Pontchartrain Pilsner | Covington Brewhouse

Pontchartrain PilsnerPontchartrain Pilsner
BA SCORE
27.6%
Liked This Beer
3.41 w/ 87 ratings
Pontchartrain PilsnerPontchartrain Pilsner
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Covington Brewhouse
Louisiana, United States
covingtonbrewhouse.com

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.

Added by Beerbuddha on 03-24-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,197
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
87
Liked:
24
Avg:
3.41/5
pDev:
14.08%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
11
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of mkhayat
5/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of RobertM
4.68/5  rDev +37.2%
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 Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of EZ_Peezy
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lostprairiedog
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of FriedGold2112
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woosterbill
3.89/5  rDev +14.1%
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!

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
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 bevenson
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
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 zbellino
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
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 Vengeance526
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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 msubulldog25
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of KennyDerenbecker
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Arch-Harris
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of a0lbudman
3.75/5  rDev +10%
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 rorjets
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of wesley777
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great beer for the style

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of ChrisFurlowLSU
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Bill_Murray
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of JScoot
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of jkermitj
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
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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Pontchartrain Pilsner from Covington Brewhouse
Beer rating: 27.6% out of 100 with 87 ratings
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