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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Photo of LaneMeyer
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a medium/reddish brown, very little head.

Smells of candied nuts and burnt brown sugar dominate.

Tastes kind of like a Newcastle with some sugary pecan notes to it. Bitter and astringent tastes linger.

Very thin and watery mouth feel

Overall not impressed. Leaves something to be desired.. like a better brown ale...

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Photo of jmd1978
2.82/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Nice copper color with a Littleton head. Nose is nutty, sweet malts, grassy, biscuit. Taste praline, caramel, hint of spice. Finish is clean. This beer is on the fence for me. The praline taste is different but it gets pretty sweet tasting the more you drink it, which I'm not a fan of. So try at your leisure. I'll have another but maybe won't buy whole 6 pack next time.

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Photo of Caj1
2.84/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: It's brown, thankfully not another color or I'd feel pretty gypped. A finger of off-white head that recedes quickly, not much lacing.
S: Mostly caramel. Maybe a little bit of pecan or nuts, but pecans have a very subtle smell so I might be getting more malt than anything. Roasted notes, but little else.
T: More of the same. I really hate when that happens, I hope that when I taste a beer I get something more than what was in the nose. Honestly, the flavor profile is too thin.
F: Pretty light. Carbonation was fairly lazy here, though, and it doesn't settle in the stomach too well. If this were a lighter beer I could forgive the weak texture. At least it's refreshing.
Overall: Ho-hum. It's on the above side of average, but only just, which is a shame. I love pecans. I don't love this beer. But don't let that stop you from trying it.

To good health and good beer.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.84/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

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Photo of jaketaz
2.84/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thin and bland from beginning to end. I would never guess that this was pecan flavored if the label hadn't already told me it's supposed to be. Now it's impossible to shake the placebo effect, but really it's just a vague nut ale with some vanilla. Morphs into foam at the slightest movement, if you pour it right the whole thing will be head. Looked tasty, but basically nutty Pabst.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
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 carlborch
2.87/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

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Photo of brystmar
2.87/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ruby red pour with dark brown hues accenting. Has some head initially but it dissipates quickly leaving just the body. Nutty aroma at first, then stale malts take over. Compared to the smell initially, this overall aroma is surprisingly poor.

Taste isn't much better as English yeast imparts its typically dry profile over the sub-par malt base. Some nuttiness creeps in to impart a small amount of alternate flavor, but nothing can save this from mediocrity. Not worth your money.

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Photo of dogma46an2
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- crimson undertones. Body is mostly clear.True to style.

S-Not complex. Just not alot of pecan.light malt not constant. everytime ive had it .

T- I found the first few times to be much tastier. there was a form of sweetness that was almost like pie. Really attractive. I got some nice nuttiness and vanilla and cocoa. I was never really happy with it.

M-Quite light and bubbly. Body goes down fairly clean. Carbonation was one of the brightest points of the beer.

O/D-Liked it once, Either way, I was happy to try it. Consistency is key.

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Photo of RickS95
2.89/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like maple syrup, a dark amber, with a thick head with good retention.

Not much smell, kind of a nutty, cigarette-like smell, but nothing dominates.

Not much flavor either, maybe a touch of syrup, but like the smell, no one flavor dominates.

Feels good in the mouth, mostly sweet to start, but there is a hint of bitter at the end of the swallow.

Very easy to drink, goes down smooth with a milky quality.

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Photo of Lahoi
2.92/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm thrilled that Mississippi has a thriving brewery. I thoroughly enjoy their beers. But I don't love this beer as much as a lot of folks around the south seem to. In all fairness, I'm not a big brown ale fan. Even then, I think this is an average brown ale. Too nutty, too sweet. I find it enjoyable, however. It's just not one of my favorites.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.92/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sort of syrupy toasted copper color. Very quick head before I could even take a sip. Hardly any bubbling visible.

Nutty, but a brisk, weird astringent aroma that seems to be from the pecans and not the hops. Some toasty malts with maybe some sugary pecan nutty aromas on the backend. But that astringent nuttiness rings through to the finish.

Nutty from start to finish, and turns into sweet pecans on the finish. The weird astringent nuttiness hits hard in the middle and sticks through to the finish. I could taste the pecans, but they also added some weird flavors to the brew as well.

The mouthfeel is very thin, a little sweet and oddly astringent.

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Photo of aepb1
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Amber/brown with very little head... some whispy white bubbles...

S- Very little CO2 to be able to bring out the nose... some malts maybe...

T- Pecan, chocolate and caramel malts, very little hops come through. It's different becaue of the pecan flavor, but there's really no depth here

M- Medium bodied with little to no carbonation... at least it's smooth...

D- Above average only because of the disperation of a pecan flavor in the beer and it's easy to drink

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Photo of mullincs
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Had a nice amber color; light enough to let some light through, with a decent head. Unfortunately, the head dissipated a little too quickly for my liking, lasting for only about a minute.

Smell - Pleasant smell full of nuttiness and something like a little caramel.

Taste - Began with a good taste for a brown ale, with a good balance of malts and hops. Unfortunately, mine had a slightly metallic taste at the end.

Mouthfeel - Very light, watery feel for a brown ale; I expected something with a little more depth. However, it was certainly smooth to drink with a good amount of carbonation tossed in.

Overall - Not a bad brown ale, but I've certainly had better. I might give it another shot soon and hope that I just grabbed a bad bottle.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
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 aaronh
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Flying Saucer Memphis. Copper body served with a thin ring of off-white foam clinging to the edge of the glass. Aroma of brown sugar, molasses, and a slightly grassy note. Flavor starts lightly sweet and fades with a bit of bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of bakers chocolate. Bitterness gradually becomes more medicinal. Mouthfeel is middle of the road. Drinkability would be good if it weren't for the lingering aftertaste.

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Photo of bamadog
2.96/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I received this as an extra in a recent trade, can't seem to remember which box it came in. So, whoever sent it, thanks for the beer! Review is from notes taken on 1/12/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a ruddy coppery color with a strong shade of ruby to it; starts with a 1/2 finger light tan head that fades quickly to a thin, uneven and incomplete loose skim; body is a little hazy, but still shows pretty strong carbonation bubbling up throughout; a few scant spots of loose lacing are left behind.

Smell: Light syrup that has a bit of a corn syrup aspect to the nose (but not really in a bad way) and a bit of a nutty scent to it -- not quite as strong as I hoped it would be, but overall it's not too bad of a scent.

Taste: Definite maltiness that comes across as a little syrupy and corny, and there is a bit of a mild and earthy hoppy and slightly metallic/coppery bitterness to it; there is a bit of a sweet and earthy nuttiness as well but again it's not nearly as robust as I was hoping -- I kind of wanted a really unique experience from this beer from the use of pecans, but just didn't really get it.

Mouthfeel: Body is a little thin and watery; carbonation is strong, a little too strong actually and it comes across as overly prickly and sharp and is a bit of a distraction; a thin and smooth, yet slightly sticky coating is left on the roof of the mouth; gums are left tingly in a bad kind of way from the very sharp carbonation.

Drinkability: Meh. Not bad, but nothing I would pick up on my own. Glad I got to try it though.

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Photo of Falzi87
2.96/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There's nothing quite like a big whiff of nuts hitting you in the face. If that sounds appealing to you at all, this is your type of beer.

Listen, I like the taste of nuts in my mouth as much as the next guy, but it needed other flavors to balance that out. I expected just a small hint or kiss of nuts, but instead got a whole mouth full.

Although it definitely comes as advertised, this beer was not for me.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.96/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to dschuster03 for tossing me one of these. Served in an Alchemist pint glass. Best before February 12th, 2012.

A - Quick-dissolving two fingers of foam settle to a thin cap and a few stray spots of lace. Transparent amber body with a few slow-moving bubbles.

S - Nutty, but with a fruity and slightly sharp English yeast character. Slight astringency. Some faint bread and biscuit flavors in the periphery.

T - Taste is better, with some solid milk chocolate and toasted nut flavors. Finish is pecans, which I suppose makes sense. Seems more successful here in matching the printed descriptions.

M - Chewy texture with a lingering finish. Medium-light body, with moderate prickly carbonation, and a dry nutty feel to it. No alcohol, but seems like a bigger beer than 4.39%.

D - Easy to drink, but ultimately pretty average. That this beer is #26 on the top beers from the 'South' says more about how bad the beer culture is down there than it does about the merits of this brew. Passable if you're desperate for a MS tick.

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Photo of HoptimusPrimeIPA
2.97/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a shade of copper with a small head that disappears rather quickly with almost no lacing.

S-Sweet malts, pecan, and some caramel are all present.

T-Very similar to the smell but with some breadyness mixed in with the malts and caramel. Nice pecan taste on the finish.

M-Very thin with little carbonation.

D-Nothing truly stands out and makes me say wow but its still a good drink. Easily sessionable

Overall a beer I'm glad i tried but not one i would seek out in the future.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Dark roasted chestnut with crimson undertones. Mild head leaves moderate lacing. Body is mostly clear.

S-Tons of sweetness. Not a ton of complexity. Just a bunch of sweet sugars and light nuttiness. A light flick of cocoa powder.

T-Had it twice, both times on tap. I found the first tap to be much tastier. On the second go around, there was a form of sweetness that was almost cheesy and cloying. Really unattractive. But during the first experience, I got some nice nuttiness and vanilla and cocoa powder. Either way, I was never really happy with it.

M-Quite light and bubbly. Body goes down fairly clean. Carbonation was one of the brightest points of the beer.

O/D-Liked it once, HATED it the second time. Maybe the second keg was screwy? Either way, I was happy to try it but would probably avoid it if I ever saw it again.

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Photo of uvachief
3/5  rDev -17.4%

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 IsaacmanTX
3.02/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

this beer seems pretty inconsistant. this is my third time to taste this beer, and I have to say it is probably the worst of the three times. I must preface that this was bottled 10 months ago, and although that may have been a part of why it didn't fare well (even with the others doing the tasting tonight), but it tastes more like a mild contamination. It seemed to have a metalic aftertaste, like the PH spiked. Please don't judge this beer by this review because I have enjoyed it in the past, but this batch was definitely not what Lazy Magnolia should be proud of.

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Photo of kshizzle101
3.02/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A - medium brown in color with a 2inch head which lingers awhile. very little lacing

S - not a lot going on here. some straw and malts, maybe a little dried fruit

T - fruits and nuts up front with smoother malts towards the end. however a slightly metallic after taste

M - Very light bodied, perhaps too much. a little watery.

Overall - nothing too special about this one. probably won't try again.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks a ton to msubulldog25 for hooking me up with my first-ever MS beer. I love pecans and we have two huge trees in front of the house; every other year we can't get enough of them (I trade homemade pecan pies for beer!). Can't wait to taste them in a beer, a brown ale seems the perfect choice for their incorporation...

Pours a glassy, well-filtered rust/ruby. The head is small and thins to a crown quickly.

There's something in the aroma, but I'm not sure its pecans. If it is, they have morphed in the process and don't really smell all that nutty. Overall there's a pervasive fruit-gum smell, maybe a little caramel. It's generally a muted, unexciting smell with some unexciting malt characteristics and a plastic vibe.

Flavor brings in the pecans but it's not totally obvious. There's a caramel base wrapping itself around the nuttiness, and unfortunately a sort of plastic-y texture that coats the mouth in a pretty unappealing way. Lingering sweetness like a gooey dessert. Decent nutty huskiness in the finish. Good, certainly not great. Is it bad that it reminds me of something Saranac would come up with?

So...maybe brown ale wasn't the perfect choice for pecan infusion. Maybe a big bold stout? Bell's? New Glarus? Terrapin? Anybody wanna give that a shot?!

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