kind of watered down. Not like junk lite beer, but definitely not what I expected from a craft/specialty beer. Overall, I didn't hate it. I was just underwhelmed. I got this in a mix/match sixer and grabbed 2 of them. I'm NOT dreading the second one, but I'm in no rush to drink that one either.

Jun 08, 2019
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spectru from Florida

3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

clear, dark, translucent; Not much head; mild aroma; Tangy, moderate carbonation; pleasant but nondescript flavor; Not bad, but unremarkable; I didn't notice any nuttiness.

Jun 06, 2019
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drdasarge from Florida

4.46/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I find that this beer changed how I feel about specialty beers. The pecan definitely ensures a nutty flavor, the taste for me is smooth and mellow. It is now a beer that I seek out whenever I pass through the distribution areas.

Apr 26, 2019
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle, no date, from beer club. Poured into teku glass.

L: 1F or so white head, poor retention, no lacing, just a thin ring. Beer is a nice clear deep burgundy.

S: Nutty, malty, and roasty.

T: Watery. It's very watery. Hint of pecan, caramel, malts, but really, it's watery. At least it's not overly sweet or overly bitter.

F: Light body, moderate carbonation. Construction and balance...let's move on. Drinks easily enough and is refreshing if you're thirsty since it appears to mostly be water.

O: It has more taste than a commercially distributed megabeer, but not by a whole lot.

Feb 28, 2019
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A gentle, subtle ale.
A pretty pale, with an amber tone. Smells are mostly malt... with the maple and nuts acting quiet in the back seat. Tastes are about the same, with a light dryness to prevent it from becoming sweet. Light in body, but in a good way.
I was apprehensive about this one tasting like artificial maple, but the flavor seems genuine and is nicely understated.

My first from Lazy Magnolia, I went on their website. They are the oldest package brewery in Mississippi, celebrate all things Southern and have a good sense of humor in how they name their beers. Southern Pecan appears to be their cash cow -- and now 14 years old -- probably can take credit for the brewery's success and in stimulating the craft industry in their state. Perhaps they should distribute more in the north as commerce may make us stronger.

Jan 17, 2019
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a clear brown the a modest head, soon diminishing to a robust ring. Sweetish scent in the nose. In the mouth, it is malty and roasty.

Dec 05, 2018
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Southern Pecan pours a translucent brown color, with a small head. Sweet aroma, lots of sugar and molasses. Flavor is on the lighter side, but nice sweet pecan flavors, hints of molasses. Watery body. Overall, a very good sweeter brown ale, just a little too light and watery.

Nov 26, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Label has bottling date marked as 'JUN 8 2018'.
Clear, deep amber (described by brewer as "mahogany") colored body. One finger light tan head settles to thin, bubbly cap. Leaves behind a few trails of lacing.
Subtle aroma is medium roasted malts and nutty.
Taste is medium roasted malts, nutty, and some caramel. More sweet than bitter.
Thin mouth feel. Good carbonation.
Okay brown ale with the nutty addition of the pecans. Good to pair with barbeque and smoked cheeses.

Oct 16, 2018
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CoolAxioms from Nebraska

3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

Great for brown ale. Carmelized malt with sweet brown bread at beginning and mild hint of bitter after taste. Very smooth and enjoyable. My wife’s favorite so far.

Oct 10, 2018
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz bottle marked July 2018. Translucent brown with a lacing of bubbles. Faint aroma of brown sugar and malt. Medium feel with small prickly bubbles. Roasted malt flavors with some hints of pecan. Not the most exciting, but true to style. Would make a good session beer.

Oct 07, 2018
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BackMarker from Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm kicking myself. I bought a bottle as part of a "make your own 6 pack" at Kroger's in Hilton Head last week. Didn't think much of it, except that I like pecans. And brown ale. But when I tried it, I really loved it. Now I wish I had purchased more to bring home. Beautiful brown (a bit hazy) in the glass, with a nice tan head that fell quickly and laced a bit on the way down. Very subtle roast malt in the nose, with just a hint of roast in the taste. Add a slight bitterness (rather than the expected sweetness) and a lighter body, and it made for a simple, refreshing beer. Extremely drinkable. I didn't get the pecans (e.g., flavor), but who cares? I liked this one a lot. And Total Wine says I have to go all the way to NC to find it from the north. Oh well. Maybe next trip.

Aug 21, 2018
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jclsr10 from Arkansas

3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchase: 6pk of bottles
Pour: Unchilled standard pint glass
Look: poured a roasty carmel color with very good clarity and a nice head
Smell: hint of the pecan mixed with the traditional brown ale aroma
Taste: solid English Brown ale tastes with the hint of pecan
Feel: does not overpower with the pecan and like other EBAs I have tried, it a very smooth, drinkable ale
Overall: This has become a standard go to for my Brown Ale purchases

Jul 29, 2018
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Gmann from New York

3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a watery cola color with a wispy khaki head that settled into a ring.

The aroma is of brown bread, perhaps toasted. Light tea like notes.

The taste is brown bread, some nuts and other earthy flavors. It’s fairly thin in the flavor not very complex.

The feel is light, almost watery. Good amount of carbonation. Sweet on the palate with a slight sour offset.

A thin brown ale. Not very complex. Some nut presence.

Jul 11, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz single bottle purchased from LD's Beer Run in Jackson MS.

Rusty red copper color with 1/2 finger of grey head in the nonic pint.

Basic brown ale grain aromas with hints of cinnamon and metal.

Flavor is also your basic brown ale. Hints of cocoa, with faint nuttiness from the pecan.

Feel makes this beer. Lots of carbonation with a nice stickiness and slightly drying finish.

Overall pretty good. Won't be sad if I leave without a six pack though.

Jun 19, 2018
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