Pontchartrain Pilsner | Covington Brewhouse

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Pontchartrain PilsnerPontchartrain Pilsner

Brewed by:
Covington Brewhouse
Louisiana, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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.

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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 86
Photo of Tone
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and decent lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of wheat, hint of hops, and some distinct herbal/grassy aroma. Fits the style of a German Pilsner. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of wheat, hint of hops, and some distinct herbal/grassy aroma. Overall, weaker appearance, good aroma, blend, and feel, but the herbal/grassy flavor dominates.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep straw producing 1.5 fingers of white, shortlived head leaving little lacing. Aroma is pale & cracker malt, some grain; hop profile is floral, lemon & faint grass. Taste is pale & cracker malt, white bread, with crisp, clean grain, some honey & more intense hop notes bittering in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-high carbonation, crisp & clean, finishing with a peppery bite across the tongue.

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Photo of Shake-BR
3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Small amount of slightly off white head with slight lacing. It pours a dark golden yellow with just a slight haze. It's aroma reminds me of butter and lemon. Taste is slightly citrus with a bit of a grassy finish. Very little hop character. Very light on the tongue. It's an average beer, and doesn't quite resemble the other pilsners I've had.

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Photo of a0lbudman
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- a light golden straw color with very little head and a slight haze
S-very sweet aroma with hops coming thru in the background
T-not as sweet as the smell but some is there, and the hops still comes thru. It has a smooth aftertaste that leaves the mouth clean
F-light body and medium carbonation
O-light hop taste with very little aftertaste, would be great on a hot summer day

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%

Covington Pontchartrain Pilsner
12 oz. brown glass bottle

Unfortunately Covington's Pilsner is a fairly average craft brew that could probably be confused for a blonde ale. It looks alright, but not great, and it just doesn't have a pilsner aroma. I find neither pilsner malt nor noble hops. In the aroma it's slightly floral and slightly grassy/lemony but the malt doesn't shine. In fact, as the flavor reveals more fully, the malt is fairly dull, and a bit too sweet. Had it been labeled differently I'd certainly give it a higher recommendation, but as a pilsner (Czech, German, or other) it lacks finesse and balance. Otherwise, basic and drinkable (especially cold) but unremarkable.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Served from the tap in a shaker pint glass.

Pale yellow color, brilliantly clear with bright white head. Mild pale malt aroma and taste, with just minimal earthy hops. Light body, medium carbonation.

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Photo of RobertM
4.68/5  rDev +33%
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.

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Photo of acevenom
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.27/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of zbellino
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.38/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of bmwats
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of bevenson
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.61/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
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.


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Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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.

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.8/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
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.


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Photo of jzauder
3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of NewGeneric
3.45/5  rDev -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.

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