Southern Pecan | Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

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Southern PecanSouthern Pecan

Brewed by:
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
Mississippi, United States

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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Reviews: 569 | Ratings: 1,736
Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.83/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. It is exactly what it should be. A lightly sweet, malty brown ale with a hint of pecan. It's original and perfectly executed IMO. Drinkability is off the charts.

This competes for title of "Quintessential Southern Session Beer." Beautiful.

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Photo of Kaiyotee
4.67/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Dark amber to brown
Smell: Sweet
Taste: Sweet, nutty; more flavor-forward than many other browns
Feel: Carbonated, malty
Overall: Best brown I've had

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Photo of Nero
4.58/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Dark amber color when poured, the head on it was light tan in color and kinda thick.

Smell was very nutty.The pecan flavor is pretty strong in this beer, with a nice maltiness behind it.

I have a party pig of this and its better then the "on tap" ones I have had. It seems that some of the local places just dont know how to clean their lines who knows. But, I really enjoy this beer and would go buy another party pig for sure.

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Photo of aerodancer
4.55/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best beers I've tasted. I'm just sad they don't distribute out to California. I'll have to get my fill the next time I'm in the area!

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Photo of joepais
4.54/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Won this brew in a LIF thanks to Life is good
12 oz bottle poured into my beautiful lazy magnolia pint glass. It was wonderful amber brown topped of with a finger worth of tan head that left good lacing

The aromas are fantastic on this brew. You get the nutty pecan, sweet malts and caramels along with some bread yeast so it smells like a warm pecan pie

Flavors are great as well, great nuttiness to it, excellent malt character sweetness but not overtly so. One of my favorite nut browns to come out of a bottle I would love to try it from the keg. A medium bodied brew with good carbonation

This was my favorite brown from the bottle so far. Highly sessionable, if I had more than one that is. Very pleased with this one added it back on my wants list if that means anything

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Photo of JoLight
4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Lots of bubbles on the glass, with a thin and creamy, frothy khaki head. Mahogany, filtered body. Some light lacing.

Aroma: Smells of toasty, bready malt. Some general sweetness is detected, as well as a pecan nuttiness.

Taste: raw pecans, toasted malt, and an almost non-existent hop presence in the last of the middle and
the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel: medium and carbonated.

Finish: mostly dry, and refreshing.

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Photo of MrPresident17
4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorites. It has such a great style about it. Once i poured it into my glass and took a sniff or two it was heaven. It has a really sweet nutty smell to it. The pecans really work well into this brew. The head was somewhat foamy and dissipated rather quickly which was sad. But the taste made up for it 4 times over. It starts off real malty and the the finish is nice and sweet. No disappointments at all other than the head.

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Photo of CEGentry007
4.49/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Phenomenal English brown ale. Perfect amount of pecan with out being overwhelming. Nutty malt aftertaste but kept me coming back for more. One of my favorite brown ales that I've had by far.

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Photo of cvfish
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a medium brown, with a light tan head than spans half of the beer.

S - the smell reminds me of my grandmother's fresh pecan pralines, with a slight hoppy after effect. as a southerner, it excites the hell out of me

T - the taste does not disappoint, with the richness of a pecan praline with and the balance of a burst of hops, again, gets my southern bells ringing

M - moderate bodied beer with slight carbonation

D - I really enjoyed this one, only regret is that La can't make a pecan brew like this one! will have much more of this in the future

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Photo of honkey
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- amber-brown, very pretty held to the light. 1/2 inch head dissolves into thin off white head, leaving lacing on the glass.

Smell- nutty. Not a lot going on, but a very pleasant simple smell.

Taste- Loving it. A good level of nuttiness for me. Not overbearing but it is there. Easy to enjoy. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel- Light almost watery with a medium level of carbonation.

Drinkability- very easy to down quickly and have many of. A very sessionable beer. Wish I hadn't given so many away!

I definitely recommend at least trying it. Nothing too special, but highly enjoyable.

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Photo of Damian74
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber, with a one inch head, a bit of lacing.

S: Pecans come through. Caramel toasty malts follow.

T: you get nuts up front, followed by toasted malts with hints of brown sugar and caramel. Very good.

M: Not a very strong body to this beer. A little weak for an English style ale.

Overall, I really liked this beer! Will definitely try again. Enjoyed the pecan taste/smell. Good beer.

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4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think it's wise to cover preconceived notions/expectations when reviewing a beer because I think hype can cloud our judgment if we let it. That said, I had never heard of this beer and just saw it at the grocery store. I did, however, expect something decent for 9+ bucks for a sixxer.

Poured into a S.A. glass. Ruby-brown appearance with a full finger head that went away fast, leaving some minor lacing. This looked more like an amber ale than and English brown, but it could still pass for one.

The smell is out of this world! Roasted malts, pecans are present for sure.

The taste followed the nose quite well. Mild and pleasant bitterness upfront followed by a mild sweet pecan middle. This beer finishes clean and crisp. The mouthfeel was almost mint-like in it's cooling effect, but there was no mint flavor to be sure, just the slight cooling sensation. Excellent taste.

I think it's also important to discuss what I would add/omit to/from this beer in beer fantasy land. The body could've been more robust and the head could've lasted a bit longer.

Overall, this was a VERY pleasant surprise. This is easily one of the best low ABV's I have EVER had. I'm partial to English browns and this gets my vote. Instant favorite. Great beer!!!

Comparison/reference: Reminiscent of a lighter-bodied Samuel Smith Nut Brown ale or a Newcastle on tap that has pecans added to it. Highly recommended!

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Photo of CityBoy1986
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Lazy Magnolia pint glass. Appearance is an amber-brown colour with a tan head that leaves some lacing. The smell is mainly of pecans, as expected.

The taste is very similar to the smell, with pecans dominating. Mouthfeel is medium body with some carbonation.

This is highly drinkable, and as the only "local" brew, it remains a staple in my home.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
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 mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this one in a trade a long while back, and have had a couple since, but I am just getting around to reviewing it now. Decided to open another one up last night, just for the reason of the review, and for the fact that this is simply one outstanding session ale to say the least. A sure classic, I opened up the twelve ounce bottle straight out of the fridge and proceeded to pour it into a pint glass.

Appearance - The pour was very nice, with a deep, reddish tinted brown being poured out and into the glass. Quite impressed with the nice hazelnut tone of it, this was definitely going to be a keeper. Nice carbonation could be seen through the clear appearance of the liquid. A nice two inch high head of white lace then crept up over the top of it and settled down nicely into a thin crown that was draped across the top. Some decent side glass lacing as well, left me with the impression of a solid brown ale.

Smell - The aroma was very sweet, with lots of caramel malts leading the charge on this one. Hints of nuts, and a touch of molasses as well had me going right away. As it warmed we then were able to pick up some notes of bready malts, a slight biscuit like aroma and a hint of some fresh grass type of smell. Definitely much more complex then your normal brown ale.

Taste - The flavor was spectacular and this really started to exceed my expectations at this point. Started out with a nice rush of sweet caramel, and this was quickly coating the inside of the mouth, leaving everything with a nice sweet film to it. As it passed the aftertaste gave in to much of the nuttiness that I had been looking for. A very nice pecan or almond like flavor, with a nice vinous like bitter bite to it. Very interesting indeed. Some notes of bready malts, and grain in the back and a nice slightly hopped, and a touch dry finish to it.

Mouthfeel - Very nicely carbonated, this was an easy bet for a medium bodied brown ale. This was absolutely brilliantly done, with no slickness or thinness apparent to it, this was just a high quality ale if I had ever seen one. Nice smooth feel and a great finish.

Drinkability - One of the easiest drinking ales I have ever run across. With a nice smooth feel, and a delightfully surprising rich palate, this one was definitely a keeper. Very low ABV of around 4% only served to egg you on to have more of it. I could have continued on with this one for the rest of the day without much of an effort at all!

Overall I thought this one was outstanding, and one of the best session ales I have had in a long time. I would love to see brewers turn more to doing things like this as it really shows off what can be done without going to the extreme. If you can get a hold of this, I would and quickly!

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Photo of reeverbythespeak
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This flag ship beer marks new territory in Mississippi. The obvious nutty aspects pair with the light body, and easy drinkability to create an afternoon brown ale. With decent head retention, the nose never escapes a sip. Very clear in it's light brown color, a pint can be gone in an instant. Flavors outside of the nutty malts are vague, but present.

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Photo of JamesS
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours brown, with nice head and excellent lacing. Has a very nice scent, deep and malty with a wonderful nutty undertone. Excellent taste; it has a wonderful thick deep maltiness that goes with brown ales, with a wonderful sweet pecan flavor; tastes merge nicely. It goes down great, as well.

The taste was a lot like a very nice brown ale that had disolved some maple nut goodies candies into it. I love brown ales and I love maple nut candies. If you don't like either, don't get this.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan has a thick, creamy, beige head and a somewhat hazy copper appearance, with a pretty good amount of lacing and little brown and gray flecks floating about. The aroma is of brown bread, sweetness, caramel, and some sourness. Maybe, there is a bit of pecan shell smell, but that’s a stretch. Taste is of brown bread, caramel, molasses, syrup, sugar, sourness, some light bitterness, and water. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan finishes wet, sweet, and highly drinkable. Overall, even though I would not have really picked up any pecan notes unless I’d been told it was brewed with them, this is a most excellent beer.


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Photo of ChuckMartel
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap with dinner in Tupelo, Mississippi. This is good stuff. It has the taste of pecans without being a praline/desert beer. I'm really glad the brewer didn't decide to get cute with it. It went well with the crab cakes. I would gladly have a couple more again.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured in an "off-center" DFH pint glass. Thanks to theghost3 for this!

Pours a nice brown color with hints of ruby when the light catches it. No head at all. Sweet nose, with lots of toasty pecans. Very pleasant for a brown ale. It's not very strong on the nose but it's very pleasant and I like it a lot.

Very tasty, got some sweet nuttiness to it with some sweet toasty notes. Very tasty and I really like this taste. Awesome beer for a new beer drinker. Again, an excellent surprise from Mississippi!

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Photo of Vancer
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my man deepsouth for this newbie bottled beer from MS. Bottle label states "1st Run" - awesome! OH, this is a ENGLISH style brown ale - label says so!

Crisp and clear oaken brown, tan head pops up but quickly reseeds. Very nice aroma of nuts (pecan, duh) covered in chocolate. Both appear in the quaff, quite the smooth combination. Semi-sweet brew, finishes sharp and dry.

Not overpowering, just a great brew - as many have asked for on BA, this is a SESSION brew!

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Photo of lsuman
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
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!

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Photo of Beertracker
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the label: Southern Pecan, the Original Pecan Nut Brown Ale, is the first beer in the world made with whole, roasted pecans. Using a careful balance of the finest malts, aromatic hops and roasted pecans. Southern Pecan is delightfully smooth and warm, with a nutty sweetness that accenuates a delightful depth of flavor...

Lazy Magnolia's Southern Pecan pours up with a moderate carbonation that creates a tannish-white head that sits perfectly atop a deep copper-reddish brown color. The aromatic nose is slightly sweet & malty (caramel/toffee, toasted) with some nuttiness from the malt & roasted pecans. Just a touch of herbal hops. The flavor starts off with a hint of candied (praline) caramel sweetness with just a touch of hop bitterness that develops late to bring balance towards the off-dry finish which is slightly chewy, grainy, and oily. Great mouthfeel for a lower gravity/session-type beer. Very drinkable. This is simply one of the best damn brown ales that I've had in a good, long while. It's a Southern English Nut Brown with a Rebel yell? It's easy to see why this one is so popular with the natives. Sweet Magnolia!

CHEERS! Beertracker

*Taster's Note: Thanks to barefootbrewer for the bottle.

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Photo of AmishT
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into a tumbler

A - Mahogany in color...a really neat appearance, for sure. A bout a one and a half finger off-white head that recedes fairly quickly.

S - Sweet roasted pecans make up the aroma profile. A very inviting nose. Not the strongest aromas, but it does urge the first sip. Love them pecans.

T&M - Love the flavor of this ale: sweet roasted pecans, a hint of wheat, caramel malts. Fairly high level of carbonation, but it doesn't interfere with the flavors too much. I'd like the flavors to endure longer. Medium to light body. The mouthfeel is a bit thin.

D - An awesome session beer, in my opinion. Low abv, great flavor, and a fairly light body. Definitely can down a couple of these in a sitting.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.34/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thank you, Scott.

A: Clear deep amber with a thin, light brown head. OK retention, no/poor lacing.

S: Nice. Deep, nutty aroma with a rich caramel and toffee malt character. Mild bitterness that when coupled with the nut character reminds me of the skin of almonds/walnuts/pecans. Solid

T: Awesome. Nutty, mild chocolate, caramel, toffee in pretty good balance. Bitterness is reserved, appearing mainly on the finish. Mild brown sugar-like sweetness.

M: Light in body while retaining an excellent malt character, this beer is quite excellent. Crisp carbonation (maybe a bit much) is a slight detriment, but the finish is awesome, with it's nutty, malty goodness

D: This is one I'd buy a case of and drink. An excellent brown ale.

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