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Pontchartrain Pilsner - Covington Brewhouse

Pontchartrain PilsnerPontchartrain Pilsner

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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%


Brewed by:
Covington Brewhouse visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Light in body with the beautiful golden straw color that is a hallmark of the genre, Pontchartrain Pilsner's thoughtfully crafted blend of German Northern Brewer, Hallertauer Perle and Spalter hops imbue it with a wonderful mellow aroma, complemented by a smooth, lightly hopped finish.

(Beer added by: Beerbuddha on 03-24-2010)
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Mora2000

Texas

2.6/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to my brother for sending me this bottle.

The beer gushes wildly once opened and eventually settles down to pour a light yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is grain and grass with not too much else going on. The flavor is much of the same. I get a ton of grain notes with a little bit of grass mixed in. I don't really get any hop bitterness or too much hop flavor other than a little bit of the grass. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not very good at all.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 06:04:48 | More by Mora2000
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tastes like there's a touch of diacetyl, with the sweet, creamy bread malt with a little toasted biscuit. There's an appropriate spicy hop balance, but I can't quite get past the candy note in the malt. It's be a great pilsner if it were a good bit cleaner. The drinkability and character is otherwise great.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 00:40:52 | More by tempest
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Wasatch

Utah

3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to injuredreserve for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden light yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger creamy white head, with some sticking lacing left behind. The nose is malty, very slight hop note, with some caramel thrown in. The taste is pretty good, malty, sweet, very slight bitterness from some hop notes. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad Pils at all.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 20:30:19 | More by Wasatch
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle contract brewed by Heiner Brau. Pours a mostly clear yellow color with a fast-dwindling white head. Leaves a nice collar and bubbly surface.

Grainy malt is certainly there and smells pretty fresh. But it is really missing a nice hop character. Light fruitiness from the yeast is also noticeable.

Flavor has a pretty distinctive crackery malt that I have noticed in all of Henryk's beers. Lacks a crisp hop finish though and tastes more like a helles than a pilsner. Pretty decently crafted lager, and the freshness is certainly appreciated.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 18:24:40 | More by twiggamortis420
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of injuredreserve into a Duvel tulip.

A: Slightly hazy pale straw body with a finger of frothy white head. Average retention and lightly spotty lacing. Pretty average.

S: Pleasant pale malt sweetness, and that's about it. I'd like some greater noble hop presence, but I'm impressed that there are no off-notes at all - very, very clean.

T: Quite close to the aroma, with clean maltiness throughout - slight nuttiness lends a touch of complexity, but the hops are really kept in the background, only providing some slight bitterness on the finish. Overall it's quite tasty, but it would be more refreshing if it had more balancing hoppiness.

M: Smooth, light body with moderate, super-fine carbonation. Excellent.

D: The cleanness is great, but the sweetness is a little over the top for the style.

Notes: I'm not a huge pilsner fan usually, so I didn't have terribly high hopes for an unknown one from Louisiana. This one easily surpassed my expectations, and is one of the better all-malt pale lagers I've had in a while. My only complaint is that it really didn't have any of the spicy, herbal noble hop character that I expect in a pils. I would have graded this higher if it were called an American Pale Lager (although still not quite as high as New Glarus Totally Naked, but that's the closest comparison I can think of). Good stuff, and thanks are due to injuredreserve for including this brew.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 01:45:12 | More by woosterbill
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle with a twist-off cap courtesy of injuredreserve. Served in a pilsener glass. Pours a translucent pale yellow with a two inch, rocky, bright white head. Head eventually settles into a solid 1/8th inch cap with some spots of lacing, but weak adhesion. Nose expresses lemony citrus and a light malt quality - all and all fairly clean. Taste follows nose; however, a light floral hops character also comes out in the middle. Mouthfeel is light-bodied with a lively effervescence. All and all, a pleasant and easy drinking German Pils.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 02:54:26 | More by Jwale73
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6-pack while in Slidell, LA, last week. Twist-off 12 oz. brown bottles; consumed 4 while visiting and brought 2 back to Portland. Poured to a tapered pilsner glass.

Maybe I'm confused, but I believe 'Covington Brewhouse' is just another name for 'Heiner Brau'; regardless, the tagline on this one is: "Refreshing as a Gentle Lake Breeze".

A: Light golden/straw color, just a little on the 'pale' side. Clarity isn't quite 'crystal-clear' but gets pretty close; a healthy finger+ dollop of white cream fizzles atop. Plenty of carbonation and broken shards of lace.

S: Pleasant malty nose, a sweet 'graham cracker' breadiness with a subtle 'honey'; floral/grassy hops in the nose, herbal and of good strength.

T: Grassy and hay-like, flowers; a 'meadow-like' flavor. A heavier lean on the bready-malty side; just sweet enough. Dash of pepper and a sprinkle of Hallertauer hops but tapering off in body

M: A bit doughy at first, crackery and dry; ends thinner. Plenty creamy, very smooth.

D: Light and refreshing and perfectly drinkable. The website states: 'creaminess of an American Pilsner and taste of an Old World German'. Quite creamy and flavorful enough - enjoyable enough to want it again and sessionably light enough to have again and again.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 01:08:14 | More by msubulldog25
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden in color, with a hint of orange. A finger of bright white head forms, and laces lightly.

Aroma is mild, with malt sweetness hints but not much more. Maybe a touch of grass.

Hints of malt sweetness, grassy, citrus touches of hops and some bready qualities.

Smooth, crisp, good carbonation, light in body, slick.

Great drink; really refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 00:15:05 | More by EgadBananas
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, Ponchartrain Pilsner, has an extremely thin, white head, and a relatively clear, straw appearance. Carbonation is moderate to light. Aroma is faint to nonexistant. The taste is VERY bready, which is great, because I love bread. Mouth-feel is light and watery. I would say that this beer is what Michelob would probably taste like if it was not fully processed. Well, that's what it reminds me of, minus the bread aspect. This is good stuff, and I'd like to drink it with Mexican food, or by itself.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 16:03:25 | More by RonaldTheriot
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pilsner.

A: Hay colored hue. Heavy carbonation. Pours about a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Continually rising effervesence constantly renews the head even after it settles to a thinner blanket of foam. Some spotty but persistent lacing remains.

S: A really nutty malt nose with a touch of lavender and fresh hay.

T: More malty than I anticipated. Nutty with a lightly floral palette that gives it something of an indirect sweetness.

M: Light body, but full flavor. A bit of a dry and lightly bitter feel. Finish is a little steely with a citrus tone and just a bit off-putting. Makes it seem a little washed-out.

D: Very refreshing, but has a nice full flavor profile.

Atmosphere is really solid. Nice body, and carbonation keeps a slight head continually renewing. Some fair, but persistent lacing remains. Nose is more malty and nutty than expected. Flavor is similarly malty and nutty with a nice floral character. Finish is a bit steely and gives the brew a washed-out feel. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 22:13:48 | More by bmwats
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EagleTalon

Arkansas

3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a thin white head, minimal lace and a slightly hazy yellow color. Aroma is lemony, grassy and grainy with a hint of butter. Flavor is a very light blend of grass, lemon, pale malt, biscuit and seltzer. Mouthfeel is very watery and dry, ample CO2. Overall, not a bad beer but certainly not a German Pils.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 02:36:57 | More by EagleTalon
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with zbellino (see review immediately below) in exchange for some of the best beer Cleveland has to offer. Let's see how this truly local NOLA brew stacks up!

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass, this beer is advertised on the label as being "as refreshing as a gentle lake breeze". Well, this must be a LA lake we're talking about, because the breezes off of Lake Erie are hardly gentle!

Pours a straw yellow with a 1/2" head of pure white that settles to a thin lid. Plenty of active carbonation keeps this beer looking lively.

Has a malty, almost biscuity aroma, with undertones of warm sweet hay, with hints of mild herbal hops. Mild, yet pleasant.

Very smooth, with hints of toffee, straw and bitter greens, this is an easy drinking pilsner with a biscuity presentation. There's a dry, mildy smokey finish that compels just one more sip.

Medium to light bodied, with a slightly dry, bitter finish in feel.

For me this is a classic session beer. Pull out a deck of cards, throw a six of this in the cooler, and deal out a hand or ten of hold'em. Easy drinking, interesting without being distracting, if this were a local for me it would be an easy go-to beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 00:26:28 | More by TheHoppiest
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megahurts4

Louisiana

3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Covington Brewhouse Pontchartrain Pilsner

Appearance: Straw yellow with a medium head a some lacing.

Smell: Fruity with a slight grain.

Taste: Nice balance of malts and grains with a subtle sweetness (honey?).

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing.

Overall:
While this beer is not very strong flavored, it is not weak or watery. If you are a fan of pilsners, I would try this one. It is a very mellow brew that is well crafted.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 03:42:25 | More by megahurts4
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acevenom

Louisiana

3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours slightly hazy straw yellow with a minimal white head. There are a lot of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass during consumption. The aroma is of bread and yeast. It also has a slight citrus aroma. It's a very clean smelling beer. I don't detect much hops. The flavor is of pale malts with some lemon flavor. It's bready, but also watery. This is a light bodied beer with plentiful carbonation. The drinkability is very high. Overall, this is a very good beer. It is refreshing and something worth drinking on a hot day or during a cookout.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 00:26:43 | More by acevenom
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Beerbuddha

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beer was a golden straw color with a thin, white head. Lacing present throughout.

Smell: Nice crisp, clean aroma with a nice subtle hoppiness and sweet maltiness with hints of lemon zest.

Taste: Like the aroma it was a crisp, clean lager as it should be. Had a nice grassiness with just enough hops to balance out the sweet bready maltiness. Very easy beer to drink.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean with medium body.

Overall: An incredible local pilsner. Something that is very easy to drink during the oppressive Louisiana heat. I think this one will be a great seller here locally if marketed properly. It's that good.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2010 17:02:16 | More by Beerbuddha
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Vengeance526

Louisiana

3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with light haze and a fluffy white head that quickly fades to a small ring and leaves just a little lacing.

Bready aroma upfront with light hops and a touch of honey in the back.

Taste starts off a little sweet with bready malts upfront. Some honey shows up in the middle along with a very faint hop bitterness and a hint of citrus in the finish. Some grassy and floral notes are also present throughout.

Medium body with light carbonation. Crisp, refreshing, very drinkable especially on a hot day. For the style, this was quite enjoyable and I wouldn't mind picking up some more.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 02:48:26 | More by Vengeance526
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NewGeneric

California

3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Very pale hazy golden straw color. Very little head. No lacing. Kinda reminds me of the wort from an inefficient mash. Nothing mind blowing.

S: Smell is of mild tart fruitiness. Reminds me of Sorachi Ace hops. Don't get much beyond that, maybe a little bit of toffee.

T: Very subtle, mellow. Mild fruitiness, but not very tart. Just a touch of hop bite. Malt background seems a little watery.

M: Very light bodied. Mild bitterness. Fairly smooth. No complaints here.

D: Good for a New Orleans summer, though I'm not really inclined to drink it otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 21:41:02 | More by NewGeneric
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teovaldi

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in an awesome trade with NewGeneric

Pours a clear golden straw with a very small white head that left a bit of lacing.

Smells slightly of hops and even slighter of malts.

The taste is much like the nose. Smooth hoppy finish.

The mouthfeel is creamy, crisp and light bodied.

Very drinkable pils. Nothing too over the top or ambitious, just a nice easy drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 23:07:22 | More by teovaldi
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bevenson

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Pale yellow with slight chill haze. Bright white head with fine bubbles that lasts for a minute before falling to the side of the glass.

S - Sweet grainy malt, light corn. Light grassy hops. Clean yeast character. Hop aroma is lighter than I expected.

T - Stronger hop flavor than expected from the aroma; spicy and grassy. Low bitterness balances well with the sweet malt flavor. Malt flavor is bready and toasty. Very clean finish.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth and easy drinking.

D - One of the better American made Pilsners I have had. Easy drinking and refreshing. Breadier and sweeter with less hop presence than most Pilsners. I'm normally not a fan of German Pilsners, but I really enjoy this one. Seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 03:21:31 | More by bevenson
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zbellino

Louisiana

3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Bamboo colored yellow brew with a white pilsner stiyle head that chills out into characteristic old-sudsy water.

S - Yeasty and straw like. A little wildflower in there adds some spring freshness.

T - A bitter hit in this one, probably absorbed from the mild hops into the yeast, which is somewhat sweet n' sour in it's first rush. Strong sourdough waves coming through again and again.

M - A little rich and creamy for a pils, but only a touch. All in all, an easy drinker.

O- Good execution of a crowded style. Worth the try if you are stranded in Covington, LA, partying in a NOLA summer, or from out of the area and looking for your Pils-fix.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 00:47:43 | More by zbellino
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jzauder

Florida

3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Please forgive the amateur-ness, this is my first review.

Appearance-cloudier than I expected, similar to a hef. Darker brown than most pilsners.

Aroma-Perhaps my beer wasn't fresh, but the aroma seemed similar to a Bud, etc

Taste-Slight orange taste & hoppy, but had more of a carbonated taste than I would've liked. It had a clean, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel-thicker than most pils. Reminded me of Wells Banana Bread

Overall-It's always nice to see there being more good beer coming out of Louisiana than Abita. Being a hop-addict, I don't usually drink pilsners, but this would be my choice. This tasted like what Bud, Miller, etc have been trying to do. Stay thirsty, my friends.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 01:57:58 | More by jzauder
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RobertM

Louisiana

4.73/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured the bottle into a glass... Pours well, has a couple fingers head not too frothy. The color is a little hazy, but only a slight hint if you look close. Has a good look to it in the glass though. Smells fine, you don't pick up on any one distinctive smell. Very high drinkability. Goes down easy, a good pilsner to drink on a regular basis. Perfect session beer to have in stock for ballgames and guests.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 18:55:47 | More by RobertM
Pontchartrain Pilsner from Covington Brewhouse
79 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.