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 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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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 armock
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a clear brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing

S - Is of sweet malt and for the first time I actually smell the nuttiness

T - Much like the smell sweet malt stands out

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a very good session beer all the way it has a good taste thats easy to drink worth trying if you can get it

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Photo of Douglas88
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Joe, my first beer from Mississippi. Pours a very pleasant amber red/brown/color with a medium off white head. I really love the aroma; pecan pie, very sweet, loads of toasted malts, and caramel, but very strong pecan notes What an aroma, pure goodness The flavor is pretty sweet; loads of rich caramel, toasted malts, a light hop bitterness that is refreshing, and light vestiges of pecans. More of a roasted nut flavor. A medium and smooth mouthfeel. Very nice. Leaves your palate clean and with a bit of sweetness.

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Photo of Likeburning
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Kroger in Tupelo Mississippi. First off, it's good to see this little company growing. Not too long ago, you could only find it in specialty stores and it was seldom in stock.
This is the first pecan flavored nut brown that I have ever had and I have to say that it's pretty decent. The aroma is slightly sweet and the pecan flavor which I expected to be bitter was actually a little sweet as well. As was stated before me, this is a particularly southern beer, something that I would like to see more of. My friends back in Tennessee are going to be excited when I bring this home with me.

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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 beveritt
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass. I had heard of this beer from Mississippi's only brewery and grabbed a 6 pack for the hotel while in Florida for business. Label describes it as "the original pecan nut brown ale" and an " ale brewed with pecans." Date printed on the side of 11-06-08.

Appearance: Pours with 1 1/2 fingers of tan head. This settles to a thin coating of foam, predominantly as a ring around the glass. The beer itself is the color of tarnished copper and perfectly clear.

Smell: Roasted toffee with a definite nutty aroma.

Taste: Toffee with hints of coffee-like bitterness. Finishes with a slightly sweet, nutty taste. Slight, almost plastic-like off flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel: Average level of carbonation. Body is good.

Drinkability: An interesting take on a brown ale. The nuttiness of the pecans is a nice addition to the already present nut flavor from the malt.

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

Big thanks to brianj555 for this bottle!

Poured into my Sam Adams Sensory with a single finger frothy head. The head recedes to a ring leaving a fair amount of chunky lace on the glass but not so much lace when drinking. Color is a clear deep brown with red traces. Man this smells like pecans. Sweet and nutty with just a touch of molasses. Taste is still dominated by the pecans but not nearly as sweet as I expected. This is really an interesting twist on the nut brown ale. Malts obviously are the star here (behind the pecan) but there is an unexpected puckering bitter finish before it returns to the sweet pecan. Moderately creamy mouthfeel sticks to the sides of the mouth and coats the tongue. At 4% and with a nice balance I could go for another if I like pecans more.

All in all a really nice twist on a classic style.

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Southern Pecan from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
3.63 out of 5 based on 1,736 ratings.
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