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 colts9016
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from PerzentRizen.

Poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A dark copper color with dark orangish hues. There is a one finger tan head that has some retention to it. There is some effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear.

Nose: A nice toasty malt aroma with caramel, nut, and some citrus.

Taste: A nice toasty malt with caramel and pecan. There is some hops which are a hint of floral and citrus.

Overall: The mouth feel is carbonated and slightly creamy. The body of the beer is medium. The finish is bitter and wonderful. This beer is a descent beer that I would have like to seen.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yes, the days of tween-age when I was living in the town of Orangeburg. My best friend had pecan trees in his yard, and a huge field next to them. His mother used to pay us to pick them up for her, as she would make far more money at the farmer's market. The days lasted a lot longer then. Before I knew of beer, or of heartbreaks, or of long work-weeks. This one takes me back. Pours lazily into the glass, a glowing dark amber with a finger of froth that only lasts a few moments, like the dust kicked up behind the tractors, or the dust floating down from the crop-duster we used to chase in my dad's car.
There's a sweet, almost maple-syrup note to the nose, those early mornings after staying out all night in the woods, that we would come home to warm pancakes on the griddle. His mother used to make pecan waffles, too... I'm reminded as I take another whiff. The hint of bitter in the back isn't at all reminiscent of hops, but rather of the bitter lining inside the pecan's shell.
The flavor is not quite as good, sadly. The malt is very "newcastle-esque," though sweeter. The hops come in in the back, with an almost carboard-note. Lightly sweet but largely bland, and only a hint of nuttiness, unlike the rich pecan aroma that hinted at much more.
Smooth, medium-full bodied with a pleasant lingering dryness in the back of the throat. Carbonation is fairly high, almost too high, as this beer would be perfect for those slow days by a lolling river, or paired with a wheat-stalk that one could chew contemplatively between sips, on a thick, fly-biting summer day as only South Carolina has.

This beer is not excellent. It's just above average, almost good. But it takes me back such that it just reminds me of home... The home I'll never return to, the state of mind that I had on those warm days under the pecan trees in my childhood. Life is too fast. Drink one of these, and try to slow down. Remember what it was like when you were young... and long for the country in the summer.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours a dark brown color. Two-finger head of tan foam. Retention is okay and lacing is minimal.

Roasted pecans and toasted malts. Light caramel notes. Mostly, it just smells lightly sweet.

Good, solid brown ale, with a nice level of nuttiness. Some hints of pecan flavor and acidity. Light caramel maltiness. Biscuity.

Light body. Nice and smooth.

This would be a great session beer. Low ABV, which is undetectable, when drinking. Good, smooth and easy to drink.

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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 TPINC3
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Has a darker amber colored appearance with a small head that quickly disappears. Very little to almost no lacing.

S- Sweet with a nutty hint. Not a very strong smell. Had to swirl the beer in a glass to get a decent amount of the aroma.

T- Very thin. Doesn't have a very strong flavor but isn't completley lacking in taste. There is a soft hint of pecans, but its very the point you almost have to be looking for it.

M- Its thin, there's just no way around that. Medium body with a light carbonated feel.

D- I tried one a few days prior to this review on an unseasonably warm Alabama day and found it absolutley delightful. However, a few days later it was freezing outside (like it does in N. Alabama) and it lacked the same flair it had from the first time. The warmer it is outside the better I found this beer to be. It's also great with a steak.

Overall, the beer was slightly abover average. I would probably drink it again, but maybe not until it gets a little warmer in the summer.

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Photo of Pamola
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Mississippi beer! Thanks to PerzentRizen for this great taste of the south.

A: Poured into a simple pint glass. Weak head on it, not unusual for a brown I suppose but the color is very nice. Rich auburn color with a hint of ruby.

S: Overtly sweet caramel with biscuit and crystal malts. Not particularly nutty or deep. Straining to smell pecan, but can't.

T: First off, this is a solid brown. One of the better I have tasted. Very accessible and delicious beer. Sweetness and nuttiness is upfront but yields to the distinct hoppiness in this brew. Biscuity and complex, I want more.

M: Once again, nice for a brown. wonderfully balanced, slightly chewy, while retaining that awesome, drinkable pub quality.

D: How do I go on? Simply put, I'd rather see this on every shelf that now holds newcastle.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this 12 oz bottle from Tommy777 as a bonus on a trade.

A: Poured a razor thin head that was gone before I could even study it. Nice rusty reddish brown, but not many qualities other than that. Only a little lacing, not active carb.

S: Some sweet malt, nutty when agitated. Only a slight floral hoppiness.

T: Kind of thin, a little nutty flavor, but I'm not a fan of pecans and can usually pick them out. This is not very strong. Lacks the caramel found in many other nut browns, but isn't bad. Really not much to describe about the flavor.

M: Again, not much. Thin, a little watery even. But I could see where this would be great on a hot humid day as you might find in Mississippi.

D: Very easy going down. A summer beer for sure.

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

12oz bottle courtesy of deepsouth, thanks man! Nice brown-red color, good head and lacing. Smells sweet and tastes nutty and sweet at the same time. This was far too easy to drink on a lazy Saturday afternoon. This was an interesting brown ale and I believe my first beer from Mississippi.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Medium brown, nice .5 inch head, lots of sticky lacing.

S - Small malt profile laced with some nuttiness.

T - Malty, tea like and nutty in the finish. Nice balance. The nut tones really come out at the very end.

M - Medium to light body, good carb and nice coating.

D - Very low abv, very unoffensive. Easy session if ever there was.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- The color is a red brown then a solid brown. I held it up to a Deschutes Buzz Saw Brown and this one definitely had a redder hue to it. There is no head.

S- The smell is sweet, very nutty, with some maple and caramel. It almost reminds me of some French Toast with maple syrup. That nutty breadyness that the toast brings and then the sweetness of the syrup.

T- This reminds me of the taste of a sun tea. You know that herbal yet nutty taste that sun tea has. I bet if I added some lemon to this it would be the same thing. I haven't had much experience with pecans, so I can't pick out that taste. But this would be excellent tasting on a hot sunny day.

M- There is no carbination, but it still works well.

D- Easy to drink, but kinda strange how it is so much like a tea.

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Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade from PerentRizen. Thanks, Aaron.

A-Pours a crystal clear amber with a thin white head and good lacing.

S-A fair amount of malt sweetness with a nice nut meal/tree bark background.

T-A unique blend of flavors. Malt in the front, then some grainy nittiness in the middle and some brown sugar sweet malt in the finish. Interesting and tasty.

M-Medium bodied and nicely carbonated with a bit of lingering brown sugar on the tongue.

D-Possibly the most drinkable 4% beer I have had. Tasty, interesting, unusual, delicious.


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Photo of johnnnniee
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this in trade from jtrockchalk, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a reddish amber with a bubbly off white head that sticks around for a while. Smell is sweet and malty. I pick up caramel and brown sugar, slight nuttiness as it warms. Taste is sweet with malts a bit of a nuttiness in the background. Body is medium to thin, mouthfeel is creamy/bubbly, carbonation is a bit on the high side. Would make a decent enough session beer, but nothing really remarkable.

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Photo of Jablonski
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: pours a darker amber color with an average head and minimal lacing.

S: smell is a bit weak, but pleasant; notes of roasted malts with a hint of pecan.

T: taste is pretty solid; has a nice nutty taste as soon as the beer hits the palate. After the initial sweetness, the pecan flavor emerges. However, there is a slight metallic aftertaste, which is all I can take away from this beer.

M & D: beer feels more like a light beer, but that also makes it more drinkable.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A clear garnet-brown, with a one finger head, and some lacing. A large amount of carbonation bubbles.
S- A definite pecan scent. Some maltiness. Pretty earthy.
T- A definite nuttiness in it. Not too extreme of pecan taste too. roasted malt. A faint metallic taste near the end. A definite sweet earthiness.
M- A bit fizzy. Lots of carbonation. Not overly heavy, but not terribly watery.
O- Very drinkable. For something a little different than "mainstream" browns, this is very drinkable, and in the right situation it would be sessionable too. Actually, would be a great beer for with a burger.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

See-through brown with a medium tan head. Minimum retention and lace. Smells of brown sugar and cinnamon backed up by mild allspice.

Very relaxing and flavorful brown! Tastes of brown sugar, mild vanilla and toned down pecan pie. All meld well together and LMSP is very balanced. None of that tea-like flavor that most English style browns tend to have (I think that's a good thing). Hearty, creamy mouthfeel. Nice low abv. This would make for some great summer porch drinking--a new fav.

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Photo of rayjay
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Secret Santa gift from imstillthegman, and my first Mississippi brewed beer ever. Served in shaker pint at about cellar temp.

Very brite beer, virtually no haze at all. Small head with less than average retention. Not really brown, more like deep rich copper color (then again I'm colorblind).

Very nice malty aroma, with a bit of grain, wood dust, carmel, British yeast esters, and a hint of noble hops. Very appealing so far.

First impression: very good delicate malt body and low bitterness, with a nutty finish. Very simple beer, but it makes it's point very well. Great balance that really lets the nice malty flavors shine. Nothing is overwhelming. A slight delicate sweetness is all that's left after the nutty malts recede.

Mouthfeel is just right for an all-night session beer. Perhaps it could use a tad more carbonation (which I almost NEVER say) but I am not complaining. Just the right amount of beta glucans to give it meat, while remaining a light bodied beer.

Drinkability is superior to many beers in it's class. Macro and craft beer drinker appeal. It's interesting, but simple enough to drink a bunch of without overanalyzing. A good beer for parties, sessions, and fans of malty brews. Thanks and cheers!

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Photo of BrewerB
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to PerzentRizen for the hookup on this beer!

Though the bottle clearly states this is an "English-Style Brown Ale", BA has classified it as an American Brown Ale. I'm unclear why there's a discrepancy and will review as an American Brown.

A - Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass. Medium copper color with some reddish highlights. Thin off-white head with ok retention.

S - Appropriately named this beer packs a very present nutty aroma. Toasty malt and a slightly sweet caramel aroma accompany. Slight citrus hop aroma should be stronger if this is actually an American Brown Ale.

T - Pleasing malt sweetness combines a light hint of toffee with a distinct nuttiness and a lightly toasty malt flavor. Bitterness is low/medium-low and should be higher for the style. Hop flavor is hard to detect and low for an American Brown Ale. Excellent medium finish with a lingering focus on the malts.

M - Medium bodied with a moderate to moderate-low level of carbonation. Could use a touch more CO2. Smooth.

D - If this is indeed an American Brown Ale (I'm not convinced after tasting it), it's lacking some hop character and a bit more malt to be a good example of the style. Though styles aside, this is a very tasty brown and I could easily enjoy a couple more. Cheers to PerzentRizen for the generous trade!

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Photo of Vengeance526
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown amber color that produces a thin 1 finger light tan head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring and leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell contains a pronounced nutty character with a touch of caramel. Aroma indicates this should be a refreshing brew.

Taste reveals lots of caramel and some brown sugar. Some definite sweetness comes through. Faint nuttiness (pecans or otherwise) shows up in the background. Be sure to let this one warm a few degrees above the recommended serving temperature to bring out the full flavor of the pecans.

Medium body and medium carbonation.

A solid, refreshing offering that goes down easy. Low ABV and smooth feel make this an ideal session beer. Being from Louisiana, I'm somewhat obligated to have some Abita offerings throughout the year, but sorry guys...Lazy Magnolia has you beat when it comes to pecan brown ales. Definitely worth a try when you're down south.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm glad to see this in the BR market these days!

Poured a brownish red color, with a finger or so worth of creamy head. There is a little lacing after the head recedes.

The smell is what you would expect, but not as strong as I'd like. Just not much aroma there.

The taste is quite pleasant, the pecan comes through and mixes well with the malt flavors... a bit of a metallic aftertaste hurts the mouthfeel, but still good.

Very drinkable, I could drink these all night long if I didn't want to save a few for later!

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Photo of Risser09
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a mexican tulip - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours a copper color with a towering 4" light tan/yellow head. It shows great retention and some bubbles slowly stream to the surface.

Smell: Malty brown ale aroma and brown sugar jump out at me. There is a subtle nuttiness but it's not discernible. Faint cherry in the far background. As the beer warms, you really do start to smell the pecan addition.

Taste: Base malt is roasty but smooth. A delicate nuttiness from the pecan is noticeable. A bitter, coffee-like flavor makes the finish mediocre. There are some hops that add to the bitterness as well. Slight pine in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth at first, then a progression into bitter finishing flavors. A dry finish. Alcohol isn't noticeable.

Drinkability: This is a great brown ale. For not being a BIG beer, there is a lot of aroma and flavor. I picked up more nuttiness as the beer warmed, especially in the nose. Smooth and satisfying. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of Domingo
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Mellow Mushroom in Montgomery Al.
I had no clue there were any serious brewers in MS. Good for them!
Arrived a relatively dark brown color with ample head. For a draft offering, that's tough to argue with.
Smells malty and nutty.
The taste is nice and smooth. A good balance of nuttiness, maltiness, mild chocolate, and a hint of hops to keep it honest. It actually does have a little bit of pecan flavor, too. Had I not known the name of the beer, I think I'd have picked that out anyway.
Goes down easy, certainly isn't too strong and would be a great session brew.
In the southeast - this is a definite go-to.

EDIT: In subsequent years I've found a weird sourness to the finish from the bottled version. Granted I've occasionally bought it at a grocery store that may not have the freshest supply, but it has been reoccurring for the last 2 six-packs I've had.
Having had some other beers brewed by LM, I'm starting to think that they might be a bit inconsistent or maybe they need to investigate their distribution/freshness.

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Photo of craytonic
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at George Street Grocery in Jackson, MS. I tried a bottle the night before.

Appearance: Looks just like a nut-brown ale, actually the color of roasted pecans. Not much in the way of head or lacing.

Smell: Aroma is a sweet nutty malt, hint of caramel.

Taste: Similar to the smell, nutty brown ale, caramel. Can't say for certain it is pecans, but enjoyable. A better, nuttier Newcastle.

Mouthfeel: I wish they would dial it up a notch, needs a better backbone.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, it is exciting that many MS bars have this on tap, great session beer. Stopped after one because it needed more body.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear coppery brown with a tan fizzy one finger head which fades quickly with only a little oily lacing.

Smell is of sweet nutty caramel malt with a bit of fruit character. Taste is similar to the smell, malty, sweet caramel and a nice nutty pecan flavor. The pecan is quite pronounced and quite tasty. Hop character is low and bitterness is low but there is enough to balance the sweetness of the malt profile.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smoth and a bit oily and a bit on the fizzy side with carbonation but not unpleasantly so. All in all a very nice brown ale, very drinkable. Being from the South I've been wanting to try more Southern breweries and Lazy Magnolia did not disappoint me with their Southern Pecan which seems to be a peculiarly Southern style of beer.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of edelweiss - thanks! Split three ways w/ dkachur and proteus93. My portion poured into a 4 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a transparent, filtered mahogany brown with a fast-fading but even and fine-bubbled tan head. The carbonation on this one is pretty active, with concentrated streams of bubbles streaking upwards towards the ring of tan lace left after the head has faded. Nice start.

Aroma: Mmmm, like sweet Georgia pecan pie. Brown sugar and that distinctive pecan nuttiness. It's walnut-esque in places, as well, and a few other malt overtones - caramel, faint toffee. Decent.

Taste: Relatively sweet and toasty, not overly complex but pleasant and well-balanced. You get a solid maltiness, heavily caramelized, graham cracker, brown sugar, molasses. Faint fruity notes shine through occasionally. And, of course, there's a pleasant nuttiness throughout which - though it doesn't taste overwhelmingly pecanish - definitely has pecan overtones and adds a nice element. Overall, very nice.

Mouthfeel: Well-carbonated and big-bubbled, but still even enough. The body is medium, nice given all the residual sugars, and only leaves a slight bit of a "cloy" feel.

Drinkability: A very solid beer, and as a Georgia boy originally I'm enjoyin' it a whole bunch. It's nutty without being over the top, is well balanced, and is very low in alcohol - very sessionable. And it's from Mississippi! Recommended.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of trade with everetends...thanks dude! 12 oz. of Southern goodness into Duvel tulip...

Buttery, nutty-colored 1-finger bready head tops body of deep bourbon-brown color. Head dissipates in relatively short order; body is quite still. Very clean-looking.

Caramel malt is frontin' with toasty smell of pecans. Slight hop grass and a little earth in background but the excellent nuttiness and malt star in this movie.

This has a good brown ale character to it - calm and smooth...and then the pecan huskiness and nutty character kick in with added caramelized sweetness...slight tones of molasses and brown sugar to provide almost a maple or praline feel to this deal. A little English hop grass evens this out so that sugar is not overpowering by any means.

Goes very well on the palate...a slight oaky bourbon feel along with the raw, organic sweet characteristics. A little lighter weight than expected...not on the flavor profile by any means but in body. Finish does retain sweetness but more of a nice roasted/broiled grain component.

This has a subtle strength to it but drinks quite easily and with cleanliness and huskiness. Doesn't need to be a dessert beer at all...this is solid and sessionable. Good stuff!

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Southern Pecan from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
3.63 out of 5 based on 1,744 ratings.
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