The Crisp - Sixpoint Brewery

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Reviews: 344
Hads: 1,346
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 88
Gots: 215 | FT: 3
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Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: confer on 10-30-2010

Old world craftsmanship with new, clean flavors. Bright pilsner malts meet Noble hop character. The Crisp, American Pilsner innovation.
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Photo of crossovert
1.77/5  rDev -55%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

473 ml can. Best before NOV 2011.

Pours into my giant pilsener/stange glass a pale gold, perhaps a shade paler than a pils should be with a gorgeous head that leaves actually rather industrial-looking lacing.

Judging by the smell they totally misused the German hops. IT smells like oranges which is a common mistake American lager brewers make, which is hilaroius why they boast how "unmasked" this is. Yeah, it is unmasked, and you don't know how to brew a proper pils. It leans more towards a Czech pils in the aroma though.

The flavor is nothing like a pilsener, it is more like a pale ale. It is orangey with a piercing orange blossom extract flavor. The finish is slightly bitter with some grassiness. Surprisingly there is not much diacetyl. But this is waaaay to sweet for a pilsener.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick and watery, the palate is sweet and muttled, pilseners are supposed to be, ironically, and i mean really ironically like the name of this beer, crisp.

Either they just aren't accomplished brewers or were smokin some serious crack when making this recipe. (1,078 characters)

Photo of maximum12
1.98/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Thanks to andrewnations for a sampling of Sixpoint brews that arrived in the mail just in time for Christmas. Merry Christmas to me!

Nicely designed 16 oz. can is swallowed whole by my big tulip. Very pilsy to look at, dark yellow, unfiltered apple juice. Smells of lemon, citrus, & a dark-souled unidentifiable raunch. Huh.

Sehr Crisp certainly lives up to the name. Large-format breadiness heads up the line, but it's a hard-baked bread with melted sugar on top. That strange, anonymous funkiness that showed in the nose reappears less pleasantly behind the main ingredients; definitely off, a close cousin to buttery diacetyl. Mouthfeel is thick & close for a pils. I'm not a stickler for style, hell, I don't really care what a brewer calls it, but this is way off. And judging from the off-flavor, seems like this one missed entirely. Too thick, & the butter makes it tough to drink.

Disappointed. After the amazing experience of the Righteous Rye, this is just lousy, enough so that I have no interest in finishing the last twelves ounces. Sadness is a wasted beer. (1,076 characters)

Photo of dpasotti
2.26/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Mostly clear yellow-gold color with a small white cap that fades fast, leaving just enough lace to tell me this was brewed well. Weird nose of sweet malt, corn, and honey/vanilla. Just a bit of grape and noble hops come through a bit later, and allow me to confirm that this is at least a lager, and not some Blond Ale/Belgian Pale hybrid.

Taste is not redeeming. It's sweet with no hop character; just that out-of-place honey flavor. Hops finally come through, but not enough to even make a dent in the sweetness.

Medium body and carbonation would be great in a pale ale or any number of other styles; but not in a German Pils. It's too creamy and, frankly, not crisp enough. In fact it's nowhere near its namesake. I was disappointed by this, especially after hearing many good things about Sixpoint. I will gladly give them another shot though. (849 characters)

Photo of Centennial
2.27/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Serving- 16oz can poured into pint glass

Appearance- straw yellow, looks adjunct infused.

Smell- all good old corn and otherwise bland nothingness.

Taste- Was hoping for something like the name...pulled it out for refreshment and all it did was leave a skunky adjunct flavor in my mouth.

Mouthfeel- highly carbonated and thin body otherwise, reminds me of Genesee Cream ale, and that is not a good thing.

Overall- huge disappointment, this does not live up to the name "The Crisp" (485 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brilliant gold and great clarity, bright white fluffy head. Earthy and herbal hops. Some phenolic scents as well. Sweet grainy malt bill comes through as well.

Not as carbonated as I feel a Pilsener should be. Sweet grain malt bill, some tart flavor. Herbal and earthy hops finish. Some lemon peel. On the heavier side of medium body. Clean finish. Some lingering grainy sweetness on the front of the tongue. Clean sweet and smooth. I really think something called the crisp should be a lot crisper though. (507 characters)

Photo of seedyone
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

04/27/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC.

Surprised to see I've not noted this before. Glad I'm now adding it to the chronicle as on the first sip I remember why.

This brew has a lot of flavor & body but a misnomer for a name. Crisp is nowhere in sight. This may be someones cup of tea, but that someone ain't me. (313 characters)

Photo of pvsob
2.54/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Slightly hazy, dark golden color with a soapy three finger head that fades slowly and leaves nice lacing.

S- Honey, golden delicious apples, green melon, white grapes, butter, and just the tiniest hint of grainy Pils malt.

T- Unlike the aroma, I am picking up more malt in the flavor, but it's only there for a few moments before it gets kicked in the nuts by all those funky/buttery sweet flavors that were present in the aroma.

M- Medium to full feel with very little carbonation. It has a syrupy texture.

O- This beer really threw me for a loop. I have not idea whether this beer was designed to come out like this, or maybe I just got a bad can. I'll more than likely get another single of this just to make sure I didn't get a bad can. If it turns out different/better, I'll definitely re-review. Cheers. (817 characters)

Photo of Crossmd
2.62/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured 42 degrees Fahrenheit into a shaker pint. Best before 11.11.11

Pours a lucid gold with almost no head. Some small bubbles rising to the surface from the bottom.

Smells of a sweet corn and honey or old syrup. Very well projected, if relatively one-dimensional.

Tastes of sugary adjuncts with maybe some lemon. Soft and relatively dirty feeling. Doesn't clean up well, sticky malts cloying in really a sort of unpleasant way that has nothing to do with the name.

Mouthfeel is a really relatively heavy oil with just a hint of effervescence. This gives it the impression of not feeling super fresh, even if it is the style that it was brewed in

Overall, there is nothing fresh or crisp about this guy. I will not be buying this again, but I'm not really a lager guy. Regardless there is a little bit too much unpleasant about it to make it anything close to $3USD a 16oz.

72. (885 characters)

Photo of schlimenhaumer
2.64/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16oz. can into a pint glass at low altitude.

A: Pours a light yellow with a thin stark white head and not a lot of retention. Not much lacking, either.

S: Floral hops are the most prevalent, with some misplaced sweet syrup notes in the background.

T: Bready malts with some strange sweet notes and a minimum of bitterness. "Crisp" seems like a misnomer.

M: Medium bodied and sweet. Quite a bit of carbonation.

D: Not at all what I would expect out of a pilsener... (483 characters)

Photo of alaimoa
2.72/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a great golden color. smells like lemon, grass, wheat. Initial taste is one of very little as far as complex flavors but I guess just what it claims to be...'crisp'. Mouthfeel watery, smooth and slightly bitter. Not one of my favorites and likely not added to my must have in fridge list. (294 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.78/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a large, fading, white head.
Nose shows hay, spicy hops, grassy notes and light grainy malt.
Flavours are very hop-focused. Big spicy, floral, citrus-y and grassy notes. Little else. Some light malt. Assertive bitterness.
Nice high carbonation. (263 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.91/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Standard looking pilsner, could have been something from Miller for all I know, just a little bit darker with better head. Smell was amazingly like Budweiser. Didn't see how this differed as a 'german pilsner' from the American adjuncts here, same smell. Industrial corn. The dry hopping claim seemed facetious after smelling this.

Upon drinking it, I kept wondering the same thing. Was disappointed, after having Righteous and Bengali 2 weeks earlier, how tame this was. Didn't pick up anything crisp at all from it, if anything it was more like dead weight, some heft to a pilsner I wasn't used to, and a an aftertaste mouthfeel that came dangerously close to being below average.

Too bitter for style if anything. Overhopped, maybe, would just appreciate being able to distinguish the hops in here. (804 characters)

Photo of magnj
2.91/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nanokeg

A - Clear Golden body is a shade or 2 darker than your standard pils, produced a nice frothy head but it dropped fairly quickly from my glass leaving some lacing and a thin protective film.

S - Malty nose is vaguely reminiscent of a malt liquor for some reason up front. Closer inspection reveals a nice floral hop note.

T - Again there's a little something to the taste up front that's turning me off. But it leads to a nice hoppy midsection and ends with some bitterness but also slight butter.

M/D - Medium body, no residual sugar, maybe a tad undercarbed. Ok to drink, hoping my palate is off or something because I love the 16oz cans. (653 characters)

Photo of BikeChef
2.96/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has a wonderfully malty pilsner smell. The hit of honey-like sweetness up-front in the taste is off-putting. The bitterness eventually balances it out. Extremely short finish. Can't get past that initial sweetness, though, which seeming jarringly out of place in a pilsner. Might be good outside on a hot day, though (316 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

l = hazy, low carbonation

s = coriander why did it have to be coriander.

t = it is a pils - not a big pils fan - coriander taste

f = alcohol is not hidden.

o = not my favorite style. (187 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.06/5  rDev -22.1%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16oz can

Pours a pale yellow color with hardly any head, no lacing on the glass at all.

Smell is mostly sweet malt, has a bit of a corn like presence as well, can says it's dry hopped so I would imagine a large hop aroma but I'm having difficulty finding any hops at all in the nose.

Taste is like the can says, crisp, very very crisp, carbonation is sharp and active, sweet malt presence up front and very clean, a bit bready, hops are still subdued but there is a light grassy bitterness in the aftertaste, finishes very dry. (530 characters)

Photo of james35
3.14/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

While sixpoint does many wonderful things with this beer, I think it is important to point a few things out. Lager beer is not traditionally dry-hopped. Dry hopping is traditional in english ale brewing. I find that the aroma in the crisp is too ale like. While the mouthfeel and taste are purely pilsener like, the aroma is misleading. Also, Lager beer should be drank cold. The 16 ounce can gets too warm before you get down to the end, releasing that DMS flavor, they so cleverly tried to mask by dry hopping. Great can. great story. But the crisp is too malty sweet. The bitterness is an after note. There are some great Lager moments in this beer though. (659 characters)

Photo of dedrinker
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First off, why the hell is this listed as "Sehr Crisp Pilsner?" The damn can says "The Crisp." Does this web sight have anybody watching, except for when you use too many bad words? Sheesh and sheesh already. "Sehr" crisp...oh mother...

Looks yella. Slightly hazy yella.

Smells like diacetyl, hay, unlit cigarette (I don't smoke, nor is there any cigs near me lit or unlit) freshly lit cigarette (ditto) something reminiscent of a German pils, and a soapy note.

Tastes like diacetyl, with a soapy lemony character and some light toasty malt.

Light-medium body with a hop bitter, then soapy and sour finish where I can even detect some alcohol.

It's still kinda OK tasting, but it's not really good. Maybe a visit to the brewery would reward me with an amazing fresh version, but this just goes back and forth too much between being "yeah this is pretty good" and then suddenly going "yuck." (896 characters)

Photo of BrownNut
3.16/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another disappointment from what I had expected to be a really great brewery based on the buzz out there. This was a weak-tasting, underpowered beer that left me with a feeling of loss and unfulfilled potential. It didn't taste bad, just muted and diluted. And it was very fresh. I liked the larger can size, I will say. For a beer that you'd want to session, that was perfect. But for me this was not only forgettable, but somewhat lacking. Would not buy again even for outdoor sunny sessioning, which I had figured it would be perfect for. (541 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.16/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Golden straw color, half finger of bubbly, fizzy head that dissipates quickly, sticks to the glass well.

S: smells pretty funky like a belgian, lemony and biscuity, but has a weird skunk to it though that was pretty offputting.

T: Funk, lots of it, crisp lemon and lots of biscuit on the end. Kinda skunky as well.

M: Really zingy from all the bubbles. A bit over carbonated in my opinion, but in line with the style.

O: Didn't care for this, a shame because Sixpoint comes so highly recommended. I don't drink pilsners that often and this isn't helping the cause, would be a great beer for someone just getting into craft beer. (635 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
3.17/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a hazy golden straw with a thin cap of white head. It settles almost right away leaving nothing behind.

Grassy hops on the aroma with some toasty malts. A bit of a lemon aroma in the background. A sweet lemon though, like a lemon meringue or something to that nature. The flavor is a lot like the aroma. It has some nice grassy hops start to finish with a doughy flavor. Same lemon meringue sweetness in the background.

Light body with good carbonation. Overall this one isn't anything special, but I don't hate it. I could see myself getting this again on the right occasion. It's sure easy to drink. (644 characters)

Photo of sholland119
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a just slightly hazy straw gold with a frothy white head and a nice sheet of lacing.

S-Grassy hops, biscuity malt.

T-The taste is weird on this one for me. The first couple of sips are indeed crisp, refreshing, classic German pils. But the more I drink, the less satisfying the flavor is. The crispness lags and the grassiness takes over. I have no explanation for why this is, but I have experienced this beer the same way before.

M-Medium bodied but long in the finish for a pils, I think.

O-Just ok for me, really. A strange beer to my palate.

HV (562 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Straw yellow with a think white head and lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hops and wheat/grassy notes

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of bitter hops and pine notes.

Overall: Ok brew. I would have again if I was offered. (279 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.21/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold, with a couple fingers of bright-white foamy head. This simmers down to a frothy ½ finger, which soaps the sides of the glass with a sticky latticework of lace. The aroma is floral and spicy, with an earthy citrus presence and them some tarter lemon notes that emerge as this warms. Sweet toasted grains mix in to add a bit of a twang across the back. There is maybe a faint metallic twinge here to the nose but it’s nothing too intrusive feeling.

This carries over to the taste, with an earthy citric bitterness that melds with the grainy sweetness of the Pils malts to impart a green twang to this that trails a little toastiness as well. Like the nose, some zesty lemon flavor emerges as this warms up and there is a general spiciness to this throughout the profile, which really comes out strong in that dry and earthy finish here. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a light prickliness on the tongue and then more of a crisp creaminess that rounds out the edges of the feel.

This was an OK quaff but seemed to play a little too loosey goosey in the flavor and feel department for a Pilsener. This could be tightened up a good bit in spots. (1,203 characters)

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The Crisp from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.