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The Crisp - Sixpoint Brewery

The CrispThe Crisp

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very good

794 Ratings

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Ratings: 794
Reviews: 288
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.85%

Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A blend of German and Bohemian Pils love. German hops all the way. Sehr mean "very" in German. AKA - "The Crisp"

(Beer added by: confer on 10-30-2010)
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Photo of jonb5

United Kingdom (England)

3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml can, poured into snifter. A: Slightly darker
than normal pils, Large head, good retention, lots
of lacing, the haziest filtered (I think) lager I’ve
ever seen. S: German style noble hops, could
have been Warsteiner. T: Doughy, bitter,
something really reminded me of Duvel. M:
Lacked the bite of an authentic German Pils, thick
body, smooth, not much carbonation. O: A Pils
with a US craft slant, wouldn’t turn it down if
offered one but can’t help thinking the Germans
make better versions of domestic styles.

Serving type: can

04-22-2014 21:01:03 | More by jonb5
Photo of chefhatt


3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a glass, it has a murkey orange color body with a small fizzy head. The armoma had a citrus, lemon aroma to it. The taste has a crisp pilsner flavor, hop and citrus, malt. The hops also gives it a earthy, grassy flavor also. The mouthfeel is smooth and crisp and overall a good pilsner.

Serving type: can

04-18-2014 16:53:41 | More by chefhatt
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours an unusually cloudy golden color. The white-colored head is a finger high and very rough in texture. Retention is lacking. Lacing, though, is fairly nice - a semi-solid ring is left on the glass.

S: Lemony like whoa. There are other citrusy notes like lime and orange, too. The malt backbone is seemingly minimal - and that's a good thing. Some faint buttery hints are also present. I like my pilsners to have a big, hoppy bite; this certainly looks like it will fit that equation. On the other hand, the nose is a bit weak for me.

T: Oh yeah, that's nice and bitter. The primary hop flavor is a ton of lemon; other notes of apricot, lime, grass, and orange hide subtly behind it. Its bitter bite hits the palate immediately, yet it slightly subsides near the semi-sweet finish. As it warms up a bit, the crackery malts come out to play a bit, helping to balance this in all the right ways.

M: Due to its haze, it's not a clean beer, at all. On the other hand, it's very much crisp-finishing and easy to drink - refreshing, too. It's not entirely bone dry, but I wouldn't trade the pre-swallow creaminess for anything else. Carbonation is surprisingly soft.

O: The more I sample from Sixpoint, the more I start to 'get' them. Maybe it's the way they hold up a middle finger to style conventions (this is some weird hybrid between a German pils, a kellerbier, and a good ol' fashioned hoppy 'Murican lager; even better, it actually works), I don't know. All I know is I would definitely buy this again.

Serving type: can

04-15-2014 18:44:10 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

355ml Can from Crystal Palace (Wetherspoons), Glasgow (£2.49):
Clear, light golden colour with a lot of visible carbonation showing through plenty of bubbles rising to the surface. Has a half cm, foamy white head that hold pretty well with some lacing too.

Light pilsener malts & some grassy hops with a crisp & clean aroma that has some bittersweet notes coming through & faint citrus with a few earthy notes as well. It was a fairly light smelling beer & pretty much as I was expecting for the style.

Light & clean pilsener taste with some earthy bitterness coming through & a few malts as well. There was a light citrus & lemon taste with some grassy hops on top of that.

Smooth & clean on the palate with a naturally crisp finish as the name hinted at. The beer was a good thirst quencher with carbonation levels about medium with a medium body & a slightly bittersweet finish.

A decent pilsener & not a bad offering from Sixpoint, although it wasn't in the same league as their Bengali Tiger. Nice & crisp, living up to the name at least but there are better pilseners out there.

Serving type: can

04-14-2014 08:36:48 | More by flyingpig
Photo of mvanaskie13


3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall pint glass: color is opaque gold/copper, head is bright white, presenting 1/2 inch thick then dissipating to a nice top; definitely more dense/murky than other pilsners.

Smell is light pils malts, then grassy hops, solid bitterness, light citrus and earthy notes.

Taste is crisp, definitely full of hops, though the subtle grassy flavors are prominent, some stronger citrus type flavors are noted with a strong drying, bitter finish; malt is pils and bread, subtle backbone type flavor. Earthy flavors are prominent as well.

Mouthfeel is crisp, carbonated and biting on the tongue, very drying, more so than other similar style pilsners.

Overall, this is seems to be close to a kellerbier in presentation with a heavy bitter pils take. As it warms up the flavors come through pleasantly, but the nose seems off and mouthfeel a bit overdone.

Serving type: can

02-10-2014 23:43:06 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of dgilks


2.99/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Clear golden colour. Great brightness. Nice foamy white head with good head retention.

Lightly hoppy aroma which complements the rich malt character. Very simple but no evident flaws.

Rich malt character but this falls apart with a harsh bitterness and some acetaldehyde. The green apple character is particularly offputting.

Moderate body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A disappointing beer. The aroma and appearance are great but the presence of acetaldehyde in large quantities seriously lowers the palatability of this beer.

Serving type: can

01-04-2014 08:32:35 | More by dgilks
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can w best before date on bottom. Pours a beauty.

A: Clear golden body with appropriate energetic carbonation, and white head w sturdy lacing.

S: Fresh cut hay, grass, hop spice, bread, clean, yeast. Very refreshing and great with food.

T: Crisp, lemony, solidly bitter, grassy, herbal, w lemon rind, and base of grainy, bready, malt. A very dry finish. ie CRISP! As crisp as any German or EU pilsner, and it helps to start on this side of ocean and with our Adirondack water (in Brooklyn).

F: Perfect? Close to perfect, light without being thin. Excellent finish that pairs so well with any food, in this case pizza & salad, and makes you want another.

Up there with the best. Love this brewer.

Serving type: can

12-22-2013 04:02:07 | More by Act25
Photo of Boto


3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can @ Duckfat: This one pours a hazy, darker golden color. There was a somewhat frothy off-white head on it. It didn’t linger long or leave much lacing. The nose is OK, but a bit bland. Faint earthy hops and some malts. The taste is much better than the nose. Bit of bitterness, some malts. Very smooth.

Serving type: can

11-19-2013 18:34:30 | More by Boto
Photo of soccerman7


4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Harpoon Leviathan flute glass. Thanks Jeremy.

A - Wonderful fluffy head that is lingering. Surprisingly cloudy for the style. Nice carbonation.

S - Earthy hops and toasted bread. Very nice aroma.

T - Very clean bread character. The hops are pleasantly earthy. Wonderfully crisp and clean.

M - Perfectly clean and to style. Lingers. Very pleasant.

O - This is excellent. Happy to have something this good domestic. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: can

11-02-2013 22:12:35 | More by soccerman7
Photo of rlee1390


3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear orange, not much carbonation, two finger head that leaves some lacing.

S-Wheat, straw, lemon, orange and slight grass.

T-Malty, straw, wheat, some lemon and grass, very slight bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation, with a crisp finish (I'd hope so).

O-An above average pils, good for a hot day.

Serving type: can

09-25-2013 20:45:55 | More by rlee1390
Photo of Ilovelampandbeer

New York

4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a very hazy golden body with a clumpy 1 finger off-white head
S: smell a great deal of strong grain, lemon...very spicy
T: absolutely perfect taste for the style, it stays true to the style in that it quenches and has drinkability but it has way more flavor than the average pilsner. high carbonation, taste a lot of grain and hops with lemony citrus on the back end
M: great carbonation which i expect from a pilsener..stays true to the style and is very crisp
O: best pilsener ever...sixpoint crushes everything they touch and this beer is no different...definitely give it a shot if ur skeptical about american takes on german pilseners, u will be pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: can

09-18-2013 23:43:22 | More by Ilovelampandbeer
Photo of dar482

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a hazy golden color.

The aroma is a bit light with some gentle cracker malt and German hops of spice and herbs.

The flavor follows with a gentle light grainy backbone. The finish hits with tons of spice and a bit of lemon, almost as if there were rye in there. Lots of spicy notes along with herbal hops, instead of grass that pilsners usually have.

It's a light medium body with tons and tons of carbonation that compliments the spicy hops.

A competent attempt at a pilsner by Sixpoint.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2013 07:10:33 | More by dar482
Photo of DIM


4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

a: Slight chill have, golden body, small white head.

s: Mineral water, biscuits, herbal hops. Fairly mild overall.

t: Aptly named. Small malt presence, honey and biscuity malts. Mineral-y aspirin finish that lingers beautifuly. Crisp indeed.

m: Crisp, with moderate carbonation.

o: Great fuckin' pils, been way too long since I had one.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2013 19:37:42 | More by DIM
Photo of Pegasus


3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear, deep golden in co;or , with a large, coarse off-white head, which retains quite well. The lacing is chunky and scattered, the carbonation is profuse.

Aroma: Opens with substantial, pungent noble hops, which dominate the aroma. Cracker malt is present as well, but the hops dominate the aroma.

Taste: Opens with substantial noble hop flavor. AS the taste progresses, solid bread and cracker malt notes assert themselves, but never eclipse the noble hops. AS the taste draws to a close, the hops dominate, without overpowering.

Mouth feel: Soft and full with soft carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A very well-crafted and drinkable, the hops seemed a trifle overdone.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard sixteen ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Serving type: can

09-01-2013 17:05:48 | More by Pegasus
Photo of BradMacMullin


4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Five Horses in Davis Square. Humid day and it seemed perfect for a crisp pilsner. Very clean taste right away - classic German notes. Very surprising. Very lemongrass and wheat smell with little head. Not overly carbonated but the beer kept its crispness throughout. Very refreshing beer - nice change from overly hopped regulars always served. Very good beer

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2013 17:23:38 | More by BradMacMullin
Photo of fx20736

New York

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought as part of a 4 pack of 500ml cans from Beers of the World on 7/27/13.

Poured into a large Pilsener glass served cold.

appearance: light gold with a towering white head. nice lacing.

aroma: classic noble hops with a lemon zestiness. a step above any other pils.

mouthfeel: full with a slight spritziness.

taste: tart apples are an expected addition to this nicely hopped but perfectly balanced lager. finish is very dry and tart.

notes: perhaps the best German styled Pilsner I have ever had. refreshing, tasty, delightful.

Serving type: can

07-28-2013 16:28:51 | More by fx20736
Photo of lostinfla


4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First Sixpoint taste!

Pint can poured into Sam Adams glass

Almost crystal clear, bright yellow color with excellent carbonation and a snow white, short lived head. Good lacing in a ring around the edge that says with the beer quite a while.
Smell is just what I like best - Grapefruit notes with that nice german malt/hop smell. This is what beer is supposed to smell like!
Taste is great too - smooth with just the right bite and mildly lingering after bite. This one goes down great here in the Florida heat and humidity!

Ill be back for more!

Serving type: can

07-27-2013 00:05:48 | More by lostinfla
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a Nonic)
A- This beer has a hint of hazy to the body with a slow microcarbonation trailing up to a bubble white head.

S- The clean aroma has a touch of pungent hops but not much else even as it opens.

T- The dry sulfur flavor fades to a little green note of hops that lingers a bit in the finish.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a tight fizz in the finish that scrubs the delicate flavor.

O- There is not much hop flavor in this beer and there is no malt flavor to be found at all. It is very clean and crisp just a bit boring.

Serving type: can

07-23-2013 16:00:33 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of youngs11

Rhode Island

3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is golden yellow. Pours a white, one finger head that quickly peters out to a ring of white around the glass and a cluster of froth in the middle. Nothing unexpected here for a pils. A little more depth in color than others of the style.

Not a lot going on in the smell department. A little hoppy, grassy, metallic. Opens up a little bit as it warms.

This beer tastes like I WANT the typical domestic pilsner-style macros to taste. It is just hoppy enough to put a little bitter on the tongue, but is also sweet like apple and fresh like lettuce and grass after initial contact.

I really like the MF. There is a good amount of carbonation as expected. I especially like the velvety texture it leaves on the tongue after a good gulp. I feel like its finishing texture is similar to styles with much less carbonation like stout. Creamy, buttery, a pleasantly surprising feel when compared to its crisp, refreshing taste.

I am really pleased with this beer. This is not really my go-to style, I think mainly because it often reminds me of beers I drank before discovering the diverse offerings of the craft world. Sixpoint has taken the style that is typically a staple of college frat parties and day-drinking cookouts and turned it into exactly what we all want it to be. Drinkable, refreshing, and simple, but also flavorful and thoroughly enjoyable.

Serving type: can

07-23-2013 00:43:25 | More by youngs11
Photo of Libationguy


4.56/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Copper-gold color with a medium white head with a rocky appearance. Head retention is short with some lacing.

Wonderfully clean of DMS for the style. Yellow flowers and a firm hop spice. Slightly leesy and gentle fruit notes. Light wheat bread.

A little spicy with a nice framing in malt. Grains in the background with a gentle earthiness. Citrus notes offset and amplify. While showing body and depth, the beer is wonderfully clean and refreshing.

Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Really clean on the palate. Live up to the name with a wonderfully "Crisp" finish.

Really delivers on the palate in a big way for the style. Nicely done.

Serving type: can

07-20-2013 20:21:18 | More by Libationguy
Photo of KYGunner


3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy golden, it keeps from being that cheap yellow Pilsner color. The head was frothy and stiff and looked good as it crowned the color.

The aroma was a little weak with grain and cereal malt. Slight fruit aroma mixed with a bit of wheat.

Light crisp Pilsner taste and feel with a bend towards lemon zest or lemongrass. Malty cereal grains hold the backbone but the light lemon fruit keeps the taste and feel properly refreshing. Nice summer quencher that accompanies smoked pork or beef very well.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2013 01:26:50 | More by KYGunner
Photo of Damian


3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank on-tap at Tavern in the Square, Burlington, MA
Served in a pint glass

Slightly hazed, golden-amber appearance. A thin white film topped the liquid but left no lacing.

The nose was spot-on for the style. Lots of rich, bready, German-style malts. Doughy and semi-sweet. Smooth and buttery with a touch of sulfur.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose but a bit more interesting. Bready, biscuity, German-style malts came through strong on the front end. Some powdery, lager-like yeast notes. Lemony and tart in the center. Crisp and refreshing. Earthy, noble hops appeared in the slightly bitter finish.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Smooth and creamy with a fairly standard carbonation.

Overall, this is a really solid German pilsener that nails the style perfectly. If you happen to be looking for a flavorful summertime beer, this one could definitely fit the bill.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2013 21:00:42 | More by Damian
Photo of JamesMN


3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best before 9/15/13.

Appearance: Neon yellow with a touch of honey. Surprisingly hazy, maybe some sediment in the can. One finger cap of slightly off-white foam.

Aroma: A lot of lemon and lime juice with a dab of wheat.

Taste: Refreshing upon the first sip. Starts with a nice bittersweet lemon hop character that really wakes up the palate. The hop flavor continues throughout and really covers any malt flavor besides a slight peppery taste near the finish. The description on the can mentions that there is no where for flaws to hide in this beer and I can't find any off-flavors, which bodes well for this craft connoisseur. Hops don't linger for long and the aftertaste is practically non-existent.

Mouthfeel: Hovering around medium in body with pretty smooth carbonation for the style and easy drinkability. A tad filling but sessionable.

Final Thoughts: My first ever Sixpoint beer and definitely lived up to my expectation. Nice and flavorful. Would I drink it again? Yes.

Serving type: can

06-22-2013 22:22:43 | More by JamesMN
Photo of LittleDon


4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy and golden with a fair head and no lace. Powerful yeasty and grainy aroma. Big bodied for a pilsener. Slight amount of spicy hops in both aroma and flavor, but this might be an age issue (beer I had was a few months old), as I recall more in previous encounters. Holds it's ground with the better German pilseners. Nice acidity and lively carbonation mouthfeel.

Serving type: can

06-21-2013 00:43:48 | More by LittleDon
Photo of Beer-A-Lot


3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another solid offering from Sixpoint. Not as superb as 3Beans or Resin, but a pretty good pils all the same. Great mouthfeel, looks excellent in your glass, could use maybe just a tad more carbonation to give it more oomph. But refreshing and fine for these lazy, hazy, days of summer. Could drink this often. Give it a try.

Serving type: can

06-19-2013 02:01:12 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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