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The Crisp - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

351 Reviews
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Reviews: 351
Hads: 1,372
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 96
Gots: 223 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 351 | Hads: 1,372
Photo of crossovert
1.77/5  rDev -55.3%
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 dpasotti
2.26/5  rDev -42.9%
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 -42.7%
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 -36.9%
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 pvsob
2.54/5  rDev -35.9%
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 -33.8%
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 -33.3%
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 CrazyDavros
2.78/5  rDev -29.8%
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 -26.5%
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 -26.5%
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 -25.3%
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 -23.5%
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 -22.7%
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 james35
3.14/5  rDev -20.7%
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 -20.5%
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 -20.2%
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 Bendurgin
3.17/5  rDev -19.9%
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 Cavanaghty
3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
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 -18.9%
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)

Photo of dragonWhale
3.22/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

twas finely poured from the taps at the Commons. Low, low carb barely floating atop the clear beverage. Morning toast, some granulation and grassy, earthy hops are in my nose. The beer is tasty, Munichly malty with some hop presence, fairly low bitterness. It is okay, good for an American rep of a German pils. I was in no way offended by this beverage. Quite drinkable in fact. (379 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly hazed golden orange color with a large white head and some light lacing.

Aromas begin with a light bit of toast, yeast and some floral hops. There's a fair amount of grass to the nose as well as just a hint of citrus peel.

The tastes begin with some light candied orange peel on the front end with lots of bready malts. Toasted cracker and lager yeast and lots of biscuit. Minimal hop bitterness and just a little bit of floral hop character.

The mouthfeel is light to medium in body with a medium carbonation. Finish isn't much of anything to be honest. A little watery and crisp clean lager yeast.

Overall, this just isn't my style of beer. Pilsners just do not do it for me in any way shape or form. The flavor is sapped by the lager yeast and it just tastes like lightly hopped water. Water is cheaper and better for me so I will stick to that and look elsewhere to satisfly my session ale necessities. (927 characters)

Photo of mattyb
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very blonde with a thin white head.

S - Grassy and grainy, slight smell of malts.

T - Initial taste malts and bread, which leads into the grassy and dry.

M - A pretty light body with decent carbonation, crisp finish.

O - Nothing special for me, can't quite put my finger on it, but it didn't do it for me. (313 characters)

Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.24/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can purchased from Whole Foods and poured into a stemmed Spiegelau Pilsner glass. Interesting spin on German Pilsener -- sort of German Pilsener meets pale ale. Enjoyable and would drink again, but would go with a Victory Prma Pils if that were available. (261 characters)

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.27/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can says best before October 28, 2011

Slightly hazy dark straw yellow in color with aggressive bubbles of carbonation but the head doesn't seem to last.

Aromas of lemon, fermented oranges, light hay. Hardly any floral or spicy aroma from the hops used, especially given the style.

Taste is similar to the aroma...fermented oranges, old lemons, a little hay/wheat flavor. Very light flavoring and again no real hop presence.

Medium to light body with good carbonation but the aftertaste is somewhat undesirable and not very inviting for another sip.

I'm assuming because this is out of date it's no good but I don't think fresh my scores would improve much. (661 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pale amber colour, with slight bubbling. Head is white, a bit thin but decent. Lace is OK. Nice enough.

Smells weird. Honey and boot polish. Sweet, oaty bread. Bit funky. Odd.

Taste is quite bready, yeasty. Dry, with some rubber notes and more honey, and a touch of oat. Some crisp apple, but not much else crisp or really fresh. OK though.

A bit of texture. Bit of body. Still a bit stodgy for a lager.

Nice enough, but could be crisper for something called 'the crisp'. (486 characters)

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The Crisp from Sixpoint Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.