Saturday, March 20, 2010

Beer Review: Covington Brewhouse Ponchartrain Pilsner

Ok, so you know I like to support local breweries and if I have a choice I will almost always choose local. If I'm in Florida I will try and find a local Florida brewery. If I'm in Texas, I will try and find a local Texas brew. And so on and so on. When it comes to Louisiana it just isn't a state with a whole lot of breweries to choose from but slowly things are changing.

Tonite at Avenue Pub I saw a new tap that was from local Louisiana newbie Covington Brewhouse. I'll be honest, I don't really know what exactly Covington Brewhouse is. Are they a brewery? Don't know because why would they have Heiner Brau's logo on their website? Does that mean Heiner Brau is brewing their beer? I think they are but then why call yourself a brewhouse? I'm not sure but it's a bit confusing. Perhaps someone can chime in and let me know cause I'm clueless. Anyways, it was their Ponchartrain Pilsner and I had to give it a try. I feel that pilsners get a bad rap thanks to the big boys so I'm always looking for a good one. I think I may have find one. Here is my review:

Brewery: Covington Brewhouse

Beer: Ponchartrain Pilsner

Style: German Pilsner

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.

Score: Photobucket 4 out of 5 Buddhas


Tanya said...

That's funny because I just picked up a 6-pack of this stuff this afternoon to bring to a party. It was actually pretty decent. I just assumed it was made by Heiner Brau, since that's what was on the label. I thought maybe it was some special "Covington Brewhouse" Series or something....???

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this. I saw the new tap and intended to try it yesterday, but ran short of time. I also noted this beer for sale in bottles at the BreauxMart on Magazine. Perhaps Heiner Brau has opened a brewhouse. I'll find out today.

The Beer In Me said...

Beer Buddha,
I also tried my first Covington brew this weekend, which was the bock. I thought it was really good and reviewed it on our site. Also, if you're interested, I posted a story about Covington Brewhouse a few months ago. It kind of explains what Henryk is trying to do with this new lineup. Cheers!

The Beer Buddha said...


Thanks for the info! Just seemes kind of weird! Either way good job Heiner Brau!

Anonymous said...

I think the idea is to keep their traditional German style beers as heiner braü, and starting a second brand as something that is noticably local. But, hb and cb are the same company.