Southern Gold
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

Southern GoldSouthern Gold
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #734
Ranked #48,384
3.31 | pDev: 17.22%
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
Mississippi, United States
Southern GoldSouthern Gold
Notes: Southern Gold is Lazy Magnolia's Golden Honey Ale. Brewed with locally produced honey, this light-bodied brew was designed specifically for the City of Hattiesburg, MS., the home of the University of Southern Mississippi. This refreshing beer is noted by its smooth character and gentle, sweet honey finish.

21 IBU
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 77 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of hoptheology
hoptheology from South Dakota

3.79/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle picked up from the brewery, dated an astonishing August of 2018 (see what I mean?) into Pipeworks Willie.
Tisk, tisk Mississippi.

Super dark gold, somewhat caramel, with an off-white head of 1 finger, pretty creamy, recedes moderately, leaving lots of lace.

Aroma of honey comb cereal. A bit of tin can. Some toasted malt and pale malt dust.

The beer has loud notes of sticky honey, but competing notes of metallic bitterness and/or blood. Some toasted grain peeks through every now and again. It's a tug of war between blood and honey. They should call this beer "the battle for the promised land".

Feel is pleasantly crisp, with a hint of honey stickiness and a hint of hop resin. Medium body. Good cream. I like this.

Overall not a stunner and not a runner. It falls in the middle. Good job, not great job. Would go great with some cream cheese stuffed peppers. Might not have again unless I was sitting at a bar in Kiln.

Price paid : $2.19 / bottle

Apr 22, 2021
Photo of BigGold
BigGold from Mississippi

3.61/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally tried Southern Gold in August 2020 poured from a 12-oz. bottle, label edged with old-fashioned date, month and year bottled on scale, with 30, July and 2020 notched, into nonic pint.

This is an attractive beer, deep-gold with clarity and 1-finger of off-white head that sticks around and shows a little lace. Aroma is nicely floral and sweet honey to start, before an earthiness takes over. A well-constructed honey ale, a little carbonation leads, then sweet malt and honey, before a bit of hop bite for the finish.

Aug 30, 2020
Photo of mothmanscott
mothmanscott from Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From notes 4/29/13: Pours clear deep coppery/gold producing 2 fingers of finely bubbled, white, short-lived head that recedes into a thin cap of lasting foam but leaves only strings and motes of lace. Aroma is light toast, grain, yeast, hints of honey and cocoa with low hop presence. Taste is similar with toast, grain, a hint of honey and a peppery finish. The aftertaste is short-lived. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation, light an prickly.

Jan 24, 2019
Photo of Squire
Squire from Mississippi

3.69/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber gold color with good white cap and lacing.

Aroma of rich, toasty malt and honey. The honey, fermented with the malt I understand, does come across as honey like but is rather dry giving off only a sense of sweetness without being overly sweet. There is a low key hop presence but this brew isn't about hops so they are there just for balance. Finish is clean with touches of sweetness in the aftertaste.

Taste is more roasty than toasty malt but without roasted bitterness.

Medium full texture with balancing carbonation.

I can actually see this as a companion for spicy food in the same way that amber lagers work with Mexican style food.

Jan 11, 2019
Photo of singletary
singletary from Mississippi

4.15/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours a rich amber color with a nice head that soon fades. Smell is of bread and honey. The taste is same a nice sweetness to it with no aftertaste. A really good offering from Lazy Magnolia.

Nov 07, 2016
Photo of WhiteHammer21

5/5  rDev +51.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I loved this beer. I did not have an after taste. I could taste the honey, but it was not an over bearing sweetness, kinda like a "just the right amount" taste.

Jan 19, 2015
Photo of tone77
tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of honey. Taste is honey, bready, mild sweetness, very refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good summer beer.

Nov 25, 2014
Photo of RonaldTheriot
RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Lazy Magnolia Southern Gold has a very thick, cream-colored head, a hazy, honey color, lots of bubbles, and a few stray tan chunks suspended about. There is a little bit of splotchy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is very low profile, but sweet, bready malt and a touch of honey are detected. Taste is of lightly-toasted malt, bread crust, and honey. I could not detect any bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Lazy Magnolia Southern Gold finishes semi-wet, easy drinking, and quite mild.


Oct 26, 2014
Photo of donkeyrunner
donkeyrunner from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thank you Mrs. Duffextracold

Not gold but clear amber colored. Thin head kept barely alive by constant plumes of bubbles from the bottom of my glass. Bread crust aroma. Smells “clean” for whatever that’s worth. Tastes toasted, slightly sweet with mild bitter bread crust in back. Gentle and balanced.

Aug 11, 2014
Photo of bmwats
bmwats from Louisiana

3.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours from a 12 oz bottle into in a nonic.

A: Amber hue. Large bubbles of rising effervescence. Pours a 1 finger, tight, dense, foamy, white head. Settles slowly. Leaves a nice thick beer ring.

S: White bread, honey, and a little orange citrus.

T: Sourdough bread with a little honey, and some fresh tea leaf.

M: Light body. Full flavor. A little bitter finish. Has a bit of a shallow, over carbonated feel.

D: Session style.

Atmosphere is really nice. Dense, foamy head with a thick beer ring. Nose is bread with a little honey and citrus. Flavor is sourdough, with honey and tea. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

2.55/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer is indeed golden, as promised. Atop the beer rests a small, off white head. The aroma offers sweet, fruity malts. The flavor is a bit underwhelming. Blonde ale character with some odd nail polish type weirdness. OK to try once, but not a repeat.

Jul 28, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
Immortale25 from North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Florida Beer Co. tapered glass.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that doesn't retain at all before fizzing away to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and tiny blips of surface foam. Nearly no lacing.

S- Sweet cane sugar aroma and not much else.

T- Sweet corn flavor with no other discernable flavor besides maybe a bit of alcohol.

M- Watery and thin. Low carbonation and a medium body.

O- Wow. I thought it couldn't possibly be as bad as Indian Summer but it's actually worse.

Jul 21, 2013
Photo of SHODriver
SHODriver from North Carolina

2.97/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

from notes:
A: gold in color with a decent white head. Moderate lacing left on the glass until the head went away
S: sweet with a touch of honey. A little bit of malt and generic hop aroma
T: Very bland and watery flavor with nothing really sticking out. Light malt flavor and a wisp of hop on the back. Lingering and inoffensive aftertaste
M: thin with heavy and prickly carbonation. as carbonated as soda.
D: very drinkable because it's like almost beer flavored carbonated water.

Overall: not much of anything going on to put this beer on par with other beers. It's another lackluster beer by Lazy Magnolia and the last from their main line for me to try. Oh well, beer nirvana awaits me in California.

Jan 31, 2011
Photo of taylocd
taylocd from Alabama

3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Salute Restaurant in Gulfport, MS.

A - darker than expected for blonde ale with a faint copper hue, though not nearly as much so as a pale ale; barely-there lacing

S - no aroma to note

T - more flavorful than most blonde ales with slightly more bitterness

M/D - easy drinker and would make for a great session brew on a hot, humid day (as are most days in South Mississippi)

Jul 19, 2010
Photo of biggmike
biggmike from Mississippi

3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Lazy Magnolia offering is only available in Hattiesburg, MS, home of the University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles, hence the name. Pours a yellow/gold color with decent head that dissipated fairly quickly. Smell was somewhat faint, but malty. Taste was malty sweetness. It is light in body and nice for a hot Mississippi day.

Apr 08, 2008
Southern Gold from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 77 ratings