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Pontchartrain Pilsner | Covington Brewhouse

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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:
#41,108
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
88
pDev:
14.41%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 28
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%

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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3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Tone
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
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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3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.61/5  rDev -23.2%
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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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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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3.35/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
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 twiggamortis420
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
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

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1.84/5  rDev -45.9%

Photo of JamesStreet
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of VABA
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woosterbill
3.89/5  rDev +14.4%
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!

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.54/5  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.

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3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of msubulldog25
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
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 Pens1967
3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Pontchartrain Pilsner from Covington Brewhouse
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 88 ratings
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