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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 sgkramar
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

L: loses head quickly, brown almost caramel
A: not much to go on
T: interesting pecan hint. Not too sweet, almost zero hops comes through.
M: too thin, almost water
I: I actually really like it. Much brighter and thinner than I expected for an English Brown Ale.

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Photo of SLewis
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark amber
Smells like an apothecary shop
Taste weakly like a brown ale. Really weird, no notes of pecans at all.
Mouthfeel is thin.

Picked this up out of curiosity. Wont buy again.

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Photo of Squire123
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Rich dark red color, light cap that quickly goes away.

Aroma: Caramel malt, toffee, little apparent hops. I closed my eyes trying to get a whif of some pecan in there but didn't find that specific scent.

Taste: Very good, mildly rich in a caramely, toffeeish way. Honeyish, seemingly sweet without being cloyingly sweet, nice in an almost non beer way. Hops are present in the background but never assert themselves.

Texture: Medium full without being chewy. Good balance of the flavors presented.

Overall: Not a bad try at whatever they were trying for. To me it's more of a British mild without the freshness of a proper cask ale. It tastes good to our resident Guiness fan and to visitors who really don't drink much beer. The worst I can say is it probably won't appeal to a dedicated beer drinker except as a novelty. The best I can say is I don't think it's flavor will offend anyone and is much better than these hard root beers currently on the market.

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Photo of MJSFS
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

If Budweiser made a brown ale this is what it would taste like. The look, smell, taste, and mouthfeel are absolutely lifeless. This is water with a touch of a brown added. How this scores in the 80's is beyond me. Over half the bottle went down my drain.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.56/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Bottle to Pint Glass
Faint nutty aroma. Dark Brown Pour. good flavor, but the peripherals bring this beer down.
Grapefruit, Pecan, Celery. But not enough pecan.


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Photo of scotorum
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


The last of the four new brews from my latest beer club shipment. We don't get this Mississippi brewery's products distributed in my state.

a; Clear reddish copper with a pillowy two inch thick white head which receded to thin surface foam and a little spotty lacing.

s; Buttery

t: Caramel malt up front with some hop bite. Sweet finish.

m: Smooth medium with good body and carbonation tingle.

o: A pleasant, easy-drinking brown, perhaps slightly light for the style, and any pecan tinge escaped this drinker.

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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 Dinglehacker
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured bottle into pub glass. Fizz, small lacing. Color of strong tea, translucent and reddish when held to light.

Smell: malty, nothing exciting

Taste: Malty. Some nut, though not a flavor particularly indicative of pecans. Similar to English mild ales (Pub Ale from Tallgrass comes to mind, for comparison).

Mouth is fine. A little watery, and smooth.

Nothing revolutionary about this perfectly drinkable beer. The pecans are a nice touch, but it tastes just as many English browns do. Those who want heavier, less watery beer may go elsewhere. Fans of the style won't be disappointed, though.

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Photo of THSdrummer
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice, clear brown-burgundy with carbonation bubbles evident. Thin, fizzy head which dissipates quickly leaving behind no lace. Smells a little of malts and pecan. The taste opens up with a smooth, malty flavor, with slight notes of pecan. Mouth feel is fairly good. Maybe a bit watery, but not terrible. Overall, meh.

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Photo of tronester
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper/brown, with a thin tan head. Smells of brown sugar. Taste begins with some toffee, then some toasted malt, then a bit of woody nuts, and finishing with a slightly earthy sweet finish. Mouthfeel is good. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 11/13/15. Pours a clear deep amber with a thin off-white head. Initial impression is malty, nutty sweetness - kind of vaguely reminiscent of pecan pie, which was probably the whole point. Medium mouthfeel; medium carbonation. Smooth finish. A little sweet for my taste, but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of Stolenface1
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pretty clear brown with off white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and pecan. Flavor is malt, caramel, pecan, toffee, sweet, really sweet, with very little bitterness. the feel is medium light with somewhat moderate carbonation and slightly creamy texture. Overall a little sweet for me, but I can see how some may like it. Wish the base brown ale were a little hardier.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad brown ale. Nice brown color. Smells nutty and sweet. The taste is quite sweet with the pecan showing up late. Only slightly bitter. The beer has a medium light body that feels good for a brown ale. This may be a little too sweet but I think it is a nice beer

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Photo of Cavebabble
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I may enjoy it more than others do, but I'm an unabashed fan of this nutty, sweet brown ale. It looks wonderful, has a creamy feel, and a roasted nut/caramel taste that may be a bit too tame, but at least is not overwhelming. I'm glad to have this available year-round.

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Photo of thatche2
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is a nice dark-amber/brown color with light head.

Smell has a light nut/pecan flavor with some malt coming through.

Taste is fairly light (stronger than the aroma) and caramel with an almost herbal aspect, toasted malt, and a light pecan flavor on the finish. A faint amount of chocolate and toffee also come through.

Mouthfeel is creamy yet light, a bit chewy, lightly sweet with no bitterness, medium carbonation.

Overall, very drinkable with good balance, but it could pack a little more pecan flavor.

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Photo of teromous
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 09/28/15 so it's just under a month old.

Appearance: The body of the beer looks absolutely fantastic. It is a dark ruby red and mahogany brown that is absolutely transparent but dark enough to just allow crisply defined shadows through. The head is eggshell white, short, and leaves good lacing.

Aroma: There is a slightly nutty aroma. It doesn't remind me of pecans but it has this acorn and hazelnut aroma. There is a light sweet caramel aroma as well.

Taste: Right up front there is this spicy almost herbal flavor and it is quickly followed by a sweet caramel flavor with a lightly nutty finish. Once again it doesn't deliver a specific pecan flavor. If I didn't know this beer was "Southern Pecan" I would never be able to guess that it was made with pecans. I would go as far as to say that the nutty character is from the malts. It still tastes good though.

Mouthfeel: It has good carbonation with a nice medium body.

Overall: It's a good Brown Ale. In fact it is very enjoyable and easy to drink. It would go well with a light sandwich. If you're reaching for this on the shelf because of the word "pecan" I would reach for something else. Pecans are delicate flavors but I'm certain you can find another beer that delivers the flavor that this beer is lacking. If you are just looking for an easy-drinking mild mannered beer then this is it.

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Photo of Jelitikasez
4.21/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful clear Amber. Almost no foam, but I didn't miss it here. Nice carbonation, which was a surprise, given the lack of foam. Rich without being heavy, this would be great at any season. I guess it's supposed to be nutty, but I thought it was almost more maple like. Sweet, but with just enough bite on the aftertaste to make it clear that this is a real beer, not soda. The color is lovely to enjoy in a glass, but somehow the flavor intensifies from the bottle.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear pale brown producing 2.5 fingers of pale tan, frothy, shortlived head that leaves minimal lacing. Aroma sweet but heavy to roasted caramel malts, caramel nutty roasted pecans with faint chocolate undertones. Taste similar with toffee and even more subdued chocolate, dominated by a pecan astringency from mid-palate into finish & intensifying in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, smooth, creamy, slightly chewy with a moderate prickle.

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Photo of L0ne
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From backlog. 12oz bottle, May 2015.

Red-brown. Sort of generically beer-y grain plus some sweet nuttiness. Not bad, inoffensive, just kind of boring.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

has an amber color with a good head but looks really thin. sweet toasted pecan smell. Really lacking in taste. Instead of a brown ale its almost like an amber. medium lite body and carbonation. Lacking way to much!

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not as much Pecan as I was expecting from the label but this was still a very nice tasty brown ale for sure! Nice creamy brown, not thick but definitely not watery.

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Photo of Hootie159
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Murky reddish brown. Poured with a choppy foamy head reminiscent of from the tap. You can smell the roasted pecans. Nothing else but that alone is a win for me. Definition says it all but no malt character. A light toasted pecan taste. A bit sweet and cloying as well with a watery finish. Medium carbonation.

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Photo of T_Hass
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

L - looks as if a brown bottle was liquefied.
S - cardboard slight sweetness
T - if I didn't know any better I would have guessed this was new castle
F - thin and higly carbonated

Overall I was disappointed by this beer. It was bottles on 4/16 so maybe it would be better fresh.

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Photo of StevenMilligan
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little light, and on the sweet side. Overall a fantastic dessert beer for the summer. That is a niche, but this beer just fits that paradigm perfectly.

Not too complex, English hops, slight yeast, and pecans.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 5-8-15. Threshold glass. Bottled on 3-15-15.

Appearance: Pours a totally clear dark red/light brown with 1 finger beige head that fades to a thin cap. Steady carbonation. No lacing!

Aroma: Sour & sweet; ale yeasty; very English hoppy. If I look for it, I can smell pecans.

Taste: Sweet, but not too sweet. That says a lot - this is at room temperature. I don't really taste pecans. Followed on mid-palate by a toasty and dark fruit taste; raisins. Then a clean, earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of medium with ale thickness and solid carbonation.

Overall: New fave. This is a perfect brown ale for summer - it is malty, sweet, not cloying, light, fairly low alcohol. Borders on a pale ale. I could see buying a 6er this summer (would prefer something heavier and bolder in the winter, though).

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Southern Pecan from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
3.63 out of 5 based on 1,715 ratings.
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