Southern Pecan | Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

Southern PecanSouthern Pecan
BA SCORE
40.9%
Liked This Beer
3.58 w/ 1,773 ratings
Southern PecanSouthern Pecan
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
Mississippi, United States
lazymagnolia.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,873
Reviews:
583
Ratings:
1,773
Liked:
726
Avg:
3.58/5
pDev:
14.53%
Alströms:
3.08
 
 
Wants:
92
Gots:
396
Trade:
3
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Photo of dbrauneis
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Thorpe429
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by spycow at the post-Christmas tasting in Chicago. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

Pours a fairly-light brownish color with a small off-white head and not too much lacing or retention after that. A few bubbles on top. The nose brings forward a bit of lightly-sweetened malt, caramel, and some nutty character. The taste was about the same, mostly just general sweetness and some bread with some lingering pecan flavor. Mouthfeel was thin and water though the carbonation was fairly adequate. Okay, but nothing too special.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from deepsouth, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright brown color, with a thin but dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of nuts, honey, caramel and maple with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and sweet with flavors of caramel, nuts, maple and honey, but not overly sweet. There’s a mild hops presence that provides some balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is nice beer to drink when your in the mood to knock back a few in this style but you want something substantial that won’t get you hammered.

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Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of off-white head on a clear, amber-brown body. The foam recedes quickly and leaves little lace in its wake.

S - Rich malty aroma, lots of caramel and toffee with some sugary, nutty notes.

T - Sweet caramel malt up front with a subtle nuttiness that intensifies into a candied pecan flavor in the middle. Finishes with a rich, caramel note and a hint of lingering roast.

M - Medium, slightly oily body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - A very nice, malty brown ale. There is a very convincing roasted nut quality to this beer; a combination of candied pecans and peanuts. The sweetness is a bit much and sticks to the palate, but nonetheless it is a unique beer that is well worth trying.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Big thanks to deepsouth for including this as an extra in a recent trade.

Pours a clear, dark amber with 1 1/2 fingers of off-white foamy head. It posesses a thin, fizzy retention that enventually dissipates into almost nothing, leaving some smallish lacing behind. The aroma is fairly pleasant, being a mix of caramel sweetness, some nuttiness, and of course...pecans!

The taste is rather full, with caramel and toffee sweetness, roasted pecans, a lively spice character, a touch of dark fruits, and a smattering of tingling hops in the backend. The finish is sweet with a twinge of bitterness. The mouthfeel has a full, medium feel that is surprisingly beefy for the style but still maintains a slick, creamy feel.

Nice! I was suprised by the richness and full body of this Brown Ale and I must say that this was one of the better ones that I've had lately. Good stuff from down South.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear brown color wit beige head. Aroma has caramel malt, dark sugar and a int of cacao. Taste starts with a really interesting nutty malt flavor which goes on through the whole taste spectrum. Light body with soft carbonation. Overall it's a really balanced, easy drinking, nutty brown ale.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Datz Deli, Tampa, FL

Brownish/dark amber pour, small off-white head sank to a ringlet, leaving just a few spots behind on the glass. Malty nose, toasty, bready, nutty. Simple but non-offensive. Taste was similar, bready malts hinting towards caramel, toasted nuttiness, light notes of yeast and fruit rinds. Body was about medium, kind of lagerish, not great, but pretty easily drinkable overall.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is brown with ruby highlights, head is of average size and is light-brown. The aroma is rather weak and is malts and a strange nut smell which I guess is pecans. The taste is strangely malty, not bad, just different. I'm guessing it is because of the pecan presence. Mixed in there are flavors of a mild roastiness and some spice. The finish initially has a off-flavor, but that goes away as Southern Pecan warms up. Drinkability is okay, however I wouldn't go out of my way to get this again.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of billab914
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Pours a dark amber slightly red color wit ha one finger off-white head.

Aroma is crisp and malty with some sweetness and bready notes. Taste is sweet up front with malt and brown sugar but the pecan flavor comes through a lot in the finish. The pecan flavor is very nicely done, not overpowering and a nice addition to the flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, this was an easy drinking and delicious beer. The pecan flavor was unlike anything I ever tasted in a beer and it was very flavorful but not overpowering.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of vfgccp
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to Wasatch for this one, Thanks, John! I believe this is my first Mississippi Beer!

Pours caramel with 2 fingers of tan head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Slight nuttyness

T: Slight nuttyness, some pecan & slight leafy hops & some annoying astringency up front. Nuttyness & a bit of caramel sweetness are there as this warms. Finishes a bit of leafy hops & nuttyness

MF: Light/medium bodied with low carbonation & a bit wet

Drinks pretty easy, I could do a few of these before the lack of body drove me away. I'm sure I'd pound this if I lived in MS, but just an alright brown in my book

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Photo of smcolw
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
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 PhineasMcClintock
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, brown body topped with a thin ring of whitish bubbles.

Smell: Aroma smelling of toasted nuts and caramel. Simple, but nice enough for a brown ale.

Taste: Nutty, caramel blend with a reasonable amount of malty sweetness. Generally drying throughout, even as a light bitterness sets in. Dry finish with a lingering nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Mostly pleasant, pretty smooth, and generally tasty -- it's an okay brown ale.

Update: Had a much better experience -- a bottle packed with a bit more flavor and, I dare say, more smiles. Score bump!

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of duceswild
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to THECPJ for giving me this one.

A: Pours a very clear ruby/brown color with a one finger off-white head. Quick dissipated to a few random bubbles on top. Not much lacing at all.

S: Very sweet, lots of caramel malts, some nuts, and a little molasses.

T: Nice caramel flavors upfront followed up a definite nutty flavor. Really nice solid flavors, pretty much as advertised.

M: Medium bodied with very nice carbonation. Has a nice smooth mouthfeel and a slightly dry finish.

O: Extremely easy drinking, at 4.25% it has great flavor, a great session beer. Just a really nice beer that goes down nicely.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"as I walk along and stumble
trains rumble in my head
as I breeze along and grumble
think about you instead

and a piece of pecan pie
and you that's all I want
just a piece of pecan pie
and all I want is you

sometimes I get so hungry
think about pie all day
just a little whipped cream
honey, I'm on my way"

--'Pecan Pie' by Golden Smog

Beautiful cherry-bronze with a healthy infusion of orange that results in bright tangerine trim along the edges of the glass. I have to believe that the roasted pecans give the beer such a unique color; I've never seen another brown ale that looked quite like it. The pale caramel crown isn't very large and is a little too soft to result in much lace.

The aroma, while a little weak, is still pleasant. It's toasted brown malty and I'll be hanged if it isn't a little nutty. It's no more nutty than a few other browns that I could name, however, and there's no way that I could have identified the nuts as pecans.

Southern Pecan is a fairly simple, lighter end of the spectrum American brown ale. Ordinarily that would keep the flavor score down to at least one notch lower than the one I've granted. The reason that it's better than that is that I can actually taste roasted pecans, which are one of my favorite nuts. In case anyone is wondering, the malt bill consist of Maris Otter, caramel and wheat.

Granted, the pecan nuttiness isn't that prominent (Edit: it does become more noticeable with warming and the beer becomes more enjoyable as a result). With a more substantial malt load, this would be a killer, one of a kind offering that would be an instant classic. It's hard to imagine a better brown than a full-bodied, moderately sweet, roasted pecan ale. It's a shame that Lazy Magnolia doesn't brew that beer.

There doesn't need to be an abundance of hops (Magnum, Tettnang) to offset the somewhat flimsy malt backbone... and there isn't. I can appreciate a modest bitterness, especially on the back end, that balances the earthy caramel sweetness just enough without overtaking it. Sweet needs to win out over bitter in a brown ale as far as I'm concerned.

The mouthfeel, as already alluded to, is light. I'm becoming more tolerant of light browns though and will cut it some amount of slack. It's saved by the fact that the fine-bubbled carbonation is neither too much nor too little, but is juuust right.

I'm sitting here drinking my second glass from a growler of Southern Pecan, a Southern classic (or at least a Mississippi classic) out of my own gen-u-ine Lazy Magnolia B.C. pint glass and am having a grand old time. This is a wonderfully drinkable beer and should go well with whatever I decide to eat today. Thanks go out to barefootbrewer for making this possible.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer came with a thin, medium-tan head with light retention. There was a definite malty sweetness on the nose. The color was a light-brown with ruby highlights, I experienced a good, malty sweetness in the mouth, but especially so on the finish. My server described it as "close to a Newcastle Brown". Close, OK, and a decent brown ale, but ... Quick, does Woody like malt-driven Browns? NO! And yet, for me, this was the best of the lot. Moving on ...

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Photo of ZEB89
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Southern Pecan from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 40.9% out of 100 with 1,773 ratings
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